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Just half-a-point separated the top two bands moving forward to this year's Panorama Large Conventional semifinals on Sunday. The unofficial results of the Panorama Large Conventional prelims were released on Thursday morning at City Hall, Port of Spain, by Pan Trinbago Treasurer Gerard Mendez.
Of the 17 conventional large bands that competed in the prelims, 14 will move forward to Sunday's semis at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Topping the prelims was Republic Bank Exodus with 274 points. Reigning 2019 Panorama Large Conventional champs BP Renegades came a close second with 273.5 points while Desperados secured third place with 269 points. Both Tobago large bands which competed in the prelims – RBC Redemption Sound Setters and NLCB Buccooners – move forward to the semis.
Failing to move forward to this year's semis based on the unofficial results were MHTL Starlift, Nutrien Silver Stars and Antillean All Stars.
The prelims were judged by Lambert Phillip, Michelle Dowrich and Richard Pierre. Roger Sardinah served as the alternate judge. The unofficial results were expected to be made official on Thursday afternoon.
On his expectations for the semis, Mendez asked bands to help make sure there is an organised transitions between performing bands on Sunday.
"We don't want this event to go unduly long so please abide by the request of those in control."
Commending the calibre of this year's Panorama competition Mendez said, "I want to take the opportunity to congratulate all the bands who participated in Panorama 2020.
"I also made the observation that the standard from the single pan bands back to the large conventional preliminaries has been particularly high this year."
The drawing of performance positions for Sunday's semis will take place on Friday at 10 am the Queen's Park Savannah, VIP Lounge. The prize money for the small conventional category will also be distributed at Friday's event.
Unofficial results of the Panorama Large Conventional prelims –
1. Republic Bank Exodus – Dear Promoter (Aaron “Voice” St Louis/Kees Dieffenthaller) – 274
2. BP Renegades – Wrong Again (Shirlan “Skinny Banton” George) – 273.5
3. Desperados – More Sokah (Nailah Blackman) – 269
4. Shell Invaders – Feeling It (Swappi) – 268
5. Hadco Phase II Pan Groove – 2020 Vision (Len Boogsie Sharpe) – 267
THE OFFICE of the Parliament has said wedding ceremonies at the Red House will be limited to eight people, excluding the marriage officer.
In a media release issued on Thursday, Parliament's director of corporate communications Colleen Holder announced that ceremonies will be held at the Red House on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, in collaboration with the Registrar General's office.
Specifying the reason for the eight-person limit, Holder wrote: "While the office of the Parliament is now open to facilitating those members of the public who wish to be married at the Red House, it must be emphasised that the Red House is primarily a place of business traversed by members of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the staff of the Parliament.
The Red House opened last month, after years of restoration work, spanning several administrations, and an estimated cost of $441 million.
Holder said the public is now free to view sittings of the House of Representatives, the Senate and public committee meetings.
She also said the rotunda will feature a gallery displaying the work of local artists.
"The works of up and coming as well as prominent artists of TT will be showcased, with our first exhibition of Carnival art works, while public tours of the House and Senate Chambers will begin soon," she said.
Further details of the public tours and art exhibitions will be released in "due course.".
The release added that the policy on the use of the parliamentary precincts for marriage ceremonies is available on its website.
Trinidad and Tobago now has access to approximately $7 million from the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) to develop projects to build climate resilience.
Joanne Deoraj, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Development, said on Thursday the GCF is the world’s largest fund dedicated to helping developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their ability to respond to climate change.
The fund is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Addressing a stakeholders workshop at the Hyatt Regency, Deoraj said the first project, on improving the monitoring system for climate-change impacts on the agriculture sector in TT, will run for the next 18 months.
Deoraj said the fund will be used especially in the agricultural sector, which has been identified as being particularly vulnerable to long-term climate change.
"The project will not only build resilience but also develop a framework for the collection of data and analysis of the agriculture sector, which includes food-import dependency, hydrological and meteorological data that allows for visualisation, and assessment of greenhouse gas emissions.
“It will also allow for reporting of gender-sensitive climate impacts on agriculture and food systems, (and) building the capacity of key stakeholders to use agricultural, hydrological and meteorological data to improve resilience to climate change, including through the development of mobile phone applications."
A 33-year-old Maloney man is in critical condition after being shot while on his way to work on Wednesday morning.
Police said Abdul Hadeed Muhammed of Building 20, was confronted by two gunmen who shot him several times in the stomach and head as he left his apartment at around 6.55 am.
Both gunmen ran away. Members of the Emergency Response Patrol were in the area and went to the scene when they found Mohammed bleeding on the ground. They took him to the Arima Health Facility where he was treated.
RUPERT “RUPEE” CLARKE, Barbadian soca sensation is in town and will be joining Raymond Ramnarine and Dil-E-Nadan for a special Carnival show titled Kuchela at Estate 101 in Maraval on Friday from 7 pm.
A shy Rupee, when he first came to TT in the mid-90s to perform the song Ice Cream at the International Soca Monarch, went on to become a household name in this country with hit after hit.
Among those hits he churned out are Insomnia, Tempted To Touch, You Make Me Wanna Jump, Blame it on the Music, What Happens in de Party, Festival Again and Jump Up Till Morning.
However, having signed to Atlantic Records and EMI Publishing in the UK in 2005 Rupee had been away from Carnival in TT for a number of years but made a grand return in 2016 with his popular Tipsy.
[caption id="attachment_808539" align="alignnone" width="765"] Raymond Ramnarine -[/caption]
Then in 2017 he signed on to ULTRA Records, and since then he’s been in and out for shows, but on Friday, the global soca ambassador is expected to woo fans once again, while sharing stage with local heartthrob Ramnarine, and other frontline singers with Dil-E-Nadan, Dr Seales (Derrick Seales), Stephen Marcelle and Miss Renuka (Renuka Mahabir).
Ramnarine’s brother and musical director Richard Ramnarine said, “Fans can look out for a high-energy performance from Raymond, who will be belting out his Carnival hits and his fan favourites.”
[caption id="attachment_808537" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dil-E-Nadan performs at Soka in Moka. - Roger Jacob[/caption]
Making a guest appearance will be College Boy Jesse (Jesse Stewart) whose Happy Song has earned him a place in the Groovy Soca Monarch final on Carnival Friday.
Ramnarine and Dil-E-Nadan have promised to serve patrons blazing hot Kuchela, experienced like never before.
Ramnarine: Judgment against TTCB augurs well for transparency
DINANATH Ramnarine, former TT and West Indies leg-spinner, is heartened by last Monday’s ruling from Justice Frank Seepersad, which ordered the TT Cricket Board (TTCB) to appoint a five-member committee to investigate issues and concerns raised in a National Gas Company (NGC) financial audit.
According to the audit, a portion of its sponsorship to the local governing body for cricket was spent without approval.
Ramnarine, in a media release issued, on Tuesday, said, “(The ruling) is an important development which augurs well for good governance and transparency in the administration of sports in TT.
“This landmark judgment has signalled to sporting administration that they are accountable for funding and sponsorship in general but, more specifically, for public funds entrusted to their organisations.”
TTCB president Azim Bassarath, in a Newsday report on January 28, acknowledged that his executive will not be appealing the judgment and will allow the court-ordered five-member committee to do its investigations.
Bassarath said there was a misconception by the then-TTCB’s chief executive officer (Suruj Ragoonath) in terms of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) and how the money should be spent.
Ramnarine, in his media release, said, “I consider it important to highlight the significant role played by NGC and its current management headed by Mark Loquan, and trust that the approach adopted by NGC will serve as an example and a model to other companies that contribute funding and resources.
“The judgment is also an indictment on the members of the then TTCB executive who had full control of the contractual agreements with NGC and were dismissive about the clear breaches of governance and financial impropriety highlighted in the NGC audit of the TTCB.”
Ramnarine, the former president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and chairman of the Sports Company of TT (SPORTT), took the TTCB to court, calling for an investigation into the NGC audit of its funding to the TTCB over the three-year period 2014 to 2016.
The NGC audit report found that, during the three-year period, 24 per cent of the funds advanced by the NGC to the TTCB ($2.98 million) were not spent in accordance with the MOU.
Khan : Bravo will do ‘tremendously well’ in WI line-up
OMAR KHAN, manager of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) outfit Guyana Amazon Warriors, has welcomed the recall of Darren Bravo to the 15-member West Indies’ One Day International (ODI) squad for the three-game series away to Sri Lanka.
The West Indies will play three ODIs from February 22 to March 1, followed by a pair of T20 Internationals on March 4 and 6.
And Bravo will be part of the ODI team for the first time since the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.
Khan said on Monday, “It was only a matter of time. There is no question about his ability or his class as a batsman. It’s about him having the right mental frame of mind to be able to, not put added pressure onto himself, and just go out there and play his game.
“He’s a natural stroke-maker,” Khan continued. “He would do tremendously well for the West Indies team. Under the leadership of Kieron Pollard, he would be more motivated to play a key role (with the team).
“He also now has leadership capabilities having captained TT in the Regional Four Day Tournament. He’s done okay. I’m sure he would have learnt a lot from his stint as captain.”
The WI top order has been inconsistent for some time and Khan hopes that Bravo will be able to solidify things, especially since fellow left-handed batsmen Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer were both left out the squad after failing to meet the required fitness standards.
“Definitely it has to be because with Lewis not in the squad,” said the former TT and West Indies team manager. “I am taken aback that he has not passed his fitness requirements. That’s a big blow because Evin scored heavily against Ireland and he’s in top form.”
Khan continued, “For him not to be in the team is sad. If that’s the rules and policies of Cricket West Indies (CWI) that you have to pass the fitness requirements, then, as a player, you have to be prepared for that.
“Bravo will add stability to the top order. He’s a player who can bat long and, with Shai Hope at the top, both of them I expect to be the pillars, in terms of laying the foundation for the lower order batsmen like (Rovman) Powell and Pollard to come and capitalise.”
With Lewis and Hetmyer out of the team, Khan pointed out, “I think Brandon King has been given another opportunity. Sunil Ambris, I’m surprised he’s on the squad but it’s another opportunity for him to capitalise on it. At the end of the day, it’s all about everyone understanding their roles and responsibilities in the team.”
Bravo, Powell, Jason Holder and Fabian Allen have been recalled to the team and Khan is expecting WI to prevail in the three-match ODI series.
“I think so,” said Khan. “Playing Sri Lanka at home is not going to be easy but we had a good series against India, we were competitive. I’m sure the guys will do well in Sri Lanka. There is a camp planned for them, so they’ll be able to familiarise themselves with the conditions.
“Under Pollard’s leadership, you can see he’s instilling that sort of confidence, discipline and the right attitude in the guys, to go out there and play cricket the right way. I expect them to do well.”
OFF spinner Joshua Davis, backed up by some strong fielding led by Chadeon Raymond, helped Fatima College grab their first win of the 2020 PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League Premiership 50-over competition in round three action, on Tuesday.
Fatima defeated Presentation College by 16 runs at Fatima Ground in Port of Spain. After back-to-back losses to start the tournament, Fatima coach Miguel Paty said his team knew the value of the match.
“To be honest the boys knew that this was a must win game to stay in the league. This league this season is very competitive, everybody is fighting to stay up (in the premiership) and to win (the title), so this game is very important for us. It is a home game, we have the home advantage so I am glad the boys made the most of it and were able to come through.”
Chasing 176 for victory on Tuesday, Presentation were in the match with Shem Ascevero and Sanjay Jawahir combining for a solid fourth wicket partnership. After a period where fast bowler Nicholas Elliot kept the Pres batsmen at bay with bounce off the surface, Jawahir struck the fast bowler for a few lusty blows. On one occasion, the strongly built Jawahir also showed his flair as he flicked the ball off his pads for four that fell just inside the long on fence.
Jawahir’s aggression eventually led to his demise as he was well caught by Raymond at long on for 27 off Davis. The pair of Davis and Raymond combined again as Khaleem Mohammed was caught at long on for duck to leave Presentation on 96/5 after 24 overs. Ascevero, who cracked 65, was also caught on the boundary to leave Fatima in control of the contest. Davis, a Form three student, continued to torment the bowlers as the national Under-15 player ended his spell with 4/20 from his ten overs. The Pres batsmen showed some fight at the end, but Raymond and Jeremiah Cruickshank took the final two wickets to dismiss Pres for 159 in 46.3 overs.
Earlier, Fatima scored 175/7 in 50 overs with Zachary Siew hitting 42 and Cruickshank contributed 34. The wickets were shared among the Pres bowlers as Nickyle Jalim (2/30), Jawahir (2/25), Jalen Agard (2/7), Ascevero (2/7) all snatched two wickets.
[caption id="attachment_808482" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Fatima College spinner Joshua Davis bowls to a Presentation College, San Fernando batsman during the PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League at Fatima Grounds in Port of Spain, on Tuesday. - AYANNA KINSALE[/caption]
Paty was satisfied with the effort from his players. “The fielding was a lot better today. Chadeon Raymond was exceptional in the outfield, he took three catches. Young Joshua Davis bowled extremely well and Devin Downie bowled well as well. He was not as successful, but his spell was excellent as well which enabled us to pull the game back and keep us in line for winning it.”
In another match, leaders St Benedict’s College maintained their perfect record with a seven-wicket win over Naparima College. Shiva Boys also made it three wins in as many matches with a three-wicket win over St Mary’s College in a shortened T20 contest because of rain. In the last match of the round, Hillview College eased to a 119-run win over Presentation College, Chaguanas. Round four will be played next Tuesday from 10 am.
Naparima College 85 (26.2 overs) (Ryan Bandoo 20, Jezron Ramjagessar 20; Chris Sadanan 3/15, Crystian Thurton 3/20, Lemuel Matthews 3/21) vs St Benedict’s College (46 overs) 86/3 (15.5 overs) (Chris Sadanan 37 not out, Rodney Sieunarine 24; Jevon George 1/23) St Benedict’s won by seven wickets
Hillview College 208/7 (Anderson Mahase 51, Andy Mahase 49, Shazad Mohammed 37, Andrew Rambaran 23 not out; Adam Furlonge 3/51) vs Presentation College, Chaguanas 89 (Justin Jaggessar 24; Andrew Rambaran 4/13, Ronaldo Forrester 2/7, Al Fayyal Ali 2/19) Hillview won by 119 runs
Fatima College 175/7 (50 overs) (Zach Siew 42, Jeremiah Cruickshank 34, Nickyle Jalim 2/30, Sanjay Jawahir 2/25, Jalen Agard 2/7, Shem Ascevero 2/7) vs Presentation College, San Fernando 159 (46.3 overs) (S Ascevero 65, S Jawahir 27, Joshua Davis 4/20, Chadeon Raymond 1/20) Fatima won by 16 runs
St Mary’s College 120/6 (Leon Basanoo 58, Nick Ramlal 18; Nicholas Ali 3/21, Dillan Jagmohan 2/12) vs Shiva Boys Hindu College 123/7 (19.3 overs) (Lorenzo Loubon 47, Damian Joachim 21; Joshua James 2/10) Shiva Boys won by three wickets