LATE BREAKING NEWS: Wyclef Jean Shot In Haiti.

Shot: Rapper Wyclef Jean canvassing for support in August last year in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The singer was disqualified for running for president but is supporting fellow musician Michel Martelly

 

Wyclef Jean has been shot in the hand in his native Haiti on the eve of presidential elections on the Caribbean island. The singer has been released from hospital after the shooting just after 11pm local time on Saturday in the city of Delmas, just outside the capital Port-au-Prince, the star’s spokesman said. Details of the shooting remain unclear, but Jean, who lives in the US, is a high profile supporter of presidential candidate and fellow musician Michel Martelly.

The American-Haitian singer’s own bid for president ended with an August disqualification. Haiti’s voters are due to go to the ballot box later today to pick a president to lead their country where anger with the government runs deep and nearly a million people are living on the streets.

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

Wyclef’s ‘Yele Haiti’ Continues To Do Good In His Homeland.

Wyclef Jean will return from his native home of Haiti within the next few hours on a mission dear to his heart.

Sources told AllHipHop.com that ‘Clef will arrive at JFK Airport in Queens, New York around 6:00 PM (April 22nd) with three very special guests.

Through his Yele Haiti non-profit, the rapper has flown over three female victims of the massive 7.0 earthquake that destroyed Haiti’s capital city of Port-Au-Prince in January.

Yele Haiti will pay for all three of the girls to receive artificial limbs, a source confirmed with AllHipHop.com.

One girl is an eight-year-old, while the two females are 17-years of age.

Over 230,000 people were killed in the earthquake, which struck on January 12th, 2010.

Another 1 million others were wounded or have been displaced.

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

NYC To Haiti’s Rescue!

An elite search-and-rescue team from the city’s police and fire departments will be helping with the earthquake disaster relief mission in Haiti, Mayor Bloomberg announced today.

“President Obama asked for our assistance and we are answering his call to respond to the unimaginably tragic events in Haiti by sending the best — our specially trained joint task force of New York City police officers and firefighters,” Bloomberg said.

New York Task Force One — a unit made up of 80 members — is managed by the city’s Office of Emergency Management and trained to respond to catastrophes involving the collapse of heavy steel and concrete.

The team is expected to arrive in Haiti tonight, two days after a 7.0-magnitude quake rocked the capital Port-au-Prince that left up to 50,000 dead in its wake.

Bloomberg said the team trained at an earthquake drill two months ago in upstate New York and is well-equipped to help the people of Haiti.

“The world came to our aid on 9/11 and we want to provide assistance around the globe when needed, whether it’s giving supplies, sharing lessons learned, or sending our first responders to help people,” said Bloomberg.

“Our team should be on the ground in Haiti later today and I want to say to all of them, on behalf of all New Yorkers – be safe and thank you for lending a hand to people in dire need.”

It’s times like these when I’m proud to be a New Yorker.

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

EarthQuake Devastation “Most Horrific EVER!”

Half a million people may have died in Haiti‘s monster earthquake, officials said Wednesday as scenes of horror were broadcast around the world and a massive relief effort geared up to help the survivors.

In the capital of Port-au-Prince, which was largely in ruins, bodies lined the streets as Haitians frantically searched for thousands of survivors trapped in the debris.

How YOU May Assist Haiti Earth Quake Devastation Victims.

Disaster  relief organizations are mobilizing to aid Haiti – and are asking or help. Funds are needed to provide enough safe water, temporary shelter and vital medical supplies.

UNICEF and Save the Children already have emergency teams in Haiti, and the Red Cross has released $200,000 in disaster funds.

You can donate to these groups:

–  Text Yele. Wyclef Jean is urging donors to text ‘Yele’ to 501501 and make a $5 contribution to the relief effort over cell phone.  Click here to get more information via Wyclef’s Twitter page.

Save the Children. Donate at savethechildren.org or make checks out to “Save the Children” and mail to: Save the Children Income Processing Department, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, Conn. 06880

UNICEF. Go online to unicefusa.org/haitiquake or call (800) 4UNICEF.

Red Cross. Go online to redcross.org and click Donate, or call (800) REDCROSS.

Direct Relief International. Donate online at directrelief.org.

Mercy Corp. Go online to mercycorps.org or mail checks to Haiti Earthquake Fund, Dept. NR, PO Box 2669, Portland, Ore. 97208 or call (888) 256-1900

To find information about friends and family in Haiti: The U.S. State Department set up a toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747.

The department said some callers may receive a recording because of heavy volume of calls.

The State Department has also set up links on its Web site to facilitate donations to disaster relief agencies.

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.

Major EarthQuake DEVASTATES Haiti!

The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area rocked Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help and damaging other buildings. An aid official described “total disaster and chaos.”

Communications were widely disrupted, making it impossible to get a clear picture of damage as powerful aftershocks shook a desperately poor country where many buildings are flimsy. Electricity was out in some places.

Karel Zelenka, a Catholic Relief Services representative in the capital of Port-au-Prince, told U.S. colleagues before phone service failed that “there must be thousands of people dead,” according to a spokeswoman for the aid group, Sara Fajardo.

“He reported that it was just total disaster and chaos, that there were clouds of dust surrounding Port-au-Prince,” Fajardo said from the group’s offices in Maryland.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had a depth of 5 miles (8 kilometers). It was the largest quake recorded in the area and the first major one since a magnitude-6.7 temblor in 1984, USGS analyst Dale Grant said.

My problem with this situation is that I had to get news of this natural disaster through twitter. I remember when Thailand was hit by a tsunami in 2004, relief was immediate. Katrina, not so much. In fact there are people who are still displaced. Let’s see what happens with this one. We’re gonna do everything to keep y’all posted.

-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.