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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
will chair a newly-appointed stand-
ing committee on energy which
will include as members former
Petrotrin executive chairman Mal-
colm Jones and energy expert and
former UTT chairman, Prof. Ken
This was disclosed by Commu-
nications Minister Maxie Cuffie dur-
ing yesterday s post-Cabinet news
conference at the Office of the Prime
Minister, St Clair.
Cuffie also said he would continue
to be the only minister addressing
the news conference and it would
be mainly on the decisions and dis-
cussions in the Cabinet meeting.
He was responding to questions
about the new format of the event,
which differed significantly for the
one used by the former PP govern-
ment where minsters appeared to
answer questions about their respec-
Cuffie was asked about public
criticisms from the UNC about
Jones and Julien s respective tenures.
Cuffie said the Government was
not unduly concerned about those
criticisms as both men were not
charged with any offence.
He said the legal matter against
Julien "exploded in the High Court
and was dismissed with an apology
from the (then) attorney general."
He said the legal matters against
Jones "are (also) heading in that
direction but in any case they have
not been charged with anything and
they are upright citizens and free to
serve in that capacity."
He said Jones and Julien "have
tremendous years experience in
energy matters and I think the coun-
try recognises their worth."
Other members of the committee
are Finance Minister Colm Imbert,
Energy Minister Nicole Olivierre,
Public Utilities Minister Ancil
Antoine, Rural Development and
Local Government Minister Franklin
Khan, Planning and Development
Minister Camille Robinson-Regis,
Minister in the Ministry of the Attor-
ney General Stuart Young, Trade
and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-
Scoon, Chief Secretary of the Tobago
House of Assembly (THA) Orville
London, Petrotrin chairman Andrew
Jupiter, NGC chairman Gerry Brooks,
T&TEC chairman Keith Sirju and
industrial engineer Steve Gardner.
Cuffie also said the permanent
secretaries in the Finance and Energy
Ministries and two technical advisers
from the Energy Ministry would also
He said that committee s objec-
tives were to ensure there was max-
imum benefit to this country from
investments in the energy sector.
Cuffie also announced the estab-
lishment of a standing committee
on physical infrastructure, also to
be chaired by Rowley and include
as members, the Finance, Works,
Planning, Rural Development, Agri-
culture and Housing Ministers. The
Chief Secretary of the THA is also
a member of the committee.
That committee, he said, would
look at the establishment of the mass
transit system, construction of high-
ways, construction of a fast ferry
port in Toco and the construction
of a modern fishing port in Moruga
and other matters.
Heavy showers and strong winds caused
havoc in parts of Trinidad yesterday in what
was termed as a "freak storm" which blew
off roofs and uprooted trees.
At President s House at Queen s Park Savan-
nah north, a tree fell and landed on the sidewalk
pulling down a power line and the surrounding
Staff members at President s House said
despite the power lines being down the elec-
tricity was still active.
The roofs of several houses at St Barb s,
Laventille, Valsayn and Barataria were also
Up to late yesterday evening, workers from
the Port-of-Spain City Corporation and various
agencies were working to assist those in need.
Deputy mayor and councillor of the Port-
of-Spain City Corporation Keron Valentine said
there was no reports of anyone being injured.
"We had a tropical depression and we had
reports of uprooted trees in the Woodbrook,
St James and Cipriani Boulevard. Our disaster
management is in emergency mode as we speak.
There has been no reported major damage and
no loss of life," he said.
One distraught citizen, Pamela Taylor, of
Febeau Village, San Juan, said she was at work
when the incident occurred.
"Somebody called me and told me my roof
gone. I couldn t do anything. Nobody was
home. Everything just wet up. The place in a
mess. I saw the roof and ceiling. The breeze
like it take the roof and gone with it. I just turn
As she wiped the tears from her eyes, Taylor
said she was hoping to receive assistance to
replace the roof and her appliances.
"The house not mash up, just everything
wet and at the back of the house some blocks
fall off from where the roof was," she added.
She said the roof landed somewhere in the
Reynold Hospaedales-Elliot, of St Barb s,
said half of his roof was blown away by the
"I just heard the breeze blowing hard and a
bang on the roof and the back of the roof crush
down," he said. He said a tree destroyed most
of the roof.
"This is the second time that the tree dam-
aged the roof. The first time it happened last
year but this time was worse. We are seeking
assistance to repair the roof, the part that got
damaged," he added.
Another victim, Sherry Lee, of Barataria,
said the roof from the toilet and washroom
was blown off.
"If we can get some help to put the roof
back, it will be fine. Some things got wet but
it s just putting the roof back," she said.
Lee said she was attempting to mop up the
water from the rain.
One social media user who took to Facebook
said: "What s goin on wid dis freaky weather,
jed? Swear something was outside holding my
roof and shaking it."
The Meteorological Office yesterday said the
strong winds were due to the passage of a trop-
They advised that T&T was not under any
tropical storm threat, watch or warning.
An information bulletin warned of continuing
showers accompanied by strong winds which
was associated with a wind surge.
The Met Office also announced street or
flash flooding with heavy downpours and gusty
winds may be experienced in the vicinity of
showers or thundershowers.
However, it said there would be a decrease
in frequency as the hours passed.
Citizens were advised to be vigilant and cau-
tious as they conducted their activities and to
pay attention to media updates or visit the Web
site at www.metoffice.gov.tt/forecast for daily.
See Page A8
Pain for residents as freak storm hits
A fallen tree which destroyed a section of the perimeter fence at President's House, St Ann's,
following gusty winds yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Jones, Julien back as energy advisers
Approval of $5 million to
assist Dominica following last
month's damage caused by
tropical storm Erika. Cuffie
said the money is to be used
"to supply construction
material to Dominica.
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