More than 7,500 schoolchildren from across Donegal took part in the tenth annual Maths Week.The children from across 66 schools participated in the all-island event which has grown to become the largest of its kind in the world.Throughout the week, world renowned and locally acclaimed mathematicians enlightened and entertained people of all ages in the joys of maths through maths talks, workshops, games, teasers, challenges and magic maths shows. For example, Scoil Bhríde in Lifford designed maths trails around the school and Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál in Letterkenny held a fun maths workshop. Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana held a photography competition to find geometry in the real world.Tens of thousands of people across the country participated online, through games and competitions through, and puzzles on websites including, and Teachers participated in a Twitter discussion about the teaching of maths and thousands took part in two Twiznight quizzes on Twitter.Eoin Gill, Maths Week co-ordinator said: “Well over one million people have engaged with Maths Week over the past ten years, helping them to have a more positive attitude towards maths. Not only is maths important for a variety of careers, it is also a fundamentally important life skill. From budgeting to baking, some degree of mathematical ability is important for us all.”Speaking about the role of schools during Maths Week, Mr Gill said: “Every year we are impressed with the creativity shown by primary and post-primary teachers around the island in their efforts to engage and entertain their pupils during Maths Week. That effort will have an enormous impact in encouraging young people to have greater confidence in their ability to do well at maths”. MORE THAN 7,000 DONEGAL SCHOOLCHILDREN TAKE PART IN MATHS WEEK was last modified: October 29th, 2015 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:donegalMaths Weekschools read more

Women’s Golf Finishes Tied For Eighth At MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial

first_imgSophomore Aimee Gerschke led Drake on the final day, shooting a 76 for a final score off 232 (76-80-76). Junior Grace Dunn posted a total score of 229 (77-72-80) to lead the team overall and finished tied for 32nd-place. Freshman Sam Paulak went on to finish with a score of 233 (77-75-81), while Sigurlaug Jonsdottir recorded a 234 (80-74-80). Senior Madison Glennie carded her best round of the tournament with a 77 for a total score of 236 (81-78-77). Final Results SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University women’s golf team settled to eighth-place at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial on Tuesday at the Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield, Mo. The Bulldogs headed into the final round tied for fifth-place and ended the 36-hole event with a total team score of 922 (310-299-313), tied for eighth-place with UMKC. Memphis took home the team title with a score 874, followed by Murray State (888).”We’re disappointed with our round today. We didn’t hit it well or convert on as many putts as we need too. Overall, we improved from last week and we will get back at it and bounce back stronger next week,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett.center_img Story Links Drake travels to Muncie, Ind. on Sept. 18 for the Cardinal Classic.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Trump Pick for National Labor Relations Board Raises Some Advocates Concerns

first_imgShare3Tweet18Share2Email23 SharesAugust 2, 2017; The HillPresident Trump’s pick to fill one of several vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board has raised concerns among advocates, both because of his past record and because his appointment may tip the balance of the board toward a more conservative stance.Marvin Kaplan has served with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Republican workforce policy counsel for the Houston Education and Workforce Committee, and counsel to the U.S. House Oversight and Governance and Reform Committee, according to his LinkedIn. The profile notes that he “conducted oversight of and investigated allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse by the Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board [and] led efforts to fight DOL overtime rules and 2012 unconstitutional NLRB recess appointments.”According to the Wall Street Journal,Some business groups have expressed frustration about lingering vacancies on the board, one of several Washington, D.C., bodies without a full complement of appointed officials, because it has slowed efforts to roll back decisions made during Mr. Obama’s tenure…Board decisions during Mr. Obama’s tenure resulted in some big advances for labor unions, including an easier path for contractors and employees at franchise businesses to join unions.Coalition for a Democratic Workplace chair Kristen Swearingen told the National Law Journal, “We are confident Mr. Kaplan will interpret the National Labor Relations Act in a manner that is fair to workers, unions and employers. The nomination is another signal that this administration will make reforms that will restore jobs to the American people.” However, Swearingen also told The Hill, “If we could get a Republican majority then we can start to overturn eight years of horrible regulations, which is going to take time obviously, but at least we won’t have the board stacked against us.”The Hill noted in another article that “On the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) criticized Kaplan for the time he spent as a House staffer, where he worked on measures to strip workers of their right to organize and join unions in their workplace.”The National Labor Relations Board was established by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935. Members serve five-year terms, so they overlap presidential administrations. Its job is to enforce labor laws, protect collective bargaining, and fight unfair practices. The appointment of Kaplan, plus William Emanuel, a labor lawyer at Littler Mendelson in Los Angeles, could tip the balance of the board toward more conservative viewpoints on labor relations. Kaplan was confirmed on party lines, but Emanuel has not yet come up for a vote.Some of the labor regulations that Republicans seek to overturn include making franchisors potentially liable for labor law violations committed by their franchisees and facilitating quicker or easier union elections. Obama’s appointees also protected employees who were fired because of social media commentary, forbid mandatory arbitration clauses, and more. Many of these rulings will be up for reversal if the board’s balance changes, putting workers’ rights in jeopardy.Trump’s original nominee for Labor Secretary, fast food CEO Andy Puzder, was forced to withdraw after concerns arose about his eligibility, in part because of his anti-labor views and in part because of questions about his taxes and the immigration status of his housekeeper. Alexander Acosta, a former National Labor Relations Board member, was appointed instead.If the board changes balance, then labor nonprofits will need to keep an eye out for workers’ rights and protections. Kaplan’s previous record of service is cause for concern.—Erin RubinShare3Tweet18Share2Email23 Shareslast_img read more