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A Chaguaramas-based shipworks company seeks suitably qualified:-
to support the company's Commercial Department in its day to day operations, providing
inter alia reports and analysis of work in progress for Ship Repair, Ship Conversion and
Ship Building Projects. Incumbent will have the opportunity to have exposure to and serve
within a shipyard environment and obtain skills and experience in related commercial mat-
ters, as well as the opportunity of further employment in this regard. Ideal candidate must
be in possession of an Engineering Diploma or related qualification from an accredited
institution and have a demonstrated minimum experience of 2 to 3 years working within
heavy engineering industry in a related or similar capacity. Must be fully computer literate
and proficient using Excel, Microsoft Office, Word and other related applications.
Supervisory experience will be an asset.
Allow me, dear readers, to
introduce you to my cur-
rent CXC English lan-
guage class in YTC.
Eight months ago, I chose
these lads because they are, for
the most part, in remand for
capital murder charges. There is
much I can say about these stu-
dents, but I would rather have
them speak for themselves:
"My name is S. I have been in
prison at YTC for four years, and
I came here at 15. I spent two
years in magistrates court. Cur-
rently my case is in Port-of-
Spain High Court where I have
not received a fixed trial date.
"I wish there were more pro-
grammes for capital-charged lads
to occupy their time instead of
wasting it behind non-profitable
things like drugs. I would like to
do plumbing and masonry.
"I sit and wait and I don t
know my future. I don t know
when I m going home. When
you re in remand there s nothing
you can do. If you are convicted
you can go and cut grass and do
"My name is M. I ve been at
YTC for 1.5 years. I am 18. I m
going to magistrates court now.
I ve been to court 18 times in 18
months. Every time my case is
mentioned in court. I m just
waiting for the prosecution to get
evidence and files. I m ready. My
lawyer is ready. I m waiting for
the State to be ready. When I go
to court I feel like I ll get to start
"Then, as I walk up the stairs,
I feel sad because I know it will
be postponed. Life has become
like a recurring decimal. Being in
remand means no hope. We live
like dogs in a kennel. We re
fighting for survival."
"My name is D. I have been in
YTC remand for 1 ½ years---but
not for a capital murder charge.
"I would not like anyone to be
in remand. Sometimes at night I
feel hurt knowing my family
really loves me and supports me
and I am in prison."
been in remand at YTC for seven
years and eight months. My life
is slowly dragging behind bars
that chain me to an uncertain
future. I am fighting to regain
some sanity and see beyond the
present conditions of prison s
leisure time which means cell
phones, drugs, radio.
"Not many opportunities are
offered to remanded lads. Con-
victed lads get more exposure to
programmes, trades, sports and
the world of work. As a result
most remanded lads waste a lot
of time and suffer from untapped
potential. They get lazy, bored,
idol, angry, confused and frus-
trated by the system.
"The end result is never
favourable for any of us. Some
come in and shortly go out only
to return older, skinnier, more
stressed and unhappy. Others
leave and migrate to the bigger
prison or die trying.
"My whole life comes down to
life in remand. Nothing else really
matters---not even the possibility
of freedom because in my per-
ception everything is a blur. The
system s rigid routine day after
day brainwashes what is reality.
I ve lost my life, family, spiritual-
ity, home. I suffer with no hope."
"My name is N. My dreams of
becoming an NFL American
football player have gone down
the drain because of the place
I m in, but that s not going to
keep me down.
"Life in YTC is very hard
because here you really feel like
an animal. I ve been in remand
for two years, nine months.
Remandees are treated differently
from convicted prisoners. My
family supports me 100 per cent.
Some of us get schooling in
YTC, but when classes are over,
it s back to looking at the walls
and hearing all the noise. Life is
don t know when you re going
been in remand at YTC for 7 ½
years. I haven t been to court in
the past five years and nine
months. I have written quite a
number of letters to the DPP but
haven t got a response. It is frus-
trating because my life is on
been in remand for eight years
and 11 months. It is frustrating. I
look through the bars of my dor-
mitory and see lads who have
opportunities but don t take
advantage of them because
there s no money involved. This
"I wonder when I will be able
to break free from the shackles
that stifle my personal growth.
I ve lost a lot these past years,
including my father. The life I
once lived was too swift to
recognise the simple things
including the opportunity to rise
and experience another day."
Teacher s note: I forgot to col-
lect a paper from D, who was
busy designing a thank-you card.
D has been in remand for 11
years and eight months.
These are my students. They
come to class and work with all
their heart in the most unspeak-
able conditions. You can t even
begin to imagine the injustice
that defines their lives.
Next week: "We never imag-
ined there was a place like
this." More from my students
THE LADS INTRODUCE THEMSELVES
My life is slowly
dragging behind bars
that chain me to an
uncertain future. I am
fighting to regain
some sanity and see
beyond the present
conditions of prison's
leisure time which
means cell phones,
--- Student R
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