CARICOM to boost entrepreneurial culture among youth

first_imgLocalNews CARICOM to boost entrepreneurial culture among youth by: – October 29, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 11 Views   no discussions BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — Youth and adult experts involved in entrepreneurial development, anti-gang activity, education and youth work throughout the region are in St Kitts and Nevis to craft the CARICOM Secretariat’s “first formal intervention in the area of youth entrepreneurial development.” Representatives from the Barbados and Dominica Youth Business Trusts, Junior Achievement Bahamas, and other agencies have joined with Secretariat organizers as well as officials from the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and the National Entrepreneurial Development Division (NEDD) in St Kitts for the October 26-29 workshop.CARICOM’s deputy programme manager responsible for youth affairs, Dr Heather Johnson said that the sessions are designed to develop a short, practical and hands on training module to equip “at risk” or vulnerable youth with entrepreneurial norms, values and basic business skills.As such, participants are establishing the regional context for youth risk and vulnerability and for youth entrepreneurial development; and reviewing existing training materials. This task is considered extremely important given the findings of the 2010 Report of the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development (CCYD), which noted that youth unemployment levels throughout the region are among the highest in the world.In accepting the report, heads of government declared that youth entrepreneurial development is critical in countering youth unemployment, mitigating drug abuse, crime and violence and fostering economic resilience.“The Community sees its role as institutional strengthening and capacity development, with particular emphasis on forming strategic private/public sector and civil society partnerships as well as facilitating Regional policy coordination and programme harmonization,” Johnson revealed. She thanked the participants for their hard work over the past few days and explained that the module and collaborative process will foster a culture of entrepreneurship as more young people prepare to capitalize on the opportunities of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).The CARICOM Youth Entrepreneurship Material Development Workshop is a follow up activity to a Second Chance project that was piloted in the Bahamas, Jamaica and St Kitts and Nevis last year. This project included a skills training and alternative dispute resolution component and was implemented by the CARICOM Youth Ambassador Programme.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

New sponsor Motorsports Warehouse has prime location for Super Nationals customers

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Recipients of contingency awards from the newest IMCA marketing partner won’t have to walk very far to redeem them.Motorsports Warehouse Distributors is currently relocating from Ames to the former JR Motorsports building just off Highway 30 and adjacent to the Boone Speedway grounds.Manufacturers’ Row at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will literally be in the company’s parking lot.“IMCA has a very large customer base. It makes sense to cater to that market in our backyard,” said Brent Antill of Motorsports Warehouse. “We have a lot to offer IMCA drivers.”Motorsports Warehouse will award $50 gift certificates to all last-chance qualifiers at Super Nationals. Those certificates will be good toward purchases from a complete line of racing products and safety equipment.Gift certificates with the same value will be awarded to a top five driver at each event in the Deery Brothers Summer Series and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour beginning next season.Antill’s grandfather started Hap’s Auto Supply in the mid-1960’s and built engines for drivers who competed across the Midwest. The business later became Hap’s Racing, operated by his father, in Ames. Hap’s serviced Boone Speedway with a parts trailer in the 1980’s and 1990’s.“Hap’s was a long-time supporter of IMCA and I’m proud to continue that family tradition into the future with Motorsports Warehouse,” said Antill, IMCA’s national Sprint Car rookie of the year in 1990, a long-time veteran of the winged division and recent inductee into the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame.He worked at Hap’s Racing and JR Motorsports, and built engines at his own shop before opening Motorsports Warehouse in 2014. The company offers a wide variety of products for the winged class as well.More information about products available from Motorsports Warehouse is available by calling 855 599-7223.“We’re really excited about being part of IMCA,” Antill said. “This sponsorship program will be a good deal for everyone involved.”“With the recent leasing of the building on the grounds of Boone Speedway, it was natural to develop a partnership with Motorsports Warehouse that involved them supporting not only the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, but IMCA series events on a regional level,” noted Kevin Yoder, marketing director for the sanctioning body. “We’ve appreciated their desire to work with us as we make plans for America’s Racin’ Vacation and look forward to building a relationship that lasts well into the future.”last_img read more

Bortey: My dream is to play for the Black Stars before retiring

first_imgWinger Bernard Dong Bortey has vowed to wear the Black Stars jersey before he finally retires from football.The 29-year-old was banned for physically assaulting a centre referee during an MTN Ghana FA Cup win over second tier side King Solomon last year.The former Hearts of Oak star was also charged with inciting the Aduana supporters against the officials.His suspension ended last month and he played his first official match on Sunday when Aduana traveled to Tema Amidaus Professionals in the 1/16th MTN FA Cup Knockout competition which they won on penalties by 4-2.“I have waited for my ban to come to an end. From day one since they banned me, I have been training with my team Aduana so my fitness level is okay. I played 75 minutes and am now a born again and my form now should be monitored by the FA so I can be invited to play in the Black Stars”, Bortey told Joy Sports.The controversial winger was one of the key players of the then Glorious Accra Hearts Oak team of the early 2000.last_img read more