Drivers operating vehicles with “coloured” lights will face prosecution – Traffic Chief

first_imgDrivers who would have installed coloured lights on their vehicles or any other light that is not catered for in the country’s traffic laws will be charged and prosecuted.Deputy Police Commissioner and Traffic Chief, Linden IslesThis is according to Deputy Police Commissioner and Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, who told Guyana Times that in many cases, traffic ranks would not be aware that certain vehicles have illegal lights unless it is during extreme darkness.“We have been successful in prosecutions in this regard. But I can say to you most persons will tend to take off the lights although in my mind some persons would normally replace those lights because many times you find that during the hours of darkness, some of these persons have these lights, but they don’t put them on all the time. Persons really just use them, at certain times they use these lights, not all the time.”He reiterated that in some cases, if a driver were to use such lights, it could affect other drivers utilising the roadways and that could result in serious, if not fatal, accidents.According to Isles, the traffic department will continue to intensify its efforts in curbing this growing trend that appears to take place country-wide.“We have ongoing enforcement against persons who would want to break the law and continue to break the law using these coloured lights. We know that the law clearly states that motor vehicles should have two white lights to the front visible from a reasonable distance. Once they are caught, they will be prosecuted.”Meanwhile, in relation to traffic offences being committed on the major roadways, such as the East Bank Demerara main highway (EBD), where there is usually a heavy buildup of traffic at certain hours, resulting in many drivers forming their own vehicle lanes, which is illegal, he explained that patrol ranks are on the lookout and will take action against those lawbreakers.“We have motorcyclists patrol along the roadway for those persons. Many times, you find persons because of a little hold-up, they would try to come out of the line to bore to secure a space. But we have motorcyclists and presently we have a reduction in that type of activity.”Additionally, the Traffic Chief noted that heavy-duty truck drivers still need to respect the timeframe that they are allotted to frequent the EBD roadway.“Between 07:00h and 09:00h in the morning they are not supposed to be on the East Bank. Any time after 09:00h, any time before 07:00h but not between that two-hour period. But most times, once we find that a truck being driven on the roadway within that time, most times the police would ask them to come off, pull off the road, pull them off the road until 09:00h.”last_img read more

“We have nothing to fear!” – Jagdeo on land deals

first_imgInvestigations of former Finance Ministers…says decisions he, Kowlessar and Singh implemented were above boardOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has brushed off the drive to investigate and prosecute members of his former Administration, specifically the former Finance Ministers; while also addressing the allegations surrounding the sale of land below private valuation figures.The former President articulated this position during his recent press conference. According to Jagdeo, Government valuators have historically provided lower figures than private valuators.He therefore noted that when the State puts property out for public tender, the bids received ultimately determine the market price. The fact that deals were inked at below the price quoted by private firms have been cited as “misconduct in public office.”“You can have any valuation that is an opinion (until) you test the market,” Jagdeo explained. “You can value your hat at $10,000. But if you put it out to tender and you get $5000, that’s the market price. Because you tested the market… that’s a clear process around the world, the valuation could be done.”“You want to sell something, you get a private valuation. You want to buy something, you get the Government valuation. They always value something low, the Government valuators. So this is a standard sort of (practise).”According to Jagdeo, every decision implemented by former Finance Minister Sasenarine Kowlessar was made by Cabinet. Jagdeo noted that in like manner, all decisions he implemented as Finance Minister were made at Cabinet. He therefore questioned the scope of the investigations and why they have not extended beyond 1992.“They will stop at 1992. They will go back to 1992, but will not go to 1991… because if they only go back to that period, a lot of people will be in jail for actual corruption. Notice so far they have not found anybody with big bank accounts. It is these issues.”“There’s nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing to fear about any of those things. All of the cases that Kowlessar (oversaw), those things went to public tender. Everyone is listed in public documents. They went to public tender. There’s nothing hidden about them.”Former Finance Minister Sasenarine Kowlessar, who served from 1999 to 2006, was recently taken in for questioning at the Special Organised Crime Unit’s (SOCU) Kingston, Georgetown head office, and was interrogated for close to five hours before being released on bail.Opposition Member of Parliament and People’s Progressive Party/Civic Executive, Anil Nandlall, later confirmed that Kowlessar was released on $200,000 station bail.Nandlall said Kowlessar, accompanied by his Attorney, Mark Conway, was questioned in relation to matters pertaining to several transactions conducted by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) during his tenure as Minister.Reports are that Kowlessar was first approached by SOCU officials a few days ago, and was asked to report to the SOCU office, but the former Minister never showed up, and this led to the agency deciding to arrest him.Prior to this incident, Kowlessar’s successor as Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICIL Winston Brassington were both arrested and dragged before the courts on a charge of “misconduct in public office; contrary to common law” as it pertains to the sale of three plots of state lands.Many political and social commentators, even those in the legal fraternity, have argued that the charges against the two former Government officials may be unconstitutional on the basis that they are not “public officers” in accordance with the Constitution.On Monday, a High Court Judge ordered that a stay be placed on the proceedings at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, following the ruling by the Chief Justice Roxane George on the validity of the charges.last_img read more

Longtime resident Sawyer dies at 78

first_imgWHITTIER – A funeral service for longtime Whittier resident Lorraine J. Sawyer, who was married to former Whittier Mayor Thomas K. Sawyer, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Whittier. She died Saturday at the Walnut Villa Residence. Born March 19, 1929, in Spokane, Wash., Lorraine Josephine Leum and her family lived for several years in Kansas City, Kan., and moved to Los Angeles in 1942. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Elementary School in 1943 and from Bishop Conaty Girls High School in 1947. On June 19, 1949, Tom and Lorraine were married at Immaculate Conception Church, and in 1962 they moved to Whittier where they bought a home in Friendly Hills. Lorraine was a longtime member of the La Sertoma service club and was an active parishioner of St. Bruno Catholic Church in Whittier. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lorraine is survived by three grown children, Tim Sawyer of Newport Beach, Mary Ann Bakatich of Whittier and Brian Sawyer of Denver, Colorado; and three grandchildren, Nick and Geena Bakatich and Christopher Sawyer. She is also survived by her brother, Leonard R. Leum, and sister, Mary J. Meziere; two sisters-in-law, Donna Schmidt and Connie Sawyer; and more than 40 nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Europe. She will be interred alongside her husband, Tom, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Los Angeles.last_img read more

My Donegal… with Shandon Hotel General Manager Carolynne Harrison

first_imgCarolynne Harrison is a familiar face to all guests and visitors who are welcomed to the Shandon Hotel & Spa.As General Manager, Carolynne has been at the helm of a massive transformation at the luxury seaside resort.She has also been the star of the hotel’s very own television series! ‘An Shandon’ on TG4 has put the hotel, along with their fun and friendly staff, in the spotlight. The TV fame has already drawn large numbers of visitors and Irish language speaking guests who want to enjoy the craic and a ‘cúpla focal’ with the now-famous team.Carolynne, who is from Derry City, is preparing for another bumper year on the Wild Atlantic Way, but she took a moment to join the ‘My Donegal’ series and share her thoughts on the county:(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?I absolutely love the coastal areas, my favourite would have to be Murder Hole Beach in Downings. The beach is stunning although I almost have a nervous breakdown having to walk through a field full of cows in case I get chased!(2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Nothing! Some would say they’d change the weather, but I love Donegal in all seasons, even in winter, there is nothing nicer than a wrapped up walk on Marble Hill Beach followed by a glass of wine by the turf fire in the Shandon! The Shandon Hotel & Spa(3) Who is the one person that you look up to and why?I look up to two people, my Mum & Dad. My Mum for showing us that a woman can have a career and raise a young family and my Dad for raising the girls in our family like boys, we were taught it’s not cute to be afraid of spider’s lol! My Dad also invested so much time into us as kids, taking us on long walks in the country and discussing every topic on the news and current affairs!(4) What’s your happiest Christmas memory in Donegal?My happiest Christmas memory in Donegal is seeing the little children’s faces light up when Santa visits their room in the Shandon or as they walk through our Magical Winter Wonderland! We are fully aware that we have the imaginations of all the little ones in our hands and it is so rewarding when we see them leave, believing in the magic of Christmas even more!(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Being named as the ‘Coolest Place’ by National Geographic was a big one!(6) If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, what would it be?That the VAT rate remained at 9%!!(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I’m going to be biased and say it’s the Shandon’s Homemade Guinness bread! (8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?I would say Danny O’Carroll & Amanda Woods (Mrs Browns Boys), Amanda is a Donegal girl and between them they both do everything they can to support local businesses in Donegal! Not only that, they have arranged some fantastic events in the past for local charities.(9) What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?That I’m genuine and down to earth!(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Has to be Packie Bonner, I grew up watching him on the TV with my Dad & brothers, he is a great ambassador for Donegal. I met him in Scotland at a tourism event, it was lovely for him to come and support the businesses from Donegal.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Has to be Marbles, overlooking the bay at the Shandon (shameless marketing I know) Shandon Hotel owner Warren McCarthy and General Manager Carolynne Harrison at the ‘An Shandon’ premiere in Marbles Restaurant(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?It’ll be grand! At work, all my colleagues wind me up because no matter what we face I say – it’ll be grand sure and it always is!(13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?2019 is going to be tough with the uncertainty of Brexit which has resulted in a poor exchange rate for our customers from NI & UK. Brexit uncertainty was hard enough on us never mind the 50% increase in VAT. Timing couldn’t be worse for a county that was working hard on tackling seasonality.(14) What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?Guinness & Seafood Chowder, best served beside an open turf fire overlooking a rough, wintry sea view.(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The length of time it takes to complete road works!! Albeit, very glad to see some great improvements in our road networks of late!(16) Do you have a favourite local band?Yes – Keltic Kaos, seen them many times at weddings here and they really know how to get a party started! We have a Wedding experience event on the 30th Dec and part of the day will include a free live performance!(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?The parking at Marble Hill Beach and the water lines to the area!!Marble Hill Beach – Shandon Hotel(18) Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to DonegalDaily?Nowhere is unusual, I log on everywhere all the time! I don’t get much of a chance to go to unusual places but hopefully I’ll get a holiday next year!(19) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I’m really proud of the hospitality & entertainment industry in Donegal, we have some amazing talent in terms of Chef’s, super live bands, fantastic local festivals, beautiful hotels that make the most of our gorgeous location and last but not least, I am proud of our people. Donegal people are warm, inviting and full of craic which enhances our county as a tourism destination.(20) What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?I have two things that I find most rewarding:Watching young talented people who have nothing but hunger and passion for their work succeed and move through the ranks under my mentorshipWhen I ask a guest, was everything ok with your stay and they say NO – it was too short!!Would you like to take part in the My Donegal interview series? Email to find out more.My Donegal… with Shandon Hotel General Manager Carolynne Harrison was last modified: January 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carolynne harrisonMY DONEGALshandon hotellast_img read more


first_imgRETAILERS in Letterkenny retail park are reporting a huge jump in visitors – thanks to the arrival of two multi-national stores.Smyths Toys opened its doors on Saturday. And Ireland’s biggest furniture retailer Cost Plus Sofas has also opened its doors – next to the new Dunnes.The number of people using that area of the retail park has jumped more than 20% compared to before the openings.RETAIL PARK GETS A BOOST was last modified: November 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cost plus sofasLetterkenny Retail Parklast_img read more


first_imgTwo Donegal men who beat up a taxi driver in a row over a fare will have to come up with more cash compensation for their victim, a judge has ruled.Ciaran Kilgannon, (20) Ernedale Heights, Ballyshannon and his friend Stephen Sherrin (29), Kildoney, Ballyshannon, admitted, at an earlier court sitting charges of assault and public order at the Rosemount B&B, Dublin Road, Dundalk, on August 19 last.The court was told was told how the men, who are plumbers, had been in Dundalk working on a job for a number of days and had gone into town drinking. They got a taxi back to the B&B they were staying at around 3am and gave the driver just €4 before jumping out of the taxi.When the driver went after them to ask for the correct fare, they said they weren’t paying him any more and he got back into his car. But Kilgannon and Sherrin followed him and hit him a number of times. He was taken to Drogheda hospital by ambulance where he was treated for cuts to his face and knees, as well as bruising to his face.The taxi driver told the judge late last year how he still suffers from the effects of the beating and hadn’t fully recovered.Solicitor Roger McGinley said both his clients ‘very much regret’ what happened and they had expressed their remorse at the time they were interviewed by Gardai and owned up to what they did.Compensation of €2,000 was brought to court on the last occasion but Judge Brennan said he wanted to see ‘at least double that’.The victim had suffered cuts and bruises and had to be taken to hospital.A solicitor for the defendants told  the latest hearing that the men were to pay €5,000 compensation, half each, to Mr Olabe.A final payment of €1,000 had been paid over on the morning of the court.Solicitor Sean T O’Reilly, appearing for the victim, said that one serious aspect of the case was the names the taxi driver Mr Olabe had been called by the two men, apart from the beating he had got.The man was still receiving medical treatment but there was no up to date medical report in court.The solicitor for the defendants said it had been quite a struggle for the men to get the money together because one was unemployed and the other working part-time.Judge Flann Brennan said that further compensation of €1,000 each would have to be paid to Mr Olabe and he put the case back to October 23, telling the Donegal men to come up with the cash by then.DONEGAL MEN ORDERED TO COME UP WITH CASH FOR TAXI MAN THEY BEAT UP was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL MEN ORDERED TO COME UP WITH CASH FOR TAXI MAN THEY BEAT UPlast_img read more

What is the proper plant population?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One factor that greatly influences corn yields is plant population. Determining the correct plant population may take some effort, however, it is a critical factor that every corn grower needs to get right in order to maximize yields.Recent research performed by universities and seed companies has determined that that yields increase significantly as populations are increased up to a point of 34,000 seeds per acre. In general, yields begin to level off at planting rates around rates 36,000 seeds per acre. Recent studies have also determined that even in low yield environments planting rates of 31,000 seeds per acre maximize yield and economic return. In very productive, 250 bushel per acre yield environments, research results show that higher populations (38,000+ seeds per acre) maximize yields. Breeding and advances in genetics have improved the modern corn plant’s ability to yield at higher populations when compared to corn hybrids from the past.Are your populations too low?Although kernel weight and the number of kernels per ear are important factors in determining yield, yields are driven by the number of ears per acre. Higher numbers of smaller uniform ears will result in better yields than low numbers of large “flex” ears. Keep in mind, flex ears cannot make up for large gaps between plants that exist where populations are too low. In most situations, corn hybrid populations should be at least 32,000 plants per acre. According to Purdue corn agronomist Bob Nielsen, results from 67 field-scale trials around Indiana suggest that optimum plant population for corn grown under typical yield levels and growing conditions is approximately 32,100 plants per acre or seeding rates of about 34,000 seeds per acre at 95% stand.” Determining the correct population for each field may be a challenge, but using university recommendations of 32,000 plants per acre is a good starting point. While rates of 38,000 seeds per acre are too high for much of our sales territory, rates of 28,000 seeds per acre are too low and may be keeping producers from maximizing yields.The challenge in determining the right population is taking into consideration several factors, including: soil type and expected yield levels, flex vs. determinant ears, hybrid stress tolerance, etc. Below are some key points to keep in mind when determining plant populations.• Plant populations should be adjusted based on field yield levels and soil types • Modern hybrids perform best at higher populations when compared to hybrids from the past • Ear flex cannot make up for large gaps in plant stands at a low population • Yield is driven by ears per acre, more ears result in higher yields • Hybrids with below average stress tolerance and flex ears should not be planted at excessively high populations, especially in lower yield environments where plant stress will occur • Determinant-eared hybrids will perform better at higher populations and will maintain uniform ear sizelast_img read more

Social Marketing: The 3 Big Problems Working With Influencers

first_imgGuest author Will Stevens is an off-site SEO specialist at, the UK’s largest accredited domain name registrar.Advertising used to be easy – some harassed salesman would ring you up, offer space and, if the potential demographic and price matched your needs, you’d say yes. You’d get a shiny full-page ad, and the guy who sold it to you would be a little closer to his sales target for the quarter, and a little less likely to be fired.Then the internet arrived and everyone got fired anyway.OK, so that’s overly simplistic, but it broadly describes a period of time when advertising was a fairly straightforward business transaction based on cost and potential outcomes.Social media has changed that forever.As Brian Proffitt’s coverage of the Technorati 2013 Digital Influence report indicates, part of this complexity manifests itself in the difficulty of tracking down those who can spread a brand’s message effectively. But getting to grips with the social media landscape is a just tiny fraction of the problem.Because even once you’ve identified the influencers, you still have to get them to play ball, and it’s here the real disconnect between brands and influencers becomes apparent.The First Big Problem: Getting NoticedEven the most awkward teenager knows that the key to popularity lies with an endorsement from someone who has already achieved that status. It’s the getting them to notice you part that’s hard. (In fact, this problem is so well documented it forms the plot of an entire subgenre of movies set in American high schools during the 1980s, many of them starring Michael J Fox. Unfortunately, suddenly discovering you’re a werewolf who happens to be really good at basketball isn’t an option for most brands.)Why? Because…The Second Big Problem: Influence Is A Closely Guarded PositionThere are several reasons for that, not all of them as altruistic or selfless as those who enjoy a position of influence might have you believe.Obviously, there are issues related to the quality and trustworthiness of the content influencers point people towards. More importantly, though, a position of influence can be diluted and hence must be protectedIf you write a blog about Product *X* and then suddenly one of the leading manufacturers of Product X wants you to promote their efforts you’re going to think twice before giving them access to your audienceEven passively encouraging people to seek out fresh sources of the information that interests them, you increase the chances they will become less reliant on you telling them what’s going on – and that dilutes your influenceThe key factors here are jealousy and fear: Major brands that neglected social networks in the early days now covet the power wielded by those who embraced them early on. And those “early embracers” now worry the brands will slowly erode their hard-won powerClearly deals are done and influence garnered, but this is far more complicated than just buying an ad. In fact, bruised egos and sulking are far more common outcomes than win-win dealsWhy? Because…The Third Big Problem: Brands Are BrandsBrands have to be tightly defined or else they are nothing. But influencers have similar issues of their own. Put simply, brands want advertising and influencers want content their audience will love. The medium has changed but one party wants the message to stay the same.Part of the problem is demographics. Social networks such as Twitter continue to espouse the importance of “who” is paying attention, even as anecdotal evidence suggests the Web is makinge a mockery of the idea that only people of certain ages like certain things and behave in certain ways.The rest of the problem is the belief – held by both brands and influencers – that people care about what they do.Sure, a few brands do command a cult-like influence over a significant number of customers, but for most brand-customer relationships are entirely utilitarian – customers want a product or a service that works. Period.The same goes for influencers – it’s the quality of the content they provide that keeps people coming back for more, not some slavish devotion to that particular individual.For example, I love Rand Fishkin’s Whiteboard Fridays over at SEOMoz – they’re incredibly useful and always engaging. In fact, they’re so useful I wouldn’t care if Nike slipped Rand $50,000 to wear a branded baseball cap during one of the videos, although I would certainly appreciate it if he was open about the relationship.If, on the other hand, Rand suddenly decided to dedicate an entire Whiteboard Friday to the awesome new pair of sneakers he just got, not only would I be a little suspicious, I’d also be hugely bored.A Question Of BalanceIt’s a question of balance – brands can’t expect to have every little thing tweaked to their satisfaction in a non-traditional advertising environment. To build relationships with social influencers, brands need to stop being so precious about their corporate identities. Instead, they should think about what they can do for the audience they want to reach, because that’s what the biggest influencers, the ones who have already engaged that particular niche, are focused on.Influencers, on the other hand, need to take a more positive approach to things – a relationship with a brand doesn’t *have* to erode their position among their community.Journalists dream of having major brands approaching them because they know that relationship can be leveraged to generate amazing content. Influencers can do exactly the same.It used to be that advertising was a binary relationship with one person selling and the other buying. Now, the waters are considerably muddier. But that’s exciting. That means you can do more.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. will stevens Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social media The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Govt allows BCCI duty free import for World Cup

first_imgThe Government has allowed zero duty import of sports and broadcasting equipment by BCCI for the World Cup cricket tournament starting February 19.BCCI headquarters in MumbaiLast month the government had de-recognised BCCI as a national sports federation and had decided to take away the customs duty benefits it enjoyed.   “The Central Government hereby exempts the (specified) goods…when imported into India for the purpose of organising the ICC World Cup 2011, from the whole of the duty of customs leviable…,” a Finance Ministry notification said.The concessions come within three weeks after the Centre had withdrawn customs duty exemption on import of goods by the BCCI or bodies certified by it, following non-compliance of mandatory requirements.The decision on January 17, took away the exemptions following the Sports Ministry de-recognising BCCI as a national sports federation or the apex body for cricket in India.As per the latest notification dated February 9, duty relaxation has been given on sport equipment; medical instruments; photographic and audio-visual equipment; broadcast equipment and supplies; and computer and other office equipment.The duty waiver would be on goods imported by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or by any importer authorised by BCCI in relation to World Cup, 2011.The importers of equipment for World Cup, however will have to furnish a bond for the value of the imported goods supported by a bank guarantee to the extent of 25 per cent.Besides, the imported goods would have to be re-exported within three-months from the date of official closure of the World Cup.advertisementThe imports and the subsequent re-export would be allowed from the sea ports at Mumbai or Chennai, Inland Container Depot at Tuglakabad.The imports would also be allowed from airports at Mumbai, Chennai or Delhi. India along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is organising the ICC World Cup Cricket 2011 which is being co-hosted by BCCI. – With PTI inputslast_img read more

[Series I] How to choose a vocational school?

first_imgVocational training should be reflected as a vital aspect of education and growth to make scholars resourceful in their a jobs. There are numerous institutes, which offer vocational training, and can be started just after high school. This gives enormous exposure to students, as they can polish their skills, which would be suitable  for their future job. It is a kind of backup to the conventional college/university education next to high school. Numerous vocational training institutes also offer positive life skills and English speaking courses along with a designated vocational stream which can serve as a great substitute for the students. Vocational education improves practical knowledge, life skills and the attention here deceits on learning precisely — what is appropriate in the real world — it is an open course, anybody who is eager to study without can apply, there is no age barrier. It forms an intimidating work force to increase the nation’s economy. It serves as a great substitute for those who want to study early and at the same time cannot have enough money to apply for a university degree. It offers a varied range of job openings and doesn’t cost much as equated to the marvelous amount of money a conventional degree needs.India Today Education brings you a series on the role of vocational education in skilling India. In the first part of the series, we would be discussing about vocational schools and key challenges. Step to choose a right vocational schoolThe decision to go for a vocational education is as important as is the school you select. With the precise education, you can start your job with abilities, hands-on training, and career-building capability. How do you know whether you’ve got the right one or not?advertisementCautiously reflect your choicesSeek out excellenceFind an institute that works with your requirementsFind out your financial optionsLook for Job assistancePresent situation and key challenges:Skills in our country are mainly developed through two key sources: Proper training centers and the informal or genetic mode of passing on flowing skill sets from one generation to the next. Currently, vocational courses are getting quite popular amongst youth since it is understood that taking these courses would offer more and better service opportunities than those provided by conservative academic courses. While there remains a requisite for skilled specialists in the industry, the supply for the same is loaded by:High failure rate at Secondary level: Vocational Education is currently accessible at senior secondary level, but the students at this level seek for higher educationAt present, the vocational structure doesn’t put much stress on the educational skills, causing in lower occurrences of vertical movementThere is a lack of involvement by private players in the arena of vocational educationThere is a dearth of prospects for constant skill up-gradationThere is no strong delivery of certifications and degrees for the unorganised/informal regionEncounters under took by ITCs and ITIs are off poor eminence trainers, lack of elasticity and old-fashioned infrastructure.With inputs from Mrs. Shaheen Khan,  Director of Council of Education & Development Programmes (CEDP) Skill Institute, Mumbai For more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more