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ql~ LO SAPEVATE CHE ... La crisi economica italiana continua ad acuirsi. Nell'anno appena trascorso (2012) il tasso di occupazione dei laureati, non solo di quelli appena usciti dall'Universita' ma anche di coloro laureati negli ultimi anni appena trascorsi, non riescono ad ottenere un buon lavoro. E' veto che la laurea universitaria rappresenta un buon investimento anche contro la disoccupazione, e' altrettanto vero che i nuovi laureati devono accettare stipend bassi se vogliono far da vivere. Anche quelli con dottorati in Medicina, Giurisprudenza, Veterinaria ed Architettura che hanno completato un ciclo accademico piu' lungo hanno difficolta' a trovare una sistemazione dignitosa. Persino gli ingegneri che tradizionalmente trovano lavoro quasi sempre non riescono a trovarne uno. I contratti a tempi indeterminati hanno subito un vero crollo (-13%). Non stupisce che le buste paga dei laureati dell'anno scorso (2012) appena superano i 1000 euro netti mensili. In ogni caso la laurea accademica e' migliore dei diplomi ottenuti ai vari tipi d'Istituto. Infatti i laureati universitari guadagnano almeno 12% in piu' dei diplomati. Anche l'Istituto di Statistica (ISTAT) conferma che i laureati accademici ottengono una retribuzione superior di quella dei diplomati di circa 50%, specialmente tra i 25 ed i 64 anni dei laureati, che i diplomati. Con la presente crisi di Governo le prospettive di posti di lavoro disponibili rimangono critiche, ammenoche' le correnti moderate prodotte dale elzioni di febbraio (2013)si rendano conto che l'economia del Paese ha bisogno di ossigeno, indispensabile per la stabilita' economica di tutti. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... The economic crisis is getting worse. With the New Year most college graduates, with a PhD, even those who just graduated in the recently preceding years, cannot find a good job. It's true that those with "a prestigious degree real- ize that they made a good investment vis-a-vis the large unemployment, but it's also true that these new Univer- sity graduates are forced to accept a lower paycheck, if they need to make a living. Those who have completed their doctoral studies in Medical Science, Jurisprudence, Vet- erinary Medicine and in Architecture have also difficulty to land a dignified position. Even engineers who tradition- ally land a job almost always, cannot secure a job. Long- term contracts have scored an unprecedented collapse (-13%). It doesn't surprise anyone that the paycheck of these graduates has not provided even 1,000 net euros a month, in 2012. No matter what, a college doctorate degree is, by far, superior to a college degree (diploma) received from any of the institutes. The university graduates get at least 12% more than those with a diploma. The ISTAT (Italian Statistical Institute) also confirms that the University graduates claim that they are paid salaries higher than those paid to those with a diploma (from an institute), but by a 50% differential, especially to those in the 25-64 age group, i.e., university graduates versus those with a diploma. Lacking any government action any available opportunity continues to be critical, unless the moderate results coming out of the recent (February 2013) elections realize that Italy's economy needs an immediate dose of oxygen that is essential to the economic stability of everyone. Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 J News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) guilty of shooting up that hall down at Ft. Hood in Texas. Killing and maiming many in the process. The govern- ment called it "workplace violence" but we all called it what it was, an act of terror by a homegrown terrorist- psychiatrist. It was crazy to call his act anything other than what it was. Person- ally, I would like to see him executed but that is what he wants. He's looking for his 80 virgins but keep him wait- ing. Sentence him to life be- hind bars. Give him one along day after another and don't even consider giving him gender re-assignment surgery like that other guy named Manning is seeking. I Am Really Tired of All the #@& from Colin Powell Former General Colin Powell used to make sense and I actually thought way back, he would make a good Republican presidential can- didate but the guyhas gone seemingly loopy. He's turn- ing in to a liberal Democrat- sounding guy. We all know he crossed over in 2008 and again 2012 and endorsed President Obama's election bids but now he goes on "Face the Nation," a once relevant Sunday morning news show to say something totally irrelevant about the trial of poor George Zimmer- man. He called the jury's verdict "questionable" and urged President Obama to speak up more about race. Someone needs to tell the general that Obama is seem- ingly always interjecting race as is his attorney gen- eral Eric Holder. I have never seen a more racial- tinged president before this current occupant moved into the White House. Gen. Powell used to be rel- evant but now he has become just another empty suit or is that uniform. His stars no longer shine brightly. Sports Museum (Continued from Page 4) Grousbeck, Irv Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca, and Bob Epstein),the group that helped revive Celtic Pride and bring the franchise back to the top of the NBA; Derek Sanderson, the talented two- way forward and swashbuck- ling spirit of the Big Bad Boston Bruins in the late 1960s and early 1970s; Aly Raisman, the Needham, MA native whose gravity-defy- ing acrobatics won her two gold medals in gymnastics at the 2012 Olympics in Lon- don; and New England Patri- ots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who will be the inaugural recipient of the Community Service Award given to a current Boston athlete for all of his or her charitable work in the community. "The Tradition" is the an- nual fundraising event :for The Sports Museum, a 501(c)(3) non:profit educa- tional institution located on levels 5 and 6 of the TD Garden The Museum works extensively with at-risk kids in our community. This event guarantees at- tendees a once in a lifetime experience by granting the opportunity to mingle with some of New England's most legendary athletes and in- dustry leaders during the welcoming gala reception, which begins at 5:30 pm on the arena floor. Each ticket also includes access to pre- mium food and beverage and a seat at the awards cer- emony, where fans share in the career highlights and accomplishments of each honoree as they are intro- duced on stage and welcomed into The Sports Museum's "Tradition Class of 2013". The presenting sponsor of "The Tradition" is New Bal- ance Athletic Shoe in asso- ciation with NESN and the TD Garden. For tickets and more infor- mation or for sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact Rusty Sullivan, Ex- ecutive Director of The Sports Museum, at 617- 624-1237. All net proceeds benefit The Sports Museum. Tickets for this unique fundraiser for The Sports Museum are now on sale. ABOUT THE SPORTS MUSEUM The Sports Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educa- tional institution that has served Boston and New England for the past 35 years. Located on Levels 5 and 6 of the TD Garden, The Sports Museum pre- serves and showcases the distinctly rich sports heritage of New England through an unparalleled collection of artifacts, multi- media, works of art and interactive exhibits -- and uses all of that to help build character and teach the values of leadership, re- spect, and cooperation to our youth. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSEI-rS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. AP1405-C1, FY 2014-2016 TERM MECHANICAL CONTRACT, ALL MASSPORT FACILITIES, BOSTON, BEDFORD, WORCESTER, BRAINTREE, WOBURN, PEABODY, FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S - Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. Sealed filed sub-bids for the same contract will be received at the same office until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013, immediately after which, in a designated room, the filed sub-bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT, LOGAN OFFICE CENTER, ONE HARBORSlDE DRIVE, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSE'I'rS AT 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013. The work includes PROVISION OF LABOR, MATERIALS, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES TO REMOVE, RELOCATE AND INSTALL MECHANICAL AND PLUMBING COMPONENTS AT ALL MASSPORT PROPERTIES, BOSTON, FRAMINGHAM, BRAINTREE, PEABODY, WOBURN, BEDFORD AND WORCESTER, ON AN AS NEEDED/ON CALL BASIS. THE DURATION FOR THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE FOR A TWENTY-FOUR (24) MONTH PERIOD BEGINNING AT THE NOTICE TO PROCEED. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority's Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General Bidders must submit with their bid a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Assessment Management and Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of HVAC. The estimated contract cost is ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,700,000.00). In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract, filed Sub-bidders must Submit with their bid a current Sub-bidder Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and a Sub-bidder Update Statement. The filed Sub-bidder must be certified in the sub-bid category of work for which the Sub-bidder is submitting a bid proposal. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub-contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44H inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub-bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub-bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer's or a cashier's check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and/or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of TEN MILLION DOLLARS ($10,000,000). Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. Filed sub-bids will be required and taken on the following classes of work: PLUMBING $600,000,00 The Authority reserves the right to reject any sub-bid of any sub-trade where permitted by Section 44E of the above referenced General Laws. The right is also reserved to waive any informality in or to reject any or all proposals and General Bids. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor's Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246). The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non-Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective sub-contractors of the requirement for such certification where the subcontract exceeds $10,000. Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSE'I'rS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Run date: 09/06/13 WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM