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they have arrested two men
after a lit flare hit a linesman
when it was thrown onto the
pitch during yesterday's
Tottenham win at Aston Villa
in the Premier League.
The Football Association also
opened an investigation after
assistant referee David Bryan
was hit on the back of the neck
by the projectile at Villa Park.
The incident happened just
after England striker Andros
Townsend opened the scoring
for the Spurs. The match was
interrupted for a few minutes
because of the black smoke but
Bryan was able to continue.
Tottenham went on to win
the match 2-0 after Roberto
Soldado added another goal in
the second half.
West Midlands Police said
the two men are aged 25 and
47 and confirmed the referee
was not injured. (AP)
Police makes two arrests after flare incident in EPL
Brandon Bailey, one of the nation s most
talented heavyweight lifters died peacefully
at his home in Arima, on October 9.
He was born on November 5, 1932 in St
James, Trinidad but moved to Arima when he
was seven years old and attended Arima RC
School. He became a teacher par excellence,
teaching physical education at the Five Rivers
Junior Secondary School. He had nine children,
ten siblings and several grand children.
He also assisted athletes from Abilene Wild-
cats Track Club, introducing the concept of
strength training and was technical adviser to
cyclists in Arima.
But it was weightlifting at which he excelled.
His remarkable career began in 1958 at the
West Indies championships in Port-of-Spain.
So prodigious was his raw talent that after
recognising his notorious lack of technical skills
which hampered his efforts and stifled his ener-
gy, he began to read and learned about his craft.
The process and progress were significant.
It went from 940 pounds in 1958 to 970 by
1962, and then to 1012 pounds in 1964, when
he was ranked fifth in the world in his cate-
Despite the success, the painfully shy, bespec-
tacled Brandon looked for something beyond
After much soul-searching, the struggle
eventually resulted in improved performances
and increase in medal acquisitions. He reflected
on his time with the best weight lifters in the
world. "With them I had grown accustomed
to pain and toil."
Together, we baked under the Arima midday
sun. We climbed to the summit of our nostalgic
experiences abroad. We spoke of highest moun-
tains in Jamaica, the Blue Mountains where the
Mona Moon rose to shine on the city of
Kingston. We spoke of our view of some of
the most breathtaking scenery in the world.
This helped to conserve the adrenaline of com-
petition and preserved the energy for the one
time explosion of massive power lifting. This
action may also be a reflection of his quiet and
His family recalled that words or conversation
in the days leading to his death were non-exis-
tent. They knew then that these were their
final hours together. The "midnight watchman"
waited patiently to carry him off before the All
Saints and all Souls World celebrations on
November 1 & 2. It is fitting now that they cel-
ebrate his triumphant entry into his "father s
house with so many rooms".
He was excellence personified. A very appro-
priate reminder of the model character illus-
tration for Arimians who knew him.
Sport produces some of our finest, particularly
notable from that elegant, voracious Brandon s
era when corporate deals and financial incentives
were not the norm. A real sporting hero
emerged. He exhibited great natural ability on
the weight-lifting landscape. He was my team-
mate at the Olympic Games, Pan American
Games, and British Commonwealth Games.
We were proud to be from Arima. We had
lengthy conversations about athleticism and
the duty to be performed. I was proud to be
on the same team with him. He was the pride
of Arima. I wanted to be like him. He was one
of a special breed. He was worthy of emulation,
but could not be duplicated.
I held him in highest esteem and admiration
for his apparent love and dedication to weight-
lifting and Arima.
There was no gym, no weight training camp
in Arima, no videos to review weight lifting
technology in Trinidad in those days. It was
hard, brute metal, archaic backyard gym, with
box factory board; sawmill wood and railway
wheel dead weight. Inhuman strength and
elbow grease. A Spartan, primitive and cave
like survival assertiveness, A spotter named
Calvin (Rod) Phillips and the encouragement
from family and friends was the modus operan-
di. This was his day, the time, the making of
the man they call Brandon. Son, brother, father,
grandfather, uncle, mentor, teacher, icon.
His result in world competition was amazing.
He had no team support. He had no coach.
There was no muscle milk for Brandon nor was
there performance protein. Yet his lifting per-
formances were world class. Despite the moun-
tainous odds, he prevailed.
Brandon ranked with Zabodenski, Poland s
greatest ever heavy weight lifter. Brandon may
not be a household name outside Arima but
he is in the national Hall of Fame.
Surely Brandon has his place among the
Republic s sporting history.
For more on Brandon Bailey, go to:
Dr Cliff Bertrand remembers Brandon Bailey
A man who knew pain and toil
• Honoured as one of T & T's "50 Legends of
Sport for period 1962 to 2012"---Tributes at
August 30, 2012 celebratory function
commemorating T&T's 50th Anniversary of
Independence (August 31, 1962---August 31,
• Regarded as the most accomplished
heavyweight weightlifter as at 2012 in Trinidad
• 20th in sole Olympic Games representation for
T&T---1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo,
Japan---weight lifted 425 kg (935 lbs)
• Silver medallist in the Heavyweight class at
the 1963 Pan American Games in Brazil.
• Bronze medallist at the 1967 Pan American
Games in Winnipeg, Canada
• Gold medal winner in the heavy weight class
at the 1962 Central American and Caribbean
Games in Jamaica
• Two-time British Commonwealth Games
bronze medallist: 1962 Australia,1966 Jamaica
• First Caribbean weightlifter to produce a total
of 1000 pounds at the National Lifts in 1964
• Had a career-high rank of fifth in the world in
heavyweight lift class in 1960s
• Inducted into the WITCO Sports Hall of Fame
• Contributed to the awareness of physical
education, athletics and cycling in Arima.
LONDON---England coach Roy
Hodgson and Manchester United
defender Rio Ferdinand have agreed
to join the Football Association s
commission to improve the state of
The appointments came a day after
the FA was accused by one of its
board members of "letting down so
many black and ethnic minority peo-
ple" after setting up an all-white
FA chairman Greg Dyke said the
body had been in touch with Ferdi-
nand for some time but needed to
make sure he had enough time to
participate in the debate.
On Saturday, board member
Heather Rabbatts, who was born in
Jamaica and is of mixed race, crit-
icised the lack of diversity on the
Ferdinand, who has retired from
international football but still plays
for Manchester United, is the first
non-white member of the panel.
"Rio s vast experience as a player
developed through West Ham s suc-
cessful youth system, winning Pre-
mier League and European titles with
Manchester United and representing
England at World Cups means he
has a huge amount to offer to the
debate," Dyke said. "As a current
player with forthright views and
opinions on the game, we can look
forward to Rio providing significant
insight and experience."
Hodgson found himself at the heart
of a media storm this week after
making a joke about a monkey at
halftime during England s 2-0 World
Cup qualifying win over Poland.
Hodgson, who has apologised for his
remarks, said he made the joke to
encourage his players to pass the ball
more to Andros Townsend, who is
Dyke is also counting on Hodgson s
experience to help the FA build long-
term success for the national team.
Ferdinand and Hodgson join FA commission
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