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AERO SERVICES CREDIT UNION
CO OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED
NOTICE OF A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting
of Aero Services Credit Union Co-operative Society
Limited will be held on:
Date: Thursday 15th August, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm.
Venue: Aero Services Credit Union Office
Corner Orange Grove Road and
Priority Bus Route
The main business of the meeting will be:
Amendment to AERO SERVICES CREDIT UNION
CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED BYE-LAWS
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Secretary to the Board
July 29, 2013
The job entails the maintenance of all company machinery and property and sig-
nificant project management through a team of in-house and contract personnel.
Applicants should possess excellent skills in the areas of leadership,
planning, project management, process management.
o M.Sc in Production Engineering or similar qualification
o B.Sc in Electrical Engineering.
o At least eight (8) years previous experience, in a corrugated conversion
o Experience in project management.
o Experience in commissioning and de-commissioning of packaging
o Extensive knowledge of trouble-shooting and maintenance of electrical
o Knowledge of operating and capital budgets.
o Experienced in preventative maintenance.
This is a senior management position and an attractive compensation pack-
age with benefits is being offered.
The successful applicant will be required to travel to affiliate Companies in
The Caribbean and the UK, sometimes at short notice.
The public is hereby notified
that GUYSTEIN RAWLINS
Proposes to apply to the
Authority (EMA) for a variation
in accordance with the Noise
Pollution Control Rules for the
Date of Event/ Activity:
28th September 2013
Name and Description of
Shades of Grey Party / Lime
Corner Ragbir and
Mc Lean Streets, Curepe.
Duration of Event /Activity:
Start time: 5Pm
End time: 1 AM
The Public is invited to submit
comments within five (5)
working days of the publica-
tion of this Notice to the EMA.
Outgoing San Fernando
mayor Navi Muradali
recently publicised a cam-
paign in the southern city to root
out health and safety violations
at some restaurants in his dis-
trict. Several Chinese fast-food
restaurants were temporarily
shuttered after health inspectors
discovered less than ideal condi-
tions for food preparation but
favourable conditions for cock-
roach and rat well-being and
This operation only scratched
the surface of what is a national
problem bolstered by institutional
inadequacy. We bear much of the
blame for this longstanding and
underestimated threat to public
health and safety.
The proprietress of one target-
ed restaurant moaned bitterly
about having been forced to close
her doors. She complained:
"Since this thing happened, I
only had ten customers in two
Lady, you are looking at the
filthy glass as half-empty. Your
chicken-and-chow-mein joint is
shut down because of publicised
insanitary conditions, yet you still
get ten customers!
All things considered, for indi-
viduals on an inflexible budget,
an hour of intense discomfort in
the dusty jobsite commode is
worth the $40 asking price for a
char sui kai fan soaked in soy
and E coli.
the road often and I am often
exposed to what passes for
"food." Were these places to be
subjected to more rigid and fre-
quent health inspections, the
population would starve.
There are well established tem-
peratures at which hot and cold
foods must be served and stored,
yet many eateries display their
comestibles in aluminium trays
with no heating element. These
trays are also covered by "sweat-
ing" glass cases which expose the
food to condensation.
At many Chinese restaurants
you may have noticed the ubiq-
uitous "wipe rag." This is the rag
servers use to "clean" your Sty-
rofoam food containers.
This blackened rag is also used
to wipe down the counter and
the server s hands; they have to
wipe their hands because when
they pick up your food, one
thumb is down the noodles that
you are about to put in your
On one occasion, I was just
about to receive my vittles when
a young lady picked up the wipe
I shouted out to her but she
went ahead and did it anyway
because of course I was speaking
Mandarin and she Cantonese.
(doesn t it always happen that
way?) I refused the food, but
paid, for fear of being chopped
with an insanitary Chinese chop-
The focus on Chinese fast-food
restaurants isn t deliberate, but it
is certainly unavoidable. We have
so many in this country that it is
hard to imagine how they all
compete and survive.
Take the time to make some
observations the next occasion
you walk into one. You will see
vegetables crammed into the bot-
tom of the glass-faced refrigera-
tor which also holds drinks, all at
a balmy one degree below room
You won t see rats jump and
prance on the food-preparation
tables, but in any kitchen which
opens out into a backyard where
you can see an odd duck or two
passing by the doorway, you can
be sure the rats are not too far
The food containers are stacked
up to the grimy ceiling and
remain uncovered. And I am
sorry, but occasionally scrubbing
the wok with a miniature cocoyea
broom does not constitute a
Don t get me started on the
bathrooms...In one restaurant I
asked for the key to unlock the
door to the loo.
When I switched on the light,
the roaches, each roughly the size
of a cell phone, did not move.
Actually, at first I thought it was
some sort of terrible novelty
wallpaper. I feverishly back-ped-
alled on my heels, flung the
bathroom key across the counter
and ran screaming into the street.
In another restaurant, there
was urine all over the floor in
front of a urinal; the urinal itself
was bone dry.
Above the flush lever a sign
read "Please pee straight."
Scrawled beneath that, obviously
by a cheeky customer, "My
@#$& ben "
You have to bear in mind that
the people preparing your food
are using the same facilities with
that nasty bar of soap fused to
When I go to the bank I don t
expect the teller who is handing
a box of food, so I certainly don t
appreciate it when my food serv-
er is handling cash.
If you think my focus on Chi-
nese restaurants is unfair, well, I
happen to love Chinese food, so
this is what informs my experi-
ence most. I am confident that
the same applies across the board
when it comes to "beneath-the-
All of the things I ve described
here persist because of the infre-
quency of health inspections.
They exist because we tolerate
them and do not enforce higher
standards by refusing to patronise
restaurants with unacceptable
standards of food preparation and
It does not matter how much
chive they sprinkle on it, it still
came from a kitchen with no
regard for public health and safe-
The focus on Chinese fast-
food restaurants isn't
deliberate, but it is certainly
unavoidable. We have so
many in this country that it
is hard to imagine how they
all compete and survive.
Take the time to make some
observations the next
occasion you walk into one.
You will see vegetables
crammed into the bottom of
the glass-faced refrigerator
which also holds drinks, all
at a balmy one degree below
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