Carnival tragedy

 

A Haitian singer who was shocked by a high-voltage wire during Carnival is giving his account of what may have caused an accident that resulted in 16 deaths.

The hip-hop performer known as Fantom from the group Barikad Crew says a man on their Carnival float responsible for moving power lines moved two of three wires when their float abruptly moved forward.

The singer whose real name is Daniel Darinus was standing atop a speaker. He instantly lost consciousness when he was shocked and the sparks set off a deadly stampede.

Darinus spoke to journalists Wednesday in the hospital where doctors say he is in good condition despite his burns.

The accident occurred as thousands of people filled the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince for the raucous annual celebration.

Prime Minister Evans Paul said 16 people were confirmed dead and 78 were injured. He declared three official days of mourning for the impoverished Caribbean country. Haitian officials canceled Tuesday’s third and final day of Carnival events and announced a state funeral and vigil on Saturday for the victims.

Dr. Joel Desire, a doctor at General Hospital, said most of those killed appeared to have been trampled to death as the crowd surged away from the Carnival float, one of 16 in the downtown parade.

Witnesses said panic ensued when people jumped off the float to avoid being electrocuted.

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In Haiti, music is in the air as pre-Carnival celebrations, jazz fest start the party

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PORT-AU-PRINCE — Carnival may be more than a month away, but that’s not stopping Haitians from launching the party early. A week after marking the fourth anniversary of Haiti’s tragic Jan.12, 2010, earthquake during which their singer-turned-president urged them to celebrate life, Haitians kicked off pre-carnival celebrations Sunday.

Jumping and dancing into the streets, they transformed a downtown public square that once housed tens of thousands of quake victims under tents, into a musical stage. Oversized floats, DJs and enthusiastic Rara bands took over the Champ de Mars in front of the razed presidential palace as part of the weekly carnival warm-ups that will take place between now and carnival weekend, March 2-4, in the city of Gonaives.

Like in the last two years, Haiti’s official carnival celebration will rotate this year outside of the capital. Carnival drums, however, were not the only rhythms playing Sunday in this quake-recovering capital. Uptown in Petionville, hundreds of jazz fanatics enjoyed the second day of the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival in the capital featuring Daniel Schenker Quartet of Switzerland, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke from Benin and Haiti’s Réginald Policard. The musicians performed at the NH El Rancho hotel, one of several newly rebuilt and opened post-quake hotels in Haiti.

“In North America, there is just very sad press about Haiti, about poverty and despair, but no one is touching on the spirit of the people,” Canadian jazz artist Julie Michels said at a Sunday brunch hosted by Canada’s Embassy to welcome the jazz festival.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/20/3882013/in-haiti-music-is-in-the-air-as.html#storylink=cpy

 

Haiti and Dominican Republic resume talks on controversial Constitutional Court ruling

 

 

 

 

 

CARACAS, Venezuela (CMC) — Haiti and the Dominican Republic have agreed to establish a joint commission to discuss the migration problem caused by a recent ruling by the Constitutional Court in the Dominican Republic that has the effect of rendering stateless, thousands of people of Haitian descent residing in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country. Haitian President Michel Martelly and his Dominican counterpart Danilo Medina met on Tuesday on the sidelines of a meeting of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) and of PetorCaribe The meeting was chaired by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“I announce the creation of a high-level committee with representatives of both sides to address various issues on the bilateral agenda,” Maduro said, adding that the joint commission would comprise five representatives each from the two countries. He said Venezuela, the United Nations, the European Union and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been invited as observers. Maduro said the proposed commission would address issues regarding trade, migration, environment, security and the border. The purpose of such an initiative is to find a just, proper and balanced solution through which the interests and rights of all parties are protected.

Last month, CARICOM said it would defer consideration of the application by the Dominican Republic to join the regional integration grouping following the Constitutional Court ruling. Leaders of the three-member CARICOM Bureau, comprising host country Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Haiti, said the 15-member regional grouping would also seek to raise the court ruling with several bodies including the Association of Caribbean States, the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) as well as maintaining “our interest and active participation at the Organization of American States (OAS).

On September 23, the Constitutional Court in Santo Domingo has ruled in favour of stripping citizenship from children of Haitian migrants. Read more:

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Haiti-and-Dominican-Republic-resume-talks-on-controversial-Constitutional-Court-ruling

 

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INCLUDING mixed media presentation, created by Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger.

An evening of Haitian artwork, chill music, hot Haitian Rhum drinks, film and guest speakers in support of aid organizations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the fight for civil rights and citizenship for hundreds of thousands of Dominican-born children of Haitian immigrants. Take home original artwork for the holidays and make a difference in the life of a Haitian.

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The Cherie Haiti Clothing Company was founded in 2010, and has been providing quality garments to the public ever since. Located in Miami, New York and Montreal, Cherie Haiti employs over 15 artists, and designers who were inspired by Haiti and it’s people, who picked themselves up after L’event and persevered; typically through Haiti’s culture. Collectively, we unite a broad style of work from; our designers, photographers, illustrators, textile and media artists to create clothing which  delivers a positive visual message that endures.

 

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Bon Bagay: A Night of Art and Cocktails!

 

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We accept checks made out to our fiscal sponsor, City Lore. WWW.CITYLORE.ORG or you can make a charitable donation with a debit or credit card. Please request one of our BON BAGAY event volunteers to assist you with your donation. Donations are 100% tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

 

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Sean Penn: Madonna in Haiti to See His Aid Work

 

Madonna is in Haiti to visit humanitarian projects that ex-husband Sean Penn has been overseeing since the Caribbean nation’s devastating earthquake in 2010, the actor said Monday.

 

Penn said in a brief phone call to The Associated Press that he had invited Madonna, with whom he has “maintained a great friendship over the years,” to visit several times and that she had come with her son Rocco. He said they arrived a “couple of days” ago, and he wasn’t sure when she would leave.

 

“She’s here, she’s seeing, she’s made the effort to come here, and I’m thrilled by that,” Penn said, adding that he hoped Haiti might inspire her to seek out a cause in the country. “She has a unique platform, and wherever she chooses to bring that to, it’s very well.”

 

Madonna’s been busy posting photos on Instagram. One shows her posing with others at a new hospital built by public health pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer in the central part of the country. The caption: “Revolution of Love in Haiti.” Another picture shows a view of the mountains at dusk. The caption: “Sunset in Haiti. This is Heaven!”

 

Penn has served as an ambassador-at-large for Haiti since early 2012. He received the recognition for his work as head of a humanitarian group he co-founded in the aftermath of the earthquake, the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The group has focused on housing and relocating thousands of people from a golf course that was among hundreds of impromptu settlements that sprang up after the quake.

 

His group recently sponsored five Haitian runners to participate in the New York marathon.

 

BONBAGAY: ARTISTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT II

 

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Francks Francois Décéus continues to emerge as one of the important young painters of his generation. Born in Haiti, Décéus and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was nine years old. It wasn’t until he graduated from Long Island University with a degree in Sociology that he turned to making art as a career. Over a seventeen-year career, his work has marched chronologically from his childhood in Haiti, through his immersion into his new urban community as an immigrant, and recently, to his meditations on a conceptual vision of humanity. He has always been more interested in exploring themes and issues than in making definitive statements or creating a visual language with his art, and his work resonates with political and sociological content.

 

Stylistically his work incorporates many of the influences and aesthetic forms of the 40’s and 50’s visual artists like William Johnson and Jacob Lawrence, and reverberates with some of the artistic strains of his native Haiti. His modernist style combines figurative, abstract and layered elements and relies heavily on a simplification of form and function. His work is characterized by a semiotic economy, minimalist use of imagery and a deliberately limited palette range within series of work. In 2004, Décéus was selected by curators at the Brooklyn Museum to participate in the exhibition “Open House: Working in Brooklyn”, an exhibition considered to be the largest survey ever devoted to contemporary Brooklyn -based artists. His work has been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. His work is in the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Xavier University.

 

Décéus has studied printmaking at the venerated Bob Blackburn Printmaking workshop and in June of 2007 completed on a month-long printmaking residency in Gentilly, France. He was the recipient, in February 2008, of the Samella Lewis Award for Painting in the Hampton University Museum’s juried exhibition, “New Power Generation 2008”.

 

 

http://www.aviscafineart.com/Gallery_Artists/Francks_Deceus/press/press.html

 

 

 

Patricia Brintle was born in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1964.  A self-taught artist, she devoted herself completely to painting after a 22-year career with a NY utility company, and in 2005 decided to she is not painting, Brintle directs the contemporary choir at her Parish church.  Although she has made the US her residence, her colorful style reflects her native land.  Her approach to painting is varied and reflects her feelings at the moment.  Brintle’s work is influenced both by personal and social experiences and most of her portraits focus on the expression of the eyes and tells in one look the story of the person on the canvas. 

 

She favors bright, vivid and vibrant colors and uses much symbolism in her work.  Her medium is as varied as her subjects but she prefers acrylics because of its diversity.  Her works on the Holocaust are on permanent display at the Holocaust Center of Temple Judea in New York and are used as a teaching tool for visitors.  One of her religious works, The First Mother hangs with the Black Madonna Exhibit which made its debut in May 2007 at the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York and will travel to museums throughout the United States until December 2008. 

 

Brintle’s work on nuclear disarmament, A Delicate Balance, won the “Images of Peace” national competition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Albert Schweitzer’s call for nuclear disarmament and hangs in permanence at the Albert Schweitzer Institute in Hamden, Connecticut.  Brintle is a member of the United Haitian Artists and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.

 

 

 http://www.patriciabrintle.com/index.html