€55,000 funding for anti-bullying training

first_imgNewsEducation€55,000 funding for anti-bullying trainingBy John Keogh – September 17, 2014 715 TAGSbullyingDepartment of EducationEducation Minister Jan O’Sullivan Advertisement Delay in Limerick schools patronage process ‘unacceptable’ Previous articleFree tests in Limerick to protect against sight lossNext article1,000 Limerick people run 5k with Ray John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Beyond the neon runes New UL president invited independent inquiry WhatsApp Jan O’Sullivan, the Limerick minister who will be involved in the launch of the new energuy initiative “Let’s Conserve Energy Together Better.”Education Minister Jan O’SullivanEDUCATION Minister Jan O’Sullivan has announced that €55,000 in additional funding is to be provided for nationwide anti-bullying training sessions for parents this year.This figure is in addition to the €60,000 originally allocated this year, bringing the total allocation for 2014 to €115,000.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Anti-Bullying Parent Training Programme is run jointly by the National Parents Council Primary NPC-P and the National Parents Council Post Primary NPC-PP to support the implementation of the Action Plan on Bullying, which called for training and resources for parents and boards of management.Minister O’Sullivan commented: “I recognise the very high level of demand among parents for this type of training.  Parents need the tools and know-how to support their children in preventing bullying from happening and in dealing with it when it does arise – in particular, I have already been contacted by many parents who are seeking more support in helping their children to combat cyberbullying.”She also thanked the NPC-P and the NPC-PP for their work in delivering the sessions and noted the very positive feedback from participants.The Minister encouraged all parents to avail of the training  and said: “Everyone in the wider community has an important role to play in tackling all forms of bullying and in teaching children how to manage relationships, be resilient and have empathy for others. Bullying is not a problem schools can or should be left to tackle alone.”In 2013, funding of €60,000 supported the delivery of 105 anti-bullying parent training sessions to 3,279 parents nationwide.It is expected that the funding in 2014 will allow more than 200 sessions to be organised throughout the country. Printcenter_img Linkedin Read Your Mind launches in Limerick City and County Libraries Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 142 Limerick schools benefit from minor works scheme Twitter €20 million funding plan for Limerick Institute of Technology Facebooklast_img read more

The Worst Home Markets for Millennials

first_img Related Articles Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News April 27, 2018 1,931 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img More than any other age group, millennials are feeling the one-two punch of tight inventory and consistently climbing housing prices. Realtor.com, in fact, calls the current state of the market  “the toughest home buying season in history” in a new look on which metros are the hardest for millennials to buy into.“Millennials want to buy, but record-low inventory is making it extremely difficult,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for Realtor.com. “Our analysis shows millennials are facing challenges in both established markets such as San Jose and Seattle, as well as more recently popular areas like Omaha and Salt Lake City.”Minneapolis is in the top five too. According to the report, homes in these five cities are increasingly out of reach for millennial buyers, despite that this group of buyers is flocking to them for their strong economies and high-paying jobs. “As a result, millennials make up a higher share of the population, at 14.6 percent, compared to 13.4 percent for the U.S.,” the report stated. “Household income among 25- to 34 year-olds in these five locations is also significantly higher, at roughly $79,000, compared to the U.S. median of $59,800. And millennials are definitely interested in buying. Realtor.com said that in the first quarter, millennials accounted for 25 percent of views, higher than any other age group. But the economic hopes for San Jose, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Omaha, and Minneapolis are meeting with the economic realities of living there. While the median U.S. home price is $280,000, the median price in San Jose is $1.24 million. The report stated that the Bay Area is “replete with young students and scholars” chasing tech salaries—the average millennial salary in San Jose is $102,000 a year—at companies like Google and Apple. The competition for houses, therefore, is intense, and non-tech workers are increasingly getting shoved to the outskirts of the city.The same story is occurring in the other four cities, just with different numbers. Millennials average $78,300 a year in Seattle, where the median home price is $533,000; they average about $68,000 a year in Salt Lake City, where the median home is almost $400,000; $73,600 a year in Minneapolis, where the median house can cost $283,000; and $63,500 a year in Omaha, where the median home price is the same as in Minneapolis.All that combines with especially low inventory. Nationally, inventory is 35 percent lower than the spring of 2012, the report found. Compared to this time last year, active listings in these five metros remain 8 percent lower, the age of inventory is 7 percent lower, and list prices are 8 percent higher. “Supply is nearly three times lower than the rest of the country, at 5.7 listings versus 16.1 listings per 1,000 households,”: the report stated. “Additionally, listings in these areas are scarcer and selling faster for more money. In these five metros, active listings are 9 percent lower, the age of inventory is 13 percent lower, and list prices are 14 percent higher from a year ago.” Tagged with: California Economy Homes HOUSING Jobs Listings Living Median Price Millennials Minneapolis Omaha Realtor.com salaries salt lake city san jose seattle Previous: How Many Homeowners Plan on Remaining in Their Homes? Next: This Factor Is Keeping Many Homeowners From Moving The Worst Home Markets for Millennials Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Worst Home Markets for Millennials The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago California Economy Homes HOUSING Jobs Listings Living Median Price Millennials Minneapolis Omaha Realtor.com salaries salt lake city san jose seattle 2018-04-27 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” FEBRUARY 12, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? IS IT TRUE the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners will be selecting a well known and highly respected community leader at today’s meeting to serve on the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Public Library Board?  …we are told that the vote to put this individual on the Library Board will be unanimous? IS IT TRUE when the mainstream media becomes a lap dog for elected officials instead of being a watchdog for the people the taxpayers are the one who pays the price for bad business decisions made by politicians? Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that its time that our elected officials be held accountable for the bad business decisions they make in our behalf?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img IS IT TRUE that SMG and AEG are merging their companies and that the resulting organization will be the world’s largest venue management firm? …it’s obvious that the power of size typically delivers economies of scale that small organizations can’t deliver when big national acts are considered?…the larger organization can also spread any losses from experimental concerts over a larger platform while a smaller manager has to make every activity work out financially?IS IT TRUE that it looked like Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was going to be waltzing into a third term without a challenge in either a primary or in the general election until a 68 year old independent who has historically been registered as a Democrat came to the courthouse with intentions to run for the Democrat nomination but changed her mind and filed to oppose Winnecke for the Republican nomination?…the Mayor’s primary opponent will be the very visible pizza delivery driver turned political activists Connie Whitman?…at the ripe old age of 68, she is poised to challenge Winnecke with a lifetime of disgust with elections without a challenger?IS IT TRUE there is already much talk on the streets of Democrats crossing the aisle to vote for Ms. Whitman to send Mayor Winnecke a message about supporting every fun and games idea that comes across his desk?  …we are also that hearing that Republicans who are fed up with the Mayor’s liberal tax and spend habits are just going to bypass pulling his lever on election day?IS IT TRUE the upcoming Republican primary could get real interesting or it could be a bust with less than 2,000 people showing up for the primary?…it would not be the first time that the Republican primary drew fewer fans than an Evansville Thunderbolts hockey game as David Nixon won the primary to challenge Mayor Weinzapfel with less than a thousand votes and no party backing?…that election in 2007 turned into a big joke that filled the former Mayor’s head with dreams of higher office which was never consummated?IS IT TRUE this does not mean that the Democrats will not have a candidate to oppose Winnecke in the fall?…it does mean they will not have a primary?…the party leadership can get together and choose a candidate for Mayor of Evansville and the rumors have been flying that someone by the last name of a well known political figure may just be nominated?…this is the making for a very interesting election season in River City and the first spectacle is the Pizza Delivery Democrat turned Republican  vs. the Chicken Fat Dancing Republican incumbent?last_img read more

Petition to give University students the option to take classes online circulates, gains over a thousand signatures

first_imgA petition has recently been circulating among members of the Notre Dame community online as a Google Doc. The petition, which is titled “Notre Dame Petition for an Online Semester and Student Safety,” calls on the University administration to take specific steps to ensure greater student safety and to allow students the option to, if they choose, return home and continue the remainder of the semester online. The petition, which has over 1,000 signatories, states that it is a collaborative effort of Notre Dame students, faculty, staff and alumni. “Students are being required to continue to live under the same unsafe conditions that endangered their lives and health in the first place,” the petition states. “If students are willing to take that risk, they can, but only if immediate steps are taken to make their lives safer. However, no student who does not wish to take that risk should be forced to do so.”The petition calls on the administration to mandate that all classes will remain available online, and give any student who wants permission to study online — including students who were previously denied accommodations to do so. The petition also calls on the University to, “begin systematic COVID-19 testing of the entire student population as part of a safe, staggered move-out process for students who elect to leave campus to study remotely.” The petition says that students should be able to return home once reliably testing negative for the coronavirus and that they should not be required to return for the rest of the semester. Finally, the petition calls on the University to make sure that all students are, “physically safe and financially able to withstand the dangers and burdens of this epidemic at Notre Dame.”Sierra Stinson, a sophomore who signed the petition, said she learned of it through a group chat she is a part of, and she added her name to the petition for various reasons.“I don’t want to put Notre Dame’s administration down at all, that’s not my intention,” Stinson said. “But I have seen a lot of unpreparedness from the administration with testing and how they’re handling it. I feel like the safety of the students has been compromised because of the motivations to stay open and I think the University has a moral obligation to go fully online for the South Bend community and their students.”However, Stinson said it is also important that the petition also stipulated that students should be able to choose to stay on campus and attend online instruction there if they wished.“There are a lot of students here who have bad family circumstances or they get more resources here than they do at home,” she said. “So I think it is important to allow the option for kids to remain on campus.”Stinson said she would have liked to see more testing in the first weeks of the semester, and would like to see more testing, especially surveillance testing, going forward.“First, I think everyone should have been tested when we first got here,” she said. “There definitely should have been surveillance testing like one to two times a week for every student.”Other schools around the country, such as Princeton or University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have outlined testing protocols which include required testing twice a week for on-campus undergraduates.Another student and signatory of the petition, junior Alexander Clay, said he would have liked to see the semester begin online from the start.“What I would have liked to see is them not opening at all and having the entire semester virtually and providing those kids who may not have had a very good environment the resources they needed to have a successful semester,” Clay said. “I thought that bringing us back in any capacity would be a big mistake.”One thing both Stinson and Clay mentioned was the lack of transparency and clear communication between students and the administration.“Of course I hoped it would work out, but in order for it to work out it would have needed to have transparency from the beginning between the student body and the administration and we didn’t have that when we needed it,” Stinson said. “Student government has been trying very hard to create that transparency, but I feel like it’s already too late.”Not all the signatories of the petition are Notre Dame students — signatures include those of staff, parents, community members and faculty. Sarah McKibben, an associate professor for Notre Dame’s department of Irish language and literature, is one such signatory. She said she learned of the petition early on through its authors. “I am friends with the main authors of the petition and I was invited to contribute to help edit and write it, though it was mostly done by the time I saw it,” McKibben said. “So I just heard about it because I’m part of a large group composed of faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduates who are kind of broadly interconnected by our shared concern over the University’s decision.”McKibben said she and other faculty members shared concerns about transparency on data and decision making from the administration. “The lack of transparency has been really terribly unfortunate. If you look into public health matters, people will tell you that one of the rules for public health is it has got to be transparent,” she said. “People don’t trust you if you’re not being transparent and if they can poke holes in what you say then they’re going to be filled with skepticism and the whole thing just falls apart.”McKibben said the faculty and staff have, by and large, been under-consulted by the administration regarding the plans and protocols for reopening for an in-person semester. “The faculty were not told of that ahead of time and at no point was the entire faculty or all employees consulted or surveyed to see what we felt, what we wanted, what we thought we were capable of, what we thought was safe,” McKibben said.McKibben also expressed she felt the University has failed to approach this problem collaboratively and failed to center-science and effectively utilize experts with relevant experience and their advice in the administration’s decision making process. “We all really earnestly hope that all the students and employees will be ok even if they do get COVID-19, but the disastrous fiasco with testing and contact tracing and quarantine was preceded by real problems with communication and consultation and the lack of a collaborative decision making process,” she said. “My experience of the University’s decision making is that it has been top-down, it has not been inclusive, and it has not been collaborative. I think that the appropriate thing to do is to default to let people teach online.”Notre Dame’s spokesman said the University has been listening to critiques from the public.“The University has acknowledged some missteps in the early going and worked quickly to improve the process,” University Spokesmen Dennis Brown said on the petition. “We also have listened to the many suggestions that have been offered and implemented several, such as additions to the daily dashboard. The suggestions in this petition will likewise be considered.”Tags: COVID-19, petition, testing transparencylast_img read more

Fox News apologizes for chart of stock gains after black killings

first_imgOther media have pointed out that financial markets tend to rebound after periods of social unrest, including Fortune magazine. Topics : “We apologize for the insensitivity of the image & take this issue seriously.”The chart stirred outrage at a time when thousands of people nationwide have taken part in mass protests against racism and police brutality following the death of Floyd at the hands of a white officer.”This graphic makes it clear that @FoxNews does not care about black lives,” Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush said on Twitter.”This is how they mourn the loss of black men at #FoxNews — by how much the stock market goes up. What. The. Hell!,” former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele tweeted.center_img Fox News has apologized for airing a graphic showing how stock markets had responded after high-profile acts of violence against black men, including the assassination of Martin Luther King Jnr and the recent killing of George Floyd.The chart appeared Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” and showed how markets had risen after the 1968 killing of the civil rights leader, the acquittal of police involved in the 1991 beating of Rodney King, and the deaths of teenager Michael Brown in 2014 and Floyd.”The infographic used on FOX News Channel’s Special Report to illustrate market reactions to historic periods of civil unrest should have never aired on television without full context,” the cable channel said in a statement Saturday retweeted by Baier without comment.last_img read more

Shootout ready for its 22nd year

first_imgSOUTHWEST HARBOR — From Friday, March 14 to Sunday, March 16, Harbor House Community Service Center in Southwest Harbor, will host the 22nd annual “Great Harbor Shoot-Out” basketball tournament.The event boasts 80 teams in four divisions making it the largest post-season basketball tournament in the state.Games are held at gymnasiums on Mount Desert Island and in Ellsworth and Trenton.Every participant will get a t-shirt. The winning teams from the junior high and high school girls’ and boys’ divisions will each receive a trophy. Players on the winning teams also get backpacks filled with prizes and individual medals.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textProceeds from the tournament support Harbor House programming.Individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate as sponsors to help raise funds for the community center.Visit www.harborhousemdi.org or call Diana Novella at 207-244-3713 or email [email protected] in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Bio Latest Posts Fenceviewer Staffcenter_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more