Early childhood centres like ‘kiddie prisons’, teachers say

first_imgStuff co.nz 10 February 2019Family First Comment:  Ouch! (but sadly the truth for many)… “I’m a qualified teacher and have left the sector due to bullying and an environment that does not foster best learning for children. I definitely would not put my children in a centre environment – or should I say ‘kiddie prison’. Children are cooped up for long periods of time, probably spending more time there than they do at home with their own family.”More than 200,000 Kiwi kids are enrolled in early childhood education – but teachers say parents don’t know what happens behind centres’ closed doors.A “bums on seats” approach puts children’s safety and development at risk, teachers told Stuff.The 300 services that had their licence downgraded in the past two years are the tip of the iceberg, they said, and problems could go undetected for years.Stuff readers working in ECE joined the chorus of teachers voicing concerns about the sector. Here’s what they had to say.“I have been an ECE teacher for nearly 25 years. I have three children and I never wanted to put them into daycare.“My youngest child did attend but that was only once she was was able to talk so she could tell me everything that happened.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/110421167/early-childhood-centres-like-kiddie-prisons-teachers-sayKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Martinez has 3 RBIs, Red Sox beat Orioles 13-2 in opener

first_imgMartinez has 3 RBIs, Red Sox beat Orioles 13-2 in opener July 24, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBOSTON (AP) — For one night at least, the Boston Red Sox didn’t miss Mookie Betts’ bat. J.D. Martinez and Kevin Pillar each drove in three runs, and the Red Sox rolled past the Baltimore Orioles 13-2 on Friday night in Fenway Park’s first taste of regular season baseball during the coronavirus pandemic. Jackie Bradley Jr., Jose Peraza, Martinez and Pillar each doubled as part of a four-run third inning. Boston kept it going in the fourth, sending 11 batters to the plate and adding six more runs. Orioles: Right-hander Alex Cobb makes his first start since April 26, 2019, after missing most of the season with a hip injury that required surgery in June. He was 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA in three starts.Red Sox: Martín Pérez makes his Red Sox debut after signing as a free agent this offseason. He pitched in relief in his first three outings of 2019, but started in final 29 appearances. He was 10-7 with a 5.12 ERA. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Roenicke said he believes the new expanded playoff format should increase his team’s chances of making the postseason. “I think knowing if we have that extra playoff spot or two, it helps us,” he said. “I’m not planning to finish there. But if it does and we get in great.”TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: OF Trey Mancini said Friday he’s “feeling good” as he continues to receive chemotherapy treatment every other week following colon cancer surgery on March 12. He’s out for the season and will watch his teammates from afar. “I know that I’ll be back out there with them eventually, but right now I’m just more concerned with my treatments,” said Mancini, who expects to end the chemo sessions on Sept. 21.UP NEXTcenter_img Associated Press Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) gave up just one run and five hits, striking out four over six innings in his first career opening day start. Baltimore starter Tommy Milone (0-1) got his first opening day nod after All-Star lefty John Means experienced arm fatigue. He surrendered four runs, four hits, three walks, had a wild pitch and struck out five. Rio Ruiz homered in the seventh. Like in other opening day games around the majors, there were no spectators allowed inside Boston’s fabled park on Friday. But there were cardboard cutouts of Red Sox fans placed on the seats above the Green Monster to serve as virtual witnesses to the franchise’s version of the league’s new normal. Friday also marked Boston’s first regular season game since an offseason shakeup that included a salary-dump trade of Betts and pitcher David Price to the Dodgers, and the departure of Alex Cora as manager for his role in an illegal system of sign stealing when he was with the Houston Astros.Ron Roenicke, who served as Cora’s bench coach for two seasons and succeeded him as manager just before the start of spring training, earned his first managerial win since a five-year tenure with the Brewers ended in 2015. PREGAME TRIBUTESThere were continued nods to the nation’s social justice movement prior to the game. Players on both teams wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts and a Major League Baseball-issued Black Lives Matter sign was spread across the center field bleachers. Players from both teams knelt while holding a black ribbon in a unity moment before the game. During the national anthem, Red Sox outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Alex Verdugo continued to kneel and were joined by third base coach Carlos Febles and first base coach Tom Goodwin. Orioles players stood with their arms linked. There was also a moment of silence in honor of those who’ve died during the pandemic and for medical workers. EXTRA CHANCESlast_img read more

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Donegal businessman Jim McGettigan wins Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgMcGettigan Group Chairman Jim McGettigan has been honoured with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Pubs Global Awards.The popular Irish bar chain took home five awards in total at the Irish Pubs Global Awards in Dublin last night.Kilmacrennan native Jim McGettigan was surrounded by his family to celebrate the honour and mark the many achievements of the hospitality group. Jim opened his first pub in Dublin in 1964. The McGettigan group has since expanded across the globe, and now incorporates 10 hotels and 15 Irish pubs, with the 16th opening in Dubai this month.“We are honouring a wonderful family man who has achieved so much in his career. Jim has made an extraordinary contribution to Irish and Global hospitality” says Sarah Newman, Irish Pubs Global.Jim McGettigan and Family at the Irish Pubs Global Awards 2017McGettigan’s roots go back to 1964, when founder Jim McGettigan opened his first pub on Queen Street, Dublin.Hailing from Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal, Jim McGettigan was the eldest of nine children – three brothers and six sisters. At the age of 14 years, he left school to work at a local pub, in order to help out with his family’s finances. Soon after, Jim got a job working on board the Queen Elizabeth I (QE1) washing dishes, before becoming a waiter and working his way up the ranks. After eight years on the QE1, and upon meeting his wife in Southampton, he returned to Ireland and bought his first pub on Queen Street in 1964 and so, the first McGettigan’s bar was born.Jim in Queen Street with brother NeilThen in 1969, Jim purchased another building, which was in liquidation, and called it The Baggot Inn. Few venues can boast such a colourful history and well known patrons. A young Bono was almost turned away from these world famous doors for looking under age, Tracey Chapman launched her career here. Bob Geldof begged for a month before he was given a gig. U2, David Bowie, Christy Moore, Thin Lizzy, Mary Coughlan and The Water-boys and all performed some of their best gigs in these four walls.In 1978, Jim McGettigan bought his first hotel and continued to purchase properties and hotels for the years after. By 1995, he had six hotels and two bars. In 1999, he bought the three star Bonnington hotel in London and brought it up to 4 star hotel. In 2003 he bought the Cavendish Hotel in Eastbourne. In 2005, Jim purchased a piece of sand in Dubai, which became the Bonnington Hotel in Jumeirah Lake Towers, and which opened in 2009.Bonnington Hotel DubaiMcGettigan’s NYC launch June 2015 – Dennis McGettigan, Jim McGettian and Wife Patrica, Lorraine McGettigan, Anita McGettigan and James McGettiganA family business from the start, the idea to establish a chain of Irish pubs under the family name, originated through the vision of Jim’s son, Dennis McGettigan. The first McGettigan’s Irish pub opened its doors in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai in November 2010.With the inaugural venue a success, the brand expanded further, with new bars opening across the UK and Ireland, the Middle East, Asia and USA. Seven years later and there are a total of 16 McGettigan’s pubs worldwide including the original Queen street venue, with a further addition opening in October 2017 in Dubai at The Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Hotel on JBR Walk and in the emirate of Al Ain and Ajman and one in Qatar. CEO Dennis McGettiganA number of bars are more actively in the works as well as a new concept Warehouse Bar + Kitchen in Letterkenny that opened in 2016 and has won Best Newcomer at the prestigious Sky 2017 Bar of the Year Awards. McGettigan’s Dublin 9 opened last weekend with a star studded party.Jim McGettigan winning the Lifetime achievement award at the Irish Pubs Global Awards 2017Speaking about the honour, CEO Dennis McGettigan says, “On behalf of myself, mum and my nine siblings, we are exceptionally proud of our father, Jim McGettigan. His achievements are incredible, he started out with nothing and now we have McGettigan’s pubs and hotels worldwide.”Other awards for the McGettigan Group at last night’s Irish Pubs Global Awards include:McGettigan’s JLT in Dubai – Irish Pub of the YearMcGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai – Best Food Experience – Best Gastro PubGroup Executive Chef for McGettigan’s Pubs worldwide, Sligo native Derek Flynn, won the title Best ChefMcGettigan’s Abu Dhabi – Best Irish Community Pub in the worldBest Food Award for the McGettigan Group at the Irish Pubs Global Awards 2017“To be awarded out of all the Irish pubs in the world is a great honour and is testament to our popularity as a brand.  McGettigan’s offers something for everyone, great drinks, and delicious food as well as live music, comedy and sport,” says CEO Dennis McGettigan. “We are very proud of our staff and grateful to our customers, who have turned McGettigan’s into a household name throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world,” adds Dennis McGettigan.Jim McGettigan with children Dennis, Lorraine and Maureen and McGettigan’s Ambassador golfer Shane LowryDonegal businessman Jim McGettigan wins Lifetime Achievement Award was last modified: October 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Businesshotelsirish pubs global awardsJim McGettiganlifetime achievementMcGettigan’slast_img read more

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