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Strong winds and thundery showers
were expected to begin affecting the country
last night and more bad weather is pre-
dicted for today.
The weather is associated with the Inter
Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) situated
to the south-east of T&T, according to a
release from the Met Services yesterday.
The Met Office predicted an increase in
wind speeds and cloudy conditions with
periods of rain and showers, some of which
could be moderate to heavy and thundery
These conditions are expected to begin
to improve later today.
"The ITCZ will begin to affect the islands
with increasing wind speeds and cloudiness
as the night progresses and continuing into
The Met Office predicted gusty winds in
excess of 45km/h and the possibility of street
and flash flooding.
"Given the expected conditions, citizens
are therefore advised to be vigilant and cau-
tious as they conduct their activities and to
pay attention to daily public weather forecasts
issued at 6 am, 10 am, 3 pm and 5.30 pm."
The Met Office emphasised that T&T was
not under any tropical storm threat, watch
The Opposition PNM s local
government plans include
developing local contractors in
each corporation region who
will get preference in award of
contracts in those regions,
rather than contractors from
outside those regions.
And corporations should be
allowed to tap into thousands of
houses which are now not on
their rolls and should be allowed
to keep the taxes from this for
PNM MP Colm Imbert and
PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley
spoke about PNM s local gov-
ernment plans during yesterday s
local government campaign
launch, at Woodford Square, Port
Rowley said in 18 months a
new PNM government would
implement its local government
policies. These included copying
the executive council model used
by Tobago s THA. He said this
works for Tobago, citing as an
example that Tobago public
buildings are "the best kept" in
Rowley said corporations
should be allowed to collect and
keep taxes to assist corporation
He said there were thousands
of houses which were not now
on corporation rolls and if local
authorities found them and col-
lected those taxes, they could go
to funding local government bod-
ies.On plans to develop local con-
tractors in each region, Imbert
said, for instance, if there was a
project in Diego Martin, no con-
tractor from deep South would
be able to get that since it would
only go to a contractor in the
Diego Martin area.
Other plans include allowing
corporations to enter into con-
tracts on their own subject to
tender rules with severe penal-
ities/sanctions for breaches of
tender procedures and corrup-
Also planned is maintenance
of schools by corporations.
Councillors will develop relation-
ships with schools in their areas
to treat with them, Imbert said.
The PNM proposes a 100-plus
municipal police force with more
responsiblities for municipal
police including regulating traffic,
PNM plans THA model
for regional corps
Met Office: Brace for bad weather today
PNM Morvant candidate Franz "Delamo" Lambkin performs during the launch of the PNM's local government campaign at Woodford
Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley said the youths
of Tobago had spoken in the January THA elec-
tions---which PNM won---and now:
"Trinidad, on October 21, it s your turn now,
this is not Chaguanas West. The battle has become
joined. This is Trinidad and everyone has an
interest now," he declared.
He said the PP Government was "holding on
for dear life now."
Referring to the PP s advertisements for tonight s
launch, Rowley said the PP had hidden the "cabal"
out of sight of the people. He said those pictured
in the ad included PP s Embau Moheni, Errol
McLeod and Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan.
" ...No Rambachan, no Ramlogan, no Moonilal,
no Sharma!---the PP is about deception!" he
Saying former UNC chairman Warner had
walked out of the PP and formed his own party
immediately, Rowley said PP s Roodal Moonilal
recently threatened to "bust" two "marks" on
Warner for every "mark" Warner revealed on the
PP.Rowley, however, said the two sides cannot be
He said: "Both sides of the cabal know what
the other is guilty of. They are a mutual protection
society; if you don t say anything about me, I
won t say anything about you.
"But I say to Jack Warner, you could jump high,
you could jump low---you are all the same, all the
same peas in the same pod---you have damaged
T&T and you will be kicked out of office!"
Rowley said the UNC has been very bad, "But
the COP has been worse: it has upheld every
wrongdoing of the UNC, yet they pretend they
are T&T s moral compass. But for people with a
compass, you are way off course, you have brought
no sobriety to the situation!"
Rowley noted the PNM s opponents in five cor-
poration is the COP.
"But the COP is dead come October 21," he
He acccused the PP of corruption "with COP s
full support" and of passing the Section 34 clause
when the COP presided over the matter.
He also warned former St Joseph MP Herbert
Volney that the PNM was coming to clean St
Joseph of his footprint.
Rowley said the public had an opportunity on
October 21 to use their index finger and rectify
many issues with the PP Government, including
those who had lost jobs and people with concerns
on crime and the Section 34 issue.
He described National Security Minister Gary
Griffith as a "clown, the court jester."
PP launch tonight
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