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A great career opportunity exists for an Executive
Housekeeper to join a dynamic team in a leading Corporation.
As the Executive Housekeeper you will be responsible for
over-seeing the overall success of all the functions in the
housekeeping area including:
o Planning and coordinating activities of the housekeeping crew
o Ensuring that all staff are properly trained
o Ensuring that all staff have the tools and equipment needed to
effectively carry out their respective job duties.
o Developing and implementing policies and procedures for man
aging the quality of housekeeping and the laundry service
o Assisting in the preparation of the annual operating budget and
financial plans which support the overall objective of the house
o Controlling expenses within all areas of housekeeping
o Inspecting rooms and laundry room facilities to ensure that high
standards are met and all equipment is in proper working condition
o Planning and preparing meals in accordance with proper nutrition
and dietary requirements
o Overseeing the performance of housekeeping staff
o Ordering of supplies and maintenance of inventories
The ideal candidate should possess strong communication
skills and organizational skills and be able to inspire superior
service from Assistants. They must have a proven motivation-
al track record to provide the highest quality service, be
extremely detail oriented and self-disciplined with a drive to
accomplish tasks correctly in a structured work environment.
The successful candidate should have at least 5 years house-
keeping experience. Knowledge of entertaining protocol skills
All applicants must submit applications with resume and
photo by March 30, 2015 to:
P.O. BOX 600
PORT OF SPAIN
Applicants are also requested to submit a copy of application
with resume to Chief Manpower Officer, Ministry of Labour &
Small and Micro Enterprise Development, 50-54 Duke Place,
Duke Street, Port of Spain.
As I drive up the hill toward the
house of some friends, the sun, bright
orange and unusually large, is slipping
through dark evening clouds. It moves
so swiftly that by the time I arrive on
the hilltop, it has disappeared.
An emaciated dog I had encountered
hours before, being viciously attacked
by the cat next door, is now safe near
a beautiful frangipani tree outside the
garage at my friends abode. They have
agreed to let her stay there until the
next day, when she can hopefully be
seen by a vet and housed until a caring
owner is found.
Frangipani (the name she has been
given) eats sardines and dog food with
voracious delight, washing the meal
down with gulps of fresh water. A con-
stantly wagging tail and bright, thankful
eyes are the clearest signs of life in this
furry skeleton. Her gentle, loving
demeanour and dirty red collar are clues
that she was once someone s pet.
The house-dwellers and I attend to
her in simple ways. Tara brings her more
sardines. Vaughn pops out to comment
on what a sweet animal she is. I take
photos in the hopes that some animal
lover on social media will want her.
A cheery voice floats down from the
road above, bearing greetings. A woman
and three young females make their way
down the steps to the frangipani tree.
The woman has a large plastic container
of (as I soon learn) freshly baked scones.
The tempting aroma arouses Frangipani,
who suddenly finds enough energy to
run toward the visitors, nose twitching.
"This looks like a rescue mission!"
the woman exclaims.
A brief summary of "Frannie s" story
is followed by the invitation to "come
inside and have tea and scones."
The woman with the scones is Juliette
Beresford, founder and owner of
Mamasan Home Products in Lowlands.
They are known for their specialty
breads, diverse desserts and catering
services for cocktail parties, weddings,
functions and large groups (like film
crews and people vacationing at villas).
But today, Mamasan s baked goods have
a more personal purpose.
Juliette has baked over 30 traditional
English scones and come to visit and
share them with the occupants of the
house---"because my darling friend
brought me clotted cream from England,"
she explains, referring to vacationing
The eight of us who are there gather
around the table on the verandah.
Alyson, the proverbial "Lady of the
Manor," serves tea and water while the
girls help their mother lay accompanying
goodies for the scones centre-table:
clotted cream, red raspberry jam, guava
jam, two kinds of plum jam and butter.
It is a traditional English tea with a Toba-
The first morsel of scone, slathered
with butter, cream and plum jam, melts
on my tongue.
"It tastes better with guava jam, I
must say!" Vaughn exclaims.
"I like the plum jam," Alyson says.
The question arises: which comes
first---the cream or the jam?
Vaughn explains that priority of place-
ment varies in different parts of England.
For example, in Devon, it s cream first,
then jam. In Cornwall, jam, then cream.
"They say this makes a difference
psychologically," he comments wryly.
"Does it matter if it s all going into
the same stomach?" Tara asks.
"It s like how Trinis say peas and
rice and Jamaicans say rice and peas ,"
"Or...do you say shark and bake or
bake and shark ?" one of Juliette s
daughters adds, provoking further dis-
cussion as the sumptuous surprise of
an evening comes to an end.
Those wishing to enjoy similar
scones or other goodies can contact
Frangipani and scones
Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal on Fri-
day called on police to
that People s National
Movement (PNM) sup-
porters were posing as
T&TEC and WASA offi-
cials to solicit informa-
tion from homeowners
at various Housing
tion (HDC) sites across
the country, leading up
to the general election.
Saying "Lock them
up!" Moonilal raised the
matter in the House of
Representatives last Fri-
day while wrapping up
the Motion: Approve the
Draft Elections and
"I want to tell mem-
bers opposite, if you send
PNM people in any
housing estate and tell
them pose as WASA and
T&TEC officials, we will
send the police and lock
them up for fraud and
The Oropouche East
MP said information had
come to him that PNM
people were walking
around HDC housing
sites, telling residents
that they were working
for WASA and T&TEC
in an effort to extract
information, such as the
tenants names and how
long they had been
occupying the homes.
"But they not telling
them that they are from
the People s National
"I have informed the
police, Mr Speaker. I am
now telling HDC resi-
dents throughout this
country if anybody come
by their gap and tell
them they are from
T&TEC and WASA and
they are really from the
PNM, call the police!"
He described those
posing as T&TEC and
WASA employees as
Juliette's daughters enjoying her scones.
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