ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has described the late Peter Short as “an extraordinary man” who was a “powerful voice” in the elevation of cricket in the Caribbean.In a statement released late yesterday, the WICB said it is saddened to hear of the passing of its former president and secretary following a lengthy illness in Barbados.Short, who also served as WICB’s representative on the International Cricket Council (ICC), died early Tuesday morning at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 89.”The directors, management and staff of the WICB send our collective, heartfelt condolences to the Short family and pledge to honour his life and legacy,” said WICB president Dave Cameron.”He was an extraordinary man. There are many in the Barbados and West Indies cricket community who will deeply mourn his passing, as his was a life of service, compassion and excellence.”Longest tenureShort was the longest-serving president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) between 1973 and 1993 before resigning to take up the presidency of the the WICB, which he held until 1996. He was first elected to the board of management of the BCA in 1964 and became its president when he succeeded Eric Inniss, who died suddenly in office. Only twice during his leadership of the BCA was Short challenged for the post.In 1989, Short was awarded Barbados’ Silver Crown of Merit for his contribution to cricket.Short, who was born in Trinidad and was married to a Barbadian, is a former captain of Barbados Division One champions Wonderers. He was also a cricket commentator from 1957 until 1979, covering every first-class and Test match at Kensington Oval.Short was predeceased by his wife, Ann, but leaves to mourn his son, Walter; daughters, Sally and Susan, along with four grandchildren.
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This article has been updated and was originally published as “The 10 Cheapest Pets to Own” on April 5, 2013.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedThe Complete Guide to Independent Work for Seniors and RetireesJuly 3, 2019In “Financial Planning”Natural Disasters: How to Prepare for the UnthinkableOctober 1, 2019In “Family Finances”How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Boat?July 25, 2013In “Financial IQ” The science is in – owning a pet makes you happier.That may not be groundbreaking insight, but in the midst of a mental health epidemic, many Americans are looking to furry friends for help. A pet can provide companionship, stimulation and routine – all things that mental health professionals recommend to combat depression and anxiety.Still, many would-be pet owners balk at the high costs associated with caring for the most popular pets. Especially if you’re new to pet ownership, dropping hundreds on a cat or dog can seem outrageous, and for many people it’s just not a financially viable option.That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the cheapest pets – so you can get a new friend without getting a second job.Hermit CrabThey may not the cuddliest option on the list, but hermit crabs can make for great pets if you’re looking for an inexpensive, low-maintenance and laid-back companion. Costs of owning a hermit crab include a tank with a vented lid, drinking and humidity sponges, food, water and dishes to put it in, climbing wood and a humidity gauge.Consistency is key for these tiny crustaceans, so they’re not a great option for owners who won’t be around a lot. Humidity is their lifeblood, and responsible hermit crab owners will need to water and mist their little friend at least once a day to keep them happy and healthy. They also need a clean environment, which means cleaning the cage once a week and changing out the sand monthly.GoldfishThere’s a reason why these tiny freshwater fish have been a mainstay in American households since their introduction to the continent in 1850. They’re inexpensive, interesting to watch and incredibly low maintenance. If you keep them fed and regularly clean their environment, a goldfish can live as long as twenty years.While a classic goldfish bowl is the image most associated with housing these fish, most experts these days recommend a filtered tank to keep the environment clean. While the initial cost of that tank can get a little pricey, the only additional expense is food. Goldfish themselves are incredibly cheap, usually costing no more than a few bucks each. Also, the tank can be reused indefinitely if you continue to own fish.BudgerigarBudgie for short, this mini-parakeet is perfect for someone looking to really bond with their pet. They’re incredibly social animals, so prospective owners will need to hang out with them for at least an hour a day – or get them a birdie companion. Like parakeets, they’ll perch on your finger or shoulder and mimic words.Besides a birdcage, costs of owning a budgie boil down to the basics – food, water and maybe an eye patch when you dress them up as a pirate for Halloween. You can realistically walk out of the pet store with a budgie and all the necessary accoutrements for under $100.Leopard GeckoFor reptile-lovers, the best bet is the leopard gecko. Unlike many lizards, these little dinosaurs and friendly and sociable once they get to know you.Much like a fish, the most substantial cost is going to be a habitat, likely ranging from $100-200. Besides that, you’ll need some lighting, a moist shelter for shedding that can easily be constructed at home and heat pads or tape depending on the temperature of your house.Leopard geckos eat live insects and worms, which should run less than $10 a week.Guinea PigWhen it comes to classic household pets, you can’t do better than the guinea pig. They’re cuddly, entertaining and a short time commitment at a five year lifespan. While not the cheapest pet on this list, they’re much more affordable than just about every other kind of mammal.Besides an appropriately-sized cage, guinea pigs will need bedding and hay that gets changed regularly. Guinea food is relatively cheap, but they can also thrive on leftover vegetable scraps. If you can’t regularly spend time with your critter, they’ll probably need a companion to remain happy.AntsIf you’re looking for low-cost, low-maintenance companions, look no further than an ant farm. They may not provide the bonding opportunities you’d find with some of the other pets on our list, but watching an ant farm grow and develop can be incredibly stimulating for the right kind of person.Modern ant farms are often made with a clear, edible gel that allows you to watch your ants tunnel. A traditional sand or dirt farm will require regular feeding and watering, but no additional responsibilities. The ants and farms will often be sold separately, but even the more expensive setups won’t end up costing much more than $50.