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for JULY 22nd , 2014
STATUTORY AUTHORITIES SERVICE COMMISSION DEPARTMENT
Vacant Office of Chief Executive Officer (Range 67)
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the above mentioned
position with a view to establishing an Approved List of Candidates from which future
temporary/acting/permanent/secondment appointments could be made.
Kind of Work
Responsible administrative work directing the functions of a Municipal Corporation.
Minimum Experience and Training
Considerable experience in Local Government Administration and training as evidenced by a rec-
ognized University Degree or Diploma or having passed the prescribed examination for entry into
the Administrative Class; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Range 67: $15,861 per month (2011)
A copy of the job specification can be obtained from the Statutory Authorities' Service Commission
Copies of all supporting documents must be attached to the application which should be submitted
no later than 118, August, 2014 to:
The Executive Officer
Statutory Authorities Service Commission Department
2nd Floor, General Building and Loan Association Building
81-83 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain
Application forms are obtainable at all Municipal Corporations, the Tobago House of Assembly and
the Statutory Authorities Service Commission Department.
Persons who have applied previously and who still wish to be considered for appointment to this
position are advised to re-apply in response to this Notice.
No monitoring and surveillance of the population
of Aedes aegypti mosquito---one of two types of
mosquitoes that transmit the Chikungunya Virus
(ChikV) among humans---is being done, according
to staff at the Insect Control Division Laboratory
In a telephone interview yesterday, an employee
at the lab said staff there were unable to do the nec-
essary investigations to monitor the Aedes aegypti
population because the design of the new lab made
it "impossible" to do lab work, which was mostly
The Cunupia lab is responsible for collecting sam-
ples from the field and analysing them under a micro-
scope to elicit data on the Aedes aegypti population.
Its work focuses on quantifying the number of mos-
quito eggs and identifying mosquito larvae.
"Even if we collect the samples, we literally cannot
sit to do the work. They re trying to force us to accept
the lab, but it s physically impossible. We can t sit
to do our work. The counters here do not allow for
the proper ergonomic microscope position and a lot
of strain is felt in your neck and back."
Without data from the lab, the worker added, pre-
ventative measures against the spread of ChikV could
"We have no data, so we do not know what is
guiding the ministry s spraying...Lab data are supposed
to inform the division that plans for control and pre-
vention of mosquito-borne diseases. We give the
information on the prevalence of Aedes aegypti to
the field teams to guide their spraying," the worker
The worker said there were also health and safety
issues at the building, including a sewer scent.
The employee said lab staff stopped collecting
samples since November when all routine work---
including blood screening for the malaria parasite---
was halted. The only work being done at the lab, the
employee added, was emergency malaria testing.
The Insect Vector Control lab was moved from St
Joseph to Cunupia in January.
SO LONG, SCHOLARS
British High Commissioner Arthur Snell, centre, congratulates 2014
Chevening scholars Joel Straker, right, and Javed Razack. Snell hosted a
reception at his Maraval residence on Monday to celebrate 30 years of the
Chevening Scholarship programme in T&T and to bid farewell to the 2014
scholars. Straker leaves to study public policy at Oxford University, while
Razack will study oil and gas enterprise management at Aberdeen University.
PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
No data for
US records first case of local spread
Last week, the first case of local transmission of the
Chikungunya virus in the United States was reported
in Florida in a man who had not recently travelled
outside the US.
Since 2006, the US has averaged 28 imported cases
of ChikV per year in travellers returning from countries
where the virus was common. However, the newly
reported case represented the first time that
mosquitoes in the US were thought to have spread the
virus to a non-traveller.
"The arrival of Chikungunya Virus, first in the tropical
Americas and now in the United States, underscores
the risks posed by this and other exotic pathogens,"
said Roger Nasci of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC). "This emphasises the
importance of CDC's health security initiatives
designed to maintain effective surveillance networks,
diagnostic laboratories and mosquito control
programmes both in the US and around the world," he
added. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
DISCIPLINARY ACTION COMING
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan is threatening to
remove the staff at the Cunupia lab if they do not
resume normal operations. In a telephone interview
yesterday, Khan said: "I'll have to talk to the permanent
secretary because this is going too far now and I cannot
allow them to put the population at risk. The staff there
does not want to work in Cunupia and if they continue
with this we will have to take disciplinary action."
"There are a lot of people who are looking for jobs and
would be willing to work, so I'm going to ask the PS to
step in," he added.
Saying there was nothing wrong with the lab, Khan
said officials from the Occupational Safety and Health
Authority visited the lab and found everything was fine.
Khan added there were no new cases of ChikV in T&T
and the three people who contracted the virus abroad
were doing well.
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