Tony Becca: Wanted: something like a miracle

first_imgThe West Indies are in Australia, and although the Australians are blooding some new players themselves, the West Indies, beaten and battered since 1995, are struggling along and fighting against the odds on a return to their glory days. Since that day in 1995 when they bowed to Australia, they have been beaten by almost everyone, except by Bangladesh and Zimbabwe; they have lost 5-0, they have failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, and their awesome fast bowlers and their brilliant batsmen of earlier times are now, for want of a better term, firing blanks, most of them. No country, not England and certainly not Australia, who once ruled the roost, took this long a time to return to the top, or close to it. Just recently, the West Indies team toured Sri Lanka, and despite Sri Lanka losing the services of batsmen Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and Tilikaratne Dilshan, as well as fast bowler Lasith Malinga, in spite of their confidence going in, they still failed to win a Test match for a 2-0, 3-0, and 1-1 result in Test matches, ODIs, and T20s. With the scores showing Sri Lanka 484, West Indies 251 and 227 in the first Test; and Sri Lanka 200 and 206, West 163 and 171 in the second Test, the West Indies batting failed miserably in the Test matches. And it wasn’t any better in the ODIs where, in winning 3-0, Sri Lanka once scored 228 for two wickets while batting second. The West Indies’ only saving grace came in the T20 tournament which they drew 1-1 but suffered a heavy defeat when Sri Lanka ran up 215 for three batting first. The West Indies are now in Australia, and despite losing 4-1 on their first tour in 1930-31, 4-1 in 1951-52, and 2-1 in the exciting series of 1960-61, 4-1 in 1968-69, and an embarrassing 5-1 in 1975-76 before the wonderful days of the 1980s and early 1990s, the future looks bleak. In those early days, the West Indies boasted players of the quality of George Headley and Frank Martin, Learie Constantine, Herman Griffith, Tommy Scott, Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Gerry Gomez, Sonny Ramadhin, Alfred Valentine, Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, and Michael Holding. While Australia have remained strong or nearly strong all the time, the West Indies have got weaker and weaker, to the point where they are now ranked only above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Whereas the West Indies once filled to capacity cricket grounds like Lord’s and the Eden Gardens, Melbourne and Sydney, they are hardly likely to do so this time around; and whereas countries lined up to play the West Indies once upon a time, tours by the West Indies are run at a loss these days. The West Indies, regardless of what they may think, are no longer the attraction they once were. Apart from the results of matches, their batsmen, their bowlers, and most of their fielders are no longer as exciting, as fast, as furious, as excellent, and as brilliant as they were once upon a time. Once upon a time, particularly under Worrell, Sobers, Kanhai, Lloyd, and Richards, one was proud to be a West Indian, regardless of where in the world one found oneself. It may not be so when it comes to skill, but when it comes to results and to performance, this West Indies team may well be the weakest of all West Indies teams going back to 1928 and the West Indies first Test match. This team, the same team to a man which toured Sri Lanka, is going to Australia to take on Australia with their top batsmen, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, averaging 34.82 in 61 Test matches and 40.01 in 39 Test matches; and with their two top bowlers, possibly Jerome Taylor and Devendra Bishoo, averaging 32.99 in 43 matches and 38.35 in 15 matches. Those figures pale in comparison to a team of good, promising young batsmen, a team with batsmen like David Warner and Steve Smith, one with 15 centuries, including two in one match on three occasions, from 44 matches, and one with 12 centuries, including four in one series, from 34 matches. Fortunately for the West Indies, their batsmen in particular, Mitchell Johnson has just retired, and Mitchell Starc is injured. It is, however, also a team packed with really good fast bowlers in Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, and Peter Siddle, plus Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile. It also boasts, in Nathan Lyon, a good, old fashioned off-spin bowler. As a West Indian, I hope I am wrong, and I pray I am wrong. It seems, however, based on the look of both teams, and although the Australian batting seems top heavy, that this tour of Australia will be another disaster, probably worse than 1975 when a team including Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Viv Richards, Alvin Kallicharran, Clive Lloyd, Andy Roberts, and Michael Holding was massacred by Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, and company. It was, however, the start of something good. With a little luck, maybe with something like a miracle, the action, starting in Hobart on Wednesday, may be the beginning of something good. AUSTRALIA REMAINED STRONGlast_img read more

HK club ends SMB-Alab’s 7-game run

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I was really really pleased with the effort,” said Alapag, whose team remains on top of the league with an 11-3 record. “In the end, we gave ourselves a chance. I thought we fouled a little bit too much and it’s tough. They put a lot of pressure on Balkman and all the other guys to fight for rebounds.”Deguara had a season-high 31 rebounds to go with 18 points, while Holyfield, who replaced the injured OD Bassett in the lineup, added 19 boards to his 20 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEven with Renaldo Balkman as its only reinforcement, Alab kept the game close up until the end and even led 77-71 on a three from Ray Parks who finished with 29 points. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next HONGKONG—San Miguel Beer-Alab Pilipinas’ seven-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night, but there was no hint of disappointment from coach Jimmy Alapag after the shorthanded Filipino club dropped an 88-83 decision on the road against Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League Season 9.Playing without 7-foot-3 center PJ Ramos, who went down due to food poisoning before the game at Southorn Stadium, Alab struggled to contain 7-foot-5 Sam Deguara and 6-foot-11 Mike Holyfield as Eastern finally beat Alab for the first time in four games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Go powers Ateneo to cruising winlast_img read more

The Struggle Continues!

first_imgBy: Lekpele M. NyamalonThe Phrase ‘Aluta Continua’ was the rallying cry of the FRELIMO movement during Mozambique’s war for independence. It was used popularly by the nation’s first president and leader of Frelimo, the beloved Samora Machel. Translated to English, the phrase is interpreted: “the struggle continues.”Literally, in the life of the people, the masses, the people who legitimize power for politicians, are conduits for politicians to attain power, although they are usually trashed after that.In my country, Liberia, there is the ‘dump-truck theory,’ a theory that the truck that builds the castle is not allowed there when the castle is fully constructed. The people that give power through their votes are left stranded, destitute, neglected and poor, by corrupt and sometimes inept men who hold the keys to power.The firebrand face of the progressive movement in Liberia, the radical G. Bacchus Matthews, is credited with preceding the phrase with the clause, “in the cause of the people.”So, the people are the common denominator in the fight for power in a democracy. They are akin to a voiceless child, whose sentiments, emotions and pains are heard and known to the hearts of mothers. A child’s mother understands when the child is hungry, in pain or probably just needs attention. The people are unable to communicate their feelings and hold discussions as a group, save through their elected leaders. In other words, they give their voice to one figurehead to go out there and speak for them and put their cases before the larger body. In a democracy, the legislature is a body of men and women that are the direct voices of the common man to ensure checks and balances, to avoid, among other things, domineering leaders in the executive branch of government to rule unchecked. Usually, there is either a conspiracy of power or a collision of power. When the leaders entrusted by the people collide, conspire or connive to betray the voice of the people, the result is frustration, dissent and the urge to revolt.When the people become frustrated and disenchanted, it gives rise to a new group of opportunists and power enthusiasts: the demagogues. These are the brand that appeal to popular sentiments capable of rallying the masses to follow their loose rhetoric with little direction and incoherent logic. The demagogues have a script that appeals to the soul of the masses. They neither have a thorough understanding of the issues nor a blueprint to solutions. They are a stitch in time; they slide in when those in power close the line of communication with the people and ignore their cries. The people, in constant need of reassurance, are mesmerized by the rhetoric of the demagogues and follow them. Sadly, and often so, when the demagogues ascend to power, they leave the masses staring at the gates, thus leading to a vicious cycle of a rise in demagogues at different points in time in history. Demagogues are so influentially dangerous that they are able to rally the masses to war and destruction.Disappointedly, when the people lose faith in demagogues, they retrieve their power from everyone and take it in their hands. When power is not used wisely, the people reveal, through frustrations, that they are the real custodians of power. History has proved this. People can remove kingdoms.During the French Revolution, market women led a march that ended the independence of King Louis XVI in what became known in history as ‘The March on Versailles.’ This was one of the several events leading to the French Revolution. The market women along with some agitators grew in their ranks and began a revolution that brought reforms in France. Hunger and women’s despair in the economic realities in France were cited as reasons for ‘The March on Versailles.’ This is symbolic of the power of people to effect change, sometimes disorderly and leading to chaos.In all regards, the power of the people is best utilized when their elected representatives use them sensibly to benefit the cause of the people. If not, either aroused by a demagogue or fed up with the system, the people, taking back their power violently from their elected leaders, can be disastrous. The raw use of power by the people can have positive or negative effects. There is an insatiable urge for representation and fair dealings in a democracy, which leads its subjects to allow the rise of insincere leaders who use the backs of the people to cross over. They then end up whipping the backs of the masses to submit, and rain insults on those that gave them the keys to power. Until the people can understand and define the crux of the struggle for rights, social justice, empowerment and upliftment, the journey is long and uncertain. Aluta Continua!Lekpele M. Nyamalon is a Writer, Poet, Pan Africanist and the Founder of Africa’s Life. He can be reached at nyamalon23@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tourney opens with top performances from youngsters

first_imgANSA McAL/Lucozade ‘Handicap’ Squash 2018…The Guyana Squash Association’s (GSA’s) Lucozade Handicap Tournament which is being sponsored by ANSA McAL Trading has seen some 40 participants gearing up to showcase their skills in the Open and ‘A’ categories of the competition.Mohryan BakshWednesday night’s opening round saw big name competitors like Nyron Joseph, Regan Pollard, Deejay Dias, Stephen Xavier, Ashley Khalil and Taylor Fernandes putting on a show to intimidate the competition. Many of the players will be starting with significant minus points, and will have to show stamina, patience and sheer talent to overcome their opponents.In Category ‘A’, some of the younger players will be pitted against Sarah Lewis, Abosaide Cadogan, Maddison Fernandes and Kirsten Gomes. With no division for the girls and boys, draws will also see Gianni Carpenter, Nicholas Verwey and Mohryan Baksh meeting any range of other contenders with positive points.Among the opening night’s highlights was the encounter that featured the young Baksh beating Lajuan Munroe in two sets 15-8, 15-8, while the young Maddison managed a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Lucas Persaud, surging to two consecutive sets to end the stats 12-15, 15-12, 15-12.Play, meanwhile, continued on Thursday night, and continues this evening, with earlier starts set for Saturday and Sunday morning.last_img read more

Chargers part ways with Schottenheimer

first_imgWhile confirming he had no working relationship with Smith, Schottenheimer seemed puzzled that Spanos made the coach take the fall for his assistants leaving. “That is absolutely unfair in my view,” Schottenheimer told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “We had no control over two guys who became head coaches in this league. We gave two guys an opportunity to be coordinators in this league. We’ve added a couple of guys that people should be very pleased with. The future coach will be very pleased as well.” SAN DIEGO – Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer was fired Monday night in a shocking move by team president Dean Spanos, who cited a “dysfunctional situation” between the coach and general manager A.J. Smith. Less than a month after the team’s NFL-best 14-2 season was wrecked in a home playoff loss to New England, Spanos said the exodus of assistant coaches – the two coordinators became NFL head coaches and two assistants became coordinators – contributed to an “untenable” situation that resulted in the coach being fired. Schottenheimer is due more than $3 million for the final year left on his contract. Schottenheimer did praise Spanos for making a difficult decision. “I don’t disagree with it,” the coach said. “I always put the team first.” Asked if Smith should share the blame, Schottenheimer said: “Uh, I’ll leave that judgment to others.” Schottenheimer added: “There is and has been no relationship” with Smith. Since when? “How long’s he been here?” Schottenheimer said. center_img Smith was promoted in April 2003 after John Butler died of cancer. Schottenheimer tightened up the time frame a bit by saying, “In the last couple of years, there has been very little, if any, dialogue.” It’s believed the Smith-Schottenheimer stems from personnel moves by the general manager, including allowing Drew Brees to leave as a free agent a year ago after the quarterback hurt his shoulder in the 2005 season finale. “I have no idea,” Schottenheimer said. “I’ve made inquiries about it on a number of occasions and he said, `I don’t want to talk about it.’ ” The firing first was reported by ESPN. Spanos said in a statement he had expected the core of Schottenheimer’s coaching staff would remain intact. “Events of the last month have now convinced me that it is not possible for our organization to function at a championship level under the current structure,” Spanos said in a statement. “On the contrary, and in the plainest possible language, we have a dysfunctional situation here. Today I am resolving that situation once and for all.” Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was hired as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 19. Tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski became Cleveland’s offensive coordinator, and linebackers coach Greg Manusky was hired as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator. Schottenheimer said last week that change was inevitable, but Smith sounded concerned by saying, “Both in the same year – wow.” Schottenheimer was given the power to hire and fire assistants, but neither Spanos nor Smith provided specifics of the “untenable situation” during a conference call. “We both wanted to win a world championship very badly,” Smith said. “It’s just that my approach might have been a little different than his.” Spanos said disagreements over future staffing was “part of it. It’s more the actual working relationship that’s been difficult.” Running backs coach Clarence Shelmon, who’s never been a coordinator, was promoted to replace Cameron. Shelmon accepted only a one-year contract due to what had been Schottenheimer’s lame-duck status. Three days after the 24-21 playoff loss to New England, Schottenheimer declined the team’s offer of a one-year, $4.5 million extension through 2008, which came with a club-option $1 million buyout. Spanos and Smith seemed visibly angry that the coach turned them down. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Mbappe wants responsibility, ‘maybe PSG, maybe elsewhere’

first_imgHe was named as the Ligue 1 player of the season on Sunday, but did not deny that a potential move away from France could be in the offing.“It (the award) is an important moment for me, a turning point in my career… The moment of having more responsibilities, maybe at PSG, maybe elsewhere,” he told BeIN Sports.Mbappe did not back down on his comments when asked about them in the mixed zone a few minutes later.“For me, it was the moment to say it… When I say something, I think about it,” he said, reiterating his desire to have more “responsibilities”.“If it’s at PSG, it’s good, if it’s elsewhere, it will be elsewhere for a new challenge.”Mbappe has been regularly linked with a potential move to Real Madrid since breaking through with Monaco’s 2017 Ligue 1 title-winning team, but instead made the switch to PSG, initially on loan, and then for 180 million euros.But since Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Real dug-out earlier this year, rumours about Mbappe joining his fellow Frenchman at the Santiago Bernabeu have intensified.This term, Mbappe has stepped up another gear with teammate Neymar — the only player to be sold for more money than him in history — out injured for much of the campaign.Mbappe has followed in Neymar’s footsteps by winning the player of the season accolade in France, although he needs to score five in the last league game of the season against Reims next weekend to snatch the European Golden Shoe from Lionel Messi.“I tell myself that even if I lose, I lose to Messi, one of the greatest players in history,” he told AFP.“To think that maybe I kept up with him until the last game, that’s a source of pride too, but it’s not over.”Mbappe became only the second teenager in history last year, after Brazil legend Pele, to score in a World Cup final during France’s 4-2 triumph over Croatia.His global stardom — surely eye-catching for the likes of Real — was shown when he became only the fourth footballer to feature on the cover of Time magazine in October, after Messi, Neymar and Mario Balotelli.An Mbappe exit would be a blow for PSG, although increased transfer funds may not be all bad for the French champions as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of their next bid for a first Champions League title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mbappe was named the Ligue 1 player of the season on Sunday © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, May 20 – Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe fuelled speculation surrounding his future on Sunday, saying that he wants “responsibilities, maybe at PSG, maybe elsewhere”.The 20-year-old backed up his excellent 2018 World Cup, where he scored four times as France won the trophy, by netting 38 times for PSG this season.last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Sitting has recently been described as the ‘Smoking of our Generation’.The average time spent sitting is around 9.3 hours per day compared to just 7.7 hours spent sleeping.The increase in the amount of time spent on our posteriors is largely due to the shift in the type of work that we, as a society, now do. Where we were once known as a nation of labourers and tradesmen, we are now known for our savvy in computers and I.T.This however, comes at a price, and that price is long hours spent sitting in front of a screen.Just recently, researchers have reported that sitting for long hours can contribute to:Mental health issues A higher risk of death from heart disease and other causesA higher risk of being disabledThe new studies add even more weight to earlier research suggesting that too much sitting is bad for you, even if you get regular exercise.They also say we may need to think about sitting and exercise as two separate behaviours, each contributing on its own to our health.So while that 1-hour jog is great for you, it may not undo the 8 hours sitting at your desk. The length of time spent sitting has also been linked with high blood pressure, obesity, bad cholesterol, and too much belly fat.One possibility: Sitting for a long time causes muscles to burn less fat and blood to flow more sluggishly. Both can increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and other problems.In some cases, it’s still unclear which way the link goes, says Barry Braun, PhD, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. “People who sit the most are more likely to be obese,” he says. 
“Are people obese because they sit too much, or do they sit too much because they are obese?”You might also think that sitting would reduce appetite due to your inactivity, but research has also found this to be largely untrue. A team of researchers assigned people to sit a lot one day and to stand a lot on another day. 
Each time, the researchers studied how it affected their appetite. 

”Going from active to sitting doesn’t lower your appetite or your energy intake, prolonged sitting, may trigger us to eat more than we should, leading to weight gain”.Research is also asking if exercise can balance out the ill effects that sitting is having on our health.Jacqueline Kerr, PhD says it may help people to think about being active and sitting as two separate ways to improve or harm your health.“Does exercise compensate for a bad night’s sleep?”
”So why should exercise compensate for the fact that you sit all day?”It’s an interesting idea that shouldn’t be ignored, in my humble opinion.We are seeing a change in people’s body shapes.I am seeing men more and more with the new ‘skinny fat’ body type.Someone who is ‘skinny fat’ usually have normal arms and legs with all the fat being deposited around the trunk of the body, especially the abdominal region. 

It is quite simply the most unhealthy body type to have, you actually have a LOWER life expectancy than someone who is obese.So, what can you do to help?Kerr suggests:Use a standing desk at work. More workplaces are warming to the idea. 
Change social norms. At a meeting, you might explain, “I am going to take a standing break.”Give yourself reminders to sit less; 
At home, consider a TV commercial your signal to get out of your chair briefly. 
At work, use a smaller coffee cup or glass so your trips for refills will be more frequent.
Get up and move around every half hour or so.Once people sit less, they often are open to the idea of moving more and to being more active.
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#TrainSmart RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING was last modified: March 8th, 2015 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:emmet rushefitness columnSITTINGSMOKINGlast_img read more


first_imgThe long trip home to Donegal begins in earnest today by many local people scattered around the country and indeed, around the globe.Unlike last year, there are no expected delays due to freezing conditions.Met Eireann said it does not envisage any similar problems to last year in which hundreds of Donegal people were left stranded in airports and bus terminals because of the plunging weather conditions. Even Daniel O’Donnell was forced to abandon plans to spend Christmas in Kincasslagh because of the heavy snow.Gardai are asking motorists to allow plenty of time for their journey and to ensure their car are packed with warm blankets and a mobile phone in the event of becoming stranded.“There will be a huge jump in the volume of traffic in the coming days and we would ask people to be patient.“We would ask people to ensure tat their cars are all equipped with extra blankets and mobile phones are fully charged in the event that something goes wrong,” said a Garda spokesman.  THOUSANDS BEGIN LONG JOURNEY HOME TO DONEGAL FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 19th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgA HORRIFIED mum has gone public to call on Gardai to crack down on prostitutes and their well-heeled clients – saying they are operating openly in Letterkenny.The mother told that she lives in an apartment beside where the ‘escorts’ are operating their business.She claims she has told Gardai about the brothel eight times and “it is still operating.” The mum went on: “I don’t want to be living here with this going on literally next door. No-one should have to raise children beside this.“I know the guards are busy and it’s possible they are keeping an eye on this place but a raid cannot come soon enough as far as I’m concerned. I’ve done everything by the book and reported crimes being committed.”She said most of the clients drove ‘fancy’ cars and some of them had UK registration plates.“Gardai were happy when I told them about it. I felt like a good citizen; I just wish they would move against this place. There are plenty of opportunities in my opinion,” she said. © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on MUM’S DESPERATE PLEA TO GARDAI: PROSTITUTES & CLIENTS RUINING MY LIFE was last modified: February 3rd, 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) Tags:donegalGardailetterkenny prostitutesprostituteslast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil has called on the government to protect frontline education services in the upcoming Budget amid fears Donegal schools will have to increase class sizes again.The party’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has expressed concern about reports that the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn may increase class sizes in order to achieve savings in his department next year.“Minister Quinn made an inexcusable mistake in targeting children with special needs for significant cuts this coming school year. Having been forced into a u-turn on the resource hours cuts, it now seems that he is attempting to cover one mistake with another,” said Deputy McConalogue. “We now have a situation where not only has Minister Quinn undermined special education by continuing to limit Special Needs Assistants and effectively reducing SNA services from September, he is now targeting the wider school system.“The answer to the country’s economic difficulties is certainly not to target schools for cuts. Increasing class sizes is a retrograde step and sends the wrong message about how much we value education in this country. It’s an extremely short-sighted move that may produce an instant saving, but will undermine our education system in the long-run.“This government faces a series of choices in the upcoming Budget. It can choose to protect frontline education services and protect supports for children with special needs. It can choose a fairer way to recovery that invests in our young people. Fianna Fáil’s alternative budget for this year protected spending in education. I am urging the government to make the right decision this year and not to target schools for cuts.”  DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AT PLANS TO INCREASE CLASS SIZES AGAIN was last modified: July 1st, 2013 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) Tags:DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AT PLANS TO INCREASE CLASS SIZES AGAINlast_img read more