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Abolish Independence activities
intention of the authorities to add
some "fire" to the Republic Day
Activities by simply transferring the
National Awards Ceremony to Sep-
tember 24, this would be an abject
failure in terms of realism.
Indeed, I have always felt that,
given that T&T did not "fight" for
its Independence, it would be more
fitting and certainly more realistic
to abolish Independence activities
and shift the emphasis decisively to
In this regard, I am aware that
this suggestion would not now find
favour with most Trinidadians given
our disposition, in the mole of Oli-
ver Twist, for more and more holi-
days. However, let me explain.
While countless Trinidadians,
(even including this writer), were
supportive of and, to some extent
in their own way, had participated,
especially in London, in activities of
the Anti-Colonial Movement of the
1950's, T&T, as a country, was not in
the forefront of these activities.
Indeed, one would be aware that
it was not until the advent of Dr
Williams and the PNM in 1956 that
any meaningful "move" towards
Independence for this country was
However, prior to this, countries
of the former British Empire, es-
pecially in West and East Africa as
well as colonies of the former Dutch
Empire of the East Indies, had, as it
were, already "set the tone" for, and
had achieved, their independence.
It was thus that Trinidad and To-
bago, like our British Caribbean sis-
ters, was subsequently able to piggy
back on a situation which saw the
British, in their own British interest,
imposing "limited" Independence.
Of course, this British Interest was
to be eventually "rounded off" with
the skilful formation of the (British)
On the other hand, the foregoing
is but one side of the picture as, to
our indubitable credit, T&T, unlike
our sister states of the former Brit-
ish Caribbean (most of which have
not even at this time done so) was
to take the more meaningful step
towards "genuine" Independence by
transforming itself into "The Re-
public of Trinidad and Tobago" by
figuratively cutting the British mo-
narchical embryological chord.
Herein, in my view, lies the indu-
bitable argument for transferring
the now-heralded Independence
activities to a more meaningful and
forward-looking Republic Day cel-
ERROL O C CUPID,
Body cameras, another nine-day wonder
Not every trained officer, police
or army, can deal effectively with
violent confrontations with civilians.
It is not that some officers are cow-
ards but not everyone is blessed with
nerves of steel. The armed forces
continue to be blamed for shooting
hastily and with deadly accuracy
when a cooler head was all that was
The time has arrived to admit that
there must be elite troops specifically
trained in conflict management---
men/women who can quell a riot
without causing unnecessary deaths
on either side.
It can be alleged that some officers
treat with some members of the pub-
lic based solely on the reputations of
the so-called "hot spots." But rich or
poor, all people are human beings not
wild animals. The crime situation
will not improve without a certain
amount of trust being developed.
It is not a game of children playing
who should surrender first. Quite
frankly, if you are a "Frighten Friday"
why are you in the police or army?
There are far too many complaints
of police brutality and of allegations
of shooting to kill when a shot to arm
or leg would have been sufficient.
Where are the nine-day wonder
police body cameras during the al-
tercation with residents of a hot spot
Painful to pay a traffic ticket
On Monday I had to pay a traffic
ticket at the Magistrates Court on
St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain.
What an eye-opener it was.
The antiquated system being
used is unbelievable. Imagine the
document had to pass through
the hands of three people before it
could be paid, and paid only with
cash. Imagine in 2017 not accept-
ing electronic payments!
Oh, don't talk about the vol-
umes of paper and the filing and
storage of these paper docu-
ments. It reminded me of when I
worked in a bank in San Juan 50
I left with a feeling of hope-
lessness, of being trapped in a 4th
If these are the same people
that administer the justice system
then crapaud smoke we pipe.
In my mind I should have been
able to walk up to the cashier
present my ticket, which is really
an invoice, and have the option to
pay by cash or card.
Are these people for real, don't
they travel and see how modern
It strengthens my, and many
, belief that office holders
are only there for the blue lights
and good times and have no inter-
est in their fellow citizens.
Just my two cents.
Suppose he bowled a 'bad' ball...
I am wondering if Pollard had
bowled a bad ball to Lewis so that he
would make a century, what would
be the comments. I still love the
game (and Pollard and Lewis too.)
It's called strategy
Many cricket fans are criticising
Trident Captain Kieron Pollard
for bowling a no-ball (whether in-
tentional or not) for the last ball of
the Patriot's innings thereby de-
nying Lewis (a fellow Trinidadian)
the opportunity to score his first
century in T20 cricket.
Well, I beg to differ. Simply
because cricket is a very compet-
itive sport although it may not be
as rough and fast-paced as other
sports such as football or rugby.
But, the slow pace of the game
creates an atmosphere of strategy
and critical thinking that allows
the underdogs or losing side to
turn around the run of things and
get on top.
Pollard is a great cricketer and
an even greater captain. Perhaps,
that is why he was chosen to lead
of one of the strongest sides in the
T20 CPL. He is certainly a fierce
competitor and as such has a very
good record at winning games.
So, instead of blaming Pollard for
"not allowing" Lewis the oppor-
tunity to make a century critics
should ask themselves if Lewis
(and his captain was in at the time
with him) was on top of his game
why didn't he try harder to reach
that illusive hundred a few balls
before the last ball when it came
down to one run to win and three
for his century.
How many times in Test cricket
we have seen captains bring up
the field to stop a single when the
batsman was on ninety-nine and
just on the verge of scoring a cen-
tury? It's called strategy and being
on top of the game.
A century is not a gift the oppo-
nent gives to a batsman. One must
earn it and I believe Collin Murray
(cricket commentator) agrees
with me. If cricket was about
giving away runs or matches
then why didn't the Patriots give
Tridents the match so as to make
their chances better at reaching
the playoffs since Patriots had
nothing to lose in this match?
Pollard, hats off to you. Contin-
ue to play the game with the spirit
and high class you are accustomed
Ardent cricket fan
No-ball hurt Pollard
more than Lewis
It's 1989 and England and India,
fierce opponents, are playing a
One-Day International. England
batted first and scored 255 for 7 in
their 50 overs. In the run chase,
India are 255 for 4 at the end of
the 48th over with Chetan Shar-
ma on 97. They need one run to
win. Graham Gooch, England's
captain, chooses to bowl himself,
having already bowled five overs.
He serves up an innocuous deliv-
ery which Sharma obligingly hits
for four, thus reaching his hun-
dred. That was Gooch's way of
showing respect for a bitter rival
who richly deserved a hundred.
What an exemplary display of
Fast forward to CPL2017. Bar-
bados Tridents are playing St
Kitts/Nevis Patriots. Tridents
scored 128 for nine in their 20
overs. Patriots are 128 without
loss at the end of seven overs.
Evin Lewis (Trinidadian) is on
97. Kieron Pollard (Trinidadian),
Tridents' captain, chooses to bowl
himself. In the entire tournament
so far, Pollard had bowled 18 overs
without a single no-ball. Now
the great sportsman that he is,
he oversteps the front crease by
a comfortable margin. As if fear-
ful the umpire may not call the
no-ball, he makes sure it will be a
wide. The umpire duly calls no-
ball and the match is over, with
Pollard denying Lewis the oppor-
tunity of reaching a record-break-
ing century. That was Pollard's
way of showing utter disrespect
for his fellow countryman who
richly deserved a hundred. What
a cowardly display of unsports-
In a previous over, Lewis had hit
Pollard for 22 runs. Perhaps Pol-
lard was afraid of being hit for an-
other boundary. But a brave war-
rior would have tried to bowl his
best ball and dare Lewis to hit him
again. Sadly, Pollard chose the
coward's way out. And to think
that he may have to play alongside
Lewis for Trinidad or West Indies.
I would be curious to know what
he whispered to Lewis on the field
after the match.
Not only did he sully his un-
blemished no-ball record, Pollard
failed to endear himself to true
sportsmen all over the world. All
but one comment on ESPNcricin-
fo's article on the match men-
tioned Pollard and they did not
flatter. Here's a sample: "Shame-
ful display by Pollard"
is what is wrong with cricket"
"Pollard is pea-hearted"
, "I hope
Pollard never ever plays another
game for West Indies or Trinidad
. But the most insightful
was "That no-ball hurt Pollard far
more than it did Lewis"
So, tell me again, what do Pol-
lard and Gooch have in common?
Absolutely nothing, I guess.
Kerri-Ann Mejias with her daughters Kristenique, left, and Kourtney on the first day of the new school term at
the Penal/Quinam Government Primary School on Monday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
KISSES FOR MOM
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