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Educate Together Model favoured by Cllr Shortt

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first_imgNewsLocal NewsEducate Together Model favoured by Cllr ShorttBy admin – July 12, 2011 672 WhatsApp Advertisement COUNCILLOR Tom Shortt favours the use of the Educate Together model of school patronage.He was responding to a call from the Diocese of Limerick for professionals to take up vacant positions on school boards.At present just two schools in Limerick use the Educate Together model, but Cllr Shortt holds the view there is room for growth.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I have believed for over 25 years that the Educate Together model of patronage of primary schools is the more realistic and appropriate model which acknowledges and accommodates changes in Irish society.“The model recognises diversity with regard to religious belief as no one religion is promoted in the classroom. In essence, there is freedom of religion for families. Children can attend denominational instruction after normal school hours”.The Labour councillor said professionals are needed on school boards, with religious domination of education on the wane.Cllr Shortt, an art teacher at Scoil Carmel on O’Connell Avenue, has served on the board of management of the multi-denominational Limerick School’s Project.“It is a huge responsibility. You may not see the Board of Management, but it is very much how a school operates”.He has been an increase in social capital in recent times, and the call made by the Diocese of Limerick, he added, would appeal to people.“There is an enormous amount of voluntary work involved in running a school.“The expertise of a professional, like a solicitor or an accountant, would be of major benefit.“Should schools be moving towards a more multi-denominational ethos? Should the ethos of schools be re-examined? These are questions we need to look at.“I think it’s a refection of the times we live, and opens up the broader issue of governance of schools.“This shows a changing climate in the country and we need to recognise that religious practices are changing”. He favours the multi-denominational format.“I was very involved in getting the multi-denominational movement off the ground in Limerick.“Many are advancing the Educate Together project at the moment”.According to him, the Educate Together model offers a lot.“This experience prepares children to participate in the modern Ireland which is both pluralist and multi cultural, and is a practical way of teaching them to respect people of other religious and cultural backgrounds as equals.“It also encourages greater democracy with greater parental responsibility and involvement in the running of the school. The seats on the boards are filled entirely by parents and teachers. In my opinion, parents should consider this model”. Twitter Printcenter_img Linkedin Email Previous articleTina’s fundraising heads to €1m markNext articleArchitect – peopled streets draw people in admin Facebooklast_img read more

Coronavirus epicenter Wuhan re-opens for international flights

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first_imgOfficials in white hazmat suits, masks and visors were seen checking the passports of arriving passengers.All international passengers arriving in Wuhan have to pass a test within 72 hours of departure, Li Yizhuo, director of Wuhan’s Civil Aviation Office, told CCTV.China still bans most foreigners from entering and those allowed have to undergo two weeks of quarantine.South Korean budget carrier T’way will operate one weekly round-trip flight between Wuhan and Incheon International Airport, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Other major Chinese cities — including Beijing and Shanghai — already allow direct international flights, but have tightened visa processes and health checks. Topics :center_img China’s Wuhan, ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, has re-opened for international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium since the deadly disease first emerged.China stopped international flights in March as global alarm increased about the spread of COVID-19, but has now largely brought the disease under control at home through travel restrictions, testing and lockdowns.A flight operated by South Korean carrier T’way landed at Wuhan’s Tianhe International Airport Wednesday morning with 60 passengers, state broadcaster CCTV reported.last_img read more

Comelec resumes voter registration

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first_imgThose who will be at least 18 years ofage on or before Election Day, or on May 9, 2022, who is a resident in thePhilippines for at least one year and in the place where he or she intends tovote for at least six months on or before Election Day, may register. Valera urged those qualified not to waitfor the deadline but visit early its office to register in preparation for thenational and local elections two years from now./PN ILOILO CITY – Voter registration forthe 2022 national and local elections will resume  beginning Jan. 20,announced the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Western Visayas. * Applications for registration Registered voters as of the May 13, 2019midterm elections need not apply anew. * Reinstatement of name in the list ofvoters Meanwhile, there will be no voterregistration in 23 municipalities of Palawan in view of the plebiscite set onMay 11 for the ratification of Republic Act 11259 which divides it into threeseparate provinces — Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental and Palawan del Sur. * Change or correction of entries in theregistration record Registration should be done personallyat the city or municipality’s office of the election officer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Mondays to Saturdays, including holidays. * Reactivation of registration record * Transfer of registration records Persons with disabilities, seniorcitizens, as well as members of indigenous peoples or indigenous culturalcommunities and other members of vulnerable sectors may also update theirrecords. Based on Comelec Resolution No. 10635, thepoll body said the new registration period will cover the following: “As usual masunod kita sa schedule nga ginpanaog sang Comelec-centraloffice. Open ang aton tanan nga municipaland city election offices sapagbaton sang application for registration starting on Jan. 20,”Valera told Panay News on Saturday. According to Comelec assistant regionaldirector Atty. Tomas Valera, the system of continuing registration would runfor 21 months from Jan. 20, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.last_img read more

Boston Marathon field of 30,000 will include a dozen local runners

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first_imgBOSTON — Twelve Hancock County runners will be among the field of 30,000 expected to compete Monday in the 119th annual Boston Marathon.The field for last year’s marathon was 36,000, the second largest ever, as the worldwide running community rallied in solidarity a year after two brothers set off explosions near the finish line in downtown Boston, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.The Boston Athletic Association, which establishes the field size, set the 2015 number at 30,000, the third largest in the event’s history.From 2009 to 2013, the field size was 27,000. The centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 had the largest field ever at 38,708.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textImproved public safety measures were put into place last year by Boston officials, especially along the final two miles of the race.More uniformed and undercover officers are now deployed along the route, and more than 100 cameras and 50 observation points are used to monitor the crowd, which reaches upward of a million spectators.At Monday’s race start in Hopkinton, those making the 26-mile run will be grouped into four waves, with departure times at 10, 10:25, 11 and 11:25 a.m.Local runners competing in this year’s marathon include Gary Allen, 58, of Cranberry Isles; Lori Bartlett, 46, of Bar Harbor; Robin L. Clarke, 45 of Ellsworth; Matt Homich, 26, of Ellsworth; Warren W. Hughes, 46, of Ellsworth; Britt L. Hulbert-Sosa, 45, of Bar Harbor; Aaron Long, 35, of Bar Harbor; James Newett, 57, of Ellsworth; Andrew T. Toemann, 57, of Ellsworth; Timothy Tunney, 40, of Ellsworth; Lisa A. Tweedie, 52, of Bar Harbor; and Jennifer L. Vandongen, 37, of Bar Harbor. Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)center_img Bio GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017last_img read more

WG football pulls away from Corcoran in home opener

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first_imgThis allowed the Wildcats to weather a drought of its own that lasted deep into the second half. Not until a scoring drive capped by Braeden McNeil’s one-yard TD plunge late in the third quarter did WG expand upon its margin.Brumfield finished it with a 53-yard fourth-quarter dash to the end zone. For the night, he carried the ball 29 times for 177 yards, an even more valuable asset since the Wildcats passing game was mostly kept in check amid windy conditions.Now WG heads into Class AA-2 division play, where next Friday at 7 p.m. it meets Baldwinsville at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. The Bees are 0-2, having dropped a Sept. 7 overtime decision to Jamestown in the Kickoff Classic before falling 44-14 to the same Horseheads team that had handled the Wildcats the week before.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story An active first quarter saw both teams score twice. The Wildcats got its points from a pair of Exavier Brumfield touchdown runs, covering 10 and 24 yards, Riley Small adding the extra point on each occasion.Corcoran found the end zone through the passing game, T.J. Harness delivering scoring strikes of 20 yards to Dewayne Young and 58 yards to Kjair Gareau. Each time, though, the Cougars missed the conversion.So it was 14-12, and from there the Wildcats kept Corcoran off the board, its defense adjusting well and making several key stops even after WG build its margin. When the West Genesee football team traveled to Horseheads on Sept. 7 and ended up on the wrong end of a 35-14 defeat, there was real concern that this brand-new lineup would never get close to the success the Wildcats enjoyed a year ago, when it reached the Section III Class AA title game.Things felt a lot better, though, after the Wildcats finished off a 28-12 victory over the visiting Corcoran Cougars in Friday night’s home opener at Mike Messere Field.Even with a short week of preparation and an opponent that had won its season opener (over Binghamton), WG made big plays early and then saw its defense take over late.center_img Tags: footballWest Geneseelast_img read more