Congressman Heck’s “Valentines for Veterans” will Include First Responders This Year

first_imgFor the 6th annual Valentines for Veterans Drive, Congressman Denny Heck is inviting students to make cards for veterans and first responders. Photo courtesy: The Office of Congressman Denny HeckAylen Junior High School (Puyallup School District)Brouillet Elementary (Puyallup School District)Cherrydale Primary School (Steilacoom Historical School District)Cougar Mountain Middle School (Bethel School District)Edgerton Elementary (Puyallup School District)Hillside Elementary (Clover Park School District/Joint Base Lewis-McChord)Maplewood Elementary (Puyallup School District)Meeker Elementary (Puyallup School District)Midland Elementary (Franklin Pierce School District)Ridgecrest Elementary (Puyallup School District)Roy Elementary (Bethel School District)Sunrise Elementary (Puyallup School District)Wildwood Elementary (Puyallup School District)Thurston CountyMountain View Elementary (North Thurston School District)Centennial Elementary (Olympia School District)Anyone wishing to participate can drop off Valentine’s Day cards at Congressman Heck’s district offices between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, January 25 – February 9. Teachers and school districts can contact the Pierce County office at 253-533-8332 or the Thurston/Mason County office at 360-459-8514 to arrange an appointment for large pickups.The Pierce County office is located in the Lakewood City Hall:6000 Main Street SW, Suite 3BLakewood, WA, 98499The Thurston/Mason County office is located on the third floor of Lacey City Hall:420 College Street SE, Third FloorLacey, WA 98503 Facebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Office of Congressman Denny HeckFor the sixth annual Valentines for Veterans Drive, Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) is encouraging students of all ages around the South Sound to pen and design valentines for local first responders as well as veterans. The cards are one way to say to these heroes, “thank you for your service and for keeping us safe.”Congressman Heck and his office will then deliver the cards to veterans organizations and first responder work stations on Valentine’s Day.“Students in the South Sound have big hearts, and they do an amazing job on their valentines every year,” Heck said. “This is one small way to give our heroes a new keepsake for their desk or fridge illustrating our appreciation for how they protect and serve this community.”Students of all grade levels and ages are welcome to participate.The following schools in the South Sound have signed on to provide valentines:Pierce Countylast_img read more

Hoodikoff makes it three straight on Zone One Junior Tour with wins at Granite Pointe and Christina Lake

first_imgJordan Hoodikoff is having his way on the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf circuit.The 18-year-old Grand Forks golfer won for the third time this season, sweeping tournaments at Nelson’s Granite Pointe Saturday and his own Christina Lake course Sunday.Hoodikoff opened the season by capturing the top prize at the Balfour Golf Course.Sunday, Hoodikoff looked at home on the 18 hole, 6685-yard Les Furber-designed course, firing a 3-under-par 69.Tyler McKay, from Rossland/Trail, who tried to make it interesting, finished second with a round or 73.McKay, one-under-par through 14 holes, played well but two late bogies led to a one over par round of 73.In flight play Garrett Underwood from Champion Lake and Brenan Moroney from RTCC both carded identical rounds of 76.  The players went to a three-hole playoff before Underwood ended up taking first in the 17-18 year division.  Tyler McKay of Rossland took first in the 15-16 year category with Isaac Janzen from Creston getting second with a 78.  In the 13 -14-year division Braden McKay from RTCC took first with a 77 and Carson Arcuri from Granite Point taking second.   For the first time in years there was a female division with Amber Arnold from Castlegar edging out MacKenzie Field in a two-hole playoff to take first.  Both girls posted identical rounds of 88.Rain doesn’t slow Hoodikoff, Granite Pointe’s Renwick secondSaturday, at Granite Pointe, Hoodikoff overcame a chilly day on the links to finish on top the standings with a 4-over-par 76.Hoodikoff finished three-shots in front of Granite Pointe’s Nolan Renwick.Renwick, competing in the 13-14 year division, carded a 79 to finished first in the flight.  In division play, Underwood  placed first in the 17- 18 division with an 84.Alex Rugg, from Champion Lakes, finished second with an 87.In the 15- 16-year division, Arnold was first with an 88 and Isaac Janzen from Creston was second with a 90.  Braden McKay from RTCC was second behind Renwick with an 84.In the skill prizes Underwood won KP for the 15 – 18 year olds and Ryan Fullerton from RTCC won long drive.  Jeff Ashton from Castlegar won KP in 14 and under and Braden McKay took the long drive.The Junior Golf season continues Saturday when the tour arrives in Nakusp.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14, 2016

first_imgIN ANY LANGUAGE, CHAO CHOM’S A WINNERConsidering the owner doesn’t speak English and the trainer doesn’t speak Thai, S. Sandow, Inc. and Gary Stute have a business relationship made in heaven.Stute trains Chao Chom for Sandow, who plans to be on hand when the upstart daughter of Tizbud runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on opening day, Dec. 26.“It’s a big step up for her but as long as I get (Kent) Desormeaux, I’ll be happy,” Stute said. It was Hall of Fame rider Desormeaux who piloted 8-1 Chao Chom to a 1 ¾-length upset over 1-9 favorite Enola Gray in the Betty Grable Stakes for California-breds at Del Mar Nov. 13.“He’s got those magic hands,” Stute said of Desormeaux, who was riding the filly for the first time. “He had a chance to ride another filly in the Betty Grable, but that owner wanted to try somebody else.”Stute said Chao Chom’s owner, who owns a business that collects trash in Bangkok, usually visits the United States later in the year but is coming in specifically to see Chao Chom run in the La Brea.“The difficult part of our relationship is, I don’t speak Thai and he doesn’t speak English, and I’ve been training for him 15 years,” Gary said. “My Dad (retired trainer Mel Stute) loves them. Every time they come here, his wife gives him a hundred-dollar bill.”Chao Chom worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Tuesday in a bullet 1:12.20 under jockey Juan Ochoa. STORYBOOK HORSE LEAVES BIG VOID FOR SHERMAN      The penultimate chapter in California Chrome’s fairytale career is scheduled to unfold Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course, as the soon to be 6-year-old California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit readies for a highly anticipated rematch with Arrogate in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park–Chrome’s farewell race before being retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky.“He looks very good,” trainer Art Sherman said three days after Chrome had his final workout for the Los Alamitos Winter Challenge. “He’s been training forwardly and I look for him to run a decent race.”If all goes well after Saturday, plans call for Chrome to leave for Florida on Jan. 6 “and train at Gulfstream prior to the race.”California Chrome will leave a gaping chasm not only in racing but in America’s mainstream. Winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2014 when he was named Horse of the Year, California Chrome won the $10 million Dubai World Cup last March, was second by a half-length to champion-in-waiting Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5 and is North America’s all-time leading money earner with $14,452,650, boasting a 15-4-1 record from 25 starts.Chrome’s life as a stallion will require an adjustment for both horse and trainer.“When I look at that stall and see he’s not in there, it will be a void for me,” Sherman said. “But he’s got some great mares lined up, so I’m hoping he’ll be a really decent stud.”That, of course, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Sherman can’t complain.“It’s been one helluva ride for me,” said the Brooklyn native who turns 80 come Feb. 17. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse. Every trainer hopes he can have a horse like him and I was lucky enough to have him. It’s been great for me, my family and friends.”While the California Chrome story on the race track is due to end Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, his untarnished tale of the turf could live on in perpetuity.Sherman said a book that would be authored by Daily Racing Form’s Eclipse Award-winning Executive Columnist Jay Hovdey has been discussed.“There are a lot of memories,” Sherman said. “I can tell you that.” SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY            In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita Park will again treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday, Dec. 26. A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission. With a pair of Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea leading the way, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opener will again command center stage among racing fans nationwide.Mathis Brothers Furniture, for whom the opening day Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile is named, will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 5,000 kids 12 and under, as well as Mathis Brothers Gift certificates to all paid attendees. Santa Anita will also provide a Family Fun Zone in its spacious Infield Area. (General Admission and parking are free in the Infield, via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place).Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room will again play host to the highly acclaimed Guest Chef Series as one of LA’s hottest restaurants will provide contemporary cuisine and post-holiday celebration. Ticketing, available online, includes innovative signature dishes throughout the afternoon, six delicious whiskey tastings, live music, a racing program, a wagering tip sheet and more. To purchase tickets, please visit santaanita.com/events.With first post time set at 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.            –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs            –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds            –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf             –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar             –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under            –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission            –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events)            –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details            –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events            –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events            Entries for opening day races will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. CLASSIC WINNER ARROGATE DRILLS FOR 2017 DEBUTLANGUAGE BARRIER NO PROBLEM FOR GARY STUTESANTA ANITA WINTER MEET STARTS MONDAY, DEC. 26CHROME’S FAREWELL CALIFORNIA RACE SATURDAYcenter_img ARROGATE COULD RUN IN SAN PASQUAL STAKES JAN. 1Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, who upset fan favorite California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 6, worked five furlongs Tuesday at The Great Race Place in a bullet 58.40, fastest of 77 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.39.Trainer Bob Baffert told bloodhorse.com that Arrogate could make his 2017 debut in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 1, which could lead to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.Martin Garcia was aboard for the drill.“When he came back, he was just full of himself, it was like nothing for him,” Baffert said of Arrogate. “He’s so impressive. After retiring American Pharoah, I never dreamt I would be dealing with another horse of his caliber, but he’s just getting stronger and better every day.” FINISH LINES: As is its tradition, Santa Anita begins its Winter Meet at 12 noon the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, which falls on a Monday but is considered a holiday since Christmas is on a Sunday. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29, at 12:30 p.m. . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Los Alamitos Race Course. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The public is encouraged to attend.last_img read more

Statement from The Stronach Group on the Collaboration Among U.S. Racing Organizations to Prohibit Race-Day Medication at National Tracks

first_imgARCADIA, CA – The Stronach Group applauds our national industry partners on their new commitment to phase out the use of the medication Furosemide (Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminate its use in stakes races held at their racetracks beginning in 2021.Last month, The Stronach Group, together with our industry partners in California, took the bold and necessary steps to begin to modernize and reform our sport for the betterment of horse and rider welfare. This industry-led initiative, successfully gained approval on groundbreaking Lasix reforms from California’s regulatory body for horse racing, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). At today’s CHRB meeting, the medication reforms were approved state-wide at all California racetracks.While steeped in both history and tradition, the sport needs to be modernized in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of horses and athletes first and foremost. This watershed step demonstrates a national alignment and action to elevate the standards within horse racing in the United States.“This work has not been easy, as we have learned firsthand in California, but it is impactful and imperative to crystallize the future of this sport in this country. At Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, we are on track to be aligned with medication standards consistent with, or more restrictive than, those of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authority, which are the world’s benchmark for horse safety and welfare. While we have paved the way in working with the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the CHRB to make changes here in the state, national collaboration is necessary in order to truly evolve the sport,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President of The Stronach Group. “The desire to achieve uniform policies is the beginning of a movement that will redefine the expectations and views on safety within our sport. I applaud all our partners and look forward to continued swift and strong collaboration.” The Stronach Group–owners of both Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields–is forging ahead with industry partners in California with previously announced progressive reforms ranging from medication overhaul to training protocols. The horses that race at these two racetracks now do so under the strongest medication regulations in the United States. The Stronach Group will also commit, in collaboration with industry partners, to have medication-free stakes races in 2021 at the company’s other tracks Gulfstream Park in Florida, Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park in Maryland and would include the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series and the Preakness Stakes.While there is still much work to be done, this is a historic moment for the Thoroughbred racing industry. The Stronach Group will continue to lead by example by partnering with critical stakeholders for the ongoing modernization of the sport.last_img read more

Margibi Apportions County Funds; Elects PMC Chair, Others

first_imgRep. Ben Fofana, Margibi County Legislative Caucus Chair.As a means of fast-tracking development projects in Margibi County, residents there have apportioned the development fund in the 2018/2019 national budget to various sectors, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) has reported.According to LINA Margibi County Correspondent, Richard Baysah, delegates at the just ended county sitting organized by the county legislative caucus under the leadership of district #4 Representative Ben Fofana decided through a resolution that the amount of US$232,666 be divided to benefit the five electoral districts, and other arrears of priority.The 147 delegates resolved that each district gets US$15,000, US$23,000 for the Project Management Committee (PMC), which constitutes 10 percent of the total fund.Additionally, the delegates agreed that an amount of US$17,500 goes towards outstanding debts owed by the county during the previous county meet, and US$25,000 for the upcoming 2018/2019 county meet.An amount of US$7,166 was also allotted to the office of the superintendent for “emergency operations.”Earlier, the secretary of the Legislative Caucus Margibi County District #2 Representative, Ivar K. Jones, informed the delegates that the county was heavily indebted to the tone of US$27,500 during the County Sitting.Rep Jones also said that there was an amount of US$450,000 left in the county’s account. He named series of challenging issues within various districts including scholarships and the incomplete Unification Town (Smell-No-Taste) project.He informed the delegates that an amount of US$207,666 was allotted in the National Budget as County Development Fund, and US$25,000 for Social Development Fund, totaling US$232,666 for the county.Margibi Superintendent Jerry Varnie also told the delegates that he inherited a zero balance account when he took over the County early this year. He said that his administration has initiated an audit of the past administration, noting that there were several projects funded by the CDF, which are yet to be completed.He named the Unification Town Hall project, the BWI multipurpose projects yet to be completed even though funds were given to contractors.Varnie has meanwhile called for collective efforts in speeding up developments in the county.In a related development, Rep. Fofana, who chairs the County Legislative Caucus commended the delegates for a peaceful and successful sitting. He added that other outstanding issues will be addressed in subsequent County Sitting.Moreover some of the delegates overwhelmingly elected Thomason M. Nanah, as chairman of the Project Management Committee (PMC), while Baysah Kollie, and Nah A. Daniel were elected on white ballots as Comptroller and Treasure respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Real-life mean girls prove words can hurt

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The schoolyard harassment from years ago still plays out like a movie in her mind. There was the table of sweet-faced girls in the lunchroom, and the leader of their clique who told them to pick on another girl. And then there was her daughter, banished from the group when she wouldn’t go along with their hateful games. She became their next target, and then the daily torment began, said Acton mother Kathy Lively. The girls talked about her. They ostracized her. They made school miserable for the middle-school girl whose spirited personality withered over time from the pressure. After a few months of the abuse and after meetings with school officials who shrugged at the situation, her parents pulled her out of the school. “She was crushed and was going to change. We didn’t want that to happen. We found no other way but to remove her from that situation,” Lively said. “It’s a psychological warfare with girls. And it lingers.” Girl bullying often goes unnoticed at schools, largely because it doesn’t involve schoolyard brawls. It’s done through dirty looks, snarky remarks and rumors. Girls can be great friends one day and within 24 hours decide to leave one another in the dust with no explanation. It’s a type of fighting that doesn’t result in black eyes and bloody noses, but the scars it leaves are just as damaging. It’s a type of behavior that rarely sees consequences in schools. Kids don’t get suspended for starting rumors. They don’t get sent to the office for putdowns. It usually plays out covertly, quietly and behind a smiling face. But it is very real. One Acton mother who knew her child was the target of some mean girls at school stood in the back of the classroom one day to watch the room’s dynamics. She was outraged at what she saw. A girl quietly standing by her child’s desk suddenly sent all the papers, folders and pencils on it flying. Then the girl smiled and then flitted away as if nothing happened. “It’s much more of a silent aggression and is undetectable,” said Susan Rasmussen, a counselor with the Newhall School District. “You don’t see a lot of yelling or shouting.” Rasmussen said the behavior usually begins in fifth and sixth grades, around the time when kids form cliques and groups in school. Girls at that age will put up with the conduct, so they can still be included with the group – anything to avoid exclusion. One time a girl told Rasmussen that her friends demanded an apology, even though she hadn’t done anything to them. That didn’t matter much to the group. The girl had to either admit regret or lose her group of friends. So she apologized. Rasmussen admits that a lot of the behavior simply doesn’t make much sense. But at the same time, it brandishes a certain amount of power over the girls who are too young to deal with it and lack the self-esteem to find new friends. When she was in fifth grade, Valencia’s Natalia Schatz found herself on the outs with some friends a few times after she tried to patch up disagreements among them. After the fights resolved, the girls would turn around and ignore Natalia, sometimes calling her names and using putdowns that sent her home in tears. Sometimes her mother Elizabeth would intervene, hoping to untangle the issues and smooth out the friendships. She urged her daughter to find more friends. “It was so hurtful,” Elizabeth Schatz said. “It used to break my heart to see her that way.” Bullying among girls peaks in middle school, where groups that subtly came together in elementary school tend to solidify, and the issues they had back then are often carried over. The gossip, friend stealing, isolation and other behaviors continue, rarely breaking out into violence among the preteens. But psychologists are noticing a disturbing new trend – by the time they reach high school, girls are becoming become more violent. Rumors still continue, as do the glares and name calling, but girls are also threatening physical violence on others. “We’re starting to see more physical aggression. It’s not a major epidemic, but it’s a growing concern,” said Mary McGrath, school psychologist for the William S. Hart Union High School District. Although mom always said that bullies pick on others because they have low self-esteem, some psychologists are saying that’s simply not true. In fact, the last thing they need is an ego boost. Instead, bullies are considered popular and are often deemed as the cool kids, said Jaana Juvonen, University of California, Los Angeles, professor of psychology and adjunct behavioral scientist at Rand Center for Adolescent Health Promotion. “We’re not saying that they always feel good about themselves,” Juvonen said. “They feel good about themselves when they’re considered popular and cool.” Although most schools offer mediation between bullies and their targets, Juvonen said it takes more than that to stop the behavior. She said there needs to be a change in the peer culture that encourages it. Even kids who consider themselves innocent bystanders to the bullies – those who don’t confront them when the rumor mill begins to churn or those who go along with them when the other head games begin – contribute to bully’s behavior. But it’s the bullies who should be separated from the group, because it takes their social power away, experts say. And it takes an empowered group of kids to do it. Juvonen admits, that’s far easier said than done. “That’s what it takes to change the social culture of the school,” she said. “You have to take the mass, not just take out the bullies or the chronic victims. This is a collective problem.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 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

DDTV: UNIQUE CANCER PROJECT LAUNCHED IN DONEGAL/DERRRY

first_imgThe launch has taken place of Cancer Connect Ireland – a Donegal/Derry lead project set up by Irish Cyclist Joe Barr.The project aim is to help children with Cancer connect with their school and friends via the use of smart technology such as iPads and the internet etc. The long term plan is to roll out a national program in Ireland North & South, in the years to come.DonegalTV was on hand for the launch.Simply click to play. DDTV: UNIQUE CANCER PROJECT LAUNCHED IN DONEGAL/DERRRY was last modified: December 19th, 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:cancercharityDerrydonegalJoe Barrlast_img read more

DDTV: JASON QUIGLEY HOPES DONEGAL LAND DUBLIN WITH A KNOCKOUT BLOW ON SUNDAY

first_imgDonegal boxing sensation Jason Quigley has recorded a video message wishing Donegal all the best ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin on Sunday.The video was recorded at Michael Murphy’s new Sports & Lesiure shop in Letterkenny. Quigley had called in to wish Michael all the best with his new venture before voicing his support for Donegal this weekend.In the video Quigley reminds the players they put Donegal back on the map in 2012, and said it was time for them to do it again.Let’s hope Donegal can land the knockout blow to Dublin’s hopes on Sunday and take us to another All-Ireland final.The opening of Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure will also feature on the Donegal County Matters Show on Irish TV, (Sky 191) at 9pm tonight Video above courtesy of Jackson Media TV. DDTV: JASON QUIGLEY HOPES DONEGAL LAND DUBLIN WITH A KNOCKOUT BLOW ON SUNDAY was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVdonegalJason QuigleynewsSportsupportVideo messagelast_img read more

ELECTION 2014: WATSON WARNS OF MEDICAL CARD STYLE CUTS TO SNA PROVISION

first_imgElection candidate John Watson has claimed new rules governing the allocation of Special Needs Assistants could see a medical card style cull of SNA supports in Donegal schools.Fianna Fail’s John WatsonThe Fianna Fail candidate was commenting on a circular from the Department of Education outlining strict new rules on SNA supports, including constant reviews that could result in children losing support with little warning.The Letterkenny businessman said this appears to be putting huge amount of red tape in the way of access to special needs supports. “Schools will be buried in paperwork trying to ensure that children with needs get the help that they need to develop within the classroom setting.“The allocation of a Special Needs Assistants will be subject to an annual review and time bound to 3 years subject to these annual reviews. It means that parents and schools will be forced to go through constant reviews, re-applications and appeals processes. This is an unnecessary burden on already overstretched teachers and parents.”The circular also says that in order to get SNA support ‘the care needs outlined must be of such significance that they are beyond that which would normally be expected to be provided to a child by the child’s class teacher’.“It is clear from this that the bar will be extremely high for a child with special needs to get any access to a SNA supports. “Schools will also be required to put in place a Personal Pupil Plan outlining the pupil’s special care needs and showing how the SNA will be deployed to assist the pupil. The circular does not offer any real definition of what should be in a Personal Pupil Plan.“At secondary level, it seems that it will be more or less impossible to access any SNA support. The Department says that ‘only students with chronic and serious care needs’ should need SNA support and that ‘continued and ongoing access to SNA support is generally not desirable for post-primary students’. The tone of this statement is deeply unsympathetic.”He concluded that this is alarming for those responsible for the care of children with special needs.“We have already seen how the application of bureaucracy and red tape to the discretionary medical card process has caused distress and led to thousands of very sick and disabled people losing their medical card without warning.“I fear that the same underhand tactics are now being applied to children with special educational needs and will result in covert cull of SNA supports in our schools,” he added. ELECTION 2014: WATSON WARNS OF MEDICAL CARD STYLE CUTS TO SNA PROVISION was last modified: May 19th, 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:donegalelectionJOhn WatsonSNAlast_img read more

Flying forecasters favor Trojans today

first_imgHACIENDA HEIGHTS – If you think football predictions are for the birds, then go with USC.USC has the edge over UCLA in today’s grudge match, according to predictions made by two local pigeons.In a flight Friday from a radio tower in Burbank to their home in Hacienda Heights, a homing pigeon representing the Trojans beat out the Bruin bird by just a few seconds, said Luthor Nelson, owner of the birds and of White Dove Release.“Each time, we’ve been accurate,” Nelson said, adding his pigeons predicted George W. Bush would win more votes than John Kerry, and correctly predicted the results of the last Super Bowl and “American Idol” contest.Nelson and his wife, Susie, had their first date at a UCLA-USC game, he said.Susie Nelson, who attended UCLA, was not thrilled with the results of Friday’s race, Luthor Nelson said. Shirley Hsu AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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