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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 🙁
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.
by Natalie Monique
Trinidad and Tobago Prime MInister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar recently returned from a 12 day State visit to India, where she was able to accomplish both business and personal ventures. She got the opportunity to visit her ancestral village in Bihar, where she was welcomed by 100,000 villagers in cultural style.
The India Times described the moment, ‘A helicopter carrying Kamla Persad Bissessar, the first woman prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, descended on a specially constructed helipad near the village in Itarhi block of Buxar district, about 125 km from state capital Patna, amid tight security….The moment she arrived here, there was a roar of applause and cheering from the waiting crowds for the ‘pradhanmantri beti’ or ‘daughter PM’, officials said.’ She was accompanied by a 25-member delegation, including her husband as well as other Trinidadians.
We recently carried a story highlighting her visit, Mrs Persad-Bissessar was greeted in royal, red carpet style in India, arriving in a Jet and other treatment considered by some to be somewhat lavish. Some persons have taken to the internet to voice their mixed feelings on the visit. They are questioning the ‘legitimacy’ of the trip as a State visit, and the ‘possible’ economic repercussions on the Trinidad people.
However speaking with Trinidad Express, when asked about the number of people on the mission to India, the PM said, “My delegation consists of my ministers and their support staff. I am not in a position to say how many delegates accompanied me exactly, but the expenditure for me and my delegates was paid for completely by the Indian government and I am very thankful for that. Apart from my delegation there are other people who have accompanied me on this trip and they have come here at their own cost.”
The Prime Minister has also told TE that a full report will be submitted shortly to the Trinidad Parliament, on the mission and achievements of the trip, the total number of of persons who participated and the total cost. “Each time we travel, we have reported and indicated what we will do, and on our return, we have been accounting to the people through Parliament and media briefings….when Parliament sits, we will continue with good governance measures to report to you all,” In regards to the length of the trip, she highlighted that most of the time was spent travelling, four days for just flight time alone.
Sources say, ‘according to an official record sent by the Trinidad and Tobago government to Bihar, Persad Bissessar’s great-grandfather Ram Lakhan Mishra had left Bhelupur in 1889.’ “She thanked villagers and reminded them of the close relations she shared with them for generations. She recalled that other descendents were living in this village,” and thye say, according to officials, villagers gifted her a chunk of its soil and a silver crown. She also planted five trees — neem, pakad, pipal, ashok and barh near her ancestral home.
Below are a couple photos that were posted on the PM’s Facebook page of her recent feat:
It is reported that about 150 people from Trinidad and Tobago accompanied her on the trip to India, included in her delegation was famous cricketer Brian Lara. He said, “I quite enjoyed this trip as this time I came here not as a cricketer but as an ambassador.” PM Persad-Bissessar said told sources the trip was not about ‘finding her roots’, she said, “Finding one’s roots is a fairly modern concept. If I had to do so I would come here personally by myself like I have done in the past.”
by Natalie Monique
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in a recent public speech said, “We are looking for market in India. We are offering oil and natural gas and our expertise on the same. India needs LNG (Liquified Natural Gas), they can get more energy from us.”
PM Bissessar spoke at a dinner at the Bengal Chamber in Kolkata, “We are offering several incentives as part of our policy. We want the Bollywood filmmaking industry to go there (Trinidad and Tobago).” The policy will offer any potential Film producer, who chooses to shoot in Trinidad and Tobago, not only exotic and authentic locations but also Pre and Post production facilities and a Rebate program.
Check out clips from the $12m Bollywood film (2010), ‘Dulha Mil Gaya,’ directed by Mudassar Aziz, premiered in 2010, shot in Trinidad and Tobago
Bloomberg Business Week states Trinidad is currently the largest exporter of LNG to the US, though exports have fallen due to rising US shale gas production. Having recently converted from an oil-based economy to becoming natural-gas based. Roughly half of Trinidad’s natural gas production is converted into liquefied gas at a local facility and currently exports to continental United States, Puerto Rico, Spain and Dominican Republic.
Prime Minister Bissessar recently concluded a State Visit to the country. The Hindu sources say, she referred to India as the ‘Grandmother’, (most of the (island’s) population has its origin in India), hence holds a special bond, just as the love between a Grandmother and her grandchildren. She told the Indian communties, “Let your children get education. This is the only passport out of poverty….the only way to lift the nation.” She herself has deep origins there, she visited places such as, Kolkata, a place where most Trinidad ancestors left from, migrating to T&T as indentured servants. She also ‘re-visited’, Bhelepur, Bihar where her family originated, which based on reports seemed to be a bitter-sweet, touching experience for her.
During her trip, after talks with Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh; PM Bissessar signed a series of agreements with India, regarding Education, Air Services, Culture, Traditional medicines, and Agriculture in the hope of marketing Trinidad, to become a worldwide brand. Mrs Persad-Bissessar addressed many issues while abroad, she highlighted in one speech the fact that the beauty of the Diaspora in the Caribbean was its ability to maintain its culture while creating ‘the fabric of a new home’. She mentioned the large Indo-Trinidadian community who maintained the culture through dress, foods, music and ceremonies but also the development of the actual ‘Trinibagonian’ culture.
This is a good look for PM Bissessar on another of her ventures to promote Trinidad and the Caribbean Taking the Caribbean to the worlddddd!!!! She has promised to give a full account of her trip to Parliament shortly, however check out a few pics and video, posted on her Facebook page.