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Aguilleira: None should be left behind

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 05:11

Although the August vacation is speedily coming to an end, 330 primary and secondary school children from Marac, Moruga were all smiles when West Indies/national cricketer and Atlantic Sports Ambassador Merissa Aguilleira gave them school supplies and words of inspiration in preparation for the new academic year.

At the annual event held under the auspices of the Merissa Aguilleira “Back to School|” programme, children from Marac, La Lune, Penal Rock Road and the larger Moruga community were provided with school supplies and books well in time for the upcoming school year.

Special prizes were also given to Tyrese Bernard and Akeelah Nelson, the top boys’ and girls’ Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) students in the district.

The event, which was held on August 3 at the Marac Community Centre, was also attended by representatives of LNG production company, Atlantic, which has sponsored the programme since its inception in 2013.

Anil Seunath, Branding and Sponsorships Officer, Atlantic said that the Programme’s far-reaching impact had the potential to contribute to the process of national transformation.

“Atlantic has supported Merissa and her team with her Back to School initiative for the last five years, and we’re happy every time we see these children getting empowered to excel just like Merissa has done in the world of cricket,” Seunath said. “We are big supporters of youth development and this programme puts students on the right track to succeed from the very first day of school.”

Moruga-born Aguilleira explained that the genesis of the annual “Merissa Aguilleira Book Drive” was her personal motto that no one should be left behind.

“Moruga has given me a strong support system and I am privileged to have the opportunity to relay that back to my home community,” Aguilleira said. “We are supporting the students so that they can remain focused on their education. We do not want them to face any obstacles in their education because of finances.”

Aguilleira also said that the programme’s growth over the years was additional inspiration to keep playing cricket.

We have assisted over 300 children in primary and secondary children,” she said.

Tisha Mascall, parent of a first-time recipient said she was grateful for the programme.

“I’m thankful that Merissa has gone out there and made something of herself but comes back and gives to the community. Moruga is proud of her.”

With a daughter in Bass Terre Primary School, Mascall added, “Many parents do not have easy access to the books and stationery. This initiative is a big help to the parents.”

Merissa and her West Indies team-mates will be competing in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in November in matches in Guyana, St Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda.

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Young T&T stars into LCA/Sagicor semis

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 05:08

T&T is assured of the title in the Boys Singles 14 and Under Division at the Sagicor/COTECC Junior Tennis Tournament at the St Lucia National Tennis Centre in Castries with all four semi-final positions being taken by T&T players.

Kyle Kerry, the top seed had a flawless 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Rodain Monelle of Antigua, and Sebastian Sylvester, who will be his opponent in today’s semi-final, battled past Mackai Whitter of Bermuda in straight sets in another quarter-final match-up.

Sylvester endured the Bermudan resistance to prevail 6-4 in the first set, but in the second the T&T stand-out hardly broke a sweat in clobbering his counterpart 6-0 to claim the win.

Ethan Wong and Luca Shamsi are the other semi-finalists today after both had similar wins over their countrymen Saqiv Williams and Jace Quashie respectively.

Wong prevailed 6-2, 6-0 in his match but looked on afterwards as Shamsi breezed past Quashie, his teammate at the recently concluded Cotecc Sub Regional 4 Development U-12 Tournament, in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.

In the Girls equivalent, however, T&T have absolutely no chance of gaining silverware after its top two players Cameron Wong and Charlotte Ready went down in their respective encounters.

Number #4 seed Wong, after making her way to the second round, could not stop Maely Betzy of Martinique from progressing 6-2, 6-4, and later Ready was anything but ready for Grenadian Sienna Dominique’s match-winning performance 6-2, 7-6(3).

In the Boys Singles Consolation, the semi-final field is also being dominated by T&T players.

Thomas Chung was the first to book his spot, getting the better of Justin Atkins of Barbados 4-0, 4-0 before Beckham Sylvester needed three sets to get rid of home-town favourite Petterson George 2-4, 4-1 and 10-6.

Tim Pasea is the other T&T player among the final four players in the field when he dismissed Saige Charles of St Lucia 4-1, 4-2.

The other semi-finalist Alexander Small of Barbados triumphed over Jason Hunte of St Lucia 4-0, 4-1.

WALTER ALIBEY
 

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T&T youngsters begin Junior & Cadet Open in El Salvador

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 05:06

Derron Douglas and Luc O’Young will lead T&T’s challenge when the El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Junior Circuit serves off in San Salvador, today from 10 and runs until Sunday.

Douglas, the reigning national Under-15 champion left last Tuesday and attended a training camp at Lilly Yip Table Tennis Training Centre in Dunellen, New Jersey for a week before he linked up with national U-18 title-holder O’Young in Miami en route to El Salvador on Monday.

The quartet of coach Dennis La Rose, Jesse Dookie, N’Kosi Rouse and Mikhail Rouse left on Friday for the Central American country.

Today, the tenth-ranked team of Dookie and Rouse will compete with 11 other teams in the Junior Boys Team competition while Douglas and Mikhail Dookie, 14th ranked of 21 teams will also be in action.

The duo of Douglas (19th) and Mikhail Dookie (47th), will compete in the Cadet Boys Singles competition while the trio of Luc O’Young (seventh), Jesse Dookie (27th), and Rouse (30th) will do battle with 51 other players in the Junior Boys Singles.

Last month, Douglas and O’Young were beaten in their respective Junior Boys Singles last-32 matches at the Pan American Junior Table Tennis Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Douglas went under to Argentina’s Martin Bentacor 1-11, 10-12, 3-11, 8-11 and O’Young was beaten by USA’s Sharon Alguetti 2-11, 3-11, 3-11, 3-11.

The local duo was also ousted in the first round of the Boys Doubles, 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 14-16 by Puerto Ricans, Angel Naranjo and Jabdiel Torres. Both Douglas and O’Young had qualified from their round-robin singles group as second-placed finishers. Douglas went under to Canada’s Terrence Yeung 4-11, 6-11, 8-11 in his four-player Group Ten opener.

However, the T&T ace rebounded with wins against Aruban Jean-Claude Hoek 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 and Brazilian Sergio Bignardi, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 to end with a 2-1 pool record and second spot to qualify.

O’Young was also beaten in his Group Four opener by Chile’s Andres Martinez 3-11, 9-11, 8-11 but outplayed Dominican Republic’s Noel Almonte 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 in his other match for a 1-1 record and second in his three-player series. Martinez defeated Almonte 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 in the other match. Javier King, T&T’s other participant, did not manage to get out of his Group Eighth four-player pool after defeats at the hands of Uruguay’s Pablo Palou (6-11, 5-11, 7-11); Dominican Republic’s Omar Andujar (5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 7-11), and Canada’s Alexander Bu, (1-11, 5-11, 4-11).

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Jattan takes top prize in Panini/FIFA sticker draw

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 05:04

Roshan Jattan copped the top prize in the much anticipated Panini/FIFA Sticker Album draw held by Safari Publications on Saturday at their offices in Frederick Settlement in Caroni.

Terry Fenwick, former England international and founder of the Terry Fenwick Football Factory Foundation gave the feature address and congratulated the 55 participants who successfully completed their Sticker Albums on time.

Fenwick who now resides in Trinidad, advised the many youths present to keep focused on their footballing development, pointing out that newly crowned FIFA World Cup Champions France star player Kylian Mbappe, is just 18 year old and the youngest player to have won a World Cup since Pele did so for Brazil in 1958.

Jattan took home a 40-inch Hisense Smart TV, second-placed Ibrahim Amedu received a Sony PS4 and third-place winner Chad Seesahai got an Apple iPad.

In other awards, Raphael Hospedales, who was fourth, won a Samsung cell phone and fifth-place Nalini Gayadeen collected a Nigel R Khan book voucher.

All other remaining participants were presented a consolation prize of a FIFA World Cup, Russia, replica football.

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Jabloteh edges North East 1-0

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 05:00

A single strike by Sean Bonval in the 74th minute earned seasoned campaigners San Juan Jabloteh its first win in the T&T Pro League yesterday, a 1-0 victory over defending champions North East Stars at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima.

The Jabloteh men dominated the affair in both halves and had it not been for the heroics of goalkeeper Glenroy Samuels, the scoreline would have been much wider.

Jabloteh coach Keith Jeffreys said his team played well but they are set to strengthen their attack after recruiting midfielder Elton John from T&T Super League outfit Queen’s Park Cricket Club recently.

Jeffreys is also staying mum on a few other expected signings. He told Guardian Media Sports his players are aiming at qualifying for the CONCACAF Caribbean Champions League where there is a monetary gain to be had.

“We didn’t play as well as we expected at the First Citizens Cup so we are trying to lift our performance for the League which will hopefully get us into the CONCACAF, Caribbean Champions League. At this point we are just happy to move to four points after two matches,” Jeffreys said.

North East, on the other hand, has enjoyed a much-improved performance from the opening Charity Shield and First Citizens Cup competitions.

Like, their counterparts, the Sangre Grande/Arima-based team has its eyes set on a number of new recruits in the coming weeks, such as midfielder Sean De Silva and another player who plays professionally in the United States.

In another game last night, Point Fortin Civic was scheduled to host Morvant Caledonia United in another game at Mahaica Oval.

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T&T vballers beat Barbados for bronze

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:58

T&T men’s volleyballers picked up bronze last night at the 17th edition of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Men’s Championship in Suriname.

The national team met Barbados in the third-placed match and won 3-1 at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sporthal, Paramaribo. This after the Bahamas eliminated two-time reigning champions, T&T, 26-24, 22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12 in their final round-robin match yesterday morning, a virtual semifinal for both teams.

Meaning that a new champion was to be crowned last night in the final when Bahamas, the 2012 champion was to come up against Suriname for the title.

T&T, winner of three of the last four editions of the tournament, seemed poised to make its fifth consecutive final when it went up two sets to one. But they began the fourth set with a series of unforced errors and although the Bahamas reciprocated late in the set, their lead was too significant (19-11) and they managed to do enough to force the decider.

The Bahamas only trailed once (6-5) in the fifth and eventually crossed the finish line in 113 minutes.

Playing by far his best indoor match, T&T’s leading beach volleyballer Daneil Williams was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points, three more than Bahamas captain Princ’tanique Wilson.

Wilson stated that the victory was payback for what transpired eight years ago when T&T beat them in the semifinals and went on to capture its first title.

“We are tired,” admitted Wilson.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” said the Bahamian when asked if they will be able to recover in time for the final.

Suriname reached the title match with a straight-set victory over Barbados last night and playing in front their home fans is another advantage that they have in their quest to strike gold for the first time.

However, the scenario had been the same when the met in the round-robin stage and Suriname had barely got home in the longest match of the tournament (two and half hours) on Sunday night.

Both Suriname and Bahamas were triumphant in three of their four matches in the first stage, but Suriname won ten of their 14 sets to finish on top, while the Bahamas won 11 sets and lost six.

Sean Morrison, who was attempting to win his second straight title as coach of T&T after playing on their triumphant 2012 and 2014 teams, stated that his team made too many mistakes, especially “spiking errors in the fifth set”.

“But hats off to Bahamas, they were more consistent than us.”

Nothing less than gold would have satisfied him but captain Ryan Stewart pointed out: “We still have a medal to play for.”

And it is more than a bronze-medal match as ten-time champions Barbados stunned T&T in five sets Sunday night in the round-robin stage.

When asked if his team will be ready for the final, veteran Bahamas coach Lloyd Davis said: “We are Bahamas, we never say dead, not die.”

Suriname rolls into CAZOVA final

On the verge of having to play another set, Suriname reeled off the last four points to defeat Barbados 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 and advance to the final on Monday night

Gino Naarden and Zefano Breinburg led the way for the hosts with 13 points, two more than their most prolific scorer Keven Sporklede. But the leading scorer in the 90-minute affair was Barbadian Kyle Browne – who had scored a tournament-high 33 the night before against T&T – with 14.

Barbados was inconvenienced by the loss of their setter to injury in their epic five-set upset of T&T the night before and Suriname coach Sergio Valdes acknowledged that their task would have been tougher had Alain London been able to play.

In Monday night’s first match, Bahamas, after suffering their only defeat in the longest match of the tournament last night against their hosts, defeated Haiti 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23.

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Reifer, Hope sink Amazon Warriors

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:58

GEORGETOWN, Guyana—Man-of-the-Match Raymon Reifer produced the third best figures in Caribbean Premier League history as Barbados Tridents opened their campaign on an emphatic note with a 30-run victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors here Sunday night.

The West Indies left-arm seamer picked up five for 20 from four overs as the hosts, asked to chase a venue record 186 at the Guyana National Stadium never came to grips with the tall order and subsided to 155 for eight from their allotted 20 overs.

Sherfane Rutherford resisted with 48 and captain Shoaib Malik got 38 to get Amazon Warriors up to 124 for three in the 16th over but they lost five wickets for 30 runs, courtesy of Reifer’s magic.

Test star Shai Hope had earlier sizzled with a breathtaking 88 off 45 deliveries as Tridents, sent in, raced to a record 185 for four off their 20 overs.

T&T left-hander Nicholas Pooran came late to smash an unbeaten 45 from 27 balls while Australian superstar Steve Smith chipped in with 41.

There was no sign of what was to come when Tridents lost two early wickets to slip to 11 for two in the second over.

New Zealander Martin Guptill fell to Rayad Emrit’s one-handed stunner at mid-off without scoring off the third ball of the match from left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir, and Dwayne Smith drilled off-spinner Chris Green into extra cover’s lap in the following over for six.

But Hope and Steve Smith combined in a classy exhibition of stroke-play to add 105 for the third wicket and lay the platform for the assault to come.

The right-handed Hope, known more for his exploits in the Test and one-day formats, struck half-dozen fours and sixes in only 10th Twenty20 while Steve Smith faced 37 balls and gathered six fours.

Hope raced into the 40s with back-to-back sixes off leg-spinner Imran Tahir in the 11th over before reaching his half-century in the following over off 30 balls.

He plundered 20 from Sohail Tanvir’s third over – the 13th of the innings – and though he lost Steve Smith in the next over, lbw to Tahir, he continued to take apart the hosts bowling until he picked out Hetmyer in the deep off seamer Keemo Paul in the 18th over with three figures beckoning.

His dismissal saw no ease of worry for Amazon Warriors as Pooran blasted two fours and three sixes to get Tridents up to their eventual total.

Captain Jason Holder then got the early breakthrough when he brought one back to trap Chadwick Walton lbw for six in the second over with the score on 10.

The left-handed Hetmyer, who struck a couple of fours and sixes in a nine-ball cameo, counter-attacked in a 30-run second wicket partnership with opener Luke Ronchi (10).

However, Reifer intervened, removing both in successive deliveries in the fifth over. Ronchi holed out to mid-wicket and Hetmyer ill-advisedly tried to clear the ropes at long on and picked out Guptill in the deep.

Tridents had their momentum stalled as Rutherford and Shoaib put on 84 for the fourth wicket, a stand which kept Amazon Warriors still just in the contest.

Rutherford faced 46 balls and counted four fours and two sixes while Shoaib was good for a brace of fours and sixes in his 30-ball knock.

Off-spinner Ashley Nurse made the key strike, forcing Shoaib to play on in the 16th over and with the required run rate having climbed to over 14 per over, Amazon Warriors buckled under the pressure. (CMC)

Scores

TRIDENTS 185 for four off 20 overs (Shai Hope 88, Nicholas Pooran 45 not out, Steve Smith 41)

AMAZON WARRIORS 155 for eight off 20 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 48, Shoaib Malik 38, Shimron Hetmyer 22; Raymon Reifer 5-20)

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Use sport as a tool for social change

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:56

The T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) and Commonwealth Games Association of T&T (CGATT) on the occasion of International Youth Day (IYD) called on the T&T Olympic and Commonwealth sport movement to take urgent measures and actions to ensure that sport with in the twin-island Republic is a safe space for children, youth and young people at all levels.

Celebrated on August 12 annually, IYD seems to fly under the radar. Yet everyone is quick to make utterances about the importance of youth and young people to the future of the world and in our case T&T.

But like everything else, some things get appropriate attention while others don’t.

IYD was designated by the United Nations in 1999 with the adoption of Resolution 54/120 and is aimed at drawing attention to youth issues worldwide.

The theme for this year’s IYD is “Safe Spaces For Youth”.

Generally, sport has a unique power in promoting cultural awareness and harmony between people of a different upbringing. On the occasion of IYD, the TTOC is encouraging everyone to think about how sport could positively address the societal challenges and turmoil engulfing T&T.

Sports could become a very important and powerful tool for enabling and preparing children, youth and young adults in becoming successful leaders in the vanguard of the future development of this country.

“Sport speaks to youth in a language they understand. It is more powerful than Governments in breaking down racial barriers.”- Nelson Mandela.

Sport can break down barriers but in many cases, the perception is that sport builds barriers rather than break them down. The reason this is so if you do a formal or informal survey, the fingers will point to sports administrators.

Trying to defend sports administrators these days certainly will not win you any friends.

Sports organisations can and must do a much better job, changing the perception that we are a bunch of out of our depth/out of touch bumbling idiots, is not going to be an easy task if we continue making front-page headlines for all the wrong reasons under the sun.

Sport is one of T&T’s prized assets. It’s a crying shame that the good work of many is undone by a few. If we are to create sport as safe spaces for the youth of the nation, sports organisations and sports administrators can’t continue to be the turmoil.

• Editor’s note: Brian Lewis is the President of the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) and the views expressed by him are not necessarily those of the organisation.

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W Connection, Club Sando join leaders

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:43

W Connection and Club Sando joined Central FC and Defence Force in a four-way tie at the top of the 2018 T&T Pro League table at the end of round one after contrasting wins at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Sunday evening.

In the opening match of the double-header, national midfielder Jomal Williams marked his return to W Connection with a goal in his team’s 3-0 victory over new-look St Ann’s Rangers.

The ‘Savonetta Boys’ opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Marcus Joseph brilliantly controlled a pass on his chest a from Adan Noel and with defender Fedric Commissiong in close proximity lifted a shot into the roof of the net beating 17-year-old goalkeeper Josiah Perez for placement and to separate the teams at the half-time break.

Despite their dominance over the youthful Rangers line-up which featured eight Pro League debutants, W connection’s display was marred by a basket of missed chances, highlighted by no less than a dozen stops from Perez, inclusive of a double-save in the second-half to deny Joseph and a rebound effort from Daniel Diaz.

Against the run of play, Rangers then had a chance to grab an equalizer in the 78th minute through Miguel Williams after being put through by Taje Commissiong on a break, however, he skied his attempt from inside the box, over the bar.
It was not until late that substitutes Kennedy Hinkson and Williams added two quick-fire goals to earn W Connection a respectable 3-0 score.
The speedy Hinkson smashed a Kurt Frederick cross off the underside of the bar to double W Connection’s lead to 2-0 in the 90th minute before Williams completed a move involving Kierron Mason and Kadeem Corbin with a curling strike past a hapless Perez in stoppage time.

Speaking after the match, Williams said, “It’s great to be back after such a long time and hitting the back of the net on my return,”

Williams, 24, who says there is the possibility of returning to South America by year’s end, said his playing experiences in Mexico (Murcielagos) and Azerbaijan (Zira PFK) was “very good” and that “the level of play was very high in both leagues”.

Club Sando also joined winners’ row by completing Match Day One with a 2-1 win over Police FC in the second match of the double-header.

The Lawmen were denied twice in the first-half by brilliant stops from Club Sando goalkeeper Kelvin Henry, possibly spurred on by Perez’s performance in the earlier contest.

Police were then lucky not to concede in the 44th minute when a Keron Cornwall free-kick cannoned off the upright.

However, Tyrone Charles then fired Club Sando ahead in stoppage-time of the first-half by turning debutant Shackiel Henry’s cross past goalkeeper Adrian Foncette before a Kevon Piper effort ricocheted off Kurdell Brathwaite to cushion Angus Eve’s men on the hour mark, with referee Rashby Mc Phie awarding the own goal to the Police defender.

Kareem Freitas pulled back a goal for Police with a thump nine minutes from time, but it wasn’t enough to stage a late comeback.

W Connection returns to action on Wednesday against Police from 8 pm at Couva, while Rangers face another tough challenge against Defence Force from 7 pm on the same day at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Results

On Sunday
W Connection 3 (Marcus Joseph 18th, Kennedy Hinkson 90th, Jomal Williams 90’+2) vs St Ann’s Rangers 0
Club Sando 2 (Tyrone Charles 45’+2, Kurdell Brathwaite Own Goal 59th) vs Police FC 1 (Kareem Freitas 81st)
On Saturday
Central FC 2 (Akim Armstrong 2’, 35’) vs North East Stars 0
On Friday
San Juan Jabloteh 0 vs Point Fortin Civic 0
Defence Force FC 4 (Devorn Jorsling 38’, Jomokie Cassimy Own Goal 58’, Brent Sam 66’, Hashim Arcia 73’) vs Morvant Caledonia United 3 (Quincy Ballah 31’, Renaldo Francois 40’, Sheldon Holder 70’)

UPCOMING MATC

Today
North East Stars vs San Juan Jabloteh, Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, Arima 4 pm
Pt Fortin Civic vs Morvant Caledonia United, Mahaica Oval, Pt Fortin, 7 pm
Tomorrow
Club Sando vs Central FC, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 6 pm
W Connection vs Police FC, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, 8 pm;
Defence Force FC vs St Ann’s Rangers, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, 8 pm

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Cunupia, QPCC rejoin FC Santa Rosa at top

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:38

Cunupia FC and Queen’s Park Cricket Club both won on Sunday to ensure that FC Santa Rosa’s sole hold of the top spot in the T&T Super League was a brief one.

Down at St Anthony’s College Ground, Morne Coco Road, Westmoorings, the competition’s leading scorer Kevon Woodley netted a first-half double to lead Cunupia FC past Petit Valley & Diego Martin United 4-0.

Woodley found the back of the net in the 28th and 31st minute to carry his season tally to 12 goals while Michael Darko and Kerri Mc Donald added second-half strikes in the 59th and 86th minute respectively for the winners, now with 24 points from 11 matches, the same as FC Santa Rosa and the Parkites.

However, FC Santa Rosa leads on goal-difference ahead of Cunupia, followed by Queen’s Park.

The Parkites got a 77th-minute item from national defender Yohance Marshall in a 1-0 triumph over a determined RSSR FC at St Mary’s College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair in Sunday’s other match.

One day earlier, defending champions, Guaya United and Matura ReUnited both won to maintain their top five positions as well.

At Dibe Recreation Ground, Long Circular, St James Gary Glasgow netted as early as the second minute and Keston Frontin, in the 79th to lead Guaya United to a 2-0 win over host Club Sando Cultural Roots United.

Kerin Vincent found the target twice, in the 20th and 58th to inspire Matura ReUnited to a 3-1 defeat of Police FC at Valencia Secondary School Ground, Valencia.

Kadeem Riley pulled a goal back for Police in the 62nd minute, but Isaiah Lee made certain of all three points for Matura ReUnited with a 70th-minute strike.

Elsewhere, J’Deeem Parris scored two and Shaquille Smith the other for the University of T&T in a 3-0 defeat of Bethel United at UTT Campus, O’Meara Road, Arima and a short distance away at Youth Training Centre, Ground, Arouca, Nathan Julien’s goal a minute into time added on at the end of the first-half was enough for YTC to beat San Fernando Giants.

LATEST STANDINGS

Teams P W D L GF GA Pts
1. FC Santa Rosa 11 8 0 3 29 10 24
2. Cunupia FC 11 7 3 1 27 10 24
3. QPCC 11 7 3 1 23 12 24
4. Guaya Utd 11 6 4 1 20 9 22
5. Matura ReUnited 11 6 2 3 23 22 20
6. Police FC 11 4 4 3 14 13 16
7. Prisons Service 10 4 4 2 13 13 16
8. UTT 11 4 2 5 16 19 14
9. RSSR FC 11 3 4 4 13 15 13
10. Bethel Utd 11 1 5 5 14 25 8
11. Club Sando Cultural 11 2 2 7 7 18 8
12. Erin FC 10 1 3 6 11 17 6
13. P.V.D.M Utd 11 1 3 7 9 22 6
14. San F’do Giants 11 0 5 6 8 22 5

RESULTS

ON WEDNESDAY
• FC Santa Rosa 4 (Kishun Seecharan 76th, 86th, Akeem Garcia 28th, Kheelon Mitchell 50th) vs Erin FC 1 (Akinola Williams 70th)
ON SATURDAY
• Guaya United 2 (Gary Glasgow 2nd, Keston Frontin 79th) vs Club Sando Cultural Roots 0, Dibe Rec. Ground, Long Circular, 6pm
• Matura ReUnited 3 (Kerin Vincent 20th, 58th, Isaiah Lee 70th) vs Police FC 1 (Kadeem Riley 62nd), Valencia Sec. School Ground, 4pm
• UTT 3 (J’Deem Parris 41st, 65th, Shaquille Smith 90th) vs Bethel United 0, UTT O’Meara Campus, 7pm
• Prison Service 1 (Nathan Julien 45th) vs San Fernando Giants 0, YTC Ground, Arouca, 3.30pm
ON AUGUST 12
• QPCC 1 (Yohance Marshall 77th) vs RSSR FC 0
• Cunupia FC 4 (Kevon Woodley 28th, 31st, Michael Darko 59th, Kerri Mc Donald 86th) vs Petit Valley/Diego Martin 0

UPCOMING MATCHES

ON SATURDAY
• Erin FC vs QPCC, Erin Recreation Ground, Erin, 6pm
• San Fernando Giants vs FC Santa Rosa, St Margaret’s Recreation Ground, 4 pm
ON SUNDAY
• Guaya United vs Matura ReUnited, Guaya Recreation Ground, 5 pm
• RSSR FC vs Club Sando, To be confirmed
• Cunupia vs Prison Service, Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, 4 pm
• Bethel United vs Petit Valley/Diego Martin Utd, Mt Pleasant Recreation Ground, 6 pm
• Police FC vs UTT, St James Police Training Barracks, St James, 4 pm

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T&T U14 boys top Group C in CFU Challenge Series

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:35

T&T topped Group C in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys Under-14 Challenge Series with a 2-0 victory over hosts Curacao at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad on Sunday evening.

The win was T&T’s fourth successive in the competition and left the team on 12, three ahead of runners-up Curacao.

Controlling the majority of the match, T&T took charge with two goals in quick succession in the first half. Following a breakdown in Curacao’s attack, T&T got its opening goal in the 15th minute when a ball came over from the left of the penalty box for Abdul-Quddoos Hypolite to slot home in an open goal.

A minute later, Dantaye Gilbert nailed one in from close range to put T&T 2-0 ahead which it held until the final whistle.

Speaking after T&T coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier credited his players for their unbeaten showing over the four matches.

“For us personally as a staff I would say we were quite pleased with the performance of the boys in the competition,” he told TTFA Media.

He said, “This competition was an opportunity for us to see them against foreign opposition and of course playing away from home for the first time. I must say they were consistent in terms of the performances in the games. It still has room for improvement in terms of our overall play.”

Looking back at the final game against Curacao, Charles-Fevrier added, “Our boys went up to another level in terms of their game organization as Curacao never really got a goalscoring opportunity. We were very organised in defence and offensively we created at least six or seven scoring chances in the game.

Fevrier said the four victories against Bonaire (11-1), Aruba (3-1), Guyana (8-0) and Curacao showed that the TTFA/NLCB Elite programme to be essential in the progress of the team.

The T&T senior team assistant coach is hoping to see the team gradually progress to a level that will enable them to compete against tougher opposition in the region.

“Well, now it’s about continuing the programme. We have a training programme and this is why we have done that well thus far. We have sessions with a nutritionist that works with the Ministry of Sport, a psychologist, we have video sessions, classroom sessions and field sessions. We are trying our best to educate the boys not just about football but also about life and it has paid dividends because you are seeing it on the training pitch.

The CFU Boys’ Under-14 Challenge Series was played across seven venues, including Warner Park Sporting Complex in St Kitts/Nevis; Estadio Pan Americano de San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic; Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curacao; Ed Bush Playing Field in the Cayman Islands; Stade Pierre Aliker in Martinique; UWI JFF Captain Horace Burrell Center of Excellence and the Anthony Spaulding Sporting Complex in Jamaica.

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Volleyball men one win away from final

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:34

T&T’s men volleyball team will go into their final round-robin match against the Bahamas from 9 am this morning at the in Paramaribo, Suriname needing a win to be certain of contesting the Senior Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championship gold medal match tonight from 6 pm at the same venue.

This after the Ryan Stewart-led T&T men, two-time defending champion, rebounded from a five-set loss to ten-time winner Barbados on Sunday night, with a four-set 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-15) win of their own over host and previously unbeaten Suriname to get back in title contention.

Also yesterday, Barbados made it two wins on the trot after an opening loss to the Bahamas, by edging past Haiti in five sets 3-2 (17-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17).

Going into last night matches, T&T, a three-time tournament winner overall, has contested the last four finals.

However, T&T led by virtue of more sets won to loss, 8-4 for 11 points followed by Suriname 7-6, with eight points, and Barbados, 6-7 for six points.

But the Barbadians are in the fourth spot, one point behind the Bahamas (1-1) which faced Haiti last night before Suriname and Barbados squared off in a virtual battle for a spot in tonight’s final as a top two finisher.

On Sunday night, Barbados prevailed over T&T in five-setter (23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 19-25, 15-13) after two hours, 17 minutes of fierce battle.

Portugal-based Marc-Anthony Honore, who has played for his country for well over a decade, led the way for T&T with 18 points, and Mikheil Hoyte and Brandon Legall chipped in with 12 apiece to follow up on the team’s 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17) win over Haiti on Sunday morning.

But the game’s real star was Barbadian Kyle Browne, who scored a tournament-high 33 points, 19 more than their next best contributor Simpson.

The top two teams from the tournament at the end of the round-robin stage today, will clash for the title during the today’s evening session.

Also on Sunday night, Suriname, after winning one of the most dramatic sets in the history of the tournament to draw first blood, was still forced to come from behind to edge Bahamas 3-2 (42-40, 23-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11) in just under two and a half hours of play.

Three players from the host country – Gino Nardeen (28), Keven Sporkslede (26) and Zefano Breinburg (24) – each scored in excess of 20 points, while captain Princ’Tanique Wilson led from the front for the Bahamas with 24 points.

Earlier in the morning session on Sunday, Bahamas, the 2012 champions defeated ten-time champs Barbados 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-22) in 74 minutes.

When then tournament served off on Saturday night, Suriname overcame Haiti 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 28-26, 25-22).

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Brathwaite blasts wounded TKR

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:41

On Friday night, TKR fans sat and watched their team decimated by Andre Russell, as he scored the fast ever CPL century to give the Tallawahs a great comeback win and twenty-four hours later, on Saturday night Carlos Brathwaite hammered them into submission, as they fell to the St Kitts/Nevis Patriots at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Today, they leave for St Lucia where they seek to regain lost ground after an opening win followed by two successive defeats.

They will come up against the St. Lucia Stars, whom they outplayed in their opening match, looking to get a win on the road.

Normally teams look for three wins out of five on home turf, which means the TKR will have to get two wins in as many matches in early September when they come home for their last preliminary round matches.

On Saturday, they held control of the Patriots innings for a while until Brathwaite let loose to take his team to an eventual 203 for seven off their allotted 20 overs. The Windies T20 captain struck TKR skipper Dwayne Bravo for three successive sixes en route to 41 runs of just 15 balls.

Everyone remembered him after struck four successive sixes for the Windies to win the last World T20. In all, he hit the TKR bowlers for five sixes and a four.

When TKR went in to bat they lost wickets regularly and they thwarted their progression.

In the end, the host had to settle for 161 for the loss of eight wickets—losing by 42 runs.

Their situation could have been even worse but for a rapid unbeaten 43 from Kevon Cooper at the end. Coming in with the required rate soaring at the conclusion of even over, the right-hander needed just 22 balls for his runs which came with the help of four sixes and two fours.

Darren Bravo also showed form in counting 41 off 38 balls with four and two sixes but it was not enough.

Earlier, the Patriots recovered from two wickets down after the first over bowled by the impressive Muhammad Ali Khan.

The right arm pacer bowling at good speed sent back Evin Lewis and Tom Cooper to set the Patriots back. However, Gayle struck 35 from 30 balls to control the recovery, while Devon Thomas played beautifully in taking the game away from the home franchise. Thomas made 58 from 34 balls hitting nine fours and one six but it was the effort of Brathwaite and to a lesser extent Ben Cutting that took the Patriots to their unassailable score. Cutting carved 25 runs off 18 balls to add the mayhem towards the end.

Khan yet again was the most impressive TKR bowler finishing with 3/23 from his four-over quota.

SCOREBOARD

TKR vs Patriots
Patriots innings
E Lewis c Narine b Ali Khan 0
C Gayle c Ali Khan b Cooper 35
T Cooper c DJ Bravo b Ali Khan 1
D Thomas b Narine 58
A Devcich lbw Bravo 15
Mahmudullah b Narine 16
B Cutting not out 25
C Brathwaite c Narine b Ali Khan 41
J Louis not out 0
Extras 12
Total for 7 wkts 203
Fall of wkts: 1, 3, 69, 108, 120, 141, 201.
Bowling
M Ali Khan 4-0-23-3,
S Gabriel 2-0-29-0,
S Narine 4-0-24-2,
K Cooper 4-0-47-1,
D Bravo 3-0-52-1,
F Ahmed 3-0-27-0.
TKR innings
S Narine c Devcich b Cottrell 4
C Lynn b Lamichhanie 6
C Munro c Lewis b Brathwaite 35
B McCullum c Louis b Cutting 0
DM Bravo c Cutting b Louis 41
D Ramdin c Gayle b Louis 6
DJ Bravo c Louis b Cutting 10
K Cooper not out 42
M Ali Khan c Devcich b Brathwaite 2
F Ahmed not out 5
Extras 10
Total for 8 wkts 161
Fall of wkts: 5,. 32, 34, 56, 71, 95, 115, 125.
Bowling
S Cottrell 4-0-34-1,
C Brathwaite 4-1-19-2,
C Lamichhane 3-1-17-1,
B Cutting 4-0-43-2,
Mahmudullah 1-0-5-0,
J Louis 4-0-42-2.
Result: Patriots won by 41 runs.
Man of the match: Devon Thomas.

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Heightening safety at sporting events

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:36

Sporting events are vulnerable to a number of threats ranging from fan violence, natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Given that terrorist attacks are unpredictable, security managers must plan, respond and deal effectively with the possible consequences of any attacks. A notable terrorists attack at a major sporting event was the 1972 Munich Olympics.

According to the FBI, terrorism is “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” Hall et al (2008) state that terrorists may use conventional or highly destructive means. Conventional means include knives, guns, and bombs and weapons of mass destruction including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives.

Several indicators of potential terrorist activity that sport event managers should be aware of are:

• Surveillance: It is important to take note of anyone recording activities, taking notes, or using video/camera/observation devices.

• Elicitation: involves individuals attempting to gain information about certain operations. For example, terrorists may acquire knowledge about a stadium structure and the location of security personnel during game time.

• Test of security: usually conducted to measure reaction times to breaches of security and to test physical security barriers for weaknesses. For example, individuals trying to access unauthorised areas of your facility.

• Suspicious people: this may be someone on your staff that does not fit in because of their unusual behaviour, language usage, or unusual questions they are asking.

• Trail run: before the final attack, terrorist normally conduct a “dry run” to address any unanticipated problems. This may include recording emergency response times.

Homeland Security (US) have highlighted the following best practices for all sporting venues:

• Conducting security assessments

• Increasing perimeter security

• Enhancing detection monitoring
capabilities

• Establishing access control

• Reinforcing employee procedures to ensure knowledge of emergency protocol (DHS.gov, 2004).

At the end of the day “sport venue managers must be familiar with terrorist activity indicators, common sport venue vulnerabilities, and possible protective security measure improvements.” (Hall et al. 2008).

I don’t feel it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. —Michel Foucault

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Francis Rivas’ funeral today

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:35

Francis Rivas who passed away at age 82 on August 5 at the Mt Hope Medical Sciences Complex after ailing with prostate cancer will be cremated today following a funeral service at Belgrove’s Funeral Home in Trinity at noon.

A shuttle service will be provided between Chacon Street and Independence Square from 10 am and will leave an hour later for all who wishes to attend the service.

The pint-size Rivas, once known for his prowess in minor league football with Sporting Club and Woodbrook Dodgers in the North Zone of the T&T Football League in his heydays, to his venture into sports administration.

He ran the Francis Rivas Football League which included an under-15 competition, as well as an open tournament, both of which started in 1968 and 1969 respectively.

Rivas also held the Men’s Cricket League in 1975 which influenced a number of the country’s legends today, such as batting genius Brian Lara. His league which went on for 20 years, was a stepping stone for many others.

Rivas also started the first Francis Rivas Schoolgirls’ Cricket League/Tournament as well as the Women Cricket League, both in 1978.

For his hard-work, Rivas was given the National Medal of Merit (Silver)in 2000. He continued his leagues at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, up until the time of his passing.

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Armstrong doubles up on champs NE Stars

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:33

Forward Akim Armstrong’s first-half brace proved enough to earn Central FC a comfortable 2-0 win over North East Stars, the reigning Pro League (PL) champions, at Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima last night.

The Stars, less than a shadow of the bunch that celebrated the league title under Derek King last season, fell behind after only two minutes when Armstrong prodded in a Keron Cummings’ cross to belly the back of goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel’s net.

Armstrong grabbed his second on 35 minutes with a cool finish at the back post after Samuel had stretched to his left to spoon out a strike from Duane Muckette. But with Samuel’s defence almost absent and the ball landing in the path of the eventual double-scorer, Central were comfortably in front 2-0.

Armstrong, who joined Central this year from Club Sando, took his tally to four goals in all domestic competitions so far this season for the Couva Sharks, snapping a five-game drought since scoring both goals in a 2-0 won over St Ann’s Rangers in their opening group play of the First Citizens Cup on June 10.

Central went all the way to celebrate the First Citizens Cup on July 20 with a 4-2 penalty win over Defence Force FC following a 2-2 draw, and today enjoyed a winning start to their 2018 PL campaign against their former coach, Yugoslav-born Zoran Vranes, who returned Trinidad this year as part of North East Stars’ new management’s player development approach.

Central was the sole aggressors throughout the match while North East Stars struggled to test Couva Sharks’ T&T international goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.

Vranes’ side came closest to testing Phillip in the fourth minute when Kyle Bartholomew’s pass from the left picked out Rakim Cabie.

A timely challenge, however, stopped Cabie in his tracks but defender Dwight Pope injured his thigh in the process, forcing Central assistant coach Walt Noriega—caretaking in absence of Stern John—into a premature change with Anthony Charles entering play.

Muckette and Cummings scored their goals came from set pieces, and Dominic Douglas’ drilled attempt before the break was just wide of its mark.

However, the Couva Sharks convert their chances in the second half, most notably when Samuel denied Cummings at point blank in the 90th minute, getting a glove to the midfielder’s header off a Taryk Sampson cross before substitute Obadele Dickson was denied by the upright on the rebound.

Cabie then made a clearance at the goalmouth to keep out a Muckette strike after Cummings cued up his hardworking midfield partner in stoppage time.

North East Stars may have walked away at the final whistle pleased to avoid a heavier defeat against a star-studded Couva Sharks outfit, but not with a sixth consecutive loss from as many matches in all competitions so far this season.

Vranes’ bunch must now train their focus on San Juan Jabloteh, whom they host at the same Larry Gomes Stadium from 4 pm on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Central FC has started at the top of the standings, moving ahead of Defence Force FC, 4-3 winners over Morvant Caledonia United on Friday night, by goal-difference with their fourth consecutive win in all competitions and sixth victory from seven outings.

RESULTS
On Friday
San Juan Jabloteh 0 vs Point Fortin Civic 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;
Defence Force FC 4 (Devorn Jorsling 38’, Jomokie Cassimy Own Goal 58’, Brent Sam 66’, Hashim Arcia 73’) vs Morvant Caledonia United 3 (Quincy Ballah 31’, Renaldo Francois 40’, Sheldon Holder 70’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.
On Saturday
North East Stars 0 vs Central FC 2 (Akim Armstrong 2’, 35’), at Larry Gomes Stadium.
Upcoming fixtures
On Tuesday
North East Stars vs San Juan Jabloteh, 4pm at Larry Gomes Stadium;
Point Fortin Civic vs Morvant Caledonia United, 7pm at Mahaica Oval

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Champs T&T start positive at CAZOVA tourney

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:27

T&T made a bold statement in its opening match and quest for a hat-trick of titles at the Men’s CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) Championships at the Ismay Van Wilgen Sports Hall in Suriname yesterday.

The three-time champions took 86 minutes to record a 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 triumph over Haiti, in the first game during the morning session programme.

Skipper Ryan Stewart led from the front for T&T with 13 points and Akim Bushe (11) also in double figures on the scoreboard, but the game’s leading scorer was Jean Phillipe Bayou with 15 kills in his 16 points for Haiti.

T&T had the 39-34 edge in spikes and led 10-4 in blocked shots, but were completely dominant (10-1) on serve with Stewart contributing 60 per cent of the points.

And since the defending champs had not even trained at the venue before, the fact that they prevailed in straight sets was an ominous sign for their future opponents—Barbados followed by Suriname and Bahamas the next morning, respectively.

T&T spent most of yesterday recovering from jetlag after their flight arrived very late and coach Sean Morrison pointed out that, “We started slowly and as a result of not getting in a practice session”.

The former national player said he was very content with the way his players were able to improve as the match progressed. He said Haiti played very well.

Stewart echoed the sentiments of his former teammate and expects the team to perform at the higher level next time out.

Haiti coach Yves Larrieux stated: “We played well, but made too many mistakes at bad moments.”

Their captain Christian Toussaint said: “It was a learning experience and hopes that it will propel them to win our other two games in the round-robin stage of the tournament”.

After this stage ends on Tuesday morning, the top two teams will battle for the title during the night session, following the bronze-medal match.

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GREAUX TRAPS NACAC SPRINT GOLD

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:12

Reigning national 200 metres champion Kyle Greaux captured the men’s 200 metres gold medal when he stopped the clock at 20.11 seconds at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Senior Track and Field Championships in Toronto, Canada, yesterday.

Greaux got the better of hometown favourite Aaron Brown who clocked 20.20 seconds for silver and Nigel Ellis of Jamaica who secured the bronze medal behind a time of 20.57 seconds.

In Friday’s semifinal run, Greaux posted 20.74 seconds to secure his place in the final, while his national teammate Nathan Farinha could only finish fifth in heat two in 21.70 seconds which denied him a shot at the title.

In the women’s equivalent, Semoy Hackett finished fifth in 23.27 seconds which was an improvement from Friday’s 23.31 for third place in the semifinals. Reyare Thomas who qualified with a time of 23.62 in fourth place, therefore, advancing as one of the fastest losers finished eighth in the medal run in 23.73 seconds.

The race was won by Jamaican Shericka Jackosn in 22.64 seconds with Crystal Emmanuel of Canada second in 22.67 and American Phyllis third in 22.91 seconds.

Cleopatra Borel followed up her gold medal triumph at the recently concluded Central American and Caribbean (CAC Games) Championships in Colombia with a silver medal yesterday. She threw the ‘iron-ball’ a distance of 17.83 metres on her first and third throws in an effort to challenge American Maggie Ewen, who achieved 18.22 metres in her first and fourth throws with Jessica Ramsey another American came in third with 17.80 metres from her first two throws after fouling four other attempts.

National long jump champion, Andwuelle Wright finished fifth with a best of 7.80 metres he registered on his last jump. of his seven attempts.

The top three places were occupied by Marquis Dendy of the USA (8.29m), Tajay Gayle of Jamaica (8.24m) and his teammate Ramone Bailey who did 8.09m.

In the men’s discus, T&T’s Akeem Stewart did not finish in the six-man field.

In the men’s 4x100 metres sprint relay, the T&T quartet Nathan Farinha, Johnathan Farinha, Jalen Purcell and anchor Greaux captured the bronze medal in 38.89 seconds. Canada won the gold in 38.56 seconds from Barbados (38.69) with Jamaica fourth (38.96) followed by the Turks and Caicos next in 41.21 as the USA did not finish.

In the women’s race, the team of Tyra Gittens, Khalifa St Fort, who was sixth in the women’s 100 metres title run in 11.28 seconds, Hackett and Thomas in that order, did not finish the race as the USA captured gold (42.50), Jamaica the silver (43.33) and Canada (43.50) secured the bronze medal.

Jehue Gordon, who qualified for yesterday’s final in fourth place with a time of 50.02 seconds finished seventh in the final behind a time of 50.12 seconds. Kyron McMaster of the IVB won the gold medal in 48.18 seconds with Jamaica’s Annsert Whyte next in 48.91 and American Khallifah Rosser third in 49.13 seconds.

In the women’s 400 metres contest, local girl Sparkle Mc Knight crossed sixth behind a time of 56.33 seconds.

The event was won by American Shamier Little, who clocked an impressive 53.32 seconds followed by Jamaica’s Janieve Russell (53.81) second with another American Georgranne Moline third in 54.26 seconds.

In the women’s triple jump event, T&T Ayanna Alexander finished sixth with a best leap of 12.94 metres. Shanieka Rickets of Jamaica jumped 14.25 metres to win the gold from Tori Franklyn of the USA whom did a 14.09 jump and Dominica’s Thea Noeliva Lafon finished third with a leap of 13.74 metres.

On Saturday, Tyra Gittens came up just short of the podium showing after a leap of 6.25 metres in the women’s long jump event. American Sha’keela Saunders jumped 6.60m to bag the gold ahead of her compatriot Quanesha Burks (6.59m) with the bronze going to Jamaican Tisanna Hickling, who recorded a distance of 6.38m.

Hurdler Ruebin Walters registered a time of 13.72 seconds for a fifth-place finish in the men’s 110 metres hurdlers event title run.

Jamaica’s Hansie Parchment won the run in 13.28 seconds from American Aleec Harris (13.49) with Barbadian Shane Brathwaite third in 13.52 seconds.

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T&TFA seeks meeting with US Embassy

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 08:17

After the United States Embassy here in T&T put all the blame from T&T national girls Under-15 team not securing visas to participate in a CONCACAF tournament in the United States earlier this week, through a news release on Friday by the Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, John Mc Intyre, the T&T Football Association (TTFA) headed by David John-Williams, the president issued the following release.

It reads: ‘The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has taken note of the recent statement issued by the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Mr John McIntyre.

With utmost respect for the sovereign authority of the Chargé d’Affaires, and based on the already agreed plan of action decided by the TTFA given the matter surrounding visa applications for our Girls Under-15 Team, the TTFA will be seeking an audience with the U.S. Embassy through the Chargé d’Affaires.

Notably, it remains our desire to maintain the cordial relationship we have developed with the U.S. Embassy over these many years. A relationship that augurs well for the TTFA and all stakeholders of football. Therefore, following an opportunity to meet and treat with this matter directly, with a designated official(s) of the U.S. Embassy, the TTFA will be better positioned to treat with visa-related affairs.

Additionally, we wish to state that a recent report in a local daily news publication, ascribed to the President of the TTFA, was taken out of context, and more importantly, was not sanctioned by the TTFA.”

Speaking earlier this week after the local girls’ team was not granted US Visas to attend the tournament at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA, T&TFA president John-Williams suggested that the governing body for the region, Concacaf, looked into the idea of hosting the event and others in the feature in other countries, because most Caribbean nations are faced with problems when trying to acquire US Visas.

However, in a strongly worded reply from them, the T&TFF was cited as being the ones to drop the ball on the matter.

According Mr. McIntyre, who wrote: “I, along with my embassy colleagues, rarely comment on visa matters due to the respect we have for the privacy of the applicants and our rules and regulations. However, I must respond to the Red Card commentary of Mr David John Williams. Why we have chosen to respond is because your failure to plan is effecting promising football (soccer) players from Trinidad and Tobago to whom we would welcome playing in the USA. In addition, your comments can adversely affect our ongoing efforts to grow our sports diplomacy programs here in T and T.

I will be blunt. Mr Williams and the TTFA just flat out dropped the ball on the visa process. Our Embassy for MONTHS noted that individuals and groups should plan well in advance for any trips to the USA. The Trinidad and Tobago Girls Under-15 representatives approached the Embassy about visas after we were closed on Tuesday, July 31 to get their visas by Friday, August 3 with the Emancipation holiday in between. No names or details about the visa applicants were provided. Even after games were rescheduled, there was too little time allowed, just two working days for an established 7-10 day process, not to mention that this is peak visa season when most people have to wait six weeks just for a visa interview. Many groups have successfully travelled to the USA by being prepared and planning in advance. In fact, if you look at our Facebook page from a few weeks ago you will see a youth team playing in the USA at a major football (soccer) tourney.

I want to take this opportunity to again ask the Trinidad and Tobago public, as we have since April, so please plan in advance for travel to the USA. Know, as you see in the news almost daily, we are committed to our relationship with the citizens of T and T at all levels, including sports diplomacy. Don’t let folks with cocoa in the sun mislead you.”

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Great Race boats on show

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 01:57

Dozens of fans came out for a final view of their favourite boats at the Chevron Great Race Boat Show at Pier2 Chaguaramas yesterday, before Saturday’s running of the 2018 edition of the T&T International Great Race event from Trinidad to Tobago.

For this year’s 50th anniversary of the event, three international participants, including Lucas Oil from the United States, will be coming to contest the 130mph ‘A’ Class, where T&T’s top racers such as Mr Solo Too, the event’s defending champion, Paramount, Motul Monster, Jumbie, Ironman and Cat Killer will compete.

The race which is now sanctioned by the world governing body for the sport—the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), will feature a standardised course that will take participants out of the gulf and straight to Scarborough for the finish, a challenging 95-mile drive.

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