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Two men held liable for the Omagh bombing fail in attempt to delay their…

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Two men held liable for the Omagh bombing fail in attempt to delay their appeal Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleEves given young driver nominationNext articleDerry taxi driver attacked on fare run from Donegal to Strabane News Highland An appeal by two men held liable for the 1998 Omagh bombing will go ahead on the 25th of this month after they failed in a bid to have the hearings put back.Lawyers for Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly were seeking an adjournment over concerns about the availability of trial transcripts.However, judges due to hear their challenges in two weeks time refused to delay the hearings, saying they were not persuaded that proceeding would cause an injustice to either of the men.Earlier this year, Colm Murphy from Dundalk and Seamus Daly from Culaville in County Monaghan were held responsible for the Real IRA atrocity following a civil retrial at the High Court in Belfast.They had successfully appealed against being held liable in an initial ruling in 2009 following a case taken by some of the Omagh families.Two other men, convicted Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt and fellow dissident republican Liam Campbell, failed to have the findings against them overturned.During the second hearing it was claimed that Murphy supplied mobile phones to the bomb team.Daly was allegedly linked by a call made on one of the phones just after the explosion.In March, Mr Justice Gillen ruled that both men were liable “on the balance of probabilities”, leaving them both liable for an award of damages previously set at £1.6m.Two weeks ahead of the scheduled opening of their appeal, lawyers for the two men argued that they needed more time to obtain transcripts.Rejecting the application, Lord Justice Higgins pointed out that Murphy and Daly’s lawyers have their trial notes and can access CD recordings. Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Facebook WhatsApp News Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Google+ By News Highland – November 12, 2013 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

ITS Andrea Doria Heads to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

first_img View post tag: Saudi Arabia View post tag: middle east Authorities Share this article View post tag: ITS Andrea Doria View post tag: europe August 5, 2014 View post tag: heads After passing through the Suez Canal, and meeting Italian ship Esploratore, (commanded by LT Gianpaolo Misseritti) – one of the patrol boats belonging to the Tenth Naval Coastal Group based in Sharm El Sheikh – Destroyer Andrea Doria sailed south, towards the biggest port of the Red Sea, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.center_img During the short technical and operational stop, the unit received onboard the Deputy Italian General Consul Dr. Nocera, accompanied by the commercial attaché Dr. Catania and representatives of the Italian consulate.ITS Andrea Doria is now heading to Djibouti where, from next 6th of August, will be Task Force 465 Flagship, in the anti-piracy mission ATALANTA led by Rear Admiral (LH) Guido Rando.[mappress]Press Release, August 05, 2014; Image: Italian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today ITS Andrea Doria Heads to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia View post tag: Naval ITS Andrea Doria Heads to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia View post tag: Jeddah View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navylast_img read more


first_imgThe publication yesterday of the Common Fisheries Policy Proposals for reform will spell the end for the Irish fishing industry and finally kill off our coastal communities, Donegal TD Thomas Pringle said today.The Killybegs based TD said: “The proposal to privatise fish quotas will make all the other seemingly positive proposals irrelevant if they go ahead.“The EU continues to show us where their priorities lie- with the powerful nations in the fishing industry and small countries like Ireland will be thrown to the wolves once again.” Mr Pringle said that the minister is quoted as saying “I have no doubt that this would lead to concentration of fishing into the hands of large fishing international companies without links to the coastal communities and these very large fishing vessels, in some cases factory ships, would no longer land into Ireland resulting in loss of jobs, closure of fish-processing factories and economic activity in our coastal communities”.The Donegal Deputy added: “I am calling on the minister to outline clearly now what the government can do to stop this crazy so called reform of the CFP.“It is not enough to say we will negotiate, he has to clarify have we a veto and if he will use it. The CFP has been a form of economic war that has cost Ireland dear in terms of jobs and fisheries conservation.“A whole way of life and part of a valuable heritage has been destroyed by decades of predatory control from Brussels”. NEW EU RULES WILL KILL OFF FISHING COMMUNITIES – PRINGLE was last modified: July 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Deputy Thomas Pringlefishing industryGreencastle and BurtonportKillybegslast_img read more

SA firms score for innovation

first_img16 April 2007More than half of South Africa’s companies engaged in innovative activities in the form of the development of new products and processes between 2002 and 2004, according to the first official South African Innovation Survey.The survey, conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, found that South Africa compares favourably with countries like Sweden (where 50% of enterprises are innovative), the United Kingdom (43%) and Portugal (41%).Modelled on the innovation survey used in all European Union countries in 2005/06, the survey provides internationally comparable data on innovation in SA’s mining, manufacturing, wholesale, retail and services sectors, while giving an overall indication of innovative behaviour among companies.Announcing the results of the survey at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange last week, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said South African businessess “are not being complacent and are responding to changes in their environment by producing new or significantly changed goods, services and processes.“Our rate of innovation is well above that of the European average of 42% for 2004.”According to the survey, SA companies spent in the region of R27.8-billion on innovative activities in 2004, representing about 2.4% of the total turnover of all business covered in the industrial and service sectors.While the bulk of this expenditure was devoted to the acquisition of new machinery, equipment and software, in-house research and development (R&D) expenditure accounted for about 20% of total innovation expenditure.“Bearing in mind that the innovation survey is a random sample of business enterprises and is not focused on R&D or technology-orientated firms, this result serves to confirm the importance of R&D for the competitiveness of business in the country,” Hanekom said.“It is particularly gratifying to note that apart from the expected large R&D performers in South Africa, there appear to be many diverse businesses undertaking small amounts of R&D,” the deputy minister added.The survey indicated that about 10% of successful innovators – businesses whose innovations were responsible for part of their turnover – had received public funding for activities.South African government R&D support schemes include the Technology for Human Resources in Industry Programme, the Innovation Fund, the agency grants of the National Research Foundation, and the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation.Hanekom said it was important for the government to extend its support and encourage such enterprises to persevere and grow their R&D expenditures.Innovation, he said, was “widely recognised as one of the most important mechanisms through which technology can be leveraged to create wealth, leap-frog developmental backlogs and contribute towards a better quality of life for all.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Photo library: Business and industry 20

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Welkom, Free State province: Repairs being made to underground equipment at the workshop at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Underground loco repairs at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Phakisa shaft and headgear at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Phakisa shaft and headgear at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Phakisa shaft and headgear at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Phakisa shaft and headgear at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Phakisa shaft and headgear at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Phakisa shaft and headgear at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Harmony Gold Mine headgear close to the main Johannesburg road is a reminder to visitors of the strong gold mining presence in the town.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 20: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

CIFT kitchen incubator achieves food safety excellence

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK), managed by CIFT, achieved a superior score on a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) third party food safety audit.EAGLE Certification Group conducted the extensive audit that assessed the facility condition and food safety processes and provided independent, third party verification that the GMP program is effective and robust.  Several dozen small businesses use the Bowling Green, Ohio based kitchen incubator to produce food products sold at retail locations.  Achieving this exceptional score assures retailers, as well as customers, brokers and other parties that these products were manufactured in a facility that is regularly monitoring product safety, sanitation and facility design and integrity.CIFT has worked with small and startup companies since the center’s inception in 1995 by providing product development guidelines, resources and marketing direction to entrepreneurs involved in the production of value-added food products.  Technical capabilities, including nutritional analysis and shelf-life stability testing, ensure safe production of products.“CIFT is delighted to achieve such high marks in this third party audit,” said Rebecca A. Singer, president and CEO, CIFT. “The organization is pleased to continue to provide an affordable venue for entrepreneurs to develop a concept into a commercially viable food product – all within a facility that strives for the highest standard in food safety.”For nearly 25 years, woman-owned EAGLE has built a strong reputation on providing first, second and third party auditing services that are objective and value-added.  The company holds thousands of active certificates, and utilizes more than 100 auditors to serve 15 countries around the world.last_img read more

Counting Trade Sustainability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorINDIANAPOLIS (DTN) — With U.S. agriculture dependent on global trade, it will become more critical over time to demonstrate sustainability goals in the future for companies and farmers to maintain export competitiveness, a former chief agricultural trade negotiator told an audience of ag sustainability experts last week.Darci Vetter was former deputy undersecretary at USDA and the chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office during the Obama administration. She now is global lead for public affairs for Edelman’s North American Food and Beverage practice.Vetter spoke Nov. 21 at the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in Indianapolis.Increasingly, food companies are seeing consumers press for more information about the environmental footprint for the food, fuel and fiber in those products. Governments also are looking at the same sustainability targets, especially as they work to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord.“They are figuring out how they are going to measure that,” Vetter said.TRICKY PART OF MEASURING GOALSThe tricky part of measuring these goals is that a good portion of goods and services come from trade, which needs to be accounted for when other countries consider their emission targets.“So for U.S. agriculture, where we are a really export-dependent sector, how do we think about the way we set our own metric standards to plug into the metrics or systems those companies and those governments are going to be using, not just here in the United States, but around the globe,” Vetter said.Governments also are making agreements with each other and setting priorities and targets on the sustainability side. Those rules on environmental laws largely are meant to ensure a level playing field so countries will enforce those laws rather than ignore them to make products cheaper.Another question looking ahead is how the World Trade Organization will treat these standards, assuming the WTO system is maintained going forward. The WTO is about to face some major tests because of challenges as the Trump administration has blocked the appointment of new appellate judges. The WTO will be down to just one appellate judge after Dec. 10 when two judges face the end of their terms. The WTO Appellate Body requires three judges to rule on a country’s case, so it will be blocked from hearing further cases or issuing decisions.Vetter defended the WTO, saying U.S. agriculture benefits from a trading system based on rules. Still, it’s not clear how countries will implement their commitments to the Paris agreement and how that could be fought out in the WTO.THE REAL QUESTION“The real question is if we don’t have a national framework for our producers to slot themselves into about reporting and recording their carbon emissions — or in the case of agriculture what we might be doing to sequester carbon and getting credit for that,” Vetter said. “So we are going to have to figure out how to track that ourselves and communicate in a way that is transparent and verifiable to our trading partners so we don’t lock ourselves out. I think we have the tools to do that, and I think industry in the U.S. can make sure those trade lanes stay open.”Companies, though, need to be early actors in accounting for the use of natural resources and establishing their own metrics because the U.S. doesn’t have the government driver to create those reporting requirements.One core position in the WTO is that countries cannot treat foreign products differently from domestic ones. This was actually the argument Canada and Mexico used against livestock segregation because of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling law for meat. This rule also works on environmental standards.“So you can’t just say, ‘We think our country has it under control and the other county is dirty, so we will just ban their products.’ So no soybeans from outside the United States or whatever it might be,” Vetter said.Europe decided to set goals for renewable biofuels, but did not have criteria for feedstocks. A lot of the biofuel was coming from Southeast Asian palm oil in areas that had destroyed tropical rain forests to farm that palm oil. Europe then set up criteria for its feedstocks. The U.S. and European Union then spent years going back and forth over whether U.S. conservation compliance rules met EU’s new standards. The U.S. government began to look at the EU initiative largely as a trade barrier.POLITICAL TRADE BARRIERS?“So when you try to form these criteria, they can end up becoming political trade barriers instead, and it can be really difficult to compare one country’s regime to another,” Vetter said.The urgency to address climate change, as well as the Paris climate accord, puts the global trading system in a better position to find a solution to the environmental standards for both imports and exports. As more countries set these standards, global companies are going to be asked to provide more information on their imports, Vetter said.“Look for a lot of action there in the future about how we address the sustainability footprints of products cross the borders,” Vetter said. She added, “So, you are going to be asked to meet benchmarks for manufacturers and retailers so they can show they are meeting their target goals. That is going to become more and more common across more countries.”At least some U.S. agricultural export competitors may have an advantage over the U.S. because their countries are making binding commitments and establishing national frameworks for addressing climate goals.“For an export-dependent country like the United States that doesn’t have the same national infrastructure because our country is not taking this action right now, we need to know how we will be measured by our important customers and make sure we are aware of that,” Vetter said.DOCUMENTING PROGRESSAgricultural exporters should have metrics for carbon or water intensity that are data driven, quantifiable and transparent. Companies need to show “how are we carefully documenting the progress we are making,” she said.It’s also one thing for industry to say they are sustainable in different ways, it’s another when credible third-party validators are able to provide a seal of approval. Outside validation will be critical for credibility. That includes credibility when a process or technology does actually meet the goals. As companies and countries move ahead, Vetter said, some goals won’t be met on time for various reasons. Natural disasters, for instance, can wreck such goals, as well as changes in production decisions.A third-party validator may say, “They set an ambitious goal and the road block they hit was a really valid one that they are working to overcome,” Vetter said.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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