Teachers reach agreement with Minister

first_img Previous articleLimerick screening of critically acclaimed feature film ‘Girl Rising’Next articleSony’s Hemitage Green for Spiegeltent John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Email WhatsApp Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision Twittercenter_img TAGSASTIDepartment of EducationeducationEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanTUI NewsBreaking newsTeachers reach agreement with MinisterBy John Keogh – May 20, 2015 738 Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan TDA PROPOSAL to resolve the dispute over Junior Cycle reform has been agreed between the Department of Education and second-level teaching unions.Leaders of the ASTI and the TUI, along with Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, say they support proposals outlined in a document entitled ‘Junior Cycle Reform: Joint Statement on Principles and Implementation’.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The document will be presented by the leadership of both unions to their executives on Friday.The Department of Education will also present the document to all education stakeholders.The proposals will be published in full following these meetings.Discussions leading to this proposed resolution have followed recent commentary by Minister O’Sullivan, who outlined five key principles that must underpin any reform of the Junior Cycle.These include: the need to recognise a wide range of learning, a requirement to reduce the focus on one exam as a means of assessment, and the need to give prominence to classroom-based assessment.The document will form the basis for a ballot of trade union members, to take place in the autumn. Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Education and Training Board serves up award winning standards Consultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launched Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Printlast_img read more

EIOPA chairman calls for debate on past pensions promises

first_imgUnder German law, it is nearly impossible to make changes to pension benefits members have already earned based on their number of work years. Employers have argued that they suffer as a result of this.Pensionsfonds were given some flexibility to relax minimum guarantees under what has become known as the Lex Bosch law.More recently, the German government has proposed a pensions reform that would introduce industry-wide pension funds without guarantees, either within existing schemes or new vehicles to be set up by social partners.Addressing the Dutch pension sector’s objection to having to apply low discount rates for liabilities, EIOPA’s chairman said low rates were “just reality”.Bernardino, however, sought to put the problems of the Netherlands into perspective by noting that many other countries, contrary to the well-funded Dutch pensions sector, lacked private pensions, adding that “Europe is facing an enormous pensions deficit”.Bernardino also warned against insurers selling pension products with a guaranteed interest rate for the very long term.“In my opinion, this is not possible, or sufficiently attractive to clients, in the current economic climate,” he said. The Netherlands is discussing changing its predominantly defined benefit system into a more sustainable set-up, which is scheduled to come into force from 2020.At the moment, the Social and Economic Council is weighing the possibility of individual pensions accrual, as well as a “target contract” – with both being combined with collective risk-sharing.A new government is set to make the final decisions on any new pensions system, following national elections in March. Gabriel Bernardino, chairman at European supervisor EIOPA, has called for a public debate on the issue of past pension promises becoming untenable as a result of the low-interest-rate environment.In an interview with Dutch news daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), he argued that a public discussion was necessary to avoid friction between the younger and older generations.“Some generations getting privileges at the expense of others will not work well forever, and risks won’t just disappear by ignoring the issue,” the FD quoted him as saying.Bernardino said benefit guarantees were a growing challenge for traditional pension funds in the current economic climate, with those in Germany being a case in point. last_img read more

UK decision sends a clear message to NZ

first_imgMedia Release Euthanasia-Free NZ 12 September 2015Euthanasia-Free NZ congratulates the UK House of Commons on rejecting the Marris Assisted Dying bill by an overwhelming 212 majority after an extensive yet respectful debate.Many MPs commended the medical profession on the excellent work they do, but remarked that doctors are unable to accurately predict how long a patient is expected to live. Such estimates are based on educated guesswork and probability, not certainty. It is therefore arbitrary to limit eligibility to people who have a certain number of months to live. One Member recalled a case in which a relative was expected to die by the weekend, but lived for another eight months.“The UK decision sends a clear message to New Zealand”, says Renee Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ. “It is a waste of time to debate an assisted suicide bill at committee stage because no safeguards can ever be safe enough.  As several MPs remarked, it is simply impossible to prevent vulnerable people being coerced or feeling internal pressure to request death.”“Such emotional pressure can be subtle and occur behind closed doors. There is no way any third party can be sure that a person has made a truly free and voluntary request for assisted suicide. Assisted suicide and euthanasia legislation lends itself to rubber stamping.”Euthanasia-Free NZ echoes the sentiment expressed by Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing: “We hope Parliament will now turn its attention to the real issues facing our country of ensuring that everybody can access the very best care, regardless of whether they are disabled or terminally ill and that we fund this adequately.”The current Health Select Committee inquiry is an important step in determining the real needs of suicidal New Zealanders and how they can be cared for more effectively. The Committee is investigating why people desire to end their lives and give feedback on the effectiveness of existing support services. More information is available at http://tiny.cc/termsofreference.ENDShttp://euthanasiadebate.org.nz/uk-decision-sends-a-clear-message-to-nz/last_img read more

What we learned from Syracuse basketball’s blowout win over Boston College

first_imgSyracuse (11-7, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) upended Boston College, 62-40, in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night. The Eagles (7-9, 0-3) provided little resistance as the Orange coasted to its first conference win and avoided the first five-game losing streak in Jim Boeheim’s 40-year career.Here’s what we learned from the game.1. Syracuse is still committing too many turnoversWith just over eight minutes left in the first half, Tyler Lydon flashed to the left block and there wasn’t a Boston College defender anywhere near him. Malachi Richardson jumped up to throw a pass into Lydon, but it went away over the forward’s head and into the second row of seats behind the baseline.SU head coach Jim Boeheim jumped in the air and put his head in his hands. It was one of Richardson’s five turnovers in the game, which tied a season-high that he set in the Orange’s opener against Lehigh and matched against Connecticut on Nov. 26. It was also one of Syracuse’s 14 total turnovers, which was the second-most since the start of ACC play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We can get out-rebounded and still win, but we have to shoot better and we can’t turn it over,” Boeheim said. “Not like we did tonight, unforced errors. We made two or three of those (turnovers) against North Carolina that were crucial. We don’t have enough margin to do that.”Turnovers were a big problem for the Orange early in the season, but that had subsided in the last month or so. But it’s now committed 27 in its last two games, even if BC scored just eight points off turnovers and didn’t do much to capitalize on SU’s mistakes.MORE COVERAGESyracuse snaps 4-game losing streak, crushes Boston College in 62-40 winMichael Gbinije returns to form with 14 points in Syracuse’s 62-40 win against Boston CollegeTyler Roberson’s solid performance against Boston College is cut short due to foul trouble Published on January 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm 2. Tyler Lydon belongs on the wingWith Dajuan Coleman playing 26 minutes against Boston College — one less than the season-high 27 that he played last game against UNC — Lydon is able to play on the wing.That’s been a more natural spot for the lanky freshman this season, even if he’s had to fill in at center for long stretches as Coleman continues to knock off the rust of a 22-month absence. Lydon followed up a season-worst performance against the Tar Heels with seven points, five rebounds and a block on Wednesday.He was also better off the ball on defense, which was likely a product of him getting more reps on the wing of the zone. BC wasn’t able to work the same high-low game the Tar Heels used to slice up the Orange in the second half on Saturday, and the result was just 14 points in the paint for the Eagles.“It’s good because that’s his chance to get on the wing instead of playing the center spot,” Coleman said. “He gets his reps on the wing and gets used to that. We’re actually getting used to each other too. That’s good for both of us to be playing at the same time.” 3. Syracuse will get at least two conference wins this year, but there’s no guarantee after thatTwo things were very clear on Wednesday night: There is a 99-percent chance Syracuse beats Boston College when it visits Chestnut Hill on Feb. 14, and it looks bleak that the Eagles will win another game this season.The Orange out-rebounded BC 35-27, the visitors shot 6-of-26 from 3 and scored just eight points in the paint despite having 7-foot center Dennis Clifford. And Boston College’s deficiencies seemed to be the biggest factor in the SU win.Syracuse’s four 3s was the lowest total of the season and its 14 turnovers, as mentioned above, was the second-most its committed since the start of conference play. The Orange’s next three games are road tests at Wake Forest, No. 9 Duke (bound to move down in the rankings after a loss to Clemson on Wednesday) and No. 13 Virginia (bound to move up in the rankings after a win over Miami on Tuesday).The imperfect performance was more than enough to beat the Eagles, but Boeheim recognized that his team is far from where it needs to be moving forward.“Every game you play in this league is tough,” Boeheim said. “We’re not playing well enough right now to get accomplished what we want to get accomplished. Hopefully we can do that and get better, right now we’re not.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse snaps 4-game losing streak, crushes Boston College in 62-40 winMichael Gbinije returns to form with 14 points in Syracuse’s 62-40 win against Boston CollegeTyler Roberson’s solid performance against Boston College is cut short due to foul troubleGallery: Syracuse smokes Boston College in 22-point winSyracuse community reacts to win over Boston College James McCann | Contributing Photographerlast_img read more