As the Police, through community relations initiatives, continue to work to reduce youth inactivity and crime, 71 students are now certified in technical areas by the Leonora Technical and Vocational Skill Training Centre.This year’s batch received certificates in a number of areas, namely: data operations, general office administration, motor vehicle works, carpentry, electrical installation, welding and fabrication, metal work engineering and Information Technology.At the award ceremony at the Vocational Centre on Tuesday, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine praised the students for their outstanding achievements, cautioning that a lack of reading and reasoning skills has contributed to an uptick in crime.He posited that one’s youth was the prime period during which one should capitalise on opportunities.“If you can’t make the best of your opportunity and make the best of your youth, you will simply pass through life [as] a basin of water,” the acting Police Commissioner expressed.He also appealed to parents, stating that they have “every responsibility” to ensure that their children attain an adequate education.In his closing remarks, Ramnarine told the students that they should embrace a “positive attitude” in moving to their future paths.“To become someone, that one in a million; to stand out [and] be a good example in your community, to your family and the country, you have to have a positive attitude… you will be on the path of becoming a better person [in] equipping yourself to make a better contribution [to society],” the Acting Commissioner encouraged.Meanwhile, Commander Stephen Mansell, who initiated the technical and vocational programme in the region, noted that it was part of the Community Relations Programme that enlisted requisite stakeholders to reduce crime. These stakeholders include the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the business community and members of the public.“Our intention is to transform Region Three through community relations,” he stated, and observed that Amerindian communities, like Bonasika, and others should continue to benefit from the initiatives. Mansell also expressed the view that the work of the Leonora institute has aided in reducing the number of youth “hanging out on the street”.Principal of the Training Centre, Eon Nickelson, posited that the programme, which started in 2015, was established to give youths in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) the necessary training to “add to Guyana”. Although the number of graduates this year declined from last year’s figure of 94 to 71, the Principal pointed that enrolment for the next academic year was encouraging.This year’s outstanding students included Rannie Martin in the motor vehicle works programme, Tyrese Trats in carpentry and Kerry Sookra in welding and fabrication. Annette Sumbir was adjudged Best Graduating Student, as well as Best Performing Metal Work Engineering Student.The centre caters to students in the Region Three area, and the programme is collaboration between the Education Ministry and Guyana Police Force D Division (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo). This year’s graduating class ranged from ages 16-21. Additionally, mature students also enrolled in some programmes.
The Sixth YES Bank and the Consulate General of Argentine International Polo Cup which was held recently at the Royal Western Indian Turf Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course featured a thrilling match between the Argentinian and Indian (Amateur Rider´s Club) team that ended in a tie.The event was organised by YES bank together with the Consulate General and Promotion Centre of Argentina and the Amateur Riders Club. Hosted by Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES Bank; Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Acting Consul General; and Suresh Tapuriah, President, Amateur Riders Club; Rajashree Birla, Cyrus Poonawalla; Radha Kapoor Khanna and Aditya Khanna were the Guests of Honour and also presented the trophies to the winners at the prize distribution ceremony.A gathering of about 1000 guests flocked to the game in their polo-best ensembles, fascinators, and hand-fans to beat the heat. The guests included Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Enterprises; The Maharaja of Jaipur, Padmanabh Singh; celebrity fitness expert Namrata Purohit, actresses Kim Sharma, Tanishaa Mukerjee, Tara Sharma among others. Also in attendance were the Chief of Protocol, Bajirao Jadav and Deputy Secretary to Government (Protocol) N S Bhoge.Acting Consul General Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Consulate General and Promotion Centre of the Argentine Republic in Mumbai, said, “We hope to continue bringing polo players from Argentina that are the best in the world with an aim to share our sporting culture with India and of course to continue this six-year long tradition that we have started.”