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Dear WICB: On behalf of
all New Zealand cricket
fans, I would like to
express our deepest apprecia-
tion for your efforts in making
possible our victory over the
West Indies in the recently
concluded Test series.
You would never know how
much our spirits were lifted
when we learnt that you were
going to teach Sunil Narine a
lesson by omitting him for the
Test series because (and this is
too funny) he chose to play in
the high-pressure final of the
Champions League, causing
him to miss two days of the
Not having to play against
Narine, we won the first Test
easily. The West Indies fought
hard to win the second Test
but, without Narine, had great
difficulty taking our last two
wickets. Then we became wor-
ried when we heard that Narine
would be in the squad for the
deciding third game in Barba-
dos. We could not help but
remember that he has been the
biggest thorn in our sides over
the last couple years and that
he took 6 for 91 the last time
he played against us in a Test
But our fears were unfounded
when, once again, dear WICB,
you came to our rescue by not
picking Narine, a player at the
top of his game, for the decid-
ing Test. Instead, you chose
Shane Shillingford, a bowler
struggling with his action and
confidence. This was a blessing
for us as Shillingford had match
figures of 0 for 134 in 31 overs.
This, of course, contributed
greatly to our victory.
Your actions defied all logic
and cricketing sense but who
am I to complain? You handed
us victory on a platter. Thank
A grateful New Zealand fan
Were I a supporter of New
Zealand, I would have been
moved to write the letter above.
What a predicament? A government
in which two ministries appear to
be at loggerheads!
The PM has handed a large part of the
Sports Ministry's portfolio---Life Sport
programme---over to the Ministry of Na-
tional Security presumably because she
perceives that the programme has been
infiltrated by the criminal element and
possibly because of alleged accounting
The Minister of National Security has
promised to clean up the Life Sport pro-
The Minister of Sport, who has been
"dissed" by his political party, the COP,
has nevertheless become an advocate
for the Life Sport programme in Parlia-
ment! He was supported by a large con-
tingent of "black men" (his description of
his supporters) outside Parliament who
are obvious beneficiaries of the lifestyle-
changing and benevolent programme.
While all this was going on Captain
Stephen Affonso, the PRO attached to
the Regiment, has advised that criminals
are posing as soldiers and are armed
with high powered rifles!
Can T&T free itself of these predica-
ments? Will "we living in jail" become the
national mantra, passport or no pass-
The Minister of National Security has declared war on
criminals for the fifth time since assuming office
less than a year ago, the most recent being in response
to the killing of a Defence Force Lance Corporal.
It has been reported in the media that people in po-
lice and army uniforms wearing masks, executed some
sort of reprisal action in the St Paul Street community.
Many residents have expressed fear of what is to
come when the night falls; who will be targeted by
these masked men is anyone's guess.
The police have a duty to protect and serve. They
also make frequent requests for citizens to give infor-
mation on those involved in criminal activity. It would be
fair to conclude that someone living in San Fernando
will not have valuable information on criminal activity in
So if the police service is really serious about gaining
the trust of the law abiding citizens in these hot spots,
the police that work in these areas must earn their
This "collective punishment" will increase the distrust
that already exists and may even turn law abiding citi-
zens against the police service, thereby increasing the
difficulty of gaining valuable field intelligence.
Looking at the start of each game during the current
World Cup being held in Brazil, you see the players
lustfully singing their national anthems. The enigmatic
Brazilian, Neymar, and the Ivory Coast player, Serey Die,
have even burst into tears while their anthem was
Even the fans got into it, singing so loud that the or-
chestra ceases playing to let them complete the an-
them a capella.
For some while now I have noticed that we in T&T
have stopped signing our anthem at functions and
We simply stand at attention. Why has this practice
taken hold in our country?
The words represent something meaningful and
should be sung loudly so that it could resonate in our
hearts and minds.
I sincerely hope that we could rediscover our voices.
A truck transports unsecured water tanks along the south-bound
carriageway of the Solomon Hochoy Highway on Thursday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
THANKS WICB FOR
NEW ZEALAND VICTORY
'Collective punishment' may lead to mistrust A ministry vs ministry predicament
Whatever became of singing the anthem?
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