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Lucky students in Chile
went home early, many
Brazilian offices and
stores went dark, and
across the megalopolis
of Mexico City traffic was as calm as midnight. With
three Latin American countries playing for their
World Cup futures yesterday, fans across the region
succumbed to soccer fever, slowing regular business
to a crawl.
Brazilians, who already are used to generous time
off for Carnival celebrations and Catholic observances,
have enjoyed even more holidays during the monthlong
When Brazil s national team plays, many workplaces
across the country shut down. In host cities such as
Rio de Janeiro, the government declared half- or full-
day holidays on game days to clear the streets of com-
muters and enable soccer fans to move about with
Last week, there were only two regular work days
in Rio, a city of 12 million people. This week will be
much the same. Yesterday, before Brazil defeated
Cameroon 4-1 in Brasilia, Catia Santiago was soaking
up the sunshine on the golden sands of Copacabana
beach rather than head to work to sell hair products.
"I m going to take a hit financially," Santiago said.
"I ll probably earn about 30 to 50 per cent less, but
I will have had 200 per cent more fun than usual."
Indeed, critics contend all of the time off is bad for
Financial newspapers have reported the volume of
trade on Sao Paulo s Bovespa stock exchange began
to slow even before the June 12-July 13 tournament.
Fecomercio, a Sao Paulo-based group representing
the goods, services and tourism sectors, warned that
those businesses may lose up to $13.5 billion due to
lost productivity and the need to pay double salaries
to people who work government-declared holidays.
However, Brazil s Tourism Ministry has said the
World Cup itself will inject that much money into
the nation s economy, offsetting any such losses.
Katia Andrade, a saleswoman for a Rio online data
storage company, complained that the extra time off
was putting her way behind on her yearly revenue
"The World Cup is literally costing me money,"
Andrade said. "Since the beginning of the year, projects
have been lagging behind, with everybody putting
things off until after the Cup. And now, with almost
every day a public holiday, it s totally impossible to
get anything done."
petent, considering the number
of excellent players exposed to
the major leagues in Europe.
Hazard, Yaya Toure, Wilfred
have shown that Belgium has
come of age.
It is disappointing that
Argentina and Portugal, with two of the
world s finest players, are unable to play
the kind of game that the world expect-
ed.Messi admitted that if his team is to have
a chance, they will have to play much better.
He may have been trying to get his players
to rally around his individual-
ism, but passes keep going
astray, and players in defense
are not showing their usual
Ronaldo appears jaded and
his loss of form has been mys-
terious. Varela, his team s substitute, has
given him a chance to produce the goods
to get them into the next round with an
outstanding headed goal against the USA.
It is only the young and superbly talented
Neymar Jr. who has brought the crowds to
their feet with some brilliance, not only
through his goals, but his ability to combine
with his fellow players.
With the tournament coming to the end
of the group stage, it will not surprise me
if the top guns Germany, Holland, France,
Belgium, Brazil, and Argentina lift their
standard. Spain and England are out of the
way and who know what can happen in
the three way battle between Germany, Por-
tugal, Ghana and the USA.
Italy will have to play their hearts out for
the right to go further, but they have the
experience when playing under these cir-
Costa Rica, Mexico, and the USA have
made the Concacaf proud with their fine
display. We are all looking forward to their
progress in the round of 16.
Courtesy First Citizens
It is a World Cup which has swung from ordinary
to good to brilliant.
The best may be yet to come, especially from the
South Americans Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and
The Germans, French, Holland and Belgium have
brought crowds to their feet. Few could give a reason
why the Latins have not. They are accustomed to
the conditions. Their players are talented and their
fitness level appear to be comparable to other teams.
It is only the Chileans and Columbians from that
part of the world who have raised eyebrows.
Germany has been very well prepared, consistent
and have shown the urge for success.
France has struck a high in the selection room
where the young and the experienced players are
gelling. Benzema has been following up his fine form
with Real Madrid while Evra, and Paul Pogba have
been outstanding. The Belgians have looked com-
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GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
In keeping with the Ministry's mandate to strengthen the implementation and coordination capacity for HIV/AIDS related
activities, the Ministry of National Security invites applications from suitably qualified nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to
fill the following contract position:
Role: Reporting to the HIV/AIDS Co-ordinator, the incumbent is required to carry out programme development and imple-
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Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Facilitates and assists in the execution of the National HIV Strategic Plan.
• Assists the HIV/AIDS Coordinator in development of the annual work plan.
• Coordinates the preparation of budget estimates.
• Designs, reviews and coordinates the implementation of HIV programmes and initiatives for the Ministry's staff and
community outreach initiatives.
• Implements and maintains the HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy in accordance with guidelines.
• Provides instructions for the development of HIV research agendas.
• Identifies and builds partnerships with key stakeholders.
• Assists the HIV/AIDS Coordinator in the overall management of the Unit.
• Reviews programmes based on feedback from Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.
• Represents the Ministry at international and regional meetings.
• Performs any other related duties as assigned.
• BSc. in Social Sciences from a recognized University.
• A Masters in a Social Science field will be an asset.
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• A minimum of two (2) years supervisory experience in working with those infected and affected with HIV.
• Experience in networking and developing critical linkages with key stakeholders.
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Salary and other terms and conditions of employment are to be negotiated with the Chief Personnel Officer.
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The Permanent Secretary
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Temple Court 1
31-33 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain Trinidad West Indies
Closing date for applications is Monday 30th June, 2014
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