Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 13th 2018 Contents In a daily newspaper of April
11, in a column titled Language
Matters’ by Marlene Davis, the
following very common gram-
matical error is explained:
“I would like is conditional, not
future tense. Will is always a fu-
ture tense word.
“I would like to do something
is conditioned by the listener’s at-
tention and interest.” Yet, in the
Grammar Skills section of the SEA
practice test the example given
states that the correct expanded
form of the contraction “‘won’t”
is “would not.”
The correct answer is “will
not”, a simple future tense being
The SEA exam is a pointless in-
stitution and can be abolished.
Until it is, additional confusion
should not distress children with
this kind of error.
Friday, April 13, 2018
OLD HILARIANS’ ASSOCIATION
AND ST HILARY’S FOUNDATION
NOTICE OF BIENNIAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Biennial General
Meeting of the Old Hilarians’ Association and the
St Hilary’s Foundation will be held at the New Anstey
House, Bishop Anstey High School, Chancery Lane,
Port of Spain on Saturday 28th April, 2018 beginning
at 10:00 a.m. to consider the following matters:
1. Old Hilarians’ Association
i. Audited Financial Statements 2016/2017
ii. Hilarians’ Reports 2016/2017
iii. Review of Bylaws of the Old Hilarians’ Association
iv. Election of Officers 2018 - 2020
2. St Hilary’s Foundation
i. Audited Financial Statements 2016/2017
3. Appointment of an Auditor
All ex-pupils of Bishop Anstey High School (Old Hilarians) are
cordially invited to attend this meeting.
Old Hilarians’ Association
St Hilary’s Foundation
40’ TRAILER AND TRUCK - HIAB
TRUCK - DRIVER
AND BANKSMAN INCLUDED
396-8000 OR 722-9325
It is disconcerting to learn that WASA FC is one
of 14 clubs that finds itself in the “precarious”
position of being provisionally suspended
from football after failing to meet TTFA compli-
ance regulations. Suffice it to say, operations at
WASA FC have been inadequate from a govern-
ance perspective for quite some time.
Since 2012 I have been championing reform at
WASA FC. Reform which sought to have the club
operate within the confines of accountability,
transparency and sustainability.
Reform which included the adoption of a club
constitution and compliance with all TTFA regu-
lations. Suffice it to say, my efforts to implement
these changes were met with vociferous resist-
The current predicament of WASA FC, it ap-
pears, is the direct result of the machinations of
a small group of persons bent on advancing their
own personal agendas at the expense of WASA
FC and, by extension, at the expense of football
in Trinidad and Tobago.
By refusing to adopt a constitution and by re-
sisting changes to the governance structure of
the club these individuals in essence conspired
to ignore and violate FIFA, TTFA and TTSL rules.
Unfortunately this type of behaviour in foot-
ball is all too familiar and is too often the rule
and not the exception in this beautiful country.
I must add, that over the past six years I also
penned several letters outlining my concern to
three CEOs, a Corporate Secretary and Chief
Council, a Minister of Public Utilities and a Chair-
man of the Board.
On every occasion my efforts were to no avail
as my petitions fell on deaf ears. Alas, now the
club stands at the brink. However, all is not lost
as I believe there is still great value in WASA FC.
The club plays a significant role in the lives of
at-risk young men who need an impetus to stay
on the straight and narrow.
WASA FC provides a platform for young men
to better their football skills and compete at the
highest level of football in this country.
WASA FC has also given countless opportuni-
ties to young enterprising men to earn a living
and build a career.
It is my hope that CEOs, Corporate Secretaries
and Chief Councils, Ministers and Chairmen can
see enough value in WASA FC to intervene now
to save the club from extinction.
COREY M SELVON
MARACAS ST JOSEPH
WASA FC heading
for red card
PERUVIAN WELCOME: A man dressed in Andean
Indigenous garb stands in front of the venue where visiting
dignitaries will attend the Americas Summit in Lima, Peru,
yesterday. The summit starts today. AP PICTURE
What biased and overtly foolish commen-
tary by the possibly English commenta-
tor in support of the English athlete!
The DREAM was going to pass the English ath-
lete and the English athlete was drifting to the very
edge of his lane, his swinging arm clashing with
The DREAM, who was in the centre of his lane.
And despite the clash, the momentum took The
DREAM over the line.
And after the disqualification it was only then
the possibly English commentator suddenly saw
the interference by the English Athlete.
Remember the 1984 LA Olympics when the
American commentator had to apologise for
the overtly, over-biased commentary over Mary
against The DREAM
Errors in SEA
The crisis over Syria has now
taken a very dangerous turn
for the worse, as there is
now a real possibility that the long
drawn-out civil war there may trig-
ger a military clash between Russia
and the West, lead by the United
States. The Americans and her
allies, most notably France, are
promising a very strong response,
most likely a military one, to the
alleged gas attack in Syria. Russia
has warned that if any western
military response is not directed
against “terrorists” (that is, Rus-
sian enemies), America and her
allies will face “the gravest of con-
A military response from the
West seems very likely. The Amer-
ican president has warned the
Russians that it should get ready
for “very smart, new and fast”
The Russians have hit back,
warning that any strike on Syrian
government (or worse Russian) tar-
gets will be a met with a military
retaliation—most likely by the Rus-
sians shooting down the western
missiles or even worse, as the Rus-
sian ambassador to Lebanon has
warned, shooting down American
planes and sinking her ships in the
Convinced that a western strike
is coming within the next few days,
the Syrians have also begun taking
steps to protect its military assets
as much as possible.
According to Syrian state media,
the government there has ordered
the evacuation of much of its air-
bases and other military installa-
tions—probably at the behest of
Moscow. What makes this particu-
lar incident so acute is that there
are war-hawks clamouring for a
military confrontation on both
sides. The American president
seems to have already made up his
mind that a chemical attack did
take place and as such, a military
response is warranted.
Also, his recent appointment of
his new National Security Adviser,
a well-known war-advocate, seems
to have sealed the decision that a
Western strike is coming.
On the Russian side, several
leading government officials has
warned that if the Russians don’t
respond militarily, that will give
the West a license to strike Syria
again. The head of the Russian mil-
itary has warned, for weeks now
in fact, that Russian forces in the
Pacific have been sharpening their
abilities to shoot down missiles in
flight and that Russia does in fact
have the means to do just that.
Also, one gets the feeling that
that warning about sinking Ameri-
can ships in the area from the Rus-
sian ambassador to Lebanon could
in fact be a veiled threat from the
In addition, Moscow’s recent
testing of the world’s most pow-
erful long-range missile a few days
ago, the “Satan 2”, may have been
There is also some evidence that
the West is not taking Russian or
Syrian air defence systems lightly
any more. That recent Israeli at-
tack on Syria just a few days ago is
In the past, Israel has sent its
American-made jets into Syrian air
space to bomb Syria. During the
last attack, Israel didn’t fly those
jets into Syrian airspace, but fired
those missiles from outside.
No doubt, the Israelis are still
smarting from the fact that the Syr-
ian air-defence systems managed
to shoot down an Israeli (Amer-
ican-made) jet the last time they
flew over Syria.
Relations between Russia and
the West have been at their worst
in decades. Some analysts are even
saying that they are now worse
than they were during the cold war
and others have said that the world
is now experiencing “Cold War 2”.
However, during the “first cold
war”, a hot war between Rus-
sia and the West was avoided, as
both sides realised that such a war
would mean the end of the world.
Let’s hope that this very danger-
ous crisis over Syria, which is now
at the very edge of the precipice,
will cause common sense to pre-
vail and not lead to a hot war.
We would all die!
Michael A Dingwall
World on the edge over Syria
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