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Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for employment, on contract, in the following positions in the
Information Technology (IT) Unit of the Inland Revenue Division (IRD), Ministry of Finance.
Senior Database Specialist
The Senior Database Specialist is responsible for architecting and managing backups and the storage management
environment at IRD which go beyond normal database management activities. In addition the Senior Database
Specialists must monitor capacity, tune disk requirements, and manage database space requirements.
o Architects and manages the storage management environment including SANS and backup software for Veritas,
Arc serve and Tivoli Storage Manager.
o Collaborates with other IT workgroups and clients to ensure all data, systems files, configurations, permission
settings and software are backed up and verified on an established schedule.
o Participates and conducts testing to confirm the ability to restore systems, files, databases, permissions and
settings for all IRD systems.
o Proposes and implements system enhancements (software and hardware updates) that will improve the
performance and reliability of the systems.
o Monitors capacity of SANS, hard drives, magnetic media, etc. to plan and procure replacements or timely
o Creates Computer Operator guidelines to direct Operators on jobs to run, common error messages, routine error
resolution directions, escalation procedures for errors when necessary and reporting requirements.
o Reviews previous night backups and other storage jobs to verify acceptable job completion or to take corrective
actions as necessary.
o Collaborates with BSD on new programmes or act as a member of the Special Projects staff to determine storage
capacity requirements or changes resulting from programming changes, third party data requirements, etc.
o Share 7 x 24 on-call duties. Works some non-core hours and travels to remote sites as may be required.
o Degree in Computer Science/ Electrical Engineering or related field
o Three years' experience in administering two or more large and complex databases.
o High level of knowledge relating to Storage Management architectures, operations and troubleshooting methods
o Experience in Disaster Recovery Planning
o Training in Tivoli Storage Manager
o Experience with Windows Server administration
TAXPAYER RELATIONS SECTION
"Changing the way we interact with People!"
From my balcony the scent of flowering plants
wafts up from the courtyard below. I m amazed my
sense of smell has returned after days of Parisian
flu. I stick my head out to soak up the late September
sunshine and our new neighbours open a window
opposite me and smile and wave.
Outside in the street other Parisians are sick. A
Frenchman on a scooter cruises by on the cobbled
streets and sneezes loudly.
"Heh-chieu!" it sounds like, instead of the common
"At-choo" that we Brits favour.
"Wait," says T. "They even sneeze in an accent?"
And we fall about laughing. I d never before con-
sidered whether the nasal expulsion sounds we make
are innate or learned.
Along the street a fat marmalade cat sprawls on a
car bonnet. We ve named him Garfield though his
real name is Minou. At the end of our street, the
bohemian bar has two of its windows shattered.
The cracked glass reminds me of the weekend s
occurrences in Montmartre s would-be twin town of
Shoreditch in East London where the controversial
Cereal Killer Cafe (literally a cafe selling bowls of cereal
for £5) was attacked by a group of anti-gentrification
activists called Class War.
Shoreditch is one of several formerly rundown,
working class areas of London which have become
populated by cool people with beards, moustaches
and drainpipe jeans. Although these folk came with
good intentions (first appearing in the 90s setting up
art studios in cheap warehouses) they encouraged the
spread of fancy pubs and restaurants which London s
estate agents use as marketing tools to triple rent;
squeezing out locals from their communities.
When the cereal cafe opened earlier this year, five
years into David Cameron and Chancellor George
Osborne s austerity measures, it was a tipping point.
Activists were outraged that many children in the local
borough live below the poverty line relying on food
banks while cereal is being sold as a posh snack for
On Saturday night, its windows were broken and
daubed in paint by protesters who occupied the area
with sound systems and anti-capitalist slogans.
I m torn on this one. Gentrification has improved
poorer parts of London, which is good. But on the
other hand it hasn t regenerated those areas, it has
provided a lick of paint and made everything unaf-
fordably expensive, which is bad.
But should cereal cafes be attacked rather than, say,
cereal corporations like the evil giant, Nestlé?
The crimes of Nestlé are well-documented and yet
still relatively unpunished. It remains the world s largest
food company having acquired dozens of huge brand
I was disappointed to find that even in Trinidad,
products ranging from cereal to juice to chocolate to
milk are dominated by Nestlé and that the Swiss com-
pany even has a factory in Valsayn.
It s one of only a few corporations I actively boycott.
I haven t eaten KitKats for 15 years---other than that
the boycott is painless. But it s not as easy as you think
to avoid them. They own 60 bottled water companies,
40 ice cream brands, hundreds of chocolates, sweets,
coffees, contact lenses, pet food, seasoning and 30
per cent of L Oreal which includes Garnier, Maybelline,
Lancome and The Body Shop.
Among many unethical practices, Nestlé s worst is
baby milk. In 1866 Nestlé invented formula milk, a
product marketed as a healthy nutritional alternative
to breast milk which positioned breastfeeding as incon-
venient and avoidable. Nestlé aggressively markets
formula milk in the developing world where water
needed to make the "milk" is often polluted. This,
and the reduced ability to sterilise bottles, leads babies
to die of diarrhoea and pneumonia at 25 times the
rate of breastfed babies.
Formula milk is not real food, it s chemical food
just like McDonald s or Subway or Pepsi. Would you
give a tiny baby Pepsi to drink? So why give it artificial
powdered milk when human breast milk contains so
And, while we re on the point, why did
Kamla in election year give out vouchers
encouraging new mothers to buy formula
Anybody who wants to know how impor-
tant breastfeeding is should read the columns
of Dr David Bratt, medical adviser to the
Breastfeeding Association of T&T.
Also try reading the book Breasts: A Natural
And Unnatural History by Florence Williams,
which tells us that women s breast milk con-
tains, "four per cent fat, vitamins A, C, E
and K, natural sugars, essential minerals,
proteins, enzymes and antibodies, 100 per
cent of the recommended daily allowance
of virtually everything a baby needs to grow,
plus (hundreds of live bacteria) to help ward
off a lifetime of diseases, from diabetes to
cancer. Every time we nurse our babies, the
"love hormone" oxytocin courses out of us
like a warm bath."
One of the many great achievements my
mother will leave behind is achieving Unicef s
baby-friendly status for the Whittington
Hospital in North London where she worked
as a midwife and breastfeeding consultant.
Unicef says babies should have breast milk
exclusively for a minimum of six months
and recommends mums continue breast-
feeding for as long as possible after that.
Under NHS guidelines, UK hospitals must
help mums achieve this.
Trinidad s trendy neighbourhoods are a
long way off giving you cereal cafes to protest
about, but in the mean time start doing
something positive for your community today.
Time to target the real bad guys
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