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• Minimum of 3 years in the preparation of:
Authentic Cantonese Cuisine
• Evidence of training from a recognized institute
• Applicants must be mature and responsible
Send detailed resume no later than 04th September, 2017 to:
The Human Resources Manager,
# 20 Rushworth Street,
Applicants are also requested to submit a copy of the application to
Chief Manpower Offce,
Ministry of Labour & Micro Enterprises Development,
Port of Spain
Trinidad Match specializes in the manufacturing of household and commercial matches. We are look-
ing for innovative, results-oriented professionals to fll the following position:
LATIN AMERICAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
To grow and develop the company’s brands in Central Latin American countries including Cuba, Puer-
to Rico and Dominican Republic. Manages export sales and negotiations of accounts in Latin America
markets, ensuring customer satisfaction while achieving sales levels to budget requirements.
• Monitor and reports on International sales trends and country sales performance for business
• Manage resources to achieve committed timescales for orders and ensure customer requirements
are being met.
• Prepares annual budget for export markets.
• Research and attain new customer accounts.
• Achieve sales levels to budgeted requirements.
• Work with marketing staff to help provide press releases, plan and co-ordinate trade shows,
exhibitions and distributor events.
• Prepares accurate monthly reports within specifed time period.
• Recommend product pricing for export markets.
• Responsible for developing and maintaining export agency arrangements.
• Maintains and builds customer relationships to ensure service delivery meets customer expectations.
• Explore and develop new business strategies for increased proftability such as E-commerce.
• Knowledge of safety and security standards.
Qualifcations and Experience:
Degree in Business Administration
A minimum of fve (5) years’ experience in a similar role working in a Latin American Country.
Advance computer knowledge of e-commerce software applications.
Fluency in Spanish required.
Any relevant combination of qualifcations and experience will be considered.
Interested persons should submit their resume to:
Attn: Managing Director – Trinidad Match Limited
Cor. Gordon & Maingot Street, Mt. Hope
Applicants are also requested to submit a copy of their application with resume to
Chief Manpower Offcer,
Ministry of Labour,
Duke Place, 50-54 Duke Street
Port of Spain
Applications should be submitted no later than September 11th 2017
The terrors of this world:
peer pressure, socio-econom-
ic hardships, bullying, building
self-esteem and finding oneself
in a mottled environment are
what confront each of us as
we evolve from childhood into
Yes, terror. I am particularly
distressed by how vile we are as a
society---and have been for a longer
time than we want to admit---and
how that revoltingly translates into
abuses on one another---especially
sexual traumas. I am writing this
reeling from a recent molestation
of a seven-year-old by an 18-year-
But besides that incident, I know
because among those I have coun-
selled---men and women, few can
testify to remaining unscathed
from childhood/early sexual ex-
ploitation of varying degrees.
And with all the traumas our
children face, add the fact that
some are being raised by parents
who live with mental illnesses in a
familial, social, and education sys-
tem that remains oblivious about
necessary support for children/
families so affected. Say nothing
of the stigma children carry wheth-
er or not their parents' ill health is
The experts at Australia's Re-
sponse Ability* say, "Having a
mental illness does not mean a
person is unable to parent well"
however a parent living with a
mental "may have difficulty in
meeting their child's emotional
and physical needs."
Mental illness can affect a per-
son's ability to carry out day-to-
day functions. It is highly possible
that a child in such a home with-
out adequate social support and
professional interventions may
not enjoy appropriate parenting
and may not have healthy family
"This can be particularly hard
during acute and/or severe phases
of the illness, or when the illness is
experienced for a long time" says
Response Ability. "Children...
especially young children, can be
particularly vulnerable to the ef-
fects of parental mental illness due
to their higher dependence on adult
Children in the earlier years
cannot adequately process some
of these issues, and, given the vul-
nerability at that age and the fact
that they also have to deal with ex-
ternal factors impacting on their
development, they can live very
conflicted emotional lives.
"Children of parents with a men-
tal illness have a higher risk of de-
veloping mental health problems or
mental illness themselves (during
childhood or adulthood). This is
thought to be due to a combina-
tion of genetic predisposition as
well as difficult life experiences,"
says Response Ability.
Even if children do not develop
mental illnesses themselves, the
children from these homes are
still affected by issues as arrested
emotional development and may
be or become socially awkward.
The good news is that appropri-
ate interventions can help with
adjustment in early and adult life.
What has been a challenge for
many parents is that when our
children get to an older age, when
they can process their childhood
experiences, often another layer
of conflict arises. From my expe-
rience, not many families survive
One individual who wrote to me
some years ago (I'll call her Bren-
da) talked about a situation where
MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
To parents, on behalf of children
she had taken responsibility for caring
and meeting the needs of her aunt and
uncle-in-law in their matured years.
They both live with psychiatric diag-
noses and had children who are without
any diagnosable psychosocial disability.
The children, however, have devel-
oped hostile feelings towards their
parents and show no interest in par-
ticipating in their lives beyond financial
contributions sent from distant places.
Understandably, their current out-
look on their early life came as they
processed what was, to their mind, an
unfair life of hardship and abuse suf-
fered during periods of acute illnesses
in their parents' life.
Their responses are what they felt
and still feel was/is necessary for pro-
tecting themselves and their spouses
and children from what was to them the
horror of their childhood. Forgiveness
seems very hard to come by.
When Brenda reached out to me,
among the confusion she was expe-
riencing was the struggle to under-
stand what her cousins must have
gone through to reach that place of
disconnect with their parents.
I suggested instead that she helped
the parents to understand the pain and
trauma their children have processed
from their unusual childhood and en-
courage them to have compassion for
their children's distress.
"Help them to understand how
much pain is inflicted on our children
because they have the extra 'terror' of
being raised in a sometimes unstable
environment," I wrote. "Teach aunty
and uncle to live in the hope that their
children would heal and would go past
their pain with sufficient time to seek
out and embrace them (the parents) to
celebrate the good in their parenting."
To her credit, Brenda continues to
enjoy caring for her aunt and uncle-
in-law, always seeking out information
and intervention to help them to con-
tinue to have the best experience they
can. The couple is quite self-sufficient,
taking care of most of their physical
needs and, as the mental healthcare
delivery continues to develop, they
are able to benefit from better advice
• Caroline C Ravello is a strategic
communications and media
practitioner. She holds an MA in Mass
Communications and is a candidate for
the MSc in Public Health (MPH) from
The UWI. Write to: mindful.tt@gmail.
*The Response Ability Initiative is
funded by the Australian Government:
Children in the earlier years cannot adequately
process some of these issues, and, given the
vulnerability at that age and the fact that they also
have to deal with external factors impacting on their
development, they can live very conflicted emotional
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