Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 2nd 2015 Contents and answered questions by
explaining that he needed
the rest and some time
with his family, so the
omission did not matter
much. Maybe the funds gained from the CPL were
enough to give him some relaxation time.
Some claim that the CPL is destined to get bigger
and better. I shall await the day.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt August 2, 2015
The management and staff of NIHERST take great pleasure in congratulating Dr. Gillian Paul on her
appointment as President of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago
(COSTAATT). This achievement is well-deserved and a testament to her fitting credentials and the passion,
intellectual leadership and solid groundwork she brought to the establishment of COSTAATT and its
development into the institution it is today.
We wish her continued success as she formally embarks on a new leadership role at the college, to build its
capacity to deliver the kind of inclusive and high quality tertiary education needed for strengthening Trinidad
and Tobago's human resource capital in the service of true nation building.
Dr. Paul's history with NIHERST
A national scholar, Gillian Paul joined NIHERST's School of Languages (SOL) in 1986 as a foreign language
instructor. In 1998, she was promoted to the position of Director of SOL and contributed significantly to
making the school one of the premier foreign language teaching institutions in the country. She was also a
member of the Community College Implementation Team convened by NIHERST to establish the country's
first community college. In 2000, as a Fulbright scholar, she completed her doctorate in higher education
administration at Columbia University. She returned to NIHERST and was subsequently appointed Interim
CEO by the first Board of Trustees of the newly established COSTAATT in 2002. Passionate about curriculum,
teacher education and student learning, Dr. Paul was recruited for the position of VP Academic Affairs in 2004
and held that position until her appointment as Acting President in 2012, and her selection as President of the
College in June 2015.
Whether we like Twenty20 cricket or not, it has
the entertainment value to frequently bring crowds
to their feet.
I will admit that being an old stager, it has not been
as convincing as a well-played ODI or a fiercely con-
tested Test match.
Yes! I am aware of all the exciting moments---a
brilliant catch, a smart piece of fielding, a massive hit
for six counted on its own scoreboard, and, of course,
a mysterious spin bowler mesmerising the top batsmen
in the game.
There is no questioning that the entertainment
value has caught the imagination of almost everyone,
with families turning out to witness the dancing
Dwayne Bravo when he takes a wicket, Chris Gayle
when he strikes balls out of the ground, and the excel-
lent fielding of Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons and
Bringing further delight to the crowds were the
music, dancing girls (although they flaunt their bodies
during carnival each year) and a comedian multitasking
as a commentator.
There is merit in the entertainment value of the
game, but unfortunately, it does not catch my fancy
more than an attractive cowboy movie.
What I admire is the outstanding athletic ability of
Dwayne Bravo as well as the batting of Simmons,
Jacques Kallis, Darren Bravo and a few others who
have had good scores.
There is nothing more attractive to the eye than
the quick footedness of skipper Bravo in the field, the
effervescence demonstrated by his dancing steps, and
his reliability with the bat when his team needs his
support. The slow motion replays of these catches,
run outs and stump-hitting from very difficult angles
have brought joy to thousands of Trinis.
But as I remove myself from the scene and sit to
ponder what was worth remembering as good cricket,
that is when the memories of yesteryear return forcibly
to the days of brilliance by names like Richards, Sobers,
Greenidge, Haynes, Rowe, and, of course, Brian Charles
Funnily enough, the world record holder was present
to give his master act to the youth of the nation, and
there was much to cheer about as he gracefully drove,
cut and pulled, a feature of the day which many
claimed was worth the entrance fee alone.
As a matter of fact, his speech was an attempt to
lure the youngsters into understanding the merit in
playing the orthodox type of batting and bowling,
which would allow them to play any type of cricket
game with similar success.
Then, of course, it is the franchise teams and names
which carry the country s flags, though many players
are not representing their home country.
What is there for a Trini to see in Lendl Simmons
pulverising of the Red Steel bowlers while representing
the Barbados Tridents, or Sulieman Benn, representing
the T&T emblem, dismissing a fellow countryman to
bring victory over his own country?
My enjoyment was mainly to see how fans responded
to attractive action on the field, without concerning
themselves too much about the final result.
Thank heavens for people like Ian Bishop, whose
ability and desire to be realistic with his descriptions
cater to the fans who listen to hear some real cricket
However, in the midst of all the fun and laughter,
the selectors dropped the proverbial bomb on the fans
by omitting skipper Denesh Ramdin from the West
Indies team for the upcoming ODI matches.
Maybe the fans would have ignored their decision
while the CPL was tailing off in wonderful activity.
Now that the dust has died down, the pain of the
selectors choice has returned to those who still believe
West Indies cricket is real cricket and should not be
The WI wicketkeeper has learned to be diplomatic
The Red Steel's
T&T Red Steel players celebrate with
each other their after they won the
2015 Hero CPLT20 championship.
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