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Football / 1994 Caribbean Cup
« on: July 13, 2019, 07:19:38 PM »
Does anyone remember this. This is amazing  ;D

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Football / Field Location
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:20:10 PM »
Anyone know where the field @ 4:34 is located? Thinking Tobago.

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Football / Carolina Morace Thread
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:47:00 PM »
New National Women's Coach

Not sure if this was posted elsewhere.

Carolina Morace has been named Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Women's program. She will be directly in charge of all Women's Program on the Island from what I heard and read.

So that one session recently was her interview or acceptance?

What women's Program do we currently have?

Football / Karamoko Dembele
« on: October 04, 2016, 06:00:30 PM »
This lad is real.

He played this week fro Celtic U20, he's 13 years old.

Watch the highlight, the #8 - Xavi - for Barca is real class and he was made to look ordinary by Dembele

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General Discussion / Creating American Politics
« on: May 26, 2015, 08:13:55 PM »

General Discussion / Baltimore, MD
« on: April 27, 2015, 02:12:21 PM »
Anyone following the protests in Baltimore resulting from the death of Freddy Gray in the custody of BPD?
Check out Twitter link goes to the #.

Football / English Work Permit Regulation
« on: March 23, 2015, 12:52:49 PM »
FA Chairman's update on England Commission

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke today outlined new proposals to change the rules governing home grown players in English football.

The recommendations are the latest in a series of initiatives identified as part of the England Commission, set up by Dyke in 2013 to look at ways of improving the chances of young English talent succeeding at the highest levels of the game.

Following FA-led discussions the Home Office has also confirmed changes to the existing work permit regulations, to ensure only the most talented non-EU players meet new criteria.

The changes to the home grown player rules as proposed by Dyke are:

  • A change in the definition of home grown player to any player, irrespective of their nationality, who has been registered with any club affiliated to The FA or Football Association of Wales (FAW) for a period of three years prior to the player’s 18th birthday (currently the definition states a home grown player has to be registered with The FA or FAW for three years before their 21st birthday).
  • A reduction in the maximum number of non-home grown players permitted in a club’s first team squad of 25 from 17 to 13, phased over four years from 2016. This would have the effect of ensuring that in a squad of 25, 12 players would have to be home grown.
  • The introduction of a requirement that at least two home grown players are also club trained players (a club trained player is defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their current club prior to their 18th birthday).

The England Commission identified four key areas which were contributing to a shortage of top quality English players breaking through to the top tier of club football. These were:

  • A lack of quality coaching.
  • An absence of quality facilities at grassroots level.
  • A lack of opportunities for home grown players to play competitive first team football between the ages of 18 and 21.
  • The regulation of the English players market’s effectiveness in preserving the desired balance of British, EU and non-EU players.

To start addressing these problems, in October 2014, The FA announced a major investment in coaching including a new head of coaching education at St. George’s Park, 35 full-time FA coach educators and a plan to drastically raise the number of Advanced Youth and Pro Licence coaching qualification holders.

The FA also announced a plan to create football hubs in 30 English cities by 2020, with a 130% increase in artificial grass pitches in urban areas and a 50% rise in publicly accessible full-size pitches.

“The FA’s duty is to create as many opportunities as possible for young home grown talent to compete at the highest level”


But Dyke believes the final part of the pipeline for young home grown talent is still broken. Today’s proposed rule changes are designed to fix this long running problem.

Young players in other leading European footballing nations are being given greater opportunities to play regular senior club football between the crucial ages of 18 and 21.

English Under-21 players are getting less than half the playing time of their German, Spanish and French equivalents across the major five European leagues.

For the 12 clubs who have played in every one of the last five Premier League seasons, the number of home grown players per squad has decreased from 11.4 to 9.4. This is exacerbated by the fact that only 62% of current home grown players are qualified to play for England.

Dyke said: “The Premier League clubs, who invest millions of pounds through their academies and the Elite Player Performance Programme (EPPP), are doing a fantastic job at developing young talent. But many of the home grown players being developed at these academies are not breaking through to play regular first team football.

“The Premier League has already recognised the problem and introduced home grown player quotas. But since those rules were introduced in 2010, the average number of home grown players in a Premier League squad has stayed largely the same and has actually decreased significantly at the 12 clubs who have been ever present in the League during that period.”

The FA will now embark on a period of consultation with all stakeholders in English football with the stated aim of introducing these changes over a phased four-season period so they are fully in force by the start of the 2019-2020 season.

Dyke added: “In 2014, just 23 English players were playing Champions League football. That compares with 78 Spanish players, 55 from Germany and even 51 from Brazil – and the numbers will only get worse. If we want to maintain a national side capable of competing against the world’s best, we need change.

“As the body responsible for all of English football, it’s The FA’s duty to create as many opportunities as possible for young home grown talent to compete at the highest level.

“This is not simply because it will increase the pool of quality players available to the England manager, but because the development of genuine, local talent is fundamental to the sustainability of our clubs and the health of our national game.

“These proposals will ensure that the letter of the law around home grown players matches the spirit in which they were first conceived. We want the whole of the English game to support these proposals.”

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Carnival 2015
« on: January 25, 2015, 03:28:59 PM »
Soca Monarch Semifinals Live from the QPS.


Football / Trinidad and Tobago WCQs
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:35:20 PM »
Within the last year and a half we have attempted to qualify for 4 World Cups and have failed. Even with 3 1/2 spots and 4 spots up for grabs we have failed to secure any World Cup Berths. In 3 of the 4 qualifiers the odds were on our side to qualify, but unfortunately we did not make those odds count.

These failures cannot be a good thing for our football. To be fair, we do not have a true history of qualifying for WCs. However, one would think, believe, hope, that our football would have improved? If it did improve, then our regional neighbors have matched or out paced us in football development.

This begs the questions:

Where, to whom, do we turn?
How do we close the gaps to be able to secure 1 out of 4 spots in a WCQ?
How to be succeed against distractions within and on the peripheral of our football?
How do we attract leaders who will accept responsibility for our football development?
How do we give our players the edge?

2013 U17 WWCQ - CONCACAF 2 spots = DNQ
2014 U20 WWCQ - CONCACAF 3 spots = DNQ
2014       WWCQ - CONCACAF 3 1/2 spots = DNQ

2015 U17 MWCQ - CONCACAF 4 spots = TBD
2015 U20 MWCQ - CONCACAF 4 spots = DNQ

*2014 MNT - Caribbean Cup Finalist - Gold Cup Qualification.*

General Discussion / Debunking Science
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:27:20 PM »
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Football / 2015 Women's World Cup - Canada
« on: December 06, 2014, 09:11:06 PM »

Football / Findley and Maund Realeased
« on: December 04, 2014, 04:10:45 PM »
Findley among 4 RSL players let go in offseason; club offers 3

SANDY—In an offseason filled with uncertainty, Real Salt Lake's roster has some clarity ahead of the 2015 season this week.

RSL announced the team has made bona fide contract offers to defenders Nat Borchers and Chris Wingert, and midfielder Cole Grossman, while releasing or failing to pick up an option on forwards Robbie Findley and Benji Lopez, and defenders Rich Balchan and Aaron Maund.

Borchers was a fixture in the RSL back line in 2014, starting all 32 of his games played and playing a team-high 2,856 minutes with the club. He had one goal on three shots on frame while locking down the defense.

The 32-year-old Wingert would begin his ninth year with RSL after coming over from the Colorado Rapids in 2007. The native of Babylon, New York, started 30 games in 2014, when he registered three assists in 2,537 minutes.

Grossman played the bulk of his minutes while filling in for Kyle Beckerman's holding midfield role during the 2014 World Cup. The 25 year old started in five of his 17 games played, quadrupling his minutes from 160 last year when he came over from the Columbus Crew.

Findley, Balchan and Maund will be eligible for the MLS Re-entry Draft, which begins Dec. 12, while Lopez—an RSL homegrown talent who spent much of 2014 on loan to Arizona United SC—will be available in the Waiver Draft on Dec. 10.

Findley had one goal in 16 appearances for RSL in 2014, a year after returning to the club following a modicum of success in England with Nottingham Forest. The 29-year-old striker had six goals in 2013 after returning to the club where he won an MLS Cup in 2009. Off-season knee surgery limited his availability in 2014, and the speedy striker was scarcely the same after the procedure.

Balchan made four appearances for RSL in 2014, including two starts with the senior team, while spending time on loan with the Carolina RailHawks. Maund started in five of his six appearances with the RSL first team, but depth at his preferred center back position hurt his chances of staying on for 2015.


Football / Thread for the Haiti WNT vs T&T WNT Game (17-Oct-2014)
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:14:38 AM »
As usual, any updates/scores, shout-outs, reports, predictions, views, etc, on the T&T WNT vs USA WNT 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship/2015 World Cup Qualifiers game at the Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL 5:30 PM CST (6:30 PM EST) on the 17th of October 2014 will be posted here, this way, we can maintain the message board and not make it look too scrappy with un-necessary or related headlines and postings on game day.

For the internet users, you can follow the game at:

Possible Online Streams.


Possible TV Station.

FOX Sports 1

Trinidad & Tobago Squad


Kimika Forbes, Tinesha Palmer.


Ayanna Russell, Rhea Belgrave, Arin King, Liana Hinds, Brianna Ryce, Khadisha Debessette, Lauren Hutchinson, Patrice Superville.


Khadidra Debessette, Maylee Attin Johnson, Janine Francois, Karyn Forbes, Anique Walker.


Mariah Shade, Dernelle Mascall, Tasha St Louis, Ahkeela Mollon, Kennya Cordner.

Coach - Randy Waldrum.

Haiti Squad


Geralda Saintilus,   Cynthia Chery   


Natacha Cajuste, Kencia Marseille, Shanna Hudson, Yvrose Gervil, Roselord Borgella, Clorene Rateau, Schmid Charles   


Dieunise Jean Baptiste,Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, Lindsay Zullo, Wisline Dolce, Woodlyne Robuste, Sindy Jeune

Generve Charles, Kimberly Boulos, Kensie Bobo, Marie Jean Pierre, Samantha Brand   

COACH - Shek Borkowski

Updates to follow as we get more info, so keep checking back.

Football / Thread for the USA WNT vs T&T WNT Game (15-Oct-2014)
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:10:57 AM »
As usual, any updates/scores, shout-outs, reports, predictions, views, etc, on the T&T WNT vs USA WNT 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship/2015 World Cup Qualifiers game at the Sporting Park Kansas City, KS 7:30 PM CST (8:30 PM EST) on the 15th of October 2014 will be posted here, this way, we can maintain the message board and not make it look too scrappy with un-necessary or related headlines and postings on game day.

For the internet users, you can follow the game at:

USWNT Twitter Feed

Possible Online Streams.

Possible TV Station.

FOX Sports 2

Trinidad & Tobago Squad


Kimika Forbes, Tinesha Palmer.


Ayanna Russell, Rhea Belgrave, Arin King, Liana Hinds, Brianna Ryce, Khadisha Debessette, Lauren Hutchinson, Patrice Superville.


Khadidra Debessette, Maylee Attin Johnson, Janine Francois, Karyn Forbes, Anique Walker.


Mariah Shade, Dernelle Mascall, Tasha St Louis, Ahkeela Mollon, Kennya Cordner.

Coach - Randy Waldrum.

United States of America Squad


Ashlyn Harris, Hope Solo.


Julie Johnston, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn.


Morgan Brian, Tobin Heath, Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe.


Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach.

Coach - Jill Ellis.

Updates to follow as we get more info, so keep checking back.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Geoffrey Holder Dies at 84
« on: October 06, 2014, 11:19:44 AM »
Geoffrey Holder, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Artist, Has Died


Geoffrey Holder, a larger-than-life presence in the worlds of movies, stage, TV, art, publishing, music, dance – even advertising – died of pneumonia Sunday, The New York Times reports. He was 84 and a resident at the Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund in Englewood, New Jersey.

Holder's imposing 6'6" frame could barely contain his many talents, and a 1975 PEOPLE profile that ran at the time he won two Tonys for his directing and costuming Broadway's groundbreaking The Wiz described him as having "a voice as deep as Othello and as smooth as Caribbean rum."

TV watchers will remember him as the pitchman for the soft drink 7-Up, which he called "the un-cola," while movie buffs will remember him as tribal chief Willie Shakespeare in the original Doctor Dolittle, the ominous Baron Samedi in the 007 caper Live and Let Die and the mystical Punjab in the 1982 musical Annie.

Holder got his first whiff of creativity while growing up the son of a salesman "with brains" in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Holder's parents encouraged him and his older equally multifaceted brother Boscoe (who became a London-based artist) to develop all their talents – as painters, singers, musicians.

Holder first came to New York in 1953 with his own folk dance company and the following year danced on Broadway in the Harold Arlen-Truman Capote musical House of Flowers. There he met dancer Carmen de Lavallade and proposed four days later – though she did not accept until she visited his apartment and, as Holder told PEOPLE with his hearty laugh, "discovered that all the paintings on the walls looked like her."

Their son Léo was born in 1957.

Actor, choreographer, director, costume designer, dancer Geoffrey Holder, in 1963

As PEOPLE also reported, Holder's lush impressionist paintings hung in the Barbados Museum and Washington's Corcoran Gallery, as well as in the homes of such luminaries as showbiz legend Lena Horne and conservative political pundit William F. Buckley.

For two years Holder was a principal dancer of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and he remained active in the world of dance, choreographing works for the Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey.

On the subject of his TV commercials, Holder remained firm, even philosophical: "I'm no snob. The commercial is an art form unto itself. After all, you are seducing people."

Friends adored him not only for his generous spirit but for his cooking. He even wrote a book on the subject, Geoffrey Holder's Caribbean Cookbook, which included tantalizing recipes for orange rice, king turtle stew, coconut chicken sigurd and salt-fish pie.

Like the man himself, totally distinctive.

Football / FIFA Club Protection Programme
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:14:26 PM »
Club Protection Programme renewed until 2018

September 28 – FIFA's ruling Executive Committee has approved the renewal of the Club Protection Programme (CPP) - the scheme designed to remove a longstanding bone of contention by compensating clubs when players they employ are injured on international duty - for a further four years.

The programme, which was first approved at the 2012 FIFA Congress in Budapest, will now cover the full 2015-18 football cycle. The overall cost is estimated at €100 million. This time, women's international 'A' matches will also be covered.

There is no indication as yet as to whether compensation terms for injured players will differ from the present scheme, which runs until 31 December 2014.

Under the original CPP, the temporary total disablement of a player hurt in an international match between 1 September 2012 and 31 December 2014 can trigger payments capped at €7.5 million per claim. The amount insured is the player's annual fixed salary, with a maximum daily amount of €20,548 for a maximum period of 365 days.

FIFA has estimated the overall cost of this initial scheme, effective for less than two-and-a-half years, as opposed to the four years of the full international football cycle, at $100 million. The actual cost to FIFA in 2012 and 2013 was $54.4 million.

Analysis of the first 80 CPP cases, contained in FIFA's 2013 financial report, showed that no less than 98% of the money paid out to that point had gone to clubs in Europe, where the vast majority of the best-paid players in the world play their club football.

Of the first €27 million in compensation, no less than €26.4 million went to European clubs, with €400,000 going to clubs in North and Central America, and €100,000 each to those in Africa and Asia.

Nothing at all had been paid at that point to clubs from Oceania or South America.

England alone was the destination of €10.4 million, or 38.5%, of the money, followed by Spain (€7.8 million) and Germany (€3.3 million).

The latest announcement means that next year's women's World Cup in Canada will be covered, though associated costs should be relatively small, given the comparatively low salaries earned by most women players.

General Discussion / USA no better than T&T
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:43:40 PM »
Watch and listen.

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Group A

Group B

Final Stage

General Discussion / Ferguson, MO
« on: August 12, 2014, 10:54:16 PM »
Anyone following this madness?

Where all the Republicans who talk about Police State and Constitutional Rights?

On Twitter #Ferguson  #MichaelBrown

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / TopShot T&T
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:37:10 PM »
Check out the videos on the channel. Quality.

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Football / FIFA U17 World Cup 2015
« on: July 29, 2014, 04:10:58 PM »
Honduras to Host CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in 2015
MIAMI (Tuesday, July 29, 2014) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced that Honduras will host next year’s CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, scheduled to kick off in February.
Two stadiums in San Pedro Sula will be the sites for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Honduras 2015, to be played from February 27 – March 14. Group stage games will be played in both the Estadio Olímpico and Estadio General Francisco Morazán, with the final rounds to be contested at the Estadio Olimpico, culminating with the final on March 14.
Honduras will welcome the region’s top youth teams back to Central America, following a successful 2013 Under-17 Championship disputed in Panama. The tournament will crown the Confederation champion at this age level, and qualify four teams to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Chile 2015.
“CONCACAF has produced some world class youth sides throughout the years, with Mexico’s under-17s lifting the World Cup twice in recent years,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb. “We’re looking forward to seeing the next champions emerge from next year’s competition in Honduras – a country passionate about its football. I’m sure this will be a great Under-17 Championship.”
The 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship will include a field of twelve teams: five from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), four from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF), and three from North America. Qualifying in the Caribbean is currently underway, while qualifying in Central America will take place in coming months.
This year, a new format favoring development and competition will be introduced to the Under-17 Championship. The twelve qualifying teams will be divided into two groups of six, to play a round-robin format on the first five match days. The resulting top team from each group will earn a direct berth to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, and a place in the championship match on the final day.
The second- and third-place teams from each group will be re-seeded into a four-team table, based on points obtained during group play. The top team from that table will play the fourth-ranked team, and the second-ranked team will face off against the third-ranked nation in a pair of one-off matches, with the winners of each of those two final-day games securing one of the two remaining tickets on offer to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
As with the recently announced CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Jamaica 2015, to be played in January, the new Under-17 Championship structure emphasizes youth development by assuring all twelve competing teams multiple high-level, competitive matches. During the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Honduras 2015, eleven match days will feature triple-header action, with 33 total games set to be contested among the finalists.
A date for the official draw will be announced in coming weeks.
Mexico is the defending CONCACAF under-17 champion, having claimed the title in Panama in 2013. Mexico won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2011, and was runner-up in 2013.
2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
Dates:        February 27 – March 14, 2015

Location:   San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Stadiums: Estadio Olímpico and Estadio General Francisco Morazán

Participating Teams: 12
Caribbean Football Union: 5 Teams
North America: 3 Teams
Central American Football Union: 4 Teams
Number of teams qualifying to the FIFA World Cup: 4
Format: The twelve (12) teams shall be divided into a group stage consisting of two (2) groups (A, B) of six (6) teams each. The group winners qualify automatically for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015. The second- and third-place teams from each group are re-seeded by group stage results, with the top team of the four facing the fourth-best team, and the second-best finisher facing the third-best. The winner of each of those two matches also advances to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.

Football / Viera Takes Team Off Field After Racial Abuse
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:12:34 PM »
Patrick Vieira walks Manchester City players off pitch after alleged racial abuse against Seko Fofana

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira took the decision to abandon their Under-21 pre-season friendly against HNK Rijeka after midfielder Seko Fofana was allegedly the victim of racial abuse.

Vieira, whose Elite Development Side are currently on a 10-day pre-season training camp in Croatia, entered the field to speak to the referee after Fofana was sent-off for lashing out at an opponent.

The former Arsenal enforcer acted, with the unilateral backing of management staff, after 19-year-old Fofana claimed he was racially abused prior to the incident.

A City club statement: ‘Manchester City’s EDS U21 game with HNK Rijeka has today been cancelled due to an alleged incident of racial abuse toward the Club’s young midfielder, Seko Fofana by a member of the opposing team.
‘Following an alleged incident in the latter stages of the first half of the game, being played in Novigrad, Croatia, a decision was taken by the management staff to withdraw the City team from the field of play and cancel the game.

‘Club representatives in Croatia and in Manchester are liaising with officials, the match organisers and the Croatian Football Association to pursue this matter further.’

HNK Rijeka, however, appear to have distanced themselves from speculation that one of their players made racist comments towards Frenchman Fofana.

A statement on their website read: ‘Manchester City coach Patrick Vieira entered the field, something was discussed with the referee, and then to the amazement of a well-filled stadium he took his team off the pitch. What are the reasons? They are known only to him.’

General Discussion / Diego Garcia
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:14:36 PM »
Was looking into the missing Malaysian airplane 777 and ran into this.

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General Discussion / Corporation are People My Friend
« on: March 26, 2014, 03:53:52 PM »
I can't see how the Supreme Court will rule in the favor of Hobby Lobby. There's no way a corporation can directly infringe on the Individual Rights of people by claiming it's religious beliefs takes precedent. Surely Individuals Rights are given greater consideration over a corporation.

Here’s what you need to know about the Hobby Lobby case

On Tuesday March 25, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, two highly anticipated cases that deal with the Affordable Care Act, religious freedom and women's access to contraception. The case won't be decided Tuesday, but we could get a clear indication of which way the justices are leaning. Here's what you need to know — and who to read — before tomorrow.

What are these cases about?

It all starts with the Affordable Care Act. The law stipulates that employers need to provide health care for their employees that covers all forms of contraception at no cost. However, some for-profit corporations have insisted they should not have to pay for all of these services — especially those that conflict with their beliefs.

The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties don't have a problem with offering insurance that covers most forms of birth control, but they aren't willing to cover emergency contraceptives — like Plan B or ella -- or IUDs. Hobby Lobby contends its "religious beliefs prohibit them from providing health coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices that end human life after conception." The question these cases are seeking to solve is whether for-profit companies have a right to exercise religious freedom under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a federal law passed in 1993 that states the “Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability." If they do, does the government have a compelling interest to override it in this instance?
There is a separate set of cases dealing with whether religiously affiliated businesses are exempt from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

How did this case make it to the Supreme Court? As CNN noted, "Three federal appeals courts around the country have struck down the contraception coverage rule, while two other appeals courts have upheld it. That 'circuit split' made the upcoming Supreme Court review almost certain." There are at least 47 cases that have been filed concerning for-profit companies and the contraception mandate.

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Football / International Champions Cup
« on: March 05, 2014, 11:23:38 AM »

Football / Pro League Teams for Pro League Players
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:40:44 PM »
Guys, in light of the recent passing of Akeem and Kevon I think that the Proleague teams need to take things into their own hands and pool their resources to take care of their own.

Each team should put a certain amount in the pot to hire a sports medical team from Canada or Australia to conduct their preseason MEDICAL, not just a physical of ALL PL Players..

Maybe they can get the MoS, MoH, MoYA involve where maybe they match the amount the PL teams come up with.

I think this will go a long way in protecting our players and even enhancing the quality of our players and the league.

What do you all think? Care to toss out some ideas?

General Discussion / The Elusive American Dream
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:27:48 AM »
“In my heart, I’m American”: One man’s immigration nightmare of broken promises

Mikhel Crichlow’s Facebook News Feed frustrates him. On it, he can see updates from all of his friends and classmates from college: their internships. Their jobs. Their lives.

“I’ve pretty much not kept in touch with anyone from college, just because it’s so embarrassing to see how far they’ve gone,” Crichlow, 28, said without bitterness. “I’m pretty much stuck at the starting line.”

Crichlow was 16 years old when he arrived in the United States from his birthplace in Trinidad. He had always envisioned studying here to become an architect, and in 2001 he thought he had his chance.

Crichlow’s mother was one of hundreds of Caribbean teachers who arrived in New York at that time. According to the Black Institute, recruiters for New York City’s Department of Education promised teachers in the Caribbean work visas, green cards and the possibility of American citizenship for themselves and their families.

Immigration law allows workers to keep their children as dependents on their visas until the age of 21. That is what Crichlow and his mother did, believing that they would receive their green cards before then. But, when that didn’t happen, Crichlow needed to obtain a student visa instead. After graduation, the visa expired and, when he was unable to find a job during the depths of the recession in 2008, he became undocumented.
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General Discussion / Bombing of Nagasaki
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:04:39 PM »
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General Discussion / Must Remember
« on: February 04, 2014, 01:44:22 PM »
Why We Must Remember Rohwer

Last week, just before the attacks in Boston, I took a pilgrimage. I traveled to Arkansas to dedicate the Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee. The town lies between two places of great sadness: Jerome internment camp to the southwest, and Rohwer camp to the northeast. Over seventy years ago, my family and I were forced from our home in Los Angeles at gunpoint by U.S. soldiers and sent to Rohwer, all because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. I was just five years old, and would spend much of my childhood behind barbed wire in that camp and, later, another in California called Tule Lake. One hundred twenty thousand other Japanese Americans from the West Coast suffered a similar fate.

I was the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony of the museum. A number of internees attended with their families, as well as about 500 people, primarily from Arkansas, along with historians from throughout the United States. After the dedication ceremony, we moved on to the actual Rohwer camp site about 20 minutes away.

Almost nothing remains where the camp once stood. We went to dedicate a historic marker, along with half a dozen audio kiosks. It was admittedly poignant to hear my own voice narrating from those kiosks about the importance of each specific site, marking ground where we had been held against our will, without charge or trial, so long ago.

One of the audio kiosks is placed just about at the site of the crude barrack that housed my family and me -- block 6, barrack 2, unit F. We were little more than numbers to our jailers, each of us given a tag to wear to camp like a piece of luggage. My tag was 12832-C.

I have memories of the nearby drainage ditch where I used to catch pollywogs that sprouted legs and eventually and magically turned into frogs. I remember the barbed wire fence nearby, beyond which lay pools of water with trees reaching out from them. We were in the swamps, you see: fetid, hot, mosquito-laden. We were isolated, far enough away from anywhere anyone would want to live.

Today, I recognize nothing. The swamp has been drained, the trees have all been chopped down. It is now just mile after mile of cotton fields. Everything I remember is gone.

The most moving of the sites is the cemetery. As a child, I never went there, yet that is the only thing that still stands from Rohwer Camp, except for a lone smokestack where the infirmary once operated. The memorial marker is a tall, crumbling concrete obelisk, in tribute to the young men who went from their barbed wire confinement to fight for America, perishing on bloody European battlefields. That day, I stood solemnly with surviving veterans who had served in the segregated all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit in all the war.

We ended the ceremony with a release of butterflies. They symbolized beauty confined, first in cocoons, then in a box, but now released, free to go and be wherever they chose.

As I write this, once again the national dialogue turns to defining our enemies, the impulse to smear whole communities or people with the actions of others still too familiar and raw. Places like the museum and Rohwer camp exist to remind us of the dangers and fallibility of our democracy, which is only as strong as the adherence to our constitutional principles renders it. People like myself and those veterans lived through that failure, and we understand how quickly cherished liberties and freedom may slip away or disappear utterly.

Places like Rohwer matter, more than seventy years later. And so, we remember.

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