The 18th edition of Indo – US joint training exercise “YUDH ABHYAS 22” is scheduled to be conducted in Uttarakhand this month. Exercise Yudh Abhyas is conducted annually between India and USA with the aim of exchanging best practices, Tactics, Techniques and Procedures between the Armies of the two nations. The previous edition of the exercise was conducted at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska (USA) in October 2021.

US Army soldiers of 2nd Brigade of the 11th Airborne Division and Indian Army soldiers from the ASSAM Regiment will be participating in the exercise. The training schedule focuses on employment of an integrated battle group under Chapter VII of the UN Mandate. The schedule will include all operations related to peace keeping & peace enforcement. The troops from both nations will work together to achieve common objectives. The joint exercise will also focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. Troops from both nations will practice launching of swift & coordinated relief efforts in the wake of any natural calamity.

In order to derive full benefit from the professional skills & experiences of  both the armies, a Command Post Exercise and Expert Academic Discussions (EAD) on carefully selected topics will be carried out. The scope of the Field Training Exercise includes validation of integrated battle groups, force multipliers, establishment and functioning of surveillance grids, validation of operational logistics, mountain warfare skills, casualty evacuation  and combat medical aid in adverse terrain and climatic conditions. The exercise will involve exchanges and practices on a wide spectrum of combat skills including combat engineering, employment of UAS/Counter UAS techniques and information operations

The exercise will facilitate both Armies to share their wide experiences, skills and enhance their techniques through information exchange.



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In with the New…Occupational Training & Supply (OTS) Hires New Staff

 OTS is excited to announce that Matt Young has been appointed to Associate Training Director. Matt has a Masters of Education in Teacher Education, Professional Development and Learning Behavior, Bachelors of Art in Communication, and has been a soccer coach for 15+ years. Operations Manager, Kristina Miczek shares her excitement with the team, “Matt comes from an education background, and we are confident that his education, skills, and team-player mentality will be an asset to OTS as we continue to grow and thrive!”

New leading ladies, Angela Chesser and Jennifer Espinoza have also joined this women-owned and operated business this past year. Angela was recently promoted to the Accounts Receivable Specialist role and Jennifer is the Accounts Payable and Purchasing Liaison. With the addition of these new roles, Occupational Training & Supply has been able to streamline their process to ensure a fast and efficient customer experience.

These ladies have been a great addition to the team, they’ve been an integral part of the office atmosphere, creating a Party Planning Committee to support employee engagement. As a family-owned and operated business, OTS knows the importance of showing appreciation to their employees and strive to make their business the best place to work. “We’re small enough to know you, but large enough to support you,” says Kathy DeSalvo, president.

Another great addition to the warehouse team is Julio Garcia, who’s excitement and positivity already radiates throughout the building. “I’m very optimistic, open to meeting new people and just about creating a great atmosphere,” says Julio when asked about starting at OTS.

About the Company

Occupational Training and Supply (OTS) is the Midwest leader for ‘hands-on’ environmental and safety training. They are a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), certified in the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. With a 20,000 square foot training facility they are fully equipped and specifically designed with large classrooms and hands-on areas. They provide practical exercises and demonstrations of various techniques and equipment used in the industry.

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Neowithdrawal Training and Technology to Assist Parents and Newborns Affected by Opioid Crisis

SPOKANE, Wash.April 7, 2022PRLog — Managed Health Connections, LLC announces the launch of our Neowithdrawal mobile technology platform providing Eat, Sleep and Console (ESC) Education Course and Bedside Decision Support. The Neowithdrawal technology provides expanded access to support clinicians and parents providing care for infants diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), also known as Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS). We are launching in the Pacific Northwest with plans to expand nationally.

“The online and mobile capabilities of our ESC products make it convenient for clinicians and parents to access important information guiding them to provide the best care for these infants,” said Kim Johnson, Founder and CEO of Managed Health Connections. Maureen Shogan, MN, RNC and Clinical Director said, “I have worked with these infants and their parents for decades and I am excited that we can now provide online access to these tools to improve care, even during a pandemic. We look forward to providing education and competency validation that can make it easier for clinicians to prepare parents of babies exposed to substances prenatally in making the safe transition to home. “

The clinical education and decision support tool kit for clinicians and parents were developed with financial support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, contract 75N95020C00020. NIDA who sought to address the increase in NAS/NOWS nationally. From 2010 to 2017, the incidence of NAS increased over 80% nationally, with some states showing increases of over 200%. The incidence of NAS in Washington State was 9.7 cases per 1,000 hospital births in 2017.

Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s Analytics and Psychopharmacology Laboratory served as primary research partner. Sterling McPherson, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Research said, “Our team is proud to have contributed to the development of a technology that will improve care to those affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome. This work is representative of the WSU College of Medicine’s goal to use research as a driver of innovation in challenging healthcare environments and capitalizing on partnerships with industry to achieve this goal.”

MultiCare Deaconess served as the primary clinical partner for the bedside decision support system for clinicians and parents.  Jennifer Graham MN, RN and Chief Nurse Executive said,  “MultiCare is pleased to provide support for research in the Inland Northwest and for this critical population. We look forward to expanding access to this education program throughout the MultiCare System”.

Kootenai Health  supported the initial phase of the research project providing access to staff for validation of the education program.

The technology platform provides educational content and support at the bedside for clinicians and parents caring for infants experiencing NAS or NOWS. While the platform can support multiple methods of care for NAS, the first release supports the concepts of the Eat, Sleep and Console (ESC) model of care. The offering includes:

  • A 7-module online training course providing 2 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)credits
  • Competency Scenarios applying ESC assessments to video simulations
  • Staff competency consultation
  • Parent or Caregiver electronic care diary, non-pharmacologic care video educational content and ESC recommendation progress reports
  • Nurse Bedside entry for ESC assessments and Parent Education, enabling shared-decision making support.

The program is primarily targeted at hospitals and nurse clinicians seeking to improve care for infants prenatally exposed to substances. Individual nurses or caregivers are welcome to take the course.

About Managed Health Connections, LLC

Founded in 2017, Managed Health Connections develops digital health solutions primarily related to addictions and substance use. A recipient of multiple NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards, Managed Health Connections is currently developing additional health related education programs and a digital therapeutic approach to Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) utilizing contingency management collaboration with Washington State University.

Training For Dairy Industry

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), through Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 2.0 (2016-2020) and PMKVY 3.0 (2020-21), has imparted training across 37 sectors, including Agriculture sector and Food Processing sector, covering dairy farming/ processing related job roles. As on 31.12.2021, the number of candidates trained/ oriented in dairy farming/ processing related job roles is 67,894, comprising 17,113 candidates under Short Term Training (STT) and Special Projects (SP) components, and 50,781 candidates under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) component of PMKVY. The training duration of various job roles are specified in the respective model curriculum of Qualification Packs.

Further, under the fee–based model of the National Skill Development Corporation, 31,258 trainings have been done in the job roles of Dairy Farmer/ Entrepreneur and Dairy Worker during the period 2018-19 to 2021-22 (till February, 2022)

In order to inculcate entrepreneurship skills in the candidates for establishing businesses, Pilot Projects like (i) Pradhan Mantri Yuva Udyamita Vikas Abhiyan (PM-YUVA); (ii) Entrepreneurship Promotion and Mentoring of Micro and Small Businesses in Six Holy Cities, i.e., Pandharpur, Puri, Varanasi, Haridwar, Kollur and Bodh Gaya; (iii) Pilot project, ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Startups by Women (WEE)’ are being implemented through the institutes of skill ecosystem under this Ministry. Further, the PMKVY scheme has a mandatory provision for training under 155 hours of an English, Employability & Entrepreneurship (EEE) module, besides the core curriculum of the course. In addition, Training Providers (TPs) also provide support to the candidates for entrepreneurship development by facilitating bank linkages along with providing guidance and mentoring.

Out of total 17,113 candidates trained under STT and Special Projects (SP) components, 8,757 candidates (approximately 51%) have been reported placed or self-employed. There is no mandate for placement in respect of RPL oriented candidates. Further, under the fee–based model of the National Skill Development Corporation, 29 percent candidates got employment opportunity in dairy related job roles during the period 2018-19 to 2021-22 (till February, 2022).

This information was given by the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.



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Canada – Skills training program to support diverse youth population  

News release

Growing a skilled workforce is critical to ensuring a strong, resilient future for all Atlantic Canadians and the success of Indigenous organizations, businesses and communities is essential to building a strong, innovative, and inclusive Atlantic Canadian economy. Inspiring young Islanders to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; known as STEAM, can help build greater economic security, and support a more diversified workforce.

Left to right: Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, Amber Jadis, CEO, S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd.

Government of Canada investing in S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. to develop Creativity Centre and incorporating Indigenous knowledge programming

March 14, 2022 · Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)Growing a skilled workforce is critical to ensuring a strong, resilient future for all Atlantic Canadians and the success of Indigenous organizations, businesses and communities is essential to building a strong, innovative, and inclusive Atlantic Canadian economy. Inspiring young Islanders to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math; known as STEAM, can help build greater economic security, and support a more diversified workforce.

Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, announced a non-repayable contribution of $264,612 to S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. for the development of the Creativity Centre at the L’nuey/Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Building and Indigenous programming related to the arts and sciences.

In addition to supporting STEAM’s existing programming, this funding will support the development and delivery of new Indigenous programming that will introduce more Indigenous young people to STEAM and increase awareness of science and arts professions. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This contribution will support S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. in its commitment to inspire youth to pursue careers in science and the arts, create opportunities for indigenous youth, and incorporate traditional Indigenous knowledge into education and training.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to building a strong Atlantic Canadian economy by growing a skilled workforce and creating opportunities for Indigenous youth. 


”We recognize the importance of investing in youth experiential learning opportunities to build a diverse and inclusive skilled workforce. By investing in S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd.’s programs, we are empowering the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and start-ups here in Prince Edward Island.”

–    Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“By ensuring our diverse student population is exposed to science and the arts at a young age, we can foster an early interest in skills training that can grow and strengthen our local economy. S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. will create opportunities for youth to learn the value and appreciate Indigenous traditional knowledge and traditions contribution to science.”

–    Sean Casey, Member of Parliament of Charlottetown 

“The Province of Prince Edward Island is pleased to contribute $240,900 to STEAM PEI, which includes $95,000 from the Indigenous Relations Secretariat. This amount will allow and encourage Indigenous youth to learn more about science, technology, engineering, art, math and Indigenous knowledge. It’s important to support our Indigenous youth to pursue careers in these fields to ensure a bright, prosperous future for PEI’s Indigenous people and all Islanders.”

–    Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island

“Thanks to the support of ACOA and our other partners, STEAM PEI now has a new home in the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils building in Charlottetown. This space will serve as a base for continued mobile program delivery as well as provide many new opportunities for youth to explore STEAM with state-of-the-art equipment in a safe, welcoming environment, where diverse ways of knowing are appreciated and celebrated. Together we will help the next generation of Islanders gain competencies that improve their prospects in the knowledge economy.”

–    Amber Jadis, CEO, STEAM 

Quick facts

The Government of Canada is providing a $246,612 (non-repayable) investment through the Regional Economic Growth Though Innovation delivered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire young Islanders to pursue learning and careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math fields by fostering their curiosity and confidence through experiential learning opportunities.

S.T.E.A.M. PEI Ltd. offers hands-on programs across PEI including camps, in-school workshops, after-school classes, birthday parties, special events, and team-building workshops.

The L’nuey/Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Building houses the Assembly Chamber for the PEI Mi’kmaq leadership, as well as provides office space for L’nuey (the Epekwitk Mi’kmaq rights initiative) and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.

Associated links

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) PEI Ltd.

L’nuey/Epekwitk Assembly of Councils

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation