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Ionce tried to talk to a group
of fifth formers at one of the
"prestigious" Port-of-Spain col-
leges and was laughed out of
the room, much to the conster-
nation of the principal who had
invited me to talk to them
Apart from the fact that I did
not know how to speak to ado-
lescents, the problem was that
they did not believe what I was
saying about bringing up babies,
that it was a difficult and
exhausting job. It was a combi-
nation of astounding arrogance
They believed that, since most
had younger brothers or sisters,
they knew how to deal with
children and would simply do
what they saw mummy or
daddy doing and that would be
The naivety was expressed in
the feeling that all you had to
do with a baby was clean it (the
cleaning came first), feed it and
put it to sleep in the crib and
go about your business and the
baby would just lie there until
the next round of cleaning and
I have tried to do the same
with innumerable mothers-to-be
with similar results. In fact,
most people are like that. Single
businessmen, bachelor adminis-
trators, politicians (whether sin-
gle or married, it's all the same
to them, they don't give a
damm), eager beaver reporters,
immature young doctors, they
all have no idea how difficult it
is to care for a child.
Babies and children are
demanding. They don't take no
for an answer.
They live in the present. If
they have a need, it's now. They
don't understand "just a sec!"
It's now or never.
Their needs are innumerable. I
find I am using this word innu-
merable a lot today. Perhaps it
is because taking care of a baby
is a full time job. Exhausting.
Unbearable at times. I've often
said that I respect people who
choose not to have children.
That shows maturity. Maybe
those are precisely the ones who
should have children.
I once told an English Profes-
sor of Immunology that I did
not want to be Professor (forget
why, but the examples around
me did not exactly inspire con-
fidence) and he exclaimed,
"that's exactly why you should!"
The advice by some Latin
American Ministers of Health to
their women at danger of Zika
to not become pregnant amply
demonstrates the gulf between
politics and the reality of life for
the ordinary person who simply
does not plan a pregnancy. In
majority of cases pregnancy
It's abominable that these
same politicians prevent women
from using contraception but
expect them to "plan" their
pregnancies. "Just Abstain," I
suppose, like the failed 1980
and early 1990's US "War on
Drugs" drug advertising cam-
paign, "Just Say No."
Anyway, no one less than the
Pope has just entered the fray
by declaring that using contra-
ceptives could be a "lesser evil"
with the Vatican immediately
pointing out that contraceptives
were allowed by the church in
the early 1960s for nuns in the
then Belgian Congo when rape
was being used as a weapon of
war. Slick move fellows!
But what to do with those
pesky adolescents who know
everything at 16? Enter "Real-
Care Baby." RealCare Baby is a
baby-sized doll that weighs
about six to seven pounds and
is 21 inches long, just like a
She wears a diaper and a T-
shirt and contains a computer
that can be programmed to cry
at random intervals. She is
designed to try to make young
people experience, at least in
part, what being a parent is
like. It's being used as school
"projects" lasting three days.
The doll is programmed by a
teacher to cry when it "needs"
something, a fresh diaper, feed-
ing, burping or rocking and off
the student goes.
You can programme it to cry
at 3 am for a diaper change or
every three hours for a feed etc.
The RealCare baby records
everything that is or isn't done
to it. The "feeding bottle"
utilises a magnetic hookup to its
vinyl lips. A device embedded in
the diaper is duly noted by the
doll's electronic innards, signal-
ing that it's been changed. The
head rolls back if not supported,
and any failure on this score
leads to simulated screaming, a
computerised record of the
infraction and a deduction of
points. Throw it against the wall
or hit it in exasperation? That's
child abuse and you fail the
It's also a financial catastro-
phe for the parents. (They cost
about US$500 on Ebay). Parents
cannot takeover easily because
the student wears an ID bracelet
connected up to the doll com-
puter. (That should not pose a
problem to the average smart-
man Trini.) I haven't been able
to find any studies on the suc-
cess rate but anecdotes from
parents, teachers and kids
abound. One student comment-
ed that "Caring for the real care
baby was not realistic because
the face didn't move and the
body had no motion making it
hard to consider it a real child."
Another mom said "The idea
of the programme is to discour-
age teen pregnancy by giving
students a taste of the lost sleep
and sacrificed fun that go along
From where I sat, it made
babies look too easy by far. Slip
a diaper under the tush, and the
baby coos? Sure. It almost never
screams unless abused or
ignored. On what planet?" But
some teachers says that the
programme works well: "Every-
one wants to take them home,
but nobody wants to keep
them." Point made?
THIS IS REAL CARE, BABY
DAVID E BRATT, MD
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