Teams Tanzania (boys) and Brazil (girls) lifted the 2014 Street Child World Cup (SCWC) trophies; but on an incredible day at Fluminense stadium last Sunday, all of the players were crowned champions.Team Liberia joined with all of the other countries, including the USA, Pakistan and Indonesia, to celebrate what has been an amazing experience at the SCWC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”Football is what brought everyone together,” said a blog post at the team’s web site. “It is a universal language understood by all corners of the globe, and it helped deliver the message…… ‘I am Somebody’.”The tournament was a vehicle to gain the world’s attention and make the hundreds of street children taking part realize that they are important and that they do have a voice. The closing ceremony provided just such an opportunity when every team dressed in the cultural outfits and performed different forms of entertainment including singing and dancing.In a full day at the Estádio das Laranjeiras. Under the gaze of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) four games were played to determine the final standings from first place to fourth.Boy’s 3rd and 4th place play off- Pakistan 1-1 USA (Pakistan wins 3-2 on penalties)Girls 3rd and 4th place play off – El Salvador 1-1 Mozambique (El Salvador wins 2-1 on penalties)Boys Final – Tanzania 3-1 Burundi; Girls Final – Brazil 1-0 PhilippinesAfter the games, all of the players received a medal and special awards to recognise their contribution to the event.Team Liberia was praised for the team’s positive spirit, and Coach Sam Burnette was hailed as Coach of the tournament.”Throughout the trip, everyone involved has made Liberia and Street Child of Liberia extremely proud; and upon their return people will see them not as street children, but as champions,” organizers said.Meanwhile, Team Liberia’s Public Relations Officer in Monrovia, Tarsha M. Jackson, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the team will be arriving home on Thursday, and arrangements are being made with the media to give them a heroes’ welcome. Team Liberia outran South Africa and Egypt and many thought they would wrestle the trophy, but lost to Burundi in the quarter-finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
‘Heartman’ activity has resurfaced in the border town of Buutuo and its environs, causing fear among the residents during the current farming season.Several citizens have complained of being chased by some unknown men, while carrying on their normal farming activities.On Wednesday, April 15, the Statutory Superintendent of Zoe Geh District, Albert Farngar, appeared in Buutuo, complaining that while on his way from Bahn to Buutuo, he was chased by some unknown men, causing him to fall in a ditch filled with mud.“I was approaching Buutuo Town at about 7:30 p.m. and I saw men standing ahead of me with a shining torch light, flashing it directly in my eye. While trying to avoid it, my motorbike ran into a ditch filled with mud and water, causing me to fall.“After I dropped, I saw them running toward me. So I left my bike on the ground and fled,” he added.When Mr. Farngar came to town, a group of men went to his rescue and retrieved his bike, but did not find who had allegedly chased the district superintendent.During the night, a town crier went around warning the community to be mindful while in the bush, due to what he referred to as ‘heartman’ activity.The commissioner’s compound, where the Statutory Superintendent is presently staying was crowded with sympathizers.The road leading to Buutuo is deplorable, with pot holes at the entrance of nearly all the towns.“If these brushes are cleared no one would hide behind them to chase people,” said one of the sympathizers.“Local authorities are not pressing on residents to brush their roads as they used to, so it makes very dangerous riding on a bike along a bushes road, where ditches are opened,” another person alarmedBut the secretary to the Statutory Superintendent, Duo Gbeadeh, said the locals do not easily take instruction from their authorities any longer.During Nimba County’s last County Council Sitting, Superintendent Fong Zuagele instructed the chiefs to enforce brushing all feeder roads, which is yet to be enforced.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pension Bill 2016Former Prime Minister Hamilton Green on Monday took a stand against criticismsFormer Prime Minister Hamilton Greenthat he did not deserve the annual $20 million former Prime Minister’s pension he has requested, saying that it was nothing out of the ordinary.Green, a former Mayor of Georgetown and Prime Minister under the People’s National Congress (PNC) 1985-1992 regime, said that his claims and request for his pension was enshrined in the law.He told Journalists that the issue, which has already been condemned by the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) and Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI), needed to be put into its correct perspective, since it has been misconceived.“In every civilised country, there are provisions made for pension and special benefits for former Presidents and Prime Ministers, however styled. This is universal application and there is nothing unique about it.”Green said prior to the 2011 legislation, Government, since independence, had provided pensions and benefits, sometimes informally to former Presidents and Prime Ministers.He mentioned the provisions that were made to former President Arthur Chung, which included security, transportation and housing. He said the principles were accepted by the then new People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration and so it was confusing that the now Opposition was trying to shoot down his request.He said the problem started because when the then Government took the matter to Parliament, it only catered for pensions and benefits for former Presidents.He had portions of that Bill read to members of the media. The Bill stated that “every person who has held the office of President and Prime Minister having held office on or after 16 December 1966 and 22 December 1965 respectively, and ceases after such date to be President or Prime Minister, shall be paid a pension under this act with effect from the date on which he ceases to be President or Prime Minister as the case may be and subject to subsection 2 shall continue to be paid during the lifetime of that person.”Green said he had the Bill read because there were some “soothsayers” who claimed that the pension was a special provision for “someone named Hamilton Green”.“I don’t think that what is happening now can be considered extravagant, or lavish or out of kilter with the rest of the world,” Green told the media.The TIGI on Sunday contended that the Hamilton Green Pension Bill was vulgar and politically partisan, reeked of cronyism and lacked basis for justification.The Bill, which was read for the first time on Monday, provides for Green to be paid a pension “based on the salary paid to the Prime Minister, as though he actually earned the said salary, taking into consideration his record of service as a legislator”.It also provides for Green to receive all benefits provided for by the Former President (Benefits and Other Facilities) Act 2015. The value of these benefits are an annual pension of $20,580,000, other benefits to the value of $3.1 million annually, including two vehicles provided for and maintained by the State and two first-class annual airfaresAdditionally, the former Prime Minister, who served in the position from 1985 to 1992, also qualifies for an ex-parliamentarian pension together with whatever benefits accrued from his period as Mayor of Georgetown.