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Men wearing women's
shoes take off running
down the asphalt path
at the Queen's Park
Spain, near TGI Friday's
on Friday night, in a
promotion by the T&T
Cancer Society and
sponsors to raise funds
for fighting cancer.
MEN IN HEELS
The West Indies selectors continue to
baffle and amaze me. What, exactly, do
they have against Denesh Ramdin that he
is the only one dropped from the tri-nation
series ODI squad for the Pakistan series?
When Johnson Charles was asked to
keep wicket against Sri Lanka, he dropped
catches and let through at least 20 runs he
should have stopped, highlighting the im-
portance of playing a specialist keeper.
Ramdin's keeping is up to scratch and he
knows best how to keep to Sunil Narine,
our leading bowler. Sure, he did not make
as many runs as we would have liked but
so did nearly all the players who were
picked as batsmen. Specialist batsman
Devon Smith made zero, zero in his two in-
nings, while Ramdin made four and nine,
yet the specialist keeper is dropped for his
batting while Smith is retained.
Specialist batsman Kieron Pollard made
zero, four, zero, zero in his four innings. Not
only is he retained but might be the cap-
tain if Dwayne Bravo can't play. Even his
fielding and commitment are not of the
standard he displays for the Mumbai Indi-
ans in the IPL.
Everybody's favourite cricketer Chris
Gayle has made one significant score (109
against Sri Lanka) in his last ten ODI in-
nings for the West Indies. Yet, the thought
of dropping him does not occur to anyone.
Lendl Simmons has to fail only once and he
is dropped. Marlon Samuels made 15 not
out, one, six, zero in the recent series. Only
Charles and Darren Bravo showed any kind
Our best batsman in the tri-nation se-
ries was fast bowler Kemar Roach with an
average of 56. So tell me again, selectors,
why was keeper Ramdin the only one
dropped for failing to make runs?
Another question: selectors, why,
amidst all this dismal batting, no place can
be found for our best and most consistent
batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul? I can-
not think of anyone who is more capable
of batting through 50 overs than Chander-
If I had any say, he would be my first
pick as a batsman. He can occupy the
crease and score quickly, when necessary.
I'm pretty sure most West Indian fans will
feel a sense of comfort with Chanderpaul
in the side. Clearly, the selectors think oth-
erwise. It seems they would prefer him
making the headlines for his county Der-
byshire, rather than the West Indies. A re-
cent headline in The Independent blared
Shivnarine Chanderpaul's class act earns
I also cannot fathom the logic of ap-
pointing Dwayne Bravo and, in his absence,
Kieron Pollard, to captain the West Indies.
Now I really like their enthusiasm on the
field but neither would be certain picks on
my ODI team. Bravo is an expensive
bowler and a very inconsistent batsman.
So why is he captain?
We keep picking Pollard hoping for that
one lucky day when his slugging would
come off---it hasn't in recent memory.
Most times, I feel badly for him, poking and
scratching around at the crease when he is
facing good spin and seam bowling.
Neither Bravo nor Pollard is considered
good enough to be captain of the T&T
team, yet the WI selectors let them cap-
tain the West Indies, even in the presence
of Darren Sammy (the substantive cap-
tain), Chris Gayle (former captain) and
Ramdin (the T&T captain). What's the
thinking, especially in the case of Pollard?
It is normal in cricket to retain a winning
side and keep players who have performed
well. The WI selectors have set a new
guideline by retaining a losing side and
sticking with proven failures.
West Indies selectors
Recent developments in the education
sector are a cause for concern.
Parents are registering their children at
the secondary schools that the kids have
been assigned to based on the results of
the SEA examination. The Minister of Edu-
cation is advising parents not to pay any
fees to the principals of the schools.
It is clearly illegal for principals to re-
quest fees or charges from parents, not
even as a contribution in respect of activi-
ties normally undertaken as part of the
curriculum of the school. The minister has
said that guilty principals would face disci-
The T&T Unified Teachers Association
(TTUTA) is now advising principals to ig-
nore the warning of the Minister of Educa-
tion. TTUTA is saying that proper funding
is integral to the running of the school and
that schools are not properly funded. Is
TTUTA asking principals to break the law?
Looking on at all of this is the Teaching
Service Commission (TSC). The TSC is one
of those "independent" bodies set up
under the constitution to hire, promote,
transfer, discipline and fire officers in the
The minister is the Head of the Ministry
of Education (MoE) and will be blamed for
any shortcomings of the MoE. He is once
again seeking to have principals follow the
law and this is not the first time that a
Minister of Education has asked principals
not to impose any charges on parents, but
the practice still continues.
If the TSC is not willing to take action
against offending principals, which they
are required to do under the Constitution,
then the minister is caught between a rock
and a really hard place. The TSC must act
in defence of parents or parents may seek
redress through litigation. Many parents
understandably forego this right because
they fear that their children may be vic-
timised in school.
If the TSC is unwilling to take action in
this or other similar matters which affect
the business of education, we as responsi-
ble people must say something. This may
be a good case for constitutional reform
because we are making the Minister of Ed-
ucation the head of the MoE, but we are
not giving him the tools to get the job
Can a situation like this rear its head at
one of our better run private institutions?
Are we as countrymen willing to allow
TTUTA to advise principals to break the
I await with bated breath, the response
of the National Parent Teachers Associa-
tion on this matter.
TTUTA ill-advising principals
I was always wondering what was the raison d'être for
the group, Fixin' T&T. After pondering on this, I concluded
that it was an NGO set up to monitor the actions of the
present government. While that in itself is not a problem,
their modus operandi in going about this seems to be ex-
tremely wanting. They seem to just target certain persons
in the Government instead of actually trying to fix our
country. At first they seemed to be an unbiased group, but
now they are showing their true colours.
Why would they downplay the whole issue associated
with Dr Rowley and Mr Gordon and pursue only part of the
E-mailgate matter with respect to the Prime Minister, the
Attorney General, Dr Suruj Rambachan and Gary Griffith?
Their actions in this matter confirm in my mind what
their true agenda really is.
I was really fooled into thinking that they were a group
that could make a difference in our land but all they seem
to do is to continue to destabilise the nation. Since when is
destabilisation a method of fixing anything?
Fixin' T&T showing
The editor, allow me to vent my feelings and kill two
birds with one stone if I may.
The topics might seem to be same old, as I have com-
plained about them before, but nothing seems to be hap-
pening concerning the inspection of vehicles, as there are
still many that visibly should not be on the road and are
Makes you wonder how they get insured, or are they at
all? What is so difficult in enforcing this law via the inspec-
tion sticker and vigilance? Why must law-abiding citizens
do what is required and get inspected, and look on as law-
breakers continue to get away with disregarding it?
Thousands of cars are coming on the already over-
crowded roads every year and none being taken off be-
cause the law is not enforced. Even the mayor, Mr Louis
Lee Sing, made mention of this during his address during
the 99th celebrations of the City of Port-of-Spain recently.
My next bugbear is the use by learners, of certain major
roads in Woodbrook during peak hours, that cause undue
problems. Granted the instructors have to make a living
and you have to practice, but do it legally.
As I recall, there was a stipulation in the driving instruc-
tors' requirements about learners not using certain roads
during peak hours. Is it that we have become so "modern"
that the stipulation has been removed or is it that the of-
fence is too trivial to waste manpower on, compared to
the more serious crimes that have taken over our country?
I must repeat that it is the 'nature' of man, when given
an inch, to eventually take a yard. Pick sense out of that.
The rules of the road
must be enforced
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