Association of Secondary School Teachers Ireland abandon government talks:
The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland's (ASTI) decision to leave the discussions has threatened to derail the plans to provide clarity for students next week but the president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said it would remain at the table.
Talks aimed at resolving the situation between the Minister for Education Norma Foley and the ASTI are set to commence this afternoon however the ASTI have emphasised that the talks were not an indication it was re-entering the original talks.
The general secretary Kieran Christie said plans being discussed were unacceptable on the basis that calculated grades would become a “dominant option” and the Leaving Cert exams would end up “filling in assessment gaps”.
On Newstalk Breakfast, the ASTI’s president, Anne Piggott, said that her union was committed to finding a solution as quickly as possible to find an exam that would have standards
Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the Super Bowl:
The Buccaneers won Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium by a score of 31-9 against last year's champs, the Kansas City Chiefs and their superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, viewed as the player who will take the torch from Tom Brady in the future.
This is Tampa Bay's second title, and it caps an NFL season unlike any before it, with Super Bowl LV taking place in front of a crowd of just 24,835 and roughly 30,000 cardboard cut-outs of fans.
Brady has won his seventh Super Bowl, extending the mark for the most by any player. That total is more than any NFL team, as his former team, the New England Patriots, and the Pittsburgh Steelers each have six. It was his 10th Super Bowl appearance.
Trump Trial Begins:
Chuck Schumer, Democratic Senate majority leader, opened the trial by saying it focused on “the gravest charges ever brought against a president of the United States in American history”.
Jamie Raskin, the lead impeachment manager – essentially a prosecutor sent by the US House of Representatives during the trial – began by showing brutal video footage of pro-Trump rioters storming the Capitol on 6 January.
The video opened with Trump’s speech to thousands of supporters, in which he falsely asserted that the November election had been “stolen” and goaded the crowd to march on the Capitol to “stop the steal”.
The Democratic managers argued that there must be no “January exception” for presidents to escape punishment for their actions as they prepare to leave office. Citing the writings of America’s founding fathers, as well as contemporary constitutional scholars, they said allowing Trump to avoid accountability would set a dangerous precedent.
You can listen in more detail on Monday, when Chief Editor of Frontier Current Affairs sits down with Larry Donnelly to discuss the trial on the Frontier podcast “Frontier Investigates”
Tesla Buys Bitcoin:
Tesla said on Monday that it bought $1.5 billion in bitcoin, a disclosure that follows Chief Executive Elon Musk’s promotion of the cryptocurrency on Twitter.
The car company said it expects to start accepting bitcoin as payment for its products soon. Bitcoin prices jumped more than 10% after the announcement.
Tesla disclosed its bitcoin purchase in its latest annual report, saying the move aims to “diversify and maximize returns on our cash that is not required to maintain adequate operating liquidity.” Tesla said a board committee had approved changes to company rules on investments, adding that it can also invest cash in gold bullion and gold exchange-traded funds among other assets.