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GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government invites applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the
under-mentioned positions on contract for a period of three (3) years.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) MANAGER -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent is required to plan, organize and manage the effective development, operations and maintenance
of the ICT resources and infrastructure of the Ministry and to manage the successful delivery of its ICT projects, under the
direction of the Permanent Secretary or designated officer. Duties include: development and implementation of the Ministry's ICT
policies and strategic plan, development and delivery of software applications and effective IT services to the Ministry.
DISASTER MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATOR -- THIRTEEN (13) POSITIONS
JOB SUMMARY: The successful candidate will be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a robust disaster
risk reduction programme within the assigned Municipal Corporation. This responsibility includes planning, implementing and
evaluating activities related to all phases of the Disaster Cycle (i.e. Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Early Warning,
Response and Recovery) in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Disaster Management Co-ordinator, Office of
Disaster Preparedness and Management and other stakeholder organizations.
DIRECTOR, LEGAL SERVICES -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent is required to manage and direct the activities of the Legal Services Unit of the Ministry and
render legal services. Duties include planning, directing and coordinating the work of professional legal staff and legal
support staff. Duties also include providing legal advice, representing the Ministry in Court, at Tribunals and meetings, drafting
and reviewing legal agreements and other legal documents and participating in negotiations, mediation and arbitration.
SENIOR CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: To implement the Ministry's corporate communications strategy and programmes. Duties include assisting
in the development, implementation and evaluation of these strategies and programmes; taking the lead on corporate media
campaigns, public relations and other communications activities.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER -- TWO (2) POSITIONS
JOB SUMMARY: To contribute to the achievement of the communications targets of the Ministry and assist in monitoring
their implementation. Duties include coordinating media relations strategies, producing and disseminating materials for com-
municating information about the Ministry and its services.
SPEECH WRITER/RESEARCHER -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: To conduct in-depth research and prepare, write and edit executive and other speeches, releases, articles,
letters and other communication documents for use by the Ministry. Duties involve researching material for writing
assignments; submitting assignments within agreed timelines and ensuring relevance and currency of content.
AUDIO/VIDEO TECHNICIAN -- ONE (1) POSITION
JOB SUMMARY: The incumbent is required to operate and maintain equipment used to amplify, record and display sound
and must be able to maintain and repair equipment such as microphones, video recorders, projectors, lighting; record
meetings and presentations with video cameras, operate spotlights, adjust amplifiers, coordinate graphics used in displays
and provide technical support.
Further information on job specifications can be accessed on our website at www.localgov.gov.tt
Applications MUST be submitted with a detailed Curriculum Vitae, two (2) references and copies of
Certificates by, November 20th 2015 to:
The Permanent Secretary
Attention: Director, Human Resources
Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government
Kent House, MARAVAL
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
were first invented,
it was a sign that
kings and other
rulers were becom-
ing more humanitarian.
This might seem counter-intuitive, given the con-
ditions of prisons, even in developed nations and
more so in countries like ours. But, before prisons,
criminals would either have to be executed, or pun-
ished in public and or at best exiled.
Even nowadays in T&T, there are people who call
for public hangings as a means of reducing crime.
But such executions in Western nations were done
away with centuries ago, and the reason wasn t
entirely mercy. "Executions became the occasion for
rowdiness and disgust---both because the crowd had
begun to identify with the victim, not the executioner,
and the spectacle had become revolting, offending
a new sensibility about pain and bodily integrity,"
Morris and Rothman note. "Thus, it became desirable
to mete out punishment away from the public gaze
and to find alternatives to the gallows."
This is why understanding history is crucial to
making prisons more effective. This book only deals
with prisons in the United States and the United
Kingdom, but practices do not vary so significantly
that the research cannot be applied to T&T. Nonethe-
less, most members of the public fail to understand
the death camp point. "Whatever practices are fol-
lowed in a society at any time, the majority of citizens
perceive these practices as too lenient toward the
criminal," says another researcher.
Which leads to another fundamental and, again,
counter-intuitive point: prisons do not reduce crime.
"Research into the use of imprisonment over time
and in different countries has failed to demonstrate
any positive correlation between increasing the rate
of imprisonment and reducing the rate of crime,"
the experts say.
This doesn t mean that prisons should be done
away with, only that the present model is not working.
The Scandinavian prison model, for example, is
described as "a factory with a fence". Ideally, the
prisoner earns roughly as much as if he were free
but this salary pays for his accommodation in prison,
compensates victims, supports his dependents, and
saves for release. "However, these sensible goals are
rarely realised, and there is frequently abuse in the
exploitation of labour," the researchers say.
Bill Nye tackles climate change in new book
The science is clear and the warnings
are dire: Man-made climate change is hap-
pening and will adversely affect human
life on this planet.
Both the effects of climate change and
the political obfuscation stalling meaningful
education and action to create a better future
can seem insurmountable.
But in Unstoppable: Harnessing Science
to Change the World, author Bill Nye---yes,
former host of the television series Bill Nye
the Science Guy, sees relentless human inge-
nuity as reason to hope.
It s the second book from the engineer-
turned-popular science educator. His first,
Undeniable, proved his likeability and knack
for explaining evolutionary science and its
application to our lives.
Back with a bow tie and enthusiasm that
vaults off the page, Nye explains the basics
of climate science without making Unstop-
pable feel like a textbook. It s more of a call
to arms---an enlisting of the Next Great
Generation before we re all drafted into a
Nye spends most of his book laying out
the pros and cons of various technological
improvements that homeowners could try
to improve energy efficiency and reduce
their carbon footprint. He does the same
thing that he used to do on his TV show
---he encourages you to try it out, just to
see what happens. It s a pure science exper-
iment, and if it doesn t work, try something
He also makes a case for reconsidering
nuclear power and genetically modified
crops. Look at everything that technology
and experimentation have improved for
humans, Nye says. Why stop now, why be
afraid, facing climate change? If any of Nye s
formers viewers or more recent fans have
somehow lost their enthusiasm for asking
questions and brainstorming, Unstoppable
will get them back on track. (AP)
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