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Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:57:38 AM »
Look like people going with France or England https://tinyurl.com/yalg8dgv
It was ah tongue in cheek jab, but most of dem fellas coulda play for dey parents birth land if so motivated so....

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France was a finalist in my original bracket vs Germany. So France is it for me, though any of these teams could do it. A new winner would be great, too.

Belgium and France are the two teams I wanted to see in the final. That kind of team from a small country like Belgium comes along once in a proverbial generation (in this case it might be twice) and it would be fantastic if they win the whole thing. 

Football / Re: 2018 World Cup Thread
« on: June 18, 2018, 01:07:21 PM »
The Panama fans remind me of T&T fans in the Stadium against Sweden and England.....more noise and vibes than the opposition.....

Panama was excellent today against Belgium: they defended well, good ball control and passing, and attacked when it was possible. In this world cup, I am strongly supporting both Belgium and Panama, although for slightly different reasons.  My fondest hope (for this match) was that Panama scored at least one goal and not collect too many from Belgium.  Love the spirit of my Panamanian brothers, from the time the game start (or before) they are on their feet cheering, really into the moment. A long time ago, when I lived in Los Angeles, when you hear the Panamanian Association of LA is throwing a party, it is a real party. To me, the Panamanians are one of the very few groups whose party can match the real vibes of a good Trini party.

It is my fondest hope that Panama beat England on Sunday.   

Football / Re: Sunderland Forever Thread.
« on: May 06, 2017, 02:14:10 PM »

Sunderland looked like a decent team today. In the U.S, the game was on network TV (that is:  not cable, not satellite) and during a prime time on Saturday morning.  To those who say, local fans were only interested when the local players were on the team; that is not quite true. On a somewhat related note: I was at a conference in Washington some years ago, and saw a fan wearing a Sunderland shirt, so I greeted him. He responded but I could tell that it was a little awkward for both of us. In any case when one starts to follow a team (as I did because of the locals), then other things come into focus. The team really did not play well this year. Sunderland has had some fantastic escapes in the last few years; and it is those that bring on the smile.

Football / Re: Condolences Thread
« on: May 21, 2016, 12:08:24 AM »
Condolences! Try not to focus too much on recent events, remember all the words of wisdom from the old man, the ``spranalang’’ times, the caring etc …  .

Football / Re: Dwight Yorke Official Thread
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:09:36 PM »

Similar story in the Mirror


Dwight Yorke wants Aston Villa job as former Man United striker eyes career in management

Cricket Anyone / Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« on: April 04, 2016, 02:06:43 AM »
The levels of anxiety, despair and excitement were at times too much with the Men’s team. Watching the women’s team had a nice level of uncertainty and joy.
 Glad that I got Willow TV for the month.  Well worth it.

Cricket Anyone / Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« on: April 04, 2016, 01:46:58 AM »
The  guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/us)  seems to have good coverage of the background issues, and a decent commentary section; for those of us overseas who cannot tune in to the talk on the local (T&T) sports radio that kind of coverage can be helpful.  I find that the online coverage by the local  papers tend to be somewhat   limited.

Some articles that might be of interest:



Cricket Anyone / Re: WI women in maiden WT20 final
« on: April 03, 2016, 11:40:15 PM »
I enjoyed watching this match.  I did not expect the women to clinch a victory, but was supporting all the way. 

Today has to rank as one of the top 20 days in the annals of West Indian cricket.


Interesting! Also, "Fight Song," is a good tune.

Football / Re: T&T Warrior Fan Zone Thread
« on: December 06, 2015, 11:55:00 PM »
High quality production, an intelligent fan perspective, you guys are good. Thanks.

Football / Re: D Touches Match Report - TT vs Usa Nov 17th 2015
« on: December 06, 2015, 11:37:50 PM »
Excellent report! 

I took a quick look the day after but did not have the time to respond.

Football / Re: RIP Daft Trini
« on: September 18, 2015, 12:06:51 AM »
thanks bakes.  :beermug:

Me too, thanks very much Bakes. 

I am interested in this case. In spite of the distance and unfamiliar elements it feels very local.


I just checked skysports.com and  could not believe the score.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Panorama 2015
« on: February 14, 2015, 04:15:18 PM »
The online broadcast last year was fantastic.  The prepared video segments or reviews of each band were informative and really nice.  And the show itself: wow!  I did not think that I would have enjoyed Panorama that much, but I did. 

Thanks very much for posting all the video.

The info on the links below that it is available live on Pay-Per-View throughout  the US and Canada is Not true.
It  is Not available on Dish Network,  one of the major satellite  TV provider.
On Comcast it would end at 2am, which is a source of major disappointment.

If one is persistent, there are instructions on how to get it on the net
but some complaining they paid first and cannot get it.

CNC3 should broadcast the event online. Pay for the rights, then sell commercials to those who want to reach the Caribbean crowd in the U.S and Canada.

The audio link is good. Give Thanks!

Football / Re: Sunderland Forever Thread.
« on: October 18, 2014, 09:43:45 AM »

Cannot believe the present score  Southampton 6 - 0 Sunderland .

Football / Re: Thread for the Haiti WNT vs T&T WNT Game (17-Oct-2014)
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:30:48 PM »
Lovely header for the goal; and a very good save by the substitute goal keeper in the 75th min.

These f00ckers eh have no shame, they even taking money from broke ass Haiti to, maybe Haiti want to distract them because they in de same group.

Tim Kee talking in his ass to, just say thanks for the money and stop talking one setta bull shit politics nah.

The TTFA sent them with 500 dollars and that is all they was getting cause they didn't have more to send, speak de truth nah.

This is really embarrassing.

If Tim Kee can't run de federation professional and get good marketing person (not Fuentes) then he should step down, he being here just making T&T look really bad and really worst.

It hurt my heart to see this.

Randy Waldrum even saying how unprofessional they are.

Good job Randy.

Lets see how they going and use the money they got now.

I can't believe we have Kelvin Jack, Yorke, Hislop, Sancho etc, etc, who capable of running our federation organize and professional just sitting there doing nothing.

Time for Tim Kee to step down.  This is completely unacceptable!

Other Sports / Re: Caribbean F1 man
« on: September 21, 2014, 01:07:04 PM »
The Singapore nighttime Grand Prix  is an incredibly beautiful event.  Hamilton is fantastic! It had to be Hammertime, or as said on skysports Sledgehammertime for Hamilton to get this win.   I hear about his background only a few years ago, very happy for him.

Football / Re: Heard coops pass away today.
« on: August 26, 2014, 06:04:15 PM »
I saw this thread last week and (at that time) could not respond.

I know, and understand, that it is sometimes hard for a man to say something about what is going on. Those who feel like they want to talk, I could only encourage them to talk. Wish that Coops would have said a little more than that vague remark.   On the other hand, those who do not want to talk, well that is life.

Condolences to his family ... .

Football / Re: Donations and funeral details for Kenwyn Cooper aka Coops
« on: August 26, 2014, 12:20:22 AM »
Thanks for the information.

Football / Re: Sunderland Forever Thread.
« on: March 02, 2014, 03:44:14 PM »

Sunderland played well. Borini is certainly a good addition. It took two fantastic goals to knock the wind out of Sunderland sails. 

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: T&T 2014 Panorama Thread!!
« on: March 02, 2014, 12:21:47 AM »
Thanks Bitter  :beermug:

I second that!  Bitter,  thanks, Thanks, THANKS for all your posts and hard work.

Football / Re: Sunderland Forever Thread.
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:00:58 PM »

In the U.S the game is on BeIn Sports.  Some of us are not lucky enough to be taking part in carnival.    Anyway, …. game time  5:55 am PST  (8:55 EST).


Good to see positive vibrations from Bolt.  I like the way he was giving directions to the DeeJay; it shows that he was comfortable in the situation and as usual very confident of himself.

General Discussion / Re: Dr. Frederick (Howard University)
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:55:19 PM »
Great interview done with a local NBC affiliate... couldn't get a better link, but just click on it.

Thanks very very much for posting the video.  That kind of direct action (contribution) is one of the reasons that make this site a treasure.   Before this thread I did not know about this fella.   Congrats to W. Frederick. 

Football / Re: Sunderland Forever Thread.
« on: December 28, 2013, 02:37:18 PM »

Sunderland on network TV (in the U.S) and during prime sports-time on Saturday morning!  The background stories with Cardiff owner and former manager was as interesting as the game.  The last minute comeback seemed fair. The team is definitely on the rebound.  How come Altidore  is not scoring?  What luck and tenacity against Everton earlier in the week!

Football / Re: Canada’s De Rosario holds youth clinic in Tobago.
« on: December 20, 2013, 01:47:54 AM »
DeRosario has some connection with the Caribbean. A few years ago he was honored at a Caribbean-American award ceremony here in Northern California.  Also honored at that ceremony was E.R Braithwaite the guy who wrote ``To Sir with Love.’’


The movie of the decade:  frank and seemingly ordinary at times, yet powerful and stunning. This film has certainly changed the landscape for historical dramas of that period and maybe for other periods.

Following are two reviews. One from my local paper (the San Jose, California  Mercury news) and the other a commentary from the Washington post.


Review: Is '12 Years a Slave' the best film of 2013?
By Randy Myers San Jose Mercury News contributor San Jose Mercury News
Posted: MercuryNews.com

Everything you've heard about "12 Years a Slave" is true. 

That it's so horrific at points you'll need to turn away from the screen. That it will make you sob uncontrollably and render you emotionally spent. That it's an unflinching look at the cruel and nauseating reality of slavery, a bloody stain on American history.

But this, the best film of 2013 so far, is not intended to needlessly subjugate and brutalize its audience.  British-born director Steve McQueen's uncompromising adaptation of Solomon Northrup's 1853 account  of a free black man who's sold into slavery is not only damningly powerful, it's damn well important both
historically and cinematically. The film takes an ugly topic that's too often been packaged in neatly sanitized snippets or told through the filtered perspective of a noble white bystander and gives it the voice,  integrity and intensity it demands.

From the Oscar-caliber performances -- Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead and Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender in supporting roles -- to the devastating images created by McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" is a modern cinematic masterpiece. Each role on-screen and off makes it stronger: Joe Walker's precise
editing, Hans Zimmer's haunting soundtrack, the transformative production design by Adam Stockhausen and costume design by Patricia Norris.

We meet Solomon when he's living as a freed family man in New York during the pre-Civil War days. His nightmarish ordeal begins when he's kidnapped and sent to Louisiana, where he's turned into human livestock for 12 long years. Nothing is sugarcoated here -- the lashings, the beatings, the pokings, the
proddings, the sheer ugliness of a white man at his worst. What does offer an ember of hope is how it shows the resilient spirit of a black man stuck in a freak show of moral decay.

Yes, "Slave" is demanding. Still, it's never gratuitous or sensationalized. 
The sequence that hit me hardest is a long scene in which Solomon is seen strung up to a tree, gasping for air as his feet graze the ground just enough to keep him breathing. As this hideous torture show plays
itself out, children romp nearby, enjoying the lovely day. Without a doubt, these contrasting images create one of most deeply disturbing scenes I've ever witnessed in a film. 

McQueen is a bold director, allowing his camera to linger long enough to create an unsettling mood. He's also a provocateur, a man who latches onto grim topics -- from a starving British IRA activist ("Hunger") to a sex addict with sister issues ("Shame"). Both works were excellent but almost clinical in their emotional
distance. "12 Years a Slave" puts you, me, all of us right into the shoes and the soul of Solomon.

That happens not only because of McQueen's direction, but Ejiofor's impassioned, vulnerable performance. Ejiofor ("Kinky Boots") has long been an actor on the cusp, and here he gets his breakout
role. His Solomon is a smart guy, a violinist and proud family man who is sold to William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), a minister who fancies himself a benevolent master even as he callously separates one of
his purchases (Adepero Oduye) from her children. Solomon works hard for William, but he lands in trouble  when he gets into a fight with a creepy carpenter (Paul Dano).

 He has been given the name Platt and eventually winds up on a plantation owned by Edwin Epps  (Fassbender, in his most complex role yet), a sociopath who's married to a pseudo-pious woman (a frightening Sarah Paulson). Caught in the middle of this highly dysfunctional relationship is Patsey
(Nyong'o, in a career-making performance), who is raped by Epps and traumatized endlessly by his wife.  This awful couple subject Solomon and Patsey to unfathomable injustices, forcing Nyong'o and Ejiofor to
go to dark places. 

The one flaw with "Slave" comes in the form of Brad Pitt's character, Samuel Bass, and you sense  screenwriter John Ridley struggling to further the story along with Pitt's abolitionist from Canada. While Pitt is fine, his dialogue is stiff, intended to be the bridge for the next development. Fortunately, it doesn't diminish the film's overall effect.

The greatest challenge McQueen's masterwork likely will encounter is a reluctance by the public to see such a disturbing film. But just as "Saving Private Ryan" revealed what life in the D-Day trenches was like,  "Schindler's List" put us inside a Nazi concentration camp, and the 1977 miniseries "Roots" finally gave voice to the black experience in America, "12 Years a Slave" presents us with an unvarnished, uncensored and much-needed view of history.

This is not medicine for America to swallow; it's filmmaking of the highest caliber.
* * * *

What Art Says About the Past

By Richard Cohen, Published: November 4
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For
instance, it was not George A. Custer who was attacked at the Little Bighorn. It was
Custer — in a bad career move — who attacked the Indians. Much more important,
slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned
innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often
violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own
children. Happiness could not be pursued after that.

Steve McQueen’s stunning movie “12 Years a Slave” is one of those unlearning experiences. I had to wonder why I could not recall another time when I was so shockingly confronted by the sheer barbarity of American slavery. Instead, beginning with school, I got a gauzy version. I learned that slavery was wrong, yes, that it was evil, no doubt, but really, that many blacks were
sort of content. Slave owners were mostly nice people — fellow Americans, after all — and the sadistic Simon Legree was the concoction of that demented propagandist, Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was a lie and she never — and this I
remember clearly being told — had ventured south to see slavery for herself. I felt some relief at that because it meant that Tom had not been flogged to death.

But in the novel, he had. And of course, slavery was not only incomprehensibly cruel — it had to have had consequences. You can see those consequences in this marvelous, harrowing and concussively powerful movie. Families are broken up — not just like that, with a casual statement of fact, but with a rending of garments and an awful pain and a tearing of the soul. A mother
cries for her children and the wife of the slave owner tells her, in effect, to get over it: Time heals all wounds. Not so. Generations later, the hurt lingers.

There is nothing of “12 Years a Slave” in “Gone with the Wind.” It is not the fetching and lovely Scarlett who whips her slaves and sells off their children so she can buy a ball gown in nearby Atlanta. It is not her father who goes to the slave market and leeringly examines naked women. It is no one in that lying picture who insists that the slaves remain illiterate — learning being, as we all know, a dangerous thing. “12 Years a Slave” has finally rendered “Gone with the Wind” irrevocably silly and utterly tasteless, a cinematic bodice-ripper. McQueen’s movie has more than a little unlearning in it.

It has been decades since the gauze was removed to show the horror of American slavery. I know more than I once did, maybe more than most and maybe more than I like. Still, McQueen does something daring. He doesn’t focus on an institution or, as in  Quentin Tarantino’s somewhat cartoonish “Django Unchained,” on cruel whites but on the effect of slavery on a single black man. In “12 Years a Slave” that man is Solomon Northup, the author of the best-selling book upon which this movie is based.

Northup was a musician living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He was a free man until, in 1841, he was lured to Washington, D.C., and — with the Capitol looming in the background — sold into slavery. The heightened poignancy of his tale comes from the fact that he was not a slave yearning for something he never had but a man deprived of what was once his — his home, his wife, his children and, pertinently, his freedom. He goes from being a human being to a blotted entry on a ledger. We can all connect to
that. At the same time, we connect less with the slaves he left behind when he was freed. He is restored to the life he once had. They remain with the life they have always had.
“12 Years a Slave” is art at its highest, not just on account of mastery or talent but because of what it makes yesterday say about today. We obscured, we covered up — we made the past conform to the present and insisted that hurt or pain had no right to
persist, as if family tales told at the kitchen table dissipate when the silverware is put away. As a nation, we like to look pretty, but sometimes we weren’t. The grave obligation of art is to show us what we look like. McQueen has held up a mirror. God, we look
Read more from Richard Cohen’s archive.

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