• DECEMBER 2015

As many in the USA seem to be developing an infatuation with the economic ‘know-how’ of European countries, I would like to submit to them this article I have read recently and which discusses the subject at hand. It always helps to put things into perspective especially before making decisions that involve a whole nation and its future. May the text enlighten you and ease your reflections on the matter.


The Poor in the US Are Richer than the Middle Class in Much of Europe

October 16, 2015
In this week’s debate, Bernie Sanders claimed that the United States has the highest rate of childhood poverty. CBS reports that Sanders said: “We should not be the country that has the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country and more wealth and income inequality than any other country,”

As even CBS notes, according to UNICEF, which is probably the source of Sanders’s factoid, the US has lower childhood poverty rates than Greece, Spain, Mexico, Latvia, and Israel, all of which are OECD countries or regarded as peer countries. The US rate (32.2 percent) is also more or less equal to the rate in Turkey, Romania, Lithuania, and Iceland. See page 8 of this report.

So, while Sanders probably doesn’t even know what he means by “major country” it’s clear that the US is not an outlier among OECD-type countries, even by UNICEF’s own analysis.

We get much more insight, though, once we have a look at what UNICEF means by “poverty rate.” In this case, UNICEF (and many other organizations) measure the poverty rate as a percentage of the national median household income. UNICEF uses 60% of median as the cut off. So, if you’re in Portugal, and your household earns under 60% of the median income in Portugal, you are poor. If you are in the US and you earn under 60% of the US median income, then you are also poor.

The problem here, of course, is that median household incomes — and what they can buy — differs greatly between the US and Portugal. In relation to the cost of living, the median income in the US is much higher than the median income in much of Europe. So, even someone who earns under 60% of the median income in the US will, in many cases, have higher income than someone who earns the median income in, say, Portugal.

Here are all the median incomes (according to the OECD’s household income comparison statistic called “median disposable income.”) When adjusted for purchasing power parity, the statistic allows us to make incomes comparable across countries that use different currencies and have different costs of living. This takes into account taxes, and social benefits paid to households. So, let’s use it to compare (the Y axis is in “international dollars”):

We see immediately that income is higher for US households than most of the other countries. What about that high poverty rate, though? Well, we find that the poverty level in the US is still higher than numerous countries’ median income level:

The green bar is the US income at poverty levels. So, this tells us that a person at 60% of median  income in the US still has a larger income than the median household in Chile, Czech Rep., Greece, Hungary, Portugal, and several others. And the poverty income in the US is very close to matching the median income in Italy, Japan, Spain, and the UK.

Keep in mind that we’re using median income here, and not GDP per capita, which means this isn’t being skewed up by a small number of mega-wealthy households. So while the US may have a rather high poverty rate, we find that being poor in the US is similar to (at least in terms of income) being a median household in many other countries, including the UK and Japan.

So, yes, the US has a higher poverty rate than many other countries, but the standard of living available to a person at poverty levels in the US is higher than it is to a person at poverty levels in places like the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Japan, New Zealand, and others.  Here are all countries at the 60% of the national median:

The relationships between the countries are the same as in the first graph, but the income levels are all lower. But again, here we see that the median incomes for people at poverty levels are higher in the US than in other countries.

Thus, the fact that the US has higher poverty rates says very little about the actual living standards of the poor. The poor have higher incomes in the US in real terms in most cases. The countries that should really give us concern are the countries that have high levels of poverty and low median incomes. In this graph, we see childhood poverty levels (on y axis, according to the UNICEF report) compared with income levels for those below 60% of median (x axis, according to the OECD):

The countries in the top left side of graph — Greece, Mexico, Israel, Spain, Italy, Ireland, UK, and Portugal  — are the ones that have the least to offer the poor. These are countries with low median income and even lower incomes for the poor (of course). Those countries with high incomes — such as the US, Switzerland, Norway, and Australia — have much higher incomes. So while there are more poor in the US (relatively speaking) the incomes of those poor are much higher in the US, and even higher than the median income of other countries in many cases. In other words, even if the poverty rate in Greece were zero percent, all those non-poor median Greek households would be poorer than a US household at the poverty line.

Also, given that the OECD’s measure here attempts to take into account income from social benefits, we can’t just say “well, those European incomes may be lower, but they get more in social benefits.” That is not true for these numbers. Social benefits included, Americans have higher incomes at both the median level and at the poverty level, when compared to most other countries.

This further illustrates the problem with speaking about poverty in terms of percentages of the median or as a percentage of total wealth. These comparisons are used to highlight inequality, but the fact is that the US (which has more inequality) offers higher incomes for those at poverty level. Is it better to be equal in Portugal or unequal in the US? One can be “equal” in Portugal, but it will mean a standard of living well below that which can be attained in the US at poverty levels.

Note on the OECD numbers: the median disposable-income numbers are found here at the OECD stats web site.  They are then divided by the PPP conversion factor for private consumption found here. Wikipedia has also already done this calculation and listed the values here.

It’s difficult to find median income numbers that can be compared across different countries, but for a second source, we can consult the Gallup survey data. Gallup has compiled its own data on median incomes based on self-reported household income from all sources. So, theoretically, this would include social benefits payments as well. The numbers here are higher than the OECD numbers because they do not appear to take into account the impact of taxes. So, without taxes factored in, the high-tax Scandinavian countries, for example, look wealthier in this comparison than they do in the OECD comparison. Nevertheless, there are some similarities overall:

In this case, the US median income is still higher than most countries in the group, but while the US ranked 4th place in the OECD survey, it ranks 6th place here. (Switzerland, oddly, is not included in the Gallup survey.)

If we reduce the US to 60% of its median level, and leave the rest alone, we find that the US, at poverty level, still comes in above or roughly equal to 15 other countries in the group. So, by this measure too, the poverty level in the US beats the median level in numerous European countries.

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Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George (December 25, 1745 – June 10, 1799) also known as “Le Mozart Noir” or “the black Mozart” was the first black man to lead France’s most important orchestras. A composer, conductor and violin virtuoso, Chevalier de Saint-George was born to a Senegalese slave and a French colonialist in the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and moved to France at the age of 8. READ MORE by clicking on picture.

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Apple, Google, and Facebook have announced they are investing billions of dollars in new technology that promises to unleash a massive supply of fuel. Enough fuel, in fact, to power the entire globe for over 36,000 years.

Apple, Google, and Facebook have announced they are investing billions of dollars in new technology that promises to unleash a massive supply of fuel.
Enough fuel, in fact, to power the entire globe for over 36,000 years.

 


The FBI agency ran a record 185,345 background checks on Friday, about 5 percent more than the amount processed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System on that day in 2014, a figure that is seen as a strong indicator of how many guns were sold, The Associated Press reported.

The FBI agency ran a record 185,345 background checks on Friday, about 5 percent more than the amount processed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System on that day in 2014, a figure that is seen as a strong indicator of how many guns were sold, The Associated Press reported.


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IVM is an experimental fertility treatment that collects and matures a woman’s eggs in a lab. Although the treatment is used in conjunction with IVF, the initial process isn’t the same.

IVM is an experimental fertility treatment that collects and matures a woman’s eggs in a lab. Although the treatment is used in conjunction with IVF, the initial process isn’t the same.


A stunning breakthrough in chemical engineering has unleashed a massive supply of fuel... Enough fuel, in fact, to power the entire globe for over 36,000 years.

A stunning breakthrough in chemical engineering has unleashed a massive supply of fuel…
Enough fuel, in fact, to power the entire globe for over 36,000 years.


The Dervaes family live on 1/10th of an acre 15 minutes from downtown L.A.. In itself that’s not strange. What’s crazy is that they manage to maintain a sustainable and independent urban farm. Complete with animals! In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of veggies, 900 chicken , 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs honey, and pounds of seasonal fruit. There are over 400 species of plants. What?! They have everything they need to ‘live off the land.’ From beets to bees. Chickens to chickpeas.

The Dervaes family live on 1/10th of an acre 15 minutes from downtown L.A.. In itself that’s not strange. What’s crazy is that they manage to maintain a sustainable and independent urban farm. Complete with animals!
In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of veggies, 900 chicken , 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs honey, and pounds of seasonal fruit. There are over 400 species of plants. What?! They have everything they need to ‘live off the land.’ From beets to bees. Chickens to chickpeas.


Occasional research on the topic Government Waste is listed below. READ MORE by clicking on picture.



Emotional intelligence (EQ or EI) is a term used to describe the ability of an individual to recognize their own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide ones own thinking and behavior.
In laymen’s terms, it’s the ability to feel and empathise with other peoples emotions, not just your own. READ MORE by clicking on picture.


Florida’s rebounding crocodile population came face to face with civilization over the weekend when a dog chasing birds on the manicured greens of a Key Biscayne golf course was mauled and killed by one of the reclusive reptiles.

Florida’s rebounding crocodile population came face to face with civilization over the weekend when a dog chasing birds on the manicured greens of a Key Biscayne golf course was mauled and killed by one of the reclusive reptiles. READ MORE by clicking on picture.

 


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Dans le cadre de l'état d'urgence instauré après les attentats parisiens du 13 novembre et de la COP21 qui dure jusqu'au 11 décembre, "des mesures exceptionnelles de circulation ont été prises afin d'assurer la sécurité des chefs d'Etat participants", rappelle la PP.

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Dans le cadre de l’état d’urgence instauré après les attentats parisiens du 13 novembre et de la COP21 qui dure jusqu’au 11 décembre, “des mesures exceptionnelles de circulation ont été prises afin d’assurer la sécurité des chefs d’Etat participants”, rappelle la PP.   READ MORE by clicking on picture.


Society seems increasingly chaotic, self-centered, and confused. Would we see some of this confusion resolve itself if we began training the next generation to focus less on themselves and their own comforts, and once again seek to provide grace and service to others? READ MORE by clicking on picture.



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LES CAMPS DE LA HONTE par Georges Valmé

D’après mes informations au centre de santé d’Anse-à-Pitre, en date du 14 Décembre, 2015; 22 cas de décès de choléra dans les camps de réfugiés.

Des centaines pour ne pas dire des milliers de varis réfugiés existent dans ces camps mais aussi, il faut avouer que certains dans ces camps ne sont pas des réfugiés.

Un individu travaillant dans ces camps m’a confié que quand ils ont appris que La Première Dame de la République aussi bien que le Premier Ministre allaient venir visiter les camps, que eux aussi ont vite couru pour établir des tentes de fortune au cas où (YOUN KOB PRAL TOMBE), ils en profiteraient aussi pour dévaliser l’Etat Haïtien de quelques milliers de Gourdes. Des vrais salauds qui veulent s’enrichir sur le dos et la misère des vrais réfugiés  et ce n’est pas tout.

Malheureusement pour une famille d’abolocho réfugiés, 3 ont trouvé la mort avec le choléra, le père et 2 des enfants, seul la mère a été sauvée.

L’’Etat Haïtien avait fait son travail afin de faciliter les réfugiés à regagner leur famille mais dans la médiocrité. 10,000 GDS a été verse Par l’Etat Haïtien afin de rapatrier chaque famille de réfugiés mais d’après les témoignages reçus, seulement 3,000 GDS ont été reçus par le chauffeur qui devrait les rapatrier par camion, les autres 7,000 GDS ont été empoché par un corrompu et nul ne pouvait citer son nom car les réfugiés ne l’ont jamais rencontré.

Le chauffeur qui devrait ramener certains de ces réfugiés a empoché beaucoup de 3,000 gdes. et a abandonné les réfugiés à Thiotte en leur disant que l’argent n’était pas suffisant et le résultat est que ces réfugiés ont remboursé chemin à pieds et sont retourné dans les camps.

Jusqu’à notre arrivée, du chlore était fourni aux réfugiés pour lutter contre le choléra et certains ont établis leur petits affaires de vente d’eau pour continuer à se procurer de l’argent sur le dos des réfugiés. Les plantes et les animaux ne sont pas susceptibles de stocker le chlore. Cependant des études en laboratoire ont montré que l’exposition répétée au chlore dans l’air peut affecter le système immunitaire, le sang, le cœur et le système respiratoire des animaux.

Le chlore provoque des dommages environnementaux à des concentrations faibles. Le chlore est spécialement nocif pour les organismes vivant dans l’eau et le sol aussi bien que pour l’être humain qui en absorbe constamment avec des fortes doses.

Vous qui lisez ceci, je vais y retourner bientôt pour continuer le travail et je vous exhorte à ne plus taire la voix de votre conscience. On s’est bien goinfré pendant la Thanksgiving, on va encore s’empiffrer pour Noël et le nouvel An avec des cadeaux, etc. pendant que nos frères haïtiens mangent de la poussière et meurent dans la misère et la honte.

Le pire est de vous voir aller tous à l’église, prier Dieu tout en ayant des cœurs en pierre et complètement indifférent à la misère des autres. Sachez que la vie est une roue qui tourne, en 1942 des milliers de Japonais se sont retrouvé dans les camps de concentrations aux USA pendant la guerre parce qu’ils étaient Japonais et tous ils étaient des innocents et je préfère de ne pas en parler des camps de concentrations Allemands où 6 millions ont été assassinés et tous parce qu’ils étaient des juifs.

Aujourd’hui, Haïti, n’étant pas en guerre, se retrouve avec des camps de réfugiés parce qu’ils sont noirs et d’origine Haïtienne et tous dans la diaspora, ouvrez vos yeux, même si vous avez un passeport américain, canadien, français, mexicain, etc. même minimes, vos chances d’aboutir dans un camp comme celle ci existe.

Ce n’est que le commencement de ce que j’ai vu et à vous raconteur avec preuves à l’appui car pendant mon séjour, des journalistes allemands étaient présents avec leur camera coûtant $10,000 à filmer et à documenter mais pas un seul journaliste haïtien n’y était.

Je vous convie bien humblement à contribuer à cette démarche qui nous regarde tous en tant qu’êtres humains qui apprécient et considèrent cette chose sacrée qu’est  la vie.

https://www.gofundme.com/stopsargasseshaiti


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Le 10 à 5h30 – Messe d’actions de grâce, Chapelle Divine Miséricorde               Le 11 à 4h30 – Défilé des équipes du Collège St. Pierre au Stadium Vincent     Le 12 – Début du Tournoi, Coupe Brigitte Desroches                                                 Le 13 – Semi-finale & Finale, Remise de Trophées


 

 


Ce lundi 30 novembre 2015 est pluvieux sur une bonne partie d’Haïti. En plus de la pluie, certaines localités du pays auraient reçues de la grêle.

Ce lundi 30 novembre 2015 est pluvieux sur une bonne partie d’Haïti. En plus de la pluie, certaines localités du pays auraient reçues de la grêle.


Un décret. Une vertu. Celle de réactiver des dispositions constitutionnelles pour remobiliser les Forces armées d’Haïti. Pour rassurer, Lener Renaud, ministre de la Défense, soutient que les FAD’H nouvelle version embrasseront la modernité, tourneront le dos à la répression et se mettront, avec des jeunes, des universitaires, au service d’une Haïti qui a besoin d’assumer ses responsabilités, sans compter sur l’international.

Un décret. Une vertu. Celle de réactiver des dispositions constitutionnelles pour remobiliser les Forces armées d’Haïti. Pour rassurer, Lener Renaud, ministre de la Défense, soutient que les FAD’H nouvelle version embrasseront la modernité, tourneront le dos à la répression et se mettront, avec des jeunes, des universitaires, au service d’une Haïti qui a besoin d’assumer ses responsabilités, sans compter sur l’international.


Un informe del Observatorio Empresarial de la Universidad del Rosario revela que las economías de Colombia (2,8%), México (2,6%), Perú (2,6%), Chile (2,5%) y Uruguay (2,3%), tendrán un crecimiento intermedio en la región, superadas por Haití (3,2%), Paraguay (3,2%), Costa Rica (3,1%) y Honduras (2,9%), indica el informe Cierre de las Economías de América Latina y el Caribe para 2015. - Pour plus amples details, voir: http://www.elcolombiano.com/colombia-es-superada-en-su-economia-por-haiti-segun-universidad-del-rosario-JY3203830

Un informe del Observatorio Empresarial de la Universidad del Rosario revela que las economías de Colombia (2,8%), México (2,6%), Perú (2,6%), Chile (2,5%) y Uruguay (2,3%), tendrán un crecimiento intermedio en la región, superadas por Haití (3,2%), Paraguay (3,2%), Costa Rica (3,1%) y Honduras (2,9%), indica el informe Cierre de las Economías de América Latina y el Caribe para 2015. – Pour plus amples details, voir: http://www.elcolombiano.com/colombia-es-superada-en-su-economia-por-haiti-segun-universidad-del-rosario-JY3203830


Kosto Cadet used the engine of a 125cc motorcycle to power his car and put a full one year to finish building it because he did not have the means to acquire the material he needed to complete the endeavor. but he said he could make one in about two months if he had the means and the material.

Kosto Cadet used the engine of a 125cc motorcycle to power his car and put a full one year to finish building it because he did not have the means to acquire the material he needed to complete the endeavor. but he said he could make one in about two months if he had the means and the material.


Jovenel Moïse - Mwen vle vin prezidan'w paske mwen konn kouman pou'm mete tè a, solèy la, moun yo ak rivyè yo ansanm pou mwen fè'w jwenn yon lavi miyò.

Jovenel Moïse – Mwen vle vin prezidan’w paske mwen konn kouman pou’m mete tè a, solèy la, moun yo ak rivyè yo ansanm pou mwen fè’w jwenn yon lavi miyò.

Lancé en 1997 sous le président René Préval avant d’être finalement inauguré en 2003 sous Aristide, l’ONA-Ville (nom du projet de logements sociaux de l’ONA) a été jusque-là un fiasco. Un protocole d’entente a été signé entre l’Etat haïtien et l’ONA pour l’acquisition des 90 unités de logement qui ont été réhabilitées. Elles sont désormais destinées aux policiers.

Lancé en 1997 sous le président René Préval avant d’être finalement inauguré en 2003 sous Aristide, l’ONA-Ville (nom du projet de logements sociaux de l’ONA) a été jusque-là un fiasco. Un protocole d’entente a été signé entre l’Etat haïtien et l’ONA pour l’acquisition des 90 unités de logement qui ont été réhabilitées. Elles sont désormais destinées aux policiers.


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• NOVEMBER 2015

a much talented painter, sculptor & portraitist

In the words of the artist from his official website:

PATRICK NOZE 00“… as you venture into my world of art, you will find subject matters that intrigue  your  imagination . My goal is to emphasize the Haitian culture and touch the heart of the world through visual imagery of its culture .  I do not restrict my artistic abilities, I have a wide range of styles. I have chosen to concentrate in the positive aspects of the Haitian culture because I  can identify better with the Haitian Struggle.   I am a Haitian artist educated in America, yet I still maintain the richness of the artistic techniques of Haiti. The brilliance of the colors   adapted in a different  style  One  will find correctness of anatomy and perception of dept , that differs my work from naïf paintings.   My style  defines  the apply artistic theories of a Haitian Artist educated in America.  My style represent a renaissance version of Haitian art. I welcome you to my world of art.”


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6008 Raleigh Street # 2305
Orlando, Florida 32835
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The artist’s work is featured on the front page of this issue of Coucou Magazine. Click here to see it.


 


These books were carefully selected for your edification and to commemorate the Battle of Vertières on November 18, one which was decisive to the independence of Haiti. Please enjoy and make your own suggestions to contribute to this collection.

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France on Tuesday rejected a petition calling for it to pay $17 billion to help with Haiti earthquake reconstruction as a way to make amends for fees charged Haiti by the French crown 200 years ago.

France on Tuesday rejected a petition calling for it to pay $17 billion to help with Haiti earthquake reconstruction as a way to make amends for fees charged Haiti by the French crown 200 years ago.

 


HaitianLivesMatter

Au nom de cette communauté en détresse, MERCI à tous ceux qui y ont signé la pétition et continuent de le faire.


Pourquoi le mot Vertières n'est pas dans le dictionnaire français?

Pourquoi le mot Vertières n’est pas dans le dictionnaire français?


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«Notre pays, la France, fut attaquée par de multiples attentats terroristes revendiqués par vous, l’État islamique. Ces attentats ne peuvent pas rester impunis. C’est pourquoi les Anonymous du monde entier vont vous traquer. Oui, vous les vermines qui tuent les pauvres innocents. Oui, nous allons vous traquer, comme nous avons pu le faire depuis les attentats de Charlie Hebdo», dit le personnage masqué d’une voix robotisée.

«Notre pays, la France, fut attaquée par de multiples attentats terroristes revendiqués par vous, l’État islamique. Ces attentats ne peuvent pas rester impunis. C’est pourquoi les Anonymous du monde entier vont vous traquer. Oui, vous les vermines qui tuent les pauvres innocents. Oui, nous allons vous traquer, comme nous avons pu le faire depuis les attentats de Charlie Hebdo», dit le personnage masqué d’une voix robotisée.


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Gorgeous young Brandi Weaver-Gates, 23, wins a Pennsylvania beauty pageant while fighting leukemia… Except that one of the things in that last sentence isn’t true. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

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Santa Claus — a nuisance? Whoever would have thought? CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.


Publié par wikistrike.com sur 7 Mars 2015, 09:08am

Un drone pourrait planter un milliard d’arbres par an

Planter un milliard d’arbres grâce à des drones : c’est le pari fou entrepris par Lauren Fletcher, un ex-ingénieur de la NASA.

C’est un drone capable d’abord de survoler un terrain, d’évaluer la nature du sol et de voir le meilleur emplacement pour planter. Ensuite, ce drone “chef” est suivi par d’autres petits drones qui, eux, vont semer des arbres.

Ils sont équipés de canons à air comprimé capables de projeter à des endroits précis des graines germées entourées d’un gel nutritif. Ils bombardent le sol. La graine s’enfonce et finit, si tout va bien, par donner naissance à un arbre.

Cet escadron de drones doit permettre de planter à un rythme industriel, pour lutter contre la déforestation. On estime que 26 milliards d’arbres sont coupés ou brûlés par an sur la planète.

36.000 graines par jour

Pour replanter, c’est un travail énorme. Il faut des bras, beaucoup d’humains. Il y a des programmes en Afrique, mais les moyens ne sont pas suffisants. Seuls les Chinois sont capables, avec une énorme main d’oeuvre et du matériel efficace, de planter rapidement des millions d’arbres.

C’est Lauren Fletcher, un ancien ingénieur de la NASA, qui a mis au point ces drones. Grâce à ses robots volants, il compte semer jusqu’à 36.000 graines par jour, y compris dans des terrains difficiles d’accès. Il a créé sa société et va commencer ses premiers bombardements écologiques cette année au Brésil et en Afrique du Sud.

 Source: Wikistrike


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When planted, the tree seed is nourished by and absorbs the nutrients from the ashes of your body which are contained inside. The urn itself is made from coconut shell and contains compacted peat and cellulose. The ashes are mixed with this, and the seed placed inside. You can even choose which type of tree you’d like to grow! Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer. We now have the option of turning cemeteries into forests, which is a little bit less traditional but is far more practical. This could be a great way to help sustain the environment, contribute to the well-being of the ecosystem, and to know that the remains of your loved ones will live on through the beautiful expression of nature. So which would you prefer; leaving behind a tree or a tombstone? CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.


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Sex with a humanoid robot will become common practice by 2025, even overtaking sex between humans, says futurologist Ian Pearson. His report on the future of sex has been published in partnership with Bondara, one of UK’s leading sex toy shops. By 2030 virtual sex will become as casual as browsing porn websites and by 2035 many will have toys that interact with virtual reality, according to the report. In fact, high-income groups could begin to use some forms of robot sex as early as 2025, before the practice overtakes sex between humans fully by 2050. Initially, people will find it difficult to adjust to this new sex activity but will eventually become used to it, just as they embraced porn, says Pearson. When the look and feel of robots improve, people’s opinion will also change, he added. “A lot of people will still have reservations about sex with robots at first but gradually as they get used to them, as the AI and mechanical behaviour and their feel improves, and they start to become friends with strong emotional bonds, that squeamishness will gradually evaporate, While some people will enthusiastically embrace relationship-free robot sex as soon as they can afford one, as early as 2025, it won’t have much chance of overtaking sex with humans overall until 2050.” said Pearson


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• OCTOBER 2015

Les Variétés de Sabine

Sabine Jean Jacques is an accomplished event planner/producer who has built a name for herself and her company, Les Variétés de Sabine, in the Haitian Event Industry officially a year ago. Sabine has over fifteen years of personal experience way before attending professional classes in Long Island N.Y. from 2008 to 2009. Now, she is recognized as one of the top Haitian planners in South Florida.

VARIETES DE SABINE 00Sabine’s gifts of organization, attention to details, creative imagination, concept design and contagious enthusiasm have earned her a reputation for unparalleled excellence as an event planner and designer. Sabine will execute your concepts flawlessly while maintaining a pleasant, calm and helpful demeanor to ensure an amazing experience for you and your guests.

Sabine has acquired a love for planning weddings, parties and sometimes organizes and promotes her own public event. Special events are a lot like staging an interior of a room, both involve a great deal of planning and creating, both involve the pressure to impress, and if something happens, you need to be able to improvise and come up with solutions. Sabine takes pleasure and pride in the fact that each wedding and event produced by Les Variétés de Sabine is unique and customized to the clients’ expressed tastes and desires.


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Contact Information:
  • SABINE JEAN JACQUES, Owner & Public Relations
  • REGINALD DELALEU, Marketing & Public Relations

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Is there any pride left in being responsible for ourselves rather than depend on others to sustain us like parasites?

The dream is not so impossible when others have realized it before us. If there is one thing we don’t have to be ashamed to grab and emulate, it is the wonderful examples that spring around us every day.  

No physical handicap should keep us from flying high; the role-models are numerous there as well.

Then, let’s get rid of the hang-ups that tie us and be the whole persons we were meant to be.


Top 10 Rags-To-Riches Success Stories Of All Time

They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. These inspiring figures had less than a lemon to start out with – and are now known for their sheer tenacity as they climbed to the top.

1. Henry Ford

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Henry Ford – Image Credit: hemmings (dot) com

Henry Ford was a farm boy who went on to revolutionize transportation industry in America. Ford was very interested in mechanics from a young age, when he dismantled and reassembled a pocket watch at the age of 15 his father had given him. A self-taught watch repairman who graduated to being an apprentice machinist, Ford started his personal experiments on gasoline engines which was the beginning of his vast Ford empire. And his net worth, as per Forbes in 2008, is a cool $188.1 billion.

2. Walt Disney

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Our childhood would have been dreary without this genius of a man. Walt Disney was also another boy brought up in a farm – and used to draw pictures for his neighbors for money. He used to be the cartoonist for the school newspaper, Disney went through the jobless phase where no one hired him, and his brother had to help him out with his job search. He went from rags to riches by starting out with advertisements and going on to animating his own cartoons.

3. Ralph Lauren

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Born in a strict Jewish family with a house painter for a father, Ralph Lauren grew up with big dreams. He used to sell ties to his classmates to earn some cash, and he mentioned in his yearbook that he wanted to be a millionaire. His interest in ties went on help his put his foot through the door of bigger achievements in the fashion world. When he was signed on to design the clothes for ‘The Great Gatsby’ in 1974, he was catapulted into the fame which he commands today.

4. Steve Jobs

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This Apple founder is now a household name. Jobs was given away for adoption by his biological parents and he became interested in electronics after his foster dad showed him the joys of technical tinkering in their garage. He had to drop out of college, because his education was costing his foster parents a lot. He used to return Coke bottles for money and live on free meals at the Hare Krishna temple. A hippie who used to trip on LSD, Jobs went from a technician in Atari, Inc. to becoming the CEO of Apple Inc.

5. Richard Branson

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Image Credit: flightdeckindia (dot) blogspot (dot) com

Branson went from being a dyslexic kid who performed badly in school to a British business magnate with a net worth of 4.6 billion. There was a time when Richard Branson started his record business from the crypt of a church – and now he is the fourth richest citizen of the UK. This entrepreneur is an example of how one can be eccentric and yet rake in the moolah. He had his finger in many pies – record label, airways and telecom.

6. John Paul DeJoria

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Born to Italian and Greek immigrant parents, this billionaire had to sell newspapers when he was nine to support his family. He has lived in a foster home, been part of a street gang and jumped through a number of jobs. With a loan of $700, he began what is now known the world over as the Paul Mitchell line of hair products. He went on to own 70% of The Patron Spirits Company, the world’s ultra-premium tequila brand. If this is not a rags-to-riches story, we do not know what is.

7. Oprah Winfrey

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Born to a housemaid and a coalminer, Oprah definitely did not grow in the lap of luxury. Living the life of poverty, where she used to have to wear dresses made out of potato sacks and was molested by relatives. She entered the world of media after getting the job of a news-reader in a local black radio station. After she got her first talk-show in Chicago, there was no looking back for this TV personality.

8. J.K. Rowling

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Born in a lowly English family, Rowling battled depression, suicidal tendencies and poverty to become one of the most loved British authors in the world for her hugely popular Harry Potter series. Highly imaginative as a kid who thrived on stories, she drew from her surroundings and the people in her life as inspirations for the books which have now become one of the biggest movie franchises. From her humble beginnings, she has gone on to become one of the most powerful women in the United Kingdom.

9. Daymond John

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A black boy growing up in Queens – one would not have pegged John as a potential entrepreneur who would go on to become the CEO of the hip-hop clothing brand FUBU. But that he did, with an entrepreneurial instinct that he honed from his school days. Selling popular wool hats at half their market price, he mortgaged their house for future business expansion. It paid off well – and he now is one of the most influential motivational speakers in America.

10. Chris Gardner

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This is the man whose life has inspired the Will Smith-starrer ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’. Physically abused by his stepfather as a child and placed in a foster home, Gardner’s woes did not leave him even as he grew up to marry and be a father. As shown in the movie, Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising his kid. It was the strength of the lessons he learnt from his mother that he went from rags to riches by tenaciously building himself to be the CEO

There is no disadvantage these personalities did not suffer on their journey from birth to where they stand today – but sheer tenacity, confidence and hard work led them to the inspiring figures they are today.

 


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“L’initiatrice” de Margaret Papillon

Résumé:

Haïti, années 1970-1980 – Thierry Brouard est un adolescent qui, à dix-sept ans, a gardé encore toute son innocence ; ce que son père, Peter Brouard, a du mal à digérer. En effet, ce dernier, dans sa tête de macho invétéré, trouve le fait absolument inadmissible. En général, dès que ses fils atteignent l’âge de 15 ans, il prend l’initiative de conduire ceux-ci dans des maisons closes pour les dégourdir, les déniaiser, comme il aime à le répéter. C’est ainsi qu’il avait toujours procédé pour ses aînés, poursuivant ainsi une longue tradition familiale vieille d’un bon demi-siècle.

Mais, pour le benjamin, le refus de ce rituel est total, car il est follement amoureux de Christelle, sa girlfriend, belle comme le jour, et ne rêve, secrètement, que de perdre sa pureté dans ses bras.

Suzanne Brouard, sa mère, appuie pleinement la position de son fiston, au grand dam de son mari.
Pour contourner le problème et vaincre les réticences de son rejeton, Peter Brouard, exaspéré par l’attitude jugée peu virile de son fils, fait venir de province, Louloune, une jeune fille en fleur, de condition modeste, à qui il confie la lourde tâche d’ouvrir à Thierry, le réfractaire, le monde merveilleux de la volupté charnelle.
Mais, comment Louloune allait-elle s’y prendre pour accomplir ce tour de force alors qu’elle-même était à peine nubile ?
Ces adolescents, vivant dans une Haïti au temps de la dictature du patriarcat, où le machisme faisait loi, s’en sortiront-ils ?L’initiatrice, une histoire magistrale sur l’adolescence où les sentiments nobles occupent leur vraie place. La grandeur d’âme s’étale ici dans toute sa dimension la plus humaniste.L’initiatrice, une œuvre aussi sur l’amour et l’amitié. Une chronique pleine de minis drames, mais non moins… farcie de petits bonheurs… qui deviendront… grands.

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