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 Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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

Top ten leadership posts from 2018

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As we look ahead to 2019, let’s take one last look back at the best from 2018. Here’s a look at the top ten leadership posts from this year…Confessions of a white male CEO – Dave Adams, CU Solutions Group3 inexpensive ways to improve employee morale – Sarah Marshall, North Side Community Federal Credit Union4 ways you’re driving your employees crazy – John Pettit, CUInsight.com4 things Michael Scott taught us about managing people – Robbie Young, CUInsight.com3 leadership tips for introverts – John Pettit, CUInsight.com6 big strategic questions for credit union leaders – Dave Adams, CU Solutions GroupHow to know when to fire someone – Laurie Maddalena, Envision ExcellenceIsn’t the way women treat each other a bigger problem? – Jill Nowacki, Credit Union League of ConnecticutLeadership tips for 2019! – John Pettit, CUInsight.com3 listening styles that make you a respected leader – Lorraine Ranalli, Credit Union Network for Financial Literacylast_img read more

Racism held back overseas-born players in Australia – Khawaja

first_imgAUSTRALIA’S Usman Khawaja says being racially abused as young players has stopped many overseas-born cricketers from playing for the country.The 30-year-old, who was born in Pakistan, said such abuse culminated in his not supporting Australia teams.“Getting sledged by opposition players and their parents was the norm,” said Khawaja on the Players Voice website.“Some of them said it just quietly enough for only me to hear. It still hurt, but I would never show it.”Khawaja became the first Muslim to play Test cricket for Australia when he made his debut against England in 2011. He has scored 1 728 runs in 24 Tests, including five centuries.“I was brought up to be respectful, humble and polite. But when I watched the Aussie team, I saw men who were hard-nosed, confident, almost brutish,” he continued.“The same type of men who would sledge me about my heritage growing up.“It is for this reason why so many of my friends, most of whom were born outside Australia, didn’t support Australia in sporting contests. I didn’t either.”He added: “My point is this: it’s no surprise it has taken Australia cricket so long for coloured players to come through the system.”Khawaja, who was the only Asian at first-class level in Australia when he began playing for New South Wales, added that the situation has improved because “youngsters are given a bit more support to nurture and grow as players”.He said this is “paving the way for all cricketers from all ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds”.His article ended: “Australian cricket is slowly changing and will finally have a chance to reflect what Australia really is – an international team truly representative of its richly diverse population.”last_img read more

Home sales down slightly in 2018, sale price was up

first_imgSPENCER — Final figures from the Iowa Association of Realtors show home sales in 2018 were pretty close to 2017.Association president, John Goede, says the sales numbers were steady with a slight increase in the average sale price. “The difference between listings, pendings, and closed sales from last year to this year is under one percent either way — which is phenomenal,” Goede says.The median sales price was $161,000. Homes were on the market an average of 64 days –which Goede says is around 17-percent lower than last year.He says the time on the market is down to almost two months instead of three. Goede says a continued tight supply is part of that drop in the time on the market.“Having the homes available and affordable is always the magician’s trick,” he says. Buyers move quickly when a home becomes available. Goede says the only concern ahead is the potential impact of interest rates. “This rise from three-and-a-half percent to four-and-a-half percent for interest rates has caused some concern,” according to Goede. “We don’t know how that is going to work here. So far we haven’t seen that dampening affect of the higher interest rates make a difference yet — but that’s something to look for.”The number of homes sold in 2018 was 41,387 — 368 less than in 2017.last_img read more