EU wants ‘Marshall Plan’ for quake-hit Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo February 23, 2010 The EU’s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called for a “Marshall Plan” for Haiti, announcing she would head to the quake-hit island next week. “We have to develop something like a Marshall Plan for Haiti,” Ashton told a press conference after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. Underlining that European support for the island was unwavering, Ashton said she would make her first trip to Port-au-Prince “next week.” The US Marshall Plan was drawn up to help reconstruction in Europe after World War II. European aid following the Haiti quake has reached 609 million euros (828 million dollars) from both EU and national coffers. Europe’s current focus is on providing shelter for the homeless. Ashton had been criticized in Brussels for not heading out to Haiti soon after last month’s quake hit. The death toll from Haiti’s January 12 earthquake could reach 300,000, Haitian President Rene Preval said in an appeal for international aid at a summit of Caribbean leaders in Mexico.last_img read more

Ballston Spa DMV gave great service

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI wish to thank the personnel at the Ballston Spa Office of the Department of Motor Vehicles for their sterling performance and good-natured demeanor.Recently,  my mother needed to have new documentation and the personnel who served her made the process straightforward and painless. Bless you.Philip MaddausScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Teachers commended for their role in nation building

first_img Share Hon. Petter Saint Jean (file photo).The country’s Education Minister Petter Saint Jean has commended teachers on the island for their contribution towards nation building. He told the 11th Biennial Conference of the Dominica Association of Teachers at the Garraway Hotel on Wednesday, that while there are challenges plaguing the profession, some teachers have executive their duties exceptionally.According to St Jean, the ministry is cognizant to the challenges confronting teachers and “will endeavor to provide you with a supportive environment to facilitate the delivery of quality education to the nation’s children”.He said government will continue the sustained effort in ensuring the delivery of quality education that is second to none the in Caribbean region.“This will be achieved through the facilitation of conducive learning environments at all our schools. I believe that the school culture must meet international standards. I want to ask schools management to exercise zero tolerance as it relates to deviant behavior,” he advised.He said teachers must endeavor to uphold the rules and regulations of the schools.Saint Jean also announced that his government will seek to overhaul the management structure at the country’s school to give principals more time to focus on management.The introduction of guidance counselors was another initiative highlighted by the minister.“We recognize the importance of intervention at the most critical stage. As of September 2012, we will launch universal early childhood education to provide an opportunity for every child at facilities which are developmentally appropriate. It is our view that every child must be given the opportunity to do well,” he said.Labour Commissioner Mathew Leblanc Saint Jean noted that while it is true that the school plays a critical role in the formation of the youth, the training of every child is a societal responsibility.“I wish to call on parents to return to basics. The responsibility of training the child does not rest solely on the school. Parents and in particular, fathers must take parenting seriously,” he said.Meantime Labour Commissioner Mathew Leblanc who represented the Minister of National Security Charles Savarin said the issues confronting the schools in Dominica needs a collaborative approach.“We all should admit that teaching is a profession that is very challenging especially in this time when we are faced with behavioral patterns and trends that are consistent with what we do not expect”.According to him, disobedient and violence is on the increase and can parents no longer rely on teachers alone.“The churches must do their part, parent’s needs to take their responsibility seriously. If we do not, our society can become a chaotic one in which persons won’t feel comfortable to go to school anymore,” he added.The DAT also recognized ten retirees for their years of service at that conference.They are Lucille Blackman 53 years, James Greer-53 years, Theresa Hector-42 years, Josephine Jemmot-43 years, Angelina Martin 36 years, Cynthia Movan 41 years, Clara Savarin 42 years, Marcella Severin 32 years, Claudette Shillingford 34 years and Glorine Thomas 39 years.The DAT has also planned several other activities in keeping with their theme “Teachers confronting the scourge of non-communicable diseases”.Dominica Vibes News Share 72 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Teachers commended for their role in nation building by: – April 11, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Williams sits as Trojans gear up for Eagles

first_imgUSC will put its 2-0 record on the line this weekend at Boston College and is spending the week preparing for the long roadtrip. The Trojans are focused on not allowing a letdown after the big Stanford game, which might be difficult without their star linebacker and possibly without their top defensive lineman.Take it easy · Junior defensive end Leonard Williams sat out of practice on Tuesday to rehab his ankle, which he sprained in practice last week. Despite the injury, Williams recorded 11 total tackles on Saturday. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan Pulled OutRedshirt senior inside linebacker and co-captain Hayes Pullard was ejected in the third quarter of USC’s game at Stanford last Saturday and will have to miss the first half of the Trojans’ game this weekend at Boston College as a result. Head coach Steve Sarkisian did not express any concern about Pullard’s absence, showing full confidence in sophomore inside linebacker Michael Hutchings.“Michael will step right in, just as he did in [last Saturday’s] game,” Sarkisian said. “And he’ll start at that position next to [redshirt junior linebacker] Anthony Sarao.”Sarkisian also mentioned true freshman linebacker Olajuwon Tucker as the second man the team is looking at to see significant playing time this Saturday in Pullard’s absence. Sarkisian admitted that this is the first time he has dealt with this type of situation and that he needs to clarify some of the specifics of the rules with the conference prior to the start of the game.“I don’t know if he’s allowed to warm up and pre-game with us or not,” Sarkisian said. “I don’t know if he’s allowed to be on the sidelines or not … but whatever we can do and whatever Hayes can do we’ll do and have him ready to go for the second half.”According to league rules, Pullard can warm up with the rest of his team before the game, but he must spend the first half of the game in the confines of the locker room.Injury UpdateWhile Pullard will definitely be  out for the first half of the game, junior defensive end Leonard Williams’ status is more up in the air.The recently named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week sat out of practice on Tuesday. Williams sustained an ankle sprain in practice last week, but played through the injury over the weekend and recorded 11 total tackles and a sack. Sarkisian said sitting Williams Tuesday was mostly precautionary and expects him to return to practice later this week and play on Saturday.The Trojans will also again be without redshirt junior running back Tre Madden, who is working through a turf toe injury, and senior linebacker Lamar Dawson, who is rehabbing his knee this week.Freshman safety John Plattenburg strained his Achilles tendon, but Sarkisian says the injury is not serious.On the Road AgainFollowing the Trojans’ game in Palo Alto this past weekend, the team now turns eastward as it prepares to travel to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.The team insists that its preparatory routine remains the same regardless of the location of their game.“We are going to keep the same mindset and the same focus,” redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler said. “You can’t let factors like where you’re playing or when you’re playing affect how you play.”There is a stigma about back-to-back road games, but Kessler remains unfazed.“We could travel out of the country and these guys are still going to show up,” Kessler said. “It doesn’t really matter where you play. It’s the opponent, not where we are playing.”The Trojans faced their first road test amid a vocal Stanford crowd, and the players are anticipating nothing less coming from Boston College.Freshman wide receiver JuJu Smith is looking forward to his second road game ever.“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a big game out there,” Smith said. “It’s going to be really loud and be really fun.”Though Smith appeared excited to head to Boston, Sarkisian insisted that he won’t let his team get wrapped up in the lore of the city.“They can go on a vacation later,” Sarkisian said. “This is a business trip.”last_img read more