Did Brazil make the right choice by hosting the Olympic Games?
On June 4, 2008, Rio de Janeiro was shortlisted by the IOC Executive Board over six other applicant cities--Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo, Baku, Doha and Prague. The price tag for the Rio Olympics 2016 at $9.7 billion has so far risen since August 2015 by 400 million reais (Brazilian Real) or 1% ($99.3 million) mainly due to inflation and the country's worst recession in decades.
Here is a picture of Wrestler Asnage Castelly who wants to Win the First Olympic Medal for Haiti.
Haiti made its first appearance at the Olympic Games in the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. Its first Olympic medal came in 1924 when Haiti's seven-member shooting team took third place in the free rifle competition. Haiti's second and last medal so far came in 1928; Silvio Paul Cator won a silver in long jump. For Asnage Castelly, it was not easy to turn his dream into reality. He is the first Haitian to compete in the World Wrestling Championship. At 37, Castelly is a Division II wrestler at American International in Springfield, Mass., who wrestles in both Freestyle, and Greco-Roman style. While serving in the U.S. military, he passed last few months bouncing between U.S.A and Haiti, coordinating his functions as the head of Haiti's wrestling federation and arranging his participation in the Olympic, the lone participant from Haiti in the Rio Olympic. He worked hard to convince Haitian officials that he is not only an American, he is also a Haitian and he has the ability and potential to represent Haiti in the Olympic Games. When he was a kid, his mum used to get upset with his habit of fighting. Castelly realized he could wrestle when he watched Olympic wrestling on TV. Presently, he is an assistant coach at the Nieves Wrestling Club and also coaches Springfield Technical Community College and he's in training himself.
Here is Haitian boxer Dalodtz Fevry who is interested in representing Haiti at Olympic Games in Brazil. Haitian teen Dalodtz Fevry who is only 12 years old has a dream to bring an Olympic Medal to his Haitian parents. He is now working hard in order to represent Haiti at the Olympic games in Rio in boxing. The Olympic qualifying tournament is scheduled for June.
Dalodtz Fevry is a Haitian boxer who moved to Orlando with his family when he was only 12-year old. He has a cherished dream to represent his country Haiti in the Olympic game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first name of this bantamweight (116-125 pounds) boxer is pronounced as "Da-loots. He once said, "I want to achieve this for myself, my mom and my people.'' Recently, he came fourth in a preliminary tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To qualify himself for the Olympic, he needed to finish within the top three places at the qualifying matches in Baku, Azerbaijan. This 24 year old boxer with only five years experience has made it. On June 25, 2016, he came second in the Baku qualifying matches.
Here is a picture of Naomy Grand'Pierre representing our country as a member of the 2016 Haitian Olympic Swimming Team.
Naomy Grand 'Pierre is a former Whitefield Academy swimmer. Last November, she was approached by Haitian authority if she would like to join its national team for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Haiti is what is known as a "universality place"; the nation can send one male and one female athlete to the world championships, but does not possess swimmers to match the Olympic qualifying speeds. Naomi's career best times recorded for different events are as follows: Freestyle (50/ 100 /200 yard): (24.47/ 52.91/ 2:01.71 seconds); Breaststroke (100/ 200 yard): (1:08.09 seconds & 2:31.73 seconds); & Butterfly 100 yard: 1:00.29 seconds. She is a current resident of Atlanta, a Major in Economics and International Studies, a regular participator in swimming, track and soccer in high school. She accepted Haiti's offer and has earned a spot on the Haitian Olympic swimming team at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August 2016, between August 5 to 21 2016. She is looking forward to represent her Atlanta Dolphin Swim Team and certainly the country of Haiti on one of the most prestigious stages of competition.
Here is a picture of Ruben Nicolas who wants to represent Haiti ni boxing at the Olympic games in Brazil.
Rubens Nicolas, a Lely High School graduate in 2005, is an amateur boxer who never wants to give up his dream to represent his country, Haiti, in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, unfortunately, his passport issues might cost him his dream of boxing in the Olympic game. He had submitted every necessary paper that he was asked to, five months ago, but when everything resolved, the time was too late. Now he is expecting an admission with a wild card entry, which is on rare occasions, are given to participants from countries which do not have much participation or representation in the international arena and that does not hold good in his case. He is frustrated, because to fit in the right criteria, he has shredded 50 pound weight. He has no option, but to expect for an extenuation! We all pray for him and hope to see him in the ring in Rio between August 5 to 21 2016.
Here is a picture of Ms. Marie Margareth Fortuné.
Margareth Marie Fortuné has so far held many important portfolios such as, the Coordinator of the National Association of Women Victims of cooperative (ANFVC), the General Coordinator of Civic Promotion Network Citizens (RECIPROC) and the Director General of the Haitian State Lottery (LEH). Recently, she has expressed her strong belief that, if her department can strongly follow the laid down programs, it would definitely contribute fund to the upcoming election. On Thursday, May 19, 2016, Ms. Mary Margaret Fortune was installed as the new Executive Director of Functions of the Haitian State Lottery (LEH) by replacing Mr. Jean Fritz Louis. Ms. Fortune has always remained vocal about the embezzlement of public fund under the Martelly- Lamothe administration. About her recent appointment, she said this shows the government's willingness to enhance women's participation in the development of Haitian society.
July, 2016 - The superstar of Raboday, Fresh La who is the lead vocal of the musical group Vwadezil has been named Director of Cultural Affairs in the city of Delmas by the new Mayor Wilson Jeudy.
Donald Joseph, alias, Fresh La, the Haitian pop singer and band leader of 'Vwadèzil' is synonymous with the 'voice of the island.' In Haiti he is known as the reigning "King of Raboday." "Rabòday" is the new wave of electronic dance music which has invaded the sound systems of Haiti. It dominates street parties, taxi stands and even the rowdy basketball tournaments. The most carnival songs of 'Vwadèzil' are known as "meringues;" they add a political dimension, lampooning mostly politicians to the three-day carnival celebrations. In his music, Fresh La loves to speak out against political corruption and society's ills. In 2007, when MINUSTAH made Haiti a comfortable venue where MINUSTAH member countries could practice warfare, the group Vwadezil composed the song, "MINUSTAH, you're really just a tourista. You're holding back my country,"..... You're just lounging around so why don't you get ... out." As per recent news dated July 12, 2016, Fresh La has been nominated and installed as the new director of cultural affairs in the commune of Delmas, Port-au-Prince Haiti.
Here is a picture of Gary Eugene who sworn in as new police chief of the North Miami Police Department. He is in this picture with Mayor Smith Joseph.
Gary Eugene, a 30-year law enforcement veteran and the Assistant Police Chief of the North Miami Police Department since December 2014, has been sworn in as the North Miami Police Chief, replacing Leonard Burgess, who announced his retirement earlier this month. Eugene began his career as a Police Detective of the Miami City Police Department in 1985. Gradually, in 1996, he became the first Haitian-born lieutenant within the department, serving the Little Haiti community. He is a holder of Master Degree in criminal justice from Florida International University, a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Barry University and an associate's degree in criminal justice from Miami-Dade College. He completed graduate courses from two police academies such as, Southern Police Institute (S.P.I.) in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Senior Management Institute for Police Executives (S.M.I.P.) at Harvard's Kennedy School. One of Eugene's notable awards and commendations came from the U.S. Coast Guard for his seventh month's participation in search and rescue operations throughout the Caribbean Sea.
Here is a picture of Haitian children fathered by U.N. peacekeepers.
The U.N. peacekeeping force, MINUSTAH, was sent to Haiti in 2004 to keep order following a movement that toppled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. since, some peacekeepers have been accused of several abuses including rape, using excessive force, introducing cholera and fathering children in some cases with under age women.
A recent report released by the United Nation has brought to light the dark side of the U.N personnel-- sexual exploitation and abuse against civilians while they were stationed in countries plagued by conflict and natural disaster. The revelation came after interviewing 231 people in Haiti, who claimed that they were forced to perform sexual acts with the UN peacekeepers in exchange for 'basic necessities'. In the past, the UN workers were accused in a similar way of fathering and subsequently abandoning children at the end of their deployment in Cambodia, Mozambique, Bosnia, Sudan, Kosovo, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. A report reveals that UN Peacekeepers fathered 24,500 babies in Cambodia and 6,600 in Liberia. The U.N. force in Haiti currently includes 4,899 uniformed personnel, a combination of military and civilian police, from more than a dozen countries. As per Ghandi Shukry, the head of a Conduct and Discipline Unit in the U.N. mission, 29 claims for paternity have been submitted against MINUSTAH to the U.N. in Haiti and 18 of them were classified as 'victims', because they were receiving some kinds of supports. There are many unreported instances of non-payment where the women took the badges of the peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media. However, in 2003, the U.N Secretary General circulated a bulletin on "Zero Tolerance Policy" in this regard.