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.

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THE Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) said yesterday it was successful in its bid for the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery without financial support from Suriname company Sunstone Equity.