Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 14th 2015 Contents It would seem to me that the
recent report written by a committee
led by Dr Keith Mitchell supports all
the previous committees that have
studied the reasons for the decay of
West Indies cricket over the past
The emphasis placed upon the dis-
banding of the present board of direc-
tors is probably the final straw.
Actually, few expected a different
result, knowing all the issues which
deflated the quality of our cricket,
plus the absolute incompetence of the
board to manage the administrative
affairs of the game in the region.
There has been hardly a single
objection to the substance in the
report, which is a definite signal for
the board to volunteer their resigna-
Baldath Mahabir has succumbed to
the failed efforts of the present board,
all of whom have been facing them,
but being ignored by the rest.
The chairman of the Caricom com-
mittee has made it quite clear that
the board must accept the results of
the study when they meet to discuss
Maybe many of the fans do not
understand that the structure of the
WICB is the main reason for the dif-
ficulties which exist in the everyday
running of the game in the West
A few weeks ago, the WICB chair-
man admitted to the audience in
Chaguanas that if every member of
the board was asked to name a squad
to represent the WI, the absence of
similarity on each list will reflect the
desire of each member to seek the
inclusion of a player or two from the
territory which they represent.
That comment was evidence that
the board members themselves do not
understand their roles on the WICB.
The matter which resulted from the
decision by the WI players to default
the Test match against India---much
to the disgust of all the WI stake-
holders responsible for such a disre-
spectful act---was not even well dealt
with by the Board, causing the Indians
to claim a large sum of money which
This figure is now living to haunt
the organisation and not even a com-
promise to rectify the situation by
offering to play against the Indians
in the Caribbean, seem to have
impressed Kohli and his talented
We must also understand that the
Board may reject the report in the
same way that they did with the pre-
vious ones simply because they do
not want to give up the financial perks
which they receive for attending meet-
ings anywhere in the Caribbean.
Some may claim that the Caricom
countries can pull the financial carpet
from beneath them, in more ways
than one, but I am certain that we do
not want to have the politicians taking
a leading role in the final decisions.
However, there are ways and means
to deal with this ticklish adjustment,
simply because each Caribbean ter-
ritory may reject the decision, because
they bemoan the loss of opportunities
which can be sought through their
representatives for players, matches
in their countries and positions for
members of the board.
Somebody said that a similar case
occurred in Sri Lanka and their gov-
ernment stepped in to assist.
That is far different to the
Caribbean, where each country has
its strengths or weaknesses and some
may not wish to offer financial support
to make a substantial change a real-
ity.My question is: what will an interim
board do at this point? Will they be
allowed to make decisions on behalf
of West Indies cricket? The consti-
tution does not provide any bye-laws
that invite this move.
The current situation is much worse
than we think and each country will
have to submit to failure in an open-
minded way. This is our only oppor-
tunity to address an improved state
of our cricket.
It is predictable to visualise that
the performance in the board room
of the WICB is as weak as the players
on the field.
Take this to mean complete tran-
sition in all aspects of West indies
cricket. Time will get us back to where
we once held top position.
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Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
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forecast, you should have time to
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to get ready. There are simple
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Know your area's flood risk. If
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Know the location of the main elec-
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them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
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Monitor the radio for weather
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Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
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Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
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ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
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water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
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farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
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Check appliances and motors for
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they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
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stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
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