Brian Lara Promenade

flooded: A father and his children walk past a large puddle of water on the Brian Lara Promenade, Port of Spain, after heavy rains yesterday.

A WALK through the capital city of Port of Spain on a rainy day is not a pleasant experience. You have to leap over puddles of water, dodge mounds of garbage washed up from drains and do your best to avoid rats scurrying about in search of a dry place.

In dry weather, there is not much improvement. The homeless line the streets, vendors occupy the pavements, forcing pedestrians into the roadway, and traffic moves at a snail’s pace. Depending on where you go in the city, the stench of urine is almost unbearable.


THE first tremor of an earthquake within the People’s National Movement (PNM) Tobago leadership took place last night, when Tracy Davidson-Celestine became the first female political leader of the PNM’s Tobago Island Council, dethroning Kelvin Charles in the historic run-off.