Department of Labor announces Summer Employment Opportunity Grants

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) has announced the recipients of the 2010 Summer Employment Opportunity (SEO) grant funds. These funds will be used to provide academic and occupational summer experiences to eligible youth ages 14-21, with an emphasis on serving youth over 16 who are not in school.While the 2010 program was smaller than 2009 because ARRA funding is no longer available, the department had $125,000 to award for this important program. Applications totaled almost seven times that much money, indicating how great the need is. Applicants responded to a Request for Proposal, describing their programs in detail. The applications were reviewed and scored by a multi-agency committee and awards were made based on those scores, populations to be served, geographic mix, cost per participant, occupations involved and their connection to real jobs, and the past performance of the applicant.The following projects were awarded funds and will begin recruiting participants soon:Laraway SchoolLaraway’s program is designed to serve the neediest youth, primarily those at risk of dropping out, youth in foster care, court involved youth, and youth of incarcerated parents. Participants come from all over Vermont, with the majority currently residing in Lamoille, Washington, and Orleans Counties. They will receive literacy and math instruction as well as occupational and post-secondary opportunities. Each will identify one of the following areas of interest: Conservation and Recreation Management, Agriculture, or Health and Human Services and will complete a community project or service.Linking Learning to Life, Inc. (LLL)The TIPS program, Training Interns and Partnering for Success, created by LLL, has been adapted to partner with the Vermont Lake Monsters to place high risk Chittenden County youth in summer employment at Centennial Field in Burlington. A second work site at Gutterson Field House was added last year. In addition to paid work experience, the program will include career exploration, soft skill training, resume writing, and interview techniques.Smokey House CenterFor 36 years, Smokey House has been providing work-based learning opportunities to disadvantaged youth in the Rutland and Bennington area. Participants will work in small crews 4 days a week during the summer learning basic academic, occupational, and work readiness skills by engaging in natural resource management work projects, utilizing their farm and forest lands.The Tutorial Center, Inc.The Tutorial Center, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Extension (UVM), will run summer job training programs in Bennington, Brattleboro, and Manchester. The Summer Work and Learn program offers at-risk youth a paid work opportunity in educational gardens and farmers’ markets, building transferable skills by growing and preparing healthy food, managing tasks as a team, and providing customer service. The 2010 programs will include more leadership opportunities for youth, who will train volunteers at schools and community gardens, and will increase opportunities for applied academics by making the gardens available to teachers.Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC)VYCC will run two Career Development Crews, with 10 members each, one based in Richmond and one in Rutland. The crews will be non-residential, and will receive technical skills training relevant to environmental conservation, such as trail construction, design, and project management. Also included will be general job readiness skills in the areas of communication, problem solving, planning, and evaluation. Basic academic skills will be enhanced through VYCC’s WoRD (Writing, Reading, and Discussion) program-group discussions based on relevant articles.All youth who participate will be paid Vermont minimum wage ($8.06/hr) by the Vermont Department of Labor. For more information about the Summer Employment Opportunity or to find out about the referral process please call your local VDOL office http://labor.vermont.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=285(link is external)Source: VDOL. 4.1.2010-30-last_img read more

Jol hits out at unrealistic fans

first_img Jol was happy with the performance of his side, bar the late lapse in concentration which led to the Baggies levelling matters. “If you soak up pressure in the last 10, 15 minutes, it is always possible to concede a goal,” Jol added. “It is always the same in football. If you score one goal and they smell blood, you have to score another one. “I haven’t experienced three offside goals in one match before, especially the one from Berbatov. I thought that probably was not offside. “The third one with Bryan Ruiz, he should have scored. He was six or seven yards out and he hit the bar.” Ruiz will undergo a scan to determine the extent of his injury while Berbatov went off with a hamstring problem. If it felt like a defeat for Fulham and Jol, West Brom boss Steve Clarke was content. McAuley has now scored in three successive games after twice netting for Northern Ireland on international duty. “He’s had a good goalscoring run and for us a really important goal,” Clarke said. “I thought we played well. Certainly better than our last performance at home (a 2-0 loss to Swansea). “I thought second half we were good, we played good football. We created some really good chances that on another day, when your confidence is a bit higher, become goals. “The belief of the players, the character of the players to keep chasing the game and to get the goal in injury time was great. “It shows you the character of the group of players I’ve got.” Victor Anichebe and Morgan Amalfitano made their Baggies debuts and showed some potential, but another deadline day arrival was absent. Clarke hopes issues over Stephane Sessegnon’s paperwork can be resolved in time for next week’s clash with Sunderland. “When you transfer from one club to another you have to reapply for your work permit,” added the Albion boss, who is optimistic Shane Long’s knee injury is not too serious. “There was a little glitch in the process yesterday that delayed it and unfortunately for us he wasn’t available. “Hopefully it will be resolved over the weekend, or Monday at the latest, and he’ll be available to face his old club next Saturday.” Gareth McAuley scored West Brom’s first goal of the Premier League season in stoppage time to cancel out Steve Sidwell’s strike and extend Fulham’s winless streak at Craven Cottage to six games, since the April 1 defeat of QPR. Dimitar Berbatov had twice netted when offside and Bryan Ruiz, who went off on a stretcher with an ankle injury, hit the crossbar before McAuley met Chris Brunt’s corner with an emphatic header. Press Association The draw prompted a vocal minority of Fulham fans to call for Jol to be relieved of his duties at the final whistle. “If we would have been bottom of the league I would have understood it,” Jol said. “But we are 12th in the league now ad we were a bit unfortunate. “We should have had six points, so that is a bit disappointing that people boo. “I always say to the players as well, it is very hard to fight expectations and expectations can make you very unhappy. “It is the same with women as well. If you expect too much of them, you could wake up in the morning with a big shock. “If you don’t expect a lot of things… I think we are 12th in the league so for me it is not a big problem. “It is a bit disappointing that there are people that probably think we should be (doing a lot better).” Fulham boss Martin Jol believes the displeasure which greeted his side’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at home to West Brom was a result of unrealistic expectations from the home fans.last_img read more

SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm

first_img Share Citing novel coronavirus impacts across its European network, Czech gambling and lottery conglomerate SAZKA Group saw its consolidated Q1 revenues decline by 11% to €405m (Q1 2019: €458m).In an overview of Q1 performance, the group cited trading under unprecedented circumstances, in which subsidiaries OPAP Greece, Casinos Austria and LOTTO Italia have been forced to suspend their entire retail presence since mid-March. COVID-19 disruptions meant SAZKA’s revenue capacity was limited to its digital assets and POS networks in Czech Rep (SAZKA Hry / SAZKA Bet) and Austria (Tipp3/Win2Day) which have remained without interruption.As a result, SAZKA disclosed that Q1 consolidated EBITDA decreased by 23% to €124m (Q1 2019: €162m), as corporate profits decline by 51% to €43m (Q1 2019: €87m).Despite group performance being rocked by COVID-19 circumstances, SAZKA confirmed that it achieved a number of strategic initiatives during the period, settling its Novomatic co-shareholder dispute with regards to the ownership of Casinos Austria. In addition, SAZKA reiterated its support of subsidiary OPAP by acquiring leading Greek online bookmaker Stoiximan outright, expanding the firm’s digital capabilities.SAZKA Group CEO Robert Chvatal praised the work and leadership of the firm’s subsidiaries which had ‘weathered the challenges’ of an unprecedented situation, as its focus shifted to June retail reopenings. He noted: “We benefited in particular from our diverse range of products, sales channels, and geographic exposure, our favourable cost structure, and our strong liquidity.“I am extremely proud of the resilience our businesses have shown and I would like to thank the entire SAZKA Group team for their hard work and perseverance, and for seizing opportunities to progress our strategic priorities during a period which has on a personal level been very difficult for many of us.” Submit Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon STS completes takeover of Czech software provider Betsys July 7, 2020last_img read more