ITALY has sacked coach Giampiero Ventura after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.The Azzurri lost a play-off with Sweden 1-0 on aggregate to spell the end of 69-year-old Ventura’s 17-month tenure.Ventura said his record was “one of the best of the last 40 years”.“I lost only two games in two years,” he told Italian television show Le Iene before the Italian Football Federation fired him yesterday.Ventura replaced Antonio Conte in June 2016, and was described as a “master of football” by Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio.However, Italy took one point out of a possible six against Spain in qualifying and also drew at home to Macedonia.“I can only apologise to the Italians, not for the will or effort but for the result, which as I know is the main thing,” said former Napoli and Sampdoria boss Ventura after Italy’s World Cup hopes were ended.When he was appointed he was given a two-year deal which would have taken him to the end of the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.At the time, Tavecchio called Ventura an “innovative” coach with “limitless experience” who had helped many players reach the national side.Once Ventura’s pay-out is sorted the search for a new manager will begin. Carlo Ancelotti is available and it seems like the right time in his career for this job.The three remaining members of Italy’s 2006 World Cup success, Gianluigi Buffon, De Rossi and Andrea Barzagli, all announced their international retirement on Monday.Giorgio Chiellini wants more time to decide. He believes Italian football needs to take a step back in order to move forward and there is a sense this represents an opportunity to push the reset button.Of course the same was said after Italy’s group stage exit from the last World Cup when Cesare Prandelli resigned and Tavecchio’s predecessor Giancarlo Abete followed. Little has changed.(BBC Sport)
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By Gretchen C. Van BenthuysenToday is Veterans Day. Always observed on Nov. 11, there are parades and wreath-laying ceremonies to celebrate the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in war and peace. But what about the other 364 days of the year?If Arthur Maloney of Fair Haven had his way, we would be thinking about U.S. vets a whole lot more, especially when it comes to their needs and lack of jobs.Maloney, a former U.S. Marine, volunteers with Monmouth County’s Division of Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services. He works one-on-one with about five vets at a time to help them find a job. To do so, he works closely not only as the division’s only veteran employment advisor but also with the Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development in Eatontown and the One-Stop Career Center in Neptune.The county employees, he is quick to add, are a “very effective and dedicated team of professionals” devoted to helping a surprising number of vets in need. With about 500 registered vets at the Neptune office, Maloney said, times 21 counties in New Jersey, times 49 other states, well, we’re looking at a whole lot of former military looking for jobs.So why are vets having more trouble landing jobs than the average unemployed civilian?“These vets entered the military at a young age, when they should have been developing skills to live independently and begin thinking about what careers they will have in life,” Maloney explained. “They put all that on hold. They sacrificed valuable career development time while they were in the military.“They went from their own family into a military family where their needs were taken care of,” he said. “When they get out, things become very complicated. They’re on their own and have to fend for themselves for the first time in their lives. In addition, they are not job ready. They know very little about the job search process.”Maloney works with vets ranging in age from 22 to 65. They are almost 100 percent enlisted personnel, meaning they are not officers who have college degrees. For many, enlisting may be a means to an end from a challenged family life, poor financial condition or the lack of direction once high school ends, he said.Maloney enlisted in the Marine Corps when he was 19 after his freshman year at Rutgers University, which didn’t live up to his expectations. He served with the 3rd Battalion,1st Marine regiment in Vietnam from January 1967 to February 1968, spending six months with a Marine squad embedded in a South Vietnam village. His mission was to gain field intelligence at a grassroots level. While there he became fascinated by the Asian culture, language, regional habits and family dynamics.“It opened me up to a whole new world and affected my career choice for the rest of my life,” he said.After a two-year stint he returned to Rutgers to earn an undergraduate degree in history (focusing on Southeast Asia) and a master’s degree at Seton Hall University in Chinese studies. The timing was fortuits, he said, as China was exploring business opportunities in the west in 1978. He spent most of his career with International Flavors & Fragrances living in Singapore and Hong Kong early in his 30-year career, most of which he spent directly or indirectly involved with the Chinese market. He also was assigned to IFF’s London and Hazlet offices.Having both military and management experience gives Maloney credibility with job seekers and hiring managers, he said.“I interview the vet to understand his or her personality, what their skill set is, what needs they have to be job ready and address those,” he explained, adding advice on what to wear, what to say in a job interview and how to prepare a professional resume, all are part of the service. Then I try to find county jobs they might fit. I am a part of the team that acts as a bridge between the vet and the job.”He tells the story about a vet who, while serving, was sent to a school to learn how to repair and maintain nuclear-powered equipment, eventually being assigned as a mechanic on the USS Nimitz, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. When he left the military, not knowing what else to do, he ended up with a security job. “He just didn’t know how to present himself, and leverage his skills he learned in the Navy,” Maloney said. “I reworked his resume listing all the technical courses he had taken and it sounded like he had gone to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He was hired within two weeks as a lab technician.”Vets and their families can find a list of services and more information at the Veterans Services Office of the Monmouth County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services.Maloney advises vets looking for a job to contact the One-Stop Career Center in Neptune. For businesses interested in hiring vets, he suggests contacting the Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development.MONMOUTH COUNTY DIVISION ON AGING, DISABILITIES AND VETERANS SERVICES3000 Kozloski RoadFreehold, NJ 07728Phone: 732-683-8675http://www.visitmonmouth.com/page.aspx?ID=170Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Director Sue Moleon: [email protected] NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT145 Wyckoff Road, Suite 201Eatontown, New Jersey 07724Phone: 732-683-8850http://www.visitmonmouth.com/page.aspx?Id=2712Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Manager Eileen M. Higgins: [email protected] CAREER CENTER IN NEPTUNE60 Taylor Ave.Neptune, NJ 07753-4844732-775-1566Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Manager: John Brown: [email protected]
Jose Jacinto Reyes, president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation (NFF), believes it will be youthful exuberance versus the experience and proven track record of Jamaica’s national senior Reggae Boyz, when both teams meet in a crucial World Cup qualifier inside the National Stadium on Friday night.Both teams will lock horns in a crucial qualifying match ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The game will begin at 8 p.m.Reyes believes the Reggae Boyz are worthy favourites at home, given their wealth of international experience and recent form internationally.”Nicaragua is a team that is coming from less to more (improving), so yes, we are ready for Jamaica,” he told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday, as part of the Nicaraguan delegation that arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.”Nicaragua team is a young team, and we don’t have the same experience that Jamaica has, but we are prepared,” he reiterated, while labelling Jamaica favourites.Jamaica comes into this contest as the first Caribbean team to play in a Gold Cup Finals, and prior to that, they featured in the Copa America tournament hosted in Chile.playing with heartsMeanwhile, Nicaragua are unbeaten in 2015. The teams they beat in round one and two of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers were Anguilla 8-0 on aggregate and Suriname 4-1.”Even though it’s a young team, we are playing with our hearts, and even though we have a young team, we are here (in Jamaica) to win. And we pray to God that we can win, otherwise, we will still give them a great challenge,” added the president.He says should the match end in a tie, football would be the winner, while noting his association is under a new administration and its thrust is banking on youth.The Reggae Boyz will travel to Nicaragua for the September 8 return leg. The winner on aggregate will advance in the 2018 qualification for Russia, while the loser will be eliminated.
For starters, A’s hope they found their man to lead it offFor starters, A’s hope they found their man to lead it off
MESA, Ariz. — Over the years, A’s manager Bob Melvin has noticed a trend among some hitters in baseball.“Some guys don’t like to hit leadoff,” he said.Not newly signed Oakland outfielder Robbie Grossman, a disciplined switch-hitter with a career .355 on-base percentage.“He has no problem with it,” Melvin said. Grossman is eager to lead off this season for the A’s, who signed him to a one-year deal last month.“I’m glad to be back in that spot,” Grossman said. “I enjoy it.”Melvin …
Smart Money Is on Adult Stem Cells, but Some Scientists Still Lust after EmbryosSmart Money Is on Adult Stem Cells, but Some Scientists Still Lust after Embryos
When adult stem cells do the job, why are some scientists tinkering with human embryos?Stem cells have been a hot topic for nearly two decades now. Hopefully the terminology has become clear. Stem cells are cells that can grow into any tissue type. Embryonic stem cells (ES) are derived from fertilized embryos that, if implanted, would grow into an adult. Adult stem cells (AS) reside in different tissues of adults, where they can regenerate the cells of that particular tissue. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) are tissue cells that have been reprogrammed into a stem-like state, where they can grow into most tissue types. Totipotent means able to differentiate into all tissue types; pluripotent means able to differentiate into most tissue types. The primary advantage of human adult and iPS stem cells is that they do not require killing a human embryo; therefore, they are ethically superior. But can they do as good a job as embryonic stem cells? These articles share recent developments.First, we need to understand the “stem cell paradigm.” Science Magazine asks, “What is an adult stem cell?” As with many definitions in science, the boundaries are often fuzzy. The type specimen for a stem cell was the “hematopoietic stem cell” (HSC) living in bone marrow. It seemed almost magical that it could produce all the different blood cell types, and yet stay intact in a permanent state of self-renewal. Hans Clevers tries to insert evolution into the paradigm:The HSC’s ability to “self-renew” as well as to proceed down hierarchical differentiation pathways involves a rigidly choreographed flow of events. The HSC paradigm currently serves as a template to interpret experimental observations on any other mammalian tissue. Yet, it is not obvious why evolution would have come up with the very same solution for the renewal of all tissues. Attempts to fit observations on solid tissues into the HSC hierarchy mold have led to confusing theories, terminologies, experimental approaches, and heated debates, many of which remain unresolved. Organs differ in size, architecture, and function, and are subject to markedly different biological and physical challenges. It therefore appears plausible that tissues, with their different regenerative demands, have evolved different ways to restore cell numbers.This appears to be quibbling about definitions. If a cell can regenerate the cells of its tissue niche, then it should be called a stem cell, even if it differs from the stem cell of another niche. As for evolution, Clevers only tells us what seems “plausible” to him. Others may find it more plausible to suspect clever design, based on our uniform experience, when any “rigidly choreographed flow of events” is observed.Adult and iPS Stem Cell NewsiPS same as ES: Cambridge researchers “have found the strongest evidence to date that human pluripotent stem cells—cells that can give rise to all tissues of the body—will develop normally once transplanted into an embryo” (Medical Xpress). They appear virtually totipotent, in other words. As such, they are likely to be safe and effective.Faster, better, cheaper: An easier way to produce stem cells from normal cells by putting the squeeze on them, PhysOrg claims. It sounds too good to be true; hopefully this will not turn out to be another STAP-like controversy (1/30/14).Stem cells are now at the cutting edge of modern medicine. They can transform into a cells of different organs, offering new ways to treat a range of injuries and diseases from Parkinson’s to diabetes. But producing the right type of stem cells in a standardized manner is still a serious challenge. EPFL scientists have now developed a gel that boosts the ability of normal cells to revert into stem cells by simply “squeezing” them into shape. Published in Nature Materials, the new technique can also be easily scaled up to produce stem cells for various applications on an industrial scale.iPS are compatible: One question was whether iPS cells would retain some epigenetic memory of their source, and thus be incompatible if implanted into someone else’s tissues. That concern has been alleviated by results found at the University of Helsinki, PhysOrg says. It’s the donor’s genotype that matters, not the source tissue it came from. Here are the key findings:The results were unambiguous: several different indicators showed that the type of original cell made no difference when the stem cell was fully reprogrammed.Says Professor Timo Otonkoski from the University of Helsinki: “It is obvious that pluripotent stem cells derived from different cell types are fully equal. These results are highly significant to biobanks, as this way one collection can feature different source cells, and previously stored living cell samples remain useful for iPS cell production.”What was surprising was how different the iPS cells derived from different individuals were. The genotype of the donor obviously shapes the differentiation behaviour of the stem cell.iPS produces pancreatic cells: Medical Xpress reports that iPS cells derived from human skin showed themselves capable of producing pancreatic cells that can secrete insulin. UCSF researchers also came up with a scalable, sustainable method to produce the cells. “Now we can generate virtually unlimited numbers of patient-matched insulin-producing pancreatic cells,” they said, bringing personalized cell therapy a step closer for patients with diabetes.Skin cells into serotonin: Another victory for iPS cells took place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where researchers used reprogrammed skin cells create “a specialized nerve cell that makes serotonin, a signaling chemical with a broad role in the brain” (Medical Xpress). Serotonin is involved in “emotions, sleep, anxiety, depression, appetite, pulse and breathing.” One of the researchers expressed altruistic motives for the work. ” I don’t want to just make a publication in a scientific journal. I want our work to affect human health, to improve the human condition.”Sacrificing Embryos for ScienceDespite the successes outlined above, some researchers are intent on continuing to experiment with human embryos, even with the knowledge that doing so poses ethical challenges.Pooled for use: A “study” by the University of Edinburgh concludes that “[embryonic] stem cells that have been specifically developed for use as clinical therapies are fit for use in patients,” according to Science Daily.Eyes on the prize: Another Science Daily article reports that Johns Hopkins researchers have demonstrated that ES cells in a dish that can be transformed into retinal ganglion cells. They have not yet actually treated anyone with glaucoma and other optic nerve diseases; it’s “just the beginning,” they say.Embryo editor: The BBC News reports on a Dr. Kathy Niakin who is making the case to edit human embryos with the new CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool (see 6/05/15). Nothing is said about the ethical problems with this procedure. For those who want to think about the implications, Dr. Albert Mohler had some strong words for this “Brave New World” slippery slope in his daily Briefing for January 15. Even more alarming, PhysOrg says Josiah Zayner is making gene editing kits to allow do-it-yourselfers to “play God at the kitchen table,” genetically modifying anything they want to tinker with.We need to be aware of what the mad scientists are up to. When will science ever learn that what they can do does not necessarily correlate with what they should do? That was a huge debate in the 1940s with the development of atomic weapons. The new genetic arsenal has potential for tremendous good as well as terrible evil. Science can do is’s but not oughts. The oughts need to come from morally-informed, righteous thinkers. We’ve already seen the terrible outcomes of viewing human flesh as a commodity. 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One of South Africa’s great success stories is Portuguese chicken chain Nando’s, which started off with a single store in Johannesburg’s southern suburbs and it just opened its first store in the US.Nando’s Peri-Peri restaurant, at 819 7th Street NW, Washington DC. (Image: Flickr)Brand South Africa ReporterOne of South Africa’s great success stories is Portuguese chicken chain Nando’s, which started off with a single store in Johannesburg’s southern suburbs and now operates in Europe, the UK, the Middle East and across Africa up to Nigeria. The chain has just opened its first store in the US.Established in 1987, Nando’s is one of the biggest and most popular brands to emerge from South Africa, and has spread across the world to operate in 26 countries on five continents. The company has just celebrated its 21st birthday with the opening of its US store, located in Washington DC.“Since our inception in 1987, our authentic flame-grilled peri-peri chicken has blazed a trail around the world and it still stands at the core of what we’re about,” said Nando’s co-founder and CEO Robert Brozin. “But our international expansion – which now stands at almost 750 restaurants around the globe – is continually progressing and we are confident that the US market is ready to embrace the brand and its unique taste, flavour and positioning.”Brozin added that US consumer response to the brand has been exceptional. “It is clear that Americans who have tasted the world’s best flame-grilled peri-peri chicken in other parts of the globe are delighted to finally enjoy our addictive Nando’s taste.”Nando’s has operated since 1994 in the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa, but the US market has always been the prize. Global market research specialists Euromonitor commented in December 2007 that it believed Nando’s would see strong growth in the US, given the success of other ethnic cuisines such as Mexican and Indian.Euromonitor also described Nando’s future as extremely positive, saying that it appealed to emerging middle classes in developing regions as well as western consumers who were looking for healthy food alternatives.“Washington DC is our first step into the US,” said Brozin, “and we’re positive that Nando’s will be well received as it continues to grow within it. We remain a born-and-bred proud South African brand.”The next US restaurant will open in early 2009 in Dupont Circle, Washington DC.Hatching a hot food conceptThe Nando’s concept was born in the southern Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville, where Brozin’s friend and future business partner, Fernando Duarte, introduced him to a Portuguese flame-grilled chicken restaurant called Chickenland. So impressed was the pair by Chickenland’s food that they bought the restaurant in 1987 and changed its name to Nando’s, at the same time introducing the now-familiar Barcelos cockerel that has become synonymous with the Nando’s brand.Brozin and Duarte used African bird’s eye chillies to give their sauces and chicken a spicy bite, borrowing much influence from Mozambican immigrants who had settled in the southern communities of Johannesburg after their homeland’s independence in 1975.Chillies are regarded as a healthy food, as they contain virtually no fat or oil but do have high levels of vitamins C and A as well as minerals. The fiery plants are known to lower cholesterol through their heat component called capsaicin. Capsaicin is also a natural antibiotic that slows down the growth of bacteria in the body.Since all Nando’s chickens are of prime quality and trimmed of excess fat before being flame-grilled, the cuisine gets high marks from health-conscious consumers. For those who are a little too chicken to eat the really hot stuff, all sauces are available in variants ranging from mild to extra hot. Nando’s has since expanded into supermarkets with a range of branded spices, marinades and sauces that are available in the same variants.Five years after the opening of the first store, Nando’s expanded to the UK and now boasts over 50 stores in London alone, bringing a welcome taste of home not only to the large South African community there but also to the locals. Nando’s UK plans to add 30 to 40 new sites a year for the next four years, opening up to 160 new restaurants and virtually doubling in size.The company’s adaptability has contributed enormously to its worldwide popularity. In many regions Nando’s offers halaal and kosher chicken, and prides itself on always being open to change.Improving the lives of communitiesNando’s has not neglected its corporate social responsibilities. In South Africa the company sponsored one of renowned adventurer Kingsley Holgate’s expeditions, named the Great Peri-Peri Adventure. Holgate’s burning mission, which coincided with his Outside Edge anti-malaria campaign, was to unearth folklore and recipes involving the African bird’s eye chilli, and to determine which peri-peri recipes were unique to specific regions, countries, tribes and villages throughout Africa.The company has opened a bank account based in South Africa which will allow those wishing to help in the fight against malaria to donate towards the purchase of more malaria nets. The bank account is run under the auspices of Nando’s and all funds raised are deposited on a monthly basis into the Kingsley Holgate One Net One Life account.A net costs the equivalent of $9 and those who donate this amount or more may request GPS co-ordinates which will pin-point the exact location, in Google Earth, of where their net was handed out.For more information visit the Nando’s website or send email to [email protected] sacred chickensNando’s has also earned a reputation for its in-your-face advertising. In South Africa a television advert featuring a blind woman whose dog deliberately led her into a lamp post so it could eat the Nando’s chicken she was carrying, was eventually withdrawn after numerous complaints were made to the South African Advertising Standards Authority.Nando’s Australia launched an advertising campaign based on the 2002 hunger strike by detained illegal immigrants in that country. So determined were they not to eat that some detainees physically sewed their mouths closed. Nando’s irreverently proclaimed that strikers had decided to unsew their lips “after hearing the news that with every Nando’s quarter chicken combo, Nando’s were giving away an extra quarter chicken”.The company also didn’t hesitate to jump on the Mandela bandwagon. A South African ad released soon after he was freed from 27 years of imprisonment featured an actor doing an impersonation of the great statesman talking about the ‘left wing’ and the ‘right wing’.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
South Africa’s current credit rating has been confirmed, as Moody’s Investors Service kept the government bond long and short-term ratings unchanged at Baa2 and P-2 respectively, while assigning a negative outlook.Moody’s is the only solicited rating agency that assigns the same rating for both the domestic and foreign currency denominated debt, Baa2 – a rating that is two notches above sub-investment grade.The confirmation of South Africa’s investment grade credit rating marks an end to the evaluation period that started on 8 March 2016, when Moody’s placed the country’s ratings under review for possible downgrade.On Saturday, the National Treasury released a statement outlining the three reasons Moody’s affirmed the ratings.1. South Africa’s economic growth will start recovering after 2016, having reached its trough this year.“Government will continue to collaborate with business, labour and civil society to restore confidence in the economy and address the structural constraints to economic growth,” Treasury said in the statement.It said the National Development Plan remains the catalyst for growth. The Nine-Point Plan will ensure its milestones are achieved. These include:promoting a stable and cooperative labour relations environmentencouraging development of energy efficient, job-creating industrieslowering the cost of doing business, removing regulatory constraints and acting swiftly to remove policy uncertaintyboosting investment through launching Invest SAimplementing reforms to ensure that state-owned companies are financially sound, operate efficiently, are well-managed and properly governed2. The adoption of more aggressive consolidation measures in the 2016 Budget will increase the likelihood that general government debt to gross domestic product (GDP) will stabilise in the current year.Treasury said the government’s decision to implement fiscal consolidation to return public finances to a sustainable path, while protecting core social and economic programmes, was correct.“This was done through tax policy adjustments to boost revenue, moderate current expenditure and reprioritised budgets. Furthermore, government’s recent track record of achieving fiscal targets gives credence to the future fiscal plans, especially maintaining an expenditure ceiling and recapitalising state-owned companies in a budget neutral manner.”3. According to Moody’s, the recent political developments are testament to South Africa’s institutional strength, compared to its peers.Treasury said South Africa’s monetary and fiscal institutions have remained sound over time.“Despite adverse political developments in recent months, government continues to demonstrate determination to bring public finances under control and ensure that programmes such as nuclear and the National Health Insurance are financed at a scale and pace that is affordable.”Moody’s warned of the need to implement the structural and legislative reforms agreed to by the government, business and labour. The rating agency said the future trajectory of the rating will be “highly dependent on government’s success in enhancing medium term growth prospects, stabilising debt and restoring investor confidence.”It said the country’s outlook can be changed from negative to stable if the government delivers on commitments that support growth and achieve fiscal targets.South Africa’s government, meanwhile, is intensifying efforts and focus on inclusive economic growth, job creation and improving investor confidence through addressing structural constraints.“Collectively working with business, civil society and labour, government will continue to demonstrate its commitment to translate plans into concrete actions that will ensure South Africa remains an investment grade country,” Treasury said.Ramaphosa welcomes ratingDeputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed Moody’s decision. He was in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape when he responded to the credit rating on South Africa.“We are very pleased with Moody’s report, where they have kept our rating status as is. Many people were thinking that they would downgrade us. They haven’t and that is a great success for us because it shows what we can achieve when we work together.“We have to congratulate Treasury for having led the charge working together . with other organisations, trade unions, business and civil society. It was very pleasing to see them travel to investors overseas as a united team, essentially as Team South Africa, going to sell South Africa and explain everything about our country.“So it’s great news and great success. As South Africans, we can congratulate ourselves.”Ramaphosa cautioned, however, that the country should not relax.“It is not over yet because there is another rating that is coming and this is when we must work harder and unite and demonstrate that South Africa is solid, stable and a worthy investment destination.” Source: South African Government News Agency
After back-to-back UAAP titles, Ateneo’s Isaac Go is also First Honor for 2nd straight yearAfter back-to-back UAAP titles, Ateneo’s Isaac Go is also First Honor for 2nd straight year
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Back 2 Back both on the court and off the court. Thank you lord! 🙏🏼Officially #gradwaiting pic.twitter.com/ylbh4Q0taI— Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) December 19, 2018Isaac Go just keeps on winning, on and off the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefAfter helping lead the Blue Eagles to back to back UAAP championships, Go also finished as first honor in Ateneo for the second straight year with an average of 3.70.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Magnolia players celebrate PBA title with their lucky charms SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Go, an Applied Chemistry major, proudly posted the tremendous feat on his Twitter, saying he’s officially “gradwaiting.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ The six-foot-seven slotman was a key figure in Ateneo’s title run last season, where he made clutch basket after another in the playoffs.This year, Go served as mentor to his younger teammates particularly Rookie of the Year Angelo Kouame, who called him his “second coach.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Health Sector Reclassification to be Implemented Over Three YearsHealth Sector Reclassification to be Implemented Over Three Years
The Government has completed the health sector reclassification, which is to be implemented over three years, at a cost of $7 billion.This was announced by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning (with responsibility for the Public Service), Hon. Horace Dalley, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on July 2.“This exercise has been ongoing for almost ten years…The first payment under the new classification for the health sector is scheduled for this quarter,” Mr. Dalley noted.He explained that due to the complexity of the health sector, the reclassification exercise “may not be perfect,” but it will substantially streamline the occupational groupings in the health sector.There will be a Reclassification Appeals Tribunal to address anomalies, which may arise. The tribunal will have representation from the various groups within the health sector.Meanwhile, the Minister informed that Cabinet has instructed that the outstanding industrial issues of some eight other groups are to be addressed.These include: emergency duty allowance (2008 to 2010) for Government Medical Consultants; outstanding payment of allowances (2008 to 2010) for Veterinary Officers; payment of new rates (2010 to 2011) for West Indies Group of University Teachers (settled); realignment issues (2007 to 2011) for Education Officers (settled); relativity study between security groups for fire-fighters (payment programmed); relativity study between security groups for Correctional Officers (payment programmed); adjustment to duty rates (2008 to 2010) for Medical Doctors (payment programmed); and the delinking of salaries for legal officers from High Court Judges’ salaries(in Court).“You cannot engender trust among your employees when you have signed Heads of Agreements, and court rulings and IDT awards are left on the table to languish, because there is no respect for the sanctity of contracts and collective bargaining agreements,” he stated.Mr. Dalley said this is in conflict with good industrial relations practice. “This administration will not behave in such a manner, so we will settle these outstanding issues and ensure that there is no repeat of this type of behaviour on the part of the government of Jamaica,” the Minister said.Contact: Alphea Saunders