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The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago is in the process of building its organizational capabilities to ensure an accountable
court system where timeliness and efficiency are key hallmarks. In this regard, the Judiciary is now seeking to recruit
suitably qualified and experienced individuals to fill the following contract position.
The incumbent is required to perform advanced stenographic and related administrative duties in the field of Court
Administration and serves as a Secretary to the Judge/Master/Magistrate with a high degree of confidentiality. Work is
performed is performed with some degree of independence, requiring the exercise of a considerable amount of initiate,
judgment and tact when dealing with official matters relating to the Judge/Master/Magistrate.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of modern office practices and procedures;
Knowledge of legal terminologies, abbreviations and types of documents;
Knowledge of the rules and procedures of Trial and Chamber Courts;
Knowledge of Court Protocol;
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite;
Skills in shorthand writing and in transcribing and typing from short - hand notes and applications;
Ability to identify various legal documents;
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
Ability to transcribe accurately and to type quickly from the transcription or rough draft;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, legal practitioners and the general
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Training as evidenced by the possession of five (5) GCE/CXC Ordinary level passes including English Language and
excluding Typing and Stenography;
Evidence of the completion of approved examinations in Stenography (minimum rate of 100 w.p.m.) and Typing
(minimum of 50 w.p.m.) or the successful completion of an Administrative Professional Secretary Course (APS) at an
accredited Institution is necessary;
Completion of Orientation to Court Processes or Paralegal Training;
Any equivalent combination of experience and training will also be given consideration.
Interested persons should submit their application letters inclusive of resumes and copies of relevant academic
qualifications and two reference letters to:
(Please indicate the position of interest in the subject of the email)
The position applied for must be clearly stated.
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
Terms and conditions of employment will be determined by the Chief Personnel Officer
Women may be the ones to physically go through
pregnancy and childbirth, but they re not alone in
From phantom pains to "sympathy" weight gain,
partners of pregnant women can develop some of
the physical symptoms of pregnancy. Now, a recent
study suggests that these partners may undergo the
same shifts in sexuality as new mothers do.
The study, published in August issue of The Journal
of Sexual Medicine, looked at the sex lives of 114
partners of women who had recently given birth.
Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbor gave these partners (95 men, 18 women, and
one unspecified gender) an online questionnaire
aimed at assessing their physical, emotional, and
relationship experiences during the first three months
following their youngest child s birth.
Previous research has mostly focused on postpartum
sexuality in new mothers, finding that biological
issues such as hormonal changes and breastfeeding
can affect libido. But few studies have examined the
effects of a new baby in the women s partners (called
The results of the current study show co-parents
also experience similar shifts in sexuality, suggesting
that hormones and other biological causes aren t the
only factors in play. Indeed, the researchers found
that fatigue and stress tended to be a greater influence
on low sexual desire in partners, rather than issues
related directly to the physical and hormonal aspects
That makes sense, says sex coach Amy Levine.
"When both partners are involved in caring for the
baby, sleep deprivation and attending to his or her
needs at a moment s notice takes a toll," she explains.
"Anyone who is actively involved in the care of their
infant has likely experienced the ups and downs of
arousal during at least the first few months."
The study included some same-sex partners, who
tend to experience the effects of parenthood on libido
similarly to their heterosexual counterparts. However,
there are some differences.
"Some gay couples do not have the support of
their families, meaning no grandparents to give the
couple a break from childcare. And in some areas of
the country, there is still prejudice against gay people
and gay families, a major stressor that straight families
don t face," says psychotherapist Margie Nichols.
"But same-sex couples have advantages as well.
Studies of gay couples show that they divide childcare
and housework tasks more equitably, making it less
likely that one parent will feel overwhelmed and pos-
Parenthood, new or not, can be challenging to
intimacy, but it certainly doesn t have to signal the
end of your love life. Here are some steps to help
you prioritise sex:
• Reignite that spark. Before you try to jump
back into things, take the time to reassess your sex
life and revisit what excites and energises you. "We
all have ways of sexually turning ourselves and our
partners on and off," says sex therapist Megan
Fleming. "Make and share a list of your list of turn-
ons with each other, then commit to doing one
thing from that list as a healthy daily practice."
• Redefine intimacy. Depending on the physical
issues a new mom faces after childbirth, it's not a
bad idea to put intercourse on the back burner
while enjoying other forms of intimacy, such as
hugging, kissing, and touching, until she has fully
healed from a C-section, episiotomy, or other
concerns, says women's health expert Dr Jennifer
•Be creative. Too busy to even think about
getting busy? Ask friends or loved ones to watch
your little one(s), hire a babysitter, or trade play
dates with other parents so you and your partner
can enjoy your own date nights---or date days. If
your child is a baby, take advantage of his or her
naps to get frisky.
•Talk things out. As with almost everything
involving your sex life, communication is key. When
one person in a couple experiences low libido, it
definitely affects his or her partner, says Wider.
Communicate openly about your concerns, and
discuss solutions to common problems that could
be interfering with intimacy, such as vaginal
•Just do it. It's normal to find yourself in a sex
rut, whether you've just welcomed a new baby or
are parents to a teen. But just as a rut can deepen
when you ignore it, sex tends to beget more sex.
•Stay in the game. If one partner is experiencing
decreased desire, it's crucial for the other partner to
stay in the game and not retreat out of rejection.
Happy kids require happy parents. So put your
relationship---and intimacy---at the top of your to-do
list. Your family will thank you. (CNN)
New moms aren't
alone in sex-drive drop
Although it might be difficult, parents are urged to put their relationship and
intimacy at the top of the to-do list.
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