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As the topic says,

Good things This PNM government do for the country - list and discuss..... (i hope this is not the shortest thread in the history of the forum  :devil: )

A certain poster say how he could list a set of good things this government do, so i interested in seeing his list

BTW I is not a Pnm eh, but there must be some good things that the govt do in-between all the bad.

So i go start d list.

1. GATE program. Nice program. Both me and my sister benefitting from this program right now.

however i heard that the program may come to and end soon because of the downturn in the world economy. Too bad all the money squandered may come back to hurt the people hopeful of furthering their education.

General Discussion / Hot spots lockdown for Fifth Summit
« on: March 07, 2009, 07:54:22 AM »
So why they cant do this all the time?  >:(


Hot spots lockdown for Fifth Summit

By NALINEE SEELAL Saturday, March 7 2009

Heavily armed police and soldiers, both local and foreign, will move into seven “hot spot” crime areas in advance of the Summit of the Americas in April, and maintain a round-the-clock presence as part of the security arrangements.

While this is taking place, members of the United States Secret Service and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) will take up their positions at the Hyatt and Hilton hotels in Port-of-Spain.

The hot spot areas to be heavily manned are: Laventille, Beetham Gardens, Sea Lots, Belmont, Long Circular Road, Dibe, and Maloney Gardens before and during the Summit of the Americas, which takes place on April 17 to 19.

Sources said yesterday the police force has already begun to make arrests and are targeting some of the persons believed to be a security threat to the summit.

In Laventille yesterday, 19 persons were arrested, some of them members of gangs, and in Central Trinidad, a man who police identified as a suspected kidnapper, was among 11 arrested. Sources also said the hot spot areas will fall under a special zone, and heavily armed police and soldiers will take up positions there. Soldiers are also expected to set up camps in those areas.

Newsday understands the Priority Bus Route from Piarco to Port-of-Spain, the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway and the Beetham Highway will be heavily manned during the three-day conference.

On the day of the arrival of US President Barack Obama, security will be tight around Maloney Gardens and surrounding areas. Most of the visiting 1000-strong American delegation are expected to stay at the Hilton Trinidad, St Ann’s. There will be a heavy police and army presence in this area, as well as Belmont, and Long Circular Road, Dibe.

More than 300 soldiers and 150 police officers from five Caricom countries will arrive in the country at the end of March for special training to assist with security for the summit.

Several soldiers from Guyana arrived last week and are to set up camp at Macaqueripe where the other visiting soldiers will be housed. Yesterday, Gold Commander for the Summit of the Americas, Assistant Police Commissioner Steve Waldron confirmed the Caricom police and soldiers will form part of the summit security team.

He said when the full contingents arrive by the end of the month they will be briefed and trained.

Other sources revealed that Caricom soldiers and police officers will provide guard and surveillance duties at several hotels where visiting delegates will stay.

This will ensure that local Special Branch officers have the necessary manpower to provide escort and other key services for the high profile visitors.

The visiting cops will be housed at local police stations and they are coming with their own weapons and bullet-proof vests.

The move is one of several recommendations made by the FBI. Local law enforcement officers, who are to be outfitted with 3,000 bullet-proof vests, yesterday said they were satisfied with the security preparations for the summit.


Football / Liverpool vs Everton - FA CUp
« on: January 25, 2009, 11:05:03 AM »
Looks like the liverpool  men keeping a low profile for now since
Everton 1 - Liverpool 0

Oh yeah, Carragher brace the ref in the tunnel about Howard time wasting and get a yellow card for his trouble. I feel we go see a red for him later on  ;)

Football / Fahim confirms interest in Chelsea
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:57:21 AM »
The Arab tycoon behind the takeover of Manchester City has hinted he may become the man to finally test Roman Abramovich's Chelsea resolve.

The Russian billionaire owner insists he has no intention of selling the club - a position underlined by chief executive Peter Kenyon at a fans' forum last weekend.

But Dr Sulaiman al-Fahim, working with a group of German investors, believes everything has its price - and may be ready to launch a takeover bid.

Fahim is understood to have drawn up a proposal with Falcon Equity - a Swiss-based private equity partnership.

Fahim, CEO of Abu Dhabi-based Hydra Properties, also chairs Falcon Equity, which is run by Holger Heims, former managing partner of 'DVC' Deutsche Venture Capital.

"We have looked before at some European clubs to see if the numbers added up, and now we are doing the same with Chelsea," admitted Heims. "I can't go into more details at this stage.

"I don't believe anything is ever not for sale if you come up with the right price. It's not about trying to buy a football team but about a business.

"You don't make money because 11 guys run around the pitch, you make money because of all the other commercial aspects that go with a football club, particularly real estate and television rights."

Fahim added: "It's not entirely clear if Chelsea is for sale, but regardless of that, we first need to see if we are in a position to buy it.

"Given that Roman Abramovich has invested more than £500million into the club, it would not be cheap, and with the current credit crunch, nobody wants to be over-exposed on one deal.

"But through a number of investors, there is money available to put together a deal," he told Arabian Business.

Abramovich's personal fortune is understood to have been affected by the global credit crunch but he is expected to underline his continuing commitment the club when their accounts are published next month.

But Fahim will have to come up with an exceptional deal to persuade Abramovich to relinquish his hold on the Blues - especially as he continues to reject any suggestion of selling up.

Kenyon said: "We have had investment of £600million in the last five-and-a-half years with excellent facilities and football during that time.

"Next year we expect our operating profit to break even. Our financial accounts for 2007-08 are published in February and any notions about the owner losing interest are dispelled in that.

"The owner does not have to sell Chelsea and he doesn't want to."


Football / FA Cup
« on: January 03, 2009, 08:45:01 PM »

Chelsea 1-1 Southend

A 90th minute goal from Peter Clarke earned League One Southend a shock third-round replay against Chelsea.

Salomon Kalou opened the scoring on 31 minutes when he rose unchallenged to head in Frank Lampard's corner.

Didier Drogba twice failed to find the net when put clean through, while Juliano Belletti saw his header cleared off the goal-line by Johnny Herd.

The Blues were made to rue their misses when defender Clarke popped up inside the area to head in a long throw-in.

Moments earlier, Clarke sent a warning to last season's Champions League finalists when his header from Herd's cross bounced off the top of the crossbar.

The Shrimpers will be delighted having converted one of their two clear-cut chances, a mood which will be in stark contrast to Luiz Felipe Scolari's side who should have romped to victory.

Drogba was put through on goal as early as the 10th minute but dwelled too long on the ball allowing Anthony Grant to produce a superb tackle to deny the Ivorian.

And a few minutes later, the striker shot wide with just Steve Mildenhall in the visitors' goal to beat.


Chelsea pushed hard for a second goal after the break, with Mildenhall called into action again to stop Drogba's effort, before the keeper was was forced to punch clear off the head of Ricardo Carvalho.

He could do nothing to prevent Belletti's header creeping into the net, but fortunately for the shot-stopper, his team-mates and the travelling fans, Herd was on hand to clear off the line.

That interception proved crucial to Southend, 13th in League One, when Clarke nodded in at the far post to set up a Roots Hall replay on Wednesday 14 January.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Ferreira, Carvalho, Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Belletti, Lampard, Mikel, Joe Cole (Di Santo 84), Kalou (Sinclair 87), Drogba.
Subs Not Used: Hilario, Mineiro, Anelka, Mancienne, Sawyer.

Booked: Mikel, Carvalho.

Goals: Kalou 31.

Southend: Mildenhall, Sankofa, Clarke, Barrett, Herd, Grant, Christophe (Moussa 74), McCormack, Stanislas, Barnard (Freedman 75), Revell (Laurent 75).
Subs Not Used: Joyce, Francis, Betsy, O'Keefe.

Booked: McCormack, Grant.

Goals: Clarke 90.

Att: 41,090

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).



 Defeat was indefensible - Hughes

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes described his side's shock FA Cup third-round exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest as "indefensible".

Championship strugglers Forest were worthy winners with goals from Nathan Tyson, Robert Earnshaw and Joe Garner.

Hughes said: "I wouldn't defend it, because it's indefensible. We are disappointed with the performance."

In insisting he was the right man for the City job, Hughes added: "I know exactly what is needed here."

Forest, hovering one place above the Championship relegation zone on goal difference, sacked manager Colin Calderwood on Boxing Day after defeat to Doncaster.

Now it is Hughes who looks increasingly under threat after Forest's caretaker manager John Pemberton masterminded a famous win as new boss Billy Davies, who takes charge on Monday, watched from the stands.

Hughes has so far been backed by the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners despite a disappointing start to the season, but he will undoubtedly feel the heat after a poor display.

The Welshman admitted his side had been second best to the visitors.

"They showed more desire and energy in their play. They forced us into errors and took their chances," he said.

"I didn't expect the other team to show more desire but I am just being honest."

Hughes, who has presided over just six Premier League victories since succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson in the summer, pleaded for more time to develop the team, currently 13th in the league.

"We know where we are in development terms and we know where we need to go. We know the areas of the squad we have to strengthen and we will try to do that," said the former Wales boss.

"It is not going to happen in this window, or even two or three. We need more time.

"I am not telling anyone anything they didn't see themselves. I have known the frailties in the team from day one."

City were without Brazilian playmaker Robinho and the influential Stephen Ireland but nevertheless fielded a side many would have expected to ease to the fourth round.

The home side suffered a serious setback in the 18th minute when Shaun Wright-Phillips, lively in the opening stages, was forced from the field with a hamstring injury.

From that point onwards matters quickly deteriorated for the home side.

"You need leaders, people who drive the game and affect it in a positive way," said Hughes, whose players were booed by the home fans.

"I'm concerned with the collective showing of the team. Without the shining lights of the season so far, like Robinho, Shaun and Stephen, we looked lacking.

"We've possibly relied too much on those players and allowed them to carry the team and without them we weren't good enough.

"If we have more than one, two or three players below their best then we struggle to win games. We have shown that throughout the season."

Pemberton described Forest's victory as "dream stuff".

"A massive amount of credit must go to the players, they were unbelievable and we turned out as worthy winners," he said.

"I just wanted the lads to give a good account of themselves and get them ready to play.

"Winning is fantastic but on Monday morning I will be back to my normal job, getting the reserve team ready for a game against Lincoln City away on Wednesday."
Story from BBC SPORT:

Football / Senna 'interested' in City switch
« on: December 26, 2008, 06:23:04 AM »
Senna 'interested' in City switch

by RivalsDM

Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna admits he would be "interested" in a January move to Manchester City and is "flattered by their interest".

The Spain midfielder, who is under contract at Villarreal until 2010, is believed to be one of the players on City manager Mark Hughes' wishlist as City owners Abu Dhabi United Group prepare to bankroll a spending spree next month.

"I have heard about the big project at City and I'm flattered by their interest," Senna was reported saying in the Daily Mail. "The Premier League is a big league and I am interested in the challenge.

"It is complicated leaving Villarreal because I am excited by the season and we are still involved in the league and the Champions League.

"It would take an enormous proposition by City for me to leave but it is not impossible."

Villarreal sporting director Jose Luis Llanez appeared to open the door for a bid when he added: "We have received no formal offers but in football nothing is impossible.

"If we get a big offer we would consider it."


Football / Brazil vs Portugal Friendly
« on: November 19, 2008, 06:21:14 PM »

Football / Romania vs France
« on: October 11, 2008, 12:54:15 PM »
France 1 down in the first 10 mins


Football / Sweden vs Portugal
« on: October 11, 2008, 12:31:15 PM »
Sweden dominating even without larson.

Elmander throw way 3 clear chances already...

game going good!

Cricket Anyone / Well well well
« on: June 20, 2008, 04:11:42 PM »
we win one..

the first 20-20 vs Austrialia in the WI

Saraman and gayle should get injured more often  ;) ;D

Football / barbados soccer ad
« on: June 10, 2008, 12:36:02 PM »

The studio crew in ESPN was now kecthing real kicks of this yes.... lol.

SEND US A NOTE AT bdosfootball@caribsurf.com
or ronalddac@yahoo.com.




not a bad idea
They coulda hire bajanscout for the wuk  :rotfl:

Football / Inter, Roma chase title in final round of season
« on: May 15, 2008, 07:19:15 PM »
MILAN, Italy (AP) - Inter Milan fans squirm at the mere mention of May 5, 2002, the date of the club's biggest collapse in recent memory.

They're hoping May 18, 2008, won't be remembered the same way.

That is when Inter will have its third and final chance to wrap up this year's Serie A title - which seemed to already be in the bag months ago. But its 11-point lead from February has now shrunk to a one-point advantage, and Inter must beat relegation-threatened Parma on Sunday to secure its third straight league title - or hope that AS Roma fails to win at Catania.

It could have been crowned champions two weeks ago, but lost 2-1 to rival AC Milan and then only managed a 2-2 draw at home against Siena last Sunday after Marco Materazzi missed a 78-the minute penalty.

Going into the last game of the season, Inter has 82 points and Roma 81. If both teams end up with 82, Inter would win the championship because of a better head-to-head record.

Inter was undefeated in Serie A up until three months ago, and seemed to be cruising toward the title until its first loss to Napoli was followed by a string of injuries.

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been out since the end of March with a knee injury, and played for at least a month before that at less than full strength. Ibrahimovic is likely to be available against Parma, although his physical form after the six-week absence is uncertain.

While this would be Niter's third title in a row, many Serie A observers see this one as necessary to validate the other two.

Inter won the league in 2006 after officials stripped it from Juventus for the team's role in a match-fixing scandal. Officials also docked second-place Milan 15 points, giving the title to third-place Inter. It won the following year when Juventus played in Serie B as punishment and Milan started the Serie A season with an eight-point penalty in the standings.

Before 2006, Inter had not won the league since 1989, despite coming close several times - including in 2002. On that May 5, Inter led the league by one point going into the last game of the season and lost to Lazio while Juventus and Roma both won, pushing the Nerazzurri down to third place.

Inter plays a Parma that must win and hope Catania loses to Roma in order to avoid relegation.

Parma and Inter are the only two teams to never have been relegated from Serie A. Parma earned promotion to the highest division 18 years ago for the first time and has remained there ever since.

Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi on Monday fired coach Hector Cuper, who had been brought on two months ago to save the team from relegation, replacing him with Andrea Manzo who was coaching Parma's youth squad.

"I tried to give a final jolt to the team," Ghirardi said. "If Parma is relegated I will face extraordinary damage to my finances and image. It's only normal that I do everything possible to avoid that happening."

Inter will be without midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, who hurt his ankle in last week's loss to Siena, but midfielder Dejan Stankovic is available after being out since the end of April.

The Roma-Catania game will be a rematch of the recent Italian Cup semifinals, where Roma advanced 2-1 on aggregate to set up the final against Inter.

The last spot in next year's Champions League is also at stake Sunday, with Fiorentina entering the last game with a two point advantage over AC Milan. To snatch fourth place and the coveted spot in the tournament, Milan must beat Udinese at home and Fiorentina has to lose on the road against Torino.

On Saturday, Sampdoria faces Juventus, which is already assured of finishing in third place.


Come on Roma and Come on Parma  :wavetowel: :wavetowel: :wavetowel:

Football / Zenit shoot down Bayern to reach final
« on: May 01, 2008, 02:11:18 PM »
 :o :o :o :o :o

FC Zenit St. Petersburg made history by winning 4-0 against FC Bayern München in their UEFA Cup semi-final second leg and reaching their first European final.

Emphatic victory
The Russian champions combined resolute defending with lethal finishing, to leave Bayern wondering what exactly had hit them after a contest in which the territorial advantage was theirs. Goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Konstantin Zyrianov set Zenit on their way in the first half, before Victor Fayzulin and Pogrebnyak then consigned Bayern to a painful defeat.
Defensive crisis
Zenit, without the suspended Andrei Arshavin, Radek Šírl and Fernando Ricksen, as well as Nicolas Lombaerts and Kim Dong Jin through injury, had only two available defenders – Ivica Križanac and Aleksandr Anyukov. These were joined at the back by Roman Shirokov, a recent convert to the centre-half position, and 38-year-old Olexandr Gorshkov, a makeshift left-back. Bayern recovered Lucio, rested at the weekend following his own goal in Munich, and Luca Toni from a ban. The Italian international's inclusion was the only change to Ottmar Hitzfeld's lineup from the 1-1 first-leg draw.

Early goal
Bayern started brightly and created their first chance in the second minute when Miroslav Klose connected with Toni's flick-on but Shirokov cleared the ball off the line with Vyacheslav Malafeev beaten. Yet just 90 seconds later the Petrovsky Stadium erupted as Pogrebnyak delivered on his pre-match promise to take care of Zenit's scoring by blasting a 25-metre free-kick through the wall and past Oliver Kahn.

Bayern pressure
The breakthrough was the prelude to a spell of sustained Bayern pressure. The Bundesliga leaders controlled possession and peppered Zenit's box with crosses. A couple of free-kicks were won in the vicinity of Malafeev's goal, but for all their dominance, Bayern could not convert any openings until Franck Ribéry unleashed a shot which Malafeev collected at the second attempt. Zenit's response was far more dangerous. Alejandro Dominguez played in Anyukov on the right side of the area and his close-range strike was saved by the legs of Kahn. The German team looked to Toni for inspiration, and he almost provided it but headed over the bar when well-placed.

Doubling up
As ever, though, the attacks by Dick Advocaat's men, if fewer in number, were greater in quality: on 39 minutes another well-timed pass by Dominguez was turned into a goal by Zyrianov, who sold a dummy to Martín Demichelis before steering the ball into the far corner as he strode into the box. Hitzfeld's reaction was to introduce Lukas Podolski and Christian Lell for Zé Roberto and Marcell Jansen at half-time, a move which almost paid dividends when Podolski set up Toni to force a reflex save from Malafeev. Bastian Schweinsteiger also tested the keeper with a strong shot.

Ruthless Zenit
Such was the script of this match that for every Bayern chance there was a opportunity for the hosts – and Zenit converted theirs with near German precision. This time, on 53 minutes, Anyukov delivered an inch-perfect cross into the area which Fayzulin powered in, with his head, just under the crossbar with Kahn stranded. Bayern were shell-shocked. Hitzfeld sent on José Ernesto Sosa for the injured Klose. Lell made space for Podolski to rifle an effort over. Schweinsteiger solicited another fine stop from Malafeev.

But still they could find no way through the calm, confident Zenit defence. And, yet again, Zenit had the perfect riposte. Dominguez breezed past Philipp Lahm down the right and rolled across a masterful pass for Pogrebnyak to finish with pinpoint accuracy into the bottom corner. This left Pogrebnyak – whose yellow card rules him out of the 14 May final in Manchester – as the UEFA Cup's ten-goal top scorer alongside Toni.

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Football / Football family 'must help Gazza'
« on: February 22, 2008, 09:56:26 AM »
Football family 'must help Gazza'

Former Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt has called on the world of football to come to the aid of Paul Gascoigne.
Gascoigne, 40, has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and Mabbutt, a friend and former team-mate at Spurs, wants his ex-colleagues to help out.

"Football always talks about itself being the football family," Mabbutt told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"At the moment, one of that football family's most talented sons needs desperate help."

Mabbutt added: "Paul needs to get himself concentrated and focused on something else and hopefully within the game of football."

Gascoigne was detained on Thursday following an incident at a Newcastle hotel and is currently receiving medical treatment.

Born in Dunston, Tyne and Wear, Gascoigne came through the youth ranks at Newcastle before spending three years there as a professional from 1985-88.

Current Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan , who played for the club while Gascoigne was a trainee, insists his sectioning in not necessarily a bad thing.

"Everybody out there who has seen he's been sectioned will have a look at it and be a bit shocked by it," he said.

 Gazza's still like a young boy - all he wants to do is play the game and his body doesn't allow it any more
Paul Parker, former England team-mate 

"But having talked with his father and sister this week, this is the best thing that could have happened for him.

"There is now a chance for the people who care and can help him to get the opportunity to do so."

Since leaving Everton as a player in 2002, the former England midfielder has played for Burnley, Gansu Tianma in China and Boston United, while his stint ill-fated stint as Kettering manager lasted just 39-days.

His former England team-mate Paul Parker understood where Mabbutt was coming from but said Gascoigne has been given a number opportunities both inside and outside football, all of which have ended in failure.

"Gazza's had a few opportunities in football, he's had a few opportunities in the media but it hasn't worked out because that didn't give him what he wanted," Parker told 5 Live.

"He still wanted to be a professional footballer, he still wanted to be there with the lads in the morning, he wanted to be training, he wanted to be playing every Saturday afternoon.

"Gazza's still like a young boy - all he wants to do is play the game and his body doesn't allow it any more.

"Any man out there, even outside the football family, still loves Gazza.

"But people have looked at it and Gazza has done so many things that it has come to the point that when can they trust Paul Gascoigne to do the job and do himself justice at that moment in time?"

Gascoigne - affectionately nicknamed "Gazza" - has battled for some time with alcohol and health issues.

He was treated for pneumonia and last year underwent emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer after being taken ill as he was celebrating his 40th birthday.

Everton boss David Moyes , who managed Gascoigne towards the end of his two year on Merseyside, said: "I do hope that things start working out better for Gazza. He is a player I know well, he was here when I took over.

"He used to phone me and text me a lot, he was someone I spoke a lot to when he was here, and since.

"He is a good man, a good person and was always willing to help others. When I have been around him he has proved to be a real gent. We all here hope he gets the help he needs."

Sunderland manager Roy Keane , who played against the then Tottenham star for Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup final in which Gascoigne suffered a cruciate ligament injury, offered his and his club's best wishes to Gascoigne.

"We all send our best to Paul. It's obviously sad, but we pray from everyone from Sunderland that he pulls through okay because no-one likes to see that," said Keane.

"That is a problem, particularly with a lot of footballers when you stop playing, there is a massive gap in your life.

"We all pray that Paul finds a bit of peace and serenity because he deserves it."

Former England manager, Graham Taylor , feels Gascoigne was surrounded by the wrong people during his career.

"It's a sad story but I don't think it surprises anybody," he told 5 Live. "Paul has got demons but he's had them many, many years.

"For me Paul Gascoigne was the greatest player I managed at international level and as a person an absolutely superb fellow.

 The clubs do everything for you and then when your time comes to leave the game you don't really know anything about the real world
Graham Taylor, former England manager 

"He would give people the last penny in his pocket but I know round about him for many years there have been many people who have taken the last penny from his pocket."

Taylor believes footballers are looked after so much by their clubs that when their careers end they have little knowledge of the "real world".

"During your period as a footballer all you've got to do is turn up on time, the rest is all organised for you and that's not helpful," he added.

"The clubs do everything for you and then when your time comes to leave the game you don't really know anything about the real world.

"If you're really in the spotlight like Paul Gascoigne, and he also has personal problems, it's extremely difficult. This fellow still needs a tremendous amount of help."

Former Manchester United defender Steve Bruce - who played against Gascoigne throughout his career - believes the Newcastle-born star has the character to battle through his problems.

"He has come through before but he will need the support of everyone around him," said the Wigan manager.

"I know Paul quite well, I have had many a night out with him. Like everyone else, I am obviously saddened and shocked.

"We all hope where he is now, he is in the best hands and we hope he can come through this major obstacle."

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate added: "It is a very sad situation, but I am sure he will come through."

Southgate hailed Gascoigne - who earned 57 caps for his country over 10 years - as "the most talented player he played with".

"He was loved by everybody because he put everybody else first," said Southgate.

"He would do anything for anybody and, hopefully, people will do the same for him now because he obviously needs that help."

Story from BBC SPORT:

Published: 2008/02/22 15:29:32 GMT


Football / A colombian our new Football Coach
« on: January 03, 2008, 02:11:48 PM »
Just heard on the radio that Columbian National Fansico Matturana is our new Soca warriors Coach for the next six months.


Football / Website agrees Ebbsfleet takeover
« on: November 13, 2007, 06:25:42 AM »

Maybe socawarriors.net could buy out some side  ;)

 Fans' community website MyFootballClub has agreed a deal to take over Blue Square Premier outfit Ebbsfleet United.

The 20,000 MyFootballClub members have each paid £35 to provide a £700,000 takeover pot and they will all own an equal share in the club.

Members will have a vote on transfers as well as player selection and all major decisions.

"We are united in believing this is a great opportunity," Ebbsfleet chairman Jason Botley told BBC Sport.

Intervierw: Birmingham City co-owner David Sullivan

"This extra finance and support will enable our club to progress."

The deal is expected to be completed in a few weeks after a due diligence process and the website will purchase a 51% controlling stake, while also having the option to buy the club outright in the future.

The takeover is a landmark for English football, given the website's stated intention of involving the members so radically in the running of the club, particularly with team selection.

   Picking 11 players and formations isn't a precise science
Ebbsfleet boss Liam Daish

After the takeover goes through the current board will stay in place, as will manager Liam Daish, although his title will change to head coach.

Daish insisted that he was happy for fans to have an input on team matters.

"Picking 11 players and formations isn't a precise science and luck often plays its part," stated the Ebbsfleet boss.

"During and after matches, Ebbsfleet supporters often give me their opinion on which players should or shouldn't start games. Now they can have their say.

"My job won't change that much. As a club, we'll select the starting 11 players and formation together.

"But just as before, what goes on at the training ground and in the dressing room on the day of the match is down to me.

"It's the supporters' money that finances this club and pays my wages and those of the players.

"So there's a good argument for them having a say in what players they want to see."

Ebbsfleet were formerly Gravesend and Northfleet but the club's name was changed in May in a bid to tap into the regeneration of the area.

They are currently ninth in the Blue Square Premier, six points off a play-off place for entry to the Football League.

And Ebbsfleet's push for a spot in League Two will receive a boost as some of the funds raised by MyFootballClub members will be available in the January transfer window.

MyFootballClub members will be given the option to vote on who the club should buy.

Daish added that he was fully behind the radical model for the club.

"We all agree we need something extra to take us to the next step," he said.

"As a football fan, I think the MyFootballClub idea is fantastic.

"As the coach, I look forward to the challenge of working with thousands of members to produce a winning team.

"My assistant Alan Kimble and myself are 100% committed to making this work."

Since the website's launch in April, 50,000 members have signed up, with 20,000 of those paying the registration fee.

The membership subscription is paid annually so new members can join and become owners at any time, adding to the club's finances.

MyFootballClub was approached by nine clubs and looked into seven of those before opting to take over Ebbsfleet.

The Financial Services Authority has approved the setting up of the MyFootballClub Trust to safeguard members' interests in the eventuality of the club running into financial difficulties.


"The MyFootballClub ownership model is an innovative way of funding a lower league club," said Dan Jones, partner at Deloitte and editor of the Annual Review of Football Finance.

"Reports of having raised over £700,000 in 11 weeks suggests it is viable too.

"Deloitte has been following its progress with interest and we're now looking forward to offering our experience in football finance to assist with advice and guidance during the due diligence process."

MyFootballClub creator Will Brooks added: "We hope that MyFootballClub members and Ebbsfleet supporters will join forces and make the football club more sustainable and successful."

Jessica McQueen, Ebbsfleet United Supporters' Trust chair commented: "Being a Trust, our members understand the MyFootballClub concept immediately.

"We very much look forward to working with the MyFootballClub members for the benefit of Ebbsfleet United."

Story from BBC SPORT:

General Discussion / Stressed Spaniards smash up hotel
« on: July 03, 2007, 10:04:16 AM »
Stressed Spaniards smash up hotel

A group of stressed-out people in Spain have been given a chance to let off steam by demolishing a hotel in Madrid.

The 30 winners of a contest run by NH Hoteles were given sledgehammers to smash up the bedrooms and bathrooms of the 146-room hotel in the capital.

The participants of the "roomolition" were selected by psychologists from more than 200 stressed applicants.

The winners included top executives and a working mother who said she simply wanted to hit something.

High school teacher Pablo, another participant, said he really enjoyed letting off steam.

"I don't need to smash my classroom now, not anymore - I'm already relaxed," Pablo was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

The group were allowed to destroy the interiors on one entire floor of the hotel before builders move in to start a refurbishment.

Story from BBC NEWS:


Now thats what i call therapy  :devil:

General Discussion / Anchor gloats at Lebanon killing
« on: June 15, 2007, 06:33:06 AM »
 Anchor gloats at Lebanon killing

A Lebanese TV news presenter has been sacked over comments in which she gloated over the assassination of anti-Syrian politician Walid Eido.

The presenter, who has not been named, then went on to name a Lebanese MP who would be assassinated next.

She was unaware that her microphone was on and that the comments were being broadcast live.

The presenter worked for NBN, a station owned by the pro-Syrian parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri.

The station has apologised for the "unintentional mistake" and said that the presenter's views did not represent those of the station.

Mr Eido, an outspoken critic of Syria and its influence in Lebanon, was buried on Thursday. He is the sixth leading anti-Syrian figure to be killed since 2005.


The open microphone captured the presenter saying: "Why did it take them so long to kill him?"

She and a male colleague, who was also sacked, can then be heard laughing.

"Ahmed Fatfat [another anti-Syrian MP] will be next. I'm counting them off," she went on.

The colleague tells her not to gloat.

"It's not gloating. But we've had enough of them," she continues.

Video of the comments has appeared on the web and been repeatedly broadcast on Lebanese and pan-Arab TV stations.

Mr Fatfat has said he fears for his life and intends to sue NBN.


---------------------------------- :rotfl:

that real embarassing, Imagine that happening to you.

I've always heard about the time Robin Maraj didint realise the mic was on and  he was cussing and saying how he give ppl wrong weather forecast for spite.  :rotfl:

But seriously.....them anchors could get killed for that mistake eh  :-\

General Discussion / US town set to ban saggy trousers
« on: June 14, 2007, 02:15:16 PM »
US town set to ban saggy trousers

A mayor in the US state of Louisiana says he will sign into law a proposal to make wearing saggy trousers an act of indecent exposure.

Delcambre town council unanimously passed the ordinance earlier this week making it a crime to wear trousers that show underwear.

"If you expose your private parts, you'll get a fine" of US$500 (£254) Mayor Carol Broussard said.

Offenders will also risk up to six months in jail.


Speaking of people who wear saggy trousers, Mr Broussard told the Associated Press news agency: "They're better off taking the pants off and just wearing a dress."

   White people wear sagging pants, too
Mayor Carol Broussard

Town attorney Ted Ayo said the ordinance expands on the existing state indecent exposure law by adding underwear to the list of forbidden exposures.

"This is a new ordinance that deals specifically with sagging pants," Mr Ayo said. "It's about showing off your underwear in public."

Some residents say the ordinance targets blacks, as low-slung trousers are fashionable among hip hop fans.

Mr Broussard denied it was racially motivated.

"White people wear sagging pants, too," he said.


Football / tatsulow
« on: June 14, 2007, 12:17:29 PM »
Check these skills out.

Hope is not a re-post.


Cricket Anyone / Taylor Impresses but Rampaul Injured.
« on: June 01, 2007, 11:51:16 AM »
Paceman Jerome Taylor boosted his hopes of staying in the West Indies team by taking five wickets as the MCC reached 234-7 on the opening day in Durham.

Taylor finished with 5-43 off 18 overs against an inexperienced team led by Sri Lanka star Sanath Jayasuriya.

But it was a day of mixed fortunes for the tourists as Chris Gayle and Ravi Rampaul left the field with injuries.

Laurie Evans top-scored with a patient 51 for the MCC before he was caught behind by Denesh off Taylor.

Taylor's wickets were just the boost the visitors needed after their innings defeat by England in the second Test at Headingley.

Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan went home with a shoulder problem after that and stand-in skipper Daren Ganga lost the toss on a sunny morning in the north east.

Jayasuriya opted to bat and his side were soon in trouble against disciplined bowling.

Edwards looked lively and got the early breakthrough when Paul Dixey was in all sorts of trouble against a short delivery and the ball looped to Runako Morton at slip.

Taylor made an almost instant impact by bowling Zoheb Sharif in his second over and then trapped William Porterfield lbw with a swinging full-toss.

James Morris (30) added 83 with Evans but both edged behind to keeper Denesh Ramdin and Jayasuriya managed only 18 when he fell to the on-song fast bowler.

But the West Indies were hit by Gayle's withdrawal shortly after lunch with a stomach strain and Rampaul visiting hospital for a scan on a thigh injury later in the session.

Darren Sammy then got in on the act after tea, bowling Simon Butler for 12 and the seventh wicket with the score on 188.

Shaaiq Choudry (45 not out) and Sir Viv Richards' son Mali Richards (20 not out) put on an unbeaten 44 to bring the MCC side back into the reckoning at stumps.


Football / Why are Brazil So Good?
« on: June 01, 2007, 10:02:37 AM »
Brazil. That single word has come to sum up the very best of football.

It stands for artistry, inspiration and genius, for the combination of sublime individual skill and collective fluidity to create a whole that is both beautiful to watch and devastatingly effective.

The country has produced 50 years' worth of great players - Garrincha, Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao, Socrates and Zico to name but a few.

They had a disappointing World Cup in 2006. But with outstanding individual talents such as Ronaldinho and Kaka orchestrating the team, expectations that they will produce more moments to live on in football legend remain as high as ever.

But how does Brazil produce so many great teams and wonderful players?

As the world's most exciting team prepare for their friendly with England on Friday, BBC Sport asks some of the biggest names in Brazil's football history what makes them so good.

The story of Brazil's domination of world football starts with the sport's uniquely important position in national life.

"The national football team," says its former coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, "is the symbol of national identity, the only time the nation gets together."

Football is the most important thing in Brazilian national life

"Football in Brazil is like a religion," adds Carlos Alberto Torres, captain of the side that won the 1970 World Cup.

"Everybody talks about it all the time - not only when we are close to the World Cup.

"This is the difference between Europe and Brazil. After the World Cup, people in Europe start to think about life, business. Here in Brazil, we breathe football 24 hours a day."

According to Parreira, no-one is quite sure why.

"Sociologists, psychologists have tried to explain, but nobody can find one reason," he says.

"Maybe because we didn't have to fight for independence, we don't have earthquakes or things like that. We didn't go to war."

Journalist Alex Bellos, author of Futebol - A Brazilian Way of Life, believes it was also due to the relatively late abolition of slavery at the end of the 19th century, and a lack of positive symbols.

Whatever the reason, Brazil very early "recognised football in our future and tradition and (as) our opportunity to communicate to the world that we are powerful," says 1994 World Cup winner Leonardo.

"In the 1930s, we started to organise a team to be competitive in the World Cup, and the 1950s were the beginning of this big dream to make Brazil the best international team in the world," he added.

Losing the final to Uruguay in 1950 was viewed as a national tragedy, but it only heightened the desire to win.

And it led to a little-known aspect of Brazilian football. Believing they had let themselves down through personal weakness and a lack of research, the national side came to see comprehensive preparation and innovative tactics as crucial to success.


Contrary to the popular belief that Brazilian teams are defensively naive, the idea of the modern back-four originated in the 1958 World Cup-winning team.

Through a careful evolution of the way they played, Brazil continued to have a tactical lead until 1970.

Allied to detailed planning and a concentration on physical training beyond that in Europe - not to forget the sheer quality of players - Brazil's plan met with unprecedented success. They won three of the four World Cups between 1958 and 1970.

Having an entire nation obsessed with football and, by extension, winning the World Cup, has developed a degree of self-fulfilment.

For some children, sport is the only way out of poverty in Brazil
Brazil is a big country - 183m people - and that is a lot of potential footballers, especially when, as Parreira says, "the whole of Brazil" is playing the game.

But for some in Brazil football is more than just a game.

It is, says journalist Lito Cavalcanti, a "life solution".

Many of Brazil's greatest footballers grew up in favelas - the shanty towns in its sprawling cities. Here, life is hard, and football offers an escape from the crippling poverty.

"It's the only way out of misery," says Cavalcanti. "The lower classes have no effective schooling. They live in favelas where drug dealers control their lives. Sport is the only way out, and in Brazil football is the only sport people care about.

"What makes them so good? Necessity. It's the only life they have ahead of them. That is their drive."

In 2006, Carlos Alberto Torres received a Fifa award for the most beautiful goal to have been scored in World Cup history - his thunderbolt in Brazil's 4-1 win over Italy in the 1970 World Cup final.

Nine Brazilians were involved in the move, with Rivelinho, Jairzinho and Pele providing memorable cameos before the coup de grace - Alberto's unstoppable shot.


"Now I realise how beautiful and how important that goal was," said Alberto.

Alberto was just 25 when he scored that goal, but his artistry had been honed day-by-day, week-by-week, year-by-year as a young child.

In Brazil children learn football in a very different way from their European counterparts.

There are no leagues or competitive matches for young children - such a concept is seen as likely to hinder a player's creative impulses.

"The children play a lot but it's always very free," says Leonardo.

"We don't tell eight-year-olds you have to play right-back."

Parreira agrees: "We don't put them in a cage, say 'you have to be like this'. We give them some freedom until they are ready to be coached."

And that sense of creativity is never lost.

Ronaldinho is just the latest in a long line of brilliant Brazilian players - but why are there so many?
"In Europe if you are dancing in the team bus before a World Cup final match it would be viewed as not concentrating," says Leonardo.

"But in Brazil if you are not speaking and laughing on the bus that is seen as being afraid.

"It is a different mentality. The idea of the system and the collective is different. The system is more important in Europe than it is in Brazil, even if we know it is important."

Brazil's success, though, stems from more than talent and the freedom to express it - behind Ronaldinho's gleaming smile lies hours of hard work.

"The English academy system is one where players are training for just four hours a week," says Brazilian football expert Simon Clifford.

"Compare that to Ronaldinho when he was a 16-year-old with Gremio, where he would have been training for up to 20 hours a week."

Parreira adds: "In Brazil players are fabricated, they are produced.

Crlos Alberto Torres
We say in Brazil that a great player is born every day Carlos Alberto
1970 World Cup winning captain "They come to the clubs when they are 10-12 and then they start in categories according to age.

"There are no more players from the beach or from the street. This is a myth, a legend. They are built, grown in the clubs."

Tactically, too, Brazil remain to this day very different from other international sides.

Former Republic of Ireland coach Brian Kerr says Brazil are unique in international football.

"The only two players who are really defenders are the centre-backs," says Kerr. "The shape of the team is 2-2-2-2, with the full-backs playing high up the pitch.

"That is how they would line up, but after that anything could happen that might lead them to have three wide players on the left.

Brazil have an embarrassment of riches on the player front
"It was different from anything I had seen and it was the quality of the players that allowed them to do that."

Brazil's football production-line has its fair share of casualties - Ronaldo was the only player from the under-17 Brazilian team who went on to become a professional.

Only the very best make it through to Brazil's starting 11 to display their extravagant skills on the world's stage.

In Ronaldinho, Adriano, Kaka, Ronaldo and Robinho, Brazil have five potential match winners - most teams are happy to have just one such player in their side.

And success has bred success for more than half a century.

"You go to the schools here," says Carlos Alberto Torres, "and you see the kids saying I want to be like Ronaldo or Pele or Zico.

"They are examples to the kids - and we have lots of them, not only one or two.

"We say in Brazil that a great player is born every day."

That might well be so. But just as important is that Brazil's unique environment ensures they actually become one.


Cricket Anyone / Allyuh feel West Indies alone have problems?
« on: May 09, 2007, 06:55:16 AM »

India selectors round on Chappell

Former India coach Greg Chappell has come under attack from four national selectors, whose comments were picked up by a television "sting operation".

Headlines Today and its sister channel, Aaj Tak, obtained undercover interviews from Venkatapathy Raju, Ranjib Biswal, Bhupinder Singh Snr and Sanjay Jagdale.

Bhupinder is taped saying: "There were instances when Chappell was not talking to players for four or five days."

"Greg wanted to show everybody he was the boss. He wasn't happy with anyone."

An official from The Board of Control for Cricket in India commented: "We will have to see whether the tape is authentic or not."

Bhupinder cited the Indian tour of South Africa in the winter as the moment he blanked out many of the players.

"He was not on talking terms with Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh," said the North Zone selector.

East Zone selector Biswal said: "Greg could not understand Indian cricketers' psyche. He was more like a schoolmaster than a friend."

Jagdale, who was team manager during the World Cup, said there were problems among the players too.

"They were not supporting [captain Rahul] Dravid. Some players were backing Tendulkar, some [Sourav] Ganguly.

"I won't call it factionalism but there were some personal problems."

Speaking in Dhaka, where India play the first of three one-day internationals on Thursday, Dravid dismissed reports that his leadership had been undermined.

He said: "To be honest with you, I felt I had as much support as I needed."


Cricket Anyone / Incident between Sarawan , Gayle and Samuel
« on: April 27, 2007, 05:35:57 PM »
I now hear Andre Baptiste refering to an incident (without details) between Sarawan, Gayle and Samuels in Jamaica.

Allyuh know anything about it?

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Club Zen temporarily closed down
« on: April 26, 2007, 05:19:44 PM »
ACP cooper has just ordered a certain nightclub thats all over the news lately  to be closed indefinately.

I 95.5 now report it on Andre Baptiste cricket program.

April 26th, 2007.

Another incident at the Club Zen has resulted in one man being wounded during an incident which is said to have involved a popular Soca Artiste and his bodyguards
25-year-old Russel Pollanais is reportedly suffering from skull fractures and other injuries after he was allegedly beaten up by the Soca Star and his entourage.

According to reports a party of fourteen persons, several of them British Nationals, was visiting the Club when one of them accidentally spilled a drink on a female who was dancing with the Artiste.

It is alleged that the Soca Star walked up to the individual and slapped him in the face.

Bouncers responded immediately ordered the party of 14 out of Club.

Reports are saying that the Artiste followed and attacked Mr. Pollanais who was with members of the group at the time.

Mr. Pollanais was reportedly thrown to the ground and beaten.

Police visited the Club but eyewitnesses say they did not question the Star.


BTW is artistes including Marchel, Benji and a couple of others allong with their bodyguards.

Cricket Anyone / S. Africa - Austrialia
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:19:04 AM »
stress -    27 -5      :rotfl:  i thought west indies was bad yes.......
allyuh feel Ausies pay them of?

Football / Chelsea vs Liverpool
« on: April 25, 2007, 08:08:25 AM »
hmmm seems no one in here cares about Chelsea - Liverpool later?

Anyhow...... i have to back liverpool in this one cause i hate Chelsea and Moronio tooo much....and they are without 2 of their recent saviors - Ballack and Essien.  MUAHAHAHAHAH
Moronio mouth eh easy nah  :rotfl:

Mourinho said he would have been sacked if he had been as unsuccessful as Benitez in the Premiership.

"Three years without a league title?" he said. "I don't think I'd still be in a job. In three seasons we have got nearly 60 more points than Liverpool."


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