Education Minister won’t dictate to schools on generic uniforms

first_img WhatsApp Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Homepage BannerNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleImagine says broadband plans for west Donegal are on hold due to low uptakeNext articleHighland’s Sunrise to Sunset Challenge Photos News Highland The Education Minister appears to be ruling out legislation that would force schools into allowing generic uniforms.Richard Bruton says he will introduce a ‘parents charter’ by the end of the year so that decisions on uniforms and other issues in schools must be discussed with parents.He says he’s encouraged by the latest credit union survey that shows the cost of uniforms is beginning to fall.Minister Bruton says he’s not for dictating what school should do on uniforms:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Education Minister won’t dictate to schools on generic uniforms By News Highland – July 22, 2016 Facebook Pinterest Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Fossil angiosperm wood: its role in the reconstruction of biodiversity and palaeoenvironment

first_imgFossil wood is subject to different taphonomic, sampling and recognition biases in the palaeobotanical record when compared with leaves and palynomorphs. Wood therefore provides a systematically independent source of information that can increase our knowledge of past biodiversity and environments. Increase in fossil wood records from Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments helps further the understanding of trends in anatomical specialization through geological time. These data can then be used to distinguish such specialization from anatomical response to environmental change. Two case studies, a Late Cretaceous early Tertian’ wood flora from Antarctica and a lower Tertiary w ood flora from southern England, have been used to exemplify the importance of studying the fossil wood component of palaeofloras.last_img read more

Olympics: Doping showdown comes to a crunch at WADA summit

first_imgLausanne, Switzerland | AFP |Sports leaders are at loggerheads over how to fight the war against performance-enhancing drugs as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) goes into a key reform summit this weekend.Who should control the global doping watchdog? What powers should it have? Who should pay? A welter of questions have been raised as the Olympic movement and sports federations seek to redeem their names after the Russia doping scandal.The WADA Foundation will have to come up with at least the start of some solid answers after its meeting in Glasgow on Sunday. A new report on Russia is due out within weeks, which could heighten pressure to clean up sport.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach last month called on WADA to set up a new independent unit to manage testing around the world. He promised more money if the reforms are carried out.The IOC blames sports federations for letting cheating flourish and wants to eliminate their role in testing, while transferring sanction-taking to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told AFP that the Lausanne-based CAS was currently holding “consultations” with federations and would release a plan on its proposed new sanctioning powers, likely by January.The IOC has also criticised WADA for failing to act quickly on doping allegations in Russia, which was accused of operating a state-sponsored scheme over several years.But there is widespread resistance to the IOC plan outside of WADA, with powerful federations indicating they want to be exempt from the reforms.A system for all? The head of FIFA’s medical commission, Michel D’Hooghe, said world football’s governing body would not surrender control of its drug testing to a new entity.“We respect the WADA and IOC proposals but they concern the smaller federations,” he said.In contrast, Tom Dielen, who heads World Archery, said there would only be a small impact on smaller sports.“We outsource our controls already,” he said. While some federations have said the IOC proposals are too vague, WADA director general Olivier Niggli said that “it will be up to the IOC to convince federations to be part of (the new system), just as it will be up to the IOC to finance it one way or another”.He later told AFP that WADA officials in Glasgow would aim to agree on a “timetable” for implementing the IOC reform, including specifics on how to move forward.Despite tensions between WADA and the IOC, an Olympic source told AFP that the IOC was backing WADA president Craig Reedie’s re-election, guaranteeing that the 75-year-old Scot will be tapped for another three-year term at Sunday’s meeting.But in the latest uncomfortable episode between WADA and the IOC, Reedie was forced to apologise to furious Olympic officials this week over the timing of a decision to suspend Qatar’s doping lab.WADA revealed on Monday that the laboratory’s work would be suspended for four months — just as more than 1,000 officials descended on Doha for the annual meeting of the Association of National Olympic Committees.“I apologise fully that this happened. It was not, I promise you, intentional,” Reedie said on Wednesday.Paying the bills The IOC already funds half of WADA’s $27 million (25.2 million euros) budget.Bach said last month that if WADA leads the reform drive it would require “a substantial increase in financing”.Financing from whom remains an open question.One idea calls for federations, freed from their drug-testing responsibilities, to allocate their anti-doping budgets to WADA and the proposed new testing agency.But if key federations like FIFA and the International Cycling Union opt out, it seems unlikely that contributions from minnow federations like archery and judo would be enough to support a new organisation.One proposal was to see broadcasters contribute to the new unit, as they stand to benefit if the public sees competition as drug-free. Bach distanced himself from that idea last month.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Man shoots at store employee after being asked to wear a mask

first_imgA Pennsylvania man has been arrested after he reportedly fired his gun at an employee of a cigar shop after the employee asked him to wear a face mask.The incident occurred Friday at  Cigars international in Bethlehem Township.Authorities say 35-year-old Adam Michael Zaborowski entered the shop while not wearing a mask and was told by employees that he could either put on a mask or use their curbside service.Zaborowski then reportedly “became irate, grabbed two cigars from a shelf and exited without paying,” according to sources.A store employee then followed Zaborokwski to his car to retrieve the merchandise when Zaborokwski fired his gun once in the air and then fired two shots at the employee.Thankfully the employee and a patron that was standing behind the employee were not injured in the shooting.Zaborokwski then fled the scene in his blue Dodge Dakota. He was then taken into custody the following day after engaging in a shootout with Pennsylvania State Police and Slatington Borough Police.According to the report, Zaborokwski has been hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. He is facing charges of attempted criminal homicide.last_img read more

Get into golf gets down to business

first_img Get into golf – the national campaign to grow the game – got down to business when it teed off a taster day in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf. Businessmen in sharp suits and ties joined tourists and shoppers to take on a putting challenge or to have a quick lesson with a PGA professional. The Get into golf event, featuring brightly coloured inflatable nets and a putting green, proved a huge draw to passers-by who frequently queued to take part. The one-day event officially launched the England Golf Partnership’s campaign to inspire new golfers and support its plan to make England the world’s leading golf nation by 2020. “It’s great,” said businessman Anthony Doherty, who devoted a chunk of his lunch break to a refresher golf lesson. His colleague and regular golfer, Ross McKie, looked on approvingly. “This is a really good idea to get people swinging a club,” he said. Another businessman, Nathanael Conn, was also tempted into the nets: “This is great fun and it’s brilliant to have it here. I’d like to think golf is a much more accessible sport than it was years ago.” Birmingham teachers Kiren Rana and Kamal Nijjar both loved their taste of golf and returned home, planning to check out the many taster opportunities in their area. “I really enjoyed it,” said Kamal. “I thought I would be really awful but it was good! We both think we might have a go at golf.”   The event attracted all ages, from tiny tots to an 85-year-old enthusiast. They were encouraged by members of England’s Golf Youth Panel, volunteers who staffed the stand, and they were offered taster lessons by PGA professionals John McCartney and Paul McNulty, from the Golf Lab indoor academy in Canary Wharf. “This is a brilliant way to raise awareness,” said John.   Visitors to the event were given details of the Get into golf website,  which features taster and coaching opportunities opportunities across the country.  These are also available via a free telephone hotline: 0800 118 2766 The Get into golf campaign is organised by the England Golf Partnership (EGP) which brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England. The EGP’s vision is to make England the world’s leading golf nation by 2020.    Get into golf is run through the network of County Golf Partnerships and is supported in some areas by radio and outdoor advertising. 16 Apr 2012 Get into golf gets down to business last_img read more