The graduands along with Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Mark Cullinane; CEO of VYC Goldie Scott; Principal of GTI Renita Duncan and business coach Vishnu DoergaSome 79 young persons on Wednesday graduated from a nine-month technical and vocational skills training programme preparing them for the world of work.The programme, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Community, Family and Youth Resilience (CFYR) initiative, aims to strengthen opportunities for at-risk youth between the ages of 16 – 29 years, to become more marketable and successful in joining the work force.The participating students were from four CFYR-targeted communities in Georgetown: East La Penitence, Lodge, East Ruimveldt, and Sophia’s C, D and E Fields.At Wednesday’s graduation ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Youth Corps (VYC) — the organisation that implemented the training programme— Goldie Scott, give a breakdown of the participants. She explained that there was a ratio of 52% female to 48% male participation, adding that only 58 per cent of them had completed high school, while 18.5 per cent received vocational education before and 48 per cent dropped out of school.A staggering 86 per cent of the youths in the training programme are unemployed, while the other 14 per cent are receiving livelihood support. In addition, Scott also disclosed that 6 participants or seven per cent have had brushes with the law in minor offences.To this end, she noted that “The programme designed has taken a holistic approach by offering a holistic package to empower youths with soft and hard skills, while addressing directly their livelihood needs”.During the programme, the first two months were focused on basic life skills training and then the following seven months were competency-based training done in partnership with the Georgetown Technical Institute (GTI), where the participants took and completed courses in data operations, electrical installation and motor vehicle repairs.Principal of GTI Renita Duncan encouraged the participants to enrol at the institution for full courses, telling them that “education doesn’t stop once you graduate”.The completion of the ‘Workforce Development Programme’ now paves the way for the next phase of the project, which is, focusing on the placement of youths. For this, the organisers will be collaborating with the Private Sector to provide employment opportunities.On this note, former President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and business coach, Vishnu Doerga urged the graduands to take advantage of the skills acquired and put them to use so that they can get better at them.“Always remember, now that you’ve been exposed for seven to nine months to a particular skill, you need to practice the skill. If you do not practice the skill, just like knowledge, you could lose it. So make sure the skill you gained, you continue practicing it so that you can then develop it to the final stage where you actually get paid for that skill,” he told the youths.Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Mark Cullinane, told the graduands that they should be proud of their accomplishments and the impact it will have on not only their lives, but their communities, as well as the country as a whole.“Our hope is that you, as graduates, can take advantage of the opportunity available under the CFYR programme and access sustainable, long-lasting and meaningful employment,” he noted.Cullinane went on to note that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has estimated youth unemployment in Guyana to be almost 23%, while the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has found that 80% of prosecuted crimes here are committed by youths between the ages of 19 and 29.“These are significant development challenges and CFYR hopes to address them in close”.Under the CFYR programme, some 385 young persons have been trained thus far, and 93 were already placed in employment with more to be given job opportunities following Wednesday’s graduation exercise.
APTN National NewsDid hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations help convince a provincial government to approve a gold mine?The Tsilhqot’in people from British Columbia’s interior believe the answer is yes.As the fate of the Prosperity mine project is debated by Ottawa, new information about donations to B.C.’s ruling Liberal Pary are raising questions.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.
15Feb Rep. Howrylak bill that reforms school discipline signed into law Categories: Howrylak News,Howrylak Photos,News,Photos Participating in Gov. Rick Snyder’s bill signing ceremony today of Public Act 364 of 2016 were Rep. Peter Lucido, Rep. Andy Schor, Rep. Adam Zemke, Rep. David LaGrand and Rep. Martin Howrylak. This legislation was part of a bill package that will provide schools with greater discretion regarding the decision to suspend or expel a student to ensure more children have the opportunity to remain in school and participate in restorative practices. Rep. Howrylak, of Troy, sponsored House Bill 5693 in this bill package.
By state Rep. Roger Hauck Categories: Hauck News,News 02Jul Budget plan brings taxpayer money back to our communities Earlier this month the Michigan Legislature approved the state budget. The plan is a blueprint for funding state departments, state programs, K-12 public schools, and public universities and colleges.The budget for the next fiscal year also focuses spending on local projects to improve the quality of life in our communities. Too often hard-working taxpayers see their money go to Lansing, but don’t see any tangible results in their neighborhoods from that investment. I am pleased to announce the budget we approved contains several projects to benefit the residents of Isabella County.When I came to Lansing as your voice in the House, my very first action was finding a solution to sewage overflows in the Nottawa Township and Beal City area. As it is, raw sewage is flowing into the Chippewa River because of the lack of a proper sewer system.The budget sent to the governor last week includes $3 million to help develop a sewage system that can properly handle waste without discharging it into the river.I had meetings with representatives from the Department of Environmental Quality on this issue shortly after I began to serve you in Lansing. I also sat in on discussions between Nottawa Township and the DEQ in efforts to find a resolution. I drove home the message that we have a duty to fix this.This funding is a major step in the right direction to protect our county’s abundant and valuable natural resources.We also have included in this budget money to reconstruct and widen Lincoln Road from Broomfield Road to the bridge over the Chippewa River. Included in the project are the addition of turn lanes, installation of traffic lights, and adequate storm sewers and drainage structures.Michigan’s roads are in bad shape because of the lack of maintenance during the Lost Decade in the early 2000s. I understand and share our frustration about our roads. I get it. I share your consternation. I am working to bring more projects like this to our area to make our roads safer for families and commerce.We also have included in this budget investment in our classrooms. The amount of increased state money school districts receive runs between $120 and $240 per student. That is the largest increase in 15 years. All of the school districts in the communities I serve will receive the $240 increase, which helps close the funding gap between smaller and rural schools and those in urban areas.The coming budget also includes more than $2.1 million in at-risk funding for the Mount Pleasant, Beal City, Shepard and Coleman school districts. The next fiscal year’s investment in at-risk children is up nearly half a million dollars from the current budget and a $928,226 increase from the 2014 fiscal year.These are tangible results of all of us working together at the local level to bring some of the taxes we pay back to our neighborhoods.####
Cyfrowy Polsat will roll out a mobile TV service later this year.The Polish pay TV operator said the TV Mobilna service will launch in the second quarter and deliver free and premium TV programming to tablets and smartphones to a potential 15 million people.The service will be based on DVB-T technology and will offer access to eight TV and 12 radio services.
Swedish public broadcaster SVT is to offer its entire broadcast output free of charge online. SVT CEO Eva Hamilton revealed the plan to offer all content online in an opinion piece in newspaper Dagens Nyheter.Hamilton said the launch of SVT’s channels online was likely to take place in February.According to press reports, Radiotjänst, the agency responsible for collecting the country’s SEK2,076 (€240) annual TV licence fee, has confirmed that the move will mean it will start collecting fees from people who own computers and tablet devices but not TV.Hamilton said that this would make little difference in practice, as a law was already in place that required anybody who could receive a TV channel on a device to pay the fee, something that has applied since last year when commercial broadcaster TV4 began broadcasting its channels on the web.