LocalNews CARICOM to boost entrepreneurial culture among youth by: – October 29, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 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 Now
Hunter Marriott scored his second Hawkeye Dirt Tour victory in three nights, topping Wednesday’s main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Buena Vista Raceway. (Photo by Jim Steffens)ALTA, Iowa (Aug. 10) – Hunter Marriott brought his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified ‘A’ game to Buena Vista Raceway on Wednesday.The result was his second Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature win in three nights.Marriott restarted inside row one after frontrunners Chris Abelson and Kyle Strickler got together to bring out a lap six caution, then led the last 25 times around the track to top the $1,500-to-win feature at Alta.He pulled away from Joel Rust – ironically the Tuesday winner at Hamilton County Speedway when Abelson and Kelly Shryock tangled while battling for the lead on the last lap of the Harris Clash – before taking his second Iowa Modified Speedweek checkers.“It kind of felt that way,” Marriott said, acknowledging the lap six sense of déjà vu, “but there were a lot of laps left. Kyle and Chris both had very fast cars. It’s unfortunate that it happened and they both had to go to the tail.”Abelson changed a flat tire, and made a late bid for the top five before getting sideways with two laps left to bring out another caution. He clinched the tour title despite finishing 18th.Mike Mullen caught Joel Rust for second on the final circuit. ‘B’ winner Kelly Shryock was fourth and Cody Laney was fifth.“We were able to stretch the lead out quite a ways. My crew gave me a good car and I was able to keep hitting my marks,” said Marriott, the $5,000 tour winner Monday at Clay County Fair Speedway. “These are the races the good drivers win. I was hoping to win one or two this week and I’m excited to see what the next three nights (at Hancock County Speedway) bring for us.”Strickler was first across the line on laps one and two. Once he got in front, Marriott was pursued by Laney and then by Rust.Mullen made his move around Rust following the last restart; Shryock had started 13th.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Marriott became the fourth driver to win two HDT features this season; the Wednesday victory was his tour career third.Devin Smith broke away late from Donavon Smith and Brian Blessington to take the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers at Alta while Doug Smith dominated the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Craig Brotherton topped a field of 18 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks to score the victory. Jay DeVries held off Cory Flanigan at the line to win the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. Modified Results Feature – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 6. Mike Mashl, De Pere, Wis.; 7. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 8. Stacey Mills, Webb; 9. Billy Vogel, West Fargo, N.D.; 10. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 13. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 14. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 15. Jason Briese, Cleghorn; 16. Justin Sackett, Pierson; 17. Ryan Topf, Charter Oak; 18. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 19. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City; 20. Sean Barragan, Sergeant Bluff; 21. Jason Mickelson, Storm Lake; 22. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek; 23. Mike Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.; 24. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 25. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif. First heat (top three) – 1. Mari; 2. Laney; 3. Barragan; 4. Shryock; 5. Stephan; 6. Vogel; 7. Trey Kline, Schleswig; 8. Corey Bosma, Ocheyedan.Second heat – 1. Rust; 2. Topf; 3. Strickler; 4. Elliott; 5. Briese; 6. Sackett; 7. Mickelson; 8. Hatcher. Third heat – 1. Marriott; 2. Christensen; 3. Hoeft; 4. Mashl; 5. Dotson; 6. Chase Conway, Westhope, N.D.; 7. Darin Miller, Dakota Dunes, S.D. Fourth heat – 1. Abelson; 2. Mullen; 3. Mills; 4. Hansen; 5. Dripps; 6. Mathieson; 7. Ashley Schaaf, Lincoln, Neb.First “B” feature (top five) – 1. Shryock; 2. Mashl; 3. Stephan; 4. Dotson; 5. Vogel; 6. Conway; 7. Bosma; 8. Miller; 9. Kline. Second “B” feature – 1. Dripps; 2. Hansen; 3. Elliott; 4. Sackett; 5. Hatcher; 6. Bries; 7. Mathiesen; 8. Mickelson; 9. Schaaf.