If you were able to meet Maxine Attong as a teenage girl, you would probably wonder how did this quiet, reserved and somewhat wacky young lady grow into such a phenomenal woman and leader. Today, Maxine as we know her, is confident, articulate and inspiring to say the least. As a woman who believes in having daily routines and one that is proud of her prayer life and her strong relations with her family, Maxine tells us how through her work over the years she is now able to partner with other leaders who long to be less operational and more strategic so that they can execute vision on a daily basis. As an executive coach who leverages her 20+ years of organisational excellence to serve the needs of leaders, Maxine helps leaders navigate the different levels of systems with great focus on the individual, teams and the larger organisation as they execute their strategy. Her professional career has been spent in oil and gas and insurance sectors as a business leader in finance, strategist, process improvement expert and change agent. Since 2000, she has run her private consulting practice, and has consulted with hundreds of clients, throughout the Caribbean and with Organisational Development teams in Portugal, South Africa and Budapest.
International Women’s Day comes around every year and get many women riled up on the topic of women’s rights. This year, there has been a much needed focus on the disparity in the workplace between men and women with an overlying theme “Balance for Better.” While we are happy to see a reinvigorated effort in creating a gender balanced society, it is important to consider the days and months past March 8 and how we can encourage men and women to support the women in our lives. Here are a few simple ways you can improve the circumstances of women not just on International Women’s Day but every day.
The Lenten season is a 40-day period where many Christians abstain from things they love as a form of fasting. Doing this is understood to be a form of sacrifice that replicates Jesus Christ’s withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Although Lent itself is a time of religious observance for Christian believers, it’s a great opportunity for anyone to give themselves a 40-day break from detrimental habits and do something that’s better for our bodies and our environment alike. Typically, we tend to find the same things being given up every year, for example sweets, alcohol, meat and junk food. While there’s nothing wrong with these fasts, there are many other things we can sacrifice that can be just as significant during this time. If you haven’t figured out what you want to give up or a practice that you want to let go of for Lent, it’s not too late! Here are some unconventional ideas that you may want to consider.
I was having a conversation with a friend where she admitted that she doesn’t know why she’s surprised that teenage habits don’t work anymore. This could possibly be that we’ve added on ten years to 18.. we’re basically knocking thirty, sis. She was referring to the couple times she’d fallen asleep with makeup on and woken up looking like Wanda Jackson from In Living Colour—yikes! Growing older is great and all, but with aging- tissues and muscles especially around the eye tend to weaken. The outward appearance can change, often leading to “bags” under the eyes.
It’s a little over a week since all the revelling and masquerading. The frenzy is officially over now and all that’s left are the many photos and videos you took (some unknowingly) and of course the anticipation for Carnival 2020. Our bodies do a great job at reminding us of how much fun we really had over the Carnival season and more so for the two days on the road. The continuous flow of drinks, the chipping, the moving with we famalaylaylay, the jumping up with we day ones and the pandemonium that had us going non-stop, was totally worth every cent except for the dreadful after effects they had on our bodies. At this point many revellers are trying to recover from sunburn, dried out skin, blistered feet and even sore throats. We get it, Carnival gets the best of you. Even when you ensure to do your pre Carnival prep you simply can’t shake the fatigue and the stress your body now feels.
Don’t be too quick to label that child in your classroom as a pest, troublemaker or menace, because that child might well be displaying behaviours indicative of some underlying issue that requires intervention. This is the view of the T&T Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA), as it seeks to implore teachers through its initiative Teaching with Empathy, to become more cognisant of the “unseen” when dealing with children.
This man pelts a stick into the L`Eau Michel volcano at Bunsee Trace, Penal.
People normally see volcanoes as terrifying forces of nature, unpredictable and explosive which can wreak disaster on humans and properties.
With the theme for International Women’s Day 2019 being “Balance for Better”, it leaves me to question what does balance for us women really mean. While we’re asking for balance in society, we too need to find balance in our own lives. When we consider all aspects of life, are we balancing for better or are we constantly juggling work, play and everything in between? Are we living proactively or reactively firefighting? I’m sure we’ve all answered the latter at some point, but each day is a new opportunity for us to ‘balance the scales’, so to speak. Whether it be emotionally, physically or mentally, we all have ownership of the story we want to write for our lives. It is important to keep in mind, however, that choosing yourself is NEVER selfish, for as the saying goes ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’. Let’s work on keeping those cups abundantly filled, overflowing even, to show up and be our best selves every day- a self that you and others would forever be thankful for.
An aerial view of the Rio Claro Salt Water volcano.
Picture courtesy Xavier Moonan
Deep in the Trinity forests about 13 miles from the coast lies one of T&T's best-kept secrets—a warm salt water volcano or salt spring, possibly the only one of its kind in the world.
If you love quiche then you’ll love our crustless quiche recipe. We take the best part of quiche—the egg custard—and fill it with salty and creamy cheeses to produce an indulgent egg bite that will have you rejoicing in the morning.
Kale chips are known for being very trendy and very expensive. Surprisingly, they require very little effort to make and produce an even better result than store-bought kale chips. The crisp, green leafy vegetable has a deeper, earthier flavour than a regular potato chip and is packed with nutrients.
The late Mighty Shadow was remembered in this costume from Kaiso Kaiso.
St Joseph Kiddies Carnival regulars were all remarking about this year’s high-quality costumes presented at the annual parade in the old town on Carnival Sunday.
When the gates opened at 10 pm last Saturday evening, scores of patrons filled the popular Chaguaramas entertainment venue, O2 Park, to catch a glimpse of Fantasy Carnival’s 2019 contribution to the Greatest Show on Earth for their unveiling of League Of Angels, LA.
Roll Sushi Restaurant, South Park, San Fernando, came alive as soca artiste Dev (Devon Harris) launched the video for his new single Paradise.
Sham Mahabir, having fun, photo-bombs mass designers Anthony and Richard Hall with Sharissa Lo Ten Foe's photo
Sisters Teresa and Giselle Lynch.
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