UG commissions new study room, offices

first_imgStudents 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.last_img read more

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Minister roasted for calling Amerindians ‘greedy’

first_imgThe leadership of the National Toshao Council (NTC) used the opportunity on Monday to condemn recent comments made by a Government Minister, who suggested that Amerindians are greedy.At the opening of the 11th Annual NTC conference, Chairman of the Council Joel Fredericks criticised Government over an incident which took place in the National Assembly.Fredericks said the organisation views the comments made by the Minister as a direct attack on Indigenous people’s identity and expressed disappointment with the Minister’s statement.“(There are) Ministers of the Government, insulting the Indigenous people and calling them greedy, also in Parliament without any consequence,” he lamented.He also raised concerns over the fact that no parliamentarian, from both the Government and Opposition, objected to the remarks purportedly made by the said Minister in Parliament.While touting the need for cohesion and unity, the NTC Chairman lamented that Amerindians are sometimes still treated as third class citizens in Guyana, but he contends that Amerindians deserve respect like every other racial group in the country.The head of the NTC also committed to rebuking any form of racial provocation and propaganda that seeks to damage the image and the identity of the country’s first peoples.“We see a member working for this Administration, openly attacking the Indigenous people’s identity, integrity and history. We advise caution because such uttering drives a deep wedge in a nation,” he added.Although the NTC Chairman did not name the Minister, he was indirectly referring to Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott.Scott during a parliamentary sitting in June reportedly said that Amerindians are greedy because they requested security in the lands they have held since time immemorial.Scott had also philosophised that sovereignty now belongs to the State, governed by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government (APNU/AFC).The Minister was debating the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) motion to halt the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the issues surrounding lands belonging to Amerindians and freed African slaves.Several Amerindian leaders and organisations have rejected Government’s decision to establish the CoI into land rights, on the grounds of lack of consultation among others.The NTC had said it views this decision as a “blatant attempt” to dispossess the Indigenous people of their lands and has argued that the two issues are unique and need to be addressed separately.The organisation said while it support reparations and repatriation of African Lands and addressing that issue with a great degree of urgency, the Indigenous lands issue cannot and should not be viewed in the same light, nor can it be addressed under the same framework.Although Amerindians leaders have met with President David Granger over this issue, the matter is yet to be resolved. No amicable solution has been found between parties.At the conclusion of the opening ceremony for the NTC Conference, a sod turning exercise took place at Sophia, Greater Georgetown, where the proposed site for the NTC Secretariat was revealed.Amerindian leaders from across the country will meet for the next several days during the conference to discuss issues facing their communities and talk about the successes they have achieved.The NTC conference opened on Monday at the Cyril Potter College of Education. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Good Governance – A brighter future for Guyana’s First peoples.”last_img read more

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Sharks bite off Wazito to pile relegation fears

first_imgWazito remained second from bottom with 28 points, four away from Chemelil Sugar who play bottom side Thika United on Thursday. If Chemelil win, then both Thika and Wazito will be officially relegated from the Kenyan Premier League.Meanwhile, Vihiga United all but assured themselves of a place in next year’s top flight after beating champions-elect Gor Mahia 2-0 at the Mumias Complex to move to 11th in the standings with 37 points with two rounds of matches left.If Thika loses to Chemelil on Thursday then they will be officially relegated from the top tier while the sugar belt side will hope to maintain a slot in the play-off 16th slot. Wazito now need to win both their remaining games to survive.Wazito FC forward Derrick Onyango shields the ball away from Kariobangi Sharks defender Geoffrey Shiveka during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWazito will now need Chemelil to lose both their matches, including Thursday evening’s against Thika and them to win their two remaining games to have any hope of surviving.In their match against Sharks on Wednesday, Frank Ouna’s men did not show much of a side eager to remain in the top flight.Sharks got into the lead after 24 minutes when Shaphan Oyugi headed down between Martin Musalia’s feet connecting to an inviting cross from Bolton Omwenga who had landed the ball after a poor Wazito clearance fell his way.It seemed like a routine training session for Sharks who made no changes from their side that walloped Ulinzi Stars 4-0 in the FKF Shield semis on Sunday.They had a chance to double their tally two minutes to half time when Golden Boot chasing Eric Kapaito did well to arrive first to the ball before keeper Musalia, but his touch away from the sliding goalkeeper was too heavy rolling out of play.Kariobangi Sharks forward Duke Abuya attempts to dribble past Wazito FC skipper Oliver Kilonzo during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Ouma made changes, Piscas Kirenge coming on for Simon Mburu, but the new man did not last more than a minute as he went down, surprisingly, even without touching the ball.He was replaced by John Katua.Wazito were better offensively especially with the introduction of Edwin Lavatsa and they suddenly gave the Sharks backline plenty to think about.Substitute Sidney Lokale should have eased the pressure off his mates on the hour mark when he was picked out by a well laid down cross from Duke Abuya, but his point blank effort was saved by Musalia.Wazito brought themselves hope with quarter of an hour left when Lavatsa’s ferocious shot from a short start to a corner found keeper Gad Mathews off guard rifling into the roof of the net.Despite increased bid to land a winner, Wazito were made to pay from their own mistakes, Jackson Saleh’s attempted clearance cut out and Mwendwa lifting the ball simply over an advancing Martin Musalia.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate one of their two goals against Wazito during a Kenyan Premier League clash in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Sep 26 – Harrison Mwendwa scored an 89th minute winner as Kariobangi Sharks picked their sixth consecutive win across all competitions beating Wazito FC 2-1 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday to send them deeper into relegation.Edwin Lavatsa had stepped off the bench to score a second half equalizer as Wazito FC looked to earn a crucial point, but a defensive error late on meant their hopes are dashed with only two matches remaining.last_img read more

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Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Messi magic puts Catalans on verge of Champions League final

first_img1 Lionel Messi once again displayed just why he is regarded as the greatest ever as his fine double saw Barcelona take a huge step towards their first Champions League final in four seasons.The Argentina star beat an in-form Manuel Neuer twice before strike partner Neymar added a third in stoppage-time to seal a 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their semi-final tie.Barcelona were the dominant attacking force throughout the Nou Camp clash but looked set to be held by an unmovable Neuer in the Bayern net, Bayern’s saving grace in what was a shambolic defensive display in the opening stages.Pep Guardiola’s injury-hit side started with a back three but reverted back to a four-man defence before the break as Barca completely pulled them apart.In fact, if it weren’t for the German number one, the tie would have been all over as a contest at the halfway point, with the world class keeper making himself big to pull off two miraculous one-on-one saves from Luis Suarez and Dani Alves.However, Barcelona weren’t invulnerable at the back as Bayern went close themselves on 17 minutes when Thomas Muller beat his man on the right and whipped in a cross for Robert Lewandowski, but the Poland star slipped and sliced his stretched effort horribly wide.The visitors looked to have recovered from their appalling start as the break approached, and they continued their upward surge in the second-half, though they struggled to turn their inspired one-touch play into goalscoring opportunities as they failed to register a shot on target.Despite their smaller share of possession, Barcelona were still able to carve out chances, and shot after shot after shot aimed at Neuer eventually took its toll on the World Cup winner, with Messi finally breaking the deadlock on 77 minutes with a powerful shot which beat the giant German at his near post.Guardiola was raging on the touchline, with the goal coming seconds after his side had a penalty appeal waved away, and it only got worse for the manager on his Nou Camp return, as Argentine maestro Messi mustered more magic moments later to double Barca’s lead.The forward made it seem impossibly easy as he drifted past a clumsy Jerome Boateng on the edge of the box before darting inside and lofting an outstanding chip over Neuer and into the net.Suarez then had a chance for a third but perhaps let fly too early as he fired his shot high into the stands, but it mattered little as Neymar put the game to bed with a goal in stoppage-time.Bayern were punished for sending too many men forward, with Messi’s through-ball sending his Brazilian team-mate through one-on-one, and Neymar slotted coolly past Neuer to put the Spanish giants one step closer to a first final since 2011. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi celebrates last_img read more

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Sheffield United sack manager Nigel Clough

first_imgNigel Clough has been sacked as manager of Sheffield United, the club have announcedThe Blades, who reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup before being beat by Tottenham Hotspur, were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Swindon and have been condemned to a fifth year in the third tier.Clough has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect, with his coaching staff of Gary Crosby and Andy Garner following through the exit door. Nigel Clough 1last_img

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DONEGAL FIRE FIGHTERS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR A TOTAL OF 150 YEARS OF SERVICE!

first_imgSeven Donegal Fire Fighters have received Long Service Awards for which they have served a total of 150 years of service.The fire fighters received their awards from Mr. Paudie Coffey T.D., the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government at a ceremony in the Red Cow Morans Hotel, Dublin.These awards are presented every two years and include two awards, one for 20 years service and one for thirty years service. This year there were six members of Donegal Fire Service eligible for the 20 year awards and one member eligible for the 30 year award.The 20 Year Award was presented to Firefighter Vincent Butler, Carndonagh Fire Brigade, Firefighter Philip Doherty, Buncrana Fire Brigade, Firefighter Neil Gilliland, Bundoran Fire Brigade, Firefighter John Griffin, Stranorlar Fire Brigade, Sub Station Officer Don Magee, Buncrana Fire Brigade and Firefighter Robert Quinn, Killybegs Fire Brigade.The 30 Year Award was presented to Firefighter Ronnie White, Letterkenny Fire Brigade.Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Coffey said “The rationale behind these awards remains as valid as for their launch in 1992: it is the State’s way of honouring local authority fire service personnel for ‘being there’ over all the years, for being prepared to respond to calls for help, at all times, and in all weathers.” He added “I am mindful that the Fire Fighters here today provide a core frontline service which is critical to public safety and I am grateful to have this opportunity to personally express my appreciation to you for the vital contribution you make to the safety of our society.”Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Campbell also congratulated the Fire Service Personnel on reaching their respective milestones.“These awards are a great opportunity to say thank you to our own Fire Service Personnel for their commitment and dedication to keeping our communities safe in Donegal,” he said.Acting Chief Fire Officer Mr. Joseph McTaggart joined with the Cathaoirleach saying “on my own behalf and on behalf of Donegal Fire Service I would like to congratulate the recipients of the awards for their achievement and to thank them for their many years of service”. DONEGAL FIRE FIGHTERS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR A TOTAL OF 150 YEARS OF SERVICE! was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:awardsdonegalFIRE SERVICElast_img read more

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UNIQUE PROJECT GIVES INSIGHT INTO WHO VISITS LETTERKENNY AND WHY

first_imgThe LYIT marketing students with Letterkenny Chamber CEO Toni Forrestor.Fourth year students from the Department of Business Studies at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), supported by Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, have provided Letterkenny town, business owners and the community with valuable insights into the profile of the Letterkenny visitor.The fourth year marketing students, at LYIT, undertook their marketing research project, and carried out some primary research with an aim of profiling the Letterkenny town visitor.The research was carried out between February and April of this year and it was hoped that the research would unearth retailer and customer attitudes towards Letterkenny Town Centre and the Retail Parks, in terms of their retail mix and infrastructure. Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the initiative and said understanding the Letterkenny town visitor, who they are, and their needs, enables the Chamber to support our clients and ultimately, the visitor to this area.“The students have highlighted significant information in relation to the demographics of the visitors, in addition to the main reasons and purpose of their visits. Collaborations with the institute, from a research perspective, supports local business and we are delighted to have quantitative results that will support local business. We hope that this venture is the start of many future collaborations with the institute.”Some of the key findings from this research project included learning that the age profile of Letterkenny Town Centre visitors is younger, aged between 18-35 and 35-54 years of age.Additionally, the top 3 reasons for visiting the Town Centre were, at the top of the list, for social reasons, followed by for professional services, and thirdly for shopping reasons. Visitors to the area recommended that signage is improved and that more innovative methods of paying for parking could be used in Letterkenny Town Centre. The findings also highlighted that the town centre is used as a base for tourists, with the respondents highlighting that there is a distinct lack of public transport. Additionally retailers commented on importance of managing the retail mix, particularly in the Town Centre.Their marketing research lecturer, Vicky O’Rourke, welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with local industry when designing marketing research projects, “the benefits of this research project are two-fold, after spending time studying marketing research concepts and techniques, students gain invaluable experience in managing and executing a live project, alongside this the findings provide useful insight into key issues for Letterkenny Chamber and local retailers”.Patricia Doherty, Head of Department of business said the collaboration provided their fourth year marketing students with an opportunity to ‘add value’ to the local business community.“Students undertook a research project that provided real purpose and insights into the visitor profile to the area. The information gained from this research project allows retailers to strategically plan and organise their activities to match any issues that may have been highlighted from the study. We plan to build and strengthen this connection in the future.”UNIQUE PROJECT GIVES INSIGHT INTO WHO VISITS LETTERKENNY AND WHY was last modified: May 17th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:chamber of commercedonegalLYITmarketing studentslast_img read more

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UPROAR THAT ROBBERS WERE NOT DRUG-TESTED DESPITE ADMISSIONS

first_imgA leading anti-drugs campaigner and former town councillor has questioned why two men who admitted being high on drugs during a robbery were not charged with any drugs-related offence.The two men, Steve Smith, 22, and Mark Villa, 18, pleaded guilty to robbery of Donaghey’s Petrol Station in Muff last weekend.During their case at Carndonagh District Court, defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said both his clients had been high on diazepam at the time of the incident and didn’t have “much recoglition” of the incident. However despite being found guilty of robbery and sentenced to six months in jail, no drugs offences were brought against the men.Last night former Letterkenny Town Councillor and drugs campaigner PJ Blake said it beggared belief why no drugs charges were brought against the pair.“How much more evidence do we need when a solicitor says such a thing in court? Here we have it in black and white.“And yet there is not one charge in relation to drugs in this case. It has been admitted they were high.“How do we not know that these men were not driving around for hours high out of their minds?“They could have killed innocent people and yet they were not even charged with any drugs offences.“It is almost five years since I began pushing for drug-driving testing to be introduced and even when it is being presented in court, nothing is being done about it,” he fumed.UPROAR THAT ROBBERS WERE NOT DRUG-TESTED DESPITE ADMISSIONS was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:courtdrug testingdrugsPJ BLAKElast_img read more

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FIANNA FAIL STRATEGY PAYS OFF AS McDAID AND BROGAN LOOK TO BE HOME AND DRY

first_imgJames Pat McDaid and Ciaran Brogan look like they are both heading for LIfford.THE FIANNA Fail strategy in the Letterkenny Milford area has resulted in two certain seats for Cllr Ciaran Brogan and former Glenswilly GAA man James Pat McDaid.Brogan hadn’t canvassed in McDaid’s home patch and got just five votes there to allow the 25-year-old a clear run.And the two are celebrating today as tallies point to both of them being elected. “It worked well for both of us,” said Cllr Brogan.“I am delighted with the support I received from across the electoral area.“I am also delighted for James Pat because he is part of what Fianna Fail is about now and for the future.”McDaid is now certain to join Brogan in County House in Lifford next month. “I want to thank all those who voted for me,” he said.“I am looking forward to Sunday’s count. If Donegal can beat Derry now at Celtic Park it will be a very good weekend indeed.”    FIANNA FAIL STRATEGY PAYS OFF AS McDAID AND BROGAN LOOK TO BE HOME AND DRY was last modified: May 24th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Ciaran BrogandonegalElectionsfianna failJames Pat McDaidlast_img read more

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CAF Confederations Cup: No Torres, Leku as Proline names squad for AS Kigali first leg

first_img Tags: Alfred LekuAS KigaliBashir SekagyaCAF Confederations CupEdrisa LubegaIvan Bogeereproline fctop Proline eliminated Master Securities in the previous round. (PHOTO/File)CAF Confederations Cup – First RoundAS Kigali vs Proline FCStade Regional de Nyamirambo, KigaliSaturday, 14-09-2019 @4pmKAMPALA – Proline FC have named an 18-man squad that will travel for their CAF Confederations Cup first round game away to AS Kigali.The Lugogo based side who are in their debut Continental campaign will square off with their Rwandese counterparts in the first leg of the tie on Saturday afternoon.The team named does not include a host of big names including Edrisa ‘Torres’ Lubega.Torres just returned to the club last month after his loan spell in Europe expired.Upon his return, he scored the winning goal in Proline’s 1-0 victory over Onduparaka FC on match-day two of the current Uganda Premier league season.The Uganda Cranes international is expected to be an integral figure in Proline’s season but efforts to secure a license for him to feature in the game fell on barren land and hence will not take part.Joining him on the list of absentees is former Vipers SC striker Alfred Leku.Like Torres, Leku has just joined Proline in the offseason after returning from Botswana.The other player missing on the squad is on-loan Vipers SC goalkeeper Bashir Sekagya who is yet to feature for the Lugogo based side.Surprisingly, striker Ivan Bogere has been included despite having a rift with the club’s management.Bogeere who scored all three goals as Proline beat Malawian side Security Master 3-0 in the preliminary round first leg, is understood to be seeking for a move away from the club and has consistently refused to renew his current contract.Bogeere who has been on and off in training has featured in only one league game, the 3-0 loss to Mbarara City. He missed the victory over Onduparaka in the league and it was highly believed he would not play for Proline again.Proline reached the first round of the Confederations Cup qualifiers following a 3-0 aggregate victory over Masters Securities.For AS Kigali, the breezes past Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) 2-1.The second leg of the tie will be played at Lugogo on the 28th of September.Proline FC 18-man squadGoalkeepersHassan Matovu, Shatif MagolaDefendersBernard Muwanga, Mustafa Mujuzi, Yusuf Mukisa, Saka Mpima, Sendi Ibrahim, Richard Ajuna, James Begesa, Sula SekamwaMidfieldersSam Kintu, Bright Anukani, Bunjo Noordin, Andrew Isiagi, Ibrahim WamanahForwardsHakim Kiwanuka, Ivan Bogere, Kizza HamisComments last_img read more

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