mardi 31 mai 2011

Nokero International Teams With American Green International to Bring 1,000 Solar Light Bulbs to Tent City in Haiti

Posted on 05/31/11 at 2:00pm by webmaster Nokero International Teams With American Green International to Bring 1,000 Solar Light Bulbs to Tent City in Haiti
One year after the earthquake, a team of volunteers visited Haiti on a relief effort and saw hundreds lost in the darkness of poverty. Inspired by the people of a tent city in Port-au-Prince, the people at American Green International vowed to return, this time with 1,000 Nokero solar light bulbs, to alleviate the dangerous, unhealthy, and expensive use of kerosene and other fossil fuels for light.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 31, 2011
If you want to eliminate the darkness of poverty, start by eliminating the darkness.
These are the words that inspired a team from American Green International, who took more than 200 Nokero solar light bulbs to Haiti one year after the devastating earthquake rocked the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.
What they found there – in the streets and in a tent city in Port-au-Prince - was even worse than they had imagined. Complete darkness descended on the city at night, leaving its residents helpless and unsafe in the dark, unable to see one another, help one another, cook, clean, or even go to the bathroom.
"To bring the lights out there, and see the immediate difference, it's incredible," said Leah Quintal, of American Green International, who has been to Haiti and seen the difference a Nokero solar light bulb can make.
Those who receive a durable, rainproof Nokero solar light bulb see their lives instantly changed. With more time in their day, they are more productive. The $8 US they save each month gives them much-needed money they can spend on food and medicine for their families. With six hours of light per night from their Nokero bulb, their cooking, cleaning, and chores can be done in the evening, leaving more time in the day for work. Perhaps most of all, they feel safer in the dangerous dark of night.
The team saw a tremendous need for solar light, and vowed to return with 1,000 Nokero solar light bulbs to light the entire tent city.
That is why Nokero and American Green are partnering in the Gift of Light for Haiti program, where people can donate solar light to Haiti at GiftOfLightForHaiti.com.
(The project is one of many Nokero projects under way globally - for more information contact Tom Boyd.)
In Haiti's tent cities, what light there is usually comes from kerosene – a dangerous and polluting fuel. More than 1.6 billion people worldwide live without access to electricity, and more than 2 billion more only have intermittent electricity. With no other option, they are forced to buy expensive kerosene, a fuel which leaves black soot in their noses and lungs, and collectively emits 190 million tons of carbon dioxide each year (the equivalent of 30 million cars).
About Nokero
Nokero (short for No Kerosene) was formed in June 2010 by inventor Steve Katsaros to develop safe and environmentally-friendly solar products that eliminate the need for harmful and polluting fuels used for light and heat around the world, and, most importantly, are affordable to the communities that need them.
The light bulb is a shape known around the world. The Nokero solar light's unique bulb shape, its simple yet durable design, and its affordability mean the Nokero solar light bulb is humanity's best chance at ending the practice of burning kerosene.
Read more: http://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/11/05/p1122838/nokero-international-teams-with-american-green-international-to-bring-#ixzz1Nwbvo7On

'Miracle and hope' in Haiti

By Song In-yeup It has been 500 days since a terrible earthquake hit Haiti hard in the center of the Caribbean Sea. As a result Haiti suffered a shortage of daily goods, crime, violent demonstrations and cholera, what we call “a fivefold difficulty.“ But since Feb. 4, Haiti has begun to stabilize and its people go through daily life with hope now, though still in the midst of difficulties.
It is President Michel Joseph Martelly, who took office on May 14 and has ignited a “miracle and hope” in Haiti. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak also congratulated Martelly through his special envoys Yoo Ki-june and Kwon Young-jin.
Martelly, a 50-year-old singer, was only one of the unnoticed minor candidates when he started his campaign last October. The first survey showed 1.5 percent support for him, sixth among 19 candidates, while Manigat had 31.5 percent and Celestin 7 percent.
But he jumped to third by gaining 21.4 percent succeeding Manigat with 31.4 percent and Celestin’s 21.8 percent in the first presidential election held on Nov. 28, 2010. But only Manigat and Celestin, the first and second runner, could stand in the final election slated for Jan. 16.
It was right after the announcement of result of the first presidential election that furious voters began to take to the streets shouting "Celestin Out!" accusing him of illegal campaigning using power and money.
All the major cities in Haiti were covered in black smoke from burning tires. And all the ministries, schools, banks and markets were closed. Even the Port-au-Prince Airport, the only international one in Haiti, was shut. That's why an airplane, loaded with cholera medicine which the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was sending to Haiti, could not land there and had to go back to Miami.
The angry protesters' outcries and gun-shots were heard even in my house and tear-gas entered the house unless I kept all windows closed. Nevertheless, the ruling party and Celestin, son-in-law of the President, seemed to stand solid. And Haiti seemed to have no hope.
The U.N., donor countries and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) could not do their work. Demonstrations went on day after day and the final presidential election scheduled for Jan. 16 was not held and drifted on to an unfixed date. Is Haiti helpless?
It was on Feb. 4 that the ruling party and Celestin surrendered to the power of the people amid increasing demonstrations and a censure from the international society. He resigned his candidacy. Demonstrations ended swiftly and streets were returned to order.
Peace continued until the final presidential election day of March 20 while both small and large political rallies were held in harmony and joy. They looked like festivals. The incredibly large group of voters assembled voluntarily to listen to Manigat and Martelly with no trouble and the two candidates enraptured them. It was indeed a political festival and was carried in order, better than in any advanced country.
Finally, the revolution or miracle of election took place. Martelly, who received 1.5 percent support in the first survey in October and 21.4 percent in the first election of Nov. 28, took 67.7 percent of the votes in the final election of March 28 while Manigat secured only 31.6 percent. Martelly was elected President with an absolute majority.
Martelly's administration started out on May 14 with a lot of hard things to deal with such as recovering from the terrible earthquake, dealing with cholera, poverty, no social and economic infrastructure since 30 years of Father and Baby Duvalier's dictatorship and the repeated coup d'etats over 20 years. But Martelly is filled with strong resolution and energy to sacrifice himself for his country and people.
And almost all of Haitians show strong faith in him. Haiti is strongly united around Martelly. It is indeed a miracle. And it is the beginning of social security and national reconstruction.
The U.N. and international societies including those in Korea have promised to cooperate and provide full support to the new government of Haiti. Martelly is known to have a strong will to make Korea, which accomplished national development in only one generation, as his national model.
It is high time that our country, as a full member of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), also should give as much support as we can to Haiti which is beginning to recover from the earthquake's damage.
Of course, we should implement our $10 million which we committed at Donors' Meeting for Haiti held at New York on March 31 last year in timely fashion.
We are living in the 21st century, called an era of globalization. We cannot be considered civilized people if we view Haiti's calamity as a fire beyond the river.
Song In-yeup is the chief representative of the Haiti office of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). He can be reached at iysongg@hanmail.net.

Haitian color, culture on show during Haitian Day Parade and Festival

BY Lillian Rizzo and Erin Durkin
Monday, May 30th 2011, 4:00 AM
Norman Y. Lono for NewsCostumed dancers whirl down Brooklyn's Nostrand Ave. during Haitian Day Parade and Festival. Haitian New Yorkers took over Brooklyn's Nostrand Ave. Sunday for the Haitian Day Parade and Festival.
"I love being here because it shows me that Haiti does exist in New York," said Rodney Chauvet, 34, of East Flatbush, who came with his 9- and 3-year-old daughters. "I try to bring my daughters to all Haitian parades and celebrations. I want to remind them that they aren't only American, they are Haitian."
While most had their minds on song and celebration, attendees were also holding out hope that the recent presidential election win of singer Sweet Micky would bring change to their earthquake-ravaged homeland.
"I hope he brings the modern life ... to Haiti," Chauvet said.
Vanessa Delmas, 20, of East New York, wore a skirt and top fashioned from the Haitian flag as she marched along Nostrand from Martense St. to Foster Ave.
"I don't miss one parade," Delmas said. "I really like the dancing and just enjoying Haitian culture."
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2011/05/30/2011-05-30_haitian_color_culture_on_show.html#ixzz1NwZtRunc

Haiti's incredible coffee

La Colombe’s founder means to create demand for amazing beans.
By Melissa Dribben
In early April, two weeks before she opened her latest restaurant, Talula's Garden, Aimee Olexy, crowned royalty of the region's culinary scene, met with her coffee supplier to choose beans she would serve at the end of each finely tuned meal.
He'd brought her usual favorites from Nicaragua, Brazil, and Africa. But a stranger in the cache caught her eye.
"What's in that little unmarked bag?" she asked.
The supplier didn't answer. Instead, he brewed a small batch and poured her a cup.
"I loved, loved, loved it," Olexy said. "It was like a coffee I dreamed of in the morning." Unlike so many that seduce you with aroma, then disappoint with a slap to the tongue, this coffee was true to its promise. "The smell matched the taste," she said, with hints of caramel and butterscotch and a toasty finish.
She ordered it - an entire shipping container's worth, about 33,000 pounds.
A month later, Nelson Robinson, 34, a Haitian coffee farmer, stood in the restaurant weeping grateful tears.
The coffee Olexy had fallen for, Haitian Blue Forest, came from Robinson's home in the destitute mountains of southeastern Haiti. The beans had been handpicked from semiwild vines that his great-grandfather and neighbors had planted from heirloom seeds linked to ancient Ethiopia.
Robinson told Olexy and her staff how, as a child, he had watched his father burn most of the family's coffee plantation. Although Haiti was once one of the world's major coffee exporters, politics and economics had conspired to kill off the trade. Precipitous drops in the price along with rising oil costs made the vines more valuable as a fuel source and the land more useful for growing peas.
After finishing college, Robinson had the chance to emigrate to Canada. Instead, he returned home to the family farm and worked with a coffee cooperative, Coopcab, representing 5,000 families.
They were barely getting by when, in January, a tall, odd American loped into the village - Todd Carmichael, cofounder of La Colombe, the Philadelphia-based roasting company.
Since he started the business 17 years ago, Carmichael has traveled around the "planet," as he prefers to say in his caffeinated disquisition, searching for worthy plants and deserving farmers. The 47-year-old coffee savant and world adventurer (he holds the world record for crossing Antarctica solo) says his motives are almost as pure as his product.
"Not that I'm one of these people who believes that business is the answer to everything," he said. "But the absence of business isn't good either."
La Colombe deals directly with farmers, Carmichael said, avoiding middlemen who pocket the profits and leave growers with only pennies on the pound. Haiti's situation was particularly sad.
Japan had been a reliable trading partner for years, buying premium beans at fair prices, said Marcel Duret, Haiti's former ambassador to Japan. Most of the rest of the crop, however, was sold far below its potential value.
Intermediaries paid Haitian coffee growers for an entire harvest up front at very low prices, then transported the goods illegally into Santo Domingo to be blended and sold at a substantial profit.
Eighteen months ago, Carmichael knew little about Haiti. But during a visit to the Library of Congress, he made a discovery. "I was looking at shipping records from the 1700s," he said. "I'm a typica [coffee bean] junkie, and I wanted to know what they were drinking back then." The typica variety has a richer, more authentic flavor, he says, unadulterated by commercial agricultural methods.
The documents Carmichael found showed that in the 1800s, Haiti grew 45 percent of the world's coffee. "So I started calling coffee traders. There are a handful who bathe in this stuff. They move thousands and thousands of containers of it."
Carmichael learned that somewhere near Thiotte in Haiti, a group of farmers was producing spectacular coffee. In January, he hopped a plane to Santo Domingo, rented a truck, and headed for the Haitian countryside.
Cannily blogging for Esquire and videotaping, Carmichael chronicled the 10-day expedition from beginning to end. Bald and lanky, the former long-distance runner looks as if he had stepped out of Outside Magazine in his white T-shirt, jeans, hiking boots, and worn baseball cap. Manic on the good-natured edge of cocky, he hands the video camera to a stranger on the Dominican-Haitian border and has him film the bustling marketplace. Then Carmichael looks into the lens and says, "All this commerce, not one single bag of coffee." He points toward the mountains and vows, "That's going to change."
By the end of the trip, he had found the typica vines growing in as natural a state as he had ever seen. "Each plant produces about 2 to 4 kilos," he said. "Compare that to the big commercial hybrids that can produce 30 to 40 kilos per plant. It's like they're on steroids." He had also tracked down Nelson Robinson and presented his plan.
"They were receiving $1.60 a pound for most of their coffee," Carmichael said. "You can barely survive on that. I'll pay what I believe it to be worth." The best of the coffee, which he would help them process properly, would fetch $5 a pound. "That makes it one of the most expensive green coffees in the world."
For the rest of the crop, he would pay between $3 and $4 a pound, and guarantee to buy 40,000 kilos every year for the next three years. He also invested $100,000 in a state-of-the-art coffee dryer from Brazil to help boost the processing capacity, particularly during rainy season.
Carmichael is not the first American to try to revive the Haitian coffee economy. The difference with La Colombe's plan, he says, is that it works to create demand first.
"I want people to covet this coffee."
Carmichael arranged for Robinson to attend a marketing course the World Bank gave in May, and to visit restaurants and cafes that would serve Haitian Blue Forest: elite places like Ai Fiori on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and Vetri and Talula's Garden in Philadelphia.
Olexy's decision to put Haitian coffee on her menu was quick but not rash. Preparing for the dinner crowd last week, she brewed herself a French-press carafe full and spent the next hour attending to details. Linens, potted ferns, and cheese presentation.
When Robinson visited, she invited him to her daily staff meeting. Listening to her chefs and servers praise his coffee, he was overwhelmed.
"I am so thankful," Robinson said last week back in Haiti. "It's true that we produce a sacre bon cafe." That, he'd known since childhood, he said, but what moved him was the realization that so many others now know it, too.
"It's the best coffee I've ever tasted," said Carmichael. "I think this could grow into a billion-dollar industry for Haiti."
Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/122851068.html?viewAll=y#ixzz1NwXXpAWe
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Le processus de ratification du Premier Ministre débute le 1 juin

La première session extraordinaire de la 49 eme législature consacrée à la ratification du choix du Premier Ministre, Daniel Rouzier, débutera le mercredi 1 juin 2011. Quelques heures après la séance en assemblée nationale, M. Rouzier devra soumettre ses dossiers aux commissions des deux chambres en vue de la préparation d'un rapport sur la ratification du choix du premier Ministre. En ce qui a trait à une entente entre l'exécutif et le bloc majoritaire, le président du sénat, Roudolph Joazile, indique qu'aucun accord n'a été conclu. Il assure que les négociations se poursuivront même si les législateurs sont convoqués en session extraordinaire.
Le Premier Ministre désigné envisage de poursuivre le dialogue avec le groupe majoritaire contrôlé par l'Inité en dépit des menaces de plusieurs sénateurs de ce bloc parlementaire.
Interrogé sur le comportement de ses collègues, M. Joazile rappelle que le directoire de l'Inité contrairement au bloc parlementaire GPR ( contrôlé par l'Inité) ne sollicite pas de postes au sein du gouvernement Rouzier. Il appelle les pères conscrits à la sagesse et l'exécutif à la retenue afin de faciliter le bon déroulement des négociations. Pour mettre un terme aux provocations M. Joazile estime que le directoire de l'Inité devra se prononcer clairement sur ce dossier.
Les sénateurs Wenceslass Lambert, Ancaccis Jean Hector et Moise Jean Charles ne sont pas membres du directoire de l'Inité.
LLM / radio Métropole Haïti

Jean Telev Toussaint lève le voile sur des irrégularités du processus électoral

Le vice-président du Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP), Jean Telev Pierre Toussaint, brise son silence en révélant son désaccord avec ses collègues en ce qui a trait au processus électoral. Toujours silencieux dans l'ombre du président Gaillot Dorsainvil, le vice président de l'organisme électoral révèle qu'il avait manifesté sa réprobation en ce qui a trait à la formation du Bureau du Contentieux Electoral National (BCEN), le tribunal suprême ayant rendu les décisions contestées par les observateurs et la communauté internationale. Le processus de formation du Tribunal suprême n'était pas conforme à la procédure, précise t-il révélant que les juges ont été sélectionnés et non désignés par tirage au sort. Il soutient qu'il n'avait pas participé au BCEN ni au BCEN spécial en dépit des insistances du président du CEP.
Se présentant comme un homme honnête, M. Toussaint assure qu'il n'a jamais été impliqué dans les fraudes électorales. Ce juriste rappelle qu'en raison de sa foi chrétienne il ne saurait jeter le déshonneur sur sa famille.
Il s'est toutefois gardé de prendre la défense des autres conseillers accusés d'avoir reçu des pots-de-vin pour faciliter l'élection de plusieurs candidats de l'Inité. " Si des personnes sont impliquées dans ces actes je ne suis pas concerné", dit-il faisant remarquer que des cas de corruption seraient très graves.
Réagissant à la convocation du Parquet, M. Toussaint se dit prêt à répondre à une convocation du commissaire du gouvernement même s'il est convaincu que les conseillers ne peuvent être mis en cause que par la haute cour de justice.
M. Toussaint n'entend plus rester cloitrer dans un silence complice et exhorte ses collègues non impliqués dans les fraudes à faire entendre leurs voix.
LLM / radio Métropole Haïti

Edwin Zeny prend ses distances vis-à-vis de l'Inité

Le sénateur Edwin Zeny prend du recul vis-à-vis de l'Inité en raison du comportement de plusieurs sénateurs réclamant des postes ministériels en échange de la ratification du Premier Ministre. " Je ne suis plus membre du groupe parlementaire de l'Inité", insiste M. Zeny affirmant qu'il a été poussé vers la sortie par certains de ses collègues. Il qualifie d'irrespectueux le comportement de certains sénateurs qui ont réclamé des postes dans les medias moins de 24 heures après une rencontre avec M. Rouzier. Plusieurs sénateurs dont Moise Jean Charles, Wenceslass Lambert et Anacacis Jean Hector avaient réclamé des ministères régaliens tels Justice, Intérieur, Finance et Planification.
Interrogé sur le comportement de ses pairs, l'ex maire de Jacmel croit savoir que Moïse Jean Charles est le porte parole d'une frange de l'Inité et de plusieurs autres partis politiques. Elu dans le Nord, Moise Jean Charles est connu pour être un proche du mouvement Lavalas.
Rappelant que l'ex président Préval avait souhaité que Martelly puisse former son gouvernement sans obstacles, le sénateur Zeny juge normale que l'Inité s'engage dans des négociations avec l'exécutif. Les membres de l'Inité s'étaient rangés à l'avis de M. Préval précise M. Zeny. Je suis un honnête homme je ne peux cautionner ce revirement, martèle l'homme d'affaires rappelant que le rôle des législateurs est de contrôler l'exécutif.
Il croit toutefois que l'Inité pourrait réclamer des postes de direction générale dans l'administration publique. Préconisant la poursuite du dialogue entre l'exécutif et le bloc majoritaire M. Zeny estime qu'un éclatement de ce bloc peut permettre la ratification de M. Rouzier.
LLM / radio Métropole Haïti

Daniel Rouzier doit négocier selon Christian Rousseau.

Les chances de Daniel Rouzier d'accéder à la primature dépendent de sa capacité de négocier avec les blocs politiques au parlement. C'est ce qu'a affirmé, le professeur Christian Rousseau. Intervenant à la rubrique le point sur Radio et Télé Métropole, le professeur Rousseau a indiqué qu'actuellement les partis souhaitent un partage du pouvoir sans préciser ce qu'ils veulent en faire en terme politique.
Monsieur Rousseau estime que les intérêts individuels sont malheureusement priorisés dans le cadre de ces négociations devant aboutir à la ratification du prochain chef de gouvernement.
Par ailleurs Le professeur Christian Rousseau pense qu'il important les problèmes liés à l'amendement de la constitution soient réglés une fois pour toute.
Il réclame des sanctions à l'encontre de tous ceux qui ont tenté, selon lui, de souiller la loi-mère.
Rappelons que monsieur Rousseau est professeur à l'Université d'Etat d'Haïti et ancien membre du Conseil des Sages, une entité qui a été mise en place pendant la période de transition, après le départ de jean Bertrand Aristide en 2004.

La CIRH peut et doit faire mieux selon Jean Max Bellerive

Le premier ministre démissionnaire, Jean Max Bellerive, dit partager le sentiment que la Commission intérimaire pour la reconstruction d'Haïti (CIRH) peut et doit faire mieux. Le co-président de la CIRH continue cependant à croire en son utilité pour combler des déficiences du système de coordination de l'aide internationale en Haïti.
Comme mentionné par le bureau du Président de la République mercredi soir et lors des récents entretiens entre les deux coprésidents de la Commission, le Président Martelly a clairement confirmé son intention de continuer à améliorer le fonctionnement de cette structure institutionnelle, afin de la rendre encore plus performante au niveau des déboursements des fonds, plus alignée avec les priorités du gouvernement et d'arriver à une plus grande gestion des projets de reconstruction de la part des autorités haïtiennes.
Il reviendra au prochain gouvernement de trouver un accord avec le Parlement sur l'avenir de cette commission, lorsque son mandat actuel prendra fin en octobre 2011.
Jean Max Bellerive a fait ses déclarations en réaction aux rapports de certains medias concernant les travaux de la commission qu'il copréside avec l'ancien président américain Bill Clinton.
EJ/Radio Métropole Haïti