UG students vote in UGSS elections

first_imgLa Student Cassandra FordeUGSS representative Nasheena RamlallThe University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) presidential election on Wednesday saw a lacklustre turnout, as many students claimed that they were not aware of the election date.At the University’s Turkeyen Campus on Wednesday afternoon, several polling booths were empty, but polling staff were optimistic that students would have turned up to cast their ballots later in the day.However, when a few students were questioned about the voting process, many indicated an unwillingness to vote, and some did not even realise that elections were being held.Incumbent President Ron Glasgow and International Relations student Brian Smith were the only two candidates in the presidential race. Both of them expressed hope that they would be given the opportunity to implement their vision for the improvement of campus life so that the 8000-plus students can boast of having an encompassing university experience.UGSS representative Nasheena Ramlall, who was standing outside a polling booth at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, walked this publication through the voting process.  She explained that students voted in booths at their respective faculties by selecting their choice of candidate, whose names are listed in alphabetical order on the ballot. Ramlall further explained that two sets of votes were cast: one for UGSS representatives and the other for President. Then, the right index finger of students who voted is inked, reminiscent of major elections in Guyana.When asked what changes she is expecting UG to undergo, Ramlall, who has several courses in the George Walcott Lecture Theatre, noted that the Public Address system, microphones and fans all needed changing.Several other students who cast their ballots told Guyana Times of the changes they hoped to see after the election. Third-year Economics student Dequan Lewis said he expected the UGSS to modify how it spent its allocation.  He called for “accountability and more student advocacy on campus and better recreational facilities”.Law student Cassandra Forde was hopeful that the University’s infrastructure would be improved, relating that her department lacked basic facilities such as lights and properly functioning washroom facilities.“The main concern is the infrastructure, because we are paying facility fees and in my [room] we don’t even have electricity. How is it that you could have a classroom [at] a University with no electricity and you’re paying $50,000 facility fees?” Forde lamented.She noted that garbage disposal was also a major issue on the Turkeyen Campus.  The Law student, like many other students interviewed, explained that despite the towering challenges that surround life at the University, education delivery was “up to par”.last_img read more

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National STEAM Fair finals commence

first_imgThe finals of the 2018 national Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Fair commenced on Wednesday at the St Joseph High School under the theme, “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics paving the way for a green and sustainable society.”Exhibitors ranged from primary and secondary to tertiary students. At the event,One of the students showcasing her invention at the fairparticipants were allowed to visit the booths and interact with the presenters on the area of study, which they focused on in their project.At the exhibition, winners from the regional STEAM fairs were given another opportunity to further promote their projects, which tackled new ways of improving the environment, nutrition and our livelihoods. The ideas also arose from issues that are faced by the students on a daily basis and as such, ways in which they can be resolved.On such example is the use of an air compressor obtained from an old refrigerator to create a product to inflate flat tires, by students of the Wakenaam Secondary School. After recalling the days that they would be late to school and the use ofAn art exhibit that was featured from the Mazaruni Districtlarge sums of monies to purchase bicycle pumps, the students came up with this idea.Some of the other concepts highlighted at the biennial event included the reduction of litter in the surroundings, the introduction of new structures to protect the sea defence, creating an air conditioning unit using household waste and the use of natural repellents as opposed to aerosol sprays which emit hazardous chemicals.Others also focused on the importance of dieting and the ways local produce can be used in everyday preparation of meals.These concepts were developed with the aim of aiding local development and utilized creativity, research, inquiry and problem-solving skills.The fair this year focused on 24 categories including agricultural science, Mathematics, technology, social and behavioural computer science, physics,A display which was aimed at the reduction of waste by creating useful productschemistry and biology, and saw participants from a wide range of areas across Guyana.Through the fair, persons were sensitised on the importance of science and new ways in which it can be applied to create new inventions.There is hope that the fair will result in the development of science and the other subject areas to aid in the further development of the foundation for national and global energy management.The exhibition continues at the St Joseph High School until Friday. (Rupdai Seenaraine)last_img read more

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Tennis: Bryan brothers give the U.S. a needed lift

first_imgThe eight best-of-five series will be decided in Sunday’s reverse singles matches. The last time a team won a Davis Cup match from a two-point deficit was in 1998, when Sweden beat Slovakia. The Americans closed in on the last eight when Bob and Mike Bryan beat Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to give their team a 2-1 lead. Playing on clay and in front of a partisan crowd of 7,000 at the Cez Arena in Ostrava, the top-ranked Bryan brothers finished off their Czech opponents with lethal efficiency once a set was on the line. “At the 5-4 games, we definitely upped our level a little bit and we got a little lucky,” Bob Bryan said. Andy Roddick, ranked fourth in the world, will play No. 12 Tomas Berdych in the first singles match today. James Blake then faces Ivo Minar. Germany got its win from Alexander Waske and Michael Kohlmann. The pair beat Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (5) to give the Germans a 2-1 lead over Croatia in Krefeld, Germany. Ancic and Ljubicic lost in Davis Cup doubles for the first time in seven matches. Tommy Haas faces Ljubicic and Benjamin Becker will play Ancic today. “We can sleep good and we have Tommy in top form,” Waske said. “We have set the stage for the win.” Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco beat Yves Allegro and Marco Chiudinelli 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (2), 6-1, 12-10 in a match that lasted nearly five hours to give Spain a 2-1 lead over Switzerland in Geneva. Open Gaz de FranceLucie Safarova upset top-seeded Justine Henin 7-6 (5), 6-4 Saturday and will face Nadia Petrova in the final of the Open Gaz de France. Henin, playing in her first tournament of the year, wasted three set points in the opening set, and then led 5-4 in the tiebreaker. But Safarova won the next three points, clinching the set when Henin hit an off-balance shot out. Henin led 4-2 in the second set, but the unseeded Safarova fought back with two service breaks to wrap up the match. Pattaya Women’s OpenAustria’s Sybille Bammer upset China’s Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to earn a berth in the final against Argentine Gisela Dulko at the Pattaya Women’s Open. Both players will be vying for their first WTA title when they meet today. Bammer will be making her first final appearance. Bammer said her consistent serving was the key to victory over the fourth-seeded Peng. “I felt better on court and my serves were sometimes really good,” Bammer said. “I made her run.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The five teams with 2-0 leads after the first day of the Davis Cup all failed to secure advancement to the quarterfinals on Saturday. Defending champion Russia, France, Belgium, Sweden and Argentina all could have earned insurmountable 3-0 leads with wins in the doubles, but all lost. The United States, Germany and Spain, however, each moved closer to the next round of the World Group with wins. last_img read more

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Village Christian falls short

first_imgLONG BEACH – The Village Christian of Sun Valley girls’ basketball team faltered under the bright lights Saturday, tying a season-low for points in a 40-28 loss to Whittier Christian of La Habra in the Southern Section Div. V-AA final at the Walter Pyramid. Village Christian’s leading scorer, Alex Dill, was held to three points, as the No. 2-seed Crusaders (24-7) lost to their Alpha League rival for the third time this season. Top-seed Whittier Christian (24-6) made up for its own lack of offensive production with a defense that forced 23 turnovers and limited the Crusaders to an 8-of-43 shooting performance. Brown scored eight points over the next eight minutes, and Whittier Christian went on a 15-2 run over that span to take its first double-digit lead midway through the fourth quarter. It was the second time this season that Whittier Christian held the Crusaders to fewer than 30 points, with its 46-28 victory on Jan. 26 accounting for the other lopsided victory. Village Christian averaged more than 60 points in its four playoff victories. The Crusaders were looking for their first Southern Section girls’ basketball title in 13 years, while Saturday marked the school’s first final appearance since 1997. Whitley Brown led Whittier Christian with 14 points and 10rebounds. The Generals trailed just once, when Village Christian point guard Kris Contangco hit an 8-footer to put the Crusaders ahead 17-16 four minutes into the second half. center_img 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

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Solskjaer faces uphill task to revive Man Utd, says former captain Bruce

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer © AFP / JOHN THYSLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 4 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a tough job to turn around Manchester United’s fortunes, Newcastle boss and former United captain Steve Bruce said ahead of their clash on Sunday.United are languishing 10th in the Premier League table after their worst start to a top-flight season in 30 years and have not won an away game in any competition since March. “I wish him the best of luck. He’s got a hard job ahead of him of course but he’s been given a wonderful opportunity,” said Bruce, who played at Old Trafford under Alex Ferguson.“We all understand that if you take a manager’s job you’re under pressure from day one and now these days you don’t get time to implement, that’s a thing of the past.”The Newcastle boss, who has a poor managerial record against his former club, said despite United’s current struggles, his side would still face a tough battle at St James’s Park as they seek to restore pride following a 5-0 drubbing against Leicester last week.“I don’t think I’ve ever beaten them (Manchester United), which is a worry of course, but I had the privilege to play there for a long, long time. It was a long time ago but they’re one of the great clubs of Europe,” added Bruce.“To come up against them again is always a special occasion, a big occasion.”He added: “They might not be Man Utd of the past but they’ve still got some very, very good players so we’re going to have to be at our best, we’re going to have to be a lot better than last week.”The Magpies have won only once in the league and currently sit just one place off the bottom of the table.Asked about the criticism he had received since his team’s capitulation at the King Power Stadium, the 58-year-old said: “Mud has been thrown my way since I walked through the door. That isn’t going to change.“The only thing that can change it for me is results and I’m determined to make it, if I possibly can, to turn it around and take the club forward.”0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Video: Lewis Holtby’s best (and funniest) moment in a Spurs shirt?

first_imgLewis Holtby’s time as a Tottenham player is finally over, with Spurs announcing he will join Hamburg permanently.Since arriving from Schalke in 2013, the midfielder played 41 times and scored three goals and spent time on loan at Fulham as well as the Bundesliga side where he spent last season.However, this video, taken from Ledley King’s testimonial match at White Hart Lane, may be his best moment in a Tottenham shirt.When referee Howard Webb decided to join the action, Holtby decided to bring him down to mass applause from those inside the stadium.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho ‘sorry’ that Champions League win is highlight of Chelsea’s season

first_img Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho admits he is sorry that qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League is the best he can give the Chelsea fans.The Blues ended the group stages in first place thanks to a 2-0 victory over Porto, where Willian starred again.And Mourinho thinks the club aren’t getting any luck in the Premier League, which has destroyed the confidence of his players, thus impeding their performances.Mourinho told BT Sport 2: “I think they were really committed to getting a result, for their pride and because they didn’t want to go to the Europa League.“We are not lucky in the Premier League and luck is part of the game. In the Premier League, it looks like everything goes against us. The players are feeling that and it’s a bit of an attack to their confidence and self-esteem. “Today was an important result for the players and the club. It’s very important to go through to the next stage with the best teams in Europe.“It’s the minimum we can give to our supporters, who are magnificent to us and give us in this moment more than we deserve, especially to myself. They are unbelievable in their support towards me and I feel really sorry that I can’t give them more than what I’m giving.” 1last_img read more

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England legend backs ‘long-term’ Harry Kane captaincy call

first_imgStuart Pearce believes Gareth Southgate is thinking long-term by appointing Harry Kane as his England captain – and it could be a good move.Having worn the armband against Scotland on Saturday, Kane will again lead out the Three Lions in Tuesday night’s friendly against France.Some have questioned whether the Tottenham striker is the right type of character to lead his country, but Southgate’s selection of skipper has the backing of an England legend.Pearce, who captained England on ten occasions and won 78 caps, told talkSPORT: “There isn’t two, three, four real natural leaders. Experience-wise, for the team he put out Saturday you would have thought Joe Hart or Gary Cahill for the captaincy but I think he has got a long-term plan on the end of this, Gareth.“The key thing they want to do is enhance leadership within the group and this might be a step in the right direction, giving people like Harry Kane the opportunity to stake a claim [for the captaincy].”talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio commentary of France v England on Tuesday night – kick off 20:00.last_img read more

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Juve ‘plot double swoop on Chelsea’

first_imgJuventus have again been linked with Chelsea duo Salomon Kalou and Raul Meireles.The Daily Mirror report that Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici watched them in action against Barcelona and was also at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final win over Benfica.Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol is reportedly keen on Ipswich midfielder Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, while Leeds United have again been linked with a move for Paddy Kenny.Jol apparently wants JET.The Mirror suggest that Ipswich are hoping to cash-in on Emmanuel-Thomas and that Kenny is one of half-a-dozen players former QPR manager Neil Warnock is looking to take to Elland Road.Goalkeeper Kenny, who played under Warnock at Rangers, Sheffield United and Bury, has yet to be approached about an extension to his R’s contract, which expires next year.And The Daily Mail say QPR will hold a team meeting early next week before deciding whether to shake Chelsea skipper John Terry’s hand when the two sides play each other at Stamford Bridge.Terry faces criminal charges over allegations he racially abused defender Anton Ferdinand during a match at Loftus Road in October.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Learning to do through SAE programs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporterFrom growing crops to managing a herd of livestock, students have a range of projects for their supervised agricultural experiences (SAE). These projects allow students to engage in real-world agricultural activities and gain career ready skills outside of the classroom.From the inspiration of her agricultural education instructor and with the help of her grandpa, Lauren Wright, from the Miami East MVCTC FFA Chapter, markets and manages one acre of sweet corn.“My SAE experience has made me realize what an awesome community that I live in. The support from family, friends, and community members has been so supportive in many ways,” Wright said.Wright set the goal to make the business the best it can be.“I have started working towards this goal by fixing every error that has popped up so far and by sometimes just being one step ahead,” Wright said.She really enjoys the opportunity to meet new customers at her house or at the farmer’s markets. The experience has taught Wright the value of time management and she has grown more independent.“This SAE has developed me to be a leader through running my own business and it has taught me how to manage a business to run smoothly,” Wright said. “It has also helped me with my communication skills by working with customers.”The hard work to maintain and manage this business has allowed Wright to learn and grow as a high school student.“My proudest moment with my SAE is that as a highly involved high school student, I am able to make an impact on our local agricultural community,” Wright said.Carlie Cluxton, from the Peebles FFA Chapter, always knew she would be involved in helping with the family farm and through her FFA SAE program she has learned more about the importance of the agricultural industry. She helps run the family farm by managing their herd of commercial cattle, farming hay and grain, as well as managing her own small herd of registered Limousin cattle.“This summer I hope to gain more experience helping my dad in the fields so I can have more knowledge in the grain aspect of our farm,” Cluxton said.For the herd of Limousin cattle, she is able to make decisions for feeding, when to breed, and how to manage the herd. Cluxton wants to add two more Limousin cattle to her herd currently consisting of two cows and one bull.“I have been saving up money ever since I started 4-H and I began selling calves from my herd. I really hope to buy at least one heifer this fall, but that all depends on how my fair project turns out and how much profit I will receive from selling my calves,” Cluxton said.Carlie Cluxton enjoys taking care of the calves on her family farm. Photo provided by Carlie Cluxton.Growing through the challenges she has faced has allowed Cluxton to become a better leader and owner of her operation.“In the agricultural industry there are many hardships, but I believe that I am part of something greater and will take a few bad days if it means filling the need of something bigger than myself,” Cluxton said.Cluxton enjoys sharing about her hard work and dedication to the farm with others.“I just know my face lights up because I get excited that someone is interested in something that I can advocate for,” Cluxton said.Through her projects she has gained skills of money management, commitment and responsibility.“Through my SAE I have been able to take pride in my own operation and learn how I can reap the benefits of the labor that I put into anything,” Cluxton said. “Being able to see the benefits has allowed me to become more motivated in getting to the end product in any project I set out to complete.”last_img read more

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