Political events in Scotland have become extremely interesting. A minority SNP administration is moving cautiously forward trying to avoid contentious issues where the other parties can combine and defeat the Government.The publication of the Government’s Lifelong Skills Strategy was an issue where the administration would have felt on firm ground. I am sure that much of the strategy will remain intact.Key issues covered by the strategy include: the recognition that work-based learning is central to raising skills; measures to ensure parity of esteem between academic and vocational learning; a demand that Sector Skills Councils do more to establish a strong basis for their work in Scotland; and, most importantly, the commitment to extend Modern Apprenticeships to encompass SVQ level 2.All good stuff, but the critical unanswered question remains funding, particularly in the ’Cinderella’ area of raising skills for older workers.There is a long way to go to catch up with our nearest neighbour. In England bakers can receive substantial support from Learning and Skills Councils under Business Link programmes, such as: up to 100% funding of older workers with less than 5 GCSEs registering for NVQ level 2; employers receiving up to 50% funding for technical courses; and wages support for small companies sending workers away for training.Over to you Mr Salmond!
Brookville, In. — Registration is open now for the Nugget Eating Contest and People’s Choice Award for the Best Looking Chickens in Brookville.Businesses are encouraged to “spruce up” their concrete chickens for the competition.Competitive eaters can register at The Dairy Cottage, Korner’s Kountry Kitchen, the American Legion and The Pioneer Restaurant. Contests will be held at each location on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. The winner will be determined by the fastest time to eat 20 chicken nuggets.For more information please call 674-1111.
The No. 2 USC women’s golf team begins its quest for a NCAA title this weekend at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.The purpose of the first tournament of the season for the Women of Troy is “to give everyone some competitive experience,” coach Andrea Gaston said.With a more experienced team this year, veteran Mason Rudolph will provide the younger players with more competitive practice, while two of the team’s three seniors have the weekend off.Traveling to Nashville will be sophomore Jennifer Song, junior Lizette Salas, senior Caroline Kim, sophomore Inah Park and freshman Cyna Rodriguez. As individuals, returning first-team All-Americans Song and Salas are ranked first and fifth, respectively.“I definitely want to get some wins this year,” Song said.This weekend presents one of the better opportunities this season. Last season, the team finished second, and Song tied for third in what was her debut as a Trojan.Rodriguez, a highly touted freshman from the Philippines, is making her Trojan debut this week. Gaston expects her to contribute immediately to the team.“She had a strong summer and played a lot of top amateur events,” Gaston said. “She’s looking forward to our first trip.”The Women of Troy will get an early season look at some of their top competition for the national title. The field includes 13 top-25 teams, including No. 1 Arizona State, No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 Oklahoma State.“We definitely know we’re going to see a lot of competition with the Pac-10, especially from Arizona State and UCLA,” Gaston said. “All of our fall tournaments have really strong fields.”The strong competition will give the younger players the experience they need for the team to be able to “count on every player,” Gaston said.The tournament takes place Friday through Sunday.
The ‘Prince of Goals’ Prince Tagoe has called time on national team duties adding that he wants to concentrate more on his Club activities.The player who had a brief romance with the senior national team the Black Stars scoring some important goals in the process, has been left in the cold by the present technical handlers of the Black Stars.Tagoe was called to the national team for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations by the coach Ratomir DujkoviÄ‡. He only played a total of 49 minutes for his team which did not make it into the quarter-finals.He was selected by the then coach of the Black Stars Milovan Rajevac as part of the final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He played in all three group matches, as a starter, but did not take any part of the tournament since then as Ghana was eliminated by Uruguay in the quarter-finals.Soon after the World Cup, the players performance at Club level, took a nosedive and this accounted for his exclusion from the Black Stars since then.Now a player of Club Africain, Tagoe has decided to concentrate on his career at the Club level and hang his boots for the national team. “He is no more interested in the national team as he wants to concentrate and play football for his new Club, Club Africain”, his manager Nat Ofosu mentioned.“At the moment he is having a few difficulties with the paperwork and because of that he is still in Ghana, but as soon as it is rectified, he will leave to join them for the remainder of the season.”Tagoe has so far made 36 appearances for the Black Stars scoring seven (7) goals in the process.