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Tracy F. Hackshaw
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Lives in Maraval, Trinidad & Tobago
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  • Ministry of Science and Technology
    Dy National Chief Information Officer, present
  • National ICT Company Ltd. (iGovTT)
    Chief Solution Architect
  • AVM Television (Channel Four)
  • Ansa McAl Psychological Research Centre, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies (St. Augustine)
  • Ministry of Community Development, Culture & Gender Affairs
  • South Trinidad Chamber of Industry & Commerce
  • ILLUMINAT (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd.
  • Infotech Caribbean
  • Ministry of Science, Technology & Tertiary Education
  • Ministry of Public Administration
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Tracy Hackshaw is an alumus of the DiploFoundation's Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme in 2008 and an ICANN Fellowship Alumnus from the Sydney and Seoul Meetings in 2009 and the Cartagena Meeting in 2010. Tracy was an Internet Society (ISOC) Ambassador to IGF 2009 in Sharm-el Sheikh and returned as an ISOC Ambassador for IGF 2010 in Vilnius and for IGF 2012 in Baku. He also participated in IGF 2011 as a DiploFoundation Emerging Leader for the Digital World as part of Diplo's Capacity Development Programme in ICT Policy and Internet Governance for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. He is now a member of the DiploFoundation's Research & Teaching Faculty.
He is a national of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and has been educated at the 1st degree level in Sociology & Psychology via the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine) and at a graduate level in International Management via the University of London (Royal Holloway).
Professionally, Tracy is the Deputy National Chief Information Officer, in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (GoRTT). 
As Dy National Chief Information Officer, Tracy is charged with the mandate of setting infrastructure and technology directions and standards, as well as driving associated programmes and projects with the objective of ensuring that the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) has a world-class ICT infrastructure, in support of the goals of the National ICT Agenda as outlined in smarTT.

He is a member of a team providing ICT thought leadership to the GoRTT, in several areas falling under the rubric of Internet Policy and Governance including the flagship and award-winning ttconnect Multi-Channel initiative -  

Tracy has been a member of the Internet Society ( since 2002 and currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the recently established Internet Society Trinidad & Tobago Chapter (

In addition, Tracy is involved, in a technical advisory capacity, on the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago's representation to the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) since 2010 and was elected as GAC Vice-Chair at the Toronto meeting in October 2012.

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Maraval, Trinidad & Tobago
Picton Street, Newtown, Trinidad & Tobago
Probably the best located hotel in the Miami Airport area for its price if you are staying over for about 12-18 hours or have an unusually long 8-12 hour layover. About a 5 mins drive from MIA, yet in very close proximity to some basic shopping and eating options (Walgreens, CVS, Staples, GameStop, Anacapri Italian Restaurant, Casa Juan Restaurant, Pollo Tropical, Burger King, China Fortune Restaurant, Starbucks, McDonald's, and Wendy's) and about a $12 10-15 mins taxi ride away to a 24-hour Super Wal-Mart if you are so inclined. Tends to get a little pricey and busy during the cruise ship high season and of course during the Ultra Music festival; otherwise not a bad deal for its proximity. Hotel Airport Shuttle is reasonably reliable and there is also a Dolphin Mall shuttle. Hotel holds your mail and packages for you safely and reliably once you provide notice of their impending delivery. It's those little things that count. If you've come to Miami to stay in your hotel room, you will be disappointed as the room is bog standard chain hotel fare; however it is clean, comfortable and pretty much in line with what you would expect with a healthy dose of tropical colour flare and accents. Internet Access is free with just average performance. The Blue Lagoon has a very decent American-style breakfast setup and a nice outdoor pool although I suspect the majority of the hotel's guests are mainly overnighters on their way to somewhere else. As such, the pool area is quite quiet and pleasant. There is also a small, fairly private whirlpool just away from the pool area. All in all, for about $150-$200/night depending on when you are staying, good value for money.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Recently renovated, the very helpful and friendly staff made my stay here a most pleasant and comfortable one. It's a no frills hybrid establishment somewhere between a high-end B&B and a business hotel, with very large rooms, decent room office and living facilities, a firm Nigerian "block of foam" bed with just OK toilet/shower facilities (watch out for the limited hot water supply, it seems to be room-specific, and you must remember to switch on the heater at least 10-15 minutes BEFORE having a shower ... the hot water lasts about 10-15 minutes before it begins to cycle, so long, luxuriating showers are a non-starter). Internet access is free, Thank God, because it is painfully slow. While not directly in the CBD or any of the more "fashionable" areas in Abuja, the Bolton White is located across the road from a quite frighteningly delicious Indian buffet-style restaurant (Spice Foods, another disarmingly no-frills and inexpensive establishment) which quite literally can spice up your Abuja experience and behind (or in front of, depending on your POV) the very local (and relatively inexpensive) Sahad Stores. If you are on a budget, Sahad Stores, with its Nigerian-styled Walmart approach and its very local food outlets could make your per diem go a much longer way in the otherwise expensive Abuja. Indeed, you will be quite spoiled for local food choices if you stay at this Hotel, as next door to the Indian restaurant, co-exists a local Nigerian Restaurant & Grill specializing in some very tasty Suya. A fruit and vegetable stall completes the organized chaos external to the Bolton White. In addition, the nicely appointed Hotel Restaurant itself seems to be extremely popular with local professionals as is their Sunday Lunch special. Breakfast at the restaurant is included in your rate. The hotel is a little pricey by global standards for what you are getting (between US$200-250 per night for a basic room in October 2013), however when compared with the prices of the less than fabulous Hilton and Sheraton hotels in the city, it seems like a deal. It's really all relative when you come down to it, I guess. A little further up (about 1-2 mins walk) from the Bolton White - or just before, depending on the direction you are coming from, is the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Abuja.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
One of the better airports in the Caribbean region. Jetway access for most modern jets. Services BEYOND Security checkpoint in Depatures Lounge requires significant improvement and enhancement though.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Kinda funny that this is listed as a "restaurant" here. Typical KFC ... pretty good if you're into it. Can have long lines as this KFC is particularly popular - both counter service and Drive-Thru.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
8 reviews
Very good value hotel at a great price directly across from the Departures Terminal and next door (literally) to the Sofitel Gatwick. No frills organization with self service check in options. Good idea to walk with your own amenities. Internet access is not free, but surprisingly affordable. Only con is the English weather could make the two minute dash to the terminal a wet, cold one. Be aware. However, will stay again if the opportunity presents itself.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Was under extensive construction during my stay in October 2011. Attended a major international conference at the nearby Le Meridien President and had no choice but to stay here. This is a former Club Med - you would not know it from the experience. Room was pretty ordinary - I've stayed in worse, but it certainly was not up to international standard. Most international flights into Dakar arrive in the pre-dawn hours and checking in at that time in that poor excuse for lobby was a shockingly bad experience. Felt like something out of those old colonial "Out of Africa"-type movies. Way to debunk the stereotype Almadies! Other conference attendees who stayed there had more ... ummm ... interesting experiences, but having schlocked my way through Europe's B&Bs and Miami's and NY's "finest Motels", I can't say that my experience was anything but comparatively ordinary. It's on the beach, and the hotel grounds are actually quite beautiful and expansive - you may enjoy your stay there if you are using the hotel's outdoor facilities extensively. On a trip to another part of Dakar, I noticed the Radisson Blu and I would say that if you not interested in the beach location, this looks like a much better option for a stay in Dakar.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Horrible food - not authentic by a long stretch. You are probably better off by trying the much better (and vastly cheaper) options available in this area.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago