Russia unstoppable at Homeless World Cup
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Wed Sep 22 21:02:56 BST 2010
Russia unstoppable at Homeless World Cup
Published 22 September, 2010, 17:48
Team Russia have shown a 100 per cent result in
their group at the Homeless World Cup in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, scoring 30 goals in four games.
Russia thrashed Switzerland 9-3 in their latest
games, beating Greece (5-2), Lithuania (7-4) and
the Czech Republic (9-4) in their previous clashes.
"In Rio de Janeiro, the Russian national team
starts every match with a strong winning
attitude. There are different ways of people
getting into distress, but the thing that unites
everybody who came here is the desire not to be a
loser," Arkady Tyurin, Russian teams leader, said.
Russia is known as a powerhouse of homeless
football, having grabbed the World Championship
title in 2006 and reaching the finals two years later.
The UEFA-backed tournament is aimed to represent
a lifetime opportunity for homeless and excluded
people from more than 60 nations from all around the globe.
According to the statistics, more than 70 per
cent of the participants of previous homeless
championships were subsequently able to normalize
their social status, and one of the players
Bebe of Portugal even signed a contract with Manchester United.
New York homeless demand bailed out bank fill empty properties
US homeless want bank to foot the bill
Published 20 March, 2010, 07:21
Protestors took to the streets of New York
demanding that one of America's biggest banks
start to repay its billion dollar bailout and
provide help for some of the city's homeless.
Chase Manhattan bank is accused of letting
hundreds of unused properties go to waste when
many people don't even have a roof over their head.
What the homeless community is demanding is that
Chase, after being bailed out by taxpayers to the
tune of $25 billion, now reciprocate and
essentially hand over some of its properties so
the homeless can move into the buildings.
The homeless people were rallying out on the
street earlier this week, sending their message
to the bank. They say its not fair that the
banks received a bailout while those who have
nothing are now in worsening conditions due to the recession.
The streets of Washington: Politics by day, Poverty by night
During the day, the streets of Washington, DC are
filled with the power brokers, lawmakers, and
professionals who make the nation's capitol tick.
But by night the city changes, and you might be surprised who takes over.
To most of the world, Washington D.C. means
government, U.S. history, even art. But for
"Grate Patrol" driver Nick Douglas, who drives
around feeding the homeless, the landmarks are
his roadmap. At night monuments lead the way not
to people in power, but to the people in poverty.
When the politicians have gone to bed, it's the
faces of the homeless that emerge from the
historic columns. And among these fancy
buildings, they stake out the grates, where heat
wafts up from the subway. Each has his own story.
"I took my bags and came down to International
Square and met some people that showed me the
ropes on the street, and I survived,"said Bill
Whitner, a transient in the U.S. Capitol.
On the streets, these impoverished people don't
count on their lawmakers for help.
Too often government gives with the one hand and
takes with the other hand, said Paula Dyan,
homeless outreach coordinator for the Salvation
Army, who operate the "Grate Patrol."
But they take Nick and his crew up on what the
"Grate Patrol" has to offer, a hot meal and hot chocolate.
And they have their own ideas about Washington politics.
"Healthcare?! I don't care about healthcare,"
said a homeless man. "I don't care about Obama!"
Other countries have it, its universal, this
country doesnt have it," said James Burton, a
transient talking about government-run
healthcare. Healthcare reform has been U.S.
President Obama's push during his first year in
office. "You have people like me, sleeping under
the bridge. Now I get sick under that bridge, Im dead
Douglas doesn't care much for politics either.
But he does care about the reality he's seen on
the streets for the last 12 years, where faces
keep coming, shelters are closing their doors and
he sees government help going to other countries.
I can understand [the government] trying to help
Haiti and all that, but its happening right
there in your city," Douglas said. "So why are
you not trying to help the people in your city?"
By day on one street just blocks from the White
House, the streets are filled with power brokers,
lawmakers, professionals working in the nations
capital. But by night this is where the homeless
bed down, the city changes, and it becomes their
turf. Regulars flock to this spot for the
overhead shelter, and they abide by the rules of
the street: down after 9 p.m., out by 5 a.m.
The thing about D.C. is you have this vast
richness but you also have this vast poverty, said Dyan.
And they have their own relationship with the DC elite.
Ya, the night belongs to us," said Whitner,
chuckling. "The day belongs to them the night belongs to us.
And in the U.S. Capitol where people clamor for power, that ain't bad.
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