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REGULATED INDUSTRIES COMMISSION
The Regulated Industries Commission (RIC) is a regulatory body, established by Act No.
26 of 1998, to regulate the Water and Electricity Sectors. The Commission is currently
seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of:
Chief Financial Officer
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Financial Officer is generally accountable
for performing the regulatory finance functions of the Commission, including the provi-
sion of advice and analysis on accounting and financial matters of service providers for
the purposes of rating, standard setting and compliance, and managing the finances of
the organization, including administration of the Commission's business contracts and
Nature & Scope
The Chief Financial Officer is primarily responsible for performing audits, examinations
and analyses of regulated utilities involving regulatory issues, the application of regula-
tory theory in setting up accounting guidelines for monitoring utilities' performance, and
for contributing in the rate making process of the Commission. The position is also
responsible for directing the financial operations of the Commission in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles.
Applicants are invited to view full details of the position on the RIC's website:
Applications together with documentary evidence of Academic Qualifications, Training
and Experience and the names and contact numbers of two (2) referees should reach:
The Manager, Human Resources and Administration
Regulated Industries Commission
c/o Furness House, 3rdFloor
Cor. Wrightson Road and Independence Square
PORT OF SPAIN
Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Closing date: March 24, 2014
We thank all applicants for their interest in joining the RIC but advise that only candi-
dates selected for interviews will be contacted.
Jenny Baumann s itinerary for her
first trip to New York City: Rockefeller
Center. The Empire State Building.
Central Park. Night court.
In a city synonymous with theatres
and nightlife, the 26-year-old from
Munich, Germany, was perched on a
scarred wooden bench in a utilitarian
room in lower Manhattan on a recent
evening, straining to decode---sometimes
even to hear---the methodical hubbub
of arraignments in one of the busiest
courts in the US.
"It s very interesting to hear real cases,"
Baumann said as she and a friend
watched a judge decide whether to set
bail for people facing charges ranging
from choking a girlfriend to stealing a
six-pack of beer. Each case was handled
in a matter of minutes amid a hive of
clerks shuffling paperwork, police taking
retinal scans, defendants and lawyers
conferring in a confessional-sized glass
booth and court officers occasionally
bellowing, "Quiet, please!"
It s one of New York s more peculiar
and paradoxical tourist traditions, a place
visitors extol on travel Web sites while
many residents hope never to wind up
there. To travellers, it s gritty entertain-
ment, hard-knocks education or at least
a chance to experience real-life law and
order on a New York scale.
Dozens of jurisdictions across the US
hold some court sessions at night, but
Manhattan Criminal Court occupies a
unique spot in the public s imagination,
thanks to TV s Law & Order and the
comedy Night Court, not to mention
arraignments of real-life notables ranging
from rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs to
French politician Dominique Strauss-
The court handles more than 100,000
arrests a year, averaging about 70 to 90
cases during the 5 pm-1 am night ses-
sion---and that doesn t count people
who got summonses, let alone New York
City s four other boroughs.
Established in 1907, Manhattan night
court once attracted such spectators as
John D Rockefeller and the then-Duke
More recently, it s been noted in tour
books, including once in the off-the-
beaten-path-prizing Lonely Planet guide.
"This is something that feels really
underground and unique," says Regis St
Louis, the author of the current Lonely
Planet New York book.
Night court is so popular that veteran
clerk Robert Smith has become an
impromptu tour guide for school groups
from as far away as Denmark, judges
from Japan and individual sightseers he
spots in the audience. "I try to make it
informative" by explaining the process,
New York by nature
Much about the experience can be
foreign even to those who aren t for-
eigners. Some arraignments gallop by
in a blur of jargon, and certain cases are
only-in-New-York by nature.
"To people who live in a little com-
munity in Nebraska, what s fare-beat-
ing?" asks Manhattan state Supreme
Court Justice and former Criminal Court
Supervising Judge Charles Solomon,
referring to the practice of not paying
for rides on public transportation. "It s
Lorraine Cheyne was surprised to see
handcuffed people sitting near her in
the court audience---that wouldn t hap-
pen at home in Ranfurly, New Zealand.
The retired property manager was struck
by the Manhattan court s unceremonious
bustle, chatter and "very casual atmos-
phere all round" during her late-after-
noon visit last fall.
If visitors find allure in night court,
insiders understand why. "It is a just-
off-Broadway show with a cast of thou-
sands, ever-changing story lines ...real
drama, as well as occasional comic relief,"
says Edward McCarthy, who oversees
the Legal Aid Society s defence work
But if it can be entertaining to watch,
it s fraught and serious work, notes acting
State Supreme Court Justice Melissa
Jackson, the Criminal Court s supervising
judge from 2008 through 2012.
Some court tourists are legal workers
or law students seeking to educate them-
selves about New York s justice system,
or parents or who want to teach their
children about it.
NY's night court a
Two police officers escort a handcuffed woman into New York's Criminal Court Building on March 11. Night
court is one of New York's more peculiar and paradoxical tourist traditions, a place visitors extol on travel
Web sites. To travellers, it's gritty entertainment, hard-knocks education or at least a chance to experience
real-life law and order on a New York scale. AP PHOTOS
New York Knicks basketball player Raymond Felton during his night court
appearance, in criminal court in New York on February 25. Night court is one of
New York's more peculiar and paradoxical tourist traditions.
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