Chairperson of Strabane District Council to face a motion of ‘no confidence’

first_img Pinterest Pinterest By News Highland – September 5, 2013 News Cllr Hussey The Chairperson of Strabane District Council is set face a motion of ‘no confidence’ next week.Ulster Unionist Derek Hussey says he will table the motion against Sinn Féin’s Ruairi McHugh at Monday’s monthly meeting – its only the third time in history such move has taken place.The move is off the back a summer of friction in Castlederg, which both men represent, centered on the erection of flags and parades by unionists and Sinn Fein backed commemorations.Given the political make-up of the council, the motion is very unlikely to be passed.Councillor Hussey says Ruairi McHugh promised to be impartial in the chair and has failed to live up to that:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/husseyMORTION.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Chairperson of Strabane District Council to face a motion of ‘no confidence’ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleReports show that Donegal has one of the lowest rates of Suicide in IrelandNext articleMan and woman plead guilty to Peace Bridge robbery News Highland Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more

Press release: Class privilege remains entrenched as social mobility stagnates

first_img Dame Martina Milburn, Chair Alastair da Costa, Chair of Capital City College Group Farrah Storr, Editor-in-chief, Elle Harvey Matthewson, Aviation Activity Officer, Aerobility Jessica Oghenegweke, Project co-ordinator at the Diana Award Jody Walker, Senior Vice President at TJX Europe (TK Maxx and Home Sense in the UK) Liz Williams, Group Director of Digital Society at BT Pippa Dunn, Founder of Broody, helping entrepreneurs and start ups Saeed Atcha, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Xplode magazine Sam Friedman, Associate Professor in Sociology at London School of Economics Sammy Wright, Vice Principal of Southmoor Academy, Sunderland Sandra Wallace, Joint Managing Director Europe at DLA Piper Steven Cooper, Chief Executive Officer C.Hoare & Co Our research suggests that being able to move regions is a key factor in being able to access professional jobs. Clearly moving out is too often necessary to move up. At a time when our country needs to be highly productive and able to carve out a new role in a shifting political and economic landscape, we must find a way to maximise the talent of all our citizens, especially those that start the furthest behind. Notes to editorsThe Social Mobility Commission is an advisory, non-departmental public body established under the Life Chances Act 2010, as modified by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.It has a duty to assess progress in improving social mobility in the UK and to promote social mobility in England.The Commission board includes: Skills and living wage (chapter 6)49% of the poorest adults have received no training since leaving school, compared to 20% of the richest.Automation is also predicted to disproportionately impact low-skilled workers, whose jobs are most at risk of being automated.People from working class backgrounds are more likely to be paid below the voluntary living wage than those from more advantaged backgrounds (27% versus 17%).We recommend that government departments should become accredited voluntary living wage employers to include contracted staff.Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation, says: Further education provides alternative life chances for all 16 plus age groups. Consistent budget cuts have made it more difficult to provide opportunities for everyone. But as 75% of disadvantaged 16 to 19 year olds choose vocational education, the cuts represent a class-based segregation of the school system. Inequality is now entrenched in Britain from birth to work, and the government needs to take urgent action to help close the privilege gap, the Social Mobility Commission says today (Tuesday 30 April).The commission’s sixth comprehensive State of the Nation report looking at early childhood, schools, universities, further education and work reveals that social mobility has been stagnant for the last 4 years.Extensive analysis of new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows the wide gap in school attainment and income between the rich and the poor has barely shifted. Being born privileged still means you usually remain privileged.The better off are nearly 80% more likely to end up in professional jobs than those from a working-class background.Even when people from disadvantaged backgrounds land a professional job, they earn 17% less than their privileged colleagues.Dame Martina Milburn, chair of the commission, says: Dame Martina says: Chapter findingsEarly years (chapter 2)The research shows that the most disadvantaged families are least likely to be aware of or benefit from the offer of 30 hours free childcare.At present the offer is only given for 3 and 4 year olds when one parent works for 16 hours or more a week, but the middle classes benefit most.The commission calls on the government to extend the offer to all those parents working 8 hours per week as a first step to giving it to more low income families.The research also reveals that much of the childcare workforce is poorly paid and underskilled. A shocking 45% of child care workers are on benefits or tax credits.Farrah Storr, commissioner and editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, says: Key recommendations Schools, further education and universities (chapters 3, 4 and 5)Disadvantaged pupils start school years behind their peers in terms of attainment, but they can catch up with good schooling.However, the latest figures show a 14 percentage point gap at aged 11, rising to a 22.5 percentage point gap at 19.Twice the number of disadvantaged 16 to 18 year olds are in further education than in school sixth forms, but funding has fallen by 12% since 2011 to 2012.The commission calls for a significant increase in funding for all 16 to 19 year olds, and a special student premium for the disadvantaged.Increasing numbers of students from disadvantaged families are entering university, but they are more likely to drop out before they graduate.Five years after graduating, students who were eligible for free school meals were paid 11.5% less than their peers.Alastair da Costa, commissioner and chair of Capital City Group, says: social mobility has remained virtually stagnant since 2014. Four years ago, 59% of those from professional backgrounds were in professional jobs, rising to 60% last year in 2014 only 32% of those from working class backgrounds got professional jobs, rising marginally to 34% last year those from working class backgrounds earn 24% less a year than those from professional backgrounds, even if they get a professional job they earn 17% less than more privileged peers by age 6 there is a 14% gap in phonics attainment between children entitled to free school meals and those more advantaged by age 7 the gap has widened to 18% in reading, 20% in writing and 18% in mathematics only 16% of pupils on free school meals attain at least 2 A levels by age 19, compared to 39% of all other pupils twice the number of disadvantaged 16 to 18 year olds are at further education colleges compared to sixth-forms, and this segregation within the education system has risen by 1.2% since 2013 student funding for 16 to 19 year olds has fallen 12% since 2011 to 2012, and is now 8% lower than for secondary schools (11 to 15 year olds), leading to cuts to the curriculum and student support services that harm disadvantaged students graduates who were on free school meals earn 11.5% less than others 5 years after graduating It is vital that young people have more choice to shape their own lives. This means not only ensuring that they get better qualifications, but making sure they have an informed choice to take up an apprenticeship rather than taking a degree, to find a job which is fulfilling and the choice to stay where they grew up rather than moving away. Email [email protected] We know there is cross-party and widespread public support for the real (voluntary) living wage, but there are still cleaners, caterers and security staff, working in vital public sector jobs, who are struggling to get by. It’s time for our major public institutions to lead by example. the government should extend the eligibility of the 30 hour childcare offer by lowering the lower income limit of eligibility to those earning the equivalent of 8 hours per week, as a first step towards making it available to more parents the government should consider whether pupil premium funding is effectively targeted at supporting disadvantaged students, and whether differential levels of funding might benefit those with long-term disadvantage the government should increase per student spending in the 16 to 19 education budget by a significant amount within the upcoming spending review the government should introduce a student premium for disadvantaged students aged 16 to 19 that models the pupil premium in schools, with a goal of targeting funding and focus on raising attainment for disadvantaged students the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), working closely with the Office for Students (OfS), universities and others, should develop a system which displays all financial support (bursaries, scholarships and ad-hoc funds) available to undergraduates alongside their eligibility criteria universities should only make pre-qualification unconditional offers where it is clearly in the interests of the individual students to do so. In terms of widening access, universities should make more use of contextualised offers government departments should lead the way by becoming accredited voluntary living wage employers. monitoring progress on improving social mobility providing published advice to ministers on matters relating to social mobility undertaking social mobility advocacy Mobile 073848 70965 Other key findings To help address this inequality, the commission calls on the government to: extend eligibility and uptake of the 30 hour childcare offer to those only working 8 hours a week, as a first step to make it available to more low-income families raise per pupil funding by a significant amount for those aged 16 to 19, and introduce a new pupil premium for disadvantaged students in that age group become an accredited voluntary living wage employer so that government departments pay the voluntary living wage to civil servants and all contracted workers including cleaning and catering staff Social Mobility Commission Communications Team Extending the current 30 hours of free childcare to those who earn the equivalent of 8 hours rather than 16 hours per week will help those who need it most. The functions of the commission include:last_img read more

Eaton, Dibaba Top 2015, says Track And Field News

first_img World records Dibaba and Wlodarczyk both set world records – three minutes 50.07 seconds for the 1500 and 81.08 metres for the hammer throw, respectively – before their wins at the World Championships. The Track and Field News panel could only separate them by three points, 312 to 309. In fact, 17 members of the panel felt that the Pole was number one compared to 16 who voted for Dibaba. Holland’s Dafne Schippers finished third with Jamaica’s 100-metre World champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, appearing at number six. Bolt and Fraser-Pryce were voted as the year’s top performers in the men’s 200 metres and the women’s 100m, respectively. American Justin Gatlin, and not Bolt, is the magazine’s number one in the 100 metres. Details aren’t available yet on the website, but in its 2014 Annual World Rankings issue, Track and Field said: “As important as major meets are, we should also note that no competition, not even the Olympic Games, is the be-all, end-all. We’re looking for people who maintain high standards over a whole year.” Restricted by injuries, Bolt did the 100 metres in only three 2015 athletics meetings, with clockings of 10.12, 9.87 and 9.79 seconds, respectively. The latter time pipped Gatlin in the World Championships. That was the American’s only loss of a seven-meet season that yielded times of 9.74, the fastest in 2015, 9.75 twice, 9.77, 9.78, 9.80 behind Bolt at the Worlds and 9.98 seconds. Gatlin isn’t the only athlete to top the rankings in an individual event despite losing at the World Championships. Others include Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who was fourth in the high jump at the Worlds, French pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie, Kenyan Eunice Sum in the 800 metres, Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic and American Dawn Harper-Nelson, who fell in the semis of the 100-metre hurdles. The respected United States publication, Track and Field News, has named American Ashton Eaton and Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia as its Athletes of the Year for 2015. Despite contesting just one decathlon for the entire season, Eaton won the bulk of the votes from a 36-member international panel to emerge ahead of triple jumper Christian Taylor and Jamaican sprinter supreme Usain Bolt. It was far closer among the women, with Dibaba edging Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, the 2014 Athlete of the Year. According to a notification appearing on the magazine’s Internet site, Eaton’s world record performance – 9,045 points – at the World Championships tipped the voting his way. In fact, it was voted the Performance of the Year. The magazine’s website notes that two members of the panel objected to the season on the grounds that Eaton’s single decathlon did not ‘constitute a full season’.last_img read more

10 months agoRangers veteran McAuley backing move for Southampton midfielder Davis

first_imgRangers veteran McAuley backing move for Southampton midfielder Davisby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers veteran Gareth McAuley has backed a move for Southampton midfielder Steven Davis.McAuley believes that his Northern Ireland team-mate would be an ideal addition.”I don’t know if it’s on the cards, but he’s certainly the player who has been here before, who has captained the club and knows what it’s about,” said McAuley.”The last time I spoke to Steven was at the last international game. He was keeping his cards close to his chest.”I know he’s frustrated that he’s not playing football and, if the opportunity is there for him and things are right with Southampton, then I’m sure that he would love to (come back).”It’s an amazing club. I can’t think of anywhere better to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Notre Dame’s Sheldon Day Had An Amazing Moment With His Mother On The Field For Senior Day

first_imgSheldon Day and his mother on Notre Dame senior day.Twitter/@timringTVNotre Dame hosts its senior day today in South Bend, and when it was Sheldon Day’s turn to greet his mother on the field, things got pretty emotional. Day’s mom couldn’t quite wait for him to hit midfield, so she jogs up to meet him, the two do a special handshake, and then emotionally embraced. It was a fantastic moment:Sheldon Day’s mom doesn’t wait for her son at midfield. Great Senior Day moment at Notre Dame Stadium pic.twitter.com/9vSKZ4PJPK— Tim Ring (@timringTV) November 14, 2015Notre Dame leads Wake Forest 21-0 early in the second quarter.last_img

ExBrighton star wary of Eden Hazard threat

first_imgGary Chivers believes it’s essential that Brighton & Hove Albion find a way to stop the ever impressive Eden Hazard ahead of today’s game against ChelseaThe Seagulls will host Chelsea at the Amex Stadium looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley.The last time Brighton faced Chelsea at home came in January, where they lost 4-0 after Hazard’s brace.And Chivers, who played for both teams in his playing career, warned Brighton they must find a way to stop the Belgian superstar this time around.“From Brighton’s perspective it’ll be a tough one because although Chelsea are a side who’ve been a bit indifferent in recent weeks, their last performance in the league against Manchester City was a great one,” Chivers told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The side took their chances last weekend – Eden Hazard playing up front was their trump card in many ways because not many people expected that.“Most would assume that either Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata would play as a striker, but Hazard went into that role. He had pace either side of him and when they had the ball it really looked dangerous.“Hazard drifts into spaces between the back four and middle four, you don’t want him running at you with the ball because he’s one of the best players in the Premier League – if Albion are to get a result then they’ll have to stop him as well as being solid overall defensively.”The Brighton-Chelsea match will begin at 14:30 (CET) today.last_img read more

Texas Man Arrested For Allegedly Shipping Drugs To Kenai

first_imgDespain: “Rossi was charged with attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, also misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree.” According to charging documents, Rossi tried to pick up a package mailed from Stockton, California that was sent to a hotel in Kenai. The package had been flagged as suspicious by a U.S. Postal Inspector at the Anchorage airport. Tim Despain, spokesman with the Alaska State Troopers: “On July 10, as a result of the investigation, Douglas Rossi, age 52 of Texas, was arrested.” Investigators allegedly found 13.4 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, according to Despain.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Southcentral Area Narcotics (SCAN) team in Soldotna, a member of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, began an investigation into a suspicious package being sent to an individual in Kenai from California. Rossi was arraigned in Kenai court and released on bond Wednesday, July 11. According to courtview his next hearing is scheduled for July 23.last_img read more