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O er of Scholarships by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in the area of
Valuation Surveying (General Practice)
For Study Commencing September 2014
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago invites
ONLINE applications from citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to pursue
an online bachelor's degree for the academic year commencing
A. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must:
a) Be citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and
must not be a permanent resident of another country
b) Possess the following quali cations:
For a Bachelor's degree:
i. have at least ve (5) Ordinary Level subjects (CSEC/
GCE) with Grades I, II, III or A, B, C. This must include
English Language and Mathematics.
ii. have at least two (2) Advanced Level subjects (CAPE/
GCE) with Grades I, II or A, B
Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies or
i. have at least ve (5) Ordinary Level (CSEC/GCE) with
Grades I, II, III or A, B,C. This must include English
Language and Mathematics
ii. An Associate Degree with a minimum Grade Point
Average (GPA) of 2.00.
c) be desirous of pursuing studies online at an academic
institution accredited by the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the United Kingdom.
d) provide proof of application or acceptance at an
accredited academic institution
e) Be between the ages of:
i. 18-45 -- for non-public o cers
ii. 18-50 -- for public o cers;
Applicants must ensure that two (2) Recommendations are submitted
'online' by their Recommenders::
i. One must be an academic recommendation
ii. Recommenders must attest to the applicant's ability
to perform and to succeed as a scholarship recipient
by providing relevant and practical examples where
applicable. They must also describe what contribution and
the likely impact the applicant will have on the institution/
Please ensure that your Recommenders sign, scan and upload
their recommendations to your online application.
Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree must submit,
'online', a Written Essay which explains in no more than 400 words:
i. The impact they believe their studies will have on their
ii. Their ve-year plan upon returning to Trinidad and Tobago
to put into practice the knowledge and experience acquired
through the scholarship.
C. SELECTION CRITERIA:
Applicants will be assessed and recommended for a scholarship
based on the following:
For bachelor's degree:
i. Academic Merit
ii. Likely Development Impact Applicant will have on
Completion of Studies.
iii. Work Experience
iv. Interview--short-listed candidates will be interviewed to
get a sense of their maturity, commitment, adaptability,
cultural awareness, and their state of mind in relation to
the undertaking of studies and their ability to complete
the programme of study successfully.
Candidates must attain a minimum score of 50% at the interview
in order to be considered for the award of a scholarship.
Please refer to our website at www.scholarships.gov.tt for further
information on the eligibility and selection criteria and for
preparation and submission of an online application.
Applicants must ensure that their transcripts are sent
directly to the following address and these must be received
before the closing date of the scholarship:
Ministry of Public Administration
(Scholarships and Advanced Training Division)
5th Floor National Library Building
Corner Hart and Abercromby Streets
Port- of- Spain
Attention: Head, Selections Secretariat
Applicants who wish to hand deliver their transcripts
must ensure that this document is properly sealed
by the academic institution and submitted to the
August 4, 2014
The Ministry of Public Administration, Scholarships and
Advanced Training Division can be contacted at 625-
6724; 623-7608 ext. 2064; 2070; 2097; 2093 or email
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, July 28, 2014
body & soul
Cases of the contagious and deadly "superbug"
known as CRE increased five-fold in community
hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern
US, according to a new study.
And while the actual number of patients discovered
was low---305---the worry is that CRE infections are
under-reported and threaten health care facilities
nationwide, said one of the report s authors. CRE
is an antibiotic-resistant bacterium that usually
strikes people in hospitals, nursing homes and other
"This is a wakeup call for hospitals on how to
detect the disease," said Dr Joshua Thaden, one of
the leading authors for the study published in the
August issue of the medical journal, Infection Control
and Hospital Epidemiology.
"And the reason this is very serious is because of
the high mortality rate (50 per cent) of CRE," Thaden
explained. "The fact that we re seeing an increase
The study was conducted at 25 community hos-
pitals in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia,
and Georgia from January 2008 through December
Adding to the concern is a report published last
month that found another superbug, MRSA, at fire-
houses in Washington state.
Researchers at the University of Washington School
of Public Health tested 33 firehouses for the presence
of MRSA. The bug was found at 19 of those firehouses
on ambulances, trucks and on kitchen surfaces.
Twelve crews reported having at least one member
who had gotten an infection requiring medical care.
No deaths have been reported.
Dr Allison Bartlett, an infectious disease specialist
with La Rabida Children s Hospital in Chicago, said
it s no surprise the bacteria was found where it was.
"Living in close quarters and a lack of frequent
cleaning of high-touch surfaces likely all contribute
to the high rates of bacterial contamination," she
MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylo-
coccus aureus, and is another drug-resistant bacteria.
It causes a range of illnesses, from skin and wound
infections to pneumonia and bloodstream infections
that can cause sepsis and death.
Anyone can get MRSA through direct contact with
an infected wound or by sharing personal items,
such as towels or razors, that have touched infected
There are more than 80,000 cases of MRSA detect-
ed each year in the US, with a reported 11,285 deaths.
CRE, is the acronym for Carbapenem-resistant
Enterobacteriaceae. Because the various strains of
the bacteria are mostly resistant to antibiotics, it s
known as a superbug.
CRE can be transferred from a patient to the hands
of the care provider, like a doctor or nurse, and from
their hands to another patient. An estimated 9,300
people in the US are infected by CRE every year,
resulting in around 600 deaths.
All in all, there are at least two million illnesses
reported each year from the various superbugs,
resulting in more than 23,000 deaths, according to
Since most CRE cases---and even some MRSA
infections---usually start in health care facilities,
pressure has been mounting in hospitals to do a
better job of tracking them, said Dr Cristie Columbus,
vice dean for Texas A&M College of Medicine.
"Many of them have adopted new laboratory
guidelines for improving detection," she said.
Columbus said that once infections have been
detected, proper infection control, like patient iso-
Deadly superbug is
spreading in US hospitals CRE, is the acronym for
Because the various
strains of the bacteria
are mostly resistant to
antibiotics, it's known
as a superbug.
lation, needs to be implemented.
Medical experts say that the overuse of antibiotics
in humans and animals has led to the spread of super-
That overuse is likely to continue in animals after a
panel of the US Second Court of Appeals ruled last
Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration does
not have to consider banning the practice of feeding
antibiotics to animals that are not sick. (CNBC)
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