TNT Carnival 2018 captivates the senses

first_imgFrom the moment you exit Piarco International airport in Trinidad and Tobago and you’re immediately greeted by the sweet sounds of the native steel pan playing the popular groovy Soca tune “Hello” by Kes the band, you know it’s carnival time again. The jubilant vibrations are thick in the air and can literally be felt around every corner of the twin island. From Arima to San Fernando, as far south as Cedros (the islands southern most town) to the capitol of Port of Spain- the celebration brings out the countries most talented artists, chefs, artisans and costume designers for two months of sheer majesty and ‘bacchanal’. Thousands attracted to TT annuallyIt is this allure that attracts thousands to T&T’s shores annually to partake in the pre-Lenten celebration. With the vast array of musical, foodie and cultural experiences available, it’s easy to discover and enjoy something new every time you attend. Trinidad Carnival literally captivates your senses. Here’s how: Delicious ‘doubles’When you taste the national snack ‘the doubles’ hand crafted by Sean the doubles man in Grand Bazaar shopping center. He shapes together two perfectly fried patties of dough known as “barra” topped with seasoned chana piled with fixings like tamarind, cucumber and peppa sauce. He can barely keep up with the demand of tourists and locals alike flocking to his cart to taste the popular street food but somehow he makes due. This is carnival.   When you sip the freshly cut coconut water from famed coconut man Franklin near the Queen’s Park Savannah where he prepares the drink to your liking; straight from the coconut with a side of jelly, from the jar or on ice with a touch of scotch. This is the taste of carnival. Music thumping “in your soul”When you can feel the music thumping deep in your soul as you rise on less than a few hours sleep to get up and go again to yet another fete to take in the sounds of some of the world’s biggest Caribbean DJ’s and internationally recognized artists like: Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Kes the Band, Calypso Rose, this is carnival. An important note that must be made; no other music genre is quite like Soca (derived from Calypso music). The Soca genre operates on a seasonal basis and demands new content from its artists every season in time with the upcoming carnival. This is part of the uniqueness and sheer talent of the Soca artists; the ability to produce hit after hit year after year without fail. This is Carnival.Canboulay stick fighters Credit: Marlon HillCanboulay FestivalLearning the history of where Trinidad’s carnival and calypso music started, it was important for me to take in the traditional Canboulay Festival in the heart of Port of Spain’s Piccadilly Square where the reenactment takes place annually. The riots were a forceful opposison by the slaves for the ability to partake in the celebrations at all. At 3a.m. sharp on carnival Friday, thousands surround the actors who reconstruct the riots including homage to the stick fighters and fire breathers of the past. If it were not for the Canboulay riots, there would be no carnival in its current form. For this very reason, Canboulay is one of the most attended and revered events during the season.Tribe/Bliss Mas BandCarnival in its grandiose nature is so special because of the small moments captured and experienced that make each visit truly unique. With that being said, 2018 was no exception. This year, I had the opportunity to embed myself in the festivities through the eyes of a Tribe/Bliss Mas Band Masquerader (a fully costumed reveler on carnival Monday and Tuesday). As carnival continues to grow and attract new audiences, so does the demand by its leaders on the island to think bigger and differently to keep up with the demand while holding true the traditions of the past. Dean Ackin- founder of the Tribe/Bliss Mas Band that began in the early 2000’s has managed to successfully do just that as the culture evolves. For revelers craving the all-inclusive experience on the road, Ackin has mastered the art of giving patrons just that. With the expansion of his band, so large that the T&T carnival association had to create another crossing point at the SocaDrome stadium due to large band traffic, Ackin continues to navigate and lead in this respect. Unique, all-inclusive experienceTribe, Bliss, The Lost Tribe and now Carnival Rogue (his four breakout mini bands) each deliver a unique all-inclusive experience depending on your preference. Imagine two days of non-stop reveling throughout the streets of Port of Spain in the costumery or your choice. Chipping down the road with your crew that you’ve wanted all year to see. As long as you have that wristband, you’re good! This is carnival. Paying homage to the Trinidad and Tobago’s rich tradition while continuing to push forward, this is carnival. The many people of the twin islands understand its importance and significance and each in their own way use their platforms and tools to continue to forge the tradition forward. And in the words of Soca artist Patrice Roberts with her latest tune, carnival it “Sweet for days”, and we couldn’t agree more! It truly is!Author: Vanessa Jameslast_img read more

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Gilas winds up 3-day training camp in Tagaytay

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games READ: Japan wary of Gilas’ speed, offenseThe nationals also took the opportunity to build a deeper relationship with team building exercises, as seen in Reyes’ social media posts.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Celtics are ‘team of the future in the East,’ coach Kerr says LATEST STORIES Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Still absent from the pool were Terrence Romeo, who is reportedly still undergoing therapy, and naturalized center Andray Blatche.Kevin Alas, Carl Bryan Cruz, Roger Pogoy, Kiefer Ravena, Mac Belo, Calvin Abueva, Matthew Wright, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood, and Jayson Castro were in attendance.READ: Blatche hints at return 10 days before World CupBlatche, though, has hinted that he is set to reunite with the team with just nine days before the Nov. 24 match in Tokyo.The team is schedule to drive back to Manila Wednesday afternoon. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas Pilipinas wrapped up its three-day training camp in Tagaytay on Wednesday ahead of its matchup against Japan in the Fiba Basketball World Qualifiers next week.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 In the out-of-town camp at Splendido Tagaytay, Gilas underwent two-a-day practice sessions, weights training and film viewing with coach Chot Reyes and his staff. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

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Ohio lacrosse team helps set world record

Ohio’s newest professional sports team, the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse, has already made a record-setting contribution to the Columbus community. The Machine organized the largest lacrosse game ever played with 112 people Wednesday at Columbus Commons, setting a new world record for the largest documented lacrosse game in history. There was no previously documented record. Guests were invited to bring their own lacrosse sticks and play with the professionals that make up the first-year MLL franchise. Those who registered for the game were given a complimentary Ohio Machine T-shirt in either blue or red and a number. After registration, players tossed the ball around with kids, and just after noon, players and fans took the field. Matt Hastings, director of ticket sales for the Machine, said becoming a part of the community is what the new franchise is all about. “We want to introduce lacrosse to the community and make this a fun league that they can enjoy and connect with,” he said. “And we’re doing that by hosting stuff like this and teaming up with other teams in Columbus.” Former Columbus Crew player Frankie Hejduk, who recently returned to the team in the role of brand ambassador, was there to join in on the action. “It was fun. I had a blast,” Hejduk said. “It’s great to get out here in the community and promote a new team and sport.” Hejduk, who said he has never played lacrosse, emulated his sport of choice as he ran down the field with the ball in the net of his stick before picking it out with his hand and punting it down the field. “It’s kind of a similar sport to soccer,” he said. “You have to put the ball in the back of the net.” Machine attackman and former Ohio State player, Mario Ventiquattro, said the experience was surreal. “This experience is unbelievable,” he said. “It was so great to see all the kids and adults out here running up and down the field with us. It was just a blast.” Ventiquattro said he doesn’t think introducing the city of Columbus to the sport will be too difficult. “Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the world right now,” he said. “It’s not hard to have people pick up a stick and fall in love with the game. And I know as soon as people are exposed to the game, it will take off.” And the sunny, 75-degree weather made the event a “10,” Hastings said. “Whenever you have a bunch of kids and even adults smiling, I’d say it was really successful,” he said. “With this weather on top of it, I’d have to give it a 10.” The Machine will host the Rochester Rattlers in their home opener at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio. read more

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Brice Allen honored to be associate head coach of OSU mens track

On Friday, 22 days after being named head coach of Ohio State’s men’s track and field team, Ed Beathea announced his first official hire for his coaching staff. The coach he hired was Brice Allen, who has been selected as the team’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. As associate head coach, Allen will lead OSU’s distance runners and serve as the coach for the men’s cross country team. As recruiting coordinator, he will also be responsible for organizing the team’s recruiting efforts. “It’s a privilege to be a member of the athletic department, and most of all to work hand in hand with Coach Beathea,” Allen said. Prior to joining the Buckeyes, Allen’s most recent coaching experience came at the University of Louisville, where he spent seven years. He joined Louisville as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in 2004, and was promoted to head men’s and women’s cross country coach in 2008, a position he continued to hold through the 2010 season. Prior to his coaching career, Allen had his own experience as a collegiate distance runner, competing in cross country and track at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. He later worked as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University prior to joining the Louisville staff. Beathea, whose coaching background is working with sprinters and hurdlers, said it was necessary to hire a coach with experience working with distance runners. “When I was looking for a coach, I think it was understood across the country that what I was looking for was a distance coach to fill the position,” Beathea said. Beathea said the position was not advertised as an associate head coaching position, but he felt Allen deserves that title. “It was advertised as an assistant coach position, but with Brice’s experience and responsibility at Louisville, I thought it appropriate to make him the associate head coach,” Beathea said. Beathea estimated there were between 60 to 90 candidates who applied for the assistant coaching position. Beathea added that he has not yet made any further decisions on who will make up the remainder of his coaching staff. In both of his previous coaching jobs, Allen worked simultaneously with both male and female athletes. He said he is looking forward to the opportunity to focus his attention on coaching only one gender. “I’m anxious to focus on one gender, and I think that’s going to be a completely different dynamic,” Allen said. “I was balancing 20-25 athletes at Louisville with the co-gendered program, and to focus just on the men’s program is certainly going to be a different dynamic.” Allen listed “intensity, a commitment to be competitive and a sense of urgency” as three fundamental traits he says he will bring to OSU. Allen said his expectations, both for the upcoming season and going forward, are in line with Beathea’s. “We want to be a conference contender, a regional power and a national representative year in and year out,” Allen said. Allen also discussed the team’s recruiting strategy for the upcoming season. “We’re going to focus on Ohio, and we’re going to recruit Ohio very hard,” Allen said. “Then we’re going to recruit the peripherary (sic) states and peripherary regions, so we’re going to work from the inside out.” Wanting to get off on the right foot with OSU fans, Allen was cautious about naming any other specific states that the staff would focus their recruiting efforts toward. “I understand that in Ohio, we want to talk about Ohio and Ohio only,” Allen said. “There’s a very good state very close to us, but we’re going to focus on Ohio first.” read more

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Guendouzi Playing for France is still my goal

first_imgArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi insists playing for France at senior level remains the dream for himThe 19-year-old has impressed in his first season of Premier League football and has started in 18 of his 24 appearances at Arsenal.Recently, Morocco attempted to convince Guendouzi to switch his allegiances and play his international football for them instead of France.The Paris-native is eligible to play for the Lions of the Atlas due to his Moroccan heritage and the fact that he’s only represented France at youth level.But Guendouzi insists his commitment to Les Bleus has never wavered.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I always played with young French teams,” Guendouzi told RMC.“The France A team is an objective, a dream. I know I have the capacity to go there one day. It will be up to me to continue working, not to get big-headed.“There are very big players in the middle of the field, international stars. I will continue to work and if one day I have to be there, I will be there. In any case, I strongly believe in it.”Guendouzi will likely feature in Arsenal’s trip to Anfield on Saturday against Premier League leaders Liverpool.last_img read more

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Results in for 2nd Miss Teen TCI called a close contest

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Amber Hall gets Miss Congeniality at Teen Universe pageant Turks & Caicos Miss Teen Universe, Miss Amber Hall Captures Miss Congeniality in Costa Rica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Sept 2015 – Nineteen-year-old Amber Hall is the newly crowned Miss Teen TCI 2015-2016. Representing Providenciales, Amber rose to the occasion and took the crown at the 2nd Annual Miss Teen TCI pageant on Saturday September 26 at Brayton Hall. Hall also won the titles of Miss Congeniality, and Miss Social Media, the Lifestyle Fitness Prize, and was the winner of the interview segment.First runner up, Arielle Neeley wowed the crowd and captured the categories of best costume, best swimsuit, evening gown and best talent; Neely was also named Miss Photogenic and Miss Popularity.Following respectively: 2nd runner up was Leanndra Pratt, 3rd Gessica Williams and 4th runner up went to Shanise Laurant. Recommended for you Teen TCI First Runner Up going to Intl Pageant too Related Items:amber hall, arielle meeley, brayton hall, gessica williams, leanndra pratt, Miss teen tcilast_img read more

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Robben I have a good relationship with Kovac

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben was pleased to have eased some of the pressure off Niko Kovac following their 5-1 Champions League win over BenficaThe Dutchman handed Bayern a 2-0 lead inside the opening half hour before a Robert Lewandowski double and Franck Ribery’s strike sealed the win for Bayern.Speaking afterwards, Robben expressed his satisfaction with getting his first goals in Europe this season.“My goals were important for the team, but it’s nice to score goals,” Robben told the club website.“We wanted to stand up and turn in a good display, also for the crowd. Big teams do that.“They get up again. We did just that. We’re in a difficult phase. We put into practice what we’d planned, the pace was good, we were solid and compact and staged lots of attacks. ”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Reports in Germany have named Robben as one of the four players unhappy with Kovac’s coaching methods.But the 34-year-old insists things are good between himself and Kovac.“Of course we’d have liked to keep a clean sheet, especially for Manuel [Neuer]. But a 5-1 victory is convincing,” added Robben.“It’s what we need. I was pleased for Niko. He’s deserved it. He works his butt off. We work together every day. We have a good relationship.”Bayern will next take a trip to Werder Breman for a Bundesliga match on Saturday.last_img read more

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