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Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgBerger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng)  2015 annual report.Company ProfileBerger Paints Plc is a manufacturing company in Nigeria producing paint, surface coating and allied products for the residential, commercial, marine and industrial sectors. The company has an extensive product range which is divided into decorative/architectural finishes, industrial coatings, marine and protection coatings, automotive/vehicle finishes, and wood finishes and preservers. Berger Paints has a manufacturing plant and distribution centre in Lagos and over 25 distribution points in the major towns and cities in Nigeria. Berger Paints Colourworld is a retail outlet which offers a wide range of products and offers support with expertise and colour development software. Colourworld also offers an advanced automotive tinting system and colour software and carries a supply of paint tools and applications. In 2012, Berger Paints Nigeria Plc partnered with KCC Corporation, the largest heavy duty coating manufacturing company in South Korea. The partnership facilitates the supply quality, durable coatings for the marine and protective sectors. The company was established in 1959 by Lewis Berger, a German colour chemist who founded the Berger Paints’ dynasty in London in the late 1970s. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Berger Paints Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Midwest to be Well Represented at EPA Hearing on RFS

first_img SHARE Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 SHARE Midwest to be Well Represented at EPA Hearing on RFS Previous articleGovernor Pence Rejects Overreaching EPA Energy RegulationsNext articleAg Reaction Swift after Senate Passes TPA Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Facebook Twitter How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 More than 250 people are expected to testify in front of the EPA during a hearing Thursday on the agencies Renewable Fuels Standard proposal. The agency is seeking comment until July 27th on its proposal announced last month that would cut corn based ethanol near 4 billion gallons in the mandate. The public hearing has drawn interest of agriculture across the Midwest, with buses of corn farmers expected to attend the hearing and an accompanying rally by the National Corn Growers Association. The hearing will host two separate panels taking testimony in Kansas City, Kansas. The NCGA rally will feature Midwest Governors Terry Branstad of Iowa and Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri and NCGA President Chip Bowling. The two Midwestern Governors are expected to give joint testimony in support of the RFS.Source: NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News Midwest to be Well Represented at EPA Hearing on RFS Minor Changes in June WASDE Report By Andy Eubank – Jun 24, 2015 All quotes are delayed snapshots Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Name Sym Last Change last_img read more

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E-15 Exports Growing

first_img E-15 Exports Growing SHARE Source: Missouri farmer Today By Gary Truitt – Apr 3, 2017 Facebook Twitter Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for April 4, 2017Next articleFarm Credit Mid-America Issues Challenge for FFA Leadership Center Gary Truittcenter_img Home Energy E-15 Exports Growing SHARE Even though U.S. ethanol plants already produce more than federal rules require, ethanol industry growth prospects are bright, according to a renewable fuels executive. “We are not remaining content with the markets we have today,” said Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association.He cited opportunities for more domestic and export demand, and noted that Mexico last year decided ethanol was acceptable with some limitations.“Science will win,” White said in a speech at the Celebration of Agriculture here March 21. “Science will show them the history that we’ve seen in the United States,” that ethanol helps improve air quality.White said he’s heard frustration from farmers about commodity and land values, and concerns about ethanol.“The concern is has ethanol flat-lined? Is that the best we can do? Is this all we’re going to do?” he said.Ethanol producers’ margins tightened, so last year was not as good as 2014 for the ethanol industry. But he said it was the fourth straight year of profitability.“It was a record for production, it was a record for net exports, it was a record for domestic demand and a record year for E-15, E-85 and infrastructure buildout at retail fuel stations,” White said.“E-15 is slowly starting to gain some traction,” he said, crediting former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack for making money available for blender pumps and retail infrastructure.“USDA’s biofuels infrastructure partnership program should put another 1,000 to 1,200 E-15 and E-85 stations on the planet in the next 12 to 18 months.”White said he’s optimistic that the Trump administration will support ethanol and regulatory reform.Under current regulations, recruiting retailers to sell E-15 eight and a half months of the year is a tough sell, he said.“If you walk in the door and you say, ‘I’ve got a higher-octane, lower-priced fuel that 90 percent of the cars can use, and you can make more margin and sell it year-round,’ the conversation changes.“We have work to do to expand that number,” White said of the 15 billion gallons of ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard. “We have work to do to grow those markets so that no one can ever utter the words ‘blend wall’ again.” Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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DS News Webcast: Tuesday 3/12/2013

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Featured, Media, Webcasts Coverage- Fed’s Duke Addresses Recovery’s Sustainability in Speech- Nationstar Suit Questions Servicer’s Right to Sell Mortgage Notes />For More Information, go to DSnews.com About Author: DSNews Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago DS News Webcast: Tuesday 3/12/2013 Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Tuesday 3/12/2013 2013-03-12 DSNews Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: HOPE NOW Hosts Event to Help Homeowners Impacted by Sandy Next: Ally Bank Agrees to Sell MSRs to Ocwen for $585Mcenter_img March 12, 2013 535 Views  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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Hearing Of Arnab Goswami’s Petition [Live-Updates From SC]

first_imgTop StoriesHearing Of Arnab Goswami’s Petition [Live-Updates From SC] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK10 May 2020 10:23 PMShare This – xSC is hearing ArnabGoswami’s plea seeking quashing of FIR filed against him for disturbing communal harmony over the gathering of Migrants in Bandra. Top Court also to hear an application filed by Maharastra Govt. seeking restraining Goswami from interfering in investigation.Live Updates 11 May 2020 12:31 AM”We will reserve the orders. We Will extend the protection granted until we deliver the judgement, which we should do so in the next two days.”The protection granted to the petitioner on April 24, 2020 shall continue to remain in operation.11 May 2020 12:30 AMSenior Advocate Sibal:”That is quite possible. Congress workers may have placed copy of the first FIR when they went ahead to lodge a complaint.”11 May 2020 12:28 AMBench to Senior Advocate Sibal:”We are not saying that but FIRs are the same.So far as mala fide is concerned, it is that the FIR is verbatim, there is no change”11 May 2020 12:27 AMBench: “all the FIRs are cyclostyled, they are word to word same. They are linked to the first FIR”Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal: If they are, the Court can quash them?11 May 2020 12:22 AM”Please ask the CBI to file a Report in the case and give me [#ArnabGoswami] an extension of interim protection [which ends on May 14]” – Salve11 May 2020 12:22 AM”There is problem in the investigation and it took [place] part by part, with out of context records from the show to “make a case” against me”, Salve for #ArnabGoswami11 May 2020 12:19 AM”Affidavit of Police Chief is distressing. Look at this conduct. A Police Commissioner needs court’s protection against an accused?”[Mr. Salve is referred to the Application on behalf of Maharashtra Government, alleging browbeating by #ArnabGoswami]11 May 2020 12:19 AM”On the issue of #Markaz a lot of people have criticised…if some body criticises the leadership of a religious group then that is not 295. If it is then, Article 19 should be done away with!”- Salve11 May 2020 12:16 AM”They have problems with a political party, they want to target a journalist. Where is the point of criminal conspiracy, as pointed out by Dr Singhvi?”- Sr. Adv. Salve for #ArnabGoswami11 May 2020 12:13 AMCorrection: Mr. Salve said : “This case of one political party targeting a journalist.”>Load MoreTags#Arnab Goswami #Supreme Court #Bail Next Storylast_img read more

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[No ‘Honour’ In Honour Killng] ‘Extremism And Violence Has Permeated Through Pakistani Society; Need To Discourage Crime Against Women’: Pakistan SC

first_imgForeign/International[No ‘Honour’ In Honour Killng] ‘Extremism And Violence Has Permeated Through Pakistani Society; Need To Discourage Crime Against Women’: Pakistan SC Sparsh Upadhyay6 Sep 2020 2:08 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday (24-August-2020) observed that extremism and violence has permeated through Pakistani society and it has been brutalized. Not enough is done to ensure that crimes against women do not take place.The court further opined,”Respect and language play an important role to bring about a positive change in society and using terminology such as ‘Ghairat’ or…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday (24-August-2020) observed that extremism and violence has permeated through Pakistani society and it has been brutalized. Not enough is done to ensure that crimes against women do not take place.The court further opined,”Respect and language play an important role to bring about a positive change in society and using terminology such as ‘Ghairat’ or honour is not helpful.”A 2 judge bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, comprising Justices Qazi Faez Isa and Sardar Tariq Masood opined that “the killing of women in the name of honour had never been an honourable practice and that such murders should not be categorised as honour killings.”The Background of the CaseMohammad Abbas (the petitioner) was awarded death sentence by a Sessions judge in Nankana for the murder of his wife (Saima Bibi); however, the Lahore High Court reduced his sentence of death to one of imprisonment for life.He then came to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, whereby his jail appeal against the Sept 8, 2015 verdict of the Lahore High Court in the murder case of his wife was heard.Interesting Saga of S. 302 of Pakistan Penal Code and ‘Honour Killing’The law regarding ‘qatl-i-amd’ (Section 302 of Pakistan Penal Code) in effect, specifically states that under no circumstances can killing in the name or under the pretext of honour be brought within the ambit of section 302 (c) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).The proviso to this effect was added after clause (c) of section 302 in the year 2005, and later replaced by 2016 amendment. However, while substituting the 2005 amendment, its effect was retained by the 2016 amendment.In other words, the 2005 proviso was replaced by another proviso in the year 2016, which when read with the definition of ‘fasad-fil-arz’ reiterated that killing in the name or under the pretext of honour cannot be brought within the ambit of section 302 (c) of PPC.Now, it may be noted that Section 302 of PPC (refer attached image) has three sub-sections, sub-section (a) prescribes ‘death’ as the mode of punishment, sub-section (b) prescribes ‘death or imprisonment for life’ as the mode of punishment and, sub-section (c) prescribes ‘imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to twenty-five years’ as the mode of punishment.The proviso to section 302 (c) PPC had been inserted to attend to the menace of ‘Honour killings’. The ‘Statement of Objects and Reasons’ introducing the Bill noted and was concerned with a large number of honour killings in Pakistan and the need to address, ‘the loopholes and lacunae in the existing laws is essential in order to prevent these crimes from being repeatedly committed.In effect, it was aimed that in the cases of honour killing, only two forms of punishment should be available for the Courts to award to the accused, first being ‘death sentence’ and second being ‘imprisonment for life’.Pakistani Parliament specifically stipulated that such crimes should attract clause (a) or clause (b) of section 302 of PPC, for which the punishment is either death or imprisonment for life and not clause (c), under which the maximum punishment is twenty-five years imprisonment but which does not prescribe a minimum punishment.The crime in this case was committed in the year 2011, at a time when the 2005 proviso existed.Therefore, the Court noted,”The murder committed by the petitioner, which he stated he had committed in the name of honour (Ghairat), cannot be brought within the ambit of section 302 (c) PPC, even if any of the Exceptions to the erstwhile section 300 PPC were attracted.”The Observations of the Court and the Final Verdict’Adultery: Not a justification to kill’The Bench was of the view that for Muslims, the Holy Qur’an is the word of God. Killing a person is abhorrent and a grave sin. The Court further remarked,”The Holy Qur’an also does not mandate the punishment of death for the offence of adultery. If the petitioner suspected his wife of infidelity he should have followed the path prescribed by the Holy Qur’an and the law of Pakistan to resolve the matter.”The Court further opined that the petitioner, who professes to be a Muslim did not follow the methodology commanded by Almighty Allah and the law of Pakistan to resolve his suspicions about his wife.’Term ‘Ghairat’ should not be used in the cases of Honour killings’The Bench was of the opinion that the petitioner couched his criminal and un-Islamic conduct by stating that he became enraged to see his wife in the company of a man and on account of his ‘Ghairat’, he killed her.In this context, the court remarked,”Almighty Allah loves those who amongst others restrain their anger. To become enraged is not an admirable trait nor is Ghairat. The word ‘Ghairat’ nor the Arabic ‘Ghairatun’ is used in the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Qur’an also does not permit killing on the ground of adultery, let alone on the ground of Ghairat (Ghairatun in Arabic), nor prescribes a lesser punishment for such killings. The law of Pakistan also does not permit this.” (emphasis supplied)”The woman or the girl who is killed in the name or pretext of honour has no chance to redeem her honour. She is deprived of both her life and reputation,” the bench further opined. (emphasis supplied)Notably, while talking about the rising cases of Honour Killings in Pakistan, the court remarked,”Pakistan has one of the highest, if not the highest per capita honour killings in the world and predominantly the victims are women. By stating that murder was committed on the pretext of Ghairat (honour) the murderer hopes to provide some justification for the crime. It may also elevate the murderer’s social status with those not familiar with what Almighty Allah Commands in the Holy Qur’an. This is unfortunate, more so because there is no honour in such killings. Parliament was rightly concerned with the prevalence of such killings and enacted legislation to dissuade, if not stop such crimes.” (emphasis supplied)The court was of the view that it needs to be restated that killing is never honourable. And, murder should not be categorized as such. It will help deter such killings if the term ‘Ghairat’ is not used to describe them.In this context, the court said,”It is also inaccurate to translate ‘Ghairat’ into English as honour. The word ‘Ghairat’ does not have an exact English equivalent. A more accurate translation of the trait of ‘Ghairat’ would be ‘arrogance’ and the one with such trait is an ‘arrogant’ person.” (emphasis supplied)The court acknowledged the importance of the principle contained in the Article 35 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan- ‘The State shall protect the marriage, the family, the mother and the child’.Further, the bench noted,”When women and girls are not protected but rather killed in the name or on the pretext of honour the family is destroyed.”Lastly, taking into account the ideals set out under the Constitution, the Court said,”The Constitution mandates that ‘tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam, shall be fully observed’ Almighty Allah commends humility, loves kindness and calls upon his slaves to overlook human faults and cultivate gracious forgiveness. One of the Principles of Policy set out in the Constitution requires that, Steps shall be taken to ensure full participation of women in all spheres of national life.” (emphasis supplied)Consequently, the court noted that there was no reason justifying the grant of leave, which was declined, and, consequently, the petition was dismissed.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Tamil Nadu Brings Ordinance Banning Online Games Involving Betting

first_imgNews UpdatesTamil Nadu Brings Ordinance Banning Online Games Involving Betting Sparsh Upadhyay21 Nov 2020 4:23 AMShare This – xIn the backdrop of rise in number of suicides by gamers, who allegedly lost their money in Online Gaming, the Tamil Nadu Governor, Banwarilal Purohit has signed an ordinance on Friday (20th November) to “ban online gaming” involving betting.The Raj Bhavan issued a Statement on Friday stating that the Government submitted a proposal to the Governor seeking promulgation of an Ordinance by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn the backdrop of rise in number of suicides by gamers, who allegedly lost their money in Online Gaming, the Tamil Nadu Governor, Banwarilal Purohit has signed an ordinance on Friday (20th November) to “ban online gaming” involving betting.The Raj Bhavan issued a Statement on Friday stating that the Government submitted a proposal to the Governor seeking promulgation of an Ordinance by amending relevant acts, as “due to online gaming, innocent people, mainly youngsters are being cheated and some people have committed suicide.”The Statement further reads that “in order to avoid such incidents of suicide and protect the innocent people from the evils of online gaming, the Government have submitted proposal to Hon’ble Governor to promulgate an Ordinance by amending the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1930), Chennai City Police Act, 1888 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1888) and the Tamil Nadu District Police Act, 1859 (Tamil Nadu Act XXIV of 1859).”It may be noted that the Ordinance provides the following:i) Banning the persons who are wagering or betting in cyber space using computers or any communication device or resource;ii) The people who are found gaming will be punished with a fine amount of Rs.5,000/- and six months imprisonment;iii) The people who open / keep common gaming house will be punished with a fine amount of Rs.10,000/- and two years imprisonment;iv) Banning “electronic transfer of funds” used for wagering or betting, distributing the winnings, prize money;v) Punishing the persons who are running the company which conducts online gaming by wagering and betting.Related NewsIt may be noted that the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday (03rd November) remarked that “it is disheartening to note that several precious lives have been lost due to Online Gambling”.The Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice B. Pugalendhi was hearing a Writ Petition which was filed seeking issuance of a Writ of Mandamus to direct the official respondents to take appropriate action to ban Online Rummy hosted by the seventh respondent and others.Earlier, on 24th July, 2020, Justice B. Pugalendhi, while disposing of Crl.O.P. (MD) No.6568 of 2020 [D. Siluvai Venance v. State], went into detail as to how Online Gambling, in the name of online games, is causing loss of lives and insisted on the necessity to regulate the programmes on par with the Telangana State Government, wherein Online Gambling has been banned.Gujarat High CourtSimilarly, an issue was raised before the Gujarat High Court and the First Bench of Gujarat High Court in R/Writ Petition (PIL) No.146 of 2020, by order dated 29.09.2020, had directed the State of Gujarat to deal with the Online Games involving gambling appropriately.The Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala had directed the State Government to consider a PIL, seeking regulation of online gambling, as a representation, and do the needful in the “larger public interest”.”We direct the State of Gujarat to consider this writ application as a representation. If online games involve gambling and if they are being played in the State of Gujarat, then it is expected of the State to deal with the same appropriately as gaming is a subject matter of List II of the Schedule VII of the Constitution of India,” the Bench had observed.Madras High Court notice to Virat Kohli, Saurav Ganguly and othersNotably, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday (03rd November) issued notices to Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli and BCCI Chief and former Indian Cricket Team captain Sourav Ganguly, for their involvement in online sports app advertisements.The Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice B. Pugalendhi has also issued the notices to actors Prakash Raj, Tammana Bhatia among others.Notably, this order came in a Petition, which has been moved in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court by one Mohammed Rizvi through Advocate K. Neelamegamn Thuja alleging that after losing money in such apps, some youth died by suicide in various parts of India.Delhi High CourtAlso, last month, the Delhi High Court had directed the Union Of India & Delhi Government to treat a petition filed against online gambling, as a representation and decide the grievances ventilated in the petition, as narrated in detail in the writ petition.The Bench of Chief Justice D. N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan had directed the respondents (UOI & Delhi High Court) to decide the representation in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policies applicable to the facts of the case, as early as possible and practicableClick Here To Download Ordinance[Read Ordinance]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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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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Meteorologists forecast more extreme weather events

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Weather forecasters say we can expect more extreme weather events like the Donegal floods in the coming years.Our average temperature is now over half a degree warmer than it was 30 year ago and this trend is expected to continue.Meteorologists from across the world are gathering in Dublin this week to discuss how they can give people better weather information.Climatologist John Sweeney says we’re likely to see more extreme weather events like Donegal in the coming years. The floods there were described as once in a 100 year event but John says it’s getting worse as temperatures continue to rise:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/sweeney.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Met Eireann’s weather warning system came in for criticism after the disaster – but head of forecasting Gerald Fleming says while they’re good at predicting weather systems it’s much harder to predict localised weather.They’re working on increasing the number of weather stations around the country to improve accuracy but it’s a costly process. Gerald says we should continue to pay attention to the warnings and familiarise ourselves with weather forecast:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/gerald.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – September 4, 2017 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleFlood relief depot fills seven skips with unusable “donations”Next articleNational Geographic Traveller edition featuring Donegal launched News Highland Meteorologists forecast more extreme weather events Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+center_img Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebooklast_img read more

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Elderly couple found dead in Convoy

first_img WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – March 13, 2019 Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Previous articleCarndonagh needs a temporary court venue – DohertyNext articleDonaldson inquest adjourned for 20th time News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter An investigation has been launched following the sudden deaths of an elderly couple in Convoy.Gardai were contacted this afternoon at 1.30pm by a relative of the deceased.The couple, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s were pronounced dead at the scene.An investigation will be carried out and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.Local councillor Liam Doherty – who is related to the couple – says their deaths are not being treated as suspicious at this point:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/liamdoc5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Elderly couple found dead in Convoycenter_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebooklast_img read more

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