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A Chaguaramas-based shipworks company
seeks suitably qualified:
DIESEL MECHANICS - to support Mechanical operations
and work on Mechanical equipment in the Mechanical
Engineering Department to ensure same are well-main-
tained and serviceable at all times for the Department and
the company. Ideal candidate shall have a demonstrable
background in heavy Industrial/Mechanical operations
and activities, with at least 5 years' related experience
repairing, maintaining and troubleshooting on forklifts,
manlifts, compressors and other such heavy diesel equip-
ment. Certification or diploma in mechanical engineering
or related disciplines will be an asset.
EQUIPMENT TECHNICIAN (Electrical) - a minimum 5
years' experience performing electrical & electronic main-
tenance, installations, diagnostics and troubleshooting on
forklifts, cranes, manlifts, compressors and other such
industrial equipment. Candidate must have the ability to
read and interpret electrical drawings and schematics,
program and operate computerized industrial equipment.
Certification or diploma in electrical/electronic engineering
would be considered an asset.
Interested persons should submit curriculum vitae with
relevant documents and certification to
The Human Resource Manager,
P.O. Box 2874 TT POST, Chaguaramas
And/Or to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than September 14, 2015.
Unsuitable/Late applications will not be acknowledged.
Like Cersei Lannister in Game of
Thrones, I may be shorn, stripped and
stoned in a walk of shame for what I
am about to say: I do not like Idris
He is a little too granite for my liking,
although he was commendably more
limber as Mandela in Long Walk to Free-
Maybe I just don t fancy tall, buff
guys with that "I own the place" swagger
which seems more practised than inher-
ent. But now I am getting vex on his
Elba has been named as a candidate
to play the next Agent 007. Ever since
Daniel Craig in 2012 told Rolling Stone
magazine he wanted to get out of the
franchise, insiders have been buzzing
that he might get to drive the famous
Aston Martin, and introduce himself as:
"Bond. James Bond."
But last week, Bond writer Anthony
Horowitz threw some shade Elba s way
by remarking that Elba was too "street
to play the secret agent. "Is it a question
of being suave? Yeah," he told the UK
He was quick to add, though, that
his opinion had nothing to do with skin
colour; he just found Elba was too
You can take that bill of goods to mar-
ket, if you like. But don t expect a sale.
Daniel Craig may be many things---he
is tall; he has bright blue eyes, but
A Tom Ford suit can only do so much
and no matter how much Craig squints
meaningfully, he reminds me more of
a hit man than a gallant secret agent.
Yet Craig was considered Bond enough
to succeed Pierce Brosnan, who has
loads of suave, and star in four of the
movies, the last being Spectre to be
released in October.
So the question now being debated
on social media is whether any black
man can truly play Bond because Ian
Fleming created Bond as a very white
dude. The No-Elba group says that s
just the way it is, and has nothing to do
with race. Yaphet Kotto, who starred as
the first black villain, in Live and Let
Die, put it this way: "James Bond cannot
Political correctness be damned, we
have to stay with what is literally correct.
He was established by Ian Fleming as
a white character, played by white actors.
It s silly. Play 003 or 006 but you cannot
The opposing view is that Bond is
English, or possibly Scottish, and there
are lots of black people of such ancestry.
Besides, there has to be room for inno-
vation and one day soon there should
also be ruthlessly beautiful Jane Bond
as the famous spy. (Lucy Liu, in
leather? Angela Bassett, with her
withering glare and wonderful
biceps? The inaccessibly sexy Felic-
Horowitz who writes "continu-
ation" Bond novels, the latest being
Trigger Mortis, quickly apologised
for his "street" comment, adding
that he was mortified that he caused
Elba has been staying above the
storm. He initially shrugged off the
idea of playing Bond before saying
he would be pleased to take on the
role if it were offered.
But he can t bear the "black
Bond" label, which, now that I think
about it, sounds like a brand of
"I just don t want to be the black
James Bond," Elba said. "Sean Con-
nery wasn t the Scottish James
Bond and Daniel Craig wasn t the
blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played
him, I don t want to be called the
black James Bond."
Elba, who is six feet three and
three-quarter inches, has the height
He has the accent and, he is
actually English. I may not call him
suave but I hear that women around
the globe practically faint at the
mere mention of his name.
While I remain solidly on both
feet, I now want to see him as Bond.
Because I love sticking up for the
underdog, and Bond is overdue for
a makeover. If the Bond literalists
can stand to see Bond cry and M
die (in Skyfall), they can take a little
melanin. And like it.
Send your Bond thoughts to
I'm not an Idris fan, but he can be Bond!
Elba has been staying above
the storm. He initially
shrugged off the idea of
playing Bond before saying
he would be pleased to take
on the role if it were offered.
But he can't bear the "black
Bond" label, which, now that
I think about it, sounds like
a brand of whiskey.
Elsa's not an Idris Elba fan
but she doesn't doubt his
ability to play James Bond.
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