Tracking and handling concussions in college football is left to schools. Doctors think that should change.

first_imgUPDATED: Aug. 28, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.On Nov. 1, 2013, inside a Manley Field House office, then-SU head coach Scott Shafer told defensive lineman Tyler Marona his career was over. For about three months after Marona suffered a concussion at an inter-squad scrimmage, he said he regularly met to evaluate his progress with Shafer and SU team doctor James Tucker, who came to the team facility about once per week. Marona liked both men and thought they cared about his health. He did not know who officially decided to medically disqualify him, but he understood why.“(Shafer) ended up being like, ‘I don’t want to bring you back and then have you get hurt again, and then I can never look you in the eye ever again and be like, hey, I did what was best for you,’” Marona said this month. “I don’t intend for this to be condescending or any of that, but (Shafer) was covering his ass in that regard, so that he wouldn’t get fired. … I also get it, because if I had a kid, and I was coaching him, I would say the same thing.”That the decision to disqualify Marona was the team’s to make highlights what experts say is the major issue in how concussions are handled across college football. Because neither the NCAA nor the Atlantic Coast Conference provides oversight or tracks concussions, the onus rests on individual schools to monitor head injuries.Currently, team doctors are charged with making decisions both routine, like allowing a player to practice or not, and serious, like medical disqualification. Some team doctors, like Tucker, are not neurological specialists. Tucker is certified only in family medicine, yet he has the final say on all medical disqualifications.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has disqualified at least five football players in the past four years. There are multiple players still on SU’s roster who have undergone concussion testing protocol in that timeframe, most notably quarterback Eric Dungey, who has reportedly suffered at least two concussions.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorThere is an inherent conflict of interest that experts worry about in providing the power to those on a team’s payroll. The conflict could be eliminated, independent doctors and a lawyer said, with the creation of an NCAA-wide — or even ACC-wide — policy that requires independent neurologists to assess head injuries.Multiple attempts to reach the NCAA, ACC and SU Athletics for comment on this story were unsuccessful.Further action addressing concussion tracking at the NCAA level likely isn’t imminent, experts said, because doctors are still unsure of the long-term consequences of concussions. This leaves the issue’s severity and legality unclear.“For now, the more we can provide an environment where an athlete is given the best medical advice independent of the pressures of sport, that’s really the ideal goal,” said Dr. Brian Rieger, the director of the Upstate Concussion Center in Syracuse.In August 2013, after Marona felt “woozy” from the scrimmage hit, he approached SU’s head athletic trainer Denny Kellington. He “went up the chain of command,” speaking with Timothy Neal, assistant athletics director of sports medicine, as well as Shafer and Tucker. Then, Marona took an ImPACT test, a computer assessment tool to evaluate and manage suspected concussions. Marona said the test results were similar to previous attempts when he was concussed, so all he could do was wait.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorSpeaking up as Marona did is not the norm among college football players, doctors and multiple former players said.One reason is that college players are particularly less open to hearing about safety, said Dr. Theodore Henderson, a concussion expert who has spoken to the NFL Players Association and the players’ safety summit.“The college system sort of enforces this,” Henderson said. “You have to do your best to show your best if you’re going to get picked up in the (NFL) Draft.”Athletes also feel a lot of pressure, former SU players said, to reliably perform, which they say can lead to a chain reaction. It could become harder for the player to admit to himself that he’s hurt. This can make players unreliable self-reporters, which is crucial for an injury like a concussion, that cannot be definitively determined with medical equipment. Without the player’s admission, problems may persist unmonitored and players grapple with injury alone.“Judging a concussion is very hard, unless you’re the person having the concussion,” said Isaiah Johnson, a former Syracuse football defensive end also medically disqualified under Shafer.Though coaches want to keep their players healthy, it’s not their top priority, Johnson and Marona each said.“They just want you to be there so that everybody can win,” Marona said. “There’s nothing worse than losing. That’s really the crux of the point, that’s the reason why (not self-reporting) is a problem, because there’s pressure to perform, to win and for the coaches not to get fired.”At a spring practice in 2015, Johnson said he told a coach that his head wasn’t feeling well seven plays into a 24-play scrimmage. Despite his concussion history, Johnson said, the coach didn’t take him out of the scrimmage and Johnson ultimately participated in 18 of those 24 plays.In April of that year, Tucker disqualified Johnson after he suffered three concussions in 18 months.“I just don’t think the coaches at the time cared about preventing other concussions from happening,” Johnson said. “I believe that I was put in a bad spot. I’m not blaming anyone, but I do believe that different things could have happened.”To prevent predicaments like Johnson’s, many experts endorse the independent neurologist system, which would mirror the NFL’s system. Schools such as SU could contribute to a fund that the NCAA or ACC would use to hire those neurologists, said Paul Haagen, a co-director of the Center for Sports Law and Policy at the Duke University School of Law.“That’s at least a plausible move,” Haagen said.Compelling the NCAA to do more, such as significantly changing rules, will likely require more research and a better understanding of concussions. There are no universal guidelines on determining when it is and isn’t safe to continue a career in contact sports after concussion injuries.Some research has indicated a correlation between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy known as C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head. The issue came into the national spotlight in July, when researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System found C.T.E. in all but one of 111 brains that belonged to former NFL players.But experts cautioned against immediately drawing conclusions from that study, noting that the sample was biased. The brains were donated, not randomly selected. There are “strong associations” between concussions and C.T.E., one researcher said, but no scientific link. It’s possible that repeated blows to the head, not concussions, caused the C.T.E. in the players in the study.There’s also no players’ union in college football as there is in the NFL, where a labor agreement exists between the league and the NFL Players Association. The most recent agreement, reached in 2011, stipulates that players are eligible for benefits if they are found to have neuro-cognitive impairments.Without a players’ union at the college level, it’s difficult for players to fight collectively against the NCAA. But it hasn’t stopped some from trying: The Chicago-based law firm Edelson PC has filed at least 43 concussion lawsuits on behalf of former players alleging that the NCAA, conferences and individual schools knew or should have known the risks associated with football and did nothing. One of those suits was filed on behalf of former SU player Marcus Clayton. The attorneys at Edelson PC declined to comment on this story.Former Syracuse quarterback AJ Long was disqualified in 2015 due to concussions. | Courtesy of AJ LongLawyers for thousands of ex-NFL players have filed similar lawsuits against the NFL, and in 2015 a judge approved a $1 billion settlement.But lawsuits against the NCAA are less likely to succeed because, rather than a CBA, the NCAA has only a “loose obligation to consider student-athlete welfare,” said Haagen of Duke’s Center for Sports Law and Policy. Depending on the United States’ future politics, he added, it’s possible the lawsuits could be dismissed completely if the NCAA argues that athletes made an informed choice by playing football.“The suits may go forward,” he said. “But they may not.”Concussions suffered by players not involved in lawsuits, such as Marona and Johnson, likely are unknown to the NCAA or the ACC, since neither organization tracks those injuries.The governing bodies likely don’t know about AJ Long’s injuries, either. Tucker disqualified the former Syracuse quarterback in October 2015 after he suffered multiple concussions. Long then transferred to Wagner and then Division II West Chester to continue his football career. Long declined to comment on this story.Syracuse has also added players previously medically disqualified at other schools, such as Luke Arciniega in 2013.Marona had come into the facility “every day” as a part of SU’s concussion protocol, he said, to talk about how he was feeling. He had taken the ImPACT once, then again, then a third time. Each time, he thought he improved and the computer spit back close to the same results. His displayed unreliable judgment, he said, pushed SU to have its final “heart-to-heart” in the head athletic trainer’s office. Looking back, Marona said he knew the risks of playing football and, while Shafer and SU’s staff seemed to care, he knew few in college football beyond the team’s complex did.“The NCAA is a money machine,” Marona said. “They just want to get the guys on the field. It doesn’t matter to them. ‘We want these guys to get passing grades and we went them to be on the field.’ If something prohibits that, they figure well, injuries are part of the game. … But this injury specifically is a life-altering injury. If you tear your ACL, you’re not going to go dumb.“Something needs to be done.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the medical decision-makers for student athletes were misstated. Coaches are not permitted to make medical decisions on behalf of athletes. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on August 28, 2017 at 12:47 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s hockey: A combination that almost didn’t happen; new coaching creates buzz over beaten down program

first_imgIn the midst of a desperate attempt to keep the Detroit Red Wings’ 25-year playoff streak alive, coaching the Wisconsin Badgers didn’t seem like an attainable goal for the new Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Tony Granato.This spring, the then-Red Wing’s assistant coach was most concerned with ensuring the aging veterans and future NHL Hall of Famers of Detroit had one last chance at winning a Stanley Cup. Tony Granato, a 28-year veteran of the NHL circuit, didn’t even feel he was the right fit for the Badgers’ coaching job.With his brother Don Granato and Mark Osiecki each on the shortlist, Tony Granato was wary of competing against family and two highly-skilled, veteran coaches and recruiters. The former spent significant time as head coach of the United States National Team Development Program’s U-17 team. The latter was fresh off a stint as an assistant coach of the Rockford Ice Hogs, three seasons removed from head coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes, and six removed from assistant coaching Wisconsin under Mike Eaves.“I didn’t try to think about [the vacant coaching position] even though it was something I wanted to do,” Tony Granato said. “I … didn’t think of a plan or a situation where it would work out that [Osiecki, Don Granato or I] would be able to come back until the presentation that Barry [Alvarez] gave me.”Men’s hockey: With Granato comes experience both on, off the iceAfter two consecutive disappointing seasons, Wisconsin men’s hockey seems to be taking a step in the right direction with the expected announcement Read…During that initial phone call early in the spring semester and future discussions, Barry Alvarez, UW athletic director, Jason King, senior associate athletic director, and Granato, hashed out the details to form what many have called a “dream team” coaching staff.After they gave Tony Granato assurance that all three would be on board, he agreed to return to Madison, rather ecstatically, to right the ship of the struggling Badgers.The hiring of the trio reinvigorated fan enthusiasm for a team with a rich history but won just 12 games over the past two seasons. Their introductions March 30 drew a sizable crowd to the Kohl Center during their first press conference, and there seems to be a general buzz among players and in the athletic department.Luke Kunin, who was drafted No. 15 overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2016 NHL draft, said the new regime is great for the program. With a budding NHL career on the horizon, that’s no small compliment from a player deeply concentrated on his development — especially one with significant experience playing for Don Granato.“I’m very familiar with the Granatos and I’m very excited to get the chance to play for them,” Kunin said. “I think they’ll be great for the program.”Cross: Alvarez’s comments bring issues of struggling hockey program to surfaceWith two losses to Michigan State, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team finalized its spot at the bottom of the Big Read…What’s so unique and exciting about this staff is how talented they are — their wide-ranging connections, but also the fact that they love this program as much as its fans.As former Badgers themselves, little is new for Tony Granato and his assistants. Just a walk down University Avenue is enough to bring back memories from the new coach’s time as a player during the early 1980s. Not much has changed, he said. The same pictures hang on the walls of the locker and training rooms, and constant visits from alumni always spark lively conversations between old friends.This in particular was part of the reason for hiring Tony Granato and his eagerness to come back. King said the athletic staff takes previous experience with the Badgers deep into consideration when hiring coaches and administration. Partly because there is such a unique culture surrounding Wisconsin athletics.“It doesn’t feel like I left just from the standpoint that,” Tony Granato said. “One of the reasons I even wanted to back was because I always felt that this was an important part of my life. It is something that I missed being a part of.“When I first got here I was asked, ‘Why would you be in the NHL and come back to college hockey?’ And I would say, ‘Why wouldn’t I? It’s the University of Wisconsin.’ For me it’s a dream job, I have a billion reasons why it was the best job.”That type of attitude and dedication to reinvigorating a struggling program is exactly the reason Tony Granato was picked as head coach, King said. The move comes with the added excitement of how it’s such a unique situation to have three coaches of this caliber all behind the same bench.Their wide ranging expertise in different areas makes it am elite combination, and one that can surely bring Wisconsin from out of the gutter.“You can tell I’m pretty excited about this hiring,” King said. “It’s a very exciting time for Wisconsin hockey. I know everyone involved with the team are very excited. We just need our fans to come out and support as well.”In an era when college hockey seems to be taking a backseat, the buzz in Madison might be just what the sport needs. The effects could be felt for years to come.But as the new head coach said, there’s much more than simply returning to Madison needed to right the ship.This is the first in a multi-part series on the state of Wisconsin hockey.last_img read more

Five PNG swimmers in for finals tonight

first_imgDespite drizzling conditions during the heats, the home crowd stood behind team PNG swimmers all the way.PNG’s Golden boy Ryan Pini, Samuel Seghers, Tkatchnoko sisters Savannah and Ebony and Tegan McCarthy qualified in their respective heats.Pini clocked fastest in the men’s 50m freestyle breaking another record with 23.21 seconds while Samuel Seghers finished fifth in the same hit behind Tahiti, Fiji and New Caledonia.He also qualified for the men’s 100m backstroke ahead of Tahiti on 58.94 seconds.Savannah Tkatchenko put up a strong fight against New Caledonian pool queen Lara Grangeon finishing 4th overall in the Women’s 200m medley.She clocked in 2 minutes, 24 seconds while her younger sister Ebony Tkatchenko finished sixth overall with 2 minutes, 41 seconds.Tegan McCarthy finished fourth in Women’s 100m butterfly on 1 minute, 8 seconds.She finished behind New Caledonia’s Lara Grangeon and Fiji’s Adi Kinisimere Naivulu and Tieri Erasito.The finals commence at 6 this evening.Pic 1: Savannah Tkatchenko and New Caledonia’s Lara Grangeon take the pool in a close encounter.Pic 2: Pini finish 1st in the Men’s 100m backstroke well ahead of Tahiti with strong support from the crowd.last_img read more

Liverpool announces that it leaves New Balance: it will be sponsored by Nike

first_imgPremier League* Data updated as of January 7, 2020 They have not come to light neither the agreed amounts nor the details of the agreement, that is, in the statement they do not explain when they end the contract with the brand or how much money they will receive per season of the American firm. In any case, Liverpool is expected to be among the teams in the world that enter the most by its clothing brand.At the same time, they have taken the opportunity to thank the previous brand for the services provided: “New Balance has been the official equipment supplier of the club since 2015 and will continue to be so until the end of the 2019-2020 season. We would like to thank you for your support and wish you all the best for the future.” As of June 1, Liverpool will change brands in regards to their sportswear. The champion of Europe will let your contract expire with New balance, which expires in a few months. Therefore, as of June 1, the agreement with the new sponsor, Nike, will become effective. that you saw great clubs in England like the Chelsea or the Tottenham, but who wanted to regain ground after gradually losing Arsenal, Manchester United or Manchester City. In Europe you also saw teams of the size of Barcelona, PSG, Atlético de Madrid or the Inter de Milan.last_img read more

Vintage Shiv gets Jaguars’ first win

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul rolled back the years with a vintage half-century, as Guyana Jaguars trounced hapless Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 72 runs to post their first win of the Regional Super50 here Saturday. Stumbling on 51 for three at the end of the 17th over, Jaguars were steadied by Chanderpaul’s polished 81 and recovered to reach 219 for nine off their 50 overs at Warner Park. Seamer Quinton Boatswain was the best bowler with four for 54, while medium pacer Daron Cruickshank (2-26) and leg-spinner Odeane Browne (2-39) captured two wickets apiece. In reply, Hurricanes were 39 for one in the 13th over before losing their last nine wickets for 108 runs, as left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul snared three for 32 to cripple the innings. Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (2-16) and left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (2-19) both ended with two wickets apiece. Orlando Peters led the Hurricanes’ fight with 35, and opener Chesney Hughes got 27, but wickets fell steadily to derail the run chase. Medium pacer Paul Wintz claimed Shane Jeffers in the second over for two with three on the board, before Hughes and Nkrumah Bonner – replacing Cruickshank, who retired hurt before he had scored – ensured a stand of 36 for the second wicket. The right-handed Bonner managed just six before perishing in the 13th over, and Hughes followed in the next over after facing 42 balls and counting two fours, run out by good work from Reifer. Going nowhere at 69 for five, Hurricanes were handed a flicker of hope by Peters and Jacques Taylor (22), who put on 48 for the sixth wicket. Peters struck two fours and a six in a 79-ball innings, while Taylor supported in a 39-ball knock, which included a single boundary. Once the stand was broken, however, the last five wickets crashed for just 30 runs. Chanderpaul had earlier spared Jaguars blushes after they had been sent in. Cruickshank produced a burst that accounted for in-form opener Vishaul Singh (20) and captain Leon Johnson for eight. However, the 41-year-old Chanderpaul faced 128 balls and struck six fours and two sixes to lead the Jaguars’ comeback. He added 33 for the fourth wicket with Reifer (13) and a further 54 with wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble, whose 21 came from 20 balls. Chanderpaul also forged a 29-run, sixth-wicket stand with Royston Crandon (9), before both fell in successive deliveries at the start of the 46th over. Permaul then added precious runs for Jaguars at the death, lashing three fours and a six in a cameo 30 off 14 balls.last_img read more

Players happy with Red Stripe/Nike development programme

first_imgPlayers involved in the Red Stripe/Nike development programme are very happy with the initiative as they look forward to move on to a bigger stage in their football career. The beer giants and the American sports apparel company teamed up to stepped up the players’ development programme, which was started two years ago. Rohan Richards, who moved from Jamalco to Humble Lion during last month’s transfer window in the RSPL welcomed the joint venture. “It is very interesting. The programme is helping us as players to build confidence, accuracy, speed, ability, quick movements and other things to develop talent,” Richards said about the two-day programme that began Thursday at Barbican Complex. “The programme would definitely help me in a quest to break into the overseas market,” the 23-year-old midfielder noted. Another player, Jamoy Sibblies of Maverley-Hughenden described the programme as a learning curve. “This is a learning session. I am happy for the opportunity to be involved, so when I am back at my club in training the aim is to work on the things to improve my game,” Sibblies said. Michael Bookbinder, Nike Soccer Development manager outlined the approach of the programme. “Its been very good; the players are enthusiastic about the new technique and new training system courtesy of Nike. The elite training has four major stages. We have introduced Ronaldo which deals with speed; Rooney power, precision and scoring; Iniesta -touch and control; and Pique long passing,” Bookbinder explained. “They liked it as it gives different techniques. This is a pro-camp. We are very happy to be invited. We see potential as the aim is to give them opportunity to get to the next level as professionals overseas,” he added. Red Stripe’s assistant brand manager Rashima Kelly says her company is totally behind the development of young players. “It is a holistic programme. We want to get to the point where it’s a natural transition for players to move from the Red Stripe Premier League to the national team,” Kelly informed.last_img read more

Oil contract could be amended

first_img– says presidential adviser on petroleum…while criticising low royalty and large concession…not invited to Guyana’s first Oil and Gas SummitBy Lakhram BhagiratA contract is an agreement between two parties and when one is dissatisfied then the terms of that agreement could be reviewed and amended, according to the Presidential Adviser on Petroleum, Dr Jan Mangal.Dr Mangal made the statement while speaking to reporters following a discussion on the Government’s vision for the oil and gas sector at the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen Campus on Wednesday.Some of the students at the discussion“A contract is an agreement between two people and both parties need to be comfortable. If one party becomes really uncomfortable it will be changed. Guyana is a sovereign country, the evidence out there from around the world is that when situations change, like look at the price for natural gas people sign contracts for natural gas at very high price long-term contracts, the price for natural gas has dropped drastically, people are renegotiating those contracts,” he stated.He added that if a contract is amended then the oil companies would contend that Government is discouraging investments but noted that investments ought to be weighed compared to the level of comfort with the contract.He explained that if Guyana decided to amend its contract with ExxonMobil then there will be the perception that it does not know what it wants but noted that he believes otherwise.Dr Jan Mangal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith“We have to be careful not to simplify too much. It is not black and white, there could be a whole lot of grey area in the middle,” the petroleum expert noted.Dr Mangal has a Doctorate in Offshore Geotechnical Engineering from Oxford University and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburg. He worked in the marine and oil and gas industries for over 18 years, where he spent 13 of those with US oil giant, Chevron, working on major projects in the USA, West Africa and Asia.When asked about whether he thinks the contract should be renegotiated, Dr Mangal stated that while he has his views he is not ready to pronounce on that publicly but did say it is a topic of discussion with the Government.“Last year the focus was getting the contract out so Guyana could get a comfort level of what the contract was about. The process has just started; it will probably take some time for the people to do analyses and Guyanese as a whole to decide what they want to do… sticking with things how they are or looking for another solution,” he explained.He further explained that if Government needs to get to a point where Guyanese are comfortable and trust them when it comes to the oil and gas industry.“It is part of my remit to push for transparency so don’t want to be in a situation where information is withheld from citizens and then they develop mistrust or further mistrust of the industry. We need Guyana and Guyanese to be comfortable with what they have and the direction they take. So, the way to do that is by putting information out there and not withholding information,” he noted.Dr Mangal informed that following the release of the contract in December of 2017, he is now in the process of organising a team of experts to review the contract for the Government to decide a way forward.“I am pushing to get experts… to get support from the IDB, IMF, etc to go and do thorough review of the contract. Some of them already have reviewed the contract so it’s the case of doing more of that and getting results and then for Government to look at the results and decide what to do,” he related.When asked if those reports should be made public, the oil and gas expert said it is his belief that all things should be made public so as to encourage transparency.Low royaltyUnder the renegotiated agreement, Guyana receives two per cent royalty on earnings from ExxonMobil’s oil sales while the US oil giant would not be required to pay taxes on its share of the profits and according to the President’s Petroleum Adviser that is low compared to global standards. He also raised concerns about the system used to negotiate that agreement and also the expertise of the persons doing the negotiating.“What we can do is look at what are the international norms. Royalty, when you look around, is more between 10 and 20 per cent, not two per cent. Tax is usually 20-30 per cent in some places, the production split of 50-50 is not too bad,” Dr Mangal noted while responding to a student’s question about whether the Government negotiated a fair contract.“If a process was followed then we would know who was involved, knew their competencies, expertise and that they went there to bat for Guyana. A lot of people in Guyana right now are questioning that,” he added.The presidential advisor said generally oil companies are very powerful and experts in everything they do and they know how to influence governments to a “T” but would buckle under public pressure and as such he encouraged Guyanese to engage in “intelligent debates” on the future of its oil and gas sector.Large concessionBased on the 1999 agreement and the new 2017 deal, ExxonMobil is controlling the entire Stabroek Block of about 600 blocks or 10 times more than what Guyana’s laws allow. That was raised by a law student of the university who sought to get clarification and Dr Mangal’s opinion on the control of such a large concession.“It is not good for one company owning too much of your acreage. Exxon already owns over 50 per cent of the acreage in Guyana. That’s not good for Guyana,” he said.“The other thing to consider in Guyana that this is a first project. Guyana is trying to attract international investment, however, Guyana needs to also remember that the Stabroek Block is a huge block and that contract promises the whole block. It could be that all of Guyana’s oil is in the Stabroek block… So if this was a small block then it would be okay to say oh well let’s leave it to the next block we will get a better deal but the block is a huge block so Guyanese need to weight the tradeoff with that situation of the blocks and trying to attract foreign investments,” Dr Mangal added.He noted that in some countries, they mandate competition and control who the blocks are allocated to while recommending that a review of the block allocation be done.GIPEX SummitThe University of Guyana hosted the discussion on the day the inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit (GEPEX) opened and his absence from the event was notable.When asked about that, he told reporters that he was never invited to the event despite his boss, President David Granger, being listed as one of the speakers.“I was not invited to go so that’s the main reason. If you looked at the website, you will see President Granger picture was there. I would assume he was invited,” he said.However, the President was a no show at the event.last_img read more

Education Month launches with ‘wellness’ theme

first_imgAs schools across the country opened their doors on Monday, the Education Ministry launched Education Month 2017, which focuses on wellness and family, with the aim of linking academics with community development. The fact that education is at the heart of community development prompted this year’s theme “Promoting Wellness in Communities through Quality Education.”It was announced by Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson, who told aA section of the gathering at the launch of Education Month 2017gathering at Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown, that quality education was a human right.“We at the Ministry of Education have been working assiduously to ensure our children from every part of Guyana, including the hinterland, enjoy the best possible education. We have provided the foundation for equity and purposeful development by improving the quality of teacher education,” the CEO told the gathering.Hutson noted that these improvements focused on developing continuous professional development programmes geared at addressing the weaknesses of some teachers. To this end, provision was made for training and coaching in the subject areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and literacy. The CEO indicated that for this new academic year, there will also be a review of theStudents performing a cultural piece at the Umana Yana, Kingston, Georgetownschool curriculum. He further committed that school dormitories would be maintained.Meanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry highlighted the need to implement objectives and policies that would improve on this year’s results at the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). She said that Education Month allowed time and opportunity for the Ministry to engage all of its stakeholders – teachers, parents, students, organisations and the general public.“We will galvanise our resources to showcase education whether it be through fairs, rallies, radio, television programmes and social media,” she highlighted.Minister Henry, however, added that there should be more feedback among the stakeholders, and told the gathering that this would strengthen the Ministry’s strategies and systems. She further outlined some of the measures slated to improve access to education.“The overarching priorities for the Ministry of Education for this new academic year will see us focusing on reducing the disparity in education by making sure all schools are working to the same high standard. The Government of Guyana has a principled objective of its public policy to strengthen the administration of the 10 regions and to improve the delivery of education and other public services,” she explained.As part of that policy, the Minister noted that there would be the establishing of regional technical institutes to provide access to technical education for a greater number of the country’s young people.The gathering also heard that the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) and Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) will spearhead programmes that will see additional and enhanced use of technology in the nation’s classrooms.The observances and festivities that are associated with Education Month will conclude on October 5.last_img read more

Serbia’s Milorad Mazic to referee Champions League final

first_imgFrenchman Clement Turpin will serve as the fourth official.Mazic has refereed four Champions League group stage matches this season and was the man in the middle for last year’s Confederations Cup final between Chile and Germany.Dutchman Bjorn Kuipers has been appointed referee for the Europa League final between Atletico Madrid and Marseille in Lyon on May 16.He was in charge of the 2013 Europa League final between Chelsea and Benfica, as well as the 2014 Champions League final involving Real and Atletico.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mazic took charge of Germany’s 1-0 win over Chile in last year’s Confederations Cup final © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, May 7 – Serbian referee Milorad Mazic will take charge of the Champions League final between holders Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26 in Kiev, UEFA announced on Monday.The 45-year-old, an international referee since 2009, will be assisted by compatriots Milovan Ristic and Dalibor Djurdjevic.last_img read more

Offering a ‘cheer’ for America

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – The Santa Clarita Master Chorale will wind up its seventh season June 3 and 4 with a program laden with patriotic music. The concert will kick off with “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” arranged by Mark Hayes. Accompanist Ann Moore will display her keyboard artistry in a solo performance of “American Declaration,” and Chorale soprano Leslie Garman will solo on “My Man’s Gone Now” from “Porgy and Bess.” “This concert represents a musical salute to everything good in this land,” Chorale director Allan Petker said. “We’ll do a variety of old favorites along with some very dramatic and emotional pieces. In other words, we’ll have fun with familiar pieces, while maintaining a dignified perspective on the sacrifices that made this country great.” One selection reminiscent of America’s revolutionary spirit 230 years ago will be the performance of Randall Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom,” four selected writings of Thomas Jefferson. And Ron Kean’s “American Mass” weaves American hymns and spirituals into a traditional missa brevis (short mass). The Chorale also will present the premiere performance of a new medley of Irving Berlin tunes arranged by Santa Clarita resident Jan Sanborn. Sanborn has woven together three Berlin favorites – “Blue Skies,” “It’s a Lovely Day Today” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” – into one arrangement. The spring season will be celebrated with Aaron Copland’s “Stomp Your Foot,” “The Promise of Living,” and “Simple Gifts,” arranged by David L. Brunner. Several folk songs and spirituals will be featured, including “Camptown Races” and “Witness,” arranged by Jack Halloran; “Going Over Home,” arranged by Glenn H. Finney; and “The Battle of Jericho,” arranged by Moses Hogan. The Chorale will also perform Stephen Foster’s toe-tapping “Some Folks Do,” arranged by Mark Hayes. The men will present a David Dickau arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” and the women will present Robert Greenlee’s folk song, “Johnny Has Gone for A Soldier,” in addition to Copland’s “The Horses.” Performances of “Stand Up and Cheer!” are scheduled for 7 p.m. June 3 and 3:30 p.m. June 4 at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Tickets are $19 for general admission and $14 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at The Cobblestone Cottage, 24335 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia; at Cookbooks Plus, 24339 San Fernando Road, Newhall; and at Rooms and Blooms, 24264 Valencia Blvd, Valencia. Order forms are also available on the Chorale’s Web site, www.scmasterchorale.org. For information, call (661) 254-8886.last_img read more