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October 22, 2019

Nova Scotias Early Childhood Educators Honoured by Prime Minister

first_imgA Halifax early childhood educator has earned a top spot on the prime minister’s awards list for excellence. Patricia Monaghan, who has worked in the field for more than 20 years, was among 10 early childhood educators from across Canada awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Monaghan was honoured for her work with young children with special needs and her approach to teaching Chinese language and culture. She is the director/owner of the Magic Lady Bug Learning Centre, which offers a specialized Chinese language and culture program, along with art and music. Ms. Monaghan also co-authored the book Building Blocks: Strategies for Inclusion, a training program for early childhood educators that supports the inclusion of young children with special needs into daycares. She was not the only Nova Scotian early childhood educator honoured by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Patricia Thériault from the Centre Préscolaire de la Baie Sainte-Marie, Pointe-de-l’Église, was awarded with a certificate of achievement “I am very proud to join with the prime minister in congratulating these two women for demonstrating best practices in the care of young children and for their outstanding dedication to the children they care for,” said Community Services Minister Judy Streatch. The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education are designed to honour the overall accomplishments of a single educator or a team of up to three educators. The awards recognize the efforts of outstanding early childhood educators who excel at fostering the early development and socialization of the children in their care, and at helping build the foundation children need to meet life’s challenges. Recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards are chosen by regional and national committees of early childhood education stakeholders.last_img read more

October 20, 2019

SC refuses to interfere with HC order quashing gift case against Jayalalithaa

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with a 2011 order of the Madras High Court quashing a case against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and two others for allegedly receiving unaccounted gifts worth over Rs two crore.Jayalalithaa and former minister Azhagu Thirunavukkarasu, who were arrayed as accused by the CBI in the case registered in 1996, have died while the third accused, K A Sengottaiyan, is a minister for school education in the present AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Rejecting a CBI plea, a bench of justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna said since two of the three accused in the case have died and the high court had observed that there was an inordinate delay in filing the case, there is no point in interfering with the 2011 order. Senior advocate Vibha Datta Makhija, appearing for the CBI, said there was no delay in filing the case and the high court had committed an error in quashing the entire case proceedings. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedShe contended that the high court order will set a wrong precedent and is liable to be set aside. To this, the bench said in the facts and circumstances of the case and in wake of the observations made by the high court on delay in filing the case, it would not like to interfere with the order of 2011. In 2012, the apex court had sought response from Jayalalithaa and two others after the CBI had challenged a 2011 order of the Madras High Court. The agency had contended that the high court had not considered various aspects of the case in accordance with law. The high court had on September 30, 2011, after considering the allegation, quashed the entire proceeding and said, “There is absolutely no justification for subjecting the petitioner (Jayalalithaa) to undergo the ordeal of trial after the inordinate and unexplained delay and further continuance of the criminal proceedings pending against her would certainly amount to abuse of process of Court”. The high court had also granted similar relief to Thirunavukkarasu and Sengottaiyan and quashed the proceedings against them. The CBI’s case relates to Jayalalithaa allegedly receiving unaccounted gifts worth around Rs 2.09 crore in 1991. It had said that though the alleged transaction had taken place between 1990 and 1993, the irregularities had come to light only in 1996 and hence there was no delay in filing the case. The probe agency had contended that the case was registered on a letter written by the Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Chennai which said that Jayalalithaa has disclosed in her income tax returns regarding the gifts including Demand Drafts and cash given to her on the occasion of her birthday totalling to an amount of Rs 2,09,50,012.last_img read more