As the United States launches criminal proceedings against officials of world football's governing body and after Seven officials and associates were arrested in Zurich earlier this week, new we have Haiti emerging as one of Fifa's most extravagant expenses claims within the past several years.
It was reported that after the Haiti earthquake of 2010, the president of FIFA, pledged some money to Haiti. However, former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner did not think all that money should go to Haiti.
But Yves Jean-Bart, head of the Haitian Football Association, claimed only to have seen a fraction of that money reach his country. According to the head of Haitian Football Association, Yves Jean-Bart, only a small portion of that money ever reached Haiti. Among many expanses that could not be traced, Jack Warner contracted with a company in his native country of Trinidad to produce emergency supplies for Haiti in the amount of $229,000. There is one problem: that particular company never existed.
Ex-FIFA Official Embezzled $750,000 intended for Haiti Earthquake Relief
Ex-FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, is under fire for misappropriation of funds he raised from FIFA and the Korean Football Association, a sum of $750,000.
U.S. prosecutors have been investigating him, and want him extradited from Trinidad and Tobago to answer charges of corruption and bribery in court.
He is alleged to have redirected $750,000, earmarked to help survivors from Haiti's 2010 earthquake, into his personal accounts. He claims he is innocent of all charges.
here is a picture of the Six candidates who want to become the next Prime Minister of Haiti under Head of State, Jocelerme Privert
Mirlande Manigat, presented by the JISTIS platform
Edgard Leblanc Fils, proposed by the majority bloc in the Chamber of Deputies
Fritz Jean, proposed by the civil society and human rights organizations
Jacques Sampeur, proposed by the G30,
Joanas Gay, proposed by the platform Vérité
Simon Dieuseul Desras, presented by the platform Palmis
During his first press conference on February 19th, 2016, Jocelerme Privert, the provisional president of Haiti, announced the names of six probable contenders for the Prime Minister's seat. They were: Ms. Myrlande Manigat (representing JISTIS platform), economist Fritz Jean (proposed by the civil society and human rights organizations), former Senator Edgard Leblanc Fils (proposed by the majority bloc in the Chamber of Deputies and the minority bloc in the Senate of the Republic), Jacques Sampeur (proposed by the G30), former Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras (proposed by the platform Palmis) and former Minister Joanas Gay (proposed by the platform Vérité). However, after extensive discussions in the Parliament on Wednesday, February 24, that number reduced to three, Mirlande Manigat, Edgar Leblanc Fils and Fritz Jean. Finally, economist Fritz Jean was chosen by Haiti's provisional President Jocelerme Privert on late Thursday, on February 25, 2016.
Here is a picture of Former President Jean Bertrand Aristide and Maryse Narcisse on the last day of campaigning
Aristide Supports Lavalas Candidate Narcisse.
Hordes of excited Haitians streamed alongside the campaign vehicle of Maryse Narcisse, riding with former President Aristide in a parade to mark the end of her campaign for president. Narcisse is running under Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas, one of 56 candidates vying for the top job.
Most of the crowd was from slum Cite Soleil and are Lavalas supporters, one of whom says "It's the party that knows the pain of the Haitian people."
Here is a picture of Mr. Evans Paul as K-Plim, Kok-Kalite
He was born to a moderate family, spent a part of his childhood in Morne Rouge, the First Communal Section of the North Plain. He has studied communication and drama at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, self-taught in Sociology and Political Science and he holds a certificate from Harvard. Evans Paul was a Professor of Civic Society and the Diplomatic Academy, an expert playwright and program host Konbit Pitit Kay on Radio Cacique between 1977 to 1980.
Evans Paul is an old media man, a good orator and onetime radical militant leader who has been transformed into a moderate politician. Paul, after his split with Aristide, became his strongest critic. His predecessor Laurent Lamothe was impeached and removed from his seat following the recommendations of a presidential commission of which Paul was a member. He was a part of the movement that toppled former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier in 1986. His relations with Duvalier soured when he was tipped as a potential successor as head of the state. In 1988, Evans was arrested under the military government of Prosper Avril; he was held in prison and tortured by the military along with other political activists.
Here is a picture of French President Francois Hollande during a visit in Haiti on May, 12, 2015. He actually fall in a stairway as he was going up to speak
France won't pay Haiti Reparations: Martelly says it's Time to Move On
President Francois Hollande arrived in Port-au-Prince with a commitment to invest $145 million into Haiti's economy. Although government and business sectors welcome Hollande's largesse, protestors with long memories about France's extorting $20 billion from Haiti as payment for its independence, are fuming.
One protestor shared how many feel about France's wresting $20 billion in reparations for plantation owners' losses: "We Haitians know . . . a big reason why we are suffering today is because we were forced to pay France for our freedom . . ." An event coercing Haiti to pay ". . . ten times the country's annual revenues . . ." was a world-wide embargo led by the French in 1825. French warships threatened to bomb Port-au-Prince harbor if Haiti didn't pay up.
Here is a picture of the Haitian Canadian writer Dany Laferriére as he was wearing his Academician suit while holding his Academician sword. He made his official entry as a member of the Académie Française on May 28, 2015.
Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferriere was selected to be one of the "immortals" in the Academie Francaise in 2013.
Laferriere has produced a large of body of work, 20 novels over 30 years. The subject matter of many of his books is the experience of being an exile.
He was introduced to the Academie in a formal ceremony on May 28th 2015 He says he is ". . . proud of being a writer."
Here is a picture of a supporter of Jean Claude Duvalier during his funeral on Saturday, October 11, 2014. many of the supporters of the regime were really affected by the death of their leader.
Hundreds attended the funeral of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier on Saturday at Saint-Louis de Gonzague school in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince
. Some people from the elite class as well as former associates of Duvalier's regime arrived in luxury SUVs to pay respect to their leader.
President Michel Martelly did not attend the funeral, however som high officials from his government did. We did see the presence of Former President Boniface Alexandre.
Di anyone see Prosper Avril at the funeral?
Mezanmi, gade coman yon sipote Divalye ap rele. Anpil moun te afekte par lanmo sa.
Here is a Haitian caught by the police during a protest against the election results.
Most Haitians and opposition parties are of opinion that the presidential election of October 25th and its published result are a sure mark of treachery committed by the outgoing President Martelly and his men. Regular protest against this "electoral coup d'état" on the streets has become a regular affair. On one of such similar demonstrations of protest on November 20th, a gang of about 20 hooded men in a white pickup (license plate number 1-00692) armed with machetes, hammers, pipes and guns, attacked the marchers of several opposition parties in the Delmas 95 district. The police present on the spot turned a blind eye. A young man was shot dead and one marcher was wounded in the head by a machete. The Haitian police have arrested a demonstrator with machetes at the end of a march in Port-au-Prince.
In an interview given to Marie Lucie bonhomme on February 23, PM Evans Paul has declared war on President Jocelerme Privert.
PM Evans Paul Declares War on President Jocelerme Privert
A cold war is underway between the Prime Minister Evans Paul and the Provisional President Jocelerme Privert. The PM Evans Paul believes that the accord signed between Jocelerme Privert and former President Michel Martelly specifically mentions the responsibility of the new provisional president (Jocelerme Privert) to complete the remaining election process and that translates in to the arrangement of the final run off between Jovenel Moise and Jude Celestin within the scheduled date on April 24, 2016 and install a new President on May 14, 2016. As per Evans Paul, since Privert was the principal architect of the agreement with his erstwhile capacity as the Senate Chief, he must strictly respect that agreement.