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A minimum of 2 years experience required
Please send applications in writing no later than
18th November, 2015 to:
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Applicants are also required to submit a copy of the
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o Produce at least two references from their
o Must have two forms of valid ID
o Candidates should have 5 CXC passes including
Math & English
o Own or have access to a reliable working vehicle
o Self motivated and willing to work with others
o Salary plus travelling allowance & commission
o Good communication skills
GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS AND MUST BE
ABLE TO WORK WELL WITH OTHERS
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UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE
Fireworks light up the sky during the closing of the Divali Nagar 2015 on Monday night in Chaguanas. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
LIGHTING UP THE SKY
Why such measly Lotto prizes?
In any game of chance, the value of a prize is nor-
mally in direct proportion to the odds of winning that
prize---the greater the odds, the more valuable the
prize. Here I use "greater odds" to mean "less likely to
The odds of winning the Lotto is 3,392,928-to-1.
The odds of picking five correct numbers (without
the powerball) is 376,992-to-1. In other words, if you
have picked the first five numbers correctly, your
chance of winning the Lotto is 1-in-9 (the probability
of choosing the correct powerball from nine balls).
The previous week, when the jackpot was $25 mil-
lion, two people matched five numbers to share a
total purse of $97,769.20, again nothing close to the
expected $2.8 million.
The release also stated, "One hundred players
matched four numbers and the powerball number to
win $797.44." That's a total purse of $79,744. This is
where it gets even more interesting.
The odds of matching four numbers and the
powerball is 530,145-to-1, which is greater than the
odds of a five-match (376,992-to-1). So the purse
should be more than that of the five-match. But it's
In a fair game, you would expect that the prize for
matching five numbers would be roughly one-ninth
of the big prize. So if the jackpot is $30 million, a five-
match should be worth about $3.3 million, especially
if no one won the jackpot.
So I was a bit shocked to read the NLCB release
which stated, "Five players matched five numbers
without the powerball to each win $21, 619.60."
That's a total five-match purse of $108,098, nothing
remotely close to three million.
Clearly, the NLCB does not use probability theory
in determining its prizes, to the detriment of the play-
ing public. It would be interesting to hear what for-
mula they do use for the lower prizes.
In the meantime, you might get a fairer deal from
the bazaar huckster playing "over, under and lucky 7."
At least, his prize structure accords with probability
theory more than the NLCB.
Iwas shocked to hear the comments
of the new Minister of Health on his
Divali day visit to the PoS General
Hospital concerning yet another tragic
loss of a full-term baby.
The circumstances surrounding the
death of baby Asia Marie Small, seems
all too familiar; a tale of an unaccept-
able level of neglect and disregard to
cries from the mother and father beg-
ging for help and attention for an
existing problem that only a mother
can discern, consequently putting
mother and baby at risk.
T&T has one of the highest infant
mortality rates in the world, and it is
nonsensical to suggest the often
avoidable deaths of these innocents are
due to irresponsible choices before or
during the woman s pregnancy, leading
to diabetes, obesity or hypertension.
In many cases the evidence has
pointed towards severe and unaccept-
able cases of medical malpractice and
or palpably bad health care and neg-
lect by both nurses and doctors.
Another innocent precious life has
been lost due to very questionable cir-
cumstances, the empathy and support
should be directed towards the griev-
ing parents and family of the deceased
It is unconscionable to seek to ini-
tially defend and insulate the medical
staff from blame by redirecting any
blame to the victims of this tragedy.
Medical patients deserve to have their
rights and dignity recognised and
ANOTHER INNOCENT PRECIOUS LIFE LOST...
Ensure generic drugs
of good quality
Allow me to touch on an interview on TV yester-
day morning with our Minister of Health Mr Terrence
Deyalsingh concerning the quality of CDAP drugs
being offered to worthy senior citizens. While I agree
with the minister that the Government cannot afford
to purchase upscale branded drugs, I urge him to be
prudent and responsible in having the related pro-
curement officers purchasing these genetic drugs
make sure that they are of good quality.
I offer this advice having read a recent letter in the
Guardian on an experience that the writer, Clement
Richards, encountered with the diabetic drug Met-
formin which he received recently from the CDAP
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