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West Indies maintain unbeaten run to finish ODI hat-trick heroes

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Darren Bravo’s magnificent century helped guide the West Indies to a five wicket success over Sri Lanka in the 3rd One Day International (ODI) at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on 14 March.The left-handed Trinidad & Tobago batsman, who missed the recent tour to Bangladesh, celebrated his call-up for the 1st Test against Sri Lanka with a match-winning 102 off 132 balls in the thriller.Victory in the trio of ODIs secured the first points for the Caribbean side, who failed miserably in the format in New Zealand late last year and recently in Bangladesh. These matches form part of the ICC Super League and give the Windies a fighting chance of qualifying for the World Cup finals.The hosts continued their promising form, fresh from having ree...
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Remember Mr. Piggy?

By Maria Hill By all indications, the piggy bank is alive and well, although it may no longer be in the form of a pig. During last Christmas season, I observed my 46- year-old husband creating a “bank” from a cookie tin. He had the tin soldered shut with a slot wide enough to admit cash. He is saving, he said, towards shopping during the upcoming summer vacation. My sister, who is a year older, saves fifty dollar bills in a peanut butter jar, and has accumulated thousands of dollars so far. Garfield, 37, who lives in Montego Bay, has kept the tradition alive both for himself and his two children – he has a coin jar and a wooden safe. Mellissa, a 32-year-old mom of North Brookfield, Massachusetts says her six- year-old son has a piggy bank and is saving to buy a farm....
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Diplomatic Dispatch

By Ricardo Allicock What is Diplomacy? Generally, when one is introduced as an architect, dentist, lawyer or accountant, it's pretty clear in the minds of those present that the person’s profession deals, respectively, with building design, teeth and gums, an aspect of the law or financial account analysis. However, when one is introduced as a diplomat, a certain degree of vagueness tends to hover in the air. Diplomacy -what is that, really?   Ricardo Allicock Further increasing the opacity surrounding the field of diplomacy is the reality that some persons harbour negative impressions of the profession. Consider how many times you have heard some person lauded as "a diplomat" after bestowing flattery or a compliment upon some undeserving soul. In these instances, ...
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Windies bite back from brink to claim Test series success

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner will be one of the many Caribbean cricketers that will return from the West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh as a hero, after they registered a remarkable 17-run success in the 2nd Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday (14 February). This was the first Test series win for West Indies in Asia since winning against the same opposition in 2012, and the entire contingent are brimming with confidence following this tour. nkrumah_bonner The manner of their victory was admittingly a topsy-turvy affair, with the tourists initially taking control to cruise to 409 all out only to fail miserably in their next innings and be whittled out for a pitiful 117. Yet they held their nerve after setting a target of just 23...
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Jamaica’s goal will be to improve squad to tackle US in Austria

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Theodore Whitmore, the Jamaica head coach, will get an opportunity to rue his eye over his European-based players in an exhibition match against the USA in Austria on 25 March. The contest, a rematch of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final that Jamaica lost 3-1, falls on a FIFA fixture date so Whitmore will have his pick of players available and will probably consider bringing in new faces. Austria’s venue will be the 10,000-capacity Stadion Wiener Neustadt south of Vienna, which is home to the club SC Wiener Neustadt although the purpose-built stadium has also been used for speedway. The United States have previously been successful in the stadium, having defeated Panama 6-2 in a friendly in November 2020. Although the US have won 16 of the p...
The Interview

Pandemic Entrepreneur

Mario McPherson Mario McPherson’s story begins in Lawrence Tavern, St. Andrew. That was 26 years ago. His educational journey took him from Mona Primary to Kingsway High School then his track and field prowess parachuted him to Kingston College, where as a member of the Fortis brigade, he performed well. His prospects for college were good, indeed, he was admitted to three Universities, Iowa State University in the United States, Fanshawe College in Canada and home-based University of Technology (UTECH). His true passion was dentistry, but tuition costs put that dream out of his reach. Instead, he enrolled in a business course at UTECH and with the encouragement of a lecturer, joined the marketing club which paid big dividends for him. McPherson became Marketing Vice Pr...
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History-maker Mayers injects life into Windies to claim miraculous win

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Kyle Mayers helped the West Indies register an unimaginable 1st Test victory with an historical debutant double century to stun hosts Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong today (7 February). Kyle Mayers The Barbados all rounder’s sparkling unbeaten knock of 210, which sealed a staggering three wicket success, seemed inconceivable and beyond the wildest dreams of the Windies when they were reduced to 59-3 in their second innings and chasing a total of 395. And given that the 27-year-old only bagged his maiden first-class century last month in St. Vincent, when representing Barbados Pride against Windward Islands Volcanoes in a four-day match, puts his brilliant history-making innings into perspective. He is the only cricket...
The Interview

Tea with Dr. Tres-Ann Kremer

Dumfries to the world! When one reads of Tres-Ann Kremer’s career strides, it’s easy to be overcome by a feeling of job envy. Dr. Tres-Ann Kremer As head of Good Offices for Peace and the Lead Political advisor to the Caribbean of the London-based Commonwealth’s Secretariat’s Good Offices Section, Tres-Ann earns a living while travelling to most of the 54 former colonies that make up the Commonwealth. A glance at Tres-Ann’s resume reveals how many thousands of miles she has logged and the fact that she has engaged with many powerful political figures. The weight of the Office of the Secretary General is used to influence member countries to adhere to the values and aspirations that seek to glue this diverse group together, as expressed in the guiding document known as the Comm...
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Whither Negro River?

By John Myers Jr. Negro River in Jamaica? You better believe it. There are in fact two Negro Rivers in the network of about 100 rivers that flow across the Jamaican landscape. There is a Negro River in St. Ann and another in St. Thomas. Not much is known about the latter except that it is located in Danvers Pen and is part of the Yallahs River system.   McIntosh photo The Negro River sign is prominently displayed along the North Coast Highway near the entrance to the parish capital of St. Ann’s Bay. Many people wonder: how did this come about? Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Sydney Stewart, explains that the river was named in “honour” of slaves who once worked on the Richmond and Llandovery sugar plantations and who would gather by the river to rest.  “I have...
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WI lack fizz as Bangladesh find their sparkle with seventh ODI win on the bounce

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Jason Mohammed’s latest defeat as recently-installed One Day International (ODI) skipper, heavily beaten by seven wickets today (22 January) in Bangladesh, means the tourists have embarrassingly lost their three-match series with a game remaining. Mohammed, who stepped into the shoes of regular ODI captain Kieron Pollard (Trinidad) because of a large contingent turning down the opportunity to tour, won the toss but his teams looked in dire straits at 88-8. Having failed so miserably 48 hours before at the same Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka’s Mirpur, a vast improvement was expected from Mohammed’s troops. Yet they tasted a seventh successive ODI defeat to Bangladesh with a real whimper. Although they edged their way to...