WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsSchool entry procedure described as a ‘minefield’By admin – October 6, 2011 557 Advertisement Email Linkedin Print Previous articleNews briefsNext articleMetal theft epidemic in city and county admin Growing number of children dropping out of schoolLIMERICK schools are having to copper-fasten enrolment procedures with increasing numbers of parents taking legal action if their child fails to get a place in the school of their choice. And children are dropping out of school in mounting numbers since home-school liaison officers and the visiting teachers for travellers positions were abolished.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking to the Limerick Post ahead of the INTO principals’ and deputy principals’ conference which was held in the city last weekend, Limerick press officer, Joe Lyons, described the drawing up of entry procedures as “a minefield”.Mr Lyons said that management issues would be high on the agenda for the conference as these are increasingly becoming the role of the principal.“For instance, we are seeing more and more situations where if children don’t fulfil the requirements for getting a place in their school of choice, parents are taking complaints under section 29 of the education act. Next thing you know, it ends up in the High Court. We have to be very careful and check and double check that entry requirements are correct and in line with current directives”.Mr Lyons explained that the problem stems from a huge demand for secondary school places, particularly in the city.“Huge estates have been built in Limerick city and that has resulted in more families needing places for their children”.Another difficulty which principals attending the conference are aware of, Mr Lyons said, is that children are increasingly dropping out of school, although it will be some time before there are official figures to back the anecdotal evidence.“This is becoming a real problem since the home-school liaison and the visiting teachers for Travellers schemes were dropped. Before, if a child wasn’t attending school, the liaison officer would work with the family to try to get that child back in class. If a Traveller child wasn’t in school the same would apply, and if the family were moving on the visiting teacher would phone their counterpart in the next school to say that family was coming. That’s all gone now. We don’t have official figures for the increased early school leavers yet, but we’ll be counting the cost of it in the future”.This was the first time that the conference was held in Limerick and it attracted more than 300 delegates to Thomond Park stadium.The theme was ‘School Leadership – Challenges and Opportunities’.Issues addressed included future staffing models for primary schools, managing schools at a time of significant economic difficulty, and looking to the future.A range of workshops were also organised on issues including the vetting of teachers, enrolment procedures for schools, Section 24 procedures and establishing new Boards of Management for primary schools. Facebook Twitter
Magath has been installed as first-team manager on an 18-month contract, with Meulensteen confirming his exit from the club despite the club statement not mentioning his name. German manager Magath arrives at Craven Cottage with an impressive CV, having won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich in 2005 and 2006, and then Wolfsburg in 2009. Commenting on the decision, chairman Khan told the club’s official website: “I am very happy to welcome Felix Magath to Fulham Football Club. “Felix is an accomplished manager with multiple honours in the Bundesliga and a hunger to replicate his success with Fulham in the Barclays Premier League. “I’m especially impressed with the reputation Felix has for coming into clubs at difficult times, often late in the season, and lifting them to their potential and beyond. “Felix knows that is precisely the task awaiting him at Fulham, and he made it abundantly clear that he wants and is ready for the opportunity. “Our club has shown promise in recent matches, but the fact is we have not won a league match since January 1. “Given our form, we can no longer merely hope that our fortunes will finally turn. And with 12 matches remaining and at least four points separating us from safety, we certainly can no longer post empty results. Action was required. Fulham have taken drastic action in their bid to beat relegation by sacking Rene Meulensteen and appointing Felix Magath as first-team manager. “(Chief executive) Alistair Mackintosh did a wonderful job during the January transfer window to improve our club. “This week, Alistair recommended Felix, with his history of producing results for clubs with similar challenges as ours, as the new manager of Fulham. “Alistair’s recommendation received my complete approval and Felix has my unequivocal support.” While Fulham are bottom of the Premier League and four points adrift of safety, the decision to sack Meulensteen with only 12 matches remaining has taken the football world by surprise. Last Sunday the Dutchman led the Whites to a 2-2 draw at Manchester United and on Wednesday his side put in an impressive performance against Liverpool, only for the league’s in-form side to win 3-2 thanks to a stoppage-time penalty. Meulensteen was informed of the decision by chief executive Mackintosh and believes the decision to press the “panic button” was wrong. “I am very, very surprised, very disappointed, very frustrated as well, because the job that I stepped into was one that took me by surprise from the start, because that was not anticipated with Martin Jol leaving and obviously you then have to step into (a) situation which is not the best,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “You need to try and make things better as soon as you can, but you’re playing with a deck of cards that are not yours. “I haven’t really been given any time to make that work. I thought the performances against Manchester United and Liverpool were very, very good and it was unfortunate that we did not pick up the points that we deserved. “Twelve games to go, plenty of points to play for and I’m sure we would have turned it around. “I’ve not been told anything. I knew the owners were freaking out and panicking about the fact that Fulham could get relegated, but they’ve had that sort of attitude already 10 games back. “They’ve hit the panic button on emotions of fear, but hey-ho, that’s what happens in football. It’s not always fair.” Meulensteen’s departure sees Magath return to club management for the first time since leaving Wolfsburg in 2012. He had been strongly linked with a return to former club Hamburg this week, but withdrew interest in replacing Bert van Marwijk due to differences of opinion at board level. “Here we go again, I’m coming back into football,” Magath said via his Facebook account. “I am manager of Fulham with immediate effect. It’s a fantastic working environment for any coach and footballer. “This amazing club, steeped in tradition, and its owner Shahid Khan have totally convinced me and given me the managerial responsibility. “I would like to thank the club and the owner for this faith. “I’m looking forward to (moving to) London and particularly to the fans and employees of Fulham, in particular the backroom staff and team there. “I’m now looking forward to the football and even more so to the work.” Former Manchester United coach Meulensteen was appointed head coach under Martin Jol, only to take control of first-team duties on December 1 following his compatriot’s sacking. However, with the bottom-placed west Londoners four points adrift of Barclays Premier League safety chairman Shahid Khan has wielded the axe again. Press Association
5 5 A new season, a new manager, new players and new hope.It’s a fresh start for Manchester United this season with drawn out and disappointing transfers replaced by impressive big-name signings, and optimism replaced with expectation in this new Jose Mourinho era.For the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford, United fans have a lot to be positive about with what promises to be an exciting season ahead.talkSPORT has put together five reasons why Manchester United fans should be looking forward to the season ahead.Check out those points by viewing the slideshow above. 2. Jose Mourinho’s press conferences – From labeling himself as the Special One to calling Arsene Wenger a specialist in failure, Mourinhos press conferences are always things you do not want to miss. If the United press officer thought Louis van Gaal said some out there things, wait until Mourinho is finding himself under a bit of pressure. 3. Marcus Rashford’s development – If there is one word to describe Rashfords extraordinary rise over the last six months, its exciting. His searing pace terrified defences last season and while he may have a more withdrawn role with the arrival of Ibrahimovic, you can expect him to come off the bench regularly. And dont be surprised if he ousts the likes of Rooney and Ibrahimovic as Uniteds main striker by the end of the season. 4. City rivalry – Manchester Uniteds rivalry with Manchester City just got even more intense with the arrivals of Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. The two sides are the bookies favourites for the title as all eyes will be on their first competitive meeting in the 172nd Manchester derby at Old Trafford on September 10. Dont be surprised if all hell breaks loose in what promises to be a fiery affair. 5 5. A title challenge – After three seasons of battling for fourth place under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, United fans can finally look forward to a Premier League title challenge with Mourinho. While the Portuguese hasnt said that is his aim publically, Mourinho is a serial winner and hasnt finished outside of the top two in any season he has been in charge of at the end of. 5 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – click the arrow, right, to see what else will excited Manchester United fans this season – Its not just Manchester United fans who are excited for this, the whole of the Premier League should be. His personality and talent will stand him out among the sea of superstars that the league boasts. There will be goals, tricks, tantrums, and never a dull moment, but will he still be able to tear apart defences at the age of 35? Most people are skeptical but Ibrahimovic will be typically confident. 5
Minister Daryl Vaz Named Chairman of National Competitiveness Council as Body Aims for Top 10 in Doing Business Report
PRESS RELEASE – The Honourable Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, was announced as the new Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) on July 21, 2017 in Kingston.The announcement was made at an NCC meeting held to explore the body’s strategy to propel Jamaica into the top ten ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report, the authoritative report that captures the performance of 190 countries in their efforts to improve the ease of doing business.Coming from the NCC’s Business Environment roundtable held in April this year, the Council was charged with exploring the reforms necessary to drastically improve Jamaica’s ease of doing business to support the Economic Growth Council ‘s 5-in-4 growth target.The NCC is now performing consultations to create a work plan that will guide Jamaica’s performance from its current ranking of 67 to the top 10.President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards, noted that she supported the initiative as the Agency sees the improvement of the business environment as key to attracting more investments into the country.“Ease of accessing electricity, credit, development approvals and legal support are all critical areas that are looked at by investors before considering Jamaica for investments,” said Ms. Edwards,“We must work towards ensuring that Jamaica is as attractive as possible to both local and international investors. The NCC and JAMPRO will be working to create a strategy to not only improve the business environment, but ensure that this improvement is felt by our international partners and local entrepreneurs.”In his address to the members of the body, Minister Vaz explained that the NCC’s mandate was critical to Jamaica achieving economic growth targets, and improving the ability for companies to do business efficiently. He noted that as new Chairman and leader of the Secretariat, he would hold members accountable to meeting timelines for reforms, as the Government focuses on boosting economic growth.Minister Vaz said that the NCC’s work, “… is critical to the Government’s growth targets, and it is definitively the vehicle that we can use to get things done. The work is going to be significant and part of a wider institutional framework that is in place to ensure that we achieve the goals that we want, and more importantly enabling the business environment that will foster investor confidence.”Speaking of the need for action to improve the ease of doing business and his commitment to the NCC, Minister Vaz said, “There is no better time than now; the NCC has an important role to play, and the members of the council will be able to support each other to get the work done. My commitment is to work assiduously with all members, so that we can get the benefits of executing the business environment reform agenda that is managed by the National Competitiveness Council.”The National Competitiveness Council (NCC)’s Secretariat is housed at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO). The body aims to improve the business environment to support sustainable economic growth in Jamaica.
“We want you to join our flock and adopt a turkey today!” say Reggie and Jake, the animated stars of the new movie “Free Birds” in theatres now.Free BirdsCredit/Copyright: Farm SanctuaryThese lovable characters, voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, have teamed up with Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm animal rescue and protection organization in the United States, to serve as “spokesturkeys” for the group’s annual Adopt a Turkey Project.The Adopt a Turkey Project, which gives people the opportunity to sponsor one of the rescued birds who reside at the group’s shelters in New York and California, has provided care for more than 1,000 rescued turkeys over the last 25 years. For a one-time donation of just $30, adopters receive a special adoption certificate complete with color photo and fun details about their new adopted turkey friend.Turkeys are, in fact, intelligent and social animals, who form lifelong bonds and possess unique abilities to communicate with one another. Just as “Free Birds” brings to life the personalities of each of its animal characters, caretakers at Farm Sanctuary know that real-life turkeys possess distinct personalities and exhibit a joy for life. Among the adoptable turkeys are:Tulip, who lives at Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter; she is sensitive and kind to her flockmates and loves grapes and cranberries, Minerva, an attention-loving turkey with a passion for sunflower seeds, who resides at the rescue group’s shelter near Los Angeles, andTibbott, an outgoing guy who resides at Farm Sanctuary’s Northern California Shelter; he loves to meet new people and snack on lettuce and grapes.“After more than 25 years of caring for rescued turkeys through our Adopt a Turkey Project, we’re delighted to team up with Reggie and Jake this Thanksgiving,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur. “We hope their amazing adventure will inspire even more people to adopt a turkey as part of their holiday tradition.”To learn more about the Adopt a Turkey Project, visit adoptaturkey.org or call the Turkey Adoption Hotline at 1-888-SPONSOR.Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals, works to change laws to decrease abuse of farm animals, and promotes compassionate vegan living.
APTN National NewsAn Indigenous arts festival kicked-off at Fort York in Toronto Thursday.The event highlights traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre and storytelling.It is all part of local events leading up to Aboriginal Day.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has extended monthly allowances for government employees, military personnel, pensioners, social security recipients and students into next year.The announcement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday, comes on the same day the kingdom’s 2019 budget is scheduled to be unveiled. The government will also release its deficit for this year as lower oil prices squeeze its main source of revenue.The royal decree extends a monthly payout of 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) for civil servants and soldiers for another year. Retirees and students will also receive continued allowances.Many Saudi citizens are feeling the pinch of austerity measures from new taxes on goods and businesses. Saudis have also seen their electricity and water bills skyrocket as subsidies are reduced.The Associated Press
Beijing: Chinese courts announced multiple-year prison sentences Friday for more than three dozen military veterans who protested over the lack of benefits, saying the former soldiers had disrupted social order in a bid to further their own interests. The announcements from the courts in the eastern provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu follow repeated demonstrations by veterans of various ages who say they haven’t been adequately compensated for their service. Veterans have long been organising quietly, but in recent years have staged attention-getting protests outside government offices and the defence ministry’s headquarters in Beijing that prompted the government to establish a Ministry of Veterans Affairs last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 47 sentenced to up to six years had been involved in protests last year that involved hundreds of former soldiers. China’s ruling Communist Party tightly restricts all public demonstrations and while it relies on the armed forces to maintain its hold on power, many veterans say they have been left to fend for themselves on meager pensions and little support. Such complaints came to a head last year when more than 1,000 retired soldiers, including locals and many others who rushed in from around the country, descended on government offices in the eastern city of Zhenjiang, in Jiangsu province. For four days, they occupied a public plaza and a street, singing and chanting as they demanded answers over the alleged beating of a fellow veteran by government-hired thugs after he petitioned for better benefits, supporters said.
Some 30,000 young Christians from across Europe — Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox — descended on Strasbourg on Saturday for a four-day gathering to share prayers and reflect on social issues.The 36th European meeting of the Taize community, an ecumenical monastic order in Taize in eastern France, will end on New Year’s Day with prayers for the new year.Organisers of the event said some 20,000 participants aged 17 to 35 were being given accommodation in the Strasbourg area, while another 10,000 young adults were taking part without requiring a place to stay. Most of the visitors come from Poland, Ukraine, France, Germany and Italy.The crowd kicked off the gathering Saturday with a multi-lingual communal prayer said in sports halls, Strasbourg Cathedral and a local Protestant church.From the Vatican, Pope Francis sent his blessing, urging the youngsters to overcome divisions among Christians and build a European family.“The pope shares with you the conviction that we can learn many things from each other, for the realities that unite us are numerous,” the Vatican’s secretary of state, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, said in a message.Over the coming days, the young Christians will take part in prayer session as well as discuss social topics such as the economy, prostitution and the fight against discrimination.The Taize non-denominational Christian community draws tens of thousands of young people for prayer workshops held across the year at its French base, and similar numbers at its annual gathering in a European city, traditionally held between Christmas and New Year.