UPDATE: 31th October 2010 @ 12:52 p.m – Tobago and Grenada remains under a Tropical Storm Warning
FROM The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services
Date: Sunday 31st of October 2010
FLOOD POSSIBILITY EXISTS FOR TOBAGO AND NORTHERN
AND EASTERN TRINIDAD.
Over the past twelve (12) hours, Tobago and
specifically Northern and Eastern parts of
Trinidad, experienced prolonged periods of
rainfall, some of which were heavy and
accompanied by gusty winds.
The feeder band into Tomas remains over both
islands and while satellite and radar imagery
show some degree of weakening there are still few
areas of intense convection in the vicinity of
Tobago that can produce additional rainfall.
Grounds are waterlogged in the above mentioned
areas and with surface runoff there is the
possibility of further flooding to those regions
already inundated. There have also been reports
of landslides in eastern parts of Tobago.
Trinidad but more so Tobago will continue to see
some periods of light rain and/or showers and the
isolated thundershower with improvement to more
settled conditions as the day progresses.
October 29th 2010
A vigorous tropical waveis approaching Trinidad and Tobago and it has a 80% chance of turning into a tropical storm in 48 hours. This doesn’t look good for a population that had to put up with extremely bad weather for the rainy season and continues to weather the Clico financial crisis with desperate threats from formerly-rich policyholders. The 6:25 am bulletin from the Met Services states “The leading periphery of the wave should begin affecting Trinidad and Tobago during the late afternoon/evening. Moderate to heavy showers can be expected along with isolated thundershowers capable of producing 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. These downpours can yield moderate to severe street or flash flooding and strong bursts of gusts in excess of 50kmh.
As the wave continues to intensify and move closer to Trinidad and Tobago showery activity can yield 3 to 4 inches and possibly 5 to 6 inches from early Saturday into Sunday. Wind speeds with gusts in excess of 55kmh are likely.”
When this system turns into a storm it will be called Tropical Storm Tomas
This severe weather may put a damper on Halloween Celebrations this year as the system has a good chance of intensifying into a tropical depression and then storm before the first withch’s mini-skirt is hemmed even shorter.
Most people are not afraid to get scared and some even will pay money to do so. With all the recent talk about the new movie, Paranormal Activity 2 and how people are jumping several times and several inches during the movie, I decided to make a list of some of the movies, I found scary. Scary doesn’t always mean jumping at every bang or appearance of an ugly face, but it means being afraid to sleep with lights off at night for weeks or months after viewing.
Some of the best movies ever made are scary movies, but you will never find most of them being nominated for, much less winning any mainstream awards. Maybe the movie world still think boring an audience into a coma is art. I know people who went to see scary movies due to office peer pressure and faked bravery by sitting with their eyes closed or looking at the vibrating head of the person in front of them for the entire movie. Those people are known as wimps and should be exposed for what they are. I like scary movies because it takes my mind away from the scary parts of daily life. Things like slow moving traffic in the Beetham, the price of tomatoes, or seeing a rapidly aging Colm Imbert on TV.
I made a poll to select the scariest movies ever made, the results of which will be used for nothing in particular except fun.
The public has the impression that the Clico Policyholders Group (CPG), comprising a small percentage of the population of Trinidad and Tobago, is trying to flex its hot-air inflated muscle to bully the rest of the citizens of the country to get back all the toys it freely loaned to Clico to play with plus some extra ones. The public also feels the CPG, in its desperation, contracted an unpopular, unloved lawyer to deliver bully-talk to the population. The Group appears to be trying to terrorize billions in lunch money out of the pockets of people who either didn’t have the money or intelligence to give the Clico dice throwers to gamble with. The Group must understand that despite some policy holders falling on hard times because of the fiasco, the unemployed, the sick, the hungry, the over taxed, and the corruption-battered don’t want to be sacrificed to make the policyholders happy during this extended guava season.
I don’t think all is lost for the CPG as some of the most brilliant business minds in the land, who are also policyholders and members of the CPG, have issued press releases which conjure up the image the bailout won’t cost citizens anything “much.” It’s not that the Group will not be bailed out but the Group seems to want its black cake baked with the finest imported, dried fruits and soaked with Angostura Single Barrel Rum, all at the expense of the country whose citizens will have to settle for the crumbs of a stale Kiss cake. That is what the public is seeing.
Freja shows a nipple but it is skillfully hidden by the author of this blog for obvious but not esthetic reasons
Dutch supermodel, Freja Beha Erichsen showed one nipple in a recent issue of Rollingstone Magazine, and now I am worried. You might wonder why I am concerned about this show of woman power by a supermodel since supermodels, and even regular looking women, have been showing nipples in both public and private places for centuries before and after the bra was invented, without any uproar, but with plenty appreciation. What I am apprehensive about is that the photo appeared in the same issue of Rollingstone as the magazine’s latest interview with US President Obama. If Obama was ever caught reading this excellent interview where he defends himself against the blame and hate that is now being wrongfully directed to himself and his party, the sensation-greedy people might mistakenly think he was into nipples instead of the truth.
Obama on the cover of Rollingstone Magazine, again.
The sign which Ish and Steve will be wearing if they ever make it to US prison
The United States of America is not a country where convicted people are stoned but rumor has it that Ish and Steve are spending large sums of money on lawyers because they are afraid of getting stones pelted at their faces and butts in a US prison. Usually innocent people can’t wait for their day in court to prove their innocence, so I am puzzled as to why the dynamic duo called Ish and Steve are fighting so hard against this. Maybe they are true patriots and prefer our known, local judges to those foreign, unknown ones. I suppose the duo know more about the crime they are accused of than me, a taxpayer who is yet to figure out how to launder money without a washing machine.
Ish and Steve
The families of Ish and Steve should be aware the average citizen really don’t give a ship or yacht about the pair. The average citizen is fed up of hearing about Ish and Steve and just wish them their due. I don’t know what they deserve, but I am thankful they are not my friends, acquaintances or relatives since I hate coming up with idiotic press releases that only anger non-corrupt citizens battered by two consecutive corrupt regimes. To be honest, based on how the media photographs and file video make these two look, they should be serving time for looking like imitation mob bosses disguised as crooked businessmen but I am only joking and not implying innocence.
Judging by the amount of big boys waiting for arrest then conviction for corruption in Trinidad and Tobago, a Faculty of Forensic Accounting and Public Plundering should be established at UWI and not UTT for obvious reasons. The average citizen is aware that if the country sinks to the point of little return despite years of oil wealth, it will be because of the extreme greed of of some very evil men who deserve all the stones a prison can throw at their orifices.
I will say this again for those who are tempted to get into corruption because their day job doesn’t pay enough to afford a couple extra women, educate their 3-CXC brats “abroad” plus retire in luxury in Miami; before you start, know how yuh want yuh arse finished.
Fear of Corruption (FoC) – pronounced eff.oh.see and not the way you are saying it – has taken over the country and if it is allowed to continue we will get nothing done but in an honest and transparent manner that will make everyone happy but miserable. Once FoC is allowed to go unchecked the not-so-hidden and personal agendas of sleazy news editors and Opposition cronies will take precedence over the good of the country. FoC is now too common in countries where millions and even billions were stolen by briefly trusted big boys of Government. Because of this trauma experienced by citizens, the replacement big boys are scrutinized by the public and the media with an even more powerful magnifying glass but regardless of the magnifying glass, those suffering from FoC will always see what they want to see and what they want to see is the misleading but attention-grabbing headlines of those newspapers with plummeting readership as true.
Fear is contagious. You can catch it ~ Neil Ggaiman
People with FoC are usually unable to see the facts. It doesn’t matter what the money is being spent on or even if the transaction is as transparent as good quality see-through underwear. That is the way of the real world and it is a world of being damned if you do and damned if you don’t. So what should trusted public officials do to help reduce FoC? The only way I see that FoC can be reduced is by doing everything out in the open and doing it morning, noon and twice at night. Once that is done the public’s FoC will end.
This Beach Called Life, the blog you are reading, finally received one million visits a few hours ago but this feat took over 3 years to accomplish. Some blogs do 1,000,000 visits in 3 months but this blog is not that type of blog despite efforts to become one. There isn’t much to say on reaching a million only that the second million will depend on even more luck as the competition for blog space and corrupt minds grows. A million is just a number and like eight inches, might seem big, small or typical depending what you are familiar with.
A casual and even formal look at the visits per post shows that Victoria’s Secrets models are very popular and a Topless Latoya Woods did not do too badly considering the amount of time she was exposed for in this blog and in front of photographers. I am particularly happy for Zoe Saldana’s Star Trekking ways, Freida Pinto’s Pretty Face, Megan Fox’s Sex Symbol and the nudity shown by Jessica Alba and Kate Winslet. I am always amazed at how Lose Women in Tight Jeans and local porn can get people to come.
This blog contains 635 post so far and if you are one of those who are curious which are the most popular post, here are the top 45:
Today is China‘s big day, 双十节 or Double Ten, but it is even more special this year as people like me get to blog about Triple Ten. Because the chances are close to zero that I will live to see another Triple Ten I am posting my tribute to China and their contribution to Trinidad and Tobago and the world.
China’s best kept secret isn’t the melamine in the milk, the Geely Tiger GT, Liu Xiaobo or the name of the owner of the Gunapo Church. China’s best kept secret is 25 year-old Ayi Jihu (吉胡阿依) who is being called China’s Madonna by people who are authorized to do these things. If you look at some of Ayi’s videos on YouTube you will notice she can wine quite well by communist standards, a skill she developed while living in London, a city more cosmopolitan and has as much wining as Port of Spain during Carnival time. Ayi Jihu sold more than 100 million downloads of her music in China, which I assume, is a great achievement given China’s population of 1.4 billion. She is considered an R&B star and Ayi is going places like Bollywood where she is due to appear in a production soon.
I admire the Chinese not just for their ability to beat up, torture, then jail dissidents when needed, but for their ability to become leaders in the manufacture of everything from computer motherboards to people. The Chinese I know in Trinidad and Tobago are smart and this might be so because when China has to export people their pool to choose from is large. Here in Trinidad and Tobago, our pool is small so even with laptops for many by 2020 we may still have to depend on oil and gas money rather than scattered brains to make ends meet. Drill, drill, drill! China is on target to attaining world dominance but this will only happen when they conquer the last two frontiers – the automobile and winer-gul industries. Look out Toyota and Trinidad and Tobago, China is coming in your way.
And now for the traditional Chinese version of the post above:
The gasoline and diesel subsidy in Trinidad and Tobago will be about $TT2.7 billion this year and the Government is looking at ways of reducing this subsidy, probably to reduce the national debt, and to pay off rich Clico investors who are itching to use their funds to buy more houses in Florida. The Government is proposing to reduce the fuel subsidy by encouraging the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) once again. Personally, I think this is another pie-in-the-sky plan since CNG has failed to take off in Trinidad and Tobago every time a ruling regime tries to reintroduce its use despite the enormous potential for corruption in its implementation.
If the Government wants to reduce the fuel subsidy there are simpler and less corrupt ways to do it and those ways simply mean people should wake up and smell the lotus flower and drive smart. Driving smart will reduce fuel consumption which means less fuel to subsidize. To drive smart you only need to observe some simple guidelines as follows:
Don’t drive aggressively or like an idiot. Accelerate slowly even in traffic and never cross the speed limit unless the perfect opportunity to tailgate a speeding ambulance arises. Some say you can improve your gas mileage by as much as 30% by following this rule. You will also be less likely to kill innocent people due to your natural born stupidity.
Remove excess weight. This would mean not only to encourage your passengers to lose 50 pounds apiece but also the removal of things you mindlessly carry around in the trunk like Tiger Woods autographed golf clubs, wet Speedo swimming trunks and bikinis, crates of bananas, and scaffolding removed from the Gunapo Church site. Depending on the amount of weight you shed, you can improve mileage by 1 or even 2 percent.
Avoid excessive idling. This would be near impossible if you are into URP, CEPEP, or work at any Government Office that interfaces with the public but every little reduction in idle time will help the economy.
Buy cars with good fuel economy like the Toyota Corolla with a 1.5 cc VVT engine or the Honda Civic with a 1.6 cc iVTEC engine. There are many other cars with good fuel economy on the market locally but try to avoid those foreign-used cars since most dealers are not honest but have a talent for selling Eskimos ice and politicians corruption. Their public image of honesty can be very deceptive.
This is how airline flight safety instructions should be delivered. I have always been a firm believer in the old adage from the Wright brothers, “flying should be fun, sexy and successful.” Yes, we all need to pay strict attention to airline safety instructions but judging from the amount of passengers who scream and bawl when a pilot announces the aircraft is going to hit the ground in an unplanned location and manner, you know the passengers were not paying attention earlier. This is an example of how the Philippines’ Cebu Pacific Airlines make customer safety and attention their number one priority. Obviously Cebu Pacific requires flight attendants to not only be able to dance but to be attractive, young, females who look good in tight orange tops. Passengers want more that a half pack of peanuts and a cold beverage delivered from random looking people in uniforms, passengers want to be happy while they are still alive.