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‘Proroguing’ Congress, Legislature worth consideration

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 2:00 pm

Regular Sweet Talk readers know I enjoy looking at newspapers from other areas and many have been nice enough to drop off for me a copy of a paper they’ve picked up when traveling.

Just last week, Ronnie Migues dropped off a copy of the Saturday Express from Tobago, Trinidad.

I read that the word we recognize as tobacco was a derived from Tobago.

The Express was a thick tabloid publication, its format like that we use for our cookbook or other special sections.

There were numerous stories about national politics, and one in particular caught my eye with a headline, “Ex-minister takes issue with proroguing Parliament.”

I looked up “proroguing” and discovered it’s putting an end to a session of parliament, but differs from a recess or an adjournment, which do not officially end a session, and also differs from dissolution of parliament.

So as best I can follow it, proroguing parliament is like the head of the government calling for a time out.

Governor General Sir Carlisle Glean “prorogued” the parliament to avoid a debate on a motion of no confidence in his administration, the second one in four months.

There appears a lot of turmoil in Trinidad’s government, with firings and resignations of top government ministers.

Maybe we ought to consider proroguing Congress or our Legislature when they’re getting a bit too wild?

Proroguing — some locals might think it’s one of the canoe-like boats Cajuns are famous for, or maybe some sort of fancy pastry you get at a bakery.

But now you and I know better.

Getting lots of space in the sports section of the Trinidad paper was cricket, the distant cousin of baseball we see played in England and around the world, especially in places with British influences.

Like baseball, there are a bat and ball, though the bat is more like a paddle. Two teams of 11 players each compete, one batting to try to score runs while the other bowls and fields.

Instead of putting the batters out, they are dismissed.

Like baseball, there are innings.

Unlike baseball, I’ve read a full cricket match can last up to five days (though there are breaks in the action).

That made me wonder about the price of tickets and how you buy them … for the whole five days, or by the inning? Not much point in going to the first day of a five-day match?

Wife Gladys’ sister’s two boys, Justin and Mitchell, are Australian and when playing ball in the backyard, they look for what I’d describe as a paddle, not a bat — interested in a game about which their Uncle Will cannot offer any tip.

There was a notice to cocoa farmers in the Trinidad newspaper.

I read Trinidad supplies about 2 percent of the world’s cocoa supply, but that it produces “fine flavoured” cocoa beans which are supposed to be of a superior quality, produced in Trinidad and only eight other countries.

Many names were less familiar sounding, like a notice I saw that Jamie Chotoo Ramhit and Natalie Chotoo were no longer involved with a particular local company.

WILL CHAPMAN is publisher of The Daily Iberian.

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