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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.

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.

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.

Effective 01 July 2011, all Air Jamaica flights will operate under the same "BW" airline code as Caribbean Airlines. This means that customers should expect to see Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines flights advertised with the BW code followed by respective flight number across all media advertising, airport and booking/ticketing information. For example, Air Jamaica flight JM79 which operates from Toronto to Kingston will now be displayed as BW79.

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