Limerick TD says hold-ups in garda vetting delaying SNA appointments

first_imgPrint Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsLimerick TD says hold-ups in garda vetting delaying SNA appointmentsBy Staff Reporter – January 20, 2017 698 Garda vetting delays are holding up the appointment of SNAsTHE appointment of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) for schools all over Limerick is being delayed by hold ups in the Garda vetting system.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, who is the party spokesman for Jobs and Enterprise, has warned that a growing backlog of Garda vetting applications will have a detrimental impact on schools over the coming months.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And he says that the current vetting procedures for Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) needs to be overhauled to prevent duplication of work.“Specifically, a centralised database should be introduced to prevent the need for SNAs to go through the same vetting procedure on multiple occasions over a short period of time whenever they move schools.“Since the introduction of new legislation in 2015, there has been an unprecedented number of applications made through the Garda vetting system.“In the space of one year alone an additional 40,000 teachers have had to apply for Garda vetting,” Deputy Collins explained.“There are hundreds of SNA and teacher vetting applications still pending leaving a number of children with disabilities having to stay at home because their SNA has been unable to take up their position.“This is simply unacceptable and highlights the need to tackle problems associated with vetting. It’s unfair that children with disabilities are losing out on valuable time in school because of delays in processing vetting applications.He has called for reform of the system as there is no centralised record of SNAs that have been Garda vetted.“A database already exists for teachers that have been vetted, so there is no excuse for not having a similar database for SNAs adding that it needs to be a top priority for the Government,” he said. TAGSlimerickniall collinsSNAs Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Email Linkedincenter_img Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleLimerick court told former partner was making off with mortgage money Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApplast_img read more

Leaders Ask For Public’s Help In Fighting COVID-19 Amid Uptick In Cases

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MAYVILLE – Leaders in Chautauqua County are continuing to urge residents to follow guidelines to help aid in stopping a COVID-19 outbreak locally.Health officials say in the last two and a half weeks 56 employees at Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk have tested positive for COVID-19 amid an outbreak at the plant.Additionally, leaders say they are becoming concerned with increased COVID cases at SUNY Fredonia, after 22 students have tested positive for the virus.On Wednesday, county officials reported 32 new cases of the virus with 134 now active. Of those, 25 of the 32 are students at SUNY Fredonia.“With the recent outbreaks of COVID-19 at Fieldbrook Foods Inc. in Dunkirk and now at the State University of New York at Fredonia, we are calling on all residents for their support by following the recommended safety precautions,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “Our public health staff has been working tirelessly to isolate those testing positive and identify and quarantine the close contacts of all positive cases so we can help contain the virus, but we need all county residents to do their part by being responsible citizens and following preventive measures 24/7. Not only are we working together, we are in this together and we need everyone’s help especially with the upcoming Labor Day Weekend.”Wendel and other leaders are calling on all at local colleges to:Limit assembling to less than 10 minutes in common areas, even outside, when face coverings are not continuously worn;Have no visitors in the residence halls; andNot attend large off-campus gatherings that are in violation of the State’s Executive Orders.Additionally, health leaders are asking the general public to continue to be vigilant and follow these steps:Stay home if you feel ill;Wear a mask or covering over your nose and mouth when you cannot maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others;Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;Avoid large gatherings;Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects;Avoid international travel or travel to states listed in the New York State Travel Advisory; if travel is unavoidable, quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Chautauqua County.last_img read more

No need for commission of enquiry into Jamaica Public Service

first_img Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 27 Views   no discussions NewsRegional No need for commission of enquiry into Jamaica Public Service by: – August 23, 2011 Kingston, Jamaica –The National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ) is imploring the Government to dismiss from their Agenda any plans to have another Commission of Enquiry, this time into the billing systems and operations of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS). In recent months the Government of Jamaica spent Thirty-Three-Million ($33,000,000) Dollars for the “Manatt/Coke Commission of Enquiry”, at the end of which only a few recommendations were made.There is general public sentiment that Commissions of Enquiries (in Jamaica), in most instances, are a colossal waste of time and public funds. The NYCJ endorse that view and firmly believe that the very last thing that the Jamaican people need to hear about now is another Commission of Enquiry. Enough already!The recent intervention by the Minister of Energy, the Honourable Clive Mullings, following the growing complaints from angry JPS customers and the exorbitant bills that they have been receiving is welcomed. However, the Minister is barking up the wrong tree when he makes any reference to the holding of a Commission of Enquiry. What the JPS customers need are accurate billings that are reflective of their consumption – not for the ridiculous amounts that are evident on the bills! With respect, Mr. Minister, a Commission of Enquiry, at any time, will not solve the people’s problems.Currently, the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) mandate is to provide an avenue of Appeal for consumers who have grievances with the utility companies. We anxiously await the findings from their planned investigations. We are expecting that those findings will cause the JPS to offer a payment holiday, forthwith, to the affected customers; recall the present batch of new metres; certify the mechanics of any new metering devices; suspend any disconnection of services for the affected customers; formulate a new Customer Service Strategy which embraces the fundamental principle and adage that: “The Customer is Always Right”; and restore trust with the Jamaican people, even amidst their present monopolistic position in the industry. The conversation regarding an alternative Light & Power Company is current, live and real. At the end of the day, the people of Jamaica want to get value for money.EXERCISE FISCAL PRIDECNCE: The NYCJ calls on the Government to exercise fiscal prudence in the disbursement of scarce resources and show a sense of prioritization in the activities for which funds are earmarked. We are still of the view that more fiscal support can be given to the youth portfolio in general and entrepreneurial initiatives for young people. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), as the Government’s financial “watchdog”, so to speak, seems relatively inflexible in dealing with certain types of expenditures. Although the cost of holding a Commission of Enquiry may be a drop in the bucket compared with the retroactive salary payments, the onus is on the Government to reduce un-necessary spending.As a national youth-led organization, we will seek to engage our membership in exploring possible solutions; we will launch an energy-conversation campaign in communities and generally disseminate information regarding cutting energy costs.Press ReleaseNational Youth Council of Jamaicalast_img read more

Man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over Emiliano Sala death: police

first_imgThat specialised search saw Sala’s body recovered from the wreckage in February but Ibbotson’s body has not been found.Two months after Sala’s body was discovered, his father Horacio Sala died of a heart attack in Argentina.Moving tributes were paid to Sala from across the football world with Nantes retiring the number nine jersey he wore for the Ligue 1 side.However, the two clubs have been involved in a legal wrangle over the transfer fee.Nantes reported Cardiff to FIFA after the first instalment of the fee, believed to be £5 million, was not paid on time.Cardiff previously stated they were “shocked” at reports that Ibbotson did not have a licence to fly at night.“The club remains deeply concerned that the pilot, and those who arranged the flight, seemingly completely disregarded the rules of flying and put Mr Sala’s life in such danger,” Cardiff said in a statement in March.“We believe those who are responsible should be held fully accountable for their actions.”In the aftermath of the tragedy, Cardiff were relegated from the Premier League after just one season back in the top flight.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: The late Emiliano SalaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of Argentine footballer , British police confirmed on Wednesday.The forward, 28, died when a plane carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson came down in the Channel on January 21, just days after he had joined Cardiff City from Nantes.“As a result of our enquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act,” Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police said in a statement.“He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.”Huxter urged media and members of the public to not speculate over the identity of the arrested individual to avoid prejudicing the investigation.Sala had been Cardiff’s record signing after a fee of £15 million ($19 million) was agreed with Nantes during the January transfer window.After travelling to Cardiff to complete the deal, Sala returned to northern France to collect belongings and bid farewell to his teammates.It was on his return to the Welsh capital to take part in his first training session that the tragedy occurred.Initial search operations for the player and pilot were suspended in the days after the plane went missing.However, a crowdfunding effort supported by thousands of donations, including from football stars such as Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, helped launch a private search.last_img read more