Poignant scenes as school remembers wonderful teacher Grainne

first_imgThere were poignant scenes in the halls of Deele College this afternoon as the school community paid tribute to former science teacher, Mrs Grainne O’Donnell, who passed away last February after a brave battle against cancer.Former staff, students and current teachers at the school were joined by Grainne’s family for a special mass, which was concelebrated by Father Eamon Kelly, Canon Dinny McGettigan and Reverend Wilson.Though eight months have passed since Grainne’s untimely death, the tears and sadness evident at the mass today is testament to the esteem in which she was held by everyone at the school. The school choir gave a wonderful performance and added to the solemnity of the occasion. There were prayers for Grainne’s family, including her father, Michael, her husband Kevin and her twin daughters, Kaila and Dara.After the mass, a plaque was unveiled in the school’s ‘Remembrance Garden,’ which was revamped by both staff and students in recent months.The plaque in memory of Grainne takes pride of place in the garden and will ensure that her memory lives on in the school that was so close to her heart. The garden offers everyone in the school a quiet place to take time out and it is fitting that it is here that the school community will remember a teacher that gave so much to the students of the local area.Grainne, who had taught in the school for 12 years, was extremely popular with both students and staff and her hearty laugh and bubbly demeanour are sorely missed by everyone connected to the school, especially amongst the science department, of which she was an integral member. She will be remembered as a special person, who always put others first and her kindness and generosity will not be forgotten by the many friends she has left behind.Speaking at the unveiling of the plaque, Deputy Principal, Mr Danny McFadden paid tribute to Grainne and highlighted what a caring and considerate teacher she was.“It’s still hard to come to terms with the fact that Grainne is no longer with us. We didn’t just lose a very valued colleague, the students in the school lost a very kind, caring and considerate teacher, who always had the best interests of the students at heart.“She will always be remembered here at the school and the plaque we unveiled today will ensure her memory is enshrined here at Deele College,” he said.Principal of Deele College, Mr Joe Boyle, echoed the sentiments expressed by Mr McFadden and said that it was important that Grainne would be remembered by everyone at the school. “Today was a tough day but a special day. It’s eight months since Grainne passed away and yet it feels like it was yesterday. Life in secondary schools moves fast and it’s important that we take the time to reflect and remember those special people who are no longer and with us and Grainne was certainly one of those.“I’d like to thank Kevin and all the family for coming here today and I hope that this day will give the family some measure of comfort as they try to cope with the loss of a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend.“Grainne’s memory will live on in the hearts of those of us who worked with her at the school but today we ensured that her memory will be forever be associated with Deele College in Raphoe.”Poignant scenes as school remembers wonderful teacher Grainne was last modified: September 27th, 2019 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:deele collegeGrainne O’DonnellmassRaphoelast_img read more

ABB wins $43m Eskom order

first_img30 November 2010The South African subsidiary of multinational power and automation group ABB has won an order worth US$43-million (about R307-million) from state power utility Eskom to supply equipment for the Kusile power station being built in Mpumalanga.ABB will supply medium-voltage switchgear as well as protection and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) equipment for the thermal power plant, which comprises six supercritical combustion units with a total generating capacity of 4 800 megawatts.State-of-the-art productsThe company will design, engineer, supply, install and commission the equipment, including indoor switchgear for primary distribution, the latest range of control products and the REA range of protection relays. ABB will also supply a Micro-SCADA automation solution to optimise control and ensure reliable operation.“These state-of-the-art products offer maximum control and protection, enabling an efficient and reliable supply of electricity,” ABB Power Products division head Bernhard Jucker said in a statement this week.“We support Eskom in its efforts to improve power supplies and meet the growing need for electricity in the country.”Enhancing safetyAccording to ABB, the REA range is an extremely fast and reliable arc protection system that combines a unique sensor technique with instantaneous and reliable fault detection, reducing the risk of network damage, enhancing safety and enabling the smooth restoration of power in the event of a disruption.“With ABB’s tailor-made solutions, we are well positioned to contribute cutting-edge technology to South Africa’s major energy challenges,” said ABB South Africa CEO Carlos Pone.“The Kusile project will generate cost effective electricity into the South African grid and will to help meet the growing demand for electricity in South Africa.”In September this year, ABB also won a US$23-million (about R163-million) order from Eskom to provide a plant solution for the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, currently under construction on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Zuma cracks the whip over textbooks

first_img4 July 2012South African President Jacob Zuma has cracked the whip over school textbook delivery delays in the country’s Limpopo province, appointing a task team to investigate, while national Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has apologised for the province.Task team to investigate“Members of the task team will investigate the causes of the non-delivery and delays to affected schools and make recommendations to prevent a future recurrence,” the Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.“The President has directed that all who are found to have played a role in delaying or stopping the delivery of books should be held accountable and face the consequences.”Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will chair the team, which also comprises Deputy Basic Education Minister Enver Surty, Deputy Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Obed Bapela, Deputy Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Yunus Carrim and Deputy Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.‘There should have been proper planning’Zuma Motshekga and Surty in Pretoria on Tuesday over the long-delayed delivery of textbooks in Limpopo.Zuma emphasized to Motshekga that it was unacceptable for service providers or officials to destroy limited and precious education resources like books.The President said there should have been proper planning for the delivery of resources. “For example, the South African National Defence Force could have been used to deliver textbooks if there was proper coordination and planning,” said Zuma.Zuma ordered the ministry to complete the current delivery process, and to work with the National Treasury and the province to ensure that adequate resources were made available. He stressed that planning should be carried out properly for next year’s procurement and delivery of textbooks.The President will meet all ministers involved in the Limpopo intervention to review progress and prevent future problems around the intervention.Call centre for public queries, informationThe textbook delay has affected grades 1, 2, 3 and 10 pupils in Limpopo. Last week, the Department of Basic Education announced that about 99% of textbooks had finally been delivered to grade 10s in the province, while 100% had now been delivered to grade 1, 2 and 3 pupils.However, the department said it was concerned about reports that books may not have reached all schools in the province.Motshekga has in the meantime laid a charge against service providers who were contracted to deliver grade 8 and 9 workbooks in Limpopo but dumped some of the books.The department has also set up a call centre to handle public queries and information on schools that may have not received learning materials.Motshekga apologisesOn Tuesday, Motshekga unequivocally apologised for the delays.She said that because the provincial Education Department had been placed under national administration, it was only in May that orders for textbooks could be placed with the publishers.Motshekga added that it was incorrect to suggest that no textbooks had been delivered and no learning had taken place in Limpopo this year.She said workbooks in literacy and numeracy for grades 1 to 9 had been delivered on time.“In addition, readers of the previous year and other resource materials could be used as teachers were trained on where there was a deviation from the previous syllabus,” Motshekga said.“With regard to grades 10, all learners received a textbook on mathematics and science on time.”The deviations in the other subjects were brought to the attention of teachers in training sessions last year, and older textbooks could therefore be used for teaching.This did not, however, detract from the responsibility of the provincial sphere of government to deliver new books on time, hence the intervention by the national government.National government intervention in LimpopoLast year, national government intervened in several provincial departments in Limpopo, such as Roads and Transport; Health; Public Works; and Provincial Treasury, in terms of section 100 (1)(b) of the Constitution.The Presidency said on Wednesday that the intervention in Limpopo had been made difficult by the fact that there was currently no national legislation regulating interventions in terms of section 100 of the Constitution.The Department of Cooperative Governance had developed the Monitoring, Support and Intervention Bill to fill this gap.“The President has directed the Presidency and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to prioritise the finalisation of this crucial legislation,” the Presidency said.It added that the President had also directed that while the legislation was being finalised, a special protocol be developed to manage relations between the different spheres of government and ensure that service delivery was not affected.“Government concedes that there are many lessons to be learned from the Limpopo experience, especially relating to how to manage constitutional interventions by national government in provincial departments,” the Presidency said in a statement.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Oceans Day puts the focus on South Africa’s fish stocks

first_img9 June 2015The oceans around South Africa have the potential to unlock economic development opportunities in the country, according to Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Thomson.“We thus need to develop a proactive approach to understand our oceans’ capacity and role to ensure socio-economic emancipation while protecting this vast and fragile environment,” she said yesterday at celebrations of World Oceans Day in Port Elizabeth.World Oceans Day is an annual event on 8 June, recognised by the United Nations and run by its Environment Programme (UNEP). It was declared to remind people of the major role the oceans play, as well as to educate people of the impact humans have on the oceans. “They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe,” says the UN.Thomson said the use of various marine resources in South Africa had increased, but the Department of Environmental Affairs would continue efforts to protect and maintain the country’s marine biodiversity. “We aspire to create partnerships while strengthening existing ones to develop means and ways to share the wealth of the ocean for the benefit of all South Africans.”Sassi StoriesTo mark the day, as well as World Environment Day on 5 June, WWF South Africa’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi) is running its #SASSIStories campaign. It is about telling the inspiring stories of fishers, retailers, chefs, and ordinary people who are driving positive change in the seafood sector.WWF-Sassi points out that the oceans are the cornerstone of life on Earth. They cover more than two thirds of the planet’s surface, produce 70% of its oxygen and are responsible for driving weather systems.“Oceans are also a critical source of food, culture and history. Every year they feed over a billion people and almost 1 in 10 people around the world rely on fishing and fishing-related activities for their livelihoods. Yet both locally and globally we are not doing enough to look after this incredibly value asset,” the organisation says.Humanity’s impact can be seen in reports of climate change, overfishing and the increasing user conflicts.It was an issue Thomson also raised. “Aspects of climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable coastal area development and unwanted impacts from resource extraction need to be addressed for human well-being, environmental prosperity and integrity,” she said.Blue economyWorld Oceans Day this year is celebrated under the UNEP’s theme “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”. The department expanded this to “Healthy oceans, healthy planet: enabling sustainable ocean economy development”, to highlight the government’s commitment to sustainable ocean economy through Operation Phakisa.Operation Phakisa promotes economic growth and job creation in line with the goals outlined in the National Development Plan. Its oceans economy laboratory is estimated to have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product and create just over one million jobs by 2033.The oceans economy lab has four priority areas: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services and ocean governance. –Senzeni Zokwana, the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, said almost all humans on Earth depend on the seas’ natural resources. “The sustainable use and management of the oceans, even its resources, is critical to us today and for future generations.”OverfishingThe question, he said, was how to forge an economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible vision for the use of the oceans’ natural resources without compromising future generations.“Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world’s protein consumed by humans, making the oceans critical to food security. [but] According to the [Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN], most of the world’s major fisheries are being fished at levels above their maximum sustainable level with a number of fish stocks completely depleted.”In addition in South Africa, many coastal communities had been marginalised for many years and denied access to fish resources, which resulted in compromised fishing livelihoods and economic viabilities.Its Small-scale Fisheries Policy sought to redress this and ensure equitable sharing of the oceans’ resources.“One of the biggest challenges that we face in South Africa today is striking a balance between meeting the food security needs of our people while at same time ensuring that the resources they depend on are managed sustainably,” Zokwana said.“We also have to increase our efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing which are serious crimes because they also cause a huge threat to the collapse of our resources.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

NGO shelter homes raided

first_imgRaids are being conducted on Good News India-run Dream Centre shelter homes across Odisha by the police and Child Welfare Committee.Meanwhile, GNI founder and chairman Faiz Rahman was taken into custody on Tuesday for questioning.According to reports, 134 inmates, including 80 girls, were shifted from the shelter home. After counselling by the Ganjam CWC, 62 inmates were handed over to their guardians. The rest would be sent to their respective places on Wednesday.In a related development, a video clip purportedly showing Mr. Rahman converting children to Christianity has surfaced. State Women and Child Development Minister Prafulla Samal said, “Upon registration of FIR, the government would probe conversion activities, if any.”last_img read more