UG Council hikes tuition fees by 35%

first_img…15% + 10% + 10% over three yearsThe University of Guyana (UG) Council has approved a 15 per cent increase in tuition fees,  the first step in its move to see an overall 35 per cent tuition increase over a three-year period.UG announced on Thursday that following intense discussion, the March 30 extraordinary meeting of the Council, chaired by Chancellor Eon Nigel Harris, voted to increase tuition fees.The decision, it said, came following an examination of the University’s projected budget deficit, the pressing needs of the institution, and projected alternative income streams. Comparative data on private high schools and Universities in Guyana and the Caribbean Region were also examined and the tuition and fees at all the institutions examined were found to be several times higher than those of UG.The University stated that even with the “unavoidable adjustments”, fees at the institution will still be comparatively lower.According to UG, the Council’s decision will be applied to tuition fees for all programmes and for both continuing students and new students for the 2017-2018 academic year. However, it said input from the Student Society was considered, leading to an incremental rollout, where continuing students will now pay an increase of 15 per cent (about $2500 a month), and new students will be required to pay 18 per cent (about $3000 a month).At the same meeting also, the Council reportedly decided to incrementally increase the tuition fee by 10 per cent for  the 2018-2019 academic year for all students, and by a further 10 per cent  for all students for 2019-2020.Meanwhile, while this decision for increased tuition has been made, the University is still battling with its senior staff with regard to negotiations for salary increase.At the same meeting, the Council also authorised the UG Administration to commence negotiations with the two unions at the tertiary institution for remuneration packages based on what the University of Guyana could afford. The Council said it also received clarification from the Finance Ministry that the claim by the unions that the Government of Guyana had provided a fixed sum of money for salaries, which would amount to a 15 per cent salary increase, was inaccurate.In this context, the UG Administration will continue to analyse the University’s budget to determine the fullest possible extent of affordability. It also was stressed that staff performance will be a key factor in determining salaries and benefits, whether monetary or non-monetary.last_img read more

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Sharks’ Game 7 win: Why Avs’ goal was nullified

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — As much as the Sharks needed Joe Pavelski, Martin Jones and Joonas Donskoi to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday in Game 7 of their second round playoff series at SAP Center, they also needed the eagle eyes of Dan Darrow.Immediately after it appeared that Colin Wilson had tied the game 2-2 at the 7:49 mark of the second period, Darrow, the Sharks’ video coach, notified coaches on San …last_img

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Submit Your Business to These Video Production Directories

first_imgWant to increase the visibility of your video production business? Here’s the top video/film directories you should be listed in.Having a website for your film or video production business is not only recommended, it’s a necessity. But don’t stop there. Expand your web presence by including your video production company in popular online film and video company directories.In this post, we’ve rounded up the most popular online directories for film, video and television – most of which you can be included in for free. Are there any that should have made our list but didn’t? Include suggestions for websites, as well as your own business marketing tips, in the comments below.In addition to potential clients/employers finding your business in these directories, including links to your own site in these listings has reciprocal visibility benefits. Google tends to reward websites that are linked from pages covering similar topics. For example, by including your business URL in a film directory, the search engines may greater associate your site with film and video. This can lead to better placement when someone looks for your business (or business type) in a search engine.Now, onto the directories and websites…Mandy.comMandy.com is the longest running film and video production job/project site on the Internet. Started in 1995, it’s a go-to site for production companies to post jobs and projects. Additionally, Mandy has a geographically searchable directory of professional video production companies.A basic company listing on Mandy is free, although they do offer a few paid options for better placement and visibility.ProductionHubLike Mandy, ProductionHub is an online directory of worldwide video and film production companies, equipment rental houses and post-production/video editing services. A basic profile on ProductionHub is free of charge, with paid options to access more features and gain great visibility.The ProductionHub profile interface allows you to include all contact information, video samples of your work, client list and a description of the work you do. The site makes it simple to create ‘contact lists’, so you can make lists of companies for different projects/locations.LinkedIn BusinessLinkedIn isn’t just for your individual professional profile…you should also make a LinkedIn page for your company. Many business professionals use LinkedIn as a source for finding vendors and partners.Once you’ve created a LinkedIn page for your business, add your latest content and projects. Use it as a sounding box to show the world what your company has been up to (you can add videos). Have your employees add your company profile to their own pages and encourage them to engage with your content (important for building your presence on the site).Get the details on creating a LinkedIn company page here.VimeoBy uploading  your company demo reel or sample work to Vimeo you’ll kill a few birds with one stone. Try these tips for marketing your video business on Vimeo:You can embed the Vimeo video on your company’s website – ad free. The embeds come with analytics, so you’ll easily be able to see how many times your video has been loaded or played.Use Vimeo to expose your work to other creative pros. When others see your work on Vimeo they may identify you as someone they’d like to work with – or vice versa.Vimeo is easily searchable. So, it’s important to include ‘keyword’ search terms in your video descriptions such as the type of project (corporate video, commercial, film trailer, etc), as well as the location of your video business (ex. “Los Angeles, California video production”). By including these terms there’s a greater chance your work will be found by those looking to hire. Additionally, include your company website in the video description.Include your contact information in your Vimeo profile – a link to your website, your phone number and email. Additionally it’s helpful to include something like “Available for freelance & contract work” in your profile so others know you’re interested in taking on outside projects.BehanceBehance is an online platform for showcasing creative work and inspiration. Although it’s primarily used by photographers, graphic designers and art directors, it shouldn’t be overlooked by video pros. There’s a section specifically dedicated to Motion Designers.As someone who’s personally employed talent I’ve found through Behance, I can attest that it’s a valuable resource for increasing the visibility of your professional work. Add your website and social network pages to your Behance profile so others can easily contact and follow you.Variety411Variety, the weekly entertainment trade magazine, also has a web directory of film and video production companies. The majority of Variety411 is geared toward the high-end film and TV business (not a lot of corporate video here) – with a bent toward LA and NYC markets. There is a cost associated with being listed.Every major company type in the US film/video/TV business is represented, including equipment and stage rentals.50GroveYou may be familiar with Wistia, an online video hosting and analytics company, but you may not know they also have an online database of professional video companies – 50Grove. The company listings can be sorted by types of video (testimonial, product, training, etc), as well as average production cost.Keep an eye on this one – 50Grove is invite only but at this time they don’t appear to be actively adding new listings.Local Film Commissions & DirectoriesThe ‘net is full of databases of geo-targeted film and video production company lists and resources. It’d be worthwhile to do a quick web search to see if there are any local company directories for your state/city. We’ve pulled a few and included them here…Reel Directory – Northern CaliforniaNW Production Index – Pacific NorthwestUtah Film CommissionTennessee Film, Entertainment and Music CommissionGeorgia Film and TV SourcebookNew York Production Guidelast_img read more

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