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General Discussion / Re: Aunty Hazel has died
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:57:09 AM »
RIP. Used to watch that show with my family as a kid. Memories, yes.

VB that's a cool pic.

Cricket Anyone / Re: Future of the cricket board
« on: October 22, 2014, 07:32:27 AM »
WICB and WIPA ain't the only boards that need a clean up

Some of the people on this board make it real hard to post here, yes. At times almost turning people away from the site. Thick skin is required and not taking the words personally. We have all been guilty. Anyway, she made an effort to contribute and I hope she continues to do so along with any new and old forumites.

Football / Re: Heard coops pass away today.
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:41:01 PM »
The children of Kenwyn Cooper wish to express their gratitude towards all of the people who donated towards their father's funeral expenses. Our contribution was able to take care of 21% of the costs, so they are very thankful. And for everyone who expressed their condolences towards Coops; Tricia, Kevin, and Terneal say "thank you very much".

Other Sports / Bovell Wins Gold at Swimming World CUP
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:34:42 PM »
 :beermug: Congrats Bovell

Bovell won gold today at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup in Doha in the 100M IM

1 4 BOVELL George Richard TRI  52.80

2 5 SHANKLAND Leith RSA  53.77
3 3 SPITZER Martin AUT 54.77
4 2 HURLEY Bobby AUS  55.13
5 7 LIUKKONEN Ari­Pekka FIN  56.03
6 1 STEFFAN Sebastian AUT 56.16
7 6 ALEXANDROV Mike USA  56.38
8 8 SINKOVIC Aron SRB  58.17

General Discussion / Re: Would you like a whopper with your coffee?
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:14:55 AM »
Exactly, can't blame BK.
Some serious benefits there other than the immediate tax benefits such as more real estate for Tim's to promote their coffee and a legitimate competitor for McCafe Coffee.

Young talent running BK
BK Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Schwartz, is only 34 years old.
Chief Financial Officer Joshua Kobza is only 28
Sami Siddiqui, Burger King's head of investor relations, who is 29.

General Discussion / Would you like a whopper with your coffee?
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:24:09 PM »
Burger King announced that it has reached a deal to buy Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons and base itself in Canada, a controversial transaction that raises questions about business taxes and corporate patriotism

I think it's a fantastic move and benefits Burger King, Tim Horton's and Canada.  Looking forward to more US companies following suit

Football / Re: Donations and funeral details for Kenwyn Cooper aka Coops
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:27:30 AM »
Many hands make light work
If 100 people put 10 that would go a long way

That is one less roti for the week your belly won't miss it

Well said. One less roti for me.

RIP Coops. Didn't know you personally, but may God rest your soul

Jehue grabbed silver. Almost got nipped at the line

Was hoping for gold but congrats Jehue! :beermug:

Rank   Name                    Country   Time
1   Cornel Fredericks   South Africa   48.50
2   Jehue Gordon   TTO                   48.75
3   Jeffery Gibson   Bahamas           48.78
4   Niall Flannery   England           49.46
5   Christian Cuevas-Morton   Nigeria   49.65
6   Boniface Mucheru   Kenya          49.99
7   Richard Yates   England          50.13
8   Annsert Whyte   Jamaica           DNF

They simply did not meet their stated goals for the games and really have themselves and their coaches to blame, especially as seasoned professionals who should know how and when to "peak" more than once in a year. Having 3 Jamaicans in a CWG final vs. 0 TTO athletes is not acceptable at this level. 3 TTO 400 men vs 0 JA 400m in the final. Guess we see where sprinting focus has grown/ receded in the last 5-10 years. Bahamas representing strong no doubt alongside King Kirani

The 400m women fielded 3 JA women and they swept it

Other Sports / Re: Commonwealth Games Thread - Other Sports
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:57:59 PM »
Bovell 5th in 50 m freestyle final

Rank   Name                     Country   Time
1   Benjamin Proud        Eng   21.92
2   Cameron McEvoy        Aus   22.00
3   James Magnussen     SA   22.10
4   Matt Abood                Aus   22.14
5   George Richard Bovell Tto   22.31
6   Roland Schoeman         SA   22.36
7   Bradley Tandy        SA   22.43
8   Adam Brown       Eng   22.62

Flicking crap.

No desire from these guys. Just a laissez-faire attitude from 2 men who should have been the class of the competition

Sorry to hear about MLA but take care of yourself.  Rio in 2 years is the goal.  Good luck RT and KB today

For a Caribbean athlete the big meet tune up is good:

Commonwealth>Pan Am>Olympics

Why this sh*t only happens to Trinidad and Tobago?
Most of the damn teams have our players and there isn't any recognition?


Always using and abusing us.  :bs:

Trinbago, NBA & World Basketball / Re: NBA 2013-2014
« on: June 13, 2014, 07:22:00 AM »
Heat looking real tired....and bored. I have a feeling Lebron not staying in Miami.

Can't wait to see what Phil Jackson has in store for NY.  He gonna strip them down and build them back.  I was hoping Durant will come to Toronto but if Phil wants him, he'll get him.

 :beermug: Pro.  Some good reads

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:16:41 AM »
Oberyn talk too damn much.

When you have to shoot, shoot... don't talk.

I was yelling at the screen, hurry up and kill the man, stop yapping

...what a season this has turned out to be. So much drama this episode. Arya can't catch a break. It's like she isn't surprised anymore.

Danearys plot open a bit. 

Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel looked real good yes.  That was a long overdue scene. on a quick google seach her mother is Dominican and her father is half St Lucian, half English. 

My one and only experience was unpleasant.  While the plane and food was good, the service was less than satisfactory.  I flew with them to Italy (from YYZ) and I felt insulted and could only assume it was due to me being the only minority on that flight.  Service was beyond poor. Treated my wife and me like crap.
I complained upon my return and they gave me a $200 voucher. Haven't used it yet though.

I'd think twice about flying with them again. Westjet is better for service, Air Canada is tops.


An American icon with deep Trini roots:
The ultimate emancipation story. Legendary icon Dr Maya Angelou talks to writer Renee Cummings

Story by Renee Cummings (T&T Express)

DR MAYA ANGELOU has emancipated millions. Generations have been liberated by the wisdom of her words. And many more have been freed by her voice. It is spiritual; a salve for the soul that soothes all kinds of pain. Some of the deepest wounds have been healed by her honesty. There were times when she held America tight in her bosom, rocking the troubles away, with a bountiful liturgy of everyday prayer that she wrote to quiet even the tiniest fear. On other occasions, she illuminated the land with her broad smile; making an entire nation celebrate its commonalities and differences.
She made African-Americans honour their Africanness and she made America understand why these traditions were worth celebrating. For people of colour all over the world, she came like an answer to a prayer. "West Indians and African-Americans are more alike than we are different. Culturally, we also share the same experience; the way we use music, literature and lyrics; and that feeling for family is very tight in African-American and Caribbean communities." Her voice is powerful and overpowering; same as the day I met her 13 years ago, at the National Arts Club in historic Gramercy Park, on Manhattan's East Side; she was receiving its highest honour. 
"We both love telling these long tales with no documents to back them up," she laughs. Her laugh is one of the most recognised in America; full of all kinds of emotions, all sorts of stories and experiences, journeys and joys, tribulations and triumphs. "The black man in the Caribbean and in America has had to fight, every step of the way, for his own dignity, and sometimes, he thinks the black woman is his enemy. But we are not his enemy," she adds. "We were sold together and bought together. We were on the auction block together."
Her voice is full of magic and music. There's a rhythm to her reasoning. She has lived the blues and in 82 short years, her life has hit all the highs and lows of jazz. Iambic and insightful, every word she speaks tells a story, independent of the sentence it belongs to; her voice is also full of calypso. "My mother's father jumped off a ship, in Florida, at the turn of the twentieth century," she says. "But then, he went back to Trinidad, got his father and then they both jumped ship in Tampa." Her laughter is deep like the river Jordan. Much of what she knows about her great-grandfather and her grandfather is family lore; stories she heard as a child. "My great-grandfather stayed in Florida and became a cigar roller."
Her grandfather travelled north. "He became a porter, in St Louis, on the railroad, married and had a pile of kids; six: four boys and two girls." He died in the early 1930s, when she was very young. "My grandfather had a mantra," she laughs. "He was a big man, mighty, and he would tell his sons, if you get in a fight and go to jail, I will sell the house to get you out. But if you go to jail for stealing, I'm leaving you there. My grandfather was a tough man but he was a fair man. He didn't suffer fools gladly. He didn't believe in whipping his children. He spoke so severely that they would weep. He could scold you that severely." She has little memory of him. "I met him but most of what I know is through what my uncles and mother said. I learned a lot about Trinidad's culture from my mom. The food and the recipes. I learned to cook the codfish, the ochroes, and the greens. And my best friend, the famous writer Paule Marshall, is also West Indian."
She's a storyteller like no other; so good at it, that 40 years ago she inspired a new genre of American literature. Her autobiographical work is celebrated as the advent of a revolutionary literary tradition of Black Women Writers. Her poetry is some of the most recited in the world, and her inspirational sayings are probably some of the most emailed, in the world. She told women all over that we were phenomenal, as she took the ordinary details of womanhood and made them extraordinary. "We still have these men to deal with," she laughs. "We have to be strong and at the same time we have to be tactful. We want our children to have fathers and we want the fathers to be kind and responsible." Her words are a stockpile of hope.
It took four books to tell her life story. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings captured her early life, from three to 16. The first 10 years were in Arkansas with her father's mother and the last three were spent between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with her mother. It was a life of displacement, humiliation, loss and rape, at eight, at the hands of her mother's boyfriend. She described her pain as "an unnecessary insult" and "the rust of the razor that threatens the throat." Living in fear of the Ku Klux Klan made her life in the South an abomination against God and man. She punished herself with a self-imposed silence when the rapist was killed in an act of revenge. It took many years before she would speak again.
Her voice is solemn. "I would encourage adults to not blame the child. The child is the victim. And don't allow the child to blame her or himself. Try to love that child. Tell her or tell him that they are clean and it had to nothing to do with them; that they are the victims and it was nothing that they did." She endured one of the most brutal coming-of age stories, followed by an unwanted pregnancy, at 16, when her only child, a son, Guy, was born. A teen mom, broke and bored, she shared her life with pimps and prostitutes. In Gather Together In My Name, she wrote of the dehumanising experiences. She worked as a short-order cook, moonlighted as a prostitute, did double-duty as a madam in charge of her own prostitutes, and fell in love with a drug addict. She was on the brink of destruction; "like a tree on a river responding to the winds and the tides".
She eventually rescued herself from spiritual waste and the oppression of underclass living and began Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry like Christmas. She had picked up the pieces and put them all together. From down in the dumps, she had pulled herself up. She was signing calypso and dancing. She appeared in the legendary African-American musical Porgy & Bess; an amazing accomplishment. In her late twenties, she did the unthinkable — married a white man — and took off to Egypt. Her Pan-African awakening, The Heart of a Woman, is liberating and life-transforming. In Ghana, she met Kwame Nkrumah, became good friends with Malcolm X and also with Oliver Tambo, leader of the African National Congress. She worked as a journalist for the Arab Observer and joined the African Liberation Movement. She also met Stokley Carmichael, a Trinidadian, who would become Kwame Ture, a stalwart of the Black Power Movement.
"He and I didn't get on. He was quite rude to me in Algeria because of something he thought I said about his then wife. So he embarrassed me in public," she says. "I agreed with him politically but socially I require courtesy. So I disagreed with him on that." She hastened to add that he leaned over her chair and whispered, "I'll talk to you back at the hotel." In her laughter, it was obvious she considered it an apology. When she moved back to America, she took root in Harlem, married an abusive freedom fighter but found the courage to leave him. She met Billie Holiday and heard Dr Martin Luther King speak. She was inspired to achieve the unimaginable. But she never knew she would speak at the funeral of his wife Coretta Scott King.
She stood proud, at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton, and held the morning by its pulse, telling all of America to look into each other's eyes and simply say 'Good Morning'. Majestic, in height and heart, the world watched a legend and wondered how this girl named Marguerite, who didn't speak for years, became one of the greatest voices ever heard. "I really can't say which one of my poems brings me the greatest joy. Evaluating my poetry is like evaluating your children." She has written collections and sold millions of copies. Her cookbook was also a bestseller. Her life was made into a movie; she has acted and directed. She has mentored generations of American scholarship and talent. Black and White America look up to her.
Early, in the last presidential campaign, she had thrown her support behind her close friend Hillary Clinton for whom she has "profound affection". But she realised "something great" was happening in America; changed her mind and endorsed Senator Barack Obama whose sister, she later found out, was named after her. "Hillary made it to the glass ceiling and she has left 18 million scratches on the glass ceiling," she said, in Greensboro, North Carolina, at a Women for Obama rally. "But we need someone to break that ceiling down and that's Barack Obama," she affirmed as she welcomed Michelle Obama to the podium. The day after he won, she was so overwhelmed, she cried, on national television. She said America was "growing up and beyond" it's idiocy and ignorance. 
She's considered the great master of words. She never attended college but holds several honorary degrees. She has always said it is "imperative that we learn humility" and exercise "an attitude of gratitude" for all those who have paved the way before us. Our conversation is coming to a close. She has much to attend to in Winston, Salem where she lives. "Right now, I'm working on being very good, like a good Christian, or like a good Muslim, it is hard, it is serious, it is so serious. I'm 82, so I'm really working on being good." And finally, I ask her, what has been her greatest life experience. "Talking to you," she says. "Yes, talking to you; you may be the last person I speak to because life is like that. I don't compare what I did with what I'm yet to do."


Bovell had suggested TNT years ago instead of TRI.
I guess the TTOC felt TTO is better.

Although mindful of "Trinbagonian", this issue is something that escaped me.  :applause:

Might have been interesting to see what other formulations ppl would come up with aside from TTO.

TNT would have been cool, I guess the whole Explosive meaning would have both a positive and negative.
Seems we getting success with TTO, so it's all good

Simmons hit 62 this very match.

Knew quite a few of those Convent girls....beautiful yes

Have a lot of family from Abercrombie Street

I was born in St Joseph Hospital, father was an RC Boy.  I went to school in St Augustine though.
Lived in Maracas Valley, those were some of the best years of my life. Playing football and cricket in the Savannah vs the Valley View boys.

Last year took my wife all around Maracas Valley, St Joseph, despite not having been there in almost 15 years.  Knew the area like the back of my hand...memory is a wonderful thing

 :beermug: :beermug:
Awesome! Some nice positive results.

My hometown (St Joseph) and my old church.
Still looks the same.

Nice Read


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 14, 2014, 07:16:10 AM »
So nobody there coulda pelt a blade and stop the man from opening the cage?
That was a lame retreat, although it seems Theon might be able to benefit now.
Whenever Theon on screen I half hoping somebody puts him out of his misery.

I was also thinking that; some other questions re: that scene:

Did he open the cage? and why did he let them live? Chances are if he opened the cage, they couldn't have made it out.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: May 12, 2014, 09:31:54 AM »
bess episode so far.....yes even better dan d hound arya episode .............tyrion jus couldn't take it no more and let dem have it....dat tongue lashing was some damn strong acting  Peter Dinklage might be up for ah nex emmy :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

agree, that was a great scene. he plays his character better than anyone else in the show. On the topic of acting I find Daenarys acting skills slipping, maybe because her character has become more annoying and shows less

I also found the guy playing Theon real showing his acting chops

Cricket Anyone / Re: CPL players draft to feature 228 cricketers 2014
« on: April 04, 2014, 11:49:21 AM »
I know this was touched upon last year but they have to rename these teams based on city not country.

Cricket Anyone / Re: World T20: Pakistan v West Indies - Apr 1, 2014
« on: April 01, 2014, 09:23:05 AM »
Quack Quack openers

Cricket Anyone / Re: World T20: Pakistan v West Indies - Apr 1, 2014
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:58:21 AM »
WI believe!

Bravo and Sammy are the best finishers and did just that


166 runs is a good total. Time for the bowlers

^^^ They brave and bold like that.

Beating and horning is considered domestic matters in Hinduism.

Since when?

Do not make this incident into an attack on a religion

Listen friend I have been a social worker in County Caroni 4 nuff years I know what I speak off. It is d nasty reality whether u want 2 believe it or not. 

I could be wrong but "a social worker in County Caroni 4 nuff years" would hardly make anyone an expert on the reality of a religion of 1 billion people.

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