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Haitian and Jamaican Patties, Traditional and Not, in Brooklyn

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If you took a slow-motion video of yourself biting into a Haitian patty at Kafe Louverture in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, it would look like this: The outer layer of pastry would shatter dramatically, like powdery snow blasting off a pair of skis. Then your teeth would sink into the gently simmered filling — beef or lamb, maybe, punctuated with sprightly flecks of pepper.

For the dough, thank Joanne Saget’s grandmother Andrea Remy. When a 7-year-old Ms. Saget moved to Brooklyn from Haiti with half of her family, they lived with her grandmother in Midwood. The matriarch made patties daily, and eventually taught Ms. Saget her technique.

Ms. Saget updated the recipe, swapping in butter for shortening, and adding a dash of whole-wheat flour for a whisper of nuttiness. At Kafe Louverture, which she opened in 2015 with her husband, Anthony Cunningham, she is carrying on a larger family tradition than she originally thought.

“Two years ago my aunt told me that my grandmother owned the biggest bakery back in Haiti,” Ms. Saget said. “I thought she just owned a market — but my aunt said no, she made patties and she made bread.”

Patties and excellent Haitian coffee are the main draw here, and you’ll often see neighbors popping a head in to ask which fillings are currently available. The chicken and beef are prepared identically, marinated in what Ms. Saget calls “green seasoning” before their eventual sauté. The seasoning’s green and Scotch bonnet peppers are the loudest ingredients, punctuating an otherwise sultry filling with bitter, fruity and spicy outbursts.

Under Ms. Saget’s watch, dried fish are resurrected into softness, then packed into her handmade puff pastry. Dried herring soaks overnight before its time in the pan with green seasoning; in patty form, it’s smoky and salty, its toughness turned into something sturdy but delicate.

Kafe Louverture has the look of an artsy-industrial coffee shop, with exposed brick and a warm wooden counter that overlooks the street. Haitian art — portraits, woodwork — hangs on one wall, opposite a row of shelves offering hot sauce, handicrafts and coffee from Haiti.

The couple have pledged to import $250,000 worth of products this year. “We want to keep the Haitians working,” Mr. Cunningham said, considering the political turmoil that has disrupted the economy since 2018. “We want to make sure that when the country slows down, the money is still funneling to the people — the farmers, the artists.”

Just across the borough, another husband-and-wife team is reimagining traditional Caribbean patties. At Branch Patty, which pops up each weekend at Artists & Fleas Williamsburg, Sam Branch and Lisa Lloyd-Branch serve Jamaican patties with crusts that skew more colorful than their Haitian counterparts, shaped into half-moons rather than rectangles.

When the couple were first dating, they would visit Christie’s Jamaican Patties on Flatbush Avenue. The restaurant, which has since closed, had been a childhood favorite of Mr. Branch, who grew up in New York and whose family is from Barbados. Its patties were the ideal on which he modeled his own.

Christie’s and its competitors often used food coloring for their crusts’ signature ocher hue, but Mr. Branch wanted to go all natural. His chicken curry and squash curry patties — two of his best — glow with a crust made yellow from turmeric; the beef patty’s red exterior comes from paprika. He is careful about his meat, and eager to note that the beef is pasture-raised, the chicken freshly ground by a local butcher.

And while Jamaican patties are Mr. Branch’s favorite style, he is not too beholden to tradition. He uses Guyanese curry powder instead of Jamaican, for its stronger punch. And his fillings are generous, each patty a full meal, almost all of them electrified by Scotch bonnets.

People have teased the couple for their flavor combinations, Mr. Branch said. “People say, ‘Oh, that’s so … different.’ But you have to push boundaries.”

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More than a dozen children killed in fire at Haitian orphanage run by US charity

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Fifteen children are dead after a fire ravaged a Haitian facility for impoverished and orphaned children.

The blaze broke out Friday at the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, according to CNN. About 60 children were able to escape the burning facility, which is run by a religious nonprofit organization based out of Pennsylvania.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise said he was “deeply moved” by the tragedy and directed authorities to investigate the cause of the fire. Investigators are looking into whether a burning candle may have sparked the blaze.

The Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding stands with blackened walls the morning after a fire broke out in Kenscoff, which is on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. A fire swept through this orphanage run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing over a dozen children, according to healthcare workers.
The Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding stands with blackened walls the morning after a fire broke out in Kenscoff, which is on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. A fire swept through this orphanage run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing over a dozen children, according to healthcare workers.

(Dieu Nalio Chery/AP)

Jennifer Melton, Haiti’s chief of child protection for UNICEF, said about 80% of the children being housed in the facility still have at least one living parent who can’t provide financial support.

The Church of Bible Understanding, which runs the facility, has been working with children in the poverty-stricken country since 1977 and supports about 150 children in Haiti.

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New Movie Explores Haitian Zombi Folklore/ Island Origins

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The French writer and director Bertrand Bonello’s new film Zombi Child offers its viewers a new appreciation of ancient Haitian Voodoo folklore, conveying issues of racism, colonialism and the strained relationship between France and Haiti. The story is a fictional depiction of a real historical figure, enslaved Haitian Clarvius Narcisse. Since its release it has been creating lots of online buzz. 

Zombi folklore is a Voodoo/Vodou/Vodun practice that originated in early 17th century Haiti and claims to bring the dead back to life through performed rituals and holistic medicine. The idea is that these reanimated corpses or ‘zombis’ are then sent to work in the sugarcane fields, without complaint. This is a slave’s worst nightmare: that after they die, they remain enslaved rather than gaining freedom and returning to the African homeland.

The film begins by depicting the inverse relationship between Clarvius, a Haitian man who is said to have been zombified in 1962, and his granddaughter Mélissa living in present day France. Mélissa retells the story of her grandfather’s demise to her friends, explaining how he died and came back to life as a Zombi to work in the hell of Haiti’s sugar cane plantations.

Bertrand illustrates Haitian Zombi folklore as distinct from that of George Romero’s zombie in Dawn of the Dead, where the dead come from hell to terrorize the living. A Haitian Zombi is simply stuck between life and death. The film was released in the United States on Jan 24, 2020 and stars Wislanda Louimat as Mélissa, Louise Labeque as Fanny, and Mackenson Bijou as Clarvius Narcisse. Zombi Child is available on the Vudu platform in the U.S.


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Haiti – Health : The Caribbean and Latin America trained in the detection of COVID-19

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Haiti – Health : The Caribbean and Latin America trained in the detection of COVID-19
16/02/2020 08:51:24

Haiti - Health : The Caribbean and Latin America trained in the detection of COVID-19

Efforts to ensure that Latin American and Caribbean countries are ready for laboratory diagnosis of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) continued this week with training in Mexico City, organized by the Pan American Organization for Health (OPS) and the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference of the Mexican Ministry of Health (InDRE) for the benefit of virologists from 6 Central American countries : Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua, as well than Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

During the training, which was held at the InDRE National Influenza Center (NIC) and led by experts from PAHO, participants were trained in the main tests and protocols to detect and diagnose COVID-19 using molecular technology. The training was also attended by virologists from Baja California public health laboratories, Jalisco and Quintana Roo to increase and expand Mexico’s response capacity. Participants also received diagnostic equipment necessary to test the disease, including primers, probes and positive controls.

“Preparing laboratories to perform early diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 in a safe environment is essential to ensuring that countries can respond quickly and effectively,” said Cristian Morales, PAHO/WHO Representative in Mexico.

The training organized in Mexico is the latest in a series of sessions which will guarantee that 29 laboratories (including the National Public Health Laboratory (LNSP) of Haiti) will be ready to detect COVID-19 in the Region by 21 February 2020, the American Atlanta CDC serving as a regional reference laboratory.

Last week, PAHO conducted training in Brazil for 9 South American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay), as well as in Venezuela.

Training has also taken place in the Caribbean, including Suriname, Barbados, Haiti https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-30015-icihaiti-health-haiti-now-has-the-means-to-detect-the-new-coronavirus-covid-19.html , to Jamaica and Dominica. This will continue in the sub-region next week with laboratory training in the Bahamas and Guyana. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has also informed that its laboratory is ready to respond to the new coronavirus, and the Institut Pasteur in Guyana is also operational to support surveillance in the French Caribbean territories.

COVID-19 Global assessment February 15 :

Sunday February 16, 2020, the number of people infected worldwide with the Coronavirus COVID-19 (laboratory and clinical confirmed cases) amounted to 69,261, an increase of 2,170 cases, however less than the previous day https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30034-haiti-news-zapping.html ; 1,669 deaths (+ 9.3%), 142 more than the day before (1,527); 9,687 people healed, i.e. 1,190 people (+ 14%) more than the day before (5.8 times more healing than death compared to 5.5 times the day before).

To date, there have been 756 confirmed infected people outside China, or 161 more than the previous day (+ 27%), including 67 new cases aboard the cruise ship “Diamond Princess” in quarantine off Japan.

Number of deaths abroad (4): 1 in the Philippines, 1 in Hong Kong, 1 in Japan and 1 in France.

See also :
https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-30015-icihaiti-health-haiti-now-has-the-means-to-detect-the-new-coronavirus-covid-19.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30010-haiti-flash-coronavirus-the-number-of-infected-and-deaths-explodes-in-24-hours.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29955-haiti-health-surveillance-measures-are-deployed-in-the-country-s-ports-and-airports.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29950-haiti-flash-the-ministry-asks-the-hospitals-of-the-country-to-prepare-for-the-coronavirus.html
https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-29947-icihaiti-dr-towards-the-establishment-of-a-sanitary-cordon-at-the-border.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29926-haiti-news-zapping.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29923-haiti-coronavirus-emergency-meeting-of-caribbean-health-ministers.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29919-haiti-flash-chinese-banned-to-go-out-of-a-plane-to-port-au-prince.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29879-haiti-health-chinese-coronavirus-the-ministry-of-health-is-reassuring.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29858-haiti-flash-chinese-coronavirus-haiti-is-preparing-and-activating-its-alert-system.html

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Haiti – Politic : President Moïse visits the Vallée-de-Jacmel

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16/02/2020 08:18:02

Haiti - Politic : President Moïse visits the Vallée-de-Jacmel

On Saturday, President Jovenel Moïse accompanied by the Prime Minister a.i., Jean Michel Lapin and other representatives of the State went to the commune of Vallée-de-Jacmel (Dept. of South-East).

The Head of State came to inspect the electrification works, which were completed in less than a month, with a view to supplying more electricity to Vallée-de-Jacmel, such as the installation of a group of 300 kilowatts, extension of the distribution network by 1.5 kilometers (wire and post), to arrive up to 4.5 kilometers, while installing prepaid meters and other infrastructure as part of the implementation of the project 24 hour power supply.

Taking advantage of his trip, the Head of State met with the Mayor of the city on several important projects such as the completion of the Vallée-de-Jacmel road, access to drinking water and the opening of the Professional Training Center…

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Haiti – U-20W World Cup : D-7, Last eliminatory phase for our Grenadières

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16/02/2020 07:51:38

Haiti - U-20W World Cup : D-7, Last eliminatory phase for our Grenadières

Saturday 24 Grenadières left the country for the Dominican Republic to carry out a mini preparation course to better tackle the last phase of the qualifiers for the Women’s U-20 World Cup (February 22 to March 8, 2020) which will take place in Dominican territory with the objective of leaving with one of the 2 qualifying tickets.

With this preparation course which begins this Sunday, February 16, under the leadership of coach Laurent Mortel, while waiting for the arrival of Midfielder Danielle Monique Étienne who will complete the list, our Grenadières will be able to benefit from the best working conditions to refine their preparation before the competition. This is a team full of talents who dream of offering Haiti a second consecutive participation in a World Cup after France 2018.

LIST of the 25 players selected :

Goalkeepers (3) : Madelina Fleuriot, Edjenie Joseph, Nahomie Ambroise.

Defender (8) : Tabita Joseph, Ruthny Mathurin, Esthericove Joseph, Méghane Saint-Cyr, Kerlidade Damour, Buernengy Adrien, Rose Pierreline France, Maudeline Moryl.

Midfielders (8) : Melchie Daelle Dumornay, Gaelle Dumas, Mirlène Dorcé, Danielle Monique Étienne, Dayana Pierre-Louis, Withmila Alcide Pierre, Dieunika Jean-Baptiste, Elisabeth Brivil.

Attackers (6) : Abaina Louis, Darlina Joseph, Bethina Petit-Frère, Mariline Guerrier, Valentina Ornis, Flero Dina Surpris.

CALENDAR of eliminatory matches (Group F) :

All of our Grenadières matches will be played at 4:00 p.m. (Haiti time) in San Cristobal. in the Dominican Republic)

Sunday February 23, 2020 :

Haiti vs Cayman Islands

Tuesday February 25, 2020 :

Haiti vs St. Kitts & Nevis

Thursday February 27, 2020 :

Haiti vs Trinidad and Tobago

See also :
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29982-haiti-women-s-foot-world-cup-qualifying-u-20-pre-list-of-the-grenadieres-convened.html

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