Facebook Facebook Pinterest The ASTI is telling teachers they’re not compelled to take part in the new Leaving Cert arrangements.A statement on the union’s website says “no teacher will be required to do anything.” and says the proposal on the state exams “cannot be enforced.”The Leaving Cert been pushed back from June to either late July or early August due to the coronavirus restrictions.ASTI spokesperson, Kieran Christie, says the union does have a number of concerns it’s raising with the Department of Education.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/asti-2pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleGardai warn public about NDLS scamNext articleSocial Distancing may be part of Irish life until vaccine available News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – April 13, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest ASTI telling members they’re not compelled to work for Leaving Cert Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further
After an enforced hiatus of almost five months, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League resume this week in order to clear up the last remaining business in a troubled season.Both competitions were frozen in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the continent, and while European football’s governing body acted swiftly to move Euro 2020 back a year, for a long time it was unclear how it would manage to complete its two landmark club competitions.In the end the solution was to set up two mini tournaments bringing all teams together in one place from the quarter-finals onwards, with all ties being decided in one-off matches behind closed doors. And so the Champions League will move to Lisbon for the ‘Final Eight’ starting on August 12 and ending with the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on August 23.The Europa League, meanwhile, will be played to a conclusion at a series of venues in western Germany, with the last eight beginning on August 10 and the final in Cologne on August 21.”I believed it from the first moment,” said the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently when asked if he ever doubted it would be possible to play the tournaments to a conclusion.”You should always be optimistic, and if something like this crisis happens, you must have a plan ready. “At the present time, we will be playing matches without spectators until further notice. We will not take any risks.”UEFA not worried There is, though, no question of further changes being made to the formats despite concerns about an increase in Covid-19 cases in and around Lisbon, and more recent worries in Germany about a rise in cases there.UEFA also recently insisted it was “confident” there would be no more delays despite cases of coronavirus emerging among players at Real Madrid and Sevilla.It is, in any case, now or never.Indeed, the preliminary round of next season’s Champions League begins next Saturday, the same day Bayern Munich entertain Chelsea and Napoli visit Barcelona in their outstanding last 16 second legs.Before that, Manchester City defend a 2-1 first-leg lead at home against Real on Friday as Pep Guardiola’s side target Champions League glory on the back of the club’s success at getting a two-year ban from the competition overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The winner of that tie will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals in Lisbon.Wolves’ longest year It is the Europa League which is first up, though, with the last 16 being completed on Wednesday and Thursday.Two ties — Inter Milan against Getafe and Sevilla against Roma — will go ahead as one-off ties in Germany as the first legs were never played.Six second legs will also be played with the winners heading to Germany for the last eight.Among the ties to be completed is Manchester United’s against Austrian side LASK, which will be a formality for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team after they won 5-0 in the first leg in March.Their form since the Premier League resumed in mid-June has been excellent and they have already sealed a place in the 2020-21 Champions League, but now they want to finish this never-ending season with a trophy.”Now our focus is on the Europa League because this is a really good trophy and we want to win,” Bruno Fernandes told MUTV.”I came to Manchester to win trophies. We need to play every game to win. If we go into the Europa League and win every game, we know we’ll win the trophy.”United, Europa League winners in 2017, could yet find themselves facing Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-finals in Cologne on August 16 should both teams get there.Wolves entertain Greek champions Olympiakos on Thursday having drawn 1-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Their campaign started more than a year ago now, with a 2-0 win over Northern Irish side Crusaders in the second qualifying round on July 25, 2019.Extending it by another couple of weeks would do them no harm.Topics :
Statement from Suns President & CEO, Jason Rowley: pic.twitter.com/WoQmRnBDdA— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 12, 2018″We have learned that a request has been made to continue the agenda item on the arena renovation until a council meeting on Jan. 23,” Rowley said.”We very much look forward to publicly discussing the many ways in which Talking Stick Resort Arena benefits Downtown Phoenix and our community at large, and answering any questions the Council and their constituents may have about the arena and the proposed renovation. Our priority remains being in Downtown Phoenix long term, and we’re excited about the opportunity that lies ahead.”Sarver, 57, purchased the Suns for $401 million in 2004. The Suns are the latest sports franchise that could soon be on the move.According to The Arizona Republic, team owner Robert Sarver is threatening Phoenix city officials with a move to Seattle or Las Vegas if Talking Stick Resort Arena is not renovated. Phoenix mayor Thelda Williams and councilwomen Laura Pastor and Debra Stark asked to postpone Wednesday’s City Council vote on contributing $150 million to the $230 million arena deal given that it was unlikely to pass. The vote will now take place in late January.The Suns have already pledged $80 million to the renovation should it garner enough votes.Still, the arena deal reportedly had three confirmed “no” votes, with one more dissenting vote set to scuttle the project.BREAKING Phoenix mayor will ask City Council to delay today’s vote on $230M @Suns arena renovation till Jan. 23. Two public meetings will be held before then. #12News pic.twitter.com/8V9bDJCEuc— BrahmResnik (@brahmresnik) December 12, 2018Suns president and CEO Jason Rowley released a statement on the matter later Wednesday, saying the goal is to keep the team in the city.