20 new dental assistants graduate

first_imgTwenty new dental assistants have graduated from the Division of Health Science Education’s one-year Dental Assistant Programme.Speaking at the simple graduation ceremony, Programme Coordinator Debra Patterson-Skeete pointed out that the training allows for graduates to have practical experience in dentistry.The new dental assistantsShe said that the assistants have been introduced to dental X-rays and so “they are well capable of doing correct infection control methods”.The graduates hail from Region One (Barima-Waini), Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The best graduating student from the programme was Nafeeza Benn of Berbice. In addressing her peers, she spoke of the many challenges and sacrifices she had to make to successfully complete the programme.“I had to leave my family and my comfortable home and sometimes late at nights I had to study…sometimes I wanted to go out and then you had exams so I had to study for my exam and today to be the top student is a dream come true,” Benn said.Copping the most improved student was Dwayne Barry. Barry said he always wanted a career in the dentistry field and with the help of his family he was able to pursue.Some of the areas covered in the course included training in sterilisation, patient care, ethics & communication, anatomy, oral health promotion and care of equipment among other areas.last_img read more

Daylen Vavrek wins Rhyason Contracting & Tidy Trucking Cash Spiel

first_imgIn the final of the SunLife Competitive Division Vavrek squared off against Tom Sallows of Grande Prairie and Vavrek won the game in six ends by a score of 7-2. Vavrek says the weekend was great for the team despite losing a game and having issues reading the ice at the start of the tournament.“The whole weekend went pretty well. We had a shakey game in the A qualifier. The ice got the best of us in some games but as a team we pulled through really well and I’m really proud of the guys,” he says. “We were up against a really good team in Tom Sallows. The third is the former skip of the team I’m skipping now so there’s a bit of a rivalry there. We played them in Grande Prairie and they beat us so it was good to come back and beat them.Vavrek pointed to the team making more shots this time against Sallows’ group as well as having an edge in reading the ice as the main reasons behind the win this time around.- Advertisement -The winners of the EnCana Challenge Division was Jodi Busche’s team as they defeated Doug Small.last_img read more

MNF will withdraw support to NDA over Citizenship Bill if situation arises: Zoramthanga

first_imgMizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said on Thursday that the ruling Mizo National Front would not hesitate to snap ties with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not revoked. Addressing MNF workers at Aibawk village near here, Mr. Zoramthanga said that the party and his government had been making all-out efforts to ensure the defeat of the bill.“The ruling party would withdraw its support to the NDA if situation arises,” he said. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian nationality to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and entered India before December 31, 2014.“The state cabinet adopted a resolution opposing the proposed legislation and I have met both the prime minister and the Union Home minister to inform them about our opposition to the legislation,” the MNF chief said. The party would be at the forefront of the movement against the proposed bill, Mr. Zoramthanga asserted.“The bill should not be enacted as it does not value the historic Mizo accord signed between India and the erstwhile underground MNF in 1986,” he added. The Mizo National Front was formed in 1950s to protest against the inaction of the central government towards the famine situation in the Mizo areas of Assam. Following years of underground activities, it signed the Mizoram Accord with the Union government in 1986, renouncing violence. The party cruised to an absolute majority last year, winning 26 of the 40 seats in the Mizoram Assembly.last_img read more

MSC Bank loan scam: police file FIR against directors

first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police on Monday registered a first information report (FIR) against directors of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank for allegedly disbursing fraudulent loans leading to losses to the tune of crores of rupees. While no one has been named in the FIR yet, the bank’s directors, at the time of the alleged offence, include senior Nationalist Congress Party leaders like Ajit Pawar, Vijaysinh Mohite Patil and Anand Adsul.Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Rajvardhan Sinha confirmed that the FIR was registered on Monday. The Bombay High Court (HC), which is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) regarding the case, had last week directed the EOW to register an FIR in the matter within five days. “We have only mentioned directors of the bank as the accused in the FIR for now, and further action will be based on investigations,” Mr. Sinha said. The FIR has been registered under the relevant sections for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code.The HC issued the directive on a PIL filed by activist Surinder Mohan Arora, who alleged lack of police action on his complaint regarding the fraud.The PIL was filed on the basis of a National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development inspection report in 2011, which indicated widespread malpractices while granting loans amounting to crores of rupees by the bank to various cooperative sugar factories. The report indicates that the losses caused to the MSC Bank were to the tune of ₹2,061 crore.The HC Bench had last week observed that the report indicates bank records were forged and profits were fraudulently declared, and that non performing asset accounts were kept hidden while sanctioning illegal loans.last_img read more

Sacramento Kings confirm appointment of Luke Walton

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ The Kings and Walton started talks on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the coach’s exit from the Lakers.“I have known Luke for many years and I am so excited to welcome him and his family to the Sacramento Kings,” said Kings General Manager Vlade Divac in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I look forward to his leadership on the court as we work to build a winning culture for many years to come.”Terms of Walton’s contract with the Kings were not revealed. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 39-year-old coach joins Sacramento after a disappointing end to his tenure with the Lakers, which saw them fail to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season despite the arrival last year of superstar LeBron James.Walton arrives in Sacramento after three years with the Lakers which saw the NBA giants improve year-on-year.However, his position with the iconic franchise had been the subject of intense speculation for several months as the team faded from playoff contention.Prior to his stint with the Lakers, Walton had been an assistant to Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr from 2014 to 2016. He led the Warriors to a 39-4 start in the 2015-2016 season when Kerr was sidelined with a back problem.ADVERTISEMENT Tiger Woods’ win could have golf industry roaring back LATEST STORIES FILE – In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gestures to players during the second half against of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, in Chicago. The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Walton as their coach just days after he parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The Kings announced Monday, April 15, 2019, that Walton will replace Dave Joerger.(AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo, File)Luke Walton was confirmed as the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings on Monday, marking a swift return to the NBA just days after parting company with the Los Angeles Lakers.Walton, whose departure from the Lakers was announced on Friday, was rapidly identified by Sacramento as their preferred successor to Dave Joerger, who was fired last Thursday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Education to be accessible to all, says Union minister Prakash Javadekar

first_imgIn order to upgrade the education sector and make it competitive and intellectually sound, Prakash Javadekar, Union minister of human resource development stressed on the need to make education accessible to all, and announced that the government is working in that direction.This issue was discussed at the ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) National Education Summit and Edu-shine Excellence Awards 2019, with the topic ‘Making India Global Powerhouse: Catalysing Reforms and Innovations. The event took place on February 21, in Delhi.Speaking at the ASSOCHAM event through video conferencing, Javadekar said that students need exposure across all spectrums of education.”Introduction of affordable education, of over 1.3 million teachers, and improved schooling are some of the aspects that we have implemented across the country. We have studied and worked towards bringing a holistic approach to the Indian education system where handling of students at lower levels, ensuring pre and post matrix scholarships and increased exposure to research has been given priority.”Javadekar also said, “The transformation that has happened in the past four years has resulted in maximum enrolment and reduced drop outs. We have introduced a system that makes teachers accountable in terms of the outcomes of examinations and facilitating options for students in the events of failures.” Javadekar added that education should be holistic in nature.”There is a need to change the way education is perceived. We have included sports, life skills and values in the education system that would improve students in their personal lives. We have also started constructing technological labs, for schools and research, and sanctioned Rs 33,000 crore for additional academic infrastructure,” Javadekar said.advertisementHe further said, “This way we will ensure quality at all levels and improve research and innovation. We have started social research, joint cooperation between foreign universities, and a Gyan-digital library with 18 million books where anyone can be a member free of cost.”Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India, Suresh Prabhu, minister of commerce and industry, Uday Kumar Varma, ASSOCHAM secretary general, and other dignitaries were also present.Pranab Mukherjee said, “India boasts an ancient education system which now needs to excel at global level. India’s demographic dividend has the potential to add significantly to its GDP.”Suresh Prabhu stated that, “The purpose of education should be uniform in order to expose new areas of education to improve employability.”In his remarks Varma said, “We have the third largest education system in the world, which claims to have a turnover of 90 billion US dollars and is likely to cross 100 billion by 2020. With 44 central universities, 90 private, and 903 state universities including technical ones, the growth has been satisfactory. Now the focus should be on rural transformation through education and the skilling architecture.””We have highlands of excellence but there is vast mediocrity. We can be on par with foreign varsities with flexibility and transparency in our education sector”, Varma added.Also Read | People angry but no threat to Kashmiri students, assures Prakash JavadekarAlso Watch | Not rewritten a single history chapter in 4 years, says Javadekarlast_img read more

Oklahoma State Plays the Longest College Football Games in the Country

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Do you ever watch an OSU game and think, “This is taking forever?”There’s a reason for that. College football games are at an all-time high in terms of length and Oklahoma State games take the longest. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote a very interesting piece on that phenomenon and its contributing factors.Oklahoma State ranked first (or last, depending on how you look at it) in average game length at 3:57. He did qualify the two back-to-back weather delays against Pitt and Baylor. If you remove those, the Cowboys are still ninth on his list.“An average Oklahoma State game lasts three minutes short of that four-hour mark. The Wall Street Journal in September reported it was possible to fly from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in less time than it took to play a college football game.”He brings a very interesting point that “fast-paced” offenses actually tend to drag the overall length of the game out. It makes senses. With each first down, each incomplete pass, each score, each change of possession you’re stopping the clock.Another reason given is the steady increase in the use of official reviews.“A record 727 games last season included at least one review stoppage. Through nine weeks, that record was on pace to be shattered — 765 games before the bowls even kick off.”Big 12 commissioner and chairman of the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee offered a possible solution.“If we decided we weren’t going to kick off anymore or only kickoff in certain situations, you save a fair amount of time then,” said Bowlsby, also the Big 12 commissioner. “That’s exactly why we put the oversight committee together — to take a holistic look at it. It’s going to continue to be on our agenda.”Whether such drastic changes are made or not, it does not appear that game length has negatively affected TV ratings. Although this weekend’s game against Texas Tech which could legitimately last five hours might challenge that.What about you? How do you feel about committing half of your Saturday to watch a football game? Let us know how you feel in the comment section.last_img read more

Five Things You Should Know About TCU

first_imgAfter experiencing the definition of the Frogs being “gigged” in Stillwater last October to the tune of 49-29, the Horned Frogs will vie for revenge this week after thumping Baylor two weeks ago in Waco.1. Stillwater SouthIt may feel like Stillwater South this weekend with former Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh (2012-15) joining co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham (alum who coached on Gundy’s first staff from 2005-12), defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow (played at OSU from 1991-93, coached as a GA after as well) and running backs coach Curtis Luper (played in Stillwater from 84’ to 87’ before transferring, coached Kendall Hunter and Keith Toston as running backs coach from 2005-08.A couple of things here: how in the world is it legal for J.W. Walsh AKA the General allowed to drive down I-35 with his playbooks walking into Frog Camp looking for a job?If Coach Bro can delay Baker from playing in Norman for a year we’ve gotta look into something about this. TCU coach Gary Patterson mentioned that “all of OSU’s signals will be changed because of J-Dub” but competitively this just feels funny.Also, while offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is becoming more culturally acceptable, how much does Coach Gundy kick himself for not hiring Meacham internally?Letting him walk to Houston is one of those “what ifs” for Cowboy fans. The guy almost won the top assistant in the country award in 2014 and he just looks like he doesn’t care at all with those Ray Bans.He looks like the offensive coordinator version of Matthew McConaughey. 2. Justice Hill could become/is our Kyle HicksTCU coach Gary Patterson was quoted this week talking about junior running back Kyle Hicks saying “I think he’s our best player… He lines up in empty, he can be a wide receiver, he motions out, and he understands everything. He’s a great jump cut guy and he’s got natural speed.”Hicks torched Baylor for five touchdowns (only one behind LT’s record!) on 26 carries for 192 yards (7.4 yards per carry). Hill? He’s done nothing but average 100 yards per game in conference play and revitalize a dead heart of a rushing attack.Justice Hill (@jhill21_) became the first #OKState freshman to run for 100+ yards in back to back games vs top 25 teams — 135 yards, TD. pic.twitter.com/wYKLlIq9x2— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 2, 2016Coach Yurcich raves about Hill’s ability to “make you miss” and how effective that makes him. It’s hard not compare them, Hicks came in at 5’10”, 195 and Hill came in at 5’9” and 170 and if you looked at the B12 rushing totals right now? Justice Hill and Kyle Hicks both have 789 yards (Hicks has one less game but still). They both have four 100-yard games on the season.When Hicks is ripping off 6.8 yards per carry at times, just take a deep breath and get excited about what we have in No. 27.3. How the Cowboys FinishTCU is one of the best four-loss teams out there, three out of four of their losses are by 12 points total. With that being said, “you are what your record says you are” and the Pokes are 8-2, doing the things it takes to win close ball games.Good teams do things like turn over Bill Snyder-coached teams in the end zone, truck defenders and kneel on Kingsbury’s Raiders to run out the time and ride a future NFL quarterback to pick apart a previously unsolved Mountaineer defense.”Mama, here comes @chriscarson29, and ain’t nothin I can do about it.” pic.twitter.com/nb42xYGHJF— Recovering OSUaholic (@RobertW_OkSt) November 13, 2016That’s nothing against the Frogs who have dealt with a ton of injuries this season, have a smothering pass rush, a top-15 coach worth every penny of the four million he gets paid, and likely lead the league in playmakers per capita with Hicks, receivers Desmon White and KaVontae Turpin.But close out Tech and Arkansas at home and this is a ranked matchup not being played at 11 a.m. in November.4. Mason and Company vs A Gary Patterson DefenseLet’s pan over to Mason and James Washington when they see who’s next on the schedule and remember what they did last year: Now, TCU has a ferocious pass rush (Josh Carraway with 6.5 sacks and fellow end Mat Boesen are top five in the conference) and some solid ballhawks but every coach to play the Pokes lately reflects on how tall of a task this passing offense is.Washington is averaging 20.21 yards per catch (!), Percy McCleskey has 720 yards and seven scores and then you’re getting into the best third, fourth and fifth receivers around. TCU’s five defensive backs on the field will get plenty of work this Saturday.5. All the FoodsIf you’re going to the game in Fort Worth this weekend (and aren’t a DFW native), please eat at a few places for me: anything “extra trashy” at Torchy’s Tacos, a burger at Kincaid’s or Dutch’s, and kick back at the Rodeo Goat downtown. I hear Joe T. Garcia’s is incredible for a nice Mexican dinner as well. And if you head over to Dallas, hit up Pecan Lodge. Just make sure and bring a wheelbarrow for someone to roll you back to your car.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Spring Retrospective: Jarwin, Veatch to be Missed at Cowboy Back

first_imgCW1 (Blocking)Sione FinefeuiakiJr. CW1 (Receiving)Keenen BrownR-Jr. Keenan Brown and Britton Abbott are fine players, but they are not and will not be what Zac Veatch and Blake Jarwin were in 2016. Let’s continue with a look back at spring practice with a dive into what we saw from the cowboy backs.SummaryOnly a few weeks before National Signing Day, coach Mike Gundy said he was still looking for another cowboy back to come in and fill the blocking role Veatch left.Gundy got him in Sione Finefeuiaki, but he won’t be on the field until the fall. The way Gundy talked about him made it seem as if he would change the outlook of the position. That’s good because the group seems like it is one name away from having a chance to have a meaningful impact on the field.“We’ve chewed on them pretty good, they have big shoes to fill,” Gundy said. “We couldn’t have won 11 (LOL) games last year without Veatch and Jarwin. We don’t have a lot of experience at that position. We’ve got guys here that have skill and need to develop.”The effort was there all spring. Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo had his guys out at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center before any other position group. They even beat the reporters. McEndoo stood across from his group with a laminated piece of paper and shouted blocking calls that the cowboy backs walked through.It seemed monotonous, but it must have been working to some degree.“They’re dedicated, and they’re working hard,” Gundy said. “They understand the importance of that position in our offense. I would say that’s why they’re out here (early).”In the spring game, cowboy backs combined for a pair of completions for 30 yards. Still, if Gundy feels like he isn’t getting enough bang for his buck, he shouldn’t have a problem going to four or five receivers, which is something he has said will be used more in 2017.Camp StarOn a fourth and three at one point last season, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich drew up a play for a walk-on.Britton Abbott flooded to the flat and was open but dropped Mason Rudolph’s pass. Turnover on downs.In the spring, it was a turnover of leaf for Abbott.“Britton Abbott’s twice the player he was at this time last year,” Gundy said.Abbott is a blocking-first, Veatch-esque cowboy back who is part of a family of athletes. His brothers play football at Tulsa, and his dad spent time in the NFL with the New York Giants. Abbott hasn’t been a game-changer by any means for the Cowboys through his first two seasons in the program.At a position with less skill than normal, that is likely to change.Projected Two Deep CW2 (Receiving)Tyler FergusonR-Jr. SpotPlayerClass CW2 (Blocking)Britton AbbottR-Jr. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Victor Salako Invited to Philadelphia Eagles Rookie Minicamp

first_imgOffensive lineman Victor Salako was not selected in the NFL draft and did not sign an undrafted free agent deal like several other departing Cowboys, however he’s still getting a shot at the next level.According to SB Nation, Salako is one of 20 players who is being brought in on a rookie minicamp tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles, which began on Friday. Salako joins Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans and Tulsa wide receiver Keevan Lucas among local products getting a shot with the franchise.Salako joined the football program in 2015 after the UAB football program dissolved and was an immediate plug-and-play left tackle for OSU, proving to be one of the more durable and reliable big men on the offensive front that produced 2,550 yards on the ground and helped freshman running back Justice Hill earn All-American status in the 2016 season.The Eagles signed just one undrafted free agent offensive lineman, center Tyler Orlosky, and did not draft an offensive linemen in the NFL draft. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more