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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
ONE (1) LIVE IN EXPERIENCED
Live in Experienced and Trained Housekeeper/Childcare Giver for family in
Maraval with 3 Children (Toddlers) and 2 Dogs
CPR/FIRST AID QuALIFICATIon MAnDAToRy
The nature of the job naturally requires Long hours of work, as well as work on
Weekends and Public Holidays.
Work requirements (not limited to)
• Executing all Childcare needs and implementing a home curriculum, while
being a key influencer in their daily learning and developmental programmes,
after school extra curricular and homework needs.
• Develop schedules and routines for the household
• Maintenance of all household inventories, including supplies for the children
• Planning and preparing nutritional meals for the family’s special requirements.
• Cleaning and sanitization of the home and outdoor environment.
Including and not limited to washing and ironing of the families items.
The successful candidate should have at least 5 years housekeeping and childcare
provider experience and must be able to write, read and use the computer with
competence. Entertaining protocol skills will be beneficial and the candidate
will be required to travel with the family. The applicant also should be able to
swim and be active.
Applicants are required to submit their applications with resume, photo and
accompanying documents by 12th May 2017 addressed to
The House Manager, P.O.Box 8004.
Unsuitable applicants will not be acknowledged.
Applicants are also required to submit a copy of the application to:
Chief manpoWer offiCer, ministry of labour and small
level 3 duke plaCe, 50-54 duke street, port-of-spain.
accompanying documents by 20th January 2018 addressed to
On Saturday Red Ants had a fete called
Stumped. They complained like babies about
having to follow the laws about decibel noise.
Imagine that! We the residents, the young,
the old, the sick and not to mention the dogs,
have had for years to put up with the wildness
of promoters believing they own the laws in
No more, promoters, no more, we will fight
you! We have a generation of young people
who are going to be deaf because of your ex-
treme noise. For someone to think noise will
affect our “culture” has no schooling. How
long do you think Carnival has been cele-
brated without these enormous, shattering,
obnoxious things you call fetes? Grow up, stop
whining and obey the laws; take your parties
out of town, don’t come to our residential
We applaud the EMA and the police who
have upheld the laws of noise pollution!
Thank you! Don’t stop for carnival!
Take your parties and go
Why are Caribbean governments
so silent about US President
Donald Trump’s racists state-
ment about Black people? The
European Union has made a dec-
laration to the effect that they
don’t share Trump’s racism. I
think the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago should do the same.
Why the T&T silence on Trump?
Pink Panther sings his calypso Hurricane of Love, on the opening night of Kalypso
Revue which was held at the Arima Velodrome on Saturday evening.
PICTURE DARREN RAMPERSAD
A life unfulfilled
Two events that occurred last
week Monday had an austere ef-
fect on the nation’s psyche. We
were first sent into a state of shock
by the violent death of 15-year-old
Laventille resident Joshua An-
drews, followed a few hours later
by a sense of bereavement at the
sudden passing of former presi-
dent George Maxwell Richards.
Taken together, they present two
contrasting narratives: one life
that came to an end after a career
spent in professional and public
service, while the other was extin-
guished before ever knowing what
promise and opportunities lay in
Death is going to pay us all a
visit one day. We can only hope
that our appointed time finds us
old and accomplished rather than
in the midst of our prime with un-
fulfilled talents. But even though
the natural cycle of life ensures
that this dreaded spectre is never
out of work, Trinidad and Tobago
has provided ample overtime in
the last ten years, with close to five
thousand of our citizens having
met their end by malicious hands.
Regardless of “how” and
“ when” it happens, the reality is
that few of us will be remembered
beyond the circle of our loved
ones. Yet sometimes even the tim-
ing of a person’s death can work
in mysterious ways, giving an oth-
erwise indifferent nation reason to
sit up and take notice.
For young Master Andrews,
whether he was just a student
who was in the wrong place at
the wrong time or a gang affiliate
targeted by his rivals, his murder
took place less than 24 hours after
a televised address by the prime
minister. His comments pertain-
ing to crime were brief and unin-
spiring (the entire speech felt that
way), but he did ask that we, “...
spare a thought or prayer for indi-
viduals and families who have be-
come victims of crime.” Perhaps
he should have amended his state-
ment to include “those who will
become victims”, for there will
undoubtedly be more of them –
Master Andrews won’t be the last.
Meanwhile, the passing of the
former president was somewhat
ominous as it happened on the
eve of our choosing another. It
was only a few days before that
the government created a bit of
excitement by nominating Justice
Paula Mae-Weekes, who would
be the first woman to hold the
office. So there’s going to be a
state funeral and a meeting of
the Electoral College in the same
week; paying our respects to one
public servant before welcoming
And while our presidents are
individuals that are usually seen
and seldom heard, this intersec-
tion served as a reminder of the
significance the office is to our
Sympathetic citizens might say
that both of these untimely deaths
are tragic. But the real tragedy
here is that between the two per-
sons mentioned in this column,
one will be remembered and the
other, sadly, will not.
Don’t get me wrong, Maxwell
Richards deserves to be the hon-
oured; as the fourth president of
our republic his place in history
is assured. However, young Mas-
ter Andrews is nowhere near that
level of renown and will thus soon
be forgotten. Not even the grue-
some circumstances of his death
will leave a lasting impression;
after all, no one remembers De-
Neil Smith and Mark Richards, the
two Laventille students who were
callously murdered back in Janu-
ary 2016. We long stopped caring
about them and the other thou-
sands who shared similar fates;
the memory of Joshua Andrews
will be no different.
How can we compare the life
of a former president to that of a
teenage “nobody”? As harsh and
insensitive as that sounds, it is
nonetheless true. But that truth
isn’t how one of them was able
to achieve so much... but that
the chance of becoming a credit
to one’s family, community, and
country was denied to the other.
So, as the life of Maxwell Rich-
ards should be celebrated, it is
the death of Joshua Andrews that
should be mourned.
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