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Title: Tapia
Physical Description: no. : illus. ; 43 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tapia House Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Tunapuna
Publication Date: Sunday, February 06, 1977
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Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Sept. 28, 1969-
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Study of Man,
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NATIONAL Executive
members of the Tapia
House Movement will now
be required to pay 5% of
their salaries to the party
This decision was taken
at last Monday's Executive
meeting following a pro-
posal first made on January
24 by Treasurer Ivan
Present at 'the meeting
were Junior Wiltshire
Lloyd Best, Allan Harris,.
Lloyd Taylor, Beau Tewarie,




Arthur Atweil, Dennis
Pantin. Billy Montague,
Hamlet Joseph. Dalton
O'Neil, Robert Maxwell,
and Michael Harris.
A meeting of party
leaders has been called for
Saturday February 12 at 4
p.m. All candidates in the
1976 elections and all
members of the original
1975/76 National Execu-
tive have been invited to
assemble at the party's
Port-of-Spain Centre.



PAINSTAKING vegetable farm- In today's Edition of Tapia, we
ing is now the hallmark of salute the Municipal Area of
Aranguez in San Juan. This San Juan-Barataria See pages
farmer bears eloquent witness. 5-8.

Sweet Too Bed
". the Attorney General takes no political directives
from anyone when it comes to the exercise of his legal
function... .
Mr. Selwyn Richardson
Which in your opinion are the most,urgent areas calling
for changes in the existing laws?
Sunday Guardian question
In his Budget Speech the Prime Minister referred to
Company Law .... I will do everything to achieve what
the Prime Minister promised in the Budget Speech abouf
'the proposed Hall of Justice."
Attorney General's answer
". .. We in this country have a head of Government who
understands the role of the Attorney General better than
anyone else."
Mr. Selwyn Richardson

of the


of the land'

Plutarci has recounted
the efforts of Mark
Anthony to impress the
Queen of the Nile by
despatching, a diver to
place her hooks in the
,mouth of a giant fish.
Leonardo da Vinci!
tried to build a diver's
Trinidad '& Tobago
once promised to be the
Athens of the Caribbean,
a free new world in the
Ocean Sea.
To judge by the activi-
ties under water, Cuba
is seeking manos-manos
to match that-glorious
Now See Page 10.

31A Erthig Road
For a
Wide Range Of
Books, Stationery;
Art Material.

four roads 112, henry st. 4?, eastern mn. rd. cross crossing


Vol. 7 NO. b


Local Gov't

I Pres

Debate Must Be Opened

__ |Text of Release by Allan Harris I

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AS far back as 1971 we in
Tapia, in the proposals for
Constitution Reform we
made following the 1970
February Revolution,
raised the need, in the con-
. text of Local Government,
for a "specially powerful
authority" in Tobago.
In our submissions to
the Wooding Commissions,
we formalized this point
of view in a proposal for
granting Tobago "a high
degree of autonomy" by
S"entrusting to a Tobago
Council responsibility for
a number of matters which
would in Trinidad fall
under the central govern-
ment or centrally control-
led statutory bodies".
S Today,- we are more
. than ever convinced that a
. democratic Trinidad and
'Tobago cannot afford to
deny Home Rule to Tobago.

SContinued on Page 11

CONSIDERATION of the Tobago issue naturally turns
our attention to the question of Local Government which
has been in the news recently. There have been three
recent developments worthy of note. First, there is the
apparent commitment on the part of the government to
hold local government elections by May 1, 1977. It is
this commitment which has been given as the reason for
deferring local government reform. Second are the pro-
posals for reform which have come from the Elections
and Boundaries Commission and which call for the
creation of two new municipalities, for the splitting into
two of St. George County and for new boundaries for
Port-of-Spain and San Fernandos Those proposals have
been referred to a Joint Select Committee of both
Houses of Parliament. Third, there is the appointment
by the Cabinet of a committee of civil servants to con-
sider the granting of wider powers to local government
These moves come at a time when local government
has never been more moribund. The question is, of
course, whether they have the potential to breathe life
into local government again? We in Tapia are not optim-
istic. We do not see anything in these recent moves
which suggests that the ruling party is prepared to release
the bureaucratic stranglehold which it exercises over
local government and which has brought that level of
government to its present low ebb.
The. evidence of the collapse of meaningful local
government is, abundant. The inexcusably long post-
ponement of the elections is prime evidence. So is the
revolt' in Tobago, and the costa n t eruption of places like-
:Mateiot and Cedros. A notable, and notorious, instance'
was the case of road repairs in the Barataria, district of
County St. George. And even this week, we have evi
dence of the impotence of the P.O.S. City Council in
the case with the Gonzales Hill squatters. We might wish
to recall that the City Council once built houses as

A Wide Assortment Of

BluIs, Corduroy Suits,

Numbered Socks &

Imported Caps







It a must





opposed to demolishing them.
The present condition of local government is the
result of the hostility of the present government to its
development, which has seen the whittling away of its
power by "official" bureaucratic methods and by the
informal methods of "party programme and party dis-.
cipline". What has been nurtured in its stead are direct
links, formal and informal, between the Prime Minister's
establishment at the centre and the Village Councils at
the periphery. As far back as. 1959, Dr. Williams expres-
sed that hostility in the following words ". .. all
trends in Trinidad . are for the maintenance in the
hands of the Central Government of services which are
too small . to be diffused among a number of little
local government bodies all calling for grants from the
Central Government". Of course the almost complete
breakdown of the services provided by the Central Gov-
ernment has now proved Dr. Williams wrong, and that is
why the government is now talking about decentralisa-
tion. The question is whether the ruling party stands in
a position to cope with the liberalization of politics
which a genuine reform of local government would
The prospect is not encouraging. One of the reper-
cussions of the absence of local government has been the
practice of organizing endless protest demonstrations to
Whitehall from almost every corner of the country. Dr.
Williams is on record as deprecating this practice. The
question is what choice.do people have? As long as the
ruling:party is afraid of the challenge of strong local
government, the forlorn'trek to Whitehall will continue.
We are a long: way. from November. 1956, when the
SPNM could'put in its Manifesto for the local government
elections the statement that 'the economic advantages
of a single centralised government is outweighed by the
political-advantage of a decentralised system of gpvern-
ment which provides for the participation of more
people in the management of their country's affairs."
Tapia believes that on the question of the reform
of Local' Government the country has a fresh opport-
unity to come to terms with the glaring need for ade-
quate avenues for widespread public participation in the
process of government, a need that is even more pressing..
now, with the growth in population aild in expectations,
than in-1956 when the present ruling party identified
it as a requirement of a democratic society.
It is a matter of history that the exercise in Con-
stitution Reform failed to answer'this challenge, cul-
minating as it did in a Republican Constitution which in
some ways is a throwback to the days of Crown Colony
Provided that the ruling party, and the other
parties in Parliament, are willing in the national interest
to rise above their own narrow partisan concerns, there
is now an excellent chance to redeem that failure, at least
in part. The question of the reform of local government
must be thrown open to national debate. The govern-
ment must abandon its present bureaucratic approach.
The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Panday, has criticized
the restricted nature of the composition of the Cabinet-
appointed Committee, and has called for representation
for the Opposition.
Given the obvious limitations of Parliament as at
present constituted to provide effective representation
for the entire country, Tapia should'like to add that the
matter should be thrown out to a much wider forum;
which would involve not only political parties, but also
the multiplicity of community organizations steel-
bands, sports clubs, PTA's, small businessmen, profes-
sionals, etc. whose welfare is bound up with local
government, and in such conditions as to allow for the
free and unfettered expression of opinion.
It would be disastrous if by failing to move in this
direction the Government once more denied -to the
people of Trinidad and Tobago. the opportunity to
shape and work institutions appropriate to our status as
an independent people. "



BEST I see you on your
own scene; well that cool
with me. But what I can't
figure out is what you mean
by Tapia "making"? I
mean I don't follow what
scene you on; as far as I
am concerned, Tapia is a
religious movement, a
Ghandian thing, a pressure-
group, or something so,
you know what I mean. If
it make it make, if it en'
make it en' make; the point
is everybody have to copy
what you say. And that is
the scene I on; that is why
I was one of them few
15,000 voters.
I laughed. Was a real
Tapia man talking, win,
lose or draw. You meet
the kind all over the place
and in the most improb-
able places too, high and
Sometimes they ask you for
a back number of the paper
and move on; sometimes they
refuse the current number,
'hand you a hundred dollars
and say hold that.
"I read it already man; don't
give up. The next time is yours,

Still On My Own Scene

the game have to swing or else
this country finish for good.
Always we come back to
this question as to why Tapia
in politics, or if Tapia in
politics, or if the Movement is
Fabian, Owenite, Ghandian or
Always my answer is the
same. We do not have the
choice, not if we're doing valid
work. You cannot opt to start
a party or to enter politics, or
to found a Movement.
You can only do what you
are called upon to do and if it
assembles people on a perma-
nent basis, then it is politics
you in, whether in office or
not, whether Government, Par-
liamentary Opposition or extra-
Parliamentary opposition.
Tapia people did not decide
to form a party; we grew into
-a voice for all those people
who at one point or another
-were fired by the New World
idea; and who felt that it had
to be pursued by the means of

Says Lloyd Best

permanent politics, speaking
for those Trinidadians and
Tobagonians who refuse to be
seen merely as part of a mind-
less crowd.
That is why Tapia cannot
decide to form a Trades Union;
or to join up with some fellows
who are haranguing a crowd.
Why you never take over
WIGUT? I am always asked the
question. Why you let those
new fellas take over the Univer-
sity Union? You don't think
you should and could have
organised the teachers on a
much more valid basis than
Well maybe we could and
we should have done. The
question always is on what
basis? I don't think that you
could lastingly and effectively
organise anybody except on
the basis of some particular
view of the world that you

To organise University
people, you must have some
view of the part which the
University person should
properly play in the particular
world of Trinidad and Tobago.
In that sense, the New World
Movement was a kind of
Union out of which Tapia
has grown today.
A Trades Unionist who is
caught up in public affairs is
valid when he or she lends the
Movement the virtues of a
Trades Union life..
Our connection with this
past must be in the way we
draw on the gifts that we got;
in the way we employ our
minds, our discrimination, our
expertise to fashion solutions
to the problems of living.
Posterity will tell whether
that is what we are doing. But
at least we can say that our
paper and our platform and
our programme do not' high-
light bacchanal or sensation.
Our particular responsibility
is to turn the attention of Trini-
dad and Tobago to the real
choices, hard as that is to do.
We must insist that there is
no magic; that no serious
Movement can come on stage

in a few brief mornings and
sweep all our cares away.
That is the professional
politics we must continue to
espouse whether it "makes"
or not, whether or not people
say boy you do not understand
Trinidad and Tobago, they not
going to take on anything that
too hard.
The point is that if Tapia
people continue on this road,
we will get our reward in the
doing. And the whole idea of
"winning" or "making" will
then become ridiculous and
manifestly so.
Tapia cannot collapse if the
things we are doing are a way
of life, a basis of living too, and
above all, an eternal source of
Permanent professional poli-
tics is its own vindication;you
don't have to be offered a
Ministry in Government to
become involved.
And where it goes, it goes.
In that sense it could even
be Ghandian in that forever it
may be a pressure-group. But
where is there a better scene
to be on?

Wreckers goback to Gon-
zales; squatters vow to build
as fast as homes are destroyed.
ACP meeting in Barbados sug-
gest cutback in sugar production
to stabilise price. Senate sends
back 4 bills to the house.
Guyana Working People's Alli-
ance call Lome Convention a
backward neb- colonialist arrange-
ment. 21 gun salute installation
;of Ellis Qarke. Port probers
meet, for 5 hours. ULF and
Independent Senators warn
Gov't against back-dating legis-
lation. AG promises drastic
changes at Registry.
One million pounds of meat
held up on the docks. School
bus overturns in Tobago. US
Oil firm lays off 50 workers
Zambia calls for war to oust
Smith. Gajraj Singh: Don't burn
mail until union can check.

Port probers shift venues to
protect witnesses. 14 prisoner
get pardon for President's inau-
guration. Owners of trailers get
48 hours to pay duty. Slow-
mail blamed on inexperienced
staff. Doctor' and tax clerk
arrested on corruption charges.
ACP sugar talks end in accord.
Engineers see potential for
'tragedy' in Carnaival arrange-
ments forQP Savannah. Barbuda
goes to polls today to vote for
9 member council. Angosrura
in $6.3m. profit before tax.
Shortage of 5/cents stamps at
Post Offices. Crawford wins 100
metres in New Zealand. Dock
Crisis: Shortage of food

FRIDAY JAN. 28,1977.
CDC cancels bookings for
mas' tickets and devises new
system. Hi-Lo on Tragarete
Road gutted by fire. Dissolu-
tion of Min. of Tobago affairs
-seriously affecting Gov't
machinery in Tobago says PSA
(Tobago). Weekes backs AG on
anti-corruption drive. Archi-
tects hit out at lunatic land
prices; calls for higher taxes to
stabilise values.

SAT. JAN 29.

SGPO recalls 120 postmen;
first step to.end state of emer-
gency. Winston Murray warns:
Tobago will take issue t
streets if necessary; challenges
PM and AG to campaignn in
Tobago. Bus accident at
D'Abadie. ULF back Robinson
on Tobago motion. Catholic news
praises AG's anti-corruption
drive. Conrad O'Brien pres-
cribes new formaftto operate
public utilities.

President of Republic sworn
in, Queen says congratss',

opposition members join in
celebration. Transfer of Angli-
can minister, stalled. National
Service a must says Demas.
Leroy Clarke says Festac is a
Fester. Min of Ed; to visit
,Central Library to assess
situation. Inshan Ali 5 for
44 as Trinidad spinners rout
B'dos. Pakistanis arrive in
Antigua. W.I.

3 FPA clinics shut down; 14
lose jobs as FPA in money
trouble. Ministry of Ag.
employee among 3 charged
with defrauding WASA of 600
gals. of. water. Butler attends
installation ceremony despite
illness. Kitch's tunes dominate

Panorama stage. 13,811 tons
sugar produced at Caroni so
far. ULF members control
WIGUT as new elections held.

Bruce Procope: all 202
trailers/licensed. Min. of Ed. /
looking into resumption of
Library Services. Sabotage sus
pected aboard MV Tobago.
Prosecution not ready in case
against Cedros DMO. Gov't
awaiting data from, FPA.
Downer asks for 60% increase
for teachers. Guyana TUC re-
opens Rodney job issue. Magis-
trate Nazrudeen Khan plans to
visit pool rooms before licences
are granted. Trinidad" set for
victory against Barbados. PNM
gears for Local Gov't Polls.

WED. FEB. 2.
Trailers still in custody; will
be held until duty is paid, AG.
Port congestion: surcharge put
on Canadian Cargb. No water
in Senate. GPO calls in Post-
men's Union. Tobago 'debate.
resumes Friday. Angufla Gov't
Falls from power on no confi-
dence motion. ANR wants end
to Tobago 'colonial war'. Elias
says FIPA sent data to Gov't 2
weeks ago. 2 Steelbands thrown
out of Panorama semi-finals.
Trinidad exports $250m. in
goods to Caricomn Trinidad
beat Barbados at QP Oval.
Move to block non-nationals
from Calypso Monarch con-
test Labour row brewing over
UWI lecturer. Move to-ease curbs
on US trade with Cuba.



I- *



THE Immigration officer
at Toronto Airport carries
a little black holster
attached to his hip. When
he "draws" on you, how-
ever, it's not to march you,
arms upraised, to a room
with barred windows at the
Strathcona Hotel.
Rather,it means that
you're through. You've
made it- For the holster
contains the official rub-
ber stamp with which he
will impress onto a clean
page of your passport the
precious entry visa.


You're ready then to
pay whatever duty is asked
for that extra bottle of
rum, about bringing which
you were assured there'd
be no hassle. The real
hassle was to be dealing
with that needle-nosed
immigration officer who
pretended to forget details
as he asked the saffie
question two or three
imes in the interview.
S- And you passed all that.
SSo what's $9.62 for that
S 40-ounce of Old Oak
S "brown"' even though,
at current exchange rates,
that's what three such
bottles would cost in

You're accustomed by then
to seeing the value of your
Trinidad dollars shrink to one
third as you bought Canadian
travellers cheques and currency.
A reflection perhaps, on vour
own diminution in status, as
you perceive yourself being
regarded as a petitioner, and
one whose bona fides aren't
taken at face value either.
Still, it was like going under
the limbo bar, and though the
strain on the backbone was
great while it lasted, you could
now walk triumphantly up-
So you enter Canada, en.
courage by the successful
outcome of your first encounter
with "the authorities". At the
very least, it could have been
worse. But now that you're
inside the door on to
chapter two.
Well, What's Going On here?
To judge from the media, the
country is consumed with a
passion for knowing-what the
government is doing more
particularly, how it is spending
taxpayers' dollars. Distrust and
skepticism abound.


Then there is the enduring
trauma of Quebec. What is this
thing called Canada anyway?
And, at a somewhat lower
profile, there's the issue of
-immigration. A draft bill would
impose annual quotas-and,
determine geographic distribu-
tion of future immigrants,
Simultaneously, there is press
concern with illegal immigrants,
some 50,000 of whom are
thought to be hiding out in

Suicide league

Latin America: Peru top-
ped the Latin American
suicide league table in
1976, according to figures
published on 23 December
by the Venezuelan mental
health department. By that

date 5,200 Peruvians had
taken their own lives in
1976, followed by 5,125
Mexicans, 5,000 Venezue-
lans and 2,700 Chileans.

Pepsi Colonization

Cuba: Informed sources in Washington said last week that
a steady stream of United States companies such as Boeing,
Pepsi-cola, Abbott Laboratories and Great Western United
had been sending representatives to Cuba over the past six
months to line up deals in anticipation of the lifting of the
trade embargo. (Latin America).


Agents Ji r:

Manufacturers Representatives
And General Insurance Agents
No.5 Concession Rd. Sea Lots.
SPhone: 62-37813

Lennox Grant Reports

Toronto alone.
The Toronto Star runs a
five-part series of articles on
the problem, preceded by
articles in The Canadian. Mac-
Leans devotes a long section to
the same issue.
The "illegals", the most
desperate of those untold
thousands seduced by the
immigration dream, are victims
of the barbarities official and
unofficial of the system.
When they get caught, that is,
either by the authorities or by
other immigrants who prey,
piranha-like, on their kind.
For the picture of mass
misery is truly unbelievable.
More credible is the theory that
a widespread informal con-
spiracy exists between low-
paying employers and willing
illegals, as a result of which
everybody except perhaps
the immigration authorities -
gets more or less what he's
looking for.
The Canadian article, "One
Phone Call Away From Bogota",

describes a system in which
several people contribute to a
co-operative venture in sending
away an immigrant. "Everyone
in the family buys shares in a
manner of speaking, in one
member of the family who is
designated to go forth and
make them all rich."
History can make weird
jokes. For that so much
resembles the system by which
in the 16th and 17th centuries
expeditions to the New World
were outfitted and financed.
Then indeed, an ElDorado in
the New World was widely
thought to have gold-paved
streets, and dauntless advent-
urers plunged into tropical
jungles in search of gold not
too far away from present day
Some of them made it big.
Immigration is a kind of
modern-day adventurism. It
survives the explosion of
myths about gold-paved streets


Angostura -.
aromatic bitters
the magic touch -
in famous drinks _-_ _" _
(and many dishes too) -


Angostura Old Oak Rum
A mellow blend of light
Trinidad rums. Smooth.
clean tasting

SIneh Of EI o
Migeans In Searv Of El Dorado

or lands of opportunity. There
are some people, it seems, who
are the original stateless per-
sons, ready and willing to pull
up whatever personal roots
they have and try a life some-
where else. Most don't expect
any grand transformation of
their prospects. If, at the very
least, it's only a change, neither
for better nor for worse, then
it's still worth it.
This might sound wishy-
washily innocent of "real"
factors like economics, seeking
a "better" life, etc., but the
idea is to focus on the kind of
people who become immigrants
- of their own free will, as
distinct from refugees.
My own guess is that they
constitute some of the best
people of the "exporting"
countries. Think of it: assum-
ing the poverty, the lack of
opportunity etc., it is still only
those with the organisation,
drive, determination and daring
who can'muster the energy to
get out and start anew some-
where else.
.And the most interesting
story, in Trinidad where I
know it best, is that of those
who did it, and -who came
back in the words of musician-
songwriter Andre Tanker: "Ah
went away Ah leave and ah
come back home Ah come
back to stay Ah must see
mih way. .



San Juan



WHO could ever forget the
Municipal.Area of San Juan
if they have ever visited
the Quay-say?
Nowadays it is fashion-
able to say Tunapuna is a
place that never sleeps. The
saying goes that St James
is the priority place for
bright lights right through
till foreday morning.
And in recent years, all
manners of night living has
been springing up by
Pashley Street in Laventille
for example; and in Arouca
to the East, in Central
Tacarigua even, and of
course, on that strip in
Curepe at the top-end of
the Southern Main Road.
But still, for anybody
who campaigns the Eastern
S Cprridor from Diego to
ima, ife- Croisee is still
the biggest single heart-
And somehow this great
hub around which revolves



The heart of the Kroisee in San Juan
the whole overgrown city
of Seh Wauhn, is different
From all the other Cross-
The Croisee looks East
towards Arima, West
towards Town. Up to the
North is the lazy luxuriance
of the Santa Cruz Valley
and down past Mohammed-
ville is El Socorro and
Around this axis, drape
Barataria, now no longer
the semi-rustic .residential
area described by Samuel
Selvon's Tiger but a sprawl-
ing money-spinning sub-
'urbia, threatening to
become an imitation
Drape Malick too, over
and" beyond the Second
Caledonia and next to that
Sby East there is:Laventille
Road, Newalloville and
that whole crazy comes of
instant hillside habitation.
Whether the housing is


Phone: 638-3477

Phone: 638-3477

92 Eastern Main Rd., Barataria
Phone: 638-2002.

public or private, illicit or
legitimate, it all adds up to
a tangled urban forest,
ruthlessly exploited by the
political landlords and their
Special Works Brigade.
Ivan Laughlin and Lloyd
Taylor could recount many
horror stories about that
particular jungle.
Still further East, you,
are either in La Canoa or
up the celebrated San Juan
Hill. I can certainly never
forget that particular town-
ship which nestles in the
valley walls Over the crowns
of spreading samaan.
The picture was forever
etched in my imagination.,
on the day of Basil Davis"
funeral at the height of
the 1970 Uprising that
marked the peak of the.
February Revolution.
If you stood- at' the
triangle which is now the
apron of Ackbarali's furni-
ture glasshouse, you could

see the stream of demon-
strators flowing endlessly
up the hill and against the
current of history into the
,burial ground.
I did stand there and
ponder, noticing the agba-
das, the kente cloths, the
yen for a cultural revolu-
tion in its outward visible
forms. (In those days, the
tam had not yet found its
later place) .-


Liberty or the Cemetery,
Power to the People; the
cry resounded against the
valley sides. As we sat on
the wall of the cemetery,
some in the spread of the
'trees, the whole hill face,
on all sides, had become a
terrace of bobbing heads, as
people strained their checks
from the remotest corners
of the township to bear.
witness to the African
Rebellion, that day marched
by Granger and his men
-all the' way up from the
People's Parliament inPort-
of-Spain, to this nerve-
centre of 'the Capital
Region's Corridor.
And yet the special
flavour -of the Croisee is a
borrowing from the Orient.
On that axis from Ackba-
rali's to Mohammedville
and from Ramperad's
Auto Sales down towards
(past) Zaid Mohammed's
hangs that peculiar bazaar
quality which rings of
Kipling's India or perhaps
of Bhagdad or Damascus

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centres at the Euro-Asian
I find that somehow
the Croisee is in essence
Indian and in my imagina-
tion, strangely Muslim.
,Like downtown Tunapuna;
it is frontier of borderclash
between the Indian and
the Creole, a hustling
market-place where a new
Trinidad is being born in a
lawless exchange.
The Croisee, naturally,
is only the San Juan Munici-
pality writ large. Mount
Lambert perhaps is largely
a more uniformly affluent
Barataria. Mount 1 Or is
essentially a kind of more
highly ordered Malick.
Silver Mill and Petit
Bourg could fall easily to,
the North West of the.
Nagib Elias' Corner now
passed over to the control
of Ayoub Mohammed.
Much of the impetus of
the 1970 Rebellion had its '
volcanic origin in the 'frus-
trations df This township-;K.
named San Juan. -'How
many countless McKarms
(the steelband man) and
Basil Davises, made up the
thousands in the Square,
hoping in vain?
The restless spirit of
seven seasons ago is bottled
up still in this would-be
City, waiting and waiting
for the ministry of'a Gov-
ernment that cares, waiting
for Local Government with
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SAN Juan is one of four
major city centres in the
so-called East-West Corridor.
Apart from Port-of-Spain,
we have also Tunapung
and Arima.
In 1970, the population
of the Municipality was
about 85,000 people,
according to Census figures;
it must now be going for
fully 100,000 people.
San Juan is therefore on
the same scale as Tunapuna
though neither has been
recommended for Borough
status by the Report of the
Elections and Boundaries



Point Fortin and Pointe-
a-Pierre have both been
blessed with greater luck.
The great population
explosion in San Juan came



in the period immediately
after the war when Bara-
taria was first opened up
for living and you could
see far more goats and
cows than nowadays you

Above: A frontier where clash the cultures of East and West
Below: What miracles would Aranguez farmers not work if they had help with irrigation?

Couldn't Aranguez Feed Some More?[
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SAN JUAN is no different
from any other city when
it comes to feeding itself.
A city always has to
import food in exchange
for manufactures and ser-
vices, commercial and, pro-
In general San Juan is
not on an agriculture scene.
We have quite definite data
from the Town and Coun-
try Planning Division.
In the heart of the Muni-
cipal Area only 4% of the
working population is in
agriculture, forestry or
fishing while 31% is in
mining, factories, or con-
The utilities, transport,
communications and other
services take 61%. This is

in San Juan, Barataria,
Malick, El Socorro, Aran-
guez, Mt. Lambert Mt.
Hope, and Champs Fleurs
(which, psychologically, is
really a part of St. Joseph-
In the Santa Cruz Valley
of course, the picture is
bound to be different;
some 28% are in agricul-
The tragedy of this
dependence on imported
food is that San Juan and
the Capital Region enjoy
the richest agricultural
land in the country.
The official report
identifies 23,000 acres of
good agricultural land in
St. George of which 13,000
acres are Class One. The

high potential is said to be
concentrated in the valleys:
Tucker Valley, Diego
Martin, Santa Cruz, Upper
Maracas and Upper Caura,
plus the Caroni Flood
Plain from. Mausica to
The problem is that
housing policy in the past
has built up the Diego
Valley and the area between
Barataria and Tacarigua.
What we have left are
the River Estate, the the
Government and Univer-
sity Farm Area in St.
Joseph and Aranguez
Estates in San Juan.
Little wonder that the
Capital Region produces



Between 1960 and 1970
San Jian still grew faster
than the Capital Region as
a whole. Faster than Port-
of-Spain, Tunapuna or
Arima but not half as fast
as Arima suburbs, Diego
Martin or quite as fast as
Maraval or St Joseph or
Still, San Juan is a place
now practically overrun
by the youth. Some 72%
of the people are 34 years
old or below.


The combination of
heavy population, fast
growth, and the bias
towards youth means an
intense pressure on services
such as school places,
sporting and cultural out-
lets, and just open spaces
for free and unbridled
The intimate manage-
ment of space is the most
urgent requirement in this
city; its absence is the
mightiest source of dread.


Hope And


SO many of the public
questions in San Juan and
the Capital Region come
back in the end to land:'
Land today is still perhaps
the? most explosive social ;
end political question.
One of the most vibrant
of the Chapters of the'
National Land Tenants'
Association is the one in
I once had the good
fortune to address a highly
intelligent and militant
meeting held upstairs
a building just West of the'-
Sixth Avenue Corner along
the Eastern Main Road.
The people at that meet-
ing were talking in exactly
the same voice as the
official Town and Country
Planning Report.
"Though much urban
land is held freehold, there
is evidence that significant

only 8% of the total value
of food home-grown in
Trinidad and Tobago.
The importance of
Aranguez is that it produces
fresh vegetables which can-
not be so easily imported.
Right on the doorstep
of the Capital Region,
greens are meticulously
cultivated for the markets
in San Juan, Tunapuna and
But output could be
multiplied many times over
and prices kept down much
more effectively if proper
Government attention were
given to irrigation, to fish
farming, and to extension
services in support of the
initiatives of the Aranguez

Proportions of both private
and Crown Land are still
rented, leased and squat-
Could -the Report have ,
been talking about Laven- -
tille Road?- whenl::it
Declared that "Insecurity of
tenure and economic hard-
ship seem to be correlated
particularly in the unplan-
ned settlements that pock-
mark the hillsides. .. ."
Doubtless, environmen-
tal standards are poorest
where the people have an
uncertain relation to the
land. Tenants cannot raise
mortgages and loans, land-
lords claim-rents to be too
low to permit provision
of decent service levels.
A Borough set up in San
Juan would have to iron.
out the question of land
for the purposes of inde-
pendent local taxation.
As of now, the, serious
Government interest in land
is only in relation to the
the construction of the
Rapid Transit Highway.
But not even the traffic
problem will be solved if
land tenure is not soon re-
organised in relation to
housing. sport, water, drain-
age, pollution, sanitation.
and urban agriculture as
Some 40',; of sampled
dwelling units in St.
George were wi thout water:
63% without flush toilets.
Some of the hillside com-
munities in San Juan are
far worse off than the
Where then, is there a
better place to start the
reconstruction than in'
Municipal San Juan?
-Lloyd Best

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IT is time now to call on Mr. Ronnie Williams, Chairman
of the Pollution Control Council, for findings on pollution
in the San Juan river.
The least we can properly expect is a preliminary
report of progress made on their investigations into pollu-
tants in the fresh water courses.
It is going on to two (2)
years now that the Pollu- b .
tion Control Council was
established or re-established
(as youlike) by the Minister '
of Health and Representa- ,'
tive for Barataria.
The Council was charged,
with a woefully inadequate
budget of $10,000, to go to
work on the Caroni, Cipero,
San Juan, St Joseph and
Oropouche rivers.
The latest we have heard
from them came when the\
'great fish kill' occurred last
November to wake them
up to the need for public
education in regard to the
marine environment.
Again they promised to
call "shortly" upon the
Government to institute an
Environment Protection
Agency "to take a lead in
preventing and solving
those environmental pollu-
tion problems in our .
waters. '
While we wait. on a'
demonstration of serious- ,. .
ness by the Pollution .
Control Council the San : .i i
Juan river continues to be '. .
one of the more obvious San Juan River in al
eye-sores and a potentially source of .pollution from
live source of disease in- decaying vegetation, animal
jurious to the residents of wastes, farmland drainage
the community. 'from Santa Cruz, and
Currently the river is a most serious, from domestic



I its nakedness
sewerage carried by rain
run-offs from broken cess-
pits on the hill-sides over
looking the stream.
Effective methods of treat-






ing such wastes are available.
What are we doing about them?
Less susceptible to easy
treatment is pollution through
biologically active compourfds.
These are to be found in the
pesticides, insecticides, nemato-
cides, weedicides and fugicides
which find their way into run-
off water.
These effluents are persistent
in character. They find their
way into the stream by im-
proper practices such as discard-
ing unused spray or washing
spray-cans and other equip-
ment in the water courses.
What about industrial efflu-
ents? Are any escaping from
the industries along the Aran-
guez Road into the San Juan
We want to know before
theie is another crisis.


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Faces of San Juan

ANY survey of sport in that vast and cramped community
known as San Juan must inevitably move from the exalted
to the ridiculous.
One cannot avoid recalling the colourful days of the
Wallace Football League, once the source of much heady
excitement and passion among the fans of various clubs.

Wallace had something of
the character of the Eddie Hart
League in the Far East.
In those days,who could
afford to reach late for a
match? One fan recalls players
such as Carlton Franco, Ken
Hodge, Arthur Jap Brown,
Edgar Vidale, Ralph Horton
and so on.
In cricket we had the
famous amalgamation of Aran-
guez Cricket Club and Barataria
United Cricket Club. That was
the San Juan United that
attained.winners row twice in
the Championship Division.
Finally there is that bond
that linked success and sport,
recreation and entertainment
in the San Juan community.
There were eight (8) acres of
grounds lying plumb in the
heart of Southern San Juan.
Known as the Barataria
Oval, that piece of open space
was once the Mecca of sport
for thousands in and around
the community.
Needless to say that today
things in sport are not what
they used to be.
The Barataria Oval has now
become the property of the St.
George's College..
The Wallace league has given
way. to very minor leagues, too
minor in fact to spark an
enthusiastic response from the
S Meanwhile the Progressive
Youth Movement which super-
ceded the Wallace Football



League, and. shifted the focus
of soccer to Aranguez Savan-
nah further east, has faded
In its, place has come the
National Soccer League, organ-
ised at the level of third and
fourth divisions and adminis-
tered by the Eastern Zone.
ALL this time there has
been a growing demand
from the youth for sport-
ing and recreational facili-
ties. Pent-up frustrations
on this account have fuelled
the recent explosion of
interest in pool.
Between Sixth Avenue
and the Croisee, the density
of the pool saloons must
surely be the highest in
Trinidad and Tobago!
And nowhere, even in
the overcrowded Eastern
Corridor from Cocorite to
Tunapuna, nowhere has
small-goal and draft-board
football been developed to
so high a pitch as in San
The truth about the official
response to this starvation in
sport is a tale told time and 1

Joseph Charles Cafe 91 Eastern MainRoad, Barataria
Gordon. Brathwaite (Far East Cafe) Sixth Avenue
B. Hosein Cafe- 3,9 Sixth Avenue, Barataria.
K. Gosine Grocery Sixth Avenue & Twelfth Street
Vishnu Ramrattan, Third Avenue & First St., San Juan.
.Mohar-Gobin Grocery Don Miguel Rd, & Jogie Rd.
First and Last Grocery Don Miguel Rd, & Jogie Rd.
Frankie's Grocery, Don Miguel Rd, (Over the Highway).
Taj Majal (N. Ramganesh) Grocery El Socorro Rd.
Adjoha Grocery El Socorro Rd. & Brathwaite Lane.
G.A. Martin Studios, San Antonio Street, San Juan Hill.
Mrs. Thelma Jemmott, 99 Petunia Ave, Malick Court,
Mrs. Austin Parlour, Busy Corner, Mon Repos Morvant.
Beatrice Mbhan 33 Fellowship Inn, Coconut Drive,
St. Louis Grocery Jct. Laventille Rd. & Chinapoo Rd,
Rosie Alexander, Lady Young Avenue (Opposite
NHA), Morvant
Maud Gibson, 125 Lady Young Ave. Morvant.
_Flemming's News Stand, Saddle Road, Croisee.
Rameshwarsingh's News Stand -- Saddle Road, Croisee.

again, in Tunapuna with
Honeymoon and Constantine,
in Port-of-Spain with George
V, in Maracas, in here, in
there ....
In San Juan too, it has
been a case of stop-go spending
to no particular end. Widely
dispersed and properly equip-
ped open spaces have simply
never been created.
Playing fields have seldom
ever been upgraded on any
continuing basis. The Govern-
ment has- no concept of what
it means to live in overgrown
built-up area.
SSuccessive Parliamentary
Secretaries for Sport have
failed to give the priority to
land-saving spending on netball
courts, basketball courts, gym-
nasiums, draft-boards officially
sanctioned, and so on.
In fact, the Government has
blatantly reneged on a deci-
sion to establish a complex on
the Aranguez Savannah. The
story goes that the State-
would be ill-advised to lay
down amenities on private
Down at the foot of Sixth
Avenue, 'there is only one
pitch virtually squeezing San
Juan United out.

The Sad Tale

On Sport

In San Juan

IN Morvant both the
grounds located in Coconut
Drive and Park Street are
badly in need of upgrading.
South of the Eastern
Main Road in Upper Suc-
cess Village, the ground
has been under repair for
the last so many years.
Along the Saddle, Nor-
ther San,Juan is without
any serious open space,
far less any playing fields.
As a result Zenith Sports
and Cultural have had to
survive mainly on culture,
turning their energies into
the Rebellion Brass.

No field for United's

Champion Cricket

SAN Juan Uhited Cricket
Club, the cream of the
top clubs in the Aranguez
Cricket League, is likely
to be without a playing
field for the 1977 cricket
That is the position after
the exchange of recrea-
tional grounds between St.
George's College and the
Barataria community
through officials of the
Ministry of Local Govern-,
ment and AranguezEstates.
it was agreed as well that"
San Juan United will have the
use of the main ground. Yet
nothing was done to make it
official and effective.
Officials of San Juan United
have been pressing for action
to provide for the permanent
playing facilities which the club

Enjoyed wile the Barataria
Oval was in the .hands of.-the
community.. -:
The Club asked to be given
the main ground a new ground
to be prepared for Barataria
Ball Players. In the meanwhile
Ball Players have gone ahead
and prepared the ground for
Officials of San Juan United
insist that this-is a serious
blow. The Club topped the
Senior Division last year and
has now been promoted to the
SChampionship Division.
United must find the neces-
saries to face up to First Class
Cricket and keep the flag of
San Juan flying high.

It is not surprising that
Aranguez Savannah has become
the central arena for both
sport and recreation for resi-
dents and organizations within
the community. It has three
football grounds and nine
Aranguez has also been the
envy, of both official and
private authorities.
Once, for example, PYM
and Aranguez Village Council
sought a seven acre plot for
enclosure in order to raise
funds for their league. That
would only have spoiled the
beauty of the open scenery.
Aranguez Estates has con-
tinued to upkeep and maintain
the Aranguez Savannah for the
local residents of the San Juan
No fee is charged fortu-
nately. The land is held in a
simple trusteeship.
Perhaps-a San Juan Borough
Council will one day come-
into being an improve on the
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The Early Olympics

Long Before Hasely Brought Back Gold

NEVER in Trinidad and Tobago have theOlympic Games
enjoyed so glamorous an image as now. Now that our
country has brought back gold.
Once upon a time, not so long ago,' Tapia for silver,"
was a popular cry. ,
Right now on the blocks, whether the pans are beating
Kitchener or whether they are beating Sparrow; they are
mostly paying tribute to Hasely Crawford.
But what are the Olympics ,really about apart from
the glorious world of the sprinters?
What were the Olympics like in times gone by, long
before the multi-million enterprise most recently organised

by the City of Montreal and
The answer can be
found in a scholarly article
by Raymond Bloch, "Sport
in Ancient Times" in the
quarterly Diogenes, pub-
Slished by the Unesco-affili-
ated International Council
of Philosophy and Social
Bloch has relied on
literary sources, inscrip-
tions and archeology to
write a fascinating account
of' the original games4 He
notes that the ancient
Greeks, like the Anglo-
Saxons, recognized fair
play as a constant rule in
SBut the first Olympics
were as much a supershow
as they are today for
millions of sport fans.
The contests, first des-
cribed hi the Illiad, in-

its controversial Mayor, Jean

cluded chariot-racing,
wrestling, boxing, combat
in full armour, archery,
discus- andjavelin-throwing.
Boxing was a bloody
battle with the protagon-
ists their hands swathed
in strips of leather -
aiming exclusively, at the
The Greeks also indulged
in a contest called pancrat-
ium, a mixture of wrestling
and boxing where every-
thing was permitted -
even biting.
Discus- and javelin-
throwing were the most
popular of all the games
as shown by ancient sculp-
The iron discus, however,
was much heavier than
today's model, and the
Greek athlete unlike his,

modern counterpart did
not turn around but
remained in a fixed position
lifting the discus wifh both
hands above his head.
For the complete athlete,
there was the pentathlon
consisting of five events -
racing, jumping, wrestling,
discus- and javelin-throw-

High-jumping was un-
known. There are records
of a 15-metre broad-jump,
but Bloch thinks it must
have consisted of succes-
sive jumps a hypothesis
borne out by modern
The games held in
Olympia and other parts
of Greece were well
publicized to allow athletes
to train. Spectators came
from all over and everyone
was made welcome except
married women.
The games last J seven
days and were usually held

in August. Some contests
were restricted to young
people (mostly foot-racing,
wrestling and boxing),
others to adults.
The Olympic winner did
,not expect any financial
reward. He was, as Bloch
points out, a true amateur.
But aside from being
crowned with laurels, the
winner became a hero.
He could have his statue
built inside the sacred walls
of Olympia and if he was
rich enough, could com-
mission a poet to write an
ode in his honour.

Spear fishing in Cuba.
Under Wate


In Cuba

UNDERWATER sports in Cuba has had the same primitive
beginning as the rest of the modern West Indies. But since
the Revolution they have passed through several interesting
phases, form the days when equipment had virtually to be
made by hand to the winning of the World Championship
in 1967 in the Avalos Keys.
The Cuban coastline is 3.500km. long. There are
hundreds of magnificent beaches, some reminiscent of
Negril, just down the wind in Western Jamaica. The seascape
abounds in caves and cays and inlets and here are more than
700 species of fish.
The Revolution not only made holiday arrangements
for all the population; it has also opened up all the beaches
and all the formerly exclusively tourist resorts. Now the
Cuban has ample opportunity to enjoy underwater activities
from boy-days and right on.
Cuba boasts a traditional -beach-house in Varadero
which has been converted into a school for underwater
divers. The Staff consists of group of men who have
responsibility for bringing the sport to all sectors of the
island's population.
Children learn about underwater diving and at the
same time, attend primary school. After four years of
training, they come close to being expert underwater
At the school, the children are taught safety measures.
They are also taught various styles of swimming.
They are taught both on land and sea. In addition to
their physical and technical preparation, students become
familiar with the different species of fish caught and the
rich variety of methods used catch them.
Childhood is the ideal time to impart training in these
disciplines which demand curiosity, courage, and explora-
The development of underwater sports, it is, claimed,
has added greatly to the sporting life of the Cuba people.


Scarborough would have
direct responsibility for
its own development.

* Effective local supervision
of health, education,
police, fire and public
utility services, sport and
cultural amenities.

* Tobago reviewof national
plans that affect Tobago
fundamentally e.g.,
housing and national
apprenticeship and train-

r i

ing. and farmers.

SFrom Page 2
The House of Representa-
tives is in the process of
debating a motion calling
for internal self-govern-
ment for Tobago.
It is regrettable that
neither side in the debate
so far has come to grips
with the issue. Mr. Robin-
son has failed to define
adequately what he means
by "internal self-govern-
ment", and Mr. Richard-
son has used this omission
as an excuse to go off on
all kinds of tangents.
In the opinion of Tapia,
what Tobago needs is not
simply or even mainly a
change, in -Ministerial or
Civil Service arrangements.
As Mr. Robinson has con-
ceded, the Ministry for
Tobago Affairs was a poten-
tially useful arrangement,
arid it is to be noted that
There has always been some
form of executive agency
in Tobago.
The missing link has
been a forum where the
voice of Tobago could be
heard. What is needed is an
Assembly of accredited
Tobago spokesmen which
could inform and control
Ministerial and Civil Service
action and turn administra-
tion in the direction that
Tobagonians wanted.
It is for this reason that
we proposed in our Elec-
tion Manifesto a 40-member
Senate located in Scarbo-
rough to be selected on
the basis of population
from the 21 Village and
Town Areas into which
Tobago naturally falls.

Such an Assembly
would enjoy powers of
appointment, powers over
accountability, powers of
opinion-making and of
course, powers of legisla-
The Tobago Senate
would meet in Scarborough
at the same time as the
Trinidad Senate met in
Port-of-Spain and Minis-
terial representatives would
have the right and obliga-
tion to appear in much the
same way as the Attorney
General now appears in the
House of Representatives.
The House of Repre-
sentatives would contain
Tobago Representatives as
As far as, the executive
function is concerned, we
feel that the Ministry for
Tobago Affairs, should not
have been abolished. What
should have been done was
to change its designation
so as to make it clear that
it was an umbrella organ-
ization for all the national
Ministries as well as for all
the Departments such as
the Registrar General and
Town and Country Plan-
ning and all the statutory
bodies and Public Corpora-
tions such as the IDC,
These proposals are
neither new nor wishy-
washy. They have evolved
over the years and were
carefully explained, in
Tobago particularly by
Tapia candidates and cam-
paigners in the 1976.cam-


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Search For Pace Combine


IT seems that the West
Indian selectors have reli-
ably been informed that
Michael Holding will not
be available for the forth-
coming five-test series
against Pakistan.
Uppermost in their
minds are the long line of
proven run-getters among
Mushtaq's men and the
normally congenial condi-
tions of West Indian wic-
As always, the only sure
trump is pace like fire.
What else is confirmed by
the 20 wickets which fell
to Dennis Lillee in only
three tests of the recently
concluded series Down
The vulnerability to
pace suggested by this
statistic must at all costs
be exploited in the two
and a half months that
: ur guests will be here;
And that is what, clearly

On In Castries

the selectors are deter-
mined to do.
.. The search for Holding's
replacement seems to have
begun in earnest Four of
twelve places on the Presi-
dent's Squad have duly
fallen to the faster bowlers.
Daniel, one presumes, is
in to assuage all doubts
about his fitness. Norbert
Phillip and Joel Garner
have earned their places
with fine performances in
the Shell Shield competi-
But it is difficult to see
why Croft has been
included unless there are
still doubts about Daniel's
fitness. It would seemingly
have made more sense, if
that is the case, to leave
the Barbadian out com-
pletely especially in view
of the game at Kensington

Oval on February 18,
when Daniel will very
likely play for Barbados..
Secondly, despite the con-
cern being expressed in many
concerns about our spinning
department, there is, Maurice
Foster apart, but one spinner
in the XII.
It is true that Inshan Ali,
Albert Padmore and Raphick
Jumadeen have all turned in
very heartening performances
in last weekend's Shell game
between the defending co-
Yet, it seems fair to con-
clude that Messers Holt,
Solomon and Carew had been
quite satisfied with the perform-
ances prior to the end of that
For the rest, Austin must
consider himself very lucky to
be on this Squad at alL They
-hardly seems to be any need
for his bowling and though he
did score a solid century
against Trinidad, he seemed

not to have been all that
One suppose that since he
is in, the Jamaican will partner
Baichan to open the innings
leaving his Captain Foster to
enter somewhere in the middle
order after Kallicharan, Gomes
and Shillingford.
Findlay, Norbert Phillip,
Garner, Persaud and Daniel
will complete the eleven with
Croft doubtless as number
The omission of Bernard
Julien is curious. One is
tempted to conclude that, in
the minds of the selectors, at
any rate, the issue of the allL
rounder is already closed. Even
so, Julien could possibly have.
found an outing in St. Lucia a.
useful dress rehearsal for the
Bridgetown Test
Curious too, is the choice
of Kallicharan as President's
Captain. If the'thinking is that
Alvin may one day assume the
mantle now .worn by Clive

Lloyd, I have to confess that
it comes as a complete surprise.
It seems unwise to saddle
this crucial batsman with so
unnecessary a burden when,
following his recent unsettled
period, he should be devoting
all his attentions to getting into
good nick for February 18.
Both Findlay and Foster
are Shell Shield skippers and it
is more than odd that they
should both have been passed
over in favour of inexperience.
The generous interpretation
is, of course, that these two, as
well as Irving Shillingford, are
merely being given the chance
to make their final address to
the selectors without the
onerous cares of captaincy on
their shoulders.
And what of the game?
Chances are that the Castries
crowd will see a lot of runs
scored for the loss of not so
very many wickets The likeli-'
hood of even a strong Pakistani
selection pulling off an outright
win in three days must in fact
be quite remote. .
Whatever .happens ;though,
the stage is set for an exciting


* *


THE race for the Shell
Shield is now narrowed
down to two territories.
Barbados and the Combined
Islands both stand at the
top with'24 points, three
but of four games having
been completed each.
The Bajans set the early
pace vith outright victories
in their first two matches.
In their third at the Queens
Park Oval, however, they
found the going rough
against the Trinidad &
Tobago spinners. They
crashed to a 5-wicket defeat
after being twice dismissed
for meagre totals.
The Islands have gained two
first innings leads and one
outright win against Jamaica.
The two meet in Bridgetown
.in April to decide which way
the Shield will go this year.
Holford probably shudders
with fear when he recalls that
two years ago Andy Roberts
bowled the Islands to their
first ever Shell triumph over
Barbados- on that self-same
Bridgetown wicket.
On that occasion, Andy
skittled out the Bajans for 129
in their second innings when he


claimed 6 for 35 for the Islanders
to walk away victors by 163
It can also be no comfort-
ing thought for Holford's men
that the scourge of bowlersthe
World over, Vivian Richards,
will this time be in the Islands'
As usual, the Shell Shield
has not failed to provide in-
triguing cricket. But more
importantly, the selectors will
doubtless be very heartened
by some of the performances.
One can imagine how
relieved they are at the results
of our number one speedster.
In only two matches Andy
Roberts has already taken 13
Roberts broke down in
Australia last November after
two and a half years of non-
stop cricket. All fears that he
might not be fit and ready for
the Pakistanis have now been,
finally dispelled.
Bernard Julien's all round
performances this year, one
feels, will go a long way
towards restoring some of the
faith apparently lost in him by
the selectors in England last
Julien's bowling, part-
icularly against the Islands,

plus his two well-disciplined
knocks, should have pleased
the hearts of all. Should
Holding decide to opt out and
give preference to his studies,
his chances of regaining his
Test place can only be in-
One of Holder, Norbert
Phillip and Garner should
come in for Daniel if injury
continues to trouble the Barbad-
For spin,* it ought to be
apparent that we have to look
to Inshan, Padmore and Juma-
deen though Lance Gibbs is
once more making signals.
Between Jumadeen and
Inshan they have picked up 30
of Trinidad' and Tobago's wic-
kets thus far.' Jumadeen, as

usual, has been very tidy and
Inshan, apart from being a
match- winner against Barbados,
troubled all the Jamaicans on
their own featherbed and was
mastered by none of the
Islands' batsmen.
Padmore has also been
among the wickets for Barba-
For the batting, Gordon
Greenidge is getting only better
and has beenhis usual unbridled
self this season. He has already
scored 300 runs including 136
against Jamaica. He will again
be partnering the run-starved
Kallicharan is just back
home and like Lloyd, must be
in search of stiff match practice,

both badly needing a major
Larry Gomes and Collis King
continue to tussle for places.
Larry has 'once again been a
model of consistency for Trini-
dad and Tobago while King, in
addition to blasting a century
off Guyana, has been snapping
up the odd vital wicket
Shillingford and Foster have
again scored heavily but they
are both at a decided dis-
advantage with younger .ones
such as Gomes and King
Not to mention Jim Allen
who got 150 against Guyana
and about whom we will very
likely be hearing more.

Owen Thompson

S(Exoreu Photol
Shell action showing Islands' keeper and slip appealing against Trinidad & Tobagao.



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