BEST WEEK EVER:
West Indies cricket isnât nearly what it used to be, but we must still celebrate when Vincy talent reaches the highest level. The latest call-up to the Windiesâ squad is Spring Villageâs Kesrick Williams. Williams, a 26-year-old fast bowler with limited experience in first class cricket, was outstanding in the recently-concluded 2016 Caribbean Premier League. Playing for the Jamaica Tallawahs, Williams took 17 wickets to be the Tallawahsâ best bowler and the third-highest wicket taker of the tournament. His CPL success and the withdrawal of Windies mainstay Andre Russell led to his selection for the ongoing Pakistan series. Although Williams hasnât played in either of the West Indiesâ two T20 losses to Pakistan so far, the experience of training and rubbing elbows with our regionâs top cricketers can only help his development. Hereâs hoping that the late-blooming Williams will continue to grow and excel.
Right after we celebrated Physical Planningâs belated order to halt the smoky, noisy, unapproved operations of Chill Spot and Pork City restaurants in Arnos Vale, they had to go and overplay their hand. Not satisfied with simply halting the businessesâ operations, a team of sledgehammer-wielding Physical Planning workers descended on Arnos Vale and began dismantling the facilities. To top it off, a member of Physical Planningâs demolition team reportedly told a local journalist to “haul yo arseâ when she put a microphone in his face. There is a fine line between enforcing the law (which we support) and being heavy-handed (which we donât). With their unnecessary show of force last week, Physical Planning crossed that line.
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Social media is ablaze with angry comments â from both sides of the political fence â about the closure of Chill Spot. However, none of the outrage is coming from anyone who lives anywhere close to these establishments. As The Vincentianâs front page said two weeks ago: “Residents ContenÂted.â Itâs one thing to miss the convenience or camaraderie of some late night roast pork before you go home to your quiet, smoke free home. Itâs quite another to live with the noise and smoke 24×7.