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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48
« on: February 11, 2012, 07:28:23 PM »
Whitney Houston, who rose to stardom in the 1980s as bright as her clear, soaring voice, has died her publicist said. She was 48.
Publicist Kristen Foster told The Associated Press that Houston had died, but said the cause and the location of her death were unknown.


General Discussion / Integrity Chairman plagiarised columns
« on: May 07, 2009, 05:24:47 AM »
Trinidad Express
Integrity Commission fiasco
Thursday, May 7th 2009

Chairman of the Integrity Commission Fr Henry Charles last night admitted that he had made a mistake. But he stressed that he had gone public with his error in his last column in the Guardian and had told President George Maxwell Richards about it before his appointment to the commission.

The apparently never-ending controversy in relation to the Integrity Commission yesterday descended on the head of Charles, whose chairmanship was greeted with such acclaim, with a letter from to the editor from newspaper columnist Kevin Baldeosingh, which made certain allegations against Charles.

Baldeosingh claimed that there was such a marked resemblance, that it tended to rule out the possibility of coincidence, between two newspaper columns written by Charles published in the Trinidad Guardian and two articles published in foreign journals- New York Times and America: the National Catholic Weekly.

Charles told the Express that the matter was brought up with the President before his appointment. "I told him that this may come up in the press, you need to know this before you go further with my appointment and I explained to him the circumstances and he said it was not enough to keep him from going ahead with what he wanted to do. So it was not as though it was unknown. The President was fully informed about it and said 'it didn't matter'. And I told the President that if he had the slightest reservation in the light of that, I would step aside immediately. He said 'no. These mistakes do occur, especially with academics' and he went ahead (with the appointment). I told Mr Baldeosingh that himself, but that was clearly not enough to stop him (Baldeosingh) from doing what he wanted to do," Charles said.

Apart from writing to Baldeosingh, Charles said he wrote to the editor of the Guardian, Mr Wilson, and Mr (Lennox) Grant. "And I put a disclaimer at the end of my last article in the Guardian, saying that my mistakes are acknowledged to all the readers. And I said I was making public what I disclosed to Mr Baldeosingh in private. If you go back to the last article I wrote in the Guardian, you would see all of that. And in addition I brought the matter up with the President...I told Mr Baldeosingh all of that. I told it to Mr Wilson. So I don't see what else I could have done. It is not as though I didn't acknowledge my mistake or that hid from it."

"It is not as though I let things slide or didn't acknowledge. But nothing would have satisfied Mr Baldeosingh," he said.

Baldeosingh's letter to the editor stated that he drew the matter to the attention of the Guardian's editors, copying his e-mail to Charles. "I received no response from the editors, but Mr Charles e-mailed me to say that he appreciated my diligence and that he had little excuse except that he was under deadline pressure. He also included a note in his next column admitting his error to readers", Baldeosingh stated.

He concluded: "I found his apology unconvincingly, but I would have let the matter rest there, except I am now wondering what will happen when, as chairman of the Integrity Commission, Mr Charles finds himself under pressures rather more intense than writing a weekly newspaper column."

Responding to this, Charles said: "What can I say? Anybody who writes a column knows what the deadline pressure is. I feel it very often. Thank God I survive it because I find I have a lot of say at the last minute. The fact of the matter is that I acknowledged it both privately and publicly and told the President." He conceded that no-one was infallible.

Citing the specific instances, Baldeosingh in his letter stated: "I have kept files on two instances of Mr Charles's transgressions. In a column titled "The colour of intelligence", published on December 24, 2007 in the Trinidad Guardian, he copied 300-plus out of 1,000 words (and took four of his seven arguments) from an op-ed piece in the New York Times written on December 9 by psychologist Richard E. Nesbitt. Most recently, on April 13, 2009, in a piece titled "The financial crisis and ethics deficit', Mr Charles lifted virtually in toto a column written by Catholic scholar Darrin Belousek and published in America: the National Catholic Weekly on March 30".

General Discussion / Missing ppl in T&T
« on: April 30, 2009, 07:17:50 PM »
I know ppl usually on top of tings but I wasn't at home for the local news but I hearing reports that a woman from Felicity confessed to murdering about 5 missing young people in Trinidad.
Plus the niece of the woman who started the Missing Persons Association in T&T has been found in the Forensic Science Center... apparently she was killed in a motor vehicle accident and was there for the last 6 months.

Leah’s disappearance linked to serial killing

By NALINEE SEELAL Thursday, April 30 2009

A 27-YEAR-OLD woman of Felicity, who police believe is one half of a couple who kidnapped and killed several young females in central Trinidad was arrested at her home yesterday and a quantity of jewelry seized.

The police are saying the woman, a store clerk, was detained late yesterday after police searched former Caroni (1975) Ltd cane fields in Warrenville and Felicity for the remains of missing schoolgirl Leah Lammy and kidnap victim Sally Lobai.

The officers have described the woman and her male companion, who is in Remand Yard having been charged recently, as serial killers.

A party of officers led by Supt Wayne Boyd and ASPs Johnny Abraham and Stanley Ramdeen, acting on information on the kidnapping of Lammy, went with cadaver dogs to Warrenville at about 3 am to search for Lammy and Lobai’s bodies.

They then went to the Felicity home of the woman and found a quantity of jewelry some of which was later identified as belonging to Lobai, who went missing after two job interviews on February 11, in Longdenville. Lobai disappeared a day after Lammy was kidnapped.

Today, officers from the Anti-Kidnapping Unit will approach acting DPP Carla Browne-Antoine for instructions with a view to laying criminal charges against the detained woman. Police confided that the woman and man preyed on young girls in central Trinidad.

Police sources added that they are now convinced that Lammy and Lobai were murdered shortly after being kidnapped. They believe the detained woman could provide them with information which could lead to the discovery of Lammy and Lobai’s bodies.

ASPs Abraham and Ramdeen met with and spoke to Lammy’s mother Gale and assured her that the investigation is continuing and there will be some closure to Lammy’s disappearance soon.

Acting Police Commissioner James Philbert, informed of the new developments yesterday urged the lead investigators to continue their work with a view to solving the disappearances of Lammy, Lobai and possibly other young females in the central Trinidad area.

Jokes / Obama in Curepe
« on: November 13, 2008, 07:09:30 PM »

Football / Barcelona open to offers for Henry
« on: April 08, 2008, 07:01:35 AM »
'Barca open to offers'

Barcelona are open to offers of around £16million for striker Thierry Henry, according to reports in the English press.

Henry, who left Arsenal to join the Spanish champions in the summer, has struggled to settle at the Nou Camp due to personal problems and a number of clubs are lined up to bring him back to the Premier League.

The 30-year-old striker has publicly stated that he misses his daughter, Téa, who still lives in London with her mother Claire Merry and this has lead to a number of tentative enquiries for the former Gunner.

Chelsea head the queue for the France international but Manchester City, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are also interested.

'If we receive a proposition then we will speak to the player,' a Barcelona source told the Daily Star. 'We have not opened the door for Henry and we have not closed it.'

Henry's contract with Barcelona runs until 2011.


Cops hunt for Super Cat after scufflePolice went in search of dancehall star Super Cat after a backstage scuffle at his concert on Saturday night at Mobs II, Chaguaramas.

The veteran Jamaican performer, real name William Maragh, clashed with stage manager Wendell Naipaul moments before his appearance at the Super Chutney Show.

The singer accused Naipaul, the manager and owner of stage management company Mr Wendell Inc, of racial abuse when he eventually took the stage just after 1 a.m.

"I box down the promoter because him wha dis Super Cat. Me ain't come Trinidad fi get mix up in no racism," he told a capacity audience.

Several police officers assembled stage side following the incident, after Maragh took the stage. The officers were positioned to detain the artiste at the end of his performance, the Express learned.

The Wild Apache, as Cat is also called, immediately left the venue following his performance.

The Don Dada had extended his scheduled 30-minute set well past the hour mark before walking off stage and into the audience singing "I'm leaving on jet plane, don't know when I'd be back again".

He continued singing through the crowd all the way to the car park with several fans following. There he boarded a grey Nissan Almera and sped off. The singer reportedly boarded a flight early yesterday morning.

ACP Winston Cooper said yesterday the officers did not pursue or attempt to detain the singer after Naipaul said he was not pressing charges.

"It was up to the victim and from all reports he did not wish to press charges," Cooper said during a phone interview.

Earlier Super Cat had told his audience Trinidad was blessed with a multi-ethnic society and there should be no room for racism.

"Trinidad reminds me of Zion, African, Indian, White man and Chinese living as one so forget about all that racism talk," he said.

Naipaul could not be reached for a comment yesterday as several calls to his mobile phone went unanswered.

Football / Porterfield's Armenia defeats Beenhakker's Poland
« on: June 06, 2007, 02:47:57 PM »
Armenia 1-0 Poland: Leaders given shock

YEREVAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Poland lost valuable points in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign when they suffered a shock 1-0 Group A defeat in Armenia on Wednesday.

Hamlet Mkhitaryan fired a free kick into the top corner in the 70th minute to give the home team their second win in seven games.

Ex-Chelsea manager Ian Porterfield, who took over Armenia's national team less than 10 months ago, hailed the victory as one of the biggest in the history of the former Soviet republic.

'It is a great day for Armenian football,' the 61-year-old Scot, who returned to the job in March after battling intestinal cancer, told a news conference.

'The whole team played well but I want to say special thanks to goalscorer Hamlet Mkhitaryan and goalkeeper Gevorg Kasparov. They deserve special praise.'

Despite the defeat the Poles still lead Group A with 19 points from nine matches, five points ahead of both Portugal and Serbia, who have two games in hand each, with Finland also on 14 from eight games.


Amid growing outrage, Verizon Wireless has cut off its support of hip-hop superstar Akon, who is under investigation for a simulated rape of a 14-year-old preacher's daughter caught on video last month at a concert in Trinidad.

Spokesman Jim Gerace admitted the corporation made a "mistake" partnering with Akon, according to columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin.
"Verizon decided this week to end its support and sponsorship of Akon," said Gerace, vice president of corporate communications.

 Verizon has ended its partnership with hip-hop star Akon after he simulated the rape of a 15-year-old girl on stage at a show in Trinidad, FOX News has confirmed.

The girl thought she had won a dance contest, but instead got a simulated rape, which was caught on video.

"This week the partnership ended," Verizon said in a statement sent to FOX News. "We have music services on our cellphone service and we were promoting him as one of the artists. The other part of the sponsorship was the Gwen Stefani tour, of which he was an opening act. We are no longer sponsoring the tour."

Machel Montano and Bmobile next??.....stay tuned ;D

Cricket Anyone / Australia vs South Africa
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:18:17 AM »
South Afirca 27/5 after 10 overs.........dem australians bowling like machines

General Discussion / Lloyd Best Dies
« on: March 19, 2007, 06:56:22 PM »
Heard on the news today that Lloyd Best died after a long battle with cancer He was 73

    * T&T loses iconic intellectual.
    * Best kept working through his illness.
    * A Caribbean nationalist with a broad view of the world


MERE days after the deaths of two icons—journalist extraordinaire George Radcliffe John and calypsonian The Mighty Terror—another great mind has been called to the Great Beyond.

Educator, politician and economist Lloyd Algernon Best lost the battle after a long bout with prostate cancer.

He was 73. He celebrated his birthday on February 27.

His wife, journalist Sunity Maharaj, said Best died at 2.20 pm in his bed, within the loving embrace of his family.

Best’s death was the third of prominent Trinidadians since last week, when veteran journalist George John and calypsonian Fitzgerald “The Mighty Terror” Henry passed on.

Even though he was in failing health, two weeks before his death Best was hard at work with his colleague Dr Eric St Cyr completing his newest work titled Economic Policy and Management Choices: A Contemporary Economic History of Trinidad and Tobago 1950-2005.

Principal of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Dr Bhoendradath Tewarie said Best knew he was on his final journey.

Best was a lecturer at UWI for many years.

He knew his time was near and he knew he was going. He said goodbye to me in a way I would always remember.

I went to see him last week and had a wonderful, but brief conversation and exchange. I am really happy that I went,” Tewarie said in a telephone interview yesterday.

He described Best as a “warm human being, extremely generous in spirit, discerning and intuitive.

He was a thorough Trinidadian, but a genuine Caribbean nationalist.

He was also very cosmopolitan and had a broad view of the world, could always compare and connect things and evaluate things in a way that was unique and vital.

It’s not the kind of mind you get every day, perhaps one in a million,” Tewarie said.

Best leaves to mourn his wife Sunity, and his six children, Robert, Jean-Jacques, Stuart, Kamla, Carmel and Ayiti-Carmel.

Guardian editor-in-chief Dominic Kalipersad, who knew Best for many years, said:

Lloyd Best was an intellectual icon, a great Caribbean thinker, who influenced economics, politics and culture in a profound way.”

Funeral arrangements are to be announced.


LLOYD BEST was among an elite clique of the best political and economic brains in the country.

His theories and analyses were impressive, although he sometimes boggled many with his intellect.

Best was educated at Tacarigua Anglican School and later at Queen’s Royal College.

He graduated from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, England.

In 1957 Best joined the Faculty of UWI in Mona, Jamaica, and remained in academic employment until 1976, when he resigned to work full-time at the Tapia Central Office, of which he was the founder.

Best had an extensive and productive career which enriched and empowered the lives of many.

Among the endless list of posts that he held, Best was a lecturer in economics and a visiting professor, Institute of International Relations, at UWI.

He was also Guest Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies and Guest Scholar, Latin American Programme, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Smithsonian Institute, both of which were in the United States.

He was a founder of the Tapia House Movement, founding member of the New World Movement, a founding editor of the New World Quarterly and publisher of Tapia.

Best was also the leader of the Opposition in the Senate in 1974-'75 and 1981-'83.

Before his death, Best held the positions of publisher and managing director of the T&T Review and was the retired director of the T&T Institute of the West Indies.

Cricket Anyone / Group D- West Indies vs Pakistan
« on: March 13, 2007, 08:29:31 AM »
Pakistan won de toss and decided to field

Gayle and Chanderpaul opening with Gayle facing the first ball

Jokes / Evolution
« on: February 23, 2007, 10:28:50 PM »

Jokes / Windows XP Trini Version
« on: February 02, 2007, 01:17:37 PM »

Jokes / Old Rooster
« on: January 31, 2007, 12:42:09 PM »
A farmer went out one day and bought a brand new stud rooster for his chicken coop. The new rooster struts over to the old rooster and says, "OK old timer, time for you to retire."

The old rooster replies, "Come on, surely you cannot handle ALL of these hens. Look what it has done to me. Can't you just let me have the two  old hens over in the corner?"

The young rooster says, "Beat it! You are washed up and I am taking over.."

The old rooster says, "I tell you what, young stud. I will race you around the farmhouse. Whoever wins gets exclusive domain over the  entire chicken coop."

The young rooster laughs. "You know you don't stand a chance, old man. So, just to be fair, I will give you a head start."

The old rooster takes off running. About 15 seconds later the young rooster takes off running after him. They round the front porch of the farmhouse and the young rooster has closed the gap. He is only about 5 feet behind the old rooster and gaining fast. The farmer, meanwhile, is sitting in his usual spot on the front porch when he sees the roosters go running by.

He grabs his shotgun and - BOOM - he blows the young rooster to bits.

The farmer sadly shakes his head and says, "Damn.....third gay rooster I bought this month."

Football / Platini has won the UEFA presidential election
« on: January 26, 2007, 07:13:11 AM »

Michel Platini has won the race to become the next UEFA president after a stunning election victory over Lennart Johansson.

The 51-year-old Frenchman becomes the most powerful man in European football after he was elected at the UEFA Congress here in Dusseldorf by 27 votes to 23.

He will serve as UEFA president for the next four years and will also be a FIFA vice-president.

Platini has tried to appeal to the smaller countries and wants to limit the number of clubs in the Champions League to a maximum of three from any one association.

He added: 'We must always see to it that the strong help the weaker ones. Let's defend the national associations against the interests which are threatening them.

'It is a game before a product, a sport before a market, a show before a business.'

Platini immediately invited Johansson to become an honorary president of UEFA.

The former France forward said: 'This is just the beginning of an adventure.

'I'm happy today to be able to represent European football, I'm very moved and very happy.

'This is a great victory but I have huge admiration for Lennart and I would ask for Lennart Johansson to become an honorary president of UEFA.'

Johansson was given a standing ovation by the delegates at the invitation of Platini.

The Frenchman added: 'When I was a footballer, when you won a great victory you received a cup and went on a lap of honour. This is a great victory for me but I'm not going to do a lap of honour because now the work starts.'

The election result was close - had Platini won two fewer votes he would not have achieved an absolute majority of the 50 valid votes and a second ballot would have been held.

Irish FA president Jim Boyce said: 'I am not surprised - Lennart Johansson's age has definitely been a big factor but I have great respect and admiration for the man.'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter welcomed the win for Platini, who worked as his special adviser between 1998 and 2002.

Blatter said: 'The result is no surprise to me. I'm happy I will be working with someone who has the same vision for football as I do.'

General Discussion / B'dos UWI Principal son commits murder
« on: January 09, 2007, 09:05:43 PM »
published: Friday | January 5, 2007

AN ARGUMENT over ganja has left the son of Supreme Court judge Lennox Campbell dead and the son of principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, facing a charge of murder.

Rodney Beckles, 21, whose father, Professor Hilary Beckles, was en route to Jamaica from Barbados yesterday, is now in police custody after stabbing to death Khalil Campbell, 28, of Daisy Avenue, St. Andrew.

The accused Beckles, a student at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, allegedly stabbed Campbell 21 times after an argument over the illegal substance.

Police sources say Beckles is alleged to have denied Campbell the opportunity to smoke his chillum pipe, claiming Campbell was not mentally capable of 'handling the weed'. An altercation developed during which Beckles allegedly stabbed Campbell several times despite attempts by two other persons to restrain him.

Jokes / harvey
« on: January 08, 2007, 02:43:02 PM »

Jokes / Top 7 idiots of 2006
« on: January 07, 2007, 08:10:49 PM »
Number One Idiot of 2006

I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in toxicology at the
poison control centre.

Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her little
daughter eating ants.

I quickly reassured her that the ants are not harmful and there would
be no need to bring her daughter into the hospital. She calmed down
and at the end of the conversation happened to mention that she gave her daughter some ant poison to eat in order to kill the ants. I told her
that she better bring her daughter into the emergency room right away.

Number Two Idiot of 2006:

Early this year, some Boeing employees on the airfield decided to steal
a life raft from one of the 747s. They were successful in getting it
out of the plane and home.
Shortly after they took it for a float on the river, they noticed a
Coast Guard helicopter coming towards them. It turned out that the chopper
was homing in on the emergency locator beacon that activated when the
raft was inflated.

They are no longer employed at Boeing.

Number Three Idiot of 2006:

A man, wanting to rob a downtown Bank of America, walked into the
Branch and wrote this: "Put all your muny in this bag."

While standing in line, waiting to give his note to the teller, he
began to worry that someone had seen him write the note and might call the
police before he reached the teller's window.

So he left the Bank of America and crossed the street to the Wells
Fargo Bank. After waiting a few minutes in line, he handed his note to the
Wells Fargo teller. She read it and, surmising from his spelling
errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the harbor, told him that she
could not accept his stickup note because it was written on a Bank of
America deposit slip, and that he would either have to fill out a Wells
Fargo deposit slip or go back to Bank of America.

Looking somewhat defeated, the man said, "OK" and left.

He was arrested a few minutes later, as he was waiting in line back at
Bank of America.

Number Four Idiot of 2006:

A motorist was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap that
measured his speed using radar and photographed his car. He later received
in the mail a ticket for $40 and a photo of his car.

Instead of payment, he sent the police department a photograph of $40.

Several days later, he received a letter from the police that contained
another picture, this time of handcuffs.

He immediately mailed in his $40.

Number Five Idiot of 2006:

A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all
of the cash from the cash drawer.
After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of
Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the cashier
to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused and said,
"Because I don't
believe you are over 21."

The robber said he was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him
because he didn't believe him.

At this point, the robber took his driver's license out of his wallet
and gave it to the clerk.

The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 21
and she put the Scotch in the bag.

The robber then ran from the store with his loot.

The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of
the robber that he got off the license. They arrested the robber two
hours later. This guy definitely needs a sign.

Idiot Number Six of 2006:

A pair of Michigan robbers entered a record shop nervously waving

The first one shouted, "Nobody move!" When his partner moved, the
startled first bandit shot him.

Idiot Number Seven of 2006:

Arkansas : Seems this guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided
that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab
some booze, and run.

So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the

The cinder block bounced back knocking him unconscious.

It seems the liquor store window was made of Plexi-Glass. The whole
event was caught on videotape.

General Discussion / Sex, fights among students in TT school
« on: December 29, 2006, 05:37:42 PM »
Sex, fights among students in TT school
By Newsday Reporter Friday, December 29 2006

Students fighting and having sex are being featured as entertainment on the popular YouTube website which reaches a worldwide audience. The site invites people to post video footage of themselves.

People doing an online search under “Trini School” are shown several images. Some were innocuous, but others showed students.

The most disturbing image heading the list showed students in school uniforms having sexual intercourse in a classroom. It was titled “Road to Success” and submitted by an 18-year-old Trinidadian male calling himself “hoodrich233.”

The footage appeared to be filmed with a camera phone and shows a female student pulling up her skirt and sitting on the lap of a boy. It was submitted to the site three weeks ago and had been viewed 483 times. The clip lasts 38 seconds.

While the video was accessible last week, it has been blocked and removed for “terms of use violation.” The image of the two students is still listed.

There is also footage entitled “Hard Slap Pt 1” and “Hard Slap Pt 2” showing students hitting each other. These were submitted one month ago. The images were submitted under the “People” category.

“Trinidadian Girl Fight Part 2” running for almost four minutes showed two females arguing and cursing each other. Then one slapped the other and a fight ensued in front of a crowd. Attempts were made to pull the girls apart. One of the tags for the clip is “fight at Costaat.”

The footage was submitted for the comedy category and viewed 1,932 times up until yesterday. It was posted one month ago.

Contacted about the images at the site, an Education ministry official yesterday said in this season where tribute is paid to the people who watch over their flocks, parents and guardians need to be watchful since communication technology has opened up a new day for children of this generation.

He said parents should be mindful of what their children were doing with personal computers and cellphones. He said, “It is appalling to see secondary and tertiary education students using websites to display information and actions not in their own, or their school’s best interest.”

He said the Ministry has not banned cellphone use in schools and was consulting with interest groups to develop guidelines which would be implemented in the new year.

The vice-president of the National Parent Teachers’ Association, Carlyle Green, said the Association believes there should be a total ban on cellphones in schools.

He said the use of phones to disseminate negative images can create problems for children. “We are still of the opinion that in almost every school there is a land line and parents can contact their children and the same facility is available if teachers have to contact parents.” Green said youths had impressionable minds, and no one knew what “they in turn may want to do.”

The Education Division of the Tobago House of Assembly banned cellphones in Tobago schools last month after it was discovered that images of students involved in sexual acts were being disseminated. YouTube has been named among the year’s top entertainers by Entertainment weekly because of its cultural impact beyond cyberspace.

General Discussion / NOTHING LIKE A TRINI XMAS
« on: December 23, 2006, 11:35:52 PM »
All in-coming flights full for the season
Darryl Heeralal

Sunday, December 24th 2006

HOME is best for the holidays, at least judging from the number of Trinis flying in for Christmas and the not-so-happy ones who are leaving.

"When you live in a different country you die a little bit," Robert Mooking, home for his first Trini Christmas in 37 years said.

"There is nothing like being in your own country, back with your roots. Its a feeling you can only get at home. That feeling of completely belonging. I come home to eat some black cake and re-live old times."

Mooking has lived in Venezuela for the past 37 years where he has married and has a family.

"Everything is not so different. In Venezuela there are pastels and parang, but there, New Year celebrations are more important. Still there is no place like home for the holidays."

The two major airlines flying in to Piarco have both reported heavy in-flow passenger traffic and far fewer people departing.

American Airlines country manager Ernesto Quidgley said flights coming in have been full starting from two Fridays ago. American has two daily flights from Miami with one flight a day from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"In-bound traffic is full. We expect departures to pick up after the holidays from about December 30."

BWIA's corporate communications manager Dionne Ligoure said that the airline has had a "quite healthy" number of passengers coming in with full flights from North America.

BWIA services, North America, Europe and the region.

"There is just no comparison," Wayne Goitia Snr said.

Goitia is here for Christmas for the first time in 25 years and has brought his 13-year-son to experience his first Trini Christmas. The Baltimore resident says he hates feeling cold and has gladly left the snow behind.

"I feel like something was missing, something that I had to get back in touch with. There is nothing like being home. I can't wait to drink ponche de creme and souse and meet old friends."

Odette Athanas is one of those "sad Trinis" leaving the island for the holidays.

She has been living in Toronto, Canada for the past 32 years and came home for a village reunion.

"My mother is ill so I want to go back to Canada to spend Christmas with her. It saddens me to leave," Athanas said.

"I wish I could stay. I was so happy to see people still fixing up for Christmas, painting and baking. I want to parang and be in all the bacchanal. In Canada it so different. Nothing can compare to being home for the holidays."

Point Fortin resident Lystra Grant is looking for something different this holiday season. She is leaving for a three month stint in New York.

" I am looking for something a bit different this Christmas. To get away from the noise and rum drinking." One Irishman working here for the past year and on his way to Dublin said he would never take sides as to which Christmas was better, here or in his home country. "I enjoyed my Christmas here very much last year but this year I am going home to spend the time with my family."

Jokes / Pirate Of The Caribbean
« on: December 14, 2006, 09:58:05 PM »

Cricket Anyone / 2nd ODI thread
« on: December 07, 2006, 06:35:38 AM »
Pakistyan 92/5 after 31 overs.......required to make 152

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Bunji Garlin signs with VP Records
« on: November 09, 2006, 08:45:13 PM »
Trinidad Express
Bunji Garlin signs with VP Records
Wayne Bowman

Friday, November 10th 2006

Bunji Garlin

Bunji Garlin has signed a production/distribution deal with VP Records, which is the label on which Jamaican dancehall artiste Sean Paul achieved international stardom.

The label is owned by the Chin family of Jamaica and has, over the past decade, established bases in the United States, Europe and Japan, making it the most successful recording label to have been spawned in the Caribbean. VP Records is also one of the most successful independent recording labels in the world.

Garlin's manager, Ian Pantin, who is the founder of the IP International Label, told the Express yesterday that Garlin was signed by the label's owner, Christopher Chin, who has given the three-time International Soca Monarch a one-year single album production deal with an option of an additional two albums over an additional two years.

The deal guarantees worldwide distribution that will see Garlin's albums on the shelves of major music stores throughout the world.

As for the value of this deal, Pantin said he was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, but he did admit that they were given an offer they could not refuse.

Garlin has already begun working on new music for this first project and once all goes well, Pantin said they would take advantage of the option.

Garlin is presently putting things in place for his marriage to Faye-Ann Lyons on December 2.

Pantin said the wedding would be a very small and private affair for family, close friends and some members of the entertainment fraternity. The venues of the ceremony and reception will remain unknown to the general public in an effort to maintain the privacy of the couple.

Garlin is also in the process of putting the finishing touches to his 2007 Carnival CD collection.

Among the songs that fans can look forward to is an updated version of "Hot Hot Hot", featuring Garlin alongside the classic song's creator Arrow. Garlin has also done a soca duet with Jamaican reggae legend, Freddie McGregor, as well as a pan song in collaboration with Kernel Roberts.

tings really bad for it to come to this...........i hope no locals on de list


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Deadly Dutty Wine
« on: October 31, 2006, 10:15:13 AM »
 Dance of death? - Beacon Hill residents blame 'Dutty Wine' for teen's death
published: Monday | October 30, 2006

Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer

A dancer in The Star's Dutty Wine contest performs at The Asylum Night Club, Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston, in July. - file

SPANISH TOWN, St. Catherine:

The popular "Dutty Wine" dance is being blamed for yesterday's death of an 18-year-old St. Catherine woman.

Tanisha Henry was attending a 'school uniform' party at Beacon Hill, Thompson Pen, about four o' clock Sunday morning when, while doing the popular dance, she collapsed and was rushed to the nearby Spanish Town Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

When The Gleaner checked with the institution, a representative said persons have for some time been warned of the dangers associated with the dance, but that no one seems to have taken heed.

In March, The Star reported warnings from doctors that the 'Dutty Wine' was a dangerous dance that could cause serious neck injury and lifelong pain.

Residents in shock

The dance, done mainly by women, involves the rapid rotation of the neck and posterior simultaneously.

"If you throw the body in extreme positions, as in the case of the 'Dutty Wine', you could have muscle trauma, damage to your ligaments and shifting in bones," Dr. Jephthath Ford, general practitioner, told The Star.

In the Beacon Hill area, where yesterday's incident occurred, several persons said they were shocked by what had happened.

"It is a warning to young people that dem mus stop du de Dutty Wine," said one woman who called the incident a curse on the land. "Is like a demon sen' from de pit a hell dat is taking the lives of the youth even before dem have time to repent."

Yesterday Tanisha's mother, Linda Henry, said she was still in shock.

"I was at home about 4 o'clock when I feel like something is wrong with Tanisha as I did not see her when she came from work last night," she said. "About half an hour after, I got the news that she was dancing Dutty Wine and collapse."

Ms. Henry said that, on going to the hospital, her worst fear was realised when the doctor told her that her daughter was dead as a result of the dance. She added that it was a very sad moment and that Tanisha, who works at a pharmacy, was her last child. She said she did not know how the family would cope with her death.

The Spanish Town police are conducting a routine investigation into the matter.

Football / Tobago United trio for England trial.
« on: October 26, 2006, 09:33:51 PM »
Tobago United trio off on English trials.
By: Randy Bando (ttproleague).

Three Tobago United players will leave on Wednesday for trials with English Division Two club Wycombe Wanderers for one month. Current national defender and captain of Tobago United Dwayne Jack, former youth national defender Kevin Adams and former Elizabeth College striker Garth Woodley are the three players hoping to impress the English scouts.
Tobago United head coach Peter Granville informed ‘ttproleague.com’ that the arrangement was made through his brother who is based in England.
"My brother, John Granville who was a former national goalkeeper, and serves as the goalkeeping coach at Wycombe Wanderers. He has been based in England for some 23 years now and we keep in touch on a regular basis. He has always hinted to his bosses about the players I had and now the trials have pulled through." John Granville was also a member of the Wanderers 1991 FA Trophy winning side.
Granville added, "I see Wycombe Wanderers as a very ambitious club, and doing pretty well in the second division in England at the moment, they have been producing good results sitting second on their League standings and looking towards promotion. They have recently beaten Swanson City (the club of national defender Dennis Lawrence) and Fulham in the Carling Cup but the team is rigged with a couple of injuries and they are looking to add players to strengthen their line-up."
Granville also stated, "Good things are happening for the Tobago club, and in time I expect to send more players on trials abroad to gain exposure," ended the Tobagonian.
The three players will play their last League game for the season on Tuesday against Neal and Massy Caledonia AIA at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Tobago before leaving for England.
Another Report.

Tobago United trio for England trial.
By: Tobago News.

English Second Division football Club Wycombe Wanderers is showing interest in three Tobago United players. According to correspondence sent to the lone professional club on the island, the English club indicated that they are delighted to invite Dwayne Jack, Kevin Adams and Garth Woodley for a one month trial with the club.
Dwayne Jack, captain of Tobago United who was recently selected to play for the Trinidad and Tobago national team in a friendly encounter against Panama gave a solid performance in his second appearance for national duty.
Adams is the son of former Tobago player Ivan "Parrot" Adams who played for Tobago during the 1970s.
Adams was a former national youth player and had a stint with Columbus Crew in the US MLS Pro League while Garth Woodley, a former Charlotteville Unifier player impressed Granville a few years ago and was invited to play with Tobago United.
According to coach Granville, both Jack and Woodley are powerful six footers who are ideal for the English conditions, while Kevin Adams has the muscular built and physical strength which could endear him to English coaches. The trio is expected to be in England by November 1.

T&T trialists in action with Wycombe Wanderers Reserves.

General Discussion / Are u tired of TI's "senseless" tirades?
« on: October 24, 2006, 06:06:47 PM »
I tired a dis now........i think is time for a referendum...........dis man always causing some big argument on de board

Football / Beenhakker hits out at state of Polish football
« on: October 23, 2006, 10:23:54 AM »

WARSAW, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Emboldened by a shock victory over Portugal this month, Polish national coach Leo Beenhakker laid into critics on Monday, saying the domestic game and its coaches had fallen 20 years behind the rest of Europe.

During his three months in charge, the former Real Madrid and Ajax trainer has drawn criticism from senior FA figures, including Wembley 1973 goalkeeping hero Jan Tomaszewski, angered by the choice of a foreigner for the post.

Local media reported Beenhakker was on the verge of resigning after a goalkeeping coach was replaced against his will and after rows over travel organisation for this month's Euro 2008 qualifier against Kazakhstan.

A 2-1 win over World Cup semi-finalists Portugal put the Poles back in contention for a place in the finals, however, and the Dutchman made clear he was going nowhere.

'The declarations by all these Tomaszewskis etc are just rubbish,' Beenhakker was quoted as saying by leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza in an interview on Monday. 'I have honestly not given it more than five minutes' thought.'

'I know these words will damage me but I believe your football has completely lost contact with the outside world. Poles play now as we did 20 years ago. Abroad, foreign football has moved on. Here it has stood still.'

Defeats by Ecuador and Germany ended Poland's World Cup finals in June at the group stage and Beenhakker was appointed by FA chief Michal Listkiewicz in a bid to shore up his position during a scandal over high-level match-fixing.

An opening home loss to Finland in Euro 2008 qualifying fuelled criticism of the new coach but the game with Portugal reversed the mood, prompting memories of a golden era that brought Poland World Cup third places in 1974 and 1982.

'The only thing that bothers me is that...I have heard no constructive suggestions, just criticism. And things really are bad with the Polish domestic game,' Beenhakker said.

'Legia's Champions League (qualifying) game with Shakhtar Donetsk was a disaster. And now Shakhtar in the Champions League is a disaster as well.'

'The three main problems are: lack of infrastructure, lack of a proper youth training programme and the absence of a system for training coaches. Polish coaches are doing the best they can. But they must not lose touch with the rest of the world.'

Football / Phoenix take Super League knockout title.
« on: October 10, 2006, 08:13:34 AM »
Phoenix take Super League knockout title.
T&T Express Reports.

Angostura 1976 Phoenix FC needed kicks from the penalty spot to secure the TSTT Super League knockout title over Crab Connection on Sunday at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet.
The scoreline read 2-2 at the end of regulation time, but the Tobago outfit finally prevailed 3-1 over last year's league runners-up in the ensuing shootout.
Geromey Stewart started the ball rolling when he found the net in the 18th minute for a Phoenix lead. Nine minutes later Marlon Warner produced the equaliser, and the teams went into the dressing rooms at halftime tied at 1-1.
Shelton Williams restored Phoenix's lead in the 74th and that seemed to be enough before Brian Wallace's 90th minute attempt left them level at 2-2. But Phoenix proved superior from the spot to run away with the trophy.
In other Super League action over the weekend, WASA FC earned a slim 3-2 victory over Caroni FC, while Leeson Spann left it until late to give Couva Players United a 1-0 victory over Club TSTT in the 86th.
The other match-up saw Defence Force go under 3-2 to House of Dread thanks to a 46th minute item by Kevin Baptiste, after the teams were locked at 2-2 at halftime.

Super League Knockout final:

Crab Connection 2 (Marlon Warner 27th, Brian Wallace 90th) v Angostura 1976 Phoenix 2 (Geromey Stewart 18th, Shelton Williams 74th).

Angostura 1976 Phoenix won 3-1 on penalties.

League Results:

Plipdeco Caroni FC 2 (Phanor Gonzales 30th, Marvin Joseph 35th) v WASA FC 3 (Marlon Minguel 47th, Jerome Dickson 49th, Anthony Dhanoolal 75th).

Couva Players United 1 (Leeson Spann 86th) v Club TSTT 0.

Defence Force FC 2 (Kevin Pierre 19th, Gary John 30th) v House of Dread 3 (Oral Burgess 16th, Michael Waldron 29th, Kevin Baptiste 46th).

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