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SADHNA PETROLEUM SERVICES COMPANY LIMITED
Sadhna Petroleum Services Company Limited is
recruiting Personnel for a Drilling Campaign 2015 --
ONSHORE commencing on or about Mid- May.
Drilling Supervisors (Tourpushers)
Interested persons can forward their detailed
resumes together with copies of their certificates to
the Personnel Services Administrator:
Sadhna Petroleum Services Company Limited
461 Southern Main Road,
Email: Fax: 651-1937
C CALL 3570927 TO REGISTER
Saturday 18th April 2015, 9am to 12pm.
23 & 24th April 2015
Saturday 2nd May 2015, 9am to 12pm.
Saturday 16th May 2015, 9am to 12pm.
Saturday 13th June 2015, 9am to 12pm
LEARN TO COOK
26TH &27TH June & 4th July, 9am to 1pm (interactive class, certificate awarded)
KIDS COOKING CAMP
Fun and Interactive class, 7,8,9,10 July 2015. Ages 8 to 12 only
VENUE: SAN FERNANDO ONLY
This is another open letter to the Min-
istry of Education and the Ministry of Fi-
nance---especially the people of the
Thank you. Thank you for the speed
and alacrity with which you were able to
remove the clogs, the snags and the in-
efficiencies in "the process" that were
causing such delays that resulted in
some pensioners having to endure years
of suffering waiting to get their superan-
Within days, just days, of my letter of
protest I received my gratuity and 14
months of arrears of pension!
Well done! Your efficiency and caring
have created hope for so many other
pensioners. Responsiveness is one of the
greatest hallmark and attribute of excel-
lent leadership. You have responded well.
There is one other troubling and dis-
tressing situation relating to the pay-
ment of arrears accumulated due to the
14 per cent salary settlement. Checks
with the Ministry of Education have re-
vealed that calculation of these monies
is being done first for people who are ac-
tively working. I am trying to understand
this decision derived by reasoning turned
on its head.
I am aware that the greatest power
possessed by a worker to force the hand
of the employer is his option to with-
draw his labour. Pensioners obviously are
now dispossessed of that power.
Social justice demands that decision
making should not always be based on
the balance of power.
(1) pensioners are now struggling to
survive on half or, in most cases less
than half of what was their already inad-
equate previous income;
(2) people who worked up to 2014
were existing while toiling for at least 14
per cent less than what their labours
Putting senior citizens last diminishes
their humanity and reduces to second-
class citizenship productive people who
have spent most of their lives contribut-
ing to the building of this nation.
Old people should not be sent to the
back of the line. TTUTA should find the
above thoughts arousing.
Please address this injustice.
All previous govern-
ments, along with the pri-
vate sector, have paid lip
service to diversifying the
economy away from oil
and natural gas, except
one, the administration of
In the mid-eighties, the
embarked on a Meet the
Manufacturers tour. The
goals were these: import
exports; and diversifica-
Import substitution was
needed to save foreign ex-
change by manufacturing
locally, goods we imported.
After the detailed expose given
by Attorney-at-Law Christlyn
Moore on the finances of the THA,
buttressed by reports of the Audi-
tor General for the period 2001 to
2015, I thought that civil society
would have stirred.
I thought that David Abdulah and
the MSJ would have commented.
They have commented on less im-
I thought that Fixin T and T
would have started to gather signa-
tures for a petition to go to the
President asking him to appoint a
Commissioner of Enquiry into the fi-
nances of the THA. They have gone
to him for less important matters.
I thought that Father Clyde Har-
vey would have organised a walk
around the Parliament or the Ad-
ministration Building in Tobago to
protest the misuse of taxpayers'
monies at the THA.
I thought that Ancil Roget would
have taken time off from his efforts
at preventing the completion of the
San Fernando/Point Fortin Highway
to lead a march in Tobago to high-
light the disregard for internation-
ally accepted accounting practices
at the THA.
I thought that Senior Counsel
Ramesh Maharaj would have had a
press conference to organise a
meeting at Gaston Court, Chagua-
nas to explain to taxpayers the fi-
nancial disaster that is now the
THA and what it means to all of us
I thought that TV6 would have
posed their usual leading questions
on possible corruption at the THA
as they do about every single finan-
cial discrepancy in any State enter-
I thought that self styled corrup-
tion-buster and political leader of
the ILP, Mr Jack Warner would have
spoken at length about the matter
as he usually does at any hint of
corruption in the present Govern-
But alas I was mistaken!
You see, my friends, the THA is
not under the control of the PP
Gov't, and maybe, just maybe, that
is the reason why there has been
such a deafening silence on the
shameful financial matters that
now exist at the THA.
And that, my friends, is our T&T,
one set of rules for some and a dif-
ferent set of rules for others.
PENSIONERS PUT AT
BACK OF THE LINE
Still paying lip service
(outside Caricom) were
required to earn foreign
exchange and create
more jobs in the process;
needed to replace oil and
natural gas as our only
real means of earning for-
eign exchange as they
both are considered wast-
ing assets. In other words
they have shelf lives.
The idea was to protect
new start-up industries
from competition for a
specified period, either
through increased tariffs
on like imports or not
granting licenses to im-
port the said products.
This would have given
breathing room to achieve
the quality and the
economies of scale com-
parative to their foreign
Now that Moody's has
identified lack of diversifi-
cation as one of the rea-
sons for downgrading our
credit rating, the diversifi-
cation bogeyman is back
in play---30 years later.
Why the deafening silence
on THA financial abuse?
Pupils of St Catherine's Girls Anglican School celebrate their completion of the Secondary Entrance
Assessment exam outside MovieTowne at Invaders Bay where they treated themselves to a movie
yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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