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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
Once Upon a Dram with Digicel
One of the most anticipated fetes
Tribe ICE kicked off the 2018 Carnival
season, with the theme BLACK ICE.
The annual Carnival fete had the
patrons at the Queen’s Park Savannah
venue, pumping high, with long-time
sponsor Digicel in the middle of the
action, with their popular Digicel
When hyped-up patrons took a
break from the fete, they visited
the Digicel Zone where they had
fun with their family and friends by
customising their ‘Boomerang’ videos,
as a keepsake of the evening.
The opportunity to extend the fun
times was also given to party-goers
when they upload their videos to their
own social media accounts with the
a chance to win tickets to Machel
Monday 2018 on February 5.
A Real Surpriser: Obscure
monarch, 86, still loves
BY J. HUNTER MOORE
Clevin “D. Surpriser” Romero sings on the porch
of his daughter’s home in Mount Lambert, looking
every bit the classic calypsonian in his trilby hat,
shades, and a brightly colored Kaiso Karavan t-shirt.
With an energy rare for someone in his eighty-
seventh year, he wraps out the rhythm on the table
with his knuckles and palm. “My instrument” he
says, holding up his hand when he’s done. It is the
only accompaniment Surpriser has ever used to
compose the dozens of calypsos he’s written during
a career that began in the 1950’s.
Dubbed “the oldest performing calypsonian”
as of the end of 2017, crowned southern calypso
monarch in 1971, and acknowledged as “my
mentor,” by the widely-known Gypsy, few people
know Surpriser today beyond a dwindling group
of calypso contemporaries, his admiring family
and friends, neighbors in Mayaro, and a handful of
calypso aficionados. Despite the lack of recognition,
Surpriser is as passionate about calypso now as he
ever was, waking each morning, he says, “me mind
hummin’ with calypso.”
A diminutive man with features reflecting his
Amerindian heritage, Romero’s love for calypso
began as a child growing up in the Gran Lagun
community of Mayaro. A neighbor of the family with
a gramophone gave the young boy free access to
both the record player and record collection which
included recordings by Growling Tiger, Roaring
Lion, Lord Iere, and others. Surpriser’s performing
sobriquet was discovered when as a young man
Romero was asked to compose and perform a song
to celebrate the return of actor and Mayaro native
son Edric Connor to act in the Hollywood movie Fire
Following Romero’s performance, the crowd
enthusiastically congratulated the young singer as he
climbed down from the truck that had served as his
stage. One man pulled
him aside, exclaiming
“Clevin, boy, you really
surprise me today.”
Shortly after adopting his
new moniker, Surpriser
spent two years singing
around the Caribbean as
part of a traveling troupe
that included an acrobat.
Surpriser made his
Port-of-Spain debut in
Growling Tiger’s tent
in 1960. In addition to
winning his southern
monarchy crown in 1971,
he took multiple calypso
crowns in Chaguanas and
Couva. In the 1960’s he
ran the Chaguanas tent
for five years with fellow
employing a band made
up primarily of musicians
of East Indian descent.
Surpriser reached the
National Calypso Semi-
finals in 1970 and 1971.
So why is Surpriser
today? In the words of
his daughter Carmsen
Merrique, also mother
of singer Ozy Merrique,
“Dad was never
interested in celebrity.
He performed because he loved calypso.”
Another major reason for Surpriser’s relative
anonymity is his lack of recordings. He entered a
recording studio just once, in 1970, and it is unclear
whether the song he recorded, Old Age is a Disaster,
was ever released. Fortunately, a wonderful live
version of the song, performed by Surpriser in
Kitchener’s tent in the early 2000’s, does exist and
has been aired on “Short Pants” MacIntosh’s radio
Surpriser is scheduled to appear tomorrow,
Friday, January 19, in the Kaiso Karavan tent, La Joya
Complex, Eastern Credit Union, EMR, St Joseph. The
show starts at 8 pm.
Calypsonian Surpriser as he looked in 1945. PICTURE J.
Party-goers have fun in the Digicel Zone at Tribe ICE cooler fete, at the Queen’s
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