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Touchstone Strives For HSE Excellence
in their Operations
Touchstone Exploration (Trinidad) Ltd. is pleased to announce that at this year's Health,
Safety and Environment hosted by Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
(Petrotrin), Touchstone was acknowledged for its valuable contributions towards
innovative approaches and strategies in the overall improvements of its HSE systems.
Touchstone was nominated in all categories and placed second overall for this year's
HSE Audit done by Petrotrin and for HSE in its Gathering Stations.
These awards are a significant accomplishment for Touchstone and we would like to
thank Petrotrin as they continue to support and work with Touchstone to ensure we
exceed the highest Health, Safety and Environmental standards.
Touchstone looks forward to our continuous work with Petrotrin as both companies
strive for excellence.
From left to right: Nigel Singh, Dwarka Narinesingh, Torani Boochoon and
Local gym etiquette reflects
the typical Trinidadian narcis-
sistic mentality. Let s draw some
A gym is a public space used
by many individuals. Therefore,
there should be a basic sense of
respect and consideration as
equipment is shared.
Yet, this seems to be quite an
unreasonable expectation for the
average gym-going Trinidadian,
who lives in a bubble of "me,"
just as he does on the road.
A typical response to a request
to share the squat rack between
sets is met by "well ah just have
2 more sets."
If one is adept at interpreting
social innuendos it really means
"wait until ah finish," and one
must resort to waiting for the
equipment as Mr Narcissistic
Trini rests while posing in the
mirror near the empty squat rack.
It is the same attitude when Mr
Narcissistic Trini stops in the lane
of the road to waltz into a bar,
unconcerned about the traffic he
is causing. Horns blown at him
are met with "steups" and a flail
of the arm in an expression of
"Wham? yuh cyar wait?"
However, I have noticed that
people seldom complain on the
roads now, and are content to sit
and wait on Mr Narcissistic Trini,
as if he is quite within his right
to delay traffic for ridiculous rea-
Similarly, I have witnessed pas-
sive and complacent individuals
in the gym wait for him to com-
plete his two sets while he poses
Mr Narcissistic Trini also leaves
his sweaty butt print on the
'Wham? Yuh cyar wait?'
bench, and drops of his sweat on the
cardio equipment, without cleaning
it, despite heavy signage on the walls.
Mind you, his car is spotless and pris-
God forbid if someone should leave
a sweaty butt print on his pseudo
leather seat! His attitude is the same
as those who throw their garbage out
of their car windows, leaving their
litter for others to clean, or for the
environment to absorb, to its detri-
Granted, these people will never
litter their own homes. But the road-
side (and gym equipment) is not
theirs, so "it doh affect dem"...right?
The ignorance and self-grandiosity
Not only does Mr Narcissistic Trini
have no regard for others, he also has
no care for the equipment he uses.
After squatting, he leaves his
weights on the squat rack. His dumb-
ells are strewn all about his work area,
and not replaced. He even steps on
the mats with his dirty sneakers.
There is no concern for the longevi-
ty of the equipment, nor the impor-
tance of keeping equipment clean and
Again this is similar behaviour to
that in other facets of society. Certain
security companies in Trinidad neglect
and abuse their working dogs, who
are poorly fed and without proper
veterinary care. Interested only in the
Almighty Dollar, they sacrifice the
health of these poor animals for a
And again, just as Trinidadians
allow Mr Narcissistic Trini to stop in
the middle of the road and block traf-
fic to get that beer, they continue to
hire companies that abuse and neglect
their animals. The passivity is dis-
All gym goers are familiar with that
one loud mouth who thinks he knows
He is the type of narcissistic Trini
who gives instructions to everyone,
whether they want it or not, about
how to exercise. He intrusively informs
them of what is wrong with their
technique and then instructs them in
another poor technique of the same
exercise, which he claims will "make
yuh bottom bigger" if you are a
Yet if one attempts to inform him
of the errors in his instruction, one
is promptly ignored. This attitude was
reflected in a recent experience I had
when my car battery died.
I spotted a young man with a
souped up, pristine vehicle nearby.
Surely he who seems to know about
cars would help. I asked him for a
jump start but was immediately told
"no," and he turned his back. Preten-
tiousness is ubiquitous in this country.
Let s not forget Miss Narcissistic
Trini! She is the diva who dresses for
the gym in clothes that are 3 sizes
too small for her voluptuous bosom
and proceeds to "shadow box" with
Looking more like a fairy on tip
toes, she is so conscious of her "about
to pop out members" and more con-
cerned with gallerying, that she never
breaks a sweat.
She is the one who also wears five
inch stilettos to a carnival fete on
grass, and ends up getting "stuck in
the mud". Need I say more?
Narcissism is a common trait
among Trinidadians these days. It is
"self-centredness arising from failure
to distinguish self from external
objects, either in very young babies
or as a mental disorder." So either
Trinidadians never grew up, or are
•Carla Rauseo, DPT, CSCS, ATRIC is
a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a
Certified Aquatic Therapy
Rehabilitation Instructor at Total
Rehabilitation Centre in San Juan.
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