Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – June 10, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Buncrana Town Council is to seek expressions of interest from landowners who may be able to provide alternative office accommodation.Town Engineer Donal Walker told this week’s meeting of the council that at the very least, vital roof repairs at the existing building will necessitate moving out for three to four months.A number of members commented that the existing building is no longer for for purpose, and gave the engineer the go ahead to go to the marker and see what’s available.Donal Walker says there are a number of possible avenues open to the council, and the priority is to identity and price those options:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/dwalk830.mp3[/podcast] Buncrana Town Council in the market for new office space Previous articleNorth West issues on North-South council agendaNext articleDeputy Joe McHugh receives lucrative appointment News Highland Google+ Newsx Adverts Facebook Twitter Twitter Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota
Top StoriesSupreme Court Grants Protection From Arrest To AAP Leader Sanjay Singh In ‘Hate Speech’ Cases Mehal Jain9 Feb 2021 1:55 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday granted Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh protection from arrest in all FIRs against him (in connection with ‘hate speech’ at his press conference in Lucknow, UP in August last year) and issued notice on why FIRs should not be clubbed. The bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan also observed that the UP state government can approach the Chairman, Rajya…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday granted Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh protection from arrest in all FIRs against him (in connection with ‘hate speech’ at his press conference in Lucknow, UP in August last year) and issued notice on why FIRs should not be clubbed. The bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan also observed that the UP state government can approach the Chairman, Rajya Sabha for sanction for prosecution under section 196 CrPC, considering that Singh is a Rajya Sabha member. Noting that in view of the issues raised, the matter needs to be decided expeditiously, the bench listed the matter for hearing in the third week of March. In a press conference, on 12.08.2020, Singh had made certain statements regarding which an FIR was lodged with the Police Station Hazratganj, Lucknow, under Sections 153-A, 153-B, 501, 505(1), 505(2) IPC. After investigation, the Investigating Officer filed a charge sheet on 07.09.2020 under the aforesaid sections. Vide order dated 17.09.2020 the State government granted sanction for prosecution of the petitioner under section 196 CrPC. On 04.12.2020, the Additional Sessions Judge, the designated Special Judge MP/MLA Court, Lucknow took cognisance and issued summons to the applicant. The said order was challenged in a petition under Section 482 CrPC before the Allahabad High Court. The bench headed by Justice Bhushan was hearing Singh’s SLP against the Allahabad High Court order of January 21, rejecting the challenge to the said order. As regards the submission that the sanction under Section 196 CrPC should have been granted by the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, the HC noted that the wording of Section 196 CrPC clearly indicates that the power to grant sanction for prosecution is vested in both the Central Government and the State Government, that the said provision uses the word “or” which means that either one out of the Central Government or the State Government can grant the sanction as the case may be. In a separate writ petition, Singh has moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of multiple FIRs lodged against him in various districts of Uttar Pradesh, saying they have been “maliciously instituted to unleash political vendetta”. Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha, for the petitioner, argued that numerous FIRs ave come to be lodged across the state, all of which are identical. Accordingly, the bench issued notice on why the FIRs should not be clubbed. When the matter had come up for the first time last week, Mr. Tankha had pressed that a non-bailable warrant has been issued against his client by the trial court. However, on that day, the High Court judgment was not on record and hence, the bench had refused to stay the warrant Background As per PTI reports, Singh said he had conducted a press conference at Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh on August 12, last year wherein he had alleged that the state government was favouring one particular caste over the others. In the said press conference, the petitioner had merely raised certain social issues, namely neglect and apathy of the government towards a certain class of society, he said in his writ petition filed through advocate Sumeer Sodhi. The AAP leader said after the press conference, multiple FIRs were registered against him at the instance of the BJP’s members in various police stations in different districts of Uttar Pradesh. Singh said the writ petition has been filed by him for direction to quash the FIRs registered against him, as these FIRs are manifestly attended with malafides and have been maliciously instituted to unleash political vendetta against the petitioner and to harass him. The said FIRs have been filed against the petitioner out of the malice and sheer political vendetta with intent to coerce, harass and intimidate the petitioner as a part of larger ploy to muzzle the opposition leaders, from speaking up against the government of Uttar Pradesh, Singh’s application said. The Rajya Sabha MP further claimed that the content of the said FIRs are verbatim similar and have been filed across several districts across a length of more than 700 kilometres of the state on the same day within a span of a few hours. He said he is aware of eight FIRs filed in eight districts including at Lucknow, Sant Kabir Nagar, Khiri, Bagpat, Muzaffarnagar, Basti and at Aligarh. The petitioner submits that the identical FIRs have been filed across several districts across the entire length of the State of Uttar Pradesh pointing very clearly to the fact that FIRs are only aimed at harassing the petitioner and his political associates, he said. Singh contended that the said FIRs are a threat to the petitioner’s exercise of the right to free speech, right to assemble peacefully; right to move freely throughout the territory of India which are guaranteed under Article 19 of the Indian Constitution. The press conference was an exercise through which the petitioner was raising pertinent social and political issues, and the said FIRs have been filed with the sole intention to stifle the voice of opposition which is fundamental to a functional democracy, he added. He said the FIRs filed against him are “frivolous, baseless, vexatious and are figments of imagination of the complainant and the police department”. It is pertinent to mention that there has not been even a single incident of violence or disharmony as a result of the statements made by the petitioner in the press conference and the said multiple FIRs are in teeth of the settled law enunciated by the top court in various verdicts, where it has been held that there can be no second FIR with respect to same offence. Singh said free and fair elections are a part of the basic structure of the Constitution and any attempt to prevent the opposition from taking part in campaigning or raising pertinent political and social issues is an assault on the basic structure of the Constitution. He alleged that FIRs have been registered against him on the directions of the Officer of Additional Chief Secretary (Home) to the Station in-charge of the several police stations as per the information and genuine belief of the petitioner. The state machinery in complete derogation of their duties and responsibilities conferred upon it by law have been involved in mounting undue pressure upon the petitioner by threatening to take coercive action against the petitioner in order to make him succumb to their unbridled envy, Singh added. He said the sole aim of the state machinery is to prevent the petitioner from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh and from carrying out political activities there in the run up to the elections in 2022. In light of the aforesaid, the petitioner prays that the aforesaid FIRs registered against him be quashed as they are nothing but an abuse of process aimed at stifling the voice of opposition in a democracy and the petitioner’s fundamental rights,” he said. Alternatively, he also sought transfer of the FIRs lodged in connection with the press conference of August 12, 2020 and related political activities of the petitioner outside of Uttar Pradesh. Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Twenty-five customers are still without power in Puerto Rico, nearly 11 months after Hurricane Maria hit the island, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) announced Monday night.Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 20, 2017, plunging the island into total darkness, causing $100 billion in damage and claiming countless lives.Despite the good news Monday, rolling blackouts or brownouts are a daily occurrence because the grid is so weak.The bankrupt utility has faced recent organizational turmoil with two CEOs resigning in the same number of weeks after a storm of controversy surrounding one of the CEO’s salary.The island entered the Atlantic hurricane season with 10,200 people without power.In February, Gov. Ricardo Rossello told ABC News that he felt a lack of urgency from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in helping to restore power.“Two-thirds of the island’s recovery on that front is in the Corps of Engineers’ hands,” Rossello said. “I have seen a lack of urgency on that, whether it is on the contracting side or the bringing materials side which is a current problem.”The U.S. Army’s top engineer said in February that their role was never to completely rebuild the power system.“We respond to get things back up to normal,” Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite said. “Rebuilding the generating capability of Puerto Rico was not the Corps of Engineers’ task.”In mid-October, Rossello announced a benchmark of Dec. 15 to reach 95 percent of electricity distribution on the island.That benchmark was not reached.“What we don’t want to do is give false promises out,” Semonite said. “There is no way when I saw this devastation in October that I thought that it was even close to get to 95 percent by December.”For those 25 customers, the longest blackout in American history continues.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — Tropical Storm Lane is just south of Hawaii, moving in a north-northwest direction, on Saturday morning. The storm’s rain bands are producing significant rain and major flooding across parts of the Hawaiian Islands.After diminishing in intensity throughout Friday, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center now classifies Lane as a tropical storm with sustained winds of 65 mph. The storm is moving north-northwest at 3 mph. This is very slow.The center is located 135 miles south-southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii. Tropical storm force winds extend 130 miles from the center.Tropical storm force winds are expected to affect parts of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island through the next six to 12 hours.Even though Lane has weakened, there is a still a flash flooding threat, along with strong damaging winds. Over just an hour Saturday morning, 3.36 inches of rain fell in Pahoa.So far, Lane has produced the second-highest tropical cyclone-related rainfall on record in Hawaii. Lane has produced the most tropical cyclone-related rain since Paul in November 2000, nearly 18 years ago.Lane has dumped torrential rainfall on the Big Island and Maui over the past 48 hours. Some of these extreme precipitation totals over the time period include:On the Big Island:Waiakea — 42.81 inchesSaddle Quarry — 38.77 inchesMountain View — 36.49 inchesHilo — 25.34 inchesOn Maui:West Wailuaiki — 16.82 inchesLane is still producing torrential rainfall on the Big Island Saturday morning. Several evacuations and water rescues are being reported in Hilo. Landslides have also been a huge problem as a result of the rain.Lane is forecast to remain on its westward track. As the storm continues to encounter wind shear, it will weaken and become more disorganized, eventually losing its tropical cyclone characteristics.However, as Lane weakens and slides off to the west, more rounds of heavy rain will develop behind it through the early part of next week. An additional 10 to 20 inches of rain are expected for Hawaii through Monday, while rainfall rates could reach 3 inches per hour at times this weekend. Saturated soil and flooded land, along with gusty winds, could easily lead to additional downed trees and power lines.Also, Lane will produce large waves and isolated tornadoes through the weekend.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Make most of your employee networksOn 10 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today In less than a generation, the social fabric of our workplaces has undergonea number of dramatic changes. Now, chief executives come and go with alarming frequency, nobody believesin the notion of a job for life and union membership has slipped to around athird of the country’s workers, with the average age of members rising fast.Meanwhile, all the evidence suggests a lack of trust in business leaders. Working people no longer feel allegiances to the institutions that used tobuttress working life. People do not commit themselves to formal socialinstitutions in the way their parents did. So what are they doing instead? They are getting together in more informalnetworks inside and outside the workplace. Analysis of how we are developingso-called ‘social capital’ reveals there is a trend towards the formation ofloose types of associations – more personal and less visible social networks. When employees leave an organisation for whatever reason, they feel thatwhile they are changing their formal terms of employment, they neverthelesstake their social networks with them. This creates threats and opportunities in equal measure. The threat is thatknowledge circulates in ways that no longer benefit organisations. Opportunity,however, lies in the fact that informal social networks are extraordinarilynimble and can channel knowledge between key people in a way top-downdecision-making never can. So today’s managers face a struggle. They do notwish to destroy valuable social capital by attempting to institutionalise it,but must be equally wary of this asset going to waste. Solutions may be found in another area of our workplaces that has witnesseddramatic change over the same period – the widespread growth of information andcommunication technology (ICT), and in particular, of networked computing.Technology is good at storing and accessing large bodies of information, butcan it develop and harness social capital? Absolutely. Employers have to stop viewing social and technological networksas separate, and start recognising that the way employees communicate via theinternet holds great potential for knowledge sharing. Technology shouldn’t beused to inhibit the way people interact, by making them fear for their privacy.As my colleague William Davies argues in an intriguing new report You don’tknow me but… Social Capital and Social Software: “Technology should tapinto the social fabric of modern workplaces and improve it”. This is one of the opportunities raised by the newly emerged ‘socialsoftware’ movement, which unites software developers and social capitalanalysts around a shared agenda – how to create online tools that facilitatefairer and more productive types of informal social collaboration. For HR managers, it is still relatively early days, despite the prevalenceof e-mails in many UK workplaces. But, over time, social software systems mayoffer considerable benefits to organisations seeking to draw on their richbases of social capital. For now, use ICT to further the emerging new forms ofcollaboration. But don’t use it to control or you will have a revolt on yourhands. By Will Hutton, Chief executive, The Work Foundation Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Some molecules, particularly aromatics, have high molar extinction coefficients at wavelengths in the damaging ultraviolet radiation region of the spectrum between 200 and 400 nm. Thus, under a UV radiation flux in which these wavelengths are represented, it could be argued that a selection pressure would exist for a UV transparent biochemistry in which they were not represented. This hypothesis is explored using data made available from proteomics, focusing particularly on tryptophan, against which a selection pressure could exist on present-day Earth as a result of its absorbance shoulder at wavelengths greater than 290 nm. The abundance of tryptophan in whole proteomes is lower than expected from the degeneracy of the genetic code. A lower usage of tryptophan is found in the cytochrome c oxidase polypeptide I of UV-exposed organisms compared to nocturnal and subterranean organisms, but not in ATP synthase chain A. Examination of the amino acid composition of photolyase, an enzyme that requires exposure to light to function, shows that the tryptophan abundances exceed those of the total proteome of most organisms and the abundances expected from the degeneracy of the genetic code. This is also true for cytochrome c oxidase, another enzyme that makes extensive use of the electron transfer properties of tryptophan. We suggest that the selection pressure for the use of tryptophan caused, among other factors, by the uses of delocalised pi-electrons that this aromatic provides in active sites and binding motifs outweighs the selection pressure for UV transparency. This trade-off explains the lack of conclusive evidence for a UV transparent selection pressure. We suggest that this trade-off applies to the stacked pi-electrons of DNA. It offers a solution to the long-standing paradox of why the macromolecule responsible for the faithful replication of information has high absorbance in the damaging UV radiation region of the spectrum.
Image: The approval from UK OAG will allow Shell to start exporting gas from the Pierce field. Photo: courtesy of C Morrison from Pixabay. Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Shell for the Pierce project development in the UK Central North Sea.Under the contract, Subsea 7 is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation (EPCI and T&I) of a 30km gas export pipeline, a gas export riser and associated subsea infrastructure, for tie-ins at the existing Bluewater-operated floating production, support and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the Haewene Brim.Subsea 7 said it has already commenced project management and detailed engineering at its office in Aberdeen, with offshore activities planned for 2020 and 2021.Pierce field will have production capacity of more than 30,000boe/dThe contracts follow the final investment decision (FID) made by Shell and its partner Ithaca Energy on the Pierce project development.The Pierce field, which has secured development approval from the UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OAG), is expected to have a peak production capacity of more than 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).OGA Central North Sea area manager Scott Robertson said: “We are pleased to approve this development, which follows the approvals last year of the Shearwater-hosted Arran, Fram, Columbus and gas export projects.“This latest Pierce Gas de-pressurisation development secures approval of another component of the Central Graben Area Plan, developed by the OGA and industry collaborating to maximise economic recovery from this region of the North Sea.”The project will involve making modifications to the Haewene Brim FPSO and the installation of a sub-sea gas export line from the FPSO to the SEGAL pipeline. It also includes drilling of new wells.Shell UK Upstream vice-president Steve Phimister said: “This important development of the Pierce field will allow us to unlock additional gas reserves for the UK’s homes and businesses, and value for our shareholders.“It is Shell’s eighth final investment decision in the UK Continental Shelf since the start of 2018. Each is part of a careful and cost-effective strategic expansion of our North Sea capacity, in line with our core upstream focus on profitable investments and competitive growth opportunities.”Pierce is a joint venture (JV) between Shell with 92.52% stake and Ithaca Energy holding the remaining 7.48% interest. The Pierce field has secured development approval from the UK’s Oil and Gas Authority
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence Recently Made Appointments To Various Boards and Commissions.Indiana University Board of TrusteesJim Morris [Marion County], reappointed to serve a three-year term through June 30, 2019Indiana Land Resources CouncilDavid C. Kovich [Tippecanoe County], appointed to serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Indiana Pesticide Review BoardRobert E. Andrews [Hamilton County], reappointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020John A. Bacone [Marion County], appointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Stephen A. Dlugosz [Marion County], reappointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Timothy J. Gibb [Tippecanoe County], reappointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Julia T. Hogan [Marion County], reappointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Michael L. Titus [Carroll County], reappointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Indiana Board of Registration for Architects & Landscape ArchitectsHal E. Kovert [Clark County], reappointed to serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Debra L. Schmucker [Hamilton County], reappointed to serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Les H. Smith [Delaware County], reappointed to serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Dale E. Stickel [Elkhart County], reappointed to serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Daniel L. Weinheimer [Hamilton County], reappointed to serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Indiana School for the Deaf BoardLucille L. 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VanSickle [Marion County], reappointed to serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Behavioral Health & Human Services Licensing BoardGeorge B. Brenner, LCSW, LMFT, LCAC [Marion County], reappointed to serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Boiler and Pressure Vessel Rules BoardGregory J. Daeger [Marion County], reappointed to serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Earl V. Harlow [Norris City, IL], reappointed to serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Sheldon Light [Allen County], reappointed to serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Steven M. Renner [Johnson County], reappointed to serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Indiana State Historical Records Advisory BoardWesley W. Wilson [Putnam County], reappointed to serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Law Enforcement Training BoardMichael A. Diekhoff [Monroe County], appointed to complete an unexpired four-year term through April 30, 2018Occupational Safety Standards CommissionMark J. Steinhofer [Marion County], reappointed to serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Indiana Plumbing CommissionWilliam J. Ciriello, Jr. [Marion County], reappointed serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Eric J. Ott [Cass County], reappointed serve a three-year term through April 1, 2019Indiana Political Subdivision Risk Management CommissionJerry L. Stanner [LaGrange County], reappointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Regional Works CouncilsSamuel S. Snideman [Marion County], appointed serve Region 6 for a two-year term through April 1, 2018State Board of Registration for Land SurveyorsMichael L. DeBoy [Hamilton County], reappointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Jason R. Henderson [Tipton County], appointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Ross O. Holloway [Morgan County], reappointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Gary R. Kent [Hamilton County], reappointed serve a four-year term through April 1, 2020Douglas K. 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Kelly Donato, of Ocean City, and her daughters, Mia, 7, and Tessa, 6, grab a few more things on their list for Christmas in 2019. By MADDY VITALECountdown to Christmas was on.With just hours left to grab those stocking stuffers, gift baskets and other last-minute presents, shoppers in Ocean City seemed determined and did less browsing and more laser-focused buying on Christmas Eve.“I had to pick up a few things for my in-laws,” said Jocelyn Palaganas, of Ocean City, as she held up a shopping bag. “I need a few more last-minute gifts. I need to buy a few sweaters.”Without missing a beat, Palaganas hurried down Asbury Avenue to her next shop.Ocean City provides a backdrop for the Christmas spirit. And it begins when the decorations are put up in the fall to make the downtown shopping district more festive.Jocelyn Palaganas, of Ocean City, buys some last-minute gifts at stores along Asbury Avenue.Red bows, wreaths and old-fashioned lantern streetlights wrapped in garland make even the most bah-humbug person smile and feel a bit of good spirit during the special time of year.On Christmas Eve, the parking lot behind City Hall was full and there were few vacant parking spots along the street.Shoppers toted bags and zig-zagged from store to store.Some people purchased the typical hats, gloves, books, sunglasses and shirts, while others bought some more unusual items, such as a ukulele.Kelly Donato, of Ocean City, and her daughters, Mia, 7, and Tessa, 6, knew time was ticking while they were hunting for a few more things to get on their list.“We just need a few more last-minute Christmas gifts,” Donato said.The girls didn’t seem to mind heading out for a stroll downtown with mom, either.But shopping wasn’t exactly on the girls’ minds.“I can’t wait for Santa!” exclaimed Tessa.Mia also said she was really excited about Christmas and what would be under the tree.Festive decorations and Christmas music add to the holiday cheer along Asbury Avenue.Dave Coffey, manager at B & B in Ocean City, said there had been a steady stream of customers doing some last-minute shopping over the last couple of days.“We had a great day yesterday. Customers have been coming in to get gifts because they said the online ones aren’t arriving on time,” Coffey noted.Some shoppers, such as Glen and Jennifer Lattner, of Budd Lake, N.J., make Christmas in Ocean City a tradition each year.“We come meet our friends for brunch as Uncle Bill’s (Pancake House) and then we do some shopping,” Glen said.“We love coming down at Christmas,” Jennifer added. “We get to see the decorations. It is very festive.”Glen and Jennifer Lattner, of Budd Lake, N.J., visit Ocean City on the holidays every year.