HPV vaccination expected to reduce cancer burden in all races, may not eliminate all disparities

first_img Read Full Story Human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers occur more frequently, and sometimes with more deadly consequences, among Hispanics, blacks, and American Indian and Alaska Natives than among whites. A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that HPV vaccination is expected to reduce the cancer burden across all racial/ethnic groups. However, some disparities in cancer burden may persist and widen in the years to come if their causes—such as lack of access to diagnoses and treatment—aren’t addressed.The study will appear online April 28, 2016 in the journal Cancer.“As expected, we found HPV vaccination would reduce the overall disease burden for all racial and ethnic groups. However, we also found that some racial and ethnic disparities may continue to exist,” said Emily Burger, postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Chan School’s Center for Health Decision Science.Nearly 80 million people in the U.S.—about one in four—are currently infected with HPV. Roughly 14 million more become infected each year. HPV infections that don’t go away can lead to various forms of cancer. HPV vaccines, licensed since 2006 and recommended for boys and girls, are expected to lead to declines in six HPV-associated cancers, including cervical, anal, and oropharyngeal (throat) cancers. A recently licensed 9-valent HPV vaccine is expected to protect against additional HPV types that cause cancer. HPV vaccination has the potential to prevent up to three out of four HPV-associated cancers. But, so far, uptake of the vaccines has been slow.last_img read more

Notice of 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program

first_imgNotice of 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program To: Ms. Connie Stewart Program Administrator The Florida Bar 651 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300 Fax # (850) 561-5825 < p>From: FL Bar # Name Address Phone # Fax # Please reserve ___ seats for me at the 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. NOTICE OF 2004 FEDERAL JUDICIAL ROUNDTABLE PROGRAM The 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program, hosted by the Federal Court Practice Committee, the Criminal Law Section and the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, will be held on June 24, 2004, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida.More than one dozen federal judges will be serving as panelists in the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. Those judges that have thus far committed to serve as panelists in the program include Judge Gerald Bar Tjoflat from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Chief Judge Patricia C. Fawsett, Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr., Judge William J. Castagna, Judge Mary S. Scriven and Judge Alexander L. Paskay from the Middle District of Florida; Judge Donald L. Graham, Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley, Judge Patricia A. Seitz, Judge Paul C. Huck, Judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages, Judge Adalberto Jordan and Judge Jose E. Martinez from the Southern District of Florida; and Judge Stephan P. Mickle from the Northern District of Florida. The Federal Judicial Roundtable Program affords a unique opportunity for practitioners to interface with the federal judiciary in an intimate and stimulating atmosphere. During the first portion of the program, roundtable discussions will be conducted among the judges and practitioners in small group settings. During the second part of the program, the judges will participate in a lively and informative panel discussion which will be moderated by retired Judge Joseph W. Hatchett, Tod Aronovitz, Esquire and Robert Josefsberg, Esquire. Immediately following the program a reception will be held for the judges, moderators and practitioners. < p> There is no admission fee to attend the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program, however, seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. In that regard, please complete and return the reservation form at your earliest convenience. < p> Finally, it is anticipated that 3.0 CLE credits will be awarded by The Florida Bar for attendance at the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. < p> Please contact Committee Chair, Lawrence Goodman, Sub Committee Chairs Jerry Gewirtz and Eileen Parsons, and Florida Bar Liaison, Gerry Rose, for further information. TO MAKE A RESERVATION: Please mail, or fax, your reservation to Connie Stewart at the address below: May 7, 2004 Noticeslast_img read more

Dodgers talk to Puig after his latest arrest

first_imgIn this June 16, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig watches from the in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have told outfielder Yasiel Puig the organization is “very disappointed” with his behavior in the wake of his second arrest this year for reckless driving.The team issued a statement Sunday that said Puig’s behavior “is a very serious issue to us.” The Dodgers said they would continue to educate the 23-year-old Cuban defector and strive to further develop his growth off the field.Puig was arrested Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the offseason.In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50-mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers last season, batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He helped them reach the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis, and he was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.last_img read more

Holmdel Writer Brings Her Story to Hollywood

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauHOLMDEL – “Write what you know.”Lorene Scafaria certainly took Mark Twain’s words of advice to heart in writing her latest movie script, “The Meddler.” The former Holmdel resident crafted a heartwarming story about her relationship with her mother, Gail, and how in her grief after her husband died, Gail latched on to her daughter’s life.“He and my mom were married 40 years and they were madly in love,” Scafaria said. “They were such a beautiful couple. His loss was huge for both of us.”Scafaria was an aspiring screenwriter living in Los Angeles when her father, Joseph, an Italian immigrant who worked in the garment business, died in November 2009. Her parents also had an apartment in Los Angeles that they stayed in while visiting her. Gail felt she couldn’t stay alone in the family home anymore, so six months later, she put the house on the market and moved to California, just a mile away from her single daughter.“She started calling me a lot,” Scafaria said.Scafaria and her mother had always been close, so she was happy to have Gail nearby, but all the calling, texting and dropping in unannounced soon proved too much. Scafaria decided to use the experience as a creative outlet and within a month, she had the first draft of a movie script down on paper.“I wanted to tell this story from my mother’s perspective, how lonely she was,” Scafaria said. “The character is so tough and funny, just like my mom. It was therapeutic for us.”As a child, Scafaria was always interested in movies, writing and performing. She began writing screenplays in fifth grade. Once, on a trip to New York City, she bought the script for the movie, “A Clockwork Orange.”“I was so interested in the structure of a script and what it looked like on paper,” she said.As a teenager, she and her friends would regularly perform at the Improv Jam in Red Bank and hang out at the Broadway Diner afterward. They would also go see movies at least twice a week.“I loved hanging out in Red Bank,” she said. “Those were some of my favorite years.”After graduating from Holmdel High School in 1995, Scafaria studied English with a writing concentration and a theater minor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and later transferred to Montclair State University, where she earned her degree. She moved to New York City, answering phones at a film company while writing scripts and submitting them to agents.“When I got my first rejection letter, I hung it on the wall,” she said. “I was so excited that I heard from someone.”A few days later, that agent reconsidered and told Scafaria she should move to Los Angeles. When Scafaria arrived, she found that the agent no longer worked at the company.“I left New York thinking I had an agent in Los Angeles, and when I arrived, there was nothing,” she said.But she powered on and soon began making money off her scripts. She wrote television shows, the screenplay for the film, “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist” and wrote and directed the movie, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.”In addition to writing the script for “The Meddler,” Scafaria also directed the movie, which stars former Edison resident Susan Sarandon as her mother, renamed Marnie in the film. Scafaria’s character is played by Rose Byrne. While much of the story is based in reality, other aspects, including a love interest for Marnie, did not actually happen.“I added a lot of fiction,” said Scafaria. “It has more closure than exists in real life.”Scafaria said that when she approached Gail about the movie idea, her mother was on board immediately.“She got a kick out of it,” Scafaria said. “I think she loved the portrait of this character. My mother couldn’t believe Susan Sarandon was playing her. Susan was wearing my mom’s tops from Chico’s and driving her car. She said my father would have loved being married to Susan Sarandon.”Scafaria even managed to get photographs of her father, and a shot of his driver’s license, into the movie.“My father is sort of immortalized,” she said. “My mother loves it so much that she goes to see the movie at least once a day. What people don’t realize is that the real-life meddler is in the theater.”“The Meddler” had its premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and an April red carpet premiere in Los Angeles. The movie is currently in wide release.“It’s been amazing,” Scafaria said. “It’s so exciting to make a film and share it with other people. My mother is really enjoying the feeling of it and the sense of pride in her daughter.”Arts and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MaryAnnBourbeau.last_img read more


first_imgOWNER HUGHES SAYS GOAL IS TO FACE NYQUIST IN BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC IN NOVEMBER AND TO RUN AGAIN IN 2017 AT AGE SEVEN ARCADIA, Calif. (May 8, 2016)–Idle since Sept. 26 and the prohibitive 1-9 favorite, Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder made short work of five rivals in taking Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes by 2 ½ measured lengths under Gary Stevens. Trained by Richard Mandella, the three-time Eclipse Award winner got 1 1/16 miles under a snug hold in 1:42.73.Breaking from the far outside, the 6-year-old mare by Henny Hughes relaxed well but was caught four-wide into the Club House turn outside Moyo Honey, All Star Bub and Sheer Pleasure. Approaching the three furlong pole, Beholder was a length off Sheer Pleasure and took command while in-hand leaving the quarter pole.“She left there sweet like she always does,” said Stevens, who has now guided Beholder to victory in 10 of his 11 engagements with her. “She went over (to the gate) super, super quiet today. I almost thought I had her too quiet. Richard does all the work, along with (regular exercise rider) Janeen (Painter) and the whole crew and I get to have all the fun, and that’s all it was, was fun.“Being off as long as she has is a tribute to Richard and Mr. Hughes showing that kind of patience. The sky’s the limit for her. She didn’t take so much as a deep breath when I pulled her up. She’s a very happy mare.”In what has become a regular occurrence, Beholder, who had $692,457 bet to show on her, created a minus show pool of $137,142. She paid $2.10, $2.10 and $2.10.“She was supposed to win this race, and that usually makes trainers more nervous than anything, because you realize how bad you look if you get them beat,” said Mandella. “The Vanity ($400,000, Grade I, one mile on June 4) looks like the next step.”Spendthrift owner, B. Wayne Hughes, pointed out that he’d flown Stevens back from yesterday’s Kentucky Derby in his private jet to ensure the Hall of Fame jockey was back at The Great Race Place in time to ride his superstar mare, who he said would be pointed to a hopeful engagement with Nyquist in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“Not only am I still thinking about going up against the boys, but I want Nyquist to be the Triple Crown winner,” said Hughes. “We were hoping to run against American Pharoah, but she got sick and we weren’t able to. It’s very important to us to be able to take a shot at a Triple Crown winner. I think it would be amazing.“I had a long talk with Gary on the plane flying back this morning and he told me she’s bigger and better than she ever was before…It was my decision to run her at age six, but Richard approved it. If she has a good year this year, I’ll do it again next year at age seven.”In winning the Adoration, Beholder improved her record at Santa Anita to 12 wins from 13 starts and her overall mark now stands at 21-16-3-0. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $4,496,600.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Sheer Pleasure was off at 7-1 and paid $2.40 and $2.10.All Star Bub checked in third with Rafael Bejarano and paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.01, 48.25, 1:12.44 and 1:36.44.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday with first post time at 2 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgIt was all GAA and less cabaret.Some of the country’s best-known pundits were guests of Donegal Daily and St Eunan’s GAA Club at a packed All-Ireland forum at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny this week. The panel spent more than two hours answering questions about Sunday’s big Minor and Senior finals.Here we hear who Kevin Cassidy, Oisin McConville, Mickey Harte and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh think will lift the Sam Maguire – and why!Many thanks to our friends Shane Wallace and Charlie Collins at DonegalTV for the excellent coverage on the night.Simply click on the video to view.  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – THE EXPERTS GIVE THEIR VERDICTS AT DONEGAL DAILY FORUM was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINALDDTVDonegal Dailyexpertsforumlast_img read more

Tracking the Raiders’ undrafted free-agent signings

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders’ work didn’t stop after the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft concluded, as Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden signed several undrafted free agents to compete for roster spots this offseason.Below is a running list of those players.Wisconsin FB Alec Ingold – Ingold played for the Raiders-coached North team at the Senior Bowl#GrudenGrinder — Alec Ingold (@AI_XLV) April 27, 2019UC Davis WR Keelan Doss – Doss is an Alameda native whose childhood home is five …last_img

A brief history of Bafana Bafana

first_imgBafana Bafana before a match withEquatorial Guinea at Loftus VersfeldStadium in Pretoria/Tshwane. South Africans cheer their team on.(Images: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS • Bafana BafanaMatlhomola MorakeTeam Media Officer+27 82 7444 [email protected]• South African Football AssociationMorio SanyaneDirector: Communications and Media+27 82 99 00 [email protected]• FifaWolfgang EichlerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 [email protected] FischerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected]• 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa LocalOrganising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 [email protected] MorganSouth Africa’s national football team, known as Bafana Bafana (“The Boys”), has a relatively short international history. That’s because the first team to represent all South Africans only played its first match in 1992 – two years before the country’s first democratic elections.Bafana’s first match was played in Durban, against Cameroon, on 7 July 1992. It proved to be a strong debut against one of Africa’s leading teams, which had made the quarterfinals of the Fifa World Cup only two years previously. Doctor Khumalo scored the game’s only goal to give South Africa a 1-0 win.Despite that victory over the Indomitable Lions, the effects of isolation soon showed as South Africa failed to qualify for the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations after suffering four defeats in succession – to Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria and Zambia.Africa Cup of Nations 1996Two years later, however, Bafana Bafana’s place at the Africa Cup of Nations finals was assured when the country hosted the tournament.Under coach Clive Barker, the national team rose to the occasion, topping its group after beating Cameroon 3-0 and Angola 1-0 before losing 1-0 to Egypt.In the quarterfinals, Bafana beat Algeria 2-1 to set up a semi-final clash against Ghana, the only team that had won all its games up until that stage of the competition. Putting in one of the finest performances ever by the South African national team, the home side triumphed 3-0 in front of 75 000 spectators at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium. (The stadium, now known as Soccer City, has been extensively refurbished as the showpiece venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.)Bafana faced Tunisia in the final, after the North Africans had defeated Zambia 4-2 in the semi-finals. In front of a crowd of 80 000 at the FNB Stadium, Neil Tovey’s men gave the supporters what they wanted by beating the Tunisians 2-0, with Mark Williams netting both goals.1996: the Boys play BrazilStill in 1996, the potential of South African football was demonstrated when Bafana Bafana took on world champions Brazil, who were at full strength, in a Mandela Cup match in Johannesburg.Philemon Masinga put South Africa into a 25th-minute lead and Doctor Khumalo then made it 2-0 to the home side at the break, to the delight of the Bafana fans.The Brazilians fought back after the break, with Flavio netting in the 56th minute. Twelve minutes later, Rivaldo made it 2-2.Then, with only four minutes left, Bebeto, one of the heroes of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning team, snatched the winner for the visitors.Although South Africa lost, the match provided ample proof that the team’s Africa Cup of Nations title was no fluke. It also proved to be a wonderful celebration of the game of football, and of the role Nelson Mandela played in bringing democracy to the country.1998: Fifa World CupBafana Bafana continued to excel on the international stage when, in 1997, the team qualified for the Fifa World Cup finals for the first time.They faced the difficult task of taking on the hosts, France, in their first match in Group C. The French, with probably the best team in the country’s history, beat South Africa 3-0. France went on to beat Brazil by the same score in the final.Bafana Bafana drew 1-1 with Denmark in the team’s second match, then shared a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia. The two draws and one loss saw South Africa exit the event in the group stages after finishing third in its group.1998: Africa Cup of NationsAlso in 1998, Bafana defended their Africa Cup of Nations title in Burkina Faso. In a controversial decision, taken shortly before the finals, coach Clive Barker was sacked and Jomo Sono appointed in a caretaker role. Some forecasts were dire, but the South African team again rose to the challenge to perform well.They finished second behind the Ivorians in their group, after a 0-0 draw against Angola, a 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast and a 4-1 win over Nambia. A young striker by the name of Benni McCarthy made his mark by netting four goals inside 21 minutes in the victory over the Namibians.In the quarterfinals, South Africa beat Morocco 2-1 as McCarthy and David Nyathi netted. That earned them a semi-final place against the Democratic Republic of Congo.In the semi-final, McCarthy scored on the hour-mark to level the scores after South Africa had fallen behind in the 48th minute. He then struck in extra time to earn Bafana a 2-1 win and a place in the final against Egypt, who had beaten the hosts Burkina Faso in the other semi-final.The dream of successive titles was brought to an end in the final when the Pharaohs scored two early goals to take a 2-0 victory. Nonetheless, given the uncertain build-up to the tournament, it was a good showing by South Africa.1999: First win over European oppositionDespite very average results in 1999, Bafana managed to win the Afro-Asian Trophy after beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Cape Town and then drawing 0-0 in Riyadh.In November 1999, Bafana Bafana achieved a notable milestone when they scored their first win over European opposition. It came in the Nelson Mandela Challenge against Sweden at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. Siyabonga Nomvete was the hero, netting an 87th minute goal to snatch a late victory for the home side.At the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000, hosted by Ghana and Nigeria, Bafana Bafana topped their group, beating Gabon 3-1, the DRC 1-0, and playing to a 0-0 draw with Algeria. In the quarterfinals, Siyabonga Nomvete scored the only goal as South Africa eliminated one of the hosts, Ghana.In the semi-finals, SA’s footballing nemesis, Nigeria, beat Bafana 2-0. South Africa ultimately finished third after beating Tunisia 4-3 from the penalty spot after the teams had played to a 2-2 draw in the playoff.2002: Fifa World CupAlthough South Africa’s Africa Cup of Nations performances had gradually slipped over three continental finals – from winners to finalists to semi-finalists – their performances in at the 2002 Fifa World Cup in South Korea and Japan were noteworthy.Competing in group B, they drew 2-2 with Paraguay and then beat Slovenia 1-0. That left Bafana with a shot of making it to the round of 16, but a tough encounter against highly fancied Spain awaited the side.In a back-and-forth tussle, Spain took an early lead through Raul. Benni McCarthy struck back in the 31st minute to make it 1-1. Gaizka Mendieta then edged the Spaniards in front with a goal in first-half injury time.Only eight minutes into the second stanza, Lucas Radebe levelled the scores. Raul, however, restored Spain’s lead three minutes later, and that’s how it ended: South Africa 2, Spain 3.At the same time as Bafana Bafana and Spain were doing battle, Slovenia and Paraguay were in action.The Slovenians took a 1-0 lead into the break, which meant South Africa would qualify for the next round regardless of whether or not they lost to Spain. Paraguay, however, came roaring back in the second half, netting three times to win 3-1.The South Americans’ third goal, scored in the 84th minute, was enough to see them progress at South Africa’s expense, but only by the narrowest of margins: both had the same number of points, and the same goal difference. Paraguay, though, had scored and conceded six goals to South Africa’s five and five.2002: Africa Cup of Nations slideSouth Africa’s Africa Cup of Nations slide continued in the finals held in Mali in 2002.Bafana Bafana qualified at the top of their group, albeit with a record of only one win and two draws. They opened with a 0-0 draw against Burkina Faso, and followed that up with another goalless draw against Ghana. A 3-1 victory over Morocco, however, was enough to open a path to the quarterfinals. There, Bafana Bafana met the hosts and were beaten 2-0.In 2003, the national side managed a record of only six wins, a draw and four losses. Worryingly, losses began to come against teams that South Africa needed to beat to maintain a strong Fifa world ranking – countries like Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Egypt.The decline was made clear for all to see at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia. Despite opening with a 2-0 win over Benin, Bafana Bafana failed to progress beyond the group stages. They were humbled 4-0 by Nigeria, and drew 1-1 with Morocco.2004: World Cup bid succeedsIn May 2004, however, the mood of South African football fans was considerably brightened when the country won the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – the first African country to be awarded the honour.And in November 2004, the Nigerian bogey was finally ended when Bafana Bafana beat the Super Eagles 2-1 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Despite a decent showing as an invited team to the 2005 Concacaf Gold Cup, in which they drew three matches and beat Mexico 2-1, 2005 was not a good year for South Africa’s national football team. They scraped wins over lightly regarded teams early in the year, but ended it with four losses and a draw in their last five matches.2006: Bafana hit bottom in EgyptAlthough they qualified for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the tournament proved to be a disaster for South Africa. They lost all three matches they played and failed to score a single goal as they crashed out of the tournament as the bottom team in their group.With four years remaining until 2010 and the national team in disarray – and down to 72nd in Fifa’s world rankings – a decision was made to acquire a big-name coach to prepare Bafana for the World Cup. Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira, who had coached Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Saudi Arabia in previous World Cup finals, took up the post.Parreira achieved his first goal of earning qualification for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, but South Africa once again bowed out in the first round.2008: Improvement under ParreiraThey finished bottom of group D in Ghana after two draws and one loss, which was, at least, an improvement over their previous campaign. Bafana drew 1-1 with both Angola and Senegal, and lost 3-1 to Tunisia.After that, South Africa appeared to be making progress under Parreira, and a stylish 3-0 victory over Paraguay in March 2008 was cause for optimism. The following month, however, Parreira abruptly resigned his position to be with his wife, who had recently undergone surgery for cancer.His replacement was another Brazilian, recommended by Parreira: Joel Santana, who brought with him an excellent record in Brazilian club football, but no international experience.2008/09: Santana in at the deep endSantana was thrown in at the deep end, taking over just before a series of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. He didn’t know the players, he didn’t have time to work with them – and South Africa failed to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.The tide seemed to be turning, however, when South Africa scored a national record five consecutive wins in succession – over Zambia, Cameroon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, and Malawi.However, disappointing losses to Chile and Portugal in early 2009, either side of a last-gasp win over Norway, suggested that Bafana still had considerable ground to make up if they were to progress beyond the group stages of the 2010 World Cup.2009: Fifa Confederations CupAt the Confederations Cup, a warm-up event for the 2010 Fifa World Cup played in South Africa in June 2009, Bafana Bafana gave a good account of themselves in reaching the semi-finals. With a place in the final on the line, they went down 1-0 to eventual champions Brazil, who scored only three minutes from time.Against Spain, in the play-off for third and fourth, Bafana pushed the European champions into extra time before succumbing 3-2.With good performances against the world’s two top teams, confidence in the national side was running high. Sadly, this proved to be a false dawn.2009: Santana out, Parreira back inIn August and September 2009, Serbia beat Bafana 3-1 in Tshwane/Pretoria, Germany beat them 2-0 in Leverkusen in September, and Ireland won 1-0 in Limerick before South Africa scored an unconvincing 1-0 win over minnows Madagascar at home.And in October 2009, Bafana went down 1-0 to Norway in Oslo and 1-0 to Iceland in Reykjavik. Eight losses in nine matches saw Bafana Bafana drop to a 16-year low of 85th in Fifa’s world rankings.Not long afterwards, on 19 October 2009, the South African Football Association announced that Joel Santana had stepped down as coach of South Africa’s national team.On 23 October his replacement was announced: none other than Carlos Alberto Parreira.“I see light at the end of the tunnel,” Parreira told Fifa in an interview the following month. “When we have this team up to a good level of fitness, they will prove far more competitive. This side has played at a high level before. When I worked here the first time we beat Paraguay 3-0, and that’s the standard I want the team to get back to.”The coach will now turn his focus to a training camp in his native Brazil in March, when he will have four weeks to work with his squad.“We’ll be able to get them into good shape,” he said. “They will be with us for four weeks. We are going to go to Brazil. We are hoping to play about six games against good opposition. It is going to be very beneficial.”last_img read more

NIT Kurukshetra invites applications at non-teaching posts

first_imgNational Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra has invited applications at various non-teaching posts. Candidates can apply latest by September 8.Post details:Total posts: 74 postsPost name:Sr. Students activities and sports officer: 1 postPrincipal Technical Officer: 1 postExecutive Engineer: 1 postMedical Officer: 1 postAssistant Engineer (civil): 1 postAssistant Engineer (Electrical): 1 postJunior Engineer (civil): 1 postJunior Engineer (Electrical): 1 postTechnical Assistant: 27 postsTechnicians: 19 postsLaboratory Assistants: 1 postStudents activities and sports officer assistant: 1 postAccountant: 2 postsSecretary: 1 postStenographers: 4 postsJunior Assistant: 10 postsEligibility criteria: Age limit: Sr. Students activities and sports officer: Candidates should not be more than 45 years.Principal Technical Officer: Candidates should not be more than 45 years.Executive Engineer: Candidates should not be more than 40 years.Medical Officer: Candidates should not be more than 35 years.Assistant Engineer (civil): Candidates should not be more than 36 years.Assistant Engineer (Electrical): Candidates should not be more than 36 years.Junior Engineer (civil): Candidates should not be more than 30 years.Junior Engineer (Electrical): Candidates should not be more than 30 years.Technical Assistant: Candidates should not be more than 30 years.Technicians: Candidates should not be more than 27 years.Laboratory Assistants: Candidates should not be more than 27 years.Students activities and sports officer assistant: Candidates should not be more than 30 years.Accountant: Candidates should not be more than 30 years.Secretary: Candidates should not be more than 30 years.Stenographers: Candidates should not be more than 27 years.Junior Assistant: Candidates should not be more than 27 years.Educational qualification:To know about the qualifications in details, candidates must visit the official website.Pay Scale:Sr. Students activities and sports officer: Rs 15, 600- 39, 100 + GP 8, 000Principal Technical Officer: Rs 15, 600- 39, 100 + GP 7, 600Executive Engineer: Rs 15, 600- 39, 100 + GP 6, 600Medical Officer: Rs 15, 600- 39, 100 + GP 5, 400Assistant Engineer (civil): Rs 9, 300- 34, 800 + GP 4, 600Assistant Engineer (Electrical): Rs 9, 300- 34, 800 + GP 4, 600Junior Engineer (civil): Rs 9, 300- 34, 800 + GP 4, 200Junior Engineer (Electrical): Rs 9, 300- 34, 800 + GP 4, 200Technical Assistant: Rs 9, 300- 34, 800 + GP 4, 200Technicians: Rs 5, 200-20, 00 + GP 2, 000Laboratory Assistants: Rs 5, 200-20, 00 + GP 2, 000Students activities and sports officer assistant: Rs 9, 300- 34, 800 + GP 4, 200Accountant: Rs 9, 300- 34, 800 + GP 4, 200Secretary: Rs 9, 300- 34, 800 + GP 4, 200Stenographers: Rs 5, 200-20, 00 + GP 2, 400Junior Assistant: Rs 5, 200-20, 00 + GP 2, 000How to apply:Candidates are required to send their duly filled application forms to “The Registrar, NIT, Kurukshetra-136119”. Incomplete applications will not be entertained.advertisementApplication fee: Candidates are required to pay an application fee of Rs 200 by cash deposit or Rs 250 by draft in favour of Director, NIT Kurukshetra, payable at SBI, NIT Kurukshetra.last_img read more