Agriculture Ministry Looking to Increase Penalties for Praedial Larceny

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is seeking to increase penalties for praedial larceny and also provide a strong deterrent against the scourge.This was disclosed by portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, during Tuesday’s (November 4) sitting of the House of Representatives.He was responding to questions posed by Opposition Spokesperson on Agriculture, J.C. Hutchinson, on what measures are being implemented to curb praedial larceny.Mr. Kellier noted that plans are in place to make praedial larceny a felony under the Agricultural Produce Act (APA) and the Praedial Larceny Prevention Act.“The penalties, which are issued for praedial larceny, are drawn from several pieces of legislation, as the Agriculture Produce Act and Praedial Larceny Prevention Act do not outline penalties for theft,” he pointed out.He noted that Resident Magistrates are therefore forced to pull on several pieces of legislation, including the Unlawful Possession of Property Act, to apply punitive measures against perpetrators.Mr. Kellier said there is also a need to redefine praedial larceny to include livestock, fisheries, lumber and other classes of agricultural produce.“It is acknowledged that any successful onslaught against praedial larceny must be underpinned by a traceability system along the entire value chain. Central to this should be a legislative framework that registers all the players and handlers of agricultural produce, and goods along the entire chain,” he argued.He noted that while the APA makes provisions for registration and licencing of all handlers of agricultural produce, the provisions contained are extremely cumbersome. It is therefore proposed to amend the APA to simplify the procedures for registration.Mr. Kellier informed that a Cabinet submission is being prepared to seek approval for drafting instructions for the legislative measures. The submission should be considered by Cabinet next month. RelatedSmall Cottage Processors Receive Training RelatedCane Farmers Urged to Increase Production Advertisements Agriculture Ministry Looking to Increase Penalties for Praedial Larceny AgricultureNovember 6, 2014Written by: Latonya Lintoncenter_img RelatedGovernment to Adopt Technology Used By Red Stripe in Cassava Production Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is seeking to increase penalties for praedial larceny and also provide a strong deterrent against the scourge.This was disclosed by portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, during Tuesday’s (November 4) sitting of the House of Representatives.Plans are in place to make praedial larceny a felony under the Agricultural Produce Act (APA) and the Praedial Larceny Prevention Act. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

British Ambassador promotes continued to focus on the ‘opportunity agenda’ post Brexit

first_img British Ambassador promotes continued to focus on the ‘opportunity agenda’ post Brexit WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – March 2, 2017 Facebook In his address at a Business Networking Event in the Co-Lab in Letterkenny the British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett urged the North West region to continue to focus on the ‘opportunity agenda’.At this event, which was hosted by LYIT, Donegal County Council and Údarás na nGaeltachta the Ambassador heard first hand from the Chief Executives of both Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council and from business representatives attending the event.Seamus Neely and John Kelpie in their joint presentation outlined for the Ambassador the work that is being done to drive forward the strategic priorities for the North West region.  They presented findings from the study commissioned by both Councils on the initial analysis of the challenges and opportunities of Brexit for the region and referred to the recently established North West Strategic Growth Partnership which has been strongly endorsed by both Governments.They acknowledged that while the UK’s exit from the EU has the potential to impact significantly on life in Donegal and the North West region, the real driver for change is the collective vision for the North West region as a centre for growth and prosperity and the need for targeted investment in key strategic priorities to realise this vision.“We believe that we are in a strong place to respond in a positive way to the challenges of Brexit and by working together we believe that we can build practical responses that will allow us to continue to drive forward economic, environmental and social regeneration for the entire region” said Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council.John Kelpie, Chief Executive with Derry City & Strabane District Council agreed saying “the new North West Partnership structures present a wonderful forum for both governments to harness the opportunities and potential that exists in this region.  Brexit is a risk on our risk register and it is important for us to get to grips with it, to understand it’s implications but it does not dominate our conversation, our vision for our region dominates our conversation”.In his response, Ambassador Barnett encouraged those present to continue with this partnership approach and said that the UK are absolutely committed to finding practical solutions to the challenges being faced.  He urged the region to focus on the ‘opportunity agenda’ and admitted that while all the answers are not available yet, he and his embassy are committed to working through practical, innovative and creative responses.The event concluded with a roundtable discussion with the various business representatives followed by a tour of the Co-Lab.Ambassador Barnett is continuing the second day of his visit today with a visit to Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair where he will meet representatives from Údarás na nGaeltachta as well as a number of British based companies operating in the area.His visit to Donegal will conclude this evening with a visit to Dobhair Community School where he will be greeted by School Principal Ms. Áine Ní Chuireáin. Twitter 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Google+ Facebook Previous articleFine Gael stands firm against scrapping water charges entirelyNext articleCourt finds Ireland was breaking EU law on Vehicle Registration Tax News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterfordcenter_img Google+ Twitter Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady last_img read more

NWS: Today’s High Near 40; Tonight’s Low Around 20

first_imgThe National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 40 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 20. Courtesy/NWSlast_img

Capital projects and contracts – May 30th 2014

first_imgOver the last seven days we have seen the Government of Guinea and a consortium led by Rio Tinto team-up to develop Africa’s largest-ever combined iron ore and infrastructure project, a venture that has the potential to double the country’s GDP. Elsewhere, General Electric has extend the closing of its proposed USD17 billion takeover of Alstom until the end of June, BP and Rosneft have joined forces to develop energy resources in the Domaik region of Russia, and Alstom has been tasked with the modernisation of two hydropower plants in Switzerland.The Government of Guinea and its partners, Rio Tinto, Chinalco and the IFC, signed an investment framework for blocks 3 and 4 of the Simandou project, which will be the largest combined iron ore and infrastructure project ever developed in Africa.The signing marks a significant milestone and provides the legal and commercial foundation for the project, said project leader Rio Tinto.The parties are working together to assemble a consortium of investors who will finance, build and own the multi-user 650km railway and deep-water port infrastructure.When fully operational, the project has the potential to double the country’s current GDP, said Rio Tinto. The project will create significant employment and, at full capacity, will stimulate an estimated 45,000 jobs throughout the economy. New and upgraded roads and the development of fibre and wireless communications will underpin indirect economic development for communities along the infrastructure route, explained Rio Tinto.http://www.riotinto.com/media/media-releases-237_10508.aspxIn West Africa, nuclear energy provider Areva has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the state of Niger to extend the uranium mining contracts held by the companies SOMAÏR and COMINAK.Under the agreement AREVA will provide its financial support for local development and infrastructure projects including: funding for the Tahoua-Arlit route amounting to EUR90 million (USD122.5 million); the construction of a EUR10 million (USD13.62 million) building house the mining companies, and implement measures to accelerate the development of the Irhazer valley worth EUR17 million (USD23.15 million).http://www.areva.com/scripts/news/publigen/content/templates/Show.asp?P=10219&L=ENAlstom has been awarded two contracts worth a total of over EUR9 million (USD12.26 million) for the modernisation of two hydropower plants in the Canton Glarus and the Canton Valais. The upgrades will take place in 2015 and 2016.http://www.alstom.com/en/press-centre/2014/5/alstom-to-modernize-two-hydro-power-plants-in-switzerland/A consortium led by has won a EUR255 million (USD306.3 million) contract to build a new 4.2 k m section of the D3 motorway in Slovakia.http://www.vinci.com/vinci.nsf/en/press-releases/pages/20140527-1745.htmNordex will install 19 of its new N100/3300 Generation Delta turbines at the Delfzijl-Noord wind farm in the Netherlands. With a total output of 62.7 MW, the wind farm will be built 1.5 km from the town Delfzijl in the northeast of the Netherlands. It is scheduled to come online in the first quarter of 2015.http://www.nordex-online.com/index.php?id=53&L=2&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=2510&tx_ttnews[backPid]=45&cHash=b802fabde2In the UK, National Grid Gas has notified the Planning Inspectorate of an intended application for the River Humber Pipeline Replacement Project.If approved, the project will see the replacement of a 42 ft (12.8 m) natural gas transmission pipeline, housed within a tunnel beneath the Humber Estuary commencing approximately 3.2 km north east of Goxhill, North Lincolnshire, terminating approximately 1.6 km south east of Paull, East Riding of Yorkshire.http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/river-humber-pipeline-replacement-project/Balfour Beatty has been contracted to deliver up to GBP180 million (USD301 million) of infrastructure works for Heathrow Airport Limited. Over the next three years the company will work together with Heathrow to maintain and upgrade Terminals 1, 2 and 4.http://hsprod.investis.com/servlet/HsPublic?context=ir.access&ir_option=RNS_NEWS&ir_client_id=83&item=1774850137915392Balfour Beatty has also been awarded a USD131 million contract by the City of Charlotte, North Carolina to build the track and systems components for the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) LYNX Blue Line Extension. This is in addition to the USD106 million civil contract won in February for the Blue Line Capacity Expansion Project.Aker Solutions has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering, modifications and maintenance services for BP-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway.The contract will run for two years and is valued at maximum NOK1.8 billion (USD302 million), with options to extend the work by as many as four years.http://www.akersolutions.com/en/Global-menu/Media/Press-Releases/All/2014/Aker-Solutions-Wins-Framework-Contract-From-BP-in-Norway/KBR Inc has been awarded a contract by Maersk Oil for topsides front end engineering and design (FEED) for the Culzean Project in the North Sea.http://www.kbr.com/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2014/05/28/KBR-wins-Maersk-Oil-FEED-Contract-for-the-Culzean-Field-Development-Topsides/USA based AM Agrigen has chosen a site in St Charles Parish, Louisiana, to develop a USD1.2 billion fertiliser plant. Feasibility studies are underway and a final investment decision is expected in the first quarter of 2015, reports TheAdvocate.com.http://theadvocate.com/home/9218193-125/12-billion-fertilizer-plant-proposedHatch has been chosen by Solel Boneh Guatemala (SBG) as the design-build contractor for the 25.5 MW Oxec hydroelectric project in Guatemala. Hatch will develop the detailed design (FEL4) of the civil works and provide construction support for the project.http://www.hatch.ca/News_Publications/News/2014/Hatch-to-undertake-design-build-Oxec-hydroelectric-project.htmRosneft and BP Exploration Operating Company Limited have signed a Heads of Agreement on Domanik formations.The agreement provides for the implementation of a joint pilot project by Rosneft and BP relating to the Domanik formations and, in the event of success, the possible development of unconventional Domanik resources in the Volga-Urals region. The joint venture company (Rosneft 51 percent, BP 49 percent) will be incorporated in Russia.http://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/press/press-releases/rosneft-bp-sign-agreement-development-domanik-formations.htmlA Foster Wheeler AG subsidiary has been won a contract from Marubeni Corporation for the engineering and material supply of a new Terrace Wall steam reformer heater, including an air preheating system, for the KazMunayGaz oil refinery located at Atyrau, Republic of Kazakhstan.http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=80422&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=1934897Technip has been awarded an engineering, procurement and technical assistance contract by Fengzhen Wanjie Gas Co. Ltd. for an LNG plant in Fengzhen City, Inner Mongolia Province, China. Technip’s operating centers in Shanghai, China, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will execute the contract with plant start-up scheduled for the second half of 2016.http://www.technip.com/en/press/technip-awarded-new-lng-plant-contract-china-building-its-strong-expertise-natural-gas-liquefaHydroworld.com has reported that the Myanmar Minister of Electric Power has granted approval to local company, Asia World, and China’s Hanergy Group Holding to develop a 1,400 MW hydropower plant along the Thanlwin River.The Upper Thanlwin hydroelectric project would allow the companies to operate the plant for up to 40 years on a build-operate-transfer basis, with 90 percent of its output being sold to China.http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/2014/05/myanmar-approves-thanlwin-river-hydropower-project.htmlDucab Aluminium will set up a USD60 million manufacturing plant in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, reports TradeArabia.com. The plant will come online in 2015.http://www.tradearabia.com/news/IND_259023.htmlAfter the latest round of negotiations General Electric (GE) has agreed to extend the closing of its proposed USD17 billion takeover of Alstom from June 2 to June 23.Furthermore, in a radio interview GE’s local chief Clara Gaymard has pledged to keep the Alstom’s nuclear operations based in France.http://www.genewscenter.com/Press-Releases/Statement-From-GE-On-Alstom-Proposal-472c.aspxAREVA, SMART ENERGIES through its subsidiary CETH2, and the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) have together launched the AREVA H2-Gen joint venture, which aims to manufacture Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers. This technology shall enable hydrogen to be produced from water and electricity.http://www.areva.com/scripts/news/publigen/content/templates/Show.asp?P=10217&L=ENHouston headquartered Flint Hills Resources LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire PetroLogistics and its general partner PetroLogistics GP LLC for USD2.1 billion.PetroLogistics is a major producer of propylene with operations in the vicinity of the Houston Ship Channel. The company owns and operates the only propane dehydrogenation facility in the US, and its plant is among the largest of its kind in the world.http://www.fhr.com/newsroom/news_detail.aspx?id=340A non-binding MOU for the USD2.5 billion sale of interest in the Leviathan licenses offshore Israel between Noble Energy Inc. and Woodside Petroleum has been terminated, reports Oil&Gas Journal.http://www.ogj.com/articles/print/volume-112/issue-5c/general-interest/noble-woodside-terminate-2-5-billion-mou-for-leviathan.htmllast_img read more

More fight needed from middle order, laments Reifer

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer has urged the middle order to take more responsibility following yet another batting collapse which led to the home side’s 59-run defeat to India in the second One-Day International here Sunday. The Windies were 148 for three in the 28th over in pursuit of a revised target of 270 off 46 overs but lost their last seven wickets for 62 runs to be dismissed for 210 off 42 overs on a good surface at Queen’s Park Oval.Opener Evin Lewis top-scored with 65 while Nicholas Pooran, batting at number five, got 42 but no other batsman passed 20.Interim West Indies head coach, Floyd Reifer.“We’ve got to continue to learn from this experience. The guys in the middle order have to show a bit more fight and a bit more grit, more determination to build those long partnerships,” Reifer said. “Again, we were in front of the game [but] we just find a way to give away our wickets. It’s just a matter for us now to learn from our mistakes … and try to dig deeper and work out a way out we’re going to handle the stressful positions that we put ourselves in.”A pleasing aspect of the batting was the return to form of Lewis, who has struggled of recent. He struck an unbeaten 40 in the rain-abandoned first ODI in Guyana and again looked in good touch with his sixth one-day half-century.Reifer said behind the scenes the Trinidadian had been working hard to turn around his form. “He has been doing a lot of work in the nets. In the last couple of days we’ve worked on his head position, trying to get his head behind the line of the ball [and] hitting the ball more in the ‘V’ instead of falling over the wicket,” Reifer explained.“That’s something he was [aware] of and he worked on it for the last couple of days and you can see the results. He’s getting consistent with the bat and let’s hope he can go on and make a big hundred for us the next game.”West Indies would have been satisfied at the halfway stage of the contest after limiting the powerful India batting lineup to 279 for seven off their 50 overs. Capain Virat Kohli stroked 120 – his 42nd ODI hundred – while Shreyas Iyer struck 71, the pair posting 125 for the fourth wicket which proved the bedrock of the innings.Once they were separated, however, West Indies pegged back the Indians, with seamer Carlos Brathwaite leading the attack with three for 53.“I thought the bowlers bowled very well to restrict India … I thought it was a very good effort from the bowlers,” Reifer said. “Guys bowled lines and lengths, with variations of pace. I thought Carlos Brathwaite bowled really well, Roston Chase had a very good spell [and] all the other bowlers chipped in. [Sheldon] Cottrell again [was] a champion so I thought the bowling unit did well.“I thought the fielding was up to par as well. We can improve some more on the fielding but it’s an improvement and we’re doing better in that area. So I thought the bowlers bowled very well to keep India under 300.”West Indies take on India in the final ODI here tomorrow.last_img read more

Grand Junction mental hospital gets $2.5 million donation

first_imgGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. | St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction has donated $2.5 million toward the expansion of a psychiatric hospital in the city.The Daily Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/2aYOzWd ) that St. Mary’s President Brian Davidson announced the contribution to West Springs Hospital Monday, saying St. Mary’s often serves as a holding area for people who would be better served at West Springs.West Springs deals exclusively with mental illness but only has 32 beds. Mind Springs Health President Sharon Raggio, whose organization oversees the facility, says on any day eight to 12 people are treated at other hospitals or held in jails when they would be better served at West Springs.West Springs is currently working to raise $34 million to increase the number of beds at the facility to 64.___Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.comlast_img read more