Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition Leader calls out Govt on “blatant lie” being peddled by SARAJuly 12, 2018In “latest news”‘PNC taught me everything I know’ – Sean HindsAugust 12, 2015In “Crime”Solomon drops out PNC leadership race; Norton denies being a TraitorJuly 24, 2014In “Politics” The State Asset Recovery Agency’s (SARAs) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aubrey Retmyer was placed in the hot seat on Monday, when he was forced to defend the agency’s perceived bias with him being affiliated with the People’s National Congress (PNC).SARA’ CEO Aubrey RetmyerThe PNC is the main political party within the APNU coalition Government which is seeking to fulfill a campaign promise of  having members of the previous Administration face charges and jail time for what they had said was widespread corruption.Asked about this perceived bias on the side-lines of a training seminar, Retmyer said ” I believe that I can have a preference for a political party but I can be unbiased in a professional sense and I don’t think that is too much to ask a Guyanese, even if you are member or a follower of a particular party, but to operate professionally. It’s when you don’t operate professionally and I have said that before that I have no qualms about dealing with the people that the evidence leads.”He also posited that “we are not going after people because of their party allegiances. We are going after them because the evidence leads in that direction, that they stole or misappropriated Government property and assets and therefore we deal with them.”However, when asked whether SARA has targeted anyone from the current Administration Retmyer said no.He said further that “I remember the PPP in replying to an invitation in which we had, when we asked them to participate in the anti-corruption walk, they did raise some questions but we just don’t go after cases because people…there is a procedure that we use to go after cases and we will stick to that procedure.”Moreover, the SARA CEO explained that “If we have evidence or information that requires, at least to, us investigating something current we will do it.”In July, SARA had invited Opposition leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo to a symbolic anti-corruption walk.Opposition Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraThe opposition had declined this invitation through a letter from Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, citing several current cases of perceived corruption under the incumbent Administration where SARA had failed to investigate.Moreover, in Teixeira’s response to SARA’s invitation, it was outlined that the political Opposition would not participate in such a walk “while members and other public officials of successive PPP/C governments have been discriminated against, victimized, and targeted by a state-sponsored witch-hunt on frivolous, manufactured charges.” read more

An intelligence led operation by the Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) resulted in a large quantity of uncustomed alcohol being confiscated at a location on the East Coast of Demerara on Tuesday May, 29, 2018.A quantity of the alcohol seized by GRA’s Law Enforcement and Investigation DivisionAccording to the GRA, the seized goods which included about fifty (50) cases of assorted uncustomed foreign alcoholic beverages have a revenue value of approximately six million ($6M) dollars.Moreover, the entity said that one person was arrested and subsequently put on bail in connection with the bust.The GRA in a statement said that, acting in accordance with the law, it has been relentless in its pursuit of smugglers.Once caught, perpetrators and accomplices can be fined up to three times the value of smuggled items in addition to the items being seized.The GRA said it will continue to put systems in place to ensure its enforcement activities are enhanced.“Assistance is always welcome from the public as it relates to sharing information on incidents of corruption and illegal activities that are geared towards reducing the payment of the correct duties and taxes that ultimately deprives the state of revenue” said the Authority.Persons with information can utilise various methods of providing information to the GRA’s Law Enforcement & Investigation Division by calling telephone numbers 227-6060 or 227-8222, extensions 3201-3208. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRA steps up anti-smuggling campaign…items seized include foreign chicken, mosquito coilsFebruary 3, 2016In “latest news”Over 80,000 litres of diesel fuel seized from modified ‘fishing vessel’- GRAOctober 3, 2018In “Crime”Over $30M in smuggled goods seized by GRA; NWD poses unique challengesApril 3, 2014In “Crime” read more

first_imgExhibitors at AIMEX 2007, both large and small, are planning some major product releases at the exhibition. Here’s a quick snapshot of just a few of them.Akron Brass will be release a new range of manual, remote-controlled and PLC controlled water cannons and fire fighting nozzles.Alcoa Fastening Systems will show a number of developments in its Huck fastener range Ampcontrol will unveil a new Intrinsically Safe Ethernet Switch and Protocol Converter that has been developed as part of the CSIRO NEXSYS systemAustralian Laboratory Services will display a new cost-effective oil analysis test package designed for industrial plants where a standard oil analysis may not be telling the full storyAustralian Urethane Systems will exhibit the latest Polyeuro polyurea and polyurethane coatings for the mining industry, including Polyeuro, Eagle Shield, and StainguardCBM International will release its third-generation online conveyor belt monitoring systems, which incorporate the world’s first online high-resolution steel cord scanning, wear profile analysis and visual inspection systemsCobra South Pacific will showcase a new range of Depreux solid woven conveyor belting and Goro belt fastenersConcentric Asia Pacific will launch its Virtools virtual reality software systemDanfoss Australia will display its new VLT family of AC drives, which range in capacity from 0.18kw to 1.2MWDixon (Asia Pacific) will release its new quick disconnect coupling rangeFurukawa will release a new range of hammer rock drillsGijimaAst will release two new software products, mineMarkup and EPS VizGPSat Systems Australia will show the latest GPS receiver technology from NovAtel Hedweld Engineering will launch its new ATACH project for safely handling all driveline components, from tyre to hub and strutHyundai Australia will launch its new R800LC 7A 80t excavatorJaws Buckets & Attachments will display information about its new large dump body manufacturing facility, which is designed for the largest mining trucks currently madeLewis Pulleys will display the new Birn VTP ventilated turbo pulleyMarathon Tyres will launch a puncture-resistant rubber tyre lining, and a new range of rims and wheels MicroMentis releases new ground investigation technology to visualize, analyze and model the physical and mechanical properties of the solids. Mine Site Technologies (NSW) will show a number of new technologies, including its ImPact underground digital communication network, ICCL cap lamp with radio and 802.11b RFID tag, and Proximity Detection SystemMining haulage system manufacturer Powertrans will release its own-design prime mover “tractor unit” for its unique mine haulage systemsMinova Australia will display a new range of resin capsules aimed at significantly improving the installation quality of resin boltsModular Mining Systems will release its latest advances in mining technology, including new modules for the ProVision NextGen GPS-guided fleet management software, and DISPATCH NextGen mine management softwareMTU Detroit Diesel Australia will display the new 90-litre 2800kW (3500hp) 20V4000 twin-turbocharged diesel engine –  the new horsepower leader of the V4000 rangeNew “like Steel” cutable rockbolts that combine the high torque installation strength of steel with the flexibility and safety of traditional cutable bolts will be displayed by Applied Research of AustraliaNew FMC 2000 Series conveyor idler rolls, which exceed CEMA load ratings, will be unveiled by FMC technologyPANDUIT will display its updated stainless steel strapping system RUD Chains will display new tyre-protection chain, lifting and bulk materials handling productsSealed Air Australia will demonstrate its new Instapak packaging foam solutionsSEW-Eurodrive will launch the X series (IGX) range of heavy industrial gearsSIR Meccanica will display its new patented portable in-lineboring/overlay welding machine tools for restoring worn pivotpoints to their original dimensions Spitwater will launch its new Brute hot water pressure cleanerThe latest BROKK radio controlled demolition robot will be shown by Kiwi Operation Downunder – the new robot is better able to work in hot conditions, and has improved hydraulics and greater strength, compared to previous modelsThe new Tru-Kleen oil sampler, designed to take a live oil sample safely and cleanly, will be displayed by Bard EngineeringVictron Energy BV will introduce to Australia its power solutions for stand-alone, standby and back-up power systemsWEG Australia will release its new range of permanent magnet synchronous inverter motors, a new roller table motor and a new range of generatorsFor further information on visiting AIMEX 2007, please call (02) 9211 7544, fax (02) 9211 7472, or email Website read more

first_imgDuring a recent visit to China, Anne Lauvergeon, Chairman of AREVA, signed two agreements in the Hall of the National Assembly in the presence of Zhang Guobao, President of the National Energy Administration (NEA). These agreements reinforce AREVA’s strategic partnership with China and the Chinese electricity utility, CGNPC (China Guandong Nuclear Power Co). Under the terms of the first agreement, CGNPC and Chinese sovereign wealth funds will take a 49% stake in the equity of UraMin, a mining company currently wholly-owned by the AREVA group, which remains the operator of UraMin’s current and future projects. This agreement provides CGNPC with guaranteed access to more than half of the total production of UraMin, thus securing the marketing of UraMin’s future production. For its part, AREVA now benefits from additional means of financing the development of its activities.The second agreement concerns nuclear power plants. AREVA and CGNPC have decided to create a joint venture (held 55% by Chinese interests, 45% by AREVA) charged with the engineering and procurement of second and third generation power plants (CPR 1000, EPR). This organisation, initially dedicated to CGNPC’s projects in China, will subsequently be in a position to contribute to joint projects abroad.Zhang Guobao, Vice-President of the National Development and Reform Commission and President of the NEA said, “This event is a very important step for both these organisations in the field of nuclear cooperation. These two agreements enable the broadening and deepening of nuclear cooperation. It brings both parties into a new stage of cooperation.”Qian Zhimin, the Chairman of CGNPC stated: “These agreements are key for our company. One secures the supply of uranium for our nuclear power plants until 2022 and allows us to lean on a market leader whose industrial expertise and environmental, social and corporate standards are recognised worldwide. The other affirms our long term technological cooperation with AREVA in the joint development of nuclear power station projects.”For her part, Lauvergeon stated: “These two industrial agreements demonstrate the dynamic nature of our strategic partnership, which now exists for the very long term. It also illustrates the relevance of AREVA’s integrated model. The purchase of a Chinese stake in the capital of Uramin’s holding company leaves the organisation of the mining operations in each country unchanged, while securing an important sales channel. I also wish long life to the first joint engineering and nuclear services procurement company in China. It will enable the sharing and concentration of necessary competencies and resources for the construction of second and third generation nuclear power plants.”last_img read more

first_imgIntergraph’s software portfolio gets a major breakthrough in mining because FLSmidth, global engineering supplier of equipment and services to the world’s cement and minerals industries, has selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise to design cement and mineral processing facilities, in order to improve processes control and increase efficiency. This multi-year agreement, signed in Denmark, comprises a suite of high-end solutions, including among others SmartPlant 3D Materials Handling Edition, SmartPlant Foundation and SmartPlant P&ID. This will allow FLSmidth to better integrate work processes, as well as engineering disciplines, and to standardise project phases from proposal to handover to service more than 400 users globally.“Being an organisation with employees worldwide, we need a solution that supports global and concurrent work processes,” said FLSmidth Vice President Per Mejnert Kristensen. “Aligning our work processes on a global scale enables us to work as one company, offering our customers the FLSmidth expertise from one source. Offering an integrated and object- oriented solution, Intergraph has made this possible.”SmartPlant Enterprise is an integrated solutions suite that provides full design, construction, material handling and engineering data management capabilities needed for the creation, safe operation and maintenance of large-scale process projects. SmartPlant Enterprise solutions help lower project costs, compress schedules and improve risk management. Intergraph says.FLSmidth General Manager Michael K. Nielsen said, “Together with strong design features such as clash detection and simulation of construction and erection, Intergraph’s solution can handle large design measures, which is crucial when working with cement plant scales. Intergraph’s commitment to continuously improve and develop its solutions has also been a determining factor. By choosing Intergraph as our supplier, we are confident that we will be working with the newest developments and technologies within the field”.Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine President, said, “FLSmidth’s selection of Intergraph, including SmartPlant 3D Materials Handling Edition, is indicative of the increased productivity and accelerated project execution our solutions bring to industry leaders. SmartPlant 3D Materials Handling Edition is a major breakthrough in the building materials and mining sectors”.last_img read more

first_imgAmbrian expects the Japanese tragedy to be short term negative for copper demand, medium term positive. While for steel it notes “input materials – short term negative demand, medium term positive for steel demand. Global copper mined production was 14.6 Mt in 2010, Japan imported 5.4 Mt of copper in concentrate for beneficiation in 2010.“We have a drop in demand as well as production. Demand will slow for sometime as the future is uncertain because of the power shortages. We have no idea how long this will last,” Akio Shibata, chief representative at Marubeni Research Institute (World’s second largest buyer of copper), said yesterday (Bloomberg, 14th March 2011)Companies from Sony Corp, Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co to beer maker Sapporo Holdings and refiner JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp shut facilities in northern Japan after the quake (Bloomberg, 14th March 2011)In steel, Ambrian notes “A lack of power and general damage to steel smelting facilities as well as disruptions to in-country supply routes should see production substantially lower in the short term. Japan produces roughly as much steel as the USA, but unlike the USA or China, all of its raw materials have to come from seaborne trade (the same is true for copper and aluminium). One would therefore expect that declines in iron ore and copper demand in Japan to have a leveraged effect on sea borne pricing for metals“So, whilst we think that steel production will suffer in the short term, the real impact will be on iron ore spot prices. We expect this impact will serve to catalyse a further decline in iron ore spot price now that China looks to have restocked steel inventories for the time being (hence no buying support from the latter).“Metals producers have also announced shutdowns. Pan Pacific Copper, the country’s biggest such smelter, halted operations at its Hitachi Works refinery with a capacity of 120,000 t in Ibaraki prefecture, and it was not clear when they would resume, Masatoshi Kawada, a spokesman at JX Nippon Mining & Metals, said yesterday. (Bloomberg, 14th March 2011)“Nippon Steel, the biggest producer, said some facilities at its Kamaishi plant are not operating. (Bloomberg, 14th March 2011).“last_img read more

first_imgCradle Resources has achieved another major milestone in its strategy to develop the worldclass Panda Hill niobium project in Tanzania, with key metallurgical tests returning outstanding results. The relatively limited sources of global supply – three producers account for 99% of world supply – and the metal’s key role in producing high-quality steel means that the niobium market has different dynamics to conventional steel and steel-feed industries.This project is reported in the current issue of International Mining Project News (IMPN – next issue April 29). New subscribers to IMPN are eligible to a 50% discount for one of Whittle Consulting’s Money Mining & Sustainability Seminars around the world, see Contact emma@im-mining.comBack at Panda Hill, these most recent tests demonstrate that its concentrate can be used to produce a high-quality ferro-niobium product, which is in turn sold directly to steel mills to produce high strength, low alloy steel products. Strong metallurgical results and first niobium production pave way for project funding. Highlights•          Laboratory-scale metallurgy tests show the Panda Hill concentrate will enable the production of high-quality ferro-niobium (FeNb) buttons•          First Panda Hill ferro-niobium has been produced, recording a niobium content of 69% – in line with steel industry specifications, with further production tests underway•          Niobium is one of the “new age” metals being sought to produce high-end steel products for construction, pipelines and car manufacturers•          The results confirm a readily marketable product and will facilitate off-take agreement discussions•          Release of a definitive feasibility study is imminent; Construction is scheduled to start later this year for first production in 201.These first FeNb production tests established that the buttons made from Panda Hill concentrate contained low levels of impurities, further underpinning the quality of product.Niobium is used to harden and strengthen steel and also to make it more corrosion-resistant. Construction is scheduled to start later this year with first production expected in 2018.The Panda Hill niobium project is located in the Mbeya region, near the borders with Zambia and Malawi, approximately 650 km west of the capital Dar es Salaam. The industrial city of Mbeya is situated only 35 km from the project area and will be a significant service and logistics centre for the project. Mbeya has a population of approximately 280,000 people, located on the main highway and railway to the capital Dar es Salaam.last_img read more

first_imgSepro Mineral Systems Corp has acquired Carminex Systems Inc.  Carminex was formed in 1993 when it acquired the assets of Piedmont Industries in Quebec. Piedmont Industries fabricated Hewitt Robins vibrating screens, grizzly feeders and jaw crushers for 25 years.Since then, Carminex has continued to provide parts, service and support to Hewitt Robins branded equipment and continues to manufacture the same screens, feeders and jaw crushers under the Carminex brand. The collective knowledge and experience acquired over the long history of the brand was the motivation for Sepro’s acquisition of Carminex.Sepro will continue to carry a large inventory of replacement will-fit parts for the Hewitt Robins brand screens, grizzly feeders, Rock Ram and Grizzly King jaw crushers including:•Incline Circular Throw, dry and wet screens up to 8’ x 20’ triple deck•Horizontal Overhead Drive with either electrical motor type vibrators or mechanical drive up to 8’ x 16’•Dewatering Screens with electrical motor type vibrators up to 8’ x 16’•Heavy Duty Vibrating Grizzly Feeders with single, double or sloped grizzly bar sections up to 60” x 25’•Rod Deck Scalping Screens with abrasion resistant finger decks up to 5’ x 10’•Blackhawk Cone Crusher•Primary Jaw crushers from 2248 to 4248last_img read more

← Previous Story WCh 2013 friendlies: Hungary tie with Poland – Danish win over Tunisia Next Story → Juan Carlos Pastor leaves BM Valladolid after serving 18 years as head coach After recently signing Gabor Csazsar, Fahrudin Melic and Igor Vori, PSG don’t stop with trying to hire new players for the next season. The newest star that is connected with joining the club from France’s capital is Daniel Narcisse. Narcisse still hasn’t accepted the new contract to stay more at THW Kiel, and is likely to opt-out for PSG, something we will find out very soon regarding “Air France”s future.source: Kielleparisiennarcisseparis sgPSGTHW Kiel read more

aek handballgreeceGreek handballhandball ← Previous Story NEW KIF KOPENHAGEN COACH: Aron Kristjansson with two roles Next Story → Women’s EHF Cup 1/4 Final: Russian-Danish war After the end of 12th week in A1 Andron Greek Championship, AEK is still located at the top. Greek champions has 23 points with 11 wins and 1 draw and it is the only team without lost. In the last game against Arhelaos Katerini AEK won 49-18, carry out a new record scoring. The big favorite AEK achieved the most goals in the history of team, after 266 official games since 2005, when established.After the end of 12th week in A1 Andron Greek Championship, AEK is still located at the top. Greek champions have 23 points- 11 wins and 1 draw and it is the only team without lost. AEK beat Arhelaos Katerini AEK 49-18 in the last match, carry out a new record scoring. The big favorite AEK achieved the most goals in the history of team, after 266 official games since 2005, when is established.The difference of 31 goals between two teams is the new record in Greek League. The 49 goals was the 2nd best record in history of Greek Championship, after 51 goals scored by PAOK in the game against Apollon Kalamaria in 2009.Diomidis Argos with 22 points (11 wins) is in the 2nd place.Challenge Cup Winners in 2012 is the only one team except AEK which can claim the titles of Greek handball in current season. Last but not least, the biggest surprise of the week was the win of Aeropos Edessa which beat 22-21 Doukas. The results of 12th week: AEK- Arhelaos Katerini 49-18 Anagennisi Vyronas- Diomidis Argos 22-29 Filippos Veria- Kilkis 22-21 Poseidon Loutraki- Foivos Sykies 26-19 YMCA Thessaloniki- PAOK 26-28 Doukas- Aeropos Edessa 20-21Standings (after 12 games)1. AEK 23 2. Diomidis Argos 22 3. Doukas 16 4. PAOK 16 5. Poseidon Loutraki 15 6. Kilkis 14 7. Aeropos Edessa 10 8. Foivos Sykies 7 9. Anagennisi Vyronas 7 10. Arhelaos Katerini 5 11. Filippos Veria 5 12. YMCA Thessaloniki 4Konstantinos Chatzidimitriou read more

Three matches until the end of the season VELUX EHF CL TOP scorers list looks like this:1.Vugrinec Renato (SLO) 88 HC Metalurg (MKD) 2.Ilic Momir (SRB) 83 MKB-MVM Veszprém (HUN)3. Marguc Gasper (SLO) 79 Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)4.Gensheimer Uwe (GER) 75 Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)Vujin Marko (SRB) 75 THW Kiel (GER)6. Skube Stas (SLO) 72 RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)7.Dibirov Timur (RUS) 69 HC Vardar – Skopje (MKD)Lazarov Kiril (MKD) 69 FC Barcelona (ESP)Nenadic Petar (SRB) 69 Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)10.Karacic Igor (CRO) 67 HC Vardar – Skopje (MKD)Persson Magnus (SWE) 67 HK DROTT Halmstad (SWE) Handball TOP scorersMomir IlicRenato Vugrinec ← Previous Story Cristian Ugalde in Veszprem until 2018! Next Story → END OF CAREER FOR IKER ROMERO: 18 years like 18 months! read more

Dobrivoje MarkovicEHF Champions Leagueppd zagrebRhein Neckar Lowen PPD Zagreb made a sensation in Mannheim by eliminating Rhein Neckar Lowen 30:28 (first match 23:24) from the VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016.Take a look on the decisive goal scored by left wing Dobrivoje Marković and reaction of Croatian TV commentator.EHF CL quarter-finals:THW Kiel – FC BarcelonaHC Vardar Skopje – MVM VeszpremRK Zagreb – Paris St. GermainFlensburg – KS Kielce ← Previous Story SENSATION IN MANNHEIM: PPD Zagreb at EHF CL TOP 8! Next Story → Baltic Handball League F4 in Estonian Polva on April 16/17 read more

The Hungarian vice-champions MOL Pick Szeged will play in their third EHF Champions League quarter-final. As all prognosis were saying, Hungarians had no problem to outplay Danish Bjerringbro Silkeborg 33:24 at TOP 16 phase of the European elite competition.Next rival – Paris Saint Germain.MOL-Pick Szeged – Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 33-24 (14-16)MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra – Sostaric, Balogh 4/1, St. Skube 7, Gaber 2, Gorbok 7, Källman 7. Csere: Nagy M. (kapus), Petrus, Blazevic, Zubai, Bánhidi 1, Obranovic, Buntic 2, Pedro 3. Silkeborg: Rasmussen – Kier 2, R. Jensen, Knudsen 4, Thomsen 1, Hundstrup 2, Seb. Skube 6. Csere: Markussen 5, E. Nielsen 1, Lassen, Öris 3.PICK Szeged won 26:24 in first away match in Silkeborg. ← Previous Story EHF CL WINNER IS OUT: Montpellier conquer Kielce! Next Story → SG Flensburg outplay Meshkov Brest after dramatic finish read more

first_imgTHE SIMON COMMUNITY says it recorded an 88 per cent increase in the number of people bedding down in Dublin’s inner city area between July and September this year, compared the the same period in 2012.There was also a 66 per cent increase in numbers sleeping rough in the area between Jervis Street, Amien Street and Harcourt Street in the first six months of 2013, compared to last year.Dublin Simon Community CEO Sam McGuinness has described the increase as “frightening”, and said the organisation was “really concerned at these trends across this narrow catchment area”. The early morning street counts carried out by the charity take place twice a week at 6am.85 people were found to be sleeping rough in the inner city on one night earlier this month — the highest figure since the charity began keeping a record of the numbers.The homeless organisation warned that the Government’s plan to end long term homelessness by 2016 was “in serious jeopardy” as it launched its annual review this morning.McGuinness said that services in the area were being stretched more than ever at a time when demand was at crisis level.“The homeless sector has already absorbed massive reductions and we are expecting further cuts,” McGuinness said.“This will mean that since 2008, we have experienced severe decreases, making it extremely challenging to tackle the alarming rise in demand for housing and support services for the most vulnerable in our society.”Read: Co Down woman may have taken part in Nairobi attack >last_img read more

first_imgBitcoin news of the weekRichard Branson has decided that you can now use Bitcoins to buy a Virgin Galactic ticket. One future astronaut, a female flight attendant from Hawaii, already has. WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Gaming launch of the weekThe Xbox One hit the shelves this week and with the Playstation 4 due out next week, the topic of the week was the ‘battle of the consoles’. So which one comes out on top?Sexist app of the weekWe’ve had a couple of sexist apps in the Weird Wide Web but this one’s a little different because it objectifies men. Women using Lulu have the option to rate men in their lives, be it an ex, a co-worker you have a crush on or just a friend, with tongue-in-cheek hashtags like #BigFeet, #PornEducation and #ObsessedWithHisMom. [New York Times] Needless to say, it hasn’t gone down well. (Image: Virgin)Talking bilboards of the weekBritish Airways have installed new digital billboards that point to and talk about the planes flying over them.(Video: British Airways/YouTube)last_img read more

first_imgA 74-YEAR-OLD woman was killed on a Longford road last night.She was fatally injured when a vehicle hit her has she crossed the road at Lisnagrish in Edgeworthstown.The incident occurred at about 7.45pm. Her body was removed to Longford/Westmeath General Hospital and  post mortem is due thi morning.The road has been reopened following forensic examinations.Gardaí investigating would like to make an appeal for information and ask anyone who may know something, to call on 1800 666 111.Read: Slavery suspects linked to 13 properties across LondonMore: Gardaí seized alcohol in public places 354 times last yearlast_img read more

first_imgENDA KENNY HEADS to Japan tomorrow for a five day trip, aimed at building closer trade and economic ties with the world’s fourth-largest economy. It’s the first such visit by a Taoiseach since one by Brian Cowen in 2009.The Taoiseach will hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzō Abe with a view to agreeing areas for future co-operation. The Japanese premier extended the invitation for the visit during a trip to Ireland in June of this year.According to the Department of the Taoiseach, Kenny will also meet with Japanese and Irish companies working in Research & Development and in the services sector at an event aimed at increasing “collaborative research projects for the mutual benefit of both countries”.The Taoiseach will also highlight new technologies being developed by Irish companies in a speech at a symposium on Green Energy, co-organised with the Japan External Trade Organisation.“I am delighted to have this opportunity to visit Japan as part of our ongoing strategy to strengthen Ireland’s international reputation and convey to a wider audience the extent of Ireland’s progress toward economic recovery,” Kenny said.He’ll be accompanied by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, while a large number of company representatives from the ICT, financial services and agri-food sectors will also fly out.The Taoiseach will spend two days in Tokyo before travelling to Nagoya and Osaka for further meetings with Irish and Japanese business leaders.Read: €53 million worth of cocaine washes up on a beach in JapanRead: Hello, world: New island off Japan coast after volcano eruptionlast_img read more

first_imgEASYJET GOES TO court in France this week to fight two separate legal challenges by disabled passengers who it refused to fly, in the latest accusations of discrimination against the budget airline.The British company is being challenged over its refusal to allow two female wheelchair-users – one of whom was travelling to her son’s funeral in Portugal – to fly unaccompanied.The airline has argued that it acted for safety reasons, and in compliance with British and European laws.AppealThe first case, to be heard tomorrow in the Paris appeals court, dates back to March 2010 when Marie-Patricia Hoarau boarded an EasyJet plane from Paris to the French Riviera city of Nice.Hoarau, who has been in a wheelchair for decades following a mountain bike accident, had travelled from Nice to the French capital the previous day without any problems.But this time round, cabin crew asked her whether she could get to an emergency exit on her own. When she said no, they told her she had to be accompanied by someone.A pilot travelling on the same flight agreed to step in and sit next to the 39-year-old, but the airline’s management said this was not adequate and ordered the captain to disembark Hoarau.Hoarau later took another flight, saying she was “humiliated and rejected”, but she decided to take EasyJet and the captain to court after contacting France’s disabled association APF.In May 2012, a French court let the captain off but fined the airline €5,000, and ordered it to give Hoarau an additional 5,000 euros in damages.The British company appealed the verdict, saying it was in compliance with British law when it refused to let her board for security reasons.Allegations of discriminationThe second case, to be heard on Thursday in the Paris suburb of Bobigny, involves another wheelchair user who was refused onto a flight from Paris because she was travelling alone.She was forced to buy a last-minute return ticket with another company to get to her son’s funeral in Portugal.This is not the first time that EasyJet has been taken to court over allegations of discrimination.In January last year, a French court fined the airline €70,000 for refusing to allow three wheelchair users to board its planes between November 2008 and January 2009, in what a lawyer for the plaintiffs said was a “landmark ruling”.- © AFP 2013.Read: Ryanair to appeal ruling that calendar ads were “discriminatory”>last_img read more

first_imgTHE MOST COMMON objection to the changing of prison rules to allow inmates to share cells concerned homosexuality.According to a memo in the Taoiseach’s department, released under the 30 Year Rule, there were “obvious objections to having two prisoners in one cell – the most common objection being that it facilitates homosexuality”.In May 1983, Minister for Justice Michael Noonan sought the government’s approval for Prison Rules which would allow the governor of a prison give an order to house two prisoners in one cell if accommodation was insufficient.The change was requested following a court case in Cork where a prisoner objected to being held in a cell with another man. The practice of doubling-up had to be abandoned or the existing rule changed, Noonan told the Taoiseach’s department.The prisoner lost his case on a technicality – he sought the wrong remedy – but the State conceded that he “might have won…if he had sought the proper remedy”.Noonan intended to allow doubling up of inmates in St Patrick’s Institution and Loughan House.A second memo detailed the “serious problems” within Irish prisons in the early 1980s which included increasing numbers and the “ever escalating costs” of running the facilities.The practice of doubling up continues in Irish State prisons.Figures released by Alan Shatter this month confirmed that 1,799 prisoners were accommodated in single cells, while 1,756 sleep in double cells. Meanwhile, 399 inmates share cells with two other people, while at least 120 men are kept in cells with four or more prisoners.For further study, please see National Archives 2013/100/284 For more from’s State Paper coverage, follow this link>Former Mountjoy governor: Dole cuts likely to push young people into criminalityOvercrowding at Dóchas women’s prison has led to “tension throughout” the centrelast_img read more