Students of the University of Guyana’s Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry will now benefit from a new Study Room in addition to new offices which were on Wednesday morning officially opened.The expansion which cost some $30 million was approved follow complaints from a senior lecturer of the faculty.Approval was given in November last for the expansion on the building which now houses the Study Room and new offices.A number of lecturers of the faculty were reportedly without facility to carry out their duties and some 220 students of the said faculty were also without a studyThe new srudy room and office buildingroom.As such, following a number of discussions, a building committee was formed and the construction got underway.According to the Dean of the faculty, Owen Bovell, despite a number of challenges faced while the construction was underway, he is pleased with the end result.“We are indeed grateful for the support that was given especially from the Vice Chancellor. We had a conversation when we felt as if the building would no longer come into creation. I had a word with him and he was on the same page with me, he said no Dean Bovell, you must have this building. We worked and we got initiation of the process,” the Dean explained.He highlighted that the project was one which received tremendous support and commended the contractor for a “job well done”.According to Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, much more is to be celebrated other than the university’s expansion.“It is not only this that we are sitting and standing in (pointing to the floor of the faculty)… some of the challenges with constructional space adequacy, lecturer space adequacy, student engagement space adequacy, also mindful for some of the safety hazards, this extension involves enclosing the bottom there, it involves creating this patio, it involves creating a sanitary block, it involves creating a fire escape as safety is critical, instructional and student engagement space is critical” Griffith said in his remarks.He noted that the fortitude of the University is being celebrated in finding the money for the project. Griffith added that he was embarrassed when he previously toured the faculty.“I have been embarrassed at so many of the elect at our University but I was especially embarrassed when I did a tour of the faculty to see the condition. So we have been fixing and facing other improvements first. Even the furniture of this faculty lounge was terrible so I have to reach into the Vice Chancellor’s fund to have it fixed,” Griffith revealed. The Agriculture’s Ministry Permanent Secretary, Delma Nedd noted that agriculture is one of Guyana’s main pillars which will pave the path towards our sustainable development. She added that the expansion at the faculty will provide several opportunities for the students which will “benefit the agriculture sector”. Following the remarks, the ribbon was cut thus officially opening doors to the new building.
A FUNDRAISING drive for former members of the Defence Forces experiencing difficulties in Co Donegal has been launched.A fuchsia badge, costing €2, will be on sale this month, with the proceeds going to the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women (One) which provides accommodation and assistance for former members at a centre in Letterkenny.The national fundraiser will also help run centres in Dublin city and Athlone. The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lt-Gen Sean McCann, launched ONE’s Fuchsia Appeal 2012. The funds raised will be used by O.N.E. to assist former members of the Defence Forces who have fallen on hard times. Since 1994, when O.N.E. built its first facility at Queens St, Dublin; over 550 former ex-servicemen have been provided with a place to stay and many others have been assisted in various ways.O.N.E. needs over €600,000 annually to run its current facilities for former members in Dublin, Athlone and Letterkenny The organisation is currently providing accommodation for up to 40 former Defence Force members.O.N.E.’s overall objective is to ensure the welfare of ex-servicemen and women. Some are homeless, some with disability and many are elderly. We also promote a spirit of comradeship between serving and retired members, as well as providing information on pensions, social welfare and other entitlements.Ollie O Connor, Chief Executive of O.N.E. said today, “The Fuchsia appeal is of critical importance to the organisation. It enables us to help former colleagues who are having a difficult time and without a home. Many of these people gave outstanding service to the State and to the United Nations and for one reason or another have not been able to make ends meet, since leaving the service. “The three homes do not just provide accommodation, but also an opportunity to meet and socialise with others who had served. This we feel is important. Most of the people who spend time with us move on to independent living, after a period of time with support and comradeship”The Fuchsia was chosen as the emblem, as part of the launch of the first appeal in 2007. It was chosen, as it is grown throughout Ireland and was seen as a reminder of home when seen overseas. The Fuchsia badge is sold as part of the fundraising initiative and under the emblem is stamped the word ‘Cuimhnímis’,(let us remember) in remembrance of those have served and the many who have given their lives while serving.The O.N.E., with the support of Limerick City Council, is currently in the process of refurbishing a premises in Limerick City which will be used as a drop in centre, where veterans can go for advice, to meet former comrades or just to have a cup of tea in a friendly environment. This project will act as a prototype for further service provision to ex-service personnel.The Fuchsia 2012 appeal will run throughout July and further details can be found on www.oneconnect.ie .FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO HELP EX-SOLDIERS IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO HELP EX-SOLDIERS IN DONEGALONE