first_imgA woman who refused to give a breath specimen after being arrested by Gardaí on suspicion of drink-driving has been disqualified from driving for four years.Kathleen Harkin, 47, with an address of 4 Radharc Na Mara, Downings, was arrested outside the premises of ‘The Lagoon Bar’ Termon in the early hours of November 9, 2013.Gardaí saw the defendant get into her Mercedez-Benz and drive across the car park without any lights on. When they investigated further and stopped the car, Garda Kelly noticed that the defendant was slurring her speech and that there was a strong smell of alcohol from her breath.Garda Kelly then asked Mrs Harkin to get out of the car, however, when she got out of the car she staggered and couldn’t stand upright. Gardaí arrested her on suspicion of drink-driving.They brought her to Milford Gardaí Station, but there Mrs Harkin refused to co-operate with Gardaí and give a breath specimen.The court heard how Mrs Harkin had met her friend at The Lagoon Bar for a meal earlier in the evening after she had finished work, but had then stayed on for a number of drinks.Mrs Harkin later claimed she was only moving the car to a safer part of the car park and had already called a taxi to pick her up.She became so incensed at being arrested that she refused to give a breath specimen to Gardaí at Milford Garda Station following her arrest.The mother-of-three is currently unemployed, but the court was told she has a strong work ethic and had raised her family on her own.In his summary Judge Denis McLaughlin said: “I’m taking into account Mrs Harkin’s early guilty plea, and the fact she has no previous convictions of note bar one minor traffic offence.“However, her failure to provide a breath specimen to Gardaí and co-operate with them complicated the matter, and I must disqualify Mrs Harkin from driving for four years.”Judge McLaughlin also fined Mrs Harkin €300 and gave her four months to pay the fine.Her disqualification from driving will commence on January 1.WOMAN WHO REFUSED TO GIVE BREATH SPECIMEN DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:breath testcourtsdisqualifiednewslast_img read more

Education is not confined to classrooms: Endless opportunities available for students in this age

first_imgToday, education has broadened its horizons and extended its reach and coverage since the ancient times.Indeed, we have come a long way from a traditional system of schooling, Gurukul, when learning happened by remaining in constant touch with the guru and all education centred around the knowledge and learning of the guru.With technology literally vanquishing the field of education, learning is no longer confined to the walls of the classrooms.As educators and learners, one is observing widespread and dynamic trends emerging in the field of education.Educational policies, methodologies, technological compatibility, and the approach to learning for the substantive development of the teacher and the taught are continuously changing.Today, we are living in an era of e-learning wherein education is often imparted with no direct contact with the facilitator.Another concept which is revolutionising the field of education is ‘Distance Learning’ which has contributed tremendously in reaching out to the enthusiastic learners in the backward and remote parts of the country which till date remain deprived of basic amenities.The paradigm shift from ‘Classroom learning’ to ‘Experiential learning’ has also shattered the confines of a ‘closed classroom’ concept and compelled us to think beyond.To enhance the efficacy of the mind, there is a need to align three components of learnings based on knowledge and skills, instructional strategies and assessment patterns with the prospective needs of the future and to achieve that we need to provide opportunities for new avenues and domains.The educational system provides the right atmosphere for learners to develop their soft skills and empowers them to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, change agents and world leaders.advertisementThis objective of education can be achieved only when schools follow an all-embracing attitude to education i.e. an integrated development stressing on physical, mental, moral and social aspects.Individual talents can, therefore, be honed only by looking beyond the classroom situations and aim for an educational system that provides the right atmosphere for the cultural, social and aesthetic development of the learners by cutting a fine balance between scholastic and co-scholastic activities.Students should, therefore, be provided with a free access to explore their talents through multifarious sports and club activities.Learning through hands-on activities should also be promoted which not only strengthen the concept but also trains the learners to adapt and apply their learning to everyday life situations.Such practical knowledge can be imparted only by moving out of the traditional mindset of a conventional classroom and looking beyond.Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, said, “the entire education system has to be based on capacity building comprising five components: research and enquiry, creativity and innovation, capacity to use high-end technology, entrepreneurship and moral leadership.”In pursuit of this ideal module, we as educators, need to and are making every endeavour to open the portals of learning and move our learners out of the confines of a ‘classroom’ and such has been achieved by bringing desirable dynamics in education by way of revolutionising the existing practices.This article is authored by By Dr Saroj Suman Gulati, Director, Blue Bells Group of Schools.last_img read more