$6.5M HEYS grant for Region 9 youths

first_imgSome 130 youths from 19 villages and communities in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) who participated in the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry’s Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) Programme received an additional financial boost to their respective businesses established under the youth programme.Youths from 11 villages in South Central, Rupununi, and eight in Karasabai with existing businesses received their grants on Wednesday last in Shulinab and Karasabai.Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe, in her remarks to the youths said she is pleased with the overwhelming response the programme has received from villages and youths and is extremely proud of the success stories seen and heard from across the hinterland. She urged the youths to fully capitalise on the opportunity which will ensure they receive an improved standard of living.Also present at the exercise were the Coordinator of the HEYS Programme, Junior Williams; Region Nine HEYS Monitor, Rohan Bishop; and the respective village Toshaos’ and senior Councillors.Meanwhile, the Ministry has been evaluating the programme and from all indications the success stories are compelling and already villages have been lobbying to have a third cohort.The Hinterland Employment and Youth Service, provided one year of training to 3795 youths in 222 villages over the last two years. This training allows for capacity building, strengthening of life skills, bolstering literacy and numeracy skills, creating self-awareness and building esteem, strengthening individual vocational interests and entrepreneurial aptitudes.”Businesses range from cattle rearing, poultry rearing (broilers, layers and ducks), crops and vegetable farming, nursery (grafting of fruit trees), fishing, fish farming, sheep, goat and pig rearing, cassava bread/quinches/cassareep production, honey production, hardware stores, and a floating grocery store.last_img read more

Stockbroking world is Dlamini’s oyster

first_imgLethu Dlamini, a 22 year old junior research analyst at Thebe Stockbroking, has taken part in a week long internship programme at the London office of the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group (JLT), one of the world’s largest insurers, thanks to assistance from travel agency Club Travel.The weeks spent at the Jardine Lloyd Thompson office in London helped Lethu Dlamini widen her view and gain a new respect for the stockbroking industry (Image: Club Travel)Dlamini, who hails from Richards Bay in Kwazulu-Natal and graduated with a B.Com Financial Management Sciences (Cum Laude) at Pretoria University before joining the Thebe Stockbroking internship programme in 2013, flew to the UK as part of Thebe Stockbroking’s Enterprise Development programme for graduates in the financial markets area of study.“It is a privilege for us to be able to assist Lethu in furthering herself and support her in achieving her career goals,” said Wally Gaynor, MD of Club Travel, which is a subsidiary of the Thebe Tourism Group.CREATING WEALTHDlamini, who was scouted by a Thebe Stockbroking employee at the end of her second year of studies, says: “The stockbroking industry has helped me to view the world differently and see how the different financial markets interact and my trip to the UK would not have been possible without the wonderful people at Club Travel who were so generous in sponsoring my return flights and travel card during my stay.”The Thebe Stockbroking’s Enterprise Development programme expose interns to the workings of a stockbroking business including research and sales training, as well as equity, economic and financial market analysis. The interns are hosted by some of the 21 subsidiaries and associate companies within the Thebe Group – with Dlamini selected by a panel of adjudicators to attend the introductory rotation at JLT, the UK parent of Thebe associate company JLT South Africa.“Where I come from, the stockbroking industry is viewed as a career path for men and not women,” said Dlamini. “It is an interesting industry and I find that I have had to change those preconceived ideas and working in the research department within Thebe has helped me in my learning experience.“South Africans need to invest more and be financially conscience so that we can create wealth and not temporary riches.”BEYOND IMAGINATIONShe said that the week spent at the JLT office in London was an experience beyond here imagination: “My view of the insurance industry has widened and has come to be a field that I respect. Not only did I learn about the company and how it works, but through my interaction with the people I also discovered more about their cultures, views and aspirations.“I hope that others will also get to experience this life-changing opportunity,” added Dlamini, who is completing her Honours in B.Com Financial Management Sciences at Pretoria University.”last_img read more

Dean’s Charity Steer Show pairs celebrities with 4-H members in the show ring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseMany people understand the excitement and appeal as the judge strolls down the line looking over the cattle to make a decision that will change the life of a young, hopeful exhibitor with the slap of his hand.Cattle shows are, for some, a highlight of their year, through a large portion of the state’s population does not know a halter from a show stick. That will change for a few Ohio celebrities on July 30 with the inaugural Dean’s Charity Steer Show at 2:00 p.m. in the Voinovich Building at the Ohio State Fair. For the event, celebrity exhibitors — including some who never set foot in a show ring — will be paired with Ohio 4-H members to try their hand at showing a steer and vying for the judge’s eye.The idea got started in a meeting with Cathann Kress, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and Leslie Bumgarner who sits on the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.“Leslie wanted to do something for a fundraiser. There are golf outings and galas, and other things but she thought it would be fun to do something different. I suggested to her that we do a steer show and, honestly, I think she thought I’d lost my mind,” Kress said. “When I was in Iowa, the governor had done a steer show for the Ronald McDonald Houses there. So it seemed like a natural fit here. I was interested in doing it because I thought it allowed a number of things I care a lot about to all come together — a passion for agriculture, getting to share agriculture with people, the focus on children both with the Ronald McDonald House and the involvement of the 4-H program, and the involvement of our community that I knew would come together and be supportive. So far it appears that will be the case. We’re all just going to have a lot of fun and we are delighted with the response we are getting.”The list of celebrity exhibitors includes former Ohio State University basketball standout, NBA player and announcer Clark Kellogg, the former first lady of Ohio State football Shelley Meyer, sportscaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets Bob McElligott, and Rick Malir, the CEO of City Barbeque.“We have some celebrity exhibitors who are well known to the agricultural community, like Adam Sharp with Ohio Farm Bureau. We’ll have other people who have never shown a steer in their life such as several news anchors and others. We will also have public officials. There will be some people who are very at home in the steer show ring — some people not so much,” Kress said. “Some exhibitors will be familiar with agriculture and for some people this will be their first experience learning about what we do in agriculture and maybe even their first time at the State Fair.”The cattle will be provided by 4-H members at the Ohio State Fair.“We asked the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association to help us identify 4-H families who would be willing to be a part of the celebrity exhibitors’ teams. The way this works is the 4-H families make their steer available to the celebrity and the 4-H member will also be a part of the team in the show ring with the exhibitor,” Kress said. “For example, my 4-H family is the family of Wyatt Osborn. He just turned 12 years old. His steer, Mr. Ranger, is the steer I am going to show. Wyatt will be with me in the ring.”Judges will select winners in three categories: best steer, showmanship and people’s choice.“After the show we will have a mock sale. No one will actually buy a steer but we are going to have an auction so people can see what an auction is like and all of the money is going to the Ronald McDonald House as donations,” Kress said. “Donors can donate online right now and give money in general or give money to one exhibitor or the other. We will also have kiosks set up at the Voinovich Center that day and you can make a donation through that too.”No matter which celebrity exhibitor comes out on top, participants are hoping the event will be a big win in many ways.“I have asked the celebrity exhibitors to invite 20 people to come with them to the State Fair, donate and cheer for the show. It is a great way for the audiences that maybe are not so familiar with the cattle industry to see what happens at the State Fair and understand a little more about agriculture in general. It is to have fun, raise money and raise awareness. And, maybe there will be some people in the audience who see this and think that 4-H is for their family,” Kress said. “If we do this right there will be a whole lot of winners.”Hopefully the biggest winner, though, is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC). The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and their families. Located across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, the Ronald McDonald House serves as a home-away-from-home for families while a child is hospitalized. More than 4,500 families use the facility each year with 82,000 nights of lodging provided. The Columbus facility is the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world with 137 guest rooms and 120,000 square feet of kitchens, dining areas, play rooms, laundry facilities, a meditation room, exercise room, and informal gathering areas. The RMHC provides some comfort for families going through some truly challenging experiences while traveling for the medical care their children need. To find out more visit rmhc-centralohio.org.Volunteers are still needed to help make the Dean’s Charity Steer Show a success.“Contact our office or the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association if you want to work with us leading up to the show and the day of,” she said. “If you want to watch the show, come to the State Fair on July 30. That is also the same day as the legislative event and the Ohio Pork Rib-Off. We encourage people to make a day of it and go to all three events.”There is a practice session on campus leading up to the show where the celebrities can meet the 4-H families and get some showmanship pointers prior to the big day. Dean Kress has already been practicing, though, hoping for a chance to catch the attention of the judge on the day of the show.“I went to the Beef Expo earlier this year and showed with Wyatt at the Junior Show,” she said. “And that is where he told me I needed to work on my showmanship.”The Dean’s Charity Steer Show is coordinated by The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Telhio Credit Union and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. Find out more and make a donation today at cfaes.osu.edu/deanscharitysteershow. Ohio Ag Net will be live streaming the Dean’s Charity Steer Show on July 30 at ocj.com.last_img read more

Former Ranji player commits suicide

first_imgFormer Ranji Trophy player Amol Jichkar allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday by hanging himself from a ceiling fan inside his house, according to the police. Amol, 38, was staying with his wife and son at Civil Lines, and was found hanging at 5 a.m., a police officer of Sitabuldi police station said.Prima facie, it appeared that he was facing a financial crisis, he said. No suicide note was found.Amol played Ranji Trophy for Vidarbha between 1998 and 2002, an office-bearer of Vidarbha Cricket Association said.He represented Vidarbha in six first-class games.last_img read more

PM flags off Varanasi-Vadodara train

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a Mahanama Express train between Vadodara in Gujarat and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, connecting the two Lok Sabha constituencies he won from in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Mr. Modi flagged off the train through video conferencing in Varanasi. “Though the Prime Minister is in Varanasi, his heart is still in Vadodara,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said here. The train is being flagged off ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections later this year. The Mahanama Express has enhanced passenger amenities such as a redesigned ladder, LED lights, an odour-control system and more charging points for electronic gadgets. It has eight sleeper, two two-tier AC and one first-class AC coaches.“This will be the first long-distance passenger train originating from Vadodara. All other trains mainly originate from Ahmedabad. So it will be beneficial for people of Vadodara and Surat,” Mr. Goyal said. Seven-hour gainHe added that the time taken to travel between Vadodara and Varanasi would reduce by seven hours. The Minister said the Railways had increased investment in Gujarat by over 600% to ₹4,000 crore in the past three years.last_img read more

Say hello with Google Allo in Hindi now

first_imgIn a bid to take instant messaging experience to millions in India, Google on Monday introduced Hindi language capabilities in its Google Allo smart messaging app.The new updates in “Google Assistant” and “Smart Reply” features will roll on Allo from Monday on on Android and iOS devices and will be available to all users in the coming days, the company said in a statement.”Google Allo has received tremendous response in India which has one of the highest number of Google Allo users,” said Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager of Google.Also Read: Google Allo vs WhatsApp: How they are similar, how they are different”One in every 12 messages in group chats are messages to the Google Assistant. We are enthused by this and today’s launch enables us to extend these features to the next millions of users in a language of their choice,” Fulay added.With the launch, the Google Assistant in Allo will now understand and respond in Hindi.”Chat one-one-one with your Assistant in Allo, or just type @google to bring your Assistant into any group chat. To start using the Assistant in Hindi, just say ‘Talk to me in Hindi’ or adjust the language setting on your device,” Google said.Google launched Allo in September this year.Packed with innovative features including “Smart Reply”, options for sharing photos, emojis and stickers, Allo uses Google Assistant and makes it easier for users to respond quickly and keep the conversation moving, even when one is on the go.advertisementSmart Reply will recognise the language a user is chatting in and begin to show suggested responses in that language.If you start chatting in Hindi, the “Smart Reply” will show a user suggestions in that language. So, now you can respond to your friends question “kya haal hai” with “Sab theek Hai” with a single tap.Also Read: Google Allo review: Smarter than WhatsApp but not necessarily betterUsers may no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, or share a YouTube video or pick a dinner spot.Apart from answers, Google Assistant in Google Allo can also provide latest news, weather, traffic, sports, or upcoming flight status.Users can also get information from pharmacies to ATMs, banks, parking, gas stations and grocery stores, etc., and directions right within their conversation from the Google Assistant.last_img read more

Mailbag Wednesday: Who would win a cage fight between OSU athletes?

first_img.@pistolsguy On a scale of 1 to JW on the roof of the stadium how comfortable are you with Yurcich at the reins of our offense?— John Stotts (@OkieStotts) September 17, 2014 This made me laugh, if nothing else. OSU was No. 41 in the country in 2013 in points per drive which is decent, but not great. They’ve been pretty average again this year, too. He’s certainly not blowing me away with his work but again he’s following Dana and Monken which is like Toni Kukoc trying to become the alpha dog in Chicago after Scottie and Michael said so long. It’s just never going to look the same.The dirty little secret of all of this, though, is that he was tremendous with Chelf at the helm last season. Why is that a dirty little secret? Because the common denominator between the beginning of last season and the beginning of this season has two initials and one hand in his pants.[Les Miles raises two fingers, Les Miles raises one finger] Welcome back to Mailbag Wednesday — where the JW hate is not real, the Tyreek love is, and the takes are so hot you might need a fire-retardant suit to handle them.Let’s get to work…@pistolsguy Who would you rather go on a double-date with? Gundy & Kristen, Glenn & Jeannine, or Boone & Madeleine?— Sugar Skull Pistol Pete (@Sugar_Skull_PP) September 17, 2014Coming out of the gate hot, I see. I feel like Gundy would be the type who would complain about the temperature of his food and potentially send it back which would be annoying and uncomfortable. Spencer might order soup and then just open the back of his throat, pour it in, leave a $20, and go watch some film.I think the obvious answer here is Boone. First, he’d definitely pay. Nobody his age with that much money goes to dinner with somebody my age and doesn’t pay. So that would be cool.We’d go somewhere baller, for sure — I might have to dust off the sport coat which would be fine with me as long as the food was good, which it would be. Plus, as Will pointed out, things could get interesting PFB-wise…@Sugar_Skull_PP @pistolsguy Boone for sure. Can you imagine how quotable that guy would be after putting away a few bottles of wine?— ?? Will Klose (@lonestarpoke) September 17, 2014By the way, I don’t think Madeline is in the picture anymore. If she was, I sure as HELL wouldn’t mention Ofa Hautau. @pistolsguy if you put every OSU athlete the last 5 years (wrestlers excluded) in a steel cage death match, who is the lone survivor?— Nolan (@nolancox) September 17, 2014What a question! I’m going back to the 2009 football team because technically that’s the 2009-10 school year which is five calendar years from now (and I wanted Dez to be included).The favorites would be Russell Okung, Matt Pilgrim, Richetti Jones, Darrell Williams, Marcus Smart, Nigel Nicholas, Steve Mocco (football!), Jeremy Smith, James Castleman, Calvin Barnett, and Ugo Chinasa.Dez, Justin Gent, Torre Johnson would be my sleepers because I think they might all be a little insane.[1. Justin Gent?! Yeah, the same Justin Gent who tried to take his helmet back from the training staff after he got concussed in a game.]I’m going to say Jeremy Smith[1. I would say Mocco but he wrestled too so I’m taking him out of it. He’s disqualified because of the singlet.] would win because there has to be something he’s elite at with that kind of body, right? Torre would scare me, I wouldn’t want any part of him or Crazy Dez if they got going.There are other questions, though: How many elbows would Soucek and Gaskins land? Who would be out first? Probably Alex Budke or a golfer, right? Could Brandon Weeden knock someone out by throwing a football? Would Herschel Sims try to steal everybody’s money while they all fought? Would the Cox brothers, the Chelf brothers, or the Koenig brothers last longer collectively? Would JW punch right-handed or left-handed?This could be a series of posts — maybe a book. @pistolsguy is Tyreek not scoring a touchdown through 3 games a Yurcich problem or a Tyreek problem?— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) September 17, 2014Well the first game he was just a little unlucky but the last two games it’s kind of felt like he was the oversized kid in peewee who just gets the ball and has 11 guys chasing him.That’s a Yurcich problem to me — though one that’s easily correctable.Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 4.03.55 PMIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more