A woman holding a sign that reads 'We are asking for justice' during a protest to denounce the soccer federation's sexual abuse scandal. in July. Photo credit: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP

Two more Haiti soccer federation officials accused of sexual abuse

A woman holding a sign that reads ‘We are asking for justice’ during a protest to denounce the soccer federation’s sexual abuse scandal in July. Photo credit: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP

Rosny Grant, Haiti’s soccer federation (FHF) vice-president, and Wilner Lamarre, a renowned youth coach, have been accused of sexually abusing players at the training center, including minors.

Yves ‘Dadou’ Jean-Bart, the federation’s former president, was banned from any soccer related activities for life by FIFA for sexual abuse Nov. 20.

Romain Molina, the investigative reporter who first broke the story of Jean-Bart, posted the new accusations on Facebook. Molina said Grant, who is also president of the commission of referees (CONA), also offered young referees as sexual prizes.

Lamarre said the allegations are the work of a former player envious of Jean-Bart. Lamarre also said he viewed Jean-Bart as a father. 

Government pushed for Spirit Airlines to resume flights to Haiti

A Spirit Airlines Airbus A319.  Photo credit: Flickr/Tomas Del Coro

President Jovenel Moïse’s administration had a hand in Spirit Airlines resuming flights from Cap-Haitien to Florida, said Myriam Jean, Haiti’s minister of tourism.

Moïse had called in a Nov. 6 tweet for diasporas to visit Haiti during the year-end holidays. 

Spirit resumed flights from Cap-Haitien to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday. 

“The Moïse-Jouthe government [does] not skimp on the means to allow Haitians of the diaspora to return to the country in complete safety and to move there in peace,” Jean said.

Spirit Airlines now offers non-stop flights from Cap-Haitien to Florida on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with connections to 22 cities in the United States. Source

Electoral council finalizes data transfer agreement with ministries

President Jovenel Moïse and Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe posing for a picture with the nine members of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP).

An agreement to transmit data between the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), the Ministry of Justice and Security Public and the Office of National Identification was finalized on Friday. 

The protocol will be critical in the development of the new constitution and for the new elections, the Council said in a Dec. 4 statement about the agreement. The CEP, which is tasked with organizing the elections slated for next year, vowed to be transparent, credible and honest. Source

Email me at onz@haitiantimes.com
Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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