The statuette for the first annual Plezi Kanaval Awards was designed by Tisaksuk, an artisanal boutique located in Tabarre, Haiti inside of Valerio Canez. Tisaksuk is a gift shop in Port-au-Prince Haiti focusing on designing, promoting and selling artisanal products made in Haiti. 
Tisaksuk’s aim is to encourage the use of Made in Haiti products more locally and abroad. She works with various local artisans to help design and create wonderful pieces whether it be home decor, jewelry, handbags and sandals. 
Tisaksuk also received an award for supporting the award show. (via Plezi Kanaval Awards Statuette Designed by Tisaksuk | SawPanse)
On Thursday, the President Michel Martelly, accompanied by Ms. Josette Darguste, the acting Minister of Culture, participated in Pandiassou (Hinche), at the ceremony of presentation of the first components of the Orchestra of the National Music Institute of Haiti (INAMUH).

In his speech, the Head of State, in the presence among others of Mayor of the town, the Departmental Delegate of the Centre, the Bishop of Hinche, Mgr. Simon Pierre Saint-Hillien, of Miguel Sanchez, President of the “Société Anonyme Mixte Pétion/Bolivar”, of the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Haiti, Pedro Gonzalez Canino and parliamentarians from Central Department, stressed the importance of music in the proper functioning of a society and invited the responsible of INAMUH to make every effort in order to mentor 675 children recruited to be part of the orchestra in the city of Hinche.

During the ceremony, children 3 to 16 years, after only three weeks of training presented a beautiful musical performance.

The Head of State has announced that it will implement this project in each department of the country, “I am what I am today thanks to the music, it is my duty to offer this opportunity to the children of Haiti. Vive the music, Vive Haiti !”
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Vicky Jeudy is best known as Janae Watson on the Netflix breakout hit Orange Is the New Black (2013). Originally from Queens NY and of Haitian descent Vicky got her start in the entertainment world competing in beauty pageants. She was a top 25 Semifinalist in the Miss NY USA competition, where she also took home the title of Miss Photogenic. As a college student, Vicky began to seriously study the craft of acting and gained experience in the indie film world. Her emotionally nuanced performances coupled with her professionalism created fast opportunities. A humanitarian at heart, Vicky is an avid reader in holistic health who, when not on set, can be found empowering the youth in her urban community.

Haiti is reporting a significant increase in tourist arrivals, according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The country welcomed 299,646 stopover arrivals in the first nine months of 2013, a 17.9 percent year-over-year increase compared to the same period in 2012.
The data did not include a breakdown of travelers’ geographic origin, or a business/leisure breakdown.
Those numbers do not include cruise stopovers. On the cruise tourism side, Haiti saw a 5.5 percent increase in cruise visitors from January to December, with a total of 643,634, up from a reported 609,930 in 2012.
That was buoyed by particularly strong growth in the summer months, which saw a 23.9 percent improvement in stopover numbers.
If the improvement held up over the last three months of 2013, Haiti’s growth would be the largest in the region of any country with more than 100,000 visitors.

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