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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt November 2, 2014
NOTICE OF VACANCY
The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC-
Caribbean) is a regional institution established under a Framework Agreement between the Government of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the joint secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
and provided with its legal status through Act #2 of 2008 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The institution assists countries in the Caribbean with the compliance and implementation of a number of mul-
tilateral environmental agreements that deal specifically with wastes and chemicals management.
The BCRC-Caribbean is desirous of hiring a suitably qualified and experienced national of Trinidad and Tobago
to fill the vacant position of "Logistics Coordinator" who will effectively perform the duties of driver, messenger
and handyman for the organisation. The position will be on contract for a period of three years and subject to
renewal upon mutual agreement at the end of the contract. The ideal candidate will possess the following attrib-
utes and skills:
1) Mature individual with more than five years experience in a similar position and with no less than a Class
4 driver's permit. Note that applicants who are under the age of twenty five cannot be considered.
2) Have a clean driving record with no accidents, tickets or fines for at least the last five years.
3) Have successfully completed a Defensive Driving course within the past three years.
4) Have passed at least three subjects at O Level/CXC Level one of which must be English Language.
5) Be well groomed and articulate with the ability to write legibly.
6) Be able to follow instructions and to exercise good judgement and initiative at the appropriate times.
The ideal candidate should be computer literate and have an aptitude for electrical, plumbing and general build-
ing maintenance and repair.
Applications in the candidate's own handwriting and with a detailed resume attached must be submitted to:
Executive Administrative Assistant,
Basel Convention Regional Centre for
Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean
# 8 Alexandra Street
by close of business on Friday November 7th, 2014. While all applications will be accepted, only those short-
listed will be acknowledged. The BCRC-Caribbean is an equal opportunity employer and all applications will be
held in the strictest of confidence.
Four pieces of legislation currently pertain to dogs
and dog ownership in T&T: Dogs Act, 1918; Dog
Control Act, 2013; The Dog Control (Amendment)
Bill, 2014: and Dog Control Act No 3 of 2014.
This article will start to summarise the sections of
the law currently enforceable for dog owners (regardless
of breed of dog) to assist you to comply with the law,
but it must be stressed that the following requirements
have not yet been proclaimed and are therefore not
a) Registration of Class A dogs
b) Licences for Class A dogs
c) Premises inspection for the keeping of Class A
d) Mandatory policy of insurance for Class A dogs
e) Mandatory certificate of good character issued
by the Commissioner of Police for the keeping
of Class A dogs
f) Mandatory microchipping of Class A dogs
g) Mandatory training of Class A dogs by a gov-
ernment-certified dog trainer
h) Kennel regulations for owners of five or more
Class A dogs
The following sections are now enforceable:
All dogs in T&T now fall into one of two classes.
The breeds listed as Class A dogs are the "pure" breed
or any dog bred "therefrom" ie: mixed with: American
Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American
Bully, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro and Japanese
Tosa. All other breeds of dogs are categorised as Class
It should be noted that failure to comply with the
law can result in fines ranging from $10,000 to
$200,000, and most penalties include a mandatory
jail sentence in addition to the fine.
• No dog (Class A or B) shall be permitted into a
public place at which notices are prominently displayed
prohibiting entry to dogs unless the dog is: an assistance
dog (for the blind, the deaf or disabled people); being
used for securing the location; or being used for a
lawful reason by a constable or individual in service
of the State. No Class A dog shall be permitted into
a public place unless the dog is: muzzled and held on
leash by people over 18 years.
• No dog (Class A or B) is permitted to be "dan-
gerously out of control" in a public place; no owner
must encourage a dog to be aggressive or intimidate
people to facilitate a crime; no owner is permitted to
cause a dog to attack people without reasonable cause.
• People who keep dogs, regardless of breed, shall
provide the dog or cause it to be provided with adequate
and appropriate care, food, water, shelter, exercise,
attention and veterinary care.
• Owners of Class A dogs are no longer permitted
to keep those dogs on premises, whether indoors or
outdoors, that accommodate more than one household.
Owners of Class A dogs must keep their dogs confined
and under control within the single-home premises.
Class A dogs are not permitted to enter private premises
without permission from the owner of those premises.
Where a Class A dog enters onto private premises,
the owner/occupier of those premises may destroy
the dog while it is on those premises.
• A constable or officer of a local authority has the
power to seize and impound a Class A dog which is
in a public place or on any premises without the
consent of the owner or occupier of those premises.
Where the local authority is unable to locate the
owner/keeper of the seized and impounded Class A
dog, the dog may be given to an individual able to
care for the dog, to an establishment for the reception
of stray dogs, or may be destroyed. A magistrate who
is satisfied by information on oath that an offence
under the Dog Control Act, 2013 is being committed
may issue a warrant authorising a constable
to enter and search those premises and to seize
any Class A dog or other thing found there
which is evidence of such an offence.
• An owner/keeper of a Class A dog shall
not abandon the dog. An owner/keeper of a
Class A dog or a Class B dog that has been
dangerously out of control on at least one occa-
sion shall prominently display a notice on the
premises indicating that there is a Class A dog
or a dangerous Class B dog on the premises.
• The next article will complete the list
of enforceable sections.
Dog Control legislation
Copyright Kristel-Marie Ramnath 2014.
For further information, contact 689-8113
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