“See you in court” – UGSS to admin

first_imgUG fees increaseUniversity of Guyana Students Society (UGSS) President Norwell Hinds said that the body was in the process of “putting its ducks in a row” as it contemplated mounting a legal challenge against the University of Guyana administration over the move to “unconstitutionally” raise administrative fees.On Thursday last, students were notified by email by that from March 1, there will be an increase ranging from 20 to 100 per cent for 28 different services offered by the administration.A section of the students at the meetingThe University released a statement on Sunday, which revealed that a Special Meeting of the Finance and General Purpose Committee (F&GPC) approved the increase in various service fees since June 1, 2017.According to the statement, the new fees were sanctioned after a comparative analysis revealed that the administrative fees of the University were lower when compared to other tertiary institutions. It was also stated that it has been almost a decade since these fees were last adjusted.However, the current UGSS Executive, which was installed in October of 2017, is disagreeing with that contention and expected to challenge that in the court.“Our interpretation is that the action to implement the fees requires the approval of the Council. That is our contention and the University disagrees and their contention is that the approval of 2017 stands. Our position is that the approval of 2017 was a part of budget estimates for 2017 so until you present the budget for 2018 as approved by the Council, there is no legal standing,” Hinds said.“Our view is that we want to go to the court and let the court say to us whether we are right in our interpretation or the administration is right. We are pursuing it (the court action) right away. We have been doing that since last week,” he added, while shying away from revealing when they would file for the proceedings to commence.The UGSS President maintained that a new Council has not been installed yet; hence, the unilateral decision by Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith, to implement the new fees was unconstitutional. He explained that the body was seeking the court’s opinion so as to prevent any further reoccurrence of such an issue.When asked about any planned protest action by the UGSS, Hinds related that there were “many ways to skin a cat” and that protests have been tried by previous UGSS Executives with little or no significant results; hence, they were bent on taking the administration to court should it go ahead and implement the fees.The students are now required to pay $1000 (previously $500) for processing applications for degree, diploma and certificate programmes and $3000 instead of $2000 for late application. Additionally, fees were adjusted for late registration from $10,000 to $12,000, supplemental examination from $1500 to $5000, personal transcripts from $3000 to $5000 and to $6000 to re-sit an exam while a letter for visa applications and other purposes would cost $5000.Town-hall meetingIn order to bring the student body up to date with the actions taken by the Society and to also listen to their suggestions, the UGSS hosted a town-hall styled meeting on campus on Tuesday.At the meeting, the UGSS was bashed for knowing of the decision to implement the raise in fees and doing nothing about it. However, Hinds indicated that the body only became aware of the raise in January after students writing supplemental exams complained.Several of the students complained about the sloth in the University releasing their grades. They noted that although it was three weeks into the new semester, grades from last year were not released as yet; in addition, their timetables were a mess, lecturers were not showing up and in some cases, they were still waiting to sit exams for last semester courses.The students questioned the level of service being delivered by the administration, noting that UG’s back gate was being closed as soon as it got dark as a result of lack of lighting, there were dogs roaming the campus biting students and parking spaces were inadequate. The students are irate that all the administration seems to be doing is enhancing itself and ignoring the concerns of the students.They all committed to banding together to ensure the fees were not increased and to pressure the administration to ensure quality, efficient and timely services were delivered.last_img read more

SBB to vet companies registering for 20% Govt contracts

first_imgIn efforts to avoid corruption in the Small Business Procurement Programme, which seeks to ensure that 20 per cent of Government contracts go to small firms, the Small Business Bureau (SBB) is undertaking a series of measures to vet companies registering for the programme. This was revealed by Chief Executive Officer of SBB, Dr Lowell Porter, at the Bureau’s year end press conference on Tuesday, where he announced that the programme will kick off in January.Stakeholders have expressed that such a programme creates the possibility for corruption, especially with established businesses wanting to take advantage of the initiative by posing as a ‘small business’. However, according to Dr Porter, the Bureau has taken steps to detect and prevent this from occurring.“[The businesses] have to register and during that process, we have to verify [their authenticity]. We have developed MoUs (Memorandums of Understanding) with GRA (Guyana Revenue Authority and NIS (National Insurance Scheme). And we believe that once we have those applications, we will try to verify if that person or company is indeed a small business; if they have submitted returns that is outside of the criteria for small business,” the CEO explained.Moreover, Dr Porter posited that another step the SBB has taken to thwart corruption with the programme is by using a ‘points system’ which will not only ensure that genuine businesses benefit from the contract procurement scheme, but also give those business the preference.“We would have a point system so if it’s an approved small business that was in business from before, that we know of, it gets more points than someone that just started… So you can go around now and start your business but you will be on a lower [points] scale because you get started. [Even though] you might have the capacity, this is the only way we can actually make this fair,” Dr Porter contended.While it the Bureau is playing its part in ensuring that approved small businesses benefit from the programme, the SBB CEO reminded that this is the first time that the initiative is being launched and there will be some loopholes that they will have to be corrected in the future.Nevertheless, with the Small Business Procurement Programme set to roll out in January, Dr Porter is calling on small businesses to register in order to be qualified to benefit from the initiative. “You have to be an approved supplier before you can be part of the programme. Small Business Bureau has that authority to approve so that means you have to register with the Bureau. We’re trying to see if we can have all the firms ready, we already have people coming in to ask about it because they saw it in the papers and on the news… We want every small business that is capable to have a bite,” asserted the Bureau’s CEO.The provision of 20 per cent contracts for small business was passed into law under the Small Business Act since 2004 but its implementation was only announced a year ago. And after months of preparation, Cabinet approved the programme back in October.In its last Annual report laid in the National Assembly back in July, the SBB highlighted the need for Government to award more contracts to small businesses as catered for in the law, which states: “The Government shall use its best endeavours to ensure that at least twenty per cent of the procurement of goods and services required annually by the Government is obtained from small businesses.”During this year, work had to be done to put together a policy framework that looks at, among other things, monitoring the number of small businesses that will benefit from the programme. There was also work done on syncing the Procurement Act with the Small Business Act to ensure that they complement each other.Recently, Business Minster Dominic Gaskin emphasised the need to have this programme up and running.“This programme is so important that it must begin and we must start collecting the data to show what percentage of Government procurement is going to small businesses so that we can make annual adjustments going forward until we hit the 20 per cent target provided for in the Small Business Act of 2004,” he posited.last_img read more

Local actors bring ‘The Miracle Worker’ to life

first_imgAnd although the story line is uncommon, Eaton says its message is universal. [asset|aid=2480|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=900194bff19baab6d36a48a33d0e0c82-Eaton 1_1_Pub.mp3] So, Eaton says he hopes everyone in Fort St. John gets a chance to watch the play at least once. The production runs February 3rd to 6th, at 7:00 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre. There’s also a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.Tickets are $20 each for adults, $17 for seniors and students, and $14 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the NPCC, or online at www.npcc.bc.ca.Advertisement Photo: A handful of actors rehearse a scene in ‘The Miracle Worker’ before the big night – submitted.By Christine Rumleskie More than 25 cast and crew members are preparing for Wednesday’s grand opening of Stage North’s production of ‘The Miracle Worker’. – Advertisement -The play is set in the 1880’s, which Director Dave Eaton says posed some unique challenges. But, after rehearsing since the summer of 2009, he says the cast and crew are ready. Eaton says the 11 year-old Kay-Leesa Fehr, who plays Helen Keller, adds a unique presence to the play. [asset|aid=2478|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=900194bff19baab6d36a48a33d0e0c82-Eaton 2_1_Pub.mp3] The production is about a woman, named Annie Sullivan, helping the blind and deaf Helen Keller overcome her communication obstacles. Advertisementlast_img read more

Mother of slain Tarzana child CARES

first_img Whether it was satirizing the rich and famous with her hilarious Silver Streak Players improv group or being honored by the city in 2005 for her years of outstanding volunteer work, Nora Hecker – who died last week at 97 – had an infectious zest for life. “Life’s like a poker game, dear,” she told me on the eve of her 90th birthday. “Sometimes you need fresh money coming in to keep playing.” Nora never had any problems finding fresh money. She was 75 when I first met her. The Army was trying to recruit her at the time. It was the summer of ’84, and the Army was looking for a few good women. Nora got a promotional watch and reams of recruitment material in the mail saying how happy she’d be in today’s new, coed Army. She wrote them back saying she was flattered, but “at 75, I think maybe I should pass on this career opportunity.” The Army replied by – what else – sending her another watch and more recruitment material. Nora kept the watches and threw away the induction papers. “They were cheap knockoffs,” she said. “They both broke inside six months.” But that big, beautiful heart of hers kept ticking for 22 more years. RIP, Nora. You were one classy lady. Every year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles supports hundreds of social programs including literacy services, job training and food pantries. The federation does it by hosting its own Super Sunday the week after the Super Bowl, with more than 2,000 volunteers seeking telephone pledges for the charity. The goal is to raise $4million. If you get a call from a volunteer, including those manning the phones at the Bernard Milken Campus, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills, remember it’s for a good cause. And finally, if you’re looking to send a few early Valentine’s wishes next week, I’ve got some great men and women who would love to hear from you.It gets lost in the Valentine’s Day shuffle every year, but Tuesday is National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Day. It’s a day set aside by presidential proclamation for people to honor veterans who served their country and are now in nursing homes and veterans hospitals. A tribute to local vets at the Sepulveda VA will be held at 11a.m. in Building 200. If you can’t make it but want to send them a Valentine’s card, make it care of the volunteer office at Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., Sepulveda, CA 91343. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My daughter was violently sexually assaulted, and in her memory we wanted to find an organization that dealt with helping sexually abused children,” Lori Parker-Gladstein said Thursday. “CARES has been like family ever since.” Nicole was reported missing on Nov. 20, 1993, during a visit to her father’s apartment in Woodland Hills. Two days later, her body was found inside a suitcase hidden in the bedroom closet of a neighbor’s apartment. Neighbor Hooman Ashkan Panah, then 23, was eventually found guilty of murder and sexual molestation and sentenced to death. And Nicole’s mom continues to raise money every year to help heal the scars of children too young to remember her little girl. The Nicole Parker Foundation will host a fundraiser from 7:30to 10tonight at the Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. Tickets are $50, and proceeds will benefit CARES. “The reality is that horrible things happen in every community. This is a night for all of us to remember a little girl, her beautiful smile, and all the joy she brought to her family,” Imagawa said. Odds ‘n’ ends from around the Valley: The 350 to 400 children whom Dr. Karen Kay Imagawa treats each year as director of the CARES Team at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles don’t know about Nicole Parker. They’re too young to remember the story of the pretty 8-year-old Tarzana girl who was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered by a neighbor in 1993. But Nicole’s mom, Lori, knows about CARES. The foundation she formed nearly seven years ago in her daughter’s memory has raised more than $250,000 to provide medical and mental health services for suspected victims of child abuse. last_img read more

Steve Cotterill the key to promotion, Bristol City ace tells talkSPORT

first_imgBristol City thumped Bradford 6-0 on Tuesday night to seal promotion back to the Championship after a two-year absence.Aaron Wilbraham, among City’s scorers at Valley Parade, joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday to reflect on a memorable night – and season – for the club and paid tribute to the job done by manager Steve Cotterill.“He has changed the mindset of everyone,” said the 35-year-old, the Robins’ top marksman this season.“He came in on the first day of pre-season and said he wanted to win the league and you could see he wasn’t just saying it. I know a lot of managers probably say that to the team on the first day back, but you could see he really meant it.“He set out from the start of the season the way he wanted us to play and he makes sure everyone knows their jobs. Every week, no matter who we are playing, the attention to detail on the other team and the way he prepares us has been unbelievable.“You go into every game confident you already know what the other team is going to try and do against you. That has been the key. He has had us really organised, made us play football, made us feel confident on the ball, and it has been a really successful season.”last_img read more

Alliances lower Iraq toll

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch points to what the military calls “Concerned Citizens” – both Shiites and Sunnis who have joined the American fight. He says he’s signed up 20,000 of them in the past four months. “I’ve never been more optimistic than I am right now with the progress we’ve made in Iraq. The only people who are going to win this counterinsurgency project are the people of Iraq. We’ve said that all along. And now they’re coming forward in masses,” Lynch said in a recent interview at a U.S. base deep in hostile territory south of Baghdad. Outgoing artillery thundered as he spoke. Lynch, who commands the 3rd Infantry Division, is a tireless cheerleader of the American effort in Iraq. But the death toll over the past two months appears to reinforce his optimism. The question, of course, is whether it will last. As of Tuesday, the Pentagon reported 28 U.S. military deaths in October. The toll on U.S troops hasn’t been this low since March 2006, when 31 soldiers died. In September, 65 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq. Part of the trend can be seen in a volatile and violent band of lush agricultural land on Baghdad’s southern border. DEATHS: U.S. commanders say civilian cooperation and a boost in troop numbers are paying off. By Steven R. Hurst THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – October is on course to record the second consecutive decline in U.S. military and Iraqi civilian deaths, and American commanders say they know why: the U.S. troop increase and an Iraqi groundswell against al-Qaida and Shiite militia extremists. The commander of the battle zone – Lt. Col. Val Keaveny, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne) – said his unit has lost only one soldier in four months despite intensified operations against both Shiite and Sunni extremists, including powerful al-Qaida in Iraq cells. Keaveny attributes the startling decline to a decrease in attacks by militants who are being rounded up in big numbers on information provided by the citizen force – which has literally doubled the number of eyes and ears available to the military. The efforts to recruit local partners began taking shape earlier this year in the western province of Anbar, which had become the virtual heartland for Sunni insurgents and al-Qaida bands. The early successes in Anbar led to similar alliances in other parts of Iraq. “People are fed up with fear, intimidation and being brutalized. Once they hit that tipping point, they’re fed up, they come to realized we truly do provide them better hope for the future. What we’re seeing now is the beginning of a snowball,” said Keaveny, whose forces operate out of Forward Operating Base Kalsu, about 35 miles south of Baghdad. 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


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed his wife is having plenty of rest and relaxation before she undergoes serious surgery in the coming weeks.Daniel and MajellaThe singer and his brave wife Majella spent Christmas at home but have spent the last few weeks on sun-kissed Tenerife.But Majella will return to Ireland where she has opted to have a double mastectomy in her bid to overcome breast cancer. Daniel revealed “At the minute Majella and I are in Tenerife and we’ve been here since New Year’s Eve. My holiday is almost coming to an end as next Tuesday we start our UK shows.“We really haven’t been doing much since we got to Tenerife other than relaxing and we have really enjoyed this time together.“I’m glad to say Majella is feeling well at the moment. She will return home on the 4th of February as she is scheduled to have her mastectomy in the coming weeks.“Even though I’m going to be away during this time we are very lucky she has so many people around to support her,” said Daniel. Majella captured the hearts of the Irish public when she had her hair shaved live on the Late Late Show.She managed to raise more than €600,000 for the Irish Cancer Society with her brave efforts ahead of her chemotherapy.Daniel has also revealed that his mother Julia has been ill in hospital in Dungloe but is recovering.“My mother is doing well and thank God everything is good with us,” he added. MAJELLA RESTING UP BEFORE SERIOUS SURGERY IN THE COMING WEEKS was last modified: January 22nd, 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:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnellmasectomylast_img read more

Play Your Part by delivering and receiving quality education

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 14 January 2014 – With the 2014 school year beginning tomorrow Wednesday 15 January 2014, Brand South Africa urges all teachers to deliver quality education for the growth and development of our country.  Brand South Africa also calls on learners to be committed to their future by focusing on their studies.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “According to the 2013 Results for Learning Report, there has been an increase in the number of children attending and completing primary school as well as having access to lower-secondary school.  We have also recently welcomed an improved matric pass rate.  This is good news since education is the foundation of a country’s development.  We therefore urge learners and teachers to be committed to being in the classroom, teaching and learning.”“Brand South Africa urges the youth, particularly the matriculants of 2014 to remain dedicated throughout the year and reach high to achieve the results they are capable of. Play your Part, Do Best,” concluded Mr Matola.Note to editorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South Africa@Brand_SA (https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someone@PlayyourpartSA #DoBestFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Fikile  Makhoba Email:  FikileM@brandsouthafrica.com Mobile: 071 155 9192Email:  Fikilem@brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Five alternative energy initiatives in Africa

first_img26 October 2016The renewable energy industry is a two-fold opportunity: it offers cost- effective, environmentally friendly energy to consumers in Africa and it provides a new avenue of business for entrepreneurs. Five companies are at the forefront of making alternative energy viable on the continent.Solynta EnergySolynta Engineering Team in action! #solar#nigeria#lagos# pic.twitter.com/vcoDDeKIpo— Solynta Energy (@SolyntaEnergy) October 6, 2015Founded by Lagos entrepreneur Uvie Ugono in Nigeria in 2013, Solynta provides solar panel installations to Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. Operating with little corporate support, the company focuses on installing systems onto schools, healthcare facilities and small businesses. The company also operates a number of solar “filling stations” around Nigeria that offers consumer education, repairs and pre-loaded solar panels.Off Grid ElectricOur customers rely on their mobile devices to make payments https://t.co/3SxVFpiE6c pic.twitter.com/K8YcDs2j7t— Off Grid Electric (@OffGridE) August 18, 2016This Tanzanian small-scale power supplier uses the M-Pesa mobile money service to provide solar power systems, including LED lighting systems, to rural areas. The self-sustaining solar system complete with panels and lithium battery can be installed for as little as US$6 (about R82). It has installed over 10 000 systems in rural Tanzania and Rwanda. The company raised over $25-million (about R344-million) in 2015 that goes towards providing systems, maintenance support and technical training.Ugesi GoldUgesi Gold and EnergyNet’s off-grid energy solution starts generating power at SA school https://t.co/T4tJXNVYIA pic.twitter.com/QHrR3u8jKf— Damilola Ade (@aadedamilola) February 17, 2016A South African energy start-up, Ugesi Gold provides solar battery charging stations, called SolarTurtles, in rural areas where users can charge solar battery packs which are then carried home. In February 2014 the project was proclaimed as a Climate Solver by the World Wildlife Fund that highlights the best technologies in reducing carbon emissions and support energy access while creating awareness of the value of innovation as a tool to tackle climate change.JuabarAnother great concept for #solar mobile phone charging kiosks in rural areas – this one Juabar from Tanzania #tech4D pic.twitter.com/mpOc6zurpO— Anna Lowe (@annawillcreate) January 29, 2016Juabars, Swahili for ‘sun bar’, are becoming a common sight in Tanzania in small towns and urban areas alike. Started in 2013, Juabar travelling solar-powered phone charging kiosks use 50W solar-PV systems to charge up to 20 mobile phones or small electronic appliances at once. The company charges $600 (about R8 200) for start-up equipment and aftersales technical support to entrepreneurs who want to offer charging services to the approximately 30-million mobile users in the country. The stations are also used as mini-hubs for the community “to interact with, learn about, and create their own solar energy solutions.”SolarKiosk@solarkiosk empowers the sustainable economic development of BoP communities through clean energy services and products. #CleanSolcution pic.twitter.com/6D9AGbt4MF— GoodFestival 2016 (@GoodPowWow) October 22, 2016Operating in Kenya and Ethiopia, SolarKiosk converts traditional kiosk-stores with solar panels, enabling it to run on its own power and provide additional services to consumers, including battery charging, refrigeration and internet access. The converted kiosks provide a vital connection for rural communities to the rest of the world. The concept has been featured at the global ideas hub Tedx and won several international innovation awards.Source: AFKInsiderSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more


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