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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Citizens should prepare for another rainy
day today so walk with your umbrellas,
raincoats and galoshes.
So said senior meteorologist with the T&T
Meteorological Office (Met Office) Carol Subrath-
Subrath-Ali said most parts of T&T should prepare
for rain as the country would experience heavy rainfall.
Yesterday several parts of the country experienced
heavy showers which caused flash flooding in some
areas, including Chaguanas, San Juan/Laventille, near
Grand Bazaar and along Wrightson Road and South
The Priority Bus Route was opened for all traffic
yesterday to allow traffic leaving Port-of-Spain easier
Most of the country experienced cloudy conditions
with periods of rain and showers, some of which
have been moderate to heavy.
The Met Office confirmed the rainfall activity was
due to the passage of a tropical wave over the southern
Caribbean which is interacting with the Inter-Tropical
Convergence Zone (ITCZ).
Subrath-Ali said "tropical waves and ITCZ are
trademarks of the rainy season," so there should not
be any concern for potential storms.
Yesterday the office recorded 50.7 ml for the 24-
hour period. Subrath-Ali said today the Met Office
was expecting the same intensity of rainfall. She
advised citizens to check for bulletins issued by the
Met Office for weather updates.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness Management
(ODPM) also issued an advisory yesterday reminding
citizens if they were affected by the inclement weather
to contact their Customer Care Centre at 511 and
visit our Web site www.odpm.gov.tt for additional
The organisation also advised that after heavy rain-
fall stay inside until water levels subsided and venture
outside only when it was confirmed safe. Do not
walk or drive through flood waters. Be cautious and
vigilant when walking/driving along hillsides or land-
slide-prone areas, it was stated.
The ODPM also noted that T&T was not under
any tropical storm threat, watch or warning.
Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) leader
Ashworth Jack says Tobago West MP Dr Delmon Baker
has not yet officially resigned.
"Dr Baker has signaled his intention to resign. He has
not yet submitted his resignation," Jack told the T&T
He was responding to questions on a report that
Baker hand delivered his resignation to Jack
last Saturday night after a TOP meeting.
Jack said he would wait until Baker ten-
dered his official resignation before he com-
mented on the issue.
He said the two had a cordial exchange
when Baker signaled his intention to resign.
"He would have thanked me for the oppor-
tunity to serve and I would have thanked
him for serving the country," he added.
In August 2014, a breakaway faction of
the TOP, led by Baker, formed a new political
party, the Tobago Forwards.
Baker was appointed Minister of Tobago
Development by Prime Minister Kamla Per-
Former TOP chairman, George Stanley
Beard, is a member of the new group.
Baker, back then explaining the formation
of the new party, said they could not face the 2015
general election with the TOP which was completely
rejected by Tobagonians in the Tobago House of Assembly
The TOP lost every seat, including leader Ashworth s
"...And, therefore, if we go before the population in
May 2015 as the TOP and face another defeat then, in
my respectful view, the TOP at that time would also
have another challenge," Baker said.
Interim chairman of the Tobago Forwards, Anslem
Richards, said the purpose of the new party was to
provide an alternative political choice to Tobagonians.
The Tobago Forward was the "dawn of a new era of
the political landscape in Tobago," he said.
The TOP split into two factions after the January 2013
The dissident faction, led then by Beard, called on
Jack and the TOP executive to resign.
Jack did not resign.
A good samaritan came to the rescue of these
stranded pedestrians during flash flooding in Port-
of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Dr Delmon Baker
Communications Minister Vasant Bharath says
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar would have
to sort out the confusion over the splitting of the
TOP and which party would remain as a coalition
member of the People's Partnership.
Bharath noted, however, that the initial
collaboration was with the TOP.
Jack, one of the five political leaders who signed
the Partnership's Fyzabad Accord in 2010, has been
figuring prominently as a speaker on recent UNC
Monday Night Forums.
Bharath said he was not certain what discussions
were taking place with regards to the Tobago
Discussions would have to be held on what role
Baker would play in the People's Partnership, he said.
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