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Women’s Soccer’s Etienne Makes Mark With Haitian National Team – The Fordham Ram



Look down the roster that took the field for the 2020 Haitian women’s soccer team at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying and you will find just one United States college player: Danielle Etienne, freshman midfielder at Fordham.

After helping lead Haiti to a spot in the Qualifiers this past year, Etienne was called up once again to the Haitian Senior National Team and will take the field later this month in the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship.

Etienne may be a new face at Fordham, but her soccer career has been many years in the making. Like many others, Etienne first picked up a soccer ball in her early years, at age 4 to be exact. “Of course during this time I was excited about soccer and wanted to play professionally, but I don’t think I completely understood at the time,” Etienne said. That excitement may have been from her surroundings, as Etienne has soccer in her blood. Her father, Derrick Ettiene, is a former footballer and brother Derrick Ettiene Jr. is a midfielder with the Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer. Both also played for the Haitian national team.

However, while Etienne is no stranger to soccer, her decision to pursue it professionally was all her own, charting a path for herself in the women’s game both at Fordham and internationally.

Head Coach of Fordham Women’s Soccer Jessica Clinton first saw Etienne play a few years ago with the New York City Football Club Developmental Academy and was immediately impressed. “They moved her all over the place, playing in the back and central midfielder, and wow, this kid was versatile … tactically smart.” Not only was she versatile, but technical, with the ability to explode and keep up with the intense speed of play. Clinton saw a player who would fit right into the Fordham system and possibly become a “core player in the A-10,” boding well for Etienne and where she wanted to go in the future.

In the early stages, that future was not entirely known. “Sometimes you know players are going to be professionals,” Clinton said. “At the time there was a couple of call-ups, but it wasn’t on our radar.” As the recruiting process continued, things would begin to take shape.

For Etienne, middle school was likely the “time that I 100% sure wanted to take soccer as far I could go, collegiate, professional and national team.” Fordham was a great place to make that happen, both on and off the field. Thanks to those like Clinton, teammates, advisors and more, Etienne has “felt accepted into the team and truly a part of the Ramily.”

Etienne recalled some of her favorite moments from this past season, “going from classes to training and traveling for games, the thrills of winning, even the disappointment from losses, and building bonds on and off the field with truly amazing young women.” Etienne’s off the field fun has come with on-field improvement, as Clinton’s biggest concern with Etienne was defense. Due to the success of her club team, that was never really much of a need. The same could be said for physicality, something that plays a significant role at the collegiate level. Etienne has adjusted to both.

“There is a major jump to the college game, but she has learned to defend pretty well. Physicality took her by surprise, but she had been training with boys, timing her tackles and handling people going after her… we’ve been lifting a little more too,” Clinton said.

Clinton now feels a sense of comfort playing through Etienne in the midfield, something that will only improve with future years as she develops into a leader. There is perhaps no place better to get that experience than playing on an international stage and against the reigning World Cup champions: the United States of America.

“We would joke in training sessions, how are you going to prep for Julie Ertz,” Clinton said. The national team would take care of Etienne tactically, and all coach Clinton had to do was keep her healthy and ready to play on the big stage both mentally and physically.

Perhaps the toughest test came in that first game against the U.S., as Etienne was tasked with guarding the 6’0” Sam Mewis, a challenge for the 5’3” Etienne.

Against the world’s best, Haiti stayed strong, trailing by just one goal with 25 minutes remaining and even having one of their own rescinded — with the referees on call later being sanctioned — ultimately falling 4-0. Coach Clinton would know because she was there herself, making the trip to Houston not only to support Etienne but also build a scouting report of those at the top of the sport. Etienne could do the same, providing Clinton with her experiences on the field and analysis of the speed of the play, which will certainly benefit Fordham as they strive to play against premier squads themselves.

Haiti would ultimately fail to qualify for the Olympics but still ended its run with a 6-0 victory over Panama and an invaluable journey for Etienne.

“I can honestly say that I have learned so much from my experiences with the Haitian National Team. I value every aspect of being with the team,” she said.

One moment in particular stands out to Etienne: team initiation, where each player stands before the squad and sings and dances.

“I definitely value this experience because it gives players the opportunity to laugh and enjoy being brought into the team,” Etienne said.

Along with the memories of camaraderie came an essential set of life lessons.

“Take advantage of every opportunity to play because you never know when that opportunity will no longer exist, the way you conduct yourself does not only reflect on yourself but your family, your team and your country,” Etienne said.

Etienne will carry these experiences forward and back onto the Rose Hill campus, where she recently returned before the U-20 Championship. For Clinton, the time with Haiti was equally essential for one of her most experienced, although youngest, players.

“In a CONCACAF interview, she spoke about going into training sessions as if they were going into a final every game … mentality can get lost in the college game, but this is the goal for the future,” the Fordham coach says.

Coach Clinton finished by saying, “Our players are proud of Dani.” Etienne also has much to be proud of herself, but even so, she looks to continue to improve.

“I will take these experiences and lessons and apply them both in my soccer career and in my life, taking advantage of every opportunity I am given and giving my best,” Etienne says.

That next opportunity will be at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship kicking off later this month and come fall time, as one of Fordham’s own.

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Haitian Leaders Urged to End Political Impasse




PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday February 26, 2020 – Leaders in Haiti must step up and end the
political impasse between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition
movement that has paralyzed the island nation since July 2018, the top United
Nations (UN) official there says.

UN Special Representative Helen La
Lime made the call as she updated ambassadors on latest developments in the
prolonged divide which has left Haiti without a functioning government,
deflated the economy, and fuelled insecurity.

“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,” she said, speaking via videoconference from Haiti’s

“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.”

La Lime was introducing the first
report on the UN Integrated Office in Haiti, which she heads.

Known by the French acronym BINUH, it
was stablished last October, following the end of 15 years of UN peacekeeping
operations. Its mandate includes strengthening political stability and good

During the past months, La Lime and
international partners the Organization of American States and the Holy See
have been supporting negotiations to forge consensus on a political

However, talks failed to yield
progress on the formation of a new government and the designation of a
“consensual” Prime Minister by the President.

“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,” she told
the UN Security Council.

In the interim, said Executive
Director of the non-profit Fondasyon Je Klere, Marie Yolène Gilles, who also
spoke from the capital city, Haitians are being subjected to widespread human
rights violations as armed gangs now control around a third of the country,
generating “a rising tide of cruelty”.

“We have witnessed odious killings,
decapitations, rapes, robberies, embezzlement and the diversion of supplies,
abductions and kidnappings,” she reported, later adding “we have death
squadrons, and that’s a form of state terrorism.”

La Lime told ambassadors the ongoing
impasse and economic troubles risk further affecting the integrity of the
national police and other key institutions.

The senior UN official said that while
the road to improved governance will be difficult, the deployment of the new UN
office should see deeper and more targeted collaboration with the country.

Success will be measured by progress
in six areas.  Besides facilitating
political consensus, strengthening the police and justice sectors, and
addressing unemployment and other grievances, benchmarks also focus on
addressing gang violence and promoting human rights.

“Only through a combination of strong
national will and steadfast international support can Haiti surmount the
multifaceted crisis with which it is contending,” said La Lime.

“I remain confident that the United Nations, in its new configuration, is uniquely placed to help State institutions address the factors that catalyze cyclical periods of instability in the country and ensure that Haiti is once again on the path to stability and sustainable development.”

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Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…




Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…
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Haïti - Actualité : Zapping...

La PNH ouverte au dialogue interne :

Ce jeudi 27 février la Commission de facilitation créée par le Haut commandement de la PNH, devrait se réunir avec les représentants des policiers qui se revendiquent du syndicat SPNH (non reconnu) autour de leurs revendications afin de trouver une solution à la crise que confronte l’institution policière

Avertissement de Moïse J-C

« La mobilisation va reprendre dans tout le pays. Si la population ne se soulève pas pour défendre ses droits, la situation sera pire. Il faut qu’on se soulève pour montrer au monde entier qu’on n’est pas d’accord avec l’ingérence de certains pays » a déclaré Moïse Jean Charles, leader de l’opposition radicale de la plateforme « Pitit Desalin ».

Les USA condamnent les violences en Haïti :

« Les États-Unis condamnent les violences récentes en Haïti et appellent les haïtiens à rejeter la violence et à respecter l’État de Droit. Nous encourageons tous les Haïtiens à engager un dialogue constructif en vue de résoudre leurs différends. »

Protection de l’investissements étranger :

L’Ambassadeur d’Haïti au Royaume d’Espagne, Claude Joseph a rencontré José Sánchez Tinico, le Président de la Chambre de Commerce et d’industrie de Grande Canarie, pour discuter des efforts du Président Jovenel Moise visant à garantir l’investissement étranger en Haïti.

Bilan 3e jour gras du carnaval à Saint-Marc :

Au terme du 3e jour gras du carnaval à Saint-Marc, l’hôpital Saint-Nicolas a rapporté 8 blessés dont un par balle.

Épidémie COVID-19 : Bilan mondial 27 février 2020 :

Jeudi 27 février 2020, le nombre de personnes contaminées dans le monde par le Coronavirus COVID-19 (cas confirmés en laboratoire) s’élève aujourd’hui à 82,170 en hausse de 1,165 cas (+62.7%) par rapport à la veille (716), ; 2,804 décès (+1.5%) soit 42 cas de plus que la veille (2,762). Taux de mortalité moyen 3.4%. 32,898 personnes guéries soit 2,782 personnes (+19.6%) de plus par rapport à la veille (2,327).

On recense à ce jour hors de Chine, 3,673 cas confirmés de personnes dans un total de 49 pays (+24.9%) soit 732 cas de plus que la veille.

56 décès à l’étranger depuis le début de l’épidémie (décembre 2019) soit 7 de plus par rapport à la veille : 22 en Iran, 13 en Corée du Sud, 1 à Taïwan, 1 au Philippine, 2 à Hong Kong, 3 au Japon, 2 en France et 12 en Italie.

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Protests continue as violence intensifies





Anti-government protests continue to rock the Caribbean nation of Haiti for more than a year, with violence taking a deadly toll. 

Gunfire interrupted on the first day of Haiti’s biggest carnival in the capital of Port-au-Prince last weekend, leaving at least one person dead and several wounded.

Carnival celebrations were canceled Sunday by the government “in order to avoid a planned bloodshed,” according to a statement released by the Communication Ministry.

The UN and the 35-member Organization of American States (OAS) regional bloc condemned increase violence and voiced concern for Haitians.

“We condemn the violence in Haiti and express our condolences to the families of the victims. We advocate for the solutions the country needs: end of violence, violence is not acceptable in any form, and above all, it is not acceptable with the intention of a violent change in the established democratic regime; political dialogue; stability; formation of a government and parliamentary elections as soon as technically possible,” OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro tweeted Monday.

The UN also expressed concern about the police and military and condemned the use of violence by those branches.

It called on “all sectors of national life, in particular the police who demand better working conditions, to avoid any situation which could cause tensions to escalate and jeopardize the security of citizens.”

The UN and OAS have supported negotiations in recent months to forge consensus on a political agreement, but talks failed to yield progress on the formation of a new government.

Protests began in July 2018 in response to increased fuel prices, however, it evolved into demands for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise with a new wave of protests in February 2019.

Protesters demand the creation of a transitional government to provide social programs and prosecute allegedly corrupt officials.

They accuse senior government officials, including Moise, of misusing as much as $38 billion in loans from the Petrocaribe — an oil alliance between Caribbean member states and Venezuela.

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