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Title: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 07, 2015, 09:35:11 PM
Toss out some names ...
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Jumbie on September 07, 2015, 09:37:34 PM
I think kimmy was canvasing for the wuk ah while now!
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Deeks on September 07, 2015, 09:41:57 PM
between Contro and Sam!
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Jumbie on September 07, 2015, 09:49:57 PM
 :rotfl:  :rotfl:  :rotfl: yuh mash up the man thread.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: pull stones on September 07, 2015, 10:30:09 PM
probably the ex national footballer darryl smith from diego martin central (former head of the diego martin regional cooperation).
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Football supporter on September 07, 2015, 10:41:39 PM
probably the ex national footballer darryl smith from diego martin central (former head of the diego martin regional cooperation).

That's the word on the ground. Should be a good choice.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sando prince on September 07, 2015, 10:52:59 PM
 Could be Daryl Smith.. not sure could be someone else who the new PM believes will be more capable in that particular position.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: palos on September 07, 2015, 10:57:38 PM
TimKee

Wouldn't that be something
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 08, 2015, 01:50:22 AM
Could be Daryl Smith.. not sure could be someone else who the new PM believes will be more capable in that particular position.

Tantie say yuh cyah trust ah man who went both Saints and Fatima.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 08, 2015, 02:20:53 AM
A lil clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IONhBY5vaI0) and a lil more (http://dmrctt.com/press-releases/).
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 08, 2015, 02:23:43 AM
(http://dmrctt.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/youth-scholarship-launch-1024x682.jpg)
It seems he has been preparing to "play chess" with Dexter Skeene for some time.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sam on September 08, 2015, 03:13:44 AM
Ah wake up early just to see who win. Boy, ah was soooooooo f00cking happy PNM win.

Good bye Kamla and she curry cabinet and most of all, good bye to dirty dread Sancho and he adviser. Throw these f00ckers in a box and in de ocean and sent them Jamaica.

Take that in your face Sancho, wha yuh go do now, Central dont want you, North East Stars dont need yuh and you good as dead in my books, now yuh must be vex yuh didn't help T&T football and sport more. You was one of de worst MOS we ever had, you and Anil Roberts, you make Roger Boyce and Gary Hunt shine.

Ah just hope Rowley doh let meh down.

We really need a good minister of sport, I feel Ato Boldon go make a good one and hire Flex Mohammed and Nigel Myers are his advisers, ah dead serious.

Ah dont know much about Daryl Smith, anybody know if he good or not?

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 08, 2015, 04:01:12 AM
TimKee

Wouldn't that be something

Yuh right, it would be something known as poor judgement.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Controversial on September 08, 2015, 04:21:44 AM
Ah hope the Dr have football at heart and make sure the men's team have the money..

Congrats to the PNM... At the end of the day, all I care about is our football
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Trevor on September 08, 2015, 10:21:10 AM
Shaka will be a good choice.  I don't know if he is interested, though. 
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 08, 2015, 10:40:12 AM
Brian Lewis? Hmmmm.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sam on September 08, 2015, 10:50:16 AM
Shaka will be a good choice.  I don't know if he is interested, though. 

Shaka ...  :devil:

Shaka wasn't born there and not living there.

And Brian Lewis is an next imps.

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: weary1969 on September 08, 2015, 11:09:38 AM
TimKee

Wouldn't that be something

 :beermug:
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: fari on September 08, 2015, 12:21:45 PM
Shaka will be a good choice.  I don't know if he is interested, though. 

Alyuh feel Shaka leaving his nice cushy job at ESPN for all that bacchanal home? 
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 08, 2015, 03:57:45 PM
Just heard kudos on the radio for Darryl Smith ... for being out early to clean up his campaign signs.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sando prince on September 08, 2015, 04:03:02 PM
Just heard kudos on the radio for Darryl Smith ... for being out early to clean up his campaign signs.

Yes Daryl Smith led a clean up campaign. here are some pics from his FB page

https://www.facebook.com/DarrylSmithDMC/photos/pcb.863252573795193/863252150461902/?type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/DarrylSmithDMC/photos/pcb.863252573795193/863252150461902/?type=1&theater)

https://www.facebook.com/DarrylSmithDMC/photos/pcb.863252573795193/863252170461900/?type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/DarrylSmithDMC/photos/pcb.863252573795193/863252170461900/?type=1&theater)

https://www.facebook.com/DarrylSmithDMC/photos/pcb.863252573795193/863252197128564/?type=1&theater (https://www.facebook.com/DarrylSmithDMC/photos/pcb.863252573795193/863252197128564/?type=1&theater)

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: TdotTrini on September 08, 2015, 05:45:38 PM
Could be Esmond Forde.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: grimm01 on September 08, 2015, 07:01:38 PM
That is the same Darryl Smith that used to play ball for Fatima??? He put on some weight since then.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Bakes on September 08, 2015, 07:16:52 PM
Instead of just throwing out names, it would be interesting to hear why some feel certain candidates are qualified.  Shaka has too many pokers in other fires for him to drop them all and take up the mantle... even if he had the interest.  Similar for Tim Kee, who I suspect might look at his portfolio at the TTFA and think it incomplete.  Not only that, but the timing, with TTFA elections just over six weeks away, might be inconvenient.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: 100% Barataria on September 08, 2015, 08:35:50 PM
That is the same Darryl Smith that used to play ball for Fatima??? He put on some weight since then.

Yeah, same yute
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 08, 2015, 08:56:20 PM
This portfolio demands the command of someone who is attuned to policy-making in the context of high performance sport. It does not need an appointment merely reflective of political patronage or of someone who will be learning elite sport on the job. It also doesn't per se need a visible sports personality. The person should be a consensus builder across sporting disciplines.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: vb on September 08, 2015, 10:24:34 PM
That is the same Darryl Smith that used to play ball for Fatima??? He put on some weight since then.

Yeah, same yute

What year did he play for Fatima?
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: pull stones on September 09, 2015, 01:07:11 AM
That is the same Darryl Smith that used to play ball for Fatima??? He put on some weight since then.

Yeah, same yute
he also played on an international level for either the U21 or U19, not sure which one. watched a small clip on him and thought he was impressive as a politician.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: 100% Barataria on September 09, 2015, 04:36:02 AM
That is the same Darryl Smith that used to play ball for Fatima??? He put on some weight since then.

Yeah, same yute

What year did he play for Fatima?

After your time VB, contemporary of mine, around 90-92
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: dtool on September 09, 2015, 05:40:02 AM

Shaka or Sheldon Phillips ..... my bets
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: de_redman on September 09, 2015, 05:57:40 AM
probably the ex national footballer darryl smith from diego martin central (former head of the diego martin regional cooperation).

That's the word on the ground. Should be a good choice.
:thumbsup:... Maybe he can initiate the investigations on you!
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: soccerman on September 09, 2015, 08:19:37 AM
This portfolio demands the command of someone who is attuned to policy-making in the context of high performance sport. It does not need an appointment merely reflective of political patronage or of someone who will be learning elite sport on the job. It also doesn't per se need a visible sports personality. The person should be a consensus builder across sporting disciplines.
You hit the nail on the head with this!
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: frico on September 09, 2015, 09:09:22 AM
Ah wake up early just to see who win. Boy, ah was soooooooo f00cking happy PNM win.

Good bye Kamla and she curry cabinet and most of all, good bye to dirty dread Sancho and he adviser. Throw these f00ckers in a box and in de ocean and sent them Jamaica.

Take that in your face Sancho, wha yuh go do now, Central dont want you, North East Stars dont need yuh and you good as dead in my books, now yuh must be vex yuh didn't help T&T football and sport more. You was one of de worst MOS we ever had, you and Anil Roberts, you make Roger Boyce and Gary Hunt shine.

Ah just hope Rowley doh let meh down.

We really need a good minister of sport, I feel Ato Boldon go make a good one and hire Flex Mohammed and Nigel Myers are his advisers, ah dead serious.

Ah dont know much about Daryl Smith, anybody know if he good or not?


Be a bit more dignified in victory mate,you seem full of hate,your "curry cabinet"comment is racist.As for Sancho,didn't he do well for the footballers and his fight got some millions for the Warriors,why hate him now because he has joined a political party,you describe that party as full of a certain race of people.I would like to go on,but lets hope that your new PM will improves on what the outgoing PM started.Oh I seem to have noticed,Rowley does have quite a few curry type people as members of the PNM,do you hate them too.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: AZZURRI on September 09, 2015, 10:58:51 AM
agreed frico

No need for that BS, regardless of who you support.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: frico on September 09, 2015, 01:39:12 PM
agreed frico

No need for that BS, regardless of who you support.

Thanks for agreement man,there was no reason for such comments.I have lived in England for so many years,and I still boast to people about how we live and respect each other,of course there will always be some idiots,but I'm sure they are a minority.I am also proud of the biggest Indo/Afro mix in the world,as Crazy say in the calypso,"In Years to Come",Sat Maharaj will have an Afro grand son. ;D
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Mad Scorpion a/k/a Big Bo$$ on September 09, 2015, 01:51:05 PM
Allyuh serious or just pretending to be ignorant of the fact that Sam does say thing just fuh effect and reaction?
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: frico on September 09, 2015, 01:59:17 PM
Allyuh serious or just pretending to be ignorant of the fact that Sam does say thing just fuh effect and reaction?
OK, I now understand.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sam on September 09, 2015, 03:39:22 PM
Allyuh serious or just pretending to be ignorant of the fact that Sam does say thing just fuh effect and reaction?

??

Anyhow, allyuh hear from Sancho yet?

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: SWO_TNTFAN on September 09, 2015, 04:28:29 PM
This should be a mute topic if only TTFA was self sustained company as Tim Kee suggests. 
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: mukumsplau on September 09, 2015, 05:24:12 PM
word is Brian Lara
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: de_redman on September 09, 2015, 05:35:14 PM
word is Brian Lara
That's the word on the street!
As a Fatima alumnus I would love to see this!
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 09, 2015, 05:38:03 PM
word is Brian Lara

Fits the bill.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Bakes on September 09, 2015, 05:40:03 PM
word is Brian Lara
That's the word on the street!
As a Fatima alumnus I would love to see this!

It will prove a popular pick... but what are his qualifications?
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: de_redman on September 09, 2015, 05:52:15 PM
word is Brian Lara
That's the word on the street!
As a Fatima alumnus I would love to see this!

It will prove a popular pick... but what are his qualifications?
Let me answer that with a question. Unlike other professional jobs, are there any prerequisites to being a government minister?
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Bakes on September 09, 2015, 06:31:16 PM
Let me answer that with a question. Unlike other professional jobs, are there any prerequisites to being a government minister?

Your question offers no substantive response... other than to suggest that he's minimally qualified, or meets the bare minimum necessary.  As such he's no more qualified than the average person on the street.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: MEP on September 09, 2015, 08:24:24 PM
Look Daryl Smith would be a junior minister he is not going to be given a Ministerial porfolio..his choice as a candidate came about as a political favor as the PM wanted to have a happy home. He of all the PM candidates is the least fit for office let's say you went out to buy a box of 120 Watt bulbs and you see a 20 watt bulb in there...he would be the 20 watt bulb
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: zuluwarrior on September 09, 2015, 09:11:45 PM
Andrea Baptise i95fm sports announcer might be a good pick.
 
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: MEP on September 09, 2015, 09:58:35 PM
Ah wake up early just to see who win. Boy, ah was soooooooo f00cking happy PNM win.

Good bye Kamla and she curry cabinet and most of all, good bye to dirty dread Sancho and he adviser. Throw these f00ckers in a box and in de ocean and sent them Jamaica.

Take that in your face Sancho, wha yuh go do now, Central dont want you, North East Stars dont need yuh and you good as dead in my books, now yuh must be vex yuh didn't help T&T football and sport more. You was one of de worst MOS we ever had, you and Anil Roberts, you make Roger Boyce and Gary Hunt shine.

Ah just hope Rowley doh let meh down.

We really need a good minister of sport, I feel Ato Boldon go make a good one and hire Flex Mohammed and Nigel Myers are his advisers, ah dead serious.

Ah dont know much about Daryl Smith, anybody know if he good or not?


Be a bit more dignified in victory mate,you seem full of hate,your "curry cabinet"comment is racist.As for Sancho,didn't he do well for the footballers and his fight got some millions for the Warriors,why hate him now because he has joined a political party,you describe that party as full of a certain race of people.I would like to go on,but lets hope that your new PM will improves on what the outgoing PM started.Oh I seem to have noticed,Rowley does have quite a few curry type people as members of the PNM,do you hate them too.

what makes that racist? what was the mantra from this gov't ..is we time....who do you think the we is?
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: frico on September 10, 2015, 03:41:39 AM
MEP When people's culture is used to mock, or used in a derisory fashion,it is termed as racist,racism as you know,better than me, can manifest itself in 100s of ways,so don't pretend,don't split hairs,you know very well, it is an ignorant and racist comment.
"IS WE TIME NOW",I RECALL AS A SCHOOLBOY IN TT, MANY AFROS FRIENDS WOULD SAY, IS WE TIME NOW,what is racist about  that,it's just like saying PNM till we dead,or we like it so,who is talking there.
Regards.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sam on September 10, 2015, 04:56:14 AM
Ah wake up early just to see who win. Boy, ah was soooooooo f00cking happy PNM win.

Good bye Kamla and she curry cabinet and most of all, good bye to dirty dread Sancho and he adviser. Throw these f00ckers in a box and in de ocean and sent them Jamaica.

Take that in your face Sancho, wha yuh go do now, Central dont want you, North East Stars dont need yuh and you good as dead in my books, now yuh must be vex yuh didn't help T&T football and sport more. You was one of de worst MOS we ever had, you and Anil Roberts, you make Roger Boyce and Gary Hunt shine.

Ah just hope Rowley doh let meh down.

We really need a good minister of sport, I feel Ato Boldon go make a good one and hire Flex Mohammed and Nigel Myers are his advisers, ah dead serious.

Ah dont know much about Daryl Smith, anybody know if he good or not?


Be a bit more dignified in victory mate,you seem full of hate,your "curry cabinet"comment is racist.As for Sancho,didn't he do well for the footballers and his fight got some millions for the Warriors,why hate him now because he has joined a political party,you describe that party as full of a certain race of people.I would like to go on,but lets hope that your new PM will improves on what the outgoing PM started.Oh I seem to have noticed,Rowley does have quite a few curry type people as members of the PNM,do you hate them too.

O lard, a next one, you dont know me.... ... racist?   :rotfl: :rotfl:

And for your information, Sancho did nothiing for football or sports since he became minister. Read before you answer nah, who de f00ck talking about court case? F00ck Sancho and by de way, he is not indian...  :rotfl:

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Errol on September 10, 2015, 05:21:01 AM

Shaka or Sheldon Phillips ..... my bets

Sheldon Phillips can't even handle the GS job you expect him to handle the MOS position too?

We have to many stagnant people in power in T&T and they want more jobs than they can handle.

I say Dwight Yorke.

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: de_redman on September 10, 2015, 05:30:29 AM
(http://www.trinidadexpress.com/storyimage/TT/20150909/LOCAL/150909537/AR/0/AR-150909537.jpg&MaxW=730&imageversion=Article)
Fatima's pride: Retired star West Indies batsman Brian Lara, centre, chats with pupils from his alma mater Fatima College, following yesterday's swearing-in ceremony at Queen's Hall, St Ann's. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE - Trinidad Express
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Deeks on September 10, 2015, 05:55:11 AM
Right now, in my opinion, I think we need someone with effective management skills than someone with all this personality business. No disrespect to Shaka, Dwight Lara. I tired of seeing smiling MoS standing with group of people and making some promises. Fed up with all them Photo ops. First thing is to find places in the EW corridor for more footie fields. Separate footie and cricket fields.  Put turf field at the HCS auxiliary field. Track and field needs a separate training field. Basketball and netball need more indoor  facilities. Their coaches, like all other discipline, need desperately to enhance their skills. Rugby needs it own stadium and practice facility. We need more swimming pools and coaches. Field hockey needs small astro turf field in PoS. Most of the clubs are in PoS.
 
Very importantly the sports associations with the exception of cricket needs to go against the grain and  start to encourage the East Indian yutes to give the other sports a try and some staying power. We are really underachievers when you look at our population. at Carifta games, we should have at least 2 participants in EVERY event.  Sometimes we have none. Most importantly, we need more women participation. Or at least retention. Women drop out from sports too early. Also more women coaches in all the sports disciplines.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sam on September 10, 2015, 06:31:54 AM
Ato is de best for MOS.

F00ck Yorke, Lara, Latapy, Shaka etc.

Lara and them is pure ass lickers, yuh have money these crooks does show up.

Allyuh ever hear Shaka, Yorke or Latapy helping anyone?

We need somebody humble and eager and hungry to make a change in every sport.

Somebody who not corrupted for once.

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 10, 2015, 06:45:46 AM
Anyhow, allyuh hear from Sancho yet?

Yeah, he would like to meet with the incoming MoS to have a transitional conversation regarding what he had put in place and to discuss the ins and outs of the Ministry etc. Something to this effect.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: de_redman on September 10, 2015, 06:56:56 AM
Ato is de best.

F00ck Yorke, Lara, Latapy, Shaka etc.

Lara and them is pure ass lickers, yuh have money these crooks does show up.

Allyuh ever hear Shaka, Yorke or Latapy helping anyone?

We need somebody humble and eager and hungry to make a change in every sport.

Somebody who not corrupted for once.


Ato was a UNC senator... so that not happening.
Also he's probably innocent... but remember he was tainted with alleged wrongdoing with the Australian affair/taxpayers money scandal.
Not sure where you finding this person with no allegations and a squeaky clean record.
Maybe Lara really is the guy!
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 10, 2015, 07:28:00 AM
Ato is de best.

F00ck Yorke, Lara, Latapy, Shaka etc.

Lara and them is pure ass lickers, yuh have money these crooks does show up.

Allyuh ever hear Shaka, Yorke or Latapy helping anyone?

We need somebody humble and eager and hungry to make a change in every sport.

Somebody who not corrupted for once.


Ato was a UNC senator... so that not happening.
Also he's probably innocent... but remember he was tainted with alleged wrongdoing with the Australian affair/taxpayers money scandal.
Not sure where you finding this person with no allegations and a squeaky clean record.
Maybe Lara really is the guy!

Not so! Ato was not the Australian officeholder. To the extent any residue of fiscal impropriety exists, it lies with the officeholder.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Socapro on September 10, 2015, 09:27:22 AM
I can guarantee you guys that Ato is not interested in that role.
Ato has said that he tried being a politician once in the past and soon realised it is not for him.

Ato is already making his contribution doing exactly what he is doing right now which is coaching, broadcasting and being an IAAF Ambassador.

Look out for our male and female sprinters who are going to be part of Ato's camp from October all doing big things next year and helping to put T&T on the map at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

If any of Ato's athletes end up winning a gold medal at the Olympics then Ato would have made a major contribution and should be given the Order of T&T in recognition.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 10, 2015, 10:03:49 AM
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Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: palos on September 10, 2015, 12:13:20 PM
First thing that needs to be clarified is......what is the role or vision for the Ministry of Sport?  That's the first question I would ask of the Prime Minister.

If it's to be an administrative department of government to pass funds on to national sporting bodies as it's politically expedient, then that's fine.  Status quo will be maintained and you could put pretty much anyone to be the MOS

If the vision for the Ministry of Sport is holistic and primarily promotes a healthy lifestyle for the nation's citizens, then you appoint a MOS to suit

If the vision for the Ministry of Sport is to have both an holistic approach in terms of promoting healthy lifestyle AND help to develop world class athletes, then you're looking at a different type of candidate IMO


If it is to have a holistic approach and develop world class athletes, then the Minister of Sport should be someone who advocates for Sport as an industry on it's own. 

Someone who recognizes the "wellness" aspect of Sport and the tremendous cost savings it can have to the society in general in terms of overall fitness and health of the citizenry

Someone who advocates for elite athletes to be treated accordingly with the requisite infrastructure, nutrition, physical training, and administrative support needed to be truly elite and compete with the rest of the world.

Someone who can mandate to national sporting bodies that they be inclusive in their selection policies.  Leave no stone unturned to unearth eligible talent for T&T.  Tobago, Carapichaima, Point Fortin, Biche, Toco, diaspora...everywhere

Someone who sees sport as a potential revenue generator through sports tourism.

And finally, someone who can build consensus, understand the needs of the varied sporting disciplines, advocate for those needs, and display and demand transparency, accountability, and proper management practices

In his victory speech, Dr Rowley said one of his goals was to make people proud to be Trinbagonian...just like how many nationals living abroad are so proud to be.  Sport is one vehicle where that can be readily achieved.

It will be beneficial if the Minister of Sport is a former sportsperson.  Someone who has been at the highest level and seen how things operate first hand and knows what it takes to get to that level.  But it's not a necessity.  The Minister of Sport can draw upon such people for their input if he/she does not possess that achievement.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: weary1969 on September 10, 2015, 01:01:39 PM
Good points Palos as for Lara Rowley I trust will not be so silly. Lara has or had a brother who is or was a PNM counsellor so that will explain his presence at Balliser House and at the swearing in.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Bakes on September 10, 2015, 02:14:24 PM
It will be beneficial if the Minister of Sport is a former sportsperson.  Someone who has been at the highest level and seen how things operate first hand and knows what it takes to get to that level.  But it's not a necessity.  The Minister of Sport can draw upon such people for their input if he/she does not possess that achievement.

Fully agreed.  Far too often we seem content to just plug in a figurehead in the hopes of putting a familiar name in charge of something because they happened to be past sportsmen.  The model for that isn't broken, former athletes can make good administrators... Sebastian Coe is current head of the IAAF; Anita DeFrantz is a member of the IOC Executiv Committee; Franz Beckenbauer successfully led Germany's LOC during the 2006 WC... etc.  Ideally we can find someone with national prominence from the list of former athletes, who will also have facility with managing the bureaucratic process within the Ministry, have a facility with budget and planning, and who can serve as an effective manager as well.  The day to day task of running the Ministry can be managed by the Permanent Secretary and Ministerial staff, but there has to be vision, oversight and guidance from the Minister.  Lara seemingly checks many of those  boxes.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: A.B. on September 10, 2015, 02:38:37 PM
What socapro said.

I'd be surprised if it's Brian, though.

Former sportsman helps, but isn't critical to being effective at the job.

Most critical trait is someone who is not afraid to go in there and force change. Same foolishness in the same broken system equals same results.

Even if I wanted to, I couldn't, so interesting to hear my name called in it, but it's not even a remote possibility.

I will certainly be willing to work with the next Minister in a meaningful way, since I am more involved now than I have probably ever been in my history with TNT, with more plans/developments involving my national involvement to be revealed in the next 3 months.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: dreamer on September 10, 2015, 03:34:01 PM
Good post by Palos. Nicely put together concepts.
Really appreciate the quest for deeper value for the society.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 10, 2015, 03:40:17 PM
It will be beneficial if the Minister of Sport is a former sportsperson.  Someone who has been at the highest level and seen how things operate first hand and knows what it takes to get to that level.  But it's not a necessity.  The Minister of Sport can draw upon such people for their input if he/she does not possess that achievement.

Fully agreed.  Far too often we seem content to just plug in a figurehead in the hopes of putting a familiar name in charge of something because they happened to be past sportsmen.  The model for that isn't broken, former athletes can make good administrators... Sebastian Coe is current head of the IAAF; Anita DeFrantz is a member of the IOC Executiv Committee; Franz Beckenbauer successfully led Germany's LOC during the 2006 WC... etc.  Ideally we can find someone with national prominence from the list of former athletes, who will also have facility with managing the bureaucratic process within the Ministry, have a facility with budget and planning, and who can serve as an effective manager as well.  The day to day task of running the Ministry can be managed by the Permanent Secretary and Ministerial staff, but there has to be vision, oversight and guidance from the Minister.  Lara seemingly checks many of those  boxes.

This reasoning parallels and approximates the discussion regarding the National Security portfolio. As with ex-military, some ex-athletes won't cut it, and some will perform with accomplishment.

Who can name the last non-polarizing, effective MoS?
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: FF on September 10, 2015, 03:44:17 PM

This reasoning parallels and approximates the discussion regarding the National Security portfolio. As with ex-military, some ex-athletes won't cut it, and some will perform with accomplishment.

Who can name the last non-polarizing, effective MoS?



Jennifer Johnson  ;D
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sando on September 10, 2015, 04:21:10 PM
What socapro said.

I'd be surprised if it's Brian, though.

Former sportsman helps, but isn't critical to being effective at the job.

Most critical trait is someone who is not afraid to go in there and force change. Same foolishness in the same broken system equals same results.

Even if I wanted to, I couldn't, so interesting to hear my name called in it, but it's not even a remote possibility.

I will certainly be willing to work with the next Minister in a meaningful way, since I am more involved now than I have probably ever been in my history with TNT, with more plans/developments involving my national involvement to be revealed in the next 3 months.

Good luck Ato, I hope you get the support, you know how everyone comes in to T&T government have some personal issue and greed.

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: de_redman on September 10, 2015, 05:00:13 PM
What socapro said.

I'd be surprised if it's Brian, though.

Former sportsman helps, but isn't critical to being effective at the job.

Most critical trait is someone who is not afraid to go in there and force change. Same foolishness in the same broken system equals same results.

Even if I wanted to, I couldn't, so interesting to hear my name called in it, but it's not even a remote possibility.

I will certainly be willing to work with the next Minister in a meaningful way, since I am more involved now than I have probably ever been in my history with TNT, with more plans/developments involving my national involvement to be revealed in the next 3 months.
Thanks Ato! You did some great work with the relay women recently. Hope you'll reveal soon if you're working with the sprint men also. Nothing will bring us more pride than relay gold in Rio! Continue to make us proud!
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: royal on September 10, 2015, 08:56:42 PM
multiple sources are saying Brian Lara will be sworn in as Sports Minister according to Newsday.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 11, 2015, 12:07:17 AM
Knott: Tobago needs right sport policy
Guardian


With the right sport policy, Tobago can consistently compete with larger countries on the world stage. That’s the view of Annette Knott, Secretary General of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee. Knott was speaking during last week’s stakeholder consultation on the review of the Tobago Sport Policy, which took place from August 27-28 at the Lowlands Community Centre, Tobago.

The consultation, hosted by the Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport, featured several key interest groups, including the Ministry of Sport, sporting organisations and personnel across the island. Knott said Tobago has shown tremendous athletic potential despite having a small population of 60,000.

The event atracted over five dozen participants from a large cross-section of sporting disciplines from the sister isle which include - the Paradise hockey Club, Tobago Hotel Association, Soren Bishop of SSFL,  FCB sports Foundation—Catherine Forde, Ainsly King of the YMCA, Brandon Gray—Leeward Golf Association, Tobago Netball League—Ruthlyn Antoine and Kieron McDougal of the Tobago Basketball Association.

Technical Director of the Division’s Department of Sport Justin Latapy-George called for a collaborative approach to take Tobago forward. “The consultation speaks to where we want to go, to have critical feedback from the stakeholders and to guide the process forward inclusive of implementation and periodic evaluation,” Latapy-George stated.

Tyrone J Marcus, the attoney for the Ministry of Sport and facilitator of the event acknowledged that the Sport policy needs to deal with the Tobago-specific issues, to ensure the desired development takes place.

Assistant Secretary with direct responsibility for Sports, Assemblyman Jomo Pitt during the consultation voiced that the “ideal pathway for Tobago athletes to perform at the national and international level has to be predictable and transparent. This leads to better accountability of both the local and national governing bodies.” 

The current draft of the policy includes four areas; development, community participation, facility management and the link between the Tobago Sport Policy and the National Sport Policy. Implementation of the policy is expected to begin next year.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 11, 2015, 12:38:56 AM
Who has been the PNM's shadow MoS? Who has been the parliamentary point person on issues regarding sport? Of the PNM candidates, who is likely to be the voice of sport?

We are in for an interesting ride.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: doc on September 11, 2015, 04:23:26 AM
This was a very well kept secret.... and the beat goes on  :frustrated:
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Deeks on September 11, 2015, 06:29:59 AM
This was a very well kept secret.... and the beat goes on  :frustrated:


Maybe PNM was not sure they were going to win and did not prepare or have these shadow portfolios.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: de_redman on September 11, 2015, 06:38:19 AM
This was a very well kept secret.... and the beat goes on  :frustrated:


Maybe PNM was not sure they were going to win and did not prepare or have these shadow portfolios.
funny... all because it wasn't leaked and you don't know who it is!
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Bourbon on September 11, 2015, 07:40:15 AM
I hearing Fitzgerald Hinds.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: doc on September 11, 2015, 07:40:47 AM
This was a very well kept secret.... and the beat goes on  :frustrated:


Maybe PNM was not sure they were going to win and did not prepare or have these shadow portfolios.
funny... all because it wasn't leaked and you don't know who it is!
Laziness on my part... I was referring to the consultation on Tobago sports policy ;D
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: weary1969 on September 11, 2015, 09:30:27 AM
Mr. Smith it is.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: MEP on September 11, 2015, 12:15:59 PM
Mr. Smith it is.
Huge misstep there
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Bakes on September 11, 2015, 12:20:22 PM
Mr. Smith it is.
Huge misstep there

Why do you say that?
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: lefty on September 11, 2015, 12:20:32 PM
Mr. Smith it is.
Huge misstep there

care to elaborate or yuh want to wait and see, it would be good to know what we gettin into
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: SWO_TNTFAN on September 11, 2015, 03:49:24 PM
Well boyz TTFA going to be cutting lawn for money now ..
Title: TTFA Congratulates new Sports Minister
Post by: Tallman on September 11, 2015, 04:29:36 PM
TTFA Congratulates new Sports Minister
TTFA Media


The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association today extends warmest congratulations and welcome to the newly appointed Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, the Honourable Darryl Smith.

In a statement earlier today, TTFA President Mr. Raymond Tim Kee wrote : “Congratulations on your new role as Sports Minister. It’s reassuring to have leadership in the Department of Sport and Youth Affairs from someone who understands the grassroots and sporting issues of the country, and who has also been actively involved.”

“I am confident your passion for sport, in particular football, and for Trinidad and Tobago, will see you work tirelessly for the development of sport in our beloved country.

“Nothing fosters a sense of shared national identity better than the country taking part in global sporting competitions as has been evident at the 2006 World Cup and our appearances at other world events, cricket World Cups and Athletic meets such as the Olympic Games.

Sport increasingly crosses cultural and political boundaries in a way that few other activities can. It's about really building a society, a nation, a country. Sport has something to offer people at all ages. We are confident that you will lead this charge.

We at the TTFA look forward with great anticipation to getting the ball rolling with you, Honourable Minister and your Ministry. Again, we take this opportunity to extend best wishes to you in your new role and look forward to working with you.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sando prince on September 11, 2015, 05:31:31 PM

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/cnewslive/videos/10153571254490610/

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The new Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith intends to focus on T&T's athletes. Speaking after his swearing-in on Friday, he said under the last administration, the Ministry of Sport had a lot of negative publicity and he intends to change that and put the focus back on the nation's athlete
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Sando prince on September 12, 2015, 08:24:21 AM

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153627061962996/

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10-YEAR-OLD GIRL HAS FIRST QUESTIONS FOR SPORT AND YOUTH AFFAIRS MINISTER

Minister Darryl Smith was only an hour into his job before he came under some heavy questioning from a ten-year-old.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: pull stones on September 12, 2015, 04:44:46 PM
The new sports minister , lasana libird and tony Hartford on I 95 right now.  Good conversation I might add.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Brownsugar on September 12, 2015, 06:24:00 PM
The new sports minister , lasana libird and tony Hartford on I 95 right now.  Good conversation I might add.


I missed that.....
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 12, 2015, 06:31:10 PM
The new sports minister , lasana libird and tony Hartford on I 95 right now.  Good conversation I might add.

Good shout! Enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Cocorite on September 12, 2015, 06:38:47 PM
The new sports minister , lasana libird and tony Hartford on I 95 right now.  Good conversation I might add.

Good shout! Enjoyed it.

C'mon Seeker . . .Yuh know we wah a lil summary nah . . Thanks
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 12, 2015, 07:01:42 PM
Where to start boi?

In studio were Andre Baptiste, Tony Harford, Lasana and the new MoS.

Somewhere in the middle of the programme, Andre announced that Brent Sancho was on the line. Ah say, look ting, play yuhself, Brent!

Either he called in or they called him ... thought that was interesting. He was very conciliatory and extended congrats to the incoming MoS and expressed that he wanted to have an outgoing MoS-incoming MoS meeting. Supposedly that will take place next week. I heard him express this before. Apparently he'd reached out via MoS staff and via text? email? to the new MoS to say the same. He really wants to meet is what I gathered.

The outgoing MoS spoke about his perception of the culture within the MoS. Also mentioned national governing bodies generally as having good ppl.

Lasana let fly a question regarding his (Sancho's) plans now that his tenure was up ... in light of supposed TTFA interest in exploring irregularities related to the alleged transfer transactions. In sum, whether he would be returning to Central and local football. The response from BS was that nothing had impacted his involvement with football and that he would be re-engaging that arena as he had done prior to assuming office.

Ah missed a portion following this because ah was in a roti shop.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Cocorite on September 12, 2015, 09:06:57 PM
Where to start boi?

In studio were Andre Baptiste, Tony Harford, Lasana and the new MoS.

Somewhere in the middle of the programme, Andre announced that Brent Sancho was on the line. Ah say, look ting, play yuhself, Brent!

Either he called in or they called him ... thought that was interesting. He was very conciliatory and extended congrats to the incoming MoS and expressed that he wanted to have an outgoing MoS-incoming MoS meeting. Supposedly that will take place next week. I heard him express this before. Apparently he'd reached out via MoS staff and via text? email? to the new MoS to say the same. He really wants to meet is what I gathered.

The outgoing MoS spoke about his perception of the culture within the MoS. Also mentioned national governing bodies generally as having good ppl.

Lasana let fly a question regarding his (Sancho's) plans now that his tenure was up ... in light of supposed TTFA interest in exploring irregularities related to the alleged transfer transactions. In sum, whether he would be returning to Central and local football. The response from BS was that nothing had impacted his involvement with football and that he would be re-engaging that arena as he had done prior to assuming office.

Ah missed a portion following this because ah was in a roti shop.

Well ah certainly understand the influence of a goat roti and cold mauby. LOL

Much appreciated bro. We can only hope that the new MoS is of a different stripe. Well, hope and keep his feet to the fire, so to speak.

I really hope our people "T&T" come to the place where we produce citizens of integrity and respect for human dignity. This will breathe transparency and accountability, not as an obligation, but as what is good and proper.

Appreciate your hard work and contributions to the forum.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 12, 2015, 09:27:35 PM
Not a problem brother. You're welcome.

Ah have a second summary of comments to be added shortly.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Bakes on September 12, 2015, 09:34:39 PM
Lasana let fly a question regarding his (Sancho's) plans now that his tenure was up ... in light of supposed TTFA interest in exploring irregularities related to the alleged transfer transactions. In sum, whether he would be returning to Central and local football. The response from BS was that nothing had impacted his involvement with football and that he would be re-engaging that arena as he had done prior to assuming office.

Ah missed a portion following this because ah was in a roti shop.

Nothing supposed about it... an official inquiry has begun with Sancho having been asked to respond to a number of items related to his football tenure, not just the "personal payment" related to the transfer.  His return to local football isn't as imminent as his bravado suggests.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 12, 2015, 09:47:25 PM
Lasana let fly a question regarding his (Sancho's) plans now that his tenure was up ... in light of supposed TTFA interest in exploring irregularities related to the alleged transfer transactions. In sum, whether he would be returning to Central and local football. The response from BS was that nothing had impacted his involvement with football and that he would be re-engaging that arena as he had done prior to assuming office.

Ah missed a portion following this because ah was in a roti shop.

Nothing supposed about it... an official inquiry has begun with Sancho having been asked to respond to a number of items related to his football tenure, not just the "personal payment" related to the transfer.  His return to local football isn't as imminent as his bravado suggests.

At the time of posting, the description, as stated, was accurate ... having not received formal and independent confirmation of the TTFA action until subsequent to the post. It was the advisable course of action, informed by an abundance of caution. ;)

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: asylumseeker on September 13, 2015, 07:18:59 AM
Second summary of the radio discussion.

Harford suggested that the MoS consider having a travel specialist within the MoS machinery so as to avoid some of the lamentable chapters that have unfolded in our sporting logistics history, and to facilitate professional outcomes beneficial to all.

Discussion was had about the role of CAL in team/athlete travel. An observation was made that CAL doesn't serve all destinations. Harford stated that CAL should be used for destinations it does serve (preferentially when feasible). Andre noted that certain travel agencies (or a certain travel agency?) typically seemed to be involved and that this likely hindered achieving a different outcome. This was discussed in the context of competition other than friendlies. It was stated explicitly that for friendlies the arrangements should occur elsewhere ... the imputation seemed to suggest with the national governing bodies or specific associations.

Mention was made of the lack of understanding of what being a team manager meant. (This was not a football-specific reference but applied to sport generally). In that some managers didn't even fulfil basic functions such as advance work (going to sites/accommodations to stage arrangements for a team's subsequent arrival). An example was given of managers checking into hotels, getting the room key and going to their rooms. That being that. Essentially getting to see the world without functioning in an effective and meaningful manner. Thus, a need for managers to think about their roles more broadly ... and a need for training, and for a template of proper functioning and performance expectations.

Andre had no time for administrators who used the volunteer status of their position as an excuse. Yuh took the wuk knowing what the gig entailed. Doh now come presenting that as an out. Harford referred to the time he invests with Preysal and suggested that administrators needed to appreciate the diligence and effort that is required to serve their constituents effectively.   

Harford suggested that funding for national bodies should be tied to mandatory attendance and participation at training events organized by the TTOC. (Andre cited Brian Lewis as being an exemplar of best practices. Hence mention of the TTOC as a standards benchmark).

The issue of team entourages also came up. Who should travel and why.

Andre told the new MoS that he found him (Smith) to be as advertised (an engaging people person) and that those traits should serve him well in dealing with the various constituencies and stakeholders. (It was Andre's first time meeting the Minister, and he suggested that it augured well for the future that the MoS had presented himself to participate in the programme at the start of his tenure. Building on this, Andre rattled off the number of occasions on which previous MsoS participated in the programme, and the general theme was that there was a tendency not to return. As such, he told the MoS that the proof would be in the pudding, but seemingly promising).

In a somewhat lighthearted but serious vein, Andre applauded Harford for working with "good, bad, indifferent" people within the sporting fraternity. He (Andre) said he couldn't do the same other than with the "good".

Discussion took place about the state of sporting facilities in the country and Andre issued an indictment regarding the structure of having "one man" (Anthony Blake) at the helm. Harford (favourable) and Andre (not favourable) held differing estimations of Blake's performance.

A portion of the conversation was dedicated to revisiting the archives project. Andre noted that young ballers, particularly those with NT ambition or participation, need to be able to place their ambition/participation in proper context. (Words to the effect of ... They need to know who Kerwyn Jemmott is. You have players who doh know who Kerwyn Jemmott is).
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Flex on September 14, 2015, 02:42:29 AM
Sports Minister shows much potential.
By Anand Rampersad (Guardian).


Minister Darryl Smith’s early intention to engage in a consultative participatory approach to oversee the development of sport is a promising start to his mandate.

By stressing the importance of the voices of athletes and communities through which sport is manifested, he is accentuating their significant role in effective policy formulation and execution.

Furthermore, the consultative participatory approach can be extended to other key players such as sporting bodies, education authorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The general population can also be part of the consultative participatory process by having access to detailed reports of sporting programmes that were implemented in the past and those that are too implemented. This will allow the public to assess how their monies have and are being utilised.

Minister Smith’s comments are in keeping with the PNM’s manifesto component on sport (http://pnm.org.tt/images/pdf/PNM_Manifesto_2015.pdf p62-64). The theme stresses the importance of promoting the country’s athletes internationally, building a sporting industry while at the same time encouraging a healthy nation. To achieve these objectives some of the points highlighted were:

Data collection once again becomes an important feature of the sport planning cycle to ensure that the entire process is efficient and effective. Efficient monitoring and evaluative practices have to become normative in the overall process. This is also important to taxpayers and private enterprises whose monies are used for funding. Additionally, the availability of data and programme reports for public information should be easily accessible.

Funding is a critical aspect of developing every aspect of sport. The State needs to develop strategic relationship with the private sector especially foreign companies to make a decisive contribution to sport. Furthermore, the State needs to consider using the NLCB to fund a greater percentage of sport as happens in England. This recommendation was made in the Report of the Steering Committee for the Establishment of a National Sporting Authority 1988.

The consultative approach, if it becomes the modus operandi of the Minister and his steering committee, should ensure that any approach to dealing with social problems such delinquency through sport does not repeat the gross costly catastrophes of the LifeSport Programme. An assessment of the successes and failures of the Hoop of Life approach should be conducted and made public. The current administrators as well as the public need to be informed if desired results of the $36M expenditure was justified or whether a more efficient approach could have been implemented.

The continued success of athletes is clearly dependent upon a transparent strategic roadmap even more so in the context of economic difficulties.

Minister Smith has to guard against the “gimme gimme” cultural trait that Prime Minister Dr Rowley has unequivocally, and rightly so, called to end, as it can easily seep into sport. Strong leadership, effective planning and decision making and open communication will go a long way toward realising the sporting goals and objectives of Minister Smith’s mandate.

Highlights

​• Increase the pool of talent from which world champions can emerge for international recognition,

• Promote sports as a way to curb crime and social skills,

• Use sports to foster greater communication and understanding amongst different communities, races, creeds in T&T,

• Increase participation opportunities for underrepresented groups in particular disabled persons, women, girls and the vulnerable youth and improve physical facilities to cater for this targeted group of persons,

• Improve the availability of information of sports involvement by conducting a National Sport and Recreational Census,

• Actively develop and promote Sport Tourism,

• Provide incentives for the growth and development of professions allied to Sport, such as Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Sports Media,

• Develop a Domestic Sport Research Database by performing a bi-annual survey which will establish benchmark, improvements to the local sport industry and provide a comprehensive data for sports and recreation,

• Create a Sports Institute of Trinidad and Tobago that will capture and hone the skills of young athletes while growing and modernising the Sports Industry.

The overall development of sport should be assessed on at least four (4) objective and interlocked platforms:

• Research through consultation with all major stakeholders including athletes, communities, sport administrators (present and past), the business community, and the universities. Research offers the benefit of providing information about different aspects of sport such as: i) Issues facing athletes- financial resources, medical, coaching etc. ii) Administrative challenges-funding, organisation human capacity etc. iii) Community challenges- participation rates and demographic characteristics, facilities, coaching, coordination of activities etc.

In other words research helps to minimise speculation and ‘guesstimating’ which sadly has been the norm upon which expensive sporting decisions have been made.

• The research data should become the major ingredient for the formulation relevant policies to guide the development of sport and sport development processes. Questions about the relevancy of the current National Sport Policy (2002) (http://static.sport.gov.tt/images/pdf/programmes/national_sport_policy.pdf) need to be asked. 

• Implementation, monitoring and evaluation should form the basis of evaluating the data driven sport policies. The implementation role of the SporTT Company needs to be assessed to decide whether it will continue as is or if revamping is required for greater efficiency.

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Flex on September 14, 2015, 02:44:18 AM
Minister ‘storms’ radio show.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Host delighted with visit

Sport and Youth Affairs Minister Darryl Smith provided early evidence on how he intends to approach his job when he made an impromptu visit to the studios of I95 on Saturday evening and took part in the weekly sports show hosted by the popular Andre Baptiste.

The programme, which started around 6.15 pm and included among the panel Guardian Sports Editor Valentino Singh, well known sports promoter Tony Harford and investigative sports reporter Lasana Liburd, was into its first ten minutes, when to the surprise of the quartet, the minister entered the studio and joined the discussion.

Pointing out that he was an avid follower of the programme, the minister who had just attended the Secondary Schools match between St Mary’s and St Anthony’s Colleges, gave a brief history of his involvement in sport as a national youth footballer, and pointed out that anyone who knew him would testify to his passion for sport.

The quartet was impressed at the ease with which Smith responded to their questions, promising that he intends to be in the ministry for the full five years.

“I don’t want my legacy to be about buildings. I want it to be about our athletes, not only those who are national athletes but all the young people who would want to use sport as a social tool to improve their lives.”

Reminded that sport and culture were the two major areas of the nation’s life that united the people, but which appeared to be treated as ‘lightweights’ by government, Smith said he has no doubt that under the current leadership of the new Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, this would change.

“I believe that Dr Rowley, more than any other Prime Minister understands the value of sport. After all, he is still involved in sport almost on a daily basis through his love for golf. I am sure he knows what sport can do for a nation, and I have little doubt he will make sure we get as fair treatment as possible.”

Smith revealed that he was on the job minutes after being sworn into office. This included meeting with staff at both the Ministry of Sport and the Sports Company of T&T. “I toured all the floors, met everyone who was present and I think there is a sense of relief among the workers.”

Told by the panel that there appeared to be lots of tension and demotivated people at the Ministry, Smith promised to bring the work environment up to be acceptable standards, even if it meant relocating the ministry.

He promised to listen to the voice of stakeholders before making decisions, and to ensure that the legacy of the country’s sporting personalities received the respect it deserved through the national sports archives.

Told by Baptiste that most ministers appeared on his programme when they first come into office and then refused to return, Smith promised that he would be the exception.

“There is a lot to be done, I have no doubt, and at the end of my five years, I intend to be available to return for you all to judge me.”

The panellists later agreed that the minister’s decision to make his way to the studio was a refreshing move that augurs well for the future.

Baptiste noted it was the first time that a minister had exercised such an initiative, and he was surprised, pleased and looking forward to the Minister returning in the future.

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: trini_stallion on September 14, 2015, 05:49:39 AM
I like it! So far...this kinda hands on boots on the ground approach by the PNM!
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Flex on October 07, 2015, 06:29:49 AM
Sports minister tours new facilities
T&T Newsday Reports


SPORT AND Youth Affairs Minister Darryl Smith last week toured three of the national sporting facilities with Permanent Secretary Gillian Macintyre as well as staff from the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT).

Minister Smith and the contingent spent just over five hours doing a comprehensive walk-through of the facilities currently under construction.

These were the National Aquatic Centre and the Cycling Velodrome in Couva, as well as the Tennis Centre in Tacarigua.

During the tour, Minister Smith identified his priorities regarding the facilities.

One of the minister’s immediate concerns will be the development of comprehensive plans and policies for the proper maintenance, management and upkeep of the three facilities. The Minister noted that in the past, several facilities and buildings were commissioned, but soon after they needed substantial refurbishment due to inadequate preventative maintenance management.

Another area of concern emerging from the tour was the need for a proper usage policy for national and elite level athletes. The facilities were built for the nation’s athletes to have a viable option to train at home for international competition. The Minister felt that it was important that all the necessary athletic amenities were also readily available to allow local athletes a full cadre of support services that would complement their competitive exploits.

Among those support services identified by the Minister, while in discussion with Sports Company personnel included, strength and conditioning, sports psychology, reflexology, message therapy, performance testing, sports medicine and injury prevention.

Minister Smith also saw a need for capacity building for the National Sporting Organisations, with an emphasis on increased levels of participation in their respective sports. He emphasised the need for baseline data (participation, demographics, frequency, access, etc.) across all sports, which should lead to better decision-making about investments of state funds and the continued sustainable development of each discipline.

He added with the completion of the facilities, the sporting bodies must play their part in achieving greater participation, accreditation, volunteerism and spectatorship for their sport.

The minister also noted that maximisation of the revenue potential of the new facilities was key to their sustainable operation.

Accordingly, he commissioned a full review of all the rates and user policies across all of the facilities under the purview of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Sports Company.

He noted while all of the facilities have a role to play in providing for the needs of athletes at all levels, attention must also be focused on income generation in order to ensure the citizen sees an economic return on the millions invested, and that the facilities can achieve self-sustainability.

Another priority for the minister was that all of the facilities are outfitted with modern, eco-friendly equipment and systems. The facilities’ operational procedures and policies must also prioritise energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint.

The three projects (Aquatic Centre, Velodrome and Tennis Centre) were conceptualised in 2007 and were officially commenced in 2009 when international project management consulting firm Pix International Holdings was commissioned by SPORTT to develop the terms and reference, scope of work and tendering and evaluation processes.

The contract was tendered in 2009 and following a full evaluation of all the bids, the Shanghai Construction Group was identified as the preferred contractor and was awarded the contract in 2011.

The facilities are still in the final stages of construction and are expected to be fully operational early next year.

They will be managed by the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the implementation agency of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.

Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: Mose on October 07, 2015, 08:01:19 AM
Sports minister tours new facilities
T&T Newsday Reports

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One of the minister’s immediate concerns will be the development of comprehensive plans and policies for the proper maintenance, management and upkeep of the three facilities. The Minister noted that in the past, several facilities and buildings were commissioned, but soon after they needed substantial refurbishment due to inadequate preventative maintenance management.
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Real liking this! One of my pet peeves is the lack of maintenance of facilities at home and the fact that no one ever seems to take that into consideration when making plans to build the facilities.   :beermug:
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Post by: Sando prince on October 07, 2015, 05:50:17 PM

VIDEO Report; https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153685097832996/ (https://www.facebook.com/CNC3Television/videos/10153685097832996/)

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SPORT MINISTER ON BUDGET

Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith says he is satisfied with the allocation his ministry received in the Budget.
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Post by: Sando prince on November 11, 2015, 06:26:36 PM


Smith: Millions lost in pre-Olympic revenue


http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2015-11-10/smith-millions-lost-pre-olympic-revenue (http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2015-11-10/smith-millions-lost-pre-olympic-revenue)


This country’s sports tourism ambitions have been dealt a serious blow due to the non-completion of major sports facilities costing the treasury millions in projected revenue says Sports Minister Darryl Smith.

While foreign states and international sporting organisations were still enquiring about the possibility of having access to the Brian Lara Stadium, National Cycling Velodrome, the George Bovell Aquatic Centre and National Tennis Centre and even the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, post September 7, for their pre-Rio, Brazil 2016 Olympic preparation, the minister lamented in a T&T Guardian interview, they all needed work.

The Dwight York Stadium, which was by no means new, however, was in need of remedial work.

Millions in revenue estimated by the former People’s Partnership Government from foreign countries desirous of setting up camps on local soil, en route to the Rio 2016 Olympic in Brazil, had been lost as once interested parties have redirected their business elsewhere, leading up to the Games.

“…inherited problem! That should have been thought out and planned before. Again, (it’s) only a month plus since we have been there (in government).

There is nothing that we could do. We are trying our best to ensure that they are completed, but more importantly, that the maintenance contracts, the tendering process, is put in place.

Again, that was poor management from the former administration. They know Olympics was coming up,” he said. Smith added, “They should have speeded up things, but instead they pushed certain things for elections gimmick: cutting of ribbons in certain places and so on, when they should have focused and realised that whoever was in government, the people of T&T would have benefitted with regards to utilising these arenas. We talk about sport tourism.

A lot of countries and sports organisation have asked about them, but they are not completed. This is where the focus should have been.”     

With respect to the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Smith said he planned to meet with Housing Minister Marlene Mc Donald and Noel Garcia, chairman of the Urban Development Company Limited (Udecott) to explore ways to cease the hemorrhaging of tax-payers funds and ultimately save the project.

He said the Keith Rowley-led administration had to ensure that no more tax-payer funds were wasted and as a consequence something positive had to happen.

“At this point I can’t comment because I have never seen it. It’s under Udecott. The ministry of sport has no drawings, no plans. So we have to have that meeting and we do a formal (site) visit.

We will let the public know what we plan to do with it. I am the most optimistic person that you’ll meet and I’m really hoping that everything was done with good intentions.

At the end of the day, I think we really wanted cricket to be at played there at the highest level, so it may be that they (the previous government) would have had some issue,” said Smith.

He continued, “Five years passed and nothing was done. Whether it was political or not, I don’t know what were their plans. Just like a number of other projects throughout T&T: the Diego Martin Northern Grounds, Mahaica Oval (Point Fortin), and a number of other projects, even National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA). Look at NAPA? All of a sudden it’s shut down because of no maintenance.

That’s for another place, another debate. All I know is the Brian Lara Stadium will be looked at and the best decision will be made for the tax payers of T&T.”

Whatever the challenges were associated with those projects they were all inherited, he said, and went onto slam the Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led administration over its tardiness.

Any layman, said Smith, would have known when constructing structures such as those mentioned, maintenance contracts had to be put into effect.

“That wasn’t put in place. So right now those (facilities) are almost completed: 86, 95, 98 per cent completed and there is no maintenance contract.

There is no way we could have a handing over process without a proper tendering process with regards to who is going to maintain it, because by the time you get that handing over, the clock start ticking.

Who is going to be maintaining it? Who is going to be ensuring that the track is okay, the air conditioning is working, the lights are working and so on. So we now moving feverishly trying to put a tendering process in place to take care of the national centres maintained,” said the minister.
He continued, “We have the Olympics around the corner.

We want to make sure that the Olympic prospects would be able to use the cycling track, the swimming pool and so on, but they have to be completed. They haven’t been handed over as yet.

But being proactive as I am and the ministry is we are trying quickly to get the maintenance contracts so when that day comes, we could have it opened right away.”



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Post by: maxg on November 11, 2015, 07:49:52 PM
warning..old thread, 10 years & counting...
they coulda pay every snr National athlete a million  and the dead ones-who musbe turning in dey grave-  family too.

http://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=1508.0
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Post by: Sando prince on December 09, 2015, 11:05:51 PM


The three national sporting centres have been given a projected delivery date of April 2016. Sports minister Daryl Smith says the facilities are built to satisfaction however staffing and maintenance plans must be done carefully.

https://www.facebook.com/csportslive/videos/1060550743996557/
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Post by: Flex on December 19, 2015, 05:59:50 AM
Minister unveils fresh plans for sport in 2016
By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH (Newsday).


AFTER SPENDING just over 100 days in office as Minister of Sport, Darryl Smith yesterday unveiled a unique list of new administrative and practical techniques which have been designed to revamp his Ministry’s overall competencies towards national athletes and non-governmental organisations.

The recently appointed Minister announced these welcomed revelations at the VIP Lounge of the Hasely Crawford Stadium yesterday, to an audience comprising of multiple national sporting representatives who were clearly in full support of Smith’s fresh and creative ideas towards marketing sport on the global stage. However, the former Diego Martin Regional Corporation chairman made it clear early on, that sport, like all other national entities, would be unavoidably hampered by the continuously falling price of oil – Trinidad and Tobago’s biggest income earner.

Firstly, Smith admitted that a lot of work has already been done towards cleaning up and correcting the discrepancies of the past regime. While he opted to not dwell too much on these negative actions of the past, the Minister used his opening days in office to personally meet with members of every national sporting organisation – an act which may have never been done so early in by past holders of this post. This move to converse with the sporting bodies has already created a positive impact within each fraternity.

With respect to the formation of new sporting policies, Smith explained, “There are people who make sports policies, and I don’t know how that was done before, but I think the Ministry now has a better vision going forward.

Even while doing that document (policies) we will be still calling on a number of you (NSO’s) all to come back and meet with us and get your two cents in with regards to the policy.” He also touched on programmes affiliated to athlete assistance and ensured that these strategies will be reworked to affirm an easy and smooth transition forward.

“The private sector will be included with regards to bridging the gap towards funding,” he added. “We are hoping next year to implement SELL Sport.

We want to have a tradeshow and expo where we are going to encourage all the NGB’s to set up booths and sell to the private sector. One of the initiatives I have spoken about from day one is data collection. That is going to be key for this programme.

People don’t spend their money unless they know they’re getting a bang for their buck.” Smith is also working assiduously towards highlighting one national sport per week throughout 2016 in an effort to raise national awareness in both rural and urban areas.

He intends to go to the media/ schools and promote these sports so they can be more marketable and in tune with young people.

“Coming out of the meetings (with NSO’s), and this has not been approached to Parliament as yet, is we want to make the process of donating funds easier because it is apparently very tedious right now and the returns on tax breaks aren’t that attractive. This is not etched in stone but we would like to have discussions where people, personally, can donate and also get a tax break. It is done in the First World countries but we still have to work that out and ventilate that through the Minister of Finance and so on,” continued Minister Smith.

Another new initiative on Smith’s slate for 2016 is to increase the relations between his Ministry and local sports media.

He believes that media houses are privy to a lot of underground stories which are hardly brought to the forefront and is goal bound on ‘interviewing’ several media personalities to gain knowledge on what is happening under the radar.

He further revealed more new plans for the coming year.

“The Ministry has to also tighten up and we want to set the example for the NGOs with proper management and databases and maintenance. I don’t think we had good examples across the board in the Ministry before, so we must lead by example. One of the other key things that we want to push is that we want to work with the young people. The youth aspect is also kicked in the background, and this is why they were one of the first we met with.

We have to align ourselves a little better with our youth,” Smith noted.

Yesterday’s meeting featured a heavy cast of sporting administrators such as Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee president Brian Lewis, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sport Joan Mendes, acting SporTT chief executive officer Adrian Raymond, Trinidad Youth Council president Sean Nicholson and David King and Sudhir Ramessar, TT’s Paralympic Committee president and treasurer, respectively.

Smith concluded, “It’s been a fantastic experience thus far.

But we are still mindful of the financial situation in the country and across the globe. When we came in on September 7, it was approximately US$85 per barrel, now it’s at US$36, and no one can ignore that. This will affect us in several ways since it is our main stream of revenue. We remain optimistic.

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Post by: Deeks on December 19, 2015, 11:20:18 AM
There it is folks.
Title: Re: Who should the new PM name Minister of Sport?
Post by: maxg on December 19, 2015, 11:44:50 AM
liking Minister Smith and Staff too
add: I remember I became a better player once my leg was damaged. Had to think more.
Maybe the reduced money to throw way, would work in our favour. And the ppl in office now, seem up for the challenge.
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Post by: asylumseeker on January 09, 2016, 01:09:13 PM
Four months in, how has the MoS been doing?
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Post by: Sando prince on February 18, 2016, 08:07:48 PM
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Smith praises Stadium staff

http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2016-02-17/smith-praises-stadium-staff

Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith expressed his gratitude to the maintenance staff at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, who managed to reopen the facility’s A1 track for use shortly after a busy Carnival season.

Visiting the site on Friday, Minister Smith said, “This track is known for helping athletes run fast times, and the speed with which it was brought back into service is a record in itself! It is an amazing feat that required due diligence on the part of everyone at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

“Our role at the Ministry and Sports Company is to ensure that all facilities under our management are safe and comfortable work environments for our athletes and their support staff, who are preparing for upcoming regional and international events. The three-day record must now be the standard turnaround time with any future Carnival activities held at this facility.”

Although the Elite Athlete Training Facility remained accessible to athletes during the Carnival period, the athletic track was off-limits, owing to several large-scale events being held on the main field. In light of this accommodation of cultural activities at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the Ministry provided transportation to alternate venues such as the Mannie Ramjohn and Ato Boldon Stadiums for those athletes that required it.

With Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott and his training partner Shakeil Waithe already back at the venue, it is expected that the flurry of activity on the Stadium track will resume this week as junior and elite national athletes continue their preparation for the CARIFTA Games (25-28 March 2016) and Olympic Games (5-21 August 2016).

One of those athletes, shotput athlete and Sportswoman of the Year 2015 Cleopatra Borel who is entering her fourth Olympic Games in Rio, continues her preparation for the titular event.

“SporTT staff really went above and beyond to accommodate my training sessions during the Carnival season, (even) on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.”
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Post by: Sando prince on May 12, 2016, 05:07:09 PM


Smith puts priority on Rio Olympics and World Cup 2018

http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2016-05-10/smith-puts-priority-rio-olympics-and-world-cup-2018

 Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Getting a winning team of athletes to the Rio, Brazil, Olympics this August and ensuring the Soca Warriors mount a successful campaign for the 21st FIFA World Cup in Russia, in 2018 remains the two clear priorities of the Keith Rowley-led administration, said Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Darryl Smith.

Even as finance minister Colm Imbert juggles the issues of lower than desired energy prices, which affected the amount of revenue government has collected to meet the needs of citizens, Smith said athletes preparing to represent T&T at these events should remain focused and allow government to address issues that arose.

Inside the final 100-day countdown to the 2016 Rio Olympics, Smith told the T&T Guardian he to date he’s still unable to produce a budget for both events.

“Like I have said before, it’s the first time I am doing a budget in pencil, so nothing is etched in stone. We living in a country where we know our economy relies on oil and gas. We have become accustomed to that. From day one, we said Olympics and the World Cup qualifier are our two top priorities,” he said.

Smith continued: “In gymnastics, it’s the first time we get a spot there; in rowing Ms Chow (Felice Aisha); the super heavyweight (boxer) in Mr Paul (Nigel); in cycling we have Mr Phillip (Njisane); and we have Mr Gordon (Jehue) with the hurdles. Of course, we are anticipating that Bovell (George) is in, and we are anticipating the track team. Ato Boldon is doing fantastic work with the women. With his camp, we have Richard “Torpedo” Thompson. We have Cleopatra (Borel) and a number of others out there. We are hoping we’ll have a big team going over. As much as we could possibly help, we will do our best to help the team.”

He added that the Ministry has stepped in to assist Olympic sailor Andrew Lewis, who required major medical treatment following a freak accident in Rio, last year, while conducting pre-Olympic training.

In addition, getting Olympic swimmer Bovell to major championships around the world at which he did this country proud was a cost the ministry absorbed in the athletes continued pursuit and delivery of excellence.

“We had to assist him. Mr Bovell is doing very good. I want to congratulate him on winning two gold medals. That wasn’t part of the budget. We assisted him. As you go through your seasons, things prop up. You qualify for things. We had to cut seven per cent from our budget. That represented $33 million dollars. We are watching the oil price.

“A lot of people are jumping up and saying the oil price up in the forties, but they don’t understand that three months down the road we would benefit from that. Minister (Colm) Imbert is doing a juggling act.

“But I will tell you this. It’s the earliest our Olympic athletes have ever got their cheques and they are very pleased about that.”