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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - TOBAGO
AIRPORT BAGGAGE AND CARGO HANDLERS
Duties include the airport handling of passenger baggage and Cargo
both in outdoor conditions and indoor conditions.
The physical ability to lift packages and baggage by hand up to 70
pounds (proper technique training shall be provided)
The physical ability to work in confined and movement restricted
spaces requiring bending, crouching and kneeling is required and
where pulling and pushing of packages of varying weight and
dimensions shall be required.
Persons with valid Drivers licenses shall have the opportunity to be
trained as Equipment Operators and drivers.
NOTE WELL THAT THE FOLLOWING IS APPLICABLE TO THE ABOVE POSITION
Shift work system - Morning, Evening to night and Overnight Minimum
of two days off per week.
Attendance incentives monthly as well as an annual attendance and
All interesting applicants are required to submit their application to:
E-Mail Applications to email@example.com
Applications close on the 3th December 2014.
With at least five years experience
to work full time at
Private Healthcare Provider
in San Fernando.
Email applications to:
or call 652-7102 ext 205.
Applicants are also required
to submit a copy
of the application to:
Chief Manpower Officer,
Ministry of Labour &
Small and Micro Enterprise
50-54 Duke Place,
Duke Street, Port of Spain.1123055
My name is Marc
de Verteuil and I'm
working to establish
a sanctuary giving
sharks 100 per cent
I live in Goodwood
Park. My parents got
a divorce when I was
seven, and I moved
to the Netherlands
with my mother and
sister, Genevieve. I
never adapted to feeling Dutch and moved back to
Trinidad when I was 25. My home has always been
I'm undecided about having a family of my own.
I'm still single at age 41, and I don't know that will
change soon. My sister has three children, Sebastian,
Jordan and Zoe. I don't think I could love my own
children more than I love them. The world population
is surging towards 9. 6 billion by 2050. So I also
struggle with the morality of putting more children
on this planet.
Both my parents are alive. But I "lost" my dad
to mental illness a long time ago. He's severely
schizophrenic. My father saw his whole life fall apart.
He lives with that pain and the bewilderment of his
disease every day. He misses his family. He is shunned
by most people. The pain is unimaginable. When
something like that happens in a family, it's like
throwing a bomb in a crowded room: everybody gets
hurt. My grandfather had to see his son deteriorate.
My mother saw the man she loved change into
something she could not understand, or live with.
Her nurturing home was destroyed. My sister saw
her parents, home and life torn apart.
My dad was my best friend. I don't think anybody
will ever fully recover.
But my sister's kids cuddle him, accepting Grand-
pa and loving him for who he is. So I know there
is still something good about his life.
I'm an atheist. I have read most of the
Bible and some of the Koran. Neither read-
ing has convinced me that there is a god,
or that the god described is just or uncon-
It must be the grandest arrogance a
human being can have to think that he or
she is eternal. If there is an afterlife, then
it is in the form of our DNA. And humans
share 50 per cent of DNA with bananas.
Half the time, my car radio's tuned in
to BBC World Service. The other half, I
switch from dancehall to indie to pop to
Just because I use different terms for
music doesn't mean I know which style
fits what name. I'm just trying to sound
like I know what I'm talking about.
If chipping down the road on Carnival
Monday and Tuesday is dancing, then I
I'm a vegetarian but I'd have to admit
my favourite meal would be rib-eye steak.
Rare, with garlic butter and a white wine
reduction. And super-thin French fries.
On a reef in Indonesia, sharks were over-
fished. Without predators, the snapper pop-
ulation exploded. The snappers ate out the
grazer fish like parrotfish. Without parrotfish
the reef became overgrown with algae and
started to die. Without sharks, the oceans
will be less productive.
Sharks are apex predators and many
species are hurtling towards extinction. A
billion people around the world depend on
the ocean for protein and income. So pro-
tecting sharks means protecting people.
On average, five people per year world-
wide are killed by sharks. In the US alone,
about 13 people per year are killed by vend-
ing machines. Cows, cars, bathtubs and
ladders each kill more people than sharks.
The best thing about establishing a shark
sanctuary is it gives Trinidadians a chance
to view ourselves as responsible, protective,
nurturing people guided by rationalism.
And not our bellies, fears or general igno-
Sometimes people tell me, "Oh, you're
a rich white boy, you could afford to care
about sharks, but poor people have to eat
a food." I tell them the depletion of fish
stocks hits poor local fishermen first. The
rich don't care. They will buy farmed salmon
imported from Alaska.
A Trini is a Nobel Prize-winning author,
a Trini is also somebody implicated in a
plot to bomb JFK airport. A man who uses
his body to stop highway bulldozers. An
island scholarship winner, a single mother
with six children from six different fathers,
a climate scientist with the Inter-govern-
mental Panel on Climate Change, a gangster,
the couple trying to make ends meet selling
doubles. There is no one prototype Trini.
T&T, to me, means "home" and "pride."
I have a UK passport but I use my Trini
passport whenever possible, just because
Read a longer version of this feature at
Save Our Sharks, Save Ourselves
Marc de Verteuil
TRINI TO D BONE
as told to BC Pires
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