House Speaker: 'Compelling' case for immigrant care

With the fate of health insurance for 30,000 legal immigrants hanging on the choices legislative leaders will make in the coming days, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Gov. Deval Patrick made a "good and compelling case" for maintaining the coverage. He added, though, that lawmakers were still concerned about financial constraints and had yet to finalize plans for dealing with budget issues.

Something to sip? Try a Barbancourt rum brunch punch!

RBP- the Rum Brunch Punch
Serves 4 (more or less, give or take)
Haitian-style of course with the BBC! But you can use your favorite rum though it won’t be the same.

1 QT orange juice (100% fresh squeezed, no
preservative, unpasteurized absolutely
preferred)
1 half court white or gold rum (Barbancourt
Five Star preferred)
Lots of crushed ice
Orange wedges to garnish glasses
Fresh mint leaves, for hint and to garnish

Michael's Legacy: Jackson 5, MJ had huge impact in Haiti

You’ll probably never forget where you were or what you were doing when you heard the news. I was sneaking a little time on Facebook enjoying a conversation with a fellow musician who was gigging in Switzerland.
We were enjoying a nice chat when she suddenly typed “They’re saying Michael Jackson’s dead?”
Of course, active consumer of American media that I am, I immediately thought it was half-true and that Michael was probably sick. Too young to die! No way. We haven’t seen each other in a while, but we’re growing old together.

Life Outside of Pearl: From Dream to Film Reality

Uscla "Johnny" Desarmes: Director of "Life Outside of Pearl"Uscla "Johnny" Desarmes: Director of "Life Outside of Pearl"With such a small Haitian population out here in Los Angeles, you cannot imagine the excitement shared by my wife and me as we stood in the lobby of Uscla “Johnny” Desarmes’ home in Hollywood waiting to meet him. When you’re far away from home — which in my case is the northeast, the Mecca for Haitians in the U.S.— you’re never sure what to expect from your fellow countrymen.

Five candidates seek public office across Eastern Mass

Candidates 2009: Five candidates for public office have emerged for seats in four different communities in Massachusetts this year. From left to right: Fred Fontaine, Ricardo Bonachy Telemaque, Nekita Lamour, Jean-Claude Sanon and Marc Lucas.Candidates 2009: Five candidates for public office have emerged for seats in four different communities in Massachusetts this year. From left to right: Fred Fontaine, Ricardo Bonachy Telemaque, Nekita Lamour, Jean-Claude Sanon and Marc Lucas.Four Haitian-American candidates running for office greeted a largely Haitian-American audience during a unique gathering in Dorchester last month. The forum at Sant Belvi Senior Center was organized by one of the candidates, Jean-Claude Sanon, in order to introduce the candidates, who collectively form the largest field of Haitians running for seats at one time in the state. All of the candidates with Haitian roots who are running this year are first-time candidates. Two — Fred Fontaine and Marc Lucas— are running for at-large seats on the Brockton City Council.

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