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Another migrant hotel worker has allegedly become the victim of sexual assault at the hands of a hotel guest, this time a Guyanese national who lives in Brooklyn.

The 44-year-old hotel worker at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan was allegedly assaulted by Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar.

The woman, according to police, said Omar, 74, would not let her leave and touched her inappropriately Sunday evening after he called down for a box of tissues at the posh Central Park and Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side.

romel-josephDuring the May 17, 2011 Miami-Dade Commission meeting, Commissioner Jean Monestime celebrated Haitian Cultural Heritage Month by honoring Romel Joseph, musician and survivor of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010.

Born in Haiti, Mr. Romel Joseph is a violinist and Fulbright recipient who graduated with Master of Arts from Juilliard. Partially blind since birth, Joseph was trapped in rubble after the January 12th earthquake for 18 hours before he was finally rescued. He owed his survival to prayers and concertos, both of which he recited while pinned down and not knowing if he would live.

WPBT2, in partnership with the Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC), will premiere a new original production, Haiti Journal, on Sunday, June 12 at 12:00pm (with an encore presentation on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm). Haiti Journal is a monthly public affairs program covering current affairs within the Haitian and Haitian American communities.

Through the partnership with WPBT2 and HAPC, the program will shed light on issues facing the Haitian community in the US, such as the rebuilding efforts of the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti’s political landscape and new president, Michel Martelly, and how the dual citizenship debate affects both the Diaspora and Haitians living abroad.

The city of Jacksonville used to popularly claim the slogan, “the bold new city of the south”. To many of its minority citizens, that meant unspoken racism and a history of the “good ol’ boy” system” in practice. This week voters made the decision to take a step it’s never made before with the election of Alvin Brown as Mayor.

Some people thought it was a joke, not taking the homegrown talent seriously when he decided he was going to run for Mayor. But Alvin Brown didn’t pay any attention to naysayers. With a burning desire for public advocacy that flamed back over a decade ago with a failed attempt to unseat Cong. Corrine Brown, he kept his eye on the prize.

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