Texila welcomes new batch of students

first_imgThe Texila American University (TAU) once again opens its doors to another batch of students for the 2019-2020 academic year. The University, in welcoming their new intake, conducted a three-day ceremony that embraced a total of 61 students.The freshmen, who were all ready to venture out on their journeys, were greeted with welcoming tools and a series of events that were aimed at ensuring that the integration period was fun-filled.Students of Texila University during the white coat ceremonyOn day one of the ceremony, the students were greeted by staff and members of the University and later taken on a campus tour so that they would become familiar with the facility and its framework. This activity was expected to help the students have easy access and mobility.Meanwhile, the second day saw them interacting with their seniors and on day three, the school’s faculty team briefed the students on their various policies.Even with a fun-filled programme and with their new students’ welfare in mind, the University hosted a separate programme that catered for the parents of the students. With the main objective in mind to create a friendly relationship between parents and the institution, this programme fostered a discussion with parents on the challenges and difficulties students face in day-to-day life.Business Administration and Public Health are the new programmes TAU has introduced into the programmes they already offer. These classes are expected to be more interactive while creating a liberal experience from both ends.Mr Sepersaud Denonarain, the Academic Coordinator of the Programmes, expressed how elated he is to for the new journey the University is about to venture on. He said, “I am especially pleased to say that we are starting something great here in our University, and it is going to be very successful for our students and faculties. We are inviting anyone who wants to further their education in these areas of life”.White coat ceremonyFurthermore, 33 students moved on to their clinical practices after the white coat ceremony at the Texila American University. This ceremony has now become a part of the University, more or less as a new tradition with great significance. It symbolises the transition from the completion of studies to the world of work.The keynote speaker during the ceremony was Chairperson of Medical Council of Guyana, Dr Navindranauth Rambaran. Other speakers included: Dr Hugh Duckworth, Chief Academic Officer; Dr Jeffrey Antonio, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Dr Dheeraj Bansal, Dean of the College of Medicine.Dr Jeffrey Antonio addressed the gathering, highlighting the significance and importance of the white coat ceremony; while Dr Bansal introduced the faculty members of the College of Medicine and shared some words of encouragement as the students progressed into their MD level.At this event, each new student was tasked with reciting a version of the Hippocratic Oath, which acknowledged their commitment to serve humanity with honour, compassion, and dignity. The Oath was followed by the presentation of the coats to each student by the Chief Guest, Dr Rambaran, as well as Dr Bansal.Out of a total number of 1046 accepted applicants for admissions for the medical school, this batch of students was from a diverse class of 54 per cent females, with students hailing from Guyana, Africa, India, and the Caribbean region.last_img read more

Mandela-inspired school ‘changing lives’

first_img25 July 2014 Until recently, many children in Mvezo village in the Eastern Cape – the birthplace of Nelson Mandela – had to drop out of school after Grade 9. This is because the village did not have a high school, which meant that children wanting to enter Grade 10 had to travel far from their homes, to neighbouring towns such as Mthatha and Idutywa. The Mandela School of Science and Technology, which opened its doors in Mvezo earlier this year, is changing all that – and more. It’s the first comprehensive science high school in the entire rural Transkei to offer subjects like engineering and information technology. And the government believes that more such schools are needed in South Africa’s rural areas. President Jacob Zuma, who unveiled a statue of Mandela’s grandfather, Prince Mandela, at the school on Mandela Day last Friday, said the government was serious about ensuring that children in disadvantaged communities were exposed to science and technology. The idea for the school was born when Madiba said he wanted a high school built near his birthplace. In 2010, telecommunications giant Siemens pledged millions of rands towards the school’s construction. School Principal Pat Toni, in an interview with SAnews, said the school had brought about many changes for the rural community. The school has four laboratories and a fully-fledged library and IT department, as well as an agricultural science department. “We have very highly qualified teachers for science and mathematics. I think what the school has brought to this village is quality education – something unfortunately that children in rural areas are not used to,” Toni said. “The community has embraced the school. We are receiving hundreds of applications and we cannot cope with the demand. Whenever we have a meeting, we have a full hall, and the support is amazing.” The school has brought opportunities that did not exist in the village before. “Science has moved from very far to just around the corner,” Toni said. The Mandela school will introduce its first Grade 12 class in 2016, and Toni said several universities have committed to grant bursaries to deserving pupils from the school. One of the beneficiaries of the school is Nothobile Mapeyi. Her granddaughter, Zukuswa, was forced to leave home to stay with her aunt in Mthatha after she passed Grade 9 in 2012. Now Zukiswa will be able to do her matric at the Mandela school, and will be staying with the family in Mvezo. “I was not happy when my child had to leave, but we had no choice because I wanted her to continue with her studies,” Mapeyi told SAnews. “Now we have this good school at our doorstep. The future is looking bright for her.” There are also overseas universities that are lining up to take matriculants from the school after 2016. “For these reasons, our emphasis is on mathematics and technology because we know the expectation is very high and we are aware that these subjects will open many opportunities for our pupils,” Toni said. He has promised a 100 percent matric pass rate from his first group of Grade 12 learners in two years’ time. “I don’t see a reason why our pupils should not perform at that level; we have everything they need for them to excel. We expect the children not only to perform ordinarily, we expect them to be broader in their research and studies,” Toni said. “We tell them they are not in an ordinary school – they are in a school that requires them to work double.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Fiba Asia Cup: Hot-shooting Gilas beats Qatar, sweeps Group B

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games gives Malaysia tourism a big push Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next READ: LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas Already missing the services of June Mar Fajardo (strained calf) and Christian Standhardinger (stiff neck and shoulder), the Philippines also had to deal with Raymond Almazan’s foul woes and Calvin Abueva’s sprained ankle after he slipped in the paint at the 2:01 mark of the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCalvin Abueva being helped off to the bench. Photo from Fiba.comBut the Phoenix rookie came to the rescue as he drilled seven triples to finish with 25 points for the Philippines, which awaits the winner of the playoff between Japan and Korea for its next match up. He also had four assists.The quarterfinals are slated on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Romeo struggled to get his offense in the game, but made a living from the charity stripe, canning six of his seven freebies to finish with 10 markers, three assists, and two rebounds in the win.READ: Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia CupQatar remains winless in its three outings.Elhadary paced the Qataris with 23 points, six assists, three rebounds, and three steals in the losing effort, while Saad got a double-double of 18 markers, 11 boards, three dimes, and two steals.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 80 – Wright 25, Cruz 13, Norwood 10, Romeo 10, Castro William 6, Pogoy 5, Almazan 4, Aguilar 3, Abueva 2, Jalalon 2.QATAR 74 – Elhadary 23, Saad 18, Erfan 9, Abdelhaleem 8, Al-Muftah 6, Mohamed 6, Mohmmed 4, Abdelkawy 0, Al-Darwish 0, Al-Rayes 0.Quarters: 25-16, 41-27, 59-47, 80-74. View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Matthew Wright. Photo from Fiba.comBanking on its torrid three-point shooting, Gilas Pilipinas snared the top seed in Group B with an 80-74 victory over Qatar Sunday in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.Matthew Wright compensated for the Filipinos’ problems up front and caught fire to help them sweep Group B of the continental tilt, which also included China and Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Gilas PH squad underdog no moreWright wasn’t the only one who got going from downtown as the team shot 15-of-42 from three.Carl Bryan Cruz added 13 markers on a 3-of-9 shooting from three, while Gabe Norwood shot 2-of-4 from beyond the arc to wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.Norwood’s three-pointer at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter gave the Philippines a 20-point edge, 49-29, but Qatar leaned on Mansour Elhadary and Abdulrahman Saad to slice the lead down to as low as five, 75-70, with 2:06 to play.Photo from Fiba.comHowever, Wright was there to restore order as he banged a corner three, followed by the dagger floater from Terrence Romeo to seal the deal for Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale day after benching Gasol

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale reacts as he calls a timeout while facing the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Grizzlies have fired Fizdale, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. General manager Chris Wallace announced the move Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss.General manager Chris Wallace announced the move. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been namedinterim coach.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward and provide theteam and organization its best chance at success this season and beyond,” Wallace said in a statement.Gasol, given a maximum deal by the Grizzlies in July 2015, sat throughout the fourth quarter of a 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in points, rebounds and assists, and he was an All-Star in Fizdale’s inaugural season. But the center spent plenty of time after the game making it clear to reporters how upset he was at sitting out a full quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a first for me, trust me, and I don’t like it one bit,” Gasol said. “I’m more (ticked) than I can show and frustrated.”Fizdale explained his decision before Gasol spoke in the locker room and said he simply was trying to win a game while sticking with his reserves. Fizdale said taking a risk as head coach means sometimes upsetting a player or two. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “If I’m not on the floor, I’m not valued,” Gasol said. “I’m sure (the coaching staff) knew that would hurt me the most.”The move caught the NBA by surprise. Dwyane Wade, who played with the Miami Heat when Fizdale was an assistant coach, wrote on Twitter that he needed answers . LeBron James retweeted a comment that called the move “stunning.”“I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy,” James wrote.Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he was “shocked” by the firing.“I think David Fizdale is one of the best coaches in the league,” Kerr said. “He’s a brilliant guy, he’s got an edge to him, he’s tough, he’s smart. Their whole team is injured, Mike Conley is out. Like, this is what happens, you lose when your best players are out and when your whole team is wiped out. It caught meoff guard.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas goes 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers, hurdles Taiwan QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Portland coach Terry Stotts called Fizdale’s firing very disappointing.“Losing in this league and not meeting expectations in this league takes its toll on everybody,” Stotts said before a game in New York. “Owners, general managers, coaches, players, and handling that is a strain on relationships, and it’s disappointing. It’s probably the most difficult part of being in the NBA, is managing that part of the season.”Fizdale became the franchise’s 13th head coach on May 29, 2016, and he went 50-51.The Grizzlies reached the postseason for a seventh straight time in Fizdale’s first season, when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the NBA for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2.Memphis let Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen all leave as free agents and signed Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to retool the roster around Gasol and point guard Mike Conley and giveFizdale a faster lineup.The moves appeared to be working when Memphis started this season an NBA-best 5-1. The Grizzlies stood atop the Western Conference with a win over the Golden State Warriors and two over Southwest Division rivalHouston.But Conley has been out since Nov. 17, resting an aching left Achilles tendon . Then the team lost its eighth straight on Sunday, matching the longest skid for this franchise since Feb. 11-March 3, 2009. Now Fizdale is the second NBA coach fired this season, joining Earl Watson, who was fired by Phoenix three games into the season.This will be the second time as an interim coach for Bickerstaff, who will start Wednesday night in San Antonio against the Spurs. He joined the Grizzlies in June 2016 after five seasons with the Houston Rockets, including an interim coach stint that lasted most of 2015-16 and included a playoff berth. Bickerstaff went 37-34 in that role.He also was an assistant coach with Minnesota and in Charlotte under his father, Bernie Bickerstaff. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Yuvraj has been rested, door still open for him, says chief selector MSK Prasad

first_imgSpeculations may be rife that Yuvraj Singh’s career is nearing the end but chief selector MSK Prasad clarified on Monday that national team’s door is still open for the senior cricketer.The national selectors on Sunday ignored 36-year-old Yuvraj for the ODI series in Sri Lanka, a tough but fair call, indicating their mindset going into the 2019 World Cup in England.The selectors’ decision has created murmurs that Yuvraj may not be seen again in a blue jersey.”Yuvraj has been rested,” said Prasad indicating that Yuvraj is still in the mix.”Doors are never closed on anybody. Everybody has got a right to play cricket. It’s their passion. They are chasing their passion. In terms of selection, we try to select the best possible team.”Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS Dhoni (or anybody else). When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody,” he said.Citing tennis legend Andre Agassi’s example, whose career literally took off after 30, Prasad said if Yuvraj keeps on delivering he has every chance of making it to the team despite age and fitness not being on his side.”Whenever a player keeps ageing, for example, I was just reading Agassi’s book, Open, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then he won two or three titles. His actual life started after that.”He lived with media pressure, ‘When are you going to retire?’ But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams.So you never know,” the former India stumper said.advertisement”We don’t say it is an automatic thing but we are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives,” Prasad added.The chief selector also talked about youngsters’ performances in ‘A’ tours, whilst commending the job done by India ‘A’ coach Rahul Dravid in preparing their step up to the senior team.”To be precise we need to give due recognition to performance at domestic level and also to the ‘A’ tours. That is the very purpose of having domestic and ‘A’ tours also,” Prasad said.”At some point of time we have to give opportunities for those who have done well otherwise there is no point in having such tours. Our real stuff comes out while picking India ‘A’ teams.”We picked the team to Australia and they won the triangular series there. We picked an ‘A’ team for South Africa, they won the triangular series some days ago.”That gives you more satisfaction because at the end of the day those are the guys who will come to the national side.”Personally, joy has no limit when we saw in a year’s time the way Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya had shaped up,” said Prasad.Praising Dravid for nurturing young talents, Prasad said Indian cricket couldn’t have asked for a better mentor than the former captain.”We pick the best possible team but it is being nurtured very well by Rahul Dravid. I think India is very blessed to have Dravid at ‘A’ level. He is giving finished products to the senior team,” he said.”Any player who is coming here is straightaway getting into the mould and is able to adjust. Whole credit goes to BCCI for having appointed Dravid and also Dravid for having accepted it.”The amount of time he spends on each player is not like any other net session. He gives a scenario, this is what it has to be, writes a table, and takes each boy to the nets.Round the day he will be throwing down. I am surprised.And he carried everything (equipment) by himself. He is a wonderful person to have at A level,” Prasad added.last_img read more

Lewandowski growing tired of Real Madrid talk

first_imgTransfers Lewandowski growing tired of Real Madrid transfer chatter Chris Burton 21:29 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Bayern 2017 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Bayern München Bundesliga Primera División Robert Lewandowski The Bayern Munich striker is once again being linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu, but he says he has learned to ignore the rumours Robert Lewandowski is growing tired of links to Real Madrid, with the Bayern Munich striker reiterating that “rumours do not interest me”.The winter transfer window may have closed for top European sides, but attention is already starting to drift towards the summer.Unsurprisingly, Lewandowski once again finds himself at the centre of unwelcome rumours, with the Poland international a regular presence in gossip columns. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The latest reports suggest that the prolific 29-year-old has grown tired of life at the Allianz Arena after four goal-laden seasons and has instructed his representative to open discussions with interested parties, such as La Liga giants Real.Lewandoswki has heard all of this before, though, and has shot down the latest speculation, telling reporters: “I know this situation very well, I hear this speculation every year.“These rumours do not interest me and I will not say anything more.””I have no idea [where the reports have come from].“I did not hear that they [agent Cezary Kucharski and Real Madrid] were talking. I think that’s another piece of speculation.”Lewandowski responded to pre-January transfer talk in a similar manner, with the Blancos reports doing the rounds once more.He told the German media early on in the 2017-18 campaign: “I don’t have to say anything to every bit of nonsense.”The rumours, though, look set to continue, with Real expected to be in the market for attacking reinforcements at the end of what has been a forgettable season in the Spanish capital.Serious questions are being asked of Karim Benzema’s ongoing presence at Santiago Bernabeu, and a proven replacement will be sought if the Frenchman is moved on.Lewandowski, whether he likes it or not, is likely to remain in the transfer picture for the foreseeable future, with his remarkable record in Germany – which includes over 100 goals for both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern – making him a much sought-after asset.last_img read more

PHOTOS: PM and UN Secretary General

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, signs the register when he arrived at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York today (September 24) for talks with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. The Prime Minister will, on Thursday (September 27), deliver Jamaica’s official policy statement at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second right), with the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres, when he arrived at the UN Headquarters today (September 24) in New York to hold talks. Mr. Holness is in New York attending the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, which he will address on Thursday (September 27). With the Prime Minister (from left) are Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson-Smith.last_img read more

Not too tender to Rap

first_imgHeard Sajna Tere Bina or the Punjabi rap song, Ghaint Kudi? Well, the rapper you heard is the youngest female rapper. After Hard Kaur, Ish Kaur has made it big for herself in this male dominated form of art. More than a century before rap exploded onto the American music scene, west African musicians were telling stories rhythmically, with just the beat of a drum for accompaniment. Meanwhile, folk artistes from the Caribbean Islands were also telling stories in rhyme. Indeed, these singing poets from Africa and the Caribbean lay the foundation for modern-day American rap music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The rhymes often address provocative subjects such as sex, violence and socio-political issues and has been acknowledged as the voice of the youth for decades and this is exactly where Kaur has made her place.At the age of 18, Kaur has bagged the Bharat Niraman Award for being the youngest female rapper. Since her childhood days she was influenced by Hip-Hop music and at the young age of 13 she wrote her first Rap Sajna Tere Bina. With her interest inclined towards an unusual profession, especially in our country, it was definitely not easy for her to convince her parents. But can talent stay latent for long? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSeeing her singing talent and her dedication, she successfully convinced her parents. It’s then she took her first step towards the commercial music. And let’s say that she convinced not just her parents, but also the social media world, where people are following not in hundreds but in thousands. An underground rap artiste, Kaur is fast emerging as a prodigy rap talent who has gone beyond the culture to fit into India’s young and happening crowd. She blends age old wisdom in her songs in a new Hip-Hop style of the youth which has made her appealing to the listeners. Apart from writing lyrics and rapping, she is also trained in many dance forms. From Bharatanatyam, Hip-hop to Salsa, she has got it all in her. Let’s say she has left nothing that wouldn’t craft her as a complete artiste on the stage. Being 18 also means board exams in India. Well, Kaur is not only a talented rapper but also a studious child. She cleared her 12 Board Examination, 2014 with 92%. She never mixed her professional life with her studies and is also very clear about completing her education. ‘Rapping has always been on my mind and Rap is what I live. With all the love, affection and blessings of my fans and well wisher, I hope to make it bigger in Rapping Industry’, says contented Ish Kaur.last_img read more