Some protesting students gathered at the Palava Hut to demand the resignation of the Board during a Board meeting on August 30, 2018. With less than a week to resume the 2018/2019 academic activities, students attending the Harbel College in Margibi County are demanding the resignation of the entire Board for “ineffectiveness on the part of its members in performing their assigned duties.”But Board Chair, David S. Menyongai, told the disgruntled students, that the delay in the renovation works on campus was to ensure that every cent spent is void of corruption. The protesting students, among other things, accused the Board of micromanaging the college, and remaining unconcerned about improving student learning activities.“Members of the Board are not in the interest of us as well as being dysfunctional under its slow-to-act Chairman, David Menyongai. The Board must be removed, and restructured, because the members cannot manage the school,” the spokesperson for the protesting students, Jupor Gborkerquelle, said.According to Gborkerquelle, “the college is supposed to resume basic academic work early next month, but because funds meant for the renovation of the dilapidated classrooms and library have not been released, the campus has remained in ruins.”The funds, Gborkerquelle said, are already available, “but have not been released, because of disagreement among members of the Board, a situation which has stalled the project.“For members of the Board to allow their personal disagreements to deprive us from having a better learning environment is a clear indication that they are ineffective. As we speak, the classrooms, library and administration building, which should have been ready by the end of August, have remained in the same appalling condition. Classes are not starting anytime,” Gborkerquelle said.He said that members of the Board have also failed to address the shortage of instructors in specialized areas, although they have funds to do hire some of the best brains to teach.“This micromanage ideology has over the years affected the learning environment here. It so sad that the college is offering full-fledged degrees in several specialized areas, but does not have instructors to teach many of the courses. As a result, we are learning under the appalling condition without zest from Board members to address our condition,” Gborkerquelle said.Harbel College, established in 2012 by an Act of the Legislature, offers degrees in climate change studies, Liberian Studies, occupational safety and health, agro-business, environmental studies, mechanical and renewable engineering.Gborkerquelle further accused board members of only visiting the college when they want to hold a meeting to distribute their Board sitting fees.“This is heartless, because they are not performing their duties by evaluating the quality of educational programs offered, a process that should not have been delegated. This is one of the primary functions that they carelessly perform.“And since they cannot perform such a responsibility, they should all resign, because we need Board members that will care about our learning environment, and the quality of education that is being provided here. It is time for them to go, no more micromanaging, and no more collecting sitting fees. The Board has not done any meaningful project to improve the college,” Gborkerquelle said.Though students want the Board resign, they named Fr. Gabriel Jubwe as one Board member who is actually up to the task.“The Father is a good man and, as a professor, he is doing his very best to impart knowledge to the students,” the protesting students said.Board Chair Menyongai said the the board has been working to solve some of the problems the college has been experiencing.“Ongoing renovation project has not delayed because we want it to be,” Meyongai explained, “but we want to ensure that the appropriate financial system is put in place. Certain things were not going right so we have to intervene. We want the best of education for y’all and we are making sure that happens. If enough funds were available, we could have done more.“The funds government give us per annum is little, so we have to manage it and implement strategic projects. The Board is equally concerned about progress on the college campus and you have to be aware that development is a gradual process,” Menyongai added.He also accused the College President, Dr. Syrulwa Somah, of engineering the students to protest against board members because of their “refusal to dance to his tune.”Dr. Somah denied the board accusations of engineering the protest, but confirmed that there is poor relationship between his office and the board.“The disagreement stands from my refusal to mismanage funding intended for the college operation as being suggested by some board members. They came the last time and brought US$300,000 and told me that they want to take US$100,000 for themselves. Since I refused, this has been the big crime I have committed,” Dr. Somah told the Daily Observer.“One of the board members wanted to bring her own contractor to complete construction work at the college and I refused. Since then, she keeps finding all means to get me out and the students are observing what is ongoing here, especially construction workers,” Dr. Somah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…in CampbellvilleA 30-year-old mother was on Tuesday robbed of approximately $200,000 in cash, along with jewellery and important documents when she was pounced upon by CG motorcycle bandits in the vicinity of Enachu Street, in Campbellville, Georgetown.Guyana Times understands that the woman had just taken her son to a school nearby and was walking on the road when the two bandits on a motorcycle rode up and stopped a short distance away.The rider of the motorcycle reportedly whipped out a handgun, walked towards the woman and gun-butted her to the head before grabbing her red handbag.He then re-joined his accomplice who was looking on, and fled in the direction of Bel Air, Georgetown.Police have confirmed that an investigation has been launched and that they are reviewing CCTV footage around the area to assist officers in nabbing the culprits.So far, no one has been arrested.
One day after unveiling a project to conserve and protect water supplies, the Campbell government announced a plan yesterday to improve BC air quality.It says 28 point five million dollars will be spent on more than two dozen efforts, to cut air pollution spewed by everything from wood stoves to big industry.One initiative is the scrap-it program, which offers people up to two thousand dollars to take their pre-1993 vehicles off the road.- Advertisement –
Andrew Nash earned the win in goal for Dawson Creek, stopping 25 of 31 shots. The Flyers were outshot 31-29. The Flyers get a quick chance to redeem themselves, when they host the Hythe Mustangs on Friday night at the North Peace Arena. The Mustangs have won the past two meetings between the clubs. The Dawson Creek Senior Canucks made their first trip of the season to Fort St. John on Thursday night, and headed home with a win. After winning the previous two meetings of the season (both in D.C.) by a combined score of 23-3, the Flyers fell behind the eight-ball right off the bat. On the opening play of the game, Dawson Creek dumped the puck into the Flyers zone, and goaltender Derek Metteaur misplayed the puck, giving Chris Stevens an open-net. The Flyers fought back, with a powerplay goal from Tyler Loney, and an even strength marker from Todd Alexander, before goals from Evan Boire and Kris Desjarlais gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. – Advertisement -Second periods have been the Flyers achilles heel as of late, but on this night, they won the middle frame, on goals from Jeff Shipton and David Alexander. Desjarlais added his second, leading to a 4-4 tie heading into the third.But, despite goals from Jeff Fast and Donny Lloyd to give the Flyers a 6-4 lead, they allowed three straight even-strength goals late in the period, to give Dawson Creek 7-6 win. Desjarlais’ hat-trick got the Canucks within one, Dustin Kersey tied the game, and then Stevens’ second of the game gave Dawson Creek the win. Dawson Creek featured a handful of players that are still part of the Flyers plans for the rest of the season. Kip Noble registered 2 assists for his hometown Canucks, and was joined on the blue-line by both Dustin Kersey and Adam Loncan. Former ECHL forward Chris Stevens returned to the Canucks lineup after playing for Fort St. John in the exhibition series against Augustana College. Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Shell recently made a donation to Nenan of 50 backpacks that were filled with school supplies.Mindy-Lou Henyu, contacted Nenan after the Shell team held a backpack drive they called ‘Fueling Kindness’ shared Connie Greyeyes, a representative of Nenan.50 backpacks containing school supplies were brought to Nenan to pass out to children and youth they work with and anyone else in the community that is in need of a backpack full of supplies shared Greyeyes.- Advertisement -It was a kind and generous donation and people have reached out on FB and come in shared, Greyeyes as she went on to say there is still backpacks available at the office located #10615 – 102nd Street.Greyeyes shared further Shell has gone over and beyond for their organization which is greatly appreciated and the backpacks are so helpful.
Anthony Martial is on the verge of joining Manchester United.The 19-year-old forward has left France’s training camp to complete a £36m move from Monaco.Check out some of his highlights from last season in the video above, and let us know whether you think he would be a good addition to Louis van Gaal’s side
Arena7 have welcomed some big stars to the entertainment complex through the years and now they bring the biggest star of all the “Sam Maguire Cup” this Saturday morning the 13th of October.Arena7 will welcome the cup along with two of the county’s biggest stars Rory Kavanagh and David Walsh from 10am until 12 noon for a great family day out.The cup along with the two players will be available for both parents and kids to have their photo taken and also for the children to get an autograph with. Bring the kids even the whole family and get a photo and meet the players. SAM MAGUIRE ARRIVES IN ARENA 7 THIS SATURDAY was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Arena 7Sam Maguire
18 February 2010 The Industrial Policy Action Plan would also help the country to leverage more local procurement to raise domestic production by overhauling the Preferential Policy Framework Act and assigning points in the tender process to those firms that procure locally. Briefing the media in Cape Town this week, Davies said the plan, which comes into effect in April, will focus on strengthening the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), revising procurement legislation, deploying trade policies more strategically, and targeting anti-competitive practices. Source: BuaNews The government would move away from the duty credit certificate model, to a system based on credits that can then use the IDC for accessing finance. Davies said support would be sharpened around the clothing and textiles sector, while the South African Revenue Service would continue to crack down on illegal imports. The government would also look at cracking down on anti-competitive practices, particularly those that affected labour-absorbing downstream sectors, as well as consumer goods to low-income households. Davies said the action plan also aimed to boost sectors such as metals fabrication, capital and transport equipment, “green” and energy-saving industries, and agro-processing linked to food security and contributing to rural development. Davies said the example of Brazil’s development bank BNDES had shown that capital at the IDC was relatively expensive – at an average of about 8% compared to less than 1% for the Brazilian organisation. Increasing development finance Scaling up existing interventions Added to this, the Proudly SA campaign would be revived, he said. Davies said procurement was done on a more ad hoc basis, meaning it was harder to build local production because often goods had to be imported at the last minute. To rectify this, more planning and strategising would go into the procurement of goods, he said. Through the release of long-term procurement plans, investors would be better informed on what goods were in demand by the government, and this would in turn help promote jobs at home. Davies noted that though the first Industrial Policy Action Plan, released in 2007, had recorded some successes, such as strengthening competition legislation and lowering some tariffs, it had unwittingly fallen short by tackling the easier-to-do things. Planned procurement The plan will look at scaling up existing interventions that were identified in the first Industrial Policy Action Plan. These sectors included the automotive components sector, downstream mineral beneficiation, pharmaceuticals, tourism, business process services, and the clothing and textiles sector. Davies said eight to 10 products, such as railway equipment, would be identified to form part of the long-term procurement plan. It would also look at promoting long-term sectors to develop capabilities such as aerospace, nuclear and advanced materials. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has unveiled South Africa’s new Industrial Policy Action Plan, which will focus on key areas to boost the country’s industrial capacity and create up to 2.4-million jobs by 2020. The Brazilian development bank was also recapitalised regularly, while the IDC had last received recapitalisation in the 1950s. The lesson, he said, was that the Brazilian example was able to leverage much more finance. The new action plan would be a three-year rolling one and would be updated in 2011.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Mike Bumgarner, Chief Operating Officer of United Producers Inc. OCJ: At the start of 2016 you moved into a new role with UPI. How will you tackle your new responsibilities and how has the transition been from COO to CEO?Mike: Fortunately, I’ve been able to transition into this role over time because our board made the decision about succession fairy early in the year. So, that means I will be hitting the ground running. Obviously, there will be things associated with being the CEO that will be different from my role as COO, but there won’t be a learning curve about the cooperative and meeting our members expectations — that is something that has been ingrained in my way of doing business since day one with UPI — and one that was reinforced when I was with the Farm Bureau. The transition has been extremely smooth and well planned out. I’m excited about moving forward with some new ideas, while staying true to the ideals that have built our cooperative into the successful organization it is today under Dennis’s leadership. OCJ: What is your background and how will it prepare you to lead the future of UPI?Mike: My life and my career have been built working with farmers. From learning the values of hard work and determination on the farm as a boy to working with farmers to help move our industry as a whole forward, I feel like I am not only professionally prepared to take on this role, but that I also have the convictions and values that will help ensure I stay true to the values of our cooperative. And, I have been incredibly fortunate to get the opportunity to work directly with two outstanding leaders in agriculture: Dennis Bolling and Jack Fisher. While each had very different management styles, they were equally successful in leading in a time of change and challenge. The time I spent with both will serve me well in my new role and allow me to implement my ideas with the benefit of experience in different settings under different leaders. OCJ: You have also added some new staff members in key management positions. How will they help guide UPI moving forward?Mike: I have tried hard to bring on individuals who will help round out our already experienced and effective team. One example is Bill Tom. Bill will serve as our Executive Vice President of Livestock Marketing. He has extensive experience in the cooperative environment. Most recently, Bill worked for Trupointe Cooperative as Vice President of Risk Management, Grain Origination, EH&S, and Marketing Solutions. He also has leadership experience with Cargill, Inc. and experience in animal nutrient sales and reproduction and nutrition management. Bill is a proven leader and innovator that will help challenge us to get out of the box and think differently about what we do and how we do it. The livestock industries are constantly changing and we must be willing to explore new ideas and identify new opportunities that allow our members to continue to be successful in this evolving environment. OCJ: What challenges do you foresee for UPI and how do you plan on addressing them?Mike: Meeting the needs of a very diverse producer base is a challenge for every agriculture-based organization right now and for the foreseeable future. We have a new generation of farmers who are trying new things and we have those who have “been there, done that” and are more resistant to change. Our challenge is to meet the needs of these groups and everyone in between. Being good listeners and staying focused on our members’ success will be the primary driver while we also must not be afraid to innovate and change. OCJ: With a strong history of success, how has UPI overcome adversity in the past? Is there a recipe for success?Mike: That recipe is the same today as the day we were originally founded: Doing business with integrity, openness and honesty and focusing on our members’ needs and their success. When they succeed, we succeed. It’s as simple as that. OCJ: What part of your new position are you most looking forward to doing?Mike: Honestly, I am looking forward to all of it. I have worked with UPI for a combined 20 years and I am excited to lead an organization that I love and believe in. OCJ: What are some big picture changes in the livestock industry that will have to be addressed industry-wide in the future?Mike: The end-users of our products — the consumers — are paying attention to our industry like never before. We’re in a new world. As our industry continues to consolidate, how do we meet the demands of an ever-changing, more conscious consumer that wants to get closer to and better understand the food they eat? As a result of this attention, we also have more regulatory impact to deal with, and more misconceptions that sometimes lead to proposed regulations. Sustainability is also a critical component of this cycle — meeting consumer demands, responding to regulations, etc. But most importantly, we’ve got to stop being reactive and become more proactive. We need to anticipate the questions, the demands and the concerns of those outside of our industry so that we can act now, rather than waiting for a crisis situation. We have to be able to better predict and preempt misinformation and misconceptions so that we get ahead of, instead of being behind, the curve. OCJ: How will UPI fit into that big picture?Mike: UPI is in a perfect position to help our members address these big-picture changes. Most people think of UPI as a livestock marketing and financing company, which we are. But really, we are about finding opportunities and solutions for our members, so they can be successful in this ever-changing industry. We are constantly adding to and changing our services so that when our members need something we know it, we understand it and we can help them take advantage of the best case scenario for their farming operation. By no means is the future going to be easy for agriculture. It’s going to be challenging, but it’s also going to be a lot of fun.
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in 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. UPDATED on August 31, 2018 with information on vapor diffusion ports.Although the GBA website already contains many articles on the topic, we continue to receive frequent questions about the best way to insulate a cathedral ceiling. It’s therefore time to pull together as much information on the topic as possible and publish it in one place, to clarify the building science issues and code requirements governing insulated sloped roofs.In this blog, I’ll attempt to answer the following questions:This article will discuss insulated sloped roofs. The methods described here can be used to build an insulated cathedral ceiling over a great room, a section of sloped roof above a kneewall, or any similar section of insulated sloped roof.This type of roof differs from an uninsulated roof over an unconditioned vented attic.Insulated cathedral ceilings are a relatively recent phenomenon. The craze for insulated cathedral ceilings (and great rooms) really took off in the 1970s and 1980s, when examples began popping up like mushrooms after a warm rain. In those days, most builders stuffed cathedral ceiling rafter bays with fiberglass batts. Sometimes they included flimsy Proper-Vents between the fiberglass and the roof sheathing, but often they just specified thin batts to ensure that there would be an air space above the batts for ventilation.The cathedral ceilings of the 1970s and 1980s were thermal disasters. In most cases, these ceilings leaked air, leaked heat, created monumental ice dams, and encouraged condensation and rot. In many cases, roofers tried to solve these problems by improving ventilation openings in the soffits and at the ridge; these “improvements” often made every symptom worse.Fortunately, most builders have learned a few lessons from these disasters.Energy codes establish minimum R-value requirements for roofs and ceilings. There are several possible code compliance paths;…