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  • 2 students vying for UGSS presidency

    first_imgWith elections imminent, two students have intensified their campaigns for the University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) presidency.Current President Ron Glasgow and International Relations (IR) student Brian Smith are the only two candidates in the presidential race.A third student was campaigning for the position but due to unanticipated difficulties, he fell out of the race.Both candidates are hoping for the opportunity to transform their vision for the improvement of the campus experience into a reality so that all 8000-plus students can boast of having an all-encompassing college life.Glasgow, who took up the seat following the departure of UGSS President Joshua Griffith, is hoping for a second term in office to continue the work he commenced.Ron GlasgowBrian SmithThis Economics student is confident he has what it takes to improve the student experience with his comprehensive action plan. His objectives are to boost club creation, to stimulate club activity, to form Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with other universities, to improve sporting and recreational facilities, among others.“I am contesting again because I want to continue what I left off and expand upon what I have already done. This may sound clichéd but I want to bring the University of Guyana back to life. The institution is dead and there is so much that needs to be done to bring it back to life,” Glasgow expressed, noting that his plan will definitely enhance the college experience by empowering students.He explained that there are not enough clubs available on campus; only 14 clubs with a student population of over 8000.“It’s pretty insignificant and out of the 14 clubs, only six are active,” he pointed out.Presidential hopeful Glasgow said he will push for the creation of more clubs as well as the stimulation of existing clubs: “We need places where students can go and express themselves, express their hobbies,” he stated, noting that there is more to the college experience than just academics.Glasgow noted too that MoUs with other universities will provide a lot of benefits for the student population such as foreign exchange programmes, research and intercampus association and development.He also hopes to continue the improvement of existing sporting facilities since the current structures are too substandard and are far from encouraging the involvement in on-campus sporting activities.Glasgow also wants to construct a recreational centre which will be a hub for students to go have fun playing games and being social.Having a firsthand knowledge of the structure of UGSS and the experience of managing the affairs of the student body, Glasgow is confident he is the best person to continue the work of improving the facilities on campus.Meanwhile, his competition decided to join the race after growing disgruntled with the setbacks in several projects which could have significantly improved college experience.“I am running for the UGSS presidency essential because primarily my decision to run came as a result of having been a faculty rep in 2014 and projects which we lobbied hard for, projects which we had essentially not completed, done the groundwork for and left the final stages in the hand of next administration, were left unattended to. Since they were left unattended to, that prompted my decision to join the race of presidency for UGSS,” he explained.Smith’s campaign is focused on three pillars: sport and recreational development, student relations, and financial accountability.Expanding on these initiatives, he expressed utmost dissatisfaction with the lack of interest placed on sports and recreational development on campus: “Sport is almost nonexistent on campus,” he lamented, pointing out that there has been no bulletin about the yearly sport activities since the semester begun.Consequently, the first item on his agenda would be to raise the standard of sport on campus. He noted that the ground at UG is vast and has the potential to generate its own revenue so as to ensure proper maintenance.This presidential aspirant noted too that the student/administrative relations are poor and need major improvements. Smith said strident steps must be taken to eliminate the royal runaround students endure to get a simple matter looked after and he intends to lead this cause. He intends to ensure students are empowered by making sure they are fully aware of the various services they are entitled to and the process by which they can utilise them.Additionally, Smith has promised full disclosure on the spending of students’ monies.He emphasised that there needs to be more accountability when it comes to the budgeting and spending of the fees students pay to gain their education.“Students want to know how their monies are being spent…students haven’t been kept abreast with what has been done with this money, and I wanna keep the student population informed,” he pledged. UGSS Elections will be held on September 28.last_img read more

  • “Christians No Different from Unbelievers”

    first_imgThe founder of Grassroots Ministry, Rev. James F. Ngenda, has termed Liberian Christians as people who have failed to maintain their ethical values and integrity and therefore called on them to redirect their messages to focus on things of ethical values to members of their congregations.He made the observation when he served as the keynote speaker at the 9th commencement program of Jakes Memorial Bible College in Monrovia.Rev. Ngenda noted that Christians have become the best liars, discriminators, gossipers, selfish people, dealing with things of the dark with which unbelievers should be associated.He cautioned Christians to distance themselves from those vices instituted by the darkness of the world and rather make disciples for Christ. Rev. Ngenda reminded Christians about the metaphoric expression Jesus used to describe Christians. He said “The Bible describes Christians as the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savor, it should be thrown under the feet.”He said Liberian Christians by their deeds have demonstrated beyond all reasonable doubt that they cannot be differentiated from unbelievers because Christians are involved in things that are condemned by the Bible.“Even for pastors who claim position, people are skeptical about them to testify to others about their individual attitudes because most of their doings are questionable,” he charged.“Christians will give the impression that they are assembling to fast and pray, but as they get together, gossiping will overshadow the prayer, speaking against others they feel cannot be matched with them,” Rev. Ngenda noted.He observed that most Liberian Christians have developed a system of lies on the telephone, misdirecting people in conversations when they are really not doing or not in the location they claimed to be at a particular time.“They will say I am right here and not far from you. Or you will come across a christian that will credit from others to pay at a promised time, but when they have gotten the money, they will program their phones in the way that the call will be diverted,” he added.He noted that a majority of Christians in Liberia are not transformed and as a result true transformation cannot easily come to the country.Rev. Ngenda said, “At 168 years of existence, no good information can be reflected about Christians in Liberia, but people live the same way as unbelievers.His comments come amid calls by Christians to make Liberia a “Christian state” by Constitution through a national referendum expected to be held next year.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Governance Commission Chairman Dr. Amos C. Sawyer have already registered their objection to the call to make Liberia a “Christian state.”The President and Dr. Sawyer said the call for Liberia to become a Christian State will undermine other religions and will promote conflict among Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Tell Me How Come

    first_imgBy Ivan Brooks, Sr.Tell me how come you so coldLike a bottle of Club Beer in DecemberReminiscent of the good days of oldWhich most prefer not to rememberMemories of a bittersweet yesterdayThat was characterized by great painsInflicted upon us by coerced child soldiersWho took lives and pulled hell curtainsUpon our mothers, children and elders.Oh small soldier, never will I ever forgetYour bloodshot eyes and your cold demeanorEuphoric soldiers, I know you do regretEspecially since you took the Holy CommunionTell me how come you so quick to forgetWhen you ruled the checkpoints and streetsDemanding your big brothers to genuflectAs you cooked your glaywee and buckle-wheat.Oh Freedom fighters, terrible were your deedsThe thought of which makes me rememberWhen we ate rationed unprocessed beer seedsReminiscent of that fateful day in SeptemberCall it the day I died and came back to lifeWhen I crossed over the mighty St. Paul RiverNursing my wounds, courtesy of your rusty knifeYou used to wound me at the checkpoint in Po River.Tell me how come you no longer remember meLook at the scars stamped to my inner thoughtsIs it because I no longer look the same?I think it’s because Jah turned on the forgiveness light.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • GLSC launches project to harmonise information system

    first_imgThe Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) on Tuesday officially launched a project under the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Direct Assistance Programme.The project is aimed at harmonising the GLSC and the Guyana Forestry Commission’s (GFC) forest and land information system to provide legal assurance, transparency and create compliance verification capabilities between the two Commissions. It aims to develop an enabling environment that fosters efficient and effective provision of land information in support of the EU-FLEGT.The 12-month project has been approved for grant funding amounting to US$49,900 to support the enhancement of the capacities and information systems necessary to ensure the legality of timber harvested on leased State Land that overlap with Forest Areas’ Concessions, for GLSC to effectively contribute to theCommissioner and Chief Executive of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Trevor BennVoluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process.At a simple launch of the project at the Commission’s boardroom, Commissioner and Chief Executive of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Trevor Benn expressed the need for more inter-agency collaboration nationally.This, he said, is necessary for fast-paced nation building. “Agencies must work together, if we are to get results, good results, in a timely manner,” The CEO noted.Benn expressed the Commission’s gratitude for the resources provided for the project but observed that it is inadequate. “As a result, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission is pledging another, US$200,000 for this project”, Benn announced.“This is a clear demonstration of our commitment, not only to this project, but the development of our nation as a whole,” He posited, adding that the project in the long-term will see the country benefiting significantly. “We see the importance of this project, and it is coming at an opportune time, we believe it is very important for our country and we are committed to see it is well executed.”Local FAO representative, Reuben Robertson, during brief remarks also outlined the need for the two agencies to work together, especially to share data. “These two agencies complement each other, and therefore it is imperative that you work together, not only for this project but other similar ventures,” he said.Chairperson of the GL&SC’S Board of Directors, Paulette Henry also spoke of the need for inter-agency collaboration, adding that the GL&SC is committed to working with its sister agencies on projects that will benefit and aid in the development of all Guyana.last_img read more

  • Prince George Fire Centre has grass burning tips

    first_imgThe Province deems a person legally responsible when using a fire on, or within one kilometer of, forest land or grassland. If a grass fire does escape, a person may be responsible for fire suppression costs.Wildfires or unattended campfires can be reported by calling 1-800-663-5555 *5555 on most cell phones.For further details on safe backyard burning, visit www.bcwildfire.ca/Restriction/BackyardBurning.pdf. The Prince George Fire Centre says escaped grass fires are the most common form of unnecessary, human-caused fires at this time of year. The Centre is asking residents to use caution when grass burning this spring.To date this season, the Province has responded to 87 person-caused fires, which have burned more than 435 hectares of forests and grass land. These fires can be easily prevented if proper burning precautions are followed.Despite the cool temperatures, conditions in many areas could be quite dry. Before starting, residents should check with local government agencies for current burning bylaws.- Advertisement -A fuel-free zone must be around a burn area to prevent grass fires from escaping. Fire sites must be away from buildings, trees and combustible materials.The Centre says water, people and hand tools must be readily available to prevent a fire from escaping. Residents are required to be aware of windy conditions that can spread sparks, and to never leave a fire unattended until it is completely out.A burn registration number is required for all burns exceeding 0.2 hectares (more than 2,000 square meters) and can be attained free of charge by calling 1-888-797-1717.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Suspected 9-11 mastermind confesses

    first_imgDuring an exchange with Mohammed, the military colonel who heads the three-member panel asked about allegations that the al-Qaida leader was tortured by the CIA. “Is any statement that you made, was it because of this treatment, to use your word, you claim torture,” the colonel asked. “Do you make any statements because of that?” Portions of Mohammed’s response were deleted from the transcript, and his answer was unclear. He later said that his lengthy confession to the Guantanamo hearing was given without any pressure, threats or duress. The colonel said Mohammed’s torture allegations would be “reported for any investigation that may be appropriate” and also would be taken into account in consideration of his enemy combatant status. The Pentagon also released transcripts of the hearings of Abu Faraj al-Libi and Ramzi Binalshibh, though Binalshibh refused to attend his session. Binalshibh, a Yemeni, is suspected of helping Mohammed with the Sept.11,2001, attack plan and is also linked to a foiled plot to crash aircraft into London’s Heathrow Airport. WASHINGTON – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept.11 attacks, confessed to that attack and a string of others during a military hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a transcript the Pentagon released Wednesday. “I was responsible for the 9-11 operation from A to Z,” Mohammed said in a statement that was read during the session, which was held Saturday. Mohammed claimed responsibility for planning, financing and training others for attacks ranging from the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trade Center to the attempt by Richard Reid to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes. And he also claimed that he was tortured by the CIA after his capture in 2003. In all, Mohammed said he was responsible for planning 28 attacks, including many that were never executed. The comments were included in a 26-page transcript released by the Pentagon, which blacked out some of his remarks. Al-Libi is a Libyan who reportedly masterminded two bombings 11 days apart in Pakistan in December 2003 that targeted President Pervez Musharraf for his support of the U.S.-led war on terror. The hearings, which began Friday, are being conducted in secret by the military as it tries to determine whether 14 alleged terrorist leaders should be declared “enemy combatants” who can be held indefinitely and prosecuted by military tribunals. Hearings for six of the 14 have already been held. The military is not allowing reporters to attend the sessions and is limiting the information it provides about them, arguing that it wants to prevent sensitive information from being disclosed. The 14 were moved in September from a secret CIA prison network to the prison at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, where about 385 men are being held on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban. Mohammed’s confession was read by a member of the U.S. military who is serving as his personal representative. It also claimed he shared responsibility for three other attacks, including assassination attempts against Pope John Paul II and Musharraf. The transcripts also lay out evidence against Mohammed, saying that a computer seized during his capture included detailed information about the Sept.11 plot – ranging from names and photos of the hijackers to photos of hijacker Mohammad Atta’s pilot’s license and even letters from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Gundogan’s car vandalised following Erdogan meeting

    first_img0Shares0000The Turkish Presidential Press office handed out photos showing Recep Tayyip Erdogan posing with Ilkay Gundogan. © TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/AFP/File / KAYHAN OZERBERLIN, Germany, Jun 16 – Germany’s Ilkay Gundogan had his car vandalised in the wake of him controversially posing for a picture with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German media reported on Saturday.Gundogan, born in Germany to Turkish parents, filed a complaint with police after his car was damaged on the evening of June 7, the day before Germany’s last warm-up game in Cologne, not far from the hotel where the team was staying. During the match, home fans loudly booed and whistled Gundogan when he came on and every time he touched the ball as Germany beat Saudi Arabia 2-1.On Saturday, pictures in Bild, a German tabloid, showed the right rear side window had been smashed.Police in Cologne told the SID agency that the player had lodged a complaint, the investigation was in progress and political motivation had not been ruled out.On May 13, Gundogan, who plays for Manchester City, and another English-based, Gelsenkirchen-born, German international of Turkish descent, Mesut Ozil, met Erdogan in London and gave him signed club shirts. Photos were then posted on social media as part of Erdogan’s campaign for re-election as president of Turkey.After that on vote, on June 24, a new system agreed in an April 2017 referendum will come into force, which the opposition says will give the president authoritarian powers.The German football federation (DFB) responded that the two men had allowed themselves to be manipulated.“Football and the DFB uphold values that are not entirely embraced by Mr. Erdogan”, said the DFB.German politicians from the far right to the Greens also criticised the players.Germany kick off their World Cup campaign against Mexico in Moscow on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Unai Emery urges Arsenal to improve

    first_img0Shares0000Unai Emery urges Arsenal to improveLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 15 – Arsenal boss Unai Emery says his team need to learn to control their temper after their 1-0 Europa League defeat to BATE Borisov.The Gunners travelled to Belarus on Thursday night as the heavy favourites for the game but they were left stunned at the end of the first half. Emery’s men had missed a number of chances before BATE midfielder Stanislav Dragun headed home after some lazy defending from a free-kick.Arsenal never did enough to grab an equaliser and their night got worse when Alexandre Lacazette was sent off for an elbow in the 85th minute.Emery insists the second leg of their last-32 tie will be different but he has warned his team they need to learn to control their frustration levels.He told reporters: “It’s the first match. We are going to play another 90 minutes next week and I’m sure it’s going to be different.“I didn’t see the action but we need to control the frustration. It’s bad news, this red card.“Next week we won’t play with [Lacazette]. But it gives chances for another player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • City beat Cardiff to return to EPL summit

    first_img0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate their win over Cardiff City in an English Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium on April 3, 2019MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City eased to a 2-0 win over Cardiff at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to retake top spot in the Premier League from title rivals Liverpool.Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane were enough to lift City back into top spot, at least until Friday, when Jurgen Klopp’s team visit Southampton. City now have a maximum of 13 games remaining in a potentially historic season that could see them add the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League to the League Cup they lifted against Chelsea in February.But, whatever the remaining two months holds for Guardiola’s team, they are back in the driving seat in the Premier League on 80 points, one ahead of Liverpool. Both sides have six league games remaining.Guardiola, whose side play Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, was able to make seven changes against Neil Warnock’s struggling side, resting key players in the process.The alterations did not dull City’s attacking intent but Gabriel Jesus, chosen with Sergio Aguero having been left out as a precaution, was guilty of a string of first-half misses.De Bruyne claimed the first goal, after just five minutes, from Aymeric Laporte’s through ball, with a strong run and blistering shot from a tight angle that left questions over Neil Etheridge, beaten at his near post.Sane struck just before half-time, driving a technically brilliant low shot into the far corner after Riyad Mahrez’s cross had been cushioned into his path by Jesus.– City domination –But the Brazilian should have done better from any number of first-half chances, one coming after just 34 seconds when he slid in and narrowly missed converting De Bruyne’s low cross into an open net.Mahrez forced Etheridge into a diving, full-stretch save with an early, curling effort, Jesus skied a shot over from 12 yards and the City striker, again, miscued a close-range effort, under pressure from two defenders, after more good play from De Bruyne.Guardiola’s side also launched a breathtaking counter-attack that saw four of their players break against two from Cardiff only for De Bruyne to free Jesus who again wasted a shot that was deflected behind.The only minor concern for Guardiola, with an eye on the remaining fixtures, was the loss of left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko after just 18 minutes to an apparent hamstring injury, although the introduction of substitute Kyle Walker hardly represented a downgrade.City goalkeeper Ederson remained completely untroubled as the second half followed the same pattern.Phil Foden, making his first ever Premier League start a month short of turning 19, saw his shot saved from just six yards out while De Bruyne’s long-distance free-kick bounced just wide.Sean Morrison almost turned a De Bruyne cross into his own goal and, in one intoxicating five-minute spell after the hour, six good City chances came and went, Etheridge saving well from Foden twice, a Laporte header, Mahrez and Sane while Fernandinho struck a post for good measure.By the time Oumar Niasse steered Cardiff’s first on-target shot of the evening directly at Ederson, after 74 minutes, the outcome had long since been decided and his shot even drew ironic cheers from his own supporters.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • GOLF NEWS: MICHAEL FITZPATRICK WINS THE SATURDAY CHRISTMAS FAYRE

    first_imgSaturdays Christmas FayreMichael Fitzpatrick (8) was first past the post with a excellent score of 5 over gross and 39 pts, that dispite starting with a double bogey 6 at the tough opening hole.In second place was the best ‘left-hander’ in the club, Michael Bradley (7) with 38 pts, double bogeys at the 4th and 11th were compensated by birdies at the 7th and 16th. FULL RESULTS1st Michael Fitzpatrick (8) 39 pts2nd Michael Bradley (7) 38 ptsC.S.S. 36 PTS. Sundays Christmas FayreStrong winds and heavy wintery showers greeted the golfers as they tried to win their Christmas dinnerin Sundays Competition, Derek Mc Dowell returned the best card of the day with a hard fought 34 ptsjust one ahead of Padraig MacLochlainn . The C.S.S. was 34 pts and was Reduction onlyFULL RESULTS 1ST Derek Mc Dowell (12) 34 pts2nd Padraig MacLochlainn (5) 33 pts.The timesheet for the Captains end of year team event is available in the GolfshopThis will take place on Sunday 21st Dec at 11.00 shotgun start over first eleven holes followed by the end of year presentation in the Clubhouse.The following are expected to attendSpring Trophy Winner Colin BarlowDivisional winners Charlie Doherty/Eugene O’Connell/Neil HarkinSummer Trophy Winner Derek Mc DowellDivisional winners, David Mugan/Kevin O’Donnell/Eamon Mc GrellisAutumn Trophy Winner Stephen AndersonDivisional winners, Michael Bradley/Andrew Mc Dermott/Joe RahimWinter Trophy Winner, Paul B MurrayDivisional winners, Mark Davis/Sean D Murphy/ John Mc GinleyClub Scratch Cup Winner Stewart Mc GinleyDivisional Winners David Mc Geough/Cathal Begley/Sean O’KaneSwilly Cup Winner Conor DohertyDonnell Cup Winner John O’HaganDr Mc Cormick Cup Winner Philip DohertyMc Connell Cup Winner John SpenceGlengollan Cup Winner Aidan Mc LaughlinJohn Cooke Cup Winner Danny Mc GrellisColumba Quigley Cup Winner Carlo DigginsChallenge Cup Winner Robbie MartinLee Hogg Flagon Winner Eamon QuigleyMillar Cup Winner Charlie DohertyIrish Bowl Winner Cathal Mc ElhinneyDr Mc Laughlin Cup Winner Ray Gallagher (JNR)John Hume Open Cup Winner Neil HarkinGolfer of the year winner Padraig MacLochlainnDebonair singles winner Oliver Doherty Finalist Paul Turner.Debonair Doubles winners Colum Mc Laughlin & Martin Glenn. finalistsAugusta Trophy Winners Hugh Duffy & Roisin Williamson. Finalists John O’Donnell & Anne Mc CloskeyThe Donegal winning senior TeamLorraine Mc Gettigans Winning Ladies TeamGOLF NEWS: MICHAEL FITZPATRICK WINS THE SATURDAY CHRISTMAS FAYRE was last modified: December 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfNoticesSportlast_img read more