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E CAREER OPPORTUNITY
SUITABLY QUALIFIED PERSONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITION:
The position requires the individual to be able to implement, coordinate, and direct the efficient management and main-
tenance of the company's physical property (buildings, equipment, stocks, etc.) the incumbent must also have a working
knowledge of construction and project management, principles and practices. He/she must possess excellent communi-
cation skills, both written and oral. The incumbent must be capable of generating timely and accurate monthly reports
relating to the status of properties such as repairs undertaken and other related operations.
o Plan, direct and coordinate maintenance operations such as repairs to buildings and compounds.
o Oversee and coordinate the general maintenance of the company's properties including buildings, equipment and compounds.
o Liaise with contractors in order to obtain quotations for construction and repairs
o Monitoring and evaluation of timely repairs and the implementation of preventative maintenance mechanisms.
o Ensure the proper compliance with maintenance procedures and so achieve improved efficiency in accordance with
ECCL's strategic goals.
o Prepare regular and timely reports on activities and operations undertaken (eg. repairs) to buildings and property
o Oversee the application of work safety and related procedures.
o Review maintenance reports and take appropriate course of action.
o Plan budgets (eg. for PSIP) and ensure the efficient use of resources.
o Generating reports relating to activities and operations undertaken (eg. repairs) of buildings and property.
o Perform other related duties and responsibilities.
o B.Sc. in Engineering or Project Management.
o Five (5) years' experience in the construction industry and market operations.
o Computer Literacy.
o Vehicle in good working condition.
o Extensive knowledge of asset management and construction and maintenance procedures.
o Working knowledge of project management, especially relating to the principles and practices for building inspections
such as mechanical and electrical systems, in order to ensure their proper working condition.
o Effectively conduct and manage tendering processes.
o General knowledge of safety practices for lifting, and performing assigned maintenance work.
o General Knowledge of the construction industry and its market operations.
o Working knowledge of geographical locations and routes throughout the country.
o Any equivalent combination of the above qualifications and experience.
Applications should be addressed to:
Closing date for the receipt of all applications should be no later than February 23rd, 2015
THE COMPANY EXPRESSES ITS APPRECIATION TO ALL APPLICANTS WHO HAVE SHOWN AN INTEREST, BUT ADVISES THAT ONLY
THOSE DEEMED SUITABLE WILL BE SHORTLISTED.
In his essay on The Morals of Chess, American
statesman Benjamin Franklin laid down a set of
protocols for the royal game that should guide
every serious player.
Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the
American republic, was certainly unique in his pas-
sion for chess, a lasting proof of which can be seen
in his polite but guiding essay on the game. Since
Franklin s political and diplomatic career spanned
the second half of the nineteenth century, his med-
itations on the game long precede the advent of
FIDE and its rules governing the playing of tour-
Still, for the benefit, indeed the appreciation, of
our players, particularly youngsters, DR produces
some relevant excerpts from Franklin s "Morals"
which deal largely with the disciplining influence
of the sport. The American ambassador, for exam-
ple, advises caution, "not to make your moves too
hastily." This habit, he notes, is best acquired by
observing strictly the laws of the game, such as,
"if you touch a piece, you must move it somewhere;
if you set it
down, you must
let it stand."
It is best that
these rules be
noted, as the
the image of
human life and
war; "in which,
if you have
yourself in a bad and dangerous position, you
cannot obtain your enemy s leave to withdraw your
troops, and place them more securely, but you
must abide all the consequences of your rashness."
Apart from foresight and circumspection, the
American philosopher states, "we also learn by
chess the habit of not being discouraged by present
bad appearances in the state of our affairs, the
habit of hoping for a favourable change, and that
of preservering in the search for resources."
Franklin s enthusiasm for chess exudes from
almost every paragraph of his "Morals". The game,
he says, "is so full of events, there is such a variety
of turns in it, the fortune of it is so subject to
sudden vicissitudes. And one so frequently, after
long contemplation, discovers the means of extri-
cating one s self from a supposed insurmountable
difficulty, that one is encouraged to continue the
contest to the last in hopes of victory by our own
skill or, at least, of giving a stalemate by the neg-
ligence of your adversary."
Franklin s dissertation is also informed by his
diplomatic skills as he proceeds to issue a series
of no-nos for the conduct of the game. He advis-
es: "If your adversary is long in playing, you ought
not to hurry him or expresss any uneasiness at his
"You should not sing, or whistle or look at your
watch or take up a book to read or make a tapping
noise with your feet on the floor or with your
fingers on the table or do anything that may disturb
his attention, For all these things displease, and
they do not show your skill in playing, but your
craftiness or your rudeness."
With the current use of chess clocks, this advice
would now hardly apply to tournament games.
However, coming from a diplomat of Franklin s
eminence, it also serves to illustrate the social and
cultural standing the royal game has acquired over
its long and colourful history. As the famous ambas-
sador himself has noted, the "game of chess is not
merely an idle amusement."
In keeping with its standards, Franklin also
decried any "endeavour to amuse and deceive your
adversary by pretending to have made bad moves
Franklin: Chess, image of human life
and saying you have now lost the
game in order to make him careless
and inattentive to your schemes, for
this is fraud and deceit, not skill in
the game." In the same vein, he frowns
upon the use of triumphing or insult-
ing expressions or the showing of too
much pleasure after gaining a victory.
Instead, the winner should "endeavour
to console his adversary and make
him less dissatisfied with himself."
In a retrospective on Franklin s
career, Larry Evans, former US chess
champion, says: "To this day, few
people know how avid a chess player
Benjamin Franklin actually was. Next
to women, chess was the good doc-
tor s major source of amusement and
he played and studied it at every
Dr Franklin s signal contribution
to the making of America is celebrated
history; his love affair with chess may
not be as well known but it should
certainly enhance our appreciation
for and approach to the royal game.
Dr Benjamin Franklin
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