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West Donegal Irish college criticised for lack of child protection policies

first_imgA DONEGAL Irish summer college has been condemned in an official Government report for failing to have child protection policies in place.The Department of Education Inspector also described leadership at Coláiste Chú Chulainn in Gaoth Dobhair as ‘weak’.The college had 79 students on the course when it was inspected on June 6 this year. The Inspector’s report has just been released.And it is damning in its assessment on the total lack of child protection measures, saying the college had failed in all five of the department’s rules.The college – which changed its name recently to Colaiste Ghaoth Dobhair – failed to have all staff Garda vetted, didn’t inform staff of its policies and didn’t have any child protection statement in place.“The practice of the college did not comply with checks 1,2,3,4 and 5 and therefore the college was not compliant with the checks that were made during the inspection visit,” said the Inspector. “The quality of the course’s management and leadership was weak; there were significant deficiencies in mandatory policies and procedures.“Overall, the quality of teaching and learning was satisfactory; students were encouraged to use Irish but they were not given sufficient opportunities to consolidate the newly acquired language.”The Inspector said appropriate planning of lessons was not available during the June inspection and there was no evidence that progress was made on the recommendations of the last inspection in 2016.The college was given the chance to respond to the latest round of criticism before the report was published and these were included in the inspector’s report.The Steering Committee said it would correct all its mistakes. It promised that liaison teams would be named, that staff would attend an in-house course five weeks before college and that each staff member would be given a folder containing school policies. It also said all adults would be garda vetted.The college also said it had applied for funding to Udaras na Gaeltachta for new premises for 2020 following criticism in 2016 and 2019 for lack of resources and use of IT during lessons.The inspector did find an enjoyable atmosphere and a good relationship between students and teachers and students praised the college during a follow-up focus group.West Donegal Irish college criticised for lack of child protection policies was last modified: November 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Fernandes confident in interview but is coy over Hughes’ fate

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes has told Bloomberg TV he believes the club’s fortunes can be turned around – but is reported to have declined to comment on the fate of manager Mark Hughes.Bottom of the table and without a league win, Rangers head to Manchester United this weekend with Hughes’ future in doubt.“I’ve been in worse situations before. Let’s wait and see. We remain confident that things can be sorted,” Fernandes is quoted as saying.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Higher interest rates and agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last month, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen announced a rare hike in interest rates. This was only the second move higher for interest rates since the Great Recession of 2009 and there will likely be more on the way later this year.Interest rates are mostly discussed when it comes to credit cards, mortgages and car loans, but the bump in the interest rates will heavily impact agriculture as well.“It all depends on how farmers are financed,” said Matt Monteiro, Senior Vice President and Treasurer with Farm Credit Mid-America. “A lot of people in agriculture are going to have farm mortgages and over 50% of the time those loans are at a fixed rate so many existing loans will not be impacted, but if a farmer is in the market for additional land the rates will be a notch higher than they were but still low.”When it comes to operating loans for inputs or feed, for example, those loans will be at a higher rate that they were at last year. Many suppliers in the recent past were offering 0% financing and that offer may be a little harder to find in 2017. It’s never a good thing when incremental costs are getting added in to a farming operation’s budget, but rates have been very manageable for a long period of time.“Since the election, the 10-year Treasury has gone up by about a half of a percent,” Monteiro said. “A half of a percent on each $100,000 is about $500 of annual interest expense so markets are still at or near their all-time lows.”If a farmer is looking to borrow money this year it is important to have a clean balance sheet.“My advice would be to pay down some operating loans, if possible, to create some excess capacity for borrowing,” Monteiro said. “It’s also important to have a good game plan and understanding of their operation to be able to show their breakeven point to their lender and show that they have a good handle on their finances.”last_img read more

Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ 74th annual conservation conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ (OFSWCD) 74th annual conservation partnership conference, “All-In For Conservation” will take place on February 27 through 28, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus.This year’s event was developed by the OFSWCD with partners: Ohio Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Employees (OASWCDE), Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS). The event will draw more than 500 leaders, experts, educators, local constituents and others engaged in conservation stewardship, agriculture and environmental activities including the delivery of programs and practices impacting our land and water resources.Highlighting this year’s event is “The coaching moment” featuring guest speaker, Randy Frazier, President of Leadership Takes Courage/Frazier Communications. Randy is a repeat guest and a professional member of the National Speaker’s Association. A featured speaker in over 40 states, his clients include Entergy, the Kellogg Foundation, Alltel, Keep America Beautiful, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Farm Bureau and numerous Leadership development programs. He also works with a wide variety of professional Associations and governmental Agencies. In 2010 Randy Frazier was awarded the Iron Eyes Cody Award for outstanding Leadership by Keep America Beautiful, Inc. He’s passion is to get individuals engaged and equipped for success. “The Coaching Moment” is being sponsored by Land Stewards, LLC.This year, the meeting is also featuring Jim Richardson, a world renowned photographer of global issues and landscapes for National Geographic Magazine and a documentarian recognized for his explorations of life in remote places. His first story for National Geographic was published in 1985; every year since Richardson has been shooting for the magazine. He has 30 stories to his credit, including two cover stories in 2014. His next works are slated to appear in National Geographic in May 2017. Jim will provide a presentation during lunch sharing pictures and fantastic experiences with the crowd.In addition, the event will include a diverse array of workshops ranging from cover crops, water quality and soil health efforts in the Western Lake Erie Basin as well as storm water and urban conservation efforts, GIS, Pollinator Habitat, issues involving Wildlife and Invasive Species, and much more.Director David Daniels of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources State Regional Conservationist Gayle Berry, and many more special guests will speak during the two-day event. On Tuesday, the All-Star Awards luncheon will recognize SWCD Staff and Supervisors, Agency Programs, Educators of the Year, Hall of Fame Recipients, and Ohio’s Cooperator of the Year.The OFSWCD is pleased to announce Farm Credit mid-America as this year’s event sponsor. Over the last nine years, Farm Credit has been a key supporter of Ohio’s 88 county SWCDs efforts, including the sponsorship of the county “Cooperator of the Year” program, sponsoring county water quality signs, and honoring the “State Cooperator of the Year”, who will be announced at this year’s awards luncheon on Tuesday.In addition, the trade show will include 25+ vendors showcasing a variety of products and services. To learn more about this year’s Annual Conservation Partnership meeting, our various sponsors and/or the many specialty trade show vendors, visit www.ofswcd.org or contact the OFSWCD at 614-784-1900.last_img read more