UG VC confident of Medical School’s speedy reaccreditation

first_img– preparing for November site visithe Medical School of the University of Guyana (UG) still has a far way to go before it regains accreditation, but Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith is quite confident that things will fall into place.The Medical School has been struggling to have its programme reaccredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine (CAAEM), since it was lost back in 2014.Dr Griffith said he was positive that things would get back on track, especially after a site visit by the accreditation body in November of this year. The reaccreditation process, Dr Griffith explained, is a journey and not an event. A journey that will allow the University to meet some of the “conditionalities” that were not previously met which caused the School to lose its accreditation in the first place. “I am very confident that we have met some of those conditionalities. We are working towards improving the physical facilities. We hit a snag and we made a public notice about it, that we had an electrical fire in the Health Faculty and because of that fire, we had to relocate classrooms, faculty and administrative staff,” the Vice Chancellor outlined.He said too that the University was moving progressively to organise and deliver better on the curriculum, which was one of the concerns of the accreditors. He said the school was working to ensure that it tightened the clinical arrangements between the University and maybe the Georgetown Public Hospital and the other clinical engagements. Part of the journey, he emphasised, is to have full-time lecturers in every area.“So, I would say that we are well along the journey to reaccreditation. I know that we are not comfortable, I am not comfortable that we have met all those milestones, but I think we have sufficient evidence of not only institutional intent to support, but we have a plan how to get overtime,” he said.The UG School of Medicine lost its accreditation in April 2014, and was served with provisional accreditation until 2015 by CAAEM. The Medical School was offered accreditation for the periods 2008 to 2009, 2009 to 2012 and 2014 to 2015. The medical school lost its full accreditation after a visit from the CAAEM revealed that a number of recommendations to improve the institution were not adhered to.Dean of the Faculty of Health Science, Dr Emmanuel Cummings had told Guyana Times earlier that the School of Medicine had received some $33 million from Government through the Education Ministry, to be used to upgrade the medical laboratories, as these was among the deficiencies highlighted by the accreditation body.As efforts continue to regain accreditation, the academic year 2016-2017 for the Medical School will see refurbished laboratories and upgraded classrooms for the students.According to Dr Cummings, “so far as I know, the Ministry is at the stage of procuring equipment that we will definitely have in place for September and we are currently evaluating the physical facilities.”Dr Cummings noted that all relevant documents have been submitted and the curriculum was currently being reviewed.last_img read more

Toni Collette Honored At Women Of Concern Awards

first_imgOn June 25, 2014, Concern Worldwide U.S. hosted the 12th Annual Women of Concern Awards luncheon, honoring the organization’s co-founder Siobhan Walsh, and award-winning actress and Concern Worldwide Global Ambassador Toni Collette.“It was an incredibly special day for our community as we honored Siobhan Walsh, without whom Concern Worldwide U.S. would not exist,” says Dr. Joseph Cahalan, CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S. “We were also thrilled to formally recognize our Global Ambassador, Toni Collette, who is using her celebrity to shine a light on the needs of people living in some of the most neglected and vulnerable places on earth.”Siobhan and Toni were received on the stage with standing ovations, and members of the Concern community were thrilled to show their support for these incredible women. Held at the Pierre Hotel, it was the most successful luncheon in Concern’s history, with over 400 guests and over $384,000 raised for Concern’s programs fighting poverty.It was a truly remarkable day, and Concern thanks everyone who helped to make this day possible.Source:Concern USAlast_img read more

We put our hearts out on the stage Ballet students bring their

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Taking the stage at Russia’s illustrious Mariinsky Theatre is a lofty ambition for any dancer, but for a group of students from Canada’s National Ballet School, the dream has become a reality.“I never thought I was actually going to perform in the Mariinsky, but here we are,” said Philip Sergeychuk, a 17-year-old with Russian roots who’s now getting the chance to see where his family came from and to perform on the same stage graced by Russian legends like Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova and Mikhail Baryshnikov.“To see the culture and how they live and just experience all of it — I’m really excited.” Advertisement Advertisement The student dancers are the first ever invited to St. Petersburg’s Context Contemporary Choreography Festival, an event highlighting modern dance that typically features professional dancers.Teens make an impressionDiana Vishneva, the Russian ballet superstar who founded Context, extended the rare invitation after the talented teens caught her attention at a performance in Holland earlier this year.“I was so impressed with their depth of feeling, their movements, their interpretation, their understanding, the quality of their performance and presentation,” said Vishneva, principal dancer with both the Mariinsky Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gatineau police mum on report Senator Brazeau taken to hospital after suffering

first_imgAPTN National News GATINEAU, Que.–Gatineau police remain mum amid a report Senator Patrick Brazeau was taken to hospital early Tuesday morning.Local radio station 104.7 FM reported that a woman told authorities that Brazeau was in a state of “psychological distress” in a home.The report said police detained Brazeau for his own health. The report said he resisted their intervention, leading police to use pepper spray. The report also revealed the location of the incident.Brazeau’s office denied the report.APTN was not able to verify that Brazeau was involved.Gatineau police issued a statement Tuesday evening confirming an incident occurred at the reported address.The statement said no one was charged with any crime and no information would be released about the incident. Police described the incident as “a possible intervention.”“This type of information is confidential and we will not answer any questions,” said the statement.Gatineau sits across the Ottawa River from Canada’s capital city.Neighbours described a chaotic scene that unfolded in the early morning hours.One neighbour said she was woken just before 4 a.m. by flashing police lights across the street.The neighbour said she saw about four police cars and an ambulance. She said one individual, who appeared to be male, was put into an ambulance, while another man was put into the back of the police car.Another neighbour said one of the police officers was washing out his eyes out with water as a result of pepper spray. The neighbour said police remained at the houseuntil at least 4 p.m. on Tuesday and they saw officers in white jump suits, “like in CSI,” entering the house.Neighbours said the house is owned by a woman who is originally from Maniwaki, Que., which is Brazeau’s home town. Neighbours said the woman was renting out a basement apartment and that she left with family during the day. One neighbour said they saw the woman walking with a bandaged knee the same day.Another neighbour said they saw a man with tattoos moving out of the house during the day.No one answered the door at the house Tuesday evening.Brazeau has a court date next Wednesday stemming from charges of assault and sexual assault against a woman he was once living with at another house in Gatineau which he was renting. Brazeau no longer lives at that address and the current residents said they have been living there since September.Brazeau was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Senate in 2008. He has since been banished from the Conservative caucus and sits as an [email protected]last_img read more

Agriculture Minister Conducts Site Inspections and Holds Meetings on Grand Bahama

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister, the Hon. Renward Wells on, December 14, paid a courtesy call on Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson.    During the visit, Minister Thompson officially welcomed Minister Wells to Grand Bahama.The visiting Minister explained the purpose of his visit was to conduct site inspections and hold preliminary meetings with the Agriculture Ministry/BAIC offices and stakeholders in Freeport.   Minister Wells said they also commissioned K-9, Animal Control Unit, and two vehicles.Accompanying the Minister during the courtesy call were: Executive Chairman, BAIC, the Hon. Miriam Emmanuel, MP; Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, the Hon. Carlton Bowleg, MP; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Phedra Rahming; General Manager, BAIC, Troy Sampson; resident BAIC Board of Directors, Vernal Martinborough; Senior Deputy General Manager, BAIC, Debbie Strachan; Deputy General Manager, BAIC, Judith Thompson; Executive Assistant to the Chairman, BAIC, Taneko Adams; Anya Symonette, Neville Johnson, Gregory Bethel, Gregory Rahming and Andrew Burrows, BAIC; as well as Acting General Manager, BAIC Freeport, Challa Cartwright; and Arthur Hield, BAIC Freeport.(BIS Photos/Lisa Davis) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

San Diego gas price drops for first time in 26 days

first_imgSan Diego gas price drops for first time in 26 days KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped for the first time in 26 days Saturday, falling three-tenths of a cent to $3.425.The average price had risen for 25 consecutive days, including one- tenth of a cent on Friday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 1.5 cents more than one week ago, 22.1 cents higher than one month ago and 51.5 cents greater than one year ago.The average price has risen 30.3 cents since the start of the year. February 10, 2018 Posted: February 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img