Vermont Travel Industry Conference April 7 & 8 at the Stoweflake

first_imgThe 27th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference will be held on April 7 & 8, 2010 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, Vermont. The event will feature compelling keynote speakers, pertinent workshops on industry topics and trends, and a trade show featuring over 30 exhibitors who sell products or services to the tourism industry.On Wednesday April 7th at 9:00 am, keynote speaker James Chung of Reach Advisors will educate the tourism industry on the Four Macro Trends and the Implications on Travel. Chung will discuss the major trends that will reshape the consumer market as it relates to the tourism industry including: generational shifts, gender differences, health and wellness behaviors, outdoor recreation trends, and household purchasing power.Thursday April 8th at 9:00 am, Steve Richer of the National Tour Association will enlighten attendees on the future of the tourism industry through his keynote presentation the Tourism Industry Crystal Ball: Where We Are, Where We Are Headed. Richer will pull from his experience working on the legislation that will become the Travel Promotion Act to discuss current border and public land issues, and provide attendees with a glimpse into the future and what we can do.The Vermont Travel Industry Conference will feature workshops from five educational, industry related tracks: Management, Miscellaneous Marketing, Media Relations, Social Media & Marketing, and Web Marketing. Some of the hot topics this year will include How to Effectively Publicize Your Business Through New Media Tools with Nicole Ravlin of PMG Public Relations, Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet and Profit with Hans van Wees of Van-Wees, Inc., and How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Seize Money-Making Marketing Opportunities with Chris Diaz of Redpoint Marketing.If you are part of a tourism-related business or have an interest in the Vermont travel industry, this conference is for you! Registration is now open. For more information on participating in the event and to register, please visit the Vermont Travel Industry Conference website at www.vtic.org(link is external) and receive instant updates by becoming a fan on the Vermont Travel Industry Conference Facebook page. Source: VTIC. 2.16.2010last_img read more

Dealer.com appoints Rick Gibbs as president

first_imgDealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)) today named Rick Gibbs as its new president.  Gibbs co-founded the company in 1998 and has since held the position of CTO, shaping and directing Dealer.com’s technological vision, while spearheading its emergence as the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry. As President, Gibbs will help guide the company as it significantly increases employee headcount and accelerates product development and delivery volume over the years ahead.”Rick’s appointment sends a strong signal to the industry that we are first and foremost a technology company that empowers auto dealers, dealer groups and OEMs. We see a growing trend of powerful Software as a Service business models being driven by technologists,” commented Mark Bonfigli, Dealer.com’s CEO, who previously held the title of President as well.”Rick’s expertise and dedication have been critical in enabling us to nearly quadruple our revenues over the last three years among the most challenging years ever in the auto industry,” Bonfigli continued. “Combining creativity with strategic foresight, he has consistently led Dealer.com’s research and development teams to deliver cutting-edge products that are responsive to dealers’ needs and outperform anything on the market. He has continued to refine product management and added business analysis groups to benchmark best practices that keep our clients two to four years ahead of the competition. Assuming the role of president and CTO, Rick will now help guide us to entirely new levels of technology development, growth and expansion.”Commenting on his new position, Gibbs said, “I’m honored and thrilled to take on the role of president and excited about the opportunities ahead for Dealer.com. We have an industry-leading pipeline of products, a very strong and financially sound company, and are well-positioned for continued growth.”Prior to co-founding Dealer.com, Gibbs consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies, designing and building next-generation web applications and interactive training systems. Gibbs is a graduate of Clarkson University, with a degree in computer engineering.About Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external))Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award winning e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies.  The company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. More dealerships use the Dealer.com platform than any other platform in the world.  Recent national and international accolades include: The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net Promoter® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, Dealer.com was the 2009 Top Rated Website Provider on DrivingSales.com, and won the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Diamond Award for Best Website Solution and the 2009 Most Comprehensive Search Marketing Platform Award from the Automotive Search Marketing Association. For more information visit:http://www.dealer.com/promo/look-inside.htm(link is external).Source: Dealer.comlast_img read more

Keeping copies of scanned IDs: What are the requirements for credit unions?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brandy Bruyere Brandy Bruyere, NCCO was named vice president of regulatory compliance in February 2017. In her role, Bruyere oversees NAFCU’s regulatory compliance team who help credit unions with a variety of … Web: www.nafcu.org Details Since the passage of S.2155 (the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act) in May 2018, many credit unions have wondered about a particular provision – section 213, titled “making online banking initiation legal and easy.” As background, S.2155’s ID retention provision was first introduced as part of the MOBILE Act (which was never passed) and later tacked on to S.2155. Some credit unions were having a hard time offering online account opening services because the copying or scanning of a member’s personal identification was prohibited by a state law. Section 213 attempts to overcome these hurdles and preempts any directly conflicting state law provision, thus allowing credit unions the ability to serve their e-savvy members. However, the wording of this law seems to indicate that, when opening accounts online, it is a requirement to delete a copy or image of a member’s identification card after using that copy for one of the following:Verifying the person’s identity;Verifying that the identification card is authentic; orComplying with a legal requirement to record, retain or transmit personal information in connection with opening an account (e.g. the Bank Secrecy Act’s customer identification program requirements).Unfortunately, section 213 has caused quite the stir because a plain reading of the deletion section seems to indicate that unless a law requires the credit union to keep a copy or image of a member’s ID, the credit union would have to permanently destroy this copy/image after using it for one of those three purposes. BSA Requirements for Record RetentionSo, to what extent might the requirement to delete copies of IDs actually disrupt credit unions’ processes, and what would be the penalty for being deemed non-compliant because an ID was kept on record?  As a starting point, section 213 is a freestanding provision, meaning it does not amend a pre-existing statute or framework. It is not clearly incorporated into an existing part of the US Code that addresses issues like civil liability, regulatory authority and enforcement. This may be because, from our discussions with staffers on Capitol Hill who worked on this particular section, the aim was to make online account opening easier. In other words, it does not seem to be a statute with stand-alone penalties. Section 213 also does not specifically require any regulator to exam or enforce the bill. We would hope that regulators may provide clarification, such as FinCEN perhaps addressing how section 213 interplays with a customer identification program (CIP). However, the BSA rules do not mandate keeping copies, just recording a description of the documents relied upon when using documentary methods.Many credit unions indicated that they retain copies of IDs to assist in verifying members’ identities on an ongoing basis, such as when they come to branches to make withdrawals. Some also indicate retaining copies of IDs as part of their BSA CIP program, asking whether this would allow retaining the record. However, the BSA does not explicitly require retaining the records. Section 1020.220 of the BSA only requires credit unions to “record a description of any documents that were relied on, noting the type of document, any identification number contained in the document, the place of issuance and, if any, the date of issuance and expiration date” rather than the scanning or copying of a member’s ID. For those reasons, if the account, service or product requested online requires the member’s ID for verification purposes, it seems that the plain reading of section 213 would require permanently deleting this record after using it for those purposes. This seems to create operational challenges, but is this what Congress intended?S.2155 Not Intended as a Roadblock The good news is that NAFCU’s legislative affairs team raised this issue during consideration of the bill and we were informed Congress was reading the legislative language to mean credit unions can keep the member’s ID for as long as they need it for a valid purpose, such as for the credit union’s CIP, verification of identity or fraud prevention. Our team also sorted through section 213’s legislative history to find the Congressional intent behind the destruction section and found that this was added to end the practice of selling consumers’ personal information by financial institutions. Additionally, keeping in mind the main Congressional intent was to make online account opening easier, it may be arguable that Congress did not want to affect the use of a member’s identification for other legitimate business purposes. For example, this part of the Congressional Record stresses that S.2155 was not intended to interfere with current operations of financial institutions, but to allow greater access to small banks and credit unions for consumers in underserved or unserved regions.Section 213 Limited Only to Online Activity On a separate note, section 213 only addresses online activity rather than accounts, services or products obtained by members in person at a credit union’s branch. However, it is important to note that some IDs can never be scanned or copied because of other laws such as the federal prohibition of photocopying US government/military identification cards. Additionally, it is generally a good practice to keep any copies of IDs separate from loan files because of fair lending concerns. Finally, other limitations on the use of a member’s ID may come from your state law so the credit union may need to consult with local counsel regarding whether or not there are additional limitations to the scanning/copying of a member’s ID when opening an account physically at the branch. NAFCU recently released and updated version of its S. 2155 Analysis of Regulatory Relief for Credit Unions. As this document notes, “conforming regulations may be necessary,” so we may have to wait for more guidance from either FinCEN as they set the regulatory requirements for CIP or from NCUA as they implement and examine FinCEN’s BSA requirements for credit unions. However, we are hoping the regulators note the legislative intent behind the bill when drafting any conforming regulations that could make this issue non-existent. NAFCU’s compliance team welcomes inquiries from our members on this and other topics. last_img read more

VINOcom as well as wine: The older it is, the better

first_imgThe International Wine and Culinary Festival VINOcom was held for the 13th time at the end of November and, as the organizer Professor Ivan Dropuljić proudly points out, gathered more than 300 exhibitors on 3.000 square meters in Zagreb’s Hotel Esplanade. In addition to winemakers, numerous family farms and producers of oils, meat delicacies and sweets also presented their products.In addition to tasting numerous wines and delicacies, the festival is a unique opportunity to exchange experiences among winemakers, both on techniques of growing and processing grapes in increasingly modern cellars, and on the adopted Draft Law on Wine and its impact on producers in the wine and viticulture sector. “The main goal of the event from the first day is to raise awareness about wine as an important part of the table culture, and judging by the growing number of exhibitors and visitors, especially younger ones – we have succeeded. said a well-known mathematics professor we know by the nickname Dropi. In addition to winemakers and visitors, they were able to participate in numerous, specialized workshops and get acquainted with lesser-known wines presented by winemakers from Russia, this year’s partner country. At the workshop with the intriguing title Let’s learn why Decanter published the title – Thank God for Croatian wines, those present enjoyed the vertical of Graševin Ivan Enjingi, a winemaker who almost has the status of a rock star. Through almost three decades of production of top wines (9 years, from 1990 to 2018), the participants were guided by the journalist and wine connoisseur Ivo Kozarčanin – Bach’s son and reminded us of an article published in 2008. Then, at a competition in London, Enjingi’s Venje in 1998 won a gold medal among wines priced below £ 10, and Decanter magazine paid tribute to a winemaker who has the patience to let the wine in the cellar do its thing and wait for the right moment to launch.Photo: Wine IllegalIn addition to the standard wine workshops, the 3 × 12 workshop, a large trinity of olives, wines and gastronomic icons led by Rene Bakalović and Zoran Šimunić, also attracted attention, and the basic guiding thread was top-quality (domestic) olive oils. In addition to the search for the perfect wine that matches the oil and the individual dish, gastronomic experts first carefully selected the appropriate food – a gastronomic icon such as white or black truffle or island honey prepared according to a specially designed recipe. In the end, the sommelier completes the story by choosing a wine whose grapes, terroir, winemaker and year perfectly match the selected oil and food. This exciting, stimulating and very demanding gourmet menu concept according to this year’s best young oils from olive groves from Istria to Dalmatia is offered to guests by the Gastronomad Club and the Apetit restaurant in Zagreb. Chef Marin Rendić and a team of experts have enriched the domestic tourist offer in the best way by presenting award-winning olive oils and wines, local ingredients and original recipes.It is the end of the year and of course it is time to recapitulate what has been done, so wine awards have been given. The day before Vinocom, for the 7th time, the White Cluster awards were given to wineries that successfully develop wine tourism and to individuals whose activities contribute to the development and promotion of wine culture not only in Croatia, but also in the region. The award was established in 2012 by the table culture association GET with the aim of promoting eno-gastronomy and eno-gastro tourism, and about 500 eno-gastro connoisseurs and another 1.200 people participate in the evaluation through an open survey. The best in Croatia in wine tourism this year is the Istrian winery Stancija Meneghetti, followed by the best winery Bregovita Hrvatske Vuglec breg and Orebic Korta Katarina. In addition to winemakers, awards called Wine Stars were given to the best wines that can be purchased in Croatian wine shops and stores. The award was founded in 2012 and represents the largest independent evaluation of wine in which, along with three permanent juries (Vito Andrić, Ivo Kozarčanin, Marija Vukelić), 20 evaluators participate, and this year, among 153 tasted wines, those recommended to wine lovers were singled out. The big gold medal went to 11 wines, 9 of which were domestic, and the Crystal Star for the best wine from the autochthonous Croatian variety was won by Dingač 2016 from the Pelješac family farm owned by Vedran Kiridžija.last_img read more

An Active Plan for Active Tourism for the Split-Dalmatia County is being drafted

first_imgCover photo: dreamypixel by Pixabay.com The action plan for active tourism for the area of ​​the Split-Dalmatia County is prepared by the Institute for Tourism for the client, the Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County. ”All the trends show that this is a type of tourism that is growing rapidly everywhere in the world. Croatia is somewhat weaker when it comes to mountain tourism, so our focus is on mountain tourism and all related types of tourism. “, said prof. dr. sc. Zoran Klarić from the Institute of Tourism. According to Klarić, what should be done to begin with is certainly more well-kept hiking and mountaineering trails, more suitable for ordinary tourists and not just mountaineers, better marked and better promoted. “Organizing members into professional bodies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and meetings like today’s, are a real example of how through the chamber framework of our company can jointly influence changes in future plans and regulations, so that they are as consistent with the needs of the profession and the situation on the ground.”, Said the coordinator for tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber Nataša Bušić and added that the experiences that entrepreneurs exchanged at the meeting will be very important for the County Action Plan for the development of active tourism.  It was also emphasized that adventure tourism, whose development opportunities are great in different parts of the county, from the sea to the mountains, brings added value to tourism, and is especially important for rural areas, where it develops in parallel with rural tourism.  Prebeg cited the example of two ferratas, which have been launched in the last two years, and these are extreme hiking trails equipped with cables, chains, etc. that cause great interest and are the sole reason for the arrival of some tourists. The session of the Adventure Tourism Association Section was held on the topic of adventure tourism held at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Split. “It is good that the Action Plan is being drafted, meetings are being held and information is being exchanged, and we expect that it could be completed soon. The biggest specificity and advantage of the adventure tourism offer is that we can work all year round and extend the season. The goals of our Section are to have everything guests have to offer and to make the most of the benefits of this area of ​​ours. It is also important to us that our first associates, representatives of accommodation facilities, recognize the importance of this offer and find their interest in connecting”Said the president of the Section of the Adventure Tourism Association of ŽK Split, Iris Prebeg. Adventure tourism is a segment of tourism that has been growing rapidly everywhere in the world for the last ten years, and the Split-Dalmatia County has a natural and logical potential for its even greater development.  Great potential for adventure development and in general outdoor Imotski Krajina also has tourism, and the association of local communities in the joint Imotski Tourist Board enables them to make even better use of this potential. ”Last year we built 14 bike trails, almost 400 km across the country, and now we are working on the Geo Park together with the Biokovo Nature Park. The potential is huge and I think we will see a significant growth in adventure tourism in the coming years. ”said the president of the Imotski Tourist Board Luka Kolovrat. By the way, in the area of ​​the Imotski Tourist Board, 24% more arrivals were recorded last year compared to the hitherto record 2018 and 30% more overnight stays. At the session, it was agreed to present active forms of tourism in the Split-Dalmatia County at the upcoming regional Forum of family accommodation, which will be held on 6-7. February, organized by HGK ŽK Split, to be held as part of the Adriatic Gastro Show, so that the stakeholders in the family accommodation can get better acquainted with the additional offer for their guests. It is also planned to hold a panel discussion on the topic of active tourism at the GAST fair, as well as the continuation of the already traditional presentations of the activities of the Section of the Adventure Tourism Community in smaller places throughout the county. So far, work has been done on cycling, trails, and what is expected next are mountains, hiking, climbing and other activities. last_img read more

The Dutch have launched a petition to return Croatia to the yellow list

first_imgThe Dutch government put Croatia on the orange list on Tuesday night. This decision immediately had a negative effect on our tourism, and the cancellation of reservations to renters, hotels and agencies began. That is why the Dutch themselves launched an action, ie a petition in which the goal is to collect 40.000 signatures in order to send a message to their government to give an argument for their decision with the aim of returning Croatia to the yellow list. The petition has so far been signed by 1.650 people, and we invite you to sign the petition yourself and share it through your social networks and channels. Sign the petition: Croatia back to the south Why Croatia came to that list and by what criteria, no one knows, not even the Dutch themselves. Obviously there are some other frameworks, because if you look at the epidemiological situation, then many other countries such as Austria, France, etc. should have been on the orange list. News that shocked all tourism workers, especially due to the fact that there are no other countries on the orange list that are in a worse epidemiological situation than us. It is a great story that the petition was initiated by the Dutch themselves, our previous guests and those who have already booked accommodation in Croatia, because they want to come on holiday to Croatia. last_img read more

Centres of conflict

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World leaders mark UN at 75, challenged by pandemic and US, China tensions

first_imgThe coronavirus emerged in China late last year, and Washington accuses Beijing of a lack of transparency that it says worsened the outbreak. China denies the US assertions.In an apparent swipe at the United States, China’s president, Xi Jinping, said on Monday: “No country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself. Even less should one be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world. Unilateralism is a dead end.”Xi’s remarks were not in the video he recorded for the meeting. They were included in a longer statement that the Chinese UN mission said was submitted to the world body.China has portrayed itself as the chief cheerleader for multilateralism as President Donald Trump’s disregard for international cooperation led to Washington’s quitting global deals on climate and Iran and leaving the UN Human Rights Council and the World Health Organization (WHO). World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic and tensions between the United States and China challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193-member body.As COVID-19 began to spread around the world earlier this year, forcing millions of people to shelter at home and devastating economies, countries turned inward and diplomats say the United Nations struggled to assert itself.Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China hit the boiling point over the pandemic, spotlighting Beijing’s bid for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to Washington’s traditional leadership. Topics :center_img The deputy US ambassador to the United Nations, Cherith Norman Chalet, told the General Assembly that the world body had in many ways proven to be a “successful experiment, but “there are also reasons for concern.””The United Nations has for too long been resistant to meaningful reform, too often lacking in transparency, and too vulnerable to the agenda of autocratic regimes and dictatorships,” she said.The US withdrawal from the WHO came after Trump accused the agency of being a puppet of China, a claim the WHO denied.”THEM AND US”Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “increasing discord” in the international community was sparked by some countries meddling in the domestic affairs of other states and imposing unilateral sanctions – a veiled dig at Washington.”The world is tired of dividing lines, dividing states into them and us. The world requires increasing multilateral assistance and cooperation,” he said.The pandemic has exposed the world’s fragilities, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Today we have a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions,” he said.The Security Council took months to back a call by Guterres for a global ceasefire – to allow countries to focus on fighting COVID-19 – due to bickering between China and the United States.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the interests of individual member states had “too often” forced the United Nations to lag behind its ideals.”Those who believe that they can get along better alone are mistaken. Our wellbeing is something that we share – our suffering too. We are one world,” she told the General Assembly.Several leaders called for a reform of the United Nations and in particular the 15-member Security Council, arguing it was unfair that the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain were the only permanent veto-wielding powers.”A council structure that leaves the fate of more than 7 billion people to the mercy of five countries is neither fair nor sustainable,” Turkey’s president, Tayyip Erdogan, said.The one-day special event on Monday comes ahead of the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations, which starts on Tuesday with no presidents or prime ministers physically present in New York. All statements have been pre-recorded and will be broadcast in the General Assembly hall.The United Nations was created when countries came together after World War Two to prevent another such conflict. While there has not been a World War Three, leaders adopted a statement on Monday acknowledging “moments of disappointment.””All this calls for greater action, not less,” the statement said.last_img read more

Waterfront home has front row seats of twinkling Surfers Paradise skyline

first_img105 Stanhill Drive, Surfers Paradise.They bought the home in 2000 but in 2006 their family was starting to out grow it.“I was pregnant with twins and we already had two kids,” Mrs McPhee said. “We really liked the location and the house so we decided to move into a bigger house but hang on to No. 105 Stanhill Drive. 105 Stanhill Drive, Surfers Paradise.“It was one of those feel good homes that you could walk straight into.“We had development approval plans to build another house on the block with three-levels and a car basement but we never got around to it.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe north facing property includes timber finishes in the kitchen as well as natural light and high ceilings. 105 Stanhill Drive, Surfers Paradise.“From the front it doesn’t seem like a huge home but the design really takes advantage of the space,” Mrs McPhee said.Mrs McPhee said the backyard is what first attracted them to the property. 105 Stanhill Drive, Surfers Paradise.MAGICAL is the word homeowners Yvonne and Jay McPhee use to sum up the vista from their waterfront property. “We have loved sitting on the back deck watching the water in the evening,” Mrs McPhee said. “When the water is completely still you can see the high-rises mirrored there. It is a surreal view with so many lights twinkling in the water and sky.” 105 Stanhill Drive, Surfers Paradise.“Its an older style Gold Coast property so it was built really close to the water, the deck comes out to the pontoon.”The 635sq m single-level home comes with 24m north-to-river frontage and a wood heater. ON THE MARKET 105 Stanhill Drive, Surfers Paradise 4 3 2Agent: Jordan Williams and Michael Kollosche, Kollosche Prestige Agents BroadbeachFeatures: Courtyard, swimming pool and pontoonArea: 635sq mAuction: July 9, 10am, on-sitelast_img read more

Ministry of Education reports on action plan to address violence in schools

first_img 36 Views   no discussions Tweet Senior officials of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development on Wednesday concluded a series of consultations with teachers, students and parents of the Dominica Grammar School (DGS) as part of an action plan to address disciplinary problems at the school.Education officials addressing parents at the DGS and officials meeting with members of the student council at the conference room of the Windsor Park Stadium. Photo credit: Dionne DurandThe ministry has recognised the acute challenge posed by intolerance and aggressive student behaviour at secondary schools. Most recently, two incidents of violence at the DGS emphasized the need to revisit a comprehensive plan to address the issue.The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development condemns the attacks on the teachers as unacceptable behaviour which will not be tolerated at any school in Dominica.In response, the ministry has developed an action plan to address the issue of anti-social behaviour among students at all secondary schools.Following the attack on DGS teacher Fari Winston on Tuesday February 14th, the offending student was suspended for ten days in the first instance. His suspension has since been extended to the end of the term to allow for a comprehensive investigation into the matter. Another student who, on Tuesday February 28th fought with teacher Michael Augustine, has also been suspended.Education officials on February 16th, met with teachers of the DGS and members of the Dominica Association of Teachers (DAT) to examine safety and security issues at the school. The teachers identified the need for additional and more effective security officers to man the school compound and also made a case for the fencing of the Dominica Grammar School grounds.On February 24th, officials held discussions with the parents of DGS students who were considered repeat offenders. Chief Education Officer Stevenson Hyacinth told parents that the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development would not tolerate fighting, drug use, disruptive behaviour, threats against teachers/students and other acts of defiance on the school compound. Parents were encouraged to “take back control” of their children and maintain close relationships with the school to monitor students’ performance and behaviour. He told parents that the “ministry would have no choice but to expel students who continue to threaten the safety of teachers and students.”A subsequent meeting was held with members of the Student Council of the DGS on Monday February 27th in order to obtain their perspectives and recommendations on addressing the issue of student misbehaviour.The DGS administration has also identified students who are considered repeat offenders and education officials also met with these students. The students will be required to enter into a behaviour contract with the school to ensure that disruptive behaviour is discontinued and will also work closely with school counsellors and counsellors within the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development in an attempt to improve their behaviour. Counselling sessions will focus on anger management and personal development programmes for students at risk. Furthermore, the ministry will revisit its existing Crime and Violence Plan with a view to full implementation. The safety and security arrangements at all secondary schools will be reviewed to ensure that these schools have adequate daytime security. To this end, meetings are planned with security firms to ensure that security officers are informed of their roles and functions. Also, security firms will be expected to ensure that security officers are well-suited to perform their duties at schools.The issue of fencing at the Dominica Grammar School will also be addressed. The Planning Unit of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has already completed an assessment of the project, and fencing of the entire perimeter of the DGS grounds is estimated to cost sixty-six thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight dollars and sixty cents ($66, 888. 60.)Other plans include a sensitization drive to educate teachers about their rights and responsibilities in relation to behaviour management and student discipline according to the Education Act of 1997. In-service training for teachers in areas of classroom management and teaching and learning strategies will continue, as well as external teacher training by the Dominica State College to ensure that all secondary school teachers receive the requisite training prior to being employed. The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will continue to celebrate best practices in discipline, and positive student behaviour as well as the successes in teaching, learning and school management in Dominican schools.By Dionne DurandPublic Relations Specialist, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development Share LocalNews Ministry of Education reports on action plan to address violence in schools by: – March 1, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more