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Joshua back ‘home’ to face Povetkin for heavyweight titles

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A similar-sized crowd is expected on Saturday.“I feel relaxed and calm,” said Joshua, the IBF, WBO and WBA titleholder. “It’s not new to me anymore. I feel like this is home, where I’m going to perform.”Joshua strode onto the field at English soccer’s national stadium Thursday and looked around the cavernous arena, a wide grin spread across his face.This will be his fifth straight stadium fight. More than 300,000 spectators have watched his last four, leading Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, to call his man a “phenomenon.”Povetkin is not used to fighting in such an atmosphere but, at the age of 39, he does arrive in London with plenty of experience.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Like Joshua, Povetkin is an Olympic champion — at super heavyweight in the 2004 Athens Games — and was the WBA’s “regular” champion from 2011-13. His only loss in 35 fights came against Klitschko in 2013, and that was on points.More recently, he made headlines for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs twice in a seven-month period in 2016. It stalled his career but he has won eight straight fights, the latest being a brutal fifth-round stoppage of David Price on the undercard of Joshua’s win over Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales, in December.Joshua said Povetkin is “definitely” his second-hardest fight after Klitschko. Joshua’s trainer, Rob McCracken, said that unlike Parker, “Povetkin comes from the top tier in boxing.”“I am just as strong (as Joshua) and in good shape,” Povetkin said through a translator. “When I fought Klitschko, I was much weaker and in much worse shape than I am now.”As the two fighters squared off after the pre-fight news conference, the size difference was noticeable. Povetkin has the build of a cruiserweight and also the speed of one.Joshua said he has been sparring with amateur boxers of a similar stature, while his fight with Carlos Takam — another smaller heavyweight with an awkward style — will stand him in good stead.“Skills apart and technique apart, I think we’ve both got a big heart, we can dig deep and that turns out into a good fight,” Joshua said. “We both showed that against Klitschko — we both stayed in there, and we’re going to do that again on Saturday night. I think the one who is toughest will come out on top.”It is a dangerous 23rd professional fight for Joshua, who has been pushed into the shadows somewhat in the heavyweight scene in recent weeks with Wilder agreeing to a fight against former champion Tyson Fury in the coming weeks.A big knockout will be a timely reminder of who the box office draw is in the sport’s most glamorous division.“One punch can change the course of history so that’s what keeps my eyes on the prize,” Joshua said. “Like ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ one foot wrong and you slide back down to the bottom of the pecking order.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Make some noise Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Boxers, Britain’s Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia’s Alexander Povetkin pose for photographers with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, after a press conference at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Joshua and Povetkin are due to fight for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in a boxing match on Saturday at Wembley stadium. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)This was supposed to be the week Anthony Joshua completed his whirlwind boxing journey from Olympic gold medalist to undisputed world heavyweight champion.Deontay Wilder should have been the opponent, Las Vegas potentially the venue. There was talk of $50 million being on the table.ADVERTISEMENT Instead, Joshua has to take a detour.The 28-year-old Briton was back home in London on Thursday, ready to fulfil his mandatory obligations by facing Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt’s not the fight he wanted — Wilder, the WBC champion from the United States, remains his No. 1 priority — but Joshua knows it’s a necessary step toward his ultimate goal of unifying the division.The last time Joshua fought at Wembley, it was in front of about 90,000 spectators in April 2017 when he beat Wladimir Klitschko to become boxing’s new superstar virtually overnight. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

MFDP Launches APRM National Sensitization Campaign

first_imgOn December 22, 2016, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning formally launched the African Peer Review Mechanism national sensitization and outreach campaign in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.According to Minister Boima S. Kamara the APRM is geared toward a self–monitoring framework that African governments can accede to on a voluntary basis. The APRM was established in March 2003 by the Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).Minister Kamara said the objectives of the APRM are primarily to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth and sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration through experience sharing and reinforcement of success and best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building.The APRM will also look at democracy and political governance with the objectives of addressing conflicts, constitutional democracy, election, economic, cultural and political rights, effective public service, separation of powers, the rights of women, children and the other vulnerable groups.In a well attend forum held at the Ganta Methodist Gymnasium, Min. Kamara said economic management and governance, dealing with the promotion of macro-economic policies, transparency, sound public finance management as well as fighting corruption and promoting regional integration are some of the objectives of the APRM.“The APRM also focuses on corporate governance, which aims at ensuring enabling environment for business, adoption of codes, ethics and good corporate citizenry as well as social responsibility.”He said the APRM will be looking at standards and practices in governance in Africa to make sure that governments in Africa are held accountable to improve their governance processes.The ARPM will be operating in six stages, including preparatory activities, visitation to countries in the country review team, preparation of preliminary report to the CRT, analysis of the draft review report by the APR panel, publication of the country review report and monitoring and evaluation.Liberia currently has eight sectors represented on the National Governing Council including political parties, the private sector, civil society, women’s groups, national traditional council of Liberia, GOL (MFDP and GAC), National Union of the Disabled and Academia (National Commission on Higher Education).One of the major thematic pillars of APRM is the social–economic development which aims at self reliance and sustaining development, strengthening policies, delivery of social services and combating HIV/AIDS. Others include, access to services such as water, electricity, markets, ICT as well as promotion of gender equality.The Ganta program began with a parade through the principal streets of Ganta and was followed by an indoor program at the Methodist Gymnasium, where many speakers made remarks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amerindians denounce “blatant” marginalisation by Govt’s land CoI ploy

first_imgPresident David Granger on Tuesday remained unfazed as yet another group of Amerindian leaders rejected Government’s decision to establish a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into land rights, on the grounds of lack of consultation among others.The National Toshaos Council (NTC) – a body comprising of all Toshaos of Guyana and a representative group of the Indigenous Peoples of Guyana – views this decision as a “blatant attempt” to dispossess the Indigenous people of their lands.President David Granger addressing the Commissioners of the Land CoIMinister of State Joseph Harmon had announced that the CoI would seek to resolve all the issues and uncertainties surrounding the individual, joint or communal ownership of lands acquired by free Africans and Amerindian land titling claims.But the NTC in a statement on Tuesday, argued that the two issues are unique and need to be addressed separately.“While we support reparations and repatriation of African Lands and addressing that issue with a great degree of urgency, the Indigenous Lands issue cannot and should not be viewed in the same light, nor can it be addressed under the same framework,” the body emphasised.The NTC called for the establishment of two separate entities to deal with the two different issues as it voiced its refusal to cooperative with the current lands CoI.“We call on His Excellency for a complete repeal of the mandate of this Commission and to establish the Indigenous Peoples’ Lands Commission,” the NTC said.The organisation noted that failure to do so would demonstrate that Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples are being marginalised by the Government of Guyana.The Amerindian leaders reminded that it was the Head of State who made the promise, during the NTC Conference of 2015, to establish a “Hinterland and Indigenous Peoples Lands Commission” that will address all Indigenous land issues.“We are forced to remind His Excellency of that commitment and to immediately seek for him to hold that commitment to the Indigenous Population of Guyana,” the NTC said.The body added, “We are also keen to remind His Excellency of the APNU’s manifesto within which his party committed to protect Guyana’s Indigenous Population as mandated by Guyana’s Constitution, clearly informed by Article 149(G), to respect Guyana’s Treaty obligations including ILO169, and to recognise the various International laws that were made for the protection of the indigenous peoples, both in Guyana and Globally.”The NTC also highlighted that in the Amerindian Act of 2006, as a matter of law, there exists a process that speaks to the issue of Amerindian Lands. Also, under the Amerindian Land Titling Programme, informed at great lengths by the Amerindian Act, Guyana’s Constitution, and International Law, there exists a very robust framework that speaks to Amerindian Lands. This framework was developed by all key stakeholders from the Indigenous Fraternity and the Government of Guyana through agents from Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Guyana Forestry Commission, Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association, Guyana Women Miners Association, and the United Nations Development Programme.Meanwhile, the NTC also complained of “severe” lack of consultations on the matter – an assertion which President Granger has denied.The Head of State told reporters on Tuesday that the statement was “inaccurate”.“The proposal to establish a body was announced by me in August last year at the National Toshaos Council meeting I think there had to be some consultation and persons who are on that commission are from a wide section of the community. There was consultation,” he said.President Granger also alluded to the fact that Attorney David James, a former Legal Adviser to the Amerindian People’s Association (APA) is a commissioner, to support his claims of consultation.But the APA had also come out criticising government’s land CoI.Other organisations including the Guyanese Organisation of Indigenous Peoples, The Amerindian Action Movement, South Central Peoples Development Association, and the National Amerindian Development Foundation, have all protested the merging of the two issues under one blanket.“We see no basis for any link between these disparate issues, and consider that the announced course would only result in further delay on desperately needed action on Indigenous land rights,” the bodies had expressed in a joint statement.The Chairman of the Commissioner is Reverend George Peter Chuck-A-Sang, and the members are David James, Carol Khan-James, Professor Rudolph James, Lennox Caleb and Paulette Henry.last_img read more

Boy Scout’s badge comes 70 years late

first_imgThe Court of Honor Eagle Scout ceremony for Riley, a member of Boy Scout Troop464 in Woodland Hills, would have to wait until next month. It was Monson who was being honored at court Wednesday night – 70 years late. He became a Boy Scout in 1930 and earned his Eagle Scout badge in 1937, a time when the country was coming out of a depression and headed into a war. Ceremonies like the one for his badge often were delayed, overlooked or forgotten completely as young men such as Monson went into the service and came home with marriage and careers on their minds, not missed Eagle Scout ceremonies. “To tell you the truth, I was just glad to earn my badge because there weren’t many pools in Los Angeles back in the 1930s to learn to swim in,” Monson said, laughing. “I had a heck of a time finding a place to earn my merit badge in lifesaving. To be an Eagle Scout, you have to be able to save a person your size. “I finally did it in the pool at the old Elks building on Wilshire Boulevard,” Monson said. A couple of years after pulling that kid of out the Elks pool to earn his badge, Monson was walking down the aisle with Eleanor, whom he has been married to for 68 years. They have two children. “When I got out of the Army, I went into the food business, opening my own market – the Circle M – over on Victory and Coldwater boulevards where the movie theater is now,” Monson said. “I stayed with Scouting on and off through the years with my own kids and started a troop in Tarzana. I still go to Scout camp every summer – for the last 35 years. “The boys like listening to my stories. I’ve got a million of them.” And after Wednesday night, he is going to have one more. “The boys love Larry, and treat him like a grandfather,” said Corky Straus, an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop464. “He likes to teach them how to whittle, carve pieces of wood into interesting things. “They love it. Larry’s just a sweetheart of a guy.” Whether it’s 1937 or 2007, becoming an Eagle Scout really hasn’t changed that much, Monson said, finishing up his short written introduction on Riley. “It was all about camaraderie and enjoying the outdoors when I was a kid, and it’s still about that now with Riley and other boys,” he said. “I’m proud of them all and flattered that they’ve invited me tonight.” Yeah, the best surprises are the ones you never see coming. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Larry Monson sat at home Wednesday afternoon working on a short speech he would give that night about what a great kid Riley Alexander is, and how much the 17-year-old deserves the Eagle Scout badge he has earned. “You know what they say – the best speakers are the ones who don’t say too much,” the 90-year-old assistant Boy Scout master said, smiling. True, and the best surprises are the ones you never see coming. And Larry Monson never saw this one coming. last_img read more

‘He just lapses’ West Brom boss lifts lid on Saido Berahino

first_img Saido Berahino West Brom boss Tony Pulis insists Saido Berahino has improved his behaviour after he was warned about his attitude.The striker could now start against Stoke on Saturday after Pulis claimed he was lucky to be on the bench for Monday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle. He was a substitute for the eighth straight game as Pulis hinted at behind-the-scenes troubles. Berahino’s time-keeping is understood to have been a problem in the past and it has been his general attitude which Pulis has taken issue with, not any specific flashpoint, but the boss has drawn a line under it. “It’s got nothing to do with anybody apart from me and Saido,” Pulis said. “He’s trained well this week, he’s been in on time and he’s done everything that everyone else has done.“He just lapses, it’s not because he’s a bad lad or anything. It’s just the way he is, it’s just him growing up and recognising it’s about the group, about the team, and the football club.“That’s all done and dusted, we’ve moved on from that.“The kid came on and did really well for 30 minutes (against Newcastle) and he’s got a great chance of playing on Saturday.”Berahino has scored just three goals this season after threatening to strike on deadline day when the Baggies rejected two bids from Tottenham.West Brom are braced for further interest from Spurs in the transfer window after they rejected four offers in total in the summer. Any deal will have to be significantly better business for the Baggies with the previous bids based around clauses and Tottenham’s final amount rising to £23million in several stages.And Pulis reiterated Albion’s stance on selling the 22-year-old.“I was asked that question two (transfer) windows ago and I said exactly the same,” he told a press conference. “The club would love to keep him.” 1last_img read more

Frank Girardot: From peril to just a giggle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityI arrived 15 minutes later. Deputies with guns drawn were holding the north end of a half-mile perimeter in the heart of a densely populated neighborhood. I stood behind a car and watched things for a bit. I see guns as tools of destruction. I know I’m not alone. I knew a homicide detective who kept his piece in a paper bag in his desk drawer in the old Hall of Justice. Don’t get me wrong. I own a nice (completely dismantled) bolt-action rifle. Wednesday morning there was a report from Rosemead of “shots fired, possible officer down” crackling over the newsroom scanner. The sound of the radio traffic reminded me of the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery that turned into a shootout between the LAPD and a pair of armed robbers and culminated in a bloody mess. The North Hollywood incident ended with 16 cops and civilians wounded in a firefight. When it was over, gunmen Emil Matasareanu, 30, of Altadena and Larry Phillips, 26, of Rowland Heights were dead. In the heat of the moment Wednesday I grabbed my press credentials and rushed out of the newsroom to where the action was. I’ve fired .22s, .38s, .45s, 9s, .357s and .44 Magnums (“the most powerful handgun in the world,” as “Dirty Harry” Callahan once said). I’ve taken turns with .410-gauge bird shotguns and powerful pump-action 12-gauge riot guns. I’ve shot at watermelons, tin cans, paper targets and (I’m ashamed to admit) a bird or two and a couple of road signs in my youth. But it amazed me to see how few residents of Rosemead shared my fear of well-aimed pistols and shotguns that were clearly in a safety-off position. Women with umbrellas to shield them from the sun thought nothing about approaching gun-pointing deputies from down-range. Men on bicycles rolled across the street, seemingly unaware that they were in a pretty dangerous place. I’ve watched a lot of Westerns in my day. I always thought civilians took cover in the nearest saloon they could find. Not in Rosemead. Not Wednesday. Reporter Jennifer McLain described the situation: “As time dragged on and deputies stood with guns in their hands, mothers walked by with strollers, neighbors stopped to ask questions and vehicles drove past.” Fortunately cops know the danger oblivious bystanders pose to themselves in these situations. “You try to get everybody out of the kill zone,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Osterman said. “You want to keep them from becoming victims or hostages.” What started in a panic though, ended with a giggle. The “gunfire” a couple of deputies believed they encountered at Zapopan Park was nothing more than an exploding Bic cigarette lighter. No one was hurt. Although they could have been. Either stupidly or otherwise. I know. I’ve seen videos of exploding lighters on YouTube. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GARDA KILLER FAILS IN SENTENCE APPEAL HEARING – HANDOVER SET FOR FRIDAY

first_imgGARDA killer Martin McDermott today failed in his appeal against a four-month prison sentence for attacking PSNI officers when he was re-arrested after his prison escape.Martin McDermott escaped from the low-security Loughan House open prison in County Cavan on March 15.He was eight months into a seven-year sentence for killing a garda when he rammed his car in County Donegal. The 26-year-old, whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry Prison, received a seven-year jail sentence in Letterkenny in July 2011 following his conviction for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin.Garda McLoughlin died after the squad car he was driving was struck at speed by a car driven by McDermott at Burt in December 2009.A prosecution barrister told Judge Piers Grant that after his arrest in the Galliagh area of Derry following a cross-border search on the morning of March 22, McDermott pleaded guilty to assaulting three PSNI officers, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour.The barrister said McDermott, who has 91 previous convictions, ran into on-coming traffic at Fern Road, climbed over a wall and ran off when he saw members of a police foot patrol.After a brief search, McDermott was caught and arrested. He was verbally abusive to the police officers, assaulted three of them and also damaged a set of police handcuffs.The barrister said following his arrest, McDermott was taken to Strand Road PSNI Station where he admitted the offences and apologised to police for his actions.He told them he had panicked and run off when he saw the police officer because of a bad childhood experience and because he suffers from post-traumatic stress.Appealing against the four-month sentence imposed by Derry Magistrates’ Court in March, barrister Sean Doherty, said the injuries sustained by the three police officers were minor and non-permanent. He also said the offences were not pre-mediated.Mr Doherty said McDermott had served the equivalent of a three-month sentence for the Derry offences.He also said that, as McDermott’s non-contested extradition hearing was due to take place in the High Court in Belfast on Friday, if McDermott was still a sentenced prisoner on that day, the hearing would not be able to go ahead.Refusing the appeal and affirming the four-month jail sentence, Judge Grant said that, although McDermott had a small record in Northern Ireland, his 91 previous convictions in the Republic of Ireland included manslaughter, other offences of violence, as well as threatening individuals.He said the decision of the district judge who jailed McDermott for four months was “quite right”.GARDA KILLER FAILS IN SENTENCE APPEAL HEARING – HANDOVER SET FOR FRIDAY was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

TODDLER WHOSE HAND WAS CRUSHED AT PLAYGROUP AWARDED €26,800

first_imgA toddler’s hand was crushed at a playgroup after organisers failed to fit safety latches on the doors.A creche – pic posed by models.The child, who had two of her fingers jammed in the doors, was awarded €26,800 in damages at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday. The accident happened at the Greencastle Community Development Company on April 16th 2012.The child, who was two years old at the time, had to have surgery to repair severe damage to two of her fingers.Barrister Peter Nolan said the girl had suffered “an extremely painful injury and was extremely upset at the time.”She was rushed to hospital and later received plastic surgery but has been left with a scar.Judge Keenan Johnson praised the surgery team for excellent work after viewing the scar in his chambers and said surgeons had done an “excellent job.”He approved a settlement of €26,807 to the girl to be invested on her behalf until she is 18.He praised the girl who was in court wit her mother and said “Her smile would light up any room.”He ordered an advance payment of €500 to buy the little girl a present.TODDLER WHOSE HAND WAS CRUSHED AT PLAYGROUP AWARDED €26,800 was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalGreencastle Community Development Companyhand crushedjudge keenan johnsontoddlerlast_img read more

Manchester City All or Nothing: Release date, trailer and channel

first_img The documentary follows City on their way to the Premier League trophy Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible standings 1 What is All or Nothing?Throughout the season, Pep’s side were followed by a documentary camera crew.All or Nothing is a regular feature on Amazon Prime and recently featured the New Zealand All Blacks.It gives fans a chance to see behind-the-scenes, including everything from the training ground to dressing room team-talks.Despite the Premier League campaign being a resounding success, the series will give viewers the chance to see the fallout from the season’s lower points for City.These include the shock FA Cup departure to Wigan and the Champions League defeats to Liverpool.When is the documentary released?The series is made up of eight parts and you can now view it from TODAY, August 17.Amazon recently released a new trailer for the show, which featured inspirational quotes from Guardiola to his team. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? FOOTBALL LATEST gameday smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Manchester City were almost unstoppable as they cruised to the 2017/18 Premier League title.Pep Guardiola had his side playing a full throttle style of football that saw them crash more than 100 goals and break the 100-point barrier. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA Getty ALTERED Where can I watch it?The series will be available to stream on the Amazon Prime platform.As a result you can access the content on your smart TV, mobile, tablet or laptop.This means that all episodes will be available for you to binge on once the programme is released.You can grab a 30-day free trial for the service, or subscribe for £7.99-per-month. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights last_img read more

McCONALOGUE URGES TEACHERS TO EMBRACE JUNIOR CERT REFORMS

first_imgFianna Fáil spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD is calling on teachers unions to give serious consideration to the latest proposals on Junior Cert Reform.The changes put forward by Minister O’Sullivan mark a significant shift in policy from the proposals adopted by her predecessor, and have the potential to see a much improved Junior Cert programme implemented. The Donegal TD said last night: “The Minister’s decision to concede on the independent assessment issue and to maintain a State exam as part of the assessment process is a welcome development, and lays the groundwork for a tangible agreement between the Department and the teachers unions to be reached. “I understand that the relationship between the unions and the Department has been damaged by the manner in which former Minister Ruairi Quinn conducted the negotiations process.“His dictatorial approach to the issues and his reluctance to take the concerns of teachers and parents on board caused much ill-will. However, Minister O’Sullivan’s belated recognition of the need for change has brought about proposals which can allay the majority of those concerns.“Fianna Fáil has consistently advocated the importance of maintaining independent state certified assessment of the Junior Certificate and we believe the Minister’s u-turn on the issue can now pave the way for an agreement. I would urge the unions and teachers to give serious consideration to these proposals, and how they can ultimately lead to the improvement of our education system.“Both sides in this long-running negotiation process should return to the talks table to try and reach an agreeable position. The current proposals can go a long way to putting our second level system on a solid footing which will benefit future generations to come.”  McCONALOGUE URGES TEACHERS TO EMBRACE JUNIOR CERT REFORMS was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Charlie McConalogueeducationJunior Certreformlast_img read more