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Wired868 will celebrate its two year anniversary on 12 January 2014; two years of pumping exclusive sport stories and witty, satirical news pieces to your smart phone, computer and other internet devices.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans have been well served by Wired868’s football coverage.
(Courtesy Allan V. Crane/ Wired868)
In that time, we earned honourable mention from renowned foreign news companies like the Wall Street Journal, ESPN and the UK Guardian.
While you and the rest of our readers helped make Wired868 one of the top 35 most popular sites visited by Trinidad and Tobago web users and the second most popular local content provider according to Alexa Internet, a California-based subsidiary of Amazon.com and web traffic analyst.
So, how do you think we have helped the media landscape?
Tell us what you have enjoyed about Wired868 during our existence by leaving a message in our “Comments” section below.
Photo: Jayden Sancho takes the mic during the 2013 Wired868 Football Festival at UWI.
(Courtesy Allan V. Crane/Wired868)
Wired868 was born on 12 January 2012 and has led the way in coverage of the Trinidad and Tobago national football team and Pro League and has been a vital source of information on the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF), the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and CONCACAF.
Our satirical columns are just as popular as Mr Live Wire and Filbert Street have engaged and entertained readers in equal measure by offering fresh perspective on local and global news pieces carried elsewhere in the media.
Wired868 has routinely been first on the local scene on a wide range of issues from the Soca Warriors’ historic 2006 World cup bonus case, Minister Anil Roberts’ failure to account to the Auditor General for close to $45 million, the TTFA’s recall of former world Cup coach Leo Beenhakker, the questionable “I Support Akeem” Native Spirit campaign as well as Jack Warner’s alleged failure to relay emergency financial aid to Haiti, his ownership of the Centre of Excellence, his threat to bankrupt the previous TTFF administration with Roberts’ help and a FIFA affidavit that accused Warner of pocketing at least US$40,000 from Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Photo: Only a quarter of the proceeds from “I Support Akeem” tee-shirts went to the recently deceased national footballer.
We handled the sensitive issues like the struggle and ultimately tragic death of former “Soca Warrior” Akeem Adams and the brave recovery of Candice Worrell, the fiancée of national goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, from a brutal robbery.
And we gave you insights into the work of national icons like players Jason Scotland, Ataullah Guerra, Chris Birchall and Carlos Edwards and present and past national coaches Stephen Hart, Jamaal Shabazz and Hutson Charles; as well as analytical overviews on the worth of the TT Pro League, racism in football, the undignified rush to the Akeem Adams bandwagon, Warner’s legacy in sport and governance, the socio-political problems that dog the Brazil 2014 World Cup and a suggestion for honouring our former national football heroes.
We have benefitted too from input by our friends.
Photo: Former 2006 World Cup teammates Chris Birchall (left) and Carlos Edwards share a moment before their tribute match against Jamaica in Port of Spain.
Former Trinidad and Tobago captain David Nakhid and England World Cup 2006 defender Terry Fenwick shared their football knowledge on the famous Clasico between Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid while former England PlFA employee Kevin Harrison chided corporate Trinidad and Tobago’s tardiness in supporting Akeem Adams and British investigative journalist Andrew Jennings revealed his role in a FBI investigation that might extend itself to Warner as well as the problems facing the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Satirists Mr Live Wire and Filbert Street have added a dose of humour to a range of issues like the fire truck scandal, the Prime Minister’s response to the FBI probe into then minister Jack Warner, the smear campaign on investigative journalist Asha Javeed, Ian Alleyne’s vehicular accident on Stone Street, the Government and Opposition’s view on hanging, Warner’s political skyfall, his premature obituary and rebirth as a threat to the People’s Partnership, Prime Minister’s odd response to the Local Government Election results and how a young engineer controversially beat Microsoft to a National Quarries IT contract.
Photo: Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner (left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
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Editor’s Note: Comments and “likes” on articles written before August 2012 were, regrettably, lost after the website moved to a new host.