Gross negligence by Govt (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese recently woke up to the news of another jailbreak. Three dangerous criminals are on the run.The Lusignan prison is once again the focus of attention by concerned, law-abiding Guyanese. Compounding the situation even more is the shooting of 10 inmates who were protesting the abominable conditions at the prison. Reports are rubber bullets, live rounds and tear gas were used to quell the unrest. Water tenders belonging to the Guyana Fire Service had to be called in to extinguish fires lit by angry prisoners.The situation is reminiscent of the disaster that befell the nation on July 2017 when the Camp Street Prison went up in flames.To date, no warning nor danger alert with phone numbers has been issued by law enforcement, calling on citizens to be on the lookout and to report any sightings of the escapees.Khemraj Ramjattan has portfolio for the Guyana Prison Service but it is becoming increasingly obvious to Guyanese that the Minister continues to be at his wits end, if not clueless insofar as solutions to problems that continue to plague the prison system of Guyana are concerned.On assuming office, Ramjattan rejected the sound policies he inherited from the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration that kept the four prison locations secure and habitable with far less resources.Ramjattan pretending to know it all, dispensed with the security policies of the PPP/C Administration and replaced them with adhocracy and a set of hodgepodge directives handed down to him resulting in the current crisis gripping Guyana’s prison system.All the talk about setting up a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the 2017 fiery debacle at the Georgetown Prisons has come to nought. In fact, there was never any intention to do so. As far as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government was concerned the CoI held in connection with the horrific events in 2016 was enough.Ramjattan abdicated his responsibility by not pressing for a CoI into the destruction of the Camp Street Prison deemed the worst disaster ever in the history of the Guyana Prison Service.Once again, deception became the handmaiden of intransigence and administrative laziness on the part of the APNU/AFC coalition Administration.Talk about dereliction of duty by a Cabinet headed by a President that likes show off his knowledge about security matters, failure to establish a CoI in 2017 is an excellent example of gross negligence by the Government over which he presides.From all appearances, CoI’s are established as a means to an end, especially when Granger wants to get rid of those he dislikes and undesirables holding key positions within an organisation which forms part of the disciplined services.Make no mistake. The CoI’s into the attempted assassination of the President and the Lindo Creek massacre were masquerades aimed at getting rid of certain senior ranks in the Guyana Police Force and Guyana Defence Force and to put in place ranks with whom the Commander in Chief was comfortable.The strategy plan for the Guyana Prison Service aimed at transforming the Guyana Prison Service into a correctional service remains on paper and the civilian unit established to oversee implementation of the plan been reduced to a virtual arm of the Prison Service.The Unit is denied the necessary human and financial resources by the National Security Council chaired by the President himself.We seem to be captivated by a sleepy and hollow syndrome characteristic of those who are responsible for keeping the nation and its populace safe and sound but who chose to spend their time looking out for opportunities to enrich themselves.Yours sincerely,Clement J Roheelast_img read more

Trade unions demand reestablishment of Labour Ministry

first_imgGeneral Secretary of GTUC Lincoln LewisTen months after government’s decision to subvert the Labour Ministry into a department within the Social Protection Ministry, two of Guyana’s prominent trade unions are disgruntled by the decision and has demanded the reestablishment of the ministry.At a joint press conference Monday, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) and Federation of Independent Trades Union of Guyana (FITUG) voiced their concerns on the matter.As the unions are preparing for its May Day Rally, they are reiterating calls for government to rescind its decision to have the ministry reduced to a mere department of labour.As a result of the decision, the unions are complaining that workers do not have an equitable chance of their rights being adequately represented since there seems to be a disjointed ministry for this purpose.General Secretary of GTUC Lincoln Lewis cited that this is the first time in the country’s history that the Ministry of Labour had been ‘pushed out’ even at a time where Guyana is said to be advancing.Lewis underlined the core value of having a labour ministry and its relation to building a country that is sustainable and geared towards development.With the ministry eliminated from government, he said this shows there is no emphasis being placed on workers and more so a representation for their rights.Lewis believes the government had “twisted” the system, since the Ministry of Protection should have been an element of the Ministry of Labour and not the other way around.Since there is no labour ministry, Lewis said there is less engagement with the labour movement and as such there is a reduced chance of having consultations and discussions to address issues within the sector.He stressed that when union issues arise, there is no particular ministry that one can turn to, neither a minister was chosen to independently represent the public servants.After taking to office in May 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change government reconfigured, created, and renamed a number of ministries.The unions appealed to government to review its decision and work in favour of public servants to have the deserved attention placed on a ministry to address their affairs.last_img read more

NGSA shows major gender gap in top 1%

first_imgIn light of the release of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results, it was evident that there was a gender gap with a greater number of females placing in the top one per cent of the country compared to the number of males.Education Minister Nicolette HenryOut of the 174 students who placed in the top one per cent, 104 were female, while 70 were male.The gender gap is an issue which Guyana has seen for a number of years as it relates to academic performances. At the announcement of the results last week, these numbers were addressed by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who explained that there was approximately the same number of males and females at the primary level.However, the ratio is disrupted at the secondary level, where the number of males is reduced by half.Top student Naila RahamanShe stated, “At the primary level and nursery level, we have ratio of 1:1 of boys and girls. By the time they write CXC, we have two girls to every one boy. So, somewhere along the continuum, we’re losing them. That is data and enough reason for us to act.”She noted that male underachievement at these examinations required “strategic” intervention and hence, a symposium was organised last week by the Ministry in collaboration with the University of Guyana (UG); the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Caricom to begin work on bridging the gender divide.“These issues require evidence-based, scientific and proven strategies to address and, therefore, we’re bringing the experts. We have people who are from the international community, the regional community, our academic community, and other communities.”The NGSA results were announced on Thursday last with the top performer being Nalia Rahaman of Westfield Prep, who secured a perfect score of 529 marks.last_img read more

More toys recalled for lead paint

first_imgbased Mattel Inc., said late Tuesday that it is recalling about 700,000 Chinese-made toys that have excessive amounts of lead paint. The recall covers 675,000 units of various Barbie accessory toys that were made between Sept. 30, 2006, and Aug. 20, 2007. The action also includes 90,000 units of Geo Trax Locomotive Toys and 8,900 Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys, both from the company’s Fisher-Price brand. The Big Big World products were sold at retailers nationwide from July through August of this year, while the Geo Trax toys were sold from September 2006 through August of this year. The announcement marks Mattel’s third major recall of Chinese-made toys because of lead paint in a month. Mattel’s last recall, announced on Aug. 14, covered about 19million toys worldwide. They included Chinese-made toys that either had excessive amounts of lead paint or had small magnets that children could easily swallow. On Aug. 1, Mattel’s Fisher-Price division said it was recalling 1.5million preschool toys featuring characters such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird and Elmo because of lead paint. That action included 967,000 toys sold in the U.S. between May and August. MATTEL: El Segundo company pulls back 700,000 units in third instance in a month. By Anne D’Innocenzio THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with El Segundo- Lead can cause brain damage when ingested by young children. Under current regulations, children’s products found to have more than .06 percent lead accessible to users are subject to a recall. Robert Eckert, chairman and CEO of Mattel, warned at a press conference last month that there may be more recalls of tainted toys as the company steps up its investigations into its Chinese factories and retests products. Still, Tuesday’s announcement is yet another blow to Mattel, which had cultivated an image of tightly controlling production in China. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is also considering a possible investigation into whether Mattel notified authorities as quickly as it should have in connection with the Aug. 14 recall. With more than 80 percent of toys sold worldwide made in China, toy sellers are nervous that shoppers will shy away from their products in this year’s critical holiday season. In June, toy maker RC2 Corp. voluntarily recalled 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line. The company said that the surface paint on certain toys and parts made in China between January 2005 and April 2006 contain lead, affecting 26 components and 23 retailers. In July, Hasbro Inc. recalled faulty Chinese-made Easy Bake ovens, marking the second time the iconic toy had been recalled this year. Last month, Mattel vowed that it would tighten its controls at its factories in China. About 65 percent of Mattel’s toys are made in China, where about 50 percent of Mattel’s production is produced in company-owned plants. But apparently, the controls were not strict enough, particularly when it came to overseeing Mattel’s subcontractors. The recalled toys from the Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band line have two bongos, including one with a yellow and green plastic drum base and a blue drum surface. The other bongo is yellow and has a green plastic drum base with an orange drum surface with “It’s a Big, Big World” printed on it. The toys were sold with animal-shaped accessories including a monkey and a bird. The recalled toys in the Barbie accessory line included a Barbie Dream Puppy House, which had lead paint on the dog; a Barbie Dream Kitty Condo playset, which had lead paint on the cat; and a Barbie table and chairs kitchen playset, which had lead paint on the dog and dinner plates. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mourinho latest: TWO GAMES to save job as Chelsea star ‘says he would rather lose than win for boss’

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho’s future is the subject of intense speculation after Chelsea slipped to a SIXTH Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday.The Blues are sitting 15th in the table, just four points above the drop zone, following the 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho’s face dominates the back pages of Monday’s newspapers, with many suggesting he faces a make-or-break week.Here’s what the leading papers say about the Chelsea boss…The Times:Mourinho will be given more time to revive Chelsea’s season, but the club’s patience in their under-pressure manager will not extend indefinitely. While the Portuguese will be permitted to take charge of this week’s fixtures against Dynamo Kiev and Stoke City his position will be reviewed during the forthcoming international break if his players are unable to emerge from a slump that has brought five defeats from their past seven matches.Daily Express:Roman Abramovich is agonising over the prospect of sacking Mourinho. The Chelsea owner, normally quick to act, desperately does not want to axe the manager he brought back to the club in 2013.  But the Chelsea manager has to turn results around quickly – and also heal damaging rifts in his dressing room.The Sun:Abramovich is still hoping Mourinho can turn a horror season around. And he will be given at least the next two games in charge, against Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday and Stoke on Saturday. Former England and Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello has joined Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti as possible short-term replacements — with all three ready to listen to offers – should Mourinho go.Daily Mirror:Mourinho will be given a stay of execution as Chelsea manager – but must win back the players.  BBC presenter Garry Richardson alleged on Radio 5 Live that one first-team player’s relationship with his manager was irreparably damaged, stating: “One player said recently, ‘I’d rather lose than win for him’. It may have been said in the heat of the moment, but perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.” But Mourinho will be given until at least the international break – against Kiev and then Stoke next Saturday – and possibly beyond to turn results around.Daily Mail:Chelsea continued to back Mourinho over the weekend, but it has become clear that he is now managing the club on a game-by-game basis as they wait for Abramovich to make his next move. Morale and confidence within the dressing room is at an all-time low and there are rumours that a number of the players are being sounded out by the hierarchy for their views on Mourinho’s disintegration. Guardian:Chelsea remain reluctant to sack Mourinho despite Saturday’s defeat by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, which left them in 15th place, 10 points off the top four and four above the teams in the relegation zone, there are indications that they will re-evaluate the position if the champions continue to struggle amid persistent rumours of discontent within the dressing room.last_img read more

Route 23 project begins

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – After a three-year delay, construction has begun on a $65 million program to widen Highway 23 between Thousand Oaks and Moorpark – the first of three projects aimed at improving traffic flow in eastern Ventura County. The three-year project will add one lane in each direction between the Ventura Freeway and New Los Angeles Avenue. “There’s no question that Highway 23 has been a top priority,” Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, said at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday. “This day has been a long time coming. In many ways, too long. … It will be something generations and generations will appreciate.” (805) 583-7604160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWork on the project was slated to begin in 2003, but was delayed because of state budget woes. Since then, construction costs have skyrocketed by about $20 million, officials said. The project, funded with state and federal money, will bring much-needed relief to commuters during peak driving hours, officials said. Additionally, there are plans to widen the Ronald Reagan Freeway between Tapo Canyon Road in Simi Valley and the Los Angeles County line – a project scheduled to get under way later this year – and expand the interchange between the 23 and the 101 freeways, which creates a bottleneck in Thousand Oaks. “This is a major, gigantic step in relieving the situation,” said Thousand Oaks Mayor Dennis Gillette. “It’s the beginning.” Route 23, which was built in the 1960s, will be widened from four lanes to six by providing one lane in each direction in the wide, undeveloped median. The project, which includes soundwalls, was derailed because gasoline tax transportation funds from Proposition 42 were diverted for other spending during the administration of former Gov. Gray Davis. “We were always diligent in staying on top of the funding situation so when Sacramento had money to release, we were ready to go,” said Keith Millhouse, a Moorpark city councilman and member of the Ventura County Transportation Commission. “It’s nice to finally get to this point and it shows what we can do when we have money.” angie.valencia@dailynews.com last_img read more

England hero Harry Kane says Three Lions never stopped believing

talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. England celebrate the last-gasp winner Two-goal hero Harry Kane says England never stopped believing as they sealed a dramatic late victory over Tunisia.The Three Lions got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start thanks to their skipper, whose 91st-minute header sent the country wild. Kane swivels to head the winning goal It had looked like classic England at a major tournament. Early promise faded as Kane’s opener was cancelled out by a seemingly-soft Ferjani Sassi penalty, conceded by Kyle Walker.But the talismanic striker was on cloud nine after his team fought to earn a vital three points in their Group G opener.He told talkSPORT: “I’m so proud of the lads, so proud of all the staff. We’ve worked so hard for this moment.“We’ve watched a lot of games, been excited, been nervous and I thought we did very well, especially in the first-half.“We were a bit unlucky to be one-all at half-time but we dug deep. It could’ve been one of them nights where it just didn’t go our way but we kept believing and got what we deserved in the end.“The best thing for me is that we didn’t panic. We stuck to the game-plan; it was one-all for a long time.“We never looked like conceding so we were secure. We said we don’t want to do anything stupid and end up losing the game. We just kept moving it. The subs came on and made an impact.” 2 Dynamic football has come to characterise Gareth Southgate’s side. But for all their expansive play, they were wasteful in front of goal and ironically won the game via two set-pieces.Kane added: “We were a danger from set-plays the whole game. We took our time, got our positions, and it worked out well.“There’s still a long way to go. We know the next game is a massive game. Every game in the World Cup is big.”The Tottenham Hotspur man admitted he and his team-mates were conscious of letting the nation down as the minutes ticked by.He continued: “This puts us in a great position and that’s what we wanted. If we drew 1-1 then everyone would’ve been disappointed and then we’d have to get up for it again.“We’re all buzzing, we’re going to go home, recover well and try to do the same again.” 2 read more

WOMAN KILLED IN DONEGAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT TO BE BURIED THURSDAY

first_imgThe funeral of a woman killed in a crash on Saturday afternoon last will take place on Thursday.Siobhan Hutcheon, 38, from Ardmore, Muff, who was originally from Derry, died in the crash involving a car and a Bus Eireann coach. Three children were in the car with her as they travelled to a holiday caravan in Donegal.The late Siobhan Hutcheon. Pic by (NW Newspix)Two of them are being cared for at Altnagelvin Hospital, while the third is at the Royal Victoria Hospital.They are all in a stable condition. The driver of the bus was not injured.The accident happened near Newtowncunningham on the main Letterkenny Road on Saturday 3 May. Speaking on BBC Radio Foyle on Tuesday, Fr John Farren said Mrs Hutcheon’s parents and her husband, Warren, were deeply shocked by her sudden death.“Siobhan was a bright and bubbly girl, she was what we would call ‘civil’. She would have always had the first word, was full of craic and very friendly,” he said.Fr Farren said the children were improving and the family hoped that the boy who is in the Royal Victoria Hospital would soon be transferred to be with the others in Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry.He said the family were getting support to help them through a very difficult time.“It is impossible to understand the shock,” he said.“Warren’s wife and children had headed off for a holiday weekend down in a caravan in Kerrykeel and this news was very shocking.” Mrs Hutcheon’s funeral is due to take place in Muff, following by burial in Derry’s city cemetery.WOMAN KILLED IN DONEGAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT TO BE BURIED THURSDAY was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:accidentdeathdonegalfuneralmuffNewtowncunninghamSiobhan Hutcheonlast_img read more

DONEGAL MARATHON ORGANISERS ANNOUNCE MASSIVE €5,000 IN PRIZEMONEY

first_imgThe Donegal Marathon has announced an even bigger incentive for those considering taking a part – a €5,000 pot of prizemoney!The Donegal Marathon logo which was designed by LYIT Art and Design student Samantha McGinley from Letterkenny.Preparations for the event continue to go from strength to strength, and targets are being reached every step of the way.To all of you out there who are training hard for the full or half marathon in Letterkenny, keep up the good work and let’s keep pounding those pavements! This event is about showcasing the community spirit of the people of Donegal and demonstrating the resilience and strength of character of the people of this proud county in the ultimate athletics challenge.The 24th August will be a day of celebration and family fun in addition to the challenge that will be attempted and hopefully completed by each and every participant of this historic event.The marathon is about friendship, community and family support for our participants but also about bringing people together in a spirit of social inclusion and camaraderie.These are indeed exciting times for Donegal as there has never before been such interest in the sport of running and athletics in general. We have recently seen the first sub 4 minute mile completed in Donegal and huge congratulations are offered to all involved in this magnificent effort. Our home-grown athletic stars continue to represent us fantastically on a national and international level.Congratulations to Mark English and Brendan Boyce who have been named in the team that will represent Ireland in the upcoming European Track and Field Championships in Zurich on 12th- 17th August. Mark will compete in the 800m and 4x400m events, while Brendan will compete in the 50k Road Walk which makes our Half Marathon walk seem like a Sunday stroll!Good luck to both and to all your team-mates. It is also interesting to note that for the first time, Ireland will be sending a seven-strong marathon team to these championships.Hopefully, in the years to come we will see some Donegal representation on this team and who knows; we might just uncover a star of tomorrow at the first competitive marathon in Donegal for 31 years this Summer. Watch this space!For more information on the allocation of prize money check out www.donegalmarathon.ie or facebook @donegalmarathon DONEGAL MARATHON ORGANISERS ANNOUNCE MASSIVE €5,000 IN PRIZEMONEY was last modified: July 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL MARATHONprizemoneylast_img read more

1958 World Cup gave birth to Pele

first_img Tags: FIFA World Cup 1958 The 1958 FIFA World Cup, the sixth staging of World Cup, was hosted by SwedenArgentina, Chile, Mexico, and Sweden expressed interest in hosting the tournament. Swedish delegates lobbied other countries at the FIFA Congress held in Rio de Janeiro around the opening of the 1950 World Cup Finals. Sweden was awarded the 1958 tournament unopposed on 23 June 1950.Brazil’s team that won the 1958 FIFA World CupThe hosts and the defending champions, West Germany qualified automatically. Of the remaining 14 places, nine were allocated to Europe, three to South America, one to North/Central America, and one to Asia/Africa.The format of the competition changed from 1954: 16 teams still competed in four groups of four, but this time each team played each of the other teams in its group at least once, without extra time in the event of a draw. Two points were awarded for a win and one point for a draw. If the first two teams finished on equal points then goal average would decide who was placed first and second. As in 1954, if the second and third placed teams finished on the same points, then there would be a play-off with the winner going through. If a play-off resulted in a draw, goal average from the group games would be used to determine who went through to the next round. If the goal averages were equal then lots would have been drawn. These arrangements had not been finalized by the time the tournament started and were still being debated as it progressed. Some teams complained that a play-off match, meaning three games in five days, was too much, and before the second round of group matches FIFA informed the teams that goal average would be used before resorting to a play-off. This was overturned when the Swedish Football Association complained, ostensibly that it was wrong to change the rules mid-tournament, but also because it wanted the extra revenue from playoff matches.This was the first time that goal average was available to separate teams in a World Cup. It was used to separate the teams finishing first and second in one of the groups. However, all three playoffs finished with decisive results and so it was not needed to separate the teams involved in a tied playoff.Almost all the matches kicked off simultaneously in each of the three rounds of the group phase, as did the quarter-finals and semi-finals. The exceptions were Sweden’s three group matches, all of which were televised by Syeriges Radio; these started at other times so Swedes could attend other matches without missing their own team’s. Apart from these, one match per round was televised, and relayed across Europe by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Many Swedes bought their first television for the World Cup.In Group 4, Pele did not play until the last of Brazil’s group games, against the Soviet Union. He failed to score, but Brazil won the game 2–0 (much thanks to an impressive exhibition of dribbling prowess by his partner Garrincha and the group by two points. Previously, they had drawn 0–0 with England in what was the first ever goalless game in World Cup history. Eventually, the Soviet Union and England went to a playoff game, in which Anatoli IIvin scored in the 67th minute to knock England out, while Austria had already been eliminated. The English side had been weakened by the Munich air disaster, earlier in the year, which killed three internationals on the books of Manchester United, including England’s young star Duncun Edwards.Pele (center) finished the tournament with six goalsPlayoffs were also needed in Group 1 (Northern Ireland beat Czechoslovakia to join the defending champions West Germany in the quarter-finals) and Group 3 (Wales topped Hungary to advance with hosts Sweden). Hungary had become a spent force after their appearance in the final of the previous tournament. They had lost their best players two years before, when they fled in the wake of the failed uprising against the communist regime. In a rather restrictive sense, from the 1954 team, only goalkeeper Gyula Grocics, defender Jozsef Bozsik and forward Nandor Hidegkuti remained.In Group 2, Scotland faced Yugoslavia, Paraguay, and France. France topped the group, with Just Fontaine netting six goals. Yugoslavia finished second, while Scotland came in last.The quarter-finals saw France’s Just Fontaine continue in similar form as in the group stage, managing another two goals as France triumphed over Northern Ireland. West Germany’s Helmut Rahn put them into the semi-finals with a single goal against Yugoslavia, while Sweden went through at the expense of USSR. The other game in the quarter-finals saw Pelé score the only goal against Wales.In the semi-finals, Sweden continued their strong run as they defeated West Germany 3–1 in a vicious game that saw the German player Erich juskowiak sent off (the first ever German player to be sent off in an international game) and German veteran forward Fritz Walter injured, which further weakened the German team (substitutes were first allowed in the 1970 FIFA World Cup).In the other semi-final, Brazil and France were tied 1-1 for much of the first half. However, 36 minutes into the game French captain and most experienced defender Robert Jonquet suffered broken leg in a clash with Vavá, and France was down to ten men for the rest of the game (substitutions were not allowed back then). Brazil dominated the rest of the match, as a Pelé hat-trick gave them a 5–2 victory. Fontaine of France added one goal to his impressive tally.The third place match saw Fontaine score four more goals as France defeated West Germany 6–3. This brought his total to 13 goals in one competition, a record that still stands.FINAL.The final was played inSolna, in the Rasunda Stadium; 50,000 people watched as the Brazilians went a goal down after four minutes. However Vava equalized shortly afterwards and then put them a goal ahead before half time. In the second half Pelé outshone everyone, notching up two goals, including the first one where he lobbed the ball over Bengt Gustavsson then followed it with a precise volley shot. Zagallo added a goal in between, and Sweden managed a consolation goal.The Final saw many records made in World Cup history that still stand as of 2014. At age 17, Pelé simultaneously became the youngest player to participate in, score, and win a World Cup Final. Conversely, Nils Leidholm became the oldest player to score in a World Cup Final at 35 years, 263 Days. This final had the highest number of goals scored by a winning team (5), the highest number of total goals scored (7), and together with the 1970 and 1998 finals shares the highest goal margin of difference (3); Brazil played in all those three finals.The game is also notable for many firsts in FIFA World Cup. With the exception of the 1950 FIFA World Cup final group stage, this marked the first time that a World Cup host reached the final without winning it. Additionally, the match marked the first time two nations from different continents (Europe and South America) met in a World Cup final. It also marks the first and only World Cup hosted in Europe not won by a European team; a feat mirrored in 2014 where a World Cup hosted in the America was not won by a team from the Americas for the first time, with Germany beating Argentina 1-0 at the final.France’s Just Fontaine was the top scorer of the tournament.Just Fontaine (lofted) was the top scorer in the 1958 World Cup with 13 goalsComments last_img read more