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Published:Sunday | April 24, 2016 | 4:00 AM
An alarmingly high portion of healthcare workers still do not adhere to proper hand washing protocols. Even more disturbing is that it is often not with the attitude of the workers but the availability of water and soap at the institutions.
Gladstone Taylor/ Photographer Gillian (left) and Nordia flaunt their legs in these floral rompers.
Members of the West Indies senior men's and women's teams celebrate together after winning their respective finals of the ICC World Twenty20 and Women's World Twenty20 cricket tournaments.
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West Indian Champions - Selling Me Cricket

Not much of a cricket fan

But what a cricket weekend this one!

If the West Indians were sales persons

They surely sold me cricket!

Our West Indian Men's Team

After a little uniform trouble

Burst the English bubble!

Sharp in cricket gears

The second title in five years

Wait! Carlos Brathwaite

I wonder if there was a woman in the mix

'Six or no fix'

Strike after strike after strike

Six after six after six

Sounded like whips after whips after whips

On the backs of the English

Our West Indians were the masters in the field

A crop of sixes, an abundant yield

Punished with our West Indian bats

Power-hitting slaps that knocked sense

into those who doubted

Country to country I'm sure the fans shouted!

A victorious chase on Thursday

Now a winning beating on Sunday

Champion men, champion women

Champagne popping for the champions

Champion moments!

As repeated winners, our men made history

First time winners, our women made history

Hayley Matthews Player of the Match, one sure to watch!

Stafanie Taylor you too made us proud in Australia

Wait, stick a pin

Australia, Australia, Australia

Last time I wrote, it was a bitter sweet moment

Now pure fireworks of enjoyment

Stafanie, congrats 'Player of the Tournament'!

Batting out the teeth of your opponents

This time no doubt

Your moment was sweet to the mouth!

Your time to blush, my lady.

To everyone, when in doubt, shout

"The West Indians did it, so can I!"

To the West Indian Teams

Congrats on executing your T20 dreams!

We may not always be on the bus with you

But we're always behind it, always behind you

Bowling in the motivation and batting up the support!

Cricket, sold!

- Sandre Lowers

DEM SEY FREE HEALTH CARE

Dem sey free health care, but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Dem sey free health care, but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Dem sey health care free, a wish dat was true eeehhh

Mama haffi buy di cotton and di gauze dun to di stitches

Dem sey health care free a wish dat was true eeehhh

Weh di meds fi mi migraine not even a panadeine?

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Doctors nuh care, nurse nuh care, matron pretend like sey dem

nuh care

Dem operating like a pallet with orderless tier

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Minister of health yu speech neva fair

Yu apologise and resign and den disappear

But the life of the babies still caan reclaim

Yu leave di mothers dem living wid emotional pain

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Hospital resources and facilities are been used for private cases

While regular patients is been pushed back with relentless waiting

How u fi frustrate and disappoint a patient who is hurting?

Do you know the mental preparation for something that you not

anticipating?

Right in front yu eyes these patients are fainting

But, yu still tell dem yu lies, that's very aggravating

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

State of emergency; A.S.A.P.

Patient need treatment wid urgency

Nothing to rely on? No security?

Mama need har surgery now, since u sey it free

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

Dem sey free health care but di free and di care disappear

Leave mi health standing in a state of fear

- William Bryan Faulknor

Spring is here

The season brings a warm and tender glow

Not seen in places where there was snow

Where cooling wind whispers gentle lullaby

And all around is gentle, clear blue sky.

Spring see birds and flowers on the bows

Sees meadows filled with goats and cows

Cropping the tender shoots of grass

Spring is here - winter pass.

Various poui blooms hanging on the trees

Sounds of different insects - hum of bees

Spring - you hold my heart in warm embrace

As eyes see only love in lovers face.

When the farmer feels moist earth between his fingertips

Loud laughter escapes his lips

Spring - we welcome you with open arms

We're captured by your ecstatic charms.

- Otis May Wills

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First Love

Oh wow I have found him at last

I can't eat or sleep much less think

I am in love and I think he is too

He has found another love

My heart is broken in pieces

Now my head aches and becomes numb

I can't focus I have lost my first love

I then saw the greatest book on the shelf

I read a few verses and think

Why should I be in dismay

I will return to Jesus, my first love.

- Hortense Francis

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What Time Is It?

"What time is it" , you asked

To inform you then is my task

It's the time to forge ahead and not quit

To stand resolute and negativity resist

Procrastination helps nothing

A fact we all must admit

Past failures and mediocrity forget

No time to reminisce and regret

Nor to burden oneself with doubts and sit and fret

Put away vain and selfish attitude But seek instead to display gratitude

To soar ahead, to gain higher altitude

Requires consistency and fortitude

It's no a time to clutch frailty

But rather to embrace our creativity

While acknowledging our humanity

What time is it?

A time to exhibit confidence and class

To persevere and success grasp

Allow no one to validate you

Nor judge you by your past

Not intimidate you with follicles that will not last

Instead stimulate that power and strength that lies within you

Alienated those fears and cares that once grew

It's a time to illuminate that unique, beautiful and wonderful you

What time is it?

A time to reject discouragement, timidity and abuse

Discontent and despair refuse

Denounce lack and all setbacks

Obliterate descending voices

Confusing and unintelligent noises

It's time to prepare for attack

Forge ahead relentlessly, to keep on track

Then relax and anticipate your jubilant comeback

What time is it?

It's time to stand in the limelight

To overcome and survive in this fight

To garner resilience and determination

Mere dreams and aspirations

will never be accomplished if we are harness by limitations

But we can only achieved and supersede beyond expectations

If we focus on our ultimate destination

Yes, it's a time to exude hope, victory and success

To transcend beyond borders, class and sects

It's a time to be fulfilled

Not a time to sit still.

- Winsome Miles

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