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Dismay as A5 improvement scheme faces further delays

first_img WhatsApp Dismay as A5 improvement scheme faces further delays Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – March 16, 2021 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ SDLP Statement – Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme The A5 improvement scheme has been delayed again after Infrastructure Minister Nicola Mallon said today further public consultation will be necessary to ensure it progresses.Sinn Fein have criticised the delay, but the SDLP says it’s a necessary evil to ensure the scheme progresses.It follows publication today of the Planning Appeals Commission report into the scheme.Minister Nicola Mallon says she has accepted the Commission’s key recommendation that further consultation take place on the topics of flood risk, and the consideration of alternatives to the proposed scheme.She has now asked officials to prepare a further addendum to the Environmental Statement for consultation in early autumn.Minister Nallon acknowledges this is likely to lead to the re-opening of the public inquiry early next year, but says that in turn, will allow a decision on the next steps for the scheme.West Tyrone MP Orlflaith Beglay has criticised the move, saying that far from progressing the A5, the Minister’s actions mean new obstacles and delays have been put up to stall its progression.However, MLA Daniel Mc Crossan, an SDLP colleague of MInister Nallon says the Minister is absolutely committed to the delivery of this project.He says her legal advice makes it clear that if further consultation didn’t happen, the scheme is wide open to legal challenge, and could be lost forever. Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ McCrossan: A5 delay disappointing but necessary to finally progress scheme WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Facebook ***************************The report of the Planning Appeals Commission can be read HEREStormont Executive Statement -Mallon committed to progress A5Publication of the PAC Interim Report and Interim Departmental Statement on the A5 Western Transport Corridor (A5WTC) Dual Carriageway schemeInfrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has today reaffirmed her commitment to progressing the A5 Western Transport Corridor Scheme as she publishes the report on the proceedings of the inquiry from the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) into the schemeThe Department’s response to the recommendations made by the PAC has also been published.  Minister Mallon said: “The A5 is an absolute priority for me as a strategic road. It will open up connectivity in the North West and the rest of our island, ensure safer travel for communities and deliver opportunities for our local economy. I know this project has been long awaited and I am determined as Minister to see it progress through the statutory process as quickly as possible, ensuring the project is delivered properly for citizens and our wider environment.”Commenting on the Interim PAC report, the Minister said:  “I would like to thank the Commissioner for the efficient manner in which he held the Inquiry over the course of seven days in February and March 2020. The Inquiry dealt with a number of key themes and issues relating to the Environmental Statement Addendum which had been published by the Department in 2019.  After careful consideration of the PAC Interim Report and having taken legal advice, I have, today, published the Report.“I have accepted the Commissioner’s key recommendation regarding the preparation of and consultation on further documents on the important topics of flood risk and the consideration of alternatives to the proposed scheme. As such, I have asked officials to prepare a further addendum to the Environmental Statement (ESA) for consultation in early autumn.  I have also today published the Department’s formal response to all the recommendations made by the PAC and this is in the form of an Interim Departmental Statement. “While I anticipate this approach will lead to the re-opening of the public inquiry, as recommended by the PAC, early next year, it will enable it to consider further public representations made on the two key topics of flood risk and scheme alternatives and prepare its final report. This, in turn, will allow a decision on the next steps for this important transformative scheme.“Further consultation will be undertaken under the Habitats Regulations of a number of Reports of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment relating to the likely impacts of the A5 scheme upon Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Ramsar sites. “I would once again re-iterate my commitment to the A5WTC flagship project, which is of significant strategic importance to the North West region and our wider island, helping to tackle regional imbalance, improving the economy, job prospects and prosperity, connecting communities and improving road safety.”The PAC Interim Report and Interim Departmental Statement on the A5 Western Transport Corridor (A5WTC) Dual Carriageway scheme are available on the following link:  https://www.a5wtc.com/Publication-of-the-PAC-Interim-Report-and-the-Interim-Departmental-Statement Previous articleJoin St. Patrick’s Festival for a feast of IrelandNext articleStay Home to Stay Safe This St Patrick’s Day – Gardai News Highland McCrossan: A5 delay disappointing but necessary to finally progress the schemeFollowing the Minister of Infrastructure’s announcement that the A5 will need further public consultation to ensure it progresses, SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan says he is hugely disappointed at further delay but says it’s a necessary evil to ensure the scheme progresses.Mr McCrossan commented:“Today’s announcement is hugely disappointing and it will rightly add to the growing frustration among the public that this vitally important scheme has not advanced yet.“Having met with Minister Mallon on a number of occasions, I know the Minister is committed to the delivery of this project. The Minister has made clear she has taken legal advice on the issue. It’s clear that if further consultation didn’t happen, the scheme is wide open to legal challenge and could be lost forever.“I want to ensure the scheme progresses rather than it falling into the hands of the detractors with vested interests. Let’s be clear, there is no alternative and the A5 scheme is needed to save countless lives on one of the most dangerous roads in Ireland. It will increase connectivity for the North West to Belfast and Dublin. It will provide much needed jobs and boost our local economy. It is the only game in town.“The A5 has been the victim of politicisation, of having no Minister in place for three whole years and in having further inaction by the previous Sinn Fein Infrastructure Minister. It is a sad day when those who’ve been the first to point the finger are actually heavily responsible to the delay in the first place. “The Alternative A5 Alliance have consistently challenged and delayed this key project. This group has no support across the area and are trying to drag the entirety of West Tyrone backwards. This group should set aside their campaign of legal action immediately.“As an MLA for West Tyrone and as the strongest voice for the A5, I am calling on the public to join me in challenging the Alternative A5 Alliance and their short sighted, self-interested campaign.“The SDLP remain fully and unreservedly committed to the A5 scheme. We will continue to fight for the full implementation of the scheme and I will not stop until the full scheme is delivered.” Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Homepage BannerNews Sinn Fein Statement -Minister’s decision leaves A5 project further back than ever-MP Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley says the Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon’s decision to hold a fresh public inquiry early next year into the upgrade of the A5 has left the project further back than ever.The West Tyrone MP said,“There is shock and massive disappointment throughout the community that the Minister has announced a fresh public inquiry into the A5 Upgrade.“Given that a full year has passed since the completion of the last limited public inquiry and given that it was widely expected that the Minister would finally announce a decision to proceed with Phase 1 of the project this decision leaves us further back than ever.“It was widely believed that the Minister was taking her time to ensure that she had all her ducks in a row so that a decision to proceed could not be challenged.  The question now therefore is what has been doing in the interim.”Instead of a positive decision she has instead finally published the Planning Appeals Commission and far from progressing the A5 new obstacles and delays have been put up to stall its progression.”She now says that there will now be another environmental statement for consultation in the autumn and the reopening of the public inquiry early next year. “People are gutted at this news and are in a state of disbelief.last_img read more

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Pay attention: Ask more questions

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details I admire so many of the Greeks. Socrates was crazy smart. He was a master of asking questions. The Socratic method of asking disciplined questions causes you to think in a variety of ways. These questions often allow the conversation to get in more depth, uncover issues and often lead to more questions. This technique is disciplined, systematic and deep.Applying the six types of questions he often used will accelerate your critical thinking skills, deepen your conversations and improve your leadership ability. If you want conversations to be more productive with your members, with your board and with your team, choose some of these questions today.Clarification questions ask the speaker to go deeper and provide more than a surface response.Why do you think that?What exactly does that mean?Can you give me an example of that?Probing assumptions ask the speaker to recognize the assumptions on which an argument is based.How did you choose those assumptions?What else could we assume?What would happen if we … ?Probing evidence and reasons, rather than questioning assumptions, these questions request more evidenceHow do you know this?What do you think causes…?Questioning viewpoints, most arguments are made from a position. These questions are useful to discover other viewpoints.Why is this better than… ?What is the difference between … and… ?May I play devils advocate and ask … ?Probe consequence, these questions help people realize the impact of their decisions on the business.How will this affect … ?What are the implications of … ?What are the consequences of this decision?Question the question, this may be frustrating for some, especially if they want the answer, however, instead of telling someone, question the question.Why do you think I asked?What is the point of asking these questions?To avoid conversations becoming heated ensure your question focuses on the issue not the person who makes the statement.If you want to be a more productive conversationalist and increase your strategic and critical thinking skills, be more like Socrates and ask more questions so you can really pay attention to what matters.Which of these questions can you use at your next team meeting or with your next member appointment?Remember attention pays.last_img read more

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Southampton Stand Between Mourinho, Fourth EFL Trophy

first_imgThe first major silverware of the English season will be decided on tomorrow when Manchester United take on Southampton in the EFL Cup final, at the Wembley Stadium and all eyes would be on Jose Mourinho as he targets his fourth EFL Cup win and second silverware for The RedsJose Mouriho’s love  for the EFL Cup continues and his record is something to be admired; never been defeated in 90 minutesresulting in three tournament wins. This bodes well for Manchester United. Considering Mourinho also opened his United career in a 2-1 Community Shield win against Leicester at Wembley, makes it seem that silverware is on the cards. Standing between Jose and Cup number four is a resilient Southampton side. Southampton saw off Liverpool with 1-0 victories in both legs of the semi’s. However, Southampton are plagued with injury problems – both Austin and Van Djik will miss out on the big game. As they always do, though they will come together  with strong teamwork and desire, mean they are certainly no push overs.Mourinho surprised a few pundits by playing most of his star players against St Etienne in the Europa League on Wednesdaydespite the fact United went into that clash with a 3-0 advantage from the first leg. And while the Red Devils punched out a 1-0 win in France the victory came as a cost with Michael Carrick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan hobbling off with calf and hamstring injuries respectively.United have now lost just one of their last 25 matches in all competitions and such ominous form has made them favourites at Wembley tomorrow.However it’s worth remembering that Saints are here on merit; they beat Arsenal and got past Liverpool over two legs after a titanic tussle in the semifinals.It may be a first League Cup final since 1979 for the south coast club but they have, rather incredibly, yet to concede a goal in the competition en route to the final.When the teams met in the league back in August United ran out 2-0 winners at Old Trafford with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring twice. The brilliant Swede has netted a remarkable 74 goals since the start of last season, more than any other player in Europe.Meanwhile, United’s midfielder, Juan Mata, said victory over Saint-Etienne in the Europa League on Wednesday would boost The Reds in Sunday’s game, admitting he was delighted with the performance, claiming it will stand them in good stead for S EFL Cup final clash with Southampton.“From the first minute I think we were very professional. We scored one goal which made it easier for us and we are very happy. You know it’s not just about qualifying but winning and going into the EFL Cup final on Sunday with more confidence.“It was the best way to face the final – qualifying and winning and we have more confidence. We have now three days to rest.Southampton haven’t played in the last week so they may be more fresh but I think we face the final with confidence and will try and win the second trophy of the season,” Mata told BT Sport.Cris Smalling also reckons the adrenaline from success is driving United on and tiredness won’t come into it.He said: “People talk about the number of games we’ve got and the final coming up. But I think when you’re winning games it doesn’t matter how many games you’ve got. We’ll be relishing Sunday and I can’t wait to get my boots back on.”Smalling reckons United’s greater experience of Wembley gives them the advantage over the Saints and the England defender added:  “To be able to go back to Wembley so soon, and hopefully pick up our first silverware of the season, then that sets us up for the last big two or three months of the season. “I think quite a few of us as players have played a number of games there and maybe some of their players haven’t. So hopefully we can take that edge on Sunday and it can work in our favour.”While United have been busy making progress to the last 16 of the Europa League and FA Cup quarterfinals, Southampton have been able to focus entirely on Wembley since a 4-0 win over Sunderland in the Premier League on February 11.Their league form has been patchy, but Puel’s team have come alive in the League Cup, beating four top-flight teams.No wonder keeper Fraser Forster is confident of spoiling United’s day.“If you look at the teams we’ve beaten on the way to the final, there’s no reason why we can’t do that when we face United. We’ve got huge respect for Man United but there’s nothing to fear,” he said.Fairytale Goes Sour for RanieriThe anguished tone in Kasper Schmeichel’s voice told the story of the turmoil gripping Leicester as the Premier League champions slumped into a relegation crisis that triggered Claudio Ranieri’s brutal sacking on Thursday.“We’re the reigning champions and quite frankly it’s been terrible. It’s been embarrassing,” the Leicester goalkeeper told a television reporter after a dismal 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United on February 5.“It’s time for every single one of us, right from the top to the bottom of this club, to stand up and be counted because if we don’t, we’re going to end up getting relegated.”A year on from a stunning 3-1 win at Manchester City that sent them five points clear at the league summit, the loss to United left Ranieri’s men a solitary point above the relegation zone.Leicester’s Thai owners felt compelled to issue a vote of confidence in Ranieri, but the team remained in dire trouble after an even more damaging 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Swansea days later and the beleaguered Italian was about to pay the price.Reports emerged that Ranieri was unable to quell squad unrest over his tactics and selection decisions, with the former Chelsea boss forced to deny claims his players were unhappy he had banned chicken burgers from the training ground canteen.A 1-0 loss at third tier Millwall in the FA Cup fifth round on last Saturday, in which his lethargic side were out-fought by 10 men for much of the second half, was another huge blow to Ranieri’s credibility.His team had lost their past five league matches and were the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal in 2017.The final straw came in Sevilla, where Leicester were beaten 2-1 in a Champions League last 16 first leg clash that the Spanish side could easily have won by a far greater margin.Ranieri had only signed a new contract in August, but by the time Leicester arrived home, he was a dead man walking.Only 292 days after Leicester’s title triumph climaxed with the trophy presentation amid fireworks and a fanfare from opera singer Andrea Bocelli, Ranieri discovered his time was up.UnforgivableIt was a stunningly abrupt end to Ranieri’s reign and many had sympathy for the genial coach’s demise.“After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad,” Leicester legend Gary Lineker said.But money talks loudest in the Premier League and the risk of losing over £150 million in television and commercial revenue if Leicester were relegated was too much for vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha to stomach with only 13 games remaining. Leicester’s woes were embodied by the woeful form of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, the rough-cut attacking stars whose goals and assists catapulted the Foxes to the title.N’Golo Kante, Leicester’s other stand-out player last season, was the only departure during the close season and the club have failed to plug the hole created by his move to current leaders Chelsea.Injury has hampered Nampalys Mendy since he signed from Nice and with Daniel Amartey an unconvincing stop-gap, Leicester splashed out £15 million to sign Wilfred Ndidi last month.Leicester lost head of recruitment Steve Walsh to Everton after last season’s triumph and their transfer activity since has been patchy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr on emulating Spurs’ success: ‘It may be a pipe dream’

first_imgLAS VEGAS – Perhaps the many wine-tasting sessions with Gregg Popovich have brought Steve Kerr more clarity. So too, perhaps, did the meetings here last week with Popovich and his Team USA coaching staff.Kerr hopes the Warriors can mirror the San Antonio Spurs’ long-term success by emulating a team-oriented culture and continually building around three star players. Can the Warriors do it, though?“It may be a pipe dream, honestly,” Kerr said.Reaching the NBA Finals five years in a row, as …last_img

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 47 | RFS and RINs, salamanders, and ag at the capitol

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net crew is back from Commodity Classic for this week’s podcast, courtesy of AgriGold. A variety of topics are covered in this week’s episode, including Ty Higgins speaking with Fred Yoder on the state of the industry. Matt Reese visits with David Hague on salamander hunting in Ohio. Joel Penhorwood hears from Ohio Farm Bureau’s Joe Cornely on their recent Ag Day at the Capitol as well as their upcoming county presidents trip to Washington D.C.last_img

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CBI books Nabam Hari, brother of ex-Arunachal CM Nabam Tuki, others on corruption charges

first_imgThe CBI has booked Nabam Hari, brother of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, his wife and PWD officers for alleged corruption in government contracts, officials said on Friday. The case pertains to contracts handed by Mr. Tuki as the PWD minister in the State to his kith and kin for “selfish gains without inviting tenders”, the CBI has alleged. The Central Bureau of Investigation had carried out a preliminary enquiry, on the orders of the Gauhati High Court, into one such work related to construction of a Kendriya Vidyalaya building in Umroi cantonment, Shillong, the officials said.It is alleged that several contracts were given to Mary Associate, a firm owned by Mr. Tuki’s sister-in-law, Nabam Mary, which was maintaining a current account in the United Bank of India in which her husband Nabam Hari is one of the nominee. The contracts were given between 2005-07, the officials said.last_img read more

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