Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hedj hedj hedj Haiti quietly marks quake's 3rd anniversary

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — President Michel Martelly urged Haitians to recall the tens of thousands of people who lost their lives in a devastating earthquake three years ago, marking the disaster's anniversary Saturday with a simple ceremony.

Former President Bill Clinton joined Martelly later in the day for a similarly quiet wreath-laying commemoration.

"Haitian people, hand in hand, we remember what has gone," Martelly said in the morning as a gigantic Haitian flag flew at half-staff before him on the front lawn of the former National Palace, a pile of tangled steel reinforcement bars nearby. "Hand in hand, we're remembering, we're remembering Jan. 12."

Martelly thanked other countries and international organizations for their help since the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster.

Clad in black, several dozen senior government officials gathered where the opulent white palace stood before it collapsed in the temblor and was later demolished. Foreign diplomats and Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova, earlier named by Martelly as one of Haiti's goodwill ambassadors, were also there.

In the speech, Martelly announced a government contest seeking designs for a monument to honor those who died in the quake. He also said the government had just released a new construction code aimed at ensuring new buildings are seismically resistant in hopes of preventing the same kind of catastrophic damage in any future earthquake.

In the late morning, Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, joined Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe in placing a wreath at a mass burial site north of the capital of Port-au-Prince. None of the three spoke at the event.

Clinton expressed hope about Haiti's future in brief comments to reporters after the ceremony.

"I think that you will see, particularly in the economic sphere, a lot more in the coming year, where Haiti is projected to have the highest growth rate in the Caribbean," he said. "Well, we hope to speed up some of the infrastructure.  We have to repair the agriculture and … build a lot more houses. We've got to get those people out of those tents."

Clinton, Martelly and Lamothe met privately in the afternoon.

Comments
Devils top D Vatanen out today vs. Lightning

Devils top D Vatanen out today vs. Lightning

TAMPA – Devils top defenseman Sami Vatanen will not play today because of an upper body injury suffered during the first period of Game 4, coach John Hynes announced this afternoon.Mirco Mueller will replace Vatanen in the lineup.Game 5 begins ...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Deputies arrested a man they said tackled a woman in February and removed her shorts before fleeing.Robert Mark Hembree Jr., 31, was arrested late Friday. He faces charges of sexual battery and petit theft.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Detectives seek man who a...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site

Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site

Global chemical weapons watchdog says it has collected samples from Douma, Syria, two weeks after suspected chemical weapons attack.
Updated: 1 hour ago
After Facebook scrutiny, is Google next?

After Facebook scrutiny, is Google next?

Facebook has taken the lion's share of scrutiny from Congress and the media about data-handling practices that allow savvy marketers and political agents to target specific audiences, but it's far from alone
Updated: 1 hour ago
Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

President Donald Trump says he doesn't expect personal lawyer Michael Cohen to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings
Updated: 1 hour ago
Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'legal lynching'

Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'legal lynching'

Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job
Updated: 1 hour ago
Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'legal lynching'

Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'legal lynching'

Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job
Updated: 1 hour ago

Iran's president slams morality police's tactics with women

Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's president has criticized the morality police's use of violence against woman failing to observe the national Islamic dress code
Updated: 1 hour ago
Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'legal lynching'

Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries 'legal lynching'

Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Latest: IMF says trade tensions, debt threaten economy

The Latest: IMF says trade tensions, debt threaten economy

The International Monetary Fund's policymaking committee says a strong world economy is threatened by increasing tension over trade and heavy global debts
Updated: 1 hour ago