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Who will want to
pay to see Windies?
As expected, the West Indies Test
cricket team has been easily humiliated by
England in the first Test match of the se-
ries---within three days. Another sad day
for West Indians.
Although progress seems to have
been made towards ending the long out-
standing impasse between the Cricket
West Indies (formerly WICBC) and the
players, there are several lessons still to
1) Selection committee
According to CWI website, the current
selectors are Courtney Browne, Eldine
Baptiste, Travis Dowlin and Lockhart
Combined, these four selectors have
played a total of only 36 Tests matches---
being 20, 10, 6, and 0 respectively! Yes,
that is correct. Not only do the selectors
have little experience playing Test cricket,
but one never even played a Test match.
Yet he gets to choose who will.
This begs the question, why has CWI
not appointed selectors with better track
Darren Sammy was appointed Test
captain at age 26, after playing only eight
Tests matches. Jason Holder was ap-
pointed Test captain at age 23, after also
playing only eight Tests matches. Both
were seen, some say, as being chosen
because they could be easily controlled by
the WICBC. Yet, neither could have been
certain of making the final eleven based
on pure merit. (I respect Sammy bigtime,
for his stand in the end).
They are both allrounders, required to
bat, bowl and captain, with such limited
experience. As expected, Sammy never
developed to his true potential. Holder is
following in the same manner.
Wouldn't it be better to select the
squad first and then appoint a capable
leader from the squad?
3) Specialist batsmen selected
The First Class batting averages of
Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope and Jermaine
Blackwood are 33.76, 31.38, and 32.61
Their first-class games would have
mainly been played within the Caribbean,
in docile conditions, on spinner-friends
pitches. These players now have to play in
English conditions, against (high) quality
bowlers. What did the selectors expect
While the "out of favour" players like
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo and
Chris Gayle, (whose Test averages are
51.37, 40.00, and 42.18), were not even
considered to play.
Selectors consider Chanderpaul too old
at 43, yet he currently averages 67 playing
for Lancashire, in English domestic com-
petition. The West Indies side that played
has an average age of 26. Not really that
young either, but with little experience.
Wouldn't it have been better to choose
these experienced guys to nurture the
young ones and add a bid of quality to
the batting line-up? Instead, the selec-
tors preferred to humiliate these young
guys. Blackwood though, did have a good
If we continue on this path, exactly
which Test playing nation will want West
Indies to play them? The only reason is to
better their players individual stats and
set records. The money will dry up. Both
First Class matches and Test Matches
in the Caribbean are played with empty
stands, with neither TV nor radio com-
mentary. If we don't want to follow West
Indies anymore, who then will pay to see
West Indies administrators, please do
the right thing or get out of the way.
Curepe Interchange won't bring relief
The government of T&T under the
management of the two major political
parties has spent over one billion dollars
on overpasses, road expansion and adjust-
ments to the Churchill Roosevelt highway
without any major improvement to the
traffic situation. Once again, another ma-
jor project, the Curepe overpass, is sched-
uled to start and the wastage of taxpayer
The reality is that the Churchill
Roosevelt Highway is a roadway with
businesses, playground, malls, factories
and residences on both sides of the road.
There are over ten major intersections
along this roadway and many small
streets entering or exiting the highway.
That sector of our nation's highway grid
can never be a major highway regardless
of how much money is spent on improve-
ment and overpasses.
No amount of money spend on that
highway will ever bring the much-needed
relief from traffic congestion that is expe-
rienced daily by commuters along the east
The sensible solution to the east-west
traffic congestion is a new highway just
south of the existing CHR highway. There
is an expanse of almost virgin land that
stretches from the Caroni swamp in the
west to Matura bay on the east coast.
That area should be the location of a new
Such a project will minimise the in-
convenience associated with building
overpasses in built-up areas, reduce the
cost of land acquisition and provide fast
and efficient access to all that traverse the
east-west corridor. Additionally, the bus
route that is used by the privileged few,
needs to be reverted to a light rail system
that will allow for passengers to travel
along the corridor without the congestion
that has now made the bus route another
one of our severely congested roadways.
There is no alternative to common
sense and proper planning. In the mean-
time, one continues to be bemused
and bewildered as our limited foreign
exchange and taxpayer dollars are squan-
dered on projects that make little sense.
God Bless Our Nation.
Toco highway will be a
burden on taxpayers
I read in one of the local newspapers
about a plan to build a highway to Toco.
Normally highways are built by developed
and developing nations to travel from city
to city. The maintenance of such highways
cost an arm and a leg. Highways are not
built to villages such as Toco. We have
adequate roads to Toco.
The problem is, however, such roads like
many others on this island, are not prop-
erly maintained. Whoever thought up this
potential project may want to think again.
We don't need infrastructures that will be
a burden on the taxpayers especially when
we are now running out of gas and oil on
which our economy depends.
Keep an eye out for conjunctivitis
There is never a dull moment in T&T. If
it ain't one thing it's another.
Recently there has been an upsurge in
the number of cases of ''Red Eye''. Red eye
is conjunctivitis, a condition that causes
inflammation and redness of the mem-
branes inside the eyes. A virus or bacterial
infection causes Red Eye.
The symptoms include but are not lim-
ited to eye redness, swollen, red eyelids,
itchy, burning eyes, lots of tearing.
Red Eye is contagious. It is transmitted
by contact with an infected person or
objects that are shared with an infected
person. Coughing and sneezing are other
methods of transmitting.
Persons infected with red eye need
to stay away from school or work until a
clean bill of health is given by a medical
doctor. Opinions of managers, supervisors
and co-workers are not valid.
Red Eye Prevention Tips
• Wash hands frequently and thoroughly
with medicated soap if you have red eye.
• Do not touch the eye area.
• Wash hands before and after applying
medications to the eyes.
• Do not share towels.
• Change linens and towels daily.
• Disinfect countertops and door knobs.
• Throw away tissues after each use.
• Throw away any make up used on the
eye area while infected.
• Seek professional medical assistance as
soon as any given symptoms are experi-
enced. No ''Bush Doctor.''
Mister Minister of Health, people are re-
turning to work (who still have a job) after
vacation, schools are about to reopen and
we have many foreign visitors, both legal
and illegal. We can ill-afford an epidemic at
this present time.
When it comes to red eye, let us not be
blind to the facts.
Citizens for Conservation
House pose near their
Balata sapling after this
weekend's tree planting
exercise around the
Queen's Park Savannah,
Port-of-Spain. In photo
from left is Gerard
Samaroo, Jenny lee, Fela
Clarke, Patricia Loquan and
CITIZENS FOR CONSERVATION
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