RelatedMake Science Compulsory – Skeffery RelatedMake Science Compulsory – Skeffery FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Government Senator, Wensworth Skeffery, has called on the Education Ministry to make the teaching of science compulsory for all students at the primary and secondary levels. He said that enhancing knowledge in the sciences is vital to the country’s progress. The Senator, who was making his contribution to the 2012/13 State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on December 14, argued that the skills derived from science education will aid in creating a more disciplined society as a result of the inclusion of concepts, principles and ethical matters. He stated that the education system needs a curriculum that will accommodate science education, and foster the kind of education for sustainable development while providing students with the essential knowledge and skills. “I want to recommend that, in this regard, it (curriculum) must be driven by science education to include more Information Communication Technology (ICT), science and technology. I make this call as I know it is critical that our people must have a high level of awareness in scientific literacy because this intelligence becomes increasingly important as the world system continues to be transformed by science and technology,” Senator Skeffery said. “We also need to ensure that we equip and re-tool our teacher training institutions to manage and adapt to this new proposed thrust,” he said. He further stated that the government must focus on the specialist needs of the education system, while urging teachers’ colleges to move away from basic training to specialist training. He also called for the country’s technical schools to be transformed so as to “advance the application of science to the common purposes of life”. RelatedMake Science Compulsory – Skeffery Make Science Compulsory – Skeffery TechnologyDecember 19, 2012 Advertisements
Democratic process For a court to undo the decisions taken in an evidently democratic process is wrong. Indeed, the court’s own rapporteur on the case, Osman Can, issued a non-binding opinion last month in which he maintained that the court had no authority over substantive constitutional changes approved by parliament but should restrict itself to procedural review. This is not even taking into account that the current constitution, which was passed in 1982, was drafted in the wake of a bloody military coup and is hardly the sort of document that will help Turkey on its way into the EU. The court’s understanding of secularism is curious. It is unclear to an impartial observer why admitting students who display religious symbols should constitute a violation of the principle that the state should remain neutral between religions or abstain from promoting a religion. Tolerating Islamic dress items in a public university does not imply an endorsement of Islam. (The issue of whether teachers should be allowed open displays of religious beliefs is considerably more complex, by contrast.) Political aims But the most worrying aspect of the ruling is that observers take it as an indication of the court’s leanings in the current litigation aimed at closing down the AK party. Turkey’s chief prosecutor accuses the AK party of violating the secular constitutional order and is seeking a five-year ban on holding political office for 71 AK party figures, including President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdog?an. Party closures are not unusual in Turkey – numerous Kurdish parties have been shut down over the years, and the AK party itself is the reincarnation of earlier mildly Islamist parties – but booting out the governing party would be a major blow to the country’s democracy. As Olli Rehn, the European commissioner in charge of enlargement, said in speech at Oxford on 1 May, “court cases to close political parties are not normal in EU democracies”. On 5 June, Turkey’s constitutional court revoked government measures that would have allowed women wearing the Islamic headscarf to attend classes at the country’s universities. This means that once again, women will have to choose. They can either uncover their hair as they enter university buildings – or they can remain outside. This decision was wrong on several counts. First, it forces women into a false choice between religious belief and educational aspiration. It is clearly illiberal to deny someone an education on account of their religion. It is in this context irrelevant whether the headscarf really is an integral part of Islam or merely a cultural tradition: women who wear it tend to believe the former and should have a right to act accordingly without being denied the chance to get a university education. Second, Turkey’s constitutional court considers secularism as the paramount principle upon which the entire edifice of the state rests and treats it as absolute and immutable. But there is no reason why secularism should be treated as a higher good than democracy and personal liberty. If a majority of the population wants to see secularism relaxed – and 47% of those who cast their ballot in last year’s parliamentary poll did so in favour of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party, which has Islamic roots – then the parliament should start out on that path, as it has.
All sides sign off on e-portal agreement All sides sign off on e-portal agreement Senior EditorFlorida’s courts are about to get a common “electronic” door for those seeking access as the court system and the state’s court clerks have reached agreement over an electronic portal as part of an electronic filing system.“A statewide electronic access point will significantly enhance our ability to serve the legal community and the people of Florida,” said Chief Justice Charles Canady, adding while there are sure to be more challenges moving forward, “I am confident we will continue to make progress.”“After long and arduous, but constructive, negotiations, we’ve come to a final agreement,” said State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner. “We are moving ahead.”“This is one of those milestones that is going to change the court system profoundly,” said Supreme Court Clerk Tom Hall, who is on the board that will oversee the portal’s operation. Retired 11th Circuit Judge Judith Kreeger, chair of the Florida Courts Technology Commission, which oversees court technology-related issues, said the portal agreement is an important step but much more work remains to be done.“The portal is simply the entry point for electronic filing. It’s like the door to the courthouse, but the process of what happens to that data and what happens to that case as the judicial branch transitions into conducting its business electronically, there is a lot of detail that has to be worked out,” she said.The agreement creates the Florida E-Filing Authority Board, composed of eight county clerks of court and Hall, which will oversee the portal’s operation by the Florida Association of Court Clerks. The board was scheduled to hold its first meeting on September 22, after this News went to press.The portal — an Internet site that will be connected to all of the state’s courts — is expected to begin widespread operation in counties where e-filing has been authorized, around January 1 if other issues are worked out.“The portal is a website that will facilitate one-stop shopping for e-filing,” said Melvin Cox, director of information technology for the FACC and who is overseeing the portal’s setup. “A lawyer will have to go to only one place to file anywhere in the state. It’s a single doorway into all of these court systems.”“There are some implementation issues that we will need to work through with the appellate courts,” Goodner said. “The portal was originally designed for use by the trial courts, so there is a whole appellate piece. . . that has to be put in place.”“We’re actually going through a series of meetings right now where they are adding on a section that will accommodate all of the appellate court filings,” Hall said. “There’s a series of meetings between court personnel and FACC, and attorneys are getting input. We’re pretty far along in that process.”Hall will serve as vice chair of the Florida E-Filing Advisory Board. Other members are Columbia County Clerk P. Dewitt Cason, who will be chair, Bay County Clerk Bill Kinsaul, Leon County Clerk Bob Inzer, Clay County Clerk James B. Jett, Hernando County Clerk Karen Nicolai, Orange County Clerk Lydia Gardner, Sarasota County Clerk Karen Rushing, and Palm Beach County Clerk Sharon Bock.“As we move farther into the acceptance of the electronic way of doing business, coupled with our state’s tough economy, it is more important than ever to look toward electronic solutions to our ways of doing business,” said Cason, the board chair. “The Florida E-Filing Portal will allow those who use and work in the court system to become more efficient and accurate in their filing and processing of the many, many filings that are delivered and received every day.”The portal board will operate under an interlocal agreement signed by the court system and the clerks which details the governance of the portal. The FACC will provide staffing support for the portal board.The agreement culminates a long process over creating the portal. The court system had originally moved toward creating its own portal for the electronic filing system when clerks said their system for electronic filing of records could — and was planned to — be used for e-filing. After negotiations, it was agreed the clerks and the court system would work together to use the clerks’ system, but the details still took months to hammer out in the interlocal agreement.The portal will be the center of the court system’s move not only to electronic filing but to electronic access to court records. The Legislature in 2009 mandated that the clerks and courts begin moving to electronic filing as a way to increase efficiency and save money in court operations. Earlier this year, lawmakers specified that in the current 2010-11 budget year, electronic filing must be implemented in five of the trial courts’ 10 divisions. Plans are to implement electronic filing in circuit civil, county civil, probate, family law, and juvenile dependency divisions this year.Kreeger noted that electronic filing is only the start of the process for the courts. The filing needs to capture critical “data elements” for each kind of case so that court staff and judges can efficiently move and track cases. The FCTC’s Trial Court Performance and Accountability Committee is tackling that job.“It’s basically the task recommending what the courts and judges really need from technology,” Kreeger said. “Then the task of the FCTC will be to take that report and, from the technology side, recommend this is how it should be done. What do judges need and how should it be done and delivered to them by technology?”Bar Board of Governors member Murray Silverstein, who serves on the FCTC and spearheads technology matters for the board, praised the progress and noted it comes as procedural rules committees are also acting to bring the rules into the electronic era.“The coalescing of all aspects of the electronic court system seems to be taking shape from the procedural rule committees to the new working relationship between the court and the clerks’ association to the eventual functioning of a statewide portal,” Silverstein said. “We are all greatly encouraged by this progress.”As designed by the FACC, the portal will help lawyers manage as well as file papers with the courts.First, lawyers will be required to register, a process that takes a couple of minutes and requires them to provide both their Bar number and an e-mail address. Once the registration is accepted by the e-filing system, lawyers can proceed with filing.The FACC’s Cox said that is basically a two-step process. The lawyer goes online and makes the filing, which is automatically verified as submitted when correctly done, and then the clerk reviews the submission and accepts it into the court system.The portal has a variety of pull-down menus to assist the lawyer in filing and easily allows attachment of documents. It also allows online payment of filing fees and other charges, either via credit card or bank accounts.Once the filing lawyer is finished and hits the button, the screen shows a verification — assuming everything has been filled out correctly — that the filing has been submitted, and a verifying e-mail also is automatically sent. When the filing is accepted by the clerk (the most common expected error is that documents are filed in the wrong county), the online page shows the acceptance and another verifying e-mail is sent.Any lawyer registered in the system will be able to pull up a page on the portal that shows all of his or her active filings and the status, a quick way to check on various cases.Law firms will also be able to create a special section where all firm lawyers with access to the system will be listed, and where a firm administrator can add or remove names as lawyers join or leave the firm.There are some nods to tradition in small things with the portal. For example, the main page shows a picture of the Florida Supreme Court. But when a user indicates he or she wants to make a filing in a particular county, the picture is replaced with one of that county courthouse.Maybe that’s a good reminder that the new “electronic” door does indeed go everywhere. October 1, 2010 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News
The news was confirmed on Tuesday (June 9th) afternoon, after clubs in leagues One and Two voted to curtail the season.It means Walsh can celebrate promotion as League One champions with Coventry City, who will play Championship football next season. Adelakun helped Rotherham United earn second spot, while Matty Taylor’s Oxford United will now compete in the play-offs for the third and final promotion spot.Midfielder Walsh scored a superb solo goal in a 2-1 win over Rochdale, also netting against Bristol Rovers among his 35 appearances in all competitions. He scored five goals in all, grabbing as many assists in the league.In League Two, it was second-time lucky for Bakinson – who missed out on promotion with Newport County in last year’s League Two play-off final – as he helped lead Argyle to promotion finishing the division third. The midfielder scored two goals and two assists during his time at Home Park.All clubs had earlier voted on the regulations which should be in place in the event of the season ending early.The earlier EFL statementAt an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 9 June, EFL Clubs voted on proposals in respect of changes to EFL Regulations in the event season 2019/20 is curtailed.Proposals were submitted by Barnsley and Tranmere Rovers alongside amendments to an EFL Board proposal which were put forward by Lincoln City, Stevenage and Ipswich Town. Following a vote on each by all 71 Clubs, it was overwhelmingly agreed (by a majority of all Clubs and a majority in the Championship) to adopt the EFL Board’s proposal into EFL Regulations, which now means the following applies in the event a division curtails its 2019/20 season or it is ended by any other means. Final divisional placings will be determined on unweighted points per game (if required).Promotion and relegation should be retained. Play-Offs will be played in all circumstances but will not be extended (beyond four teams). EFL Chair, Rick Parry, said: “Whilst it has always remained the Board’s position to play the remainder of the season where possible, the decision reached at today’s meeting follows a full and considered consultation period with our member Clubs. The Board has endeavoured to listen to all views and alternative approaches but understands that the decisions taken will not be met with universal satisfaction from all Clubs.“Today’s outcome ensures that the League and its Clubs remains as faithful as possible to the previously agreed Regulations and that there is consistency in the approach adopted across the EFL in all divisions if required. “It is clear that the challenges facing the League from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented and I thank the contribution of EFL Clubs in making this important determination.”
NEW YORK | Add an “e” and “Hobbs & Shaw” might have been a time-traveling thriller about playwright George Bernard Shaw and 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes.Tantalizing as such a pairing may have been to the makers of “Fast & Furious,” they have instead opted to, in the franchise’s first spinoff, combine two of the series’ supporting standouts, Dwayne Johnson’s U.S. government agent Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s former British agent Deckard Shaw, for another ballet of Buicks and bullets. Probably a wise choice. It’s difficult to imagine the writer of “Pygmalion” careening down the side of a skyscraper in hot pursuit of Idris Elba.And when it comes to high-octane action spectacles, few are better suited to the task than The Rock and Statham, who both make up with brawn and charisma what they lack in hair. In the “Fast & Furious” franchise, which now numbers eight films and more than $5 billion in box office, they’ve found a comfortable home — aside any headaches for Johnson caused by co-star Vin Diesel.That friction between Johnson and Diesel was reportedly part of the benefit of this pit stop, without the whole gang, in between continuing “Fast & Furious” adventures. But those off-camera tiffs are also perfect for the speedy but soapy “Fast & Furious” world, where family squabbles and questions of loyalty play out in between death-defying automotive stunts.If “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” has a hard road to travel, it’s because the franchise has consistently ratcheted up its stunt game. One of the real pleasures of the last decade’s blockbuster parade has been to watch the “Fast & Furious” movies morph from a more simple L.A. street-racing tale into an increasingly absurd and over-the-top action extravaganza of muscle cars and muscle, where hot rods don’t just go fast but occasionally leap between buildings and parachute from the sky. “Hobbs & Shaw” seeks to answer that age-old question: What do you do for your next act after you’ve blown up a submarine with a Dodge?“Hobbs & Shaw” has some nifty moves (in one scene, a Chevy flies a helicopter like a kite), but it’s slightly disappointing in terms of sheer ridiculousness. It earns some points for a centerpiece showdown, seemingly designed for “Chernobyl” fans, set among reactors at a Russian nuclear power plant. But at this point, we expect — no, demand — to see Lamborghinis on the moon.Instead, the entertainment of “Hobbs & Shaw,” directed by stunt coordinator-turned-director David Leitch (“Deadpool 2,” ”Atomic Blonde”), rests more with its cast, including its two leads. But just as significant are two major new additions: Elba’s villain, a cyborg mercenary named Brixton, and Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), an MI6 agent whose theft of a super virus from Brixton sets the globe-trotting plot in motion.Hobbs and Shaw are called in to the save the world, a job they are both eager for. (Hobbs says, seriously, that he had been “tracking some dark web chatter” on the virus.) But it’s a partnership they loath. If “Hobbs & Shaw” lacks in memorable stunt work, it tries to make it up with bickering and put-downs between the two, a shtick that vacillates between funny and tiresome. But it’s the kind of stuff Johnson excels at.They also have reinforcements. Elba’s character, who boasts digital eyes and a self-driving motorcycle, takes the franchise in a more sci-fi direction that doesn’t fit the street-level nature of “Fast & Furious.” But Elba is never not an imposing presence; the movie straightens up whenever he’s in it.With such titans as Elba and Johnson in the movie, it’s a wonder how smoothly and completely Kirby stakes her claim, too. In a movie full of the expected, she’s the happy surprise and a breath of fresh air. In the miles between “The Crown” and “Hobbs & Shaw,” Kirby has swiftly proven herself capable of an extraordinary range.The chemistry between the four, along with welcome comic cameos from Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart, fuel “Hobbs & Shaw” more than its mostly familiar action scenes and plot turns. It’s a herky-jerky ride, with genial company.Usually, it’s pleasingly aware of its own silliness. But there are blind spots. The third act shifts to an old-school fight in Samoa and speeches about having “heart” that build on a man vs. machine dynamic set up by Elba’s part-robot character. But if ever there was a movie franchise that believes, with operatic fervor, in well-oiled machines, it’s “Fast & Furious.”“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” a Universal Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language. Running time: 136 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP