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With freedom and the stimulation of Cincinnati, Ohio, then known as “Athens of the West”, he immersed himself in literature and fine arts, absorbed the landscape paintings of Thomas Cole and Frederick Church and dedicated himself to mastering landscape painting.</div> <p> </p> <div style="color: #454545; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><img height="213" width="300" src="images/stories/dunson.jpg" alt="dunson" style="float: right; margin: 4px;" />&nbsp; &nbsp; The premiere exhibition, "Robert S. Duncanson: The Spiritual Striving of the Freedman’s Sons" opened on May 1, 2011 at the Thomas Cole National Site in Catskill, N.Y. I was transported into the environment that inspired Thomas Cole as I approached the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. 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Duncanson 1821-1872”, the first full-length biography of Duncanson.</div> <div style="color: #454545; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"></div> <div style="color: #454545; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Thomas Cole, the father of American landscape painting and founder of the Hudson River School of Art in Catskill, New York greatly influenced Duncanson in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Duncanson, a free person of color in Ohio during slavery, cultivated craft knowledge as a house painter to achieve success as a self-taught portrait artist. With freedom and the stimulation of Cincinnati, Ohio, then known as “Athens of the West”, he immersed himself in literature and fine arts, absorbed the landscape paintings of Thomas Cole and Frederick Church and dedicated himself to mastering landscape painting.</div> Propecia online » Canadian Pharmacy Online. 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Cheap Secure - Buy Online Without Prescription. 2010-05-20T17:13:02Z 2010-05-20T17:13:02Z http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=273:md-senator-announces-new-federal-funding-for-harriet-tubman-underground-railroad-historical-park-in-dorchester-county&catid=124:news-bites&Itemid=73 Ashlea Pope ashlea@africandiasporatourism.com <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.)&nbsp;announced $462,650 in federal funding for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester County. The funds were included in the fiscal year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Senator Mikulski also announced she has requested $500,000 in this year’s annual transportation and housing funding bill to continue work on the Park.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">“Harriet Tubman was a courageous fighter who delivered hundreds of slaves to freedom on her Underground Railroad,”&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">said. “She was tireless in her commitment to fight for those who could not fight themselves. I am proud to announce funds for this Park to honor her memory.”</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">These funds will be used to design and construct the Park’s visitor center and recreational facilities, including a memorial garden with informational exhibits, walking paths, bike facilities, an access road, parking for buses and cars, and well and wastewater treatment.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Once complete, the new historical park is expected to attract an additional 200,000 visitors to the area each year, supporting tourism jobs on the Eastern Shore. Tourism is the fourth largest industry in Maryland.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;“Part of freedom is economic opportunity and security,”&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> said. “This park is also about creating and sustaining jobs on the Eastern Shore.”</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and Congressman Frank Kratovil, Jr., </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">worked together to put the funds in the federal checkbook. In addition to the funds announced today, they won $475,000 for the project in fiscal year 2009, bringing the total in federal funds for the project to almost $1 million to date.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">is a</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">co-sponsor of the&nbsp;</span><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Act</span></em><span style="font-size: 10pt;">, which when passed will officially establish this park within the National Park Service to honor the life of Harriet Ross Tubman, the most famous “conductor” of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">“If there is no struggle, there is no progress,”&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">said. “Harriet Tubman knew that, and so do I. Her legacy continues to inspire me and I am proud to fight every day for the freedom and equality she dedicated her life to.”</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. At the age of 27, she escaped from slavery and created the Underground Railroad, helping slaves travel northward to freedom. After the Civil War, she settled in Auburn, New York, where the Harriet Tubman Historical National Park has been created in her honor.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Source: milkulski.senate.gov</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.)&nbsp;announced $462,650 in federal funding for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester County. The funds were included in the fiscal year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Senator Mikulski also announced she has requested $500,000 in this year’s annual transportation and housing funding bill to continue work on the Park.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">“Harriet Tubman was a courageous fighter who delivered hundreds of slaves to freedom on her Underground Railroad,”&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">said. “She was tireless in her commitment to fight for those who could not fight themselves. I am proud to announce funds for this Park to honor her memory.”</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">These funds will be used to design and construct the Park’s visitor center and recreational facilities, including a memorial garden with informational exhibits, walking paths, bike facilities, an access road, parking for buses and cars, and well and wastewater treatment.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Once complete, the new historical park is expected to attract an additional 200,000 visitors to the area each year, supporting tourism jobs on the Eastern Shore. Tourism is the fourth largest industry in Maryland.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;“Part of freedom is economic opportunity and security,”&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski</span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> said. “This park is also about creating and sustaining jobs on the Eastern Shore.”</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and Congressman Frank Kratovil, Jr., </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">worked together to put the funds in the federal checkbook. In addition to the funds announced today, they won $475,000 for the project in fiscal year 2009, bringing the total in federal funds for the project to almost $1 million to date.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">is a</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">co-sponsor of the&nbsp;</span><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Act</span></em><span style="font-size: 10pt;">, which when passed will officially establish this park within the National Park Service to honor the life of Harriet Ross Tubman, the most famous “conductor” of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">“If there is no struggle, there is no progress,”&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Senator Mikulski </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">said. “Harriet Tubman knew that, and so do I. Her legacy continues to inspire me and I am proud to fight every day for the freedom and equality she dedicated her life to.”</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. At the age of 27, she escaped from slavery and created the Underground Railroad, helping slaves travel northward to freedom. After the Civil War, she settled in Auburn, New York, where the Harriet Tubman Historical National Park has been created in her honor.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Source: milkulski.senate.gov</span></span></p> Propecia online » Canadian Pharmacy Online. 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Inside, almost four months of unwelcome silence ended recently when conveyor belts began rolling again, churning out thousands of bottles of pure sugar-cane rum.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It was an especially sweet moment for Thierry Gardere, the general director and fourth generation in his family to run Rhum Barbancourt.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">In the 35 seconds that the earth jolted on January 12, Barbancourt lost $4 million, about a third of its annual profit.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Bottles crashed. Wood cracked. Liquid gold spilled onto the floors of the distillery.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Gardere, 58, whose house in upscale Pétionville tumbled, survived the earthquake with a few scrapes and bruises. But the business loss was stunning.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Not since the founding of Barbancourt in 1862 had Haiti's iconic rum maker come to such a startling halt. Haiti's best-known national brand had continued production through dictatorships and brutal repression. And weathered tough times during an early 1990s U.S. trade embargo.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Against all odds, Gardere had kept the distillery going. Until the earthquake.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">"For months, we were not able to sell," Gardere said. "It will take awhile to get back into the pipeline."</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The company was producing more than 330,000 cases of rum every year, exporting about 20 percent to the United States. After the quake, its 250 workers who lost loved ones and homes were also left without salaries. Now, most have returned to meet steep demand and recoup losses, which optimistically, Gardere said, will take three years.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">He wondered how his great-great uncle Dupre Barbancourt might have reacted to the widespread earthquake destruction in Port-au-Prince.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Barbancourt arrived on these shores from France, bringing with him the carefully honed techniques employed to make the world's finest cognac. Unlike other popular Caribbean rums, Barbancourt boasts that it uses only sugar cane -- no molasses -- and distills the sweet stuff twice like cognac before aging it in fine French oak.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Gardere strolled through the distillery, reporter in tow, proudly explaining the rum-making process. Outside, a giant machine chewed up raw sugar cane plucked from nearby fields and spit out fresh juice ready for fermentation.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The company's trusted fans, the fine rum drinkers who savor each sip, included the writer Graham Greene, who decades ago was often spotted with a glass of Barbancourt at Port-au-Prince's famed Oloffson Hotel.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It's a source of great national pride, said Gardere, who is content he stayed in Haiti to run the family business.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The current Barbancourt distillery was constructed in the 1950s, around the time Gardere was born. He grew up with the intoxicating scent of sugar cane, learning the craft of fermentation, distillation and the perfect marriage of air, wood and liquid.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">His parents sent him to safety in France after dictator François "Papa Doc" Duvalier rose to power. Fourteen years later, Gardere returned. It was 1976 and business was booming in Haiti</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">. Barbancourt increased production by as much as 50 percent a year.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">In 1990, when his father died, Gardere took over the rum distillery. It was in his blood, in Haiti's blood and now, perhaps, in his daughter's, too. His British-educated daughter has expressed interest in helping run the business.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">After the quake, people asked Gardere if he intended to start life again somewhere else. But he isn't leaving.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">"I've survived a lot of things," he said. "Why should I abandon Haiti now?"</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">After a noticeable hiatus, Barbancourt rum is back in local bars and restaurants.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p class="cnnInline"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">At the Port-au-Prince</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;airport, departing visitors clutch yellow duty-free shopping bags. In them they carry bottles of Haitian pride.</span></span></p> <p class="cnnInline"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Source: CNN</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The heady smell wafts through the air at the distillery just north of the Haitian capital. Inside, almost four months of unwelcome silence ended recently when conveyor belts began rolling again, churning out thousands of bottles of pure sugar-cane rum.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It was an especially sweet moment for Thierry Gardere, the general director and fourth generation in his family to run Rhum Barbancourt.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">In the 35 seconds that the earth jolted on January 12, Barbancourt lost $4 million, about a third of its annual profit.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Bottles crashed. Wood cracked. Liquid gold spilled onto the floors of the distillery.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Gardere, 58, whose house in upscale Pétionville tumbled, survived the earthquake with a few scrapes and bruises. But the business loss was stunning.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Not since the founding of Barbancourt in 1862 had Haiti's iconic rum maker come to such a startling halt. Haiti's best-known national brand had continued production through dictatorships and brutal repression. And weathered tough times during an early 1990s U.S. trade embargo.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Against all odds, Gardere had kept the distillery going. Until the earthquake.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">"For months, we were not able to sell," Gardere said. "It will take awhile to get back into the pipeline."</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The company was producing more than 330,000 cases of rum every year, exporting about 20 percent to the United States. After the quake, its 250 workers who lost loved ones and homes were also left without salaries. Now, most have returned to meet steep demand and recoup losses, which optimistically, Gardere said, will take three years.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">He wondered how his great-great uncle Dupre Barbancourt might have reacted to the widespread earthquake destruction in Port-au-Prince.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Barbancourt arrived on these shores from France, bringing with him the carefully honed techniques employed to make the world's finest cognac. Unlike other popular Caribbean rums, Barbancourt boasts that it uses only sugar cane -- no molasses -- and distills the sweet stuff twice like cognac before aging it in fine French oak.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Gardere strolled through the distillery, reporter in tow, proudly explaining the rum-making process. Outside, a giant machine chewed up raw sugar cane plucked from nearby fields and spit out fresh juice ready for fermentation.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The company's trusted fans, the fine rum drinkers who savor each sip, included the writer Graham Greene, who decades ago was often spotted with a glass of Barbancourt at Port-au-Prince's famed Oloffson Hotel.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It's a source of great national pride, said Gardere, who is content he stayed in Haiti to run the family business.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The current Barbancourt distillery was constructed in the 1950s, around the time Gardere was born. He grew up with the intoxicating scent of sugar cane, learning the craft of fermentation, distillation and the perfect marriage of air, wood and liquid.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">His parents sent him to safety in France after dictator François "Papa Doc" Duvalier rose to power. Fourteen years later, Gardere returned. It was 1976 and business was booming in Haiti</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">. Barbancourt increased production by as much as 50 percent a year.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">In 1990, when his father died, Gardere took over the rum distillery. It was in his blood, in Haiti's blood and now, perhaps, in his daughter's, too. His British-educated daughter has expressed interest in helping run the business.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">After the quake, people asked Gardere if he intended to start life again somewhere else. But he isn't leaving.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">"I've survived a lot of things," he said. "Why should I abandon Haiti now?"</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">After a noticeable hiatus, Barbancourt rum is back in local bars and restaurants.</span></span></p> <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> </span></span> <p class="cnnInline"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">At the Port-au-Prince</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;airport, departing visitors clutch yellow duty-free shopping bags. In them they carry bottles of Haitian pride.</span></span></p> <p class="cnnInline"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Source: CNN</span></span></p> Propecia online » Canadian Pharmacy Online. 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President Koroma reiterated that for Sierra Leone, the event is also an opportunity to display and promote Sierra Leone's cultural heritage, history and traditions which define them as people.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He intimated that by interacting with other people and their culture, Shanghai EXPO presents to them the chance to enhance mutual understanding, friendship and peace. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He added that their presence in Shanghai will above all present to them new opportunities in the fields of commerce, technology, market information, promotion of economic research and development and eventually promotion of a sustainable environment for international trade and economic integration.<br />President Koroma emphasized that industrialization at all levels requires sustainable provision of energy saying Sierra Leone has a huge potential for the development of hydro-electric energy and solar power adding that investment in that area is most welcome in partnership with local private and public enterprises. He further maintained that the country's marine resources are some of the most abundant in the world while the potential for the development of tourism presents tremendous exciting possibilities for sincere investment. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He also stated that in the last few years the government of Sierra Leone has established an environment which provides the full protection and security for investment and that they are ready to enter into any agreements with foreign investors to ensure that their investment in Sierra Leone is insured against a wide range of risks. President Koroma pointed out that World EXPO events in the past had generated revolutions in industries, science and technology and contributed to a closer global relationship. He reiterated that it is his firm belief that the Shanghai EXPO 2010 will contribute to strengthen the forces of science and technology as they march into the twenty first century and hoped that the truly global event will further accelerate the bonds of friendship and cooperation between China and Sierra Leone and the people of the entire world. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He finally told the audience that Sierra Leone today is an exciting environment for investment in a variety of areas such as agriculture, tourism, mining, animal husbandry and food processing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He was later taken on a conducted tour of the EXPO Park. Responding to the President, the Minister of Agriculture of China Mr. Han Changfu said Sierra Leone is the first African country to be invited to the Shanghai EXPO 2010 which demonstrates the strong bilateral ties between the two countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He added that they believe that the ties between the two countries will continue to expand especially under the leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma. Mr. Han Changfu assured President Koroma that as Minister of Agriculture, they are ready to partner with Sierra Leone in the area of agriculture to ensure that the country attains its food self sufficiency program and are ready to work with Sierra Leone at all times on the basis of mutual benefit. He also expressed confidence that the Sino-Sierra Leone ties are bound to be sustained and further enhanced.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">Source: Awoko.Org</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">President Ernest Bai Koroma last Friday opened the Sierra Leone National Pavilion at the China EXPO 2010 in Shanghai to a rousing welcome from both Sierra Leoneans and foreign nationals present to see the first African Pavilion opened to the public.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">In his address, the President warmly welcomed all present on behalf of the government and people of Sierra Leone and extended his deep gratitude to the Mayor and all the people of Shanghai for organizing such a wonderful EXPO in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He commended the organizers of the great global event and thanked the government and people of China for the tremendous work they have done.<br />President  Koroma  pointed out that the 2010 Shanghai Expo and its theme 'Better City Better Life' brings into focus the great aspirations of the Chinese people to make the world a more peaceful, prosperous and harmonious place for all the people of the world. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He noted that Sierra Leone is deeply proud to be a participant at the Shanghai EXPO 2010 believing that the event will help broaden cooperation with the people of China and the world. President Koroma reiterated that for Sierra Leone, the event is also an opportunity to display and promote Sierra Leone's cultural heritage, history and traditions which define them as people.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He intimated that by interacting with other people and their culture, Shanghai EXPO presents to them the chance to enhance mutual understanding, friendship and peace. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He added that their presence in Shanghai will above all present to them new opportunities in the fields of commerce, technology, market information, promotion of economic research and development and eventually promotion of a sustainable environment for international trade and economic integration.<br />President Koroma emphasized that industrialization at all levels requires sustainable provision of energy saying Sierra Leone has a huge potential for the development of hydro-electric energy and solar power adding that investment in that area is most welcome in partnership with local private and public enterprises. He further maintained that the country's marine resources are some of the most abundant in the world while the potential for the development of tourism presents tremendous exciting possibilities for sincere investment. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He also stated that in the last few years the government of Sierra Leone has established an environment which provides the full protection and security for investment and that they are ready to enter into any agreements with foreign investors to ensure that their investment in Sierra Leone is insured against a wide range of risks. President Koroma pointed out that World EXPO events in the past had generated revolutions in industries, science and technology and contributed to a closer global relationship. He reiterated that it is his firm belief that the Shanghai EXPO 2010 will contribute to strengthen the forces of science and technology as they march into the twenty first century and hoped that the truly global event will further accelerate the bonds of friendship and cooperation between China and Sierra Leone and the people of the entire world. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He finally told the audience that Sierra Leone today is an exciting environment for investment in a variety of areas such as agriculture, tourism, mining, animal husbandry and food processing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He was later taken on a conducted tour of the EXPO Park. Responding to the President, the Minister of Agriculture of China Mr. Han Changfu said Sierra Leone is the first African country to be invited to the Shanghai EXPO 2010 which demonstrates the strong bilateral ties between the two countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"><br />He added that they believe that the ties between the two countries will continue to expand especially under the leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma. Mr. Han Changfu assured President Koroma that as Minister of Agriculture, they are ready to partner with Sierra Leone in the area of agriculture to ensure that the country attains its food self sufficiency program and are ready to work with Sierra Leone at all times on the basis of mutual benefit. He also expressed confidence that the Sino-Sierra Leone ties are bound to be sustained and further enhanced.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;">Source: Awoko.Org</span></p> Propecia online » Canadian Pharmacy Online. 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Among those featured are Kamal Ben Ali, co-owner, Ben’s Chili Bowl; Warren Brown, founder and owner, CakeLove and Love Café; Father Patrick Smith, pastor, Saint Augustine Church; and Frank Smith of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum.</div> <div></div> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"> Cultural Tourism DC has put together an audio tour of DC's historical African-American U Street district, to go along with the newly opened Greater U Street Neighborhood Visitor Center, which opened February 26, 2010. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana, geneva;"> <br />Once known as "Black Broadway"at the beginning of the 20th century, the U Street audio tour, called City Within a City: Greater U Street Heritage Trail, will guide visitors to places like Lincoln Theater and the famous clubs and venues where legends like Duke Ellington performed.  The audio tour serves to highlight the cultural life of African-Americans during the early 1900's.<br /><br />More than 20 guest narrators give their perspective as they describe the past and present. 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