Attracting and retaining the best at UG

first_imgThe issue regarding the challenges the University of Guyana (UG) continues to face in attracting and retaining highly-competent and qualified staff was once again brought to the fore at an event last Thursday. Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Paloma Mohamed was quoted in this newspaper as saying that the institution has been suffering from lack of resources for many years and as such, some of their operations are being stymied.Dr Mohamed related that the current salaries paid to staff, especially lecturers, are incapable of financially sustaining them and as a result, they end up leaving for greener pastures. It was also pointed out that this situation has affected the level of the institution’s output in terms of research and publishing of academic papers etc.“The University’s own kind of dysfunctional faculty distribution is something like that and it is not like this in most other places. We have about 63 per cent of the people working with master’s degrees and below. We have about 30 PhDs in the whole University, which is about 10 per cent and about 50 per cent of those are in higher administration and not teaching,” Dr Mohamed was quoted as saying.Certainly, the views expressed by the Deputy VC are nothing new. For years, the nation was told of these same challenges, but it seems as if a solution is nowhere close. Certainly, everyone wants to see UG advance into a better and more modern learning tertiary institution— one that would take its rightful place in terms of helping in nation-building and one that both students and lecturers and all others associated with it would be proud.The University’s current financial constraints have adversely affected its ability to offer staff much-deserving compensation and research facilities. There is urgent need for the authorities to continue to explore ways in which the current remuneration and benefit packages for lecturers and staff could be improved since UG cannot, at any point, produce the “best of the best” if it cannot retain the minds that are responsible for the moulding of those who seek higher learning.The University’s administration should seek to aggressively engage governments, international development partners, private sector organisations and civil society in an effort to garner support for the development of the university. The institution seriously needs to look beyond central government and to some extent, donors for its finances; it would need to examine alternative ways in raising funds to sustain itself as other international learning institutions have been doing in order to remain competitive.As we had stated before, the demands of the University are significant and ever-changing, and to continuously meet them, there must be a sustainable source of financing. Sustainable financing must be able to do more than just meet the basic expenses. Financing must be there to upgrade the University’s infrastructure in order to give it an appearance of a modern learning institution, provide students with the latest books, technologies and knowledge; provide modern research facilities that enable students to probe and test existing knowledge and to find new ones, and offer students more disciplines to choose from and that includes a wider variety of masters and doctorate programmes.On this basis, we agree that there is need to establish a platform where the public, the private sector, Government, and the University can form crucial partnerships to fund research, the delivery of technology, student services and other necessities.With Guyana being on the cusp of becoming an oil and gas economy, UG should be at the forefront in providing the skills and knowledge needed to allow our policymakers to make the right decisions in moving the sector forward. That said, it is encouraging to see that the University is now offering courses in Petroleum Engineering. These offerings must be widened to include other areas of expertise that would be needed to allow Guyana to develop into a modern, developed country.We believe that UG could indeed become a ‘forward thinking’ institution that can attract a large number of foreign students and serve as an authority on national, regional and international issues for governments, private individuals and businesses, but the sore issues, once again raised by the Deputy VC last Thursday, must be addressed once and for all.last_img read more

Gay couple beats the clock

first_imgMARRIAGE: Iowans take out license and have ceremony in span between judge’s rulings. By Henry C. Jackson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DES MOINES, Iowa – Two men sealed the state’s first legal same-sex marriage with a kiss Friday morning, less than 24 hours after a judge threw out Iowa’s ban on gay marriage and about two hours before he put his own ruling on hold. Just after 11 a.m., about 20 gay couples had finished applying for marriage licenses when Recorder Julie Haggerty announced she could no longer accept applications. Hanson told The Associated Press about an hour and half later that he had formally stayed his ruling. The stay meant the Recorder’s Office was not permitted to accept any more marriage applications from gay couples until the Iowa Supreme Court rules on the county’s appeal. Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan were among the few to get their application through. The marriage license approval process normally takes three business days, but Fritz and McQuillan took advantage of a loophole that allows couples to skip the waiting period if they pay a $5 fee and get a judge to sign a waiver. Friday morning, the Rev. Mark Stringer declared the two legally married in a wedding on Unitarian minister’s front lawn in Des Moines. “This is it. We’re married. I love you,” Fritz told McQuillan after the ceremony. Fritz explained their hurry: “We’re both in our undergrad programs and we thought maybe we’d put it off until applying at graduate school, but when this opportunity came up, we thought maybe we wouldn’t get the opportunity again.” Republican House Minority Leader Christopher Rants, said the ruling illustrates the need for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. “I can’t believe this is happening in Iowa,” Rants said. “I guarantee you there will be a vote on this issue come January,” when the Legislature convenes. Gov. Chet Culver left open the possibility of state action. “While some Iowans may disagree on this issue, I personally believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” the governor said. Gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts, and nine other states have approved spousal rights in some form for same-sex couples. Nearly all states have defined marriage as being solely between a man and a woman, and 27 states have such wording in their constitutions, according the National Conference of State Legislatures. Dennis Johnson, a lawyer for the six gay couples who sued after being denied marriage licenses in 2005, said Iowa has a long history of aggressively protecting civil rights in cases of race and gender. The Defense of Marriage Act contradicts previous rulings regarding civil rights and is simply “mean spirited,” he said. Roger J. Kuhle, an assistant Polk County attorney, argued that the issue was not for a judge to decide. Hanson ruled that the state law banning same-sex marriage must be nullified, severed and stricken from the books, and the marriage laws “must be read and applied in a gender neutral manner so as to permit same-sex couples to enter into a civil marriage.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was a narrow window of opportunity. Polk County Judge Robert Hanson temporarily cleared the way for same-sex couples across the state to apply for marriage licenses in the county when he ruled Thursday that Iowa’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed marriage only between a man and a woman, violated the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection of six gay couples who had sued. County attorney John Sarcone promised a quick appeal and asked Hanson to stay his ruling until that appeal was resolved. A dozen gay and lesbian couples were waiting at the County Recorder’s Office when it opened at 7:30 Friday morning. “This might be our only chance,” said Katy Farlow, who waited in a lawn chair with fellow Iowa State University student Larissa Boeck. last_img read more

Roma ‘want to keep’ Wojciech Szczesny despite goalkeeper’s wish to return to Arsenal

first_img Wojciech Szczesny 1 Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini is not concerned by Wojciech Szczesny’s desire to return to Arsenal.The Polish international is currently on loan at the Italian club but recently expressed his wish to return to the Gunners next season and compete with Petr Cech for the No 1 Jersey.Roma want to sign Szczesny on a permanent deal but Sabatini insists they have a plan in place if the 25-year-old returns to England.“We are working on it and would like to keep Szczesny, but knowing Arsenal it will be difficult to achieve that,” said Sabatini.“In any case, Roma are already covered in that role for next season. Who did we get? I will never tell you that!”last_img

Gallegly won’t seek re-election

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Gallegly said he had been working for the past two weeks with former Ventura County District Attorney Michael D. Bradbury, his campaign chairman and counsel, to remove his name from the ballot. Bradbury said Gallegly still hopes something can be done to reopen the election to new candidates. Gallegly has served in public office since 1979, when he was elected to the Simi Valley City Council. He served seven years as Simi Valley mayor before being elected to Congress in 1986. He is a senior member of the House Judiciary, International Relations, and Resources committees and a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. A vocal opponent of illegal immigration, he also has fought hard for increased security at the U.S.-Mexico border. The announcement came as a shock to many in the heavily Republican district, which includes Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. “He’s virtually become an institution,” said Herbert Gooch, a political science professor at California Lutheran University. Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller said Gallegly had done an outstanding job representing the area. “This comes as a complete surprise,” Miller said. “He will be sorely missed.” Mike Sedell, Simi Valley’s city manager who served as Gallegly’s chief of staff from 1986 to 1990, said Gallegly has fought hard for the best interests of his district. “While in Congress, Elton never forgot his roots,” Sedell said. “He always sought to bring a fair share of federal resources back home.” Gallegly, who fought to prevent the closure of the Navy’s Point Mugu operations and to provide funds for widening the 101 and 23 freeways, said one of his fondest memories was flying to Ventura County aboard Air Force One with then-President Ronald Reagan and pointing out the Simi Valley hills where Reagan’s presidential library would be built. “I would like to thank the people of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for all the support I have received over the years. I have been truly blessed,” Gallegly said. Staff Writer Angie Valencia-Martinez contributed to this report. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly, who has represented the Ventura County area for the past 20 years, announced Friday that he will not seek re-election for health reasons. “I have been dealing with a medical issue that is yet to be resolved,” said a statement from Gallegly, who turned 62 on Tuesday. “Although I am hopeful it will be resolved positively, it would not be fair to my constituents and supporters should I be forced to withdraw from the race midyear. “This has not been an easy decision but I believe it is the correct one.” The announcement came on the final day to file for the June primary election. Ventura County election officials said it was too late to remove Gallegly’s name from the ballot or extend the filing deadline for his 24th Congressional District seat. last_img read more

Brown: People doubt Gordon but he was class yet again

first_imgCeltic captain Scott Brown heaped praise on Craig Gordon after the goalless draw with Rangers saying he showed his class yet again.The Scotland international kept his fourth consecutive clean sheet since Celtic lost their unbeaten run at Tynecastle earlier in the month.He denied Rangers the chance to open the scoring as the sides fought out a draw in their final Scottish Premiership fixture of the year.Speaking after the game, Brown said a lot of people don’t appreciate his quality. “Craig is fantastic,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who doubt him but he shows you what a class goalie he is yet again. “He’s great with his feet and makes those great saves and that’s why we pay top dollar to have a top quality keeper like that.”The Celtic players will now enjoy time off as the winter break begins before heading to the Middle East for a training camp.“I think that’s 41 games and I’ve played 38,” Brown continued. “If you look across Europe we’re probably up there with the most being played. “It’s just going to get longer as well next season with the qualifiers for the Champions League. It’s football and we enjoy playing games but we also enjoy the rest as well. “The club are taking us to Dubai and it will be like a mini pre season after the week off that we get.”last_img read more

ADOPTABLE PETS AVAILABLE AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER

first_imgThe Jackson County Animal Shelter believes that both pets and people deserve to live in a safe community together.  Staff and volunteers strive daily to provide adoption and animal reunification services, pick up stray and unwanted animals, investigate cruelty and nuisance complaints, conduct vaccination clinics, and educate the community about proper pet care.The Jackson County Animal Shelter is proud to place animal companions with new families through adoption services with two main goals in mind—saving lives and helping the community find animal companions.  To ensure that both animals and the community are kept safe, Animal Shelter staff prepare each animal prior to adoption.  Animals are vaccinated based on recommended vaccinations and dewormed/defleaed.  Then, they undergo a heartworm test and treated if necessary.  Finally, all animals are spayed or neutered once they reach the appropriate weight.Adopting an animal usually costs $70 for dogs and $55 for cats.  This cost covers vaccinations, spay/neuter, and a housing fee.  Currently, the Animal Shelter is running a “buy one, get one free” special on cats allowing the community to adopt two cats for the price of one.For more information about the availability of adoptable pets, visit the Animal Shelter’s volunteer-run Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/jacksonanimalshelter.nc or call the Animal Shelter at 828-586-6138.last_img read more

How to Run a Meeting Like a Boss [Infographic]

first_imgSource: How to Run a Meeting Like a Boss.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related Everyone loves to complain about meetings: they’re a waste of time, nothing is accomplished, and no one remembers what decisions were made. I’m a fan of meetings, but only if they’re run well with clear objectives and an agenda. This infographic from Column Five Media offers five straightforward tips for running more productive meetings. I thought their recommendations were spot on. My favorite tip for running a meeting? As you might guess, number three. Start your meetings on timeKnow who’s leading the meetingHave a clear objective and agenda, defined by the leaderShut your laptop, leave your phone at the desk, and solve the problemDefine next steps, and end early when possiblelast_img read more

Former State Rep candidate arrested on child porn charges

first_imgA former candidate for the state’s 4th Congressional District is under arrest on child porn charges.30-year-old Nate Irvin of Columbia lost to Vicky Hartzler in the November 2014 election.He was arrested Wednesday after investigators carried out a search warrant at his home, where they found evidence of alleged child porn.Irvin’s bond is set at $20 thousand.   The Versailles native ran as a Democrat in the 2014 race.last_img

WATCH: Costa reaction to Chelsea’s winner

first_imgChelsea VIDEO: Diego Costa’s reaction to Chelsea’s last-minute win over Atletico Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 06:56 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Costa Getty Images Chelsea Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League Videos The former Blues striker did not appear pleased to see his old team-mates snatch the late winner against his new club in the Spanish capital If reactions are anything to go by, Michy Batshuayi just ruined Diego Costa’s week.Having officially completed a £58 million move away from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid, Costa was on hand at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano for his new side’s 2-1 defeat to the Blues.Costa suffered through a tumultuous offseason for Chelsea, having a public falling out with manager Antonio Conte and spent most of the summer training away from the club in his native Brazil. Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The striker publicly angled for a return to Atletico, where he had moved from in the summer of 2014 to join Chelsea.And with the move finally done, Costa was able to witness Antoine Griezmann put his new team up thanks to a spot kick near the end of the first half.But the joy would not last as Costa’s Chelsea replacement, Alvaro Morata, equalised early in the second half, followed by Batshuayi delivering a very late winner, coming four minutes into stoppage time. Diego Costa has never been one to hide his feelings…His reaction to Chelsea’s winner: pic.twitter.com/r3kqxBdvzA— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 27, 2017That gut-punch for Atletico appeared to hit Costa hard as he looked visibility disappointed from the stands.Atletico will get the chance to return the favor when the two teams meet again at Stamford Bridge on December 5. Unfortunately for Costa, he will not be a part of the proceedings then either as he cannot be registered at his new club until January.last_img read more

De Bruyne makes Liverpool title admission

first_imgKevin De Bruyne has admitted Liverpool will be worthy champions if they manage to finish ahead of his Manchester City in the Premier League title race.City are four points behind the Reds with 15 games to play – a huge turnaround from the five-point lead they held in early December.And Pep Guardiola’s side are on track to get the most points in a league season but not the win the title – a record set at 89 by Manchester United in the 2011-12 campaign when City won the title on goal difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With Liverpool having only lost one league game in the season to date – a 2-1 defeat to City earlier this month – De Bruyne revealed the Reds would deserve the trophy if they finished above a 90-point haul from his team.”You would just have to take it as it is and say, ‘We had a good season, but someone was better’ and congratulate them,” the Belgian midfielder told reporters.”We try to do the best as possible, but in the end if Liverpool get more points it is because they deserve it.”Obviously you always want to win it, but if you get a season where you’re runners-up with 90 points, there’s not a lot you can say afterwards.”There’s always luck involved. If you want to win something, you need luck, you need good form, everybody needs to be on it. It’s a consequence of everything.”Both teams had their fair share of luck during the last matchday with Liverpool being gifted a goal in their 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, while Manchester City’s second goal had an element of offside in the 3-0 victory against Huddersfield Town.De Bruyne, who has only started two Premier League games this season because of injury, was aware City would need Liverpool’s luck to run out, having already played the Reds home and away this season, and said the Citizens would just focus on winning their matches.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City“We need to do what we can do, try to win as many games as possible. Then we will see what happens,” he said.”There are two teams – and even Tottenham [in third with 51] – who have so many points at this point of the season.”It’s quite remarkable because in a lot of seasons you would already be 10 or 12 points ahead, but this season is tight. I like it, I like it to be competitive.”City face Burton Albion in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg and Burnley in the FA Cup on Saturday before a Premier League match away to Newcastle on January 29.The Reds will be more rested, with the next contest not coming until a January 30 home league match against Leicester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more