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Kirk Hunter chief executive of Scottish Association of Master

first_imgPolitical 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!last_img read more

Registration open for chicken eating competition

first_imgBrookville, 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.last_img read more

Warren `40’ McKay cops Banks DIH Powerade cycling event

first_imgIN what can be described as a tactical move, Warren `40’ McKay, after trailing a trio of riders for most of 35 laps, sprang a surprise,with just about approximately 400 metres remaining in the 36-mile event,to clinch victory.The activity was the feature 35-lap race of the 11-race programme sponsored by Banks DIH, under its Powerade Brand and which was staged around the inner circuit of the National Park on Saturday and was coordinated by cycle-coach Hassan Mohamed.The feature event saw Paul DeNobrega, Christopher Griffith and Jamal John dominating the event from as early as the third lap and between them, they shared seven of the eight prime prizes that were up for grabs with John claiming five and DeNobrega two. The other prime was won by Nigel Dugid.McKay registered one hour 21 minutes 45 seconds in winning the event ahead of DeNobrega, John, Griffith, Alonzo, Ambrose and Mario King,respectively.After three laps of intense rivalry were completed, DeNobrega, John and Griffith broke from the pack and no other cyclist responded.However,after the completion of 17 laps, McKay made his move and closed in on the leaders and with approximately 400 metres remaining,the three leaders started the `Cat and Mouse’ game and McKay, like the bigger `Cat’, pounced on the trio and being the powerful sprinter he is, sailed past them (trio) and won easily.Dugid won the 10-lap event for juveniles in a time of 23 minutes 29 seconds from Briton John and Marcus Keiler, respectively.Junior Niles won the five-lap race for veterans under 50 years of age. Second was Leer Nunes and finishing third was Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson.Kennard Lovell was the winner of the five-lap race for veterans over 50 years of age,ahead of Linden Blackman.Sean Budhan won the five-lap race for mountain bikers. Second was Ryan Canterbury and finishing third was Wayne Nurse.David Hinds won the three-lap race for boys and girls 12-14 years of age.last_img

Women of Troy take their first shot of the season

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Exclusive: Prince Tagoe calls time on national duties

first_imgThe ‘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 Dujković. 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.last_img read more