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Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Soca beat Samba
« on: October 23, 2023, 11:53:36 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago defeated 35th ranked Brazil in 3x3 basketball at the Pan American Games


Other Sports / Table Tennis Thread
« on: December 24, 2022, 08:04:08 AM »
Bachu, Partap-Boodhan dominate Low Cost Table Tennis

by Shammi Kowlessar

DHARION BACHU and Linda Partap-Boodhan were the leading players in the Low Cost Caroni Zone Table Tennis Association Tournament at the Tunapuna Hindu Primary School, Pasea Main Road, Tunapuna.

As one of the top players in the country, Partap-Boodhan was the overwhelming favourite in her six events and she walked away with gold medals in all.

However the little-known Bachu could have been the player of the tournament as he finished with four golds and three silver medals from his seven events.

In addition to capturing his age-group (Under-11) title, the impressive youngster was crowned Under-13 champion and finished runner-up in the Under-15, 19, and 21 divisions. Bachu then went on to beat Roshan Mahangroo 10-12, 11-5, 14-12, 11-6 for the B class title, and combined with fellow Under-11 champ Anandi Mahangroo and Isreal Ali to secure the team title for Spotlights.

Partap-Boodhan completed her perfect campaign Monday night by winning all four matches in a straight round-robin event for her second straight women’s singles crown.

The country’s former top-ranked player has started five days earlier by retaining her veterans’ (Over-45) title and she was also triumphant in women’s team, open teams as well as the doubles and mixed doubles competitions.

Partap-Boodhan combined with Jessy Sampath and Pretti Singh for gold in the women’s team event and with her daughter Rayanna and Sharaaz Ali to lift the open A class trophy.

The 47-year-old and her other daughter Llyanna whipped Rayanna and Shreya Maraj 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 in the doubles final and she and Ali were 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 winners over Llyanna and Satesh Jordan in the mixed doubles final.

Llyanna was upset in two finals but still ended up with three titles.

The Lakshmi Girls High School student defeated Rayanna to keep her under-21 crown when the tournament served off last Wednesday, but went down when they met in the under-19 final the following night.

And Llyanna beat Maraj in the Under-15 final on Friday night but lost for the first time when they clashed for the under-13 title the same night.

Ali and Jerry Joseph won all three matches in a straight round-robin event for the men’s doubles crown.

After coming within two points of defeat in the fourth game to defeat Joseph 4-11, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6 in the semis, Harnarine Moonasar was an 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8 over Ronnie Guevara in the Over-45 final. Frankly Seechan, who dominated eventual champ Aaron Wilson in the first two games of the quarter-finals of the National Championships last month, expectedly captured the Division A crown without dropping a game.

In the final, the 58-year-old prevailed 11-8, 11-5, 13-11 over Tobagonian Messiah Walcott, who had beaten Bachu for the Under-19 title.

Aasif Allie beat Bachu for both the Under-15 and 21 crowns, while under-nine competitors Aria Manjoor and Trent Sampath were the youngest champs of the six-day tournament.

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Jerome Tang
« on: March 21, 2022, 06:54:45 AM »

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / National Teams
« on: November 15, 2021, 06:26:19 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago men's 3x3 basketball team ousted at Americup


Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / NBA Finals
« on: October 10, 2020, 06:01:41 PM »
Heat put Lakers championship on hold

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Los Angeles Lakers — sporting the Black Mamba uniforms designed by the late Kobe Bryant that were undefeated in the postseason— intended to finish off the Miami Heat on Friday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Anthony Davis laced up trophy gold Nike “5 Rings” Kobe 5 prototype shoes for the clash. If the game were poker, the Lakers were going all in.

Miami had other plans.


Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Johnny Hamilton Thread
« on: July 16, 2020, 06:39:04 AM »

Turkisk team Fernerbache signs Johhny Hamilton

Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul (BSL) signed 26-year old Trinidad and Tobago center Johnny Hamilton (213-104kg-94, college: UT Arlington). He played last season at Darussafaka in the BSL. In 22 games he had 8.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5bpg. Hamilton helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 15 games in Eurocup where he recorded 11.3ppg, 8.1rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.4bpg.
Hamilton has played previously professionally in NBA G League (Grand Rapids Drive) and NBA Summer League (Milwaukee Bucks). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention in 2020.
Hamilton won NBA G League Central Division championship title in 2019.
He attended University of Texas at Arlington until 2018 and it will be his third season as a professional player.


Cricket Anyone / Gomes has no regrets over blanking rebel tour
« on: May 02, 2020, 05:32:05 AM »
Gomes has no regrets over blanking rebel tour

FORMER TT and West Indies cricketer Larry Gomes has no regrets over blanking the infamous WI rebel tours of South Africa in 1983.
Gomes made this point during an interview on the Barbados-based Andrew Mason and Guest radio show, from his home in Toronto, Canada, on Tuesday evening.
Reflecting on the enticement of a spot in the unsanctioned WI rebel team, led by Lawrence Rowe, Gomes said, “I was in Toronto on holidays. The phone kept ringing, Lawrence calling, (Dr Ali) Bacher calling, ‘Crofty’ (Colin Croft) calling, they wanted me to come down and join them down there.”
Bacher, now 77, was a former South Africa captain, manager and administrator, who played a key role in organising rebel tours from West Indies, Sri Lanka, England and Australia during the 1980s, when South Africa were banned from international sport due to their apartheid policies.
Gomes continued, “I had met with Dr Bacher in Manhattan, (United States) with my advisor Hugh Henderson, at a hotel privately. We went about doing a contract, but I didn’t sign it because I wanted to come back to Toronto and talk to my wife.
“At the time was the apartheid system so I was in two minds. If I’d gone, I’d be set for a lifetime. With the apartheid thing and studying if I want to go back home (to Trinidad), I don’t think they’d welcome you too much at that time. That made me not want to go there.”
During that time, Gomes was yet to cement a place in the WI middle order, which featured captain Sir Clive Lloyd, Sir Viv Richards, Faoud Bacchus, Collis King, Alvin Kallicharan and Gus Logie.
“It was very difficult to turn down,” admitted Gomes. “Dr Bacher and I decided not to disclose the contract. I still have the contract but we agreed not to disclose the details.”
Gomes, a passionate horseracing fan, and a former racehorse owner, said, “I even had a racehorse in the contract.”
However, he noted, “I have no regrets. I was sad for the guys though. The kind of monies they went for, I don’t think that’ll be enough, knowing that your careers would be at stake and that’ll be the end of them. I think I was the only one who negotiated a contract with (Bacher). Most of the guys ended up in South Africa without the contract.”
The then West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) banned the players who featured in the 1983 and 1984 rebel tours from playing First-Class and international cricket, under its auspices, for life. The ban was lifted in 1989, and Barbadian fast bowler Ezra Moseley played a pair of Tests, against England, in 1990.
Gomes said, “At the time it’s not like the money you’re getting now but it was real good money.”
Asked if he has ever communicated with the players who went to South Africa and if they regretted making the trips, Gomes replied, “Maybe some of them were happy that they went but most of them, afterwards, realised maybe they made a mistake by going. If you look at a few of them, for some reason, they didn’t end up well in life (after) going there. You had Richard Austin who turned a vagrant, it was sad to see him in Jamaica. And there were a few others, it wasn’t nice to see having played with them.”
The 66-year-old Gomes, who played 60 Tests (3,171 runs at an average of 39.63) and 83 One Day Internationals (1,415 at 28.87) between 1976 and 1987, mentioned the value of country and league cricket in England for helping the WI players of his era become the unstoppable force in world cricket, during the 1970s and 1980s.
“Why we were strong (was) most of the players were playing professionally in England,” said Gomes. “There was no restriction on the foreign players. We were used to playing day in, day out.”
What will he suggest for the present crop of WI players to improve their game? “To recommend for our guys now, the education level of the guys, especially the younger ones, they need guidance to solve their problems from early on, in crisis situations,” he responded. “They need mentors and advisors. Also, I don’t know how much of them set goals.”
During the interview, Gomes mentioned that he enjoyed playing against Australia because of their competitive nature and on-field banter (he scored six Test centuries against them). He also rated his knock of 123 at the Queen’s Park Oval against India in 1983 as his best.
With the array of pace bowling during his playing days, Gomes described Jeff Thomson, Michael Holding and Wayne Daniel as the fastest bowlers he faced and his favourite pitches were at Sabina Park, Jamaica (“it was a good atmosphere, I enjoyed it there”), and Adelaide, Australia (“I had a couple centuries there”).
On his most memorable moments, Gomes listed his first Test (in June 1976 against England at Nottingham) and winning the World Cup in 1979 (“it was a fantastic achievement”), while the 1983 World Cup final defeat to India was his most disappointing.
Gomes also touched on the famous 1984 Test victory against England at Lord’s, London, when Sir Gordon Greenidge made an unbeaten 214 while Gomes was 92 not out, as WI romped to a nine-wicket victory, on the final day.
“I always tell him he robbed me of a hundred at Lord’s,” said Gomes, in jest. “At the time, we were concentrating on winning the game. We made it very easily. Gordon went haywire and I played my role, rotated the strike as usual and we got (the total) with overs to spare.”


UTT Basketball Coach off to New York Knicks

 On Monday 30th September, The University of Trinidad and Tobago's (UTT's) Basketball Coach, Stefan "Star" Dillon, left the shores of Trinidad and Tobago en route to New York, USA to join the New York Knicks NBA Basketball team's pre-season preparation and training camp.

This special invitation to be part the New York Knicks training camp was extended by their team trainer, Mr. Roger Hinds and by extension Knicks General Manager, Mr. Scott Perry. The invitation came after fruitful discussions with Mr. Albert Lee Young, Mr. Dillon's former coach and current mentor in sport.

The camp is expected to run from October 1st - 6thand will feature the Knicks' team preparation for the 2019 - 2020 NBA regular season which is scheduled to begin on October 22nd, 2019.

This camp will involve the likes of current and upcoming NBA stars such as Dennis Smith Jr., Julius Randle, and R.J Barrett. R.J Barrett was a standout student-athlete at Duke University and the third overall pick in this year's NBA draft.

Stefan is expected to interact and learn from the likes of New York Knicks Head Coach David Fizdale and Assistant Coaches Keith Smart and Kaleb Canales. Also on Dillon's radar is the real possibility of meeting and engaging past NBA great Allan Houston who is now the Special Assistant to General Manager Scott Perry.

Stefan was extremely delighted to be specially selected to be among such a great NBA franchise and had this to say:

"I'm extremely grateful for this rare opportunity to be amongst athletes that are considered the best in the world. It will be great to see the elites in their element and to observe hands-on how advanced the sport is in the U.S. With the information garnered I will be able to apply the knowledge and practices to the HP programme here at UTT with hope that it will spark a new direction in which we see basketball locally."

The Sport & Recreation Unit is very thrilled when our coaches are given these opportunities and exposure to such world class modern training academies. We are sure that such opportunities can only redound to the benefit of the Sport Programme here at UTT and by extension Trinidad and Tobago. The department looks forward to Stefan's return and his implementation of new and advanced training techniques as we look towards building our new and advanced UTT Basketball Academy.

Join us in congratulating Mr. Dillon on this achievement. Best wishes to him in his further endeavours.

Other Sports / No Venezolanos
« on: May 31, 2019, 04:48:05 PM »
So with all dem Venezuelans in T&T yuh mean to tell me no athletes ? That’s had to believe . Not even a ping pong player?

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / NBA Draft
« on: May 14, 2019, 07:41:14 PM »
All dat and de Knicks still cyar get Zion... only de Knicks. Cleveland had a bad draft too landing 5th. Lakers above them in 4th. Well Pelican got #1, therefore dey got Zion to go with Anthony Davis .. wow     


What about Track & Field / Carifta 2019
« on: March 30, 2019, 10:23:54 AM »
Horsford, Colthrust head Carifta medal hopes

Lo­cal Javelin prodi­gy, Tyriq Hors­ford will chase af­ter his fifth con­sec­u­tive gold medal at this year’s 48th edi­tion of the Carif­ta Games track and field com­pe­ti­tion from April 20-22 in the Cay­man Is­lands.

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / 2018/19 NBA Season
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:32:56 AM »
Resurgent Rose turns back clock to score 50 against Jazz

Los Angeles (AFP) - Derrick Rose dusted off his MVP costume, dropping a career-high 50 points to power the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 128-125 win over Utah in a NBA Northwest Division showdown on Wednesday.

On US Halloween night, Rose turned back the clock with a 34-point performance in the second half as the crowd of 10,000 chanted "MVP, MVP" after the final buzzer sounded.

"It was numbing," said teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with 28 points. "I never realized something like that in my life. The man was just out there floating."

Rose, who was named NBA MVP in 2011 with the Chicago Bulls, scored every way imaginable against the Jazz.

He made two clutch free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Timberwolves a three-point lead in a tightly contested fourth quarter. Just moments earlier he had scored the go-ahead basket down low to put Minnesota ahead for good.

Rose also made a key block on a Jazz three-point attempt with two seconds left to ice the win.

"This means everything," said Rose, who was making his first start of the season. "I worked my butt off, bro."

Rose's career had been beset by injuries since he won his MVP award.

"I am doing everything just to win. I played my heart out tonight. My teammates told me before the game to just play my game and it was a hell of a night," said Rose.

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Rudy Gobert added 22 for Utah. Jae Crowder tallied 18 points off the bench.

Minnesota played without all-star Jimmy Butler, and point guards Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones.

In Los Angeles, LeBron James gave the Staples Center crowd a fright when he missed the first of two free throws with two seconds left as the Lakers squeezed past the Dallas Mavericks 114-113.

"It's Halloween so we had to give the crowd a scare, I guess," said James.

The Lakers almost blew a big point lead late but managed to hold on for the win.

The game appeared to be headed to overtime but the Mavericks veteran Wesley Matthews took it upon himself to intentionally foul James on the Lakers' final possession with two seconds left. That sent the four-time MVP to the free-throw line with scored tied 113-113, but after missing the first one James made the second for the win.

James finished with 29 points for the Lakers who were up 111-98 with 3:42 to go before the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to pull even with seven seconds left.

Luca Doncic tied it at 113-113 on a jumper, setting the stage for James' game-winning free throw.

"We had some bad moments down the stretch but this is the best way to teach them," James said of his young team.

Matthews led Dallas with 21 points and Harrison Barnes scored 19.

In Oakland, Stephen Curry had 37 points for his sixth 30-point game of the season, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 131-121.

Curry had seven three-pointers and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 24 points and eight assists, and Draymond Green delivered 16 points, 15 rebounds as the Warriors won their sixth straight.

Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow and had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans in a rematch of a Western Conference playoff series from last season.

Klay Thompson scored 18 points with one three-pointer for the Warriors two days after setting an NBA record with 14 three pointers in a win over the Chicago Bulls.

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Johnny Hamilton Thread
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:57:26 AM »
T&T’s Hamilton signs with NBA’s Pistons

T&T’s Johnny Hamilton has signed with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA.

“What a day to be alive. Thanks to the almighty, my family and coaches for having my back and helping me grow into the man I am today. I couldn’t do it without y’all,” said Hamilton in a Facebook post yesterday.

“Thanks to the @detroitpistons for granting my first opportunity to be a Professional Athlete. I look forward to this year as I take on a new chapter in my life. I also want to thank everyone that had something to do with me getting to this chapter. Whether negative or positive contributions y’all were all part of God’s plan for me.”

Hamilton originally of Rio Claro where he started playing for Warriors in that Community league before joing NBS Ambassadors that campiagned in the Mayaro Basketball League. He joins the “Bad Boys” of Detroit which will feature NBA All Stars post-player Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin.

Hamilton played on the Pistons during the Las Vegas Summer League after going undrafted in the 2018 draft. He wasn’t a starter for the team but looked like the best centre on their roster.

Hamilton is seven feet tall and weighs 230 pounds, so he brings some size to the Pistons frontcourt.

Hamilton started his college career at Virginia Tech where he played sparingly in two seasons before transferring to the University of Texas-Arlington where he was given an opportunity to play.

He averaged 11.1 points per game last season and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 63 per cent from the field. He can also protect the rim a bit as he averaged 2.3 blocks.

Last month, in the Summer League, Hamilton had eight points and grabbed three rebounds in Detroit’s 105-97 against New Orleans Pelicans. Detroit also defeated Timberwolves 64-59 and had losses to Memphis Grizzlies 73-70 and Milwaukee Bucks 90-63.

T&T’s Johnny Hamilton signs on the dotted line.

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Popovick's wife dies
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:28:58 PM »
Spurs announce that Gregg Popovich's wife Erin Popovich has died

The San Antonio Spurs announced on Wednesday that Erin Popovich, wife of head coach Gregg Popovich, has died.

The team did not announce details about the circumstances of her death. The two were married for four decades and had two children together.

Kaila Charles makes her voice heard as Maryland's next women's basketball star
By Childs Walker (The Baltimore Sun)

Post contributed by asylumseeker

Maryland guard Kaila Charles (5) goes around Ohio State forward Alexa Hart (22) on her way to the basket
during the second half at Xfinity Center on Jan. 22, 2018. (Toni L. Sandys / Baltimore Sun)

CLICK HERE for the full article.

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / NCAA March Madness
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:05:13 AM »

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Secondary Schools Basketball
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:27:22 PM »
St Mary’s humiliate East Mucurapo in Schools basketball

ST MARY’S humiliated East Mucurapo 57-17 on Thursday, in a male Under-17 encounter of the Trinidad and Tobago Schools Basketball Association North Zone fixture, at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.
Jacoba Benjamin led the scoring for the “Saints” with 28 points, while Evan Trim added 12 points and Luke Mobhair 10 points.
East Mucurapo’s scoring revolved around Roberto Palmer’s seven and Jahbarry James’ six.
Fatima got a game-high 17 points from Adrian Sangster as they eased past QRC 48-35. Adam Tang-Nian and Jahmai Smith chipped in with eight apiece for Fatima.
Shorn Solomon scored 11 and Antonio Ambris eight for QRC.
In the other male Under-17 match on Thursday, West Mucurapo brushed aside Success Laventille 38-19.
Jaheim Furlonge top-scored for West Mucurapo with 16 points while Ronaldo Riley contributed eight. Omari Luke netted seven for Success Laventille and Jabarry Elder six.

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Caribbean Islands Hoop
« on: December 03, 2017, 09:36:54 PM »
The Sandy Point PRIDEKINGS won the 2017 St. Kitts Nevis Amateur Basketball Association


In the fourth game of a possible five-game series, PRIDE defeated the 2016 champions – the St. Paul’s Tuff Knots, 84-79. And the victory gave the PRIDE organization it’s first premier league championship and second SKNABA title in just 2 years of existence.
It is a satisfying end to a season for a team that saw their roster significantly reduced for a number of reasons, including the loss of one of it’s brightest and youngest stars Secada Garroden, but on Thursday night, when time ran out at Basketball City, the KINGS and all its fans could finally celebrate a championship.
The win represents the ascension of a team that had only joined the SKNABA league in 2015, who in it’s first year ran the table at the A-Division level to go an impressive 19-0. Then after being promoted to the island’s premier league, recruited other seasoned talented front court players to join its nucleus of back court assassins.
A balanced offensive attack helped to seal the deal, with five KINGS scoring in double digits for the 5th consecutive game of their 2017 playoff run. Taslin Dont-Cheat Hodge, the early favorite for finals MVP tallied 22 points 2 steals and 4 assists.
The youngest and arguably one of the fiercest competitors on the King’s championship roster- Cha Vez Belboda also played a key role with 22 points and 5 steals.
Graeme Browne , the hero from Saturday’s overtime Game 4 win, finished with 13 points 10 rebounds 2 steals and 2 blocks. National front court player and PRIDE center Jazbu Troy Wattley registered a solid double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. While the team’s floor general – Javal Hodge clocked 10 points 7 assists 4 steals in 37 minutes of directing on court traffic and pushing the pace.
While the two sides were close in a low-scoring first quarter, a 7-0 run helped the KINGS to gain the early advantage to take a 4 point lead into half.
The momentum stayed with the lions, who weathered a valiant effort from the Tuff Knots big men and seemed to make a big play whenever St. Paul’s tried to come back.
The fourth-quarter defensive focus and game management was all that was needed for the KINGS to slam the door on any chance of a comeback and secure it’s first championship!
It was truly a magical run which culminated on Thursday night with chants of “Hub hub hub” and an overwhelming display of PRIDE by all in attendance.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sports and SP PRIDE KING Big Fan  Hon. Shawn K. Richards was on hand to witness the historic victory. In commenting DPM Richards said “I must express my tremendous PRIDE and joy in the achievement tonight of the SP Pride Kings.  In this their inaugural entry in the Premier Division the Pride Kings are  Champions . It is a great achievement by a tremendous sporting organisation group and basketball team.”
All hail the PRIDEKINGS, your 2017 SKNABA Premier League Champions!!

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / 2017/18 NBA Season
« on: October 22, 2017, 06:38:34 PM »

Season now start... like its football?  ;D

Sources: Suns fire head coach Earl Watson after 0-3 start to season


Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / FIBA Ranking
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:16:17 PM »
New FIBA World Ranking Men presented by Nike launched

October 13th, 2017
MIES, Switzerland - FIBA on Wednesday launched the new FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike. The innovative game-based ranking factors in results from official games played by 149 national teams and will be updated after every window of Qualifiers and following the conclusion of top official FIBA competitions.
The new ranking is based on results of games ranging from regional pre-qualifiers all the way to the FIBA Basketball World Cup Final, and includes the Olympic Basketball Tournament as well as the Continental Cups. The previous ranking was purely competition-based and only took into account the final standings of tournaments.
The basic principle is simple: 1,000 basis points are awarded in each game, with the two teams earning a share of these according to the margin of victory or defeat. Weightings are added on a round basis meaning that, when a team progresses through a top official FIBA competition, its wins are worth more with every round it plays.
The ranking has revised weightings of the competitions. For the first time, it sees the implementation of a time decay rewarding teams for their most recent performances. This replaces the system in place under the previous ranking, where all games over the 8-year period received the exact same value.
Finally, the new ranking also recognizes the value of away wins and rewards facing and beating opponents that are higher in the ranking.
FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: "The new ranking was devised with our new calendar clearly in mind. We are pleased to offer more teams - 149 of them, compared to 91 previously - a ranking that can be updated after every window of the Qualifiers so that national teams, fans and their national federations can follow their progress on a more regular basis. Prior to the change, the rankings already proved to be among the most popular pages on FIBA.basketball and we expect there will be even more debating and conversations taking place following the implementation of this new one."
For now, the new FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, only applies to senior men's national teams and competitions. FIBA will work towards drawing up and implementing similar systems for the women's and youth (boys and girls) rankings at a later stage.
Making the list for the CBC sub-sub-zone are:
MEN Ranking
15. Puerto Rico
17. Dominican Republic
51. Virgin Islands
59. Bahamas
60. Cuba
68. Jamaica
76. Antigua 
92. British Virgin Islands
97. Barbados
100. St.Vincent and the Grenadines
109. Bermuda
110. Guyana
118. Surinam
121. Cayman Islands
143. Trinidad and Tobago
Women Ranking
14. Cuba
22. Puerto Rico
35. Virgin Islands
37. Jamaica
44. Dominican Republic

General Discussion / Steve Weeks bids T&T goodbye
« on: July 05, 2017, 07:05:32 AM »
As the US celebrates its 241st birthday today, this American diplomat gets ready for new adventures

Ray Faulk
Steve Weeks, the outgoing public affairs officer for the US Embassy in T&T, has been a strong supporter of pan—he travelled across the country to hear steelbands, big and small, in their panyards, from Skiffle to Supernovas, and was involved in providing support for the three US steelbands that came for Pan Trinbago's groundbreaking International Conference of Pan (ICP): the Pan Coalition from Maine, Mosaic Steel Orchestra in Virginia and Brooklyn Steel Orchestra.

Steve Weeks came to his post in T&T after serving in embassies in Africa and the Middle East. With a background in the arts and cultural diplomacy, Weeks quickly became entranced with the rich culture of T&T. His mission was to strengthen existing bonds between the United States and T&T.

“Trinidad is so dynamic,” notes Weeks. “Americans can learn a lot from their ingenuity and desire for creative expression.”

Weeks’ job focus was aimed particularly at the diversification of the economy, development of the creative sector, equity in education (especially for young women), and security issues. While not immediately obvious, supporting culture, for Weeks, has been part of a holistic and comprehensive approach to the security agenda for the US Embassy’s diplomatic relations.

For example, partnering with programmes offering clear opportunities for at-risk youth empowers them to succeed, which thereby makes both countries more secure. With the funding of arts initiatives very limited, Weeks approached his role as developing ongoing partnerships with programmes that fit within the State Department’s mission, promote cross-cultural understanding, and develop ongoing relationships.

In particular, his focus was on programmes that acted as “social outreach tools, helping kids learn life skills, teamwork, building resilience, and self-esteem.”

To this end, Weeks has been more directly involved with programmes that foster Trinidad’s national instrument, the steelpan, than any other diplomat in the US Embassy in recent memory.

Weeks quickly became a regular presence at concerts and performances throughout Trinidad, including at UTT, NAPA, panyards, theatre, Kaiso Café, spoken word events, film screenings, Hosay, and other cultural events. Weeks sought to understand and enjoy T&T at every level. During Carnival, he participated in everything, including going to the panyards, getting up early for Canboulay, joining Etienne Charles on the road, walking the drag and attending Panorama Finals.

Weeks has been a strong supporter of pan—he travelled across the country to hear steelbands, big and small, in their panyards, from Skiffle to Supernovas. He got involved in providing support for the three US steelbands that came for Pan Trinbago’s groundbreaking International Conference of Pan (ICP): the Pan Coalition from Maine, Mosaic Steel Orchestra in Virginia and Brooklyn Steel Orchestra.

Dr Anthony Hailey from Mosaic Steel Orchestra has returned on a couple occasions, with embassy support, to work with Cordettes Steel Orchestra in Sangre Grande to help strengthen that band’s outreach in the community and to see ways that help his work in the United States.

“I see the positive propensity of pan on a daily basis working with disadvantaged youth in Virginia,” notes Hailey.

“Sharing my experiences and working with youth in Cordettes has had very positive results.” Through Week’s work, the US Embassy has also partnered with the Bocas Literary Festival to bring American authors here, especially ones that write about issues tied to the education agendas to reach historically under-served groups. With local support, Reginald Dwayne Betts, an American writer who had himself spent time incarcerated and turned his life around, travelled throughout Trinidad conducting writer’s workshops in the T&T prison system.

Bruce Paddington, director of the T&T Film Festival, was effusive in his praise of Weeks.

“Steve has been instrumental in recognising the importance of film and film culture and supporting the involvement of the American Embassy in the TTFF.”

“He has ensured that local audiences have had the opportunity to enjoy viewing a number of excellent and often thought-provoking American films, as well as having the chance to interact with a number of the filmmakers. Steve represents the best of America and we will miss him.”

Weeks found the work of local spoken word artists like 2 Cents and Roots Foundation inspiring. The embassy helped sponsor a tour by the group Girl Be Heard, vibrant performance poets from New York City focused on addressing all kinds of issues that young women face.

Their appearance in Trinidad drew such a positive response that the State Department has since partnered with the Two Cents movement to start the Girl Be Heard T&T Team, working out of Bishop’s Centenary College.

Weeks identified a strong opportunity to help with the Youth Musical Exchange programme developed under director Kwame Ryan at the Performing Arts Academy at UTT.

This partnership has resulted in American performers and students coming to give new performance workshops and create new works with UTT faculty and students.

As part of its effort to foster economic diversity, the US State Department’s Young Leaders of America Initiative has a target interest in young entrepreneurs. Among the Trinidadians who have participated are Brian Benoit, who runs the Diego Martin Pan Academy. Other notable examples include Dierdre Lee Kin and Dingole Ltd, who received a grant for their work developing virtual and augmented reality technology. In March of 2017, Dingole Ltd released their first version of Pan Jam, a virtual reality pan museum and virtual lead tenor steelpan.

In praise of Weeks, Deidre Lee Kin says: “Steve Weeks is a person who has had a very positive impact and influence on me. Without even knowing it, he has become one of my most respected mentors. He is a genuine guy who has a good heart and is very driven to help people. He understands the real sense of community and makes it a priority to support this in any way possible.”

The premiere cross-cultural education programme of the State Department is the Fulbright programme, providing support to both American scholars to go to other countries, and scholars in other countries to travel to the US. In recent years, the Fulbright programme has supported steelpan as well as the sciences and business. Akua Leith, who is music director of the National Steel Symphony, recently completed a master’s degree at Northern Illinois University with support from Fulbright. Dr Jeannine Remy, Senior Lecture at UWI, first came to Trinidad with a Fulbright. Malika Green, who leads steelbands for the Chicago Youth Symphony, is coming to Trinidad this fall on a multi-country Fulbright to research steelpan and education. Indeed, Dr Brian Copeland, UWI’s principal, had a Fulbright early in his career. Among his work supporting culture and public affairs, Weeks has worked extensively to support the Fulbright programme in his many postings.

The US Embassy also has a special commitment to the rights of the disabled. They have helped in creating and sponsoring workshops and worked on Trinidad’s passage of the UN resolution on the rights of the disabled. Two recent Fulbright US scholars - Jayne McGuire and Marge Yonkers - have both been disability specialists. For his part, Weeks has been involved with Caitlyn Kamminga at UTT in her work with the Consortium of Disabilities Organisation (CODO) and its the annual Music Festival for Persons with Disabilities.

The US Embassy has also provided support for Caitlyn Kamminga’s River of Freedom, a multimedia musical and art presentation on the Merikens and the Company Towns in Trinidad.

Steve Weeks approaches every assignment with boundless enthusiasm. His willingness to jump in, learn and support cultural and educational programmes at every level is inspiring. He has greatly benefitted the diplomatic and cultural relations between T&T and the United States by his work the past three years.

 Ray Funk is a retired Alaskan judge and a current Fulbright scholar who is passionately devoted to calypso, pan and mas. Dr Andrew Martin is an ethnomusicologist, percussionist, pannist, and Professor of Music at Inver Hills College in St Paul, Minnesota.

Steve Weeks, the outgoing public affairs officer for the US Embassy in T&T, has been a strong supporter of pan—he travelled across the country to hear steelbands, big and small, in their panyards, from Skiffle to Supernovas, and was involved in providing support for the three US steelbands that came for Pan Trinbago's groundbreaking International Conference of Pan (ICP): the Pan Coalition from Maine, Mosaic Steel Orchestra in Virginia and Brooklyn Steel Orchestra.


Celtics guard coming to Trinidad

BOSTON CELTICS guard Avery Bradley will be in Trinidad next month for the first stop of the annual Avery Bradley Skills Academy which jumps off at the National Cycling Centre in Couva.

The Skills Academy will be held here from June 17-19 before making stops at Waltham (Massachusetts) from June 25-26, Ashland (Massachusetts) from June 28-30, his hometown in Tacoma, Washington (July 5-7) and Vancouver (August 15-17) Bradley, 26 years old, is currently embroiled in heated battle with NBA champions LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals which tipped off last night at the TD Garden in Boston.

Bradley, born in Washington, is known as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA and recently demonstrated his offensive prowess to help the Celtics beat the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The former Texas Longhorns player had a playoff career-high 29 points in Game 5 win which put them ahead 3-2. For the playoffs, Bradley is averaging 15.8 points after 13 games as he seeks to make a first ever appearane in the NBA Finals scheduled to begin June 1.

Speaking to Newsday yesterday, Ryan Alcantara, the man responsible for Bradley bringing his elite basketball camp to this country, explained how it was made possible.

“I have a relationship with Avery and he always wanted to do something here. Last year he went to Grenada with it and just through asking (him) and I was speaking to someone at Sport TT and they made it happen,” he said.

How did he befriend the Celtics defensive juggernauth? “I actually met Avery about five years ago in Grenada through his wife who is Grenadian and we became friends. He’s a real genuine and giving guy and always up for the kids and doing things (for them). He’s a real nice guy,” he said.

Alacantara is optimistic Bradley’s Skills Academy which targets young persons aged six to 16 will give a much needed boost to the sport here.

“Basketball is not a very popular sport in Trinidad and Tobago but I’m hoping it will do something for the game and bring some awareness to his brand and the Celtics brand and hopefully we could get a little more interest in basketball here. There are a lot of clubs and academies here that people don’t know much about and hopefully it could bring some awareness to them as well,” he added.

Alcantara, head of the local organising committee, explained that the participants for the Skills Academy will comprise mostly players from local clubs.

“Because it was on short notice the majority of kids will be chosen through the (local) academies and you can also register at his website,” he said.

What does he think of Bradley and the Celtics’ chances against the Cavaliers? “He’s a very great defender and they’re gonna be in a good frame of mind coming off the last two series (vs Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards) so I think it should be exciting and hopefully it doesn’t end how everyone thinks its gonna end,” he said.

For more information on the camp check http://www.nba.com/ celtics/news/pressrelease/avery- bradley-skills-academy-2017/.


General Discussion / Derek Walcott passed away
« on: March 17, 2017, 09:45:00 AM »
Nobel Laureate, #playwright and @TrinidadTheatre founder Sir #DerekWalcott has passed away. Thank you for your contributions. #RIP

Other Sports / UB wrestler Nate Rose blossoming after summer wilt
« on: January 11, 2017, 05:16:27 PM »
Bucky Gleason: UB wrestler Nate Rose blossoming after summer wilt

Rose could have been headed for a path similar to one taken by his father, a drug kingpin who was gunned down in their native Trinidad and Tobago in 2007. After being held up himself at gunpoint in high school and surviving on some of America’s meanest streets, with darkness behind him and daylight ahead, Rose nearly deserted his only sure thing.

Other Sports / Top 5 most influential people in sport under 30
« on: December 30, 2016, 02:30:54 PM »
Top 5 most influential people in sport under 30

TBL Sports Management has assessed the most influential persons in sports in Trinidad and Tobago under 30.

The researchers included Dr Vilde Menezesof Brazil and his research team from the Labgespp, a sport management and public policy laboratory based in Brazil.

Here are the names in ascending order.

5. Allan Crane (Power= Service), the most sort after Sports Photographer is a 29-year-old. Allan has taken a hobby and his love for sports and turned it into a full-time business. Every sporting event, from primary school sports to gala events to even the Olympics, this young man and his company CA Images have left their mark. The ´man behind the lens´ has been fortunate to capture most of our sports heroes both locally and internationally. His influence continued to grow in 2016 having done work for the likes of TTOC, TTFA, TT Pro league and being part of several teams and contingents that travelled through sport competing, Crane has now put himself as an essential part of any sporting event locally and internationally, more so if T&T is playing a part.

4. Thema Williams (Power= Media), her name may be synonymous with the biggest sports drama for the year 2016 but this has made her more popular than ever. The lone female in the list is 20-year-old Thema, an elite gymnast has now graced every major newspaper, been interviewed by every television station and been the talking point of every radio program. Despite her misfortune, she returned to Trinidad to a hero's welcome and saw several campaigns and movements formed in support of her. Thema has now used her time to develop her brand, get involved in several charitable events and social activities. She has now become the most sought after model for brand promotion, with carnival bands and magazines leading the charges.

3. Narada Wilson (Power= Diplomacy), a Brazil-educated Sports Executive and one of the integral The Brazil Link (TBL) Ltd. team members. Narada has negotiated some of the best contracts for Trinidadian and even South American footballers over the years. 2016 was another profitable year, with the Rio 2016 games offering the need for services in travel, education and sport. His knowledge in international sport dealings again made him one of the most sought after persons locally. After working and consulting for the World Cup 2014 Committee in Brazil, T&T’s Beach Soccer, Futsal, Women football, Pro-league, Senior Men’s National football team, he now adds the Olympic Committee. TBL continues to dominate and increase its client portfolio and Wilson is just 28-years-old.

2. Andrew Lewis (Power=Corporate), the 27-year-old, two-time Olympic Sailor makes the list again due to his corporate appeal. Andrew continues to fly the flag internationally at various sailing events. Continuously gaining the attention of large companies such as Blink/ bmobile, Republic Bank, Atlantic LNG and more recently Flow, added to constant support from the Ministry of Sport and SPORTT.  Despite suffering a near fatal accident months ago, this young man was able to return to action and participate at the Rio 2016 games and even share his story with the entire nation, making him a face that is known by all and high on the marketability list. With close to 4000 followers on Twitter, and his work with several social projects, Lewis’ reach continues to grow.

1. Keshorn Walcott (Power=Olympian), Now a double Olympic medal holder. At just 23-years-old, he was Trinidad and Tobago´s only medalist at the Rio 2016 games and continues to embody all the traits of a world-class athlete and true Olympian. Winning these prestigious medals have put Walcott in a class by himself. Countless of accolades and gifts have followed him since his glory in 2012. A lighthouse and school in his name, land and other financial rewards propelling him to being one of the most influential voices in the country, more recently shown in lending support of his fellow National athlete´s concerns with the direction of local sports. Walcott has sponsorship deals from telecommunication giant TSTT, American Stores and Nike. A social media following of over 56,000 people.

BY: Loop News

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