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The press last Wednesday reported
Mr Gus Logie, manager/coach T&T
cricket, as saying, "The players didn't
step up." Really?
In my simple mind the above admis-
sion brings to mind the exercise of con-
structing a stairway or staircase of a
house. This would depend on the size of
the house, type of building to be con-
structed, the vision of the owner and in
many cases an appreciation for esthetics
among other things.
Such an exercise would be put in the
hands of an architect with a vision and
some expertise. He is not only educated
in the technical aspects of such an exer-
cise but, more importantly, he brings to
the exercise a certain vision. In a sense a
kind of organised Gestalt experience of
seeing the whole as made up of several
parts, each individual part affecting each
other, the "whole being more than a sum
of its parts."
What has all this got to do with
cricket? Well, I ask, do our architects of
West Indian cricket have this architec-
tural vision? Yes, Mr Logie, "they are not
stepping up." But I ask once more, where
is the next step? Do our young cricketers
know or indeed have some sense of
where this next step is, or do they see
some risk of suddenly dropping off into
oblivion? Can they even visualise where
the next step is? In my opinion, for many
of them there is no next step. Where are
the architects of these steps? Maybe in
boardrooms thinking about their own
Remember the heyday of West Indies
cricket? In this most simple, and one
would scoff at, "Colonial times," there
were steps. Young cricketers either inter-
nalised these steps or via dedication and
commitment developed an intrinsic love
of the game, many reaping enormous
success. They yearned for the day when
their name could be rostered alongside
the greats of the game.
Steps to be taken
Step 1. You aspire to play for your
school team's first eleven. Any fall from
grace means you practice harder and
perform in order to regain your place.
Step 2. Consistent performance opens
the doors for selection on the island's
schoolboy's eleven to play against a visit-
ing island or regional team or in some
cases. You feel a sense of achievement
and/or your talents are being recognised.
Step 3. You leave school with a burn-
ing desire to represent one of the leading
first division teams.
Step 4. Now you are in the big league,
you see yourself in with a chance of
being selected by your team (eg Barba-
dos, Trinidad, Jamaica) usually after
being paraded at several trial games.
Step 5. And the ultimate step: you are
being evaluated by knowledgable and
credible pundits of the game. You are in-
vited to trials by the West Indies Cricket
Board. You have reached!
For many, these steps were achieved
alongside good academic performances
both at the secondary and tertiary level.
Intuitively there was a sense of where
one wanted to go. Sometimes this has to
be created by people acting as mentors
or role models who always guide you to-
wards realistic and achievable goals.
Yes, some made it, some didn't. What
this process did was to enrich the game
and developed a sense of commitment,
integrity in those who participated.
Mr Logie, they cant step up because
they don't know where the next step is,
imaginary or real.
Some would say we need a Messiah
to show us the way.
What is the next step
for T&T cricket?
CARRYING OF THE CROSS
This is most likely the first gen-
eral election in T&T that will
demonstrate that "having the most
corn" for feeding the masses may
not bring home victory. Why? Be-
cause, with so many hungry live-
stock everybody cannot get fed. If
you only throw the corn in one di-
rection, only those fowls closest to
you can eat. Change the livestock
into humans and humans have
brains. They seek to find a govern-
ment that throws in a wider angle
so that all might fairly eat.
The People's National Movement
(PNM) has been ruthless in its en-
deavour to stick to its strategy of
presenting the best slate possible
for the upcoming general elections.
It would appear that a combination
of youth and scholastic achieve-
ments, and new ethnically diverse
faces, so as to better represent this
rainbow nation, is the drawing fac-
tor.Proven early commitment to
high ideals, must have held sway in
PNM selections. So, ruthless is
best. It is also excellent strategy in
showing the voting public that the
PNM is serious about presenting
the best mix of candidates.
All the PNM family must now do
is convince people disappointed
that their own old candidates were
not chosen for a good reason. Say
what you will about the Prime Min-
ister, she has perfected the art of
"all for one and one for all" even in
the face of public condemnation.
Her supporters, in and out of Parlia-
ment, will stay the course, rightly,
wrongly or indifferently. She is "the
If the true-blue PNM supporters
and the anti-government so called
"fence sitters" do not get their act
together, no amount of bellyaching
about the Partnership can beat this
A house divided falls. There is no
room for bruised egos. None. It is
only foolish time wasters who
worry about who did or did not
make the PNM selection. The veto
of the Leader of the Opposition has
been removed, so let us all get real.
Put away the placards. There is a
general election to be won. It is "all
for one and one for all." What's love
got to do with it?
What's love got to do with candidate selection?
Last December 2014, a vehicle ran
into a TSTT pole just in front of my
home in the Brasso Village area. This
was around midnight. I immediately
called TSTT's customer care depart-
ment, and repair men were immedi-
ately dispatched from the Couva
Office. All they did was remove the
broken pole and tie up the black TSTT
cables. These were, unfortunately,
left at a very low height around a cor-
ner, basically in the middle of the
I have asked TSTT numerous
times to replace the pole and attach
the lines. Everytime a large vehicle
passes it hits the lines and this
shakes the adjacent poles and causes
the house lines to shake.
I reported this incident most re-
cently on Wednesday to both TSTT
and TATT. TSTT's customer care
called and assured that someone will
attend to the matter. No one from
TATT has contacted me.
I was even told by a TSTT CSR
that I should call the supervisor my-
self.This situation has raised many
1. Why does TSTT take so long to
repair something so relevant to the
safety of its customers?
2. Why should someone in TSTT
tell me to call a supervisor? Isn't
there some sort of information dis-
semination in TSTT? Why does a cus-
tomer have to do the job of workers?
3. If TATT is the governing body of
Telecommunications in T&T, why are
they so slow to respond to a situation
of this nature? (Mind you this is not
the first time TATT has failed to deal
with a situation concerning TSTT.
It is sad that customers have to
fight in this country for basic services.
Apparently it is now common that
one must force another to do his/her
job, when it comes to utilities.
Let's see how long this situation
will be prolonged. Three months and
Disgruntled in Brasso.
Why must customers have to fight for basic services?
The recent decision by the Court of
Appeal to leave the "Western Savannah"
opposite Westmoorings in the posses-
sion of the Port-of-Spain City Corpora-
tion highlights the wastefulness
occurring under Government control.
I sincerely hope the legal costs of the
recent litigation are charged 50 per cent
personally to WASA officials who initi-
ated the case, and 50 per cent to the
UNC political party under whose domi-
nant position in Government the case
was allowed to proceed.
Here are two branches of Government
left alone to play games, suing each
other for possession of a piece of land,
and accumulating ridiculous legal costs
which are paid by us the taxpayers.
Meanwhile we the taxpayers have
made it abundantly clear the need for
green space is so apparent in these
times that the area must be made into a
savannah that all can enjoy and hope-
fully all attempts to use it for fetes and
any other rowdy noise blaring function
will be banned by bye-laws.
It only required the Minister of Plan-
ning to wake up and take notice of this
need (which everybody else is aware of)
and arrange for the PM to order the ces-
sation of legal hostilities so that work on
the savannah and associated traffic
plans can start immediately. It would
then not matter who owned it because
neither of the parties would be able to
make schools, Diego Martin Regional
Corp offices or put housing on it. It
would be handed to the people as a
place of beauty, serenity, exercise and
Clearly WASA would be able to drill a
few low-profile water wells as on the
main savannah so ownership is not an
issue requiring litigation.
I suppose this is just too obvious for
anyone to hope for!
Taxpayers paying for wasteful litigation
The Bail (Amendment) Bill 2015
highlights fundamental failure to
stop crime by other means.
Those in support of the bail
amendment bill essentially consider
the potential abuse of human rights
and civil liberties a necessary price
to pay in order to fight crime.
This highlights the failure of ef-
forts to stop crime by means other
than draconian legislation.
Essentially inefficiency and cor-
ruption have brought us to a point
where we have to sacrifice liberty
for security rather than reduce crime
by conventional means such as im-
proving our police force or securing
our borders to prevent drugs and
guns from entering.
The American statesman and sci-
entist Benjamin Franklin once said,
"They that can give up essential lib-
erty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty
We as a nation can do better if
we would strive towards building a
crime-free society by changing our
fundamental attitudes. Our culture
of corruption, nepotism and skylark-
ing is what brought us to this point.
We do not need better laws so
much as we need better men and
women to abide by fundamental
Giving up essential liberty for temporary safety?
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