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Football / Should SWF be given an office in Couva?
« on: May 28, 2017, 08:47:40 AM »
As a voice of the General fan of the sport an an advocacy ' body' for the sport of football should the SWF be accorded with an office with the other governing bodies at the Ato Bolden Stadium?
How much get an official recognition and  inwhat ad hoc capacity could the SWF be part of the development and support for the sport in TNT?

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Football / A Collective Impact to support TnT Football
« on: July 26, 2015, 10:26:00 AM »
Sometimes it is  easier to be critical than to be correct

Ok we could blame - point fingers and be critical of those  who are being paid and in  charge of the direction of our football programs, but what if, just what if we were to collectively add our input  as de facto  ' scouts'  finding potential players, contacting players  encouraging participation this adding to the player pool of potential talent  for our respective teams.

As there are many TnT nationals across the globe and yuh know how we like to connect with people who know someone from somewhere inTnT or some one who haveTnT blood lines, let's put this to use and see what we could dig up in the next couple of months - this does not preclude the locals who may know of a diamond in the rough.

Iwould like to also propose that the TTFA  look for sponsors who may want to expand their brand internationally  and along with TNT affiliated Associations which exist in most large urban centres , host some' open camps'  inviting potential players for tryouts. These camps could be regional camps - where the players pay a nominal fee to participate. Imagine  camps in - Eastern USA mid -west  Southern and West. Replicate this iin Canada and the in pRts of Europe.

Or through this forum as many have been doing, people as they discover potential players, pass the names forward  with a little insight about the player.

I intend to take in a game or two of the Edmonton FC located bout four hours away- there is a player - defender Kareem Moses - incidently one of his teammates is on the Jamaican team .
Here is a brief bio ofKareem Moses - http://www.fcedmonton.com/roster/kareem-moses




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General Discussion / Are there 'False prophets'among us?
« on: July 25, 2015, 08:31:48 AM »
I am not a criminologist nor a historian nor a politician : I do not bring the lived experiences of these perspectives from which to base my observations - mine is purely speculative and thoughts I have on what I read.
Growing up in the 50's and 60's , in a village setting in Trinidad one had the experience of living and enjoying the  diverse cultural landscape. Celebrating  the Christians holy periods as well as those of the Hinus and Muslims were equally acknowledge with a reverence . Mingling and interacting among the diverse groups were relatively seamless- one knew that certain boundaries were in place yet there was a respect when it came to interactions among people and their beliefs.

In the village, people's faith were easily distinguishable and the practices of such faith were evident and clearly assocciated with  some  form of spiritual affinity. The mosque held its quiet presence of worship as the various Christian churches or gatherings. I never saw large outward signs of people coming from the mosque in grabs covering their faces or robes of clothing to what is associated with the middle eastern countries.

Then came 1990 and with the uprising, there appeared to be a transformation and a new reality of what I knew as a practitioner of Islam. The  diversification within the Muslim society took on a new apparel, the members were expanded to include people who in my lived experience were not associated with this faith. People were changing their names and I was  seeing more Cassius Clay/ Muhammed Ali clones in TnT.

While this emerging sect  was sweeping the nation in the guise of religious teachings , one wondered if this would lure more youths and people in general to a life of reverence,respect and honourable living. However, going back to 1990, if that was  the birth and infusion of this transformation then what was engendered in TNT is a far cry from the ideals one would associate with a practitioner of a faith group.

Today it is sad to read of the rising gangs and the mafia like organized warfare and guns associated with certain so called religious groups. It is sad to think that some people are using a religious sect to hide beneath the gabs to commit their nefarious acts;it is sad to see that so many are seeking refugee in the holy sanctuaries  to commit wanton criminal acts and to then justify these acts in the name of an almighty figure.

The scriptures did warn us of ' false prophets, I wonder if we have a proliferation of false  prophets walking amongst us and  corrupting the youths with false teachings- - I am not saying all this can be attributed to one sector of our society but  from my observations I cannot help but wonder  how the changes in this particular faith based group has changed the landscape of TnT-  are we under a threat or part of a worldwide conspiracy by external groups to become an Islamic state? On the other hand, the growth of this sect  could be as a result of traditional religions failure  to have an impact on people's lives. The absence of moral teachings, the lack of religious principles have given ground for groups to foster a firm stronghold in a sector of society that was looking for some cause. That cause led to a national crisis in 1990- a government 's inability to deal harshly with dissidents and acts of treasons have now engendered a crisis of  innumerable proportions.

 In my readings and observations of national crises and international crises I am fearful of how what I knew growing up and what was for me a peaceful coexistence among diverse people of faith and ethnicity has now become a complex picture of paradoxical beliefs about faith and  idolatry .

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Football / Heart of a Warrior
« on: July 16, 2015, 12:49:44 PM »
 In good faith, I am looking to create an award that    identifies and acknowledge : players, fans , coaches administrators, artists who have exemplified undying resiliency, determination, national pride and undying devotion to serve and to  do whatever it takes for the betterment , success and  promotion of our  national football programs

My first Hart of a Warrior award goes to ; the creator of. Our Soca Warriors  fighting sone - Maxinmus Dan
" I am a Soca Warrior"  inspiring uplifting- catches the spirit of what our teams are about.

Time to play this out loud!

Who is your choice- rationale

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Good to see that a. President has the " balls" to do what is right amidst alleged corruption. Wished we had one who could take decisive action like this.
POLITICS

Chile's President Bachelet asks ministers to resign
AP press
May 8 2015

In surprise announcement, President Michelle Bachelet says she will reshuffle her entire cabinet in the next few days.

President Michelle Bachelet's son has recently been involved in an alleged bank loan scandal [AP]
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has asked all her Cabinet ministers to submit their resignations while she decides who stays and who leaves in the next 72 hours.
Bachelet is faced with the lowest approval ratings of her political career, and recently acknowledged that corruption scandals have rocked her administration.
"Some hours ago I asked all of my ministers to submit their resignation," Bachelet said on Wednesday in a local Chanel 13 interview with Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, the popular host of "Sabado Gigante".
"This is the time for a Cabinet change."
Chile's corruption is among the lowest in South America. But trust in politicians and the business elite has been eroded amid a recent bank loan scandal involving Bachelet's son, as well as a campaign financing scandal involving right-wing politicians and a prominent financial company.
The recent controversy involving her family has taken a big toll on Bachelet's image, as she won the presidency last year promising to fight against Chile's inequalities.
"I think the corruption scandals are part of it, but everything points to this as being a reaction to her low popularity ratings," said Guillermo Holzman, a political science professor at the University of Valparaiso.
"The announcement, the way she does it and the surprise it caused lead us to think that this could part of a profound change."
A poll released on Wednesday shows Bachelet's approval rating at 31 percent in April, unchanged from March. That's the lowest for her current administration and her 2006-2010 presidency.
The survey was carried out by Gfk Adimark, which surveyed 1,049 people between April 7- 29. It has an error margin of 3 percentage points.

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Football / TnT In Action Game Links Thread
« on: April 11, 2015, 07:09:39 PM »
I think this could be an informative thread to
Post links of games here :


 Yohance Marshall live as Juventud Independiente takes on Isidro Metapan (table leader) : http://telesal.tv/canal-4/ or http://www.salvatruchos.com/tv

Kareem Smith live at 4 pm MST with the Switchbacks FC vs Real Monarchs:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MrH5NoH4_CY


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Jokes / Older than Dirt
« on: March 01, 2015, 11:09:03 PM »
Darn, I'm older than dirt!!L   
Someone asked the other day,,,,,,,,,,,,,
'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,'
I informed him, 'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously.Where did you eat?'
'It was a place called 'at home,' I explained!
'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work,
We sat down together at the dining room table, & if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 10. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at 11, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God. It came back on the air at about6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was & so was bread.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at5AMevery morning.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies! There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES:

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember, NOTthe ones you were told about!
Ratings at the bottom.

1. Candy cigarettes
2. Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephones
5. Newsreels before the movie
6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels!! If you had a TV!!
7. Peashooters
8. Howdy Doody
9. 45 RPM records
10. 78 rpm records
11. Hi-fi records 33 1/3 rpm
12. Metal ice trays with lever
13. Blue flashbulb
14. Cork popguns
15. Studebakers
16. Wash tub wringers
<>
If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age, &
If you remembered 11-16 = You're older than dirt !!!THAT'S ME!!!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life�.

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General Discussion / Human Mysteries
« on: March 01, 2015, 02:56:43 PM »
Ever so often,  you receive an email  that makes you stop and consider. Some are just passing fancies, whimsical humor or plain spam. I received one lately, and simply don't have the time to research its validity in terms of the assertions that it contained. Here are the so called Interesting assertions:



Human Mysteries
 
INTERESTING!!


 
Human Mysteries
The Human Body is a treasure trove of mysteries, one that still confounds doctors and scientists about the details of its working.

It's not an overstatement to say that every part of your body is a miracle.


1.       It's possible for your body to survive without a surprisingly large fraction of its internal organs.   Even if you lose your stomach, your spleen, 75% of your liver, 80% of your intestines, one kidney, one lung, and virtually every organ from your pelvic and groin area, you wouldn't be very healthy, but you would live.

2.       During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools. Actually, Saliva is more important than you realize. If your saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

3.       The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.
The egg is actually the only cell in the body that is visible by the naked eye.

4.       The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue and the hardest bone is the jawbone.

5.       Human feet have 52 bones, accounting for one quarter of all the human body's bones.

6.       Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.

7.       The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades. The reason it doesn't eat away at your stomach is that the cells of your stomach wall renew themselves so frequently that you get a new stomach lining every three to four days.

8.       The human lungs contain approximately 2,400 kilometers (1,500 mi) of airways and 300 to 500 million hollow cavities, having a total surface area of about 70 square meters, roughly  the same area as one side of a tennis court. Furthermore, if all of the capillaries that surround the lung cavities were unwound and laid end to end, they would extend for about 992 kilometers. Also, your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

9.       Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph, while coughs clock in at about 60 mph.

10.     Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

11.     Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long.

12.     Earwax production is necessary for good ear health.  It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt and even insects. It also cleans and lubricates the ear canal.

13.     Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins, who smell the same.

14.     Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. This is why one out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born

15.     A baby's head is one-quarter of its total length, but by the age of  25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. This is because people's heads grow at a much slower rate than the rest of their bodies.

16.     Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206. Some of the bones, like skull bones, get fused into each other, bringing down the total number.

17.     It's not possible to tickle yourself. This is because when you attempt to tickle yourself you are totally aware of the exact time and manner in which the tickling will occur, unlike when someone else tickles you.

18.     Less than one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. This means that two out of three people cannot see perfectly.

19.     Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. But if you are a woman, you are a better smeller than men, and will remain a better smeller throughout your life.

20.     The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.

21.     The three things pregnant women dream most of during their first trimester are frogs, worms and potted plants. Scientists have no idea why this is so, but attribute it to the growing imbalance of hormones in the body during pregnancy.

22.     The life span of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. But don't worry, you must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone.

23.     The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as an encyclopedia.
Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream, and is itself made up of 80% water. Though it interprets pain signals from the rest of the body, the brain itself cannot feel pain.

24.     The tooth is the only part of the human body that can't repair itself.

25.     Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing.

26.     By 60 years of age, 60% of men and 40% of women will snore.

27.     We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening, because during normal activities during the day, the cartilage in our knees and other areas slowly compress.

28.     The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb, even while you are sleeping. In fact, the brain is much more active at night than during the day.

29.     Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Neurons continue to grow throughout human life. Information travels at different speeds within different types of neurons.

30.     It is a fact that people who dream more often and more vividly, on an average have a higher Intelligence Quotient.

31.     The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.

32.     Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. This is true for men as well as women.

33.     There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee.

34.     A human fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.

35.     By the age of 60, most people will have lost about half their taste buds.

36.     About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home. But don't worry, a majority of these are harmless or even helpful bacteria.

37.     The colder the room you sleep in, the higher the chances are that you'll have a bad dream.

38.     Human lips have a reddish color because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin.

39.     Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute.

40.     Like fingerprints, every individual has an unique tongue print that can be used for identification.

41.     A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.

42.     It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.

43.     Humans can make do longer without food than sleep.  Provided there is water, the average human could survive a month to two months without food depending on their body fat and other factors.  Sleep deprived people, however, start experiencing radical personality and psychological changes after only a few sleepless days. The longest recorded time anyone has ever gone without sleep is 11 days, at the end of which the experimenter was awake, but stumbled over words, hallucinated and frequently forgot what he was doing.

44.     The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest blood type, A-H or Bombay blood, due to the location of its discovery, has been found in less than hundred people since it was discovered

45.     Every human spent about half an hour after being conceived, as a single cell. Shortly afterward, the cells begin rapidly dividing and begin forming the components of a tiny embryo.

46.     Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

47.     Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren't.

48.     Koalas and primates are the only animals with unique fingerprints.

49.     Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears.

50.     The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet in the air.

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Shae shame shame!! A similar refrain this time falling down upon our national basket ball teams.Out of a major championship due to allegedly lack of funding or someone not registering the teams in time!! Come now how could Haiti do it and we cannot ? I ask once more. Teams who are less of economically are being represented and once. More we are suffering the humiliation of inept governance in this sporting body as well!! Shame shame shame!!

Trinidad Guardian
T&T out CBC Basketball Championship

Andrew Gioannetti
Published:
Sunday, March 1, 2015


Teams taking part in the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Championship.
T&T basketballers (men and women) will not take part in this year’s Caribbean Basketball Championship (CBC) which runs from June 9–22 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

This, allegedly due to the National Basketball Federation of T&T’s (NBFTT) failure to register both teams by the deadline date which coincided with CBC’s 2015 Congress in Barbados on January 31. T&T, however, was represented at the congress.

The registration fee for each team in either competition is US$1,000 (TT$6000) each.

The CBC Web site reported that the draw for the competition was held in Barbados, on Sunday, February 22, with five Caribbean nations: Antigua, Barbados, the Bahamas, St Vincent and Guyana, as well as, the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands confirming their spots in both the women’s and men’s championships.

Jamaica will only compete in the women’s event, while Suriname, Cayman Islands and Bermuda will challenge the men’s tournament.

The T&T women’s team finished fourth at last year’s CBC Championship, winning two out of five matches, one of which was a one-sided 96–33 result over Guyana.

On the other hand, T&T’s men’s team, which sits second on the championship leader-board with four gold and three silver medals, will sit out its third successive CBC Championship, having last challenged the tournament in 2010, when it placed fourth.

By default, T&T’s two teams are ruled out of qualification for a spot at the Centrobasket (Mexico, Central America an Caribbean) tournament, of which three spots (men and women) are available.

The Centrobasket serves as a qualifying competition for the FIBA Americas Championship and ultimately the 2016 Summer Olympics Basketball Tournament in Brazil.

Sport

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Miss Jamaica Admits.....
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:46:27 PM »
She loves Trini.....
Cyar keep up to We...
Love the food...
Love the Carnival....
Loves SOCA!!!!!!!!!
Waiting to hook up with ah Trini Iron......... Ah he she know once she get it she cyar go back- she have tuh come back fuh more.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153074555510610&set=vb.377693645609&type=2&theater

See how nice people does be welcomed to the island.....me eh know why all the others thought we had a vendetta against them  when they got turn away.

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Where is Cro Cro ?
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:19:42 AM »
Notably absent from the Kasio scene this year is the man Cro Cro. With all the political material to chose from, and still nothing from Cro Cro? Eh eh something wrong? Is the man Sichuan? Did he get ah food to eat? Did he finally cave to the powers?

Anyone seen or heard of the man this year?

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General Discussion / Look who getting richer in TNT
« on: January 30, 2015, 07:27:03 AM »
Many governments have tried many have failed - stopping the wave of crime is no ordinary business nor do I believe is it entirely possible. Consider those who stand to profit I legitimate and in some case through illegitimate means from this flourishing business - aka criminal activities.

Lawyers - must be overworked over paid and over wealthy by now- the amount of cases to process and the money been paid to keep some people in their business must be astonishing.

Politicians- the world of politics must make for unique "bed fellows" the ideal of a person representing the best interest of the masses appears to be consulted in tangled payoff bribes promises and contracts to sustain power wealth and greed. Consider where some of  the proceeds may come from to support  election campaigns, donations and other such public relations appearance of goodwill gestures. Are politicians merely paid servants and stooges  for a business that exist outside the realms of  legitimacy?

 
Contractors -living of the fat of the  government offers- paybacks kick backs and overinflated charges to fulfill projects have possibly made billionaires to contracting firms.

These are but a few of the many who stand to profit from this business- consider the spin off industries and  the proceeds gained from these "activities" it would appear that the gains and those who stand to profit have invested too much to ensure that the business of crime continues to flourish in TNT .sadly those who dare to stand up against it are seemingly " crushed" silenced or become recipients of the proceeds thus ensuring the prolong continuance of a cancerous terminal existence beneath the veneer of what could be a tropical gem and what was once a place to call home.

The very people we entrust with governance continue to fail betray and suck the  marrows of our dream for a safe haven . Our dreams have been tarnished in a society which appears to have been allowed to transformed and morphed  by those with power privilege and status- those who either chose apparent legitimate or illegitimate means to do so.

Getting rich in TNT seems to be the focus instead of getting in right- doing  what's noble and just for the good of all is no longer idealistic notions to aspire towards. Our current reality seems to dictate that lawlessness. Corruption callous reverence for life are the norms and spoils achieving success inTnT Sad sad  to read each day of what makes the headlines and  how some people blindly follow those who are suppose to ensure justice for all. I agonize for the places all home.

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Football / What is the cost to support or run a national team or program?
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:43:59 PM »
Let's say a group of investors were willing to sponsor  one of  either the national senior teams what  approximate cost would they possibly have to incur?

Budget for at least a year- include at least 10 friendlies and tournament play leading to the Caribbean Cup or Gold Cup for example- in other words  outline a preparation plan with cost attached.

What would be the incentive and  reward for the sponsors?  Is there anyone in here who  could produce such a plan or who may know someone who could structurally outline a plan for success that would entice and be attractive for corporate TNT or foreign nationals  or foreign corporate sponsors to be willing to  support  TNT?

Conditions will apply: 
1 all expenditures   must be transparent
All personnel will be accountable for spending
All coaches must be paid
All monies must be accounted for
Keep politics out
All plans will be evaluated and measured -
A game video library will be created  as part of a Logi Analysis of the teams performance , coaching performance and management' decision making
All aspects will be reviewed quarterly -  there will be a right to recall and cease funding in the event of mismanagement misappropriation or   Underachievement or performance of any of the said personnel.

If someone could have the appropriate authorities draw up such a plan, a presentation and agreement to potential sponsorship should follow as the next step

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Football / Pay back or another political ploy?
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:46:51 PM »
In my humble opinion I cannot understand the logic of some of this government's actions. The latest  actions has to do with awarding monies owed to  some members of the 2006 Warriors. While the gesture is a noble one,  it may also serve to absolve the  one person or persons who should be accountable for the payment in the first place. The more honourable action may have been assisting the players to purge the GUI
Ty party or parties and to provide the new TTFA management team with funds that are  badly needed to move forward.  Hence today a thief or thieves  are reaping the rewards  and our current program is suffering. Why in TNT we appear to be hesitant in reeling in the so call " BIG Fishes" of corruptible actions?
 What is the real intent of appearing to be do good ears to a few while an association is scrounging trying to serve the  greater good?  Meanwhile the sport has become a " political football" with balls being hung out to dry and squeezed by seemingly no support from those who could throw a life support to those players who give so much to represent TnT. Instead money has been squandered in programs that are less that sustainable and to bogus contractors in the name of sports- utter shame and rubbish to read of what is going on.

How could these players who received another government " buy out" ever hope to continue  a battle against a TTFA without any funds to pay? It seems fruitless for the conditions. Of this payout-  what incentives do the recipients  have to continue their cas if they should win then to have to pay back the government. Ridiculous-
At the end of the day, the person or persons responsible for paying these players should be the one that should be brought to pay- not an organization without any decision making or one that had no role in the alleged misappropriation of funding back then. Could you imagine today's TTFA receiving 7. 2 million in funds?

Does this  government's action seem laudable or one deserving of an applause?

Trinidad Express

Soca Warriors collect $7.5m
chequeS in hand: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar presents a cheque to former Soca Warrior Brent Sancho yesterday at the Noor Hassanali Reception Lounge at the Parliament building. Displaying their cheques, from left, are: Avery John, David Atiba Charles, Stern John, Cyd Gray, Aurtis Whitley and Anthony Wolfe. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

Seven locally-based Soca Warriors were yesterday among the first members of the 2006 national senior men’s football team to receive a grant of TT$7.5 million promised to them by the Government.

The money presented to them by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar represented a final payment owed to the players in a “bonus” battle with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) .  The players had taken legal action against the Association, claiming that bonus funds had been promised to them by then TTFA special adviser Jack Warner during the 2006 World Cup campaign when Trinidad and Tobago qualified for its first FIFA World Cup.  The Prime Minister handed over the cheques to the players at the Parliament building, Port of Spain International Waterfront Centre. However, while the players are thankful for Government’s intervention, spokesman Brent Sancho said it no way stops their legal battle against the local football association. Among the former footballers to benefit from the payment are Sancho,  David Atiba Charles, Cyd Gray, Cornell Glen, Shaka Hislop, Avery John, Stern John, Kenwyne Jones, Kelvin Jack, Aurtis Whitley, Collin Samuel, Evans Wise and Anthony Wolfe . “We signed an agreement that stating the money we got was a gift from the Government and in no way reduces our legal battle to recoup funds raised during the 2006 World Cup campaign,” Sancho said. “We are going to meet as a group within the next week but we already have a path we would like to pursue.” At the function, Persad-Bissessar outlined the conditions under which the funds were paid. “As you are aware, in July of this year, the Government gave its commitment to pay the sum of TT$7.5 million  to the national football team. While the Government is under no legal obligation in this regard, we recognise that this payment is necessary to assist the players and to address the legitimate grievance and stress of our national football heroes,” she said.  “This payment is without prejudice to any legal rights and remedies which the players might have against the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation for the recovery of the balance of their judgment debt,” she added. “The players have now agreed to continue their legal action against the TTFA and to reimburse the Government should they recover any further monies pursuant to this judgment, and an agreement gives effect to this arrangement.” Sancho said their personal eight-year battle is over and they owed it to the nation to discover how an estimated $200 million in funds raised during the successful 2006 World Cup campaign was spent. Sancho said to date, the person or persons responsible for the loss or squander of such funds have never been made to account.


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Other Sports / TNT Netball- AFNA qualifiers a must for TnT
« on: August 24, 2014, 01:50:07 PM »
Been attending and supporting the national netball Calypso girls who are participating in the 2014 AFNA Championship Tournament which runs from Aug 19th-25th in Calgary, Canada. The top 2 teams get a spot in the Netball World Cup in August 2015. The 7 teams competing are Barbados (#9), Trinidad & Tobago (#10), Canada (#20), plus unranked Argentina, Cayman Islands, Grenada and USA.
Jamaica, ranked 4th, automatically qualified from the Americas region.

It has been fun to have an opportunity to support ones country and to see the discipline focus of our athletes and coaching staff. Very proud of this national team who does not always get the same kind of recognition as other national teams. They deserve our support and they need to know as they sacrifice  personal life to represent TnT nationals need to also show their support to the team.
The competition has been fierce even though the scores may not indicate as much. I am looking forward to the game on Monday against the other unbeaten team and arch nemesis - Barbados. Today we take on Grenada.

Live streaming, has been arranged for Monday's 16:30 game Canada v USA and 18:30 game Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago (MDT local time) at: http://www.sportscanada.tv/acac/index.php/sait-trojans

Scores to date:

TNT 68 v USA 28
TNT 59 vCanada 38
TNT 116 v Argentina 11

Follow the team on this site:

https://www.facebook.com/TrinidadTobagoNationalNetballTeam

Go TNT Go!!!!!

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General Discussion / Avoiding Unresolved BIG Issues
« on: August 14, 2014, 12:51:00 PM »
You know it is just an observation- but it appears  as a people we often times like to avoid BIG issues or we just accept things the way they are.

I mean look how some other societies deal with BIG issues- the recent killing of a teenager in the USA has been followed up with  steady protest and demand for answers.

In parts of the middle east there is constant civil strife-

At home we have  some BIG issues but is like we have no follow through to demand resolutions- we huff and puff and then is like  things just blow way and gone- people move on. Is like when yuh talk to people about  issues some respond with the proverbial' whey yuh go do' id done already' that is how it is- whey yuh go do? It almost seems defeatist and is like we throw in the towel.

Even in an online forum- THE BIG ISSUES are discussed and then people ' kill ' that thread and start some  discussion that are so remote from the vicissitudes of life in TnT - is almost like an avoidance and an escape from keeping he BIG issue on the table.

I mean could someone tell me what has become of:

-the Prisongate issue involving the AG and  members of the legal fraternity?
- the murder case  which Dana S was the chief prosecutor?
- the rest of the investigation of the Life Support Program implicating  other ministers?
- the juice can /Drug scandal?
-Dana S  murder investigation
- the killing of the army officer in the 'Hills' which the army was allegedly taking matters in their own hands?
-what happen to the minister who had two landrovers registered with same plate?
-what happen to teh police officers who allegedly tip of an investigation early in the Dana S murder investigation?
- what happen to the police officer from south who was arrested and released and now  they cyar find him after the murder of the little boy from Gasparillo?

I mean how are there so many unresolved issues and yet it seems we create more to forget about the most recent. Take for instance we just on a failing minister for the Life Support  program and BOODOO WHAP comes the Reform constitution b ill regarding elections!!!!

Just like we were on to investigating lawyers and  what I dubbed Prisongate and bram- a major legal figure savagely murdered!!!

Are these mere coincidences? or  surely we eh have organized crime in TnT? yuh mad or what this is little island TnT we talking about not a mini Columbia? nah  cyar believe it- best to avoid that issue-

You tell me people are all these issues  coincidental occurrences  or  is there ONE BIG cover up  hiding one issue from the next?

WHAT WE GO DO that is what we have come to expect in TnT- SAD SAD that we as a people doh put more pressure for accountability and public demand for answers. NO LEH WE EH MAKE IT REST- LEH WE KEEP THE FIRES BURNING FOR ANSWERS.

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Play mas for free- carnival Monday and Tuesday. Two bands highlighting the upcoming carnival:
Carnival Monday - "You Ent See"- The Greatest Quacks"  get a placard and depict any of your ministers as they try to run a ministry or government- membership in this band is free- contact 669- 5645 band leader from Morne CoCo Rd.
Carnival Tuesday- free participation  for the band " The Clowns". Once more all you need is a yellow clown suit or suit and tie and a mask  of your favourite MP-  same phone number will get you registered.

Lol have fun and experience the spirit of carnival as the intent to depict and evoke  satirical elements of society.

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General Discussion / Acting PC
« on: August 13, 2014, 12:10:30 AM »
Poop or get of the pot- what does it take to find a legitimate PC? Not another  yes man to the whims of a government but one who  has the wisdom and the backbone to take on even elected officials when wrong is wrong? How long this man acting? He deserve an oscar for his role as chief puppeteer in this appointed governance. Give this man ah medal for having to serve under tumultuous times. Who would envy that role?


Imagine in the following article this new drama is now the top priority- I thought solving the SC murder was? I thought  the juice can drug issue was a top priority was not the  armed robbery of an armoured car a top priority? The death of an army solider a top priority?

And lawd should there not be  secured facilities with signing in and signing out for weapons seized? I dread to think of what become of drugs that are seized and supposedly in a secured facility?

And what becomes of the culprits when they oops if they are caught?

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Story Updated: Aug 12, 201
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ACTING Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams said yesterday that an investigation into the disappearance of 40 guns from the Forensic Science Centre begun.

Ag COP Williams spoke to reporters following Eid ul Fitr celebrations at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain.

He said, “with regards to the stolen guns at Forensic, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has launched an investigation and as soon as we make progress with that investigation, I will let the media know.”

He added however that, “the Forensic Centre was responsible for the safe-keeping of the guns. The director of the Forensic Science Centre (FSC) is the person responsible and FSC is not a department of the Police Service.”

Williams said, “sometimes you listen to the media and it is rather unfair because everything that happens in the country it seems to be the Police Service but Forensics is under the Ministry of Justice and not part of the TTPS. It is an agency that assists the TTPS and provides a service to the TTPS.”

He added, “I don’t want to speak of the issue of how Forensics is run and I have a concern about the firearms getting out of the Forensic Science Centre into the hands of criminals and that’s where my concern will be because the Police Service is all about getting the firearms out of the hands of criminals and to see firearms which have been taken out of the hands of criminals returning to the hands of the criminal element is a major concern to me.”

He added that he saw a light at the end of the tunnel stating, “coming out of the investigation we can make recommendations for the improvement of keeping the guns safe and what can we do about security with regards to items stored at Forensics.”

The guns reportedly disappeared between 2013 and July 2014.

The Ag CoP also spoke about the May shooting death of former Independent Senator, Dana Seetahal SC.

He first chided the media for being insensitive to Seetahal’s relatives whom he assumes were tired of seeing news stories about her.

He said however, “we are doing the investigation and we believe as an organisation that we will get to the point that where we will prosecute individuals. Deputy Commissioner of Police Glen Hackett has indicated to the media that this investigation is a complex and complicated one as it involves a lot of technical issues and it will take a period of time but by marking the days 100...101...102 days (no arrest) will not change the completion of the investigation.”

He added that, “I’ve gone public to say that this investigation is the number one priority of the TTPS. It’s a difficult investigation and we are putting resources behind it and we are doing everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice. We have sourced foreign support and assistance from all the agencies who can provide resource and assistance we have extensive support so that’s why I can say we are progressing but this will not change by the tracking of the days.”


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General Discussion / What is the role of our President anyway?
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:57:01 AM »
Reading and watching all the political bungling and incompetence I am wondering how much power or what measures does the president have to revoke parliament dissolve the government and insist on a general election?

Or does he have any powers at all in terms of the constitution?
Is he simply a quasi figure head another political plant of this regime?

He seems bright enough but too soft on stances in my opinion- what purpose is served by having a president?

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Football / Have to admire...
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:26:34 PM »
Have to admire the foreign born individuals who  fall into the lime in here; particularly the ones living in TNT , contributing to the society; working in TNT and bulling  local oops buying local  LOL .

mega shout out to allyuh- despite all the cultural nuances the crime and the fact that some nationals ducked out and some eh wAnt come back allyuh living the life in TNT  SHOUT OUT to you all:
FS
Eman
Tires.ais

It have any,more? And tell we how allyuh coping with the circumstances ? What would allyuh want to bring to the football fraternity of TNT i?

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Football / Rumour has it that SWO TAKING OVER TTFA?- no joke
« on: August 04, 2014, 09:42:56 AM »
Sounds far fetched but is it really? What does it take to competently manage the TTFA?

 If you take a look at the progressive  development of  affairs of the TTFA you would think that the gatekeepers are fundamentally flawed in shredding the residual legacy of the era of its past mis managers.

The inability to generate funds and to  meet the payments of coaches ; the inability to adequately fund teams  and to develop strategic plans prior to qualifications for major tournaments remains  enigmas to our development on a global level.  There should be no way conceivable that we are finding ourselves in this financial whirls wind when  countries with economies that are suspect like Haiti and even Jamaica continue to finance their national teams with ample friendlies abroad.

When those in charge like the presiding president, who has a continuity of how thongs were managed fails to take to task the ills of the past then the problems of the past will still be an impediment to the future direction of the TTFA.in my opinion it is time that an independent objective and fresh set of governance be put in place to govern this footballing fraternity. What does it take to manage this organization? Do we have  what is takes in the SWO to take over and steer this organization in a place worthy to represent TNT?

It is apparent that there are members  from the SWO who are loyal passionate knowledgeable and dedicated to the advancement of the sport in TNT . Among us we have the leadership with the connections to governing bodies, we have those with a Legal background, we have former coaches, we have business oriented individuals, we have those who have the PR background and we have those who can communicate; we have experts on team player selections; lawd the SWO is the pinnacle for ideas and for talking success.LOL... IF YUH WANT CURRENT EXPERTISE, SEE THE swo.

Given what is and who are presently moving the present TTFA could the SWO do better?  In following the management of the TTFA one rarely hear of anyone else but Tim Kee and Sheldon Phillips so if we present a mandate of a collective and collaborative decision making body bend on doing what is right for football in this country should we not be adequate replacement to take on the management of the TTFA?  I believe that Mr. Phillips is well intended but may be in no position to enact on plans given the sad state of financial constraints from which to operate. However , what would it take to recoup the amt. of money which have been allegedly misappropriated from the coffers?

Do we know if the TTFA has:

1. An adequate scouting system in place that reviews and studio the opposing teams prior to competition?
2 is there a development program for our coaches?
3 do we have a system on place to attract and retain interest in  players abroad?
4 do we a structure that would allow us to have open camps I regions throughout the world that would discover potential talent to represent TnT?
5- do we have management / financial department to ensure funds are managed and adequately sourced out?
6 do we have Public relations team not alone person show
7 do we have a marketing strategy to promote and to reach out nationally and internationally  about our "brand"?
8 do we have strategic plans for the growth and development of a system that would build on success?
9 do we have visionary leaders who are adamant that ethical and progressive measures are needed to move us forward?
10 Do we have doers rather than talkers ? Do we have actual action rather than baseless promises?


Time to bring the election of the TTFA in a public and transparent domain; time to restore public trust and public support for the management and the direction of football in our country and time to make some bold and radical steps to eradicate the past stewardship. 

So far we have read of grandiose ideas but as a public we have never read of a strategic plan to prepare our national teams for success- the old  system of two week hastily gathering of players and camps filled with the same old boys regardless of whether players are in  shape or not are given MO of this organization. 

Time for change time for movement in a different direction and time for an independent body to effectively and efficiently manage this organization or at the very least, time to officially appoint an elected body of SWO members to a board that will hold the TTFA accountable for the direction of football in this country.( is ok the board members could work for free like everyone clim they doing or we could see if FIFA development funds for the region or each country could be deployed to a board that would be entrusted  with ensuring that this said funds are being deployed to do what it is intended to do- the players coaches and the development of the game)
IMHO

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General Discussion / Is it time for foreign intervention?
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:29:23 AM »
We as a action do seem to either have a high degree of tolerance for corruption  or a  gentle accepting hopeless  nature for our current reality. We seem to default to " what we go do"  " we all have tuh eat ah food"
It is high time we grow up and squash the shackles of seemingly  zombie like acceptance of what is swirling around us. If those who are in leadership positions are incapable of taking charge thenI think we ought to seek some external interventions.

We have an acting PC who appears dumbfounded by all that,is imploding around him- like a puppet those above him adorned him with temporary terms of office yet it was reported that reports were not submitted in time and under his watch what impact or initiatives are evident to show current tactics for combating the criminal elements? - me thinks we may have a muppet who  is no threat to the lawlessness that is happening. Instead of standing tall and presenting a zero tolerance to a perceive threat however oblique it may
Be presented , we get this dance and tip toe,response that ism entering on the semantics of " appropriate action"- we also get an image of a leader of the police running around to others to plead to them to soften their stance in carrying,out patrols- Show some leadership by putting on a suit of armour and get out there!!!!

We still have ample " big" unresolved cases:
The Sc death- juice cans with drugs- chicken with drugs- fire truck that cost millions- alleged wrong doings by ministers- enough killings and yet all the rhetoric is that we are close to solving each one - rhetoric  baseless and utter overtaxed policing that could do with some quality intervention.

Clearly the species of big fish we have in this nation is rotting from the head down. Clearly some external objective investigation of all things corrupt in TNT would do no worse than what we have now.

We like Free things we- imagine we put on a big pappy show with the SOE- bring in all kinda alleged  gang leaders and the. Set them free!!! What was the point? Intelligence gathering?

Alleged minister on tape for what looks like a social visit with friends  ding what is clearly acceptable whether one is in office or not and his boss does not see the moral or the lack of ethics Of his action- so he is fire to continue  on- as a man in Charge of a program that is affiliated with the government and in the public
eye alleged misappropriation of funds are being questioned and all these actions fails to  result in a dismissal from public office?

- How could a leader of the police force not see a reason for possible criminal activities?   Is real big fish getting away Free in TNT. We are so immersed in water that we drowning yet we eh realize how hard we treading to stay afloat- we cyar see we get desensitize to the daily killings that we placate the reality by saying" that does happen all over" is not just in TNT.

How do we stop this cycle this wave of stress on a system that is suppose to upheld the law keep us safe and protect? How do we stop the rouge elements in all sectors of our society? Is it time to call out for some actions, practices, tactics that has proven effective in curbing this tsunami of seemingly endless waves of crime in TNT.?

There appears to be this continuum that people are finding themselves in- some citizens appear to be in a stage of DENIAL. - characterize by a non admittance of our situation to be any different than elsewhere.

Stage of DEFENCE- Characterize that those in authority are doing the best they can - what more can one expect

Stage of MiNiMIZATION- it is what it is - what we go do that,is how it is - crime is evident

Stage of ACCEPTANCE- live with it
INTEGRATION- if yuh cyar beat then join in and get your food too

If this is the continuum that some people are on, then I say is time we look for external intervention to assist before we truly implode as a nation.

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General Discussion / The badjohn from 1990 back at it again
« on: July 24, 2014, 06:09:18 PM »
I continue to be appalled by anyone who commits the highest act of treason, turns around and sue the government,  builds a compound in the capital and runs around freely. Continues to act like he is an untouchable and that he still holds any government of TNT by the " balls"

If you were the leaders in charge of the police armed forces or national security, how would you react to this threat?

Imagine in today's TNT Express newspaper, he alleges:
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BAKR’S THREAT
Story Updated: Jul 23, 2014

Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr

Four days before the 24th anniversary of the attempted coup, Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr has warned “injustice” against the Muslim community by law enforcement in this country will not be tolerated. On July 27, 1990, it was Bakr who led 114 members of the Jamaat and attempted a coup d’etat against the government of Trinidad and Tobago. Forty-two insurgents stormed the Red House and took then prime minister ANR Robinson and most of his cabinet hostage. Twenty-four people were killed. Over two decades later, the raiding of a Carapo mosque and arrests of people there have angered Bakr. In a 27-second interview with Win Radio yesterday, Bakr said the unlawful detainment of people, especially in the holy month of Rama­dan will not be tolerated, and he warned acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, National Security Minister Gary Griffith and Roger Alexander, head of the North Eastern Division Task Force and host of TV6’s Beyond the Tape programme. Bakr said, “The question of coming into the mosque in Ramadan and detaining people unlawfully will not, and I repeat will not be accepted. Big man Alexander, if you think you can do whatever you want and you are not accountable to God, Mr Commissioner of Police, Mr Griffith, this is Abu Bakr, I am saying if you continue this transgression against us, we will respond appropriately, end of talk.” The clip of Bakr’s interview went viral yesterday on Facebook and other social media. Contacted last night, Williams said he preferred not to comment on Bakr’s comments as he had not heard them. Williams, however, said he had already received two calls from other media houses and also advised them he would only respond after hearing for himself what Bakr’s comments were. He said he had already contacted his public relations team and once he can gets the information and it is verified, then he will be in a position to say something. On the arrests at the mosque, Williams said: “I contacted the divisional commander who shared with me that several of those persons had arrests warrants... they were warrants to arrest them for offences which are before the court, so therefore those arrests are clearly lawful arrests. “There are other persons whom they would have detained in relation to criminal offences that we suspected they would have committed and those arrests are also lawful arrests,” he added. Williams stressed the law gives the police full authority to arrest people whom they suspect have committed criminal offences. Williams said, “The law provides, under the Criminal Law Act Chapter 10:04 Section 3, Sub-Section 4, that police officers are authorised to so do where they have reasonable suspicion of persons committing arrestable offences, and that is what they exercised.” “So what is critical having exercised that authority? The police officers need to be able to investigate, make a clear determination in a timely manner, do I have sufficient evidence to prosecute?; and if they don’t have sufficient evidence to prosecute, then they would have an obligation to release those persons,” he said. ‘Visiting CoP today’ Contacted last night for elaboration on what he meant by “appropriate action”, Bakr told the Express he will not elaborate. “I said that to Alexander, I said that to the commissioner and I said to the Minister of National Security that if they continue, this is not lawful. You lock up women, they don’t have any opportunity to change their clothes, they leave all their children unattended. What offence have they committed? “I was in the station up to five o’clock this evening and they have not been charged, they have not committed an offence. All their children have been left out of the mosque,” he said. Told the Commissioner of Police said the arrests were lawful, Bakr said he intends to visit Williams today on this. “They have to commit an offence to get arrested. What offence these women have committed when up to this time they have not been charged? What offence did these women commit? Nobody has reported. “I’ve checked in the station, there is no reward or no report that these women committed an offence from nobody, so what they lock them up and leave all the children unattended for while they praying? They don’t do that to nobody else in their churches. “I going to see the commissioner tomorrow and I going to see the Minister of National Security and I going to see Alexander since these are the men who are responsible for terrorising our women and our children. I going and see them tomorrow,” said Bakr.



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General Discussion / Bringing on the forces
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:52:13 PM »
I read with support of the latest ' bravado' actions initiated by the minister of security: is about time- I agree with this move - flush them out like the rats they are-

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By Nalinee Seelal Monday, July 7 2014



NATIONAL Security Minister Gary Griffith yesterday promised a dramatic increase in soldiers for all hot spot crime areas in a bid to reclaim this country from the hands of criminal elements.

“Every street corner and every area which we consider to be hot spot crime areas will be flooded with Defence Force officers who will be accompanied by their colleagues from the Police Service,” Griffith declared in an interview with Newsday yesterday.

There have been calls in many quarters for the Defence Force soldiers to be taken off the streets; calls which were intensified following the shooting death of Regiment Lance Corporal Kayode Thomas in John John, Laventille, on June 29.

There were claims following Thomas’ killing, soldiers began patrolling the streets on their own and were terrorising the community.

However, National Security Minister Griffith said yesterday, he has received positive feedback to the contrary.

“I want to let those persons who have been clamouring for the removal of the soldiers to know that their requests will not be entertained. In fact based on my feedback law-abiding citizens are very contented with the presence of the soldiers and police but I think the time will now come for more soldiers to be added to the patrols and this will be done within the next couple of hours,” he said last night.

Griffith added that helicopter patrols will also be added to the joint army/police patrols.

He said by this morning, citizens would wake up to the presence of more air and land patrols than ever seen before.

According to Griffith, those who have been calling for the removal of soldiers from the joint patrols were persons who were affiliated with the criminal community or those with criminal intent.

He also disclosed that the National Operations Centre will also be playing a greater role in the co-ordination of the patrols.

“I intend to utilise all aspects of national security in the fight against crime,”he assured.

The Defence Force has denied soldiers have been patrolling these areas by themselves or that they were engaged in terrorising residents.

The Defence Force, including Commanding Officer of the Regiment Colonel Rodney Smart yesterday took members of the media on a patrol in the Beverly Hills area where Lance Corporal Thomas lived.

At the Beverly Hills apartment complex last night there were army patrols visible while boys were playing a game of football. Nearby a wake was being held for Lance Corporal Thomas. A slide show of Thomas’ life was shown to residents and prayers were said for the fallen soldier. Defence Force personnel said the community welcomed their presence in the area.

Spokesman for the Police Service, Sgt Wayne Mystar said recently there was no intensification of patrols in the area. He said the Police Service and Defence Force were working together in joint army patrols.

“They go under the 24/7 patrols and they go under the Inter-Agency Task Force and we continue to collaborate with the Defence Force,” Mystar said.

On June 29, Lance Cpl Kayode Thomas was killed at Plaisance Road, John John at 11.30 pm. According to police reports, gunmen surrounded his car and opened fire. He died at the scene.

At the scene, officers recovered over 30 spent bullet casings around the soldier’s car.

The funeral service for Thomas will be held today at the Church of the Assumption, Maraval, at 10 am.

After the service, the body will be placed on the gun carriage at the intersection of Long Circular and Western Main Roads, St. James. The procession will march to the Military Cemetery, Long Circular Road, St. James, for the internment with full Military Rites.

Investigations into the murder of Thomas continue.

The National Security Minister also said that the recently formed Special Operations Group will focus primarily on gangs and officers of the SOG will be engaged in intelligence gathering.

“Time for action is now,” he assured.

The SOG, which draws resources from the various arms of National Security, deals primarily with hostage negotiations, counter terrorist activities and eliminating gang warfare.







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Camille Alleyne a Trinidadian Astronaut on two missions
POSTED ON JULY 7, 2012 BY JOHNNY RINGO IN EDUCATION & YOUTH, PERSONALITIES
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Camille Alleyne is from Trinidad and Tobago and an Aerospace Engineer who has worked and managed various space projects at NASA and the Department of Defense, for the last 16 years.

She is currently the Assistant Program Scientist for the International Space Station (ISS) and focuses her skills and knowledge on developing innovative strategies for communicating the benefits and value of the ISS.  She is also responsible for integrating all of the ISS education projects and activities, globally.

Camille holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.  She is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Camille’s love for outer space began a very tender age.  She reminisces on her curiosity for outer space by telling that from the age of 7 she would sit on the trunk of her father’s car at nights, star gazing and engaging in the wonder of space.

She was fascinated by the vastness and the awe-inspiring nature of space.  Little did she know that those moments were shaping the trajectory of her life.  The love and nurturing by her parents encouraged her pursue her natural instincts of becoming an Aerospace Engineer. She was always building and fixing things, solving problems, and solving complex problems.

Camille’s innate curiosity her supportive family laid a solid foundation for her success. She was still in college, studying aeronautical engineering, when the tragic accident of the Challenger Space Shuttle happened. It was then that she finally decided that NASA was where she wanted to spend her as an astronaut. Twenty six years later she is continuing to live her dreams and contributing to the advancement of space exploration and making a significant difference in the lives of all human beings through the efforts of space exploration.



In 2007 Camille founded a non-profit organization called the Brightest Stars Foundation, and is dedicated to the education and empowerment of young women and girls around the world to be future leaders through the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Brightest Stars Foundation has inspired and empowered many girls and young women to aspire to pursue careers in STEM. The Foundation has be working earnestly  to realize its vision of establishing the Space and Science Academy for Girls in Kenya which will be the first of a global network of specialty high schools to educate girls in scientific and technological fields.

Camille states, “My intention with my humanitarian work is to give voice to the voiceless young girls around the world through the gift of a quality, challenging education.”

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Football / Carib- Afri CUP
« on: June 13, 2014, 03:40:09 PM »
'Bout time we look at arranging a tournament that  tugs at the diaspora. Would like to see us host a tournament comprising  TnT and  another top  three Caribbean teams to take on four teams from countries in Africa.

Barring national teams, maybe the pro league  could set up a promotional tournament  where by we host three other Caribbean teams/ or club teams ( this may eliminate participation from some countries who do not have professional clubs) and four  clubs teams from countries in Africa for a tournament to kick of the new season.

Host matches in different communities and try to generate some fan interest. Thoughts?

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Football / Benefits to our players : South American football leagues
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:28:07 PM »
I wonder if the agents  for our footballers ever gave thought to marketing our players in the Mexican and South American leagues as oppose to Vietnam and India?
 
Would our players garner the same marketability in South America as oppose to Asia?
Would it be a better place for skill development and knowledge of the game?
What might the financial playoffs be like?
Since we tend to adapt styles and brands could we learn from the pace at which these South Americans play the game?

We do tend to come up against teams with similar styles in our CONCACAF playoffs- serious advantage to have experienced players who are use to this style.

FRINGE benefits:
- mating with some Brazialians. Argentinas  etc-- could produce some potentially future. "Me dad"
 :yellowcard: :rotfl:

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General Discussion / Border Rico
« on: May 28, 2014, 08:51:44 PM »
You know at times when you are in the fish bowl it is hard to  understand what it is like out of water. Tonight  I was watching  the show Border Rico - I swore it was based in Trinidad nTobago. - Drugs- gangs youths with AkS and the constant battle of the authorities to keep ahead of the narcotic trade.

Now imagine the amount of  hassle the mighty USA is getting  to keep on top of this with get it with a fleet of boats  land and air patrols patrolling the 360 miles of  border-  I mean the training and the sophisticated equipment is impressive yet they seem to be under great duress in their attempt to  infiltrate the gangs.

Is it no wonder when our forces are trying to do this on their own that our police is outmanned. What I saw in this documentary- TV show is  special combined forces collaborating to take on the criminal elements.

Now it would appear that our national minister instead of teaming up with  TV  crime buster and trying to be batman/ or Superman take a page from the Puerto Rico forces and learn from them- why not take the sports minister along; nice change of pace from Columbia!!!!! He must know Spanish by now

In all seriousness- this Caribbean Border which is manned by the USA  could be a model  of how we could take on this battle of gangs and drugs in TNT.

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General Discussion / Politics, Rhetoric, Media , Propaganda
« on: May 26, 2014, 09:20:48 AM »
It appears to me, that with each daily read of the news coming out of T&T, the tangled web of what is reported as facts and what and how news is reported, is questionable.
 I found  the reporting of events and statements by politicians over the past weekend to be very disturbing.

For example, one news paper reported that our PM, commented about ' taking out Rowley'. Is this not the type of statement we would attribute to a ; gangster' type talk? I find this totally irresponsible and below the expectations of one in such high office to be spewing such rhetoric. Imagine those youths who are looking up to her as a role model?

Today, reading another news article, a minister Macleod is reported as saying something to : , ' the enemy is growing stronger and that enemy is the PNM under Rowley'. This type of rhetoric is in my opinion either indicative of the climate now in the land, or one that will continue to propagate a war like, 'turf war' power seeking 'gangster like' mentality that is permeating the land.

 The daily mudslinging  by political foes appears to be  beyond seeking to rule for the good of a nation as  oppose to bend of keeping and maintaining POWER!!!!

When a commissioner of police could publicity imply that a citizen is to blame for threats against him, one has to wonder as to the legitimacy of leadership.

Is there a commissioning body that  is in charge of  the accountability of  media reporting? It is no secret and it is known that some newspapers are far from being objective in their coverage of political agendas. The way that political agendas and how some politicians are represented in the news are apparently done so to sway public sentiments. How objective and non bias can a newspaper be in its reporting when it is owned by a politician?

How fickle, how ignorant and how intelligent do  the media, politicians  and some leaders take the public for? Maybe they do have this opinion of the common folks given the sentimental and blinded followers that flock in masses to support leaders and a party where allegations of wrong doings  seems to be occurring on a daily basis.

Public accountability is not forthcoming nor do I believe that the media is pressing enough on the issues. Instead I think that they are feeding off the steady diet of ' Blame' this one or this party for the indiscretions of one;  instead of focusing on the indiscretions and drilling down on the perpetrators of ' wrong doing'  we get a daily  flow of rhetoric shifting blame unto someone else.

At the end of the day, I see the irresponsible  reporting, political rhetoric and the misleading propaganda as additional contributing elements to the climate of : distrust, deceit, corruption, immorality , unethical behaviour and fear  among people in TnT.
my humble opinion

p,s, why isn't the media hammering the following issues:

minister  associated with Prisongate
Minister associated with alleged indiscretions- room 201
Minister - and police commissioner  about alleged suspects in SC murder- if all yuh know the suspects what all yuh doing?
 How are the police  rouge elements  dealt with when confidential information is leaked?
How is the government doing? not how the opposition doing. The focus is on governance not a lot of noise from the other side. Come on

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General Discussion / Coup Jitters
« on: May 16, 2014, 11:17:43 PM »
‘COUP’ JITTERS
Trinidad Express

Story Updated: May 16, 2014


Rumours of a coup against the Government of Trinidad and Tobago smoked out the capital city yesterday afternoon, leading to many businesses closing early and citizens hurrying home out of fear.

Facebook, Twitter and several other social media sites “blew up” throughout the day, spreading rumours of criminal activities and even “shootouts” taking place with police officers in Port of Spain. Mass text messages were being circulated warning people to stay home after 7 p.m.

These rumours were then further fuelled by a series of events, including the fact that two mosques in the Port of Spain and St James areas had Juma’h prayers which lasted much longer than they traditionally would.

Also heightening the rumours was the fact that several businesses in Port of Spain, including the Ministry of Legal Affairs, closed early, which in turn led to a traffic gridlock out of Port of Spain, as commuters rushed home unsure of what exactly was going on.

The increased presence of police officers throughout the capital city and the use of National Security helicopters flying over Port of Spain was also observed, further adding to fears.

But were these rumours justified?

Although Minister of National Security Gary Griffith yesterday dispelled the notion of a coup in his talks with the media, senior intelligence sources told CCN yesterday that despite the “crowd control” being spun by the Government and police officials, there was indeed information the police had received a threat of a coup that was real.

Reliable sources told CCN the Cyber Crime Unit of the T&T Police Service had intercepted a digital message earlier in the day which led them to believe that discussions on a coup were being held by certain members of society, with the possible intent of bringing these discussions into fruitful action as early as last night.

Sources also said the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit and the Police Service had been placed on full alert yesterday morning. Earlier this week, TV6 ran a story raising questions of an impending coup, but this was denied by DCP Glenn Hackett.

Among those who dispelled the rumours yesterday was Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications Vasant Bharath. The minister made an official statement in the afternoon to advise there was no coup attempt against the Government.

“These malicious rumours of a coup are totally rejected and are nothing more than a theatrical attempt to create panic and alarm. There is absolutely no truth nor evidence of any security threat or breach and members of the public are assured that normal conditions prevail in the city and across the nation.

“In consultation with the Ministry of National Security, I wish to advise that the National Operations Centre has explored all avenues of information-gathering and spoken to all law-enforcement agencies and all intelligence agencies and there is no, I repeat, no information that corroborates this rumour.

“This is the second rumour of this nature that has surfaced in the last week and seems to be part of an orchestrated campaign of mischief aimed at disturbing the public peace. The Ministry of National Security will continue to align all resources to ensure the safety and security of the State and its citizens,” Bharath said.

—with reporting by Mark Bassant

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