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Organisation formed to advocate for better education policies

first_imgThe Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA), through the Caribbean working group representative of Guyana, Umadevi Bux and Caribbean/Americas Representative Benjamin Fraser, officially announced the formation of the Guyana National Students’ Organisation (GNSO) Steering Committee.Umadevi BuxAccording to the CSA, the appointments come with great pleasure and anticipation, as this is a historic event. The body is the first of its kind in Guyana that will be solely focusing on students and the commencement process for a National Students’ Organisation (Guyana).The Steering Committee comprises a group of students from across the tertiary educational institutions in Guyana, public and private; as such, they bring a wide array of knowledge and skills to the future formation of the Organisation through the International Commonwealth Students’ Youth Network.The Steering Committee over a year will be taking up the challenge of launching GNSO. The GNSO will be a merging of student organisations within Guyana. Their role will be as an independent advocate for students, bringing students’ perspectives into the policy decision-making processes within Guyana’s education sector. The GNSO will amplify the voice of students and seek to enhance the role of students in policy matters that affect their lives. The GNSO will be the official platform for students in Guyana. They will be working alongside other National Students’ Associations across the Commonwealth and beyond via the CSA.After the official launch of the GNSO, it will seek to advocate for better education policies in both private and State educational institutions for students across all regions in Guyana. The Association will also be working alongside the CSA to lobby for student’s rights, Government and Private Sector involvement in the education sector while involving stakeholders to ensure positive impacts are made within the education sector for all parties involved. The GNSO Steering Committee elected members are Chairman: Devta Ramroop; Vice Chairpersons: Tramaine James and Tiana Archibald; Partnership and Agreements: Christopher Alexander; Resources: Javed Mustapha, Public Relations: Davion Fredericks, Policy and Advocacy: Opa Harris; Secretary, Dwayne Wills; Treasurer, and Natasha Alladin. The Steering Committee will be under the leadership and mentorship of Bux alongside Fraser.last_img read more

Former footballer Weah wins landmark Liberia Presidential vote

first_imgThe National Election Commission (NEC) said Weah had won an insurmountable 61.5 percent of Tuesday’s vote, which was delayed several weeks after a legal challenge from Boakai.The NEC said that with 98.1 percent of all votes counted, Boakai had only secured 38.5 percent support.Ahead of Thursday’s results, armed and helmeted police deployed outside the poll body’s headquarters and some of Weah’s supporters were already rejoicing.“The Liberian people clearly made their choice… and all together we are very confident in the result of the electoral process,” tweeted Weah before the official results were announced.Weah topped the first round of voting in October with 38.4 percent of ballots but failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a run-off. Boakai came second with 28.8 percent.– ‘President Weah?’ –Chelsea icon Didier Drogba from neighbouring Ivory Coast already sent Weah a congratulatory message.Weah is the only African ever to have won FIFA’s World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D’Or. The 51-year-old starred at top-flight European football clubs Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s before playing briefly in England for Chelsea and Manchester City later in his career.Chelsea icon Didier Drogba from neighbouring Ivory Coast already sent Weah a congratulatory message.“Is it President Weah?” said the New Dawn newspaper on Thursday, referring to a man who has the backing of heavyweights including former warlord Prince Johnson and apparently the covert support of outgoing president Sirleaf.Her office said it had set up a team “for the proper management and orderly transfer of executive power from one democratically elected president to another”, adding that it included several ministers.Sirleaf’s predecessor Charles Taylor fled the country in 2003, hoping to avoid prosecution for funding rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Two presidents who served prior to Taylor were assassinated.The tumultuous events of the past seven decades in Liberia, where an estimated 250,000 people died during back-to-back civil wars between 1989-2003, have prevented a democratic handover from taking place since 1944.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed the “peaceful conduct” of the vote, praising “the government, political parties and the people of Liberia for the orderly poll”.The EU’s chief observer, Maria Arena, congratulated the candidates and the Liberian people on a peaceful vote that “generally respected constitutional rules”.The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional bloc also hailed the peaceful nature of the vote.– ‘Exciting moment’ –Former international Liberian football star turned politician, and presidential election candidate George Weah shows his voting cardThe election passed without a single major incident of violence despite weeks of delays caused by legal challenges and Liberians said they were looking forward to a peaceful handover after 12 years under Sirleaf.“Since years of civil war this is the first time we see the transition of power from one person to another,” voter Oscar Sorbah told AFP.The Sirleaf administration, elected in 2005, guided the nation out of the ruins of war and through the horrors of the 2014-16 Ebola crisis, but is accused of failing to combat poverty and corruption.Weah’s CDC party watched their icon miss out on the presidency in a 2005 bid. He was similarly frustrated when he ran for vice-president in 2011, but has repeatedly urged its young and exuberant supporters to keep cool.“No matter what the provocation will be, CDC will not respond with violence,” Jefferson Kotchie, head of the youth wing of the CDC, earlier told supporters assembled at the party’s headquarters.The run-off was delayed for seven weeks due to legal challenges lodged by Boakai’s Unity Party against the electoral commission over the conduct of the first round, but many of the complaints appeared to have been addressed in the second round.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Weah is set to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over at the helm of Africa’s oldest republic in 2006.MONROVIA, Liberia, Dec 28 – Ex-football superstar George Weah was announced the winner on Thursday of Liberia’s presidential run-off, beating Vice President Joseph Boakai in the first democratic transfer of power in decades following two devastating civil wars.Weah is set to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over at the helm of Africa’s oldest republic in 2006.last_img read more

NASA to remove space shuttle foam

first_imgNASA plans to change the space shuttle’s external fuel tank again, this time removing a troublesome section of protective foam that broke off during the launch of Discovery last July, the space agency said Thursday. The removal of more foam from the tank and further testing to find the root cause of cracks in the foam could lead to a longer delay until the next shuttle flight, tentatively set for May. But NASA official Bill Gerstenmaier, who is leading the investigation into the foam loss, said that’s not necessarily the case. The targeted foam section protects a cable tray that runs along the tank. “We think that’s the best thing to do, just take it off,” Gerstenmaier said. NASA had redesigned the fuel tank after a large piece of insulating foam hit the wing of the shuttle Columbia in 2003, sparking the disaster that killed seven astronauts. The shuttle fleet was grounded after that and again after Discovery’s launch last July when a smaller piece of foam broke off that shuttle’s tank despite the redesign. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Discovery also lost other pieces of foam in four other areas, including the same spot where a large chunk came loose during Columbia’s liftoff. The removal of the large foam section doesn’t require a redesign of the tank’s structure, Gerstenmaier said, meaning the chances of a May launch aren’t necessarily in jeopardy. Three members of the Columbia accident board with technical expertise couldn’t be reached for comment about NASA’s latest plans. Engineers want to test the tank in a wind tunnel to see if there are any problems with removing the foam section, known as a protuberance air load, or PAL, ramp. They need to further analyze what is causing the cracks when two layers of foam on the tank are exposed to chilling temperatures during fueling with supercold hydrogen. NASA is very aware of the money spent on returning the shuttle to flight, Gerstenmaier said, and has taken some cost-saving measures, such as dropping some research on repairing the shuttles’ thermal tiles that aren’t as far along as other techniques. The space agency needs to fly its aging shuttles 19 more times to finish construction of the International Space Station before the shuttle fleet is retired in 2010. “The focus has got to be on understanding the cracking phenomenon and working out an engineering solution, and then that will drive us to what we think the right period is for launch,” Gerstenmaier said. “We don’t need to have a flight this spring to make the 19 flights.” 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

Football Names 2016 Team Captains

first_imgPrint Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team has selected four captains for the 2016 season, third-year head coach Rick Fox announced Monday, May 9. Serving as captains and the team’s leaders on and off the field for the upcoming season will be Taylor Coleman (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Aaron Melton (Castle Rock, Colo.), Eric Saubert (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) and Caz Zyks (Carpentersville, Ill.).”These four men are special young men who exemplify what Drake football is all about. Our players and coaches have chosen well in selecting Aaron, Caz, Eric and Taylor as their captains,” said Fox.Coleman, a fifth-year senior linebacker, is a two-time CoSIDA All-District selection and was named 2014 PFL Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He also garnered All-PFL honorable mention honors in 2014.”Taylor brings a passion to succeed in all he does, on and off the field. The 2014 PFL Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three-time Drake community service captain will bring a relentless passion to his leadership position and a genuine concern for his teammates that will impact our team in a significant way this fall,” said Fox.Melton, a fifth-year senior, anchors the offensive line and was a 2015 preseason All-PFL selection before missing nearly the entire season due to an injury in the season-opener against William Jewell. He received second-team All-PFL honors in 2014.”Aaron had his season cut short last year with an injury on the very first play of the 2015 campaign. That didn’t stop Aaron from leading, however.  In a cast on the sideline, Aaron was often encouraging and challenging guys last fall. That ability to lead in tough circumstances will serve as well as we seek to go places Drake football has never been before,” said Fox.Saubert, a fifth-year senior tight end, was named to the FCS ADA All-America team and also garnered third team All-America honors by the Associated Press and STATS FCS. He led the team with 48 receptions, 580 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.”What a lot of people know about Eric is that he was selected by three different organizations as an All-American tight end in 2015. But what many people donot know about Eric is how much he cares for his teammates and the incredible work ethic he possesses. He will be a terrific leader for us,” said Fox.Zykes is a two-year starter in the secondary and was one of the team’s top tacklers last year with 45 total stops.”Caz, a three-time community service captain, loves football, loves to compete and loves his teammates. His infectious enthusiasm and his sincere interest in his teammates will play a significant part in the upcoming season. Caz is the second captain in consecutive years to come from Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Ill.,” said Fox.The four captains will lead the Bulldogs into the 2016 season on Sept. 3 when they host Quincy at 6 p.m. The home opener is one of six home contests at Drake Stadium in 2016.last_img read more

Picture Special: Spring sunshine for Letterkenny parkrun

first_imgParticipants of this morning’s Letterkenny parkrun enjoyed glorious weather as they took part in the weekly 5k at St Conal’s Hospital Campus.Every Saturday morning at 9:30am, walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k.To take part, simply register online at Letterkenny parkrun and then print off your barcode. Bring your barcode along with you to the starting line and you’re ready to go! The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week?Photography by Stephen Woods.Picture Special: Spring sunshine for Letterkenny parkrun was last modified: March 24th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkenny parkrunpicture speciallast_img read more

Raiders sign two No. 1 draft picks, leaving just Josh Jacobs unsigned

first_imgThe Raiders used a flurry of signings Tuesday to nearly get their entire draft class under team control by securing deals with No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell from Clemson and fellow first-round pick Johnathan Abram of Mississippi State.Alabama’s former star running back Josh Jacobs, the second of Oakland’s three first-round picks, is the only one of the Raiders’ eight draftees yet to sign.Trayvon Mullen, the Raiders’ second-round pick and a former Clemson teammate of Ferrell’s, also …last_img

Report from the Passive House Conference in Maine

first_imgThe North American Passive House Network held a two-day conference in Portland, Maine, this month. The well-attended conference drew attendees from all over the U.S., as well as from China, the U.K., and Germany.Because it was a four-track conference, it was impossible to attend every session — a frustrating fact for attendees. Many of the experts who gave presentations at the Portland conference have written for, or been featured in, Green Building Advisor; among the familiar names were Matthew O’Malia, Chris Corson, Dylan Lamar, Malcolm Isaacs, Nabih Tahan, Peter Schneider, Graham Irwin, Marc Rosenbaum, Tim Eian, Jesper Kruse, and Phil Kaplan.With so many smart people gathered together under one roof, the conversations in the hallways and at the lunch tables were almost as valuable as the presentations. Like most people who attended the conference, I learned a lot while I was there.It was exciting to see so many consultants, designers, and builders present their latest projects. These construction professionals are doing excellent work. At the Portland conference, they talked about their mistakes, presented information on new methods, and shared data. In many cases, Passivhaus builders are discovering new, less expensive ways to build excellent buildings — including some of the best homes being built in North America today.Dr. Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany, gave the conference’s keynote address on Monday morning, September 22.According to my notes, Feist made five important points:At the beginning of his address, Feist repeated one of his points at least three times. Referring to the Passivhaus standard, he told the audience in Portland, “The background of this is science. … It’s about science. … It’s a concept which is based on science.”He named five scientists whose work helped smooth the way for… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Indian boxer Thapa eager to clinch a medal

first_imgAt an age when youngsters usually prepare to take admission in colleges, Shiva Thapa, the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics, has a much bigger task to handle.When the quadrennial sports extravaganza begins in London next month, Thapa, 18, will be one of the boxers touted as a strong medal prospect, that too in a category (56kg category) which is considered as the most competitive in the sport.Thapa is aware of the enormity of the task he is expected to handle in London. But he says philosophically he will deliver his 100 per cent and the rewards will automatically come his way.”Every Olympian goes into the Olympics with an aim to win a medal and my target is also the same. Whenever in the ring, I give my 100 per cent and that has always helped me achieve whatever I have so far. I’ll do the same thing at the Olympics and I believe if I play up to my potential I can get a reward in form of a medal,” Thapa told Mail Today.Does he feel nervous going into the Olympics at 18? “It’s going to be my first Olympics, but there’s always a first time in whatever you do. I’m not nervous, but determine to do my best and leave the best impression,” he said.”Before the qualification my father used to say that 18 is too young an age to qualify for the Olympics. But I told him that at this age boxers have won Olympic gold. I take inspiration from young achievers in order to keep my morale high,” he said.advertisementThapa first hogged headlines when he won the silver at the Youth World Championships and the Youth Olympic Games in 2010. Then, in his first senior tournament in 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia, he created a bigger flutter by showing the door to world champion Delakliev Detelin of Bulgaria on way to clinching the gold.The victory made him a sensation. When seasoned boxerAkhil Kumar failed to make it to the Olympics in the first qualifying tournament, the Indian Boxing Federation selected Thapa for the second and the final qualifier. In one of his most inspiring display of talent, he upset a stellar field and qualified for the Olympics with a gold medal.Thapa says he will not let such victories go in vain and will take an inspiration from them. “I have beaten some of the toughest boxers and that has given me a psychological edge at a young age. I am sure I won’t feel nervous if I fight against them in London. But I am not complacent. I know those who I beat are eager to take revenge. So, I’m doing my level best to prepare.”With less than 40 days to go for the Games, he is trying to avoid all kind of distractions. “Qualifying for the Olympics is bound to attract a lot of attention and a lot of people want to communicate with me. But, for the time being, I want to have limited interaction with the outside world as it will help me keep the preparations on track,” he said.To give his preparations finishing touches, Thapa, as part of the India team, is now in Dublin, Ireland, on a training-cum-competition trip. After spending a few days at home, the team will go to London. “Ireland and London trips are very timely. Since both the places have cold weather, the trips are expected to help us adjust to the local conditions that we are expecting during the Olympics,” he said.It will be interesting to see if Thapa becomes the youngest Indian medallist in boxing – and make history.last_img read more

Football: Michael Owen remembers his stunner against Argentina in World Cup 1998

first_imgAdvertisementMichael Owen recently posted an update on Twitter remembering his stunner against Argentina in the Round of 16 in World Cup 1998 which England eventually lost 4-3 in penalties.This was the moment, 20 years ago today, that my world changed forever… pic.twitter.com/MjuZV3Nqgj— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 30, 2018The tweet reads “This was the moment, 20 years ago today, that my world changed forever…”. Michael Owen scored a wonderful goal on the evening of 30th June 1998 at St. Etienne when England faced a star-studded Argentine line-up in the Round of 16.The former England striker was 18 at that point of time and was applauded for his goal by commentators and journalists alike. The youngster used to play for Liverpool and stayed there till 2004.The goal started with David Beckham who was later red-carded in the match, passing a ball to Owen in midfield and Owen ran the whole way dribbling beside defenders to the D-box before calmly finishing it in the top left corner.Michael Owen had a successful career playing for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United before becoming a successful racehorse jockey, breeder, and owner.#OnThisDay 20 years ago, @themichaelowen did this… 😧#threelions pic.twitter.com/bmOVgqjX9j— England (@England) June 30, 2018Read Also:-Football: Stephan Lichsteiner thanks Juventus in an emotional tweet ahead of joining ArsenalFIFA World Cup 18: La Albiceleste Are Out Of The World Cup As France Proves Too Heavy For Them Advertisementlast_img read more

No Goalkeeper… Empty Handed

first_imgOlympiacos exited the Europa League on Thursday after suffering a woeful 4-1 defeat to 10-man Besiktas in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie in Istanbul, ending up on the wrong end of a 5-2 aggregate scoreline. Nicola Leali, who’s gaffe gave Besiktas a draw in Greece for the first leg, is to be blame for the first three goals conceded.Despite putting themselves back in contention needing just one more goal at 2-1 down at half-time on the night, and with a numerical advantage for the entire second half after Vincent Aboubakar’s sending off just before the break, Vasilis Vouzas’ team capitulated in the second half.Besiktas looked to be cruising after early goals from Aboubakar and Ryan Babel put them firmly in command after half an hour, taking advantage of Leali’s poor goalkeeper in both plays. However, Tarik Elyounoussi’s spectacular scissor-kick equaliser reduced the deficit before Aboubakar’s sending off just ahead of half-time for an off-the-ball headbutt handed Olympiacos the initiative.Instead of going on to record a famous result and claim a place in the last eight of a European competition for the third time in the club’s history, it was Besiktas who found another gear to dispatch the visitors.Babel, who had not scored a European goal since 2010 before tonight, notched a crucial second for himself and his side’s third from a low, diagonal snapshot which visiting goalkeeper Nicola Leali could only parry into the net.Then Olympiacos’ miserable night was complete in the last minute when slack marking allowed Besiktas to break clear with Cenk Tosun dinking his 20th goal of the season in all competitions over the hapless dive of Leali after being played in by man-of-the-math Babel.The Olympiacos players looked truly shellshocked at this point as the final whistle then sparked wild celebrations among the home fans who had witnessed their team defy the odds to deservedly claim their place in the last eight.Vouzas – and Olympiacos owner Vangelis Marinakis – will surely demand an inquest into how the team collapsed so easily after being essentially handed the advantage on a plate by half-time.The coach will have to pick his players up and regroup ahead of this weekend’s crucial Athens derby against eternal rivals Panathinaikos at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium where another defeat will put their domestic title credentials in doubt.Source: AGONAsport.com (http://bit.ly/2nxnz4g ) – on Facebook, follow us on  Instagram, and Twitter TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more