2 students vying for UGSS presidency

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


Transitional care unit fate is acute issue

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Heeding activists’ calls to find alternatives should Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital close its transitional-care unit, the city has created an ad hoc task force to explore viable options. In September, Roger Seaver, Newhall Memorial’s president, expects to recommend converting the hospital’s 27 transitional-care beds to acute-care beds. The change could take place toward the end of 2007 at the earliest, he said via e-mail. “The committee is going to make sure we have done everything we can to have quality and a continuum of care in this valley the TCU has provided,” Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste said. The 27-bed transitional-care unit provides skilled nursing care, often to elderly patients, who no longer need acute care but are not ready to return home. Two years ago, the hospital converted 29 of the unit’s 56 beds to acute care – inpatient surgery, observation and intensive care – and in April, hospital officials said converting the remaining beds might better serve the community’s future acute-care needs. “We’re hoping the City Council does not approve the hospital expansion plan without including a transitional-care unit or until we have some type of alternative up here,” said Robin Clough, co-chairwoman of the Committee Against Closing the TCU and director of recreation and volunteers at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. Protesters have staged at least four rallies opposing the unit’s closure. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesTask force members are expected to include car-dealership owners and philanthropists Don and Cheri Fleming; Seaver; Brad Berens, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging; Judy Freed; publisher Richard Budman; Mayor Laurene Weste; Councilman Bob Kellar; and City Manager Ken Pulskamp. Others will be invited to join the group. Berens said it could be cost-prohibitive to build a new skilled-nursing facility in the Santa Clarita Valley, so it behooves the group to begin talking with operators of existing facilities – preferably nonprofit organizations – and evaluating locations that could be outfitted to provide suitable care. Dr. Gene Dorio, who has a private geriatric private practice, lobbied to keep the unit open, but has not been asked to join the task force. “It’s the best thing that could happen to the seniors should they lose the transitional-care unit – that the City Council is looking for a viable alternative,” he said. Over the next five years, Newhall Memorial plans to convert or add 50 acute-care rooms, its $13.6 million emergency-room expansion is under way and a master plan is under review. The Santa Clarita City Council does not oversee hospital operations but its members vote on development plans and some hope that weight can be leveraged to help patients caught in the middle. last_img read more


Adrian talks West Ham future and relationship with Joe Hart on talkSPORT

first_img West Ham goalkeeper Adrian West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has told talkSPORT he has ‘a good relationship with Joe Hart’, but admits he could look to leave the club if he doesn’t get enough game time this season.The Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order at the London Stadium following the England number one’s arrival on loan from Manchester City in the summer.Hart’s move has restricted former No.1 Adrian to only three Hammers appearances this term – with all three coming in the EFL Cup.Despite taking his place as the club’s first-choice keeper, though, the 30-year-old insists he has no ill feelings towards his new team-mate.“He is a good bloke and a great goalkeeper,” he told talkSPORT international.“He came here to play and they are giving him the chance to. This season I have this role and I am accepting it but of course I want continuity and I want to play every week.”Adrian put in an impressive display in his most recent outing, pulling off a number of crucial saves in Wednesday’s stunning 3-2 comeback against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.And the glovesman hopes his performances he will give manager Slaven Bilic a selection headache and will lead to more games for the remainder of the campaign.“My personal records and stats from the last 5 years are there,” he added.“It´s time to make the most of the opportunities the manager gives me so I give him headaches and he considers making a change in his goalkeeper selection.”If those minutes do not come, however, the Spaniard admits he may be forced to seek a move away from West Ham for more regular game time.“I still have a contract with West Ham for the remainder of this season and the next one but, as I said, I want continuity,” said the Spaniard.“I want to carry on playing games and I want to be happy. The way to achieve that is playing every Sunday.“If I am not given the chance to play here I will try to reach an agreement with the club. Of course I won´t stop fighting for my chance and I have showed that [in Wednesday’s win over Spurs]. I will keep on doing the same next time I have an opportunity.”Asked if he would seek a return Spain or look to stay in the Premier League, if he does leaves the Hammers, Adrian added: “To be honest I don´t know.“I would have to consider my options and wait for the next transfer window and also see if I can reach an agreement with the club. I wouldn´t mind, that´s for sure.” 1last_img read more


SA steps up fight against abuse

first_imgForensic social workers will now be available in all Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) units across South Africa. Xingwana told delegates at the UNCSW that South Africa was proud of its global best practice model for providing support to victims of sexual violence, the Thuthuzela Care Programme, which is recognised by the UN as a best practice model in addressing gender-based violence. A total of 28 Thuthuzela Care Centres have been established to serve as one-stop centres where victims of sexual violence can open criminal cases and get counselling and medical services, including ARVs for prevention of HIV – all under one roof. 28 February 2011 “By introducing these specialised units within the police service, government has ensured that conviction rates are increased,” Xingwana said at the United Nations 55th Session on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York. The FCS units, which are in 176 policing areas countrywide, were established to conduct specialised investigations in all cases of sexual offences, domestic violence and child abuse. Outlining South Africa’s position at the session, the Xingwana said crimes against women and children were a national priority and that the government had put in place various programmes aimed at improving the challenges faced by women. “The Thuthuzela model weaves together the investigative, prosecutorial and judicial processes into an empathetic and expeditious mechanism of delivering justice to victims, while ensuring offender accountability,” Xingwana said. “Our business is ending impunity for these crimes and turning victims of violence into survivors.” Source: BuaNews National priority Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said the introduction of forensic social workers would help women and girls give evidence that improved the probability of successful prosecutions in court.last_img read more


Curated.by Launches Public Beta, Brings Collaborative Curation to the Web

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson Curated.by – a collaborative curation tool that helps users organize anything and everything with a link, from Wikipedia to Tweets to this here blog post – announced the launch of its public beta today. The space is heating up, with Storify and Keepstream both making their own efforts, and it will be interesting to see how Curated.by’s latest incarnation (it was previously a tool to curate Tweets) pans out in the burgeoning realm of content curation.Curated.by offered an introduction to the public beta on its blog today:If you joined us early during our beta, you will notice that many things are different today. Not only did we changed our UI but also the way you collect, organize & discover content on curated.by.The idea behind curated.by, remains the same. We are a growing collection of topics and interests, edited, organized and curated by everyone. A place that makes it easy to follow a specific topic or an evolving story, something that is still very difficult today.Now, instead of dragging and dropping Tweets onto the Curated.by page, you tag content by bookmarklet or using a Chrome extension. Curated.by Founder Bastian Lehmann told The Next Web of the old “Bundler” tool that “Most people didn’t like it, it was too much work”. We got in touch with Jim England, co-founder of Keepstream, who explained in an email that Curated.by, Keepstream and Storify are all “carving out unique niches on the manual curation front.” Curation, he told us, is a space that is “definitely heating up”, because as time goes on, users will start following more and more people until it becomes unbearable.“There will reach a ‘breaking point’”, wrote England, “where many people will become frustrated with the amount of content they are missing from the firehose and will look to curated sources on particular topics to keep up-to-date.”Both Keepstream and Curated.by started out as social media curation tools, with the differentiation that Keepstream was more personal, while Curated.by was more collaborative. The most recent change – wherein Curated.by changed its focus to links – could be a step backwards.“Our vision of curation is to connect to actions you are already doing on your social networks (favoriting, retweeting, and liking).  We think that these actions are already curation… individuals are screening and sharing only the best content with their networks, so why don’t we take advantage of that?” wrote England, adding “Copying and pasting links is good for stuff you miss, but I don’t think it should be the primary input method.”For us, the new incarnation of Curated.by reminds us of a Web we once knew, where content, including websites and not just tweets and Facebook “Likes”, were organized into categories for browsing. What do you think – will a more generalized form of curation, such as the one offered by Curated.by today, take off? Or should we stand atop the shoulders of Twitter and Facebook and go on with our curation from there? The point may be as moot as whether or not curation is an inherently solo or collaborative effort. Perhaps there is room for both.last_img read more


Sergio Aguero: The one-man army revives Man City’s EPL title hopes

first_imgSergio Aguero scored twice in Manchester City’s 4-1 rout of Sunderland in EPLAfter a series of poor results in the Premier League, defending champions Manchester City saw themselves hanging by a thread as far as making the Champions League playoffs were concerned. It was surely ‘mission impossible’ with the Manchester club hosting the German crusaders Bayern Munich in the all-important fixture.With their back against the wall, Manuel Pellegrini’s side embarked on a journey that would later become one of their crucial wins this year. The start was exciting for City until Pep Guardiola’s brigade went up 2-1 at half-time.The fans were gutted, players out of motivation and manager absolutely bamboozled. If City were to beat the Germans at home, it would have to be a miracle – something only Sergio Aguero is capable of.The Argentine rose to the occasion and pumped in two late goals to complete a pulsating hat-trick that saw Man City go clear off their German counterparts. The Blues, who managed to keep their Champions League dream alive with an emphatic 3-2 win, found their saviour in Aguero.Aguero’s performance, since that game against Bayern, has turned the tide for Man City – both in Premier League and European Cup. Following their stellar show at the Etihad, the Cityzens went on to sink Southampton 3-0 while their latest triumph came against Sunderland.The Argentine forward has now taken his tally to 14 goals after he scored a brace in City’s 4-1 win over Sunderland on Thursday. At a time when the likes of last season’s star performers Yaya Toure and David Silva were struggling to find the back of the net, Aguero’s prime form has raised the lowly spirits of Manuel Pellegrini’s men.advertisementThe latest win has guided the Sky Blues to second spot in the league standings, six points behind leaders Chelsea. With the crucial half of the season underway, City appears to be the favourites to give Jose Mourinho’s men a run for their money in the title race.It was also Aguero who had snatched the title from Alex Ferguson’s Man United after scoring an extra-time winner in 2013. And, it seems City will once again have to rely on the Argentine’s prolific form to beat high-soaring Chelsea to the title this season.last_img read more


SPORT-IPL-DD-BOARD 2 LAST

first_imgDelhi Daredevils innings (target: 158 runs from 20 overs)Delhi Daredevils innings (target: 158 runs from 20 overs) Aditya Tare b Mills 18 Sam Billings c Stanlake b Abdulla 25 Karun Nair b Stanlake4 Sanju Samson c Binny b Stanlake13 Rishabh Pant b Negi 57 Chris Morris lbw b Abdulla 4 Carlos Brathwaite b Chahal 1 Pat Cummins b Watson 6 Amit Mishra not out8 Shahbaz Nadeem c & b Negi 0 Zaheer Khan not out 1 Extras: (LB-1 W-4) 5Total: (For 9 wkts in 20 overs) 142 Fall of wickets: 1/33 2/38 3/55 4/84 5/107 6/113 7/125 8/139 9/139Bowling: Billy Stanlake 4-0-29-2, Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-19-1. Iqbal Abdulla 3-0-36-2, Tymal Mills 4-0-33-1, Shane Watson 4-0-21-1, Pawan Negi 1-0-3-2. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more


Highlights from the #FreelanceIsntFree Rally

first_img“It’s time to honor real work for real pay in real time. Freelance is not free!” – @Rasiej— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) December 7, 2015Finally, member leaders Lily Meyer and Lucy Reading-Ikkanda got up to share their nonpayment stories and give voice to the nonpayment issue. A big thanks to Lily and Lucy for their courage in sharing their stories and their leadership on the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign!All in all, it was a fantastic afternoon at City Hall! Stay tuned to learn more details on the bill and how you can support it.Proud to be introducing #FreelanceIsntFree Act to make sure freelancers get paid! pic.twitter.com/SA7O4PnBNZ— Brad Lander (@bradlander) December 7, 2015 “The freelancers in NYC are the backbone of this city, but more than 70% have struggled to get paid. That is NOT ok.” – @Sara_Horowitz— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) December 7, 2015Freelancers Union Founder and Executive Director, Sara Horowitz, kicked off the rally. She spoke about the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign and the state of freelaning in New York City and the economy at large. Next, she introduced the many City Council Members and labor leaders supporting the bill.Proud to support NYC bill for payment of #freelancers today at City Hall with @freelancersu #FreelanceIsntFree pic.twitter.com/dcS4NtyZQy— 32BJ SEIU (@32BJ_SEIU) December 7, 2015Council Member Brad Lander and #FreelanceIsntFree bill sponsor spoke about the importance of supporting freelance workers in New York City and outlined the proposed legislation – but first, he polled to crowd to illustrate just how pervasive the nonpayment issue is:.@bradlander: “As a freelancer, how many of you have had trouble getting paid at some point?” pic.twitter.com/iPfmGb9IPD— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) December 7, 2015Following Councilman Lander, City Council supporters including Stephen Levin, Laurie A. Cumbo, Rafael Espinal and Margaret Chin said a few words about the bill and the impact they hope it will have on the freelancers in their respective districts.We can’t afford to wait any longer to protect independent workers in NYC! #FreelanceIsntFree @freelancersu https://t.co/YAN1sqsvTP— Stephen Levin (@StephenLevin33) December 7, 2015 Standing up 4 the 1.3 mil #NYC freelancers fighting 4 protections other workers enjoy @freelancersu @bradlander pic.twitter.com/NJ3nBK8eHs— Margaret S. Chin (@CM_MargaretChin) December 7, 2015We also had a ton of supporters from major labor groups in New York City! Hector Figueroa, the leader New York City’s biggest labor union, 32BJ, declared solidarity with freelance workers and Deborah Axt of Make the Road, which empowers Latino and working class communities, also showed her support.President of the National Writers Union, Larry Goldbletter, applauded the bill that will positively impact many of his membership and Andrew Rasej, the founder of New York Tech Meetup, underscored the tech community’s commitment to making the industry a great place for freelance workers..@figue32bj of @32BJ_SEIU takes the podium at the #FreelanceIsntFree rally: pic.twitter.com/1OBRo034xu— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) December 7, 2015 Yesterday at 12 p.m., City Council Members, labor leaders, and New York City freelancers gathered on the steps of City Hall to rally for the #FreelanceIsntFree bill. It was truly an historical moment – the #FreelanceIsntFree bill is the first proposed legislation protecting freelancers against client nonpayment in the nation.Join the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign Today!See some highlights from yesterday’s rally below:Rallying at City Hall with @freelancersu and @paythewriter for #FreelanceIsntFree pic.twitter.com/Oo5ZcXnpTK— David Hill (@davehill77) December 7, 2015 Workers deserve fair treatment! Freelancers lose $6,000 annually due to late & nonpayment.#FreelanceIsntFree pic.twitter.com/2Nx3A0u30y— Laurie A. Cumbo (@cmlauriecumbo) December 7, 2015 “Our freelancers are what makes NYC cool. They’re what makes NYC hot. We need to make sure they have their rights protected.” @cmlauriecumbo— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) December 7, 2015 Support for #FreelanceIsntFree Act from @MaketheRoadNY. “Car wash workers have something freelancers don’t have. Basic protections.”— NationalWritersUnion (@paythewriter) December 7, 2015last_img read more


Chennai Super Kings have belief to win from any situation: Suresh Raina

first_imgChennai Super Kings, returning to the Indian Premier League after a two-year gap, have been sensational. They were suspended for two years but given the way the team has played this season, it never once looked like the Super Kings were away in 2016 and 2017.CSK were sure they wanted to get their core back. And it came as no surprise when they retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja. Then came on board Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis. Michael Hussey and L Balaji, who had enjoyed good stint with CSK, were back on board in the coaching staff.Besides, CSK also invested in the experience of Shane Watson and Harbhajan Singh; the duo have not disappointed. Watson has scored 424 runs this year while Harbhajan has picked seven wickets from 10 matches and been largely economical.On the back of some spirited performances, led by Dhoni’s blistering form, CSK secured a play-offs berth and they now look good to finish in the top two.Raina, who is the only batsman in IPL history to breach the 300-run mark in all 11 seasons so far, believes there are a lot of factors that work for the Super Kings.”Given the brand of cricket we play, we always have the momentum. We have won so many matches that we believe we can win from any situation. A lot of other very good teams cannot do that. Everyone says when you get a lot of money, there is a lot of pressure,” Raina told indiatoday.in on the sidelines of a promotional event for ASICS.advertisement”When you are getting money from your office and do not do some good work, then you definitely feel some pressure.”I think the kind of fearless cricketers who have joined us this season – Rayudu, Watson have helped and then you have a captain who has led from the front, that helps too. We have covered all our bases. Then you would have seen Harbhajan Singh has bowled really well this season for us.”Then the experience of playing in so many play-off matches over the years has come in handy. We have so many cricketers who are experienced in the international arena. Faf du Plessis is also with us.”Most importantly, the owners are wonderful people. That means we do not have any extra pressure and any extra baggage with us. We just need to focus on our cricket and go out in the middle and do our best. Michael Hussey and L Balaji, who are now coaches, had also played with us. The system, the core is still the same. So along with the brand, the loyalty has also remained unchanged,” Raina said.CSK have won eight out of their 12 matches and are currently second in the points table with 16 points. They became only the second team after Sunrisers Hyderabad to make it to the play-offs and have looked very well balanced.Dhoni has led from the front with 413 runs and has hit a staggering 29 sixes from 12 matches. He had decided to bat up the order and that has paid rich dividends too.The CSK skipper had already declared he wants to win the tournament and just makingt it to the play-offs is not enough. Given the team’s spirit and the form of their key players, there is a distinct possibility that Dhoni might, might just lift another trophy at the Wankhede Stadium in less than two weeks.last_img read more


City were on brink of signing Alexis – Bravo

first_imgTransfers Man City were on brink of signing Alexis, claims Bravo Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 23:28 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Manchester City v Liverpool Arsenal Premier League A. Sánchez Had the Gunners managed to seal a replacement for the former Barcelona man, he would now be wearing the blue of Pep Guardiola’s side Claudio Bravo has outlined just how close Manchester City were to signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal this summer.The goalkeeper claims that the long-running deal fell through because the Gunners failed to sign a replacement – and that the former Barcelona star was not happy about the outcome.He spent the transfer deadline with the 28-year-old while on international duty and has spoken about the frustration Alexis felt as the deal fell through. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “The transfer didn’t happen because a player didn’t go to Arsenal and everything collapsed,” he revealed after helping City to a 5-0 win over Liverpool.“We were talking in Chile. He went from happiness to bitterness in a few hours, although it’s all in the past now. We would have loved to have him here, but the market gives you these time limits and the rush is not good. “This time it was not possible, but hopefully we have him here in the future.”Alexis is out of contract at the end of the season and, therefore, available to leave on a free transfer. He was left out of the starting XI for the Gunners’ Premier League fixture at home against Bournemouth on Saturday. Meanwhile, Bravo also started the afternoon on the bench but was unexpectedly called into action when Ederson was carried off after being kicked in the head by Sadio Mane, whose red card changed the course of the fixture.The keeper has indicated that he felt referee Jon Moss’ decision was the correct one.”These things are avoidable, you can easily avoid putting your foot in somebody’s face so you don’t do them damage. At first I thought that he had hit him in the hip, but then I saw clearly that he got him with the face,” he said before explaining how he coped with the sudden call.”You go from being on the bench watching the game and within seconds you are out there playing. Us goalkeepers know this can happen but you never expect it. “I’m calm, all of us here are completely ready and we have a competitive mentality. We are all very happy for the win. I wouldn’t have wanted to play for a reason like this, an injury to a team-mate, but you always have to be prepared.”last_img read more