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There will be more hope than anything else for stand-in National Women’s coach Anton Corneal and his players ahead of the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Final Round of World Cup qualification in Kingston, Jamaica from August 25 to September 2.
At a press conference at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva yesterday Corneal admitted to the number of new developments over the past two weeks which have left him and his technical team in a position of hope.
He said in addition to the resignation of the previous coach Jamal Shabazz, there have been concerns of injuries and the departure of a number of players going back to the United States for other engagements which hampered him from having his full team to conduct training.
Four players based in the US had to return including defender Liana Hinds, Jenelle Cunningham, Arin King and defensive midfielder Karyn Forbes.
Corneal said: “We could not do a lot of tactical work but we did some theory with them outlining ways that we would like to defend. We also tried to pick up the fitness level of the players who are here and we did try to send programmes to those players who are not here. Not having the full team made it very difficult to do tactical work as a group and I think a lot of that will have to be done in Jamaica.”
On the injury list is instrumental midfielder Mariah Shade who will not be available for the playoffs due to a suspected bruised bone as well as defender Rhea Belgrave. However, talented striker Kennya Cordner will join the team in Jamaica after the first game.
Corneal said, “We spoke to Concacaf ten minutes ago to see if it is possible to include one or two other players that were actually training with the team, to get them into that initial 30. And possibly players who are playing in the US, because the University season started a week ago.”
Three teams out of five will progress from the group stage in Kingston, among them Bermuda, Cuba, Antigua/Barbuda and the home team. Corneal believes once we can advance it will give us time to regroup.
He reminded the media that T&T is still one of the more accomplished teams in the Caribbean but said we will have to prove ourselves. T&T opens its campaign against Cuba on Saturday.
The team also encountered travelling difficulties Corneal said, which forced them to have to leave in groups, starting yesterday. The second group is scheduled to wing-out tomorrow before and the final group is set to jet out on Friday.
“It’s very difficult to get to Jamaica, some of the girls may have to go through Miami and other will go straight to Jamaica.”
Carlon Hughes fired in a hat-trick to leads defending champions Guaya United to a 4-1 spanking of Matura ReUnited when the T&T Super League continued on Sunday at the Guaya Recreation Ground.
Hughes opened the scoring in the 21st minute for his team to lead 1-0 at the half-time interval before former national striker, Gary Glasgow made it 2-0 in the 58th.
Hughes then completed his treble with strikes in the 71st and 86th minutes for a 4-0 advantage before Kerwin Vincent got a consolation item for Matura ReUnited, in the 86th.
With the win, Guaya United improved to 25 points from 12 matches, level with Cunupia FC and two behind joint leaders, FC Santa Rosa and Queen’s Park Cricket Club.
Cunupia FC missed out on a chance to remain in a three-way after playing to a goalless draw with Prison Service at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar.
In other matches on Sunday, Police came from behind to beat the University of T&T 2-1; RSSR FC and Club Sando Cultural United drew 1-1, while the match between Bethel United and Petit Valley/Diego Martin United at Mt Pleasant Recreation Ground, Mt Pleasant.
FC Santa Rosa vs Cunupia FC, Arima Municipal Stadium, Arima, 8pm
UTT vs Guaya United FC, UTT Ground, O’Meara Road Campus, 7 pm
Club Sando FC vs QPCC, Dibe Recreation Ground, Long Circular, St James, 6pm
Matura ReUnited vs RSSR FC, Valencia Secondary School, 4 pm
Erin FC vs San Fernando Giants, Erin Recreation Ground, Erin, 6pm
Prison Service FC vs Bethel United, YTC Ground, Arouca, 3.30pm
Petit Valley/Diego Martin Utd vs Police FC, St Anthony’s College Ground, 4 pm
Guaya United 4 (Carlon Hughes 21st, 71s, 82nd, Gary Glasgow 58th) vs Matura ReUnited 1 (Kerin Vincent 86th)
RSSR FC 1 (Kerron Mitchell 45th) vs Club Sando Cultural Roots Utd 1 (Marcus Griffith 79th)
Cunupia FC 0 vs Prison Service 0
Police FC 2 (Joshua Leach 43rd, Kadeem Riley 63rd) vs UTT 1 (Michel Holder 2nd)
Bethel United vs Petit Valley/Diego Martin United - match called off due to power outage after 30 -minutes
QPCC 5 (Keston George 14th, Rashard Griffith 53rd, Sean De SIlva 66th, Benedict Barrett 70th, Devon Modeste 88th) vs Erin FC 1 (Sylvester Teesdale 87th)
FC Santa Rosa 6 (Kheelon Mitchell 53rd, 78th, Giovanni Abraham 71st, Kishun Seecharan 74th, 76th, Noel Williams 83rd) vs San Fernando Giants 0
Teams P W D L GF GA Pts
1. FC Santa Rosa 12 9 0 3 35 10 27
2. QPCC 12 8 3 1 28 13 27
3. Cunupia FC 12 7 4 1 27 10 25
4. Guaya Utd 12 7 4 1 24 10 25
5. Matura ReUnited 12 6 2 4 24 26 20
6. Police FC 12 5 4 3 16 14 19
7. Prisons Service 11 4 5 2 13 13 17
8. UTT 12 4 2 6 17 21 14
9. RSSR FC 12 3 5 4 14 16 14
10. Club Sando Cultural 12 2 3 7 8 19 9
11. Bethel Utd 11 1 5 5 14 25 8
12. Erin FC 11 1 3 7 12 22 6
13. P.V.D.M Utd 11 1 3 7 9 22 6
14. San F’do Giants 12 0 5 7 8 28 5
Cheque De Boulet played a hand in three medals for T&T, a gold and two silver, at the Carebaco Under-19 Badminton Championship in Suriname on Sunday.
The junior badminton ace was in excellent form at the weekend, whipping Faith Sariman of Suriname in the semi-final in three sets 19-21, 23-21 and 21-13 at the Ring Sports Centre in Ringweg Paramaribo.
However, she could not hold off Priyanna Ramdhani of Guyana in the final, bowing to a 21-10, 21-4 defeat to be handed the silver.
The loss did not deter her in the latter matches in which she secured the tournament’s gold medal when she combined with Ramdhani in the Women’s Doubles to prevail over the pair of Imani Mangroe and Faith Sariman of Suriname 21-12 and 21-14 in the final.
De Boulet, a standout in the sport locally, proved her worth for yet another time in the Mixed Doubles contest that followed. This time she joined forces with compatriot Vance Juteram to claim victory over the pair of Jason Chen and Vivian Huang of Suriname in the semi-finals and position themselves for a gold-medal match.
Up against Geordon Tjon Kon Joe and Imani Mangroe in the final, the T&T pair claimed the opening set 21-15 to put one hand on the title, but then the Surinamese stormed back in the other two sets, winning 21-17, 21-17 to seal the win.
Earlier, T&T’s Men’s Doubles team of Brandon Graham and Amir Mahabir was booted out in the quarter-final round when they went down to the Suriname pair of Jason Chen and Kevin Karg in two sets 21-15, 21-9.
Juteram, the lone TT entrant in the Men’s Singles last week, also failed to get past the second round, as he was beaten by Kodie King of Barbados 21-15, 21-18.
Zachary Anthony won two more individual gold medals and was part of another 9-10 Boys relay quartet record swim as T&T swimmers secured a fifth straight title when the annual Goodwill Swimming Meet ended at the Aquatic Centre, Widley, Barbados on Sunday.
Overall, T&T won ten gold, 13 silver and ten bronze medals on the third and final day of competition for a final haul of 116 medals (33 gold, 42 silver and 41 bronze) for 1, 351 points, a distance clear of second-placed Barbados which tallied 1, 032 points followed by Bahamas with 670.5 to complete the podium finish from among the eight countries that participated.
In addition to his individual gold medals in the 9-10 Boys 200 metres freestyle and 100m butterfly, Anthony teamed up with Giovanni Rivas, Jacob Cox and Liam Carrington to clock one minute, 58.84 seconds in the 4x50m freestyle relay, to better the old mark of 2:00.31 minutes set by Suriname in 2010.
The 9-10 Girls combination of Keryn Burke, Atiyah Walter, Madara Edwards and Shauna Nelson; as well as the 11-12 Girls quartet of Sharana Balkaran, Daniella Blackman, Amari Ash and Kiara Goodridge; and the 13-14 Boys team of Gardel Elcock, Aaron Stuart, Nicholas Francois and Prince Moreau also won gold in the respective 4x50m freestyle relay splashes.
Goodridge also swam to an individual gold medal on the night along with Isabella Edwards, Aaron Stuart.
Coming away with double silver medal swims on the night were the trio of Burke, Rivas and Goodridge while Alyssa Reid, Jordon Mc Millan, Madara Edwards, Dante Williams and the boys and girls Eight and Under 4x50m, and 15-17 Girls 4x50m freestyle teams added one each.
Rivas swam to bronze in the 9-10 Boys 50m backstroke in 32.86 seconds, which in the process erased the 2009 National Record set by Revash Ramtahal of 33.13.
Another bronze medallist for T&T included Stuart, Mc Millan, Rylan Thomas, Bianca Prevatt, Francois, Brandon Coombs, Burke, Blackman and the 15-17 Boys 4x50m freestyle relay combination.
The victorious T&T contingent returned home yesterday.
1. T&T - 1, 351 points
2. Barbados - 1,032
3. Bahamas - 670.5
4. Guyana - 553
5. Suriname - 532
6. Jamaica - 507.5
7. St Lucia - 285
8. Grenada - 224
An entire class of 35 pupils from Rio Claro East Secondary have scored ungraded in two subjects of their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination after their School Based Assessment marks were not uploaded to the Caribbean Examinations Council.
Some of the disappointed students journeyed to the Ministry of Education District Education Office in Rio Claro to query the grade while others went to the school hoping to get answers.
Khanak Lobin said his daughter got up at 2 am to check her grades and she broke down in tears when she saw she was ungraded for Principles of Accounts and Principles of Business.
"It was too much for her. She said 'Daddy go and see about this for me. I cannot handle this,' " Lobin recalled.
He said after spending thousands of dollars in extra lessons for his daughter it was heart-wrenching to see her grade.
"She worked so hard. She has lessons all week every afternoon. She was not happy with the little work that was going on in the school so we decided to take matters in our own ha ds and do extra lessons so she would score a good grade," Lobin recalled.
Student Jeremiah Grant said he too got a nasty shock when he saw his marks.
"I did everything I was supposed to do. I did my SBA, submitted it on time, I went on time for my exams. I was waiting anxiously;y for my result and then I saw ungraded," Grant said.
After calling up his friends, they realized that the entire class was ungraded.
"We decided to come to the Ministry's office and find out what happened. We do not know whether our SBA's were marked. We are waiting for a school supervisor to tell us what happened," Grant said. He added, "My teacher never contacted us to say what happened. I have no contact with him and the Ministry is saying they have to wait for the supervisor to speak to the principal."
Another student Treena Smith said she was devastated when she saw her grade.
"I felt so dejected and hurt. It is unfair to us and I want the Minister of Education to get to the bottom on this," she said.
Addanna Peruse, who accompanied the students to Rio Claro, said it was suspicious that 35 pupils were ungraded in light of the ongoing impasse between the Ministry and the T&T Unified Teachers Association over the marking of SBA's.
"I read that the Ministry plans to send out a pre-action protocol letter to TTUTA because teachers are unwilling to mark SBA's unless they are paid. We need some answers," Peruse said.
In an interview Monday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia assured that the students will not be disadvantaged.
Saying he has launched an investigation into the matter, Garcia expressed surprise that the entire class was ungraded.
"I am surprised. Every year we may have queries from one or two students but this is the first time that I am hearing that an entire class was ungraded because of the SBA not being uploaded at the school.
We are investigating how this happened. CXC will not grade any student whose SBA marks is not uploaded. If they don't have a mark from SBA's, CXC will not give a passing grade," Garcia said.
He said he expected to get a report on the matter today adding, "As long as they submitted their SBA's we will make sure that they are not disadvantaged."
Marking the one-year death anniversary of their colleague who was gunned down at his workplace, staff from the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) on Monday staged a placard protest, calling for a reliable bus fleet and a safer work environment.
Standing outside of the PTSC bus terminal at Kings Wharf, San Fernando Monday, the workers called for a meeting with Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan.
Branch secretary of the Transport and Industrial Workers Trade Union Ryan Ramdath said since PTSC painter Carlos Samuel was gunned down outside the corporation’s garage at Lady Hailes Avenue on August 20 last year, PTSC's management has not repaired the broken down fence.
"Anyone can walk in here. PTSC says they are going to move the facility but when? In the meantime, we are exposed. People are coming into the compound and robbing workers and stealing the batteries.
This place is infested with mosquitoes and rats," Ramdath said.
He also said that bus drivers were placing their lives at risk because many of the PTSC's 350 bus fleet were defective.
"The buses are shutting down and PTSC is not buying sufficient parts. They are making a utilization run out of 35 buses on a daily basis and 90 per cent of the buses are defective. We need new vehicles, new parts and we are not getting that," Ramdath said.
He also said several routes had to be abandoned because there were insufficient buses to service the routes.
"At least 15 areas are affected. People in Tabaquite, Mayo, Union Hall and Woodland are suffering because there are no more buses working in these areas. The San Fernando to Chaguanas route is at a standstill," Ramdath added.
Charlton Felician, shop steward from the TIWU's Port of Spain branch said while PTSC's management was ordering parts, there was confusion because there were more than 29 makes and models of buses in the existing fleet.
He also said that there was a severe shortage of workers in the garage and body shop, where Samuel was killed.
"The mechanics are short by 15 workers and the body shop is short of 18 workers. We have 16 people in the body shop and 13 in the mechanics' department. Some of them working 15 and 16 years and they were never regularized," Felician said.
Another worker Lester Lake said those bus drivers who speak up about the issues are usually victimized.
"They would send us in another area to work if we speak up. Bus drivers not supposed to be frustrated when they are at work but they frustrate us," Lake added.
PTSC's manager of the south branch Shawn Harris declined to comment and referred questions to Actg general manager Davis Ragoonanan.
However, he was engaged in a meeting and could not respond.
Contacted Monday, Minister of Works and Transport Rohan Sinanan said he has no information on the bus drivers' concerns.
"Those are matters related to the internal management of PTSC that the chairman can speak about," Sinanan said.
Asked whether he was willing to meet with the workers, Sinanan said, " I have no information on this.
Once a report comes in from the Board.
I will give it consideration." However, Ramdath subsequently said that PTSC's last board was disbanded and the company was currently functioning without a Board.
The Oilfields Workers' Trade Union will meet with Prime Minister Keith Rowley at 10.30 am tomorrow (TUE) to discuss matters related to the restructuring of Petrotrin.
OWTU's Chief Education and Research Officer, Ozzi Warwick said the six-member union team will be led by OWTU President General, Ancel Roget.
Warwick said the meeting was requested by Rowley last week and OWTU accepted the invitation.
Warwick couldn't detail the subject of tomorrow's meeting but he said OWTU's proposals form the basis of recommendations by the Selwyn Lashley team mandated by Government to suggest a restructured way forward for Petrotrin.
Government has had the report for some time.
OWTU's proposals include dividing Petrotrin into four - Trinmar, Land Operations, Refining and Marketing and the Augustus Long Hospital, Warwick noted.
OWTU's Roget will address the media at 10 am prior to the meeting which is being held at the Prime Minister's office.