Zaheer Clarke & ZFLS cops recognition at 2016 PAJ Journalism Awards

By Zaheer’s Facts, Lies and Statistics

Published November 28, 2016


Zaheer E. Clarke (left) and his elated wife, Kimsacha Williams-Clarke, at The National Journalism Awards function on November 26, 2016.

Last week Saturday, the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) recognized Zaheer’s Facts, Lies and Statistics (ZFLS), and its editor-in-chief, Zaheer E. Clarke, at the National Journalism Awards function for outstanding work in journalism.

Though Clarke was a little disappointed to miss out on the major awards this year, he and Jamaica Gleaner’s Michael Abrahams were recognized with Certificates of Merit for their outstanding pieces in the Opinion Journalism section while ZFLS was the sole recipient of recognition – a Certificate of Merit – in the Best News, Sports or Current Affairs Blog category. Interestingly, Clarke and Abrahams were the only columnists recognized in the Morris Cargill Award for Opinion Journalism category, thus inadvertently sharing the unofficial 2016 Columnist of the Year title. Additionally, for the second year running ZFLS copped the Blog of the Year title. Continue reading

Lewis Hamilton, Quit Whining and Drive

 By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published November 14, 2016

Lewis Hamilton has been whining about his engine and other mechanical issues with Mercedes this season. Hamilton needs to quit complaining and drive his heart out for the championship.

Locally, the popular names in Motorsports are David Summerbell Junior, Doug “Hollywood” Gore and Kyle Gregg, all of who gave the fans a treat at last month’s Heroes of Speed event at the Dover Raceway.

On the international scene, though, the actions of one of the leading names in Motorsports have been gnawing on my consciousness for a while. Interestingly, several of my friends and those of my own race have been giving him a colossal pass. Who is the individual? The British driver, Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton is the reigning world champion of Formula 1 racing, the pinnacle of Motorsports internationally. Continue reading

West Indies team showed character, fight, and did some things right

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published November 7, 2016

West Indies won the third and final Test match against Pakistan on the back of resolute performances from Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo. 

West Indies' batsman Shane Dowrich hits a shot during third and final Test between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on November 3, 2016. West Indies secured their first victory since May 2015 as opener Kraigg Brathwaite capped a brilliant match with an unbeaten half-century in the third Test against Pakistan. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Shane Dowrich embraces Kraigg Brathwaite after securing victory, Pakistan v West Indies, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 5th day, November 3, 2016.

Oh, Happy Day (Oh, Happy Day)!
Oh, Happy Day (Oh, Happy Day)!

In the past month, I have had many sleepless nights. By 12 a.m. each night, I would switch on my telly to Ten Cricket or Ten 3 TV channels and begin preparing my midnight snack. I would watch the pre-day of play discussions for the West Indies versus Pakistan series, taking keen interest to what the commentators and analysts had to say about this young West Indies coterie. As play progressed, promptly at 1 a.m., I would settle on the couch, observing each stroke played and ball bowled by this young West Indies team. Sometime between 4 a.m. to 5 a.m., I would lose the fight against sleep and by 6 a.m., I would be up again getting ready to head out to work which starts at 8 a.m.

For the past two years, I have been speaking about the West Indies’ abysmal record against the top-7 teams in world cricket (Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka) since January  1, 2000. For the past 16 years, West Indies won only two matches on away tours: against England in 2000 and against South Africa in 2007. However, that changed to three wins last week Thursday when West Indies defeated Pakistan in the meaningful third Test in the United Arab Emirates. For many it might not seem meaningful, West Indies was once again showing a credible performance after a series was lost. However, it had several positive aspects though we must taper our geyser-like enthusiasm. Continue reading