Thursday, 27 September 2012

Just one in eight better off on dole, ESRI finds

Just one in eight better off on dole, ESRI finds

ONE IN eight people currently in receipt of unemployment benefit is better off staying on welfare than moving to paid employment, according to new research by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).   The paper, published today, strongly rejects research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris that claims the gap between earned income and welfare income is among the smallest in the 34-member bloc. The authors stress the need to counter the OECD research because recent International Monetary Fund reports, which have appeared to advocate reductions in welfare rates, have been “strongly influenced” by the OECD...

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Now is the time to tackle the schoolbook publishing industry

Now is the time to tackle the schoolbook publishing industry

"Now is the time for the Department of Education to rethink the way classroom material is compiled, published, updated, priced and paid for. The sector is changing. We have to power now to change it for the better. Let’s not just drift into the next chapter and spend another generation complaining about it...."

Friday, 21 September 2012

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/What-it-will-take-to-end-poverty-in-Africa.html?soid=1103899759579&aid=dzaGBZFTQUY

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/What-it-will-take-to-end-poverty-in-Africa.html?soid=1103899759579&aid=dzaGBZFTQUY

"My answer then and now is:  Overcome government failure.  By “government failure,” I don’t mean that governments are evil or even that they are incompetent or ill-intentioned.  Analogous to “market failure,” government failure refers to a situation where the particular incentives in government lead to a situation that is worse than what was intended with the intervention."

For instance, governments finance and provide primary education so that poor children can have access to learning.  But if teachers are paid regardless of whether they show up for work, and politicians rely on teachers to run their political campaigns, the result is absentee teachers and poor children who don’t know how to read or write—precisely the opposite of what was intended.  We see similar government failures in health care, water supply, sanitation, electricity, transport, labor markets and trade policy...

Newspaper initiative to improve literacy

Newspaper initiative to improve literacy

AN INITIATIVE to give transition year students a better idea of how newspapers work and to improve literacy will begin on Monday.
The Press Pass scheme will see free national and regional newspapers distributed to 14,000 students in 250 schools over a fortnight.   They will be accompanied by a workbook.

The idea “should help to improve literacy standards for those students taking part” because of the “strong yet practical focus on reading and writing”, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said yesterday.
The initiative by National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) is in conjunction with the Department of Education.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Asylum children go hungry, says report

Asylum children go hungry, says report

MANY CHILDREN in the State’s asylum process are living in extreme poverty in overcrowded accommodation with inadequate food, according to a report published yesterday.
The Irish Refugee Council report paints a grim picture of the State’s system for accommodating asylum-seekers, known as direct provision.  It documents frequent instances of malnutrition among children and expectant mothers, as well as illnesses related to diet among babies and young children....

Of the 5,098 people residing in reception centres for asylum-seekers, over one third, or 1,789, are children.
Families are given an allowance of €19.10 per week for an adult and €9.60 per child.

The system, which was set up in 2000 by the Department of Justice to deal with the increasing number of asylum claimants, was intended to house applicants and their families for six months.
However, the report says asylum-seekers in Ireland typically spent four years in the system, and in some cases over seven years, awaiting the processing of asylum claims.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Child deaths down 40% - UN

Child deaths down 40% - UN

COUNTRIES ACROSS the world are making rapid progress on child survival rates, showing it is possible to bring down child mortality significantly in two decades, according to Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund.  In its latest report on child survival, the organisation hailed a sharp drop of about 40 per cent in the number of children under the age of five dying, with the estimated global toll falling from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.9 million in 2011...

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Pambazuka - Libyan humiliation a driving force for anti-Americanism

Pambazuka - Libyan humiliation a driving force for anti-Americanism

Al-Nass (The People) and other television channels of ‘Satellite Salafism’ broadcast news of a year-old mediocre film trailer about the life of the Prophet Mohammad, made by an Israeli-Californian and championed by a Florida-based Christian pastor. Across the waters, radicals spurred each other on. The reactions in Cairo and Benghazi were swift. Crowds formed in front of the US embassy in Egypt and the US consulate in Libya, storming them and, in Benghazi, a rocket-fired grenade – it seems – killed four US officials, including the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens....

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Obama condemns US envoy killing

Obama condemns US envoy killing

US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US diplomats were killed in a rocket attack on their car late yesterday, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a US-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad. 
A 14-minute clip of the film, The Innocence of Islam, aired on YouTube shows a fictional attack by Muslims on a Christian family followed by an account of the origins of Islam depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a womaniser...

Tuesday, 4 September 2012