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Volleyballers host fundraising boat ride

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

The T&T Volleyball Federation (TTVF) is taking a new approach to fundraising amidst the current economic challenges and lack of funding for its sport.

Tomorrow, the Federation’s senior men’s and women’s teams will host a cooler boat ride party to raise money for their upcoming competition season. The event takes place on the Harbour Master and boarding time is 7:00 p.m. at C3 Marina

Both the Federation’s senior men’s and women’s teams have a hectic calendar of events for 2018. The women are scheduled to compete in five tournaments from May to October including the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Women's World Championship which takes place in Japan.

Meanwhile, the men are looking forward to competing in four tournaments, starting in June in Cuba, then in Suriname, followed by tournaments in Colombia and Mexico. The anticipated proceeds from the boat ride are needed to help cover the cost of airfare, accommodation, uniforms, medical supplies, registration fees and other competition expenses.

The estimated budget for the competition season for both teams is in excess of TT$2.5 million dollars.

According to coach of the senior men’s team, Sean Morrison, “We appreciate that it’s a tough economic climate right now, and while we hope to continue to get support at the state level and some from private sponsorships, we need to do everything possible to try to help ourselves if we are to continue to advance in the sport on the international stage. We’re trying something new with this boat ride and hope that our friends, family and well-wishers together with supporters of the volleyball fraternity we would get the support and have a good time while at it.”

The qualification for the upcoming tournaments is due to the success of both teams. The men are currently ranked 50th in the world, while the women are ranked 34th. However, the progress comes at a high cost. The Federation is calling on other sporting organisations and members of the public to come out support our fundraising project. Tickets are $200 dollars and interested persons can contact anyone within the Federation, message its Facebook page or call 721-8361 for tickets or information.

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St Kitts & Nevis send 10-0 warining

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

Hat-tricks from Cloey Uddenberg and Brittaney Lawrence guided St Kitts/Nevis to a convincing 10-0 victory over Grenada yesterday in the Concacaf Caribbean Women's Qualifiers at the A to Boldon Stadium in Balmain Couva.

The win took St Kitts/Nevis to six points in the group and level with T&T, but the host still has the lead by a superior goal difference. T&T has scored 13 goals and St Kitts & Nevis 11.

Only Monday T&T coach Jamaal Shabazz said St Kitts/Nevis would be his hardest test in the tournament, and yesterday the team showed why it should not be taken for granted after a superb display of organized attacking football that left fans curious of what the scoreline would be at the end.

Uddenberg began the goal fest, shooting past an almost non-existent Grenada goalkeeper in the sixth-minutes. And four minutes later Phoenetia Browne got her first of a double for St Kitts/Nevis captain.

Uddenberg got her second and her team's third when Lavern Francis stormed down the right side and centred for her unmarked in the box in the 19th before Lawrence completed a 4-0 half-time score with a thunderous drive that flew past the goalie and into the roof of the net.

Shabazz immediately began taking notes, but it appeared too much as St Kitts/Nevis women were even more aggressive after the break.

Browne got her second in the 52nd minute when she was put through an open defence and skilfully chipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

And later she turned provider when again racing clear down the right side and with the goal at her mercy, she instead unselfishly centred for the onrushing Uddenberg to complete her hat-trick in the 71st.

Lawrence then scored back to back goals in the 71st and 81st minutes for her hat-trick. And Lyania Bailey Williams and Leranja Wilkinson completed the rout with goals in the 82nd and 88th minutes respectively.

St Kitts/Nevis and T&T will clash tomorrow to determine the top team in the group after three matches each. Only the top in the group will advance to the next round of the qualifiers.

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Red Force drafts Da Silva, Smith

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

St John’s, ANTIGUA – T&T Cricket Board has drafted two newcomers in Odean Smith and Joshua Da Silva when the draw for the 2018-2019 Professional Cricket League (PCL) was made yesterday at the Cricket West Indies Headquarters in Antigua. The proceedings took place under the guidance of Auditing Firm, KPMG when the pair was selected alongside Jeremy Solozano, Marlon Richards and Isaiah Rajah.

T&T Red Force head coach Kelvin Williams, whose team placed at the bottom of the pack in the Four-day regional tournament earlier this year said he's optimistic that the team will improve its chances with the “mix of experience and youth in the team. We think we have a rounded team and with the addition of a fast bowler, we think we will be competitive.”

Fast-bowler Smith of Jamaica who made his international debut in the historic T20 series against Pakistan earlier this year, and of and former T&T Under-19 player Da Silva of Queen's Park were outstanding in the T&TCB's Zonal 50-Over tournament.

Meanwhile, defending the Four-day champion team, Guyana Jaguars have assembled a strong team.

The Jaguars, having won four four-day titles back to back will be on the hunt for their 5th title, but won’t be complacent in their approach for the upcoming season. President, Anand Sanasie thinks “the continued investment we have made in youth to develop along the current system on a pathway to West Indies, continues to be the approach we will take. That has worked for us so far. We, however, expect the teams to be even more competitive this season and we think the mix of youth and experience will serve us well.”

The Barbados Pride which was second place in both the 4-Day and 50-overs formats has added what they call “an experienced fast bowler who we think will support the cast of the younger bowlers in the team. We think the draft went well for us,” according to Chairman of Selectors, Hendy Wallace.

Chairman of Selectors, Leeward Islands, Stuart Williams is also happy with the picks and thinks “the addition of the two fast bowlers and the younger players will create the balance needed for the team to improve its standings.”

Head Coach, Jamaica Scorpions, Robert Samuels thinks his squad is balanced, but he is more fascinated that “there are five other Jamaicans being picked up by other franchises.”

President and CEO of the Windward Islands Volcanoes, Gregory Shillingford, says “The players selected to form part of an overall programme which is developing, and they are confident in the process which has so far helped them to the win in the 50-overs format.”

CWI Professional Cricket League


GUYANA JAGUARS – Veerasammy Permaul, Leon Johnson, Vishual Singh, Chandrapul Hemraj, Gudakesh Motie, Tagenrine Chanderpaul, Keon Joseph, Anthony Bramble. Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd.

Draft picks – Ramaal Lewis, Christopher Barnwell, Tevin Imlach, Ashaya Persaud, Javier Spencer.

BARBADOS PRIDE – Anthony Alleyne, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Dominic Drakes, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Chemar Holder, Shayne Moseley, Shamar Springer, Haydn Walsh Jr.

Draft picks – Marquino Mindley, Kevin Stoute, Aaron Jones, Tevyn Walcott, Mario Rampersaud.

LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES – Rahkeem Cornwall, Montcin Hodge, Jahmar Hamilton, Keacy Carty, Jeremiah Louis, Devon Thomas, Terrance Warde, Sheeno Berridge, Akeem Saunders, Ross Powell.

Draft picks – Damion Jacobs, Sheldon Cotterell, Oralndo Peters, Nelson Bolan, Jason Peters.

JAMAICA SCORPIONS – Nikita Miller, Assad Fudadin, Derval Green, Chadwick Walton, John Campbell, Brandon King, Paul Palmer Jr, Aldaine Thomas, Andre McCarthy, Fabian Allen.

Draft picks – Oshane Thomas, Reynard Leveridge, Kenroy Williams, Denis Bulli, Steven Taylor

WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES – Devon Smith, Shane Shillingford, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Tyron Theophile, Roland Cato, Audy Alexander, Shermon Lewis, Delorn Johnson, Alick Athanaze.

Draft picks – Kirk Edwards, Ray Jordon, Tarryck Gabriel, Denis Smith, Josh Thomas

T&T RED FORCE – Kyle Hope, Tion Webster, Yannic Cariah, Amir Jangoo, Denesh Ramdin, Imran Khan, Daniel St Clair, Bryan Charles, Khary Pierre, Jason Mohammed.

Draft picks – Odean Smith, Jeremy Solozano, Marlon Richards, Isaiah Rajah, Joshua Da Silva.


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Woman wins $120,000 judgment

News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

A 46-year-old aspiring social worker from Sangre Grande, who was seriously injured after being struck by a cricket ball during a class at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Open Campus, has received over $120,000 in compensation.

High Court Judge Ricky Rahim ordered the compensation for Vidya Jaglal on Tuesday, after ruling that the distance education institution was negligent in failing to provide a safe environment for students at its part-time facility at North Eastern College in Sangre Grande.

The case centered around an incident at the school compound on March 5, 2012. Jaglal, a typist clerk with the Ministry of Community Development, was attending a class for a certificate in social work when a ball travelled through the ventilation blocks of the classroom and struct her on her head.

Since then she has had to receive continuous treatment for chronic debilitating neck pain and has been left with a 20 per cent permanent partial disability.

UWI and the school challenged the lawsuit, alleging that Jaglal fabricated the story because her claim allegedly defied physics and logic based on the layout of the school compound.

However, Rahim conducted a comprehensive site visit during the trial of the case, where the cricket pitch and classroom were closely examined.

Stating that the evidence in the case was “clear as daylight” on Tuesday, Rahim ruled that Jaglal had successfully proven her claim.

Although he ruled that while there was no evidence of such an incident occurring before, he said it was a reasonably foreseeable consequence due to the close proximity of both areas.

He said: “Firstly, cricket was being played merely within 100 feet of the classroom with a clear line of sight to the large ventilation blocks...The defendants have given no evidence whatsoever as to the steps or measures they may have to put in place to secure the area in which cricket was being played so that the classroom essentially formed part of the open field as it were.”

He also dismissed claims by both the institution and school that neither had a duty of care towards Jaglal.

“The first defendant (UWI) has a duty to provide a safe environment for its students and the second defendant (school), in providing the classroom for use of the first defendant, likewise had a duty of care to provide a safe environment for the students,” Rahim said.

In his 45-page judgement, Rahim ruled that Jaglal was entitled to $60,000 in general damages for the pain and suffering she endured and a total of $72,293.60 in special damages.

The special damages represent the $26,653 in medical expenses, her loss of earnings (unpaid sick leave) as a result of continued pain ($39,340) and the money she expended in travelling to and from regular hospital visits since the incident ($6,300).

“Since the incident she has been unable to carry out basic household chores such as cooking, cleaning her home and playing with her children. It is now difficult for her to push the trolley in the grocery, as she experiences a lot of pain in her neck and head,” he said.

He also noted that since the incident she is required to wear a neck brace and to take muscle relaxants regularly.

Jaglal was represented by Douglas Bayley and Kavita Sarran. David Alexander and Dave de Peiza represented UWI, while Antionette Alleyne and Nisa Simmons represented the Office of the Attorney General, which appeared on the school’s behalf.

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Licks for rejecting hijab-wearing OJTSat stands his ground

News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

Despite heavy criticism from several quarters, Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) secretary general Sat Maharaj is standing his ground on its decision to deny On-the-Job Trainee Nafisah Nakhid entry to the Lakshmi Girls’ High School with her hijab on Monday. He said yesterday that they have a right to enjoyment of property under the Constitution and as a result also a right to determine how people dress when they go onto the compound.

But not so says attorney Fareed Scoon, who is advising Nakhid.

“A school is not a sacred space, but national space and you cannot impose your system or values on somebody who is utilising together with you what non-sacred space is,” Scoon said in response to Maharaj’s suggestion.

Both men have been speaking out on the issue involving Nakhid, who was given a choice when he turned up at the school on Monday morning dressed in a hijab. She was told at a meeting with the school’s principal, vice principal and dean, whom she said is also a Muslim, that she could stay but would need to remove the hijab, or she could leave. She chose the latter option, saying it was possibly the “worst experience” in her 23 years.

The action comes 23 years after Justice Margot Warner delivered a historic judgment 1995 ruling in favour of Summayah Mohammed, a Muslim schoolgirl who was banned from attending Holy Name Convent in Port-of-Spain wearing a hijab. Warner ruled then that Mohammed was entitled to attend a Catholic school wearing the hijab and she was eventually allowed to attend classes. That decision, which was not appealed, allowed Muslim girls to attend private and public schools without discrimination.

In his defence yesterday, Maharaj said, “The girl is not attached to the teaching staff, she came to learn to teach, but she wants to teach us how to dress, we said we have a dress code.”

Nakhid, who graduated with Honours from the University of the West Indies in the field of Mechanical Engineering, was sent to the school to work alongside a teacher.

There is nothing in the Concordat entered into with denominational schools in 1960 which speaks to a dress code. But Maharaj said it was the teachers of the school, which includes Muslims, Presbyterians and Afro-Trinidadians, “who put together the dress code and we approved it.”

The Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago sets out fundamentals rights and freedoms of citizens, with sections 4 and 5 speaking to rights which exist without discrimination by reason of race, origin, colour, religion or sex. It also speaks to the right of an individual to among other things enjoyment of property and the right not to be deprived of these except by the due process of law.

But Scoon said although Lakshmi Girls share a compound with the SDMS, “it is a public institution. It is funded with public funds, its teachers are paid by the public and it cannot legally or morally debar someone wearing a hijab.” He advised Maharaj to review the policies of the school, saying “they are inconsistent with the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago and from what I understand with true Hinduism.”

Maharaj reiterated that Lakshmi Girls was “doing a favour by saying come and we will teach you how to teach”.

But Scoon countered, “I don’t think it is a one-sided bargain. The school benefits from her experience, she is a graduate who went to give a service, not to be trained, but she is delivering deliverables that the school requires.”

Nakhid said the school requested someone with a science background and the OJT officer with whom she had the interview “called the principal and said I have a background in mechanical engineering and the principal said send her.” She said although the principal was told her name she never asked any questions about whether she wore a hijab. She said the principal admitted in their conversation on Monday that although she was given her name, she could not tell what religion Nakhid was from her name.

Nakhid said she was “traumatised” by the incident.

“I was so shocked. How can you ask a practising Muslim to remove a hijab for a job? Would you ask a nun to remove a habit for a job?” she asked.

Scoon said the Maha Sabha should do the proper thing and “apologise.

“If they do not apologise they probably will be visited with some kind of sanction by the Equal Opportunities Commission, which is the authority to deal with this on the basis of race discrimination religion or otherwise,” Scoon said.

But Nakhid said an apology is not enough.

“I would accept an apology but I am not sure if that is the end. An apology is just an apology, will that change this happening again? I want to see change and I am not sure if an apology will cause change.”

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Widespread condemnation of

News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

Rosemarie Sant

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar is urging the board of Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College to reconsider their decision to deny OJT Nafisah Nakhid the opportunity to train there and she is also calling on the Education Minister and Attorney General to move swiftly to have this matter resolved.

Persad-Bissessar said yesterday that the matter is “not a political one” but rather was one of “natural justice, equality and fairness”.

Responding to public concerns about the decision by the Maha Sahba to prevent Nakhid from taking up a job because she was wearing a hijab, Persad-Bissessar said while she agrees that a dress code is appropriate at schools, “the reality is a hijab cannot be classed in the same category as hats, capes, sleeveless dress or see-through mini-skirts”. (See letters on Pages A20 & A21)

A hijab, she said, is “sacred wear for Muslim women and they should be free to wear such without let or hinder.”

She said the “hurt that Ms Nakhid and her family must feel is understandable. Equally hurtful would be if a Hindu person were to be barred from wearing a Raksha or a Christian person barred from wearing a cross.”

Persad-Bissessar said what is “highly commendable” is that Nakhid had chosen to follow a God-fearing and diligent path in life, which she shows by her commitment to wearing her hijab.

This, she said, “is especially important, as today in our country we see widespread crimes being committed by people who seem to have no care for the rule of law or love of God and fellow men.”

She said as a woman leader, it was her “responsibility to seek especially the interest of women and girls and to do my duty without fear or favour and with love regardless of ethnicity, religion or social status.”

The Organisation Muslims of Trinidad and Tobago also stood by Nakhid for showing religious maturity and that Muslims can integrate successfully in any school or society.

PRO Imtiaz Mohammed issued a statement saying, “The wearing of the hijab is compulsory for all female Muslims once they attain puberty as stated in the Quran.”

He said it was “unfortunate that this specific school board chose to exercise religious intolerance resulting in religious discrimination, clearly violating our Constitution.”

He said they strongly condemned the action of the school board and statements by Maha Sabha secretary general Sat Maharaj that Islamic schools deny Hindu children their religious right to wear the ticker on their foreheads or the Raksha on their wrist. Those statements, he said, are “misleading.”

Mohammed said while Maharaj said his school has a dress code for persons and parents entering the school compound, “the hijab is only an additional garment that would complement his dress code, resulting in the same modesty and respect that his schools are striving to achieve.”

The Centre for Indic Studies, headed by Dr Arvind Singh and Aneela Bhagwat, also said in a Facebook release that the refusal of the Maha Sabha to allow Nakhid entry to the assigned school due to her headdress is “disappointing and indeed shameful” for any organisation which calls itself Hindu “and more so for one that purports to be the voice of Hindu Trinidad and Tobago”. It said, “one cannot be a bigot and still have the audacity to call oneself a Hindu”.

The spiritual head of the Satya Anand Ashram, Pundit Satyanand Maharaj, meanwhile said it was sad that in Indian Heritage Month, where we reflect on “our Hindu, Muslim and Christian indentured ancestors, that a Hindu leader would seek to discriminate against a Muslim”.

He said the Maha Sabha does not represent all Hindus and the leadership of the Maha Sabha is “not only a throwback to a bygone era but a source of never-ending shame and embarrassment for a large cross-section of the Hindu community.”

Maharaj said to carry out “this act of denial to a young Muslim girl wishing only to learn how to teach is simply not acceptable in modern Trinidad and Tobago,” adding “this has the makings of a religious war, further dividing our already fragile society.”

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Why she do this to me?

News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

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Kunti Deopersad’s husband Tilkee Gopaul has fallen into depression and relatives now fear for his safety after a recent incident.

In fact, distraught relatives are now calling on the National Family Services Division to provide counselling for Deopersad, Gopaul and their seven children, two of whom are still in school.

During an exclusive interview yesterday, Gopaul said he will always have a place in his life for his wife although she walked out on their marriage after faking her own kidnapping two months ago.

Speaking at his Oropouche South Trace, Barrackpore home yesterday, Gopaul, 60, said he has been unable to work or sleep since Mother’s Day, after he and Deopersad had a physical altercation. Gopaul said he could not fathom the treatment he got from Deopersad, whom he lived with for 23 years and in frustration he lashed out. Remorse later set in and he attempted something he now regrets.

“I was not thinking straight. I had a piece of poui and I give her a lash. Why is she treating me so? I never do nobody nothing. We used to live good. I struggle and build my house, I worked hard to provide for my family and last year I retired from the corporation. I used to still go out and work, cutting people grass and planting garden. She never want for anything, why she do this to me?” Gopaul said with sad eyes.

He said the shame of her betrayal had trapped him inside his own head and his own home. Saying he did not know where he went wrong, Gopaul said now that he was in the latter stages of his life he wanted to have peace.

“I can’t leave here to go anywhere, not even to walk down the road. My daughter had to leave her job in Princes Town because people were talking about Kunti. The children missing her. If I have to go anywhere, someone will drop me. It is not nice what we going through,” Gopaul said.

Recalling his latest ordeal, Gopaul said his son-in-law and one of his daughters prevented him from doing himself severe harm.

Gopaul said he last saw Deopersad in Princes Town on Tuesday.

“I didn’t see her but she called me out. I asked her when she coming back home and she said she will come back after she cools her head,” Gopaul said.

He added that his two younger daughters were facing ridicule in school and he was worried.

“One of them wrote exams yesterday and I could see the sadness on their faces. It not easy watching them grieve. I am glad I did not die because of them. I am sorry for what I did and I won’t do it again,” Gopaul said.

However, his 18-year-old daughter Radha said she was worried about Gopaul. She said she wanted both her parents to get counselling from the National Family Services Division. She too said she was confused by her mother’s behaviour, adding that her father was a good man who always provided for them.

But the man with whom Deopersad is now living with said yesterday that there were many issues which the public did not know, but said it was not his place to tell her story. He said Deopersad has been receiving counselling.

Several attempts were made to contact National Family Services at their hotline, but both numbers were not in service.

Attempts to reach Minister of Social Development Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn were also unsuccessful as she did not answer her cellular phone.

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Toilet roof caves in on Mt Hope nurse

News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

A 28-year-old nurse is now said to be suffering from serious and consistent headaches accompanied by nausea after suffering a concussion when part of the ceiling fell on her while in a staff washroom at the Mount Hope Women’s Hospital last week.

The woman is now awaiting a neurological examination, which is the assessment of sensory neuron and motor responses, especially reflexes, to determine whether her nervous system is impaired.

Speaking with Guardian Media under strict anonymity, a nurse said the injured nurse, who is a junior, was on the night shift around 11.30 last Thursday when she went to one of the staff washrooms. The nurse said there was no toilet paper and when she decided to go in search of some the ceiling came crashing down on the junior nurse.

“She was struck on the head by a piece of iron or something metal. So it wasn’t just a ceiling tile made of soft and fibre materials. She was struck by something hard on the head,” the woman said.

The junior nurse also had to wait for one hour before seeing the lone female doctor on the shift that night. But between Friday to Tuesday, the nurse has been taken to the emergency department for more treatment and her pain medication has also been increased to a stronger dose. She has also had two CT scans and an X-ray to determine the root of her injury, and after dialogue with the head nurse, arrangements are now being made to have a neurological examination done.

This incident has raised serious concerns among staff, who have now asked the management of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) to carry out extensive infrastructural checks not only in the area where it happened but to the entire Mount Hope Women’s Hospital.

“We have a lot of babies here and people, including over 25 members of staff, including doctors and consultants passing through.”

Photographs of the scene were sent to Guardian Media showing the collapsed ceiling and hanging pieces of metal. There was also a piece of metal and tile pieces on the ground.

The matter was raised by Public Services Association president Watson Duke when a group of trade unions appeared before a Joint Select Committee yesterday. (See page A10)

Contacted on the matter, NCRHA’s manager corporate communications Peter Neptune said, “The investigation is still proceeding so I don’t have a report I can cite for a comment.”

However, an NCRHA official said yesterday that since the incident they had heard various versions about what happened and added that as far as they were aware, “it was just a foam tile that hit the nurse.”

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The Fantastic Four reach IPL Play-offs

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

The final four teams in this year’s thrilling IPL T20 tournament have at last been decided after some 50 matches being played in the league's round-robin phase. When I previewed the tournament last month, I predicted the Chennai Super King (CSK), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Mumbai Indians (MI) would progress to the final four and if I was pushed to name the fourth qualified team, I would have said Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Two out of three is fair as T20 cricket is unpredictable as if you have a bad day, you may as well kiss that particular game goodbye; unlike Test cricket where I have seen teams play well for three and a half days, then have one bad session and lose the test either through poor bowling or a batting collapse.

I did say I favoured CSK to win the tournament and my opinion still holds. In MS Dhoni, that team has the most experienced and innovative captain who is willing to take risks and somehow his gambles always seem more often than not to pay off. His performance with the bat at the death has been scintillating. He is averaging 89.20 having hit three half-centuries. Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson have both been effective at the top of the order with Rayudu scoring close to 600 runs. Faf Du Plessis can also be used as an opener and his experience is invaluable. Suresh Raina at #3 has been good but I am certain Dhoni would have wanted more runs from the talented left-hander. Batting with Dhoni at the death has been Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja and they have all come good at one time or the other. It is their varied bowling attack that has impressed me the most. The right-arm medium pacer - Shardul Thakur - has accounted for 14 wickets thus far in the tournament; well supported by Dwayne Bravo with 11, and three players namely Jadeja, Deepak Chahar and the South African latest pacer - Lungi Ngidi - each with nine. Ngidi made his international debut in January 2017 and has impressed all who have seen him. Hopefully, somewhere out there are a few West Indian pacers waiting to break through.

CSK also has the experienced Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir to call upon. You now understand when I use the term ‘varied attack’.

KKR is also a well-balanced and experienced team with the star of the show none other than our very own ‘the quiet assassin’ - Sunil Narine. What a season he is having thus far; 327 runs and 16 wickets – he is a captain’s dream. The Jamaican superman Andre Russell has not been far behind with 264 runs and 13 wickets but it is KKR’s batting that has been outstanding. Dinesh Karthik has led from the front and together with the latest recruit in Chris Lynn, they have amassed over 400 runs. Robin Uthappa has also scored runs at vital times but their batting is far stronger than their bowling so it is going to be interesting when they pick their best XI for the play-offs. There is an 18-year-old youngster in this team - Shubman Gill. He is destined to follow in the footsteps of Sunny Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kholi. Keep an eye out for him.

Sunrisers Hyderabad - the team of West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, who has only featured in one match has surprised me. Their position at the top of the league phase is due to captain Kane Williamson who has smashed 661 runs with 8 half-centuries from 14 innings at an average of 60.09. What superlative batting from the New Zealand captain. The Barbados Tridents must be wondering if this is the same man who played for them in the 2017 CPL and scored 172 runs from 10 innings averaging 17.20. Shikhar Dhawan has given Williamson some support scoring 437 runs. the next best is Manish Pandey with 276 runs so one can understand the importance of Williamson and Dhawan to this team. It is obvious Sunrisers’ strength is in their bowling and in Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan, they have quite possibly a bowling attack that can not only limit the opposing team’s ability to score runs but take wickets as well.

The fourth qualifier was another surprise - Rajasthan Royals. In Jos Buttler, the English keeper, they had a player scoring runs heavily and quickly with a strike rate of 155. However, he has returned to England to prepare for the test series against Pakistan, so their chances of moving forward have been severely dented even with the stylish Sanju Samson and skipper Ajinkya Rahane. The Barbadian born pacer Jofra Archer, together with the left arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been their wicket leading takers. Any pitch that offers their leg spinners Shreyas Gopal and Ish Sodhi some assistance could lead to them surprising the top three teams.

Of the others Mumbai Indians simply did not score enough runs, Royal Challengers Bangalore depended on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers with the bat and Umesh Yadav with the ball far too much. Kings XI Punjab was all about KL Rahul and Andrew Tye while Delhi Daredevils wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was even more sensational with the bat than Williamson scoring a century and 5 half-centuries. All who failed to qualify simply depended on too few players to come good all the time.

Editor's Note: This column was written before yesterday's second semifinals.

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King, Mamchan help Naps win title

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

Romario King and Liam Mamchan lead from the front and helped Naparima College end a nine-year drought in the PowerGen Under-14 Division of the South Zone Cricket tournament. Naps recorded a thrilling victory over arch-rivals Presentation College at the Woodland Recreation ground in La Romaine, yesterday.

National under-15 batsman Khaleem Mohammed batted well to score 56 and take Presentation to a fighting 154 for six off their 35 overs.

Naps in return squeezed home thanks to mature batting from King and Mamchan. King the right-hander from South East was classical in his stroke play and was the cornerstone of the Naps batting effort.

While he stood firm, wickets tumbled around him until skipper Mamchan joined him. The big left-hander who opened the bowling for T&T in the recently concluded regional Under-15 series turned batsman and together the pair added 31 runs for the fifth wicket. King fell just three runs short of his half-century, facing 71 balls and hitting six fours and a six.

Upon King's departure, Mamchan took over and guided the rest of the batting. Firstly, he forged a useful association with Additya Persad worth 22 runs. However, Persad was run out and Naps slipped to 118 for seven after another breakthrough from Jalim, who nabbed three wickets.

Mamchan then found an able ally in Arion Babwah and they added an unbroken 39 for the eight wickets that sealed the victory. Mamchan ended with an unbeaten 36 off 64 balls with five fours.

Earlier, Mohammed batting at number three played a well-controlled innings to keep Presentation College on track for a good score. The right-hander got support from Nickyle Jalim as the duo added 71 for the fourth wicket. Mohammed finished on 56 off 72 balls with seven fours and a six. Jalim gave good support to Mohammed in getting 14. King, who steady with the ball also grabbed two wickets for 18 runs off his seven overs.


Presentation College 154/6 (35) (Khaleem Mohammed 56, Nickyle Jalim 14, Romario King 2/18) vs Naparima College 157/7 (31.3) (Romario King 47, Liam Mamchan 36no, Nickyle Jalim 3/20, Shane Rajaram 2/22) - Naparima College won by three wickets.

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Morrison: lack of venues hurting vball training

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:00

National men’s senior team volleyball coach Sean Morrison is calling on the relevant authorities to come to his team’s aid in getting training facilities made available to his players as they get ready for the start of their 2018 international season.

T&T, the reigning Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (Cazova) champion team (2010, 2014 & 2017) is currently preparing to compete in the six-team Norceca Men Challenge Cup, a continental qualifying event carded for Cuba, from June 3 - 11.

This will be followed by the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia (July 20 - August 3); 13th Pan American Cup in Mexico (August 12-20) and finally, the defence of their Cazova Men’s Championship in Suriname (August 4 – 11).

Yesterday, a frustrated Morrison, a former national player himself said,

"The national team has been having problems with regards to the use of training facilities since last year. Before the Cazova Championships we hosted last year we were provided with the use of the indoor area of the National Cycling Centre, in Balmain, Couva and back then we were told it was going to be the new home for the sport of volleyball. However, this has not really been the case as after we returned from the Norceca Senior Men Continental Championships in Colorado Springs in October, we have been faced with problems. We have seen other sports like karate, gymnastics, cheer-leading and kickboxing all given use of the facilities ahead of us when we need as much training time as possible."

With just under two weeks before his team departs for Cuba, Morrison noted that the training has been very hectic and when they manage to get venues they make sure and have a full turn out and work hard.

For the tournament in Cuba, Morrison will be without key duo, Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore, and Brandon Legall for the matches in the round-robin series against host Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Morrison said that Honore is coming off a very tough season with SL Benfica in which they were beaten in the Portugal A-1 Division final by Sporting CP in the best-of-five series, 3-2.

Honore’s SL Benfica captured the Portugal Cup yet again and was quarter-finalist in their European club exploits as well.

“We agreed for Marc (Honore) to get some rest and rejoin the team for the remaining tournaments inclusive of the CAC Games, 13th Pan American Cup in Veracruz, Mexico and Cazova Championship.

With respect to Legall, Morrison explained that it’s understood that with the current spike in crime, Police Officer Legall, who was voted as the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in leading T&T to the regional crown last year will have some difficulty in getting time off at this point in time and should rejoin the team at the end of June.

Looking ahead to Cuba, the T&T coach said he was not too worried about the duo’s absence as he was more focused on the development and giving some of the younger athletes the experience like Nicholas Prescott and Daynte Stewart.

The tournament caters for 14 players per team, but due to lack of funding, we are only taking 12 players to Cuba, so we had to leave behind Clinton Williams and Che Cockburn.

“It would have been nice to give them the exposure for the future when the older players start retiring, but all in all it’s a build-up for CAC and Cazova because we are lacking playing experience right now

The local squad will be led by Glamorgan’s Ryan Stewart who captained the locals to the Caribbean crown last year and will include Kwesi Daniel, Akim Bushe, Marlon Phillip, Daneil Williams, libero Joshua Mohammed, Newton Grant, setter Kameron Daniel and USA-based pair, Adriel Roberts (Charleston University), and Mikheil Hoyte.

All the players named above with the exception of Grant were part of the Cazova 2017 Championship winning team.

‘We also have the experienced middle-blocker Russell Pena, who could have stepped in for Honore out injured, so we have brought in two new players in Nicholas Prescott and Daynte Stewart, who should be no strangers to the group

The team currently trains four days a week at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo; Thursdays and Fridays (8.30 pm – 11 pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (7.30 pm – 11 pm).

T&T senior men’s Challenge Cup volleyball squad: Nicholas Prescott, Daynte Stewart, Kwesi Daniel, Adriel Roberts (Charleston University), Mikheil Hoyte, Akim Bushe, Marlon Phillip, Daneil Williams, Ryan Stewart (captain), Joshua Mohammed (libero), Newton Grant, Kameron Donald (setter).

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Anita Mohammed to be buried later this week

News - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 19:31

The sprawling mansion at Raphael Road, Freeport which murdered mother Anita Mohammed struggled to keep after her husband died, will stand closed when her funeral takes place later this week.

A close relative said funeral arrangements are being scheduled either today or tomorrow once final arrangements are approved by her children Chelsea, 20 and Tristan, 19. 

"We plan to have the service at the Muslim home at Munroe Road and then to the Preysal cemetery for burial," the relative said. 

On her Facebook page, Chelsea wrote, "Angels have no thoughts of ever returning to you, would they be angry if I thought of joining you?"

Her profile picture read, "Sometimes a person prays with tears. When the words are missing, Allah knows our hearts."

Homicide officers yesterday spoke with relatives as they tried to piece together Mohammed's last activities before her demise.

An argument with two Spanish-speaking men, an impromptu trip to Chaguaramas and two mysterious phone calls are believed to be important clues to the murder.

Investigators believe that Mohammed was receiving money from criminal elements to maintain her house and to pay off debts which her husband left after he passed suddenly five years ago.

It took Mohammed four years of hard work to upkeep the house and to continue to give her children the life they were accustomed to. 

Mohammed went missing on December 20 and eight days after her disappearance, Chelsea vented on Facebook chastising TSTT for not releasing her mother's phone records.

She wrote, "TSTT could you please ......assist me in finding my mother? It's been 8 days since she’s been gone and I'm at my breaking point. THIS IS A MISSING PERSON. I made a report and I have proof of being her daughter, I even showed up with two officers of the AKU. What more do you need? Why do I now have to find lawyers to get her call log? Losing my father came as a shock and I lost him instantly. Losing my mother like this is even worse because I have no closure to this whole situation."

The remains of a woman with missing limbs were found off an oilfield road in Santa Flora but it was only on Tuesday that forensic analysis on the remains confirmed the body belonged to Mohammed.

Anyone with information on the death can contact Crimestoppers at 800-TIPS.

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Jabloteh chases three FYPL Cups

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:18

San Juan Jabloteh and long-time rivals W Connection will clash in two Flow Youth Pro League (FYPL) Cup finals on Sunday at a venue to be determined after the San Juan Kings continued stretched their youth powerhouse status into the inaugural knockout competition by reaching the final in all three divisions.

Jabloteh and Connection will battle for the Under-14 and 18 Cup titles, separated by the San Juan Kings’ title clash against Club Sando in the Under-16 category.

Jabloteh Under-18s completed the semifinal round trifecta when they kayoed their North East Stars counterparts 4-3 on penalties following a late 1-1 draw at Larry Gomes Stadium in one of three semis that were determined via the spot while Connection U18s edged Police FC 3-2 at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field.

The result in Malabar was a slap in the face for the Stars which had only weeks ago sacked their U18 coach Kevin Jeffrey after the arrival of new club coach Zoran Vranes who had recruited then Jabloteh U18 coach, Gilbert Bateau. Jeffrey had since joined Jabloteh to fill the vacant post.

Jabloteh Under-14s were also made to advance from the spot, defeating Defence Force FC 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Malabar venue to advance to the title-match into the final against W Connection who defeated Point Fortin Civic 2-0 in their semi-final clash at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field.

Club Sando also needed spot-kicks at the Marabella venue to dispatch Police FC 6-5 in the Under-16 division after allowing a 3-0 first-half lead to slip. Justin Araujo-Wilson scored twice before teammate Caleb Straker added a third to send Sando in at the break with the healthy cushion, but a double from Jesus Delicia after Jordel John had reduced the deficit saw the Blues manage a 3-3 regular-time score.

Simultaneously at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Jabloteh were comfortable 5-1 winners over Point Fortin Civic in their U16 clash with Jerry Morris and Malachai Daniel each scoring twice and Terrell Wiley converting a first-half penalty.


Under-14 Division
• San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Nkosi Ambrose 22’) vs Defence Force FC 1 (Jean-Pierre Reyes 67), 10 am Larry Gomes Stadium,
Jabloteh won 4-3 on penalties;
• Point Fortin Civic 0 vs W Connection 2 (Molik Khan 68’, Dantaye Gilbert 70’+), at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field 1.
Under-16 Division
• San Juan Jabloteh 5 (Jerry Morris 4’, 73’, Terrell Wiley 14’ pen., Malachai Daniel 16’, 80’) vs Point Fortin Civic 1 (Mordecai Brown 73’), at Larry Gomes Stadium;
• Club Sando 3 (Justin Araujo-Wilson 14’, 23’, Caleb Straker 42’) vs Police FC 3 (Jardel John 47’, Jesus Delecia 58’, 78’), at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field 1.
Sando won 6-5 on penalties.
Under-18 Division
• San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Kesean St. Rose 78’) vs North East Stars 1 (Ackeem Mason 90’ pen.), at Larry Gomes Stadium,
Jabloteh won 4-3 on penalties;
• Police FC 2 (Kai Phillip 31’, 61’) vs W Connection 3 (Andre Raymond 59’, 76’, Tyrike Andrews 70’ pen.), at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field 1.

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Andrews snares U-20 Decathlon title

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:16

Joel Andrews scored the most points on the weekend in the National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAA) Combined Events Championships, to emerge the champion of the Boys Under-20 Decathlon.

The D’Abadie Progressive athlete tallied 5,959 points to win the 10-discipline event at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo against initially eight competitors.

After day one of competition on Saturday, Andrews led with 3,199 points against initially eight competitors but went down to seven with the exit of Morvant Jets’ Kyle Phillips following the second discipline.

Then Andrews placed fourth in the 100 metres in 11.54 seconds to earn 744 points and fifth in the long jump with a 5.90m-leap (565). He went on to score 591 in placing first in the shot put (11.74m), 585 for fourth place in the high jump (1.75m) and 714, placing second in the 400m (52.25 seconds).

On the second day, Andrews was best in the discus with 36.41m (592), the pole vault with 3.20m (406), third in javelin with 40.94m (456) and second in the 1,500m in 5:05.17 (530).

Anson Mason of Tobago Falcons was Andrews closest challenger tallying 5,567 and third was Aaron Caesar (Unattached) with 5,540. Franklyn Stanisclaus (Kaizen Panthers) was fourth with 5,505 and Shaquille Benjamin (Zenith) fifth with 5,122.

The men’s version of the event was a two-man competition between Kerlon Ashby (Kaizen Panthers) and Omari Benoit of Tobago Falcons after Jameel Joseph made an early exit. Ashby won gold with 5,622 with Benoit copping silver with 5,327.

In the Girls U-20 Heptathlon, Safiya John of Kaizen Panthers prevailed with a 4,551-point effort, finishing ahead of Antonia Sealy (Unattached), who mustered 4,185 and Aquilla St Louis (D’Abadie Progressive) with 4,072.

John came from behind to win gold after St Louis had ended the first day with 2,743 points from the opening four disciplines including 110m hurdles in 14.87 (859), high jump with 1.54m (666), shot put with 8.00m (399) and 200m in 25.75 (819). In comparison, John was a close second with 2,709 with respective results of 15.53m (773), 1.57m (701), 9.44m (493) and 26.64 (742), in the first four disciplines.

She rebounded on day two winning the long jump with 5.57m (720), and 800m in 2:38.32 (592) and placed second in the javelin with a 32.79m-throw for 530 points.

Sealy elevated her performance on the second day as well to sneak into silver medal spot. Her results read: 16.54m (649), 1.39m (502), 10.67m (573), 26.98 seconds (713), 5.06m (576), 36.42m (599) and 2:40.02, respectively.


Boys U-17: 1 Nathaniel Mathura (D’Abadie Progressive) 4,854; 2 Justin Guy (Kaizen Panthers) 4,836; 3 Che Saunders (Kaizen Panthers) 4,022; 4 Anthony Diaz (La Brea Athletics) 3,701; 5 Dimitri Francis (Morvant Jets) 3,462
Boys U-15 NACAC: 1 Keone John (Memphis Pioneers) 4,253; 2 Dorian Charles (La Brea Athletics) 4,030; 3 Aaron Antoine (Neon Wolves) 3,954; 4 Wayne Edwards (Memphis Pioneers) 3,896; 5 Le Bron James (Tobago Falcons) 3,670
Girls U-17: 1 Malika Coutain (PFNJ) 3,754; 2 Sanaah Richards (Oasics) 1,566; 3 Jade Lawrence (Newton) 1,396; 4 Jenique Lewis (Oasics) 1,078
Girls U-15 NACAC: 1 Natasha Fox (PFNJ) 3,801; 2 Kayla Caesar (Memphis Pioneers) 2,938; 3 Aalisha Jones (Oasics) 2,664; 4 Salisha Marshall (D’Abadie Progressive) 2,578; 5 Kevisjah Figaro (Unattached) 2,240
Pentathlon NACAC
Boys U-13: 1 Jaidi James (Tobago Falcons) 2,634; 2 Jahaziel David (Tobago Jaguars) 2,531; 3 Andre Joseph (Unattached) 2437; 4 Maurice Guevara (ZC Athletics) 2,290; 5 Mahkaya Mahon (Oasics) 2,251
Girls U-13: 1 Gianna Paul (D’Abadie Progressive) 2,491; 2 Kernesha Shelborne (Oasics) 2,403; 3 Rhianna Jackson (Air Bon Sonics) 2,300; 4 Janae Thomas (PFNJ) 2,067; 5 Chloe James (Mercury) 2,032
Boys U-11: 1 Tyrique Vincent (ZC Athletics) 2,019; 2 Darius Marcus (Tobago Falcons) 1,668; 3 Jaleel Eugene (Memphis Pioneers) 1,602; 4 Kai James (Tobago Jaguars) 1,588; 5 Roshan Jackson (Air Bon Sonics) 1,575
Girls U-11: 1 Tenique Vincent (ZC Athletics) 1,570; 2 Nailah Isles (ZC Athletics) 1,497; 3 McKailah Warde (ZC Athletics) 1,401; 4 Teshawna Pope (Memphis Pioneers) 1,352; 5 Andreen Sylvester (Morvant Jets) 1,286
Boys U-9: 1 Amarley Henry (Tobago Jaguars) 1,131; 2 Malik Charles (PFNJ) 1,020; 3 Michael Paul (D’Abadie Progressive) 966; 4 Kristian Thomas (Concorde) 938; 5 Niam Sealy (Unattached) 862
Girls U-9: 1 Kiwanna Simmons (Laura Pierre Eagles) 585; 2 Kyann Nicholson (Air Bon Sonics) 524; 3 Ella-Marie Young (Concorde) 522; 4 Jadel Joseph (PFNJ) 520; 5 Jade Ramsaran (La Brea Athletic) 518

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Lara to play in BMW PGA

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:11

Legendary World cricketer Brian Lara will participate in the 2018 BMW PGA Golf Championships but important to him, he is taking along a young golfer from T&T to share in the experience.

Lara, who has participated at the championships before and has carried young golfers previously, will be accompanied by Christopher Richards Jr.

Richards Jr is following in the footsteps of Ross Cabral, Zico Correia and young Barbadian, Iz Hustler, all of whom have continued that upward mobility towards their lifelong dreams of becoming professional golfers, after making the trip with Lara.

Lara’s vision is to expose the young golfers to such tournaments with the main aim of providing them with the experience of the PGA circuit in an effort to further spark and ignite their passion for the game.

His ultimate hope is that these talented youngsters can learn, see and feel the game so that they will be inspired to continue being avid students of the game and go on to represent our beloved twin-island public.

While there, young Richards Jr will have the opportunity to meet some of the greatest players in the world, such as Rory Mc llroy, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer and many more.

He will have the opportunity to observe and learn from some of the professional golf teachers that will be present at the event and hopefully come back with a greater desire to play the game at the highest level.

Lara said: “We have produced only one true professional golfer in Stephen Ames, who has made us incredibly proud of his achievements. I believe we need more of his kind in this sporting discipline.”

When contacted, Cabral, one of the young golfers who attended this in 2014, said it was “the best-golfing experience of his life.”

Correria said: “I was twelve at the time and it was a great experience and I will love to go back. My dream is to become a professional golfer and to follow in the footsteps of some of those iconic players that I saw.”

This year’s initiative is being held in conjunction with the Scott Anderson Young Achievers Award.

Scott Anderson, before his passing in 2017, dedicated his life to helping the less fortunate and Trinidad and Tobago’s talented young golfers.”

The Scott Anderson golf tournament will be happening soon to continue Scott’s work in ensuring equality for all in the golfing fraternity.

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BPTT Mayaro night cricket gets going

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:09

Cricket skills and community spirit were the main ingredients on display as the 2018 BP T&T Mayaro Night Cricket Windball Competition bowled off to an exciting start at the Mayaro Government School Recreation Ground recently.

Seventeen teams were dressed to the hilt in colourful uniforms as they took part in the march past and round-robin competitions.

Officially opening the new cricket season was Joel Primus, Community Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations Advisor, BPTT, who said: “It’s wonderful to see so many teams in their magnificent uniforms, ready to play and win.

“BPTT has always been an active social investor in this community and the turnout of both teams and supporters is confirmation that this community appreciates our efforts. More than just fun, this competition is focused on developing talent, sporting excellence and community camaraderie. As such, it is with great pride that I announce the official start of this cricket competition.”

The Mayaro Windball Night Cricket Competition has been sponsored by energy company BP T&T since 1999 and represents just one aspect of their support for sports development in Mayaro. Managing the league since last year is the All Mayaro Sports Foundation (AMSF), a community-based non-governmental organisation which has been charged by BPTT with the responsibility of guiding and facilitating sports development in the wider Mayaro region.

Primus said: “In our constant drive to offer greater opportunities to Mayaro, I want to announce that next year this competition will be launched at the refurbished ground at the BPTT Mayaro Resource Centre.

Work on the upgrade will begin soon and this community will benefit from access to an improved facility that has become a hub of community development and empowerment in Mayaro.”

AMSF’s Corporate Secretary, Jameson Rigues said: “This is one of the top sporting competitions in our community and teams from all over Trinidad come here to play in this fun and competitive atmosphere.

Win, lose or draw, the teams always compete with respect and discipline and bring excitement and pride to our beautiful community. This competition truly embodies our motto of ‘sport for the enrichment of life’ and we look forward to a bigger and better 2018 competition.”

In addition to main sponsor BPTT, Rigues also thanked the other companies supporting the league, including Laing Sandblasting and Painting Company Limited and B Ramkissoon Hardware Limited of Rio Claro, as well as supporters and members of the AMSF who assisted in the successful launch of the competition.

Following the march past, the teams were divided into groups and competed for bragging rights as the winners of the round-robin competition that saw teams playing against each other in an intense four-over clash.

Strikers put on an all-around effort to defeat a dangerous Bomb Squad in the female division. In the keenly contested men’s division, Late Boys put on a challenging 33 runs on the board which Cascadoux All-Stars could not chase down despite their valiant efforts.

Derick Ramphal, captain of the Siparia-based Late Boys, was elated with his team’s victory, “This win means a lot to us and is the best possible start we could have asked for. We want to win the league and knock-out, but that won’t be easy because all the teams are very strong. This cricket league is first-class and you wouldn’t expect any less from BPTT and the AMSF. We’re glad to be here in Mayaro and look forward to playing and winning in this top-notch cricket competition.”

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Rochford double sinks French Guiana 3-1

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:07

T&T Under-20 Men’s footballers closed off their three-match campaign at the Guadeloupe six-nation tournament with a come from behind 3-1 victory over French Guiana on Monday afternoon.

Midfielder John-Paul Rochford came off the bench to score a double and assist in the other goal which lead Russell Latapy’s troops to their first win of the three-match tour. The win followed 2-0 and 2-1 defeats by Costa Rica and Martinique at the weekend.

French Guiana took a 20th-minute lead before Rochford equalised in the 46th minute. Shaqkeem Joseph put the junior Soca Warriors ahead with a 60th-minute item, while Rockford delivered the lethal blow with his goal six minutes later.

Costa Rica claimed the title by defeating Haiti 4-3 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw in regulation time in the Final. And in an earlier game, Martinique got the better of Guadeloupe 2-1 in the third/fourth place match.

Afterwards Latapy, the T&T coach said he was pleased to have come away with a win in the closing match, but noted there is much room for improvement. “We started with some players who hadn’t played as much over the first two games, as I wanted to give every player some time to gain experience and show what they are capable of,” Latapy said.

“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we can but I thought we had the better of the first half, creating a few chances on goal. Another lapse in concentration saw us concede and we had to come back and work ourselves back into the match which I thought we did well in by showing character and taking charge of the match.”

“With the changes at halftime we started to take control of the midfield and created better chances which we took with two really good finishes,” Latapy explained further, adding there were a few positives to take from the tournament.

The T&T team will continue preparations with the CONCACAF Qualifiers set for November.

“We could take away a few things which are obviously the experience for the team at this level. Players are now understanding that international football has some key elements which include hard work, desire to give everything and tactical awareness. It’s not only about the technical ability which we are fortunate to possess but with still work to do to get up to the level at which we want to be at,” Latapy concluded.

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Shabazz: Biggest test against St Kitts/Nevis

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:06

Despite a dogged 3-0 win over Dominica in the Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers on Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, coach Jamaal Shabazz has said his biggest test in the tournament will come from St Kitts/Nevis on Friday when the team meet in a 6:30 pm contest.

The T&T coach was left smiling for the first time in a long while, due mainly to the progress being made in the women’s game. The Soca Princesses are expected to top the group.

On Saturday, T&T go off to flying start by crushing USVI 10-0. However, the Dominicans, being coached by T&T’s Rajesh Latchoo who was an understudy to Shabazz at Morvant Caledonia United, provided more resistance than expected with a defensive strategy.

In a post-match press conference, Shabazz didn’t believe his understudy provided his biggest test in the five-team Group C play-off, saying it will come from St Kitts/Nevis, as they have demonstrated the ability to play, bring the ball down and start the attack. St Kitts/Nevis got the better of the Dominicans 2-1 in its opening match Saturday and will be hoping for maximum points today when they clash with the Grenadians in Couva from 4 pm. In the other game today the United States Virgin Islands will tangle with Dominica from 6:30 pm.

Against Dominica, Shabazz girls produced a decent display in a match that served as a learning experience for them.

“Good tactical game in defence by Dominica, but we are just happy to come away with three goals and three points. Latchoo showed the intelligence that he couldn’t play open, that they had to literally park the bus and they did it well. I think the tactics used by Dominica reminded me of when we played the USA back in 2002 where we defended for our lives and focussed on getting the ball to Mollon,” Shabazz explained.

He believes there was disinterest among his players by the defensive strategy but said they know now how to deal with such a tactic.

T&T’s defensive midfielder Karyn Forbes has been Shabazz’s ace card in tight situations, displaying her ability to strike the ball powerfully to goal.

Forbes who has been as steady as a rock in the defence, was among the scorers in the opening game, a scorcher from the wide left, and again Monday she curled one in from a similar position from a free kick.

The team is expecting to be strengthened further with the inclusion of Ahkeela Mollon and Maylee Attin-Johnson, both of whom are abroad coaching, as well as two new surprise players that will fit into the team perfectly.


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Brathwaite’s IPL best in vain

Sports - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:04

MUMBAI, India—Carlos Brathwaite struck his Indian Premier league career-best score but it was not enough to prevent table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad from going down by two wickets to Dwayne Bravo’s Chennai Super Kings, in the first playoff game yesterday.

Sent in at Wankhede Stadium, Sunrisers were on the ropes at 88 for six in the 15th over before Brathwaite produced a sterling unbeaten 43 from 29 balls to lift the innings up to 139 for seven off their 20 overs.

The West Indies Twenty20 captain, in only his second match of the season, struck one four and four sixes, as he dominated a 51-run seventh wicket stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (7).

Brathwaite began slowly, gathering just seven runs from his first 15 deliveries before teeing off with two consecutive sixes off seamer Shardul Thakur at the start of the 18th over which eventually leaked 17 runs.

The Barbadian once again got stuck into Thakur in the final over, lashing two sixes and a four as 20 runs came from the last six balls of the innings.

Captain Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan had earlier both scored 24 but medium pacer Bravo snatched two for 25 from his four overs, to help CSK made inroads.

In reply, CSK found themselves reeling at 62 for six in the 13th over before South Africa’s Faf du Plessis stroked a match-winning unbeaten 67 from 42 balls to put his side into next Sunday’s final with five balls to spare.

He added 30 for the seventh with Deepak Chahar (10) and a further crucial 27 for the ninth wicket with Thankur (15 not out).

The contest was still in the balance at the start of the 18th over with CSK requiring 43 from 18 balls for victory, but seamer Brathwaite conceded 20 runs from his third over, to simplify the equation for CSK.

Seventeen runs then gushed from the next over leaving CSK with a mere six to get from the final over.

Bravo had earlier fallen cheaply in the 12th over, edging a long hop from Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan to slip for seven.

Brathwaite finished wicket-less from his three overs which cost 31 runs.

Sunrisers will have a second chance to reach the final when they face the winner of Wednesday’s second playoff match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, in the second qualifier on Thursday. (CMC)


SRH 139/7 in 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 43*; Dwayne Bravo 2-25) lost to CSK 140/8 in 19.1 overs (Faf du Plessis 67*, Rashid Khan 2-11) by 2 wickets.

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Shukla takes Sea to Sea title

Sports - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 23:55

Local runners Curtis Cox, Sjaelan Evans and Samantha Shukla excelled at the third annual international Sea to Sea event in Tobago on the weekend.

Cox placed third in the marathon on Sunday in a time of three hours, two minutes and two seconds behind the winner, Venezuelan Pedro Mora in 2:39.03. He was followed by Jose Elmer Ararat Diaz of Columbia in second place with a time of 2:45.43.

Runners started the course at the Main Ridge Forest Reserve near Bloody Bay, proceeded through the forest to Roxborough then ran south along Windward Road through villages to the capital Scarborough and on to the 26.2-mile distance finish line in Lambeau Beach.

Evans finished third among the women and ninth overall in the marathon in 3:19.55. Colombian Palmenia Raquel Berrio Agudelo was the best in the women’s category, winning in 3:03.08 with Mary Akor (USA) third in 3:09.14.

Agudelo, the day before, had success in the 10-kilometre contest, winning the women’s race in 35.56 to place 10th overall. Akor again finished as the runner-up to Agudelo in 36.18 to be 11th overall while Kenya’s Queen Chenge (16) was third in 40.03.

Shukla of Richard Jones Racing (RJR) Club placed fourth in this race in 40.11 but returned the following day to dominate among the women in the half marathon, winning in 1:29.53 for 14th place overall.

Chenge (Kenya) followed her to the line in 1:30.22 with Celine Lestrade also of T&T in third in 1:37.32.

The overall winner was Alene Reta of the US, who had also crossed the finish line first in the 10K on Saturday. Reta completed the course from Bacolet to Lambeau beach in 30.29 to claim the top prize of $8,000.

Didimo Sanchez of Venezuela was second in 31.09, and Richez Perez crossed in 32.21 to secure third place.

Anthony Phillips of RJR, who placed eighth overall, was the first national to complete the race course in a time of 34.19. Kade Sobers of Signal Hill was the first Tobago athlete, crossing in 36.59 for 13th position overall and first in the 50-59 age-group.

Lionel Dandrade of Guyana took first place in the 5km, which started at Sangsters Hill entrance, in 16.31, ahead of Tobago’s Jedial Walters of Hope, who was second in 16.39 and in third was Kriston Charles of RJR.

Janiel Bailey also of RJR was the winner among the women in a time of 22.05. Beyonce Moses of Lambeau was the runner-up in 23.09 and Khrystanne George of Belmont was third in 23.42.


1 Pedro Mora (Venezuela) 2:39.03 (Men)
2 Jose Elmer Ararat Diaz (Columbia) 2:45.43 (Men)
3 Curtis Cox (T&T) 3:02.02 (Men)
4 Palmenia Agudelo (Columbia) 3:03.08 (Women)
5 Mary Akor (USA) 3:09.14 (Women)
6 Thomas Adams (Mora) 3:10.18 (Men)
7 Godffrey Mbihia (Kenya) 3:13.12 (Men)
8 Leah Kigen (Kenya) 3:18.55 (Men
9 Sjaelan Evans (T&T) 3:19.55 (Women)
10 Nigel Simon (T&T) 3:25.00 (Men)
1 Alene Reta (USA) 1:07.45
2 Didimo Sanchez (Venezuela) 1:08.10
3 Richer Perez Cobas (Cuba) 1:17.50
4 Junior Ashton (St Vincent & Grenadines) 1:18.12
5 Sharlun Williams 1:18:41
1 (14) Samantha Shukla (T&T) 1:29.53
2 (15) Queen Chenge (Kenya) 1:30.22
3 (19) Celine Lestrade (T&T) 1:37.32
4 (23) Chantel Le Maitre 1:41.15
5 (27) Salina Scott (T&T) 1:44.06
1 Alene Reta (USA) 30.29
2 Didimo Sanchez 31.09
3 Richez Perez 32.21
4 Pedro Mora 32.26
5 Oshane Archibald (Jamaica) 32.37
1 (10) Palmenia Agudelo (Colombia) 35.56
2 (11) Mary Akor (USA) 36.18
3 (16) Queen Chenge (Kenya) 40.03
4 (17) Samantha Shukla (RJR) 40.11
5 (27) Alexandra Adams (Mora) 49.59
1 Lionel Dandrade (GUYANA/T&T) 16.31
2 Jediael Walters (Hope) 16.39
3 Kriston Charles (RJR) 16.53
4 Terron Francis (GEB) 17.15
5 Nbrian Maynard (GEB) 17.42
1 (24) Janeil Bailey (T&T) 22:05
2 (31) Beyonce Moses (Lambeau) 23.09
3 (39) Khrystanne George (Belmont) 23.42
4 (41) Atiya Croal (Arouca) 24.04
5 (42) Monique Moore (Cascade) 24.12

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