Don’t be caught in this trap

first_imgDear Editor,In recent times, Guyana has experienced a proliferation of private educational institutions being set up to offer education at all levels.  While the Education Ministry delivers and regulates public education at the nursery, primary, and secondary levels, the National Accreditation Council was set up by Parliament through ACT #12 of 2004 to ensure that all post-secondary and tertiary educational institutions in Guyana receive approval to operate and offer their services.Each parent, guardian, and student needs to ensure the following:1. Before enrolling at any educational institution above the secondary level, students should ensure that the institution is registered with the National Accreditation Council. The registration process is NOT one where the institution pays a sum and gets its name on a register.  It is a quality assured process that requires the institution to meet 23 standards that deal with the legal status of the institution, governance and administration, the quality of staff, the physical resources, the teaching-learning process, the system in place to ensure that quality is maintained, and that there is continuous development of the institution.2. The National Accreditation Council advertises on its website www.nac.gov.gy a list of all the institutions that are registered and have full approval to operate as post-secondary and tertiary educational institutions.  If the name of the institution in which you are interested is not on the list, it has not received approval to operate.3. If a student attends a post-secondary or tertiary institution that is not registered with the National Accreditation Council, the certificates, diplomas, or degrees awarded will NOT be recognised by the National Accreditation Council.  This means that if the student wants to use this certificate, diploma, or degree to obtain a job or for further study, he/she would not receive recognition for the programme that he/she completed.4.      When Guyanese students migrate to other countries and try to use the certificates obtained in Guyana for further education, the administrators of the institutions that they seek to attend, normally make contact with the National Accreditation Council to verify the authenticity of their qualifications.  Specific questions are asked about the institutions and the value of their qualifications.  If the administrators are not convinced that the institutions and their programmes were quality assured, they do not accept the qualifications.The National Accreditation Council implores the Guyanese public to be aware of persons who are setting up schools/institutions without the approval of the Council and are charging exorbitant fees. Many persons have been caught in this trap!  Exercise some caution!  Seek the advice of the Council.  Check the website. Call us at any of the following numbers: 223-7935/2237901/225-9526/225-7662.  Ensure that you get value for your dollar!Sincerely,Deborah JackExecutive DirectorNationalAccreditation Councillast_img read more

Amputee Football Federation of Africa Suspended

first_imgIn a statement issued to the president of the African body, copied to all member nations, the President of WAFF, Mr. Richard Hofmann, noted that, “After thorough research and due deliberation, the Executive Committee of the World Amputee Football Federation has determined that AFFA misrepresented its status upon initial application to become a WAFF Confederation, and that you (Mr. Sowah), personally, made false statements regarding the Association’s status as recently as June 20, 2014.”It went further to enumerate that the world federation realized that AFFA was not operating with a ratified constitution.“As you know, a valid, ratified Constitution was a primary condition of acceptance. We have determined that your Constitution has not been ratified, and that your organization is therefore not qualified to be a WAFF Confederation,” the release stated.Quoting minutes of the AFFA executive meeting held in Accra (Ghana) in November, Hofmann indicated that there was no truth in the representation that the constitution was ratified and this, according to him, had been supported by other executives of AFFA.“The WAFF Executive Committee has therefore voted to suspend AFFA’s affiliation with our organization. The fact of the suspension is non-negotiable, though conditional reinstatement may be possible at some point in the future,” Mr. Hoffman said.This implies that until AFFA fulfills certain conditions, its activities, including competitions, and decisions would not be recognized or respected by WAFF.  “Tournaments and events sanctioned by AFFA will not be recognized by WAFF,” Hofmann said in the statement.However, he explained that, “AFFA’s suspension has no effect, however, on the status of any WAFF Member-in-Good-Standing.  It is worthy of note that WAFF Members are not obligated to become AFFA members, nor may they be denied membership in AFFA.”The Executive Body of WAFF detected that the constitution of AFFA had not been ratified, making it ineligible to remain a member of WAFF.In reaction, an official of the Liberia Amputee Football and Sports Association expressed concern about the decision and told the Daily Observer yesterday that they are making contact with AFFA officials in Accra, Ghana to regain membership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies beat Dawson Creek 7-3

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies handed Dawson Creek another preseason loss on Saturday night. While the Jr. Canucks managed to stick with the Huskies for longer than they had on Wednesday night, they still seemed slow and disorganized, allowing a talented Huskies team enough scoring chances to slowly put the game out of reach.It was Dawson Creek that struck first, when a John-Wayne Howes centering pass deflected off the stick of Payden Wongstedt and past a wrong-footed Ty Gullickson.  – Advertisement -Wongstedt would make amends early in the second, firing his first of the night past Dawson Creek goaltender Nick Broessler.  The Canucks took another lead on a Ewan Weaver marker minutes later, but then the wheels began to fall off for the road team. Luke McInerney retied the game 8 minutes into the second, and before the period was out, Cash Brinkworth gave the Huskies a lead, when he fired a point shot through a maze of legs and into the back of the net. The Huskies did give Dawson a chance to get back in the game early in the third, with successive penalties to Jesse Disher and Cash Brinkworth.   But, the Canucks were unable to muster any chances on the nearly two minute two-man advantage, and Payden Wongstedt scored his second of the night on a Huskies powerplay soon after.  Dan Pappin gave the Huskies more breathing room 30 seconds later, as he found himself on the end of a passing play with his familiar line-mates Cody Kalb and Dylan Apsassin. Advertisement Charles Radke made up for a lackluster game with a nice finish on a two-on-one with John-Wayne Howes to make it 5-3, but Cody Kalb quickly restored the three-goal lead, and Kole Norris iced the game, on a powerplay in the dying minutes, for a final score of 7-3. Coach Bob Kalb again split the workload between his two rookie goalies, with both looking confidence and capable.  He expects to do the same on Sunday, when the Huskies wrap up their preseason with a road game in Peace River. A couple of hundred fans were on hand at the North Peace Arena on Saturday, with all proceeds going to Fort St. John’s Child Development Centre, in honour of Terry Norris and Tom Ward. The Huskies open their regular season on Friday night, on home ice, against Dawson Creek.Advertisementlast_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP respond to complaint of male brandishing a handgun

first_imgAround noon today Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a complaint of a male brandishing a handgun in the area of 10 Street and 104 Avenue. Given the location Central Middle School was locked down because of the situation.Officers established a perimeter around the area but no suspect was located.A description of the suspect is said to have been minimal. As such Dawson Creek RCMP are asking the public if anyone was in the area at that time and had seen anything to contact them at 250-784-3700.- Advertisement –last_img read more

UCLA NOTEBOOK Taylor suffers seizure after hit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s always scary when you see a player go through something like that,” Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said. “We had to say our prayers for him, and hopefully, he’ll go through a speedy recovery.” Taylor was injured making a play on Cal running back Justin Forsett on a second-and-6 with about two minutes remaining. While the band played on the field, EMTs treated Taylor on the sideline, with about 20 players and Dorrell looking on. “It’s the nature of the game,” Davis said. “C.T.’s a fighter and I know he’s going to be OK. All we can do is say our prayers for him, and hope for the best.” Taylor finished tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, including a team-high three for loss. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER UCLA’s celebration of beating No.10 California, 30-21, Saturday at the Rose Bowl was tempered because senior middle linebacker Christian Taylor was hospitalized after suffering a concussion and experiencing a seizure while on the bench at the conclusion of the game. A CT-scan on Taylor’s head and neck were negative. He was released from Huntington Memorial Hospital at approximately 7:15 p.m., and left with his parents, Kathy and Steve. Dorrell’s involvement Dorrell said he would be more involved in the offense, and several players said after the win it was noticeable. Dorrell was more involved with implementing the game plan during the week. While offensive coordinator Jay Norvell continued to call the bulk of the plays, players said Dorrell was also more involved the play-calling. “I could tell,” UCLA receiver Brandon Breazell said. “(Dorrell) made a couple decisions on our play calls. During the week you could tell because Coach Dorrell called some plays to see what he liked.” Not impressed Bruins junior tailback Kahlil Bell ran for 142 yards on 22 carries, which included a 64-yard run, but Cal linebacker Worrell Williams didn’t think much of Bell. “It was one run that he got, and it was a miscue,” Williams said. “Otherwise, he wouldn’t have gotten anything. I wasn’t really impressed with him at all. Yeah, he got 100 yards, but (Oregon State’s) Yvenson (Bernard) last week was a much better back than he was.” Turn of fortune Saturday’s loss almost certainly cost Cal any shot at the Pac-10 title and probably limits the Bears to a second-tier bowl berth. “We have stumbled two weeks in a row now,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “We just have to regroup. We are not going to just pack it in. There is so much parity in this conference. “Anything can happen on any given week. I think the conference is better than it’s ever been. They just played a lot better than we did. They were more physical and deserved to win the football game.” Counting attendance The capacity for a UCLA game is between 88,000 and 89,000, but a sellout was announced although the attendance was 83,494. So what’s the deal? According to UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins, the reason is UCLA only uses three tickets for every four seats in the general admission sections. Odds and ends Defensive tackle Jess Ward sprained his left knee, and will have an MRI Monday to determine the severity. … Defensive tackle Jerzy Sierwierski suffered a bruised left shoulder. X-rays were negative. brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE 0-13, KILLYBEGS 2-07

first_imgNaomh Mhuire 0-13 Killybegs 2-7Naomh Mhuire made good start and led by 6 point to nil with Ciaran McGinley firing over five scores and Sean Yank Boyle a point.With the supporting breeze it was all with the home team. Benny Boyle knocked over a score for Killybegs and John Pidgeon for Naomh Mhuire. There was much controversy as Pidgeon hit the crossbar and ball bounced back up to hit bar again and it seemed the ball was clearly over the line but the officials waved play on.Paul McGinley then goaled for Killybegs to leave the half time score 0-09  to 1-02.An early goal for Killybegs, scored by Charles Tully, got Killybegs back in game and they went on to lead by a point going to injury time beforeCiaran McGinley got his tenth point of the game to earn a draw in a game that the home team will feel they probably deserved more.   Date: 20/04/2012Competition: Division 2 LeagueHome Team: Naomh Mhuire Away Team: KillybegsNameScoreNameScore1Sean Gallagher1Michael Mullin2Adrian O’Gara2Ciaran Conaghan3Brian Gillespie3Barry Cannon4Tomas Duffy4David Conwell5Seamus Gallagher5Paul McGinley1-016Padraig McCafferty6Shane Boyle7Owen Grant7Anthony O’Hara8Darragh White8Matthew Smyth9Owenie McGarvey9Val Smyth10Harry Harden10Mark Boyle11Sean J Boyle11Benny Boyle0-0212Tom McHugh12Conal Molloy13Sean Yank Boyle0-0213Charles Tully1-0114John Pidgeon0-0114Daniel Breslin0-0115Ciaran McGinley0-1015Brendan Maguire0-0116Robert O’Donnell16Kevin Martin0-011717Pauric Gallagher181819192020SubsHome TeamAway TeamNumber Number 16On for number 616On for number 217On for number _______17On for number 1518On for number _______18On for number _____19On for number ______19On for number ______20On for number ______20On for number ______ Half Time Score: Home Team 0-09 Away Team 1-02Full Time Score: Home Team 0-13 Away Team 2-07  Referee: Martin CollGAA: NAOMH MHUIRE 0-13, KILLYBEGS 2-07 was last modified: April 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE 0-13KILLYBEGS 2-07last_img read more

SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – DOWNINGS PICTURE SPECIAL

first_img     SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – DOWNINGS PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – DOWNINGS PICTURE SPECIAL THE GAA mad town of Downings turned out in style to welcome the Sam Maguire and the victorious Donegal team home.Richard Conneely was there for Donegal Daily.You can send pix to info@donegaldaily.com. last_img read more

TRAFFIC CHAOS AFTER CRASH NEAR HOSPITAL ENTRANCE

first_imgThe scene of today’s incidentGARDAI are investigating a crash close to Letterkenny hospital.The incident happened around 3pm near the turn-off for the Long Lane.It’s thought one vehicle was involved. A patient from the hospital was knocked down on the Circular Road.Cllr Gerry McGonagle has once again called for traffic calming measures in the area and proper pedestrian crossings. TRAFFIC CHAOS AFTER CRASH NEAR HOSPITAL ENTRANCE was last modified: March 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashletterkennylast_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: PREPARING TO CHANGE

first_imgFor most people, deciding to make a change for the better with their health and weight is a daunting task.There is so much to consider when it comes to diet and training:What are the best foods to eat? What type of training should I do?How often should I train?Is there a diet that will do everything I need for my goals?When it comes to these situations the answer is usually: ‘It depends’ This is something that a lot of people don’t want to hear.We have been spoon fed a lot of misinformation over the years when it comes to diet and training. The media and certain companies would have us believe that there is a perfect ‘system’ that will do everything it says on the tin… and more.The problem with this is that there is no such system.Everyone is different; every one of us has formed our own habits throughout the years, that have moulded our ways of eating and the ways that we view exercise.As a Personal Trainer, we can’t simply give everyone the same way of eating and training and expect to get the same results from all of them. If it was that easy everyone would be in the shape they wanted to be in.The majority of the time, the problem isn’t the training or nutrition. It’s the client.This isn’t an attack on people who find it hard to follow the programme, but a lot of the time when someone fails to stick to a training and nutrition programme, it’s because they were not ready to start it to begin with.So what do you do? It comes back to the ‘it depends’ answer.It depends on your starting point.If you are someone who has never set foot in a gym before and whose idea of cooking is whatever fits in the microwave, you probably are not ready to change everything on the flip of a coin.You might think you are ready, but the statistics would say that such a drastic change doesn’t work for the majority of people.Do you know someone who has done this? Yes you probably do. We all do. But these people are the exceptions, not the rule.For the majority an extreme lifestyle shift like this quite often ends in failure.So what do we do?We look for what is going to give us the MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF RESULTS WITH THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF EFFORT.It can be as simple as these tips I got from Dr Mike Roussell:Change your breakfast from high sugar cereals and have an omelette with vegetables in it, or have porridge oats with berries.If you can stick to this for 2 weeks, change something else.What we are trying to do with this is to breed habits that will last.Once you can master this, it is time for another.If you snack on high sugar cereal bars or chocolate and crisps, try changing these for portions of fruit and nuts.Again, aim for a 2 week period of time and if you can master this it’s time to change another habit.This is not a quick fix, it is not intended to help you to lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time.These small changes can help you to breed new habits and because you are allowing a suitable time frame to adjust to these changes, you are more likely to succeed in keeping them.It will take slightly longer to achieve your goals, but you will succeed.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: PREPARING TO CHANGE was last modified: March 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

Molecular Machines Under the Nanoscope

first_imgThe second two articles did not discuss how these mechanisms could have evolved.  Indeed, it would be a challenge to think of a scenario how they could evolve, since life at the most basic, primitive level depends on the activity of these specialized enzymes.1Rajagopala et al, “The protein network of bacterial motility,” Nature: Molecular Systems Biology 3 Article number: 128 doi:10.1038/msb4100166.2Gledhill, Montgomery, Leslie and Walker, “How the regulatory protein, IF1, inhibits F1-ATPase from bovine mitochondria,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 25, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 10.1073/pnas.0707326104.3Ghosh and Vishveshwara, “A study of communication pathways in methionyl-tRNA synthetase by molecular dynamics simulations and structure network analysis,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 26, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 10.1073/pnas.0704459104.Let the evolutionists speculate and spin their webs of belief; we have the observational evidence in front of our noses that shout design.  The precision of fit of these parts, and the accuracy of their performance, is beyond any theory of chance and blind stumbling in the dark.  We do not accept the circular reasoning of the Darwinists who keep saying they evolved because they have a phylogenetic tree, and they have a phylogenetic tree because they evolved.  Those dependent clauses collapse in on themselves.  Neither do we accept the merry-go-round reasoning that says they are wonderfully adapted because they evolved, and they must have evolved because they are wonderfully adapted.  No more Darwinian rhetorical tricks.  Look, behold, wonder, and use your God-given common sense.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Seeing machines just billionths of a meter long seems impossible, but cell biologists are now routinely looking into the cellular black box.  Using indirect but powerful methods, they can actually begin to visualize the gears and wheels and cogs of the protein machines that make life possible.  Some of our favorite cell gadgets were examined in recent papers.Bacterial flagellum:  A paper in Nature: Molecular Systems Biology1 juxtaposed design language with evolutionary speculation.  Rajagopala et al began with high praise for the Ferrari of the cellular world:Motility in most bacterial species depends on a sophisticated molecular machine called the flagellum.  The flagellar apparatus is made of dozens of different proteins and thousands of individual subunits.  The bacterial flagellum is actually a mechanical nanomachine with a rotation frequency of 300 Hz, an energy conversion rate of nearly 100%, and the ability to self assemble.So far this sounds like Michael Behe’s writing.  Indeed, these authors representing three countries found even more essential protein parts for the flagellum – take one away, in other words, and motion stops.  But the gist of their paper was that the variety of flagella in different species shows evolution: “Many features of the bacterial flagellum have changed over the course of evolution,” they said.  “This is reflected in the surprisingly different composition and protein interaction patterns in the flagella of different species, which may reflect adaptations to species-specific motility needs.”    Yet their argument was based entirely on homology.  They did not explain how needs produced functional, adapting flagella.  They merely built an evolutionary tree based on similarities:The bacterial flagellum represents an interesting entity to study the evolution of complex biological machines.  For an evolutionary view of the flagellum on the protein level, we constructed a phylogenetic supertree solely based on flagellar protein sequences.  As anticipated, this tree closely recapitulates phylogenetic relationships identified, employing traditional phylogenetic marker molecules such as rRNAs.    Whereas it is generally believed that the motility machinery evolved from an ancient type III secretion system, the detailed steps leading to current structures have yet to be defined….    Similar to protein sequences and structures, interactions among proteins are often conserved in the course of evolution.  In fact, the phylogenetic relationships of different species are partially reflected by the phylogenetic interaction profile of the integrated network.Conservation is not evolution.  Phylogenetic tree construction, furthermore, presumes the very question under investigation: that flagella evolved in the first place.  And as any creationist would say, adaptation is not proof of evolution; it is proof of design.    In summary, these authors could not help but marvel at the flagellum.  They found an even more amazing network of interactions among the conserved protein parts.  Their conclusions about evolution, however, were based only on arguably circular arguments from homology.  Indeed, “the detailed steps leading to current structures have yet to be defined” in their own article.ATP Synthase:  A team of UK scientists publishing in PNAS investigated one detail of the other sophisticated rotary motor in all of life: ATP synthase.2 (See 09/18/2003, 07/16/2002.)  They wanted to know how a regulatory protein named IF1 inhibits the motor, like a Denver boot.  (After all, a high-performance motor usually comes with brakes.)  Stopping a spinning motor is not a simple matter.  They found it takes a complex set of protein interactions that forms an “inhibitory complex” with the machine like – well, let them explain:To form these complex interactions and penetrate into the core of the enzyme, it is likely that the initial interaction of the inhibitor with F1 forms via the open conformation of the {beta}E subunit.  Then, as two ATP molecules are hydrolyzed, the {beta}E-{alpha}E interface converts to the {beta}DP-{alpha}DP interface via the {beta}TP-{alpha}TP interface, trapping the inhibitor progressively in its binding site and a nucleotide in the catalytic site of subunit {beta}DP.  The inhibition probably arises by IF1 imposing the structure and properties of the {beta}TP-{alpha}TP interface on the {beta}DP-{alpha}DP interface, thereby preventing it from hydrolyzing the bound ATP.Transfer RNA:  One of the most amazing sets of machines, on which all forms of life depend, is the crew of translators that know which amino acid goes with which codon from the DNA code.  A family of 20 of these molecules, known as aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, or aaRS for short, exists – one for each amino acid.  Each one knows its own amino acid and tRNA so well the accuracy of their operation is stunning.  Even when there are cognate codons (three-letter codes that differ yet code for the same amino acid), the machines rarely make a mistake.  For instance, metRS, the synthetase for methionine, can match two cognate codons with the right amino acid every time and eject very similar ones.    Herein lies a mystery: if you look at a tRNA molecule (which looks something like a letter t), and the synthetase that works on it, the two active sites are separated by some distance.  The anticodon on the tRNA is on the bottom of the “t”, but the amino acid binding site is at the other end – a whopping seven nanometers away.  Seven nanometers may not sound like a lot, but at the molecular scale, that’s a lot.  How does one end of a blind machine communicate with the other end?    To find out, two Indian researchers investigated metRS in detail and published their results in PNAS.3  They found that vibrations ripple through the amino acids of the enzyme along four pathways.  The strongest one overrules the others when the twist is just right.  Furthermore, they found that these communications caused conformational changes – swings like a lever arm, flips and turns – that had to match the substrate in order to work.  The amino acid would only attach if all the contact points were just right:Furthermore, the network analysis on these simulated structures has been carried out to elucidate the paths of communication between the activation site and the anticodon recognition site.  This study has provided the detailed paths of communication, which are consistent with experimental results…. A comparison of the paths derived from the four simulations clearly has shown that the communication path is strongly correlated and unique to the enzyme complex, which is bound to both the tRNA and the activated methionine.last_img read more