The Board of Industrial Training (BIT) has certified 23 youths from Baracara in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) in boat building, after they would have completed a four-month training programme to that effect.The constructed boat which was donated to the communityA 30-foot wooden boat, which was built by the students, was donated to the residents within the community, along with a 75 horsepower engine to assist residents with their daily transportation.In addition to the construction skills which they would have acquired, the participants received courses in Mathematics, English, Microenterprise, Sexual Reproductive Health, and Operational and Health Safety.BIT Chairman Clinton Williams remarked that this was made possible through the National Training Programme for Youth Empowerment (NYTE) programme, which was launched in 2006 with the objective of providing technical and vocational training to at-risk youths.“The programmes are introduced to every region in Guyana and are designed to target vulnerable groups, such as school dropouts and youths from depressed communities,” Williams said.He estimated that by the end of this year, a total of 2500 persons would’ve been trained in areas such as, forestry, home economics, health sciences, mechanical and introductory engineering, garment construction, information communication technology (ICT), catering among other fields. Throughout this time, they have managed to extend these programmes across other public institutions.“We have expanded our relationship over the years by using all five of the Government Technical Institutes, two Industrial Training Centres, GuySuCo Training School at Port Mourant, the Forestry Training Centre and other recognised Non-Government Organisations and privately-owned workshops,” the Chairman related.This boat building project was the first of its kind for Region Six and materialised to transform the lives of residents. The vessel will serve the residents of the small farming village in transporting agriculture produce to the coastland, since farming is the community’s main economic source.Williams disclosed that in the near future, collaborative efforts will be in placed between his organisation and US-oil giant ExxonMobil to roll out three boat building programmes in other riverine communities along Regions Six and Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). This is part of the plan to fill the gap in demanded technical skills and transportation logistics.The Board has extended an invite to various stakeholders for collaboration to offer vocational training to persons who are differently-abled. Last June, 128 persons were trained in computer repairs, job access, Job Access with Speech (JAWS) Programme, cosmetology, computer skills training, leather craft, rope mat making, basic sewing and wood working.
Aston Villa have been thrown into chaos on and off the pitch with news David Bernstein and Mervyn King have resigned from their board of directors.Former governor of the Bank of England, and Villa fan, King only joined the club in February, while ex-Manchester City and Football Association chairman Bernstein joined as the club’s new director in March.But, just 48 hours after the club were relegated from the Premier League, both men have now stepped down with immediate effect.Lord King and Bernstein agreed to join Villa as part of a boardroom re-shuffle, with ex-manager Brian Little also appointed over the same period.But in a copy of a resignation letter which was leaked online on Monday afternoon, Bernstein stated he felt his position at the club is now untenable over differing views on how to run the club.The letter read: “I have been on office only a few weeks. I was invited onto the board to oversee a much needed review of the football side of the club…[and] lead the implementation of this review and the ongoing management of football at Aston Villa.“For this new structure to work it required all at the club to accept new disciplines, clear reporting lines and adhere to the authority delegated to the new football board.“Unfortunately it have proved impossible to implement the agreed structure and my position has quickly become untenable. The issues at the club are fundamental and the solutions are radical and do not lend themselves to compromise.“I am very sorry it has come to this and wish the supporters and employees every success in the future as it grapples with the challenge of life in the Championship.”Villa issues a club statement shortly after the news broke, which revealed the appointment of a new full-time boss remains a priority and that chairman Steve Hollis is ‘currently engaged in extensive negotiations’ relating to the sale of the club.Owner Randy Lerner officially put Villa on the market almost two years ago.The full statement read: “It is with regret that Aston Villa Football Club today announces the resignations of Mervyn King and David Bernstein as directors of the Club.“The club would like to thank both for all their efforts throughout their short time as members of the board.“A search to appoint a new manager remains a priority.“The chairman, Steve Hollis, is currently engaged in extensive negotiations in relation to the sale of the club.“Brian Little will continue to advise the Chairman on all football related matters.” 1 David Bernstein and Mervyn King have both resigned from Aston Villa
4 January 2013 Aged only 25, Stander’s death has sent shockwaves through the cycling community. There was also fury that yet another cyclist had been lost in an accident, with members of the community saying other vehicles do not respect them enough on the road. “We have been blessed to have had such an amazing and inspirational person represent South Africa and we will treasure every memory.” ‘Humility and prowess’“We have lost not only a friend, colleague and team-mate, but a true sportsman. He will long be remembered for his humility, his prowess and the gentle manner in which he conducted his life! “Sincere condolences to all. His 2012 duel with Olympic silver medallist Nino Schurter for victory in the UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg was a sight to behold as the pair destroyed the chasing field. Seeing it on television is one thing; seeing such speed, endurance and skill in real life is another. Along with Greg Minnaar in downhill and Robbie Hunter on the road, he put South African cycling on the world map. ‘I have no words’Gary Perkin, one of the world’s leading mountain biking photographers, wrote on Twitter: “I have no words … Only tears! RIP Burry!” His sentiments were echoed by many. Twitter lit up as plans began to be put in place for a ride in memory of the former under-23 world champion, who finished fifth in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Leading the way in planning it were cycling personalities such as world downhill champion Greg Minnaar, Andrew McLean, Robbie Hunter and Kevin McCallum. 20132013 should have been a great year for Stander. It could have been the best of his life. He would have defended the Absa Cape Epic title with Christoph Sauser, aiming for a hat-trick of wins. News of his passing devastated the Swiss great. “Never felt so empty since my dad passed away when i was a kid. @africanmtbkid i will never ever forget you!” Sauser wrote on Twitter. “Dear All, “David Hyam and the Specialized S-Racing Team” His wife of less than a year, Cherise, an elite cyclist too, won a stage of the Route de France, the women’s version of the Tour de France in 2011. She was set to concentrate on mountain biking in 2012, however, and hopefully follow in the footsteps of her husband. South African cycling lost its greatest ever cross-country rider on Thursday. Burry Stander, one of the world’s leading competitors in the discipline, was killed while training after being hit by a minibus taxi. ‘One of the coolest and greatest’“World is going crazy! I’m so sad to hear again such bad news. Burry was one of the coolest and greatest athlete in MTB sport! #RIP” Schurter tweeted. “It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our friend and cycling legend Burry, who was tragically snatched away in the prime of his life while training in his home town of Kwazulu-Natal this afternoon. “Not only is this a loss to South African sport, but we have lost a true gentleman who through his professionalism, modesty and humility, constantly showing sheer guts, represented our country with great pride. A statement released by Cycling South Africa read: “Burry, who was the most successful mountain bike cyclist the country has ever seen, and whose promising career has been abruptly cut short, was a true icon and sporting role model. “Our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Cherise, his parents, family and all who were privileged to know this gentle giant. “Life is short, life is sweet but his legend will live on forever. Stander was also set to take part in the World Championships on home ground, where he finished second in the World Cup in 2012 on the same track that will be used later this year. Respected and much lovedStander’s outstanding talent, his massive work ethic, his excellent results at the highest level and his humility made him a respected and much loved man to many. The shock of his loss continues to reverberate around the cycling world. Stander was part of Specialized Racing’s powerful team, and with Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy gave the outfit a fantastic 1-2 punch. Specialized’s director of sports marketing, David Hyam, wrote a letter about the passing of the South African star: Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “A fighter, champion, gentleman and forever a Legend… RIP Burry”, wrote Minnaar.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Technology has been at the forefront of the discussion at today’s Ohio No-Till Conference in Plain City.Bill Haddad from Danville talked about his almost half century of work promoting no-till. He worked closely with emerging technological changes in the early days of no-till, particularly in the Amish community in northeast Ohio. One of the promotional tools he relied upon was a no-till bumper sticker applied to the backsides of Amish horses pulling two-row no-till planters.Moving to a more modern era, Scott Shearer, with the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agriculture, and Biological Engineering talked about the unbelievable opportunities for technology in the future, and present day.“I understand why you might look at me kind of skeptically with some of the things I talk about because they are pretty far out there,” Shearer said. “It is an interesting time and a very dynamic time.”Remote sensing technology from drones can help with identifying weed escapes, directed scouting, stand counts, nutrient deficiencies, crop vigor, total biomass production, changes in leaf appearance for disease detection, drainage and soil moisture content, plant water stress, and assessing how hybrids are responding to the environment around them, Shearer said. Multi-hybrid and plant population technology are also already at work in fields and proving to be economically viable in some fields.As another example of how far technological capabilities have come, Shearer highlighted the upcoming agBOT Challenge this spring. The event is the first of its kind and international teams have accepted the challenge. The assignment is to develop an efficient, unmanned crop seeder capable of planting two varieties of seed over half-mile long rows. In addition, competitors must “develop hardware, software, sensors and human-machine control interfaces to enable their robotic technology and further propel the field of agriculture and robotics.” The robotic planter must “provide real-time data and utilize a mobile-tracking antenna.”The planter must be able to plant two rows at a time, and a total of 12 rows, according to an assignedScott Shearer talks about this drone used in OSU research at today’s No-Till Conference.set of GPS coordinates. It must be able to apply fertilizer and operate between 3.5 and 10 miles per hour and fulfill a range of other tasks. The robot planter also must dock and load two varieties of seed, weigh them and send data to the operator, located elsewhere. It must be able to dock and load starter fertilizer as well, all unmanned.In addition, the system needs to relay to the operator information on down pressure on press wheels, net seed weight, seed rate, fertilizer weight and rate, speed, heading and position. Teams must design their planters so that they can intervene in progress and control such things as seed rate, fertilizer rate, downpressure, heading and speed on the go.The nine teams working on the challenge include Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Purdue University, Virginia Tech University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Regina, Case Western Reserve University, a joint team on MESATech, Grit Robotics and Muschowski Farms and Pee Dee Precision Ag.The winning team collects $50,000. Second place gets a cash prize of $30,000, and third place receive $20,000.So, when Shearer gets looks of disbelief when he talks about the possibilities for the future of row crop production with regard to technological advances, he only needs to point to this event in May.“When people think these ideas are a bit out there, events like this demonstrate that everything is already available to do this today,” Shearer said. “This is happening May 7 in Indiana in 2016.”A clear drawback of the changes in technology, though, is that a horse’s backside offers much more no-till promotion potential. After all, where can you fit a bumper sticker on a drone?AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo visited with Shearer at the Ohio No-Till Conference.Scott Shearer OSUFor more on the agBOT Challenge visit: www.agbot.ag/overview.2015 No-Till Council award winners recognized: Mark Wilson, Land Stewards, LLC. (left) Business/Industry Award; Norm Fausey, USDA-ARS, (second from left) Educator/Researcher Award; Lynn Eberhard (center) and his sons, Outstanding No-Till Farmer.
At least 162 people have been arrested from different areas in the city for disorderly conduct during the Durga Puja festivities, a senior Kolkata Police officer said on Wednesday. Different sections of Kolkata Police’s Detective Department conducted raids at several locations, he said, adding the Anti-Rowdy Squad arrested 144 people for disorderly conduct. The Anti-Burglary Squad arrested 2 persons for specific cases and 4 mobile phones were recovered, he said. “During the last 4 days of Bandhu Kolkata initiative, 15 children were handed over to the Kolkata Police’s Missing Person Squad,” the IPS officer said. Thirteen of the children were handed over to their guardian and 2 others were sent to a shelter home for their safe custody, he said. Around seven persons were admitted at several hospitals and nursing home when they fell sick during pandal hopping till Tuesday, the police said. The Watch Section of the Kolkata Police also took 16 persons including 2 women into preventive detention from different Metro stations and Puja Complex in the cities and 12 stolen mobile phones has been recovered, the officer added.
The dramatic eviction of Baba Ramdev in the middle of night in a swoop by Delhi police on Sunday set off a slugfest between the UPA and the Sangh Parivar and the yoga guru who announced that he would continue his agitation against black money.The first political fallout of the police action was the decision of civil society activists led by Anna Hazare to boycott Monday’s meeting of the Joint Drafting Committee on Lokpal and the threat to resume the agitation in Jantar Mantar.The police action of firing teargas shells and lathicharge on people in the Ramlila Maidan who were woken up in their sleep in the dead of the night drew sharply critical attacks from BJP and chief ministers Mayawati, Nitish Kumar, Prakash Singh Badal and Naveen Patnaik and former CMs Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chandrababu Naidu.But the government and the Congress came out in strong defence of the decision to evict the 46-year-old Ramdev and legions of his followers, accusing him of going back on his word of withdrawing his fast after reaching an understanding on the issue of measures to bring back black money stashed abroad.The political war erupted hours after Ramdev, who jumped from a three-metre-high podium and tried to escape disguised as a woman, was served with an externment order that barred him entry into the capital for a fortnight.He was bundled into a police van before dawn and flown to Haridwar in a small plane. The police action came after the government and Ramdev traded barbs accusing each other of betrayal.advertisementWith the government decision drawing flak, Congress leadership met at the Prime Minister’s residence which was attended by Sonia Gandhi and senior cabinet ministers.The top BJP leadership met in the capital and condemned the police action, saying it reminded the days of Emergency.A heavy contingent of Delhi police personnel including the Rapid Action Force descended on the fast site a little after 1 AM and met with resistance from the followers of Ramdev who had just completed a day’s fast demanding measures to repatriate black money stashed abroad.The yoga guru, who was met by a high-power delegation of ministers led by Pranab Mukherjee on June 1 at the Delhi airport, vowed in Haridwar to continue his fast-unto-death and threatened to re-enter the capital in the night.Ramdev accused the police of indulging in “brutalities” against his peaceful followers, especially women and children, and called it a “big blot” on the government.Hazare announced that the civil activists would hold a fast at Jantar Mantar on June 8.Government, which held talks with Ramdev until Saturday evening, ordered a police swoop at the Ramlila Maidan rocking the calm when he was asleep on the stage and thousands of his followers on the ground.The fast site resembled a war zone for over three hours with police forcibly evicting thousands of his followers who had ended a day’s fast along with Ramdev.62 people including 23 policemen were injured in the action. Ramdev claimed a Gurgaon residence has been paralysed in the police attack, a woman from Andhra Pradesh suffered leg fractures and at least two others had head injuries.The midnight action triggered a war of words between the government and the Sangh Parivar which threw its full weight behind the yoga guru. the government, which cited intelligence inputs of terror threat to Ramdev, ruled out further talks with him saying he was getting “unreasonable”.- With PTI inputs