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The National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) in partnership
with the Ministry of Transport is inviting applications from suitably qualified
individuals to become a part of the Water Taxi Service Team.
Responsible for carrying out electrical/electronic work on the Water Taxi
41m vessels; position requires familiarity with Programmable Logic Controllers
(PLC) as well as Pulse with Modulations (PWM) installation of various instruments
utilizing both Alternating Current (A/C and Direct Current (D/C) voltage.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Timely, effective and safe execution of all tasks as assigned from the
Maintenance Management System, or as instructed by the Supervisor and
Effective troubleshooting on all electrical and electronic systems.
Safe and competent use of power tools to accomplish designated tasks as
Careful handling, maintenance and replacement of tools and materials in
keeping with best practice.
Utilization of manuals and drawings for trouble shooting, compilation of spares
and determination of specifications for and operating parameters of equipment.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
5 , including English and Math.
Triple Electronic Technology, (EEET).
Experience in marine electrical, electronics and programmable logic controls.
(Servicing of generator, motors, starters, alternators, regulators and relays).
MET would be considered and asset.
Knowledge of air condition and refrigeration systems considered to be an asset.
THE HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT
National Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd
No. 3 Melbourne Street, Port of Spain
CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT
OF APPLICATIONS IS
September 15TH 2014.
will not be acknowledged.
MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN (ELECTRICAL)
Even in the face of public ridicule
over her lifestyle changes, animal
rights champion and national award
recipient Jowelle De Souza is not afraid
to run for public office.
Last week, De Souza, 41, of Palmiste,
announced plans to contest the San
Fernando West seat on an independent
De Souza, who owns the posh South
Spa salon, believes she has the edge
over her two possible opponents---PNM
Senator Faris Al-Rawi and incumbent
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan. She is hop-
ing to capture the votes from the poorest
region of the constituency, the PNM-
De Souza is a member of a social
pressure group called Democracy Watch,
led by former attorney general Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj, which is expected
to be officially launched today in
For many years, De Souza has been
teaching struggling single mothers hair-
dressing skills and even encourages
many of them to start their own busi-
In return, some residents of Emba-
cadere have been helping De Souza to
take care of stray dogs at the pound.
At 6 am on weekends, De Souza
crawls through a hole in the wall of the
Roodal Cemetery to get to the dog
pound to feed the captured strays before
they are euthanised. The pound is locked
up on weekends and from 11 am on
weekdays, so crawling through the fence
is her only option.
De Souza said the impounded dogs
are left to starve and those that survive
eat the carcasses of those that die.
Despite the demands of her business
and social work, De Souza also finds
time to rescue stray dogs which roam
the streets. These are kept at the Animals
Alive sanctuary at South Oropouche,
where they are nursed back to health
before being put up for adoption.
Her love for animals has led to clashes
with San Fernando City Corporation
officials, including its former CEO Mar-
lene Coudray. She has also been engaged
in an ongoing battle with the corporation
over the killing of stray dogs, destruction
of heritage sites, and poor drainage at
In this candid interview, De Souza
revealed why she decided to get into
politics. She also outlined her plans for
San Fernando, her squabbles with the
city corporation officials, and the trials
she faces as a transgender woman, as
well as her vision of equal rights for all
citizens of T&T.
Q : You have faced public
ridicule because of your
sexuality. Are you afraid
that you will be attacked if you run
for public office?
A : No. I will never change any-
thing that I have done in my
life. Whatever I did in my life,
I did because it was what was necessary
for me to be happy. I don t regret it,
and I do not care what people say about
it. I have done it for one reason---I did
not feel comfortable that way and I am
perfectly happy now. I will tell parents
and those whose children are inclined
to be that way to support them. We are
headed for first-world status and this
discrimination should be a thing of the
Do you think your lifestyle will affect
your political chances?
Not at all. People like myself have
risen to extreme levels and there are
presidents and prime ministers who
have taken steps to have a better life,
whether it is having their sex changed
from man to woman. They are elected
into very high offices. In many first-
world countries, there are members of
government like myself.
I don t care what they say about me.
I don t care if they don t like me---just
respect me. I want them to understand
that I am a person who fights for the
rights of people and fights for equality
and justice. I fight for animals and I
help the unfortunate. Look at those
qualities and judge me by that, not by
What made you decide to join the
I made this decision because of the
state of our city. I think San Fernando
is a dying city, and it hurts me that we
have to leave South and go to Port-of-
Spain for entertainment and restaurants.
I decided to get into politics because
I want to bring back business to San
Fernando. I have a vision to develop our
waterfront so that San Fernando could
be the hub of tourist attraction with
duty-free shopping, nightlife, hotels
and restaurants. We can develop the
waterfront without taking money from
the Treasury. We can borrow a loan and
the money we make from renting the
waterfront can be used to repay the
What else can you offer as a can-
I want to make San Fernando a pleas-
ant place to visit. I want to improve
One of the biggest problems here is
the hospital. I want to develop health
centres. Our hospitals are overcrowd-
ed.I will also lobby for legislative changes
and constitutional reform. The West-
minster model of governance has to
change. The Constitution cannot work
the way it is. I am supporting the change
for the Constitution to be amended so
From saving stray dogs to fixing Sando...
"I don't care if
they don't like
respect me. I
want them to
fights for the
justice. I fight
for animals and
I help the
Jowelle De Souza.
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