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9 Boys to Attend Street Child World Cup in Brazil

first_imgNine Liberian boys, from ages 14-16 may have the opportunity to participate in the Street Child World Cup, which comes on two weeks before the actual World Cup in Brazil, next year.According to Street Child of Liberia, a non-governmental organization which launched its first project yesterday, the team will be known as Team Liberia.Project Coordinator Mark Maughan told the Daily Observer in an interview that the trip will cost about U$35,000.He said the amount will fund tickets, food, accommodation, transportation and other requirements.“We have had some positive responses from those we have contacted to raise funds for the trip,” Maughan said.He said the Street Child World Cup has a world audience since many countries send their kids to participate in a soccer tournament, before the actual World Cup.He said the team will remain in Brazil for two weeks, and gave a tentative date of departure as March 26, next year.To that end, he said there is a regular training for at least 35 young people that nine would be selected for the trip.“We organize weekly training sessions for the boys,” Maughan said. “And we play in areas including West Point and Chicken Soup Factory.”He said discipline is encouraged among the kids and qualification for the trip is also based on how well a kid behaves to work with others.Maughan noted that though there are currently 211 children in its program, the football aspect is a part that motivates children to become ambassadors for their countries through sports. Contributing, team manager Sam Burnette, lll said the efforts are geared towards changing the perception on street children.“They have a future,” Burnette, lll, said, “and they can grow to make valuable contributions to our society once we give them the push.”He explained that a street child is not a child who is always on the street but the one who struggles to survive in the street.He added that Street Child of Liberia has professional volunteers who are devoted to assist a Liberian child who needs the comfort of a mother and a place to call home.The Liberia Football Association’s vice president for administration, Mr. Musa Shannon, has reportedly supported the initiative.The Street Child of Liberia said the LFA will be invited to provide coaches to support the program. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

When You Get to the Senate, George, What Will You Do?

first_imgOne of the popular spirituals sung by the Old BWI Glee Club in the 1950s through the 1970s was entitled, “When You Get to Heaven, Brother, What Will You Do?We think this question is most appropriate and timely for Ambassador George Weah who is poised to be declared the winner in Montserrado County.Weah, who handsomely beat Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the first round of the 2005 presidential elections, though not enough to prevent a run-off, was still a formidable candidate to beat nine years later in senatorial elections.  Also, Weah, though he was number two on the Winston Tubman Presidential ticket in 2011, CDC still carried Montserrado.   Robert Sirleaf, above all people, should have known that, for he hails from a political family.  His mother is the President.  None of the other Montserrado candidates in the recent senatorial election ever had immediate family members running for the Senate. The whole nation listened to the counting on some of the radio stations Saturday night and most people went to bed confident that Weah had captured the Montserrado seat.  Many ordinary Liberians recall that there were moments in the counting when Weah had 300 and Sirleaf had only 20 or less.  Weah even beat him badly in a place Sirleaf thought his stronghold—PHP; but there, too, Weah overwhelmingly won.The big question on everyone’s mind is, why did Robert Sirleaf attempt such a race—was it to further embarrass his mom?  For how does a sitting President’s son lose an election so badly?  Counselor Pearl Brown Bull said as much from London on LIB 24 Radio Saturday evening.People recall the most recent embarrassment Robert caused his mom when he sued her at the Supreme Court over her Executive Order #65, then  ducked when it was time to go and defend his lawsuit.  So what was the point in exposing his beloved mother to judicial and public ridicule?The main question in this Editorial, however, is what will Ambassador Weah do when he takes his seat in the Liberian Senate?  First sub-question: Will he continue to downplay Education, as he and his immense number of fanatical partisans have done since 2005?  Remember his campaign slogan that year?  Your partisans were joyfully singing while running from central Monrovia to the S.K.D. Stadium, “You know book, your country dirty.”  The themes on your partisans’ lips last week and the week before were not different.  Most of the CDC partisans in those demonstrations were even abusive, calling Robert Sirleaf many different uncomplimentary names and abusing even the President herself.  We have to remind Mr. Weah in this editorial that he did not offer the people of Montserrado a platform announcing what he would do if he won the election and became their Senator.  Also, Mr. Weah was invited along with other candidates in the Montserrado race to a debate, but he, like all the others, failed to show up.  What were these candidates thinking?  They wanted our votes, yet could not bring themselves to be questioned by us as to what their real intentions were for running for the Senate?If they could not face us during the campaign, then what can we expect from any one of them who gets elected?  She or he would most definitely come to think that we are owed nothing—absolutely nothing.Rep. Edwin Snowe, a zealous Weah supporter, has already announced him the chair of the Montserrado Legislative Caucus.  But what does Weah bring to the table besides his immense football popularity?Montserrado has many challenges.  Take the challenges in all of Weah’s strongholds: Clara Town, West Point, New Kru Town, Logan Town, PHP, Peace Island, Douala, Paynesville Red Light, etc.—all of them are slums, without running water, power, proper sanitation and adequate health facilities and housing.  Many of the residents in these slums are jobless and therefore self-supporting peddlers.  Has Weah promised them anything?  What is his vision for their future and the future of their children?  Surely it cannot be a disregard for education.  Every one of these areas needs well-equipped and staffed public elementary and high schools.We pray that beyond the tumult of the massive demonstrations, Mr. Weah and his supporters will think soberly on these challenges in Montserrado and indeed the whole country, and start strategizing on how, with commitment and  decisiveness to address them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more