More World Cup: #BrazilvsMexico and #SpainvsChile

Tweet snapshot of two World Cup 2014 matches #Brazil

Chronicling the World Cup through tweets…note my exchange with Mark O’Halloran towards the end in #SpainvsChile 🙂 Thanks @welshirvine!

Bumboclart!!!!! I just saw the score. Chile dun Spain.
Chile Ends Spain’s World Cup Reign  http://thebea.st/1vUsXwa  via @tunkuv My take on today’s Chilean end to the Spanish imperium
Football: Beautiful game, dirty business | The Economist  http://econ.st/1mdAoaU  @changeFIFA
Well deserved yellow card for Ramires. That wasn’t football, that was Karate. #BrazilvsMexico
Here's Neymar getting emotional during national anthems. Do those ball girls look a little embarrassed? #bbcworldcup http://t.co/GI8VIKwgTc
Here’s Neymar getting emotional during national anthems. Do those ball girls look a little embarrassed? #bbcworldcup pic.twitter.com/GI8VIKwgTc
Fans watching the Brazil Mexico match on copacabana beach tonight #bbcworldcup http://t.co/9SChYwl23d
Fans watching the Brazil Mexico match on copacabana beach tonight #bbcworldcup pic.twitter.com/9SChYwl23d
Watching the #WorldCup? Do you know what is happening outside the stadium in Brazil? Watch:  http://owl.li/y9gl0  #ICYMI #soccer #futbol
Julio Cesar is having one hell of a busy day. The Mexicans are attacking his goalpost like its the US border. #BrazilvsMexico
The only way to handle this Brazilian mediocrity is to watch the Brazilians make fun of their team on Twitter.
The World Cup cameraman rules for crowd shots are strict: you must show three civilians and then one improbably hot girl.
Guillermo Ochoa has a contract waiting for him in a big league somewhere right naow. Man of the match so far.
Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa having a career match. Many Mexico fans thought he shouldn’t even start, wanted Jose Corona instead…
Brazil consensus in the bar: “Esses s��o jogadores nervosos” – nervous players. Also that the new hair is maybe not helping WorldCupp
take out the trash mexico…
Mexico goalkeeper Ochoa has six fingers on his right hand. __ se sak fè mwen paka fè goal la http://t.co/B55rkD0weu
Mexico goalkeeper Ochoa has six fingers on his right hand. __ se sak fè mwen paka fè goal la pic.twitter.com/B55rkD0weu
Ja govt woulda give the Mexican keeper house n LAN
Viva Mexico. Viva CONCACAF
[Ouch] RT @AnnaCelico Seleção mexicana sambando na nossa cara e no nosso país.
I believe “Ochoa” is Spanish for “Eight Hands”.
jo remind mi a one a dem shifty black coolie from westmoreland…
I’m not fluent but I’m pretty sure Ochoa means ‘brick wall’ in Spanish.
Ochoa is releasing a brand of condoms this summer. Stops everything in this heat!
I’m sorry, but #Brazil team is Neymar and then a bunch of guys who showed up later
Two player types are missing in this Brazil squad, the midfield genius and irritating overdribbler.
Ochoa. Noun. A structure that prevents passage. (e.g. The castle was surrounded by ochoas.) #WorldCup2014
Intense goalless draw, moral victory for Mexico, a brilliant performance of guts and graft. #VamosMexico
Half room is wildly embracing Mexicans. Half is motionless Brazilians. Clearly tie is fine news for #Mexico. #Brazil seeing its dream wobble
#WorldCup Update: Mexico & Brazil draw 0-0 in Group A play. This Getty pic sums it up http://t.co/g7Nkes3F6x
#WorldCup Update: Mexico & Brazil draw 0-0 in Group A play. This Getty pic sums it up pic.twitter.com/g7Nkes3F6x
That’s the umpteenth time a football fan could say, “see, goalless draws are great to watch.” Get with it, America.
Pele. Garrincha. Jairzinho. Sócrates. Careca. Romario. Ronaldo. Rivaldo. Ronaldinho. Jo.
The worst is yet to come – this Brazil side is as weak as the Jamaican economy
And his task done, #Ochoa returns to the dimension from whence he came, leaving the Earthlings to whisper of new gods.
Chile!!!! What a start! Spain on the ropes #ESP #CHI
Sheer class. Viva la Chile!
Hi Spain fans. Why not immerse your sorrows in some entertaining non-fiction?
Diego Costa was not the droid Spain was looking for.
—————->”@JulianCresser: How did I ever watch a World Cup without Twitter?”
Conquistadores, my foot…ball.
A wonderful team. Between 2006-2010 one of the best the game has ever seen. GRACIAS. *switches off TV* France fans, I have my eye on you.
You won’t hear about him. But this is all about his absence. http://t.co/rcsNyNFyyV
You won’t hear about him. But this is all about his absence. pic.twitter.com/rcsNyNFyyV
The only team with reasonably sane haircuts is about to be eliminated #ESPCHI
Diego Costa’s probably thinking, “I shoulda choose to play for Brazil instead”.
Tiki, Taka, Tata – Spanish for “we lost once, we lost again, we got kicked out of the world cup”
Never saw this one coming..Spain out of the @FIFAWorldCup in the first round..#WoW
Perhaps Spain lost because of their recent legalising of gay marriage. Just putting it out there.
Are you Jamaican? RT @markohalloran: Perhaps Spain lost because of their recent legalising of gay marriage. Just putting it out there.
@markohalloran @anniepaul Ah twitter. Annie Paul talking to Mark O’Halloran. My work on this earth is done.
(•_•) <) )╯ #ESP / \ \(•_•) ( (> is going / \ (•_•) <) )> home / \

Did Haiti Need this Blow, Jamaica?

A look at the protest march held in Haiti on February 18 against Jamaican treatment of their Under-17 football team and responses in Jamaica to the Haitian outrage.

The photos below are from the protest march held in Haiti on February 18 against Jamaican treatment of their Under-17 football team.

Poor John Maxwell must be turning in his grave. Jamaican officials, showing uncommon concern for the nation’s health saw it fit to send back the Haitian Under-17 football team which had come here to participate in the CONCACAF tournament.

According to an Observer source, fears about a potential cholera outbreak escalated after several of the Haitian players, who arrived in Jamaica earlier this month to compete in the tournament, fell ill. Others had symptoms including fever and headaches. Eight of the players were tested and three were found to have malaria. They were slated to be admitted at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, but there were no beds there, the source said.

As a precautionary measure, the team was to be quarantined. But after a day of waiting inside the hospital’s emergency ward, the Haitian coach got angry, left the hospital, and returned to the hotel at which the team was staying, the Observer was told. He was later allegedly handcuffed and forcefully removed from the hotel by representatives from the Ministry of Health, who had quarantined the sick players at the Falmouth hospital between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning last week.

 

The situation wasn’t helped by language problems and the different responses to malaria in each country. It’s a fact that in Jamaica anyone with malaria is immediately quarantined and in general the health authorities are quite punctilious about keeping the nation free from contagion of various sorts. I remember being astonished once years ago when i had just returned from India to receive a visit from a health official who came to my home to ensure that i wasn’t suffering from any illness i might have brought back with me. I did feel slightly insulted but then decided to look on it as a good thing–one small corner of the governance structure that actually works.

 

Even so i feel that the Jamaican reaction erred on the side of insensitivity. I was alerted to this situation three days ago when an irate friend in Haiti contacted me. At the time there was hardly anything in the media about it and I myself wasn’t fully pripsed on the situation. I asked him if the events were recieving a lot of attention in Haiti. “Attention? We are very pissed off,” came the annoyed reply.

 

So i went on Facebook and Twitter to find out what others felt about this and was quite horrified at the overwhelming tendency to simply dismiss the whole affair with a smug “Better safe than sorry” response. According to one tweeter “if it were anywhere else. Like China they would b sent home too. This is not a precedence. Been done b4. Remember swine flu!”

 

Except that malaria, unlike swine flu, isn’t a contagious disease and China does a lot of things that a democratic country like Jamaica might want to think twice before doing. And of course when Jamaicans are ejected from Cayman, Barbados or the UK for fear of their culture ‘infecting’ local youth, i don’t want to hear any weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Those countries are also thinking “Better safe than sorry!”

 
Other tweets from the diaspora were more critical of Jamaica:

 
@public_archive I seriously doubt the Jamaican government would quarantine the Canadians with STDs running around Negril. Yeah, I said it. #haiti

 
Skin-bleaching and anti-Haitianism go hand in hand. #Haiti #Jamaica

 
@djaspora: #Jamaica should know/do better. Quarantine Haitian kids cause of suspected malaria? Is it malaria or blackness that is contagious? #Haiti

 

Incidentally the Haitian team coach is Brazilian. I heard him on RJR a little while ago describing the extremely long waits at the hospital and a clinic, we’re talking about hours, five or six hours, without treatment or explanation.He himself was one of the three sick members of the team and returned to Haiti with a very high fever and profoundly upset.

 

I would have thought that even if Jamaicans feel that they’re in the right they’d have shown more interest in trying to find out what had caused the Haitians so much offence instead of simply shrugging and saying “Better safe than sorry.” The Haitians are clearly hurt and humiliated. They may be overreacting too, just as the health officials seem to have done. I was surprised at how little attention the Jamaican media paid to this situation over the weekend. It wasn’t until the Haitians really made a big issue out of it that the media, today, started focusing on it.

 

It’s an extremely vexed situation. Jamaica has the upper hand. Does it cost so much to apologize and try to mend fences?