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Brother in court for killing brother

News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:59
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Five days after he allegedly stabbed his older brother, a Penal labourer appeared in the Siparia Magistrates Court charged with his murder.

Brian Harripersad, 30, said nothing when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Margaret Alert.

The charge alleged that he murdered Ricky Harripersad, 37, on January 29.

It is alleged that the brothers got into an altercation on Sunday night during an argument over an ongoing property dispute.

Ricky Harripersad was stabbed in the neck and lower abdomen with a knife.

He died around 3.15 am on Monday while undergoing treatment at the San Fernando General Hospital.

Harripersad was charged by PC Ravi Ramnarine.

The matter was adjourned to March 2.

—Sascha Wilson

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Relatives oppose police killings ...to file complaint at PCA

News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:59

Relatives of three men who were killed by police in Diego Martin on Thursday are claiming police officers used excessive force.

Speaking with the T&T Guardian outside the Forensic Science Centre, in St James, relatives of Kirk Stewart, Joshima Oxley and Akile McGilvery contradicted the police report that they shot at the officers.

Two relatives, who asked to remain anonymous, said two eyewitnesses had spoken to relatives. They said that they planned to make a report to the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) and refused to comment further on personal details of their deceased relatives.

According to reports, shortly after midday, Western Division police received a report that a group of men in a silver Nissan B15 were on their way to commit an armed robbery.

Officers of the Western Division Task Force (WDTF) intercepted the vehicle at Broome Street, La Puerta, Diego Martin.

Police claimed that one of the occupants pointed a firearm towards police and there was an exchange of gunfire.

All three of the suspects were shot several times. None of the police officers was injured.

Two of the suspects died on the scene, while the third was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital for treatment. He succumbed to his injuries later that day.

Crime scene investigators recovered a Mac 10 submachine gun and two pistols in the suspects’ vehicle.

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CRICKET WHIRL ... with VINODE MAMCHAN

Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:59
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Celebrated local cricket coach Kumar Rampat is making a call to all young cricket to think outside the box in order to be different and to excel in the sport.

He made the comments at the Kumar Rampat Induction ceremony recently at California. In front of around 200 young cricketers the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Territorial Development Officer said, "Setting the bar high encourages one to take calculated risks, court some danger and dream big. It creates lofty ideals and values, generates passion and tenacity and propagates determination and perseverance. At this centre we promote and foster positive attitudes, strong personal values and high behavioural standards. We aim to make our students stand out where-ever they are, whether in the dressing room, on the play-field, or just anywhere else."

Coming out of Rampat's academy are four players who will all captain their various Zone teams in the TTCB, Shell U-15 cricket series. Rajiv Ramnath will skipper Central, Liam Mamchan South, Khyleem Mohammed South East, and Andrew Ramberran East. "This shows that we are producing leaders here at KRCA and we want to continue in that way."

Rampat also had some strong words of advise for his young charges, "We shall offer you your awards and celebrate your success. You may glorify yourself in this moment, but not for one moment think that you have reached. You have not reached anywhere. You have only just begun your journey. Collecting your prizes here is merely the genesis of a long and arduous journey fraught with glory but punctuated with abject disappointments. Sometimes it is the other way around, the journey is fraught with disappointments and punctuated by sweet successes. Whatever it is, keep strong, focus on your goal and never let up. I urge you to remember that the real glory lies in the struggle and not in the prize. This is a long-time adage which has proven true in every circumstance."

He added, "Look around you, and keenly observe that human endeavour knows no bound. Given time, each Olympic record is broken and the race to excel continues. There are human beings across the world right now, working for the past four to five years trying to just shave off one-hundredth of a second in their timing or trying to jump a mere half centimetre in their high or long jump event. Be encouraged by these efforts and imbibe the lessons to learn therein. This world is yours, we are just holding it for you. Step up, take guard, and embark on the innings you so feverishly hope for."

There has been a great influx of cricketers into the over-40 cricket league organised by veteran sports administrator Lambert Lee Ahyen.

Over the past season Bert's Sports League registered 56 teams in the over-40 and 50 leagues and many others had to be pushed back because they could not entertain all. Bert explained, "We have had a number of teams coming forward to play in our leagues but we have had to reduce the numbers because we want to protect the integrity of the competition in terms of quality."

Bert who had worked over the years promoting cricket throughout the Central area is using the league, and also the Caroni Cricket Association (CCA). He said, "You would not imagine just how high the quality of play is in these leagues. A number of former national cricketers have been participating in this competitions and this has really been great for us. The competition is fierce and crowds have been coming out to look at the cricket. We had a successful year last year and we intend to work even harder to make 2018 greater. I am getting the feeling that this will be a great year for our league."

Former national players like Lincoln Roberts, Deonarine Deyal, Narine Bedeshi and Richard Sieuchan has amde the league their own, turning out fine performances. Bert ended by saying :"We have been encouraging the former nationals to come and play because after playing competitively this is the next step for them."

Any big strong cricketer looking to intimidate cricket umpire Rajkapoor Sirju might want to think twice, as he was the man entering the wrestling ring with the likes of Adbullah the Butcher and Victor Jovica.

Today he is known as umpire Sirju but back in the day he was called "Golden Boy" in the wrestling ring. The 65-year old told Guardian Media Sport that he is enjoying his role as a cricket umpire and has officiated in games at the highest level on the domestic scene. "These days I just stand and officiate but in times gone by I would have been right in the action tossing someone out the ring or vice-versa.

"I enjoyed my days as a wrestler after I got into it thanks to Thunderbolt Williams and Ray Apolon. I always wanted to wrestle as a young man and I was fortunate enough to enter the ring with some of the best in my time. I enjoyed every minute of the entertainment and miss the boys from back then."

Still sporting a fit look, "Golden Boy" gets up at 4am every morning and hit the gym all in an effort to keep himself according to him, "Feeling and looking young." About his umpiring he said he loves his role. He said, "You will not be everyone's friend, but the most important thing is to go out there and do the best that you can. I have done matches at a high level locally and I'm always ready and willing to serve the sport of cricket. Even back in the day when I was wrestling I played cricket for Yorkshire Club in the South East. '

The sixth edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be held from August 8 to September 16, as announced through a media release on Wednesday. There are no international fixtures scheduled for Windies during the aforementioned window, which is intended to keep all the national star attractions available for the tournament.

As in the previous three seasons, there are six franchises that will compete in this year's tournament, with Trinbago Knight Riders being the current champions. The opening round of matches will take place in T&T as well as Guyana.

"The CPL is now the start of our domestic season and we are delighted that we have found a window when all of the best cricketers from the Caribbean will be available to take part," Johnny Grave, the CEO of Cricket West Indies said. "We are sure that 2018 will be the biggest season yet."

The Chief Operating Officer of the CPL, Pete Russell, elaborated on the thinking behind the particular window. "Here in the Caribbean, we are blessed with some of the most exciting cricketers in the world and it is fantastic news that all West Indies players will be available in 2018," Russell said. "It will help make the Biggest Party in Sport even bigger."

CPL originated in 2013, and in the five seasons since then, Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders are its most successful franchises - both winning the trophy twice.

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T&TCB approves $1.4M budget

Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:59
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Clubs participating in the T&T Cricket Board (T&TCB) 2018 National League season which will bowl of on February 24, will benefit from both grant funding and prize monies despite the financial challenges which the organisation is currently facing due to lack of sponsorship and direct funding from the sporTT.

The T&TCB has approved T&T$1,425,800.00 for the season for their clubs ($720,000 in grant funding and $705,800 in prize monies).

In a release yesterday the TTCB announced that teams will compete in the new two-day league competition and in April, following the conclusion of the league, the T20 tournament will be played, but there will be no Sunday League 50 Overs tournament this year for clubs, but there will be a new Inter Zonal 50-over competition which will commence in May.

The release pointed out that because of the current adverse economic conditions the TTCB is forced to make changes which will reduce the financial burden on clubs which are also challenged for funding. However, to assist the 40 clubs in the National League the TTCB would be giving each of the eight Premiership I clubs $25,000. The eight Premiership II clubs will get $20,000 and the 24 Championship Division clubs will get $15,000 each. A total $720,000. This is inspite of the current financial woes.

The release stated that the prize money for the two club tournaments have also been cut by approximately 30% with the winners of the top division getting $77,000, the runner up $42,000 and third place $35,000; while the champion team in the Premiership II division will pocket $45,000 and the championship division winner $31,500.

The TTCB will spend $206,000 on the T20 tournament with the winners of the two the Premiership divisions I and II earning $70,000 and the championship division top team will get $28,000. The TTCB is offering $28,000 for the Reserve teams Over-35 competition which will involve the two top divisions and $23,100 for the reserve teams T20 tournament.

The release states that, "The TTCB is hoping for a positive change in the financial situation in 2019 so that the regular formats can be resumed. These changes were communicated to the clubs at a meeting on Thursday at the National Cricket Centre in Couva. The 50 over Zonal tournament will fall under the auspices of the Zones which will be charged with selecting their top players to compete in what is expected to be a highly competitive tournament. This tournament will be instrumental in selecting players for national representation. Zonal qualification of players will be based on their place of residence."

T&TCB PRIZE STRUCTURE 2018

GRANT FUNDING

Premier Division 1: 8 x ($25K) $200,000.00

Premier Division 2 8 x ($20K) $160,000.00

Championships Division 24 x ($15K) $360,000.00

TOTAL $720,000.00

PRIZE MONIES – League

Premier Division 1: $77,000.00; $42,000.00 $35,000.00

Premier Division 2: $45,500.00; $28,000.00; $21,000.00

Championship Division : $31,500.00; $21,000.00; $14, 000.00

TOTAL $448,000.00

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LEADER FROM START TO FINISH

Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:59
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Govia upbeat after hockey warm-up matches

Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:59
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Nigel Simon

T&T senior men’s indoor hockey headcoach Raphael Govia says he is very upbeat about his team’s improvement following three warm-up matches, which resulted in two defeats and a win at the De Kemmer Sports Facility, Oirschot, North Brabant, Holland over the past week.

The local stickmen who are preparing for next week’s Fifth Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin, Germany went under to Holland Premier Division club, Den Bosch 7-4 and 7-6 before beating lower division outfit Venlo 8-4 on Thursday. Speaking yesterday, the Govia said, “Back home we had some matches against our President XI and it helped in keeping us match fit, but here in Holland we were able to test our skills against a higher level of opponents in Den Bosch, a top four club team with vastly experienced players."

T&T coach, a former national player himself said the matches served their purpose, “Myself and assistant coach Darren Cowie will be doing all we can do with the boys over the next two days as we continue to get ready for what comes next in Germany. The training sessions have also been going well as we are also adjusting to the new surface here in Holland, and we expect it to be a faster one at the World Cup."

The T&T team will train today after which Govia will name his 12-member playing team from the 13 players in camp prior to heading to Germany via train tomorrow morning.

Govia said, “My lone worry with the team at the moment is helping the players deal with the flu which has hit the team as the weather is very cold and some of the guys already have throat infections”.

On Monday, the “Calypso Stickmen” who qualified to the World Cup after capturing the 2017 Pan American Indoor Cup Men’s Tournament title with a 7-0 win over Argentina at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana last October will face South Africa in an official tournament practice match while on Tuesday they face Russia.

The World Cup flicks at the Max-Schmeling-Halle and T&T will start its campaign versus Czech Republic in Pool B on Wednesday February 7 from 12.45pm (Germany Time) and then Poland at 7.30pm to close out the first day.

On February 8, the “Calypso Stickmen” will come up against Australia at 3.05pm and Kazakhstan from 10.05pm before closing out the round-robin series versus host Germany on February from 11.50am.

Pool A comprises Austria, Belgium, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and Russia.

At the end of the round-robin phase, the top four teams in each pool will advance to the quarter-finals followed by the semifinals on February 10, and the third place play-off and final a day later.

T&T 13-member team: Ron Alexander, Karlos Stephens, Solomon Eccles (captain), Jordan Reynos, Aidan De Gannes, Andrew Vieira, Akim Toussaint, Mikel Pierre, Jordan Vieira, Kristien Emmanuel, Marcus James, Shaquille Daniel, Tariq Marcano.

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Honore’s SL Benfica reaches Cup quarters

Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:59
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T&T international men’s volleyballer Marc-Anthony Honore and reigning Portugal A-1 Division champion team SL Benfica advanced to the quarter-finals of Confederation European Volleyball (CEV) Challenge Cup after beating Romania’s Steaua Bucharest 25-19, 19-25, 25-15, 28-16 at Pavilion Luz, Lisbon on Wednesday.

It was the second win in two matches for SL Benfica against the Romanians after taking the first-leg of their round-of-16 meeting 21-25, 25-16, 25-17, 20-25, 15-11.

In the quarter-finals which serves off on February 13, SL Benfica will tackle Italian mid-table club, Ravena which swept Czech Republic by a similar 2-0 margin after winning 25-15, 25-19, 25-14 and 25-23, 29-27, 25-23 in both matches. The second-leg of the quarter-finals will take place on February 27.

Today, Honore and his teammates who have dominated the Portuguese competition in recent years will return to domestic competition versus second from last on the 13-team table Vitoria SC.

Defending champion Benfica is currently second on the table with 48 points and a 15-4 record three points behind Sporting CP which has only dropped one match in 19 outings while SC Espinho is third at 16-3 and 45 points.

Over in Turkey, national senior women’s volleyball middle-blocker Sinead Jack and Galatasaray solidified their hold on fourth spot on the 12-team Sultanlar Ligi with a hard fought 25-22, 25-20, 24-26, 22-25, 15-11 defeat of fourth from bottom Seramiksan .

The victory improved Galatasaray to a 12-5 record and 35 points, 13 adrift of joint leaders Eczacibasi and Vakifbank Istanbul, both with 16-1 records while Fernerbache is third with a 14-3 record and 40 points.

Today, Jack and her team will be back in action as they entertain fifth placed Bursa B, Sehir which has 33 points from a 9-8 record.

Staying in Turkey, the T&T spiking duo of Channon Thompson, 23, and 33-year-old national captain Krystle Esdelle will also be in action today with their respective clubs in the 28-clubs two pools 1. Lig Bayanlar (Division Two).

Thompson’s Ankara Numune, sixth on the standings with 36 points will come up against 11th placed Pool B team Bartin Polisgucu Spor (15 points), while Esdelle’s Pursaklar Voleybol Ihtisas (Belediyesi), fourth with 43 points faces and Karsiyaka (47), fourth in Pool A.

Last weekend, Thompson and her Ankara Numune defeated 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 25-16 for a fifth win-in-a-row to improve to 13-6 while Esdelle and her Pursaklar Voleybol Ihtisas (Belediyesi) won 25-7, 25-19, 25-10 over Gumushane Genclerbirligi to improve to 15-4, level with fifth placed Bursaspot Voleybol (16-3) on points.

At the top of the group is Ankara Karayollari with 51 points from a 17-2 record followed by Samsun BSB Anakent (16-3) with 50 points and Bolu Belediye with a 14-5 mark for 46 points.

Both Thompson and Esdelle will also return to action today with their clubs versus 11th placed Pool B team Bartin Polisgucu Spor and Karsiyaka, fourth in Pool A.

Over in Swedeen, former national captain, setter Renele Forde and Svedala were swept aside by leaders Engelholm 15-25, 15-25, 18-25 in the Elitserien Damer to remain seventh on the 11-club table with 24 points and an 8-13 record.

Engelholm leads with an 18-2 mark and 53 points, two ahead of Hylte/Halmstad which has two matches in hand followed by Orebo (48), Lindesberg (43), Linkopings VC (31) and Gislaved (27).

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Royalians blast Saints water polo men 18-7

Sports - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:59

National player Leon Daniel scored four goals to lead Queen’s Royal College (QRC) to a 18-7 victory over Fatima College when matches in the First Citizens National Secondary Schools Water Polo League on the weekend.

The Royalians got off to a solid start and took a 5-2 lead at the end of the first quarter of play and by half-time, they increased to an 8–3 lead over the Mucurapo Road-based school.

In third period, there were a high number of personal fouls on both teams, but QRC kept forging

ahead to end the third quarter, 14-5 and in the final quarter, the boys from St Clair continued to dominate and strolled to the comfortable win, 18 -7.

Daniel’s team-mates, Tyrece Joseph, Sergio Des Vignes and Dante Drakes-McKell each netted three, while Enrique Sham Poo put in two, and Gabriel Dos Santos, Kelvin Caesar and Nicholas Chapman one each.

For Fatima, Jason Hackett topped the scoring with three, Chad Rowley added two, while Jamali Lewis and Yannick Robertson slipped in one apiece.

Among the girls, Bishop Anstey High School crushed Holy Name Convent 14 – 4 while in the Form One Division, Fatima College trounced St Mary’s College 9 – 0, while QRC punished Fatima College ‘B’ 16 – 1 and St. Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain battled past Holy Name Convent 5 – 3.

Matches continue today at the Flying Fish Pool in Federation Park and tomorrow at the National Aquatic Centre in Balmain, Couva.

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