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Flush this demon out

Published: 
Friday, March 16, 2018

It pains to have to continually write about acts of violence against women, especially now with the celebration of International Women’s Day still fresh in the country’s psyche. But Wednesday’s brutal murder of young mother Abigail Jones-Chapman, her daughter Olivia, Olivia’s friend Michaela Mason and landlord Michael Scott, once again brings us to the stark reality that this country has long lost control of crime, and murders in particular, which are now occurring with such frequency that many law-abiding citizens are afraid to leave their homes for fear they may become targets of unscrupulous criminals.

While it is not yet certain what led to the La Brea attack, we have been given daily examples recently of the brazenness of the criminal element.

From the killing of Tricia Emmanuel by a bandit even after he already had her purse in a taxi on Wrightson Road last week, to the daring robbery of a jewelry store in the middle of San Fernando in broad daylight earlier this week, the criminals seem emboldened by a belief there will be no real consequences to their actions.

Cameron’s WI blight

Last week when Cricket West Indies chairman Dave Cameron confidently announced that the West Indies team could look forward to the 2019 World Cup, he probably was not catering to the fact the team was not yet in the actual final of the current ICC qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe.

Perhaps he had reason to feel such confidence, the team having played unbeaten in the preliminary round—albeit not always convincingly so—to qualify for the current Big Six play-offs.

But then came yesterday’s Big 6 humbling opener against Afghanistan, a defeat which once again exposed the team’s fragile batting attack and susceptibility to spin.

Cameron must certainly be eating humble pie now.

However, it is no secret that Cameron has had a strained relationship with some of the players within past teams, many of whom have been blacklisted by him, and some of those in the current unit. And somehow, his “bad vibes” seem to affect the team’s equilibrium no matter where he is. Could Cameron possibly be West Indies’ blight?

Farewell to a trailblazer

This newspaper joins the world in celebrating the life of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. The British scientist was famous for his work with black holes and relativity. He leaves behind his recorded legacy for future generations. Farewell.

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