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PROPERTY FOR SALE
OFFERS ARE INVITED FOR THE
51,452 SQUARE FEET
SITUATE ON NORTHERN SIDE OF
HOLOLO MOUNTAIN ROAD
AT L.P.# 26, ABOUT 975m
EAST OF ITS JUNCTION
WITH CASCADE ROAD
e company is seeking an experienced candidate who is a national of Trinidad and Tobago to ll a
position in the Operations & Maintenance Department.
e selected candidate will be responsible for all plant mechanical maintenance activities as an
individual or as part of a team.
e desired candidate should possess:
orough knowledge of power plant systems, power plant maintenance principles.
Equivalent knowledge in other industrial plants will be an asset.
Practical skills and theoretical knowledge of maintenance of pumps, valves, piping installation,
compressors, large frame gas turbines (CI, HGPI & MI) and generators (MI).
Shutdown maintenance experience.
Must have machine shop knowledge and/or experience.
Completely knowledgeable in machine coupling alignment
Good interpersonal skills -- ability to communicate with all levels of sta as well as external
suppliers and contractors.
Conversant with computers programs; word, Excel, Power point and Microso Project.
Preference will be given to persons who are familiar with Computerised Maintenance Management
Must be a self-starter who is result oriented, hard working and able to function on his/her own
with minimum supervision.
e candidate must be an honest, reliable and responsible person with the ability to be a good team
Engineering Technician's diploma (M.E.T.) or Associate degree in Industrial Technology with four (4)
years work related experience; or Cra sman's Diploma plus seven (7) years of directly related work
experience. Power plant maintenance experience strongly preferred. e position is a salaried position
with a competitive compensation package.
Trinity Power Limited, a power generation
company, invites applications from experienced
professionals who are nationals of Trinidad and
Tobago for the following position:
Applications should reach on or before Novtember 19th, 2013 and should be addressed to:
e Administrative Manager
Trinity Power Limited
PO Bag 498, Railway Road
Dow Village, Couva
ank you for your interest. Unfortunately, we are unable to acknowledge unsuitable applications.
VALENCIA---Frustrated with the
modest sales at his small mannequin
factory, Eliezer Álvarez made a simple
observation: Venezuelan women were
increasingly using plastic surgery to
transform their bodies, yet the man-
nequins in clothing stores did not
reflect these new, often extreme pro-
So he went back to his workshop
and created the kind of woman he
thought the public wanted---one with
a bulging bosom and cantilevered but-
tocks, a wasp waist and long legs, a
fibreglass fantasy, Venezuelan style.
The shape was augmented, and so
were sales. Now his mannequins, and
others like them, have become the stan-
dard in stores across Venezuela, serving
as an exaggerated, sometimes polarising,
vision of the female form that calls out
from the doorways of tiny shops selling
cheap clothes to working-class women
and the display windows of fancy bou-
tiques in multilevel shopping malls.
Mr Álvarez s art may have been
meant to imitate life. But in a culture
saturated with such images, life is
returning the compliment.
"You see a woman like this and you
say, Wow, I want to look like her, "
said Reina Parada, as she sanded a man-
nequin torso in the workshop. Although
she cannot afford it, she said, she would
like to get implant surgery someday.
"It gives you better self-esteem."
Cosmetic procedures are so fashion-
able here that a woman with implants
is often casually referred to as "an oper-
ated woman." Women freely talk about
their surgeries, and mannequin makers
jokingly refer to the creations as being
"operated" as well. Mr Álvarez s wife
and business partner, Nereida Corro,
calls her best-selling mannequin, with
its inflated proportions, the "normal"
The embrace of plastic surgery clash-
es with the government s socialist ide-
ology and frequent talk of creating a
society free of the taint of commer-
cialism. Venezuela s longtime leader,
Hugo Chávez, who died in March after
14 years in office, railed against the
procedures, saying it was "monstrous"
that poor women were spending money
on breast surgeries when they had trou-
ble making ends meet.
But the same resource that the
government relies on, the world s
largest estimated petroleum
reserves, has long fed a culture of
easy money and consumerism
here, along with a penchant for
the quick fix and instant gratifi-
"Venezuela is known for its oil,
and it s known for its beauty," said
Lauren Gulbas, a feminist scholar
and anthropologist at Dartmouth
College, who has studied attitudes
toward plastic surgery in
Venezuela. "That ties into why it s
perceived as so important to
Beauty took on a particularly
important role in the late 1970s
and 80s when the country s beauty
queens, already a national obses-
sion, were crowned Miss Universe
three times. Their success on the
international stage took on special
resonance. It came as the country
was grappling with the frustrated
expectations of the 1970s oil boom
and the deep economic downturn
that followed, bringing with it a
crisis of national confidence.
And the beauty queens fame
helped fuel a fascination with cos-
metic surgery and procedures like
breast implants, tummy tucks, nose
jobs and injections to firm the but-
Osmel Sousa, the longtime head
of the Miss Venezuela pageant,
takes credit for the trend. He rec-
ommended a nose job for
Venezuela s first Miss Universe,
which he says made her victory
possible more than three decades
"When there is a defect, I cor-
rect it," Mr. Sousa said. "If it can
be easily fixed with surgery, then
why not do it?"
For Mr Sousa, beauty really is
skin deep: "I say that inner beauty
doesn t exist. That s something
that unpretty women invented to
Naturally, not everyone sees it
that way. Several women s groups
protested against the Miss
Venezuela beauty pageant last
month, criticising pressures on
women to conform to the artificial
aesthetic. (NY Times, USA)
Bizarre mannequins show Venezuelan fantasy
In stores across Venezuela, clothes are modelled by bizarre mannequins
with "bulging bosoms and cantilevered buttocks, a wasp waist and long
legs," says The New York Times. PHOTO: NYMAG.COM
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