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Football / Re: 2016 Copa America Centenario Thead
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:16:18 PM »

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Football / Re: 2016 Copa America Centenario Thead
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:09:21 PM »
lol Finally. Boss goal too. Just drove it through and into the net.

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Football / Re: 2016 Copa America Centenario Thead
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:03:59 PM »
Ecuador deserve to lose. Wotless performance.

Ah know we cyar stand de Yankee media propaganda machine but give dem men credit, dey deserve their two goal lead...

I know, not saying they don't, just very disappointed in Ecuador. Dempsey is a beast btw.

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Football / Re: 2016 Copa America Centenario Thead
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:00:48 PM »
Ecuador deserve to lose. Wotless performance.

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Football / Re: 2016 Copa America Centenario Thead
« on: June 16, 2016, 08:57:15 PM »
Tough card on Jermaine Jones

He punched the guy...

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Football / Re: 2016 Copa America Centenario Thead
« on: June 16, 2016, 08:26:44 PM »
Ecuador playing so much faeces.

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Football / Re: 2016 Copa America Centenario Thead
« on: June 13, 2016, 08:22:46 PM »
Great match! Spoiled by the Mexico fans throwing missiles at the Venezuela players...

They jes doh know how to behave. Tournament after tournament iz de same. Time some accountability stepped in.

Agreed.

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Football / Re: 2016 Copa America Centenario Thead
« on: June 13, 2016, 08:05:26 PM »
Great match! Spoiled by the Mexico fans throwing missiles at the Venezuela players...

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Cricket Anyone / Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« on: April 03, 2016, 12:17:07 PM »
 :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

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Cricket Anyone / Re: World T20 2016 final: England v West Indies
« on: April 03, 2016, 09:15:35 AM »
Whoooo! Here to cheer them on!!

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Football / Re: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread.
« on: July 07, 2015, 09:49:15 AM »
Anyone going to the match in Phoenix? TnT vs Cuba then Mexico vs Guatemala!

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Football / Re: FIFA News Thread.
« on: June 02, 2015, 12:15:09 PM »
with all this going on and sepp getting what was comin to him, there seems to be a fear that that if some have their way d world cup will spend the next few years being hosted by western europe and d states for d next few editions..........even maybe stripping Qatar and Russia of the next two editions.......even with all d bribery and shit dat went down, would dat be a good idea ??? ??? ???

No, it wouldn't be a good idea. Despite the fact that nobody really wants to travel to Qatar and Russia is too close to a conflict zone.

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Football / Re: Please Lobby TTFF to vote to suspend Israel
« on: May 30, 2015, 09:04:05 AM »
What exactly was sub1 arguing???  ::)

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Football / Re: FIFA News Thread.
« on: May 29, 2015, 09:54:20 PM »
JW had me rolling ...

"...sweetheart" ... "I'll say it slowly ..."  :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

lol Yeah, that interview was kicks. Se wasn't ready at all.

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Panorama 2015
« on: February 14, 2015, 10:51:21 PM »
Yup, I've always liked All Stars!

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Panorama 2015
« on: February 14, 2015, 10:23:29 PM »
Yeah, Phase II sounding kinna flat.

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General Discussion / Re: Did historical Jesus really exist?
« on: December 19, 2014, 07:34:50 PM »
Scholars have a solid basis for believing that Jesus existed. Regarding the references made by first- and second-century historians to Jesus and the early Christians, the Encyclopædia Britannica, 2002 Edition, says: “These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponents of Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and on inadequate grounds at the end of the 18th, during the 19th, and at the beginning of the 20th centuries.”

In 2006, the book Jesus and Archaeology said: “No reputable scholar today questions that a Jew named Jesus son of Joseph lived; most readily admit that we now know a considerable amount about his actions and his basic teachings.”

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General Discussion / Re: Growing Up “Too Black” In Trinidad
« on: November 10, 2014, 07:06:40 PM »
Kind of melodramatic, no? Her relatives looked at her with disdain? Really?

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Imagine that at the start of 2014 you were an investor who liked to dabble in the commodity markets. You could sniff something going seriously wrong in Ukraine and you were alarmed by early reports of groups of militants marauding across northern and western Iraq.

With hopes that the global economy would continue to strengthen, the smart money would have been on oil prices continuing to climb. That’s what geopolitical tension plus robust demand usually means.

On this occasion, though, the smart money was wrong. After standing at well over $110 a barrel in the summer, the cost of crude has collapsed. Prices are down by a quarter in the past three months. More oil has been pumped at a time when the global recovery has faltered, with traders caught unawares by the slowdown in China and renewed stagnation in the eurozone.

That, though, is not the whole story. The fourfold increase in oil prices triggered by the embargo on exports organised by Saudi Arabia in response to the Yom Kippur war in 1973 showed how crude could be used as a diplomatic and economic weapon. History is repeating itself.

Think about how the Obama administration sees the state of the world. It wants Tehran to come to heel over its nuclear programme. It wants Vladimir Putin to back off in eastern Ukraine. But after recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, the White House has no desire to put American boots on the ground. Instead, with the help of its Saudi ally, Washington is trying to drive down the oil price by flooding an already weak market with crude. As the Russians and the Iranians are heavily dependent on oil exports, the assumption is that they will become easier to deal with.

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, allegedly struck a deal with King Abdullah in September under which the Saudis would sell crude at below the prevailing market price. That would help explain why the price has been falling at a time when, given the turmoil in Iraq and Syria caused by Islamic State, it would normally have been rising.

The Saudis did something similar in the mid-1980s. Then, the geopolitical motivation for a move that sent the oil price to below $10 a barrel was to destabilise Saddam Hussein’s regime. This time, according to Middle East specialists, the Saudis want to put pressure on Iran and to force Moscow to weaken its support for the Assad regime in Syria.

Turning on the oil spigots comes at a cost. The Saudis, like all other producers, have become accustomed to oil above $100 a barrel. The Arab spring in Libya and Egypt raised fears that the political unrest would spread. Oil revenues financed higher public spending, so Saudi Arabia needs the price to be above $90 a barrel to balance the books.

But a bit of pain is acceptable. The Saudis are gambling that they can live with a lower oil price for longer than the Russians and the Iranians can, and that therefore the operation will be relatively short-lived.

There is no question that this new manifestation of cold war muscle is hurting Russia. Oil and gas account for 70% of Russia’s exports and the budget doesn’t add up unless the oil price is above $100 a barrel. Moscow has foreign exchange reserves, but these are not unlimited. The rouble fell by 10% last week. That adds to the debt servicing costs of Russian firms, and the central bank is under pressure to push up interest rates, which should help stabilise the currency, but only at the expense of a deeper recession.

But thus far, Russia’s foreign policy does not appear to have been affected. Support for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria remains strong and there were reports at the end of last week of Russian troops entering eastern Ukraine. It remains to be seen how Iran will react. In the meantime, the Middle East looks as unstable as it has ever done.

Provided it is sustained, a falling oil price will boost global growth. Andrew Kenningham at Capital Economics estimates that if the cost of Brent crude settles at $85 a barrel, the upshot will be a transfer of income from producers of oil to consumers of oil amounting to 0.9% of global GDP. As consumers tend to spend a higher proportion of their income than producers, demand will increase. The big winners will be the big oil consumers: China, India and Europe.

Simultaneously, inflation will fall. The drop in the oil price so far is enough to ensure that headline inflation is around half a percentage point lower in advanced countries next year. That would be enough to take inflation below 1% in the UK and below zero in the eurozone. Lower inflation should help to boost consumer and business spending because budgets will stretch further. For the US, the picture is more mixed. Washington’s willingness to play the oil card stems from the belief that domestic supplies of energy from fracking make it possible for the US to become the world’s biggest oil producer. In a speech last year, Tom Donilon, then Barack Obama’s national security adviser, said the US was now less vulnerable to global oil shocks. The cushion provided by shale oil and gas “affords us a stronger hand in pursuing and implementing our national security goals”.

Recent US production of crude has certainly been impressive, with a jump of almost 50% from 5.7m barrels a day in 2011 to 8.4m barrels a day in the second quarter of 2014. This increase in supply has meant that any reduction in supplies from Iran or Russia due to sanctions can be absorbed without disrupting the global economy.

But the sharp drop in the oil price will make some shale fields unviable. That is especially true of planned new developments, where a high price is needed to cover start-up costs. But it is also true of some of the more mature fields, where the rapid depletion of reserves has forced companies to go deeper – at greater expense – in search of supplies.

At the weekend, George Osborne announced that he supported the idea of putting revenues from shale production in the north of England into a sovereign wealth fund for the north. The idea would be to prevent the proceeds being squandered on day-to-day spending, which – sadly – is what happened to the revenues from the North Sea.

Friends of the Earth said the chancellor’s intervention was a cynical ploy designed to win over strong opposition to fracking. It was certainly ill-timed. One side-effect of the US-Saudi attempt to drive down the oil price will be to prick the shale bubble.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2014/nov/09/us-iran-russia-oil-prices-shale

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General Discussion / Re: us midterm elections 2014
« on: November 07, 2014, 05:25:10 PM »
More gridlock!

Watch for the GOP to start crafting ridiculous legislation knowing that Obama will veto it so they could then turn around and call him obstructionist.

Obama is worse than a lame duck at this point,he probably relegated to a ceremonial role like Carmona. The Dems not going to want anything to do with him, he have no leverage on the legislative agenda, heaven help him if a Supreme Court Justice get lick down crossing the street and dead because that seat will stay open til 2016, immigration reform dead. 

Forget the new year, the 2016 campaign started this morning and all the Democratic contenders will run from him like Ebola. He might as well spend the next 2 years on the golf course because everybody will be avoiding him and the only thing he needs to conduct Presidential business is a veto stamp.

Of course he could surprise us and work with the Congress but then again the GOP could surprise us and act rational. What are the chances of either happening.

This post made me l.o.l

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Football / Re: El Clasico - Real Madrid vs Barcelona
« on: October 25, 2014, 07:33:55 PM »
For anyone *ahem* who may have missed the match.

http://www.footballorgin.com/2014/10/la-liga-2014-2015-el-clasico-bernabeu.html

Scroll down for the BeIn HD version.

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Football / Re: El Clasico - Real Madrid vs Barcelona
« on: October 25, 2014, 01:02:57 PM »
Left the TV on Premier League when I left home ... returned with Swansea and Leicester in progress ... despite reading Toppa's post earlier, clean forgot dis game. Although the goal crafted between Sigurdsson and Boney was well worth it, ah cyah believe I missed this game!!!

Iz only the subsequent lack of anything meaningful ... especially from Leicester ... that cause me to say .... Ey, de Clasico!!!! Steups!!!

I doh know what to say nah...

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Football / El Clasico - Real Madrid vs Barcelona
« on: October 25, 2014, 09:33:21 AM »
No Gareth Bale for Madrid and, Luis Suarez makes his debut for Barca!

Woot, woot!!


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<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/9F9pQcqPdKo" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/9F9pQcqPdKo</a>

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General Discussion / Re: President Anthony Carmona Thread
« on: October 24, 2014, 06:32:09 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: President Anthony Carmona Thread
« on: October 24, 2014, 10:58:46 AM »
I think that the woman is elegantly dressed.
 Why would anyone one in Trinidad be  offended? I've watched your Carnival where the women dress like sluts and dance like whores and this is celebrated


Right. Is a traditional Trinidad outfit.
I think that the woman is elegantly dressed.
 Why would anyone one in Trinidad be  offended? I've watched your Carnival where the women dress like sluts and dance like whores and this is celebrated

Mmm that wasn't carnival, though. There's a time and a place for everything. Anyway, although I'm sure she was criticised for what she wore by the public, I think the real furore is over the President's threat to sue...

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General Discussion / Re: President Anthony Carmona Thread
« on: October 23, 2014, 03:22:52 PM »
Sorry, I wouldn't even wear a top like that in the street and I'm my 20s. She should have known better, a woman of her age and supposed stature. But that aside, as Fish said, the main issue here is the threat to sue madame Price if she dares to talk about his wife's attire at said function.

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General Discussion / Re: President Anthony Carmona Thread
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:45:55 AM »
It wasn't no belt...

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General Discussion / Re: President Anthony Carmona Thread
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:31:51 AM »
Dise wha she go look to wear at a UN function and doh expect to get talk? Is not Divali Nagar yuh was!

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