Local election candidate John Watson has expressed his concern about the future of smaller protestant schools and small schools in general.John Watson (third from left) at his campaign launch.He states the fact that many schools are being reduced from two teachers to one teacher is leaving the future for these schools in a vulnerable position.“The fact that one teacher could be teaching a class of eighteen children from age 4 to age 12 on their own is unsustainable. Under welfare regulations the children must be supervised by a suitably trained person at all times. “How is this to happen in a one teacher school where the teacher will find themselves on their own for 7 hours a day with no opportunity for a break.“One parent highlighted a potential situation where an accident might happen at school and the teacher is on their own to deal with the incident and still be responsible for the other children,” he said.Fianna Fail candidate Watson has been informed that the number of schools being affected nationally will rise from 8 this year this could be 60 in September.“As protestant schools tend to be smaller they will be disproportionally affected. In most cases there will not be a situation where for example one church of Ireland school can amalgamate with another as there may not be one within a reasonable distance”. The fact that there are only 200 protestant schools out of a total of 3200 further highlights the need to protect these schools, he added.“I feel we must work together to protect these smaller schools. We must protect the parent`s choice to have their children educated in whatever ethos they choose. The closure of a school is much like losing a garda station or post office, it is an attack on our rural community.“We are seeing minister Quinn forcing boards of management into the unfair situation where they will have to close or amalgamate schools. One teacher has informed me that the provision of a classroom assistant would resolve the issue in most cases.“I am calling on our government TDs and the teacher unions to again highlight the damage this decision will do and have it reversed before the next school term.”ELECTION 2014: WATSON EXPRESSES HIS CONCERN OVER SMALL SHOOLS was last modified: April 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JOhn Watsonschools
PITTSBURGH — It was not the best game for the New York Islanders, and it also was a win against the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.Kyle Okposo scored in the third round of the shootout, sending New York to a 5-4 victory at Pittsburgh.“That’s the sign of a good team, when you don’t play well, and you don’t stay focused, and you don’t do the intangibles that it takes and you still win the hockey game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.Sidney Crosby and New York’s Frans Nielsen scored in the second round, and Islanders goaltender Chad Johnson stopped Brandon Sutter. Okposo deked to his forehand, slipping a shot that hit off Marc-Andre Fleury’s pad and into the net for the win.“He came down, I tried to show him something, and it didn’t work,” said Fleury, who was seeking his 300th career win.Matt Martin, Nikolay Kulemin and Ryan Strome scored in an impressive flurry in the first, helping New York to the early lead. Strome also had two assists for the Islanders, who have won seven of eight and now trail Pittsburgh by two points in the Metropolitan Division.“This has been one of our biggest rivals over the last few years, so you always get up for these games,” Martin said. “They’re the team we’re chasing in the standings right now.”Patric Hornqvist forced overtime with his 10th goal of the year for the Penguins, who had won three in a row. Sutter, Blake Comeau and Nick Spaling also scored in regulation.Kris Letang nearly ended it in overtime for Pittsburgh, but Johnny Boychuk stopped the wraparound attempt when he got his stick on the puck before it crossed the goal line.New York carried a 4-3 lead into the third period, but Hornqvist tied it with seven minutes left, finishing a one-timer from Evgeni Malkin.“We were able to get ourselves back in the game,” Crosby said. “We just didn’t play a full 60 minutes and didn’t really deserve to win.”Casey Cizikas nearly put the Islanders ahead, but his one-time redirect hit the post to the right of Fleury. The teams in the Metropolitan meet again on Nov. 22 in New York.“We’re going to have to play better tomorrow night if we’re going to have a chance to win the game,” Capuano said. “They’re a pretty good hockey club.”The re-tooled Islanders entered with their best start since the 1987-88 season.The Penguins handed the Islanders their first loss of the season last month during the initial meeting between the teams in Pittsburgh. In that game, New York, which won its first four games of the season, held an early lead before Pittsburgh rallied for a two-goal victory.The Penguins put together a couple of comebacks, but Okposo had the winning play for the Islanders. “The first period, we really didn’t give ourselves a chance, the way we played,” Crosby said. “They carried the play and got rewarded for it.”The Penguins played their first game without veteran winger Pascal Dupuis, who will miss the rest of the season after blood clots were found in his lungs.Sutter opened the scoring just 1:13 into the game, but the Islanders controlled the next two periods as Pittsburgh appeared sluggish without its emotional leader, twice falling behind by two goals.“You don’t want to start games like that, especially when important points are on the line,” Crosby said.The Islanders, who allowed the first goal for the fourth straight game, scored three times in 1:35, taking command midway through the first.Martin started the surge, beating Fleury with a short-side wrist shot during a rush down the left wing.Kulemin followed 29 seconds later, forcing a Paul Martin turnover at the blue line before working past Letang and beating Fleury with a wrist shot from the slot.Thomas Hickey’s shot from the point deflected off Strome’s skate, making it 3-1.Pittsburgh pulled within one when Comeau, while circling around the net, threw a centering pass in front that hit Matt Martin’s skate and trickled across the goal line.Nick Leddy briefly reclaimed the Islanders’ two-goal lead at 5:42 of the second with a one-timer from the faceoff dot, but Spaling got it back for Pittsburgh when he tapped a rebound behind Johnson.(DAN SCIFO)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Sardar Singh is not new to responsibilities. He has been the face of Indian hockey for years now, often singlehandedly holding the team together in tough situations. Sardar has seen a lot of changes during his career – from coaches being axed to top players retiring; from not qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to making it to London four years later.Even after years of hard work, the midfielder’s love for the sport remains undiminished. With the team set for its next challenge – the Incheon Asian Games – Sardar is hoping to not just guide his team to a gold medal but also make a significant contribution to the team’s cause. “Besides the additional responsibility as skipper, I have always tried to ensure that my contribution as a player is not undermined. I never miss training sessions. I try to improve my performance every day,” Sardar told MAIL TODAY before the team’s departure to South Korea.So focused is the captain on the task at hand that he has even stopped using social networking sites to avoid distraction. “I have not been using my Facebook account for quite some time. My Twitter account is being managed by my fiance Ashpal Bhogal. I have tried to stay away from distractions.” Optimistic as always, Sardar feels the month-long camp was useful and the team is determined not to settle for anything except the gold medal. “We have prepared well and are just waiting for the Asian Games to start,” Sardar said.advertisement”With the way we have been training, the team deserves a gold medal. Of course, there are good teams like Korea, Pakistan and Malaysia, but I have full confidence in my team.”The skipper says his team might have an advantage in Incheon since they have been playing according to the new four-quarter format in the Hockey India League for two years. “All of us have played in the Hockey India League. So, we have a fair idea about the format,” he said.