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Labour Day pullout
Congratulations must go to your staff
who produced the excellent pullout of
June 20 and July 6, 1937 as a supplement
with the Labour Day edition of the T&T
It was fascinating reading about the ac-
tual local and global events of those days.
In addition to the Butler riots, my fam-
ily was able to make links with the articles
on: Amelia Earhart and her disappearance
in 1937 to the present day 2013 activities
which seem to have located her plane
wreck underwater; the Hindenberg (which
subsequently crashed and burned in New
Jersey); Adolf Hitler which chronicled
some of his activities leading up to the
start of World War II in September 1939.
This pullout should be required reading
in all schools. The old adage from George
Santayana still holds---those who forget
the past are condemned to repeat it.
Linus F Didier
dangerous dogs' bill
T&T has westernised quite a lot. We
see this in the way we treat our pets, in
particular the dogs.
These animals are not mere pets to us
but are members of the family.
The problem is that in such compla-
cency lies the quick chance of innocent
people getting badly hurt or in some cases
I feel the need to point out that our
committee on this basis lends our full sup-
port to the Attorney General and the Gov-
ernment for this much needed piece of
Some dog owners shroud themselves
under this fake love for their pets but neg-
lect them instead.
What happens is that they have the
flexibility of having a pet at home but they
don't have to feed it or clean up after it as
the dogs remain loose and feed off other
Many cases like these end up with
someone being hurt (in most cases it's a
child) and then the dog, whose owner de-
nies ever owning it, gets put to sleep.
This system is cruel to animals.
In a desperate effort against this terri-
ble fate, I write to show my support for
the dangerous dogs' legislation. It should
send a stern warning to those dog owners
who are reckless and irresponsible.
I do hope that our senators have our in-
terest at heart and show their support as
well. Think about the children.
Imagine this. You are playing a
T20/ODI cricket match. You have two
batsmen at the crease going guns, bat-
ting like two dreams. You have brought
the equation down to 21 runs from 16
balls with six wickets in hand. No way
can you lose from there, unless you are
the West Indies.
You can pick off those runs with
ones and twos, with the odd boundary
in between, without taking any risk
whatsoever. Ninety-nine times out of
100 you should win from that position.
For England in the ICC Champions Tro-
phy final against India, that was the
100th time, the one time you would
Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan were
batting flawlessly but they both con-
trived to throw away their wickets
with shots that were totally unneces-
sary, given the state of the game. Per-
haps they wanted to finish the match
in a hurry or thought that they couldn't
possibly lose from there. Those who
followed didn't help the England cause,
as they kept running around like head-
less chickens. That England lost by five
runs from an impossible-to-lose posi-
tion is now history.
If someone had related this story
without mentioning the team involved,
one would be forgiven for thinking that
it was the West Indies, for we are no-
torious for snatching defeat from the
jaws of victory. We do not have to look
too far back for an example.
In the match against South Africa,
we managed to lose just as we had
manoeuvred into a winning position.
The match lasted one ball too long.
One ball---long enough for Kieron Pol-
lard to gift his wicket when all he had
to do was not get out. He didn't even
have to score.
With his captain Dwayne Bravo at
the other end, one wonders if either of
them was even aware of the match
situation. They should have been since
the Duckworth-Lewis par score was
being displayed for all to see. It seems
that our cricketers (both players and
management) are clueless whenever a
situation requires a little brain power.
Bravo should not even have been
batting. A couple overs before, having
just hit Dale Steyn, the best bowler in
the world, for four, Marlon Samuels
also gifted his wicket the very next ball
through sheer unwarranted arrogance,
proving to the world that brawn we've
got, brain not. Earlier in the innings, he
had also contrived to run out Darren
Bravo just when Bravo was getting
into gear. Seems that's a favourite pas-
time of Samuels. Remember him run-
ning out Brian Lara in the 2007 World
Once again, the West Indies had
managed to break their fans' hearts.
But who would have thought that, just
a few days later, the mighty England
would have imploded in even more
spectacular fashion? Seems that we've
taught our former masters well.
WE HAVE TAUGHT OUR
FORMER MASTERS WELL
Arima Dial ticks
after 40 years
The Arima dial is probably as
prominent a T&T landmark as the
lighthouse in Port-of-Spain, but after
chatting with some Arima seniors
like Holly Betaudier or Louise Horne,
you learn that very few Arimians can
remember the Dial ever telling the
correct time; the Dial is just a meet-
Arima Mayor Ghassan Youseph
set about to fix the Arima Dial when
he assumed office in 2010 with the
sponsorship of Xtra Foods Super-
market. A new imported four-sided
clock was installed in December
2011, but that proved equally tem-
peramental, and after 18 months
Xtra Foods Supermarket's marketing
manager Daniel Austin turned to
TimeKeeper Michael J Williams and
accepted his proposal to restore the
old ORIS clock which had stood
silent for several decades at the cor-
ner of Broadway and Queen streets,
TimeKeeper's references included
the 138-year tower clock at St
Mary's College; the 100-year-old
Holy Trinity Cathedral; the San Fer-
nando City Corporation's turret clock,
restored after 40 years; and the
clocks at Mt St Benedict which came
alive for the Mount's 100th anniver-
The four new acrylic faces of the
historic Arima Dial have been de-
signed and built in T&T; a photocell
will switch on 480 LEDs to illumi-
nate the Dial at night, and after any
power failure the new Dial will auto-
matically reset the correct time.
The TimeKeeper's mission is to
see all public clocks in T&T opera-
tional, both for its citizens and visi-
tors. The dumb clocks at John
Donaldson and Queen's Royal Col-
lege are a shame on T&T.
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