Wesley produces 32nd living centenarian

first_img 50 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! LocalNews Wesley produces 32nd living centenarian by: – May 2, 2014 Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Anestasie Charles (Photo credit: King Josiah)When Anestasie Charles, fondly known as Ma Maggie, woke up on April 26th, 2014, she became the island’s 32nd living centenarian.Born in 1914, Ma Maggie is the last of eleven children. She is grandmother to four grandsons and one granddaughter. Ma Maggie is also great grandmother to five.Ma Maggie’s family is obviously proud of their matriarch’s achievement. GIS was on hand at her birthday celebration on Saturday April 26th in Wesley.Festivities began like most do in Dominica, by giving thanks to God. Father Conan Shillingford presided over the church service which was attended by Dominica’s President, Charles Savarin and Mrs. Clara Savarin as well as Minister for Social Services and Parliamentary Representative for Wesley, Gloria Shillingford.With a church service specially organised for her and several friends and family showering her with love, Ma Maggie seemed totally content throughout the service…sometimes rocking to the music, sometimes pensive.At the reception, Ma Maggie was showered with gifts and well-wishes. President Savarin was among the first.Minister Shillingford was able to glean information from the centenarian regarding her favourite foods which were revealed to be crayfish, callaloo, dasheen, coconut and ‘veyo.’Amidst all of this, Ma Maggie was not totally silent, given the microphone. She prayed to God to “bless them, save them.”The Wesley village council also had gifts and birthday greetings for Ma Maggie. She is after all, the oldest person in that community.The Dominica Council on Ageing makes a point to share in the celebrations of each new centenarian.The Dominica Government has pledged to contribute to the care of each centenarian with cash monthly, free cooking gas and a stove where necessary.In Ma Maggie’s case, Mrs Shillingford has promised bathroom facilities for the centenarian’s comfort.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

PM’s address at 2015 CARICOM-US Summit

first_imgPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit with other Heads of CARICOM member states and US President Barack Obama (CARICOM photo)KINGSTON, JAMAICA9 APRIL 2015DRAFT SPEAKING NOTESFOR THE HON. ROOSEVELT SKERRITPrime Minister of the Commonwealth of DominicaENERGY1.CARICOM Energy SituationA stark reality for CARICOM countries is that we are dependent on imported oil and petroleum products for more than 90% of our energy services.Though global oil prices are currently at a four year low, our importation of oil and oil products have been a major burden on our foreign exchange earnings and have tilted our balance of trade. High and generally unpredictable oil prices have consistently retarded the competitiveness of our region’s goods and services, which has negatively impacted extra regional trade and stymied economic growth. Fortunately, for most of us in the region, we have been able to secure a reliable source of oil and oil products from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through the Petro Caribe initiative over the past 10 years. Petro Caribe also provided us with economic space to focus on the social and economic development of our respective countries. The Petro Caribe arrangement notwithstanding, the majority of CARICOM states have been aggressively pursuing the development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient solutions.2.The Connection Approach For CARICOM Member States, energy issues are inextricably linked to climate change. The transformation of our energy economies from one that is inefficient and mostly dependent on imported fossil sources which exposes us to the uncertainties and volatilities of the global oil prices, to one that is efficient and based on clean, indigenous, renewable sources, will not only allow us to play our part in global climate mitigation efforts – recognizing that collectively, we contribute less than 0.2 % of greenhouse gas emissions – but also facilitate our ability to implement some of the measures that are necessary for climate adaptation. Climate change, and the effects thereof, is the single largest threat to the sustainable development of each and every Member State of our Community. Our issues need therefore to be considered within, what may be termed, the Energy Climate Development (ECD) nexus.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit greeting Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller (CARICOM photo)3. A Call for Deeper PartnershipOver the years, a number of CARICOM member states have individually pursued the development and deployment of renewable sources of energy – from solar water heaters in Barbados, to geothermal energy development in the eastern Caribbean States of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Other member states have opted to develop solar PV and wind energy in the case of Jamaica. In 2013 CARICOM adopted the CARICOM Energy Policy and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy to serve as a platform upon which CARICOM can collectively deal with its energy challenge. This approach, which integrates all the elements of the energy system, is an important part of the Strategic Plan of the Community and is necessary to foster our transition to a low-carbon economy. The C SERMS will be the basis for action in sustainable energy development for the next decade and will be executed in partnership with the Member States with the aim of better coordinating our plans, strategies and investments in clean energy. Currently, CARICOM is discussing the establishment of a central coordinating mechanism to serve as the hub to mobilize technical and financial resources and to coordinate the partnerships with third states and development partners. We look forward to the key role that the United States, through its various agencies – in particular, the Department of Energy, the respective national laboratories and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – will play in assisting us to realize the opportunities for clean energy deployment under the C SERMS.There is significant scope for Member States to curb energy demand growth by making economies as efficient as possible while, simultaneously, meeting some of the essential energy needs through low carbon renewable options. Significant economic gains can be made through the energy savings from energy efficiency and the substitution of imported oil with cost effective, indigenous, renewable sources of energy. In a limited number of Member States, natural gas may be used as a “bridging fuel” to support base load power generation during the transition period.We therefore, place a very high priority on the development of cost effective renewable energy sources, including options for geothermal, hydro and ocean power and waste-to-energy for base load electricity generation, and seek to complement those with intermittent power as from solar and wind.To unlock our renewable energy potential, however, we need to invest in research and development to determine the best fit for our respective member states. The upfront investment, unfortunately, is costly and can also carry with it some risks that the private sector is not prepared to meet or would only do so at a high cost to the consumers. Upfront investments, to a great extent, have become the responsibilities of member governments. A case in point is my own country, Dominica. We have invested close to USD 20 million to determine the commercial viability of our geothermal energy and we are now on the cusp of eliminating our reliance on fossil fuel for generation of electricity. The majority of our investments, like is the case for other member states, is for the procurement of goods and services from outside our region, including the United States. There is, therefore, a need to partner with the United State to carry out feasibility studies that can create bankable renewable energy projects for which private sector financing can be sought.Once projects have been made bankable we have found ourselves with the difficulties of sourcing the necessary financing and entering into partnerships with the private sector. Our interests must always be protected. Consequently, there is need for the creation of a special financing facility to fund the renewable energy projects. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has recently demonstrated its commitment to finance renewable energy projects and to this end has created a special energy unit and facility. The CBD, however, does not have adequate resources to finance the projects that can transform the energy sector in our region. A special facility from the United States to capitalize a renewable energy revolving fund of about USD 2 billion would make financing more readily available to CARICOM and at the same time build the capacity of our regional experts. This could also be done in partnership with US government and private sector facilities and institutions.The role of OPIC in supporting the current expansion phase of the Wigton Windfarm in Jamaica, as part of a dedicated facility for sustainable energy investments in the Caribbean, is indicative of the partnership we desire. The Multi Donor Energy Co Financing Facility for Caribbean Sustainability, which is being championed by Trinidad and Tobago and is seeking already to raise USD 1 billion in grant and investment capital from multiple and diverse donor countries and institutions, is an indication of our resolve to tackle squarely, one of the major barriers to clean energy development within CARICOM. We also recognize that Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) can help to unlock the financing that is required to implement these projects. In order to protect the interests of our people, however, there is need for honest brokers on the side of our governments. The Wigton Windfarm, like the Dominica and Saint Lucia geothermal development projects, has benefited and continues to benefit from the Clinton Climate Initiative, part of the Clinton Foundation for the past 3 years as an advisor and honest broker. We look forward to this and other partnerships from the United States to provide support to our governments especially when negotiating complex renewable energy projects with private sector companies. We look forward therefore to the implementation of the declarations of the Caribbean Energy Security Summit, to build the necessary capacity within our region and to mobilize the required financial resources to transform our energy sector. Finally, we seek the support of the United States in mobilizing climate adaptation financing for CARICOM Member States under the new climate deal that is expected to be concluded at the December 2015, COP 21 Meeting in Paris. This is relevant to the security, climate resilience building and sustainable development of our respective countries and no doubt, affects the prosperity and stability of the Region.” 156 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! 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Bill would use gambling money to help Maine’s dairy farmers

first_imgA bill recently approved by a legislative committee would funnel revenues from the Oxford Casino to a loan program to aid Maine’s dairy farmers.The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee supported a bill to create a revolving low-interest loan fund that farmers could use for equipment purchases and other capital needs, according to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MBPN).advertisementadvertisement Click here to hear the MBPN recording.Sen. Debra Plowman, R-Hampden, sponsored the bill because she said farmers are suffering from low milk prices and don’t have access to capital or it is prohibitively expensive.For the first year, 1 percent of revenues from the Oxford Casino — currently under construction outside of Portland, Maine — would be transferred to the state’s dairy stabilization fund, which helps farmers during times of low milk prices.After one year, the money would be split between the stabilization fund and the loan program.The amount of money dairy farmers could see is still under debate.advertisementPlowman said 1 percent could be as much as $1 million a year, but Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb pegged the amount at around $350,000. PD—From Mainebizlast_img read more

Giving birth in the time of COVID is tough for the poor

first_img“Pigado kami. Ang bana ko wala man obra,” according to Marilyn Baya. ILOILO – In this time of coronavirus pandemic, can pregnant women who are about to deliver be refused admission by health facilities? She then proceeded to the provincial government-run Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital in Cabatuan town but she was also turned away. The plain housewife ended up giving birth on the cardboard-covered floor of a small, bare house assisted by a paltera. Health secretary Francisco Duque III signed the interim guidelines. On May 28, 2020, the Department of Health (DOH) issued interim guidelines on the continuous provision of maternal health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another provision read: “Province-wide and city-wide HCPNs, which include both private and public healthcare providers, facilities and institutions, shall designate facilities where COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 pregnant women can access maternal health services, including delivery.” ‘NEW NORMAL’ FOR THE POOR? With no money for the required ultrasound and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test for coronavirus disease, this woman gave birth to a son on the cardboard-covered floor of her small, bare house assisted by a paltera. JIRO SHEEN EMELIO/PN There were requirements asked of her but she failed to meet them – a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and an ultrasound. “Sa panahon ngayon na may COVID-19, pinakaligtas pa ring manganak sa isang health facility na nagbibigay ng birthing services,” DOH stressed. “Wala kami kwarta para sa RT-PCR test kag pa-ultrasound,” Baya told Panay News. It added that pregnant women should still undergo pre-natal checkups or consult with their doctors through call, text or e-mail. Baya stayed for about an hour at the Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital despite having labor pains in the hope of being taken in, but to no avail. She decided to just go home and seek a paltera. “Huwag tayong mangamba na manganak sa ospital,” stated a DOH infographic posted on its Facebook page. The management of Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital could not be reached for comment as of this writing. Worse, according to Baya, she was informed about the requirements by their barangay health workers only on Aug. 31. Baya said she first went to a clinic in nearby Santa Barbara town at around 6:30 a.m. yesterday. She was turned away for not meeting the two requirements. It reminded all pregnant women to always wash their hands and avoid crowded places to prevent infection. The provision read: “All pregnant women who are about to deliver and those who have delivered but manifesting signs of complication shall not, under any circumstance, be refused admission by the health facility. However, infection control protocols shall be strictly followed, including use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).” “Tani gin-accommodate lang nila ako kay daw mabata na gid ko. Gin labay-labayan lang nila kami. Ang gin una nila ang nagapa-checkup samtang ako nagapasakit na,” said Baya. DOH GUIDELINES It also advised mothers to continue taking iron-folic acid supplements, follow a healthy diet, and exercise proper hand-washing especially before touching their newborn babies./PN One of the guidelines’ provisions prohibited healthcare provider networks (HCPN) such as hospitals from turning away women who are about to deliver. As early as April, DOH assured pregnant women it was safe to give birth in hospitals and other health facilities amid the coronavirus crisis. DOH stressed that “inadequate care in pregnancy can compromise the health of both mothers and newborns. Hence, there is a need to ensure that pregnant mothers are appropriately managed, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The agency assured expectant mothers that hospitals were following strict infection prevention and control measures to prevent any spread of COVID-19 in their facilities. A 29-year-old pregnant woman from Barangay Cabugao Sur, Pavia town wanted to safely give birth to her third child at a clinic or hospital. But she was turned away. Also, healthcare workers in public and private clinics “shall continue to provide antenatal, delivery and postnatal services with strict adherence to infection prevention and control measures, including but not limited to temperature checking and assessment for signs and symptoms prior to entry, frequent hand washing, proper cough etiquette, wearing of appropriate PPEs, social distancing, and cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.” If a pregnant woman decides to give birth in a different facility, she should ask for a referral or endorsement from her initial health care provider, the DOH said. “Tama na ka-late ako gin-inform nga need gid ang COVID-19 test result,” she lamented. “Nag-try kami basi mabaton ako sang iban nga ospital nga wala gawa kaso sang COVID-19 pero gin balibaran kami,” she lamented.last_img read more

Cavs Head Coach Tyronn Lue To Return To Coaching Duties Thursday Against Washington

first_img Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. Eli Mooneyham Related TopicsTyronn Luecenter_img The Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue will return to his coaching duties against the Washington Wizards on Thursday, according to a report from cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. Lue had missed the last nine games after stepping away from the sidelines due to health concerns.Tyronn Lue to return as Cavaliers coach Thursday against the Wizards @clevelanddotcom https://t.co/TBz6JW7N7d— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) April 4, 2018The Cavaliers went 8-1 with Larry Drew serving as interim head coach, including their latest victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. Lue had shown up to Quicken Loans Arena to observe the game as a fan, even spending time talking with the team in the locker room after Sunday’s game.Some of Lue’s symptoms were chest pain and sleep deprivation and he’s addressed the issues with medication, getting required sleep, and working out/eating healthy. He’s appeared to be in better spirits and is ready to resume his duties.last_img read more

Common Core Amended for KPBSD

first_imgDr. Atwater: “What Alaska did was took a look at the Common Core and adopted some of them carte blanche and others they re-did and made them their own, so similar in places and not similar in other places.” Dr. Atwater: “Similarities would be some of the basic things like: determines a theme or central idea of a text. And the other thing that’s not the same would be looking for literature in a variety of cultures. More cultural sensitivity for Alaska standards. Some of the big pieces that you would look at is reading, writing, and math. Basic skills, but some of them were switched or adopted for Alaska to be more specific to Alaska.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享American parents have been complaining that their children’s homework is too complicated with the introduction of new Common Core standards. At the local level, Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater said the standards were adapted for the Alaskan education system… And when it comes to the controversial new approach to math… We asked Atwater about the specific changes made for Alaska…center_img Dr. Atwater: “I think it’s primarily due to the fact that American perform pretty poorly in math and there’s a sense that if there’s a better way to help the students understand the concept conceptually they’ll be able to better apply what they’re learning. The thought is that if you look at how Americans learn math, they don’t learn it very well and tend to shy away from a deeper understanding of the subject, so I think that’s the reason for the approach that was taken.” Alaska is one of just five states to never fully adopt Common Core standards. Under the Common Core standards, students are taught to “visualize” mathematics concepts.last_img read more

CONCACAF U-20 will be a test to command respect – Forde

first_imgGUYANA was drawn in Group F of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-20 Championship, scheduled to take place November 1-21, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA.A record 34 CONCACAF Member Associations will participate in the tournament, and, unlike the previous format which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final championship, this year’s redesigned competition will ensure that all the participating teams have access to play more top-level football matches.“If we want to command our respect as a serious football nation in CONCACAF, then we have to play against the best teams in the confederation,” president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde told Chronicle Sport yesterday, highlighting the fact that Guyana were drawn in the group with El Salvador, Guatemala, Curacao and the Cayman Islands; some of CONCACAF’s toughest oppositions.According to Forde, the Federation is certain that the current players on roster will be able to compete with some of the more established CONCACAF teams.Forde noted that Guyana’s participation in the tournament is a testimony to the progress made by his Executive Committee, adding “the bulk of the players that will represent Guyana were part of the camp we had in Brazil recently. Also, most of the players are part of the Elite League which is a plus for us right now.”The GFF president also said, “We have had expression of interest from players overseas, but the bulk of our players will be locally based.”“The thing is, it has been a challenge to participate in all the competitions (in CONCACAF). Every time we do this (participate), we set ourselves back $8M – $9M; it’s a huge investment, but the only reason we exist is to give these youngsters a chance to showcase themselves on the international stage,” Forde explained.Asked about preparation, the GFF boss told this publication, “We don’t have a lot of time, but we had expression for International Friendly but there’s a cost attached to that. However, we will try to get at least one Friendly in before the tournament.”Guyana will open the tournament against Guatemala on November 2, followed by an encounter with Cayman Islands on November 6 then a clash with Curacao on November 8. The Guyanese will close off their group stage against El Salvador on November 10.last_img read more

Mike Anderson previews Northwestern State

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Barcelona’s Dani Alves: Marcelo told me he dived for Real Madrid’s penalty

first_imgBarcelona defender Dani Alves has claimed that Real Madrid’s Marcelo confessed to simulating a dive to win a penalty in Saturday’s Clasico clash, which ended 1-1 at Santiago Bernabeu.Barca had taken the lead through a penalty of their own, when Lionel Messi stepped up to convert the spot-kick after Raul Albiol was sent off for a challenge on David Villa.With eight minutes remaining, however, Alves was penalised for tripping his fellow countryman in the box allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to level the match, and the Brazilian remarked that Marcelo had admitted to making the most of the challenge.“Marcelo told me it was simulation. He told me that his actions were influenced by the outcome of the game,” the full-back was quoted as saying by Sport.Dani Alves and his team-mates will have their chance to make amends when they take on Madrid once more in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla on Wednesday evening.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

Kevin Keatts looking to maintain culture change in second year at N.C. State

first_imgIt remains to be seen how Keatts’ team will perform in his second year in charge, but it’s hard to ignore the impact he has had after only one season with the Wolfpack. That goes for the coaches he competes against, too.“I tell him on the road, I think he’s one of the bright, young coaches in our profession,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “He’s just a bright, young guy and a good role model for a lot of the young guys aspiring to be head coaches in our profession.”It’s too soon to jump to conclusions about how Keatts will be remembered N.C. State, but it seems the culture change he’s brought — both tangible and intangible — at least has the Wolfpack trending in the right direction. The change that has taken place at N.C. State under second-year coach Kevin Keatts falls under the latter category.MORE: Jay Bilas: Duke’s Zion Williamson will shake up college hoopsThe Wolfpack were in need of a change when Keatts took the program over in March 2017. They were coming off two sub-.500 seasons under former coach Mark Gottfried, their first consecutive losing seasons since suffering five straight from 1991 to 1996. In those two years before Keatts arrived, N.C. State failed to make postseason play of any kind and won a combined nine games in Atlantic Coast Conference play.Keatts’ first step in instituting change at N.C. State? Delivering a simple, impactful message.“I just told them ‘Hey, I know you guys didn’t have a great year last year, but if we stick together and we work hard, then we can be successful,’” Keatts said at the ACC’s media day in October.“And then we did it.”Fortunately for N.C. State, Keatts had seen this situation before: at his previous stop in UNC Wilmington. When he arrived there in 2014, the Seahawks hadn’t won more than 13 games in six seasons. In his first year, Wilmington won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title with an 18-12 record.The following seasons saw even more improvement. The Seahawks won 25 and 29 games, respectively, and made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Ironically, Wilmington lost to two ACC schools — Duke and Virginia, both by single digits — in its two tournament appearances before Keatts left for N.C. State. He hadn’t even coached a game in conference before other ACC saw what he was capable of.Said Virginia coach Tony Bennett: “They had us on the ropes,” referring to his team’s 76-71 win over Wilmington in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. “He’s not afraid to try some different things, and you can see why he was successful as a coach and recruiter (at Wilmington).”Keatts’ new players soon saw that for themselves as he took over.“He said he was going to make you work for everything,” said N.C. State senior guard Torin Dorn, who played for one year under Gottfried and heads into his second year under Keatts. “He’s going to push you to be the best player you can be. He’s done nothing but that since he’s been here.”Keatts did have one familiar face to work with in his first season at N.C. State: C.J. Bryce, who followed Keatts to Raleigh after playing two years at Wilmington. Bryce, who sat out the 2017-18 season to satisfy NCAA transfer requirements, said he followed Keatts in part because of the impact he had on him at Wilmington. But that started when Keatts recruited him out of high school.“The thing that really stood out to me was that he promised me nothing,” Bryce said. “He told me whatever I got, it was going to be what I worked for.”That hasn’t changed since Keatts’ arrival at N.C. State.“I kind of like my players to be on the edge a little bit,” Keatts said. “I don’t want to give them anything. … In order to be able to play, you have to earn your right to play, to get on the floor. That’s my selling point to all of these guys. I don’t make promises.”MORE: Sporting News’ 2018-19 college basketball All-AmericansAt the outset, the Wolfpack weren’t expected to do much under the first-year coach. Picked by media to finish 12th in the ACC in the preseason, the Wolfpack wound up winning 21 games, beating five ranked teams in North Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Florida State and Arizona and finishing tied for third in the ACC regular season standings with 11 conference wins. The team made it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.Perhaps more impressive: It was done with largely the same team that had floundered the two years prior.“We basically had the same team we had the year before,” Dorn said. “Minus a lottery pick (Dennis Smith Jr.), minus the all-time leading shot blocker in State history (BeeJay Anya). … It just goes to show that a culture change and a little discipline goes a long way.”Another impressive facet of Keatts’ 2017-18 season: Beating fellow Tobacco Road schools Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina, something that hadn’t been done by a first-year N.C. State coach in 99 years, when Tal Stafford accomplished the feat in 1918-19.That win over UNC, in particular, can’t be understated: It was the Wolfpack’s first since 2015, and only their fourth since Roy Williams took over in 2003. The Tar Heels coach may be 28-4 against N.C. State, but he’s 1-1 against Keatts heading into 2018-19.“Most of the time when we win, it’s because we got better players,” Williams said. “Kevin’s done a great job and they beat us last year. … He’s paid his dues and got more experienced in those things too.”Again, that starts with Keatts’ top-down, wholesale changes, from the way his team practices — described as “super disciplined, super structured” by Dorn — to the way it celebrates.“The first time we won a road game, I looked around at the guys and they didn’t know how to act, because they hadn’t won a road game the previous year,” Keatts said. “And I said, ‘You know what, guys? We’re going for ice cream.’”MORE: ACC predictions for the 2018-19 seasonChanging behavior and mindset is one thing, but that typically doesn’t matter unless on-court production follows. With Keatts, it has. Since implementing a small-ball system, in which he often deploys four-guard lineups, N.C. State had one of its best offensive seasons in recent memory.The Wolfpack finished tied for 33rd nationally in scoring last season, upping their scoring average by nearly four points, from 77.6 points a game in Gottfried’s last year to 81.2 points a game (a mark that has already eclipsed Gottfried’s highest-scoring offense).While that sample size is small, you can look at what Keatts did at Wilmington for context. The season before he was hired, the Seahawks averaged 63.1 points per game, tied for 328th in the country. In Keatts’ three seasons at Wilmington, the Seahawks’ offense improved to 102nd, then 39th, then 10th in the nation, respectively, in points per game.That sort of progression — for Keatts, at both Wilmington and N.C. State — can only be achieved one way.“When you take over a job, you have to be pretty clear in what you believe,” Bennett said. “Because you know there’s going to be a lot of rocky places and you’re going to be challenged to not stick to what you think is the right way.”While the Kevin Keatts era is still in its early stages, it seems the coach stuck to his plan in terms of what he wanted to implement in Year 1. But this season will perhaps be an even bigger challenge for him as he only returns three players from last year’s team.Not that he’s worried.”Right now if you asked our guys, they wouldn’t know what the starting lineup is and I kind of like it that way because I get them to work hard every day,” Keatts said.Said Dorn: “The learning curve has calmed down a little bit. You know what he wants, you know what he needs. It’s more so building the team chemistry and bringing the team together and less learning what coach wants.” Coaching transitions occur in various ways in college basketball.With these transitions comes a phrase many coaches, players, pundits and analysts love to use: culture change. Sometimes, that change takes time. Other times, that change is immediate and palpable.last_img read more