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Join the Joint Trade Union Movement as we say NO to:
• Exploitation of workers
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• Neglect of our Elderly, our Retirees, Differently-Abled, Youth and Children
• Violence against Women
• Decimation of the Agricultural sector
• Crime ( which has reached its worse levels in our country's history)
• Inequality and lack of Transparency and Accountability.
• Corruption and Nepotism
• Mis-management our Patrimony and Wanton Waste of Taxpayers' dollars
COME LABOUR DAY,
the Labour movement will be making a major statement
on what we as a people must do next!!
Get on the Bus: PTSC Buses leaving Port of Spain
Take Acton for a Better Trinidad and Tobago! See you there!!
LABOUR DAY 2013
LABOUR DAY 2013
All Roads lead to Fyzabad on Wednesday June 19th
We Assemble at Avocat Junction, Fyzabad from 8 a.m.
Firstly, the days that my prodigies
arrived on earth were the happiest,
most interesting days that I have
ever had. I was not sure if to shout,
cry or laugh. I certainly celebrated.
So even if you are single mothers,
doing masterful, almost impossible,
jobs as both father and mother, or
if you are really fathers, if only by
biology or idealistically, real male
heroes of your offspring: "Happy
Father s Day!"
Now, people called what happened
at Cardiff "cricket drama." I think it
was plain cricketing stupidity.
West Indies cricketers, mostly
fathers themselves, must be ruing
their lack of timing, lack of game
sense even, in that game versus South
Africa. They easily had the game in
their hands and then just threw it
Knowing that rain was always
going to be a factor, all bits of infor-
mation and appreciation were nec-
How could West Indies not know
par scores, each over, as suggested
by Duckworth-Lewis computations?
It was not difficult to have that
information. Indeed, the par score
was actually highlighted on the score-
board, so please do not tell me about
"drama." This was just plain crap
cricket by West Indies!
When Kieron Pollard was out, try-
ing to bludgeon another boundary
when just a single would have suf-
ficed, to keep his wicket and put
West Indies into semi-finals with
one wicket less, and better net run
rate (NRR) than South Africa, one
had to remember events at Guyana
National Stadium in 2009 versus
Then West Indies coach John
Dyson, thinking that West Indies
were ahead, actually called his batting
players in, allowing them to leave the
field, thinking that WI had won. They
were actually two runs behind.
Dyson suggested that he had read
down the wrong column. Ironically,
at the time, only Shiv Chanderpaul
queried that decision.
I remember suggesting that Dyson
should have been fired on the spot.
If he was an aviator, he would have
killed people every week! One must
always know one s tools used for
But pressure was always on West
Indies on Friday. They goaded, even
boasted, that they would win!
West Indies should not have had
to scramble to get just 231 from 31
overs; 7.5 runs per six-ball over.
Was South Africa s bowling, Dale
Steyn et al, that good? I say a
When at the crease, West Indies
seems to faze into an aura of melan-
choly, that open space between heav-
en and hell known as purgatory,
where self-assuredness seems to fail
them when really needed.
I had previously warned that 50
overs are not Twenty20s (T20).
When West Indies played India, that
aspect was obvious, West Indies
struggling to make that adjustment.
None of West Indies wickets ver-
sus India were the results of great
bowling. India s spinners simply
strangled West Indies much vaunted
and celebrated batting line-up, with
Over 50 overs, the bark of West
Indies seems much louder than its
bite, especially against spin bowling.
Our big T20 hitters have been
unable to come to terms with
patience, manipulation and deter-
mination to go past an energetic 40
or 50 of hitting out, and to try to
stay the full course of the 50-over
The statistics told a strange tale
when West Indies batted against
India, making just 233 in 50 overs,
an innings that put Windies net run-
rate low, forcing that all-or-nothing
game versus South Africa, to qualify
With its on-paper batting might,
Windies should never have been in
this quandary of NRR.
But the signs were already there,
when West Indies played that first
match against Pakistan.
After dismissing Pakistan for a pal-
try 170, thanks to three wickets each
from Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine,
West Indies should have walked the
required 171, at just 3.42 runs per
Pakistan knew that they had to
dismiss West Indies to win, since it
would have been very difficult to be
on the defensive for only 170 runs.
At 6-137, then 7-143, West Indies
were in deep mire.
Chris Gayle s 39 was the innings
highest score, with only two other
scores of 30. Had it not been for
wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin and
tailenders Roach and Narine, West
Indies would have been garroted.
West Indies throttle was fully
retarded when they played India.
None of the batsmen seemed adven-
turous enough, being as tied down
and thrust up as ever.
It was if West Indies actually feared
But what exactly is to be feared
from India, except its batting? Cer-
tainly its bowling holds no terrors.
Gayle, Darren and Dwayne Bravo,
Pollard, Darren Sammy, Marlon
Samuels and Johnson Charles, is as
good a one-day batting line-up as
West Indies could probably presently
muster. Yet, the highest score in the
three preliminary games in Cham-
pions Trophy was Charles 60 against
Sammy s unbeaten 56 against India
was West Indies only other half cen-
tury of the entire tournament.
That is quite poor! Shameful!
West Indies talked much but did
not deliver. I expected them to go to
semi-finals, maybe even win.
Now, the excuses, bilge and rhet-
oric will entail. Meanwhile, India and
Sri Lanka arrive soon. Enjoy!
Windies' bark louder than its bite
COLIN EH CROFT
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