Education Ministry clamps down on absenteeism

first_img– parents could face criminal chargesThe Education Ministry will be enforcing the law as inscribed in the Education Act 39:01, to have parents criminally charged or fined if their children are absent from school for more than five days.On Monday, the Ministry indicated that in an effort to reduce absenteeism, the Schools Welfare Department will conduct truancy campaigns, as well as school and home visits to ensure that children attend school regularly.By law, children between the ages of five years nine months and 15 years are required to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents, guardians and caregivers to ensure that they are supported to do so.“Numerous studies show the link between academic performance and consistent attendance, which is so critical for the quality of a child’s education. Research suggests that children who are frequently absent from school are more likely to become involved in, or be a victim of crime and anti-social behaviour,” the Ministry said in a statement on Monday.Public Relations Officer Suelle Williams, when contacted, told this publication that the Ministry was reminding parents of their duty in keeping with the rights of a child. She stated that when a child was refused the right to an education, they were done an injustice.Children are sometimes absent from school because of medical reasons for extended periods, but it is the parents’ or guardians’ responsibility to make every effort to inform the school of the reason(s) for the child’s absence, the Ministry stated.It affirmed that in the event that parents fail to notify the school of the child’s absence, the school is required to notify the Schools Welfare Department at the Ministry or any Regional Department of Education who would then issue an ‘attendance notification’ to parents.Schools are obligated to take such action when a child is absent for five or more days.“This attendance notification gives the parent notice that the student has accumulated too many unexcused absences and gives the parent an opportunity to visit the Schools Welfare Department to make the necessary steps to ensure that the child’s attendance record improves,” the Ministry said, adding that if this step did not obtain the desired results, a court warning would be issued notifying the parent of the potential summons to be filed in the Magistrate’s Court.“Parents are likely to be criminally charged or fined if their child has unexcused absences,” it added, emphasising that the School Welfare Service was taking the matter seriously and would enforce the law to ensure that every child had the right to an education.last_img read more

Bissett Creek bridge flooded and Highway 29 mudslide

first_imgThe Bissett Creek bridge is under water near Chetwynd.The Ministry of Transportation is reporting that the bridge across the Bissett Creek near the Dokkie subdivision south of Chetywend is flooded.At this time we don’t have any further information that we can share about the condition of the bridge.- Advertisement -The Ministry is also reporting that there is a mud slide on Highway 29 at 5 Mile Hill, 6 to 7 km south of Chetwynd. The Ministry states the road is only passable by 4×4 at the moment.If you see anything on the roads, let us know contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img read more

Golf roundup: Woods meets his match

first_imgO’Hern became the first player to beat Woods twice in match play as a pro. The short-hitting lefty from Australia also beat him in the second round two years at La Costa. The only people who felt worse than Woods were tournament officials who longer have the No. 1 draw. Henrik Stenson (No. 9) is the top seed remaining going into the weekend, a 4-and-3 winner over Aaron Baddeley that will put the Swede into the quarterfinals against O’Hern. Chad Campbell was the lone American left at The Gallery, advancing to the quarters with a 1-up victory over David Toms. Justin Rose built a big lead and beat last week Nissan Open winner Charles Howell III, 3 and 2. Don’t be scared: Boo Weekley moved into a three-way tie with Fred Funk and Cameron Beckman at 9-under 131 at the PGA Tour’s Mayokoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Senior circuit: Bobby Wadkins shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Champions Tour newcomer Mark O’Meara, Allen Doyle and Gil Morgan after the first round of The ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla. Putting to daylight: Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead at 10-under 134 in the suspended second round of the LPGA’s Fields Open in Kapolei, Hawaii. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Only after Woods struck his putt did he notice the ball mark he neglected to repair, which he said caused the ball to bump slightly off line to the right and slide by the cup. One hole later, O’Hern made a 12-foot par putt that sent Woods home without a trophy on the PGA Tour for the first in more than seven months. Woods is such a master of the minutiae that when he arrived Monday afternoon at The Gallery, he fretted over a new putter grip being off by the tiniest fraction. “I was so enthralled with the line, I didn’t see the ball mark,” Woods said. “I knew if I hit it left-center, the match would be over. It’s my fault for not paying attention to detail.” So ended the second-longest winning streak on the PGA Tour, a streak was always subject to debate since he had failed to win in four other events outside the PGA Tour during that stretch. O’Hern figured the match was over. “I wasn’t watching, to be honest with you” O’Hern said. “I was just waiting for the sound of ball going into hole.” center_img A winning streak that carried an asterisk ended because of a ball mark. Tiger Woods stared only at the 4-foot path from his ball to the cup, a birdie putt on the first extra hole that would allow him to escape with a comeback Friday against Nick O’Hern in the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., and take another step toward his eighth consecutive PGA Tour victory. last_img read more


first_imgSHAY GIVEN and Aiden McGeady will start for Ireland against Macedonia tonight, with the Lifford man expressing his surprise at recent controversies surrounding ‘missing’ players.“It’s been disappointing, very disappointing,” said Shay of the situation which saw four players fail to turn up for recently friendlies.One of them was James McCarthy whose Donegal connections meant he decided – like Aiden McGeady – to play for Ireland instead of Scotland. Ultimate professional Shay would never talk about specific players.But he did say: “You know, it’s a massive game on Saturday. Last week’s games against Northern Ireland and Scotland were great preparation for everyone.“I don’t know what words you can . . . someone wrote in the papers that (Giovanni) Trapattoni might have to summon three players to play in Macedonia, and I just looked at that and thought ‘if that’s what it’s come to, there is something really badly wrong’.“They should be queued up outside the hotel to get in the squad and pestering him when they’re not, instead of the other way around. It’s very disappointing, but this is the way of the world.” Asked if he thought there is a change in attitude to playing for your country, the Man City goalkeeper said: “I don’t know, but when I was younger I was desperate to come over, meet up and play in the games.“Idon’t know why that seems to have changed. It shouldn’t have changed. It should be the same buzz. I still look forward to coming over and playing, still, after 15 years, I think.“I don’t understand some of the mentalities.”And he wants to focus on helping Ireland win tonight’s Euro Qualifier (kick-off 8pm).He added: “I just think if we can get at Macedonia a bit, they’ve got some weaknesses. If we can impose our game on them I think we’ve a good chance of getting the right result. “A win, of course, would be ideal, we’re not going out just to shut up shop and hoping to come away with a point. We want to win the game and there’s no reason we can’t. I’ve a few weeks off after that before we go back pre-season.“That would be fantastic for the whole country, to finish on a high. And it’s important to get the right result because you’ll be seething for the whole summer if you don’t. Hopefully we can do that.”SHAY: ‘I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE WOULDN’T WANT TO PLAY FOR IRELAND’ was last modified: June 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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


first_imgNaomh MhuireNaomh Mhuire GAA Club is hosting a BIG SPORTS AND FUN DAY this Sunday August 19th at the Banks. The day will act as a fundraiser as well as a great day for all children and Adults. A full day of activities with races, football, food stalls, arts and crafts, gourmet burgers, strong man and woman, long kick, golf, etc. With development due to start shortly on improved facilities including additional dressing rooms, etc all support is greatly appreciated and this should be a great family day for all ages.The seniors and reserves are scheduled out in Championship with a home fixture in the second leg of the championship this Saturday evening. The Seniors are out at 7:30 and will be looking for a victory following their narrow defeat in the first leg. The Reserves won away from home and will be looking to move into the next round with a home victory with a 6pm throw in. All support appreciated. u8 Coaching will take place on Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm and on Saturday from 10am to 11am. The under 12s training is Monday and Wednesday next week at 7. The under 15s will play in the Og Sport 7 a side competition in Ballintra this Saturday. The Under 10s played Cloughaneely in a challenge last Saturday. They go to Dunfanaghy this Saturday for a blitz. The Bord na nOg are running a bus to the all-ireland semi-final between Donegal and Cork next week. The cost is 10 euro per child and this is open to all our under-age players. Please contact Gary before Friday if you wish to go as places are filling up fast. Well done to the under 14 boys who won the 1st annual Corn Antoin o Dochartaigh in the banks last Friday evening. In a close competition with little between the teams, the lads beat St.Michaels in the semi-final and Gaoth Dobhair in the final. Thanks to Ardara, St.Michaels and Ardara for travelling. Loads of information and pictures on the Naomh Mhuire Bord na nOg facebook page – make sure to check it out.Peil na mBan – u13Girls v Gaoth Dobhair in the Banks on Wed. 15th Aug at 5.30. u16 Girls v Dungloe Tues 14th Aug in Banks at 6pm and Monday 20th v Cloich cheann fhaola in Fál Carrach at 6pm.The county u12 Dev. squads are into their fourth week and our girls are doing extremely well and getting very good coaching from co. ladies captain Aoife McDonald as well as club coaches in attendance at the sessions. Training for u16, minor and senior ladies is Tues and Thurs at 8pm in The Banks.The date for the child protection course has not yet been finalised, but hoping to have it up and running by end of Aug. or early Sept. Names still being taken by children’s officer Dónal Ó’Séarcáigh 0863189331. This is a very important course for members of the club who are working with youth and adult teams ,also parents can benefit from doing this course as it give an insight into how the club is looking after the welfare of our members.Lotto details for week 8th August. Jackpot 2400 euro. No jackpot winner and four match 3 winner: Hugh Óg Sharkey – Coilceim, Donald Friel – Anagaire, Martin McFadden – Rann na feirste agaus John Jude O’Dubhannaigh – Rann na feirste. Numbers drawn were 3-5-6-15. Check out details on  GAA NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Naomh Mhuire Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgGAA NEWS: Donegal are stepping up their preparations for their Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone next Sunday. Rory Gallagher has taken his squad to Lough Erne ahead of their Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone.Rory Gallagher is taking his squad back to his native Fermanagh for an intensive three-day training camp at Lough Erne.Donegal face Mickey Harte’s Tyrone next Sunday at Mac Cumhaill Park in what promises to be an explosive clash to start the Ulster Championship. With Monaghan and Kerry heading for camps in Portugal recently, Donegal have opted to remain closer to home.While Tyrone are expected to head to Carton House for their training camp.Tyrone have endured a difficult start to their 2015 campaign and were relegated from Division One.A whole host of stars have left the squad both during after the conclusion of the league campaign which would signal that the Tyrone camp is not a happy one. However, Tyrone U21’s winning the All-Ireland title will have given them a huge boost and is the shot in the arm Tyrone football needed.Donegal have enjoyed a solid start to life after Jim McGuinness and made a league semi-final before bowing out to Cork.With a fully fit squad to choose from Donegal look in healthy shape ahead of the clash and with home advantage are hot favourites to progress.However, Rory Gallagher is under no illusions as to how difficult the game will be.Speaking at Thursday’s official Ulster Championship launch in Donegal Town, Gallagher told BBC Sport, “We’re going to Costa del Enniskillen. “We are out in the championship really early so we didn’t want to head away too far.“It cuts down on the travel and we’re very happy with the Lough Erne.“We will be well looked after and it’s great preparation for us ahead of a huge match against Tyrone next Sunday.”DONEGAL HEAD TO LOUGH ERNE AHEAD OF ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH WITH TYRONE was last modified: May 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:donegalGAAnewsSportTyroneUlster SFClast_img read more

Picture special: Hundreds turn out for Manus Kelly Tribute Night

first_imgOVER 600 people packed into the Mount Errigal Hotel last night for a tribute night in memory of the late Manus Kelly.Pictures by Brian McDaidThe Glenswilly man died tragically in June while competing at the 2019 Donegal International Rally – an event he had won in each of the previous three years. Manus had so many strings to his bow, from his family, to politics, to rallying, Gaelic football, business and life in general.It was in rallying circles where he was best known. Many competitors and friends turned out to pay their tributes on what was an emotional night of reflection.The father-of-five was a newly elected Fianna Fáil County Councillor at the time of his death. Leas-Cheann Comhairle Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher and Charlie McConalogue TD led a large Fianna Fáil representation on the night, with several County Councillors also present.Ballyshannon native Sean Perry conducted a public auction with 13 items raising in excess of €70,000. A silent auction took place online at the same time and also proved a huge success.  Denis Ferry and his son, Matthew, traveled the length and breadth of Ireland getting a shirt signed by all previous winners of the Donegal International and the item raised €12,000 last week in New York.A Memorial Trust has been established in Manus’s honour.“Our goals are to keep Manus’ legacy and memory alive, and also to assist Manus’s wife Bernie and their children in their future, which is what was at the heart of what Manus lived for,” the Trust says.The proceeds raised will have a phased distribution and the Trust has four trustees – Donall Barrett, Paul Doyle, Seamus Doherty and Damian Doherty.Anne Mc Fadden and Roseleen ConnellyPaddy O’Donnell with Bernie and son Manus at on of Manus’ first rally car which was on show tonight at the Mt Errigal Hotel.Cllr Martin Mc Dermott, Cllr Rena Donaghey, Charlie Mc Conalouge T.D. Cllr Davy Mc Dermott with Susan and John Byrne.Bernie Kelly arriving at the Mt. Errigal with her son Manus as they are greeted by Terry Mc EniffDrew and Andrew Russel at the tribute night for Manus Kelly.Donal Barrett with Seamus and Anne Neely.Paddy O’Donnell with Bernie and son Manus at on of Manus’ first rally car which was on show tonight at the Mt Errigal Hotel.Bernadette and Kelvin Keys and Dervala LaffertyJackie Callaghan, Cllr Noreen Mc Garvey, Ann Gallagher , Pat the Cope Gallagher T.D., Charlie Kelly and Gerard Callaghan.Jannie McDaid, Kelvin and Bernadette Keys Brenda Lynch and Conor Mc ClaffertyThe late Manus Kelly family at the tribute night including Donal and Jacquline sisters Breigeen, Kelda, Ciara and Shannagh brothers Donal, Caolan, Teigharan and Leon. Photo Brian McDaidEddie Fries who travelled home from New York for the tribute evening for Manus Kelly pictured with the Mayor of Donegal Nicholas Crossan and his wife Rosemary.Donal Barrett with Declan Boyle and Andrew Nesbitt at the Manus Kelly tribute evening.Donal Barrett with Seamus and Anne Neely.Meave and Seamus Mc Laughlin at the Manus Kelly night.Damien and Olive Daly at the function.Seamus Hegarty , Declan. Boyle and Conor Curley .Donnagh Kelly Conor Foley and Andrew Nesbitt at the Manus Kelly ni,ght.Copper Mc Fadden Neil Gallagher , Lee Gildea and Paul RodgersMichael and Mary Black with Garry Mc Elhinney and Pauric Mc Ginley.Ann and Tony Kelly with Alan TyndallCharlie Kelly pictured with Garry and Kerry Jennings at the Mt. Errigal Hotel.Bridie and Tommy Keys and Bridie ConboyAustin Mc Hale, Garry Jennings , Tim Mc Nulty, Gareth Mc Hale and Arron Mc Hale.Dermott and Eileen Mc Gettighan , Cathal and Dale mc Gettigan at the Mt Errigal.Picture special: Hundreds turn out for Manus Kelly Tribute Night was last modified: November 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Live updates: Warriors vs. Grizzlies, Wednesday at 5 p.m.

first_imgJoin us Wednesday at 5 p.m. for live news and analysis as the Warriors close the regular season out by taking on the Grizzlies in Memphis.The Warriors (57-24) have won six straight games but the main objective Wednesday is to come out of the game with no injuries. Golden State received a scare Tuesday night when Stephen Curry sprained his ankle during their 112-103 victory in New Orleands. Curry isn’t expected to miss any time once the playoffs begin this weekend.As was the case …last_img read more

A’s players break down ‘that air of arrogance’ as postseason looms

first_imgOAKLAND — Outside the Coliseum’s confines — maybe on MLB Network or certain corners of Twitter — is the place to feel the deserved pressures and drama surrounding an excruciatingly close American League wild card race. With nine games left, just a few slip ups separate the comforts of home field advantage in the jaws of sudden death and just another October night in front of the television.Step into the Coliseum’s confines and all that tension slips away at the door. Just like any other day …last_img read more

Origin-of-Life Folly Misleads the Public

first_img(Visited 591 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A molecular biologist shouts for scientific rigor and logic, but origin-of-life evolutionists close their ears.Evolutionists have to know that their theories don’t work. It’s obvious. It’s irrational to think that blind chemicals will become a living cell. Listen to Dr James Tour, a famous chemist who designs molecular machines, almost shout at materialists for thinking otherwise. His call to reason is in Episode 5 of a fast-paced new video series from the Discovery Institute called Science Uprising, also available on YouTube. Dr Tour says they are not being honest with their claims that lifeless chemicals can spontaneously become alive if they blindly mix together somehow. Shouldn’t evolutionists be held accountable for lying to the public?Yet they press on with their hopeless deceptions. Here are a few recent examples of OOL nonsense.Saturn’s Icy Moon Enceladus Is Likely the ‘Perfect Age’ to Harbor Life (Live Science). “…this Washington-state-size icy moon has the habitat needed for life, including sources of chemical energy and sources of essential elements such as carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen…”Origin of life: A prebiotic route to DNA (Science Daily). The opening paragraph is reminiscent of the joke about when you know a politician is lying: his lips are moving. In this case, the press release author is typing. An understandable response from Dr Tour after reading this would be, “Oh good grief.”How were the building-blocks of life first formed on the early Earth? As yet, only partially satisfactory answers to this question are available. However, one thing is clear: The process of biological evolution that has given rise to the diversity of life on our planet must have been preceded by a phase of chemical evolution. During this ‘prebiotic’ stage, the first polymeric molecules capable of storing information and reproducing themselves were randomly assembled from organic precursors that were available on the early Earth. The most efficient replicators subsequently evolved into the macromolecular informational nucleic acids — DNA and RNA — that became the basis for all forms of life on our planet.Metals likely promoted protometabolism in early ocean alkaline hydrothermal systems (Science Advances). Just add metal. That’s how skyscrapers spontaneously assemble, right?Scientists dunked test tubes in hot springs to recreate life’s origins (New Scientist). The famous cartoon applies here.Life’s biochemical networks could have formed spontaneously on Earth ( Please stop. Now.Did comet impacts jump-start life on Earth? ( Must have. Nothing in the lab works.Why must we endure this silliness day after day, year after year, when the scientists know it will never work? One reason: money. Another: Darwin is their god. They loathe and detest intelligent design. They loathe and detest God, a personal intelligent Almighty Creator. Paul said it best; “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”All we can do is get enough reasonable people to laugh out loud hard enough that we can shame them to hide under a rock and stop pretending to call this science. Or get them turned on to real chemistry, intelligent chemistry, such as using biomimetics to imitate life’s superior designs. last_img read more