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20121haitiCOCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2012) – Building Hope Gala committee members from the Boca Raton and Parkland communities traveled to Haiti Oct. 8-9 with the South Florida-based nonprofit Food For The Poor. They were celebrating the inauguration of newly constructed homes, built with proceeds from February’s gala, giving 50 families a new start in life.

“It is so great to know that our gala was able to build safe and secure homes for the people of Olivier,” said Becky Carlsson, gala committee member. “Because Haiti has been out of the media for a while, I think that people don’t realize that the devastation still exists. You should come and see it with your own eyes.”

Obama_-_1When the United States presidential elections come early next month, Caribbean Americans will get a chance to decide if incumbent Barack Obama has delivered on promises he made to them leading up to the 2008 vote and deserves four more years in office.

The decision will lean heavily on their belief of whether or not the first African American president in U.S. history has done well enough after inheriting staggering problems, most bound to the worst recession since the Great Depression decades ago.

visa-passportWASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States says Haitians and Jamaicans are among nationals not eligible to apply for the 2014 Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program.

The U.S. Department of State said those nationals are ineligible because their countries “sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years.”

Other countries ineligible are: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has selected 50 partner institutions to receive financing and technical assistance for cultural development projects in 26 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

The Washington-based financial institution said eight Caribbean community (CARICOM) countries – The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago – will receive grants under its Cultural Development Program, designed to support artistic and creative endeavors.