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City of Doral elected officials, employees, volunteers and donors prepare to load the last container full of supplies bound for the island of Haiti as part of the Doral Earthquake Relief effort.After four months of collecting food, water, clothing and medical supplies for the Haiti Earthquake Relief effort, the City of Doral and the Doral Rotary Club will pack and ship off the sixth and final container to the neighboring island on May 21, 2010.
Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Ambassador Dudley Joseph Thompson. Ambassador Thompson died Friday morning, one day after his 95th birthday. Mrs. Simpson Miller said she was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Thompson, an outstanding Jamaican politician, diplomat and statesman, and a personal and dear friend for more than four decades.
P.J. Patterson at FIUFormer Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson waxed warm on his topic with his relevant and thought-provoking delivery at the Twelfth Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture last Friday. The event was held at Florida International University’s South Campus, as part of its African & African Diaspora Studies Program Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture Series.Due to the catastrophic devastation wrought by the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, this year’s Lecture, “The Renaissance of Haiti: A Template for Caribbean Integration,” addressed critical issues pertaining to Haiti’s rebirth and the special responsibility of metropolitan countries to ensure it.Mr. Patterson is an engaging and self-effacing lecturer, presently the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Special Representative on Haiti’s Reconstruction and authorized by its government to represent it in appropriate fora. Most notable on Friday night, was his sound historical knowledge of Haiti’s - the then ‘Pearl of the Antilles’ - powerful 1791-1804 slave revolution. This was bolstered by a clear understanding of its potential and the current obstacles to achieving this. Mr. Patterson was firm in his assertion that history should not be repeated in the imposition of prescriptions for Haiti, whatever the context, but that the Haitian people, as one nation, should chart their own destiny. As he succinctly put it: “Every crisis presents an opportunity.”
The United Nations human rights chief has spoken out against the failure by the United States to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on the Caribbean island of Cuba and to ensure accountability for serious violations, including torture that allegedly took place there.     “It is 10 years since the U.S. Government opened the prison at Guantanamo, and now three years since 22 January 2009, when the President (Barack Obama) ordered its closure within 12 months,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay noted in a statement last month.
(L-R) Major Joseph Bernadel, Interim Commissioner on the Reconstruction of Haiti, Ambassador Merten, Bernice Fidelia, Commissioner Rolle District Director, Com. Rolle, Ralph Latortue, Consul General in Miami.Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle welcomed U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten to a special lecture at Florida International University on September 13, 2010. The event on Haiti reconstruction featured Ambassador Merten discussing his experience during Haiti’s earthquake, as well as the U.S. government’s role in helping Haiti rebuild. Commissioner Rolle welcomed the ambassador along with Maj. Joseph Bernadel, U.S Army (Ret.).
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