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5th-grader uses class assignment to help kids in Haiti

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POWELL, Tenn. — Every spring, as the school year comes to an end, Kayla Ross, a fifth-grade teacher at Copper Ridge Elementary School, gives her class an unusual assignment. 

Find something you’re passionate about it, research, and develop it. 

She says it’s a lesson out of Google’s playbook. 

Every week, Google employees take what’s called a ‘Genius Hour;’ 60 minutes to work on a pet project or develop new skills. The idea is that if you let people work on something they choose and are passionate about, productivity goes up. 

Ross does the same with her Genius Hour class assignments. 

“It’s an amazing way to be free to create power points and websites, video games and posters, whatever they want to do. It’s a way to show their passion,” Ross said.

One of her students created a mechanism to help people with paralysis play soccer, another made a stand for an iPhone, and fifth-grader Mollie Addison Turner created something to help children more than a thousand miles away. 

“My cousin was born in Haiti and was adopted. I knew he came from a poor part of Haiti,” Turner said about the inspiration for her project.

When she found out White Stone Church was raising money to build a children’s sports complex a few miles away from where her cousin was born, she knew she wanted to help.

►March 2010: Haitian orphans find lifeline at Tenn. church

“I feel really bad for them and feel like they should have everything that we have. They should be able to play sports because I know they really like soccer,” Turner said. 

For Turner, the assignment became more than a school project. She set up a functioning donation website using GivingFuel.com to help White Stone Church in their fundraising efforts to build a complex complete with sports, religious ministry, and after-school programs. 

“Yes, it’s about her and the project, but more importantly she’s thinking about those girls and boys at the orphanage, and that just makes me so excited to be her teacher,” said Ross, who was thrilled to find out Turner wanted to help children in Haiti, a cause that’s close to her heart. “I went to Haiti when I was in 9th grade with that same church. We honestly didn’t connect the dots until she was more into it.” 

Turner’s website is up and running, and she’s been communicating with White Stone Church about her project. She hopes one day she’ll be able to visit Haiti as a missionary.  In the meantime, she focused on raising money.

“I just hope this gets them a lot of donations,” Turner said. 

To see Turner’s website, click here.

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Haiti Officials to Investigate Alleged Rapes of 10 Female Inmates – The Haitian Times

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Main Road of Gonaives, Haiti. Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons

Haitian officials are investigating rape allegations in a makeshift jail in Gonaives. According to a report by the Washington Post, a group of male inmates allegedly raped 10 female inmates in the Gonaives jail.

“Prosecutor Sérard Gazius told The Associated Press that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last week and overpowered police officers guarding inmates, adding that an unknown number of them are suspected of raping 10 of 12 women being held in the same facility but in separate cells.

“He said the male and female inmates were being held in a former United Nations facility since the original prison was destroyed years ago and a new one hasn’t been built. Gazius said the women were scared and have yet to identify the suspects, adding that they have received medical care.”

The women, who have not been convicted, were being held on charges ranging from robberies to attempted murder.

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The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.

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Former Antigua Regulator Appears in US Court on Fraud Charges Days After Being Extradited

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Leroy King is now in jail in the US on fraud charges.

HOUSTON, Texas, Wednesday November 13, 2019 – The former chief of Antigua and Barbuda’s
Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) Leroy King has made his first
court appearance in the United States, days after being extradited from the
twin-island nation to face charges for his alleged role in connection with the
Stanford International Bank (SIB) US$7 billion investment fraud scheme.

King, 74, was the last remaining defendant in the SIB Ponzi scheme. He had been fighting his extradition since he was charged in June 2009.

He appeared before US
Magistrate Judge Dena Hanovice Palermo in Houston, Texas, yesterday. 

King was charged along with Allen Stanford and several others. The indictment charges him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail, wire and securities fraud; seven counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of mail fraud, one counts each of conspiracy to obstruct and obstruction of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation; and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

It is alleged that King
accepted more than US$100,000 in bribes from Stanford in exchange for ignoring
the actual value of SIB’s assets. He also allegedly assisted Stanford and
others in obstructing the SEC’s investigation into the bank.

A federal jury found
Stanford guilty in June 2012 for his role in orchestrating the 20-year
investment fraud scheme in which he misappropriated US$7 billion from SIB to
finance his personal businesses. He is serving a 110-year prison sentence.

Five others were also convicted for their roles in the scheme and received sentences ranging from three to 20 years in federal prison.

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Haïti – FLASH : Séisme au large de Saint-Marc

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Haïti – FLASH : Séisme au large de Saint-Marc
15/11/2019 13:35:50

Haïti - FLASH : Séisme au large de Saint-Marc

Ce vendredi 15 novembre 2019, un séisme de magnitude 3.4 sur l’échelle de Richter a été enregistré à 10h24 et 50 secondes du matin, à 37 km au large de Saint-Marc, 32km au Nord de l’île de la Gonâve, 115 km au Nord-Ouest de Port-au-Prince, avec un épicentre à une profondeur de 31.1km.

Rappelons qu’Haïti est situé au milieu d’un vaste système de failles géologiques résultant du mouvement des plaques tectoniques des Caraïbes et de l’Amérique du Nord, ce qui explique les fréquentes secousses sismiques au pays.

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