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- Valmiki launches College for Business and Technology
The Valmiki Vidyalaya High School has successfully launched its College for Business and Technology which is now equipped with a state-of-the-art computer centre.Director of the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation, Jay SobhrajNow the Valmiki College for Business and Technology, the newest tertiary educational institution located at Crown Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, is the product of a fruitful collaboration between the institution and its newest partner, the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation.During the simple launching ceremony, Director of the Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation, Jay Sobhraj pointed out that the school’s massive transformation is the result of teamwork.The newly launched Valmiki College for Business and Technology“It’s a collective team effort, this project here is not our first rodeo this is to be exact our fourteenth and it was all achieved under twelve years, we are all passionate [about] what we do and most importantly we do it with sincerity. This project was made possible after we made a visit here”, he underscored.While disclosing that the project was completed in the space of three months, Sobhraj further grasped the opportunity to admonish those present to set high standards with regards to the provision of education for future generations, so that more can be achieved personally and as a nation.“We must always have the drive for educating our people as parents, you want to make your children and grandchildren be better than you, whatever you’ve done. If they do the same as you, It means you as a parent has failed, it means you’re not raising the bar. We have to keep raising the bar higher” he urged.Meanwhile, Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine in his brief remarks lauded the school’s accomplishments as he urged students to take advantage of the opportunities offered while pursuing studies diligently.“Education is the key to success, it is the greatest asset you could ever achieve in life, I urge you as youths to take your education for when one is young your mind is like a sponge. It’s capable of absorbing everything so use the time you have to absorb and observe…today’s investment can be tomorrow’s foundation, be wise and think twice, make a decision with an impact.” Narine posited.The school’s computer centre is expected to serve both students and the wider society in equipping them with skills to thrive in a rapidly changing ICT professional environment. The non-profit institution is now expanded to offer varying academic services while at the same time instilling the Hindu culture and religion.Among the persons present at the launch were Principal of the institution, Yogeshwar Mathoo; former Commissioner of Police, Seelal Persaud and Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, among other dignitaries.
- Activists plead Ruby’s case to mayor
Activists also appealed to zoo commissioners, who serve in an advisory capacity and have endorsed the PAWS move. “You and the mayor have a duty to care for this zoo … you have a duty to care for the elephants,” Madeline Bernstein, president of the SPCA-LA, the city’s oldest animal welfare organization, told the commission. “Don’t be the people who almost moved Ruby to a better place, because not doing so condemns her to a worse place.” The zoo now houses two pachyderms: Ruby, an African elephant who has lived alone and out of the public eye for two years; and Billy, a 22-year-old Asian bull elephant. It is building a $39 million elephant exhibit due to open in 2009. In her letter to the mayor, Bernstein said the L.A. Zoo does not heed national zoo guidelines that call for the social behemoths to live in groups of no less than three. In addition, she said private funds have been raised to send the aging Ruby to a spacious sanctuary. Free Ruby. That was the refrain Tuesday of animal welfare activists who called upon Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to retire the city’s 46-year-old elephant to a sanctuary. In two letters to the mayor, humane groups and former zoo professionals demanded Ruby be sent from “solitary confinement” at the Los Angeles Zoo to the 150-acre PAWS sanctuary in Northern California. Zoo officials are weighing whether to send Ruby to the PAWS refuge or to another zoo. “The current treatment of Ruby could be construed as cruel,” she writes in the letter. In another letter, former zoo professionals from around the world asked the city to retire its oldest elephant. “She was put in solitary confinement at the Los Angeles Zoo,” said Les Schobert, the zoo’s former curator, who had signed the letter. “In short, she’s had a horrible life … everyone agrees that she must go.” The Mayor’s Office declined to comment. In December, zoo General Manager John Lewis and two curators drove to PAWS to investigate the sanctuary. Zoo officials say that, despite her confinement away from other elephants, Ruby is fine. “She’s not with other elephants, but she has a good relationship with her keepers,” said zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs. “She’s in good health. She’s in her 40s, she’s in good shape.” email@example.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!