17 Jan

New UGSS President on a mission to transform campus experience

first_imgBy Devina SamarooRecently appointed University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) President Ron Glasgow eagerly embarks on his new journey to represent the student body and to work alongside other creative minds in implementing measures that will transform overall experience at the Turkeyen Campus.Ron GlasgowThough he was never previously involved in the core of UGSS activities, Glasgow has always participated in events, protests or student movements that the society would organise, and this drive to strive for betterment influenced his decision to take up the mantle of representing the entire student body in demanding better.“I’ve always wanted to take charge of campus, you know we all have that bucket list that we want to get cleared, leading the student population, to mobilising them, to doing things, has always been on that list for me, and I only have four years on campus so I have to make the most out of it,” Glasgow expressed during an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday.At just 19 this passionate young man has another bucket list of tasks he wishes to accomplish before his tenure comes to an end in October.“Some of my plans include strengthening the student body in terms of the improvement of the self-esteem level of the students and empowering them so they know their rights, so they can properly represent themselves, as well as so they can know that they have a student society that is willing to represent them,” he explained.Glasgow, a Bishops’ High School graduate, also hopes to make some significant strides in improving the communication and bridging the gap between the UG Administration and the student body.Over the years, the UGSS would complain bitterly of the UG Administration disregarding their views and opinions on matters affecting the welfare of students which ultimately resulted in the many problems existing on campus.Moreover, Glasgow has two major projects he wants to started as soon as possible; the first being campus beautification to coincide with the upcoming 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.“If you drive through campus you’ll notice some of the roads could use some resurfacing, we can see that some of the paint on certain structures are fading, we can see that we only have one football goal on that field, simple things like that just need a little touch to improve,” he noted.The second project is the establishment of a voluntary task force which will allow students to get together and work with each other on various projects earmarked to be undertaken by the student body.According to the UGSS president, the forum would be excellent in helping to empower students.Meanwhile, in relation to the recent meeting with President David Granger on the number of issues affecting the student population on campus, Glasgow said he is satisfied with the outcome and while no concrete solution was proposed, he hopes the issues will be addressed by next semester as was promised.On that note, he said the students will hold off on their protest actions and other disruptions to administrative activities until next semester.last_img read more

11 Jan

Late run dooms Broncos

first_imgARCATA – Heading into Friday’s NCAA Division II West Regional matchup against Cal Poly Pomona, Seattle University head coach Joe Callero secretly liked his team’s chances for a few reasons, but one in particular: senior leadership. And while he received plenty of that veteran resolve from point guards Ryan Webb and Sam Kirby, it was a pair of freshmen who led down the stretch as No. 6 Seattle upset No. 3 seed Cal Poly Pomona 69-55 in the first round. Leading 45-38 after a Kevin Neveu layup with 12:59 remaining, Cal Poly looked to be within one or two possessions of pulling away. Seattle had won seven consecutive games on the heels of a loss to Western Washington heading into Friday, and sticking with the same disciplined game plan that has become its crutch, Seattle promptly erased that seven-point lead. Gweth hit a 3-pointer and Berry converted on a 3-point play as Seattle never looked back – exploding on a 31-10 run to end the game in impressive fashion. “It wasn’t until we were down seven that we threw some different (defensive) looks at (Cal Poly),” Callero said. “We went to the 1-3-1 (zone), and it was just a shot in the arm.” Consequently, the perimeter shots that were falling for Cal Poly in the first half weren’t in the second – to the tune of 22 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes. “It was a well-played game,” Cal Poly head coach Greg Kamansky said in reference to the fact that each team only committed eight turnovers and successfully executed their offenses. “We just didn’t hit our shots.” Cal Poly’s Larry Gordon and Dion Cook combined for 38 points (Gordon 23 and Cook 15), but no other Bronco managed to score more than six. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img With the victory, the Redhawks advance to the second round where they will face Cal State San Bernardino, which narrowly escaped BYU-Hawaii’s upset bid, 71-68, in the second game. Cal Poly finished its season at 20-8. Freshmen Ricky Berry, who led Seattle with 16 points including a pair of 3-pointers, and Chris Gweth, who finished with 14, were fantastic when it mattered most. last_img read more

11 Jan

City looking to curb smoking in Fort St. John’s parks

first_imgFort St. John resident Amy Callison says she’s been surprised to see so many people smoking in parks, pointing to one incident where she saw a father swinging from the monkey bars with a lit cigarette in his mouth just a few feet away from a group of children. “I asked him not to smoke near the kids, and thankfully he moved further away to finish his cigarette,” she writes. “Several of the mothers sitting nearby thanked me for speaking up and said that they were afraid to say anything.” Councillor Dan Davies originally proposed having staff prepare a bylaw banning smoking in parks, but Mayor Lori Ackerman and other councillors expressed concern about bylaw officers being able to enforce it. However, Davies argued that it’s more about creating awareness than catching offenders. – Advertisement -“If they’re aware that there’s a rule around it, they will refrain,” he says. “It is an awareness, and if there are a number of complaints, well, we’ll deal with that the best we can.” Similar signs are already in place at City facilities and the Surerus Ball Diamonds, which were funded by a Northern Health IMAGINE grant. Director of Community Services Sarah Cockerill says they also raise awareness of the City’s zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol, in the hopes that “peers will police each other.” Advertisement Edmonton is one Canadian city that has a smoking ban in areas that children frequent, and a City Councillor’s research assistant told Callison that the cost to create the bylaw was “minimal” at $20,000 for public education ad awareness, which included signs in the 2,700 affected areas. Callison argues that cost would be greatly reduced for Fort St. John, as it would affect fewer than 20 parks.Davies’ motion was voted down, in favour of one to seek a grant for an awareness campaign.last_img read more

6 Jan

Seat cushions found ‘likely’ from missing Sala plane

first_img“From a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft,” it said in a statement.The plane transporting Sala — who had just been transferred from French team Nantes to Premier League club Cardiff City in a 17-million-euro move — and British pilot Dave Ibbotson vanished from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the Channel island of Guernsey.Police there suspended the official search for the aircraft last Thursday after an intensive hunt involving planes and boats failed to locate it.The AAIB said with the help of Britain’s Ministry of Defence it had now commissioned a “specialist survey vessel” equipped with sonar equipment to search the seabed for the plane.“If the wreckage is found, a remotely operated vehicle will be used to visually examine the wreckage,” it added.The agency said due to weather and sea conditions, it expected to start the three-day underwater search at the end of the weekend.The AAIB said it had now identified a priority search area of approximately four square nautical miles “based on a detailed assessment of the flight path and last known radar position”.It said it was in contact with David Mearns, a shipwreck hunter hired by Sala’s family, who announced on Monday his Bluewater Recoveries firm was planning to begin an underwater search on Sunday.“We are liaising closely with those involved to maximise the chance of locating any wreckage and ensure a safe search operation,” the AAIB said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Players and supporters of Arsenal and Cardiff paid tribute to Emiliano Sala during Tuesday’s Premier League match at the Emirates © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – British investigators said on Wednesday it was “likely” that two seat cushions that washed up on the French shore this week were from the missing plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala.Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which is probing the disappearance of the light aircraft over the Channel on January 21, said the cushions were discovered on the Normandy coastline on Monday.last_img read more

29 Dec

‘Into the Wild’ leads SAG nominations

first_imgThe drama “Into the Wild” boosted its Academy Award prospects Thursday by earning a leading four Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations including a nod for outstanding performance by a cast. Emile Hirsch was nominated for outstanding lead actor for his performance in the Sean Penn-directed film while Hal Holbrook and Catherine Keener received supporting nods. The film’s nine main actors will compete for SAG’s equivalent of a best picture award against the casts of the western “3:10 To Yuma,” the drama “American Gangster,” the musical “Hairspray,” and the drama “No Country for Old Men.” The SAG nominations are determined by panels of more than 2,000 actors who are randomly selected by the guild for the movie and television categories for awards to be handed out Jan. 27. “They’re all great performance,” SAG President Alan Rosenberg said at the early morning nominations announcement at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. “I’m proud to be part of the celebration.” Rosenberg said the union has reached an interim agreement with the striking Writers Guild of America so the awards show will not be impacted by a lack of writers. “I know there will be a lot of talk about the strike at the awards show, on the red carpet and I’m sure during the ceremony. But I don’t think it puts a shadow over it at all. I think it’s a chance to celebrate great acting, great writing, and great performances.” “Old Men” received three nominations in all including supporting actor nods for Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones. The legal thriller “Michael Clayton” also achieved a hat trick but all its nominations were in individual acting categories: George Clooney (lead male actor), Tilda Swinton (supporting female actor)and Tom Wilkinson (supporting male actor). Clooney faces off against Hirsch, Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”), Ryan Gosling (“Lars and the Real Girl”), and Viggo Mortenson (“Eastern Promises”). Denzel Washington was the most surprising omission for “American Gangster” while Gosling’s nod makes it two years in a row since he was nominated in the category last year for “Half Nelson.” The supporting male actor category of Holbrook, Bardem, Jones and Wilkinson also includes Casey Affleck for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” In all, 22 performers received two nominations but Cate Blanchett was the only person to receive two individual nods. The others had at least one nomination for being part of a movie or television ensemble. Blanchett was nominated in the female lead category for “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and is competing for supporting actress for her performance as Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There.” The actress was nominated last year for “Notes on a Scandal.” Blanchett and all of her competition for the female lead prize were also nominated for Golden Globe Awards last week. They are Julie Christie (“Away From Her”), Marion Cotillard (“La Vie En Rose”), Angelina Jolie (“A Mighty Heart”) and Ellen Page (“Juno”). Early awards season favorite Amy Ryan got a SAG nod for supporting female actor for her performance in “Gone Baby Gone.” In addition to Blanchett, Ryan’s competition includes Ruby Dee (“American Gangster”), Catherine Keener (“Into the Wild”) and Swinton. In the television categories, “30 Rock,” “The Sopranos” and “Ugly Betty” led with three nominations each. In addition to outstanding comedy ensemble, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey were each nominated in the individual comedy acting categories. “I’m grateful to be nominated and I hope the strike ends soon so we can get back to work,” Baldwin said in a statement. The cast of “Rock” squares off against the casts of “Betty,” “The Office,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “Entourage.” As expected, last year’s SAG winner America Ferrera was again nominated for “Betty” but less expected in the female comedy acting category was the nod for Vanessa Williams. They will compete with Fey, Christina Applegate (“Samantha Who?”) and Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds”). Baldwin’s category of male comedy actor also includes Steve Carell (“The Office”), Ricky Gervais (“Extras”), Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) and Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”). The casts of “Boston Legal,” “The Closer,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos” are competing for outstanding drama series ensemble with a few performers from those singled out. James Gandolfini got a nod for “The Sopranos” along with Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Joe Hamm (“Mad Men”), Hugh Laurie (“House”) and current Emmy winner James Spader (“Boston Legal”). Hall’s “Dexter” co-star JoBeth Williams, who was on hand at the nominations to announce the nominees in the new stunt categories, was happy to see the actor nominated after he was shockingly passed over for an Emmy nod earlier this year for his role as a serial killer who only takes out bad guys. “I love working with Michael, he’s so scary as an actor because he’s so good,” Williams said. “He’s a really nice guy off camera but on camera he’s scary. \[The nomination\] is well deserved.” The female actor in a drama series is filled with heavy hitters led by current Emmy winner Sally Field for “Brothers & Sisters,” Glenn Close (“Damages,”) Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) Holly Hunter (“Saving Grace”) Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer.”). To see the full list click here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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24 Dec


first_imgA well-known West Donegal company has left workers in shock after it announced this evening that it is looking for a number of voluntary redundancies.It has not yet been confirmed how many jobs will be lost at Sioen Ireland in Gaoth Dobhair.Sioen Ireland, which makes protective clothing, currently employs 34 people on the Gaoth Dobhair business park.It is not know how many jobs will be lost but it is understood that management are seeking the voluntary redundancies as early as next week. Some of the company’s production is being transferred to its sister company in Romania.The company, which has been more than 30 years in operation locally, makes uniforms for many groups including the PSNI, the Gardai and also made lifejackets.Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, Deputy Pearse Doherty said the announcement is both ‘extremely regrettable’ and ‘deeply worrying’.“This announcement by management at Sioen Ireland in Gaoth Dobhair has come as a huge blow for the local area – not least its dedicated and loyal work force. “I have spoken with a number of employees at the facility, and what is obvious is that this decision by Sioen has come as a very big shock and they are naturally extremely saddened by this announcement.”“Having spoken with staff this evening, I understand that the offer of voluntary redundancy has been made to some workers within the production arm of the company, with staff having been told that they can apply for the package next week.”“The factory here in Gaoth Dobhair has been here now for quite a number of years and is extremely important to this part of Donegal. It employs approximately 30 people from the surrounding area and this move is going to cause an awful lot of upset for these workers.”“I would now call on the relevant authorities, including Údarás na Gaeltacht, to intervene in this matter in an effort to avert this decision by the management of Sioen and hopefully secure the future of the facility here.”Údarás na Gaeltachta say they are disappointed at the decision made by Gairméidí to transfer some of its production capacity, but welcomes the announcement by the company that it is to continue its manufacturing operations on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, albeit at a reduced scale. “The company is operating in a highly competitive market and faces firm competition from other low-cost production economies. Management has indicated the need to consolidate its operations and reduces its overall costs.“Gairméidí (Sieon) currently employs 34 people and Údarás na Gaeltachta has supported and worked closely with Gairiméidí since they were established in 1981. The company manufactures a range of high-end technical protective clothing for a number of markets, and include rainwear, high visibility clothing and flame retardant clothing.”The company has announced that SIPTU will take part in the consultation process and work with the employees to ensure that they have the opportunity to seek voluntary redundancy.“Údarás very much regret the implications that this proposal will have for the company’s employees in Gaoth Dobhair,” added the statement. The announcement comes just months after Largo Foods announced the closure of its plant on the same business park.SHOCK AS WEST DONEGAL COMPANY ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS JOB LAY-OFFS was last modified: November 19th, 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:donegalGaoth DobhairjobsredundanciesSioen Irelandlast_img read more

22 Dec


first_imgJoseph Duffy won his second UFC bout today.Donegal fighter Joseph Duffy has won his second UFC bout in impressive style.The Burtonport man dealt with Ivan Jorge without really breaking a sweat on the way up the lightweight ladder.It took Duffy just 3.05 of the first round to record his second win.When Jorge (26-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) tried to escape a barrage of punches, he slid right into a triangle expertly applied by Duffy (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).The lightweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 72 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.It was also broadcast on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.Joe started his UFC career back in February with a decision over Josh Shockley..Duffy, famously known as the last man to beat Conor McGregor, showed again why he’s one to watch, catching Jorge several times with a knee disguised as a kick.Punch combinations found their mark as h bobbed and weaved, dodging Jorge’s attempts at a retort.DUFFY WINS SECOND UFC BOUT WITH SUPERB TAP-OUT was last modified: July 18th, 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:burtonportdonegalJoe DuffyUFClast_img read more

22 Dec

FUFA confirms dates for Uganda Cup round of 32

first_imgStanbic Uganda Cup 2018/19 Round of 32MENGO – The Federation of Uganda Football Association has on Tuesday, 08-01-2018, released dates for the Uganda Cup Round of 32 matches.The round will kick-off with three games on Friday including the all StarTimes Uganda Premier League clash between Kirinya JSS and Onduparaka FC at the Mighty Arena.The other two games that will take place this Friday include Synergy’s visit to Namboole to face URA FC and Kyetume’s home clash with St. Stephen at the Nakisunga Ssaza Play-Grounds.There will be no action on Saturday. On Sunday, Bright Stars will be away to Bumate United at the Christ High School Play-Ground.Last year’s finalist, Vipers SC will play their home game against Kansai Plascon next Tuesday while dfending champions KCCA travel away to Tooro United on the 22nd of this month.The confirmed dates for the Uganda Cup Round of 32:Friday, 11th January 2019:Kirinya-Jinja S.S Vs Onduparaka – Mighty Arena, Jinja (4 PM)URA Vs Synergy – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole (4 PM)Kyetume Vs St Stephen – Nakisunga Ssaza play-ground (4 PM)Sunday, 13th January 2019:Bumate United Vs Bright Stars – Christ High School play-ground,Bundibugyo (4 PM)Tuesday, 15th January 2019:Vipers Vs Kansai Plascon – St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende (4 PM)Wednesday, 16th January 2019:Nkambi Coffee Vs SC Villa – Masaka Recreational Stadium (4PM)BUL Vs Mbarara City – FUFA Technical Center, Njeru (4 PM)U-Touch Vs Kitara – Pece Stadium, Gulu (4PM)Calvary Vs Police – Midigo playground, Yumbe (4 PM)Free Stars Vs Bukedea Town Council – Bishops S.S Play gound, Mukono (4 PM)Thursday, 17th January 2019:Water Vs Express – Muteesa II Wankulukuku Stadium (4 PM)Saturday, 19th January 2019:Nyamityobora Vs Proline – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara (4 PM)Nebbi Central Vs Admin – Nebbi Playground (4 PM)Tuesday, 22nd January 2019:Kireka United Vs Wakiso Giants – Mandela National Stadium (4PM)Kiboga Young Vs St Mary’s – Bamusuuta Ground, Kiboga (4 PM)Tooro United Vs KCCA – Buhinga Stadium, Fort Portal (4 PM)Comments Tags: topUganda Cuplast_img read more

17 Dec

Fuze Meeting: Now Do Web Conferencing from Your Mobile

first_imgToday at the DEMOfall 09 conference, Fuze Meeting unveiled the latest version of their online meeting software which now integrates with social networks like Twitter and Facebook as well as various email address books. But what’s more interesting about the new version of this web-conferencing tool is its ability to let you start or join meetings from your Blackberry or iPhone. Mobile web conferencing? It has arrived. Web conferencing solutions are nothing new, but if there is one thing that seems to be consistent across the board it’s that they’re harder to use than they should be. Fuze Meeting attempts to make the experience easier thanks to their 100% browser-based product which doesn’t require any downloads in order to run. Sharing features allow Fuze users to share all sorts of media, including HD content, as well as do screen sharing. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Tags:#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… With the new version launching today, Fuze Meeting also makes adding collaborators easier than before as it now integrates with several email applications, social networks, and IM platforms. Supported services for gathering contacts include Outlook, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn. Additionally, you can share links to your online meetings with others via Facebook and Twitter, which is great for promoting a public meeting or event. Skype integration is also new, letting Fuse users chat with their online buddies from within the web conferencing software. Meeting participants can use Skype to join in the audio portion of the meetings, too. However, the most interesting new feature in this latest version is the new support for mobile web conferencing. Currently offering both Blackberry and iPhone versions, Fuze Meeting users can schedule, launch, and join in meetings directly from their mobile device. On the iPhone, users can even share media from their phone’s photo library. As with the desktop solution, mobile users can view screen shares, documents, photos and videos.Fuze Meeting vs. HP SkyRoomAt the DEMO conference, Fuze Meeting followed a launch from HP, who also debuted a new online meeting solution called SkyRoom. Like Fuze Meeting, SkyRoom’s big selling points are affordability and support for sharing HD content. But when Fuze showed off their mobilized versions, it was HP that appeared to come up lacking. In today’s modern workplace, where folks are working remotely, on the go, and often only have a mobile smartphone available for connecting with their colleagues, it’s Fuze Meeting that seems to have the more forward-thinking solution. However, since HP plans on including SkyRoom for free on all HP workstations starting October 1st of this year, they’ll definitely have an edge up in terms of user base. To try Fuze Meeting, choose your pricing plan here and then click “Get Started” to begin the signup process. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

15 Dec

Panasonic begins work on Denver future smart city, Peña Station next

first_imgPeña Station, currently a remote rail station south of Denver International Airport, may be the location of one of the most futuristic smart city developments.Denver Mayor Michael Hancock expressed his desire for Peña Station to be more than just a transit hub and earlier this year Panasonic jumped at the chance to make it a thriving community, outfitted with the latest in smart technologies.See Also: Xerox beacon technology brings retail to commutersPanasonic has moved its Enterprise Solutions Division headquarters to Peña Station and this month started installing LED street lights in the city-to-be, which are 60 to 70 percent more energy efficient than standard street lights.The LED street lights may be even more efficient as people begin to move to Peña Station, due to Panasonic’s Internet of Things (IoT) lighting platform, which dims the lights when the street is empty or during a full Moon.Panasonic also plans to create an energy grid at Peña Station that uses solar power for the day and batteries at night. This is similar to Fujisawa, a sustainable smart town in Japan that Panasonic has worked on since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2012.Panasonic starting with environmental sensorsPanasonic will begin to deploy environmental sensors that monitor air particles, cloud coverage, noise, temperature, and humidity. Argonne National Laboratory will develop the sensor, Panasonic will deploy it throughout Peña Station.Next year, Panasonic will also deploy the first self-driving shuttle, built by EasyMile. The EZ10 shuttle will provide access to Denver International Airport and travel at a top speed of 15 mph. As part of the deal, EasyMile will open its own North American headquarters inside Panasonic’s hub, providing Peña Station with more engineering jobs.MGL Partners, a Denver-based real estate development, will start construction of a 219-apartment unit next year. Other developers are looking at Peña Station as a possible destination for new construction.Panasonic has not set a time range for when Peña Station should be “complete”, but if the company is aiming for a few hundred residents, it may reach its target in a few years just from employers of various engineering firms. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Denver#Internet of Things#IoT#panasonic#Peña Station#smart city How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Related Posts David Curry For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more