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From the New York Times website:

The Man Whoís Been Taking Trinidadís Carnival on the Road
Published: March 23, 2011

Machel Montano was a teenage calypso prodigy when he discovered something that would horrify any young person: He was so not cool.

He came to that unfortunate realization after his first performances at a popular nightclub in his native Trinidad and Tobago in the late 1980s. While the crowd was rapt by other acts that covered hip-hop, R&B and reggae songs, they dismissed his homegrown tunes as old peopleís music.

Cricket Anyone / WIndies Women beat England in Twenty20 series
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:12:42 PM »
I was coming here to find out more about this but it wasn't posted so here goes:

England women suffer series loss

England's women lost their Twenty20 series against the West Indies after the hosts won the second match of the three-match series by five wickets.

Congrats to the Ladies!!!
 :beermug: :beermug: :beermug:

Football / What next??
« on: September 29, 2009, 03:17:27 AM »
So! Several years ago we embarked on a program whereby we kept a team of youngsters together from U15 on up and we've been rewarded by seeing them qualify for 2 World Cups U17 and U20. Their performances in this tournament show a definite improvement over what they did at the U17 level and we look forward to the potential that this team will add to our qualifying for the 2014 WC.

My question is: Now that we've seen the potential for success that happens when we make a commitment to developing a squad of players, who/what is next? Is there a another U15/U17 squad being prepped in the same way as this current group? Or is this a one shot and done deal?

Football / Southhampton Boss Resigns!
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:10:06 PM »
Check it out: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/southampton/7848414.stm
This is the same side dat loan out Stern because he costing too much and they wanted to go with a set of youths. Apparently the youths eh doing to good. Looking pretty and cyah score.

Poortvliet resigns as Saints boss

Southampton head coach Jan Poortvliet has resigned from his post with immediate effect.

The 53-year-old Dutchman, who played at the 1978 World Cup, had been in charge at St Mary's since taking over from Nigel Pearson last May.

Poortvliet took the decision to stand down in response to the club's poor home form - they are currently second from bottom of the Championship.

Academy director Mark Wotte has taken over from his compatriot.

His first game will be Tuesday's trip to Norwich who lie just outside the relegation zone.
Southampton, who are also struggling financially off the field, are without a fixture in the FA Cup this weekend, having been defeated by Manchester United in the third round.

Poortvliet had previously coached in his homeland with RBC Roosendaal, Den Bosch, Telstar and Helmond Sport.

I've seen the following quote in a couple of places. Most recently on the BBC website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympics/athletics/7572131.stm

Bolt seized both with ease, becoming the first man to secure the prestigious Olympic sprint double since Carl Lewis in 1984.
The 6ft 5in sprinter is also the first since compatriot Don Quarrie in 1976 to hold both sprint world records at the same time.

Now, as far as I know that wasn't the case but I figured I'd check to see if I remember things wrong. As far as I remember, in 1976 the 100m record was the 9.95 set by Jim Hines at Mexico in the 1968 Olympics. And that record stood until it was broken by Calvin Smith in the 80s. Does anybody remember something different?? Did they get the dates wrong perhaps??

Football / Toronto FC signs former French international Laurent Robert
« on: April 02, 2008, 03:12:16 PM »
Source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080402/sports/soc_toronto_robert

He usually plays left wing, so I wonder how this will affect Samuel's position with the team. Although I think I heard they've been playing Samuel on the right wing recently. Either way, I hope he can recreate some of his former glory for TFC. I did like his ability as a player and I'd wondered where he disappeared to.

Football / Swansea vs MK Dons (2nd leg)
« on: February 25, 2008, 02:51:38 PM »
Half time. 1-0 Swansea. (agg 1-1)
Scotland score a early penalty

Football / Swansea vs Milton Keynes Dons
« on: February 19, 2008, 02:11:54 PM »
Lawrence injured. Scotland not selected and Austin on de bench.
0-0 Half time

Football / Southampton vs Plymouth
« on: February 19, 2008, 02:09:33 PM »
Like everybody checking out champions league and forget 'bout de warriors today.
Stern starting. Game still 0-0.

Jokes / Feeling fine!
« on: September 06, 2007, 02:43:14 PM »

A farmer named Clyde had a car accident. In court, the trucking company's fancy lawyer was questioning Clyde. "Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine,'" asked the lawyer.

Clyde responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule, Bessie, into the..."

"I didn't ask for any details", the lawyer interrupted. "Just answer the question? Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'?

Clyde said, "Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road...."

The lawyer interrupted again and said, "Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.

By this time, the Judge was fairly interested in Clyde's answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to say about his favorite mule, Bessie."

Clyde thanked the Judge and proceeded, "Well as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting, real bad and didn't want to move.
However, I could hear ole Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident a Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear  Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road, gun in hand, looked at me, and said "How are you feeling?"

"Now what the hell would you say?"

Football / Scots to use video to beat cheats (divers)
« on: August 01, 2007, 11:52:45 AM »
It will be interesting to see the effect this has on games. Also wonder if they'll be revoking any cards issued during games for diving.

Scots to use video to beat cheats


Scottish referees will be able to use video evidence this season to punish cheating in football.

New Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith has launched a new scheme to clamp down on diving.

Referees will review match footage and, if they feel they have missed a player diving or feigning injury, they will punish them retrospectively.

The scheme will start as a pilot this weekend at the start of the new season and come into effect on 1 January.

Jokes / Terrordadians and Guyanikstans
« on: July 09, 2007, 02:52:13 PM »

See Nen Nen Late Breaking News

By Queen Macoomeh

  It was reported today, the United States has captured four
Caribbean people suspected of plotting terrorist acts against the US.
Four old men were arrested and charged with the heinous crimes. The men
hail from Guyana and Trinidad but since no one knew which island was
Guyana, the FBI concluded it must be part of Trinidad.

   After careful investigation, the US authorities revealed that
Trinidad was the new Axis of Bacchanal. US President Dasheen Bush
authorized fifty thousand troops to begin a load of Strategic Halt In
Terrorism campaign against Trinidad but on discovery of the actual size
of the twin island country, forty-nine thousand troops were forced to
wait in Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, St. Kitts, St, Vincent, Antigua,
St. Lucia, Dominica and Jamaica while the first thousand landed in

  It became apparent to the US troops immediately upon arrival
that Trinidad and Tobago was indeed expecting an invasion. The troops
arrived on what is called "J'ouvert Morning" - a fundamentalist
movement on the island. Streets were empty and all focus was on the two
areas of worship - Port of Spain and San Fernando. At Piarco - the
island's only airport, there was a lengthy delay due to the fact that
the entire personnel was in the staffroom viewing something called
'Parade of Bands". Later, the troops were asked to wait on the tarmac
while a rather disgruntled customs officer spoke at length to another
customs officer about a covert plot called

   On the local television channel a group calling themselves
"Tribe" waved vicious and obviously religiously motivated banners in
plain view of foreign television cameras. Several women were seen to
remove their masks and other clothing. Only the faces were carefully
photographed by our imbedded See Nen Nen reporters, to be matched
against known dissident profiles.

  Top CIA officials have confirmed these banners are part of the
terrorist underground language in Trinidad. In fact, most of the natives
of this South American island speak a version of Arabic predicated on
the word "eh". When asked to comment on the grievous situation facing
the country, most interviewed replied "eh".

   Steeped resistance was met in various parts of the capital of
Port of Spain. Once troops were able to navigate a treacherous land pass
called Lady Young Road, they were met by a riotous band of rebels
calling themselves "Island People" - a known group of dissidents. US
troops were unable to subdue this elite group of highly trained militia.
The troops were sprayed with a toxic liquid locally made called
"babash". It caused disorientation and almost an entire regiment was
infected. Another unfamiliar weapon was called "wine" but not the
alcohol kind. This was a particularly devious weapon favoured by the
female militia and was wrought on each of the US troops by two females
at once while the male militia shouted - and I quote - "YOU GO KILL DE
MAN WID DAT WINE!" - obviously more death code.
  Other of the US troops stumbled upon what seems to be the
noocoola region behind the unrest in this previously unknown island. It
has come to this reporter's attention that troops arrived in an area
called La Vanty. Several troops were lost in La Vanty. Troops would head
into the alleys and hilly streets and not return. It is assumed they
have been captured by the La Vantians. Frightening shouts of "PLATOW! AH
KETCH ONE!" could be heard intermittently throughout the blood thirsty
area. More troops were lost in a maze known as Diamond Vale. No bodies
have yet been recovered. Other troops were captured. A group calling
themselves 'Borokeets" have taken responsibility.

  The insurgents there are a force to be reckoned with. One such
trained sniper was overheard reporting to his superiors on the Digicell
military based cellphone that he had "Flimmed de whole ting!" Our expert
sources at the CIA revealed that 'flimming' is a highly developed form
of warfare taught at terrorist training camps all over Trinidad. It was
deduced 'ting' is similar to 'ent' and are both noun and verb and
possibly diphthong.

Other Weapons of Mas Destruction were found scattered around the
island after two days of intense fighting ended on Ash Wednesday.

  President Dasheen Bush has issued a stern warning to the Prime
Minister of Trinidad and Tobago that further resistance will not be
tolerated. The Prime Minister was unavailable for comment. Sources say
he was last seen shopping in Flatbush, New York.

  The US also revealed that an undercover agent named Akon had been planted
in Trinidad several weeks prior and infiltrated a hideout
called Zen. There, Agent Akon was able to thoroughly examine the youth
movement of terrorism closely. His findings are documented in the
SorryMyArse Report. This hideout was also the scene at which
fundamentalist leader LookAbu Bu Dey Montano was caught on tape training
other youths in the art of "Jumbie". One such training session ended in
serious injury to a cadet. Montano has taken his training techniques to
Toronto and New York where terrorist cells are said to exist. It is
reported a large meeting will be held in Toronto under the code name

   It is not known at present how long it will take the US to get
to the bottom of this serious upheaval. The four men arrested are
awaiting sentencing after their Milo and nap. Investigators had been
following these men for several months. Informants were planted at many
of their meetings, cleverly disguised as "All Fours Night", apparently
another code developed by these masterminds.

  On the night of their arrest they were found with all the
supplies for a terrorist attack - english potato, corn, ground
provisions, saltmeat and coconut milk. They defiantly claimed this to be
a fatal concoction known as 'pelau'.

  We will keep you posted as things develop in Trinidad. The
entire Caribbean region is at risk of being invaded if things are not
settled there. US Secretary of State Peas N Rice has agreed to meet with
a contingent of ambassadors from the island led by Trinidad's Protocol
Minister Destra Garcia and Minister of Titular Affairs, Denise Belfon.

  We will have that outcome for you as soon as the meetings are

  This is Queen Macoomeh for See Nen Nen News

General Discussion / Vancouver
« on: March 14, 2007, 01:19:07 AM »
Heading out that way this Friday for a week. Anybody know where ah could get some good food? Roti, bake & saltfish, pelau, etc.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Casablanca 1812 Overture
« on: January 08, 2007, 11:37:31 AM »
Hey Folks,

Ah looking fuh a recording of Casablanca steelband rendition of the 1812 Overture from Pan Festival (ah tink it was in '82). They won the competition that year. Does anybody know if it's on an album that I can pick up somewhere? I'd prefer a CD version but cassette tape will do in a pinch.


Football / U.S. soccer targets Eriksson for coach's job
« on: September 15, 2006, 11:24:35 AM »
Just saw this:

U.S. soccer targets ex-England coach for job
Eriksson meets with Team USA officials about replacing Arena

Former English national team coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is the latest candidate for the head U.S. soccer job.

Officials have spoken to the Swede, who resigned as Englandís coach after the World Cup, the New York Times reported. Eriksson made $5 million as the English coach, a figure that the U.S. soccer federation probably wonít be able to match, the paper reported.

Heís the latest in a long line of coaches rumored to be replacing Bruce Arena, whose eight-year tenure ended with his resignation after the World Cup.

U.S. officials also have contacted former German national coach Jurgen Klinsmaan and ex-Argentine coach Jose Pekerman.

Just saw this in the Guardian Unlimited sports pages.

U.S. sprinter Jenkins fails drugs test - newspaper
By Gene Cherry

RALEIGH, North Carolina, Aug 24 (Reuters) - American sprinter LaTasha Jenkins has failed a drugs test, the Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site on Thursday.

Her "A" sample from an in-competition test in late July was found to contain traces of the anabolic steroid nandrolone, the newspaper said quoting unnamed sources.

Jenkins, the 2001 world indoor silver medallist at 200 metres, could not be reached for comment but her coach Trevor Graham denied the Tribune report.

"That is not true," Graham told Reuters by telephone.

Jenkins, 28, has experienced knee problems recently and had flown home to Raleigh from Europe, said Graham.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and USA Track & Field (USATF) would not comment on the report.

The Tribune said Jenkins was the 11th athlete who is now coached or was previously coached by Graham to test positive.

The group includes Olympic 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin and former Olympic triple gold medallist Marion Jones.

Gatlin announced last month he had tested positive for the male sex hormone testosterone or its precursors. The joint 100 metres world record holder was banned for up to eight years on Tuesday after agreeing that his positive test constituted a doping violation.

Jones, who won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, failed a drugs test for the banned blood-boosting drug erythropoietin (EPO) at the U.S. championships in June.

Gatlin and Jones have denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Graham has denied providing banned substances to his athletes. He is being investigated by the IAAF and USADA, the IAAF has said.

He has also been banned by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) from using its facilities because of the number of doping offences or positive tests by his athletes.

Football / FIFA ponders squad deadline delay
« on: March 01, 2006, 09:22:24 AM »
Found this on the BBC website.

FIFA ponders squad deadline delay  

FIFA could delay the deadline for World Cup squad selections following objections from England and Germany.

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and Germany counterpart Jurgen Klinsmann have led the call for extra time before announcing their squads.

The present 15 May deadline falls before England's final warm-up games, and Eriksson and Klinsmann will raise the matter at a Fifa workshop.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: "The matter is not ruled out."

England coach Eriksson claims he also has the backing of Holland boss Marco van Basten in a request to push the date back closer to the opening of the World Cup on 9 June.

The current deadline is more than three weeks before England's opener against Paraguay but also falls before the Champions League final.

England's last two warm-up matches before Eriksson names his 23-man party are against Hungary and Jamaica.

Eriksson said ahead of England's friendly with Uruguay: "The date is too early and I know a lot of other coaches are not happy with it.

"We will bring it up at the coaches workshop and I'm confident it will be changed."


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