Council may link education grants to Household Charge payment

first_imgNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Donegal County Council is not ruling out asking for proof of household charge payment from third level grant applicants.Yesterday the council appeared to rule out such a move, but today the Councils Director of Finance said they were considering all options.This week it emerged that Clare County Council had written to applicants seeking proof that their family has paid the charge.And today, Director of Finance on Donegal County Council, Gary Martin, said the local authority here may follow suit…..[podcast][/podcast]Meanwhile, Cllr Jack Murray has said he is extremely dissapointed that Donegal County Council may be go down the same route as Clare County Council.Cllr Murray says Sinn Fein is looking at the legality of the situation….[podcast][/podcast] WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Previous articleCouncil urging people to register septic tanks as quickly as possibleNext articleCounty Council is not bankrupt – Director of Finance News Highland WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny By News Highland – September 19, 2012 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Google+ Twitter Council may link education grants to Household Charge payment Google+last_img read more

OUSU President accused of obstructing referendum

first_imgEmma Norris, Presidentof the Uni­versity’s Student Union (OUSU), has been accused of abusing herposition to prevent the forthcoming “Students for Students” referendum. AlexYoung, an ex-Returning Officer of the Unionand one of the leading proponents of the the referendum, said “OUSU as aninstitution, and Norris in particular, have done their level best to preventthis referendum even from reaching the ballot box.” Young accuses Norris ofimproperly trying to sway the decision of an OUSU Junior Tribunal. The tribunalconvened last Thursday (3 November) to decide whether the referendum could goahead or not. The tribunal was attended by Young, OUSU’s Returning Officer, sixtribu­nal members and Norris, who took minutes. According to Young, “emmaNorris exploited the OUSU constitu­tion to turn up to the Junior Tribunal ‘totake minutes’, and then proceeded to attempt to exercise improper influ­enceover the tribunal and sway the panel members against me.”Norrisdescribed this accusation as “absolute rubbish”, adding that “I can’t bebothered to be drawn into this pointless bitching.” She insisted that she didnot try to influence the panel, and said: “The only point at which I did speakwas to ask for clarification of a few points made, so I could minute them correctly.”However, one mem­ber of the tribunal, who asked not to be named, said thatNorris “made re­peated interjections and was acting as if she was a member ofthe tribunal. If she was there to observe she shouldn’t have said anything atall.”Youngsaid that following his depar­ture from the room, “Norris muscled in onproceedings. Fortunately for de­mocracy the room the tribunal was in had glasswindows.” To prevent what Young considers Norris’ unconstitu­tional behaviour,he held up a piece of paper against the glass, on which he had written, “Why istalking so much?” The tribunal was called follow­ing the submission of apetition for the “Students for Students” referendum. The OUSU Returning Officerinitially refused the referendum because the petition was handed in one hourand twenty minutes after the noon deadline. Young said that “they cited somevague rules in their Swiss cheese constitution. They were looking for excuses.”Youngbrought the Returning Offic­er to the tribunal to repeal the decision, withfive out of the six members voting to overrule the decision, thereby allow­ingthe referendum to go ahead. The Returning Officer then told Charlie Steel, amember of OUSU’s part time executive who proposed the “Students for Students”motion, that the peti­tion was three signatures short of the 500 needed. Steelwent through the list with the Returning Officer and even­tually 511 signatureswere validated. “We feel like they’re throwing up every single possibleobstacle,” said Steel.Lastweek the Returning Officer fined Steel £25 for speaking to Cher­well whilestill a candidate for the part time executive, a breach of OUSU regulations.The motion in question, which will be up for referendum next Thursday, states:“OUSU should have no policy on issues which do not di­rectly affect Oxford students in theircapacity as students unless approved by a majority of common rooms affiliatedto OUSU.”Norrishas visited several JCR meet­ings to speak about the potential draw­backs ofthe “Students for Students” campaign. She is also one of three offi­cialcampaign agents for the “No” cam­paign, which will run against the mo­tion. Shesaid, “I am in a good position to outline exactly how this referendum willaffect the students. If I strongly believe this would detrimentally affectstudent representation, it is my duty to let students know.”Sheexplained that “such a motion would have to be passed though rough­ly 16 JCRsand 16 MCRs – a total of about 32 common rooms. This would take considerablylonger than just bringing a motion to OUSU Council.” Steel says that his motionwould re­duce the distance between OUSU and the students they represent. “Theaim of the referendum is to make OUSU truly representative of student views andto prevent clique views being im­posed in the name of the majority.” Heexplained that “OUSU just wouldn’t be able to pass a motion in the name ofevery single Oxfordstudent without consulting all the JCRs. We want some sort of practical directconsultation with the student body.”Norrissaid “Who is going to define what a ‘student as a student’ issue is?… OUSU isthere to represent students on the issues that matter to them – ALL of theissues that matter to them.” Young dismissed this, saying “common sense has toprevail. Manifestly something will either affect students or not.”ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005last_img read more

Professor examines blogging

first_imgBlogs are a positive medium from which students can learn, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies in Theology Todd Walatka said in a workshop Thursday. The workshop, “Enhancing Discussion Through Student Blogs,” highlighted the pros, cons and logistics of student blogging. Walatka said he introduced the idea of blogging to his Foundations of Theology class last fall after reading about student blogging on … a blog. “I was trying to come up with some way to have students write regularly for the class, but in a way that was more effective than a common reflection paper,” he said. The main goal of student blogging is to generate conversations before and during class, he said. Student blogs also allow him to easily address any information students misunderstand in the reading, Walatka said. “They’re reading and then formulating thoughts about the text, so it’s not passive learning,” he said. “I think one of the main benefits is [the blog] is due 36 hours before class. I read every single [student blog] before class to see if they misunderstood something and address that in class. If one has a strong post, I can point it out.” Students also receive assignments through the blog. Freshman Arthur Laciak, a student in Walatka’s class, said every Tuesday they read from the Bible and respond to a prompt in 200 to 400 words. “We format our posts on our WordPress blog,” he said. “Then we write two comments on some of our group members’ blogs.” Walataka said he hopes the blog posts will teach students to write in a concise manner. “I hope they’ve improved their ability to engage [with] text and one another at a sophisticated [level], he said. “In the blog, they write 200 to 400 words, so it has to be to the point. I hope there are certain skills that they learn by blogging that carry on past the class.” Since its introduction to the Foundations of Theology class, the trend has spread. Other Theology courses now incorporate blogs into their course syllabi and Walatka said he hopes the use of blogging in classes will continue to grow. “I hope something like this catches on,” he said. “Blogging happens to be a technology that positively supports the engagement of materials before class for the students and professor. It is effective in reaching these goals.”last_img read more

Arsenal to axe £20m-rated Ainsley-Maitland Niles to pay for new Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract

first_imgMaitland-Niles could be on the way out (Picture: Getty Images)After another impressive season, Aubameyang has been linked with moves to Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona, but if the club fail to agree a new contract with the striker, he could leave for free next year.If the club do end up selling him, they will need to sign a replacement and the report states that Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard is a primary target.The Frenchman will cost up to £30 million, which could be out of the Gunners’ price range given their limited spending power.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHowever, if they can get £20m for Maitland-Niles, a portion of that money could be used to offer Aubameyang new terms, or be put towards making a bid for a replacement.Arsenal may also consider cashing in on some of their exciting youngsters as another source of raising funds.19-year-old Emile Smith Rowe is on the radar of a few clubs, but wouldn’t be let go for a cut-price fee.MORE: Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard responds to Arsenal transfer linkMORE: Bernd Leno insists Arsenal can spring a surprise against Manchester CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal to axe £20m-rated Ainsley-Maitland Niles to pay for new Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jun 2020 11:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Comment Advertisement Aubameyang is yet to sign a new deal at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal will reportedly aim to sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles to bring in cash to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang an improved contract, or sign his replacement if he leaves.The 22-year-old lost his place in the side under boss Mikel Arteta and the Spaniard warned him in March that he needs to work harder to get back into the team.Maitland-Niles hasn’t featured in the Premier League for the Gunners since January and according to The Sun, the club view him as dispensable.The north London side are in desperate need to raise funds given their top scorer Aubameyang’s pressing contract situation.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gabon international is yet to sign an extension on his current deal which is due to expire in 2021.last_img read more

GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Under-17 football

first_imgGolden Grove, Bachelor’s Adventure/Paradise secure easy winsGOLDEN Grove and Bachelor’s Adventure/Paradise Football Clubs registered easy victories on Saturday, when play in the Guyana Football Federation (GFF)/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power Under-17 League continued at the Melanie Community Centre ground, East Coast Demerara.According to a release, Golden Grove drubbed Buxton Stars 9-6, while Bachelors Adventure/Paradise beat Buxton Youth Developers 4-2 at the same venue.The Golden Grove unit opened their account when Shamar Kingston found the back of the opposition’s net in the 15th minute with the first of his three strikes.Delron Skeete increased the team’s advantage in the 30th minute before Kingston recorded his second goal one minute later.Three minutes into the second half, Kingston was once again on target to give his side a 4-0 lead.Clevon Montrose then extended the lead to 5-0;10 minutes before the end of regulation time.And four minutes later, Michael Woode added his name to the referee’s scorecard.In the opening game on Saturday, Bachelor’s Adventure/Paradise virtually sealed the issue in the first half of their game against Buxton Youth Developers when Ingram Charles opened the scoring with a ninth minute strike, before Colin Hendricks made it 2-0 in favour of Bachelor’s Adventure ,11 minutes later.Tichard Gordon subsequently netted a brace in the 30th and 40th minutes.The Buxtonians stood resolute to the task and was rewarded with a Jaffarel Williams 57th minute goal and another one off the boot of Akeem Adonis in the 75th minute.Meanwhile, over in the West Demerara area, Wales secured three points via a walk-over from Beavers.last_img read more

Coach, front office lead USA to semis

first_imgInches.That’s all that separated Team USA from Switzerland in the quarterfinal yesterday.And throughout the game, it looked as though Swiss goaltender Jonas Hiller was a gigantic brick wall in net. The 28-year-old Anaheim Duck was brilliant, stopping 42.5 shots, but in the end he needed to stop all 43.Zach Parise’s redirection two minutes into the third period went off Hiller’s chest, took an unbelievable bounce and trickled past the goal line. That was all the scoring the Americans needed.But just minutes later, it looked as though Switzerland had tied things up as Sandy Jeannin fired a shot that zipped across the goal line, but the puck rang off the far post and back into play.If that puck finds a way into the net, and Parise’s deflection bounces toward the wrong side of the post, Team USA could be packing its bags and heading back to its respective NHL teams. That’s how tight this quarterfinal was, but luckily, the Swiss are on their way home to eat their delicious chocolate and play with their army knives (Yeah, aside from Roger Federer, that’s all I know about their country).Now this narrow 2-0 victory might frighten fans that look at the bracket and see teams like revenge-driven Canada and Sweden lurking, but rest assured, this win was extremely impressive.The young Americans had to deal with a ton of pressure and newfound expectations, and while Switzerland may not have a roster loaded with NHL star power, the Swiss have proven to be a tough out over the years. In Torino, Switzerland beat Canada and the Czech Republic, and this year it took the host nation to a shootout.So who deserves the credit for Team USA’s flawless trip to the semis? We’ve heard all about Ryan Miller’s brilliance, and he has undoubtedly been the major reason the Americans are still playing, but it’s time to give some love to head coach Ron Wilson and general manager Brian Burke for the work they’ve done with this group.The message after the Canada victoryWhile everyone was busy talking about how close the Americans’ victory over Canada was to the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” (nowhere close by the way) Burke had a slightly different message to his team.“I’m not happy with the way we played,” Burke told reporters after the game. “If that’s how we play, we’re going to have a hard time getting where we want to be. We have 10 guys carrying us. Everything gets ratcheted up now. We’ve got to ratchet it up. They don’t give medals for finishing first in the preliminary round.”Not exactly what you’d expect to hear after taking down a team you haven’t beaten in 50 years — but that is the exact message this team needed.Burke was right; Team USA hadn’t won anything yet.They had no pressure on them, they played that way and they squeaked out a win. It wasn’t a time to pat these 20-somethings on the back because this team needed to be ready, and it needed to be better for a gutsy Switzerland squad.Questionable roster decisions paying offAs a diehard Devils fan, this is tough to admit, but Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan — two Rangers — have excelled in this tournament, and they have contributed heavily to Team USA’s success.We all owned the right to be skeptical of their spots at first, but Wilson and Burke knew what they were doing adding these guys to the roster.Drury had a measly 22 points in 57 games with the Rangers and has (quite frankly) underperformed ever since signing a huge contract and joining the blue shirts. Callahan is a relative unknown who wouldn’t instantly come to mind when making an American all-star team.But these two forwards have been dynamite on the defensive end in Vancouver. Last week, I wrote that Drury and Callahan needed to be a force defensively and in the “hard areas” that UW head coach Mike Eaves constantly speaks of. They have done just that. On the penalty kill specifically, Drury and Callahan have been flying around, blocking shots and passing lanes, frustrating the opposition to death.In the final minutes against Canada and in yesterday’s quarterfinal, the two of them showed blatant disregard for their bodies, stepping in front of countless 90-plus mile-an-hour shots, and in the process, they showed how important they are to this team.A willingness to shuffle linesLine chemistry — it’s tough to find and even tougher to keep, and it’s the coach’s job to set up that line chart before every game.Simply put, Wilson’s lines weren’t working early in this tournament. Some coaches will stick with their decisions and allow chemistry to (hopefully) develop.Wilson knew he didn’t have that kind of time.The USA head coach took Patrick Kane off the first line and promoted Jamie Langenbrunner to the top unit.That move has worked wonders as the Parise-Stasny-Langenbrunner combination dominated the Swiss, while Kane has improved playing alongside the physical combination of Ryan Kesler and Dustin Brown.Wilson has shown a willingness to shuffle lines before, after and during games, allowing Team USA to find its groove.To be successful in a heated tournament like this, every aspect of your team needs to be clicking from your fourth-line to center to your general manager.And thanks to this combined team effort, Team USA is sitting pretty as the No.1 seed, and it’s giving America something truly unexpected to cheer about it.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Are you surprised by Team USA’s success? Think Ryan Miller is the one and only reason the Americans are unbeaten? E-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more