McHugh doesn’t rule out return to Cabinet

first_img By News Highland – July 2, 2020 WhatsApp WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Previous articleMulrines urged to release statement on future of Ballybofey operationsNext articleSurvey reveals Donegal as second favourite staycation destination News Highland Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebookcenter_img McHugh doesn’t rule out return to Cabinet Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh is not ruling out a return to cabinet in two and a half years time, when Leo Varadkar returns to the Taoiseach’s office.Last evening, Deputy Mc Hugh confirmed he had turned down the offer of a junior ministry, and had asked to be made Chair of the Oireachtas EU Affairs committee.He says he will now concentrate on serving the people of Donegal from the back benches, and while things may change when the reshuffle happens, he will now concentrate on the back benches:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/joemdfgdfgdfgdch7pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year

first_imgGovernor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 09, 2020center_img Education,  Press Release,  Public Health Secretary of Education Implements State-Level Waivers to Ensure Continuity and FlexibilityGovernor shares video message to students, parents and educatorsContinuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The governor made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites.Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue: schools are strongly encouraged to provide continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible. PDE has secured resources intended to help all schools that want to use them – including those not currently offering online platforms, those requiring additional technology support, and those that may rely on traditional methods, such as paper lessons, to continue educating students. There is no cost to schools or students for these resources.“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Governor Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”Secretary Rivera said the administration’s primary consideration has always been to make the best decision in the context of student and community health and safety.“While the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its mitigation efforts have created uncertainty in our schools and communities, today’s action to close schools for the remainder of the academic year provides school communities with predictability and understanding of the conditions under which they’ll be operating and serving students,” Rivera said. “As schools and communities adapt to the prolonged school closure, PDE will continue to work with our state, educational, and business and nonprofit partners to meet the needs of students.”Today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, will also remain closed.Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.Schools will remain closed though the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as it is defined by the local school calendar.Under the state’s directive, schools could begin summer programming on the day after their academic year ends.Secretary Rivera added that all re-openings will be contingent on public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.In addition to the school closure announcement, through his order Secretary Rivera also took action that will ensure crucial stability of education programs. Under Act 13 of 2020, the secretary has exercised his executive authority to adjust requirements for the evaluation of professional employees and waive student teaching requirements that may not be possible in the context of school closures.“By taking these actions, the department is providing flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public education can and will continue,” he said.The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs. The guidance information is available at education.pa.gov/COVID19.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.View this information in Spanish here.last_img read more

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Miller: Billy Eppler deals the Angels upgraded hope

first_imgIt wasn’t retaining Justin Upton.Or landing Shohei Ohtani.Or acquiring Ian Kinsler.Or signing Zack Cozart. Eppler, though, appears to have pretty much nailed it, filling three positions – second base, third base and left field – that in recent seasons for this team have been, to various degrees, pits of crippling despair.On top of that, in Ohtani he added a multi-talented player who could be a star when the Angels are on offense and defense and, quite possibly, any third option baseball might invent before next opening day.Now, for the small print, the disclaimer that must be included in every baseball story written outside baseball season:Despite everything Eppler has accomplished, the Angels are guaranteed to be nothing next summer but moderately rebuilt.No matter how many teams have memorable offseasons – and there are always at least a few – only one finishes with a memorable on-season, leaving the 29 others to ponder moves that ultimately failed to bring a championship.Remember, there was a recent December when a lot of people around here were excited about Josh Hamilton, too.But, a week before this Christmas, it would be difficult to improve upon what Eppler has done, particularly since the Angels still aren’t exactly bloated with the assets usually needed to bolster a big-league roster.Oh, sure, his entire plan could yet go to pieces like a dropped gingerbread man.The Angels now have five years and $106 million committed to Upton, a player who has been on five teams in five seasons.Kinsler turns 36 in June and is coming off a season in which his batting average dropped 60 points from where it ended in 2015.Cozart just had his finest season in Cincinnati but never has played third or made as much as $5.5 million, and the Angels just gave him a surprising three years at a stunning $38 million to be their third baseman.Worst of all, it has been learned that Ohtani already has an elbow issue, his ability to play both ways also meaning he has twice the chance to get hurt, a potentially cruel fate, to be sure, but one to keep in mind since these are the Angels.Still – even when viewed in the dimmest light possible – Eppler has plugged three troublesome, lingering holes with veterans used to playing every day, veterans with histories of producing.This is nothing like the winter of 2012 when the Angels attempted to sell as an improvement Joe Blanton and then watched in horror as the right-hander went 2-14, somehow actually pitching worse than the numbers suggested.Short of injuring Mike Trout in a spring training prank involving a jock full of scorpions, Kinsler can’t be anywhere near as bad as Blanton was, even if his batting average drops another 60 points.All of these players represent upgrades, Ohtani also costing the Angels – after the $20-million posting fee and a $2.3-million bonus – no more than any other unproven rookie. Elbow issue and all, nearly every team still wanted him.So Eppler is deserving of the backslaps and high-fives that no doubt have been greeting him in the hallways of the Angels’ front office.In characterizing these four prominent moves, each one is worthy of late-July news treatment. Yes, a deadline headline.Of course, in the end, this coming Angels season hinges greatly on the health of the pitching staff, a hinge that of late has been rusty and in need of more than just oil.Eppler also is talking about employing a six-man rotation as a means to accommodate Ohtani and offer him more rest.While that sounds great, the Angels have had enough trouble keeping five starters upright at any one time. Adding a sixth arm isn’t as simple as just adding a sixth body.Sorting out those problems, however, is why spring training lasts six weeks. There will be plenty of time to worry about all of that and more. For now, Eppler is to be commended.No, they don’t hand out championship rings for the offseason. But Eppler doesn’t need to flash bling to prove he succeeded, not when he’s already wearing Gatorade. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Instead, this recent news development is the one that best captures the offseason for Billy Eppler:It’s nearly impossible today to find anything for which to blatantly criticize the Angels’ general manager.It’s like he went 4 for 4 with the game-winning, bottom-of-the-ninth extra-base hit. In fact, right now, someone should burst into Eppler’s office and celebrate the moment the way the players do, by showering him with the icy contents of a Gatorade bucket.Many of us in the media aren’t comfortable with these sunny-and-smiling forecasts. We’re more conditioned to predict thunderstorms and hail, with a 100-percent chance of calamity.We prefer to exercise our God-given right to question the wisdom of those in charge, even if it means sometimes likening their intellect to that of a Honey Baked ham.last_img read more

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