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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 23, 2014
NIGEL EDWARDS (formerly Franklyn Edwards)
Last known address:
No. 4 Sydney Street,
TAKE NOTICE that the trial of Claim No. CV2008 04141
between Nigel Edwards and Catherine Lambert, Eddie
Soon and Fortrex3 Limited has been scheduled for Monday,
the 24th, Tuesday the 25th and Wednesday the 26th days of
November, 2014, from 9.30 a.m each day, in Court Room
POS-15, in the High Court of Justice, Knox Street, Port-of-
Spain before the Honourable Mr. Justice Aboud.
NOTE: Failure to appear on the aforementioned dates can
result in the trial proceeding in your absence.
Dated this 3rd day of October, 2014.
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To be or not to be...Carnival
That s the talking point for most
Trinbagonians as we wrestle with
one of the worst diseases to afflict
the international community,
Not since the advent of the Aids
pandemic has such a catastrophe
generated so much debate globally
as nations far and wide have
focused their energies in coming to
grips with a medical challenge
which has the potential of wreak-
ing untold havoc.
If countries do not successfully
manage and contain this scourge
before it develops into a real crisis,
crapaud smoke we pipe.
The race is on to find a vaccine
for this virus, which occurred in
West Africa, and mercifully so far,
while countries such as T&T fran-
tically put things in place hopefully
to contain its spread, we should
take consolation in the fact that it
has not reached a runaway stage.
That is up to the time of writing
T&T has taken the tough deci-
sion to ban the arrival of visitors to
our shores from a few African
states where the disease has reared
And while we are thankful for
being spared its devastating human
toll we share the pain and sorrow
that almost 5,000 citizens on the
African continent have lost their
lives to Ebola. We cannot let our
President Obama in the US cut
short some mid-term election
campaigning to tackle this issue
and while he has appointed an
"Ebola Czar" to lead the anti-Ebola
battle, he is resisting demands that
he should ban visitors from that
part of the world as one weapon in
the arsenal of methods in this bat-
tle against a virus which the world
Failure to win this one will result
in a crisis unimaginable and even
though larger countries are devising
strategies to effectively challenge
Ebola, one of the hindrances is
that there are so many questions
about this affliction.
The international community
cannot make up its mind whether
it is airborne or not. The Atlanta-
based Centers for Disease Control
has finally decided on new proto-
cols for health workers, including
doctors and nurses, who come in
contact with patients and people
suspected of carrying the virus.
Previously the CDC decided to
stay with the usual precautions
but, with new evidence surfacing
about the danger Ebola was pos-
ing, the protocols were amended.
The US military, according to a
television report, has a three-man
team at the helm of a project
aimed at developing an anti-Ebola
vaccine. According to the cable
channel, if all goes well this project
could be concluded shortly, but it
will take some months, possibly a
year, before the drug could be
mass produced; that is, if the vac-
cine is successfully developed.
The race is on to beat the Ebola
I thought about the ban that
T&T has imposed on the African
countries and contrast that with
Obama s refusal to do likewise.
Both sides have cogent arguments
for their respective decisions.
I could buy into our govern-
ment s imposition, in the context
of our not having the necessary
infrastructure to deal with the
screening of hundreds, possibly
thousands of visitors, and to have
done otherwise would, in my
humble view, be opening our doors
to admit such an unwelcome
While looking at the news I was
surprised to learn that this Ebola
scourge was not something new, as
a medical professor said he had
been researching it since 2001. So
how come he and others around
the world did not know or had no
indication that we would reach this
stage today? Sadly, the news item
did not give an explanation.
The hard fact is we have got
there and the Government has to
do what must be done to protect
our citizens from the resultant dire
I am happy knowing that we are
doing our best to contain and
manage this thing, with several
decisive actions having been taken
involving our military and the
Ministry of Health. Now is not the
time to score cheap political points,
as some politicians have already
It is easy for anyone to bump
their gums and criticise simply for
the sake of criticising, but there are
times when we must take off our
partisan garb and come together
for the very survival of all of us.
The virus is simply a matter of
life and death. Plain and simple.
One politician has called for an
urgent meeting of Parliament to
discuss this dreadful matter. How-
ever, we do not need talk at this
time. Action is what is needed and
this is precisely what the Govern-
ment is doing.
Citizens are urged not to indulge
in our well-known penchant for
mauvais langue and the spreading
of old talk on this very serious
mater. Get all your information
from official sources. This is no
If Carnival has to be postponed,
so be it.
Tail wagging the
dog in cricket
I have always felt that the T20 type
of non-cricket would eventually bring
the end of the beautiful game as we
know it. The entertainment value of the
T20 format is exactly what it is ---enter-
tainment---and is good for those who
need instant gratification. It provides the
ideal stage for players of sheer medioc-
rity and who lack the essence and tech-
nical skills needed for real cricket to
Because of the undeniable entertain-
ment value and the extraordinary fol-
lowing by the public commensurate
with the huge gate receipts, the promot-
ers have been able to attract players
many of whom are mediocre, at best, in
the crucible of "real cricket", by, quite
rightly, offering them hefty monetary
These unskilled players because of
their circus arena-value, are "voopers" in
the case of batsmen, and up-and-down
bowlers whose main attributes are to
bowl negatively in the hope of keeping
the runs down.
The successful proponents of this
form of cricket become full of them-
selves and really believe that they can
equate this travesty of cricket with the
real thing. Hence, regardless of the state
of the finances of their various national
cricket boards, they feel that they could
command remuneration for their medi-
ocrity in Test cricket as obtained in the
lucrative "vooping" game.
This surely is the reason for the cur-
rent impasse. How shameful in that
these players, for the sake of greed, are
willing to destroy West Indies cricket
built on the backs of players of superb
skill who, in addition to being rewarded
within the financial ability of the cricket
boards at that time, played for the glory
of the West Indies.
It looks like a case of the tail wagging
It is time now that these prima don-
nas be put in place and be paid accord-
ing to performance.
About Sunil Narine being no-balled: I
have been observing bowlers since the
age of five when I saw my first Test
match at the Oval. I know a pelter when
I see him. (We called it "stoning" long
ago). I saw and agreed that S M Ali, who
was no-balled out of intercolonial cricket
in the 1940s in Barbados, was pelting.
However, he wasn't as fortunate as Mu-
ralitharan who became a legalised "pel-
ter" owing to a said physical deformity
which prevented him from straightening
But, as far as I am concerned, pelting
is pelting and I have no respect for
Muri's record. England too, had a pseudo
legalised pelter, Tony Lock, who enjoyed
a long career in Test cricket. But, we
know that English rules were able to
coverup deficiencies in their bowlers.
(Remember they tried to stigmatise
Charley Griffith for pelting when he was
I have tried hard to discover how um-
pires could call Sunil Narine for pelting
but have been unable to do so.
There seems to be a conspiracy to
destroy this young man's career purely
because he is a threat with which they
are unable to cope.
We are cricket fans because of the
players not the administrators.
The players indicated before the first
one-day international, that they had se-
rious concerns, and you all did nothing.
Now you are trying to blame the players
and talking about disciplining them.
West Indies can barely compete as is,
banning any player will only result in no-
body being interested in playing against
the West Indies.
Could we please have a one man-one
vote system to select the WICB direc-
Clearly this existing system is contin-
uously bringing in directors who are
more concerned about themselves than
west indies cricket.
KEEP POLITICS OUT OF EBOLA
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