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A LEADING PORT OF SPAIN LAW FIRM
is seeking to recruit a suitably
QUALIFIED ATTORNEY AT LAW, TO FILL THE FOLLOWING
ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY AT LAW
CORPORATE COMMERCIAL LITIGATION DEPARTMENT
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
Quali cation to practice as an Attorney at Law in Trinidad and
A minimum of 3 to 5 years experience in the relevant practice
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS
APPLICATIONS WITH SUPPORTING CURRICULUM VITAE
AND NAMES OF REFERENCES SHOULD BE SENT TO:
e Human Resources Manager
c/o Briar Place Services Limited,
10 Sweet Briar Road,
St. Clair, Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago.
ALL APPLICATIONS WILL BE TREATED WITH THE
UNSUITABLE APPLCIATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED.
USE OF OFFICAL
PITCH LAKE TOUR GUIDES
The Tourism Development Company (TDC) wishes to advise the
general public to be aware of touts offering tour guide services at
the La Brea Pitch Lake.
If you are visiting the La Brea Pitch Lake, the TDC recommends you
engage official tour guides ONLY from within the La Brea Pitch
Lake Facility. Persons offering tours of the Pitch Lake outside of the
facility are not authorised to conduct tours on behalf of the TDC.
Official TDC approved Tour Guides are outfitted in red polo shirts
with the La Brea Pitch Lake logo on the front and the words
OFFICAL TOUR GUIDE on the back.
To book a tour of the La Brea Pitch Lake with an official Tour
Guide contact the TDC's office at 651-1232.
Rates and opening hours are as follows:
be sent to
Last week my column was a
response to the staggering rate
of road fatalities in this country
and their very gruesome nature. I
touched on something in need of
There are few highways or
roads in this country which are
structurally sound, and I chal-
lenge any engineer within the
Ministry of Works to come up
with a list. I am sure it would be
shorter than my average grocery
A few weeks ago I was return-
ing from a trip to Tabaquite.
Those serpentine roads are horri-
fying. There are no streetlights,
and country darkness is different
to town darkness.
Just in the nick of time I
stopped where the road fell away
to approximately 30 metres
below. It was not even marked
with the life-saving "ministry-
approved" white line, or the
"vehicle-stopping" caution tape
and thin bamboo sticks which
you can only see when they are
wrapped up in your front grille
as your car is upended and
smoking in a ditch.
Anyway, I stopped and caught
my breath as my no-claim bonus
flashed before my eyes.
Just like that, a vehicle travel-
ling at an incredible speed bar-
relled out of the darkness and
smashed my wing mirror!
The driver stopped a consider-
able distance away, as if he had
no intention of stopping at all.
I shouted to him, "You hit
He shouted back, "My wing
mirror is fine!"
I said, "Well, mine isn t, so
let s exchange insurance informa-
"Insurance for what? You pull
"Actually, I was at a complete
standstill when you collided with
He turned around and jumped
into his Kia Sportage, his brake
lights dimmed and he drove off
with a resounding "EFF youuu-
uu!" echoing into the Tabaquite
Motorists do not adjust their
typical speeds on these broken
roads and that is why you often
pass them by scratching their
heads at the verge, looking at
their car down a precipice, won-
dering to themselves "Wam dey
The Toco road easily qualifies
as one of the worst in the coun-
try. It would appear as though no
soil testing was ever done any-
where along the route because
there is subsidence around
almost every corner. In some
areas considerable sections of the
road are simply falling like a cake
pulled from the oven too soon.
That journey demands constant
vigilance as motorists trying to
avoid these dips will routinely
veer into your lane to avoid
them. Few of the bridges along
that perilous coastal road have
any railings; many of them are
on dangerous bends and cannot
accommodate more than one car
at a time. Those are the ones
which have absolutely no signage
cautioning approaching motorists.
You are always left to wonder, is
there going to be an "excursion"
maxi on the other end of that
bridge? Again, along the Toco
road, motorists drive at incredible
speeds, blissfully unaware of the
dangers they face and pose to
others. The road nightmares
aren t found only in rural areas.
If you head south over the
Aranjuez overpass to drive back
to Port-of-Spain, the merging
lane is actually used as a fifth
lane by vehicles pelting down
from the east.
It is not demarcated as a
merging lane, so you just have
trust in the Lord that as you
turn out onto the highway, your
vehicle is not crushed by a con-
tainer truck travelling at 100
miles an hour.
On that very highway, not far
from the Aranjuez overpass, there
is a fourth lane that leads
straight into a walkover.
On many of our major high-
ways there are significant ripples
and ridges in the asphalt which
almost form channels. There are
also inexplicable "washboard"
features appearing out of
Many years ago I called the
Ministry of Works for informa-
tion on the possible existence of
a maintenance scheme for our
road networks. The engineer I
spoke with bemoaned the over-
whelming number of roads and
bridges in this country; as if we
met them here, left by some
alien civilisation which departed
with all maintenance protocols.
The problem is, governments
past and present have always
focused on mega-projects which
they believe would impress the
public and at the same time fill
the trough for party friends and
Maintenance is only considered
in the context of maintaining
votes so we get the occasional
slathering of asphalt for the
"chupid voters" as an election
Retaining walls are not
installed, because they are too
expensive, but when the slippage
becomes so advanced as to iso-
late a community the government
relents and builds a retaining wall
at five times the cost. Our entire
infrastructure is left to decay to
the extent that it becomes a
tremendous financial undertak-
ing. "A stitch in time saves nine"
but that don t mean nothing
when I gotta fix me and mine!
There must be a proper, sus-
tained maintenance programme
coupled with an audit of work
done by the major contractors.
Only then will we see a
change. That, however, does not
seem to be a priority.
DOWN THE SAME DEADLY ROAD
Owing to a production problem,
Gillian Lucky's regular column
did not appear in our print
You can find it on p10 today,
together with a commentary
by Reginald Armour, SC, that
suffered the same fate.
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