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FIFA could run our football

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The world body for football, FIFA, could end up intervening to run the football administration in T&T. That is the likely scenario if the current administration does not sort out the running of the sport.

T&T has produced some of the finest footballers in the world, and so we expect that our administration would be world class. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and action is required to correct those things that have gone wrong.

Reports of aborted meetings and intra-rivalry do not bode well. It appears that we are not able to handle our stories and therefore we require foreign help.

IMF to Barbados rescue

An IMF mission that was due initially in Barbados on Tuesday for the regular Article 4 assignment is now expected to sit down with the new Mia Mottley administration to address an even more severe situation than had been anticipated.

Prime Minister Mottley shared with Barbadians the dire circumstances found on assuming office and set the stage for the implementation of stringent measures to fix “the now.”

In a conversation with the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, Mottley laid out the inherited situation and won the support of the institution to help Barbados recover.

An agreement with the IMF will build confidence in the Government’s adjustment programme and generate additional assistance from other international financing institutions such as the Caribbean Development Bank, the Interamerican Development Bank and the World Bank.

The timing of the IMF mission could not have been more prescient since it is in lockstep with the developments of the past few days where Mottley has taken the populace into her confidence as she revealed the sorry state of the country’s affairs. On the campaign trail, the Barbados Labour Party declared again and again that all was not well and challenged the then ruling Democratic Labour Party to prove otherwise.

The DLP response was that they had done their best to keep the country on an even keel and were prepared to do even better if returned to office. But, in the dying days of the administration, the DLP leadership launched a vitriolic and personal attack on Mottley that many voters rejected and resulted in the 30-nil defeat.

Now Mottley’s inheritance is a country exhaling again and showing new courage with the support of the social partnership of the unions and the private sector joining with the Government in a renewed effort to save Barbados from a deeper dive. Mottley, like many before her, will have a honeymoon, a period in which many of the toughest decisions will best be made, well ahead of another poll.

Congrats to Carib Dance

We have produced some first-class dancers who have graced the world’s leading stages. And so, it is a joy to see the growth of Carib Dance under the leadership of Andre Largen as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Little Carib Theatre. Our best to Carib Dance as they prepare to represent T&T at the 51st World Congress of Dance Research in Greece in July.


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