V.P. Taylor looks at her newly acquired citizen ID card.Encourages others to do the sameVice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has encouraged Liberians to take advantage and get enrolled into the National Biometric Identification System (NBIS) by obtaining their individual citizen identification (ID) cards.VP Taylor observed that the exercise is good, and therefore wants every Liberian be a part of it, saying: “This process is helpful to the country and its people.”The Vice President made the comment when she enrolled at the NBIS to obtain her citizen ID card yesterday. She expressed confidence in the process and praised the management for a successful implementation.“Thanks for your hard work here. I am pleased with the process and I encourage the public to take advantage of it,” VP Taylor said.She did her biometric registration when she visited the national headquarters of the National Identification Registry (NIR) in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, on Tuesday, February 13, where she was met upon arrival by the executive director of the registry, J. Tiah Nagbe, who welcomed her and expressed his appreciation for honoring her civic duty by registering for the exercise.Nagbe informed the Vice President of how the registry remains key for national security and service delivery that can save the government millions of dollars.It is estimated that using a biometric national ID card can reduce leakages and save over US$100,000 for the government over the next ten years.Shortly after she completed her enrollment process, VP Taylor thanked the NIR management for the progress made at the registry and expressed her willingness to support the work of the entity.It can be recalled that Vice President Taylor played a major role in the crafting and passage of the National Identification Registry Act in 2011 when she served as chairperson on the Senate Committee on Autonomous Agencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO (AP) — A teacher at a Sacramento middle school instructed an eighth-grade student to urinate in a bottle instead of allowing him go to the bathroom, the boy and his mother said. Michael Patterson, 14, said he repeatedly asked his science teacher at Charles M. Goethe Middle School for a hall pass. Instead, he said the teacher directed him to go to a corner of the room, where 31 of his classmates heard him relieve himself into his empty Gatorade bottle. “He said do what you have to do,” Patterson told KCRA-TV in Sacramento. “He says go in the corner right by the sink.” A Sacramento City Unified School District spokesman said Friday that officials have heard conflicting reports about what happened in Tuesday’s 4th-period science class and were interviewing the teacher and other students. “We are investigating and once the investigation is complete we will take appropriate action,” spokesman Marcus Walton told The Associated Press. He declined to release the teacher’s name, saying personnel records were a private matter. The alleged incident happened Tuesday after Patterson said his teacher threatened to have him suspended if he left the classroom without permission. He only picked up his empty Gatorade bottle because he really needed to go to the restroom, he said. “I said what do you want me to do, pee in the class? But I wasn’t serious. He said do what you have to do,” said Patterson, who carries a B average in the school’s Gifted and Talented Education program. “While I was doing it, he yelled and said it stinks and was laughing about it.” When he was finished, Patterson said his teacher told him to go to the restroom to wash his hands and dispose of the bottle. Patterson’s mother, along with the local chapter of the NAACP, is demanding the district fire the teacher if he does not resign. “I teach my son to listen to his supervisors and not be disrespectful,” Kelly Jacko, the boy’s mother, said in a telephone interview Friday. “That man owes us an apology. I don’t think he should teach. He had to known this was not appropriate behavior.” Walton declined to say what action, if any, was being taken against the teacher — or if the teacher remained on duty. Last year, a Florida teacher was suspended after a student urinated in a trash can because he wasn’t allowed to go to the restroom. Jacko said she asked school officials to place her son in another science class on Friday, but they refused. She said she didn’t want to keep him home from school because he would miss class work. “They were not cooperative at all,” she added.
“We are going for talks with a club there because they had expressed interest in signing me. It is just for a day then I return. Hopefully I will sign but at the moment nothing is concrete. I return tentatively on Thursday so I will not be in for the game,” Fiston told Capital Sports.The striker has been released by Sundowns after returning from a loan spell with Bloemfontein Celtic and was not even registered in their squad for the new season. Fiston travelled to Kenya with the Burundi squad as he continued his search for a new club.Burundi forward Abdul Razak Fiston walks on during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The joy of a player always is to play and it is not different with me. I need to get playing time and that is why I am in search for a new club. I enjoyed my time at Bloem and picked up good form scoring a number of goals because I got time to play,” the forward noted.The Burundian forward joined Sundowns in June 2015 in a deal worth in excess of Sh25mn from Batoto ba Mungu who cited his prowess during the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge in Kenya and signed him the following season.If he moves to Angola, Sofapaka will be entitled to 20pc of his transfer fee, another windfall for the Elly Kalekwa owned club.“There are several clubs which have expressed interest in signing me; some in South Africa, others in Algeria.. so pretty soon I will be on the pitch playing,” Fiston said while laughing off a suggestion for him to return to Kenya.The goal-poacher was a crowd favorite alongside teammate Shassir Nahimana as Burundi played Uganda at the Bukhungu Stadium on Monday and he hopes he will be back in time for the South Sudan match next Monday to help his side fight for a semi-final slot.The Burundi squad that started the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie against Uganda Cranes at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I felt very good playing in Kenya again and the fans coming behind us. We played really well and hopefully we can challenge to get to the semis. Uganda is a very tough team and getting a point was a plus,” Fiston said.His coach Olivier Niyungeko heaped praise on the impact Fiston had on the team alongside other experienced players in Pierre Kwizera and Laudit Mavugo.“We have very many young players in the team and the three experienced players have done a lot to motivate them and give them confidence. I am very happy for Fiston and what he has brought into the team,” the coach said.Burundi’s target in the Challenge Cup is to get to the final and Niyungeko is confident with the performance they had against Uganda, an appearance in the final will be a real target.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Burundi forward Abdul Razak Fiston makes a shot at goal under pressure from Uganda captain Bernard Muwanga during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Dec 5- Burundi will be without red hot former Sofapaka striker Abdul Razak Fiston for their second CECAFA Senior Challenge Group B match against Ethiopia on Thursday with the forward leaving camp to travel to Angola to negotiate for a new club.Fiston who played for Burundi in their 0-0 draw against Uganda yesterday and was one of the best performers for his side travelled from Kakamega immediately after the match to Nairobi where he is scheduled to catch a flight to Luanda for negotiations.
Divers Hyundai Garage, Letterkenny, are holding a 5K road race and ‘Car Push’ on Thursday the 29th May at 7.30pm. There will be an €8 Euro entry fee for the 5k run, with all funds going towards the Relay Fund. The Divers i-Team will be holding a Car push event on the same night.They will attempt to push the i-10 through the same 5k course. Divers Garage are giving away a cash prize of €250 to whoever can guess how long it will take their i-team to push the car this distance.The nearest time guessed without going over, wins the cash and will be announced the following day (Friday 30th May). Feel free to call in and have a guess at the time for only €2, or 3 goes for only €5.Divers Garage would also be grateful if everyone could like and share this post to get word around.Those that like and share will enter a separate draw to win a Hyundai Jacket.They’ve requested that those who like and share the post, to leave a comment on their post, that way it’s easier to track who has entered the like and share competition. DIVERS GARAGE HOST 5K ROAD RACE & ‘CAR PUSH’ FOR RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:5k raceBusinessCar PushDiver’s GarageFeaturesHyundainewsNoticesSport
DONEGAL Fianna Fail senator Brian O Domhnaill has paid tribute to the late Brian Lenihan who died this morning.Senator O’Domhnaill said: Brian has fought a brave and courageous battle with a serious illness over the past eighteen months. During the time of his illness Brian continued to perform his Public Duties showing his commitment to tackling the Countries Economic crisis and his commitment in doing his utmost for the Irish people.“Brian Lenihan was an absolutely outstanding public representative of this generation. He has a formidable intellect and was a gifted communicator. “He served first as Minister of State for Children and Brian was a conscientious and compassionate Children’s Minister and he brought forward a number of fresh and valuable policies relating to child protection, childcare and youth justice.“In June 2007, Brian Lenihan was appointed Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and from there Brian was appointed the Minister for Finance in May 2008 and faced events at a scale and pace of magnitude that no other Irish Minister has ever previously had to contend. Brian did an outstanding job in extraordinarily difficult circumstances.“Brian’s untimely death robs this country of a hugely talented politician and someone who had so much more to give.“I wish to extend my sympathies to Brian’s wife Patricia, his son Tom, Daughter Claire, his mother Ann Lenihan, his brothers, Conor, Niall & Paul, his sister Anita and his aunt Mary O Rourke.” Ar dheis de go raibh a anamSENATOR O’DOMHNAILL IN TRIBUTE TO BRIAN LENIHAN was last modified: June 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
The Donegal grandmother who scooped €2.6 million on the lotto last Christmas knew life would never be the same after her numbers came up.But Redcastle woman Kathleen McLaughlin never thought the Government would cut off her pension.But that’s exactly what happened to the 78 year old. The grandmother of 28 said she never needed the money but was surprised when her old age pension was stopped.“I never thought something like that would happen but it did,” she admitted.Kathleen opened up her home to RTE’s Nationwide who carried a full programme on 25 years of the National Lottery.The well-known Inishowen woman had revealed how her one only planned purchase was a new suite of furniture but revealed she was holding out for the January sales! She showed off her new black, leather sofa but then admitted that she never sits on it herself!“The cat sits on the recliner,” she laughed.Kathleen says she still goes to bingo and loves nothing better than working in the garden at her home.She says her win has been a blessing – especially for her children and grandchildren.Her children, including son DJ McLaughlin, revealed how his mum has paid off all their mortgages. DONEGAL GRANDMOTHER REVEALS HOW PENSION WAS STOPPED AFTER LOTTO WIN was last modified: April 17th, 2012 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:kathleen mclaughlinlotto winnerpension stoppedredcastle
ALAMEDA — Antonio Brown must really dislike Buffalo.After NFL Network reported Thursday night the Steelers and Bills were nearing a deal on Brown, Bills GM Brandon Beane told ESPN on Friday there was and will be no deal. Multiple reports indicated Brown, who has expressed a desire for a heartier contract, adamantly opposed going to the Bills.The Raiders had been floated as a possibility — maybe even the favorite — … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device
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BRUSSELS—Members of the European Parliament agreed yesterday on draft rules allowing individual governments to refuse growing genetically modified (GM) crops on their territory, even if the products have been authorized on the European level. The plan could help reconcile anti- and pro-GM countries, unlock stalled approval processes, and lead to more GM crops in European fields—although many countries are likely to take the opportunity to restrict them.Although the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has sanctioned several GM crops, many European consumers spurn these foods, and some national governments have tried outlawing them. In the past decade, disagreement among states has crippled regulatory decisions, and some countries have seen their bans challenged in court by seed producers.To avoid such impasses in the future, the plan gives more power to national governments—at the expense of pan-European market congruence. “In exchange for forgoing a common European rule, we give more flexibility to member states to be more in tune with their public opinion, and this is no small feat,” said Frédérique Ries, the Parliament’s lead negotiator on this matter, in a statement after the vote.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)GM opponents have praised the Parliament’s latest version of the bill, approved here yesterday by the committee in charge of environmental, public health, and food safety (ENVI) issues, for going further than the text agreed to by member states in June. The bill as it stands “would give European countries a legally solid right to ban GM cultivation in their territory, making it difficult for the biotech industry to challenge such bans in court,” said Marco Contiero, agriculture policy director at Greenpeace EU here in Brussels, in a statement after the vote.But the plan has dismayed biotech companies, which say the proposal “sets a negative precedent” for other science-based industries. “We are now moving from a system that lacks proper enforcement to a system that is designed not to work,” says Beat Späth, director for agricultural biotechnology at the industry association EuropaBio here, in a statement sent to ScienceInsider by e-mail today.Many scientists have echoed industry’s concerns. On 30 October, 21 plant scientists issued an open letter to ” decision makers in Europe,” complaining that politics has stalled plant science and calling for the “prompt authorization” of GM plant varieties that EFSA has deemed safe.”We make a science-based risk assessment [of a product], and if it’s safe we use it and if it’s unsafe, we don’t,” says Stefan Jansson, a professor of plant cell and molecular biology at Umeå University’s Plant Science Centre in Sweden, who was one of the signatories to the letter. “If we start to say there could be other grounds [for banning a product], we undermine the scientific basis of the whole system.”In crucial amendments, parliamentarians proposed letting member states ban a given crop for a broader range of reasons, including environmental grounds, without putting in question EFSA’s science-based risk assessment. “It’s not about [member states] proving EFSA wrong” with fresh scientific evidence, Contiero says, but about letting governments, as risk managers, restrict the use of given crops, for example to avoid the development of pesticide-resistant weeds, or interbreeding between GM and conventional or wild plants.In other significant changes, the ENVI committee scrapped the member states’ proposal to involve seed companies directly in the banning process—an idea that had outraged environmental groups—and suggested letting member states ban groups of crops at once, instead of one by one. The Parliament’s text also requires member states to take “appropriate measures to avoid the unintended presence of GMOs in other products on their territory and in border areas of neighbouring Member States,” for example by creating buffer zones between GM and non-GM fields.The Parliament, the European Commission, and the Council of Ministers have now entered negotiations to settle on a joint version of the text, which they aim to agree on before the end of the year.