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Breaking News! West Indies cricketer Runako Morton dies in Car Crash

by Natalie Monique
Former West Indies cricketer, Gingerland, Nevis native Runako Shakur Morton (22 July 1978 – 4 March 2012)died at age 33, in a car accident earlier today.

ESPN reports that around 11 pm, Sunday night, Morton was on his way home from a Cricket match, when his vehicle crashed into a utility pole on the Solomon Hochoy Highway in Chase Village in central Trinidad. His team mates have been extremely disheartened by the tragic news.

Former West Indies Captain, Jamaican born Chris Gayle tweeted: We lost a True Warrior W.I Cricketer Runako Morton-May is soul rest in peace! Our memories together Live On!-My Condolences to his Family πŸ™

Fellow teammate Wavell Hinds also said, “Gone far too soon brother Runako. I will treasure the great memories for sure. R.I.P. God knows best.” Julian Hunte, President of the West indies Cricket Board told sources, “Runako’s passing, still in the prime of life, leaves us all in shock,” Hunte said. “He will be remembered as a fierce competitor on the field who gave no quarter whether he was playing for West Indies, Leeward Islands, Nevis or Trinidad and Tobago. ” England batsman Kevin Pietersen also expressed his shock, he tweeted, “My thoughts go out to Runako Morton’s family this morning… Such sad news!! What a lovely guy & fierce competitor!! RIP bossman!!!”

Runako played 15 tests and 56 One Day Interntaionals for WI, one of the few players hailing from Nevis, one of the smaller Caribbean islands, who represented the West Indies at the international level in Cricket. He made his international debut in 2002 when he was recalled to the team to replace former WI cricketer Marlon Samuels; this was after being expelled from the team in 2001, due to a number of dicisplinary breaches. During his career, Runako was considered a very jovial, well-loved person and very talented.

Morton is survived by his wife Leiselle Morton and three children, the youngest, aged one year old. RIP Runako… another young brother taking the Caribbean to the world, gone too soon.

NEW!! Video: 2012 Digicel International Soca Monarch Semi-Final performances

Last night the Digicel International Soca Monarch and Play Whe Groovy Soca Monarch 2012 Semi-Finals went into full gear at the Arima Velodrome. Stay tuned right here, for the confirmed finalists who will battle for the Soca Monarch title on Friday, February 17th, 2012.

‘Mr Fete’ Machel Montano took home the 2011 Soca Monarch crown… now who will it be in 2012?

Check out a few of the performances from last night’s 2012 Soca Monarch Semi-finals:

NEW!! With help from China, each family in Guyana will now have a laptop


by Natalie Monique
Guyana launched a program yesterday, where each Guyanese family would receive a laptop. The drive which is called, ‘One Laptop Per Family’ issued the first 1000 families with Haier notebooks yesterday, with another 4000 to be handed out this week.
The laptops cost in excess of US$1.4 million. (GY$280 million)

Sources say Haier won the bid for the program, and are currently in plans to start up a manufacturing plant in Guyana to assemble computers and other electronics for the Caribbean market. According to the Guyana Times, 57, 000 devices will arrive in the island, and the funds for the remaining 33, 000 have already been finalized from the Chinese government. A total of 90, 000 laptops will be issued by the end of the program.

The criteria for persons allowed to apply was, ‘….single parents, persons with disabled family members, and persons with income of Gy$50,000 and less.’

Guyanese President told sources that, β€œThe goal is not just to get [a] laptop in every home, but to ensure that within three years, every single Guyanese is computer literate….We want to be the most computer literate country in the world.”
He said the country is looking to the Information and Communcation Sector to drive and create wealth into Guyana. The President also encouraged parents to monitor the sites children visit, and for recipients not to sell their devices.

As part of the program, each recipient of a laptop is required to give 30 hrs of training to the other members of the household. This initiative follows the recent move for various public facilities throughout the island to increase their internet connection, due to a fibre optic cable coming in from Brazil, that should be completed they say, by the end of the year.

Amazing…Taking the Caribbean to the world through Technology!!!!