first_imgTwo hundred and fifty-one students graduated from the Georgetown School of Nursing on Thursday. This number comprises 110 professionally registered nurses, 56 midwives and 85 nursing assistants.Leola Charles, a graduate from the Professional Nursing Programme of the Georgetown School of Nursing, and now a registered nurse, has emerged as the 2018 valedictorian. Charles, along with others, received special awards for their outstanding performances and special skills demonstrated throughout their course of studies.This year’s graduation marks the school’s 31st Biennial ceremony, where scores of young professionals have received certification to provide services in the public health sector. The graduation exercise was hosted at the National Cultural Centre.In her valedictory speech, Charles encouraged her batch along with those who have completed other programmes, to be trailblazers in their respective fields, as they transition fully into the world of work.“Let us leave a trail that others will be proud to follow. Class of 2018, as graduates, we face many uncertainties in both the immediate and distant future; however, it’s up to us to make a difference to have people say honourable things about us and leave the impression that you never gave up on yourself,” Charles is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Charles was the recipient of the Public Health Minister’s Award and the first-ever PAHO/WHO award among several others in recognition of her stellar performanceValedictorian Leola Charles receives her award from Public Health Minister Volda Lawrenceboth in theory and clinical practices.In her address to the gathering, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said since her appointment to the sector, she has worked assiduously with the faculty of health sciences and education to make necessary changes to nursing education.To this end, the Minister expressed her confidence in the graduating batch’s preparedness to be deployed into the public health system. She further added that the citizens of Guyana can be reassured of quality health services being delivered to them by these professionals.The graduates were also encouraged to demonstrate an excellent level of patient care as they all have an important role to play as servants in the public health sector.“We at the Ministry recognise that you are the pillars of a sustainable and an effective health system the core of the next generation of nurses on whom Guyana will depend for a resilient and robust health structure,” Minister Lawrence said.Midwife Ann Ferguson-Goppy, registered Nurse Melissa Emanuel and Nursing Assistant, Sherl Daniels, all excitedly highlighted their journey to completing their individual programmes.The graduation ceremony saw several persons from this year’s batch receiving special awards in the areas of interpersonal skills, management and leadership qualities and overall outstanding performances in theoretical studies and clinical practices.Among those graduating was Batch 125A, who was a part of approximately 200 students, who retook the State Final Examinations and attained 100 per cent passes in 2017. This batch received timepieces compliments of PAHO/WHO in recognition of their overwhelming performance.The Georgetown-based nursing school have over the years been hit by many controversies. Last year, 150 students who wrote the nursing exams, which were allegedly compromised, had to rewrite the exams.An investigation was launched after it was reported that the nurse’s examination papers were leaked before the sitting and assessment of 250 nursing students.last_img read more


first_imgStuart Pearce has leapt to the defence of under-fire Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.The 26-year-old’s current injury situation has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, with former Reds midfielder Didi Hamann suggesting on talkSPORT that there is not ‘too much wrong with the player’.Pearce worked with the forward whilst he was in charge of Manchester City, England’s Under-21s and Great Britain’s Olympic team. He knows the player well and he was keen to emphasise how he finds it ‘hard to believe’ that Sturridge has fallen out of love with football.“I honestly don’t believe there’s a player out there that doesn’t want to play football,” Pearce told Adrian Durham when he was the co-host on Drive.  “I find it hard to believe, I really do.“This is a profession I absolutely love to bits. I love playing football and it’s been my life. So I find it difficult to believe that there is a player out there.“Especially a player I know quite well and have been alongside him on three different occasions.“I don’t see that with him.“I would not turn around and say Daniel Sturridge is a player that doesn’t like football – in any way, shape or form. “He loves the game, he’s enjoyed it and I think the one thing that puts Daniel Sturridge at the forefront of people’s mind because of this injury is the fact he is so important to Liverpool.”The Merseysiders have been extremely short of firepower this season, as Christian Benteke has failed to live up to his £32.5milion price tag, and Danny Ings was ruled out for the season.  The inconsistency and failure to see off games has seen Jurgen Klopp’s Reds sit ninth in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-placed Spurs.Pearce commented: “I’m looking at [Sturridge’s] stats here at Liverpool – 77 games, 44 goals. More than a one in two ratio, that is outstanding.“That is probably why he is in the forefront of people’s mind.“There’s a frustration because Benteke has not hit it off.“If Benteke hit it off there wouldn’t be so much talk about Daniel Sturridge.“Because Benteke’s been on the bench, they are suggesting he has not had a good time at Liverpool. At the forefront of your mind then is Daniel Sturridge. “You only have to go back a couple of years to see Luis Suarez and Sturridge up front – they were unstoppable!“I am sure there are some players who have had similar types of injuries – Jon Flanagan has come back after a year-and-a-half. Are we suggesting he doesn’t like football? Of course not.“I think it’s a bit tough on Daniel. You’ve got to put yourself in the physio room, they’ll be scratching their heads on this one.“From Sturridge’s point of view he’s come back at Southampton and won 6-1 – people think ‘wow, that’s with Sturridge in the team’.“The only people who are quantified to turn around and say he is not injured is Daniel Sturridge and the physio department at Liverpool Football Club.“last_img read more


first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Mats Zuccarello has enjoyed plenty of winning nights at Madison Square Garden. Now he can rest easy that he’ll be sticking around for a while.Keith Yandle also had a night to remember as his New York Rangers debut went about as well as he could have hoped.Zuccarello had two assists shortly after his four-year contract extension was announced, and Yandle skated off a winner in the Rangers’ 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading Nashville Predators on Monday.With unrestricted free agency looming this summer, Zuccarello and the Rangers reached an agreement shortly before the March 2 NHL trade deadline. The small, dynamic forward could have been sent packing if a new deal hadn’t been made.“This is where I want to be, and I want to be a part of this team,” said Zuccarello, who teamed with Derick Brassard to set up goals by Marc Staal and Chris Kreider. “I want to try to win with this team.“This is home.”His production helped the Rangers rebound from a rare regulation loss and sent the Predators to a season-worst third straight defeat. Dominic Moore and Rick Nash added third-period goals to make Yandle’s night a success, one day after he was acquired from Arizona.“It was awesome,” the All-Star defenseman said. “I had a little bit of butterflies and I was nervous a little bit just being on a new team, but the crowd did a great job of welcoming me.”Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots to improve to 9-2-2 in place of injured No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who turned 33 on Monday.The Rangers, 12-2-2 in their past 16 games, moved into a tie with the rival Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division. New York’s 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Feb. 28 was its first in regulation since falling 3-2 at Nashville on Feb. 7.“It was a good test for us to see where we are against the No. 1 team in the NHL,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.Matt Cullen scored for the Predators in the second period. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves but dropped his third straight decision, including a pair of home losses.“Anytime you lose a game you’re concerned,” Cullen said. “We have an eye on the big picture but at the same time we need to focus on what we have here. We need to dig ourselves out of it.“We’re not playing as well as we can.”The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Zuccarello sent a cross-zone feed to Staal, who skated into the left circle and snapped a shot past Rinne at 6:36 for the defenseman’s fifth goal.New York nearly doubled its lead with 4:57 left, shortly after Zuccarello finished serving a high-sticking penalty, but Nash was denied on his breakaway attempt. The Rangers wrapped up the period with a 12-5 edge in shots.They made it 2-0 at 4:15 of the second on Kreider’s 17th goal. Zuccarello spotted Kreider charging from the bench on a line change straight for the net and found him with a perfect pass for a slam shot past Rinne.“He was a real good player,” Vigneault said of Zuccarello. “I don’t know if the fact that he just signed his big deal made him do that, but we need him to be on top of his game.“Hopefully his mind is clear, and we’re going to see Mats on a regular basis.”Nashville found its legs in the second half of the second and began to put more pressure and shots on Talbot. The Predators cashed in with 4:36 left on Cullen’s seventh goal and second in two games.From Talbot’s right, Taylor Beck sent a behind-the-back pass from his knees across the crease to Cullen for the quick shot. Cullen has seven points in six games.“They were quicker to the puck, quicker to areas. We were slow,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “It’s not typical of our team. It’s not the gear that we need to be in in order to be successful.”Moore swept in a rebound of Dan Girardi’s point shot for his eighth goal at 5:51 of the third, and Nash iced it with an empty-net goal — his 38th overall — with 44 seconds left.Talbot stood tall the rest of the way, drawing chants of “Tal-bot! Tal-bot!” from the Madison Square Garden crowd.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)last_img read more