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Football / Marketing 101; SocaWarriors Kit
« on: December 22, 2010, 10:58:57 AM »
Two weeks ago , while in Trinidad, I decided to take a drive down to Trinicity Mall to do some shopping. I checked in every sports store looking for SocaWarriors shirts etc... and to my chagrin, there was not one item to be found.

Instead one could find assorted  kits for European Clubs and countries and the odd Jamaican and Brazilian shirts.  while I accept the present state of our team, it still is a crying shame that the powers to be are still lapsing when it comes to promoting national pride, support and identification with our team.

What seems like a simple way to promote and to support the national teams are once more mired in some bureaucratic  maze of 'bobbal' according to the store managers I spoke to.

I am sure if I ask the question it would be a rhetorical one at that? Who has the rights for the production, marketing and distribution of SW kits to the stores?

Shame to those responsible for this!!!!!!!!! why is it our kits (men & women) cannot be featured in all stores?

Is the demand that low compared to some obscure Italian club?  what are the local pro league jerseys not on sale? Marketing , promotion are sadly lacking IMHO.

General Discussion / Brutal treatment of a (black ) woman in Canada
« on: November 27, 2010, 05:08:26 PM »
A real sad case reading this story today. This woman was really roughed up by police

Check the videos  and the  pictures. sad sad indeed.

OTTAWA — Stacy Bonds, a young black makeup artist with no criminal history was arrested by Ottawa police, apparently for asking why police had stopped her for questioning. A video of her treatment in police custody is now available on the Citizen’s website,

The facts of Bonds’s treatment bear repeating. She was walking on Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa. She was neither drunk nor behaving inappropriately. The police stopped her and asked her name; she provided it.

After checking her name and finding nothing, the police told her she could go on her way. Bonds, as is her perfect right, asked why she had been stopped in the first place.

In response, the police arrested her for public intoxication and handcuffed her. As Ontario Court Judge Richard Lajoie later held, Bonds was not drunk. Once Bonds was taken to Ottawa Police headquarters, the judge noted that she was anything but “violent or aggressive.”

As can be clearly seen in the video, Bonds is much smaller than the police who confronted her.

In spite of the lack of violence or aggression, Bonds was assaulted by police. Judge Lajoie found she was the victim of “two extremely violent knee hits in the back ... and has her hair pulled back and her face shoved forward.”

Although it is hard to see exactly what happened afterwards because one police officer is blocking the video camera, it appears that a female police officer hurt her leg; she is seen limping in a later part of the video. Perhaps that injury explains what appears to be increasing hostility as the video continues. Bonds was forced to the ground with a riot shield — though she was “not resisting with hands flailing or feet flailing,” the judge said — and subjected to a strip search. The video shows four male officers and one female officer taking part in, or watching, as Bonds was forced to the ground.

Judge Lajoie severely criticized police actions at the station, saying it was “an indignity toward a human being and should be denounced.”

As a prosecutor and as a defence lawyer I have heard numerous complaints about police misconduct.

I have argued cases where an accused, charged with assaulting police, claims to have been the victim of police violence. Such claims have until now, I am afraid to admit, usually rung hollow with me. To be blunt, I did not believe them. I know that police have a difficult job. Police are often faced with violent, intoxicated individuals who have no regard for the truth and who will say whatever they think will get them out of trouble.

It is all too easy to assume that complaints about police brutality are false claims made to avoid the consequences of criminal wrongdoing. However, the Stacy Bonds case shows a Canadian being mistreated by police in the nation’s capital. Compounding the wrongful behaviour was the laying of charges for the apparent purpose of covering up misconduct.

How many “assault police” charges are merely trumped up for the purpose of concealing official wrongdoing? Put otherwise, absent a video recording, would Bonds have had a fair hearing?

The likely answer is depressing.

There is a malaise in the system. How could five police officers have taken part in the brutalization of Stacy Bonds and then allowed charges for “assault police” to go ahead? How could a Crown Attorney have failed to stay charges on seeing the video? More generally, how is it that people whose job it is to see justice done acted so unjustly? The system as a whole takes a beating when abuse occurs. Trust in the system is eroded.

To fix the problems the Bonds case uncovered will be difficult.

Yes, videotaping all police/citizen interactions will help and should be mandated. More broadly, a new professionalism is required in the justice system.

A free nation does not fear intimidation by police or the state. A free people can ask “why” when stopped by police. An honourable police force is not afraid to explain its actions to the people it is there to protect. Nelson Mandela rightly said, “I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.” For the sake of all Canadians a case like that of Stacy Bonds must never be allowed to happen again.

James Morton is a Toronto lawyer and past president of the Ontario Bar Association. He teaches evidence at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. The opinions expressed here are solely his own.

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Football / Ego, Perception or Talent: Where do you draw from?
« on: November 27, 2010, 12:52:06 PM »
 Now it appears that most local professional football players yearn for the opportunity to play overseas. For the obvious reasons:
 money. development.

If then it stands to reason that the caliber of football is  at a  higher level than the one in Trinidad, and if a player is  exposed to that  competition day in and day out, does it also stand to reason that their skill level may be above what the local professional?

I just am not  understanding why the TTFF appears to be ignoring some of the players  who could possibility bring another dimension to  our program and to our team?

from a player's standpoint, I would be extremely frustrated, disappointed and disheartened if I am playing in a foreign league, experiencing success at a particular  position and yet seeing sub par players  wearing the national colours, representing TnT and I  am not even getting a twitter.......

When will these perceived inequalities change in our program?  Let's get rid of the 'egos'  change our perceptions, and bring  our most talented to represent.


Football / Our football philosophy is looking like......
« on: November 26, 2010, 06:05:38 PM »
Just how important is winning the Caribbean Cup/Digicel Cup to TnT?  Is it more than simply restoring national pride or saving face for a  national  icon who has  stepped into a den of irreversible public scrutiny that  success is only measured in victories not  as a measure of where we are post WC 2006?

Have we progressed beyond or are we destined to a continuous spiraling digression of  a magnitude we may not be able to recover from under this present regime?

The cliche of 'rebuilding' is a non issue... I think we should have been on a building from what was....rather than doing a complete 180. Discovering local talent  in and of it self  has some merits but the continued  reliance on sub par talent to elicit success is down right contempt for what could be given the perchance for  taking your  most talented core players and working in those sub par talent. AT all times the very best available players must be given that opportunity to form this core nucleus of what our team ought to be.

Victories against suspect opposition does little to restore overwhelming confidence. Repeated  victories and solid performances against more formidable teams will be the yardstick by which we could truly measure where we stand amongst the giants of the football world.

Amongst all the rhetoric of winning this Cu[p, what seems to be lost is a sense of urgency  and compelling will to dominate.....there seems to be little conviction coming from the players in this tournament.

In victory we still have doubts; it defeat even less. As a team what do we stand for? what is the  philosophical underpinnings which is at the foremost in driving this team to greater heights? If our performances are a measuring stick of where we are and where we hope to be, we had better get one though ruler because from the look of things we moving in 'inches' as oppose to yards.

It appears that our philosophy is somewhere  in the muffled convoluted contrite laziere faire world of our leaders.

Keep yuh best players away from major tournaments..... we go just see how it goes with some of the local products.

Ah doh bother  practicing at high intensity with all the players  we go just fall in come game time

Beat up on the small teams  and hope to win against  stiffer competition with the same line up..

Tactics ...what is that/ just play the game.

Football / one game flashes...
« on: November 17, 2010, 08:02:21 PM »
What ever happened to Jake Thompson? After his promising start with TnT ; was suppose to be the next Carlos.....

What ever happened to Anthony Noreiga after his recovery? This player had an excellent promising Gold Cup in L.A.

Would Osie Telsford not help our chances? or Daryl Roberts?

Who else out there represented us and  could still be worthy of a serious look

General Discussion / Blacklist in the PNM? or Wraner politics?
« on: November 06, 2010, 08:37:34 PM »
Are there was tugging and pulling among the PNM faithfuls? or is there an existing blacklist that excludes those who are on the fringes of political involvement? Who is there among the existing party that could unite this party, build  voters' confidence and  be a viable opposition leader to the existing coalition?

Do you think that Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, has the leadership qualities to carry the PNM into an election? or to build up the party from  the depths of despair?

Football / Could this be helpful for our pro league and its member teams?
« on: November 03, 2010, 08:05:17 PM »
As I was reading  some news on the Toronto FC, I came across this and thought that a similar investment by the TTPL and its affiliates may be proactive in the development and improvement of the quality of our teams, programs, and product for the public. What do others think? are there  merits to a similar infusion of  outside consultants? I mean after all our government went and hired experts to solve our crime situation.

Toronto FC hires Klinsmann as consultant

CBC News
The worst kept secret in Toronto soccer circles was officially confirmed Wednesday when Toronto FC announced it has retained the services of former German star Jurgen Klinsmann as a consultant.

Klinsmann and his company, U.S.-based consultancy group SoccerSolutions, have been hired as "advisers to Toronto FC as the club reorganizes its soccer infrastructure," the MLS club said in a statement.

Klinsmann will provide a critical analysis of the club's soccer operation, including its youth academy and scouting system, as well as helping the team in its search to hire a new general manager.
"We're honoured to work with a football icon like Jurgen and to have access to his wealth of experience and expertise to evaluate our current operations and support our team's development," said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the MLS team.

The Globe and Mail first reported last Friday that MLSE was negotiating with Klinsmann over a consulting role.

Considering the mess Toronto FC is in, he has quite the job ahead of him.

Toronto FC is mired in trouble, having missed the playoffs this year for a fourth consecutive season. As a result, several of the Reds' supporter groups, including the U-Sector and Red Patch Boys, staged protests over the club's poor play on the field and a proposed hike in the prices for next year's season ticket packages.

The team has also been without a full-time general manager and coach since Sept. 14, when Mo Johnston and Preki were fired. Earl Cochrane has served as interim GM, while Nick Dasovic has filled the void left by Preki.

That MLSE turned to Klinsmann for help hardly comes as a surprise, considering the German's reputation.

Klinsmann, 46, was one of the top strikers in world soccer during the 1980s, playing for a handful of marquee clubs, including Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Tottenham and AS Monaco.

He was a standout for his country's national team, helping Germany win the 1990 World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship in England. He served as team captain from 1995 to his retirement in 1998, and scored 47 goals in 108 appearances for Germany.

Klinsmann also coached the German national team from 2004 to 2006, and guided his country to a third-place finish at the World Cup four years ago. After stepping down, he took some time off before resurfacing as coach of Bayern Munich in 2008, but success didn't follow, and he was fired the following year.

 It is time for us to be solution focused and proactive for the betterement of all. The divide which exist with the pro league and the TTFF and within  different levels of the organization is beggging for some insights as to how to move in a positive direction to best serve all. Let's help our leaders to build capacity and to move forward instaed of living with constant crticism and blaming without  looking for positive solutions.

Football / One Thread: List all who hoping for TNT call up
« on: October 23, 2010, 09:35:34 AM »
 List all potential players who waiting for call ups and send to Latapy and TTFF.

Maybe  they blind, cyar read; stubborn; harden; bad minded;  chinkziing on $$$$ have grudges; still private blacklisting;  selling out games.. who knows but meantime we have all these pros  on the outside waiting fuh call ups. why TTFF so 4cup

Football / Who should a coach be accountable to? reason?
« on: October 18, 2010, 07:20:57 PM »
Should the public  have knowledge of  a coach's mandate?

What about Track & Field / Ato B: Minister of Sports TnT
« on: October 13, 2010, 05:47:07 PM »
Wondering if Ato had remained in politics in TnT if he would have accepted a position as minister of Sports if it was offered to him?

Why is it that one sport in TnT seems to receive a disproportionate amount of funding compared say to Track and Field , Rugby, hockey, basketball, Volleyball etc.....

It's a shame, given the level of athletes at the commonwealth games how poorly we have performed especially in athletics

Football / CALL UP BIRCHALL thread and more why nots?
« on: September 29, 2010, 06:02:22 PM »
Come nah ...forget that fact the man  get run in WC when some one with an axe to grind did not; the man is ah proven Warrior.

Maybe there are factors that the public eh need to know. Then put out a brief" Birchall will no longer be invited nor be considered for selection for TNT due to unfortunate circumstances. But what the why the  omission?

Osei telesford? why not?

Randi Patterson? why not?

Daryl Roberts why not?

General Discussion / Where is Batman and Robin ?TnT needs help
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:04:09 PM »
Any word on the progress  of the new COP  and his sidekick doing in reducing crime in TnT?  Are there concrete plans or initiatives which are  evident by the public since  these high priced 'super cops' were hired  to combat crime?

General Discussion / Caribbean identities A look at three islands...guess?
« on: September 09, 2010, 08:25:53 PM »
Differences in culture between Caribbean countries

By Francis Wade

I've had the privilege of working in depth in the three major English speaking Caribbean countries. When I say "in-depth" I mean to say that I've lead personal transformation courses in companies in Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados.

Before leading those courses, however, travelling to Trinidad and Barbados taught me a great deal about myself, and about the people from my own country -- Jamaica.

As a Yardie, I've learned a lot from visiting and working with these cultures that are somewhat like my own, but not exactly the same (more than I've learned from working for years in the U.S.)

From Bajans and Trinis I've learned that we Jamaicans are an aggressive, assertive bunch of people. We speak out much more, we put up with very little, we argue, fight, create conflict, curse, shout and resist at every opportunity. They look at us in amazement... where did we get all that "fight" from?

Our industrial relations and politics look to them like all out war, and our crime levels look nothing short of barbaric. They shake their head in amazement, and fascination, because they love our culture... our music, our nerve, our rastafarianism -- a religion that did not exist before the 1920's.

In the workplace, Jamaicans are either the rebels (the type who always get elected to union leadership) or the innovators (the ones who head up the creative teams that have the courage to think really big.)

To Bajans (Barbadians), we look something like them, and nothing like them -- at the same time. I remember travelling to Barbados for the first time, and asking a colleague of mine how often Bajans have strikes. He told me that the last time they had a strike was in 1960 something.

Bajans take their education very seriously; the literacy rate in Barbados is 90%, which is much higher than the U.S.

By contrast, in Jamaica, we have (it seems) weekly industrial strikes, and a full-blown riot every 2-3 years or so (which have an annoying way of making international headlines that strike Jamaicans as a case of exaggerated news coverage.)

As a Jamaican visiting Barbados I'm shocked at how civilized the place is, and the people are. Politeness is the order of the day. In Barbados, when there's an accident, the cars stop in the middle of the road, in situ. The cars remain in place until the police arrive.

In Jamaica, the same behaviour would elicit very, very loud cursing, aimed at the drivers of the cars in the accident, who would be told about their body parts, clothing, sexual preferences and types of behaviour they should be engaging in instead of driving.

Why the difference? That's for another time, and another discussion.

Bajans are very, very well educated. Much more than Jamaicans. In fact, they are so well educated that they know better than to speak up in group settings... or at least, they know how to follow what they've been trained to do, which is to keep quiet in public settings, and they know when other Bajans expect them to be polite.

We Jamaicans seem to revel in being rebels, by contrast.

When I lead transformation courses, it was not an unusual thing to ask a question of a group of Bajans only to be met with a quiet, but thoughtful, silence. I could wait 5 minutes in silence easily before having someone answer... Courses were invariably conducted in a kind of quiet, classroom atmosphere.

The exact same courses conducted in Jamaica, were noisy affairs, with a constant effort needed to cut side conversations, and to ask participants to respect each other's contributions. It was a little like trying to speak to teenagers brimming with energy -- an energy that could either be expressed as action, or distruption.

Bajans and Jamaicans share some important features -- majority black Christian populations, a long heritage of British colonialism and a certain conservatism found in mostly the rural areas.

To Trinidadians, in particular, Jamaica has some of the love of life that they live for. We seem deadly serious to them -- MUCH too serious. We show an anger that is not just acting or what they call "mama-guy."

Whereas it seems to me that we Jamaicans know how to enjoy life by doing interesting things and going to interesting places, Trinis know how to enjoy each other... i.e. to lime. In Jamaica, the word "lime" doesn't exist for those of us who don't have extensive exposure to Trinis. (Or is it "lyme?")

Trinias are the real socialites -- they know how to stir things up to get a laugh, and then how to bring them back down so that all the tension can go away when "we go out and have some drinks later." The danger, from a Jamaican point of view, is that nothing gets taken seriously, and everything is just too easily... negotiable with a smile and a laugh.

In courses with Trinis, there are more jokes per hour than anywhere else, and more humor and general good feelings, and a real sense of comraderie. That humor can also be used undermine, as only cutting humour can.

In the workplace, Trinis are the easiest to be around and to be on teams with.

A CEO of a cross-Caribbean conglomerate said the following:

If you want the idea and the vision for a new business, ask a Jamaican. If you want someone to work with a team to take the vision from just words into something the team would call a success after working hard for months or years, ask a Trini. If you want someone to run the company after it becomes stable, ask a Bajan.

There's some truth to that...

Francis Wade is a management consultant based in Kingston, Jamaica. His passion is the transformation of Caribbean workplaces, economies and society. He blogs at Chronicles From a Caribbean Cubicle.

Football / Proposed Call Ups for next set of Friendlies
« on: September 04, 2010, 10:03:35 AM »
 Ah reading how people want to assist and support  the local coach. Well for the next set of friendlies let's begin by proposing  players who can represent based on:

 Possession of Skills
Best chance of playing in 2014
mixture of youth and veteran
Mixture of the best local pros and overseas pros

giving us the best chance at success

I starting by proposing the following for the next friendly:

                                             Jack, Kelvin
Thomson, Jake           James Julius                   Andrews, Marvin           Telesford, Osei

Boucaud, Andre                 Birchall, Chris                 Austin, Kevin      Jagdeosingh, Kendall         
                                                                  Daniel, Keon   

                           Glen, Cornell          Sealy, Scott  K Jones    Patterson, Randi

Clarence, Juma      
Kerry Baptise

Is it possible for an independent body to create a Trinidad and Tobago Independent Football Federation and invite players, stage games under the auspices of Trinidad and Tobago? or would an organization have to be sanctioned by FIFA?

Each day it is getting increasingly evident that there is  no plans to bring in players from abroad who could  form the core of a potentially more competitive national team. ( look at the players in the 'Trinis in Action many of them have been invited to be a part of the future of TnT campaign for WC 2014?) And continually we are the mercy of a governing body that  is mired in  alleged 'blacklist' of potentially solid players.

If this is the situation that a coach has inherited and one that he knew about prior to accepting to the job, then how much do orange do we expect to get when we only have 'lemons'?

Does FIFA have any clause whereby  the public could appeal for FIFA to intervene in cases of alleged mismanagement, corruption, incompetence, malice and spite?

Do we have a public who is ready to be vigilante in their course of actions to bring an end to what is happening? or  is the apathy too great for decisive action to occur? How could we make any progress and live with false hopes that our team will be successful in any further competitions including the Digicel Cup? how could a coach make  that assertion? then turn around and publicly condemn some of his players for playing like 'school boys' This does not  engender faith and hope for a successful future. What if someone stated that witnessing the coaching strategies or lack thereof is comparable to what they  have in North America known as "pee wee " league.

FIFA .. what recluse do we have if  a  concerned public wanted to invoke change? What are in the bylaws  exist to stop the tyrannous rule and wanton exploitation of players who are denied an opportunity to represent TnT?

Football / Maturana versus Latapy add Wim to the mix
« on: August 09, 2010, 10:32:08 PM »
Have we seen enough, not seen enough ; endured enough  questionable decisions to make some informed valid judgments on the merits of these coaches and their respective  contributions to the progress of our men\s national team program to this point. Knowing what we know now and judging by the work and approaches of these two coaches, and let's add Wim to the scenario, which of these three would  you prefer to see heading up the program if these were our choices:


If we were to write a review of this movie that is playing before us what would this look like:

When these coaches first came on the scene, fans were flocking with a stale drunk from WC 2006 flocking to see the sequel for 2010 . Why? Preconceived notions. Thank goodness for coaches like these, they provide added thrills of suspense; just when you think we had the plot figured out as to what it takes to make it to the big screen!!!!!

These coaches' work to this point are not  masterpieces.  What they are producing  is not an academy award winning team, not a team of strategic plots, this is as sophomoric as it gets -- and that's fine for some ummm..... TTFF and their croonies. Sometimes, ya gotta fine an escape (from that high quality of WC football), and after watching the WC  who would not like some comic relief!!!!! these teams will do it.

The  coaches are perfect for their roles, every time you watch the rendition that is put on the field  uncut,  you could laugh or cry laughing knowing that we have other star performers who are being purposefully neglected for a starting role.  "How dumb can this get?" Every sequence  gets dumber.

This is one of many campaigns in a supposedly build up for 2014; it is a build up where you just will have to sit back and have fun with. Either you like this kind of humor or you don't. But the football program is in such turmoil, this is a welcomed, stupid, silly, break that hits just the right spot. I find it "stupid-funny" beyond belief to think that the TTFFF could keep spinning the same plot line and the fans still keep on flocking to fill the coffers at the box office.

General Discussion / Jamaica government taking decisive actions here...
« on: August 09, 2010, 11:46:57 AM »

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105 police booted

Jamaica Observer

Sunday, August 08, 2010

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ONE hundred and five members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been expelled since the start of the year up to the end of July, the organisation's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) is reporting.

According to the ACB, the period under review saw 26 JCF members retired in the public interest, 18 dismissed as a result of corruption and another 21 members charged for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.

Thirty four of the 105 cases were dealt with last month.

Ten civilians were charged for corrupting members of the JCF.

A total of 55 persons (36 police and 19 civilians) have been arrested since the start of this year for corruption breaches.

The breakdown of the ranks of the 36 police officers arrested for corruption breaches is as follows:


Gazetted officers 1

Sergeants 4

Corporals 3

Constables 19

Total 27


Special Sergeants 1

Special Corporals 1

Special Constables 6

Total 8


Grand Total 36

Of the 55 persons arrested (36 police and 19 civilians) 50 are males and five females.

General Discussion / Are there merits to this initiative for TnT?
« on: August 09, 2010, 10:35:39 AM »
Barbadians living overseas high on government’s list of priorities


ELICITING the expertise of Barbadians living overseas to assist in this country’s future development is high on the agenda for Government.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, gave notice of her administration’s intention “ create a comprehensive structure to embrace the Barbadian Diaspora as an integral part of the economic, social and cultural development of Barbados”.

She was speaking yesterday morning at the opening ceremony of the Inaugural Diaspora Conference, also known as the Barbados Network Consultation, where she told those gathered of government’s plans to strengthen ties with the “tens of thousands of Barbadians living overseas,” hence the theme “Strengthening the Bonds That Unite Us”.

In describing how the concept for the conference originated, Senator McClean pointed out that Prime Minister David Thompson made it his special mission to reach out to Barbadians in every foreign jurisdiction that he visited and encouraged them to share their ideas and experiences with the policy makers at home.

In lauding the initiative, the Foreign Minister said, “Each one of us here [today] has a solemn duty to work to make this Inaugural Consultation a resounding success.

“The programme has been designed to encompass a wide range of expert presentations in the areas of tourism, investment, philanthropy and the cultural industries, all of which we believe are of significant interest to overseas Barbadians and all of which offer real opportunities for us to develop mutually beneficial partnerships,” she surmised.

Adding that one of government’s primary objectives for hosting the consultation was to listen to concerns, learn of personal experiences as well as receive ideas, Senator McClean assured those in attendance that “we will then ensure that we find appropriate mechanisms for incorporating your viable proposals into the mainstream of Government’s plans and policies for the development of Barbados”.

She further added it was her hope that over the next two days “a clear plan of action for the future would be charted”.

General Discussion / Caribbean Dollar???
« on: August 05, 2010, 08:52:31 AM »
 After a holiday back home and Barbados, I was taken back when I arrived in Barbados and realized that  the TT $$ did not have any  value of note there. Now after travelling parts of Europe and doing some working working stints in the poorest of nations, Kosovo, I observed that the Euro was adapted as the currency of choice.

Why would a common currency not work in the Caribbean? I realize that there are different economies of scales and that the disparities among the nations are diverse with Haiti as one extreme. But are there not just as much extreme economic diversity among the European nations?  and does the U.K still not retain its pound?

So why not a Caribbean $$?

Football / Calling all Foreign Based Players & coaches
« on: July 29, 2010, 02:41:21 PM »
 Please indicate your desire to represent TnT by submitting your intentions to be available for upcoming 'friendlies'. Please take some affirmative action and show your national pride; do not wait for an invite, please call upon the elected  government officials to support TnT. Let's  see if this  present government will take a more active role in promoting, and encouraging player's participation by providing financial support to bring players in for these friendlies.

I am sure that there will be no conflict of interest with any ministers who may  be directly involved with the TTFF and being an elected member of Parliament. I would think that holding these games at  Halsey Crawford stadium would also ensure that the profits would benefit the players' interest rather that be  an income for any private citizens or organizations who seem to profit from such events.

Are the people  who  were advocating for  change and for a new government also ready to see drastic changes as to how the direction  and future planning for this team progress?

Let's begin by advocating for all players with skills and ability to be given an opportunity to be part of the development of our national team.

p.s.  Anyone know what is happening to players like Randi Patterson and Daryl Roberts?

Notice how JA stacking they team with foreign  players for the upcoming friendly. We seem to be looking at primarily local players and younger players who ought to be hungry for national playing opportunities.

If we win next week with the locals it could be a psychological boost if not we still stuck in  neutral......wee eh hitting first gear as yet.

ehehe incidentally ah hit up a lime in Barbados for 'Crop Over' this past weekend. Good fetes and took in some sporting news. Heard the  president of the Barbados Football Federation president proclaimed that they were awarding some contracts  to contractors to build some football facilities however the federation will not be paying  the contractors directly... contractors would be paid  from the funds which have been awarded to the federation for the development of the sport by FIFA directly. TRANSLATE: no funds going into anyone's pocket and then out. Translate; INTEGRITY.........makes me wonder as to how much of FIFA funds allocated to TTFF have been mismanaged..... and yet we turn around and make ah man minister of works and transport..... but it appears that is how some like to do things.

Last night I had the good fortune to attend the 20/20  cricket game between TnT and Jamaica. Talk about an electrifying crowd!!!! The game was sold out. The place was rocking with music and massive support for the local squad.

I happened to be sitting next to a whole side that travelled from Moruga to come to this game that started at 9 and ended somewhere around midnight but say what. In comparison to TnT football game against Antigua/Bar... dull  void of atmosphere.. From the moment you entered the stadium it  felt all about making a quick buck... $10.00 parking in Macoya grounds!!!! In addition the absence of vocal support, atmosphere  did not contribute to a sense of  all out national fervor. On the other hand a packed oval, a partisan crowd and  a sense of support for a national team is what is sadly lacking  at the football venues and games I witnessed thus far.

Bring back the drums...bring back the iron.. bring back the bmobile girls... bring back the excitement that use to follow football.

General Discussion / Ah reach...same old same old
« on: July 21, 2010, 08:55:23 AM »
Ah reach in on Saturday... as perusual the fust place ah bounce in to was HOMES in Arima...Roti to go. Carib to drink.

Reading the papers same old....CRIME. As ah said, ah eh seeing OR READING ANY NEW PLANS TO CURB CRIME OR Social  issuses is one set ah blaming the old governmengtt for woes....this new government sounding like they still in opposition. Instaed ah setting new agendas in plcae and ahowing through action new initiatives to deal with teh issues is one set ah 'name calling and blaming' and  the front page news still  showing what we all have to deal with rampant criminal activities.

Same old Same old ...... new pile same sh....t

Other Sports / What about support for our 'CALYPSO WARRIORS?'
« on: June 18, 2010, 10:28:38 PM »
Test Rugby: Trinidad and Tobago v Brazil
Trinidad and Tobago v Brazil in Sao Paulo (WCQ America R2, Playoff 2nd Leg)

The Calypso Warriors, the name given to the rugby team from Trinidad and Tobago have a huge task ahead of them in Brazil on Saturday. Defeated 31-8 by the Brazilians in the first leg in Port of Spain last Saturday, the Trinidadians have to win by more than 23 points to progress to the next stage. A number of factors are against this happening.

Firstly, winning away in Brazil was always going to be the more difficult leg for the Caribbean team. Secondly, their flight to Brazil was disjointed, with half the team flying direct to Brazil, the other having to fly via Caracus in Venezuela arriving a day later. Passport problems were said to be the cause. Thirdly, the nature and size of Brazil's win will be a major psychological hurdle for the men from Trinidad to overcome.

On the bright side is the return to the Caribean side of 38 year old veteran flyhalf Brendan O'Farrell.

GWC Rugby Rankings: World Table-Brazil 29th, Trinidad and Tobago 30th.
Both these teams qualify for the World Table as they are in different zones in the rugby world. Brazil is affiliated to CONSUR whilst the Caribbean side is with NAWIRA.

Prediction: Rugby is a funny game at any level and upsets can always occur. It is difficult not to see an easy Brazilian win. Brazil by 40 points.


Trinidad and Tobago Squad
Kirl Aanensen (Trinidad Northern RFC) Aged 27
Greame Atkins (Caribs RFC) 26
Nigel Arismandez (Worthing RUFC, England) 34
Peter Bacchus (Caribs RFC) 31
Andre Cabrero (Caribs RFC) 24
Jason Clark (Caribs RFC) 23
Kelson Figaro (Royalians RFC) 23
Adam Fredericks, Capt. (Trinidad Northern RFC) 29
Felician Guerra (Royalians RFC)
Wayne Kelly (Havard RFC) 26
Miguel Lara (Caribs RFC) ?
Damian Martinez (Blaydon RUFC, England) 30
Jonathan O'Connor (Caribs RFC) 30
Brendan O'Farrell (Caribs RFC) 38
Kirk Quashie (Caribs RFC) 24
Kurt Quashie (Caribs RFC) 24
Samuel Roberts (Caribs RFC) 23
Don Rojas (Caribs RFC) ?
Selwyn St. Bernard (Blaydon RUFC, England) 31
Kidane Silverthorn (Rainbow Sports Club) 24
Dexter Snaggs (Trinidad Northern RFC) 29
James Walklin (Trinidad Northern RFC) 31
Head Coach: Rhett Chee Ping


General Discussion / England’s Smartest Family is Black
« on: June 17, 2010, 06:29:12 PM »
Nuff people go turn over in dey grave reading this.

England’s Smartest Family is Black
  Meet the "First Family of Education" in England. They are black.

Check out this family.  They are remarkable

Peter and Paula Imafidon, 9-year-old twins from Waltham Forest in northeast London, are a part of the highest-achieving clan in the history of Great Britain education. The two youngest siblings are about to make British history as the youngest students to ever enter high school. They astounded veteran experts of academia when they became the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam. That's on top of the fact they have set world records when they passed the A/AS-level math papers.


Chris Imafidon, their father, said he’s not concerned about his youngest children’s ability to adapt to secondary school despite their tender age. “We’re delighted with the progress they have made,” he said. “Because they are twins they are always able to help and support each other.”
To Peter and Paula’s parents, this is nothing new. Chris Imafidon said he and his wife have been through this before: they have other super-gifted, overachieving children.


Peter and Paula's sister, Anne-Marie, now 20, holds the world record as the youngest girl to pass the A-level computing, when she was just 13. She is now studying at arguably the most renowned medical school in the United States, Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore.
Another sister, Christina, 17, is the youngest student to ever get accepted and study at an undergraduate institution at any British university at the tender age of 11.


And Samantha, now age 12, had passed two rigorous high school-level mathematics and statistics exams at the age of 6, something that her twin siblings, Peter and Paula, also did.


Chris Imafidon migrated to London from Nigeria in West Africa over 30 years ago. And despite his children’s jaw-dropping, history-making academic achievements, he denies there is some “genius gene” in his family. Instead, he credits his children’s success to the Excellence in Education program for disadvantaged inner-city children.


"Every child is a genius," he told British reporters. "Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in the environment that will nurture that talent, then the sky is the limit. Look at Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters [Venus and Serena] — they were nurtured. You can never rule anything out with them. The competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do."

Football / T&T International Coaches' Depth Chart
« on: May 18, 2010, 05:27:01 PM »
So as per the norm, after all teh experimentation and 2013 rolls in and we finding hurry up friendlies and  fighting to make the hex with a low budget team and low key coach. Which coach out there is most likely to be on T&T list of possibilities to take over and to try to get us into round two?

Football / T&T International players' depth chart
« on: May 15, 2010, 11:17:45 AM »
Starting with a blank slate; no favoritism; no 'ole boy' ; no partner thing; let's select a pool of players with ability, possessing current form,  skills and potential to make a difference at the international level.

If we were to compile an international  players' depth  chart of those individuals who could legitimately represent T&T come WC2014 qualifying, which players would most likely  be on that  chart?

The for sure               most likely         outside chance       would like to  see             over the hill/do not pick

Chris Birchall     

Jokes / Tiger Woods favourite courses
« on: April 08, 2010, 04:20:34 PM »
Just read this article about the Tiger's favourite courses:

They forgot one.....Inter course    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

This all started with ah craving ah get for | salted peanuts' yuh know the one  yuh could buy in a bottle. Well ah try shelling some salted nuts and heating them up in  a frying pan  and then putting them in the oven; then sprinkling salt and some all purpose spice. It kinda work but  ..... ah goggle all kinda sites but I eh find ah true recipe for making salted roast peanuts. Anyone with a recipe for this? Remember it have tuh look like and taste like the ones yuh buy in the bottles back home.

So now ah asking  fuh folks to post their favourite Trinbago recipe; t could be yours , your mother, father, granny, uncle sister, aunt friend wife . partner or whomever  just share ah favourite nah.
P.S doh forget if yuh have one fuh me salted peanuts in the bottle  put it on.

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