Now that the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket tournament has come to an exciting conclusion with the Barbados Tridents taking the trophy and claiming supremacy, it is time to look closely the performance our local Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR). The TKR started the competition very well with a succession of wins but later on in the competition seemed to have lost their way.

Four losses in a row is just too much. There seems to have been some complacency and over-confidence on the part of the players that allowed the other two teams, the Patriots and Tridents, to get the better of them. At one point the TKR was right up there in terms of points with the Warriors but were soon overtaken by the likes of Patriots and Tridents. The earlier loss to the Tridents gave the latter the confidence that they could do it again. And the result?

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I write to correct remarks carried in the article, “PM at sod-turning: Many wanted Diego State lands” (Express, July 3, Page 10).

I note the PM is quoted as follows: I was passing a morning in the area and saw part of the land fenced off which was done by a State agency. I called the Port of Spain Mayor and said, “Don’t you know your land is being stolen? Get up and stop it.”

“A single spark can start a prairie fire.” —Mao Zedong, 1930.

This observation came back to my mind in the witnessing of the events of the last seven days. The underlying theme was the use of weapons to resolve our social problems.

It is a tempting counter-narrative that during his third voyage Christopher Columbus may have literally “stumbled” upon Iere on August 31, 1498. Iere is the land of the hummingbird to the First Peoples, who were already here when Columbus arrived.