first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has criticised the Government for forcing some students who were given Student Grants by SUSI to repay the money previously awarded to them in error.Deputy Pearse DohertyThe Donegal South West TD made his comments after it was revealed recently that 165 applicants who had previously been awarded a student grant by SUSI later had their eligibility withdrawn following case reviews by the authority.“Subsequent to having raised this matter in the Dáil with the Minister, I was informed that some 165 individual applicants had their eligibility for a grant revoked despite having initially been deemed eligible for a student grant by SUSI when they submitted their original application.” “In some instances, students were awarded grants incorrectly after it had been discovered following a review that they were ineligible as they were either repeating the academic year, had withdrawn from their course or did not qualify because they were in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance.”“However, the Minister did not provide a reason for the revocation and withdrawal of grants from 54 applicants, all of whom have previously been given varying payments in respect of their SUSI applications.”He said he was aware of at least one case where a student had submitted an application in good faith for a student grant to cover the costs of a course.However, the student later had all payments suspended and then receive a letter from SUSI stating that the course was not in fact eligible for student grant support and that the applicant was now liable for all overpayments made in respect of the award. “It is simply scandalous to think that a student applies for a grant and does so with sincere intentions to help cover the cost of their education, is subsequently awarded a maintenance grant only to be told a number of months later that the payment shouldn’t have been made and that they now must repay the money.”“This should not be allowed to happen, and mistakes made by SUSI should not put students in a position where they have to repay hundreds if not thousands of euro.”“What this situation is doing is forcing students out of the education system and places a huge financial burden on them at what is already an expensive time in their and their parents’ lives.”“I am now calling on the Minister to clarify this matter and to ensure that SUSI is not permitted to force these students to repay monies to the very same body which mistakes have landed them in this mess in the first place.”STUDENTS BEING FORCED TO PAY FOR SUSI MISTAKES – DOHERTY was last modified: June 14th, 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:donegalPearse DohertystudentsSUSIlast_img read more

Nellie, a bridge between Warriors, Celtics dynasties, marveling at this Dubs run

first_imgThe famed Warriors coach let out a hearty laugh. Just like nearly ever Warriors fan, Don Nelson has watched his beloved team with keen interest lately. And even if he has become familiar with the Warriors’ seemingly annual tradition with competing for an NBA championship, Nelson often has to pinch himself.After all, Nelson gave an honest answer on if he ever saw this coming during his second stint coaching the Warriors (2006-2010 when he played an influential role in the Warriors selecting …last_img read more

Avni killing: Mungantiwar seeks Maneka’s resignation over ‘malnutrition deaths’

first_imgThe ongoing feud between Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Maneka Gandhi over the killing of tigress Avni escalated on Tuesday, with the State BJP leader seeking the resignation of the Union minister on “moral grounds” over the death of children due to malnutrition.Ms. Gandhi, the Women and Child Development Minister, had slammed Mr. Mungantiwar over last week’s killing of the “man-eater” tigress Avni in Yavatmal district, which she termed as a “ghastly murder and a straight case of crime”.“The Union Minister for Women and Child Development has called for my resignation though I had nothing to do with the killing of the man-eater tigress,” Mr. Mungantiwar told PTI here on Tuesday.“If I am to take the moral responsibility for something I have nothing to do with, our Central leader should set an example for me and resign taking moral responsibility for the death of children in the country due to malnutrition during her tenure,” he added.“We can tender our resignations together on moral grounds,” he said further.The tigress, officially known as T1, was believed to be responsible for the death of 13 people in the last two years.She was killed on November 2 by Asgar Ali, son of famous sharp-shooter Nawab Shafat Ali, at compartment no 149 of Borati forest in the east Maharashtra district as part of an operation.The big cat is survived by two cubs who are ten-months old.Fadnavis respondsEarlier in the day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said there was no need for the forest minister to resign over the issue.“I will personally speak with the union minister and clarify the whole matter. The government respects her sentiments towards wild life and animals,” he told reporters in Osmanabad.The Chief Minister had on Monday said that preliminary reports showed that the forest department team shot the tigress in “self-defence” while trying to tranquilise it.He had also said that procedural lapse, if any, will be probed.Ms. Gandhi, in a series of tweets on Sunday, lashed out at the Maharashtra government for giving the orders to kill the tigress despite opposition from several stakeholders.Ms. Gandhi had also slammed Mr. Mungantiwar for hiring private marksmen Shafat Ali Khan and Asgar Ali for carrying out hunting operations in the State, including the killing of the tigress.“I am deeply saddened by the way tigress Avni has been brutally murdered in Yavatmal. It is nothing but a straight case of crime. Despite several requests from many stakeholders, (Sudhir) Mungantiwar, Minister for Forests, Maharashtra, gave orders for the killing,” she had said in a tweet.Mr. Mungantiwar, who also holds the finance portfolio, had said that Ms. Gandhi “lacked information” on the issue, and was free to order any high-level probe.The minister had also claimed that Shafat Ali Khan, who Ms. Gandhi had termed a “criminal”, was tasked with shooting a tiger in her Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh in 2009 (Gandhi’s son Varun Gandhi was representing the constituency in 2009).last_img read more