Haitian President Michel Martelly has issued an executive order raising the minimum wage for apparel workers.
Based on current exchange rates, the increase from 200 Haitian Gourde to 225 Gourde (US $4.44 to $5) is a 12.5 percent increase, but currency devaluations make the boost equivalent to only an 8 percent hike in U.S. dollars, which is widely used in Haiti, according to the Miami Herald. Comment
This business of predictability in what passes for strategy on the Republican side would be hilarious, were there not such potential for dire consequences, depending on the extent to which gullible non-rabid partisans climb aboard the hard-liners’ bandwagon, to swallow intact the twaddle served them by GOP past masters of guile. Comment
Stephen Alexander, a former Grenada New York Honorary Consul General, died on April 28 after a short illness. He was 73.
Alexander’s very close friend, Derek Ventour, a leading Grenadian-born entertainment promoter in Brooklyn, said he died after a two-week hospitalization at Downstate Medical Center and University Hospital of Brooklyn. Comment
When Kelly (Rose Byrne) and Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) decided to settle down in suburbia, they reasonably expected to raise their newborn in a quiet community. But that dream was threatened soon thereafter, when the local chapter of Delta Psi Beta bought the house next-door. Comment
Bike The Branches: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will host their second annual Bike The Branches event, a one-day bike ride through BPL’s network of 60 neighborhood libraries. Building off of biking’s long history as a central Brooklyn pastime, Bike The Branches will feature 12 unique bike routes, and a range of special events featuring prizes, music, and entertainment. All proceeds from the event will go towards library services, including programming, technology, and collections. A free helmet fitting session will take place on Tuesday, May 13 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at BPL’s Central Branch at 10 Grand Army Plaza. Free helmets will be available while supplies last. To register, visit https://apps.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/btb/. Comment