Thursday, April 4, 2019

CHAMPS 2019. PURPLE THE COLOR OF KARMA

CaribZone Commentary
By Aubrey Campbell, Host

Host, The Power Hour -
 Saturdays 12N -1p
WSNR-AM 620 (NYC)





NEW YORK, NY. Monday, April 1, 2019 --
Tom drunk but Tom nuh fool! Said another way (En Otras Palabras), God nuh like ugly!

See if you can figure out where I am going with this! One word hint…stadium!

I am not a Calabar hater, neither am I a Kingston College sympathizer. In scholastic reverence, my allegiance is to Cornwall College! Never mind that as a big school, we could only tally 7 points for a miserable 22 place finish among the 42 schools that were able to score a point or more!

I will take that, under the circumstance, considering that a record 221 schools participated in this year of our Lord!

I am equally proud that a Cornwallian inspired one of the most memorable moment ever in the 109-year history of the national scholastic championships in track & field athletics ‘champs’, partnered by Western Union.

Congratulations to young Daniel Meghoo, his grandmother and WU. Nice gesture, indeed! Promoting academic excellence and the need for book smarts, a masterstroke by all parties concerned.

Coming into ‘champs’, the narrative was not all that positive. Title sponsor GraceKennedy dropped the baton – Americans call it a ‘stick’. ISSA – the sport’s governing body, seemingly turned a blind eye and the management of the Calabar Sporting Academy said there was not enough evidence to convict, in the case brought against two of their form-repeating, star athletes by a faculty member.

The teacher detailed his case against the athletes and gave the school nearly three months to discipline the boys and nothing happened. No action was taken because to do so would be putting their defense of the Mortimer Geddes trophy in double jeopardy!

Are you feeling me?

Nothing would come between the sons of Rabalac and winning at ‘champs’ and so, after assaulting a teacher, the two senior athletes in question, were given the proverbial ‘slap on the wrist’ and sent their merry way.

Just that there is always a greater force at work and this time it worked in favor of Kingston College!

Purple power aside, Karma is a bitch!

The very same two athletes on which Calabar’s hopes of repeating, rest, tanked, big time, and the rest is their story!

Don’t care how the school administration wants to slice and dice it, students who ‘step to’ teachers, must be shown the door, forcefully!

Once upon a time, not so long ago, when the Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, referenced such behavior as akin to ‘leggo beasts’, he almost lost his job, on grounds that his comments were insensitive!
As government minister and a minister of religion, he had seen enough of the decay. Under his watch, his teachers were under siege across the country. The many instances of parents barging onto open, unprotected schoolyards and confronting teachers, are well documented!
Whether you run for your school or your country while still in school, is no basis for indiscipline to go unpunished, because ‘champs’ would not be the same without them!

I don’t think they were missed and good for them!

Congratulations to KC and Edwin Allen, deserving champions for 2019. I have to make one final observation. In recent times, the girl’s crown passed from St. Jago to Vere, to Holmwood, to Edwin Allen. It’s Hydel High time now!
Thank you. You now have the floor!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

POTUS TRUMP AND THE FRIGHTENED FIVE

by Aubrey Campbell

Host, "The Power Hour"
Saturdays, 12n - 1pm
WNSR-AM 620 (NYC)
BROOKLYN, NY. Tuesday, March 26, 2019--–Like the conundrum that it is, I will never understand politics. The ‘trick’ part I think I understand.

Here it is now that after two tenuous years in the White House, Donald Trump has seemingly turned his attention to the Caribbean region, with the intent of ‘undoing’ what regional leaders have been trying to do for decades, unite for the greater good of the community!

So, how come only four of fifteen leaders from the region were invited to Mar-a-Lago, last week, considering that at a high-level meeting in St. Kitts/Nevis, a couple of weeks ago, the consensus was not to interfere in the affairs of another sovereign state, as is Venezuela.

Spokesman for the ‘Frightened Five’, and PM of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, is on record as saying that the first of what is hoped to be many more meetings was promising, in anticipation of further discussions on energy trade, security, and issues to do with peace and stability within the region.

If Andrew and company is ok with being styled by the “pussy-grabbing”, race-baiting, tax-dodging Trump as ‘friends of mine’, then it’s easy to see why the banter about a convicted felon, Mark Myrie being a saint and savior, has merit!

So, Buju did the crime and served his time and while in prison, educated himself to be a better person.

Now a free man, he is attempting to right the wrong and set the ‘record’ straight.
The contrasts and the comparisons are many and varied, and understandably so, especially for me, who will take the easy way out and say, give the man a second chance.

We all deserve a second chance!

But then, what should the complexion of that second chance look like? Should he be treated like a sinner, who gets his feet washed with healing oil, a saint with an island-hopping pilgrimage, or a savior with a cult-like following, the likes of which, before the Ides of March, was reserved only for His Imperial Majesty.

For sure, no one said it was going to be an easy road! Freedom has a price. Always does!

Such is the nature of today’s politics and foreign affairs, and exactly why I will leave it right there!

Michael Roberts and Carlyle McKetty, two gentle scribes with impeccable creds, were kind enough to share their thoughts with my radio audience (WSNR, 620 AM, Noon- 1:00 pm), last Saturday. If you missed it, too bad!

What was heartening and refreshing is the news that after being mired in a constitutional crisis for the past three months, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel for Guyana.

Good grace that President David Granger and his coalition comrades could muster the inner strength to stand firm against Bharrat ‘da brat’ Jagdeo, whose ‘no confidence’ motion is now being exposed for what it is, nothing more than a barefaced power grab!

He’s got ‘X’ on his mind!

Are you with me?

One school of thought is that Granger’s APNU/AFC coalition should call fresh elections, as soon as the voters' list is ready and as soon as GECom is ready with a trained election day staff.

It’s no secret that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is hovering over the republic at this time, the kind of game-changer that can benefit every Guyanese, now and in the foreseeable future, as long as the right leadership is in place, from the get-go.

And that time is now!

Link me inside the (Carib) zone or on air, Saturday, at high noon.

You now have the floor!
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Editor’s note: Aubrey Campbell is host of the Power Hour, noon – 1:00 pm, Saturdays, WSNR (WeeRadio), 620 AM. Join the conversation at 718.509.9001