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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Lavar Ball
« on: May 09, 2017, 06:05:04 PM »
Genius or crazy? Do you think he's trying to gather fame off his kids or is he a smart businessman? He cut the middleman (Nike, Adidas, Under Armor) to create a signature shoe for his son to build their brand, but the prices are outrageous.

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General Discussion / Oil in T&T.
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:29:29 PM »
Trinidad Oil Spills Leave State-Owned Energy Company Scrambling To Clean Up
The Huffington Post  |  By Nick Visser

At least 11 oil spills have crippled parts of Trinidad and Tobago, coating miles of beach with crude as the state-owned energy company scrambles to control what's being called one of the country's worst environmental disasters.

Petrotrin, Trinidad's state-owned oil company, first responded to an oil spill near La Brea on Dec. 17, according to a report from the Trinidad Guardian. Over the past month, the company has confirmed at least 11 spills and was slapped with a $3.1 million fine from the country's Environmental Management Authority last week, which the company's president, Khalid Hassanali, called "harsh."

Here's where it gets weird.

The pipeline responsible for the first of the leaks at Petrotrin's Point-a-Pierre facility, which resulted in an initial spill of more than 7,000 barrels, may not have undergone any inspections for the past 17 years, according to a confidential report commissioned by the company and obtained by the Trinidad Guardian. Of the other 10 leaks, Petrotrin has accused saboteurs of causing at least 2 while releasing a series of media releases praising what they describe as "significant progress" during clean-up efforts, saying the beaches would be clean one to two weeks after the spill.

Petrotrin did not return requests for comment in time for publication.

However, local officials have accused the company of trying to downplay the extent and size of the spill, according to the Trinidad Express. Two former energy ministers also came forward earlier this month, saying Petrotrin did know about the state of its aging infrastructure after a government audit was ordered in 2010.

"There was no question of sabotage, it was all a question of bad operations on the part of Petrotrin," MP Paula Gopee-Scoon said. “It was a cover-up from day one.”

Petrotrin has since used the controversial dispersant Corexit 9500 to control the spill, used in record quantities by BP during 2010's Gulf oil spill. Many scientists have said the chemical becomes far more toxic than oil alone when the two are mixed, harming marine life, but Petrotrin's president has defended the use of the dispersant, saying "all the chemicals we are using are approved chemicals and we are using them in the approved manner."

Petrotrin's chairman denied the occurrence of any more spills in the region this week and insisted claims that oil had spread to neighboring Venezuela were false. But government officials have demanded the Minister of Energy commission an independent investigation into the cause of the spill "by people who don’t have anything to protect and no rear end to cover."

Trinidad's energy department approved a new national oil spill contingency plan in January 2013.

Take a look at more photos below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/trinidad-oil-spill-petrotrin-energy-company_n_4596696.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share

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General Discussion / Eight-Foot Crocodile Found Under Bed
« on: September 19, 2013, 03:23:04 PM »
Eight-Foot Crocodile Found Under Bed

ABC News – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 1:50 PM EDT

A man in Zimbabwe got the surprise of his life when he discovered an eight-foot crocodile lying under his bed.

Guy Whittall slept through the night at a Humani lodge, where he also works, without any idea what was lying beneath him.  It was only after he got out of bed to eat breakfast and heard the screams of a housekeeper that he saw the crocodile.

“The really disconcerting thing about the whole episode is the fact that I was sitting on the edge of the bed that morning, bare foot and just centimeters away from the croc,” Whittall said, according to New Zimbabwe.

Whittall, 40, said the crocodile, which he estimated weighed 300 pounds, likely came from the nearby Turgwe River.

Whittall and a few of his co-workers were able to “rope and haul” the resistant crocodile out from under the bed and back into the wild.

“Catching and securing a croc of any size on land, though, is a fairly straightforward affair and we are experienced in that,” Whittall said.  “The most important thing is to get its snout roped and secured, and then it’s just a matter of restraining it and covering its eyes, to calm it down.”

“I just remember thinking, goodness gracious, that’s one for the books,” he said.  “I’m pretty sure everyone in Humani checks under their bed before going to sleep now anyway.”

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Next Hit
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:30:35 PM »
The latest one to go viral since Gangnum Style by a Norwegian group....."What does the Fox say?"

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General Discussion / SkyWire
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:18:30 PM »
Anyone watched the guy walk the tight rope 1,500 ft over the Grand Canyon? I missed it but I heard the winds were heavy and he had to pray to Jesus a few times while crossing. The crazy things people do sometimes.

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General Discussion / Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson Arrested
« on: June 11, 2013, 11:00:08 AM »
What you guys think, did the judge go overboard with this one?


Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson Arrested, Sentenced to 30 Days in JailCelebrity News
June 10, 2013 AT 1:15PM By Allison Takeda


Chad Johnson, 35 -- shown here after he was arrested for violating his probation on May 20, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida -- was sentenced to 30 days in jail after angering the judge.
 
Credit: Broward County Sheriff's Office
 Ex-NFL star Chad Johnson -- formerly known as Chad Ochocinco -- was arrested and sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday, June 10, after getting kicked out of a courtroom for slapping his lawyer's butt. The incident occurred in Broward County, Fla., where Johnson, 35, was in court to face charges of violating probation following his 2012 domestic violence case with ex-wife Evelyn Lozada.

According to TMZ, Johnson's male attorney was close to finalizing a "favorable" deal that would have mandated community service and counseling instead of jail time. However, those terms were taken off the table when, in response to the judge asking if he was satisfied with his lawyer, Johnson reportedly gave the attorney a playful swat on his rear. The courtroom erupted in laughter -- but the judge took offense to the gesture.

"I don't know that you're taking this whole thing seriously," ABC News quoted the judge as saying. "I just saw you slap your attorney on the backside. Is there something funny about this? The whole courtroom was laughing. I'm not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn't a joke."

Johnson attempted to apologize -- but to no avail. "This is your courtroom. I have no intent to make this a joke. It's not funny," he reportedly said. "My life is in a shambles right now, and I try my best to laugh and keep a smile on my face."

Appalled at his behavior, the judge threw out the original deal and instead sentenced Johnson to spend 30 days in jail. Additionally, his probation was extended until Dec. 21, 2013, and he must complete 25 hours of community service.



Read more: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/chad-ochocinco-johnson-arrested-sentenced-to-30-days-in-jail-2013106#ixzz2VvaBu0FK

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General Discussion / Deer Xing
« on: December 06, 2012, 04:34:40 PM »
City officials and the state division of highways need to be more strategic and thoughtful in where they allow deer to cross. Let's help this poor lady get the word out since it can potentially save lives.

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Things Trini's Say
« on: November 13, 2012, 01:36:29 AM »
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General Discussion / Going over and above on the job
« on: October 14, 2012, 11:53:25 PM »
I heard about this story on TMZ today but it was reported back in May. Hope he at least got a raise or promotion for his efforts.

Zoo Caretaker Licks Monkey’s Butt To Help It Defecate

Zookeeper Licks Monkey's Butt to Save Its Life
05/03/2012
I have no idea if this story is true or just a joke, but it's being reported on several news sites and blogs, and it's too bizarre not to share here.

According to chinasmack.com, it all started when keepers allowed a young Francois' Leaf Monkey into a public exhibit.  Zoo visitors in their ignorance tossed peanuts at the monkeys, and this particular little guy decided to gobble a down a whole peanut.

Unfortunately, it was more than his little digestive tract could handle and by the next day he was sick. What the monkey's keeper did next, you won't believe:

"50-year-old Zhang Bangsheng used warm water to clean a small Francois’ Leaf Monkey’s buttocks, then began using his mouth to lick it, not stopping for over an hour, until the little monkey defecated a single peanut. Only after the peanut was defecated did Zhang Bangsheng laugh with satisfaction."

Bet you weren't expecting THAT! I'm just glad Mr. Bangsheng wasn't laughing during the process, 'cause that would've been creepy.

It is true that many mammal mothers use this trick to stimulate their babies to go to the bathroom, so technically it was a biologically accurate thing to do.  Whether or not it was the only option or the most sanitary thing to do is a completely different question.

Here's a photo of Mr. Bangsheng and lucky (?) monkey:

http://blogs.discovery.com/animal_oddities/2012/05/zookeeper-licks-monkeys-butt-to-save-its-life.html


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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Cheese Pie and Pack Juice
« on: September 27, 2012, 03:22:36 PM »

You be the judge...
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General Discussion / Top recruit goes to Prison
« on: August 22, 2012, 01:29:01 PM »
Top recruit collapses in court after receiving three-year prison sentence.
By Jeff Eisenberg

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Instead of sifting through scholarship offers, selecting a school and launching his college basketball career as he originally planned, an Ohio high school standout will have to put his dreams on hold.

Tony Farmer, an 18-year-old senior at Garfield Heights High School, received a three-year prison sentence on Tuesday as a result of pleading guilty to kidnapping, felonious assault and other crimes.


The 6-foot-7 forward had been hoping to receive probation after teachers, coaches and family members testified on his behalf. When he learned he'd be going to prison as the judge read his sentence, he crumpled into the arms of a sheriff's deputy and collapsed to the ground in anguish.

In an odd twist, among those in the gallery sobbing in reaction to the judge's decision was the victim herself, Farmer's ex-girlfriend Andrea Lane. Even though the two remain separated since Farmer attacked Lane last April after she didn't want to reconcile their relationship, Lane had previously asked Judge Pamela Barker not to put Farmer in prison.

"I know he was a good person," she said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I hope he still is."
The entire courtroom scene is depressing and painfully hard to watch because Farmer had such a bright future prior to this incident. Before video cameras caught his altercation with Lane on tape last April in the lobby and parking lot of her apartment complex, Farmer was a consensus top 100 prospect who had drawn interest from the likes of Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton and Michigan State.

The punishment he received from Barker is just yet severe. Unless Barker reduces Farmer's sentence when she reviews it in 180 days, his hopes of playing major college basketball are likely now over.

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See video
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/top-recruit-collapses-court-receiving-three-prison-sentence-141153269--ncaab.html

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General Discussion / 6 Year Old Girl Arrested in GA
« on: April 22, 2012, 07:46:05 PM »
6-year-old girl handcuffed by police over ‘tantrum’

By Eric Pfeiffer
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6-year-old Salecia Johnson was handcuffed by police over alleged 'tantrum' (AP/13WMAZ.com)
It's been quite the day for 6-year-olds in the news. Earlier, we told you about the courageous, 6-year-old Texas boy who has already raised $10,000 for his Dad's cancer treatment.

In less positive news, a 6-year-old girl in Georgia was handcuffed by police and charged with assault after throwing a "tantrum" in her elementary school. Local tv affiliate 13WMAZ reports that Salecia Johnson, who is in kindergarten, was detained by police after her alleged outburst.

"Our policy is that any detainee transported to our station in a patrol vehicle is to be handcuffed in the back. There is no age discrimination on that rule," Milledgeville Chief of Police Dray Swicord, told the station.

Swicord said the officer who handcuffed Johnson is not facing an investigation over his actions. Swicord added that Johnson was handcuffed for her safety as well as the safety of others. She was taken to the principal's office after pushing two other students, according to a police report.

"The student was never placed in a holding cell or jail cell and the student's safety was of the utmost importance," Swicord said.

However, Johnson's parents are trying to organize a community protest against the officer's actions, including reported plans to contact civil rights activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton.

The officer's police report says Johnson began tearing items off the school principal's office walls and was throwing furniture. The report says Johnson knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.

Johnson also was reportedly biting a doorknob and attempting to break a glass frame while jumping on top of a paper shredder.

"She has mood swings some days, which all of us had mood swings some days," Johnson's mother Constance Ruff told WMAZ. "I guess that was just one of her bad days."


After Johnson was handcuffed, she was taken to the local police station and charged with simple assault and damage to property. However, because of her young age, Johnson will reportedly not be prosecuted.

"A 6-year-old in kindergarten. They don't have no business calling the police and handcuffing my child," said Earnest Johnson, Salecia's father.



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Other Sports / Penn State Scandal
« on: November 08, 2011, 10:25:11 PM »
Don't know how many of you are following this but the Penn State controversy is a hot topic right now. People even calling for legendary coach Joe Paterno to step down since he was aware of the allegations and did not report it to the police eventhough he told the Athletic Director. Do you think he did enough by notifying his superiors? Or was he morally obligated to file a police report?

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/joe-paterno-penn-state-football-coach-center-unholy-mess-article-1.974071

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / 96.7fm
« on: April 13, 2011, 12:07:36 PM »
What happened to that site lately? I used to listen to them while on work but it's been over a month the site has been down. Anyone knows if they changed the link to get live feed? Ah missing hearing some styles.

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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / LeBron's Image
« on: October 21, 2010, 06:49:35 PM »
You think if Lebron dominate this year, maybe claim the MVP and go to the finals with the Heat, fans are going to like him again? I mean Kobe was very unpopular now he's a fan favorite since he won his last two titles going from zero to hero.

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General Discussion / Black parents give birth to white baby
« on: July 20, 2010, 02:20:11 PM »
Black parents... white baby
By VIRGINIA WHEELER

THE stunned black dad of a newborn, WHITE, baby girl declared yesterday — "I'm sure she's my kid ... I just don't know why she's BLONDE."

British Nmachi Ihegboro has amazed genetics experts who say the little girl is NOT an albino.

Dad Ben, 44, a customer services adviser, admitted: "We both just sat there after the birth staring at her."

Mum Angela, 35, of Woolwich, South London, beamed as she said: "She's beautiful - a miracle baby."

Ben told yesterday how he was so shocked when Nmachi was born, he even joked: "Is she MINE?"

Little 'miracle' ... Nmachi Ihegboro
PETER SIMPSON & NEIL HALL He added: "Actually, the first thing I did was look at her and say, 'What the flip?'"

But as the baby's older brother and sister - both black - crowded round the "little miracle" at their home in South London, Ben declared: "Of course she's mine."

Blue-eyed blonde Nmachi, whose name means "Beauty of God" in the Nigerian couple's homeland, has baffled genetics experts because neither Ben nor wife Angela have ANY mixed-race family history.

Pale genes skipping generations before cropping up again could have explained the baby's appearance.

Ben also stressed: "My wife is true to me. Even if she hadn't been, the baby still wouldn't look like that.

"We both just sat there after the birth staring at her for ages - not saying anything."
 
Doctors at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup - where Angela, from nearby Woolwich, gave birth - have told the parents Nmachi is definitely no albino.

Ben, who came to Britain with his wife five years ago and works for South Eastern Trains, said: "She doesn't look like an albino child anyway - not like the ones I've seen back in Nigeria or in books. She just looks like a healthy white baby."

He went on: "My mum is a black Nigerian although she has a bit fairer skin than mine.

"But we don't know of any white ancestry. We wondered if it was a genetic twist.

"But even then, what is with the long curly blonde hair?"

Professor Bryan Sykes, head of Human Genetics at Oxford University and Britain's leading expert, yesterday called the birth "extraordinary".

He said: "In mixed race humans, the lighter variant of skin tone may come out in a child - and this can sometimes be startlingly different to the skin of the parents.

"This might be the case where there is a lot of genetic mixing, as in Afro-Caribbean populations. But in Nigeria there is little mixing."

Prof Sykes said BOTH parents would have needed "some form of white ancestry" for a pale version of their genes to be passed on.

But he added: "The hair is extremely unusual. Even many blonde children don't have blonde hair like this at birth."

Blonde bombshell ... parents show newborn
Nmachi to sister Dumebi and bruv Chisom yesterday
PETER SIMPSON & NEIL HALL The expert said some unknown mutation was the most likely explanation.

He admitted: "The rules of genetics are complex and we still don't understand what happens in many cases."

The amazing birth comes five years after Kylie Hodgson became mum to twin daughters - one white and the other black - in Nottingham.

Kylie, now 23, and her partner Remi Horder, now 21, are both mixed race.

Even so the odds were estimated at a million to one.

The Sun told in 2002 how a white couple had Asian twins after a sperm mix-up by a fertility clinic.

Yesterday three-day-old Nmachi's churchgoing mum Angela admitted that she was "speechless" at first seeing her baby girl, who was delivered in a caesarean op.

She said: "I thought, 'What is this little doll?'

"She's beautiful and I love her. Her colour doesn't matter. She's a miracle baby.

"But still, what on earth happened here?"

Her husband told how their son Chisom, four, was even more confused than them by his new sister.

Ben said: "Our other daughter Dumebi is only two so she's too young to understand.

"But our boy keeps coming to look at his sister and then sits down looking puzzled.

"We're a black family. Suddenly he has a white sister."

Ben continued: "Of course, we are baffled too and want to know what's happened. But we understand life is very strange.

"All that matters is that she's healthy and that we love her. She's a proud British Nigerian."

Queen Mary's Hospital said: "Congratulations to Angela and her family on the birth of their daughter."



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KNYSNA, South Africa -- French star Nicolas Anelka has been thrown off his nation's World Cup team after getting into a heated exchange with coach Raymond Domenech and refusing to apologize.

The Chelsea forward reportedly made obscene comments to Domenech at halftime of France's 2-0 loss to Mexico on Thursday. He was asked to make amends by FFF president Jean-Pierre Escalettes.

"Faced by the refusal of the player to publicly apologize, he [Escalettes] took the decision in total agreement with the coach and the official members of the delegation present in Knysna to exclude Nicolas Anelka from the squad," the FFF said in a statement. "He will leave the French team camp this evening."

Anelka confirmed he had an argument with Domenech -- but said that it was meant to stay within the team.


France's team page
For more about Les Bleus and their chances in South Africa this summer, click here.
"I indeed had a heated conversation with the coach, but it happened within the confines of the changing rooms, between the coach and me, in front of my teammates and the staff," Anelka told the website of France Soir newspaper. "That should never have come out of the changing rooms. I don't know who can benefit from that, but repeating these kind of things certainly doesn't help [the team]."

The episode is another blow to a French team that made the World Cup finals in 2006 but is on the verge of being eliminated from the 2010 tournament after a listless draw with Uruguay and the Mexico loss.

The FFF said that France captain Patrice Evra was also present with Escalettes when the decision was taken, adding that Anelka's comments are "totally unacceptable for the FFF, French football and the values it defends."

Anelka said he regrets having upset his teammates. Previous reports said he had fallen out with France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, demanding that Domenech drop Gourcuff from the Mexico game.

"My aim was never to destabilize the French team, an institution I respect. I accept my exclusion from the France team and I wish them good luck," Anelka said. "I have a lot of respect for the France team, I equally have a lot of respect for all of my teammates without exception, I insist on that point."

Evra said a "traitor" among France's World Cup staff must have leaked details of Anelka's rant.

It "came from someone in this group, who wishes the French team harm," Evra said. "The problem isn't Anelka, it's the traitor among us, you have to say it.

"How can this come out?"

Two unconvincing performances in the 0-0 draw with Uruguay and against Mexico had observers like former France defender Bixente Lizarazu furious at Anelka's casual attitude.

"What bothers me is Nicolas Anelka's performance in the first half. I saw a player strolling ... strolling in the World Cup!" Lizarazu said. "He wasn't aggressive, wasn't interested in the game. Domenech took him off at the break, but should have done so before. You shouldn't play in a selfish manner, you have to show you're up for it."

Winner of the Premier League's Golden Boot in 2008-09, Anelka has long been an enigmatic player for France. He scored twice in a stunning performance against England way back in 1999, but then refused to play under coach Jacques Santini. He spent three years off the national team until Domenech called him back up in November 2005.

Six months later, Domenech snubbed him for the 2006 squad. But Anelka seemed to have put that all of that behind him when he scored a deflected goal against Ireland in a World Cup playoff last November.

Anelka's abrupt nature has made him few friends over a topsy-turvy career during which he has always spoken his mind.

But his unselfish attitude for Chelsea this season won him many admirers, and his reputation had greatly improved since the days English soccer fans mockingly nicknamed him "Le Sulk" for his surly attitude.


Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press


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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / If no palance then....
« on: February 11, 2010, 08:10:52 PM »
So by the way things are going it looks like the rhythm hit "palance" will capture the road march crown this year. My question is if palance wasn't a song for this carnival what tune you think would take the road march title?

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Award-winning Hollywood actor Samuel L Jackson is expected to grace T&T shores next month. The Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Soul Men actor tops the list of celebrities who will visit this country for the bmobile Blackberry International Soca Monarch finals on February 12. He will accompany his friend, actor and film director Danny Glover, who came to T&T last year at the invitation of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation. The Foundation’s chairman, William Munroe, disclosed the news of Jackson’s visit recently. He said: “Because of the warm reception Danny Glover got in Trinidad last year, he promised to return with several celebrity friends this year.” Jackson is one of them, Munroe noted. He said he was unsure of the other celebrities who may be coming with Glover. Rush Hour star Chris Tucker also visited T&T for the competition last year but Munroe said he was not certain whether the actor will come this time around. Jackson, who turned 61 last month, is set to star this year in the drama Mother and Child as well as in Unthinkable in which he will portray an interrogator who attempts to locate several nuclear weapons. Jackson also signed on to a nine-picture deal with Marvel which would see him appear in Thor, Iron Man 2, The First Avenger: Captain America and the Avengers as well as any other sequel they may produce. Power and Groovy Soca Monarch Queen Faye-Ann Lyons will defend both crowns on Fantastic Friday. Her husband, Bunji Garlin, who copped first place in the Power Soca segment last year, will not compete this year. Top prize for the Power Soca has been reduced from $1 million to a little over $600,000 while the Groovy first prize is being increased from $150,000 to over $200,000.


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