Donegal dumper Jim Ferry is jailed

first_imgDonegal waste collector Jim Ferry has been jailed for contempt of court.The businessman was sentenced to nine weeks’ imprisonment following an appearance in the High Court on Wednesday. The Irish Times reports that Mr Ferry was jailed for failing to comply with court orders granted to Donegal County Council in their case against him over illegal dumping.Mr Ferry, of Ferry’s Refuse Collection Limited and Ferry’s Refuse Recycling, has admitted to dumping tens of thousands of tons of waste at Rossbracken outside Letterkenny.  Donegal County Council is seeking to recover a multi-million euro figure from Mr Ferry to clear up the illegal waste from the site. Mr Ferry has previously told the High Court he is broke and unemployed.Donegal County Council has employed a forensic accountant to analyse where the money from Mr Ferry’s businesses has gone, but he has failed to comply with the investigation.Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/businessman-jailed-for-nine-weeks-for-illegal-dumping-in-donegal-1.3938502Donegal dumper Jim Ferry is jailed was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jim ferrylast_img read more

Cllr Martin Harley to stand in next General Election

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Martin Harley is expected to announce that he is to contest the forthcoming general election.The Ballybofey politician and businessman is due to be added to the Fine Gael party ticket in Donegal later today.Cllr Harley topped the polls in the Finn Valley after May’s local elections, following ten years on the council representing the Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District. The Frosses native served as Leas Ceann Comhairle of the county council in the last term. Ireland is expected to go to the polls in May 2020 after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ruled out any possibility of a pre-Christmas general election.In 2018, Donegal Daily first reported on speculation that Cllr Harley would run for the second seat for the party alongside Education Minister Joe McHugh.Speaking about his decision to throw his hat into the ring in 2020, Cllr Harley said that the time is right:“Since the election in May I have come under pressure locally, on a county-wide basis and from party officials national to consider running alongside the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in the next general election. “I have been giving the matter serious consideration and following discussions with my family, my supporters, the party locally and more broadly, I think the time is right for a challenge like this.”Cllr Martin HarleyCllr Harley said that he plans to focus on local and county-wide issues if elected as a TD.“There are plenty of issues I feel I could work on if I was elected a TD including flood relief works for the Finn Valley, Donegal Town and all through county that need addressed immediately; the need to develop a town park for Ballybofey and Stranorlar; the need to keep our community hospitals including St Josephs, Lifford and Ramelton so that their future is secured and funding provided in each budget to staff the facilities.“I would also keep pressure on the government and the judicial system tackle insurance fraud and corruption that is closing businesses every day. The claims culture in Ireland and excessive payouts that are five times higher than other countries in Europe and that is wrong,” he said.The development of the Twin Towns bypass, the Stranorlar treatment plan and greenway projects are among his other priorities he said, as he vows to represent the entire county of Donegal if he is successful in becoming a candidate: “If I enter the race I will be fighting for centre, west, south and south-west Donegal if the constituency is carved up on a geographical basis but you can take it I will also be fighting for all of Donegal and making sure we get our fair share now and into the future,” Cllr Harley concluded.Cllr Martin Harley to stand in next General Election was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Fine GaelGeneral ElectionMartin Harleylast_img read more

Absa, E Cape govt partner on housing

first_img28 September 2010The Eastern Cape government has entered into a partnership with Absa to improve access to affordable housing in the province, particularly targeting middle-income earners who do not qualify for low-cost housing but cannot afford expensive bonds either.Eastern Cape Human Settlements MEC Nombulelo Mabandla and Absa Development Company (Absa DevCo) signed the co-operation partnership agreement on Monday.The projected housing units will be available for lease or purchase, targeting families with a combined monthly income of not more than R15 498, as well as those who have no income.Identifying projects, developing proposalsAs part of the agreement, Absa will identify projects and develop proposals for the department’s approval.The housing will be built throughout the province, particularly in rural areas, in a mixed mode of rental and home ownership, with the aim of integrating communities into sustainable human settlements, the department said.The agreement is expected to be of particular benefit to middle-income earners who do not qualify for low-cost housing but cannot afford expensive bonds either.“We want to maximise the impact of private and public sector resources to accelerate the delivery of tenure, with good quality services and housing, on well located land with convenient access to transport options, jobs and other economic opportunities,” Mabandla said.Thornhill housing projectThe provincial government already has a successful partnership with Absa DevCo at the Thornhill housing project outside Port Alfred, where the bank has been appointed as the implementing agent to build 5 000 homes.Mabandla said the government needed the participation of the private sector to provide decent, affordable housing in the country, adding that the department was looking forward to working with other financial institutions on similar projects.“The provision of decent homes must not only be responsibility of government alone,” she said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohioans leading soybean industry at the national level

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmer leaders of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) are leading the way for all U.S. soybean farmers as they take on executive committee positions with the American Soybean Association, National Biodiesel Board, Soy Aquaculture Alliance and United Soybean Board.Bill Bayliss, OSC board member from Logan County, was recently elected chairman of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA). SAA works to promote research and marketing efforts that will help grow the aquaculture industry in the U.S. Bill previously served as vice chairman of SAA.Amy Sigg Davis, OSC and OSA board member from Warren County, was elected to her first term on the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) governing board. She will serve with seven other board members to help lead NBB’s efforts to grow the biodiesel industry through education, communication and policy efforts.

Bret Davis, OSC and OSA board member from Delaware County, was elected to his second term on the American’s Soybean Association’s (ASA) at-large governing board. ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on policy and regulatory issues thanks to support from farmer members.John Motter, OSC board member from Hancock County, was recently elected as Vice Chair of the United Soybean Board (USB), which manages national soybean checkoff dollars. USB will soon implement a new long-range strategic plan that will emphasize soybean innovation among other priorities.last_img read more

2019 Dairy Margin Coverage Program signup coming soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dianne Shoemaker, Ohio State University Extension Field SpecialistThe Farm Service Agency plans to open the sign-up period on June 17 for the newly renovated Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program, re-named and re-configured in the 2018 Farm Bill. The changes you will see in the DMC Program attempt to fix some of the problems that rendered the Dairy Margin Protection Program largely ineffective until initial adjustments were implemented early in 2018.Two of the biggest changes that will positively impact farms of all sizes include 1) adding 3 new margins ($8.50, $9.00 and $9.50) at reasonable premiums, and 2) allowing farms with base production of more than 5 million pounds to make a second margin election for pounds over the first 5 million.There are also opportunities to recover program participation net losses from 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017. Repayment can be received either as cash (50% of the net loss), or by applying it to premiums for participation in the new program (75% of the net loss). What does this mean? If a farm purchased $6.50 margin coverage in 2016, paid a premium of $3,500 and received a total indemnity payment of $500, they had a $3,000 net loss. The farm can now choose to receive half the difference, or $1,500 as a cash payment. The other option is to receive $2,250, or 75% of the amount, as a credit toward premiums for Dairy Margin Coverage Program participation. If you participated in any or all of those years, you will receive notification from your Farm Services Agency office with your amounts and options.So why should you step up to the plate? Just like 2018, when sign-ups were re-opened for the updated program, sign-ups for 2019 will open well after January, but participation will be retroactive to Jan. 1. When the sign-up period opens on June 17, we will know exactly what the margins will be for January ($7.99), February ($8.22), March ($8.85), and April. Signups will end September 20, so you could wait and know what the actual margins are through at least July. As USDA announces new monthly margins, you can find them posted at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/Dairy-MPP/indexFor farms with up to 5 million pounds of base production, indemnity payments for January through March more than cover the premiums at the highest ($9.50) margin.Example:Base milk: 5,000,000 pounds (about 200 cows)Farm elects to cover 95% of their base, 4,750,000 pounds, or 47,500 cwt.Coverage level selected: $9.50 margin costing 15¢ per cwtThe program assumes that production is equal across months, or 47,500/12 = 3,958 cwt per month.Because we know the January, February, and March margins, we can calculate the current indemnity payments. These payments are made on the difference between the purchased margin coverage level ($9.50 in this example) and the announced margin, times the monthly cwts covered:Jan $1.51 x 3,958 cwt = $5,977Feb $1.28 x 3,958 cwt = $5,066March $0.65 x 3,958 cwt = $2,573Total payments = $13,616Less6.2% Sequestration = $ 844Administration fee = $ 100Premium = $ 7,125Difference = $ 5,547 paid to the farmSince the signup is retroactive to January 1, we know that not only will the known indemnity payments cover all program costs; we also know there will be net positive dollars to help pay a few bills.How many total net dollars for 2019 is unclear and changing. Recently, projections indicated that there would be announced margins less than $9.50 well into the summer. If recent milk market rallies hold and show up in milk checks, then there could few or no further indemnity payments. We all hope that that will be the case. Second election for base pounds over 5 millionA major change that impacts farms with more than 200 cows, is the opportunity to make a margin selection for the first 5 million pounds of base milk, and a different margin selection for any base pounds over 5 million pounds. The Tier 2 premiums for the > 5 million pounds are substantially higher than premiums for the first 5 million pounds. To be allowed to make a second selection, the farm must purchase coverage at $8.50, $9.00, or $9.50 for the first 5 million base pounds (Tier 1 milk and premiums).Tier 2 premiums are the same as Tier 1 premiums for $4.00, $4.50, and $5.00 margins. The premium for the $5.50 Tier 2 margin costs more than three times as much as the corresponding Tier 1 premium, with premiums increasing exponentially until they reach $1.813 for the $8.00 margin. The higher coverage levels quickly become cost prohibitive and are unlikely to make sense for most farms.However, with the new 2-election option, farms with base production of more than five million pounds should seriously consider maximizing coverage in Tier 1 and electing the $4.00, $4.50, or $5.00 margin coverage on their Tier 2 base pounds for 2019. Long-term commitment = 25% off premiumsAnother option for farmers to consider as they sign up this year is the 25% premium discount option. There is a large string attached to the 25% discount, as you have to commit to your election for 5 years. Decision toolHow to make a decision? Particularly if you are considering the five-year commitment, use the decision tool developed by Mark Stephenson and crew at the University of Wisconsin. The new DMC Decision Tool, which incorporates the changes legislated in the 2018 Farm Bill is now up and running at https://dairymarkets.org. This is a very handy tool that allows farmers to enter their historic production (still starts with the highest of 2011, 2012, or 2013 production — verify your current production history with your FSA office) and explore the cost and potential returns of different coverage percentages and levels. It will lay out your costs for 2019 participation, expected payment, and also lay out the premium with the 25% discount and total 5-year cost if you want to consider that option.There is also a button to plug in your MPP Premium Repayment amount supplied to you by your FSA office. It will tell you how much you could receive as a cash payment and how much of your current selection’s premium would be covered if you chose that option. The decision tool’s milk and feed price data is updated nearly daily, so you may receive different “expected payment” results depending on what the markets are doing.OSU Extension and FSA offices will be working together and offering educational programs before and early in the sign-up period to review the changes and options for farmers. Look at the options for your farm.last_img read more

After Priyanka, Scindia meets U.P. Cong. leaders

first_imgFollowing his party’s worst-ever drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradeh, Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday met the party’s State leaders to assess what went wrong in the elections.Mr. Scindia, who was made in-charge of western U.P. and given the responsibility of 38 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the State, failed to ensure a single victory. A Congress leader who attended the meeting said he spoke to the district and city unit chiefs of the organisation to find out the possible causes behind the rout. Two days ago, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, entrusted with the task of managing polls in the remaining 42 seats in the eastern U.P., carried out a similar exercise in Raebareli, which was the only seat won by the party this time from the State. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was re-elected from Raebareli, while Congress president Rahul Gandhi, her son, lost his Amethi seat. Brainstorming sessionMs. Vadra has asked senior U.P. Congress leaders to attend a brainstorming session in Delhi over the weekend to chart out the strategy to contest the 2022 U.P. Assembly polls.last_img read more

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A K Antony join nation in congratulating Vijay Kumar

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday joined Vijay Kumar ‘s family members in congratulating the Indian shooter for winning a silver medal at the London Olympic Games.”I join the nation in congratulating shooter Vijay Kumar for winning Olympic silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event,” Singh said in his message.Antony also congratulated Vijay for winning the silver medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.In his congratulatory message the minister stated, “I congratulate Subedar Vijay Kumar for bringing laurels to the country. The defence forces are proud of him.” Army chief Bikram Singh and the deputy chief Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali also praised the shooter belonging to the 16th Dogra Regiment.”It is result of his untiring effort, dedication and will to win which are hallmarks of Indian army,” Singh said.”We are proud of him and this medal is a result of hard work by him and the military training,” Halgali added.BJP also congratulated Kumar for his success and achievement.”We congratulate Vijay Kumar for winning a silver medal for the country. It’s a moment of pride for the nation. We wish him best on behalf of the nation and our party,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.An ecstatic father of Kumar attributed his son’s Olympic success to the years of hard work and discipline inculcated in him by the Indian Army.”I don’t have words to express my feelings. Full credit to Indian army which supported his training and the discipline that he inculcated is because of the defence background. He has made the country proud and also put Himachal Pradesh’s name in the sporting history,” Subedar Banku Ram told mediapersons.advertisementlast_img read more

Wind Power Ready to Support Decarbonisation in Shipping

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Norsepower Wind power is ready to be a part of meeting Paris-aligned greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in April this year, auxiliary wind propulsion systems’ provider Norsepower Oy said.When the issue of decarbonising shipping is raised at the IMO, it seems that all too often it is dismissed because the technology to reduce emissions is not ready, Tuomas Riski, Norsepower Oy CEO, explained.However, a report by the International Transport Forum and the OECD, released last week, noted that almost complete decarbonisation is possible by 2035 with currently known technologies.“Innovative efficiency solutions rolled out with innovative finance means 70% decarbonisation is possible by 2050 or sooner,” Riski said.Norsepower Oy’s Rotor Sail Solution alone could drive a circa 5% reduction in total industry emissions and is complementary to other efficiency technologies vital to decarbonisation.Rotor Sails may not already be installed on the 20,000 applicable vessels in the global fleet, but the company has a proven commercial product that could reduce emissions by 10-15% per ship. This does not limit the reductions that could be made by those ships, as multiple technologies sit happily alongside Rotor Sails, like hydrodynamic hull optimisation, heat recovery, and alternative fuels, Norsepower Oy informed.“We hope that the IMO will recognise the potential savings offered by the clean technology community and set Paris Agreement-aligned GHG reduction targets at the upcoming MEPC 72 meeting.”“As a clean technology provider, Norsepower is ready to support that future. The challenge for the industry is not the technology but the will to implement it,” Riski concluded.Norsepower offers Rotor Sails under a ‘Technology as a Service’ model; rather than pay for a technology up front and install it on a vessel, costs are billed monthly at an amortised fee based on the achieved fuel savings.This reduces the barrier to entry and provides the added benefits of a service agreement rather than a one-off purchase of a product.last_img read more

Feds Yellen makes subtle shift in emphasis

first_imgFed’s Yellen makes subtle shift in emphasis1.5K viewsFed’s Yellen makes subtle shift in emphasis1.5K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Fed’s Yellen makes subtle shift in emphasis1.5K viewsBusinessA subtle but powerful message adjustment from Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaking to the Senate Banking Committee about plans for the first interest rate hike since 2006: (SOUNDBITE) JANET YELLEN, CHAIRVentuno Web Player 4.50A subtle but powerful message adjustment from Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaking to the Senate Banking Committee about plans for the first interest rate hike since 2006: (SOUNDBITE) JANET YELLEN, CHAIRlast_img read more

Two BNP leaders picked up by plainclothesmen

first_imgJashore district BNP general secretary Syed Sabbarul Haque Sabu and Jashore city BNP president Maruful IslamTwo local leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party in Jashore have been picked up by a team of plainclothes police on Thursday evening, alleged Jashore BNP while police has denied the allegation.They are Jashore district BNP general secretary Syed Sabbarul Haque Sabu and Jashore city BNP president Maruful Islam.One of the witnesses, district Juba Dal president Tamal Ahmed told the media that the incident occurred while the two leaders were distributing food among destitute people in front of the Zila School on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Road.A team of plainclothes police, in cars and on motorcycles, picked the leaders at around 5:45pm, Tamal added.The general secretary of Jashore city BNP Munir Ahmed Siddiqui said, ‘Saberul Haque and Maruful Islam were on bail. Yet the DB police have arrested them.”Munir Ahmed said, “It is very sad that police has arrested the leaders from such a non-violent program before Eid.”Asked officer-in-charge (OC) Md Moniruzzaman said, “no team of Jashore DB police has picked any BNP leaders.”Jashore Kotwali police station OC Abdul Bashar said he did not know anything about whether or not any BNP leaders were arrested.last_img read more