15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LATEST STORIES NU was at the mercy of La Salle’s onslaught, which now holds a 3-1 card.La Salle outscored NU, 34-25, in spikes, 14-5 in service aces, and interestingly enough the Lady Spikers also dominated the Lady Bulldogs 9-1 in blocks.Coming into this game, the Lady Spikers were the best blocking team in the league with an average of 2.8 per set while NU was second with 2.45 and that figure is a glaring representation of how much the Lady Bulldogs faltered. But more importantly for Gorayeb, it’s his team’s intangible that were in question.“We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, La Salle didn’t do anything out of the ordinary,” said Gorayeb. “The players themselves surrendered, they threw in the white towel really early.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte The Lady Bulldogs’ only relevant set was the first and it all went downhill from there.Gorayeb demanded toughness from his team which has been dubbed as one of the premier squads this season after their success in the Shakey’s V-League during the preseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“You can be not tough physically, but you should always be tough mentally,” said Gorayeb, whose team now holds a 3-1 slate. “Because during practice it’s 99 percent physical and just one percent psychological, but it’s the opposite during actual games, it’s 99 percent psychological and one percent physical.” “We need to develop the mental toughness of the young players who are going into college but if you’re in your third or fourth year you should be mentally and physically tough.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study NU head coach Roger Gorayeb. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRoger Gorayeb did not hold his emotions back after National University lost in three sets to defending champion De La Salle, 29-27, 25-16, 25-21, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.NU was riding a three-game win streak, and was one of the league-leaders, going into Sunday’s game but La Salle, which lost its last match against University of the Philippines, was on a warpath to redemption.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Reyes takes blame for UST’s 3rd loss in 4 games Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments
Manchester Spurs will be looking to fine-tune their attacking game for a sixth straight win, when they face St. James Sharpes in the opening game of Netball Jamaica’s opening fixture of two, in the Berger Elite League, at the Leila Robinson Courts today beginning at 6:30 p.m. In the second match, defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds will face St Catherine Racers at 7:45 p.m. The Spurs are leading the championship with a perfect five wins after laying down impressive performances. Despite romping to a commanding 58-38 victory over St Catherine Racers on Saturday, head coach Connie Francis wants better from her players. “How we attacked the ball coming from the back, coming right through the court, and hitting the attack at times, I think that the movements weren’t timely and the passes were very soft. We really need to put some speed on it,” analysed Francis. “So really, it’s just the passing and, later down in the game, our shooting.” Gezelle Allison, Anna-Kay Griffiths and Nicole Dixon, all good shooters, lead the attack for a balanced Manchester Spurs team, with Khadija Williams in mid-court and captain Tracey-Ann Robinson defending alongside Shannika Johnson. They are expected to beat St. James Sharpes, which have lost all but one of six matches to be positioned bottom of the table on three points. With four of the six teams advancing to the semis, St James Sharpes face an uphill battle. They are nowhere near as talented at their opponents, but the Sharpes will look to stay competitive through main shooter Kestina Sturridge, Connique Moore, the versatile Sasha Dixon and key defender, Kera Christie. The second match appears less lopsided, though Kingston Hummingbirds are favoured to register their fifth win in six tries, against never-say-die St Catherine Racers.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed members of the National Governing Council (NGC) of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Program.The NGC comprises stakeholders from various sectors of Liberian society, and provides policy and strategic direction for the rollout of the APRM County Program. They are appointed for a two-year term.According to an Executive Mansion release, those appointed include the following sectors and representatives:Sectors Representative Agencies/InstitutionsGovernment Institution Mr. Emmanuel B. David General Auditing CommissionCivil Society Mr. Malcolm Joseph Center for Media Studies and Peace BuildingWomen’s Organization Ma Kebeh Monger Rural Women AssociationPrivate Sector Mr. Dee-Maxwell Kemayah Liberia Business AssociationMarginalized & Disabled Rev. Fallah Boima-Cymbianoh National Union of Organizations of the DisabledTraditional Council Mr. Janjay A. Jacobs Traditional CouncilAcademia Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn National Commission on Higher EducationAppointees from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Political Parties, Youth and Religious Council will be announced later following further consultations which are still ongoing.Liberia formally acceded to the APRM in January 2011, and in May 2013, President Sirleaf was elected Chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum. Upon taking office, the Liberian leader appointed the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Amara Konneh as National APRM Focal Point, and in 2013, he assumed the Chairmanship of the Committee of APRM Focal Points, which oversees the APRM administration, and the oversight responsibility for the implementation of Liberia’s Country Program.The process to implement the Country Program began with the recent recruitment of a National Secretariat to support the activities of the NGC, which is the Mechanism’s highest domestic decision making body.Launched in 2003 by the African Union (AU), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the Member States of the AU as an African self-monitoring mechanism. The APRM is a bold, unique and innovative approach designed and implemented by Africans for Africa. The mandate if the APRM is to encourage conformity in regard to political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards, among African countries and the objective in socio-economic development within the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. The objectives of the APRM are primarily to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through experience sharing and reinforcement of successful and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
View comments “It’s been a build up and a progression my whole career toward this moment on Saturday night,” Thurman said. “This really is the outcome of an individual living out their dream.”So why are the 40-year-old Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) and trainer Freddie Roach so confident heading into the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas? And why is the older eight-division champion actually a slight betting favorite against one of the best 147-pounders in the world?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAfter 18 years together, Pacquiao and Roach believe Thurman is just another challenge to be overcome by hard work, smart planning and the psychological edge of experience.Thurman looks daunting on paper, but Pacquiao and Roach are virtuosos on canvas. Meralco looks to bring back Allen Durham for Governors’ Cup “Tomorrow night, class is in session,” Pacquiao said Friday after the weigh-in. “I hope Keith Thurman studied hard, because Professor Pacquiao gives very hard tests.”Pacquiao and Thurman both hold versions of the WBA 147-pound title heading into this Fox Sports pay-per-view showdown. In Roach’s educated mind, the vaunted Thurman has far more questions to answer than Pacquiao, who is coming into this fight off back-to-back victories over Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner.Can Thurman recapture his prime fighting form after two years of relative inactivity caused by a 22-month injury layoff? Can he match Pacquiao’s legendary speed while showing the stamina to fight effectively for 12 rounds against Manny’s famed pace?“I hope Thurman brings his best, because that’s when Manny will be at his best,” Roach said. “Thurman is a good fighter, but Manny beats good fighters all the time. And I don’t think Keith Thurman is a great fighter. I think Broner is a better fighter, and Manny took care of him (easily).”While Thurman is in the biggest bout of his career, the Filipino senator’s late-career resurgence also reaches a vital point Saturday. Despite what Roach says, Thurman seems certain to be a big step up in competition from Matthysse and Broner, and the cumulative effects of a boxing career rarely wear well after 40.ADVERTISEMENT MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Keith Thurman holds a belt during a weigh-in Friday, July 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. Thurman is scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight championship boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Keith Thurman certainly seems like more than the modern Manny Pacquiao should be able to handle.Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) is a decade younger, certainly more powerful and maybe even a bit faster than his famously speedy opponent. Thurman is a tough, voluble welterweight champion in his prime competitive years, and Pacquiao represents the biggest fight of his career — a once-in-a-lifetime chance to pound a boxing great into retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ “Manny isn’t going to do anything with those little T-Rex arms,” Thurman said. “He’s about to get beat up. I get to punch a senator in the face, and he’s going to feel it.”Thurman earned the nickname “One Time” with his one-punch knockout power, yet he has stopped just one of his seven opponents since December 2013. And though Thurman is still in his ostensible prime, he has shown a few signs of weariness with his sport.He has never looked more vulnerable as a professional than he did in his comeback victory last January over tough veteran Josesito Lopez, who rocked Thurman repeatedly and even won a 10-8 round without a knockdown. More recently, Thurman has repeatedly spoken about how he’s eager to get a few big paydays and then get out of boxing — a sensible mentality that nonetheless could indicate a fighter’s focus isn’t completely on competition anymore.Thurman has been totally focused in public appearances for this big-money bout, however.“I’m going to do to Manny Pacquiao what he did to Oscar De La Hoya,” Thurman said, referring to Pacquiao’s landmark victory over the Golden Boy in 2008.While Thurman would love to retire his opponent, Pacquiao plans to keep competing indefinitely, and he doesn’t dismiss the notion of fighting to 50 and beyond, as Bernard Hopkins did. He has openly looked beyond Thurman to his hopes of a second fight with the retired Floyd Mayweather, or a unification bout with champion Errol Spence.But just in case anybody believes he isn’t focused on Thurman, Pacquiao said that even his mother took offense at Thurman’s pre-fight trash talk , including his vow to “crucify” the vocally evangelical Pacquiao.“I’m just always smiling, no matter what Keith says,” Pacquiao said. “It’s easy to say things, but it’s not easy to do it in the ring. I’ve been in this sport longer than Keith Thurman, so my experience will be the difference.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has rubbished talk of a move to Arsenal or Chelsea by insisting he is “happy” at Borussia Dortmund.The Gabon international has been on fire in the Bundesliga with 18 goals in the first half of the season.Arsenal and Chelsea have both scouted the striker and had been heavily linked with January moves.However, Aubameyang has ended any speculation by explaining how settled he currently is in Germany.“I am very happy here,” Aubameyang told Kicker. “Dortmund has become my second home.“I learnt a lot through the clubs I’ve played for previously [AC Milan, Dijon, Lille, Monaco] both negative and positive. It’s made me a better person.“Every goal I score feels like the first. It’s a special feeling to play in front of these fans.”
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic felt Diego Costa was lucky to still be on the pitch to score the late winner as West Ham lost 2-1 at Chelsea in the Premier League.Costa, who drilled home from 20 yards in the 89th minute, escaped punishment for a late tackle on Hammers goalkeeper Adrian having already been booked for dissent.James Collins looked to have earned Bilic’s side a point by cancelling out Eden Hazard’s penalty.Bilic told Sky Sports: “He had already been booked and it wasn’t reckless and I don’t think that it was deliberate but it was quite late, the ball was already gone and he could have, or should have, been booked again, which would mean a red card.“But, to be fair, I’m not frustrated because of that, I’m frustrated because we conceded a very late goal and that’s what makes me sad.”Antonio Conte believes there is more to come from Chelsea after his first competitive game in charge ended in victory. “The team played a very good game, with a great intensity and a good spirit,” he said. “We know that we can improve and we must improve a lot with the work.“Today I’m pleased for the attitude and behaviour of my players and the victory is, for me, deserved. Now we have to prepare for the next game. Today; good, we are happy but from tomorrow we have to think to the next game.” Diego Costa could have seen red for a challenge on Adrian 1
Henri Lansbury scored a hat-trick as Nottingham Forest ran out 5-2 winners against 10-man Barnsley at Oakwell.The hosts led twice in the first half but both times held their advantage for less than 10 minutes as Forest secured back-to-back away wins in the Sky Bet Championship.Barnsley have now gone seven home league games without a win, but it looked like that run was coming to an end as first Sam Winnall and then Marley Watkins put them in front either side of Lansbury’s long-range equaliser.Apostolos Vellios levelled the scores again before Lansbury put the visitors ahead with a fine header during a frantic opening 45 minutes.Ben Osborn grabbed a fourth for the away side after half-time shortly before Watkins saw red for a stamp.Lansbury completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot late on after substitute Matty Cash was brought down in the area.Barnsley went ahead with their first attack of note after five minutes. James Bree, making his 50th appearance for the club, burst down the right-hand side and delivered an excellent cross which Winnall headed home.Forest also scored with their first serious foray into opposition territory after 12 minutes. Adam Jackson was penalised for going in high on Osborn, and from the subsequent 30-yard free-kick Lansbury played a one-two with Pajtim Kasami before firing a low effort past Adam Davies, who should have done better.The hosts were back in front just two minutes later as Conor Hourihane’s clever chipped pass found Watkins, who having beaten the offside trap chested the ball down and steered it into the bottom corner of the net.Once again Barnsley’s lead was short lived – Vellios equalising with a miscued finish to Danny Fox’s 23rd-minute ball from the left which looped over the hapless Davies.Winnall saw an effort from a corner routine tipped over and Adam Hammill had one shot stopped by Vladimir Stojkovic and another whistle over the bar as the hosts began to dominate.But it was the away side who took the lead for the first time on the stroke of half-time, with Lansbury heading Osborn’s cross from the left into the bottom corner from 12 yards.Winnall missed a good opportunity to level the scores seven minutes after half-time when he headed Watkins’ cross agonisingly wide and Josh Scowen wasted some neat approach play from the hosts as he fired over the crossbar from the edge of the box.Osborn got the goal his display deserved after 63 minutes when his well-placed header from a Michael Mancienne cross found the bottom corner.Four minutes after falling two goals behind, Barnsley found themselves reduced to 10 men when Watkins was shown a straight red by referee Oliver Langford for stamping on Thomas Lam.Substitute Cash was then bundled over by Scowen with eight minutes remaining, and Lansbury made no mistake from 12 yards. Forest secured their second consecutive victory on the road 1
WHITTIER – Community college student Roger Delgado vividly remembers when fees spiked from $18 per unit to $26: It nearly broke his bank account, he said. But news that fees are dropping to $20 per unit beginning in January somehow escaped his radar. “I didn’t know,” said Delgado, 21, of Whittier, a graphics design major at Rio Hondo College in Whittier. “I think now more people will be coming back. They’re going to think that, if it’s cheaper to attend, why wouldn’t they come back?” That is precisely what the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is predicting, and officials are advising community colleges statewide to prepare for what could be an enrollment boom this spring. “But a lot of students still don’t know about \, so we expect a bigger increase in January,” Brown said. “The community college system in California has always been a bargain. To reduce it to $20 will surely get some attention.” Enrollment also is up – by 2 percent this semester, compared with last fall – at Pasadena City College, said spokesman Juan Gutierrez. “We expect to see a big jump in January, too, when the students have heard the news,” Gutierrez said. “We already have excellent academic standing and when you add the value of the first two years of college being so affordable now, it makes \ much more attractive to more people.” Nearly 28,000 students attend PCC. California Secretary of Education Alan Bersin believes the reduction in fees will have a long-term effect of creating a better-educated work force. “In a transitioning economy, education is the sole equalizer that can sustain the growth and professional development of the state’s labor force,” Bersin said in a statement. State officials also were reminding college-bound students about www.icanaffordcollege.com, a resource of financial aid information. Financial aid information is also available at (800)987-4226. Delgado said he is happy that state lawmakers took to heart students’ complaints about rising community college costs. “I’m guessing they figured it’s hard enough going to school to begin with,” said Delgado. “They just make it harder when they keep raising the prices.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system They believe it will be a reversal of the enrollment declines seen at many community college campuses when fees were raised to $26 per unit in 2004. But many colleges already report enrollment growth this semester. At Rio Hondo, 48,000 full-time students – those taking 12 units or more – are enrolled this fall, about double the number from the spring semester, officials said. “Our primary focus has been increasing student access to our college, even as the state’s mandated fee increases in previous years created hurdles for many of our students,” said Angela Acosta-Salazar, president of Rio Hondo’s board of trustees. “This year’s fee decrease goes a long way to send a message that community college is affordable,” she added. Clarence Brown, spokesman for 26,650-student Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, said enrollment jumped up by 7 percent this semester, compared to this past spring semester. It was the largest enrollment increase the school has experienced in five years, he added.
1 July 2014Pietermaritzburg’s reputation as Africa’s “Bike City” was enhanced on the weekend after the KwaZulu-Natal capital successfully hosted the 2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships.Previously the city hosted the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships, the UCI BMX World Championships, various UCI MTB and BMX World Cups, and the UCI World Cycling Tour final among other major events to much acclaim.On Saturday, the Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Kulhavy and Denmark’s Annika Langvad lifted the men’s and women’s world champions’ titles with dominating performances on designer Nic Floros’s course.Kulhavy, the 2012 London Olympic Games cross-country gold medallist, said it was a thrill to add the world marathon title to his list of outstanding achievements.‘Very happy’“I am very happy because it was the last title that I didn’t have and really wanted to get,” he said in a post-race interview. “Today was a big day for me and I was really satisfied because this season hasn’t been that good for me. I was injured and had a lot of technical problems at cross-country races, so it was really satisfying to win.”The race was characterised by a constant jostling of positions as the riders attempted to close the gap on Kulhavy, but the Specialized Racing rider showed good form to stave off the attacks.“My race went to plan, even though it was really hard,” Kulhavy said. “I decided to attack after the fifth feed zone on the downhill and got a minute gap. I pushed hard to the finish after that and didn’t look back.”Second place went to Austria’s Alban Lakata, who said Kulhavy was “unbeatable” on the day. Defending champion Christoph Sauser had to settle for third place after a mechanical problem cost him valuable time.Leading South AfricanThe leading South African finisher was James Reid, who crossed the line in 17th position, just ahead of his compatriot Rourke Croeser.“It was brutal out there. It was a straight out sufferfest from the gun,” Reid said afterwards.“I didn’t have a great grid position, but I managed to get into the top 10 in the first three kilometres, which was about the highlight.The guys in the top 10 are in a different league and if you try and go with them you are going to be a firework, which I just avoided,’ he added.Women’s raceLangvad, who had claimed the women’s title in the Absa Cape Epic with Ariane Kleinhans earlier in the year, finished more than five minutes ahead of Germany’s Sabine Spitz to secure her third world marathon title in four years.“This win is just awesome,” Langvad said afterwards. “My previous two wins I wasn’t really expecting at all, but this time I knew I could win and so I put a bit more pressure on myself around. So to have come here and got the win despite that little bit of added pressure, is really pleasing.“I didn’t expect to win so comfortably in the end, though,’ she added with a smile.The Danish star sought to stamp her authority on the race from the start and the decisive move came just after the first tech zone.‘I loved every minute’“As I got closer to the finish line and I got told I had a good gap, I just said to myself ‘Okay, no mistakes now. Just get down safely and you’ve got the World Championships title again’ and it was just amazing. I loved every minute of it.”The experienced German Sabine Spitz claimed the silver medal, with European champion Tereza Hurikova of the Czech Republic in third.SA women in top 10South African national marathon champ Robyn de Groot had an excellent day in the saddle, finishing in sixth place, while Jeannie Dreyer, competing on her birthday, finished in a strong eighth place and was the second South African across the finishing line.SAinfo reporter
Q. What do you most enjoy about being an HR Professional?What have I enjoyed most from being in HR? This has changed over time. I enjoyed the challenge of changing the department from being inward focused to focusing on employees and departments as customers. This was an uphill battle, but it was extremely satisfying to see the little subtle changes in their attitudes and behaviors as they were empowered to come up with ways to achieve an end…I encouraged them to think of the end result and not see the process as an end in itself.At another point in my career when I changed jobs again, I had the opportunity to build the HR Division from the ground up. That was extremely satisfying as I had the opportunity to not change the culture but shape it.When you are passionate about something, you want to know everything about that thing. I wanted to know everything about HR and I joined the local HR association (HRMATT) to network and to build my competencies. It is here I was introduced to SHRM, which was instrumental in the startup of HRMATT in Trinidad and Tobago. I joined SHRM and immediately felt as if my knowledge had increased exponentially by having access to the vast database of material for self and organization development.I became certified in 1999 being the first person in Trinidad and Tobago to achieve the SPHR. Whenever my responsibilities increased or I was faced with a challenge, in addition to my local network of HR professionals, I could rely on the SHRM resources. I have designed and implemented HR practices and programs for state organizations, private sector organizations, professional associations and NGOs and each would have had its unique approach to achieve the intended results.Today the most rewarding aspect of my career is seeing new entrants into the profession begin to believe in themselves and in what the function can add to an organization and to see that potential unfold. It is wonderful to see an emerging professional stand in front of an executive or management team and present a program in the most convincing way… and then see them, as I have seen so many times, take the quantum leap and move on to something greater, sometimes outside of the organization…which is ok. I simply love the idea of helping people realize their potential; this only redounds to the progress and success of organizations and in our part of the world that is the key to national development. Q. How did you get into HR as a profession?I fell into the HR Profession. I had no idea what HR was when I went job hunting after being released from a company that was closing down and moving operations to another part of the Caribbean. I saw an advertisement in the local newspapers for a Human Resource Assistant and I applied and got the position.I was in a procurement function in my previous company and that work was very interesting and exciting. When I joined the HR Department in the new organization I was in for a shock. Firstly, I was one of about 12 women in the Employee Services area of the Human Resource Department. When I looked down the corridor I could see where the men were, in Industrial Relations, Training and Development and Job Design and Job Evaluation. That was ok, but the shock for me was the nature of the work. The persons in that department spent their entire days, ticking forms, typing pay and other notices and administering benefits. It was a well-run mill; and ran by the most efficient Manager and Supervisor I have worked with. They had an eye for detail and in that department being thorough and meticulous were highly valued. A mistake on a form meant a scolding from the Supervisor and I got my fair share of scolding.But when I looked at what the department was achieving, I said to myself, there must be another way to do this and to meet the needs of the people in the organization. For example, it was not uncommon for vacation or sick leave applications (which all came to HR) to be approved by HR three months after the supervisor or manager sent the form and after the person went on leave and returned to work. And if it was determined that the employee did not have sufficient days to cover the leave then a pay deduction had to be made. So why didn’t the manager know the leave balance before sending the employee on leave, I asked? The answer…because leave is done by HR! I was convinced that we were working in an organization that was stagnated and I longed for the autonomy I had when I was in procurement.The great part of this experience though was meeting and getting to know the people in the HR function there. They were warm and accommodating and fed my desire to learn every bit of what they did. So even though I was assigned to the National Insurance function ( which involved the very important activity of pasting national insurance stamps on cards), on a daily basis I would get over that function very quickly and volunteer to assist someone with her own function, which seemed to be dipping into a never ending well!.Years later that experience would serve me well when I came to be in charge of an HR function…I had a good appreciation for what entry level HR persons face and all I wanted was to have them see the value they can add to the organization as soon as they joined; so I did not want them spending their time ticking forms. This prompted me to seek out the technology and the HR systems that could make the function more efficient and make us more relevant.After a couple years in Employee Services I asked to be assigned to Industrial Relations and it is here that I got a solid grounding in the HR function. The organization was fully unionized and the collective agreements were at the heart of every HR activity that was done. So to know Industrial Relations was to know how best to apply the HR policies and programs as to do one independent of the other often led to conflict with employees, the union or line managers.While in Industrial Relations I completed my first degree part-time at the local university and then applied for 18 months study leave to pursue a Masters in Labor and Development in Holland. That was a turning point for me as it opened my eyes to the possibilities of the HR function and allowed me to see the organization through different lenses.My master’s level thesis was a study of that organization with a proposal for implementing a model of strategic human resource management in it. I got the opportunity to do so when I returned from study leave and soon after was placed to head the HR function. I merged the HR and IR departments into one function, revised the systems, and created an environment where we moved from a fragmented HR function to one that was fully integrated and aligned with the organization strategic goals. I was an advocate for practicing Strategic Human Resource Management and said to my staff, if we cannot lead from the board room, then we would lead from the floor. And we did that for a time until the organization recognized the value of the HR function and the role of Head HR became part of the executive management team of the organization. Hyacinth GuyVice President Human ResourcesCaribbean Airlines Limited