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UG outlines plans for revenue generation, campus modernisation

first_imgThe University of Guyana (UG) will embark on a series of activities to boost its revenue generation to compliment Government’s subventions to ensure critical projects that will modernise the educational intuition; and guarantee comfort to both students and lecturers.The University of Guyana, Turkeyen campusInsufficient funding has always been a major challenge for UG, preventing the administration from executing projects, particularly infrastructural, which can enhance the overall college experience.UG’s Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith, during an interaction with the media on Thursday, explained that in order to transform the university into a modern institution, the administration intends to explore several avenues of revenue generation.These areas include merchandising, naming opportunities, endowments and fundraising activities. Merchandising is branding of various products with the UG logo for sale as keepsakes.The administration will soon engage several companies, including Impressions, Topaz, as well as Gaskin and Jacksons, for proposals on this initiative.“Our university is going to have to get into the business of both online availability and in person availability of things that would help the university both brand and re-image and make some money,” Dr Griffith stated.He added that naming opportunities is also an excellent concept used by universities around the world.“You go to universities in the Caribbean and around the world and you see colleges and schools and faculties and buildings with names, those names come with money. And so we are going to have to be in the business of raising money in naming opportunities,” he explained.The Vice Chancellor also touted the idea of having a store at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and select areas in the Diaspora market where UG products can be on sale.In addition, Dr Griffith disclosed that the administration is looking to expand UG outside of the Turkeyen campus and the new locations can be used as a revenue earner through rentals.Currently, he said the university is looking at three locations and a decision is likely to be announced in the New Year.Responding to calls for more university campuses to be established across the country such as in Essequibo and Linden, the Vice Chancellor said this is not in the short-term plan for UG since it makes no sense investing in the construction of new campuses when the central location needs significant improvements.ModernisationTo modernise the university, it is asking Government for a $5.2 billion subvention in next year’s budget.According to the Vice Chancellor, a large portion of the money would be used to pay higher salaries to both foreign and local academic staff.He stressed that to improve the university’s credibility more foreign staff would have to be hired to perform functions which cannot be taken up by locals owing to the lack of skillset required.“It’s not always something that colleagues like to hear… Some of the staff we are going to need to hire both on the academic and on the administrative side will need to come from outside Guyana. We will need to attract people from outside that have got skills that we need that are not readily available here,” he explained.The funds will also be used to improve the laboratory, support overseas travel for lecturers to present papers at international conferences, development of a new library, a new centre for communication studies, fencing of the campus to prevent animals from roaming, the purchase of a tractor, and to improve lighting.UG also plans to hire its own attorney to take care of all its legal aspects, such as labour issues and intellectual property rights. The VC envisions that the attorney will also work along with law students so they can get that experience before graduating.UG also has plans to improve its drainage and irrigation system, water supply and pressure, electricity distribution; particularly to reduce the instances of blackouts, reduce flooding associated with heavy rains, expand parking areas, construct new buildings and expand its road network for more vehicular entry and exit.UG is exploring the option of opening access from Dennis Street, Georgetown and is also in talks with the management of Giftland OfficeMax to connect its entrance road with the campus.Additionally, Public Infrastructure Ministry, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority and the Guyana Water Incorporation, have been frequenting the campus to examine the existing infrastructure to determine how best they can assist in its improvement plans.last_img read more

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AFL Chief of Staff Reiterates Readiness to Deal with ‘Politicians’

first_imgCOS Johnson: “Our soldiers are professional trained to maintain the country’s peace.”Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Chief of Staff, Major General Prince C. Johnson, III, has reiterated its readiness to deal with people, particularly “politicians” who continue to make political utterances on issues relative to the security of the state, as doing so, without knowing the consequences, is tantamount to undermining the country’s peace.Gen. Johnson’s warning came in the wake of a series of comments on radio phone-in show by people claiming to be politicians, but who are “absolutely ignorant of the inner workings of the military and the security sector of the country.”He spoke on Monday, December 10, at the start of a two-day training for journalists under the title, “Defense Correspondents.” Gen. Johnson said that there are lots of “well-informed politicians,” some of them presuming to have close ties with state powers, but do not know the serious security implications of what they say on various media outlets, including radio phone-in programs.“We are sometimes taken aback when we hear people, who are close to state powers, making remarks that could jeopardize the country’s security, particularly the AFL,” Johnson said.He further stated that politicians tailor their views on issues of national concern to get votes, though, at some point, they might be right; but the majority of their comments are intended to gain them popularity.It may be recalled that on November 26, the Chief of Staff assured Liberians and foreign residents of the AFL’s readiness to deal with any threat in the aftermath of the establishment of the war crimes’ court in the country. This followed what the AFL considered as a statement of threat in so-called ‘self-defense’ and ‘big mouth talk’ of anyone feeling threatened for their actions in the civil war.Gen. Johnson then said, “Nobody can reverse our gains to peace, because we are trained to deal with any security threat, issued by a former warlord or whoever.”At Monday’s event, Gen. Johnson said it will be fair enough on the part of journalists to contact relevant authorities within the military or at the Ministry of National Defense before reporting on issues of sensitive security nature to the public.According to him, when there is any security issue, journalists should make it their duty to contact some former security experts in the country to get the appropriate information on related issues.He said when information pertaining to the movement of troops is not properly handled with adequate knowledge, it could eventually lead to serious security implications, adding that politicians and other stakeholders should be speaking on issues they are well abreast of instead of commenting based on mere sentiments.On the role of the media, Gen. Johnson said building partnership with the media, looking at the critical role it plays in information dissemination, is important in that the partnership between the media and the military remain cordial so that the public understands what the army is doing in terms of improving the livelihood of the citizens.He said if information going out there pertaining to security is sent out wrongly, there could be chaotic consequences to undermine the country’s peace.The two-day training aims to strengthen relations between the Liberian media and the AFL and to foster a better working relationship.The gathering also seeks to discuss how the media, the AFL, and the Defense authorities can foster a better working relationship in the months and years ahead, with the media being used as a channel in reaching out to the public.The MoD and the AFL see the media as a critical partner in the discharge of their duties. As such, a cordial and harmonious working relationship is important in helping the ministry and the AFL deliver on their statutory mandate.Several topics, including “Understand the Military Environment,” “National Obligations in Handling Security Information,” the “Role of the Media in Reporting Security Issues,” and “AFL Legal System,” were discussed at Monday’s gathering.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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U18 Northern Strikers secure spot in Tier 2 Provincials

first_imgFort St. John will play in Tier 2 at the Alberta Soccer Association’s provincial championship, as they scored more goals than Grande Prairie in the two games.The series wrapped up with a 7-4 aggregate final score, securing the Northern Strikers a position in the higher tier at provincials.Following the series victory over Grande Prairie, the U18 Northern Strikers will compete in the Tier 2 ASA Provincial Championship in Red Deer, Alta, from August 17-19.- Advertisement -In preparation for the big tournament, the team will first compete in a warm up tournament in Red Deer, Alta. this coming week.last_img read more

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Bush softens charges against Iran’s leaders

first_imgBut Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said later he was not ready to conclude that Iran’s top leaders were behind the attacks. Some lawmakers also have questioned the administration’s statements. Wading into the debate, Bush said the Quds Force was instrumental in supplying the weapons – “we know that,” he said – and that the Quds Force was part of the Iranian government. “That’s a known,” he said. “What we don’t know is whether or not the head leaders of Iran ordered the Quds Force to do what they did.” Pressed again on the subject, Bush displayed some irritation and said, “Whether \ Ahmadinejad ordered the Quds Force to do this, I don’t think we know. But we do know that they’re there and I intend to do something about it. And I’ve asked our commanders to do something about it. And we’re going to protect our troops.” Ahmadinejad has denied Iran was behind the attacks. Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee emerged from a classified briefing Wednesday saying they wanted more information about Iran. The committee chairman, Sen. Carl Levin, said it was unclear to him precisely what the administration knows about the Tehran government’s ties to the weapons found in Iraq. “There seems to be some disarray,” said Levin, D-Mich. He said he eventually hopes to see some declassified information on the subject. Bush came into the news conference after receiving a briefing from Baghdad by Gen. David Petraeus, the new commander of U.S. forces in Iraq. Bush said he talked with Petraeus about coordination between Iraqi and coalition forces, and that while it seemed to be good, more work was needed on developing an efficient command-and-control structure. Bush responded carefully when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s accusations Saturday that the United States was undermining global security and provoking a nuclear arms race. Bush said Putin was “the same strong-willed person” he has known since 2001 and there is a “complicated relationship” between Washington and Moscow. On other matters, Bush said: The agreement announced Tuesday to shut down North Korea’s nuclear program in exchange for fuel assistance was “a good first step.” He said he strongly disagreed with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton that it was a bad deal. He would not comment on the 2008 presidential race. “I will resist all temptation to become the pundit-in-chief.” He also would not comment on whether he authorized members of his administration to leak the identity of Valerie Plame, a one-time CIA officer whose husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, criticized the administration’s case for the Iraq war. Similarly, Bush refused to say whether he might pardon I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Libby is on trial on charges of lying and obstructing the investigation into the Plame’s identity. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Iran was a dominant theme of reporters’ questions because of conflicting statements about U.S. intelligence in Iran and recurring speculation that Bush is looking for an excuse to attack the Islamic republic, which is believed by Washington and its allies to be seeking nuclear weapons. Defending U.S. intelligence that has pinpointed Iran as a hostile arms supplier in Iraq, Bush said, “Does this mean you’re trying to have a pretext for war? No. It means I’m trying to protect our troops.” There have been mixed signals in the administration about Iran’s involvement in supplying Shiite groups in Iraq with a particularly lethal type of roadside bombs known as explosively formed penetrators. Three senior U.S. military officials, at a weekend briefing in Baghdad, said the highest levels of the Iranian government had ordered the weapons smuggled into Iraq. They based their claim on the belief the weapons are moving into Iraq through the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards elite Quds Force. WASHINGTON – Challenged on the accuracy of U.S. intelligence, President Bush said Wednesday there is no doubt the Iranian government is providing armor-piercing weapons to kill American soldiers in Iraq. But he backed away from claims the top echelon of Iran’s government was responsible. Bush, at a news conference, also said he would fight any attempt by the Democratic-controlled Congress to cut off money for the war. “They need to fund our troops and the need to make sure we have the flexibility necessary to get the job done,” he said. The House is expected to vote Friday on a nonbinding resolution opposing Bush’s decision to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq. The meeting with reporters in the East Room was Bush’s first news conference since Dec. 20 and the first since he announced the troop buildup in Iraq. The four-year-old war hangs heavily on his presidency, and Bush’s approval rating in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll in February matched an all-time low of 32 percent. last_img read more

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Community support strong for Fort St. John Kidney Walk

first_imgThere’s a number of things people can do to help minimize their risk of kidney disease including monitoring blood sugar level, keeping an eye on blood pressure, reducing salt intake, not smoking, refraining from regular use of ibuprofen, and living an active and healthy life.The Kidney Walk raised $995 at the event and $3,945 was raised in total during the campaign. One group taking part was a sister duo, Robin and Sara Mallia. The event was an important one to them given Sara had donated a kidney to Robin.“I had a birth defect when I was born and they fixed that when I was eight. Just over time they found that there was scarring on the kidneys. When I was 21 they found out that I had 29 per cent kidney function and so we started the transplant process then. I was 22 when I received my kidney from my sister,” Robin explained.For Sara, donating a kidney wasn’t a difficult decision, however she did confess to feeling a bit on edge leading up to the procedure.- Advertisement -“To me donating was easy. It was live with my sister or live without her. I wasn’t ready to live without her.  I was really nervous when I was having the IV put in my arm and wheeled down the hall, that’s when it really hit me.”Coordinator of the Fort St. John event Dana Lloyd was very happy with the support at the event and noted that the money raised goes towards a number of issues related to kidney disease.“We’re in our sixth year and raising awareness and letting the public know that we are a disease that needs a little help with out fundraising. Sponsorship is greatly appreciated, it helps with many things like after transplant care. It’s overwhelming to see the support we can get,” she said.Advertisementlast_img read more

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ICE WARNING ON DONEGAL ROADS OVERNIGHT

first_imgChristina Galbraith’s picture of Sliabh Snacht Inishowen on SaturdayMANY roads across Donegal are icy this evening.Gardaí are once again calling on all motorists to drive carefully overnight.Temperatures dropped below 0C in many inland areas around 7pm. The latest warning comes after a day of downpours left surfaces wet.“Clouds are clearing and it will be a cold night in the North West,” said a Met Eireann spokesman.“This will lead to ice on untreated roads as temperatures fall to around -3C.”The warning is in effect until early morning.  ICE WARNING ON DONEGAL ROADS OVERNIGHT was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Christina Galbraith’s picture of Sliabh Snacht Inishowen on SaturdayICE WARNING ON DONEGAL ROADS OVERNIGHTlast_img read more

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DONEGAL’S NEW REGIONAL SCIENCE PARK ON COURSE TO OPEN IN JUNE

first_imgGuests on the roof of the new North West Science Park at LYIT in Letterkenny. Pic Donegal Daily.The new North West Regional Science Park in Letterkenny is on course to open in June this year.The 20,000 sq ft extension to the Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s CoLab facility has the capacity to bring hundreds of new jobs to Donegal.Guest were yesterday given a sneak preview of the facility which is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme. The huge extension will extend, to the Republic of Ireland, the successful Science Park model currently operating in Belfast and Derry.Among those who attended yesterday’s preview of the new building were Minister Joe McHugh, Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson, Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn as well as a host of local councillors.The new extension will provide ready-made offices as well as shared desk space for up and coming businesses.The new facility will also be equipped with the latest high-speed internet connectivity, video conferencing facilities and meeting rooms. A number of companies are already in negotiations with a view to moving into the facility.One company who have already been confirmed as a future tenant of the NwRSP is the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Centre (M2D2).President of the LYIT Paul Hannigan paid tribute to all those involved in the project and stressed the cross-border co-operation between all parties.Guests at yesterday’s launch of the NWSP. Fiona Temple and Catherine Crawford from Mulroy College along with Sally-Anne Mulholland from AIB at yesterday’s ceremony. Pic by Donegal Daily. Shane Wallace from DonegalTV on site to capture all of yesterday’s ceremony Jim McLaughlin and Sally-Anne Mulholland from AIB. Councillors Gerry McMonagle and Paul Canning at yesterday’s ‘topping off’ ceremony. Pic by Donegal Daily. DONEGAL’S NEW REGIONAL SCIENCE PARK ON COURSE TO OPEN IN JUNE was last modified: January 24th, 2015 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:CoLabdonegalLYITNorthwest regional Science Parklast_img read more

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‘TIME’ MAGAZINE TOP 100 PERSON TO VISIT DONEGAL!

first_imgMembers of Letterkenny’s Mary’s Meal group with founder Magnus McFarlane-Barrow.A businessman who has just been named as one of Time magazine’s top 100 most influential people is to visit Co Donegal. Magnus McFarlane-Barrow is the founder of Mary’s Meals Support Group – a charity which has fed millions of people around the globe.The group has a very active local group which is based in Letetrkenny. Magnus, the Founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals, will be in Letterkenny on Tuesday 5th May 2015.Still having his global headquarters in the shed he borrowed from his Dad, Magnus leads Mary’s Meals who are currently feeding 996,926 children every school day.He encourages all to use their gifts so that hungry children can be fed, receive an education and so break the cycle of poverty.In the next few weeks it is hope that the announcement will be made that Mary’s Meals will be feeding one million children every school day. While this is a wonderful achievement there is still much to be done with an estimated 57 million children going hungry in the world each day.The schedule for Tuesday 5th May is:from 10.30 am until 1.30 pm there will be Stalls at Trinity Hall (at the Cathedral Car Park) where volunteers will display what we do in order to raise awareness and funds for Mary’s Meals. There will be a free draw for a hamper made up in thankfulness for the support we have received by the members of the Support Group.In the afternoon Magnus will see Loreto Secondary students fill back packs for Mary’s Meals which will be later shipped to schools that are receiving Mary’s Meals.So far the Letterkenny Mary’s Meals Support Group have shipped just over 500 backpacks, while globally Mary’s Meals have shipped just over half a million back packs. Magnus will then travel to Omagh to visit the Omagh Group before returning to St Eunan’s Cathedral where we will have Mass at 7.30 pm followed by a Holy Hour at which Magnus will speak.Th day will finish in the Station House Hotel as we launch our third walk from Malin to Knock. At the launch Magnus will tell the story of Mary’s Meals. Everyone is welcome to attend any and/or all of these events.‘TIME’ MAGAZINE TOP 100 PERSON TO VISIT DONEGAL! was last modified: April 29th, 2015 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:donegalletterkennyMary’s Mealsviistlast_img read more

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Wheat vernalization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For winter wheat to produce grain, it has to experience a period of cooler temperatures once the germination process has started. When exposed to temperatures near 40 degrees F for a period of about three weeks, wheat undergoes vernalization which allows it to produce a seed head. If for some reason wheat plants are not exposed to this period of temperatures they will stay in the vegetative stage and will not produce a seed head.The exact time and temperature required for vernalization varies from variety to variety. Research has linked winter hardiness and maturity to vernalization requirements. For instance, varieties that are more winterhardy and later maturating require lower temperatures and longer periods of cooler weather for vernalization to occur. Even in a mild Eastern Corn Belt Winter, wheat will still be exposed to temperatures cold enough to allow it to go through the process of vernalization.last_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections: Shivraj Singh Chouhan banks on welfare schemes to win a fourth term for BJP

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, attempting to win a fourth term for the BJP in the State, is hoping that his government’s “cradle to the grave” welfare give outs will outweigh any resentment, by either the upper castes or Dalit communities.Speaking exclusively to The Hindu during his “Jan Ashirwad Yatra” across the State, even as the upper caste groups are criticising his government for supporting reservation in promotions in government jobs, Mr. Chouhan said his government “did what it did, to ensure ‘samajik samarasta’ or social harmony.”Mr. Chouhan’s government had become party to an appeal in the Supreme Court against a Madhya Pradesh High Court order striking down reservation in promotions.Upper caste groups, traditional supporters of the BJP have, under an umbrella organisation named SAPAK, called for a Bharat Bandh and have decided to field candidates in all 230 Assembly constituencies of the State.Officials in the State government, now without promotions for the last three years as the matter was being heard, are also restive.“You are here with me on the yatra, you have seen the response that we are getting, Issues such as these can arise, and are to be dealt with. I believe in sabka saath, sabka vikas (support and development for all). For example, beneficiaries under the Sambhal Yojana belong to all strata of society, they are for everyone. In our party, when such issues arise, we discuss and find a way out,” he said. Sadhana Chouhan, wife of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in the “Jan Aashirwad Rath”. Photo: Nistula Hebbar    At the pit stop in Khandwa, near the city of Indore, Mr. Chouhan does his stump speech, referring to himself as mama (maternal uncle) and the collected audience as his bhanjis and bhaanjas (nieces and nephews), in a tone redolent with the “nanny” or in this case an “avuncular” state. He counts all the ways that his government has distributed largesse via welfare programmes.The Sambhal Yojana is an amalgamation of 11 of the nearly 172 welfare schemes run by the government, and includes an immediate cash relief of ₹5,000-10,000 in case of death in a listed beneficiary’s home, as well as a very popular scheme of providing electricity connections for a flat rate of ₹200 per household and wiping out outstanding power bills for listed beneficiaries.Mr. Chouhan’s government, rocked by a farmers agitation in Mandsaur last June, has also announced an additional amount of ₹265 to the Minimum Support Price for wheat.“Unlike what you think, farmers are very much my constituency. I had held a public meeting a few days ago at Pipliya Mandi, in Mandsaur, the epicentre of that incident, and people came out in large numbers to support me. The party will win with a larger margin than 2008 and 2013, and this will be solely due to the pro-poor welfare schemes, a strata of society that you all said did not support the BJP,” he said.He dismissed the Congress’ soft Hindutva push, specifically party leader Kamal Nath’s promise of building cowsheds in every panchayat if elected.“At this time, they (the Congress) are doing things as they come. Whatever anyone demands, they say they will do it. Why didn’t they implement all this in the last 50 years when they were in power?” he said.BJP sources say that fresh faces will replace up to 50% of sitting MLAs as polls draw near. For Mr. Chouhan, fashioning a populist constituency from the foundation of Hindutva identity politics, it will be a watershed election one way or the other.last_img read more

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