Fears sex education could be taught in Donegal creches under new proposals

first_imgConcerns have been raised that children as young as four could be taught sex education in Donegal under new proposals.It is claimed by worried parents that the new programme could include a learning curve of knowledge about pornography, the Tirconaill Tribune reports.Earlier in the summer, a draft review of sex education in schools saw 20 focus groups with teachers take place around the country. A further 1,333 teachers submitted their views online, along with 512 young people and 4,038 parents.Principals were also interviewed and the views of 70 contributors were also collected as part of the draft review, which is now open for submissions from the public until October 25th.Carried out by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the draft review forms the first major overhaul in 20 years of how sex education is taught in schools.A specific focus was placed on developments in contraception, LGBTQ+ relationships, consent, positive sexual expression, and social media and its effects on self-esteem. Meetings have already taken place nationally and in Letterkenny as a review is ongoing into the parental preferences for the new programme.Cllr. Michael McBride is Chairperson of the Kilmacrennan NS Board of Management and Manager of An Chraoibin in Termon.He has expressed his own personal fears that children at creches may be included under the new regulations and he has called for a full disclosure of plans by the Dept. of Education.Cllr. McBride said that any such survey being conducted online should be rejected and he claims there was no official oversight to prevent individuals from making multiple entries.The Letterkenny Councillor added as far as he is concerned there is a good reason to believe there is an agenda being put forward to allow children attending creches to be part of this new programme and this is totally unacceptable. A spokeswoman for Parents Right said: “We believe that these texts are wholly incompatible with the stated aim of ensuring the new curriculum is age-appropriate for all students, much less appropriate for children who have special educational needs.”Fears sex education could be taught in Donegal creches under new proposals  was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:donegaleducationsex educationlast_img read more

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Global recognition for South African lab

first_img29 June 2015The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has been nominated by the Swiss Institute for Quality Standards (SIQS) and the Socrates Committee for the prestigious international award in European Quality in the health care category.“The nomination serves as recognition and affirmation of the NHLS’ position as a leader in pathology and diagnostic services on the African continent,” said the NHLS.The awards will be presented at Montreux, Switzerland, during the International Excellence in Quality summit, which will run from 30 June to 2 July 2015.These awards aim to spread the Swiss Quality concept and implement advanced quality standards. For the NHLS, the nomination is in recognition of its safe and effective treatment methods, highly professional medical staff, and services quality in accordance with the European standards.“It is with great honour and pride for the NHLS to be nominated for this prestigious award, as it not only represents the organisation, but depicts the great strides and continuous improvements which the South African health care landscape has made over the years, and also attributes to the overwhelming dedication and commitment of the NHLS staff,” said Joyce Mogale, the interim chief executive of the NHLS.The International Excellence in Quality summit is an annual gathering of the top regional goods and services suppliers and professionals in quality improvement. Held over three days in Montreux, the International Forum is an opportunity for 100 leaders and experts worldwide to meet, learn, share local knowledge and recognise the best quality experience.The event aims to empower and encourage all participants to be actively involved in quality practice presentations and discussions.The Swiss Institute for Quality Standards was founded to promote Swiss quality concepts in order to improve products and services.This nomination is not the first international recognition for the NHLS. In 2013, it won the Business Initiative Directions International Star Award for quality.That award was presented to the service for its demonstrated and proven commitment to quality and for its continuous quest for excellence through attention to products and services.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Women in South Africa earn less than men

first_img5 August 2015Subject choices made at school will make a huge difference to a woman’s pay years after she has left school, according to a report released this month – Women’s Month.The Women’s Report 2015: Equal Pay for Equal Value, published by the South African Board for People’s Practices, says skills scarcity drives high pay. “Women who hold a general Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or humanities, as well as women with a business studies major, except accounting, are more likely to earn lower incomes than those who hold Bachelor’s degrees in sciences or accounting,” it says.The report, a collection of research papers, asks that if women contribute equally, why should they not earn equally? It finds that women in South Africa are, on average, earning 15% less for doing the same jobs as men.It concludes that the gender gap is still a reality in many South African companies. “There may be many reasons for this, both historical and structural,” reads the report.“It is essential that senior leadership and in particular, the Human Resources executive identify inequity and devise a remedial plan of action to address this, in order to avoid future challenges, comply with legislation, and more importantly treat all their staff with the same dignity and respect, and recognise the full value of the women they employ through equal pay for equivalent work.”Prof Anita Bosch of the University of Johannesburg’s management department, the author of the report, says that gender pay inequalities have been with us since the start of paid work for women, “and unfortunately, may not be all that easy to eradicate”.The report finds that women’s skills are often undervalued, which leads to occupational segregation.Skills such as caring, nurturing and organising, which are generally associated with women, do not carry a high monetary premium. Further differentiators in women’s pay are aspects such as the taking of career breaks and lower investment in women’s training and development.“If you are not visible at work, or your CV has a gap that is non-work-related, your prospects of earning a high salary on return to work, irrespective of your skills, are not outstanding,” Bosch says.The report notes that companies often take the view that they would rather invest in the development of workers who will provide a return on their investment, than invest in women who will eventually fall pregnant and resign.“Furthermore, workplaces reward those who work disproportionately long hours.”But Bosch stresses that merely stating women work shorter hours than men do, and therefore earn less than men, is not a valid justification for pay differences. The hourly rate that these women earn, she points out, is often also lower than that of men doing the same work for a full working day.And when a person joins a new company, she says that since organisations want to limit salary negotiations, it is easier to ask for an old payslip and give the incumbent a 10% raise on the previous salary.“When a woman changes jobs, she is often offered only a slightly higher salary than the one that she received at her previous employer. She therefore may remain at a low level of pay.”Bosch concedes that experience, thanks to a history of inequality in the workplace, plays a role when it comes to candidates applying for the same job. However, experience is used a “cloak word” to hide why an employer chooses to pay more for a particular person.Source: Business Techlast_img read more

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Sony mixes personal info with music, launches Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor

first_imgSports Walkman G- Sensor by SonySony’s Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor technology mixes personal information like your age, weight and height to display distance and calorie info. Plays MP3, ATRAC, WMA1 and AAC2 formats. The ‘Music Pace’ senses the user’s pace and activates a preset music playlist, adapting the music to a,Sports Walkman G- Sensor by SonySony’s Sports Walkman’s G-Sensor technology mixes personal information like your age, weight and height to display distance and calorie info. Plays MP3, ATRAC, WMA1 and AAC2 formats.The ‘Music Pace’ senses the user’s pace and activates a preset music playlist, adapting the music to a slow or a fast tempo. It even sets targets by steps, distance or amount of calories to be burnt and the music stops when the goal is reached.The Jog-Dial allows easy scrolling through play modes, sound settings, equaliser, etc. A trim 9.7 cm x 1.5 cm and weighing only 25.5 gram, it provides three hours of playback from only three minutes of charge time. Available in black silver and black in 1 and 2 GB formats.last_img read more

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Construction begins on 14mile stretch of border upgrades

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Construction upgrades to a 14-mile stretch of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico Border began today, Customs and Border Protection confirmed. The project area begins roughly one half-mile from the Pacific Ocean and extends eastward to the base of Otay Mountain.“One of Border Patrol’s top priority projects,” according to CBP, it is the third to begin this year as part of the Trump administration’s proposed “border wall.” Other projects are underway in Calexico and New Mexico, where two-mile and 20-mile stretches of border, respectively, are being upgraded.“Under this president’s leadership, we have a renewed commitment to secure our border,” said Ronald Vitiello, CBP acting deputy commissioner.“The new primary wall-project represents an important milestone in our work to secure the international border.” In San Diego, construction crews will install 18- to 30-foot bollards topped with a steel anti-climbing plate. Bollards are sturdy poles too closely set for people to pass through.The poles will replace eight- to 10-foot tall scraps of corrugated Vietnam War-era metal installed at the border during the 1990s to prevent pedestrian and vehicles crossings. The scraps needed to be replaced with a “higher performing design,” according to CBP.Texas-based consturction firm SLSCO was awarded a $147 million contract for the project. “The construction of this new substantial wall will improve overall border security, the safety and effectiveness of Border Patrol agents, the safety of the public and will enhance the atmosphere for business and commerce in the area,” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said. Posted: June 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:35 PM KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 1, 2018 Construction begins on 14-mile stretch of border upgradeslast_img read more

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Shah panel begins stakeholder deliberation on FII MAT issue

first_imgThe high-level Justice A P Shah panel, set up to look into levy of MAT on FIIs, has begun consultations with stakeholders including an industry body which said it should not apply on such investors.The committee met representatives of Ficci, CII, Assocham and American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) as well as experts from KPMG, EY and Deloitte.It is scheduled to hold further consultations with Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and other expert groups. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashHeaded by Law Commission Chairman A P Shah, the panel was formally constituted in May with former Chief Economic Advisor Ashok Lahiri and Chartered accountant Girish Ahuja as other two members.In its representation to the committee, Assocham said the government should issue a clarification that Minimum Alternate Tax provisions were never intended and do not apply to FIIs/FPIs.“It is also requested (that you should) recommend to the Government to direct the Revenue authorities to stay the demand raised on FIIs/FPIs and not to take any coercive action, till the time the MAT issue is resolved.  Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists“The above action would be in accordance with the Government’s intention of providing a non-adversarial and stable tax regime to the taxpayer in India,” the chamber said.Although the Shah panel has one-year term, sources said the committee would submit its report on the MAT issue much earlier as the Finance Ministry is keen that it gives its recommendations “expeditiously”.The Shah committee has been entrusted with the task of examining MAT notices to the Foreign Institutional Investors for the period prior to April 1, 2015. The Income Tax Department had sent notices to 68 FIIs demanding Rs 602.83 crore as MAT dues of previous years. This has raked up a big controversy, with FIIs moving higher court challenging the demand.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Budget 2015-16 has exempted FIIs from paying MAT with effect from April 1, 2015.Following the announcement of setting up of the panel, the tax department has directed its field officers to put on hold issuance of fresh notices and any further assessments on levy of this tax on such entities.last_img read more

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