Tribute ot Fallen Statesman and Patriot, Bismarck N. Kuyon

first_imgB – Brilliantly, you stood the test of time and so your life is worth emulating I – Impartially you fought gallantly like sainted Dolokelen Gboveh, Barsee Kparngbai and your father David Kuyon putting people’s interest firstS – Surprisingly, as a grass rooter, you found way in the politics and was speaker of the LegislatureM – Memory of yours will forever remain unforgottenA – Agriculturist, you were and did cling to it until your demise at 75R – Resourcefully, in relentless efforts you made strides settling conflicts during the Liberian civil crisisC – Come what may, you have set the paceK – Kinsmen of yours will forever remember your legacyN. – New transformation, new generation on we goK – Kindly, forgive those who might have hindered your earthly progressU – “United we stand to fight for our common good”, you always saidY – You, the people of Liberia, mostly the youths, please keep the torch of peace burningO – Onward lift your banner high, Bismarck, forward march like a Christian soldierN – Negligence was never your lifestyle but rather patriotismShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Identification Registry in Retrospect

first_imgWhat is the National Identification Registry (NIR)? This is one of the questions that take minds back to the days of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, when many structures and systems were put in place to optimize the country’s resources, especially its human resource of 4.5 million people.Whether those structures and systems truly met their reasons for which they were established or not, is left with the public and the government’s partners to narrate.One of the new agencies created at the time was the National Identification Registry (NIR).On August 1, 2011, then President Sirleaf signed into law the National Identification Registry Act, which repealed People’s Redemption Council (PRC) Decree #65, establishing the National Identification Card System.In May, 2012, President Sirleaf established the NIR Board of Registrars.A  National Work Plan for the Registry was on Thursday, October 22, 2015, approved for a nine months at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Monrovia. This, according to the then Acting Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, climaxed a number of key steps that has made the Registry a government fully functional entity.Varney Sirleaf later became Minister proper, under the leadership of former President Sirleaf and President George Weah allowed him to continue in his role as Internal Affairs Minister.Former President Sirleaf, having signed into law the National Registry Act on August 1, 2011, appointed J. Tiah Nagbe, former MIA Deputy Minister for Research and Development Planning as executive director, and head of the management team of the NIR.“He is supported by Zeze R. Reed, Deputy Executive Director for Technical Services, and Mrs. Haja Kumba Liberty, Deputy Executive Director for Administration. This team will enjoy the full support of our board and me, as chairman, as long as they serve with diligence, dedication, and dignity,” President Sirleaf said at a ceremony installing into office the new team at the NIR.The National Identification Registry is in existence primarily to design, establish, maintain and administer the country’s National Biometric Identification system (NBIS). This body is to be a modern computerized database containing information for all citizens and residents.On October 30, 2017, the NIR began the registration of citizens, with first applicants being government officials, among whom were ministers, lawmakers and former President Sirleaf. They received their biometric ID cards valid for a year each and, as of that time, the process has been going on without a hitch.Due to the poor turnout of people to sign up for their NIR Biometric ID cards, the agency designed strategies, among which has been a vibrant publicity mechanism.Since then, a number of newspapers, including the Daily Observer, and a host of radio stations have been, and continue to provide coverage to programs and activities of the NIR. Today, April 11, the NIR begins a weekly column in the Daily Observer highlighting the tremendous potential benefits of the digital, social and economic transformation inherent in the NIR’s raison d’etre.It may be recalled that on April 1, 2019, the NIR launched the registration of foreign residents for biometric ID Cards.About the cost for the NIR ID Cards, Liberian citizens are charged US$5 or its equivalent in Liberian dollar, while citizens of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries are paying US$10 or its equivalent in Liberian dollar.Foreign nationals, who are not of ECOWAS origin are required to pay US$20 each for the NIR ID cards.Meanwhile, the NIR is closely working in collaboration with the Liberia Immigration (LIS) on the issues of citizenship identification and all other requirements necessary for non-Liberian citizens to live in the country and carry out activities requiring development programs.LIS Acting Commissioner General, Moses K. Yebleh, recently said at a press conference in Monrovia that for a peaceful coexistence, all aliens and foreigners should cooperate with his office, which is responsible to communicate to the NIR all details pertaining their stay in the country.“We are not to discriminate in our work for anyone, but it is good for the people out there to know that the country’s immigration laws are respected, because this is a global requirement of anyone, who resides in a different country other than the one in which he/she is from as a citizen,” Yebleh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – NIR Executive Director J. Nagbe Tiah: “We will set up a new biometric civil registry and issue the first one million ID cards, including 50,000 ECOWAS standard cards.”last_img read more

AC Milan set to make shock move for Fulham misfit

first_img1 AC Milan could make a shock move for Fulham misfit Kostas Mitroglu, according to reports in Italy.The Greece international has yet to score a goal for the club since becoming Fulham’s record signing when he moved to Craven Cottage from Olympiakos for £11m last January.He has yet to play a single minute of football so far this season and is likely to be allowed to leave as Felix Magath looks to stop his side’s slide to the bottom of the Championship.And Tuttomercatoweb have claimed Milan could offer him a route away from west London as they look to spend the £16m they banked from Mario Balotelli’s sale to Liverpool.The Rossoneri are desperate to replace Balotelli and are reportedly ready to gamble that Mitroglu can regain his best form in Serie A, with Fulham unlikely to stand in his way if an offer is made. Konstantinos Mitroglou last_img read more

Three things we learned from Liverpool v Man City

first_imgUnstoppable: Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal in the 3-0 win over Manchester City © AFP / Anthony DevlinBilled as a showdown between Player of the Year contenders Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne, there was no doubt who underlined their credentials for the award as the Liverpool winger ran riot.The irrepressible Salah started Liverpool’s goal spree in the 12th minute when, benefitting from a contentious decision not to flag him offside, he burst clear and set up Roberto Firmino.After City failed to clear, Salah fired home from close-range for his 38th club goal of the season.Salah was a constant menace with his pace and poise. He set up the third goal with an exquisite cross to Sadio Mane, who dissected the City defence to head past Ederson.In contrast, De Bruyne was unable to cope with Liverpool’s relentless pressing.The Belgian has been the driving force behind City’s majestic league form, but he was rendered impotent as Jurgen Klopp’s men surrounded him each time he took possession in a dangerous area.The sight of Salah coming off with an injury in the second half was a welcome moment for City and Klopp will be keeping his fingers crossed he is fit for the second leg.Deja vu for CityCity failed to learn the lessons from their 4-3 defeat at Anfield in January as they naively allowed themselves to be exposed at the back again.City boss Pep Guardiola had insisted he wouldn’t set out to defend in the first leg and some will applaud him for sticking to the formula that has carried his team to the brink of the Premier League title.But Liverpool’s ability to break at pace and with deadly efficiency makes them uniquely placed to exploit City’s soft centre and Guardiola should have taken measures to guard against that.The Reds are only side to beat City in league this term, but even they must have been amazed at how easily they scored three in the first 31 minutes.Weak in the tackle in midfield and slow to react at the back, the defining moment came when James Milner’s no-nonsense challenge set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 20th minute rocket.Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored against City in January. On that occasion, Mane and Salah were among the scorers, and it was the same script as they both netted again to leave City in tatters.Passion playCity have reigned supreme in the Premier League this season, but Guardiola’s team looked shell-shocked by the hostile reception they received on one of Anfield’s more memorable European nights.Liverpool have won the European Cup on five occasions, most recently in 2005, but only on a select few occasions during those glorious campaigns were the Kop’s decibel levels as high as they were when the hosts tore into City in the first half.The frenzied atmosphere was the more acceptable face of the disturbing pre-match scenes that saw Liverpool forced to apologise after City’s team bus was badly damaged by bottle-throwing fans on the way to the stadium.Rattled by their vicious greeting, passive City produced a rare limp performance and didn’t manage a single shot on target.This is only City’s second Champions League quarter-final and they weren’t ready to match Liverpool’s intensity.Finding a way to emulate the passion on and off the field will hold the key to City’s hopes of a miraculous second leg comeback.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 4 – Liverpool crushed Manchester City 3-0 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday. Here are three things we learned from the all-English clash at Anfield:Salah out-shines De Bruynelast_img read more

Manchester United star: ‘I will celebrate’ if I score against former club

first_img1 Memphis Depay Memphis Depay will not temper his celebration if he scores for Manchester United against his old club PSV.Depay will return to the Philips Stadion for the first time on Tuesday since his £25million move from PSV to Old Trafford.The Dutchman spent nine years at the club, rising through the youth ranks before becoming a first-team star.The club holds a special place in the 21-year-old’s heart, but that will not stop him from celebrating with all his might if he finds the net in Eindhoven during Tuesday’s Champions League group stage encounter.“For me it’s a game, so if I score I will celebrate,” the United forward said.“I have respect for PSV but I am a Manchester United player now.”With that kind of ruthless attitude, it is easy to see why Depay was top scorer in the Eredivisie with 22 goals last season.That haul helped PSV to their first title in seven years, but this year he is yet to find the net for United in the Premier League.Louis van Gaal substituted Depay at half-time in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool.Depay earned a reputation as something of a hot head at times during his time in Holland, but he did not lash out at Van Gaal for taking him off at half-time.“I think my reaction was good,” he said.“I will improve in training, keep my head up and work on it and I think I can do better in games.”You can listen to PSV v Manchester United in the Champions League live on talkSPORT on Tuesday evening from 7.45pm BST.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s to-do list: Get rid of these five Manchester United players

first_img 5 5 Jose Mourinho has been officially confirmed as Manchester United boss and now his work is really about to start.The Portuguese probably started sorting out who he wants to stay and who he will be getting rid of for months, having reportedly had an agreement in place as far back as March.There are many players in the United squad who look like deadwood and will need to be shipped out over the summer, while the others, such as Juan Mata, will need to prove they can fit into Mourinho’s system.So as the Mourinho revolution begins, talkSPORT looks at five players who need to be cut loose.Click the arrow above, right, to see the who should be on their way out of Old Trafford. 5 Marcos Rojo – click the arrow, right, to see who else’s place in the squad is in danger – Mourinho is keen to bring in a partner for Chris Smalling, so the Argentine will be short of minutes and likely to leave. Rojo has proven this season that he is neither a Premier League centre back nor a left back and therefore has no place in the squad. 5 Bastian Schweinsteiger – The German seemed like a bargain when he was signed last summer but after making only 13 Premier League starts this season and picking up a series of injuries, it looks like his best days are behind him. Even when he has been fit he has struggled to grasp the pace and physicality of the league. Marouane Fellaini – Fellaini is the poster-boy for the last three seasons at Old Trafford and although he has done well in his last few games and contributed some important goals, he is not mobile enough to fit into Mourinho’s plans. He is also a walking red card most games with his overenthusiastic use of his elbows. Phil Jones – Once touted as having the credentials to become Manchester United’s greatest ever player by Sir Alex Ferguson, Jones’ career has stalled. Injuries have ravaged him and your heart is in your mouth every time he comes near the ball. Mourinho likes steady, reliable, no nonsense centre halves and Jones is not that. Ashley Young – Young has been the main victim of Louis van Gaal’s positional lottery having played in six different positions this season. Mourinho could choose to keep the 30-year-old to play in the Europa League while he focuses on the Premier League but Young could well be deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. 5last_img read more

Got whey, the grime-fighter?

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A cheese-making byproduct best known for being eaten by Little Miss Muffet is being tested to clean up underground contamination left over from long-ago aircraft testing. Whey – the watery part of milk separated during the cheese-making process – is dried and turned into a powder, then mixed at tiny concentrations with water and injected underground to be eaten by microbes, which begins a reaction that turns the contamination harmless. “We look at the technology, see if it works and what it costs, before deciding on a final solution,” said Gary Hatch, spokesman for the base’s Environmental Management Section. The $900,000 study is going on beneath a former X-15 rocket plane facility. By treating the contamination underground, officials hope to save money by avoiding the cost of pumping tainted water out, treating it, and reinjecting it back underground. The contaminated underground water is not used for drinking. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The contaminant is trichloroethane, or TCE, a chlorinated hydrocarbon commonly used as a solvent to clean grease from metal parts. During aircraft testing in the 1960s and `70s, wastewater containing solvents was allowed to flow into an earthen catch basin – the suspected source of the TCE contamination. The whey, a mixture of lactose and protein, is eaten by microorganisms naturally present underground. The microorganisms produce hydrogen atoms that will replace the chlorine atoms of the TCE molecules, rendering them harmless. The chlorine atoms combine with other substances to become harmless salts, officials said. The treatment area must be clear of oxygen; otherwise the newly produced hydrogen atoms will form water molecules. Small-scale studies done by the Utah Water Research Laboratory of Utah State University showed enough promise to try the technology on a larger scale at Edwards, said Paul Schiff, Air Force project manager. The study is looking at two hot spots of high concentrations, each about 50 feet in diameter, Schiff said. TCE has been found in the underground water at concentrations as high as 7,000 parts per billion. A whey solution has been injected into the groundwater in varying strengths from 0.5 percent to 3.7 percent during three different sessions since August. Four more injections are planned between April and April 2007. “We are just now seeing promising results,” Schiff said. “None of the in-situ technologies work overnight.” The study is using two wells to inject the solution into each of the hot spots. Monitoring wells are being used to check the progress of the study. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgEmergency services are at the scene of a serious road collision in Glenties.BREAKING NEWS: Emergency services are currently attending the scene of a serious road accident on the outskirts of Glenties. The accident happened on the main Glenties to Ardara road shortly after 4pm.It is believed the accident occurred at a notorious black-spot on the road, which has a series of sharp bends. It is not yet known if anyone has been seriously injured in the crash, but the ambulance and fire brigade are at the scene.Gardaí have now closed the main road connecting Glenties and Ardara, as they carry out their investigations and survey the scene of the accident.It is not known how long the road will remain closed for, but diversions have been put in place.We’ll have more on this story as it emerges. BREAKING NEWS: ROAD CLOSED AFTER SERIOUS ROAD ACCIDENT IN GLENTIES was last modified: October 8th, 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:accidentambulanceBREAKIN NEWS: Newsemergency servicesROAD CLOSEDlast_img read more


first_imgChurch Gate Collections across Donegal today and tomorrow (SAT AND SUN) will be in aid of Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital.A spokesman for ‘The Friends’ has confirmed that a permit has been granted and that your support is sincerely appreciated.   CHURCH GATE COLLECTION FOR FRIENDS OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: October 11th, 2014 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:Church gate CollectionsFriends of Letterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

All aboard the toy-go-round

first_img12 November 2002Borrow a set of toys for your children, play with them for a whole month, return them in good condition, and then take another set home. You can do this all over again, thanks to toy libraries in several provinces established by the African Self-Help Association (ASHA).South Africa has a total of 90 toy libraries located in the Eastern Cape, North West, Gauteng and the Free State. And the quest to set up more libraries in the country is on, according to Cynthia Morrison, Gauteng chair of the Toy Library Association of South Africa.Morrison has been elected president of the International Toy Library Association which is represented by 42 countries, at the same time making the country the host of the International Toy Library Conference in April 2005.Johannesburg boasts nine of the toy libraries: three in Soweto and others in Craighall, Rivonia, Rossetenville, Eldorado Park, Braamfontein and the Inner City Toy Library in Joubert Park.Complex creations from wasteAnd together with the City of Johannesburg Region 9 Social Services’ “child-friendly city initiative”, ASHA is showcasing the libraries, alongside an exhibition of ingenious toys made from waste at MuseuMAfricA in the Newtown Cultural Precinct. The exhibition is displaying some of the most complex creations made purely from recycled waste products like cardboards, paper and plastic.The toys are arranged in such a way as to also enlighten the visitor about various stimulation roles each set of toys has on the growth of a child. A whole playroom is made completely from the toys, for instance. It includes chairs that can seat a full 80kg adult without breaking.Some toys are grouped thematically around stimulation growth points like mathematics, while others improve a child’s perception, enhance a sense of musical experience, and stimulate problem-solving as well as literacy.From a distance, the toys look like normal commercial toys, until you make out the material used to construct them.As part of the ‘whole child’ experience at the museum, day-care minders can attend workshops on anything ranging from stimulating children to how they can economise by developing skills through toys and making toys themselves.Portia Ngwenya and Lorraine Ntsoane run the workshops. Ngwenya has been making toys for more than seven years and says her interest in the practical aspects of toy-making is unrivalled by anything in the world. “I want to turn toy-making into a small business, so I can empower poor day care teachers as well as make money for myself.”Ngwenya’s creations have been recognised in place as far and wide as Texas, US, where a local hospital honoured her with a certificate after exhibiting some of her toys.The Toys from Waste exhibition runs until 24 November. Entrance is R7 for adults and R2 for children and students.Source: Johannesburg web sitelast_img read more