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REGULATED INDUSTRIES COMMISSION
The Regulated Industries Commission (RIC) is a regulatory body, established by Act No. 26 of
1998, to regulate the Water and Electricity Sectors. The Commission is currently seeking to recruit
a suitably qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of:
The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission. Under the directions of
the Board of Commissioners, the position will have responsibility for the strategic direction of the
organisation including oversight of the regulatory activities within the Water and Electricity Sector
as provided for in the Regulated Industries Commission's Act. The position will also manage the
overall day to day operations of the Commission to achieve the expected objectives through effec-
tive use of available resources and within the policy framework established by the Board of
Commissioners and statutory legislation.
Nature & Scope
The Executive Director exercises a leadership role over all the functional areas of the Commission
and ensures the optimal functioning of the Commission by developing policies and procedures to
guide operations, and implement policies, procedures and guidelines as approved by the Board of
Commissioners. This leadership role will also involve developing public forums to promote aware-
ness of regulation within the industry to other major stakeholders and to the public at large. This
ensures widespread collaboration and alignment to the Commission's regulatory objectives while
utilising financial and other resources to effectively and efficiently benefit Trinidad and Tobago.
Interested applicants are invited to view full details of the position on the RIC's
Applications together with documentary evidence of Academic Qualifications, Training and
Experience and the names and contact numbers of two (2) referees should reach:
The Legal/Corporate Secretary
Regulated Industries Commission
c/o Furness House, 3rdFloor
Cor. Wrightson Road and Independence Square
PORT OF SPAIN
Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Closing Date: March 31, 2015
We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only candidates selected for interviews will
I did not see the video, but I saw the photograph
in the newspaper---woman tied around the waist
with a length of rope and being led by a man. I
could not believe this happened in this land which
is often referred to as "paradise."
But it did remind me of a calypso of the 70s by
King Solomon who sang:
"Santa take a big man from St James and tie him
like a cow up in Morvant. Sun and rain wetting the
man and he cyar get away poor fella."
At the time, that song was funny and caused many
a calypso aficionado to laugh heartily. Today, some
40 years later, it has actually happened in our T&T,
where it is alleged that a dispute over the theft of
produce from a garden ended up with the woman
in such a humiliating situation.
Talk had hardly died down on this issue when the
country was again bombarded in social media with
debilitating photos of a fire officer allegedly involved
in a pornographic sexual video. But that was not all,
there are three or four current cases involving police
officers allegedly connected with incidents of rape
and/or sexual abuse. But more than that, a report
earlier this week alleges some sort of sexual miscon-
duct involving teenagers in a swimming pool.
Fifteen years into a new millennium and our politi-
cians and some of us love to describe our country
as "mature and developed." Some even dare to say
we are first world, but these situations unfortunately
fit none of these descriptions.
Something must be radically wrong here. We have
become a country in which women become less than
second-class citizens. Human trafficking, especially
for the sex trade, is growing bigger every week. And
all we hear from our leaders are nonsensical rhetoric,
but no action.
Maybe the population has not yet realised what
is happening. Our girl children are not safe, our
women are fearful of bandits, rapists and other pred-
ators while society leaders, private and public pay
great attention to their bank account, taking no
account of the malevolence around them.
Or maybe the country did not listen well enough
to Singing Sandra when she sang Sexy Employers,
but more commonly known as I ll Die with my Dig-
nity, in 1987. The song was a strong warning for
women to be wary of the people with whom they
worked, particularly their bosses.
Twenty-eight years later, the song is even more
valid than it was then, since the lyrics still
prevail: "You can keep your money, I ll keep
my honey and die with my dignity."
How useful is the observance of The Unit-
ed Nations International Women s Day,
when we have women in T&T being humil-
iated and abused in large numbers, in their
homes, their workplaces and even at recre-
ation or leisure time. Now is the time for
the various women s organisations and
NGOs to stand up for the women of T&T.
There is need to take this issue much fur-
ther in an effort to arrest this growing trend.
When Sandra sang her song back then, the
situation was bad. Today it is much worse
since it impacts on teenagers to grannies.
Parents are being called upon to pay atten-
tion to their children. Teachers, while they
are not substitute parents, are in some way
responsible for teaching the children more
than just math and English. And the church,
it is incumbent on the religious leaders to
work closely with parents and teachers to
achieve a better society.
Vernon Khelawan is media relations
officer of Catholic Media Services Ltd
(Camsel), the official communications
arms of the Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain.
Its offices are located at 31 Independence
Square. Telephone: 623-7620.
Stand up for the women of T&T
Zaheeda Mohammed, 39, of Reform Village, Reform
Road, off Massy Lands, who was tied for allegedly
stealing peppers in Gasparillo.
PHOTO COURTESY CHARMAN LAL
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