Shakira to Build School in Haiti
By Mariela Rosario | 01/22/2010 - 10:50

Shakira is putting her money where her mouth is, as she so often does, by stepping up to the plate and announcing that her children's education non-profit Pies Descalzos will be helping to build a new school in Haiti. The Colombian pop star is partnering up with Pies Descalzos board member Howard Buffett (also the World Food Program Ambassador Against Hunger) and Architecture for Humanity to build the school.

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Back to Business as Usual for Tourism in Haiti and the Dominican Republic?
By Mariela Rosario | 01/21/2010 - 15:28

Many areas of northern Haiti and all of the Dominican Republic seem to have remained relatively unaffected by the turmoil that has destroyed the capital city of Port Au Prince in Haiti. Royal Caribbean was the first to dock a cruise ship at the northern port of Labadee in Haiti since last week's devastating earthquake and now other luxury liners are following suit. In the Dominican Republic, the tourists are still lined up at the bars, sipping on rum drinks and playing water sports.

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Aventura Brings Superstar Power to Fundraising Efforts for Haiti
By Mariela Rosario | 01/20/2010 - 14:50

Though Lady Gaga has been getting a ton of the attention from the media these days, she is going to be forced to share the international spotlight when her Monster Ball tour stops in NYC tonight. Gaga is scheduled to play four (impressively) sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall, but Bronx-born bachata group Aventura managed to one-up her, selling out Madison Square Garden (which holds more than double the capacity of Radio City) for a quartet of concerts also kicking off this evening.

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Ricky Martin Lends a Helping Hand in Haiti
By Mariela Rosario | 01/20/2010 - 09:57

Ricky Martin landed in Haiti yesterday to do some hands-on volunteering in the shaken country. Martin traveled with Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford to the capital city of Port-Au-Prince and was deeply effected by all that he saw.

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Haiti Earthquake: Victims Walk Across the Border to the Dominican Republic for Help
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 01/15/2010 - 13:57

People in a small town in the Dominican Republic called Jimani are doing a big part in saving the lives of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake victims.

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Aid Begins to Arrive as Red Cross Estimates 50,000 Deaths in Haiti
By Mariela Rosario | 01/14/2010 - 11:10

Planes are descending on Haiti as a number of nations send supplies, relief workers and aid to the devastated country. In a speech this morning, President Obama pledged $115 million to help the ravaged island nation and promised more to come as he tapped former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to help with fundraising efforts. But he also warned that it would take time, "maybe days" for Haitians to feel the full scope of the U.S. relief efforts on the ground.

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Haiti Devastated by Earthquake
By Mariela Rosario | 01/13/2010 - 09:50

Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, has been rocked by a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit around 5PM yesterday evening. The country's capital city, Port-Au-Prince, has been all but destroyed and the Red Cross is estimating that up to three million people have been affected.

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Violent Protests Rock Dominican-Haitian Border
By Mariela Rosario | 06/02/2009 - 09:40

Violent protests disrupted the Dominican-Haitian border
recently after authorities destroyed fruits and vegetables they were growing on protected land. This border area conflict is just the latest in a string of incidents that has heightened tension on the island of Hispaniola.

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Lynching of Haitian Man Highlights Tension in Dominican Republic
By Mariela Rosario | 05/11/2009 - 13:00

Carlos Nerilus, a Haitian man living in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, was lynched and beheaded last week by an angry mob. The incident was allegedly sparked by Nerilus's attack on his employer the day before, a construction foreman identified as Pascual de Leon.

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