Thoughts on JFK at 100


first_imgThough it’s been a century since the birth of President John F. Kennedy ’40, and more than half a century since he articulated his inspirational and optimistic vision of the United States as a force for prosperity and peace, his words and ideals remain deeply pertinent.“It was here at Harvard that my father became the man that he would be … a student engaged in the world. He combined his passion for history with his commitment to public service,” said Caroline Kennedy ’80 during a symposium on Thursday to commemorate the centennial of the late president at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).Speaking of her father’s enduring popularity and influence, Kennedy said, “Fundamentally, it has to do with his vision of America in the world. A vision of hope, combined with a strategy of peace, is the greatest source of American power and global security.” It was a vision “he articulated the moment he became president and lived by all of his life.”That standard, set out in the Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address, is still what America is judged by, said Kennedy, who was U.S. ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration. “We are still the leader and defender of an international, rules-based order that works to strengthen multilateral institutions, advance the sovereignty of nations, and secure basic human rights.”The daylong event featured discussions with faculty, government officials, thought leaders, as well as members of the Kennedy and Shriver families, reflecting on the enduring relevance and instruction offered by Kennedy’s principles and priorities, including America’s central role in the world, the legacy of civil rights, and ongoing interest in the future of international development, environmental policy, and public leadership.“It was here at Harvard that my father became the man that he would be … a student engaged in the world,” said Caroline Kennedy. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerReferencing then-U.S. Senator Kennedy’s return to Harvard in 1956 to give the Commencement address, President Drew Faust noted his championing the importance of intellectual life.“Kennedy’s appeal for recognition of what he called the mutual dependence of the worlds of intellectuals and politicians, his call for a central role for learning and expertise, these are all too timely today as we find ourselves in what some have dubbed a ‘post-factual era’ in American public life,” Faust said.During a discussion on America’s power in a changing world, panelists critiqued excerpts from a lesser-known but significant speech to graduates at American University in June 1963. Known as the “peace speech,” Kennedy spoke of humanity’s new fragility and interconnectedness amid the threat of nuclear war’s mutually-assured destruction, and why America must therefore relentlessly pursue peace around the world.“For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s future, and we are all mortal,” Kennedy said shortly after he had stared down nuclear catastrophe during the Cuban Missile Crisis.The speech was Kennedy’s attempt to explain what he learned during the grave and defining event of his presidency, the Soviet Union’s 1962 installation of nuclear missiles pointed at the U.S. mainland from Cuba. It was “a reasoned account of an insane situation” that has parallels in the perils of North Korea’s recent nuclear provocations, said Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and longtime director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.Harvard University President Drew Faust makes welcoming remarks. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“The Cuban Missile Crisis was his finest moment of crisis management, but the American University speech was his finest moment as a statesman,” said Joe Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. The speech marked “a turning point” in U.S. policy on nuclear weapons, one that ushered in the start of arms control and set in motion “a totally new way of approaching it” by turning away from ubiquitous Cold War rhetoric and proposing a plan that involved compromise.“President Kennedy accepted the mantle of this liberal world order, the leadership of it and the structure of it, and the urgent necessity of it, and that’s called into question now,” said Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Belfer Center. “So we have a big debate in 2017 about what kind of country we are, what kind of leader we are in the world.”The conditions of tied-in destiny that Kennedy identified 50 years ago have only expanded since then, with the growth of economic globalization, the internet, climate change, pandemics, and foreign policy more broadly.“When President Kennedy says, ‘Let us focus on the means by which we can resolve our differences,’ that clearly is a call for diplomacy. But it’s also a good reminder that when we look at these new ways in which we have tied our destiny to every other person on the planet, these new challenges cannot be addressed through military force or conflict,” said Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and director of the Belfer Center’s Geopolitics of Energy Project, they “can only be addressed through international cooperation.”The development of instruments of war has outpaced the instruments of peace, as Kennedy noted. It’s a quagmire that has grown since the 1960s, hobbling contemporary efforts to resolve difficult conflicts in countries like Syria and Iraq.“We have a better sense of how to handle war, and we have failed so often at handling peace or trying to achieve peace,” said O’Sullivan, and too often the complexity of forging peace is used as a justification for disengagement. Kennedy reminded listeners that “we cannot believe in the impossibility of peace. We should never use that view — that some people are just committed to conflict — as a reason for inaction.”last_img read more

Lessons of the Week: Liza Minnelli, Aladdin & More


first_imgAfter a week full of Broadway openings, sneak previews, casting news and star-studded reunions, we’re not gonna lie—the crew is pretty exhausted. But before our 48-hour nap, it’s time to visit the 10 weirdest things that happened this week. Read below to find out what we learned!Liza Minnelli Is the New BatmanNow that she’s the subject of a comic book, Minnelli has a lot more in common with Batman than we thought. Think about it: Both wear black, both have capes, and both hang out with a sidekick named Robin. (Well, Liza’s Robin is probably a hairdresser, but whatever.) Quick, to the Liza-mobile!British Studs Want Us to Have Safe SexMiss Saigon star Alistair Brammer looks great, but we have a few questions about this magazine spread that’s supposedly “promoting safe sex.” What about this photo screams safe sex? Is it the typewriter? The paperback book? The wood paneling? The fact that it looks like he’s hanging out in his grandma’s house? OK, this is getting weird.Hello Kitty Has a Kinky SideSanrio made headlines when the toy company revealed some disturbing news: Hello Kitty isn’t actually a cat, but “a cheerful and happy little girl with a heart of gold.” So naturally, the real Hello Kitty celebrated the news by going to Kinky Boots to hang out with some drag queens. Yeah, we have no idea what’s going on either. We don’t plan the events, we just show up.Aladdin Stars Love Free SwagCourtney Reed got extremely jealous when her Aladdin co-star Adam Jacobs started strutting around backstage in a shirt. And now that we’ve given her one of her own, these guys apparently never take them off! Um, just make sure to wash them once in a while, or we’re going to have to get you some brand deodorant.Eva Noblezada Is a Chipotle Ordering ProThe 18-year-old Miss Saigon star revealed an impressive secret talent this week—because she’s half-Mexican, she sounds really “legit” when she’s ordering at Chipotle. Because if there’s one place that knows about legit Mexican food, it’s Chipotle. Hey Eva, can you grab us a burrito bowl? You’re legit, so the guac is free, right?Barbra Streisand Needs GlassesWe love Barbra as much as the next website (OK, probably more than the next website), but it seems like she’s having trouble detecting the difference between Jimmy Fallon and Elvis. When she sang on The Tonight Show, she barely flinched when Fallon joined her dressed as the King, Michael Buble and Blake Shelton instead of the real guys. That’s it, Babs, we’re taking you to Lenscrafters.Psycho Is Starting to Freak Us OutJust when we were getting revved up for American Psycho at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, we found out that the production was no longer happening. Now the producers of the Duncan Sheik musical say they’re aiming for Broadway instead. This is killer news, but please, stop scaring us! One more close call and we’re going to start having Rebecca flashbacks.There’s Mice in The WoodsThere’s something weird happening on the Into the Woods movie website. Rapunzel’s Prince has been renamed Flynn Rider (a familiar name from Disney’s Tangled), Cinderella’s Prince is Prince Charming, and Cinderella’s Stepmother is Lady Tremaine (both from Disney’s Cinderella film). Then the whole cast list mysteriously disappeared! Hmm. It’s almost as if Disney has something to do with this movie. How odd.Andrew Rannells Has a Pokemon SecretA quick Google search of Hedwig star Andrew Rannells reveals some blackmail-worthy photos of him in a purple wig, wearing some kind of space outfit. They’re from his stint in Pokemon Live!, which the Tony nominee insists has more Broadway alums than we might think. He doesn’t want to name names, but we’re totally fine with it.Broadway’s Better When You’re DrunkWhat’s more fun than seeing a Broadway show? Getting completely wasted with the cast of Rock of Ages and having them explain the plot to you! For example, did you know the thing that’s awesome about The Lion King is that “the grass grows out of their heads”? And in Wicked, “Elphaba is sad because she’s green…and that sucks”? We need to get drunk with you guys more often. View Commentslast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:


first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: April 7, 2020 COLLEGE BASKETBALLKentucky’s Maxey becomes second Wildcat to enter NBA draftLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey will enter the NBA draft, becoming the second Wildcats starter in as many days to turn pro and forego his remaining collegiate eligibility.Maxey scored 26 points against then-No. 1 Michigan State in his collegiate debut and finished the season tied for second in scoring on the team at 14 points per game. The 6-foot-3 freshman shot nearly 43% with 33 3-pointers and also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists while starting 28 of 31 games for the Southeastern Conference champions. SEC coaches voted him to the all-freshman team and all-SEC second team.In other college basketball news: Bourne had 30 catches for 358 yards and five TD last season for San Francisco.In other NFL moves:—The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed defensive tackle Carl Davis. Davis is suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Davis played in three games in 2019 — two for Jacksonville and one for Indianapolis.— The Atlanta Falcons have announced their one-year agreement with running back Todd Gurley. The framework of the $6 million deal was completed on March 20, less than 24 hours after Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams.  MLB-AL KALINE — Chicago’s eight pro teams and mayor Lori Lightfoot are teaming up to encourage residents to stay home to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox as well as the WNBA’s Sky, MLS’ Fire and National Women’s Soccer League’s Red Stars are joining with the mayor in the “We Are Not Playing” campaign.NFL ALL-DECADE TEAM8 unanimous picks for All-Decade Team include Brady, WattUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady, J.J. Watt and Adrian Peterson are among eight unanimous selections to the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team announced by the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Also chosen on every ballot of the 48-member Hall of Fame selection committee are Von Miller, Aaron Donald, Joe Thomas, Marshal Yanda and Justin Tucker. All but tackle Thomas and guard Yanda are active. — Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The sides held a telephone call to talk about paths forward for a season delayed by the new coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press.— Golf’s oldest championship won’t be played this year for 1st time since 1945.The R&A announced it is canceling the British Open in July because of the spread of COVID-19. It is pushing the British Open back one year and staying at Royal St. George’s. That assures the 150th Open will be at St. Andrews in 2022.— The NFL is delaying the start of its offseason workout program while formulating a plan with the NFL Players Association on how to proceed during the coronavirus pandemic. At least for the time being, NFL coaches won’t be allowed to communicate with players via videoconferencing.— IndyCar has adjusted its schedule again because of the coronavirus pandemic. The doubleheader at Detroit scheduled for the end of May has now been canceled. IndyCar will make up the two dates by hosting doubleheaders at both Iowa Speedway and Laguna Seca in California.— A doctor at French soccer club Reims (ranss) has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus. The city’s mayor tells Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. The 55-member team is comprised only of players who made an AP All-Pro team, a Pro Bowl or a Pro Football Writers of America all-conference squad from 2010-19. Four of the unanimous players — Brady, Miller, Yanda and Tucker — won Super Bowls during the decade.NFL-49ers-BOURNEReceiver Kendrick Bourne signs tender with 49ersSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne signed his one-year restricted free agent tender Monday.The 49ers placed a second-round tender worth $3.259 million last month on Bourne. That gave the Niners the right to match any contract offer Bourne received or get a second-round pick in return. Beloved Detroit Tigers star Al Kaline dies at 85DETROIT (AP) — Al Kaline, who spent his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and was known affectionately as “Mr. Tiger,” has died. He was 85.John Morad, a friend of Kaline’s, confirmed to The Associated Press that he died Monday at his home in Michigan. Morad, who spoke first to the Detroit Free Press, said he’d been in contact with Kaline’s son.Kaline was the youngest player to win the American League batting title in 1955 at age 20 with a .340 batting average. The right fielder was a 15-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1980 in his first year of eligibility.The beloved No. 6 later sat behind a microphone as a Tigers broadcaster from 1976 to 2001 and was also a special assistant to the general manager. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA bans draft workoutsUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has told teams that they may not conduct or attend any workouts with draft-eligible players during the league’s coronavirus hiatus, a major change from typical procedures. —The nonprofit group that raises funds for the bulk of the world’s anti-doping research is shifting $120,000 to conduct 15,000 COVID-19 tests. The goal is to help scientists get a better sense of how many people have the new coronavirus but show no symptoms. The Partnership for Clean Competition was founded in 2008 by the NFL, Major League Baseball, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Olympic Committee.— Two people familiar with the league’s plans say the NFL is planning a telethon during the draft to aid coronavirus relief efforts. The people tell The Associated Press that the league hopes its massive reach will raise awareness and funds in battling the pandemic. The draft is the NFL’s biggest offseason event. It’s being held from April 23-25. It had been scheduled for Las Vegas but now will be done remotely.— Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal are each pledging $250,000 to help provide meals for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Boston and St. Louis. The pledges will benefit Feeding America, the St. Louis Food Bank and Greater Boston Food Bank. Both Tatum and Beal are natives of St. Louis.— The Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers have issued a challenge to area residents to raise $200,000 for the city’s 12 community centers by noon Thursday. If that happens, the two professional teams say they will kick in an extra $420,000.— Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved. — Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has announced on social media that he will enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-7 Nwora was selected to The Associated Press All-America third team as a junior and his decision to turn pro was expected after limited participation in last year’s NBA combine because of a knee injury.— Florida guard Scottie Lewis is returning for his sophomore season. In an announcement on social media, Lewis says “playing in the NBA is still a top priority” but his “heart is in Gainesville.”— Purdue coach Matt Painter says center Matt Haarms intends to play his final college season at another school after entering the transfer portal. The 7-foot-3 Haarms averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game last season with the Boilermakers. But Haarms lost his starting job last season after suffering a hip injury in December.FIFA INVESTIGATION-FORMER FOX EXECUTIVES CHARGEDFormer Fox executives charged with bribes in World Cup bid Teams also are being prohibited “from watching, requesting, or sharing any video (live or recorded) of a draft-eligible player or prospective early entry player taking part in a workout” during the league’s shutdown.Teams will be allowed to conduct interviews by phone or video, though they will be capped at a total of four hours with any draft prospect. They can also send questionnaires to players in advance of any interviews.Meanwhile, Commissioner Adam Silver does not expect any decisions to be made until at least May about the possible resumption of the 2019-20 season, saying the coronavirus pandemic simply makes it too difficult to project what will happen next.In other sports outbreaks news:— The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. The draft originally was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, but the NFL canceled all public events last month as a safeguard against the coronavirus. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The guidelines include no group gatherings. NHL PLAYOFF POSSIBILITIESNHL playoff scenarios run the gamut of where, when and howUNDATED (AP) — Neutral site NHL playoff games? Awarding the Stanley Cup in September? Nothing is off the table as the league considers options to complete the season.Play is on hold for now because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players have different opinions on what a playoff format might look like. Ideas range from completing all or part of the regular season to expanding the number of teams competing from 16. NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of former sports marketing executives of 21st Century Fox have been indicted on charges they paid bribes to soccer officials to obtain confidential bidding information during FIFA’s sale of U.S. television rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Charges were unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez. They are accused of making payments to officials of the CONMEBOL, South American soccer’s governing body.ESPN had U.S. English-language television rights to the World Cup from 1994-2014, but Fox in 2011 gained the rights for 2018 and 2022 tournaments. After the 2022 tournament in Qatar was shifted from summer to late autumn, a time when it is likely to get less attention in the U.S., FIFA awarded Fox rights for 2026 without competitive bidding.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Aruna Quadri Nominated for 2016 ITTF Star Awards


first_imgThe International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has nominated Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri amongst shortlisted players for the prestigious 2016 ITTF Star Awards.The global table tennis ruling body announced the nominees for the 2016 Male & Female Table Tennis Stars & Star Point yesterday, with the winners to be crowned at the awards ceremony in Doha, Qatar on December 8, 2016. The fourth edition scheduled to hold at the Doha’s prestigious Sheraton Hotel is to celebrate the world’s best table tennis players’ achievements in 2016.Qatar Table Tennis Association (QTTA) President & ITTF Deputy President, Khalil AL-Mohannadi said: “On behalf of QTTA, I am excited to be hosting the celebrations for the world’s best table tennis players in Doha, Qatar.“QTTA have very elaborate plans for the 2016 ITTF Star Awards and everyone in attendance and fans around the world watching on TV will surely enjoy the show we have planned to honour the most important people in our sport, the athlete’s and their achievements in 2016.”The nominees for the Male Table Tennis Star presented by DHS, as nominated by the ITTF Athletes’ Commission include:*Quadri Aruna (NGR): First ever African Olympic Games Quarterfinalist. Highest ever world ranked African player at 25 in the world*Fan Zhendong (CHN): 2016 Men’s World Cup champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles*Ma Long (CHN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles and Team Champion, 2016 World Team Champion, two 2016 ITTF World Tour Super Series titles*Jun Mizutani (JPN): Rio 2016 Olympic Games Singles Bronze Medalist and Team Silver Medalist, 2016 World Team Championships Silver Medalist, three 2016 ITTF World Tour titlesUpon the nomination, world number one and 2015 Male Table Tennis Star Ma Long said of the award; “It’s an honour to be nominated again this year, and I am happy that table tennis has gained a lot of attention and popularity after the Olympic Games. I hope that this phenomenon will continue for our sport.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

5 charged for killing money changer, daughter


first_imgAlmost two weeks after money changer Aaron Latchman, called “Star Boy”, and his teenage daughter, Arianna Latchman, were gunned down during a home invasion at their Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) residence, five men were on Monday afternoon arraigned for the heinous crime.Dead: Aaron Latchman and his teenage daughter, Arianna LatchmanCharged for the capital offence of murder are: 25-year-old Mark Rufino, a labourer of Parika Facade, East Bank Essequibo (EBE); 37-year-old Paul Chan, called “Long Hair” or “Anthony”, a conductor of Lot 10 Dennis Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown; 44-year-old Troy Abrams called “Rasta Man”, a vendor of Middle Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara (EBD); 37-year-old Lloyd Sadloo, of 220 Mocha Arcadia, EBD and 41-year-old Sean Thomas, called “Yankee”, an electrician of Lot 59 William Street, Kitty, Georgetown.The men appeared before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, where the indictable charge was read to them. The charge stated that on July 4, 2019 at Robert Street, Better Hope, ECD, they murdered Aaron and Arianna Latchman in the furtherance of a robbery.According to Police reports, on that fateful day, about 15:30h, the father-and-daughter duo had just returned to their Lot 58 Robert Street home when they were confronted by armed men.Holding the two victims at gunpoint, the alleged robbers took the duo into the upper flat of their house, where the bandits demanded money. After receiving a bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash, the men then shot the duo before escaping from the scene in a white Toyota Carina 212 motor car, which was parked some distance away.Neighbours reported hearing gunshots and rushed to the victims’ assistance. The father and daughter were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.Post-mortem examinations conducted on the bodies revealed that the father was shot thrice while his daughter received one fatal gunshot wound, resulting in their deaths.Two of the accused murderers – Abrams and Sadloo – are known characters to the Police and the courts. Abrams was convicted in 2016 for two counts of robbery committed against America Street money changers Rayburn Fraser and Osaffo Ward. In November 2017, he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for the offence.Meanwhile, Sadloo, who is said to be the alleged mastermind of the double murder, had a murder case discharged in 2012, but was later convicted in 2016 of narcotics trafficking. Nevertheless, the convict managed to make yet another court appearance in 2018, where he was charged for several armed robberies. Sadloo is also presently before the courts for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.The five men were all remanded to prison until August 15, 2019, when they were expected to make their next court appearance.Watching on the sidelines, as her husband’s and daughter’s alleged killers were escorted out of court, Tracy Waheeda broke down in tears while relating what the bereaved family was going through.“I hope they’re not gonna go back on the road free out there, so that a next family can feel what I’m feeling … but looking at them, I could just imagine what my husband and daughter went through with them,” the tearful woman said.Meanwhile, a senior officer refuted reports that suggested that the men were paid by a friend of the now dead businessman to execute him. The Police arrested four of the five suspects on Thursday last. The first to be arrested was “Rasta Man”. He was reportedly arrested at Front Road, La Penitence, Georgetown, after Police swooped down on a house there. After his arrest, he took the Police to Dennis Street, Sophia and Parika, where the others were arrested.Additionally, a motor car used by the bandits that belonged to the dead businessman was found at Front Road. During a search of the vehicle, an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition were found.As the detectives worked with several leads, Sadloo was arrested after his name was called by the four men. He was the one who reportedly provided them with the weapons that they used to murder the money changer and his daughter.He was nabbed in North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, and was described by two of the three men detained for the murders as “second in charge”.last_img read more

Córas nua á chur i bhfeidhm maidir le bunú Gaelscoileanna


first_imgMar thoradh ar imscrúdú a rinne an Coimisinéir Teanga ar an Roinn Oideachas agus Scileanna, tá athbhreithniú á dhéanamh acu ar an gcóras maidir le bunú scoileanna nua, chun níos mó béime a chur ar an éileamh ar scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge agus scoileanna nua á mbunú ar fud an Stáit.Seoladh Tuarascáil Bhliantúil an Choimisinéara Teanga inniu, in Institiúid Oideachas Marino. Léirítear sa dTuarascáil na lochtanna a bhain leis an gcóras a bhí i bhfeidhm go dtí seo maidir le bunú scoileanna nua sa Stát. Faoi láthair, is é an pátrún a fhaigheann an líon is airde de léirithe spéise a roghnaítear agus scoil nua á bunú, rud a aithnítear mar bhac mór ar fhorbairt an Ghaeloideachais.Anois á bheartú ag an Roinn mar thoradh ar imscrúdú an Choimisinéara, tá córas nua le cur i bhfeidhm a d’fhágfadh nár ghá gur ag an bpátrún atá ag lorg scoil Ghaeilge a bheadh an líon is mó léirithe spéise, agus go mbunófaí scoil Bhéarla agus scoil Ghaeilge sa chás go raibh éileamh i measc céatadán áirithe tuismitheoirí ar scolaíocht trí mheán na Gaeilge. Deir Dr Niall Comer, Uachtarán, Conradh na Gaeilge: “Cuirimid fáilte roimh na moltaí seo don Ghaeloideachas, agus don chóras nua a chruthóidh deiseanna do Ghaelscoileanna.“Is léir go bhfuil éileamh ar oideachas lán-Ghaeilge agus is iontach an scéal é go mbainfear ceann de na bacanna a bhí ar an deis Gaelscoileanna nua a oscailt go dtí seo.”Faraor, léirítear i dTuarsacáil Bhliaintúil an Choimisinéara Teanga 638 gearrán eile maidir le heaspa tacaíochta, seirbhíse agus measa i leith na teanga. Ina measc, bhí tuairisc gur iarr an Seirbhís Um Cheapacháin Phoiblí ar iarrthóir a CV a aistriú go Béarla, agus tuairisc gur sháraigh Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath an dlí teanga trí huaire le bliain go leith anuas, nuair a d’fhreagair siad comhfhreagras Gaeilge le teachtaireachtaí i mBéarla.Deir Julian de Spáinn, Ard-Rúnaí Chonradh na Gaeilge: “Tá sé scannalach ag an staid seo go bhfuil comhlachtaí stáit ag diúltú seirbhísí bunúsacha a chur ar fáil don phobal, mar shampla ag diúltú comhfhreagrais trí Ghaeilge a chur ar fáil. Léiríonn sé seo an géarghá atá ann go mbeidh 20% d’fhostaithe nua de chuid na státseirbhísí inniúil ar an nGaeilge. “Tá oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga go mór le moladh as an obair leanúnach atá á dhéanamh acu, agus léiríonn an Tuarascáil seo an gá le measúnú leanúnach ar sholáthar chearta teanga.”English versionGreater Emphasis to be Placed on Meeting Demand for Irish-medium SchoolsAs a result of an investigation carried out by An Coimisinéir Teanga into the Department of Education and Skills, the patronage process in place for the founding of new schools is to change.An Coimisinéir Teanga’s Annual Report was launched today in the Marino Institute of Education Centre. The Report highlighted flaws in the current process. At present, preference is given to the patron body who receive the highest expression of interest in a given area, a system which has impaired the development of Irish medium schools. The Department of Education and Skills are now revising this system, as a result of an investigation carried out by An Coimisinéir Teanga. The new process will mean that parents who wish to send their children to Gaelscoileanna will not have to be a in a majority group, and instead in areas where a proportion of parents request Irish-medium education, an English medium and an Irish medium school will be provided.Dr Niall Comer, President of Conradh na Gaeilge says: “We welcome the suggested changes for further development of Gaelscoileanna across the State, which will create more Irish-medium education opportunities. There is a demand for Irish-medium education, and we are glad to hear that one of the difficulties that has come up against Gaelscoileanna until now will be overcome.”Unfortunately, the Language Commissioner’s Annual Report also shed light on 638 other complaints regarding lack of support, services and respect for the Irish language. Amidst complaints was a report that the Public Appointments Service had asked a candidate to translate their CV to English, and a report that Dublin City University had broken the law three times within a year and a half, when the answered Irish language correspondence with responses in English.Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary, Conradh na Gaeilge: “It is scandalous at the stage the state companies are declining to provide basic services to the Irish speaking population, for example, failing to reply to Irish language correspondence in Irish. This demonstrates the need to ensure that 20% of those employed by state services be competent in Irish. The Language Commissioner’s office is to be applauded for the continual work being done, and this Report shows the need for continuous assessment to protect language rights.” Córas nua á chur i bhfeidhm maidir le bunú Gaelscoileanna was last modified: May 16th, 2018 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:An Coimisinéir Teangaan Ghaeloideachais.Gaelscoileannalast_img read more