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Maurizio Sarri Talks Juventus Pressure – The Haitian Times

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Juventus manager
Maurizio Sarri has spoken about the pressure he is facing at Juventus after
consecutive Serie A away defeats.

The Italian champions
have been knocked off top spot in the league by Inter Milan after losing to
Hellas Verona on Sunday, which came two weeks on from a 2-1 defeat to Napoli,
but Sarri is not surprised to see his team’s results in the spotlight. He told
reporters on Wednesday that Juventus remain on course in all competitions and
that his team are in good shape on the training pitch

Sarri only took charge of Juventus in summer 2019 after leaving Chelsea, but defeats at Napoli and Verona have fuelled speculation his time in Turin could be short-lived.

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The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.

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Haiti – Social : Project to combat domestic child labor

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24/02/2020 09:08:23

Haiti - Social : Project to combat domestic child labor

With funding from the Government of Canada, UNICEF is coordinating the implementation of the “Child Domestic Labor Project”. Several partners are participating in this project including the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the National Institute for Professional Training (INFP) which implements the professional training component in three departments of the country, the South, Grand’Anse and the West.

This project to combat child domestic labor aims to implement interventions relating to the prevention of situations of exploitation, the development of protection and care mechanisms for children at risk or victims of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation. It also aims to provide support for children placed in households as domestic workers to live their childhood in full respect of their rights, and, for those of working age, to exercise a professional activity respectful of their development and labor law rules.

The training made it possible to reach a first class of nearly 834 young people, including 300 from Grand’Anse. The program aims ultimately to train 1,700 young people in the three departments targeted by the project. The sessions focused on three main sectors including sanitary plumbing, tailoring, agricultural and livestock techniques. The young people took more than 200 hours of lessons in total, the minimum required to obtain the INFP certificate. Tools were given to young graduates so that they could start their activities.

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https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-28909-icihaiti-usa-worst-forms-of-child-labor-minimal-advancement-in-haiti.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-24694-haiti-flash-more-than-200-000-minor-children-work-in-the-worst-forms-of-work.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-17904-haiti-flash-haiti-on-the-blacklist-of-shame.html
https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-16846-icihaiti-social-over-200-000-domestic-slaves-under-15-years-in-the-country.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-15815-haiti-politic-fight-against-trafficking-of-restavek-in-haiti.html

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Haiti – UN : The Haitian economy is likely to sink deeper into the recession

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Haiti – UN : The Haitian economy is likely to sink deeper into the recession
24/02/2020 08:12:13

Haiti - UN : The Haitian economy is likely to sink deeper into the recession

During the Security Council session on the United Nations Integrated Office (UNINH) on February 20, Helen La Lime, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to the country took stock of the situation in Haiti, immersed in a political deadlock since 2018 which has paralyzed the functioning of Haitian institutions, afflicted the economy and fueled persistent insecurity.

Extract from Helen La Lime’s speech :
“[…] Over the course of the past months, I have worked alongside the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States and the Apostolic Nuncio in Haiti to create an environment conducive to a negotiated resolution to the crisis, one that would catalyze a reform effort aimed at restoring the population’s confidence in the State, ensuring that the most vulnerable receive much-needed basic services, and laying the groundwork for the timely holding of elections.

During two rounds of negotiations held at the Representation of the Holy See in Haiti in mid-December 2019 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29551-haiti-flash-crisis-failure-of-the-mediation-to-the-apostolic-nunciature.html and late January 2020 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29925-haiti-flash-failure-of-the-political-conference-for-a-way-out-of-the-crisis.html , a consensus emerged on the contours of a political agreement articulated around four elements: the criteria for the formation of a government; the contents of a reform agenda; the sequencing of a constitutional reform process; and the definition of an electoral calendar. Despite progress regarding the nature of the reforms to be undertaken, including that of the Constitution, political actors have yet to settle on a formula that would lead to the designation by President Moïse of a consensual Prime Minister and the formation of a new government.

The lack of agreement on this matter, as well as on the remaining length of President Moïse’s term, threatens to needlessly prolong a situation that has already lasted too long. Haiti is about to enter in its second year with a caretaker government, its economy is forecast to sink deeper into recession, and 4.6 million of its citizens are now estimated to require humanitarian assistance. The effects of the strained economy and the prolonged political polarization risk further affecting the integrity and effectiveness of key institutions, such as the Haitian National Police. To avoid a greater deterioration, Haitian leaders need to rise to the occasion and commit to a way out of this impasse that will best serve the interests of their people.

A political agreement notwithstanding, the road towards improved governance through systemic reform will be arduous. Indeed, at the root of the recurring political and socio-economic crises which Haiti has experienced in its modern history lie such entrenched factors as consistently high levels of poverty, pervasive gender inequalities, limited access to basic social services, severe natural resource depletion, and the scourge of gangs, corruption and impunity.”

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https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29551-haiti-flash-crisis-failure-of-the-mediation-to-the-apostolic-nunciature.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29925-haiti-flash-failure-of-the-political-conference-for-a-way-out-of-the-crisis.html

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Haiti cancels Carnival over violence

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Haiti’s vibrant Carnival draws thousands every year for mass celebrations. But the three-day festival was cut short after gunshots were heard and people ran for cover in the nation’s capital over the weekend.

“In order to avoid a planned bloodshed, the Government takes the opportunity to inform the population that the carnival has been canceled in Port-au-Prince and invites the Haitian people to remain calm while waiting for the next announcements,” a statement from Haiti’s communication ministry read on Sunday.

Armed off-duty police officers commandeer an armored vehicle during a protest over police pay and working conditions, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.

Haiti’s Armed Forces said protesters from the country’s National Police had attacked its headquarters, leaving one soldier dead and two others injured. Haitian police have been protesting for months, demanding better pay and conditions, but have not yet responded to claims their officers were involved in this incident.

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“Despite the repeated assaults of the attackers, the military authorities maintain a defensive posture to avoid a bloodbath. The High Command of the Armed Forces once again calls on the National Police of Haiti to restore calm,” Sunday’s statement from the Armed Forces read.

Video from Reuters shows chaos in the city, with fire burning near the festivities and people ducking for cover as gunshots are heard. Other images show several people with guns running throughout the event.

Main roads through the city of Port au Prince are blocked after Sunday's clash between Haitian police and the army in Port au Prince, Haiti February 24, 2020.

The United Nations office in Haiti expressed its “grave concern” for “the serious incidents Sunday” that “lead to the cancellation of the Carnival celebrations,” on Monday.

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“The United Nations calls on all sectors, in particular those elements of the national police demanding better working conditions, to avoid any situation which could cause tensions to escalate and jeopardize the security of the population,” the statement read.

Main roads through the city of Port au Prince are blocked after Sunday's clash between Haitian police and the army in Port au Prince, Haiti February 24, 2020.

The police protests are not directly related to recent anti-government protests, but they add to the widespread unrest that has gripped the nation since February last year as demonstrators demand the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise.

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In pictures: Haiti capital’s streets blocked as protests spread

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Security forces pass next to a fire set by demonstrators during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 24,Image copyright
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Protesters erected burning barricades across key roads in Port-au-Prince

Anti-government protesters barricaded key streets in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Monday.

The blockades came a day after police demanding better working conditions attacked the army headquarters in the city.

The government of President Jovenel Moïse called the attack “a coup attempt” and the armed forces spoke of a “war situation”.

At least two people died in Sunday’s clashes.

On Monday, protesters scattered bricks, burning tyres and overturned ice-cream carts on the streets leading to the home of President Moïse, whose resignation they demand.

Protesters block the streets leading to the house of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, during a new day of protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 24 February 2020Image copyright
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Protesters block the streets leading to the house of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, during a new day of protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 24 February 2020.Image copyright
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Demonstrators build barricades during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 24, 2020.Image copyright
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Large parts of the city were deserted a day after police officers surrounded the army headquarters and opened fire. Some of those taking part in the shoot-out were in police uniform.

Armed men take cover during clashes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 23 February 2020.Image copyright
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Gen Jodel Lesage of the Haitian armed forces told local media: “We are under fire by weapons of all kinds, automatic rifles, petrol bombs, tear gas.”

The government said it was “an attack on freedom and democracy”. Police officers said that they had come under attack first.

They have been protesting for weeks. One of their key demands is to be allowed to form a union, which they say will ensure more transparency when they conduct negotiations with their superiors. They also want better pay.

President Moïse last week announced the creation of a financial fund for relatives of officers who have been killed in the line of duty, but the move has failed to appease the disgruntled officers.

A masked man in a Haitian National Police uniform crawls on the ground during a shooting in Champ de Mars, Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 23, 2020Image copyright
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Protesters and masked men in Haitian National Police uniforms run away during a shooting in Champ de Mars, Port-au-Prince, Haiti February 23, 2020.Image copyright
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Following the clashes, the government announced it would cancel all remaining carnival celebrations “to avoid a bloodbath”.

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These are not the first protests Mr Moïse has faced. Last year Haitians took to the streets over the dire state of Haiti’s economy, which they blame on the government.

Mr Moïse has been in power since 2017 and has said he would not leave the country in the “hands of armed gangs and drug traffickers”.

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Haiti cancels carnival after gun battle between police and soldiers | World news

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Fears are growing over an increasingly febrile security situation in Haiti after police and soldiers fought a deadly gun battle which lasted for hours outside the country’s presidential palace.

The exchange of gunfire on Sunday shattered the opening of Haiti’s annual carnival as police and soldiers exchanged volleys of gunfire sending bystanders diving for cover.

One soldier died of his wounds on Monday and at least three police officers were wounded.

Shooting continued into the night, and in the immediate aftermath, authorities in the impoverished Caribbean country announced the cancellation of the carnival warning of the risk of a “bloodbath”.

The violence broke out when protesting police officers, some in plainclothes and wearing masks, used the opening of the carnival to stage the latest in a series of demonstrations against poor work conditions and demanding to be allowed to unionize.

Armed off-duty police officers protest over pay and working conditions in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 23 February.



Armed off-duty police officers protest over pay and working conditions in Port-au-Prince on Sunday. Photograph: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP

As the protesters were stopped by soldiers near the imposing white building of the presidential palace the two sides began firing at each other.

Caraibes, a local radio and television station also came under attack.

Some reports suggested that the gun battle began when demonstrating police officers shot into the air. As the exchanges became more serious it appears that fire was directed into the square from a prominent tower nearby.

OfficersPolice officers gesture for all sides to cease fire during a clash with army soldiers as they protested over police pay and working conditions, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Off-duty police officers and their supporters exchanged fire for nearly two hours with members of the newly reconstituted Haitian army in front of the national palace. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)



Officers gesture for all sides to cease fire during a clash in Port-au-Prince on Sunday. Photograph: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP

The clash between police and military comes in the middle of a long-running political crisis that has seen intermittent mass protests against the government of Jovenel Moïse over a corruption scandal and 2017’s contested elections, which the opposition has never accepted.

Video footage from the square showed dozens of people trying to take cover behind kerb stones while helmeted police, some of them in body armour, fired pistols and rifles across the city’s Champ de Mars park.

The Haitian government issued a statement late on Sunday strongly condemning the violence, calling it an attack against freedom and democracy, noting that it was difficult to assess the scope of the violence.

“Terror reigned in certain areas,” the statement said. “Streets were obstructed and there was a warlike situation at the Champ de Mars, where heavy weapons fire was heard almost all day.”

A man rolls a flaming tire during clashes at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 23 February.



A man rolls a flaming tire during clashes at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince on Sunday. Photograph: Jean Marc Herve Abelard/EPA

A stage built by the ministry of defence and guarded by the army was also set on fire.

“No money for police officers but enough money for carnival,” protesters shouted. It was the final straw after a series of other challenges, they said.

“We’ll continue to demonstrate,” said one masked protester who declined to be identified for fear of reprisal. Local television showed footage of two cars set on fire while local radio reported several were wounded and one died.

Haiti has witnessed a spike in kidnappings for ransom since the beginning of the year and fighting between rival crime gangs, which regularly set up roadblocks on Haitian highways.

One in three Haitians, about 3.7 million people, needs urgent food assistance, up from 2.6 million people at the end of 2018. Haiti ranks 111 out of 117 countries on the Global Hunger Index, near poor sub-Saharan African countries.

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