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MASTER TECHNICIAN -- LEVEL IV
ANSA Automotive Limited a subsidiary of the ANSA McAL Group of
Companies is seeking suitably qualified applicants to fill the vacancy of
Master Technician -- Level IV.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Master Technician is responsible for managing the operations of
the Service Department by designing and implementing processes
geared towards increasing customer satisfaction, business growth and
profitability. The incumbent also manages the service transaction
process and oversees all technical personnel to ensure diagnostic and
service/repair of all vehicles for the division are done in keeping with
the highest standards.
Minimum Qualifications/Competencies Required:
Master Diagnostic Technician Certification
Minimum of 8 years experience in a similar position
Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications
An attractive compensation package inclusive of Incentives and Group
benefits is being offered to the successful candidate.
Interested individuals should submit their resumes to
The Human Resource Manager
P.O. Box 178, PORT OF SPAIN
Applicants are also requested to submit a copy of their resume to the
Chief Manpower Officer, Ministry of Labour, Level 9, Riverside Plaza, POS
Eating more fruit, particularly blue-
berries, apples and grapes, is linked
to a reduced risk of developing type-
2 diabetes, suggests a study in the
British Medical Journal.
Blueberries cut the risk by 26 per
cent compared with two per cent for
three servings of any whole fruit, but
fruit juice did not appear to have the
The research looked at the diets of
more than 187,000 people in the US.
But Diabetes UK said the results of
the study should be treated with cau-
Researchers from the UK, US and
Singapore used data from three large
studies of nurses and health profes-
sionals in the US to examine the link
between fruit consumption and the
risk of contracting type-2 diabetes.
In these studies, 6.5 per cent of par-
ticipants (12,198 out of 187,382) devel-
oped type-2 diabetes.
The studies used food frequency
questionnaires to follow up the par-
ticipants every four years, asking how
often, on average, they ate a standard
portion of each fruit.
The fruits used in the study were
grapes or raisins, peaches, plums or
apricots, prunes, bananas, cantaloupe,
apples or pears, oranges, grapefruit,
strawberries and blueberries.
The researchers analysis of the data
showed that three servings per week
of blueberries, grapes and raisins, and
apples and pears significantly reduced
the risk of type-2 diabetes.
While all fruit was shown to reduce
the risk, these fruits appeared to be
The researchers said this could be
due to the fact these fruits contain high
levels of anthocyanins, which have been
shown to enhance glucose uptake in
mice. The same fruits contain natu-
rally-occurring polyphenols which are
known to have beneficial effects.
In the study paper, they wrote:
"Fruits have highly variable contents
of fibre, antioxidants, other nutrients,
and phytochemicals that jointly may
influence the risk."
But the glycaemic load of different
types of fruit, the quality and quantity
of carbohydrate they contain, did not
fully explain the results, the study said.
When they looked at the effects of
fruit juice consumption, the researchers
found a slightly increased risk of type-
The study calculated that replacing
weekly fruit juice consumption with
whole fruits could bring health bene-
For example, replacing fruit juice
with blueberries could reduce the risk
of contracting type-2 diabetes by 33
per cent, with grapes and raisins by 19
per cent, apples and pears by 13 per
cent, and with any combination of
whole fruit by seven per cent.
Replacing fruit juice with oranges,
peaches, plums and apricots had a sim-
Qi Sun, study author and assistant
professor at Harvard School of Public
Health, said, in general, fruit juices con-
tained less of the beneficial compounds
found in whole fruits.
"The juicing process gets rid of the
fruit, just leaving fluids which are
absorbed more quickly, causing blood
sugars and insulin levels to rise if they
"To try to minimise the risk of type-
2 diabetes as much as possible it is rea-
sonable to reduce fruit juice consump-
tion and increase consumption of whole
Experts say the best way to reduce
your risk of developing type-2 diabetes
is to eat a balanced, healthy diet that
includes a variety of fruits and vegeta-
bles and to be as physically active as
Dr Matthew Hobbs, head of research
for Diabetes UK, said the study provided
further evidence that eating plenty of
whole fruit was a key part of the bal-
anced diet that will minimise the risk
of developing type-2 diabetes.
However, he said the links between
type-2 diabetes and specific types of
fruit or fruit drinks should be treated
"Some of the findings are based on
a number of assumptions and models
which may have distorted the results
"For example, the researchers used
surveys to ask participants how often
they ate certain foods. This type of sur-
vey can often be unreliable as people
are more likely to remember certain
types of food."
Kamlesh Khunti, professor of primary
care diabetes and vascular medicine at
the University of Leicester, said the
large study showed that eating any fruit
"Eating all kinds of fruit works and
there is still a reduction in risk.
"The government recommends eat-
ing five portions of fruit and vegetables
every day." (BBC)
not fruit juice, cut
type-2 diabetes risk
Blueberries and apples
contain high levels of
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Diabetes is an incurable condition in
which the body cannot control blood
sugar levels, because of problems
with the hormone insulin.
In type-2 diabetes, either the
pancreas cells do not make enough
insulin, or the body's cells do not
react properly to it.
This is known as insulin resistance.
ABOUT TYPE-2 DIABETES
The juicing process gets rid of
the fruit, just leaving fluids
which are absorbed more quickly.
---Prof Qi Sun,
Harvard Medical School
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