TEACHERS SET FOR BATTLE WITH COUGHLAN OVER MAKING UP LOST TIME IN SCHOOLS

first_imgTEACHERS return to schools in Donegal today after a Christmas break extended by severe weather – but many are already warning they will not make up for time lost to the snow.Education Minister Mary Coughlan will be at LYIT to make a significant statement on the expansion of the facility.However her Department has officially informed school principals that holidays planned later in the year should be cut short to make up for time lost during the dreadful weather in December. But guidelines from the Department may lead to a clash with teachers.Donegaldaily.com has interviewed several teachers from various parts of the county and all of them insisted that it wasn’t just as simple as chopping mid-term or Easter holidays.One of those experienced teachers told us: “I can guarantee that we will not be making up for time lost to the snow. Simple as that.“They can issue all the guidelines they want, but it won’t happen.” A colleague warned: “She (Coughlan) can say what she wants but this won’t happen.“There are major practical issues, not least the fact that many many parents will have booked breaks away during set holiday periods. It would be impossible to implement. This sort of guideline is typical of a department that hasn’t a clue about real life in schools.“It’s not unlike when we hear announcements about schools getting building upgrades. Usually they should have happened decades earlier and we are supposed to be thankful when they finally happen.”Nevertheless Boards of Governors and principals across the county will have to meet in the coming days to at least discuss the Department advice.TEACHERS SET FOR BATTLE WITH COUGHLAN OVER MAKING UP LOST TIME IN SCHOOLS was last modified: January 9th, 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

Top Mashups

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus I’ve been checking out mashups fromother sites too, particularly Ning.com. A couple ofnote are Restaurant ReviewsWith Yahoo! Maps and AnytownMarketplace With Maps, the latest version of Jon Aquino’s craigslists-likemashup.Also the media companies are coming on board, led by BBC Backstage but also washingtonpost.com recently released an excellent sitecalled mashingtonpost.com. Someinteresting mash-ups that people have done already on mashingtonpost.com: News Cloud (a tag cloud), Ripped from the Headlines! (a daily news quiz),world map interface, thumbnail quiz of Arts & Entertainmentstories, and washingtonpost.com searchresults via RSS.This is an exciting time to be experimenting with mashups, whether you’re a publisher,a ‘user’ or an API-wielding company. As Yahoo’s Matt McAlister put it, “the idea is to make yourcontent mash up ready and to build incentives for people to use your content.” In thatspirit, I’ve (finally) freed my own RSS feed under the Creative Commons, plus I’mcurrently trying my hand at mashups. Anyone can do it, so why not give it a try? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ProgrammableWeb has released a list of ‘popular’ mashups, which John Musser calculated from a mix ofclick-throughs and user ‘votes’ based on a 1 to 5 scale ratingsystem. Here are the top 10 mashups according to ProgrammableWeb:1. Virtual Places2. Weather Bonk3. Diggdot.us4. Flash Earth5. Adactio Elsewhere6. Where’s Tim Hibbard?7. Elicit8. 2RealEstate Auctions9. Flickrmap10. StreampadAll the usual API suspects are included in these mashups: Google Maps, Flickr,del.icio.us, Amazon. I tried out Virtual Places and was impressed that it includes littleold New Zealand. Here is my hometown of Wellington: Tags:#web#Web Development Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 months agoSaha calls on Man Utd ace Pogba to find his consistency

first_imgSaha calls on Man Utd ace Pogba to find his consistencyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Louis Saha has called on Paul Pogba to find his consistency.He feels Pogba’s insistence on being the ‘boss’ at Old Trafford has come back to bite him – but he’s offered a solution for the former Juventus midfielder.”The issue with the word ‘boss’ is that, at some stage, a boss needs to be consistent,” Saha told Omnisport. “You need to be well-perceived in the group.”That’s today’s criticism towards Paul. We need to understand him. Some weeks, he’s been outstanding. That’s what we expect from a player as talented as he is.”I think that his problem is that he has so many qualities that it’s complicated to keep him in one specific position, even box-to-box or in the defensive tasks, when he can score or make the difference anyway.”I think those elements are difficult for him as a player.”He can do it because he did it with Didier Deschamps. He can do it with any team or coach. It’s not a behavioural problem but an analysis one.”He must tell himself: ‘Okay, for that specific game, I need to do a certain job’. I think it’s not easy for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State hockey interim coach named

Ohio State has named Steve Rohlik as the interim coach of its men’s hockey team, according to a press release. Rohlik, who served as the Buckeyes’ associate head coach for three seasons, will replace former coach Mark Osiecki, who was let go by the program Monday. Rohlik said he doesn’t know why Osiecki was fired. “It has been a difficult couple days for everybody. I’m just focusing on my role of getting the players to finish up the semester in the way they need to do and that’s what my focus is on right now,” Rohlik said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday afternoon. Rohlik joined OSU’s staff in 2010 after spending 10 years as an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth. While he was on staff, the team advanced to two NCAA tournaments from 2001-2010, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2004 and the 2009 WCHA playoff title. Rohlik also served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha from 1998-2000. Prior to that, he spent 1991 on the Wisconsin coaching staff. Like his predecessor, Rohlik is a Minnesota native and graduated from Wisconsin. He was a two-time captain for the Badgers hockey team, which won a national championship his senior year. Rohlik said he doesn’t know what his salary will be yet. “There’s been nothing like that right now at all,” Rohlik said. “Like I said, I’m just focusing on what my role is right now.” As of Tuesday afternoon, a description of the men’s hockey head coaching position was still available on OSU’s career website. The position’s description had not changed upon the announcement of Rohlik being named interim head coach. read more