Having been afforded a conducted tour of the Home of Football recently, I cannot but think of it as anything but fabulous and marvellous.

The 72-room facility, with junior and senior suites and occupancy up to triple, gives a feeling of freedom and space, unlike many hotels that are so clustered.

The three patios, eco-friendly, natural light and air, as well as the conference hall and dining area all add up to make it fairly complete.

Coupled with a strategic location in Balmain, Couva, the large parking area and the open-air environment, this could become an ideal place for tremendous activities.

David John Williams must be highly commended for having led such an achievement in his first term as president of the Trinidad and ­Tobago Football Association.

I am also aware of the tremendous personal sacrifices of his time during construction, at the expense of his work and other commitments.

He has demonstrated “leadership by example” qualities, and it is to be hoped that we, as a nation, will duly recognise this.

It was with feeling that he mentioned to me the facility has no mortgage, but he is being crucified for it.

My bit of advice was that no one pelts mango tree that not bearing!

Congratulations are in order, as I ask: whoever thought the day would come when we go have we own hotel in football?

This is tangible proof of investment towards raising funds for the association, not promises by sponsors that can deny or pull out at their fancy, as we saw recently.

I urge you to seek a visit by calling the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

Lennox Sirjuesingh

former FIFA referee

and football ­administrator


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ONCE AGAIN, Trinidad Carnival has ploughed through multiple convulsions of anxiety to make it safely onto the road.

Reparations for native genocide and enslavement of continental Africans are raised in the Americas and Africa by descendants of native peoples and by descendants of enslaved Africans, and their surviving generational lines of relatives in Africa. Reparations are being sought against native genocide, the wholesale theft of enslaved labour power and suppression of the self volition of Continental Africans, from 1501 – 1865 and beyond.

The hostility expressed by some people on social media and YouTube to “Welcome to Chinatown” by Singing Sonia can be best described as twisted irony or perhaps someone can explain the difference between picong and racism as far as calypso is concerned.

ONE would have hoped that Justice Vasheist Kokaram’s quite thoughtful judgment would have encouraged the Prime Minister to abandon his politically aggressive attitude and apply some statesmanship in dealing with the Law Association’s case for impeaching the Chief Justice.