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

Riley rules Raceway Park’s Jim Johnson Memorial

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (May 15) – Dave Riley got the best of a stellar field of IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, at Raceway Park’s Jim Johnson Memorial.Riley matched the highest-paying wins of his career with the $1,000 Sunday night checkers.Front row starter Tony Fetterman had shot to the lead and held off various challengers throughout three restarts. Following the fourth caution, Riley made his move on the outside in turns three and four to take over up front.A late caution resulted in a green, white, checkered finish and Riley denied a final charge by Fetter­man to take the victory, his third this season at Jefferson including opening night of the South Dakota Spring Nationals.Behind the lead duo, “B” feature winner David Miller completed a charge through the field for third ahead of Damon Richards and Matt BakerThirty-two drivers checked in and sought shares of a Hobby Stock purse topping $3,000.Other feature winners were Justin Zeitner in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Les Lundquist in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Brewer in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Cody Thompson in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Feature results – 1. Dave Riley; 2. Tony Fetterman; 3. David Miller; 4. Damon Richards; 5. Matt Baker; 6. Aaron Shearn; 7. Kevin Bruck; 8. Jon Androy; 9. Craig Clift; 10. Dustin Gulbrandson; 11. Justin Frederick; 12. Gavin Gilbertson; 13. Lu­cas Phillips; 14. Zach Bales; 15. Kyle Davis; 16. Ryan Leedom; 17. Lenny Tucker; 18. Andy Hoffman; 19. Stephanie Kiraly; 20. Brody Spreng.last_img read more

Bennett hails Norwich unity

first_img The Canaries had not won in eight games but a 1-0 victory over Steve Bruce’s side moved them to 12th in the table and eased the pressure on manager Chris Hughton. It was a game Norwich dominated, arguably more than any other this season, but they failed to create enough clear chances and relied on a Bennett header three minutes from time. “Some people, the fans especially, seem to think you can’t have fun any more if the results aren’t going well. You take it and it feels terrible when you aren’t winning games. “You are so low and you need something to pick you up and that is why I talk about strength in character and leaders in the team and we had that all week leading into the game.” The Scotland international, recently linked with a move to Celtic, has now called on the squad to continue their upturn in form. “It is a big weight off everyone’s shoulders,” added Snodgrass. “For us as players we need to try to take that level of performance into each game and the chances will come.” Former Norwich defender Bruce, whose side have taken just five points on the road since returning to the top flight, said the manner of the defeat was hard to stomach – even if his side did not deserve anything more. “It is always hard to take when you lose in the last few minutes, as it is equally as ecstatic when one of those goes for your team,” he said. “It was frustrating for all of us. In truth we didn’t really play well enough, particularly in the second half, to go and win the game but I thought we looked comfortable. “They had a few corners and free-kicks but we defended well. Then we conceded late and that is always annoying.” Nikica Jelavic made his Hull debut while fellow new recruit Shane Long was not risked after injuring an ankle on his last outing for former club West Brom. Croatia international Jelavic hit a post inside two minutes at Carrow Road but that was as good as it got for the Tigers, with Bruce anticipating better things to come from the 28-year-old. “That was the one bit of quality that we showed all day,” said Bruce. “It was a great move down the left, (Robert) Koren cut it back and you’d expect him to stick it in the net but he’s hit the post. But make no mistake, when we get it right he’s going to be a big acquisition for us.” It was only the 23-year-old’s second Barclays Premier League goal and Bennett felt the team’s celebratory huddle was a sign to the fans that they have all been working hard to address the recent slump in form. “It [the goal] is more important for the team,” he said. “I think we deserved it overall over the 90 minutes. Hopefully now we can push on. We had a few chances and we restricted them to hardly anything so it is always on your mind that we have found it difficult to score this year. “We knew how big the game was. The lads are really close here and we were getting some stick from the fans. “We have a solidarity between ourselves, we wanted to get together off the cuff and we said how important the goal was and to keep concentrated, it is something we carried into the dressing room after the game.” Bennett’s goal came from Norwich’s 10th corner of the game as Robert Snodgrass, who was a constant threat down the right flank all afternoon, delivered a set-piece that allowed the former England Under-21 international to power a header home. Snodgrass praised the character of the team to bounce back after disappointing results at Everton and Fulham. “It does hurt,” he said. Press Association Norwich’s new goalscoring hero has praised the unity among the squad after the whole team joined Ryan Bennett in celebrating his late winner in Saturday’s vital victory over Hull.last_img read more