Sidney Poitier

Flashback: Sidney Poitier in California in June 2008. He died last week Thursday. —Photo: AP

Sidney Poitier was the first non-white male to win an Oscar. He achieved this feat for his role in the movie, Lilies of the Field.

Some of his other films include:

• Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

• In the Heat of the Night

• Stir Crazy

My favourite Sidney Poitier movie is The Jackal. RIP, sir, with love.

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We have moved from the stage of being prisoners in our homes behind metal bars to being afraid to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and even to sleep, for fear that if crime comes knocking we may have no recourse but to cower and beg for our lives. The society is being overpowered by the force of the criminal will with insufficient resources to resist and break that power.

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The call to ban fireworks completely is a marker of how one-dimensional politicians and some members of the public can be in their thinking.

Surely, fireworks can be a nuisance, and much more for those wanting to rest, animals becoming disoriented and damaging themselves, fires being sparked on houses, and other problems and inconveniences that a singular event can cause—much like the noise and traffic of Carnival or a big sporting event, inter alia.

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Water continues to leak from WASA lines in many parts of Arima. Many of these leaks are older than seven months, where millions of gallons of valuable water are wasted away and no one in authority seems to care.