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Football / Pro League Questions/Suggestions.
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:04:52 AM »
Should we structure our "pro-league" in such a way that each football region(north, east, west, south) consist of about 8-12 teams in each individual league.

The top 4 teams of each division should play against each other for national honours in a knockout competition.

The bottom four teams could also have a lesser cup to play for etc

The top team in each league(4 teams) could play each other for a national title as well. To extend the league we can also add the top 4 teams of each league to play each other when season done to see who accumulate most points and emerge league victor as well as add more games to the schedule.

Scottish Premier League manage 38 games with 12 teams I believe. They split into top  6 and bottom 6 after 33 games have been played and each club play a further 5 games against teams in their region.

I'm just thinking about ways to bring it closer to the people and help build rivalries, crowd support and local sponsorship etc. Also may have costs advantages by using the various stadiums/grounds for double headers etc. Would also help develop local players etc

Just a thought

PM to consider removing visas for Chinese

Dinner marks 40 years of diplomatic relations

By \\\\\ Carla Bridglal carla.bridg@trinidadexpress.com
Story Created: Jun 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM ECT
Story Updated: Jun 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM ECT
Chinese nationals who want to visit Trinidad and Tobago will likely soon be able to enter the country visa-free, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said.
She was speaking on Sunday night at a celebratory dinner held for 40 years of diplomatic relations between China and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as in honour of the visit to Trinidad of Chinese Deputy Minister for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, He Yafei.
Among the guests at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s were Chinese Ambassador Huang Xingyuan, his wife, Ma Li, several members of Cabinet, and prominent members of the local Chinese community.
The first diplomatic mission from China to Trinidad was established in 1974 while Trinidad and Tobago’s first embassy in China was opened in February
Persad-Bissessar said following concerns raised by the Chinese government about the difficulty its nationals have had to acquire a Trinidad and Tobago visa, the option to allow Chinese travellers who have already qualified for United States visas or otherwise, to be exempt from needing a Trinidad and Tobago visa.
She said this will be considered for the first phase as an initial “filtering process” until complete removal of visa requirements. But, she added, if Trinidad and Tobago is to allow Chinese nationals into the country visa-free, this country will expect some sort of reciprocity for our nationals to enter China visa-free.
Persad-Bissessar noted that on her official visit in February, visa restrictions were a main concern for Chinese officials. 
“Before we had no embassy, now we have one. But China is a vast place. Previously (visas would be obtained) out of London or elsewhere, how difficult that was for a Chinese national to visit Trinidad and Tobago. That didn’t stop them—the Chinese have fortitude,” she quipped, in reference the ship on which the first Chinese indentured labourers came to Trinidad almost 208 years ago.
Persad-Bissessar noted that Jamaica had already removed the visa requirement for Chinese nationals to visit.
“What does that mean? Their business and tourism sectors will grow tremendously from the influx of Chinese who will come to invest and visit,” she said.
She also noted the several major construction projects underway throughout the country, with Chinese firms as the main contractor, including the Couva Children’s Hospital, the National Aquatic Centre, the National Velodrome (both also in Couva) and the UWI South Campus in Debe.
“I see the Couva Hospital rising so quickly as I (travel) up and down the highway several times a week and feel so proud. I look forward to it opening later this year” she said.
She noted that there have been concerns from the national community about nationals from other countries coming to work here and whether the foreigners are “boxing bread out of the mouths of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.”
“We have serious shortages of skilled labour in many areas and perhaps in some of these fields this is where we partner together (with China). This is why I was very happy (both governments have) discussed the possibility of having medical personnel come to Trinidad for partnerships because we have a serious shortage of doctors, nurses and others engaged in the medical field.
“So whilst some may be concerned I would say what we are about is development of Trinidad and Tobago and to partner with other nations who are developing (with whom we have) bonds of friendship and diplomatic relations. I say this to underscore: let not your hearts be troubled,” she said.
 n Chinese Deputy Minister for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, He Yafei also delivered remarks, saying he saw a “wonderful future” for the mutual development of both countries.
He noted there were two reasons for the “special relationship” shared by the two countries: Both are developing countries whose economic power has been growing with the shift in global and political power after the financial meltdown in 2008. Both countries also have a deep-rooted friendship, he said, strengthened by the contributions of the Chinese community to all aspects of Trinidad and Tobago’s society.
 n He also brought along special Chinese chefs who showed of their culinary expertise, carving figures, including birds, from vegetables like turnips and carrots.


General Discussion / Amsterdam
« on: June 13, 2013, 06:07:04 PM »
Im in Amsterdam until Saturday...Looking to party and have a good time. Anyone knows anybody or have family here who i could move around with? Im staying near the red light district. Im 24 years young so a group around that age would be bess too.

President Richards has declared that the statement relating to the suspension of Gafoor from the integrity commission was illegally doctored. Apparently the statement was altered by the Ministry of Foreign affairs before being released to the public.

This has raised eyebrows as the Foreign affairs ministry has no right to release any statement from the office of the president and they also released this statement before the office of the president.

Just when you think they couldn't stoop any lower, they lower their standards.

General Discussion / Jack Warner to act as Prime Minister
« on: July 01, 2010, 03:02:15 PM »
Well folks the man has taken one more step to the office of Prime Minister..Just heard on the news that he has been appointed to act as Prime Minister while Kamla is away on official duties..Gotta respect Jack's hustle

General Discussion / Royal connection to Mugabe brutality
« on: June 15, 2010, 02:19:58 PM »
Chelsy Davy's secret visit to see grandmother who lost everything to Mugabe's thugs in Zimbabwe
Last updated at 7:40 AM on 15th June 2010
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Royal fold: Chelsy Davy with Prince Harry last month

Behind the partying that will be the inevitable accompaniment of Prince William and Prince Harry’s visit to South Africa this week lies a much more sombre purpose.
For Harry will be joined by his girlfriend Chelsy Davy as she returns to her homeland to comfort her grandmother following the death of her husband — a victim of Robert Mugabe’s brutal thuggery in Zimbabwe.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1286658/Chelsy-Davys-secret-visit-grandmother-lost-Mugabes-thugs-Zimbabwe.html#ixzz0qxFloKuQ

Not really a fan of Mugabe's policies, I just like the fact that these white people could all just pack up and move to Australia..New Zealand, England and what not when things get really bad..But when black ppl get caught in the sh*t, they have to stay and stew in it as they encounter lots of visa restrictions...What's you all take on it??

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