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By The Petroleum Regulations (Onshore Competitive Bidding) Order 2013 the Minister of
Energy and Energy Affairs invited the public to bid for Exploration and Production (Public
Petroleum Rights) Licences to carry out exploration and production operations in three blocks
located onshore Trinidad and Tobago namely the Rio Claro, Ortoire and St. Mary's Blocks.
This Order, as amended by The Petroleum Regulations (Onshore Competitive Bidding)
(Amendment) Order, 2013, provided for the announcement of successful bids to be made on
or before 31st December, 2013.
Please be advised that the date for the announcement of successful bids has been amended
by The Petroleum Regulations (Onshore Competitive Bidding) (Amendment) Order, 2014,
Legal Notice No. 37 of 2014, to allow the announcement to take place on or before 31st
COLIN EH CROFT
Having not been to T&T for some consid-
erable time, I suffered real culture shock for
one of the few times that that has happened
in my life, after arriving to participate as a
media practitioner in the ongoing Nagico West
Indies Cricket Board Super50 tournament.
Firstly, it seemed that no-one at all knew
that the cricket was on. Not even my favourite
people at Piarco International Airport, taxi-dri-
vers, knew that there would be quite serious
regional cricket being played at Queen s Park
Oval in Port-of-Spain from last Thursday to
It is relatively close to Carnival, so one could
understand the respective media houses doing
the normal thing, neglecting cricket for bac-
chanal, Carnival being the most substantial part
of culture in T&T. Hence, reserves, man-power
and resources are spent on that celebration than
But I could not understand the massive traffic
gridlock on the main roads of Trinidad, from
the airport to my place of abode near Valsayn,
and then a similar distance from there to the
Oval, for the cricket itself. That drive to the
Oval was easily the most hazardous I have ever
In another life, I had driven a bus for Walt
Disney World. To get to work in Central Florida, a
journey of 28 miles, as the crow flies, I had to pass
through Orlando, which in December 2012, took me
But, nowhere in my lifetime have I seen traffic
so chaotic and continuous as my drive to the Oval
on Thursday. From start to finish, the distance from
home to cricket ground must have been no more
than 15 miles, yet it took me almost three hours,
aided and abetted by thick smog from burning debris.
Everywhere, in every direction, one could see
extremely long snaking lines of traffic. There was
nowhere to turn to, nowhere to hide. And this was
not even rush hour, but mid-morning traffic.
One wonders how anything gets done anywhere
in T&T, since from very practical recent experiences,
it takes ages to get from any one point to another.
And the culture of the country is such that most
people operate from offices. Hence maximum indi-
vidual vehicular use being so horrendous.
In this day and age, when smart phones are so
good that they could launch satellites, and computers
can hold entire countries budgets, why is it always
necessary, in our third world, to go to an office to
operate properly? Why not stay at home, tele-com-
mute, and at your own leisure, probably get more
But, the drive and hassle to get to the Oval was
really worth it for that first game in the West Indies
season; Jamaica versus Windward Islands, the defend-
ing 50-over champions. What a game we had!
By the end of game one of the tournament, 550
runs had been scored in 100 overs, for the loss of
only 13 wickets and in the end, Jamaica just eclipsing
Windwards by 14 runs.
That does not tell the entire story at all.
Batting first, Jamaica were wobbling badly at 32--3,
courtesy of the strongly built Dominican Mervin
Mathew, whose tough out-swingers and off-cutters
had Jamaica in a confused tizzy.
Then the "old man" of Jamaica, Tamar Lambert,
perhaps a bit heavier, former captain extraordinaire,
who had led Jamaica to several consecutive four-
day tournament triumphs, came to the crease.
With a surprisingly inexperienced "young pup",
Andre Mc Carthy, playing in only his eight List A
match, Lambert pulled Jamaica from the abyss with
a typical, dogmatic example of intelligent cricket.
The pair put on 179 for that fourth wicket stand,
both falling when in sight of a century each, Lambert
for a thoughtfully constructed 88 and Mc Carthy
for an enterprising 93. But Jamaica was not done
Andre Russell and Carlton Baugh, both former
West Indies players, clouted the tiring Windwards
for a quick-fire 50-run partnership in only 3.4 overs,
to take Jamaica to an impressive, if not impregnable,
Windwards started briskly, Devon Smith and John-
son Charles, former and sometimes present West
Indies players, beating Jamaica s fast but sometimes
wild opening spells for 62 in only 11 overs, a good
But the best innings of the match was still to
come, that from another relatively new name, Keddy
Lesporis of St Lucia. Playing with a maturity that
belied his only 12 "List A" matches, he and Smith,
for a time, looked like they could marshal Windwards
for an unlikely win, until Smith went for a relatively
Lesporis then commandeered the bowling with
authority, losing partners along the way, as he batted
and battled, to his very first "List A" century, 100
not out, as Windward Islands managed a respectable
Lambert was named "man of the match" for his
indomitable contribution with bat and ball; he also
got two wickets but that innings of Lesporis was
sheer class, even worth the effort of dancing with
the dangers of T&T s traffic. What a start to the
competition, if only the traffic was more manageable!
Splendid start to Super50 despite culture shock
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