MIAMI - Local, state and federal governments have all set in place commissions or committees to help their citizens draw new district lines for themselves based on population shifts. This is a process that occurs every decade after the publication of the census results.
Learning from the past, major Haitian-American Civil Society organizations including: the Haitian-American Forum, Sant La, the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition (HAGC) and other groups have consolidated their resources in order to serve as the collective voice designed to help guide the community’s interests. Serving under the umbrella of the Haitian-American Task-Force on Redistricting, this group is organized “ to inform and engage the Haitian community through participation in all public hearings in order to protect our collective interest”, said Gepsie Metellus, Task-Force Member and long time community advocate. “I am reminded of the damage caused by some policymakers a decade ago, as our community was emerging and attempted to seek fair representation”, said Carmeleau Monestime, a co-Chair of the Task-Force.
The State of Florida Redistricting Commission is holding hearings to hear the public regarding congressional and state redistricting. These hearings will be held this Wednesday, August 17, 2011. The first hearing will be held at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus Downtown 300 NE 2 Avenue, Miami, Building 1000, Second Floor 10:00 am-2:00 pm; the second hearing will be held at the Florida International University South Campus at 8 Street SW and 16 Street.
EDJOODELKY LOUIS, ZACHARY AND MANNY HERIVAUX
BROOKLINE, USA – A 15 year old Haitian-Japanese soccer phenom, Zachary Herivaux, has donated his collection of soccer balls and shoes to less fortunate children in Haiti.
It started with a Facebook status posted by Edjoodelky Louis, director of the Hinche Haiti non-profit group, who requested from his fellow Haitian and American friends to help him collect athletic supplies for the Mayor of the City of Hinche. Many responses were received, one of the first, in particular, was in the first 20 minutes from Pedro Manny who asked Louis to give his son a call.
The arrangement was made over the phone by both parties to meet where Louis could pick up the balls. Edjoodelky was surprised to see that Pedro’s son was not any ordinary 15 year old with a hoard of soccer balls but a soccer player, from Brookline Massachussets one of the top 5 players in the world, under 17, ranked by Soccer Magazine.
Zachary Herivaux decided to give all of his soccer balls along with uniforms collected and cleats to the Haitian youth programs in Hinche.
The young footballer said of the gesture, “sometimes making an impact can really be as easy as giving what I have.”
The young Herivaux is a 6’0″ freshman at Brookline High School and is plays for the number 2 ranked, Shalrie Joseph Lions, in the Premier League of the state. He is coached by his father Pedro Herivaux and has received honors, such as:
- being named top 5 in the world by FourFourTwo Europe #1 Soccer Magazine, June 2011
- winning the Golden Boot Award for most goals scored at the US Region 1 U13 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Identification Camp
- scouted and discovered by Christiano Ronaldo, where he spent two weeks training with Sporting Club de Portugal
- offered a spot in the U13 Sporting Academy team, Portugal
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – President Michel Martelly designated Bernard Honorat Gousse to be the next Prime Minister of Haiti. He communicated his decision to the presidents of both chambers at a final meeting Monday night.
The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Sorel Jacinthe, made the announcement.
Bernard Honorat Gousse was born and raised in Port-au-Prince. He graduated from the Haitian State University School of Law and Economic Science in 1981.
Upon graduating, Mr. Gousse traveled to France where he completed a degree in International Relations in 1983 and attained a Doctorate in Law from the University d’Aix-Marseille III in 1989.
Back in Haiti, Mr. Gousse has been practicing law since his admission to the Haitian Bar in 1991. He is one of the founding members of Pasquet, Gousse et Associés.
Bernard Gousse is also a professor and has taught Family Law, Contract Law, Tort Law and Private International Law at Quisqueya University School of Law where he also served eight years as its first Dean.
The Prime Minister-designate’s practice focused primarily on international business transactions, private-public partnerships and Haitian regulatory law. He is a specialist in Communications law in Haiti and is instrumental in drafting the new Haitian telecommunications laws.
Gousse is also a member of the Presidential Commission on New Information and Communications Technologies.
The Prime Minister-designate has published several works, The Independence of the Judiciary for the Port-au-Prince Bar Association Journal of Law (1999), The Application of the Warsaw Convention in Haitian Courts for Le Nouvelliste (1991), Legal Aspects of Contracts in E-Commerce at the Summit of Haitian Internet in 2001 andChildren’s Rights and Citizenship Law
Bahamas Telecom Company (BTC) is going to expand the overall capacity of its submarine cable connecting the Caribbean with the U.S.
The network expansion project has two main goals: increase the revenue potential of the cable and improve connectivity to Haiti.
“We are going to make a significant investment into expanding the capacity of the Miami cable… And we’re looking at investing on expanding the capacity of the Haiti cable,” said BTC’s CEO Geoff Houston in a statement. “We expect to be able to do both of those this year and that will provide new sources of revenue opportunity for the company.”
Although Bahamas Domestic Submarine Network had already been restored following the Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, the Houston believes that the network could be leveraged to provide international links to the area’s wireless operators. In this scenario, BTC would sell capacity to both Haiti-based wireless operators in addition to other service providers looking for a gateway into Haiti.
An upgraded cable would also enable Cable and Wireless Communications, which now owns a 51 percent stake in BTC, a way to connect into its global carrier services business.
Former Swindon Town defender Lescinel Jean-Francois has joined Sheffield United on a two-year deal.
The 24-year-old Haiti international’s contract at Swindon expired this summer and he will be reunited with former Robins boss Danny Wilson.
Wilson brought the former Paris St Germain youngster to the County Ground in January 2009.
Jean Francois had previously been at French side Guingamp and has also played for Scottish side Falkirk.
Wilson told the Sheffield United website: “[He] will thrive on the pressure and expectation, and hopefully we will see that we have got a very good player on our hands.
“He was out of contract and we had contact from his agent, as did a lot of clubs, and we just asked him if he fancied coming in.
“He is very athletic, has a terrific left foot, is comfortable at both left-back and centre-back, so gives you good options.
“What we will see is an aggressive and competitive character and I am very much looking forward to working with him.”