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Progress on Government s
planned construction of the George
Bovell III National Aquatic Centre,
the National Cycle Velodrome and
the National Tennis Centre can now
be tracked in real time on the Min-
istry of Sport s new Web site
www.sport.gov.tt when work
begins next year.
So said Sport Minister Anil
Roberts at Wednesday s launch of
the agency s portal, held at the VIP
Room of the Hasely Crawford Sta-
He assured the gathering that
overhauling the Web site and the
introduction of up-to-date social
media solutions on a modern and
sophisticated platform that was user
friendly came at no extra cost to
taxpayers, since the information
technology staff at the ministry
undertook the project.
"You have links to the Sport Com-
pany (of T&T) and the Life Sport
Programme. I want you all to mon-
itor the projects. First, they say it
would build, then it will cost too
much. It will not. We are all going
to monitor the projects. We are going
to get the Aquatic Centre, the Cycle
Velodrome, Tennis Centre on course,
on budget, on time, by October 2014
to December 2014.
"We have nine regional centres
all starting right now, we hope to
complete those within two years.
We have started and completed 32
pavilions and we have 32 more com-
ing. We have facilities for upgrade.
We have swimming pools to do, we
have rural caravans, community pro-
grammes," he said.
Roberts said it was his sister-in-
law who visited the previous Web
site and expressed dissatisfaction
with its functionalities. He then
called Andre Hanief, manager of the
information and technology depart-
ment, to discuss what was wrong
with the portal and explore ways for
Hanief told the minister that a
consultant could be called to give
an opinion and cost of revamping
the Web site.
Roberts asked about the capacity
of public servants in the ministry
and permanent secretary Ashwin
Creed gave the approval for staff to
undertake the project.
Roberts said, "All I want to know
is that it s topper-topper. When peo-
ple go on it, they must BBM me
and say that thing real sweet. Any-
thing they want to know, they can
go on it and find out about Rodney
Wilkes. In 1948, he didn t take no
BWIA plane (now CAL); he went on
a ship to the Olympics. Now if you
don t get a first class plane ticket,
they bad-talking the minister. He
(Wilkes) went on a ship with Alex
Chapman for the London Olympic
Games. He took about 17 days to
reach. When he reached there, he
got our first silver medal."
The T&T Relay Carnival, held ear-
lier this year, was the first event to
be streamed live as the IT depart-
ment tested the effectiveness of the
solutions they employed.
Visitors from Canada, Jamaica,
the United States and T&T logged
on to witness the activities using an
array of devices from desktop com-
puters to tablets and mobile phones
to access the site.
Now, users of the portal can access
video-on-demand through the video
library via its YouTube page. It can
easily live-stream events as was done
for the T&T Relay Carnival during
the testing phase of the Web site.
Bryan Gray, content manager at the
ministry, said using the MSYA site vis-
itors would not have a positive expe-
rience as the site was not compatible
with these devices, leaving them unable
to view the Relay Carnival.
"The world has evolved and we
see the importance of social media
in communication. Articles from our
website can now be shared on a vis-
itor s Twitter or Facebook page just
by the click of a button.
"The Web site has a fresh, mod-
ern, snazzy, patriotic look and feel
and guess what? We re mobile
friendly on any device. Google maps
have been integrated to illustrate the
location of events and our facilities,"
He added, "Government min-
istries were expected to provide
online services as part of the national
e-government agenda. Your Ministry
of Sport is meeting this requirement.
Through this combination of sport
and technology we expect an increase
in the number of people utilising
the services being offered by the
ministry, whether through funding,
visiting our facilities, or participating
in events hosted by the sport devel-
opment officers or the ministry. It
is our intent to promote and highlight
the works of the ministry. To make
the public aware of all that the min-
istry does, how the ministry is serv-
The ministry has also embarked
on the National Sporting Archives,
which is a database with information
and biographies with every sporting
individual who has worn national
colours for the past 50 years, as part
of Minister Roberts commitment
to keeping the memory of all national
The National Sporting Archives
is a three-year project and was com-
missioned by Roberts as part of the
Government s gift to T&T as part
of the nation s 50th anniversary last
Roberts noted that the archives
will be officially launched in August.
To source the archives go to:
Sport Ministry unveils online
tracking of mega projects
...We will all monitor, says Roberts
Chynece Grey-Smith uses a tablet computer to show the ministry's new
Web site to Atiba Charles, centre, and Gabre Mc Tair, sport officer II.
Sport Minister Anil Roberts, left, with Brian Lewis, president T&T Olympic Committee and
Ashwin Creed, permanent secretary, Ministry of Sport.
Andre Hanief, manager, information technology, Ministry of Sport, with Elicia Mayhew of iGovtt,
centre, and Nadia Alladin-Elliott, iGovtt. PHOTOS: SEAN NERO
Athletes Mikel Thomas, Shantol Ince and Andrew Lewis.
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