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Colombian leader to receive Nobel Peace Prize



Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Peace Prize, Pastora Mira Garcia, Fabiola Perdomo

Juan Manuel Santos

Bogota: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos travelled to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, together with representatives of the thousands of victims of the country’s half-century conflict, the media reported on Friday. Santos on Thursday invited “some 40 people, many of them close friends and relatives, but also (peace) negotiators and about 10 representatives of the victims of the conflict”, Xinhua news agency reported. “I will accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all Colombians, but especially the victims of the conflict,” Santos said.

Among those accompanying the President were Pastora Mira Garcia, a community activist who lost much of her family and still helped both the victims and those fighting the civil war, Leiner Palacios, a survivor of massacre, Fabiola Perdomo, a widow of a deputy who was kidnapped and killed by the rebels, and Ingrid Betancourt, a former presidential candidate and high-profile kidnapped victim.

According to the presidency, besides her personal pains, “Mira’s struggle for others, her social activism, her infinite capacity for forgiveness and reconciliation (to the point of providing shelter and first aid to the attacker of one of her relatives)… make her stand out among those invited to the Nobel” ceremony.

Santos was awarded the Nobel prize for his role in the peace process to end the decades long civil war in Colombia. He and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Rodrigo Londono, signed a revised peace agreement in November, in efforts to end the country’s half-century conflict, which has left 220,000 people dead, and millions of people homeless.


Training for expert H-1B occupations, US announces $150 million.



The US will make investments $150 million in training for center-to-excessive-expert H-1B occupations in key sectors, together with in info expertise which employs tens of hundreds of Indian professionals.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables US firms to make use of overseas employees in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical experience.

The expertise firms rely upon it to rent tens of hundreds of staff annually from international locations like India and China.

According to the Department of Labor, outstanding amongst these sectors are info expertise, cybersecurity, superior manufacturing, transportation, whereby the H-1B One Workforce grant programme could be used to upskill the current workforce and practice a brand new technology of employees to develop the long run workforce.

The corona virus pandemic has not solely prompted disruptions within the labour market, but additionally compelled many training and training suppliers and employers to rethink easy methods to ship training, the division mentioned in an announcement.

In this grant programme, the division’s Employment and Training Administration has got down to streamline funding and sources to encourage a extra built-in workforce system that can push the candidates to supply an revolutionary combine of training methods, leveraging revolutionary modes of training supply, together with on-line, distance and different expertise-enabled studying.

Through native public-personal partnerships, the grantees will deploy training to supply people of their communities with expertise essential to advance profession pathways to employment in center-to-excessive-expert H-1B occupations inside key trade sectors.

The training fashions will embody a broad vary of classroom and on-the-job training, customized training, incumbent employee training, registered apprenticeship programme and trade-recognized apprenticeship programme.

“The US Department of Labor is challenging communities to think as ‘One Workforce’,” Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training John Pallasch mentioned.

“In the current job environment, it is critical that local organizations work as one, instead of independent parts of a process. Our goal is to create seamless community partnerships to build career pathways for local job seekers to enter middle-to-high-skilled occupations in the cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing and transportation sectors,” he mentioned.

Public-private partnerships will leverage sources throughout federal, state and native funding streams in addition to from the personal sector to help training, employment companies and supportive companies to maximize entry to employment alternatives, the official assertion mentioned.

These partnerships will work towards a coordinated strategy to getting ready a talented workforce inside an financial area. All candidates should exhibit that they’re leveraging at the least 25 per cent of the grant funds requested, it added.

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