One of Haiti’s most wanted men escaped arrest on Wednesday as law enforcement officials exchanged gunfire with gunmen in the Cité Plus neighborhood.The police report that gunmen as well as residents are responsible for the escape of “the dangerous leader of the Gang known as ‘Arnel’ who controls the neighborhood and spreads terror among the population.”Western Departmental Director of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) and Divisional Commissioner, Berson Soljour, said the police came under gunfire from the heavily armed gun and had to retreat while waiting for reinforcement.Eyewitnesses said that the gunfire triggered panic among the residents, some of whom sought shelter in buildings. But the police said that by the time the reinforcement arrived, the gang leader, whose name was not disclosed, had disappeared with his men.Soljour said no police officer was injured during the gun battle, he also deplored the attitude of the residents, who out of fear for their lives, have failed to collaborate with the police in arresting the gang leader.
Golf was on offer for the first time when over 220 athletes and support staff gathered for the 27th Inter Spinal Unit Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. The flagship sports event enabled newly injured patients from the 13 spinal units from across the UK and Ireland to discover and compete in a range of wheelchair sports. Jamie Blair, Disability Officer for England Golf, said “We are pleased to have added golf to the range of activities on offer as part of the spinal unit games, ensuring the game is open to all. “I would like to express my thanks to the Handigolf Foundation and volunteers for running the activity and showcasing the opportunities to participate in golf”. Stoke Mandeville Hospital patient, 61-year-old Paul Beere from Hemel Hempstead, took part in golf as well as various sports including fencing, hand-cycling, and nine ball pool. Paul says sport has played a part in his rehabilitation after a growth on his spinal cord was removed and he was confined to a wheelchair. He said: “Sport brings you not only exercise, but a sense of purpose and a feeling that everything has an ending”. The games are run by WheelPower, a national sport charity based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement. WheelPower’s Sport Development Officer, Stewart Jeeves, who organised the event said: “Throughout the week all participants have fully embraced their opportunity to have a go at sport” “Patients with spinal cord injuries have discovered first-hand what they can achieve in terms of participating in sport and living an independent lifestyle. Many will return home full of confidence and desire to continue playing the sport they love in their local area.’ Image © Roger Bool 15 May 2014 Golf makes debut at Spinal Games read more
Temple men’s gymnastics junior Colton Howard, left, and sophomore Evan Eigner pause after working out at the university, in Philadelphia. In early December, Temple announced that it is eliminating seven of its 24 sports, including men’s gymnastics, effective in the fall. “When I heard the news, I kind of went numb a little bit,” Eigner said. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish)The meeting was brief. A few minutes tops.Temple athletic director Kevin Clark didn’t mince words. Standing inside the football team’s indoor practice facility earlier this month, Clark scanned the crowd of dozens of student-athletes – none of them football players – and told them the financially strapped athletic department was cutting their sport at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.There weren’t a lot of details. No lengthy question and answer session. Sitting alongside his 16 teammates on the men’s gymnastics team, sophomore Evan Eigner sat in stunned silence.“When I heard the news,” Eigner said, “I kind of went numb a little bit.”Temple’s announcement that it’s going from 24 sports to 17 next fall, a move that will eventually save about $3-3.5 million a year, was just the latest in a growing line of colleges and universities that are reshaping overextended athletic programs by shuttering smaller sports to help make those that remain – particularly those designed to bring in revenue – more competitive.To be honest, Eigner still isn’t sure what happened. He understood the athletic department was in a tight spot money-wise. He knew there had been talk about changes and the threat of cuts. It was all just white noise until suddenly, it became only too real.He heard the part where Clark said the school would honor all of the scholarships for the affected student athletes until they graduated. He heard the part where Clark said the school would do what it could to find new athletic homes for those wishing to transfer.Eigner just didn’t hear what he would consider a sensible argument for cutting a program that takes up a small fraction of the athletic department budget yet nets conference championships. He grew up wanting to compete at Temple, where his stepfather Fred Turoff has been coach since 1976. He grew up wanting to walk out of his graduation ceremony with a degree in hand and four years of college gymnastics under his belt.Now he may get one or the other, but not both.“I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else but Temple,” Eigner said. “Gymnastics is a big part of my life. Competing collegiately is a big goal of mine. For our team, gymnastics is really a part of our identities. If you take away the opportunity, you’re affecting who we are as individuals.”A growing number of whom are finding themselves forced to choose between staying in school or competing elsewhere after their programs are dissolved to help other sports deal with geographically confounding – if more lucrative – conference alignments, increased travel budgets and coach salaries. read more