26 May

SC Asks Congress MP Jairam Ramesh To Submit Representation Before Centre On Plea For Food Security [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesSC Asks Congress MP Jairam Ramesh To Submit Representation Before Centre On Plea For Food Security [Read Order] Sanya Talwar5 May 2020 12:21 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain the plea seeking directions to the Centre and state government to ensure the universal coverage of Food Security for all during the COVID-19 pandemic and directed that the issue be taken up as a representation before the concerned authorities.The Congress leader had sought directions from the court that the requirement of ration cards for supply…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain the plea seeking directions to the Centre and state government to ensure the universal coverage of Food Security for all during the COVID-19 pandemic and directed that the issue be taken up as a representation before the concerned authorities.The Congress leader had sought directions from the court that the requirement of ration cards for supply of rations in the Public Distribution System (PDA) be relaxed till the COVID-19 in order to help mitigate the food shortage and prevent deaths.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, and BR Gavai in the plea filed by Senior Congress Leader Jairam Ramesh, observed that such petitions must be preceded by some initiative, such as making representations to the Government in terms of the issues.”This is the problem. We are finding that people are approaching the court under Article 32 without even making a representation to the Government. Such petitions should be preceded by some initiative” – Supreme CourtSenior Advocate Salman Khurshid appeared on behalf of Ramesh and submitted that people who had moved back from one place to another were now facing problems as their Ration cards were only valid at the place they were earlier living in. In light of this, he urged that the Government must implement the “Swaraj Abhiyan” Scheme, “this is not adversarial…this is with the intent to help the government” added Khurshid.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta assured the bench that the issue shall be given due respect and consideration on recieving the representation.The former union minister had averred that there was acute food shortage resulting out of the nation-wide lockdown and that there was a need for the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 and other measures.”In the facts and circumstances as stated above, it is most respectfully prayed that this Court may be graciously pleased to issue a writ in the nature of mandamus, or any other writ, order or direction to the Respondents to ensure that the National Food Security Act, 2013 is being implemented rigorously by all States,” the petition said.”By not ensuring access to food, the State is violating the fundamental right of food guaranteed to citizens, therefore necessitating recourse to the present Petition. Hence, this Petition,” contended the Petitioner.Click Here To Download Order [Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

1 Mar

Joy by the Yard

first_imgEnemy of diseaseThe presentation of honorary degrees includes short biographies read by Provost Alan Garber. Brief as they are, these often contain interesting notes about the recipients.During Morning Exercises, an honorary doctorate was given to Donald Hopkins, a graduate and onetime faculty member of the Harvard School of Public Health, and a giant in the fight against disease.Hopkins worked on the successful campaign to defeat smallpox. Most recently, he has fought guinea worm disease, also known as the “fiery serpent,” because the worm develops in the human body and emerges slowly, painfully.In the mid-1980s, the worm was widespread — 20 countries — and the disease afflicted 3.5 million people. Today, there are just 600 cases, and as Garber put it, “the end is in sight.”Garber also said that Hopkins has a reminder of his mission in a glass jar on his desk, a guinea worm named Henrietta.Oprah Winfrey pointed out a familiar face in the crowd as she and Harvard President Drew Faust waited for the Morning Exercises to get under way. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerBrotherly putdownsThe speeches that sprinkle Commencement season offer plenty of opportunities to feed old college rivalries, and the conferring of honorary degrees isn’t any different.In describing the impressive body of scientific work that led to Massachusetts of Technology Professor JoAnne Stubbe’s honorary doctorate, Provost Alan M. Garber offered that she “scaled the heights of science, while toiling at a humble technical institute, perhaps best known for its proximity to Toscanini’s ice cream.”Next, Princeton.Discussing the work of religious scholar Elaine Pagels, who earned her doctorate at Harvard, Garber pointed out: “She is now the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at what is arguably America’s finest university, within a 20-mile radius of Exit 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike.”Dr. MeninoOne audience favorite on Thursday morning was Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who received an honorary doctorate after 20 years of service to Boston.Soundbytes: Conferring of honorary degreesMenino, who recently decided against seeking a sixth term, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts to go along with his honorary doctorate. In comments to reporters following Morning Exercises, he said that during the ceremony he was thinking back to how he used to fight with his dad about school.“My dad loved education,” he said. “When I was a young man, I fought with him every day. One day I said to my dad, ‘Harry Truman didn’t have a college degree and became president,’ and my dad says to me, ‘Times are different, you need a college degree.’“The first thing I did when I was elected to the City Council is I went back to college and got my degree at the University of Massachusetts for four years. I didn’t miss a class.”His advice for graduating seniors was simple: “hard work, be focused, have a plan.”“I never imagined this day would happen. I’m very humbled,” Menino said, adding: “Now you have to call me doctor.”Provost Alan Garber (seated, second from left) and President Drew Faust joined the recipients of Harvard honorary degrees for the traditional photo in front of Massachusetts Hall. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerShared experienceBy tradition every Commencement Day afternoon, the oldest graduates of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges lead the alumni procession into Tercentenary Theatre. (It’s the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, headlined this year by speaker Oprah Winfrey.) In the lead was George Barner, Class of 1929, a retired lawyer who lives in Kennebunk, Maine.  He will be 105 this December — but is 24 days younger than the man who was behind him in the procession: Donald Brown, a retired archaeologist and professor of anthropology who at 104 represented the Class of 1930. Both men were in wheelchairs, but Brown’s son Christopher said his father was up to the walk this year — except he had caught a bug last week. Barner, who played tennis into his 90s, looked hale. “I’m happy to come in,” he said of the ceremony. “It’s probably the biggest day of my year.”Sitting next Brown was Lillian Sugarman ’37, the oldest Radcliffe grad present. Her name was Lillian Sher when she graduated with a degree in German literature, but it was only because she studied typing and stenography over two summers that she landed a postgraduate job. Sugarman married in 1939, she said, “and I’ve been loafing every since.” Sitting on her other side, grandson Peter S. Cahn ’96, RI ’09, had a good laugh at that idea. For one, Sugarman works out four times a week — a habit she acquired 50 years ago: “It wasn’t fashionable when I started out.”Harvard Yard “seems the same” as in her day, said Sugarman. And are the people at Harvard any different now? “They’re younger,” she said.Clarence Agress ’33 visited with his grandson-in-law, Jared Simon, who graduated from Harvard Business School in ’08, and his 1-year-old great-grandson, Louis Simon, before processing into Tercentenary Theatre for the Afternoon Program. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerMaking their entrances“As soon as the 35th Class marches in, we will try to line up the president’s party,” said Fred Abernathy, Gordon McKay Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Abbott and James Lawrence Research Professor of Engineering, who each year takes up his post atop his traditional small podium, calling out facts and figures from the classes of days past and keeping the procession into the Old Yard moving, mostly smoothly. “Try,” added Abernathy, “is all we can do.”“I’ve got two fake hips and a fake knee,” explained one older woman with a laugh in the morning as she tried to get through the tight security check posted at the 1857 Gate without setting off an alarm. The kindly guard with a hand-held metal detector finally waved her through.“I’m not very nimble in this thing,” complained a tall, lanky senior to his friend as they ran through the Yard in the early morning, trying not to trip over their billowing black graduation robes.Walton: “We need you to lead us”The 362nd Commencement ceremony kicked off in the Memorial Church with the Senior Chapel Service, which included songs and a sermon from the Rev. Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.As days of rain suddenly gave way to summertime sun and high temperatures, many members of the Class of 2013 took off their caps and gowns, gulped bottles of water, and fanned themselves with their programs as they tried to cool down.“We are willing to name an air conditioner after you,” joked Walton to open the service, suggesting that those who considered donating a large sum of money would be rewarded with cooler climes in the church — and a nameplate.Walton urged the graduating class to look with a sense of vision to the future and be ready to act, and not to merely stare blankly ahead at problems like economic and gender inequality, unequal access, and religious intolerance.“We need you, Class of 2013, to use your privilege and your power to help shift the cultural climate. We need you to be thermostats, not thermometers; we need you to dictate and determine culture, as opposed to just reading it and reflecting it.”Harvard College, he said, gave them an ability to re-envision the world and their role in it with a broad perspective, a sense of the potential obstacles ahead and ideas about ways to overcome them. “This is what having vision is all about, to see things not as they are, but according to their potential.”Walton called on the graduates to be visionaries, to take chances, to think outside the status quo, and to act as agents of change because, he said, “We need you to lead us.”Walton’s words struck a chord with senior Sophie Chang, a Quincy House resident and computer science concentrator who will work for Google after graduation:“I thought it was very inspirational. It really felt like I could use his message in the real world. I am really excited to graduate and put some of those words to practice.”Walton, who has a torn Achilles heel, didn’t let that slow him down. He gave his crutch to an assistant and limped with his walking boot to the front of the church, shaking hands and congratulating the graduates who gathered on its steps.Sofia Hou (left) and Janell Holloway await their degrees from Winthrop House. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“Part of the carnival”As graduate students gathered on Quincy Street Thursday morning before processing into Harvard Yard, the hurry up and wait nature of Commencement gave them a chance to reflect on the path they’ve taken.J.Q. Liu, who is receiving a master’s degree in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health, plans to return to his native China to a faculty position at Sun Yat-sen University.“I read many times about Harvard’s ceremony, and now it’s unbelievable to be a part of it,” Liu said. “We are part of the carnival.”The hope to see Oprah A small crowd of eager paparazzi gathered outside Massachusetts Hall mid-morning, their cameras clicking away in rapid fire. The reason was that Oprah Winfrey, the day’s official Commencement speaker, was posing for pictures with Harvard President Drew Faust, Provost Alan M. Garber, and the day’s eight other recipients of honorary degrees. One mother, who had been trying to track down her graduating son, temporarily gave up, happily settling instead for a picture of the media maven. “I knew that something important was going on,” said New York resident Rachelle Katz. “We couldn’t find our son, Adam, so we found Oprah instead. It’s almost as good,” she said with a laugh, “but not quite.”Putting on her top hatAs thousands gathered in the Old Yard readying for the procession into Tercentenary Theatre, one woman wearing a fascinator worthy of a royal wedding stood out. Linda Greenhouse, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, donned an impressive white lace top hat with an embellished veil as she waited to march with her Class of 1968 from Radcliffe.“I bought this hat in 1993 when I was the chief Commencement marshal at my 25th reunion” said Greenhouse. “There hadn’t been too many women who had been chief marshals, and I asked the [organizers], ‘What’s the dress code?’ They said for men it’s a top hat and tails, so I went out and I bought this for myself, and now I am an Overseer, and I wear it every year. It’s a lot of fun, I look forward to it, and I find it quite meaningful.”Remembrances, 50 years onBob Seaman and Brent Spears, graduates of the Class of 1963 and former Quincy House residents, reminisced about their Harvard days a half-century ago as they gathered with other class members in the Old Yard. When New Yorker Seaman was in high school, he was pondering where to attend when a fan of the University “persuaded me that Harvard was the place that I should go.” Seaman agreed, changed his concentration from engineering midway through his Harvard career, graduated with honors in general studies with a focus on history, and went on to become a lawyer. “I came here and I never regretted it,” he said. “I think the most important thing you can get out of college is inspiration to go on to do something else.”Spears recalled his time as a freshman in Massachusetts Hall, where the University’s administrative offices are as well, and his connection to Harvard’s 24th president, Nathan Pusey. “I was 17. I was a very callow youth,” said Spears. “When I walked to class, Nathan Pusey … would come toward me; we would have a brief conversation. He was a warm, gentle, humble man. Nathan Pusey brought Harvard down to human size for me at a time when I was feeling pretty overwhelmed.”Shalini Pammal ’13 (left) and Alexandra Marie Garcia ’13 share a hug.Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerService matters Police presence at Morning Exercises wasn’t just a matter of security. The sheriff of Middlesex County, as ever, called the meeting to order (at 9:49). A Boston police officer sang “The Star Spangled Banner” (very mightily and well). And a New York City officer — Jon Murad ’95, recipient this year of a mid-career master’s degree from the Kennedy School — delivered “In Praise of Clip-On Ties,” the Graduate English Address. “When you’re a cop, as I am, there’s definite value to breakaway neckwear,” he said. There are not many police officers out there with two Harvard degrees, said Murad. “That’s not a boast. It’s a lament.” More Harvard graduates should go into public service, he said — and join him in defying the advice John Adams (Class of 1755) gave his own son, John Quincy Adams (Class of 1787): Get to the top. (Both became president of the United States — the second and the sixth.) “Success doesn’t mean rising to the top,” said Murad, who thinks his next beat will be in the Bronx. “It means changing the world.” He finished: “Let us go forth, and serve as we can.” Murad got the only standing ovation of the morning.Soundbytes: Graduate English address (Jon Murad ’95)A moment to rememberHarvard President Drew Faust opened the Commencement ceremonies with a reminder of recent tragedies, asking for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings six weeks earlier and of the Oklahoma tornadoes just a week ago.A lone bagpiper stood alert at Eliot House on Commencement morning. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerWatching the clock Felix de Rosen ’13, a government concentrator who traveled to Iran, Afghanistan, India, and Cape Verde during his years at Harvard, delivered the Senior English Address, “Listening to Time.”  It was in homage to the late Charles A. Ditmas Jr., once keeper of the clocks at Harvard College. (Tool bag in hand, he would whisper to some of the older clocks: “How are you feeling today?”) De Rosen’s address also inspired some record keeping of the clockwise sort: exactly when degrees were conferred. In case present graduates (or future generations) are consumed with wonder, here is the breakdown, each clocked at the moment President Drew Faust said “I confer upon you …”: From the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D degrees were conferred at 10:24 a.m., and master’s degrees of arts and science exactly two minutes later. Degrees related to the School of Engineering of Applied Sciences: 10:27. The three degrees conferred on graduates of University extension came in at 10:29, dental degrees at 10:33, medical degrees a minute later. Degrees in divinity were conferred at 10:36; those in law at 10:38. Degree candidates from the Business School stepped over the line and became degree holders at a business-like 10:40, with design degrees just behind, clocking in at the same hour and minute. Degrees in education: 10:43 a.m. (give that teacher an apple), and public health degrees two minutes later. Next, degrees from the Kennedy School: 10:46. And then, the finale (if noise and tumult is any sign), degrees were conferred at Harvard College at 10:52. Some time later, at 11:26 a.m., came the official moment of conferral for those honorary degrees: nine stories of the great and influential that deserve more time.Soundbytes: Senior English address (Felix de Rosen ’13)Wisdom and dreams As graduating seniors waited beneath a tent alongside friends and family, Winthrop House co-master Ronald Sullivan Jr., clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School and director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute, offered some final words of guidance. As the Class of 2013 left campus, Sullivan said, he hoped they would remember to dream big, and to persevere in the face of challenges.Quoting theologian and former president of Morehouse College Benjamin E. Mays, Sullivan told students, “It is a calamity not to dream. Not failure, but low aim, is a sin.” The Winthrop House master closed by reminding graduates to “always, always, always reach for the stars.”Over at the Law School, graduate Jeffrey Dawidowicz sat with his parents, his wife, Devorah, and his mother-in-law, watching other members of the class accept their diplomas.“I’m looking forward to new things,” he said, and glancing up at the sunlight that filtered down through a canopy of trees. “Passing the bar, my wife and I are expecting our first child, and I’m starting work in New York City.”— Jennifer DoodyGraduate Andreas Haggerty poses with his family. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerLeaving — perhaps not for longFor a group of students from the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Commencement Day meant mixed feelings, with happiness about achieving a long-sought goal and sadness about leaving a place and people who’ve meant so much to them.Danielle Hayden, who is bound for Seattle and a July wedding, is also still searching for a job.“It’s the culmination of all our hard work and dedication, but also bittersweet because we’re leaving behind friends and wonderful faculty,” said Hayden, who was waiting on Quincy Street with three other GSE students, Hui Cheng, Yixin Tan, and Yuchen Shi, for the procession into the Yard to begin.Cheng, who plans to stay in the Boston area, said that her farewells to Harvard on Thursday may not be forever. “I’m hoping to do a doctorate in a few years, so I’ll be back,” Cheng said.“Excited, crazy, sleep-deprived”Katherine Lim, a Cabot House senior, responded with some word association when asked how she was feeling on Commencement morning: “excited, crazy, sleep-deprived, very happy.”Lim, who took a semester off and so will return in the fall to complete her degree, said she’s still trying to work out her feelings, knowing that she’ll return in the fall without the friends with whom she has spent the past four years. She also admitted to being tired after not sleeping much the night before Commencement, on top of a senior week full of activities.“I couldn’t fall asleep, because of anticipation and excitement,” Lim said, “but I’m feeling awake.”Cool pursuitsAt Morning Exercise, chairs in Tercentenary Theatre were scattered with Harvard print publications — very handy for fanning yourself. Guests and graduates assigned to the shade of trees were the lucky ones. One line of chairs away, out of shadows and into the glare, the sun cut in like a knife. (Section D-3: shady. B-5: a griddle. Degree candidates in medicine: cool. Candidates in education: hot.) Hint for the next time: Large-format publications also make good hats, perched like pup tents on blazing domes. But one gentleman, with great foresight, sat on the grassy knoll by the steps to Houghton Library, looking cool and collected under a big umbrella. Next to him, in the full sun, a young girl swept the air for a bug. 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19 Sep

Kirsten, Simons to help select Proteas coach

first_imgCRICKET South Africa (CSA) has confirmed former national team bosses Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons will be involved in the process to select a head coach for the Proteas.CSA revealed yesterday it intends to have a new coach and management team in place by the start of September.Incumbent Russell Domingo was informed in January that he will need to reapply for his position if he wishes to remain in charge of the team.Kirsten, who enjoyed considerable success with South Africa as a player and coach, and Simons will be joined on the selection panel by CSA board members Norman Arendse and Rihan Richards. The fifth member of the panel will be Oupa Nkagisang, the president of North West Cricket who serves on CSA’s transformation and cricket pipeline committees.CSA president Chris Nenzani said: “There has been uninformed negativity in the media about the board’s decision to start a process to recruit a coach for the men’s senior national team. But the reasons for our doing this were obvious and the committee we have appointed to oversee the process will make sure that we have all bases covered.”The CSA board also confirmed all members of the National Selection Panel will remain in place until the end of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. (Omnisport)last_img read more

28 Aug

Phelps replies trash talk with sensational win at US nationals

first_imgMichael Phelps swam the fastest time in the world this year as he blew away the field to win the 100 metres butterfly at the U.S. championships in San Antonio on Saturday.The most decorated Olympian of all-time led from start to finish, clocking a stunning 50.45 seconds.Phelps’s time, the second-fastest ever recorded in a standard swimsuit, bettered the 50.56 South African Chad Le Clos clocked to win the same event at the world championships in Russia only hours earlier. Fellow American Ian Crocker swam 50.40 in 2005, before the introduction of high-tech swimsuits, which were subsequently banned in 2010 after times improved so dramatically they made it impossible to compare eras.Le Clos, after his victory, trash-talked Phelps, who declined to get involved in a slanging match when asked about the comments in a poolside interview.”I saw the comments. There are a lot of things I could say but I won’t,” the 30-year-old American said after his triumph.”I let what I do in the pool do all my talking and that’s how I’ve always done things.” Earlier, Le Clos had downplayed the significance of Phelps’s Friday victory in the 200m butterfly.”Phelps did a great time … but with all due respect, that’s not so hard to do when you’re swimming on your own,” Le Clos told reporters.Phelps is competing in San Antonio rather than Kazan because he was banned from the U.S. team after his drink driving arrest. But the 18-times Olympic gold medal winner has sworn off alcohol until after next year’s Rio Olympics, and his performances the past two days leave no doubt that he is back.His winning time in the 200m butterfly was also faster than the gold medal time in the same event in Kazan. “It goes hand in hand with what I’ve been doing in training. I’m back to actually doing work like I used to and it pays off,” Phelps said.”It’s not rocket science but you have to work hard. This is a great start for me to go into next year.” Phelps sounded confident about Rio, but warned the Games were still a long way away.”A lot can happen in a year, with not only myself but everybody else in the world,” he said. “Hopefully I can keep this going over the span of the next year.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

12 Jan

Protesters not confident about meeting with Govt

first_imgVAT on educationDespite the announcement by Government of its intention to meet with parents who are against the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) on education, some are not too confident that a decision will be made in their favour.Another protest was held outside the Education Ministry’s Brickdam, Georgetown office on Wednesday, where those views were expressed by people affected by the recent change.Saraswati Vidya Niketan School Principal Swami Aksharananda holding up a placard during Wednesday’s protestWhile Wednesday’s protest did not attract a large crowd like it did in the past, many parents, including educators and religious leaders, still believe that the Government is not serious about removing VAT on education.Principal of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan School on the West Coast of Demerara, Swami Aksharananda, believes that the meeting scheduled for Friday at the National Cultural Centre will not change Government’s position.The school principal and religious leader has said if Government decides not to remove VAT on education, then those affected will have to continue to agitate.Other parents told this publication that they hope Government will remove VAT on education in its entirety and not try to lower the imposed 14 per cent.Mark Kazim, a parent who also spoke with Guyana Times expressed his disappointment with the move.While Kazim did not want to pre-empt what could come out of the discussion between parents and education officials on Friday, he said the fight will continue if Government chooses not to listen to affected parents.Roman Catholic Bishop, Francis Alleyne“We still have to fight for what we don’t believe in, and what we don’t believe in is VAT on education. Let’s see what happens after that meeting,” he stated.Meanwhile, Roman Catholic Bishop, Francis Alleyne, who was among the demonstrators, said although many persons are not too hopeful, he would hope both parties could come to an amicable agreement.Protesters outside the Education Ministry’s Brickdam officeHe also said the number of people attending does not matter. “If the Government is making a genuine gesture, it’s not about the number of people but the number of issues and concerns and with that is room for discussion and dialogue on education as a whole, so that’s what I hope will happen,” Bishop Francis Allen said.Since its implementation, Government’s tax on private education has received widespread criticism. Many are calling the decision one that has not been thought through and needs to be urgently revised or repealed.last_img read more

21 Dec

Anger as Speech and Language Therapist funding requests ‘ignored’

first_imgThe lack of funding for two senior Speech and Language Therapist posts in Donegal has been branded as unacceptable ignorance from the Department of Health.Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has criticised the Minister for Health for not allocating funding for services for adults with intellectual disabilities, despite the applications being approved.Deputy McConalogue said he was informed by the HSE that Speech and Language Therapy Services submitted business cases for two Senior Speech and Language Therapist posts for Adult Intellectual Disability services in Donegal at the beginning of 2017. “Through my correspondence with the HSE I have discovered that despite the application submitted in 2017, no approval has yet been received for the posts. Indeed, I learned that the posts were included in their estimates for 2019 but no funding was received,” McConalogue said.The Fianna Fáil TD said it is unacceptable that there is currently no service for adults with intellectual disability in Donegal for their communication needs.“As it stands at present, adults with intellectual disability who require swallow assessment, are currently being seen with the Primary Care system and that is unfair and unacceptable.”Deputy McConalogue who raised the matter with the Minister in the Dáil recently, promised to keep the issue high on the agenda. “I have been informed that the HSE will include the posts again as a matter of priority in their 2020 estimates, so it is up to the Minister now to follow through with the necessary funding to ensure this vital service is available for the people of Donegal as a matter of urgency,” Deputy McConalogue concluded.Anger as Speech and Language Therapist funding requests ‘ignored’ was last modified: December 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

18 Dec

R17bn Budget hike for education

first_img17 February 2010 Education continues to receive the lion’s share of South Africa’s Budget, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announcing an allocation of R165-billion to the Basic Education and Higher Education departments for 2010/11 – an increase of more than R17-billion compared to the previous year. A further R2.7-billion will be made available to help the Department of Basic Education tackle serious challenges in South Africa’s schooling system, including unacceptably low numeracy and literacy levels, inadequately trained teachers, poor management, and a lack of basic resources in poor schools. Delivering his maiden Budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said that while government spending needed to be kept in check, education remained the number one priority in the country’s fiscus. Workbooks, assessments The R2.7-billion would go towards the roll-out of workbooks in all 11 official languages to help raise literacy and numeracy levels in grades 3, 6 and 9. The workbooks would help teachers map out clear plans and guide effective use of the curriculum. An annual R28-million is also being provided for national assessments of literacy and numeracy in grades 3, 6 and 9. These assessments, announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address last week, will allow teachers and parents to intervene at the right time in students’ careers in order to improve their performance. Spending by provincial education departments is also expected to grow by 8.1 percent per year to R162-billion over the next three years.FET colleges, universities Gordhan said the country’s Further Education and Training colleges would receive R12-billion in 2010/11, with a further R1.3-billion set aside to improve the salaries of educators in this sector over the next three years. The government will use the R12-billion to promote higher training standards to meet the requirements of a changing economy, while addressing the lack of training in certain key areas. South Africa’s lack of skilled labour is hampering the country’s economic growth, with twice as many students enrolled in universities as in vocational colleges – the reverse of what is the case in most developed countries. Allocations to South Africa’s higher education institutions have grown from R7.1-billion in 2001/02 to R15.3-billion for 2010/11. An additional R1-billion is to be provided over the next three years to increase subsidies to universities, while R5.6-billion will go to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

9 Dec

An Autobiography in Books

first_imgMy mom taught me to read when I was four years old. I only know this because she at some point told me that is when I learned to read. I fell in love with reading in the 6th grade when Ms. Paolini required her English class to read Jonathon Livingston Seagull. That is the first book I remember having read, and from there, I never stopped reading.In 7th grade, I read The Hobbit. It took me the entirety of 7th grade to read it, and I eventually started to skip the parts where dwarves and elves sang songs. In 8th grade, I read The Lord of the Rings and every Asimov magazine I could get my hands on. From there, it was Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, with an occasional book about Arthur Conan Doyle’s master of deductive reasoning, Sherlock Holmes.My freshman year of high school, my Dad gave me two books. The first book was titled The Fox is Crazy, Too: The True Story of Garrett Trapnell, Adventurer, Skyjacker, Bank Robber, Con Man, Lover. I don’t remember anything about the book, other than I enjoyed it well enough to remember the title. The second book was Will: The Auto-biography of G. Gordon Liddy.Liddy’s book left a mark. As a child, Liddy was afraid of everything from rats to zeppelins to lightning storms. The first half of the book documents a childhood spent facing each fear until they were dispatched forever, as well as his path to the FBI. The second half is his telling of his involvement in the failed Watergate burglary and the 72 months he spent in prison, months that would have likely been spent with his family had he been willing to testify against members of the Nixon White House. I was moved by the inviolable values by which Liddy lived. His intestinal fortitude was a model that armored me against some events of the following years.In 1986, I read a book by a young upstart titled, Unlimited Power. A few years later I saw the author, Anthony Robbins in a very large, mostly empty room, teaching influence to business people. At the time, he was still wearing expensive suits and show-ing the outward symbols of success, and still spoke of NLP.Two years later, I would read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, a book that instantaneously changed how I viewed everything I did, from work to fronting a rock-n-roll band. I read the book every couple of years, always finding something new and always exposing some area where I still had room for improvement, mostly around being proactive and investing in relationships.While living in Los Angeles, I read a lot of Stephen King and Clive Barker. One day, I didn’t feel well. I had been sick the night before, and I thought I might have had food poising. I was living alone, it was a Saturday, and I had nothing to do. I picked up Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow as soon as I opened my eyelids, and I finished it around time for dinner. I never left my bed and finished the book in one sitting.A few weeks later, I would have a grand Mal seizure, and a few weeks after that, I would have two brain surgeries, one resulting in losing a significant piece of my brain. After these surgeries, I decided to do something with what remained of my brain by going to college.I majored in Political Science and read every book and article by Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. I read dozens of books on politics, including everything I could find about the founding of America, Federalist and Antifederalist alike. I also read economics, mostly Austrians, like Mises’ Human Action and Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty.I did not receive my dual major degree in English Literature, but I did take all the required courses, requiring me to read about half of Shakespeare’s plays and all of his sonnets, along with Swift, Cervantes, Dante, Milton, and Dostoevsky. I also read modern American literature, where I fell in love the works of Flannery O’Connor, who was more frightening that Stephen King, her work exposing the evil of which human be-ing are capable without any supernatural forces.A few years after that, I stumbled into Tom Peters work, and devoured every one of his books, starting with In Search of Excellence. I also read every sales book I cool get my hands on, starting with Mack Hanan’s Consultative Selling, Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World, Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale, and Neil Rackham’s SPIN Selling, Major Account Sales Strategy, and Rethinking the Sales Force.Later, I bumped into Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel. When you take in good things, good things tend to come out.I spent a lot of time in bookstores, and still to do this day. I always look that the new nonfiction section, reading the flaps and flipping over the book to read blurbs. This is how I found Howard Bloom’s The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Force of History, the book that provided me with my initial introduction into memes and evolutionary psychology. I followed that thread to Robert Wright’s The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology.Of all the books I have read, read again, and gifted, none comes close to What To Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn) by Seth Godin. I believe it has more power than any other in compelling you to do what you were put here to do.More recently, the books that capture my attention include the entire works of Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, Antifragile, and Skin in the Game), as well as the many books by Ken Wilber, the American Philosopher who is recognized for Integral Theory, including the books Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality, and his most recent work, The Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions-More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete.I just finished reading Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions by Alberto Mangual, a brilliant book about books (and the impetus for this post). On my desk next to me now is American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring by William Giraldi. Essential Reading! 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9 Aug

LaSata announces grant to fight blight

first_img10Aug LaSata announces grant to fight blight State Rep. Kim LaSata announced this week that Berrien County will receive funding for residential and commercial blight elimination projects.  The Berrien County Land Bank Authority has been awarded $102,000 to tear down 25 blighted, tax-foreclosed properties in Benton Harbor, Benton Charter Township, and Buchanan. The funding was awarded through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, following a competitive application process.“Our economy is rebounding strongly, but there is still much work to be done,” LaSata said. “This is an excellent example of how tax dollars can be used at the local level to improve the quality of life in a small community.” Categories: LaSata Newslast_img read more