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A key player in the oil and gas industry focused on international operations and is one of
the largest on-shore producers in Trinidad is seeking two (2) qualified nationals and/or
residents to fill the position of:
MAJOR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Monitor, analyze and improve the current drilling and completion methods
Monitor and control cost, down time and other operational inefficiecies
Preparation of risk assessments and hazard analysis for optimizing the operations
Assist with the planning of workload, work scheduling and logistics management,
succession planning, equipment and material allocation
Assist with the preparation of the purchase requets and JAR approval
Support operations with KPI allocations, ISO and quality control, and monthly and
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Typically 5 - 10 years of related industry experience with B.Sc. degree in Engineering,
with at least 5 years experience at a senior level
Excellent management, contractual and operation skills
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to handle multiple
Highly organized with strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
Copies of all supporting documents must be attached to the application and
submitted no later than July 9, 2014.
Human Resources Department
Touchstone Exploration (Trinidad) Ltd.
# 30 Forest Reserve Road
Trinidad West Indies
A copy of your application and resume should also be forwarded to:
Chief Manpower Officer
Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development
Level 11, Riverside Plaza, Besson Street
Port of Spain
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
SAN JOSE LAS FLORES---Gilberto Ramos wanted
to leave his chilly mountain village for the United
States to earn money to treat his mother s epilep-
sy.His mother begged him not to go. "The better
treatment would have been if he stayed," Cipriana
Juarez Diaz said on Tuesday. When he wouldn t
relent, she draped him with a white rosary for safe
A month later, his decaying body was found in
the Texas desert. Now, the boy has become a symbol
for the perils faced by a record flood of unaccompanied
children from Central America who are crossing ille-
gally into the US.
Authorities said Monday that Gilberto was 11,
which would have made him one of the youngest
known children to die crossing the desert. But his
parents said Tuesday that Gilberto was 15.
The parents explained that they had taken several
years to register his birth because of the remoteness
of their village in Guatemala s northern mountains.
When they did, they had forgotten Gilberto s actual
birth date, so they listed the same date as his younger
The boy was shirtless, having likely suffered heat
stroke, but still wearing the rosary.
"He was a good son," Juarez said. "May God give
me the strength to endure."
Teenage boys seeking work have long been part
of the stream of young men heading north from
Central America to escape poverty and gang vio-
But the number of unaccompanied immigrant
children picked up along the US border has been
rising for three years.
Migrants tell of hearing that children travelling
alone and parents travelling with young kids would
be released by US authorities and allowed to continue
to their destination. Gilberto, too, had heard in
Guatemala that if he got in, he would be allowed to
stay, his family said.
He was born and grew up in San Jose Las Flores
in a modest wood and sheet-metal home in the
Cuchumatanes mountains of Huehuetenango province
along the Mexico border. At 6,600 feet above sea
level, the exuberant beauty of deep-green hills and
canyons, shrouded with clouds and floral bursts of
purple and yellow, is a stark contrast to the extreme
There is no running or potable water and only a
latrine in the family home. In the kitchen, there is
food, tortillas or wheat atole, an oatmeal-like drink,
but never enough.
The cluster of homes where Gilberto lived is acces-
sible only by foot, a difficult walk of nearly a mile
along a rocky and often muddy mile-long path
through the canyons. Gilberto took that path each
way to school, where he went as far as third grade
before dropping out.
"He had to work to help the family," said his teacher,
Francisco Hernandez, who remembered that Gilberto
loved to draw.
More than half of 50 schoolchildren attending now
raised their hands Tuesday when asked if they had
family in the U.S., shouting, "I have eight," seven,"
three!" While many migrating minors say they are
fleeing violence, the biggest threat in San Jose Las
Flores is poverty. There are both mining jobs and
drug traffickers in the border state, but neither touch
the remote village where Gilberto grew up.
"Here most of the people are farmers. They grow
beans, rice, potatoes," said Raul Cifuentes, president
of the town s development committee. "But they
don t have a way to import or export, so they stay
Gilberto and his father, Francisco Ramos, hired
themselves out to harvest and clean corn. Things
improved when the oldest son, Esbin Ramos, reached
Chicago and started working in a restaurant. He
sends $100 to $120 a month when he can afford it,
allowing the family to build a two-room home out
of cement block to replace their wooden shack and
paint it bright red and green. Gilberto slept on a
piece of foam on the floor.
Short, quiet and humble, he stayed close to home.
But he grew despairing and bored, Esbin Ramos said.
Meanwhile, their mother got sicker. The older brother
suggested Gilberto come to Chicago, where he could
return to school and work at night and on weekends.
Ramos Juarez, 11,
brother of Gilberto
body was found in
the Rio Grande
Valley of South
Texas, stands in
front of his home in
San Jose Las Flores,
in the northern
Guatemalan boy left for
better life, died alone
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