Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 2nd 2015 Contents A54
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MINISTRY OF WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
NOTICE OF VACANCIES
Applications are invited from suitably qualified Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to fill the following con-
tract position in the Coastal Protection Unit, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.
JOB TITLE: COASTAL PROCESSES MODELLER
The selected applicant will have high competency in
assessing, modeling and reporting on the physical
conditions and physical processes within the ocean such
as waves, currents, eddies, gyres and tides; the transport
of sand on and off beaches; coastal erosion; and the
impact of coastal structures on the coastal environment.
They will have high competence in the use of state-of-the-
art numerical modeling software for the design data
assessment for coastal and offshore structures,
optimization of coastal protection measures and outfalls
and the environmental impact assessment of marine
infrastructures. This position supports management
through the provision of modeling inputs and outputs to
ensure the designs of coastal defence infrastructure are
effective, workable, durable and sustainable. This person
will be expected to play a crucial role in the attracting of
funding to the Unit for the undertaking of research. The
candidate is expected to be flexible, professional and
perform well in a high stress environment. The ideal
candidate will take pride in their ability to provide the
Ministry with a high level of service coupled with
technological expertise and exceptional quality.
REPORTS TO: Coastal Engineer
SUPERVISION GIVEN TO: N/A
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collects, prepares and analyses data for input into
numerical models for the design of coastal and
offshore structures, optimization of coastal measures
and outfalls and the environmental impact assessment
of marine infrastructures.
Sets up hydrodynamic, sediments, waves and
coastal flood models and performs simulations for
the analysis and design of coastal measures and
outfalls and the environmental impact assessment
of marine infrastructures.
Uses statistical models of laboratory and field data
to investigate hypotheses and make predictions.
Analyses and interprets data from samples,
measurements and remote sensing aids.
Assists in the preparation of Environmental Impact
Assessments and Risk Assessments and other
applications for certificates of environmental clearance.
Attends conferences and submits proposals to
obtain research funding
Writes reports and papers on research activities
Provides related scientific and researched inputs to
the multidisciplinary team of engineers of the Unit in
the design of sustainable coastal defence infrastructure.
Effectively presents information and respond to
questions from individual or groups of clients and
the general public.
Determines test reliability and validity, analysis of
variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory,
and factor analysis.
Defines problems, collect and analyse data, establish
facts, and draw valid conclusions
Assists in the preparations for applications for
certificates of environmental clearance
Performs related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Able to prepare reports and business correspondence.
Good communication skills both written and verbal
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Master of Science degree in Coastal Engineering,
Civil Engineering or a related discipline.
At least five (5) years experience in an infrastructural
development, highly projectised environment.
Training and demonstrated proficiency in the operation
of state-of-the-art numerical modeling software
packages for analysis of hydrodynamics, waves,
sediments and coastal flooding.
Proficient in coastaland oceanographic modeling
and applications of model results.
Experience in large scale maritime and coastal projects.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Salary, allowances and other terms and conditions
of employment are to be negotiated with the Chief
Personnel Officer, Personnel Department.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:
Applications including Curriculum Vitae, giving
details of qualifications and experience, should be
submitted not later than July 10th, 2015 to:
Ministry of Works and Infrastructure
Contracts Unit, Level 4
Corner London and Richmond Streets
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad West Indies
Attention: Director, Human Resource
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE
TOKYO---It was a long fight for Yoko Gushiken
to find life after boxing. Or rather, to find his
life was all about boxing, after all.
It took his induction last month into the Inter-
national Boxing Hall of Fame---an honour only
two other Japanese have received---to allow him
to reconcile with who he truly is.
Three decades after retiring from the ring---
often feeling lost and depressed---and after a sec-
ondary career as a TV comedian, the former WBA
light flyweight champion now accepts his status
as a boxing great.
"I saw how splendid boxing was in this world,"
said the 60-year-old Gushiken, often clenching
his fists to emphasise his points.
He appeared a little embarrassed when asked
about his TV appearances, particularly on quiz
shows, in which he portrays a disarming error-
prone character, a gimmick designed to draw
laughter from the audience.
Many younger Japanese know him only as a
TV personality, oblivious to Gushiken's boxing
legacy: He defended his belt 13 times, still a record
for a Japanese fighter.
He never had it easy, from the beginning.
He grew up on Okinawa, the southern islands
occupied by the US after World War II until 1972.
When he traveled to high school tournaments on
the main islands, he had to bring a passport. But
his pride in his Okinawan roots and his determi-
nation to fight for his people drove him.
He grew up on Ishigaki, one of the farthest
islands, where "we didn't have anything"---no
cars, no clothes, no food, he said.
"We would get sneakers, maybe once a year.
That was it," Gushiken said in an interview this
week at his gym, dotted with colorful gloves, dan-
gling sandbags, and a poster of Oscar De La Hoya.
A fledgling boxer was wrapping his tiny hands
by a humble ring.
For years, the island had TV reception only for
the single public broadcaster. His hometown could-
n't even watch his fights.
Even after turning professional, he was so short
on money he worked at a pork-cutlet restaurant
while he defended his title five times. Gushiken
is still grateful to the restaurant owner for giving
him that job.
Shinkichi Kinjo, 70, Gushiken's high school box-
ing coach, said he knew right away from the fiery
way Gushiken looked at him that he was special.
But he had hopes for sending him to college and
maybe the Olympics, and was disappointed when
Gushiken turned pro, without going to college.
Gushiken reigned as champion for nearly five
years, recording eight knockouts, until he was
defeated in a 1981 bout, sadly, on Okinawa, where
he remains a hero.
"Gushiken was a pressure fighter," said Ted
Sares, a boxing fan and writer, who long pushed
for Gushiken's induction into the Hall of Fame,
insisting Asian fighters were under-represented.
"By employing constant pressure, he forced oppo-
nents into mistakes."
Back then, title fights went for 15 rounds,
although fortunately he knocked out almost every
opponent, and rarely had to go the distance. The
refs didn't stop fights quickly, and he fought four
times a year.
Younger boxers have technique, Gushiken
acknowledged, but many lack what's most impor-
tant in the making of a champion.
"They aren't hungry," he said in his soft voice.
"It's all about what's in your heart."
A slight but sprightly man who sports curly
hair, Gushiken made it clear he works as a "tarento,"
or "talent," as Japanese call actors and comics, to
spread the word about boxing.
He also needs the TV appearances to raise funds
for his Tokyo boxing gym, which he has run for
20 years, to get his boxers fights that may lead
to his dream to produce a world champion.
But Gushiken did little to draw attention to his
Hall of Fame induction in Canastota, New York,
on June 14, including from the Japanese TV shows
he frequents. He went quietly, flying at his own
expense, booking his own hotel.
"All my suffering in my boxing life, all of it,
suddenly turned into joy," Gushiken said, as though
still in a dream. "It was all good."
Gushiken happy as boxer
after Hall of Fame induction
In this photo taken
Hall of Fame
during an interview
at his boxing gym in
inducted into the
Hall of Fame on
Sunday, June 14.
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