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Building on T&T’s triumph

Thursday, October 12, 2017

T&T was yesterday rejoicing in the Soca Warrior’s 2-1 Concacaf Zone World Cup victory over the United States. The result resonated across the sporting world, especially in the US, where they were angry at being knocked out the 2018 World Cup by a country they gave little respect to before the match.

Yet there were two groups among those celebrating—those revelling in the team finally paying the USA back for knocking T&T out of 1990 World Cup contention and those hoping that, for once, a coach may have found a formula on which to build for the future.

Indeed, this performance could be a catalyst for the future, especially as a contributing success may have been the fact that the squad was made up of mostly locally-based players. Just like the Strike Squad of 1989, coach Dennis Lawrence’s local players finally went to the pitch with the commitment and determination expected of them much earlier in the Hexagonal campaign.

This newspaper thus congratulates the team on their success, but also notes there are other pieces of the puzzle for the T&T Football Association to put together if they are to build on the achievement. These pieces, however, will come not only from the TTFA but the business sector and the public going forward.

Sinking feeling

It’s difficult to see if anyone on these islands can really understand—and explain—what is going on at the Port Authority and its related businesses, especially the sea bridge.

The firing of the acting Port Authority CEO/GM, Charmaine Lewis, is just another twist in a saga that even the most creative fiction writer would struggle to come up with.

Even if Ms Lewis has a case to answer—and we hope she will be given a fair chance to put her case forward—the problem now with the Port Authority is lack of credibility.

This is not a good place to be when you are already the centre of attention for so many errors and you are about to go through the tendering process designed to put the whole sea bridge saga to bed.

There’s one thing the Port Authority and the Government can do to try and restore at least some confidence in the matter: full disclosure, with all relevant documents and decisions published as quickly as possible. We live in hope.

Feel the love

We are proud to be carrying today a special supplement, put together by FEEL—the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life—to mark its 25 years of valuable contribution to those in need. This is particularly poignant as the publication also comes with sadness, following the recent death of its founder, Clive Pantin.

The review of the organisation’s contribution is a powerful celebration of its founder’s life and commitment to important causes like education and poverty reduction. We hope FEEL will continue strong, helping improve lives in our country and reminding us of all of Mr Pantin’s aspirations.


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