first_imgDillons Hotel in Letterkenny.A company director who racially abused a hotel manager because he would not allow him to take a woman back to his room has been ordered to pay €1,000 to charity.Alan Heagan appeared at Letterkenny District Court after a night out celebrating with his brother, another company director in their woodchip boiler firm. The accused, 27, and his brother George, aged 26, returned to Dillon’s Hotel where Alan tried to bring a woman whom he had met up to his room.However, he was stopped by management and told he could not bring the woman into the hotel.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that Heagan then became agitated and began to verbally abuse the member of staff and used racial insults.The Garda revealed how Heagan, who was charged with using threatening and abusive language and being intoxicated, told the man he was a Muslim and also called him a “black bastard.”He told staff “what the f***? I have paid for the room . I’m going up to that room and thats what’s happening.”He also told the hotel worker that he did not have to listen to a “black refugee” and that he was a white Irishman.At the stage the accused was told he was no longer welcome in the hotel and was arrested by Gardai who had arrived at the hotel.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client was ashamed of what he had done and said he had contacted the hotel to apologise for his actions.The court heard that Mr Heagan’s brother George was also involved in the incident but to a much lesser extent and did not racially abuse hotel staff. He was charged with obstructing  police officer and being intoxicated.Neither men had any previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly said Alan Heagan’s behaviour was outrageous and entirely unacceptable.“You would wonder that someone who came out with that type of language and blame it on drink, that perhaps that type of attitude is more deeply held than is being claimed here,” he said.He ordered Heagan of  26 Lurgey Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, to donate €1,000 to the Little Angels Special School in Letterkenny and also ordered his brother George to pay a further €500 to the same school.Both men returned with the money a short time later and Judge Kelly agreed to strike out the charges.MAN RACIALLY ABUSED HOTEL WORKER AFTER BEING STOPPED FROM BRINGING GIRL TO ROOM was last modified: December 4th, 2015 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:abuseAlan HeagancourtDillons HoteldonegalGeorge Heaganletterkennyracist abuselast_img read more

Draft New Education Policy: India must once again become global educational hub, says VP Venkaiah Naidu

first_imgThe Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has appealed to people to study, analyze and debate the Draft New Education Policy and not to come to hasty conclusions.Our education system needs to be revamped thoroughly. I feel that the culture of research has to be promoted in a big way in our universities and other important academic institutions. #Education VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) June 2, 2019Observing that core issues of education were very important and deserve the attention of all stakeholders, the Vice President said that reducing the load of school bags, promoting sports, inculcating morals, scientific and rationale temperament, history and the contribution of the freedom fighters should become part of the curriculum.Inaugurating a two-day conference on ‘Industry Academy Interaction for Improvement of Quality of Academics’ organized by the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) in Vishakhapatnam today, Naidu called for establishing a symbiotic relationship between academia and the industry to create an ecosystem for innovation to thrive and generate employment for the youth. For this to be achieved, he wanted the industry to play a more pro-active role and establish a strong organic link with the academic institutions.Reforming researchNaidu asked the Industry and academia to look at long-term collaborations rather than join hands for limited purposes and one-off projects to promote the culture of research in a big way in our universities and other important academic institutions.The Vice President suggested to the corporate entities to identify specific areas of interest and fund doctoral and post-doctoral research connected to them. He also urged them to set up a special corpus or fund for financing research projects that will lead to innovations, benefit the society and economy of the country.advertisementPointing out that many students passing out of the portals of higher education institutions were lacking employable skills, Naidu said that organizations hiring the young graduates were forced to impart further on-the-job training for periods ranging from six months to one year.The process of revamping the education systemCalling for a revamp of the education system so that the graduating students were fully equipped with skills to meet the needs of the industry or agriculture or have the aptitude and skills of a risk-taking entrepreneur, the Vice President said the students must not only be employable but also possess life skills, language skills, technological skills and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to be gainfully employed or self-employed.Pointing out that the Indian universities did not figure in the top 100 ranking global universities, the Vice President urged universities and educationists to introspect and improve the standards.Expressing his concern over instances of atrocities against women and gender discrimination, Naidu said the education system should produce socially responsible citizens and called for bringing about a change in the mindset.”Programmes like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padao’ and Swachh Bharat should become people’s movements,” he added.Observing that India was once known as ‘Vishwaguru’, Naidu said that India must once again become the global hub for knowledge and innovation.Also read: HRD Ministry drafts new National Educational Policy: 19 changes recommendedlast_img read more