Trinidad and Tobago Weather
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 wave is 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.”
You can check for updates here: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services
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.
May the storm veer north even more.
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.
What men dream of in prison
Ishmael Samad attempted to make either a symbolic or real citizen’s arrest of Calder Hart using a well constructed sledge hammer on Mr. Hart’s gate. The incident was seen on the 7’oclock news and the blows to the gate showed that the decorative pieces on the gate were poorly welded on. If I were Calder Hart, I would have blown a fuse and immediately have a stern word with the welder. What I think is more worrying is that, for the country’s sake, I hope the welder was not involved in welding at any of the country’s newest jewels put together by Mr. Hart, and possibly, his friends and family. I also pray, for worshipers sake, this welder did not fabricate anything for the church in Gunapo.
The press reported that the police was on the scene within 15 minutes and Mr. Samad was held for questioning for over an hour, the same length of time the Anti Corruption Bureau spent “interrogating” Mr. Hart. The difference between Mr. Hart and Mr. Samad is that Mr. Hart flew back to Miami and Mr. Samad was hopefully released on bail. I am sure when certain Government officials hear about this latest attack on the gate of this outstanding citizen’s home, a fit will be thrown since they may have also used the same welder. Mr. Samad did not resist arrest and went on the tray of the police pickup under police orders which is not an approved or safe way of transporting people. But this is Trinidad and Tobago where lawlessness of Police Officers is as common as dry taps, bush fires and an unfinished billion-dollar stadium.
I think Mr. Samad was brave to do what he did and many citizens, fed up of the Government’s inability to arrest Government’s contempt towards the public, must be proud of Mr. Samad’s actions. Mr. Samad now joins the ranks of Percy Villafana as yet another Citizen Supreme. The Government will no doubt call Samad’s actions wrong and may even consider it an act of terrorism by those who are now quaking in their boots. What the Government will fail to say and realize is that the actions of Mr. Samad was understandable given the public’s perception that this Government was the most corrupt in the nation’s history. The public also holds the view this Government will do anything to promote and encourage dishonesty in dealing with the public’s purse. Mr Samad’s actions is not an everyday occurrence and it is as a result of the level of frustration most citizen’s are feeling about what is seen as the intentional mismanagement of the country’s resources for the good of a chosen few.
Hounding – to pursue with or as if with hounds ~ Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Trinidad and Tobago is a democratic country where the Government is voted into office and voted out of office by a population who believes manna will fall from Heaven via the Government. In extreme circumstances, when a Government behaves in a hostile and arrogant manner towards the public for a number of years , a Government can be hounded into shame and out of office. Sometimes Government appointed public officials who enjoy the protection and praise of the Government even after strong evidence points to them doing wrong with the public’s purse, are hounded out of office and into high-priced condos in Miami. In recent times, Government Ministers who are fond of behaving arrogantly and using bullying tactics against the population have spoken out against the principle of hounding because these Ministers are shaking in their boots and high-heels. These Ministers are now widely viewed as being corruption supporters and idiots whereas previously they were simply know as idiots.
The principle of hounding is as old as the hound dog itself and was developed in democratic countries as a tool to prevent democratic leaders from pulling wool over people’s eyes for an extended period of time. Hounding is a form of empowerment and sometimes the only tool the public can use to get redress from oppressive democratically elected leaders who think during their elected period they could mash up the place and build in Guanapo as they see fit. Without the ability to hound, a democratic society might as well become a dictatorship and subject itself to the rule of an Attorney General whose brain and eyebrows are clearly on the dotish side. Hounding is an essential tool used in democratic countries to keep a country free from oppressive, insane and sometimes, stupid people. Taking away people’s ability to hound public officials out of office is like taking away people’s ability to wine on Carnival days.
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog
Cryin’ all the time
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog
Cryin’ all the time
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit
And you ain’t no friend of mine
From the song Hound Dog, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
The visible signs of success in Trinidad and Tobago used to be having a big foreign-used car, a thin cell phone and a plane ticket to Miami, but the list just got longer with the addition of the pressure washer. Almost every household in Trinidad and Tobago now boast a pressure washer with nosy neighbors peeping into yards to see how much moss still resides in their neighbors’ driveways. Most citizens in Trinidad and Tobago consider household moss a serious condition and to some, a condition as serious as Government people awarding Government contracts to family members. Now, when neighbors meet the conversations always start with the new property tax but ends up with a discussion about how much PSI they get from their pressure washers and whether it is gas or electric from Bagwansingh’s. Neighbors with a gas pressure washer feel they have the advantage over those neighbors owning the electric variety since gas makes more impressive noises than the Blimp and is just as useful in combating crime.
Pressure washers, especially gas washers, are as noisy as lawn mowers and it takes roughly eight hours to pressure wash one driveway and send four neighbors insane. Pressure washers are like cell phones and once you use it you are hooked – it’s like driveway porn. If it were possible for WASA to be disturbed I am sure they would be concerned by the popularity of the pressure washer and the way it uses water without sending up customers’ water bills. Unfortunately, WASA is yet to discover that meters are important in preventing whole day pressure washing episodes which is threatening to become a serious drain on the nation’s water like the Government is on the treasury. When people buy and use air conditioning, they pay T&TEC for the privilege, but when people pressure wash, only the moss and taxpayers pay.
Economist Mary King wrote in the Trinidad and Tobago Express on November 30th 2009 “In this recession or whatever, the Government has not reduced its spending to fall in line with its income. Its income from the energy sector was TT$25.7 billion in 2007-2008, TT$11.7 billion in 2008-2009 and is expected to be TT$7.7 billion in 2009-2010.” That is a pay-cut of over 66.667%. She went on to explain that the Government is borrowing TT$ 13 billion to continue its spending habits on, I assume, things like flagpoles, scholarships for the boys and girls and The Chinese.
I am no economist or doubles man but the situation looks bleak and since the Government is more into saying things like “the sky is not falling,” “no Private Jet at this time, check me back after CHOGM,” “So what,” “we will not go into a recession. The check clear yet?” and “One more Baily bridge, please” I am not hopeful for the country past Ole Years Day. This shortfall of taxes from its main foreign exchange earner along with Ministers who don’t know their butt from their PM, indicates that the TT dollar might soon be worth less, if not worthless. Hops bread will be the new Miami condo.
With the recent revelations about the handing out of scholarships as if the money belonged to a political party, I would say somebody or bodies should be jailed for the rest of their natural life or lives. People are fed up of the incompetence, arrogance, squandermania, favoritism and spitefulness of this Government to the point where people are now smiling less coherently.
If the price of oil, gas, urea, ammonia and methanol don’t go up substantially and very soon, we will shortly be seeing a Trinidad and Tobago that resembles Curepe Junction on a Saturday morning; hookers and no police and all.