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General Discussion / Horse Meat, Yum.....
« on: February 08, 2013, 05:00:28 PM »

Findus Beef Lasagne Meals 100% Horsemeat

Firms are ordered to test their beef products, as the Food Standards Agency warns criminal activity may be behind contaminations.5:26am UK, Friday 08 February 2013

The food industry must make sure that when shoppers buy something, it is exactly what it says on the label, says Andrew Rhodes, from the Food Standards Agency.

Tests on Findus beef lasagne have revealed that some of the ready meals were made entirely from horsemeat.

Findus analysed 18 of its beef lasagne products and found 11 meals contained between 60% and 100% horsemeat, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

There is no evidence to suggest the horsemeat found in the Findus beef lasagne is a food safety risk, the FSA said.

However, the agency has ordered urgent tests on the lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone. Meat from animals treated with "bute" is not allowed to enter the food chain in Britain as it may pose a risk to human health.

All food companies have been told to test their beef products, with the FSA saying it was "highly likely" that criminal activity was to blame for the contamination.

Consumers who have purchased the ready meals - produced by French food supplier Comigel on behalf of Findus - have been advised by the FSA not to eat them and return them to the shop they were bought from.

Retail giant Tesco and discount chain Aldi have already withdrawn a range of ready meals produced by Comigel over fears they contained contaminated meat.

Findus UK has already started a full recall of its lasagne products. It withdrew its 320g, 360g and 500g lasagne meals from supermarket shelves as a precautionary measure earlier this week.

It came after Comigel alerted Findus and Aldi that their products "do not conform to specification".

It advised them to remove Findus beef lasagne and Aldi's Today's Special frozen beef lasagne and Today's Special frozen spaghetti bolognese.

Shoppers who have bought the product can get a full refund, says Findus
Findus UK apologised to customers "for any inconvenience caused" - and said anyone who bought the affected lasagne products could get a full refund.

A spokesman said: "We understand this is a very sensitive subject for consumers and we would like to reassure you we have reacted immediately. We do not believe this to be a food safety issue.

"We are confident that we have fully resolved this supply chain issue. Fully compliant beef lasagne will be in stores again soon."

Tesco also decided to withdraw its Everyday Value spaghetti bolognese, which is produced at the same Comigel site.

A Tesco spokesman said: "We are aware of the results of the Findus tests and we will of course assist Findus with their recall process.

"Tests on our frozen Everyday Value spaghetti bolognese product are ongoing under our new DNA testing programme. We will inform our customers of the results as soon as possible."

The FSA, Defra and the Department of Health are working with businesses and trade bodies to enforce food safety and assess whether there are significant levels of improperly described meat in a whole series of processed beef products in the UK, including supplies to schools and hospitals.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: "The presence of unauthorised ingredients cannot be tolerated ... the responsibility and for the safety and authenticity of food lies with those who produce it, and who sell or provide it to the final consumer."

Labour has accused ministers of being "asleep on the job" and has called for a police investigation into what it believes is fraud.

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said she was "shocked and appalled" by the latest revelations.

She told Sky News: "The time has come for government ministers to pull their heads out of the sand and to take some swift action.

"We have had three weeks of damaging revelations about what is happening in the meat industry ... there is evidence that criminal gangs are involved in this, and frankly I cannot believe that the Government hasn't called in the police to investigate this in the UK.

"I don't see how we get to the bottom of it without getting in specialist teams and working out who is behind this fraud and why it is happening."

People must have confidence that the food they buy is properly labelled, legal and safe to eat, she added.

Anyone who has purchased a Findus beef lasagne can call the firm's UK customer care line on 0800 132584, those in the Republic of Ireland, 1800 800500, or email careline@findus.co.uk for a full refund.

British schools and hospitals could be at risk in new horse meat fears


Alert ... food firm's pasta dish
By STEVE HAWKES, Business Editor
Last Updated: 08th February 2013
DOWNING Street today said that they cannot rule out that horse meat has been served to millions of school pupils and hospital patients.
It emerged last night that beef lasagne meals sold by fast food giants Findus were up to 99 per cent horse.

Chain ... Findus's beef lasagne was bought from
the same French meat supplier which provided
Tesco's withdrawn Value Spaghetti Bolognese.
Aldi has also pulled products from Comigel,
based in Metz, north east France
The food giant has now been ordered to test the dishes for a cancer-causing painkiller used by vets.
Today a spokesman for Findus said they received notification on SATURDAY that their products may contain horsemeat.
The company issued a full product recall on Monday before DNA testing on Wednesday confirmed horsemeat was in their products.
Findus today reiterated its apology over some of its beef lasagne products containing horse meat.
The company said it was “sorry that we have let people down”.
Ministers were rapped over the scandal and customers warned to take meals back to shops.
Downing Street described the latest incident as “distasteful” but stressed there was no evidence of a health risk and urged consumers to follow the FSA advice.
A Number 10 spokeswoman said the matter appeared to involve “acts of criminality” which were being investigated by the police, including officers from the UK.
She could not say, however, whether any tests had been done on school dinners, hospital and prison meals or other state-provided food.
Pressed repeatedly on the issue at a daily briefing for Westminster journalists, she said: “We have a regulatory regime in place and we have bodies that are there to enforce them and there is clearly a responsibility on retailers as well.
“The FSA are looking at this issue. There are routine tests carried out but it is really up to retailers to ensure that what they are selling to people who cook food for other people to consume is what it is on the label.”
She told reporters: “It looks like there have been acts of criminality, which is why the police are involved.”
Asked if that included UK officers, she said: “They are involved."
Findus last night admitted it had no idea how LONG the products had been on sale or how MANY families had bought them.
Tests on 18 sample meals found 11 were at least 60 per cent horse while one was virtually nothing but. The findings — which raised the spectre of human food being contaminated with vets’ drugs — are a major humiliation for the Government.
Labour shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh accused it of being “complacent” over the scandal’s scale and whether fraud was involved.
She said: “British ministers are asleep on the job. This is no longer just a food safety issue but possibly an international criminal trade.”
Red-faced officials at the Food Standards Agency have urged families who bought the ready meals to take them back to shops unopened.
And they ordered Findus to check whether the lasagne contained phenylbutazone — an animal painkiller linked to harmful effects, including potentially causing cancer, in humans.
Findus only admitted a problem with the meals after The Sun reported it had recalled them.
The dishes affected are all frozen Findus Beef Lasagne, 320g, 360g and 500g sizes.
A spokesman said: “Samples were taken from a variety of products. Some samples were as low as 5 per cent and one was 99 per cent.”
The products were bought from Comigel, a French meat supplier.
Tesco has withdrawn an Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese bought from the same source in Metz, north east France.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4784465/Findus-beef-lasagne-up-to-99-horse-tests-show.html#ixzz2KLqEz1zS

Ah ketch some fish today, all yuh brits want some? Frico leh meh hear yuh, fish and chips....

General Discussion / The Richest Man in History
« on: October 16, 2012, 09:32:40 PM »

Meet Mansa Musa I of Mali – the richest human being in all history
A new study has produced an inflation-adjusted list of the richest people of all time.

When we think of the world’s all-time richest people, names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and John D Rockefeller immediately come to mind.

But few would have thought, or even heard of, Mansa Musa I of Mali – the obscure 14th century African king who was today named the richest person in all history.

With an inflation adjusted fortune of $400 billion, Mansa Musa I would have been considerably richer than the world’s current richest man, Carlos Slim, who ranks in 22nd place with a relatively paltry $68 billion.

The list, compiled by the Celebrity Net Worth website, ranks the world’s 24 richest people of all time. The list advertises itself as the top 25, but only 24 names appear in the list.

Although the list spans 1000 years, some aspects of wealth appear consistent throughout history; there are no women on the list, only three members are alive today, and 14 of the top 25 are American.

The list uses the annual 2199.6 per cent rate of inflation to adjust historic fortunes – a formula that means $100 million in 1913 would be equal to £2.299.63 billion today.

Mansa Musa I ruled West Africa’s Malian Empire in the early 1300s, making his fortune by exploiting his country’s salt and gold production. Many mosques he built as a young man still stand today.

After Mansa Musa I death in 1331, however, his heirs were unable to hang on to the fortune, and it was substantially depleted by civil wars and invading armies.

Second on the list are the Rothschild family, whose descendants are still among the richest people on the planet. Starting out in banking in the late 18th Century, Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s finance house accumulated a total wealth of $350 billion. The money has since been divided between hundreds of descendants, many of whom are business leaders today.

Meanwhile John D. Rockefeller, third on the list, is the richest American to have ever lived, worth $340billion in today's USD at the time of his death in 1937.

In comparison, the poorest man on the list is 82-year-old Warren Buffett, who at his peak net worth, before he started giving his fortune to charity, was $64billion.

Here’s the full list of the ‘24 richest people of all time’:

1. Mansa Musa I, (Ruler of Malian Empire, 1280-1331) $400 billion

2. Rothschild Family (banking dynasty, 1740- ) $350 billion

3. John D Rockefeller (industrialist, 1839-1937) $340 billion

4. Andrew Carnegie (industrialist, 1835-1919) $310 billion

5. Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (last Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918) $300 billion

6. Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII (last ruler of Hyderabad, 1886-1967) $236 billion

7. William the Conqueror (King of England, 1028-1087) $229.5 billion

8. Muammar Gaddafi (former Libyan leader, 1942-2011) $200 billion

9. Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company founder, 1863-1947) $199 billion

10. Cornelius Vanderbilt (industrialist, 1794-1877) $185 billion

11. Alan Rufus (Fighting companion of William the Conqueror, 1040-1093) $178.65

12. Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft, 1955- ) $136 billion

13. William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey (Norman nobleman, ??-1088) $146.13 billion

14. John Jacob Astor (businessman, 1864-1912) $121 billion

15. Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel (English nobleman, 1306-1376) £118.6 billion

16. John of Gaunt (son of Edward III, 1330-1399) £110 billion

17. Stephen Girard (shipping and banking mogul, 1750-1831) $105 billion

18. Alexander Turney Stewart (entrepreneur, 1803-1876) $90 billion

19. Henry, 1st Duke of Lancaster (English noble, 1310-1361) $85.1 billion

20. Friedrich Weyerhaeuser (timber mogul, 1834-1914) $80 billion

21. Jay Gould (railroad tycoon, 1836-1892) $71 billion

20. Carlos Slim (business magnate, 1940- ) $68 billion

21. Stephen Van Rensselaer (land owner, 1764- 1839) $68 billion

22. Marshall Field (Marshall Field & Company founder, 1834-1906) $66 billion

23. Sam Walton (Walmart founder, 1918-1992) $65billion

24. Warren Buffett (investor, 1930- ) $64billion

Football / End of the Year Awards.
« on: December 15, 2011, 11:51:11 AM »
Are we gonna have the end of the year awards this year?

General Discussion / Meh dream boat
« on: October 05, 2011, 02:45:45 PM »

Chevrolet Corvette turns into speedboat with $1.7 million price tag
By Mike Wehner, Tecca | Today in Tech – 4 hrs ago

Custom boat features leather seats, Apple TV, a wifi hotspot
Seeing a Chevy Corvette tearing up a freeway is a common site all over the United States, but we never thought we'd see one riding the waves. Performance boat manufacturer Marine Technology, Inc. wanted to change that, and the result is an insanely powerful aquatic speed demon called the ZR48 — a boat that boasts neck-snapping speeds and a massive price tag.
Built using parts from a genuine Corvette ZR1, the ZR48 oozes style. Its sleek body lines are undeniably auto-inspired, and great touches like genuine taillights and Corvette badges make it a treat to look at. The boat's body is built out of lightweight carbon fiber, which is as strong as metal but much lighter.

ZR48 cockpit is pure Corvette
But it's not just the outside that will appeal to Chevy diehards, the interior has been given and equally stunning treatment. After entering through custom gull wing doors, the driver is treated to a true Corvette cockpit, complete with an original shifter and steering wheel. Leather and suede seating provides room for six, and a 8,000 watt sound system ensures that the party never stops.
If you feel like enjoying some quality programming while cruising the open sea, you can switch on the built-in LCD displays which come complete with Apple TV and a mobile wifi hotspot. iPad owners get additional treatment with a custom dock and charging station. The accessories alone are powered by a standalone Fischer diesel motor. The ZR48 has just as much "go" as it has show, and a pair of 1,350 horsepower, twin-turbo Mercury Racing engines deliver speed on demand.

ZR48 and custom trailer
The 48-foot monster boat comes with a special, tricked-out trailer to suit its extra wide stance. The transporter features a total of 5 TVs, a DVD player, LED display lighting, and matching paint scheme. In transit, the boat is situated sideways on the trailer to avoid the need for special highway permits.
As you may have guessed, the customer nature of the ZR48 and its luxurious touches demand top dollar, and a price of no less than $1.7 million is being asked. The one-of-a-kind boat will undoubtedly make you the star of whatever marina you frequent, and wealthy Corvette fans will surely find its charm hard to resist.

General Discussion / Cherokees expel descendants of slaves from tribe
« on: September 09, 2011, 07:17:14 PM »
Cherokees expel descendants of slaves from tribe
By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS - Associated Press | AP – 2 hrs 53 mins ago

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — One of the nation's largest American Indian tribes has sent letters to about 2,800 descendants of slaves once owned by its members, revoking their citizenship and cutting their medical care, food stipends, low-income homeowners' assistance and other services.
The Cherokee Nation acted this week after its Supreme Court upheld the results of a 2007 special vote to amend the Cherokee constitution and remove the slaves' descendants and other non-Indians from tribal rolls. The 300,000-member tribe is the biggest in Oklahoma, although many of its members live elsewhere.
Olive Anderson, 70, of Kansas City, Mo., called the letter she received "a slap in the face."
"It tears me up to think they can attack my ancestors," Anderson said.
The tribe never owned black slaves, but some individual members did. They were freed after the Civil War, in which the tribe allied with the Confederacy. An 1866 treaty between the tribe and the federal government gave the freedmen and their descendants "all the rights of native Cherokees."
But more than 76 percent of Cherokee voters approved the amendment stripping the descendants of their citizenship. Tribal leaders who backed the amendment, including then-Principal Chief Chad Smith, said the vote was about the fundamental right of every government to determine its citizens, not about racial exclusion.
The freedmen's descendants disagree.
"It's a red man, black man issue just like it's a white man, black man issue," said Raymond Nash, 64, of Nowata. "It's embarrassing, really. It should have been over a long time ago."
Along with losing services, Nash and other descendants of freedmen won't be able to vote in the hotly contested Sept. 24 election for principal chief that pits Smith against longtime tribal councilman Bill John Baker. The election is being held after the tribe's Supreme Court tossed out the results of a June election, saying it could not determine with a mathematical certainty who won. The results had flip-flopped between the two during weeks of counts and recounts. Baker had twice been declared winner, but so had Smith.
"This definitely is a setback for our freedmen people because we were all eager to vote in the upcoming election," said Marilyn Vann, president of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes. "The attitude is more like, 'We can't put them in chains, so we'll do anything we can to take away their rights.' It's a matter of racism and politics."
Smith has supported the results of the 2007 voter-approved amendment.
"I've consistently supported the Cherokee Nation's right to determine their own national identity," he said Friday. "Cherokees say this: We don't care what you look like, as long as you've got Cherokee blood. It's about identity and self-governance."
Baker hasn't explicitly said he supports the amendment and the expulsion of the freedmen, but he issued a statement saying, "I respect the decision of the Cherokee people and believe fully in our right to self-govern."
After Cherokee Supreme Court upheld the 2007 vote on Aug. 22, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development temporarily froze $33 million in funds while it studies the issue. Federal lawmakers who believe the amendment violated the freedmen's civil rights had lobbied federal agencies to cut funding to the tribe.
Joe Crittenden, who is serving as acting principal chief until the new election is held, said the tribe, which has a $600 million budget, has enough money to carry it for "a few months" without cutting HUD-related services or jobs.
Crittenden said Cherokee leaders have been having weekly conversations with the local and regional HUD offices.
"We are confident that future federal funding will continue once the issues are resolved," he said.
HUD referred questions to its local office, which did not respond to messages left by The Associated Press.

General Discussion / 2 Times in 1 Year: Kamla and the Economist.
« on: September 07, 2011, 11:24:20 AM »
Crime in Trinidad
Taking on the gangs
Emergency treatment
Aug 27th 2011 | PORT OF SPAIN | from the print edition


STREET life in St James, a suburb of Port of Spain, Trinidad’s capital, that likes to call itself the “city that never sleeps”, normally blasts on until the early hours. But now all is deathly quiet. Customers and staff scuttle home early to beat a 9pm curfew that started on August 21st in Port of Spain and three other towns as part of a nationwide state of emergency imposed by Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

The aim of the emergency, which grants special powers to the police and army, is to try to break the island’s violent criminal gangs. Most Trinidadians support the measure. “Long overdue”, says Ken Gordon, a businessman who chaired a crime task-force for a former government. The four days preceding the announcement saw 11 killings, in a country of just 1.3m people. The murder rate last year was 36 per 100,000, around seven times that in the United States. Recent drug busts raised fears of more deadly turf battles.

Jamaica, with a worse gang problem, imposed a similar emergency for two months from May 2010. Gunmen in the capital, Kingston, had attacked police stations in support of their leader, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was wanted in the United States on drug charges. Police and troops stormed his Tivoli Gardens stronghold, leading to 73 civilian deaths. Mr Coke was arrested a month later, and now awaits trial in New York. A bevy of suspected criminals was detained. The murder rate fell by more than 40%, and has stayed down.

Nobody expects such drama in Trinidad. Two young thugs were shot dead during an armed robbery on August 22nd. But there is no kingpin on the “most wanted” posters. The curfew will doubtless cut the murder rate, but it was slowly coming down anyway. If arsenals of illegal guns are seized and hard-core gangsters are charged and convicted, there will be a longer-term dividend. But that requires intelligence and unusual determination from a police force that is in sullen mood over a pay claim and the appointment of a Canadian as police commissioner last year.

The previous prime minister resisted calls for a state of emergency because he worried this might scare investors when the economy was booming. Now it is struggling to recover from the recession. Mrs Persad-Bissessar reckons that leaving the gangs unchecked would be costlier.

Football / I'm officially a Fulham fan
« on: April 03, 2011, 03:53:38 PM »

Long Live the King of POP.... :beermug:

Fulham owner unveils Michael Jackson statue, gives fans ultimatum
By Brooks Peck

"What are you going to do about it?"
When Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed first announced that he was going to have a statue built to honor his friend Michael Jackson and placed outside Craven Cottage, many people thought it was a joke while others wondered what business a statue of the dead singer had at a Premier League stadium.
Well, the former Harrods proprietor followed through on his promise. And on Sunday, before Fulham's match against Blackpool at the quaint little London ground that first opened in 1896, he unveiled the statue to excited fans of the singer and confused fans of Fulham. Al Fayed then danced with children and made it clear that if anyone doesn't like the statue, he doesn't really care.
From the AP:
"Why is it bizarre?" he said. "Football fans love it. If some stupid fans don't understand and appreciate such a gift, they can go to hell.
"I don't want them to be fans. If they don't understand and don't believe in things I believe in, they can go to Chelsea, they can go to anywhere else."
How sweet. Any Fulham fan upset that a statue was built to honor a man who attended one match with Al Fayed in 1999 instead of a legendary player or someone with an actual association to the sport might want to reconsider their anger, though. After the statue was unveiled, Fulham went on to beat Blackpool 3-0. So, clearly, the odd presence of the King of Pop isn't hurting their results.
A close-up of the awkwardly posed, over-sized action figure statue right this way...

General Discussion / VCU's Shaka Smart
« on: March 28, 2011, 03:51:08 PM »

His fadder was a son of the soil....

Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart was once the most accomplished history major in his class at Ohio's prestigious Kenyon College, so it's no surprise he appreciates the historical significance of his unusual first name.
Smart's father, a native of Trinidad, named him after the influential Zulu chieftain Shaka, who united much of Southern Africa under his leadership in the early 1800s. Since Smart's father didn't play much of a role in raising him, the VCU coach joked with reporters on Saturday that the unique first name was "the best thing my dad did for me."
"Shaka was a warrior, he was a tough dude, and my dad chose to name me after him," Smart said. "You may have seen the movie Shaka Zulu? That's who I'm named after."
It's fitting that Smart is named after a King known for uniting multiple African tribes since one of the VCU coach's best attributes is his ability to motivate his players to come together for a common purpose. Smart has done that extremely effectively during the NCAA tournament, reminding the 11th-seeded Rams every chance he has that nobody thought they belonged in the field and that nobody is picking them to win.
While peers picked on Smart by calling him "Chaka Khan" or "Shaka Zulu" when he was a kid, he insists he likes having a first name that never got confused with anyone else in his classes. In fact, he told Dan Patrick on Monday morning that it was his last name that received more abuse than his first.
"My last name's "Smart," so a lot of times people would say my middle name is "Not" or something like that," he recalled.
Considering Smart was accepted into Harvard and Yale, graduated from Kenyon College magna cum laude in 1999 and has been a brilliant tactician in this NCAA tournament, it's probably safe to assume that joke hasn't been used in a while.

May be he could get the Job at Georgetown... is ah long time we Hoyas eh mash up de NCAAB...

Let the Voting Begin  :beermug:

General Discussion / Killed over Facebook Profile Pic...
« on: March 08, 2010, 11:11:14 AM »

Man killed ex-lover over Facebook photo with new man

Miss Mathurasingh met Bristol while working in Trinidad
A woman was stabbed repeatedly by her ex-lover after he saw a picture of her with her new boyfriend on Facebook.
Paul Bristol, 25, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Camille Mathurasingh, 27, at her east London home in April 2009.
The IT technician, who lived in Trinidad and Tobago, flew to London within two weeks of seeing the picture and killed the accountant.
Bristol, who denied murder, is expected to be sentenced later this month.
The court heard he could not accept "it was over" and had come to "win" his girlfriend back.
Bristol, who worked for the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Administration, and Miss Mathurasingh met during the three years she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
'He looked evil'
After her return to London in 2008 their relationship continued through emails and telephone calls, but last year she began having doubts about their future and decided to go out with her new boyfriend.
Simon Denison QC, prosecuting, said: "It would appear she tried to bring about the end of her relationship with this defendant gently and did not tell him about her new boyfriend.

Bristol flew to London two weeks after seeing the Facebook picture
"He found out when he saw pictures of them together on Facebook.
"He would say he could not accept it was over and he decided to come here to see if he could win her back."
The day before her murder, she told her sister Nadine that she had to flee her home as Bristol had arrived from Trinidad, but she saw him following her.
Nadine said of the conversation: "She said she looked into her rear-view mirror. She said he looked evil."
Metropolitan Police said they caught Bristol when he fled on foot after a collision between his car and a black cab in east London.
When stopped he had blood over his face and clothes and admitted killing his girlfriend. He claimed he committed manslaughter through provocation.
Following the verdict, the victim's mother Indra Mathurasingh said: "Justice has been served for Camille. She was snatched from us and we are empty without her."


ATLANTA -- Visit any of the nation's more than 100 historically black colleges or universities and you'll see clusters of men and women engaged in the rhythmic clapping and foot-stomping routines known in black Greek circles as "stepping."

Now a white Arkansas team's win in an Atlanta step competition has started a fiery debate over the African-inspired tradition and whether the integration of a once ethnically exclusive activity constitutes a form of cultural theft.

"What has happened is black youth culture, what people would call hip-hop, sort of made black culture accessible and appealing to all kinds of people," said Walter Kimbrough, president of historically black Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., and an expert on black Greek life. "It really now has become an American experience."

The uproar began when the all-white Zeta Tau Alpha team from the University of Arkansas beat out five other sorority teams to win last weekend's national final in the Sprite Step Off competition. A YouTube video of their performance, inspired by the movie "The Matrix," generated hundreds of comments.

Posters questioned everything from whether a white group should have been allowed to compete to whether judges wowed by the unlikely competitors inflated their scores to let them win. "Good Job but let the Black folks have their own thing for once!!!" wrote one commenter, who said the Zeta Tau Alpha team did well but should not have won.

On Thursday, sponsor Coca-Cola announced "scoring discrepancies" and said the runner-up - the Alpha Kappa Alpha team from Indiana University, whose members are black - would share first place and receive the same $100,000 in scholarship money that the Zeta Tau Alphas won.

It was unclear what the discrepancies were, and Coca-Cola would not elaborate. The tournament began in September with regional qualifying rounds across the country.

Pulling from things like military cadences and dance routines, stepping usually involves stomping out rhythms in heavy boots or loud shoes, with emphasis on precision and flair. Step crews often travel from coast to coast to earn cash, trophies and bragging rights for the most precise or clever routine.

In the early 1990s the fierce competition began to gain attention off historically black campuses, with large sponsors hosting events, Kimbrough said. Before then, competitions were mostly organized by fraternity and sorority chapters.

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General Discussion / PNM TILL I DIE
« on: March 06, 2010, 06:43:20 AM »
WEAK OPPOSITION AND WEAK LEADERSHIP... more like children who too focused on being a popo instead of caring for their people... With all the Corruption Allegations at least Patrick have PNM under lock... :beermug:

Bas, Ramnath block UNC motion on UDeCOTT chairman
by Ria Taitt Political Editor

Saturday, March 6th 2010


KAMLA OUTFOXED: UNC parliamentarians Basdeo Panday and Kelvin Ramnath in Parliament yesterday. Both men did not vote for the debate of a motion on Calder Hart, which was raised by their own party leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar (above), which resulted in it not being debated.-Photos: Curtis Chase
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s effort to have Government respond to the allegations against UDeCOTT Chairman Calder Hart ’as a definite matter of urgent public importance’ in the House of Representatives, yesterday came up against the rock of Basdeo Panday’s obstructionism.

The Couva North MP, along with Couva South MP Kelvin Ramnath, essentially joined forces with the People’s National Movement (PNM) to block debate on the controversial issue of Hart.

The matter, which needed 11 votes, received only nine UNC votes, frustrating not only the United National Congress (UNC) leader and her party, but the country, which has been waiting for answers from the Government on the Calder Hart issue.

In the face of unsettling and explosive revelations about a family link between Hart and a company which won a $368 million contract, the Government has gone from defending Hart to silence. But the Government could not have had its way without the crucial decision of Panday and Ramnath not to vote with their own party. (See Page 4)

As Persad-Bissessar started presenting her case to the Speaker for an urgent discussion on ’the need for the Prime Minister/Cabinet to revoke immediately the appointment of Mr Calder Hart as a member of the several State Enterprises to which he has been appointed, and especially as executive chairman of the Urban Development Company Ltd’, Leader of Government Business Colm Imbert uttered: ’Nonsense!’

But at the end of her presentation, House Speaker Barry Sinanan announced that he was satisfied that the Persad-Bissessar’s matter qualified to be raised under the Standing Order. He then asked the House if this was also its wish, to which Government members said ’no’.

Prime Minister Patrick Manning was not in the House and so it was Government leader Colm Imbert who led the PNM MPs in saying no when the matter was put to the House. Once this is done, the rules required that 11 MPs must stand in support of the Speaker’s decision to allow the matter to be given precedence over the pre-arranged business of the House.

There were exactly 11 Opposition members in the Parliament and therefore all needed to stand. At that point, Persad-Bissessar and members of the Opposition, including Subhas Panday and Vasant Bharath, rose instinctively before looking back. Absent were Nizam Baksh and Hamza Rafeeq, who are ill, while Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj and Mickela Panday were late.

Panday, who wore a determined and stoic expression, did not even look up as he read documents. Ramnath turned his chair towards the public gallery, giving the Speaker and his colleagues his back. As both men remained seated a red-faced Persad-Bissessar looked down as Government members cracked up laughing.

’Change, change, change,’ they mocked, chuckling wildly, looking at Persad-Bissessar and Chief Whip Jack Warner.

Sinanan announced that the matter was defeated, a first in the history of this Parliament. The Opposition had missed a golden opportunity, since matters under this Standing Order are rarely allowed by this Speaker or any Speaker. In fact, Sinanan had stated two weeks ago that since 1995, only 11 of the hundreds of request to debate an issue as an urgent matter of public importance had been granted.

Earlier, in presenting her case for the Calder Hart matter to be discussed, Persad-Bissessar said there was now ’incontrovertible documentary evidence ... in the public domain confirming the family relationships of Hart to two persons in whom the ownership and control of CH Development and Construction Ltd was vested, at the time when UDeCOTT awarded the contract for the construction of the $398.9 Legal Affairs Tower to CH Development, at a price which was more than $60 million higher than that of the lowest bidder’.

She said under the law, Hart, a person in public life by virtue of his chairmanship of UDeCOTT, had failed to comply with Section 24 of the Integrity in Public Life Act, having a conflict of interest in the award of the Legal Affairs contract, as he did not declare such interest nor disqualify himself from the decision-making process as required by Section 29 (2) of the IPLA.

Noting that standards of accountability and transparency were essential for promoting public confidence and effective governance, Persad-Bissessar said Hart’s actions had served to undermine public confidence in him and in the administration and expenditure from the Treasury in the State Enterprises in which he sits.

General Discussion / Help meh Sistrin Please...
« on: November 19, 2008, 04:01:06 PM »
Well here is the situation;

This secretary in meh building (she is ah us citizen) went and marry this boy she knew from Jersey City (he visa expire last year) They tryin to file so he could get the residency card?

Anyone know how yuh does go through this process legally ? 

and what are the steps yuh does take?

Thanks in advance...

Football / Good sweat in Miami
« on: November 03, 2008, 06:11:43 PM »
Where could I find a good sweat in Miami area....

Nothing too hard.... ah coming off some surgery to the foot, shin and ankle...

(thanks in advance)  :beermug:

General Discussion / What all yuh think about this photo?
« on: May 24, 2008, 09:00:01 AM »

Jokes / Who wants to read a book!
« on: May 07, 2008, 08:38:54 PM »
Boy ah man in de office find dis garbage..


Football / Fergie: United kept me from going foreign
« on: February 28, 2008, 03:34:55 PM »
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he considered working abroad but the magnetic appeal of Manchester United proved too strong.

The Old Trafford boss was speaking ahead of the Premier League match against Fulham on Saturday when he pits his wits against Roy Hodgson, whose coaching CV reads like a travel brochure.
While Ferguson has ruled over United for the past 21 years, his managerial counterpart in that time has covered all corners of the globe in pursuit of his craft.
Hodgson is now hoping to put that vast experience to good use and prevent second-bottom Fulham being relegated.
His work ethic certainly impresses Ferguson.
'Roy Hodgson has done what a lot of us would love to have done and work abroad, ' the United manager told www.leaguemanagers.com.
'I always remember Bobby Robson saying that the best thing he ever did was go to PSV, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona.
'He was out of the country for maybe 10 or 12 years. Working in different climates with different cultures definitely broadens your education.
'I remember meeting Roy Hodgson in Malmo in 1987 when I had just joined Manchester United. Malmo were playing Ajax in the European Cup.
'Over the years he has gone to Inter Milan, Switzerland, Finland, Udinese, Blackburn etc... it's incredible all the teams that he has managed.
'You can see when he's interviewed he knows what he is talking about.
'Sometimes I used to say to myself `I'd love to have tried managing abroad sometime' but then it was difficult for me.
'My choices were cut off simply because I was the manager of Manchester United which is amazing and you don't leave Manchester United.'
Ferguson aims to close the three point gap to leaders Arsenal at Craven Cottage and is adamant United will continue to allow their players to express themselves.
With the likes of gifted young stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, Anderson and Nani on their books, it is little wonder the manager looks forward with optimism.
He said: 'The players have that joy of being at a club with a lot of ambition.
'It is good to see young players having the energy and the commitment to try and enjoy themselves.
'We work hard at making sure that they are relaxed in that respect with a responsibility to use their talents all the time to express themselves.
'We are fortunate in that it is easier for them than a lot of other players because they are exceptional talents.'

Football / A Day in the Life of a PFL Player
« on: February 28, 2008, 03:24:25 PM »
I had the opportunity to see a day in the life of Man U, DC United, the US National team, and Trinidad and Tobago national team... and a few others... Was wondering how the PFL do things from a serious point of view...

Does anyone know about the how they go about a regular working or match day??? Just curious! As a Team or as a player...

would be an interesting read!

Football / The 2006 Fifa World Cup Film: The Grand Finale
« on: November 18, 2007, 07:28:56 AM »
Chronicles and documents all the highlits of Germany 2006. Narrated bu pierce Brosnan. This DVD was a great find. It even documents the Socawarriors Game against England, noting that we were the smallest country to ever make it to the finals. Accurately exposes that faggy Crotch and shows clearly how he pulling Sancho's hair. Anyhow a great find and great highlights for the football enthusiast.


Football / Champions League Today
« on: October 23, 2007, 01:02:21 PM »
Man U and Arsenal up so far. Inter won in Russia  ;D

So Far so good, Barca looking stale  :devil:

Arsenal   1-0 Slavia Prague   L
Fabregas 5
CSKA Moscow   1-2 Inter Milan   R
Jo 32
    Crespo 52
Samuel 80

Dynamo Kiev   0- 2Man Utd   L
    Ferdinand 10  ;D
PSV   0-0 Fenerbahce   L
Rangers   0-0 Barcelona   L
Roma   0-0 Sporting   L
Sevilla   1-0 Steaua Bucharest   L
Kanoute 5
VfB Stuttgart   0-0 Lyon

2 up for Man U  ;D

Football / United knocked out by Chivas
« on: April 04, 2007, 04:58:41 AM »
Chivas won the game 2-1 at home. This was a good game with a lot of free flowing football.

United knocked out by Chivas
By Jason Halpin / MLSnet.com Staff

The game-winning goal slipped through Troy Perkins' hands Tuesday.  (Tony Quinn/MLS/WireImage.com)
A pair of defensive errors doomed D.C. United to a 2-1 defeat to CD Guadalajara at the Mexican side's Estadio Jalisco home, eliminating the 2006 MLS Supporters' Shield winners from the CONCACAF Champions' Cup 3-2 on aggregate.
United legend Jaime Moreno opened the scoring for D.C. United, but poor marking led to a late first half equalizer for Adolfo Bautista and Chivas, and D.C. goalkeeper Troy Perkins bobbled home the winner from a Gonzalo Pineda strike early in the second.

The loss means MLS teams remain winless in competitive matches played on Mexican soil, and puts the league's hopes of having a representative in December's FIFA Club World Cup on Houston Dynamo. The Orange visit Mexican side CF Pachuca on Thursday.

In the first leg of the series on March 15, visiting Chivas were the aggressors early on, and the roles were reversed Tuesday night. United forced the action into the Chivas defensive third, while the hosts looked to counterattack. D.C., in fact, forced two corner kicks in the first four minutes, but nothing came of them.

Moreno fired the first salvo in the 18th minute, hitting a 20-yard shot over the bar after backing his defenders into the box.

At the other end just two minutes later, a bad giveaway by Clyde Simms led to Chivas' first chance. Bautista collected the loose ball and played Sergio Santana into the box. United 'keeper Troy Perkins had to rush out to block Santana's stab at the net.

For United, the 29th minute brought a game-changing injury. Josh Gros, who had spent the first half hour of the match charging up and down the left wing and providing some extra defensive cover, was forced out due to a head injury and replaced by Stephen DeRoux.

The effects weren't immediate, as United took the lead in the 36th minute. Moreno played a ball up the left channel for striker Luciano Emilio, who brought the ball into the box before cutting back to lose a defender and the on-rushing 'keeper. His square pass to Moreno was tipped in the air, and the Bolivian launched himself into the air to convert an overhead kick and give the MLS side the lead.

Gros' absence was finally felt three minutes before the whistle, as Ramon Morales played a ball over the top on the wide open left side. United's Facundo Erpen was caught upfield of his mark, Alberto Medina, and couldn't catch up as Medina hustled to the endline.

Bobby Boswell committed another mistake, as he couldn't decide whether to come out to challenge Medina or stay home and mark Bautista, and Bautista easily jabbed home Medina's centering ball.

In the second half, Chivas took more of the initiative, shifting the point of attack into United's end.

The home side forced the deciding error in the 52nd minute, as Pineda fired a quick shot from 30 yards, and the ball - wet from an ever-intensifying rain - squeezed through Perkins' hands and into the net.

The Chivas attack relaxed from there on, as the Red-and-White pulled back into their own half. The visitors threatened just five minutes after the Chivas game-winner, but Luis Michel was there to punch away Christian Gomez's point blank shot from DeRoux's centering pass.

Perkins had to be on the ball to keep United in the game seven minutes from full time. Santana eluded Bryan Namoff's slide tackle to go one-on-one with Perkins in the penalty area, but Perkins spread himself to block his shot. He made another point blank save on Medina in the 87th.

United introduced Brazilian newcomer Fred midway through the second half to give him his first minutes in black-and-red, but the reigning Australian league MVP saw little of the ball and was a non-factor around the goal.

The visitors had a late chance to equalize during a desperate goalmouth scrum, but Chivas managed to clear United's 89th-minute corner kick after.

General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving fellow US based Trinis.
« on: November 22, 2006, 06:12:03 PM »
Just wanted to say a Happy Thanksgiving to my Trini bros and sis in de US

1) I thankful that we boys shine at the World Cup. We could hold our heads us despite that F@#king Fifa rankings.
2) I get to see me heroes of 1989 play one last final time. Everytime I remember Latas would be for that wonderful volley in the world cup. (Good last memory of him)
3) Yorke playing like he 12 years younger than everyone.
4) Tallman for being the Football Wikipedia, Flex for allowing me all des post. TT, TI, Palos, Dutty and others who never make this a dull forum.

Thanks for the Soca Warriors. I proud to be a Trini always.

Football / Trinidadian footballers promised barrels of Rum
« on: June 14, 2006, 05:45:46 PM »
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Reuters) - Trinidad and Tobago's 23 footballers and their Dutch coach, Leo Beenhakker, have each been promised a barrel of specially aged rum if they win Thursday's World Cup match against England.
Nigel Bissoon, marketing manager of the Angostura Group of Companies, the makers of Angostura Aromatic Bitters, said the players were already heroes in their Caribbean country after their 0-0 draw against Sweden last week.

"But they can elevate themselves to a god-like status amongst their fans if they get one over England," Bissoon said in a statement on Wednesday.

"We hope that the barrel bonus will act as an extra incentive for the players as there are few Trinidadians who would not jump at the opportunity to own a full barrel of such fine rum."

Each of the 24 barrels Angostura is offering as a prize holds 247 litres (64 gallons) of rum.

Angostura's chief executive, Lawrence Duprey, said the rum would come from a batch that had been earmarked for a special occasion.

Trinidad and Tobago is the smallest country to qualify for the soccer World Cup.

Football / Striker Mag rated us 32nd for Germany 2006
« on: May 23, 2006, 02:41:21 PM »
Striker Mag (America's no 1 soccer magazine) Rated us 32 because of our Fifa ranking and one of the comments on our progress was Sorry Dwight, realistically we don't have a chance.

What de heck, a mad, really mad, everyone big or small have a chance to make some kinda dent in the world cup. Dem with all dey Nike jogo bonito ads etc. De world are your ready for USA soccer, World be aware crap. Kaisoca soccer all de way.

I praying that USA go home early.

Football / Socawarriors.net 11 man squad ready for de match
« on: November 12, 2005, 02:06:14 AM »
All the warriors starting 11 all yuh ready to cause it to rain goal on them camel herders!

Dem people come here and boast how much money they have and ah offer no body a beer or nutting, not even some hashish. Dem ah even offer morvant man ah lil thing on de side so he boys won't issue a cut arse on dem. Money yeah...! Warriors.net 11 get ready to make the shots that will be heard around de world tomorow. Love and Respect to meh Country. Go Warriors Go!

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