ExxonMobil funds SSYDR “Work Wear 101” initiative

first_imgHundreds of persons that benefited from training in various fields by the Specialists in Sustained Youth Development and Research (SSYDR Inc) over the years will now be given the opportunity of obtaining clothing for the workplace free of cost under a “Work Wear 101” initiative.Magda Wills Executive Director SSYDR left, along with Shola BishopThis programme is sponsored by US oil giant ExxonMobil and will allow eligible persons to be able to enter the work environment in professional attireExecutive Director of SSYDR Inc, Magda Wills disclosed that the organisation has recognised a need to do more for youths.“We have been training our young people in entrepreneurship, linking them to livelihood opportunities and ensuring they get access to grants to start their own businesses,” Wills said.“One of the things this organisation have been doing on a small scale is purchasing clothes for youths to attend school or to work, but what we wanted to do this time around with “Work Wear 101” is to provide a space where young people, who are now entering the workforce, will be able to come here and get an outfit for work at the cost of zero dollars,” she added.Some of the clothing on displayShe said that it is envisioned that the initiative will reach the 10 administrative regions of Guyana.“Our next launch for “Work Wear 101” workforce will be held in Region Six shortly.”Board Member of SSYDR Inc, Shola Bishop explained that the initiative is a “basic clothing opportunity” being provided to the youths who are in need of assistance.“It is targeting the youths who would have passed through one of the organisation programmes, we will be making sure that not only will the youths be equipped with skills but they look good and feel good when they go for an interview or job. This initiative is basically to start them off to the good life we promised the youths of this nation.”With the closing off of USAID funding, the group of specialists understanding the great need for youths to benefit from the package came together under the leadership of Magda Wills to form the Specialists in Sustained Youth Development and Research (SSYDR Inc). SSYDR Inc’s team of specialists continue to work with key organisations for our nation’s youth.last_img read more

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Kenya hosts CAF Club Licensing workshop

first_img“Club licensing is a fairly new concept to most African clubs. It is vital that its importance and the crucial role it plays in the development of the game is well articulated to all,” Mwendwa said.The workshops will see instructors provide an update on Club Licensing at CAF level to the participating Federations, with the latter also set to give updates on the situation of Club Licensing at their parent Federations.“As a country, we remain committed to both the club licensing criteria and the building of a football economy and further believe that the process will act as a catalyst to the same,” Mwendwa further explained adding;FKF Presdeint Nick Mwendwa during the Club Licensing Workshop“We are cognizant that the process is not only expensive but also highly demanding and as such continue to engage, government both at the County and National level, on the need to accelerate infrastructure development, which is the single, most expensive component for our clubs, many which are without sponsors.”Further, the workshops will also purpose to establish detailed action plans for each Member Association in order to be fully ready before the deadline for the engagement of clubs in CAF Competitions.After the first workshop on Monday, the sessions will go on to Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.The CAF Club Licensing Rules were enforced for the first time last year in Kenya after the continental governing body made it mandatory for all clubs wishing to participate in continental competitions to adhere to the strict rules.“CAF is not only particular on when our leagues should end but is also adamant that any club that will qualify for both the CAF CL and the CAF CC must have met the Club Licensing Criteria, failure to which the qualified club will not be allowed to participate in the tournament,” Mwendwa noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Delegates during the Club Licensing Workshop in NairobiNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Football Kenya Federation chief Nick Mwendwa has affirmed the federation will continue advocating for strict adherence to CAF Club Licensing rules, saying it is an avenue for local clubs to grow and reach international heights.Mwendwa was speaking on Monday afternoon when he officially opened the four-day CAF Club Licensing workshop that brings together 28 Federations, represented by their respective Club Licensing managers and Club Licensing Committee Chairmen.last_img read more

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Sitting for 9 hours causes early death

first_imgHigher levels of physical activity – regardless of intensity – are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people, a study claims. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also show that being sedentary, for example sitting for 9.5 hours or more a day – excluding sleeping time – is associated with an increased risk of death. Researchers led by Professor Ulf Ekelund at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway analysed observational studies assessing physical activity and sedentary time with death. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainStudies included in the research used accelerometers – a wearable device that tracks the volume and intensity of activity during waking hours – to objectively measure daily activity levels. Examples of light intensity activity include walking slowly or light tasks such as cooking or washing dishes. Moderate activity includes any activities that make you breath harder, such as brisk walking. Data from eight high quality studies involved 36,383 adults aged at least 40 years with average age of 62. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardActivity levels were categorised into quarters, from least to most active, and participants were tracked for an average of 5.8 years. During follow-up, 2,149 (5.9 per cent) participants died. After adjusting for potentially influential factors, the researchers found that any level of physical activity, regardless of intensity, was associated with a substantially lower risk of death. Deaths fell steeply as total volume of physical activity increased up to a plateau of about 300 minutes (five hours) per day of light-intensity physical activity or approximately twenty-four minutes per day moderate intensity physical activity. At these levels the risk of death was halved compared to those engaging in little or no physical activity. However, this study suggests health may be optimised with just 24 minutes per day of brisk walking or other forms of moderate-intensity physical activity. “Another important finding was that spending 9.5 hours or more each day sedentary – which essentially means sitting was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of death, with each hour more above this threshold increasing the risk of death further. “This highlights the importance of avoiding spending most of the day sitting, as well undertaking purposeful physical activity,” said Yates. The researchers point to some limitations. For example, all studies were conducted in the US and western Europe, and included adults who were at least 40 years old, so findings may not apply to other populations or to younger people. They said the large sample size and device based measures of sedentary time and physical activity provide more precise results than previous studies.last_img read more

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