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UG should consider needs of country – Granger

first_imgThe University of Guyana delivers an output of approximately 2000 graduands annually and there is always the hue and cry of insufficient job opportunities for these persons.President David GrangerIn fact, it has been said that the programmes being offered at the country’s premier tertiary education facility does not match the skills demanded by the country’s economy.To this end, President David Granger is calling on the institution to be more considerate of Guyana’s needs and to design their programmes accordingly.“The University (of Guyana) itself must understand the needs of the country. Yes we need lawyers, yes we need people in the (social sector) but they must take a holistic view at Guyana’s needs over the next 10-20 years. (The University of Guyana) must take a strategic look at Guyana’s educational needs and direct their resources there,” he stated during The Public Interest programme, which was aired on Friday.According to the Head of State, he does not want a weak Science or Engineering faculty, but needs strength there. The President noted that the University should undertake a study on the needs of the country and advise government accordingly so that steps can be taken to ensure that the local populace is equipped to fulfil the demands of the country.“It is an issue and young people, in their choice of subjects, must articulate their career objectives or desires so that we can have a university which is more responsive to their needs as persons, as well as to the national needs in terms of development,” he noted.In this regard, Granger noted that the matter needs to be worked out by the University of Guyana’s Council and the Education Ministry, along with staff and students of the university.“I don’t believe it’s a settled matter and we need to decide as a country what type of a university we are going to have,” he stated.On the other hand, the President outlined that his administration is going to do its part with much emphasis on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He noted that even at the level of the National Grade Six Assessment, it can be seen that such an approach has proven beneficial.“We will be directing more funds and more resources to those subjects. Those are subjects which Guyana needs – it’s to developing our hinterland, it’s not develop mining, it’s to develop our natural resources and there needs to be a shift of focus,” he posited.Moreover, the President explained that options remain available for students to choose their career paths, which is most likely in the humanity and social sciences or natural sciences. However, he recognises that these fields more often do not offer employment in the job market. (Vahnu Manickchand) Job opportunitieslast_img read more

Civil Aviation Bill passed despite protest

first_img…Opposition argues against “draconian” penaltiesOpposition Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraThe Opposition’s efforts to have the Civil Aviation Bill 2017 resent to a select committee were defeated by the Government during Monday’s sitting of the National Assembly, as it was passed with amendments.In her address to the chambers, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira said that based on her research, the bill is deficient. According to Teixeira, the bill is not on par with what may be expected by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Some of the issues she had with the Bill were its penalties – penalties she described as draconian.“Aspects of the Bill to do with offences are draconian, like in other bills like Cyber Crime and (Anti Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism bills). For instance, a passenger going on the plane that is inebriated can be fined $1 million and also imprisoned.”“So the Bill makes very draconian offences for what are regular kinds of passenger problems. In addition to that, there are major issues in the Bill to do with how licensing and registration are done, as well as accident investigation.”According to Teixeira, the Bill was being rushed because of the upcoming Air Transport Conference to be hosted in Guyana. Guyana will be hosting aviation representatives from around the world from November 21 to 23. But according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, the Bill was perfectly fine in its current state.“We went through this bill exhaustively. One particular agency objected. When we went through the bill, every objection by that agency was exhaustively looked at. And members sat there and debated on the merit.”“One agency that objected, insisted and we agreed that there must be a clearer defined right of appeal. And we rewrote the entire section of Right of Appeal based on the objection of that one agency. And we sent it to them.”The Bill was then read for a third time and passed in the House. The Bill has been in a special select committee since last year. The new Bill will replace the Civil Aviation Act Chapter 53:01.It contains a number of offences, such as applying for aviation documents when disqualified or displaying false nationality or registration on an aircraft. On summary conviction, such offences carry a fine of $1 million and two years’ imprisonment in the former and $3 million in the latter.The conferenceThe conference in question is expected to have some 192 Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) participate. This was related by Guyana Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA) Director of Marketing and, Franklin Vieira during a recent press conference.It is slated to be held in Guyana at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown from November 21 to 23. The conference is being held under the theme “Promoting connectivity for sustainable air transport development”.It was pointed out during the meeting on Wednesday that air transport played a vital role in linking many coastal areas and communities in the hinterland and in connecting States to regional and global markets. In facilitating travel, air transport generates economic growth and development and even provides jobs among other benefits.“The objective of this meeting is to come up with practical solutions to the air transport challenges that we are facing in the sector internationally,” Director of Air Transport Management, Saheed Sulaman told Guyana Times.According to him, one of the challenges in the aviation sector is connectivity between states. He, however, noted that this month’s Air Transport Meeting would also address issues such as harmonising the regional air transport regulatory framework as well as the liberalisation of air cargo through regional and global approaches.Although only 25 countries have confirmed attendance, the GCAA said it was looking forward to having fruitful discussions during the three-day event.last_img read more

What about those potholes?

first_imgRobertson said both streets are included on the city’s list to be reconstructed in two years, but only if there is sufficient funding. If not, the projects will be delayed to the next year in the hope that money becomes available. Each year, the city plans to rebuild about 260 miles of streets, based on the budget. This fiscal year, there was only enough money to rebuild 175 miles. To get a pothole fixed, residents can call the city’s 311 hotline, and crews will be dispatched the next business day, Robertson said. Calls to repair cracks, asphalt erosion and similar problems can take five to seven business days to complete. The city expects to fill 300,000 potholes by June 30, the end of the fiscal year. Money to fill 300,000 additional potholes has been included in the budget for next year. Q: Stan Ross of Toluca Lake asked why the Metropolitan Transportation Authority does not have have automatic gates to collect tickets like systems in other major cities. He said he never sees anyone checking tickets, and wonders if MTA knows how many bus and rail passengers are riding for free. He said the agency should implement a fare-checking system rather than raising rates this summer and again in 2009. “Raise rates? Why?” asked Ross, 65. “Collect what you have coming to you, and you’ll be in great shape.” A: MTA has 250 fare-checkers for its five busway, subway and commuter lines, but officials estimate that anywhere from 2 percent to 5 percent of passengers ride for free, officials say. However, MTA has approved spending $400,000 to study a system in which passengers would buy debit-like cards that would be used to pay for tickets. That system would utilize gates that would deduct fees from these cards as passengers pass through. As part of that system, a new fare structure could also be implemented, charging riders by the distance traveled. Because of the multimillion-dollar cost of installing the gates, however, some MTA board members are skeptical of the plan. Others, however, argue against the current system that allows riders to ride for free. There’s also concern that the gates could eliminate the jobs for the 250 fare-checkers, although officials say those employees could be reassigned to other duties. Q: Paul Porter recently helped his 19-year-old granddaughter get a student card to ride the bus. They went to MTA’s headquarters downtown, where an employee said students must return there monthly to renew the $30-a-month pass. Porter wonders if there’s an easier way to do this. A: Yes, Paul, there is. There are 600 locations around Los Angeles that sell passes, including Ralphs markets, officials said. The list is at Click on “how to ride,” then “pass outlets.” You can search by city or ZIP code. Students taking at least 12 units and enrolled for three consecutive months can qualify for $30 passes. Regular monthly passes cost $52. (818) 713-3746 MOVING PICTURES The Daily News is sponsoring a contest for the best videos made about your commutes. Copy your video onto a CD and send it in care of Sue Doyle, Daily News, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. The deadline is May 25. We’ll award gas cards to the winners, who also will be featured in a future column.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Getting stuck in Los Angeles’ bureaucracy is even worse than getting stuck in its traffic, so readers have asked for our help. If you have questions about roads, traffic or commuting in Southern California, write to our transportation blog at: QUESTION: Hatteras Street in Tarzana is so pockmarked by potholes and patches, Elaine Lampert’s teeth chatter as she drives to her Tarzana home. She got city crews to come out in December to fill eight potholes, but wants to know if she can get the street repaved instead. ANSWER: Crews just finished patching the nearby intersection of Hatteras and Beckford Avenue, and also will repair cracks caused by storm water runoff, said Bill Robertson, director of the Bureau of Street Services. However, Hatteras and Beckford are considered “failed” streets because they’re so old and decrepit, which means they need to be rebuilt. last_img read more

Ronaldo makes winning debut as Juve hit Chievo

first_img0Shares0000Centre of attraction: Cristiano Ronaldo with Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic© AFP Alberto PIZZOLIVERONA, Italy, Aug 18 – Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo missed chances to score on his Serie A debut as defending champions Juventus snatched a late 3-2 win against Chievo in a thrilling opening match of the 2018-2019 league season on Saturday.Ronaldo, 33, joined from Real Madrid last month in a deal worth 100 million euros ($114.5 million). Substitute Federico Bernardeschi scored the winner two minutes into injury time with Germany international Sami Khedira opening the scoring after just three minutes at the Bentegodi Stadium.Chievo’s Mattia Bani turned into his own net after 75 minutes following pressure from Leonardo Bonucci to pull the champions level after the home side had taken a shock 2-1 lead.Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski had headed in and an Emanuele Giaccherini penalty gave the Flying Donkeys hope of a rare win over the Turin giants.Mario Mandzukic had a goal disallowed late in the game following an incident which floored Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino who required medical assistance.But Bernardeschi finished off an Alex Sandro assist to seal the first three points for the champions as they target an eighth straight league title.The game had been preceded by a minute’s silence for the victims of the Genoa bridge disaster with players taking to the pitch wearing black armbands.The opening round of matches involving both Genoa teams were postponed because of the bridge collapse in the port city.Sampdoria had been due to host Fiorentina and Genoa to travel to AC Milan.Meanwhile, another big name arrival in Serie A, Carlo Ancelotti makes his debut as Napoli coach as last year’s runners-up take on Lazio in Rome later Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

English eyes on Griezmann for crunch Chelsea clash

first_imgThe financial blow an early exit would bring to Atletico, who moved into the new 310 million euro ($369 million) Wanda Metropolitano stadium earlier this season, could precipitate Griezmann’s departure from the Spanish capital.But for his loyalty to Atletico and in particular coach Diego Simeone, Griezmann could have already been out the door last summer.A number of sides, led by Manchester United, seemed willing to meet his 100 million euro buyout clause, but when Atletico’s appeal against a transfer ban was rejected in June Griezmann agreed to stay on.Griezmann admitted at the time it would have been “dirty” to walk out on Atletico when they couldn’t replace him since it is they who propelled him into the European football elite after signing him from Real Sociedad in 2014.A number of sides, led by Manchester United, last summer seemed willing to meet Antoine Griezmann’s 100 million euro buyout clause © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOThat loyalty hasn’t been wholly rewarded however, with many Atletico fans unhappy at Griezmann’s frequent flirting with other sides, including La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, often via the French press.“For months now my name has come out linked with Manchester United,” Griezmann wrote in his newly-released autobiography ‘Behind the Smile’.“The English press said they were willing to pay €100 million, which is my release clause.“I was not going to waste time denying it. No matter how much I repeat that I am delighted at Atletico, that I have a great coach and great teammates, they ask me regularly about my future.“At Real Sociedad I realised I had reached a moment where I had to move to keep progressing, that has not happened at Atletico Madrid. Although, again, I rule nothing out.”– Part of the family –The backlash to Griezmann’s public comments peaked when he was jeered off as he was substituted during a goalless Madrid derby two weeks ago.At the time Griezmann was on a barren run of eight games without a goal and, with no one else offering reliable back-up, Atletico’s Champions League campaign stalled with defeat to Chelsea and back-to-back draws with Azerbaijanis Qarabag.“I am with him to the death,” insisted Simeone back then before adding “as long as he is in my family”.All has been forgiven, if not forgotten, in the past 10 days as a stunning acrobatic opener in a 2-0 win over Roma got Griezmann back among the goals and Atletico winning again.Having won just two and scored seven goals in their previous 10 matches, Atletico have won four in a row, netting an average of three goals a game.After Griezmann’s fourth in three games with a late winner against his former side Sociedad on Saturday, he was grappled in a bear hug by Simeone that showed his was fully back in the fold.One of the best nights in Simeone’s glorious six years at the helm in Madrid came at Stamford Bridge in 2014, when he outwitted Jose Mourinho in a 3-1 win that took his side to the first of their two recent Champions League finals.Should they fail to replicate that performance against Conte’s men on Tuesday and not get a helping hand from Qarabag it could be the beginning of a long goodbye for star man Griezmann.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during their Spanish La Liga match against Real Sociedad, at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, on December 2, 2017 © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Dec 4 – As a red-hot Antoine Griezmann hopes to keep Atletico Madrid’s faint Champions League hopes alive at Stamford Bridge, the stage is also set for the Frenchman to showcase his talents to a host of Premier League suitors.Atletico need to beat Chelsea in London on Tuesday and hope Roma don’t beat Champions League debutants Qarabag in the Italian capital if they are to make the last 16 for a fifth consecutive season.last_img read more

Video: Ten things you didn’t know about Ronaldino

first_imgFormer Barcelona forward Ronaldinho has left Fluminense by mutual consent after just three months.Having signed for the club in his native Brazil in July, the 35-year-old played just nine times.“Fluminense hereby announces the breaking of their contract with Ronaldinho Gaucho in an amicable form and in mutual agreement between both parties,” a statement on read.The club also pointed out that since joining, the player and his representatives were totally professional and respectful towards the club, whose ticket and shirt sales increased following Ronaldinho’s arrival.Do you think this is the end for a man who has won league titles, the World Cup and the Champions League in a glittering career? Watch the talkSPORT video above to learn a bit more about him, including what stopped him moving to Man United from PSG in 2003.Check out his sublime finish against Chelsea in the Champions League herelast_img read more

Reports – ‘Jedi Mourinho’ in Ukraine to scout Chelsea target Isco

first_img1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was in Ukraine on Monday night to scout Real Madrid star Isco, according to reports in Spain.The Blues boss was spotted in a hood at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Spain and Ukraine in the Kiev.Initial reports had claimed that Mourinho was there to run the rule over Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, whose contract expires at the end of the season.But, according to AS, Mourinho was actually there to scout Madrid midfielder Isco ahead of a January swoop.Chelsea have reportedly been tracking the Spaniard for some time and are weighing up making a move when the transfer window reopens.The 23-year-old is part of Rafa Benitez’s plans at the Bernabeu but he is struggling to hold down a first-team spot and could be persuaded to leave.last_img read more

Woman, 85, killed in Gardena car accident

first_imgAn 85-year-old woman died in a traffic collision in Gardena, police said Thursday. Gladys Tanamachi of Gardena died in the crash at Vermont Avenue and Magnolia Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Gardena police said. Detectives are investigating the cause of the crash. Officers said two vehicles, a bronze 1999 Toyota Camry and a red 1994 Toyota 4Runner, collided in the intersection. Tanamachi was the sole occupant of the Camry. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThere were no apparent injuries to the occupants of the other vehicle. 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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Softball has Three Earn NFCA All-Region Honors

first_imgNewman is a four-time NFCA All-Region selection who collected second team honors in 2015 and 2016. She is just the second Missouri Valley Conference player to be selected the MVC Pitcher of the Year three times. Newman is 28-6 overall with a 0.88 earned run average (second in nation) and a nation-leading 393 strikeouts. She also leads the country in strikeouts per seven innings at 13.4, hits allowed per seven innings at 2.55 and strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9.14. Her 13 shutouts rank second in the nation. Her 28 wins are the most by a Drake pitcher since Laurie Bowden won a program-record 28 games in 1990. This season, Newman has five perfect games (Division I single season record) and two no-hitters. She won 10 MVC Pitcher of the Week awards this season and a league-record 23 overall and was tabbed to the All-MVC First Team four times in her outstanding career. She is the Drake and the MVC all-time career strikeouts leader with 1,193, a total that is tops among active NCAA player. She is also Drake’s all-time wins leader with 92, a total that ranks second all-time in the Valley.Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) earned all-conference honors for the third time in her career with her 2019 All-MVC First Team selection. Frank also earned NFCA All-Region third team honors in 2016. As a senior this season, she has started all 56 games at second base while batting .327 with one triple, two home runs, 10 doubles, 27 runs scored and a career-high 40 runs batted in. Frank is Drake’s career leader in walks with 113 and ranks eighth in career runs with 107. Story Links Drake opens its second-straight NCAA Tournament Friday night against Georgia in Minneapolis. Print Friendly Version Macy Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa) was an All-MVC selection for the second-consecutive season with a 2019 All-MVC First Team choice and 2018 All-MVC Second Team selection. She is batting .333 with three triples, nine doubles, career-best 24 RBI and a career-high 40 runs scored. Johnson, who has started 55 of 56 games in centerfield, has drawn a program-record and league-leading 44 walks and tallied 23 stolen bases.center_img Three members of the Drake University softball team earned 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Midwest All-Region honors, the NFCA announced Thursday morning. Redshirt senior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) is on the NFCA Midwest All-Region First Team for the second consecutive season while senior infielder Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and sophomore outfielder Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) were selected to the NFCA Midwest All-Region Third Team. D1 All Region 19 last_img read more