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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission
invites applications to fill the position of:
A. Job Summary
The Legal Counsel provides legal assistance and advice on all matters pertaining to the functioning of the
Commission with particular reference to the Securities Industry Act, 2012 and other governing/ related legis-
B. Responsibilities / Accountabilities
• Reviews and analyses case materials such as reports, files and correspondence and acts as legal
adviser in enforcement matters.
• Examines and analyses local and international legal procedural issues in collaboration with local and
overseas legal experts in order to implement appropriate enforcement practices in accordance with
the Commission's regulatory mandate.
• Provides legal assistance and advice on all matters pertaining to the general functions and operations
of the Commission with particular reference to the Securities Act, 2012, and any other relevant
• Provides legal advice to the Commission and to the various Divisions and Departments within the
Commission on all legal issues arising out of the Commission's fulfilment of its mandate.
• Reviews and assists in the drafting of proposed legislation with a view to determining the suitability
of such draft legislation for the regulation of the securities market and makes recommendations for
amendment of the current legislation where required.
• Reviews draft proposed by-laws and recommends the prioritization of additional draft by-laws where
• Appears before hearing panels of the Commission and the law Courts of Trinidad & Tobago as an
advocate on behalf of the Commission.
• Performs other related duties as may be required.
C. Minimum Qualifications and Experience
• Attorney at Law admitted to practice at the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago
• 5 to 7 years' experience in rendering legal opinions
• 3 years' experience as an advocate in the civil or criminal court
• Experience as an attorney in a Financial Institution would be an asset.
• Any other equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.
All applications should be forwarded under confidential cover and addressed as follows:
Vacant Position -- Legal Counsel
The Chief Executive Officer
Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission
57-59 Dundonald Street
Port of Spain
email address: email@example.com
Applications should arrive no later than July 23, 2014
ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED
and to its people. I have even begun using
"we" and "our," so much do I feel a part
of this place. Only once before have I written
a "critical" column or described people in
less-than-glowing terms: that column, in
January, was about the Immigration Office,
now partially closed down because of an
Trinis don t want to hear a foreigner crit-
icising certain things (weaves, for example),
yet it s fine if home-grown columnists do
it every week.
It s not my job to "flag up" when my
column is satirical. But comparing the Toba-
go ferry to The Middle Passage in the open-
ing line? I mean, hello? Anybody?
"I wish the boat would sink, anything
would be better than this," flew over heads
and into a briny, watery grave.
Not everything you read is bacchanal,
scorn or political comment. Not everything
you read has racist undertones.
Next time I go to Tobago, I ll try swim-
ming across---130 miles of backstroke, down
the islands, through shark-infested waters,
would be preferable to swimming with the
Facebook sharks. I might end up dead, sure,
and if I do, well, entomb me in the grave
marked "Irony," dress my corpse in a plastic
weave and let my epitaph read: "Here lies
a satirist who died for his cause."
All aboard the HMS Satire
When I arrived in Trinidad several people told
me, "Trinis don t get irony." I thought it was a
patronising thing to say, but it s true.
On one occasion a Trini newspaper even printed
a satirical piece by The Onion (by accident) as though
it were a real story.
There are, by my count, two good practitioners
of satire in contemporary Trinidad: Late O Clock
News, which satirises news the way The Onion does;
and Kemler Pasad Bzsr, which spoofs the PM s activ-
ities in a surreal way, drawing her in a child s sketch
style as a naive, bumbling character. Good, clean
Not many people get the joke, so they get largely
ignored. That s probably for the best, because if they
did receive more attention they would certainly be
misinterpreted and then subjected to incandescent
rage on Facebook.
To set the record straight about last week s column
in case of confusion---there are two ferries that go
to Tobago. One of them (T&T Express) is bearable.
The other (T&T Spirit) is exactly as I described---
But the point of the column wasn t to spit venom.
As I wrote it, whilst sitting on the ferry, I was laughing
at the situation. All one could do was laugh.
People did not find the column funny. It wasn t
taken in the spirit it was intended. They thought it
was a slander on their people, their society, their
weaves and their....their ferry! As if somehow the
ferry is a pillar of Trinidadian society! Most passengers
on the sailing were horrified. Only those who were
obviously frequent travellers---and therefore hardened
to the abject misery---appeared at ease. Foreign
tourists would have been aghast.
There is precious little funny content in the
Trinidadian media. There are no funny columnists
in the papers, with the exception of BC Pires and
occasionally the vainglorious Kevin Baldeosingh.
Columnists default to aggressive political posturing
and blanket criticism. Readers have come to expect
that everything they read is serious social commen-
Where is the space for comic writing to break up
the monotonous analysis of politics and crime?
My lighthearted sketch about an unpleasant ferry
journey was lost on most. The response was withering
and bemusing. "Racist...classist...bitter...nasty...snub
(sic)... sensationalist...cheapskate...cr*p...dufus (sic)...I
hate this article...degrading...biased...foolish."
On and on the responses went, escalating fast. A
media colleague suggested I had a "holier than thou
upbringing," though he knew nothing of my back-
ground. Apparently, I was guilty of being too obser-
vant in noting the presence of plastic weaves and
fake gold jewelry.
Being irate that I published these observations
won t change the fact that they existed. You see, in
life there are people who discuss other people s phys-
ical appearances and those who don t comment but
still think about it, silently.
My guess is, if you wear multi-coloured weaves
and gold jewelry, you probably expect people will
comment on them. Otherwise you wouldn t wear
The hypocrisy was staggering. The owner of a
trendy bar in Woodbrook took to Facebook claiming
I had a problem with the "diversity" of the other
ferry passengers. I hadn t mentioned their "diversity."
I had observed the same bar owner sitting outside
his bar a week earlier when a black Rastaman pulled
up, walked over and asked if they sold Guinness.
Mr Bar Owner replied in the negative and the man
went away. Fine?
Not really: the bar does sell Guinness. My friend
asked the owner, "Did you not like the look of him?"
To which the jokey reply came, "I didn t like the
look of his sandals."
Week after week I write romantic eulogies to
Trinidad---which I often describe as "paradise"---
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