Farmer fined €2,500 for filling jeep with green diesel

first_imgCOURTS: A farmer who had illegal oil detected in his engine has been hit with a fine of €2,500. Matthew Gamble, of 19 Meadowhill, Raphoe appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Custom officials were carrying out detections on September 11th, 2015 at Carrickwest, Laghey – when they found illegal oil in the defendants Land Rover jeep. When quizzed by officials, Mr Gamble said, “A fella from Northern Ireland got a lend off it, and he must have filled her with green.“I didn’t know he did that, I would never have filled her with green, as it’s too big a chance to take driving about the road.”Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said, “My client is a small farmer, and genuinely wasn’t aware that his friend had filled his jeep with illegal fuel.“However, he accepts full responsibility that the offence lies with him.” Judge Paul Kelly fined Mr Gamble €2,500 and gave him six months to pay.Farmer fined €2,500 for filling jeep with green diesel was last modified: October 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Beef crisis agreement reached as dispute talks end

first_imgAn agreement to the end beef crisis has been reached after marathon talks over the weekend, the agriculture minister has confirmed.The deal includes an immediate increase in prices for farmers and reform of the Irish beef sector.The agreement withdraws all legal proceedings against farm organisations and individual farmers. Dozens of farmers in Carrigans joined the nationwide protest last month outside the Foyle Meats factory.All parties to the agreement agreed to work to end blockades and protests at meat factories.Cattle slaughtering at blockaded plants has been halted during the talks process.Some retailers have experienced beef supply issues and several large processors are struggling to meet export contracts, as a result of the protest. The deal will see the current bonus for 30-month cattle increase from 12 to 20 cent per kilo.A new bonus for steers and heifers aged 30-36 months, of eight cent a kilo, is to be introduced.And a new bonus is also to be introduced for some O grade cattle, the 12 cent a kilo bonus will benefit dairy farmers in particular.A new Beef Taskforce is to be established. It will examine the beef industry and will be independently chaired.An independent review of price composition in the supply chain is also to be commissioned. In a statement, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said: “I wish to thank all participants in this process for their contribution towards agreeing a way forward for the Irish beef sector.“I hope that this agreement will prove to be a first step in fostering stronger partnerships in this critical sector for the Irish economy and for rural Ireland.”Meat Industry Ireland welcomed the agreement this afternoon.In a statement released this afternoon, MII said: “We recognise the challenges all involved in our industry face. The agreed package contains significant positive financial initiatives by MII members, in areas of specifications, bonuses and supply chain transparency. “The agreement requires that all protests and illegal blockades cease immediately so that normal processing can recommence, employees can return to work, farmers can sell their animals, and efforts can be made to rebuild customer confidence.“This has been an extremely damaging episode for all stakeholders in the beef and sheep sectors. It has occurred at a time of significant and continuing challenges in the EU beef market.“It is of particular concern given the closeness of Brexit and the major implications that a no-deal outcome presents for our sector,” said the statement.Beef crisis agreement reached as dispute talks end was last modified: September 15th, 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)last_img read more

The Triumphant Return of Activity Management

first_imgOutcomes are better than activity. If you can only measure one, make it outcomes. A lot of activity produces nothing in the way of results. But look for activity management to make a comeback, and know that the people who need to have their activity measured and managed are partly to blame, but not solely to blame.Technology has changed how we work, and it has changed where we work. There are now more people than ever working from home. But while they may be at home, and they may be being paid, they aren’t necessarily working. They aren’t producing the results that they need to produce. This is a problem of epidemic proportions.Many lack the discipline to work from home. To work from home takes discipline. It takes discipline to go from your warm, comfortable bed to your office and begin to grind out the most important outcomes of the day. It takes discipline to do the work that needs to be done when you have the freedom to do things that feel like work but produce no real outcomes.Most are too easily distracted. Your children are distractions. Your spouse is a distraction. Even your pets are a distraction when you work from home (My UPS delivery person rings my doorbell everytime he leaves a package, reminding my dogs of their duty to alarm me if someone comes to the door. That’s ten minutes of barking). The Internet is the mother of all distractions. When you go to an office you avoid almost all of these distractions. The interruptions at the office have a reasonable shot of actually being work-related.The work that Covery called Quadrant II work, the non-urgent but critically important work is what suffers. When you work from home it’s easy to be reactive. You take your calls, but you don’t make your calls. You join meetings but you don’t book the meetings that you need to book. You might be “doing stuff” but it isn’t the right stuff.Working from home is for hustlers. It’s for people who have the will–and the desire–to do the work that needs to be done wherever they are. But let’s make sure that employees with poor work habits don’t shoulder all of the blame.The company that allows people to work from home must be prepared to lead the workforce that doesn’t come into an office. Activity isn’t the right answer for all productivity problems, but it is the absolute right prescription when low activity is to blame for poor results.Sales organizations that are serious about producing results are going to have to require more reporting of activity and outcomes if they want their results to improve. The sales manager, a leadership role, is going to have to demand more, and inspect the activity as well as the outcomes if they want to really help the work-from-home sales force that they lead. Otherwise, the company and the manager who allows low activity and poor outcomes is complicit in the work-from-home salesperson’s failure.last_img read more

Activists arrest: Pune Police seek more time to file chargesheet

first_imgThe Pune Police have sought more time to file the chargesheet against Surendra Gadling, lawyer, and four other activists arrested on June 6 for their alleged links to banned Maoist outfits and role in the violence at Bhima Koregaon on January 1. The accused have been charged with provision of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Rohan Nahar, advocate appearing on behalf of the accused, said, “We received a copy of the application today [Saturday]. The matter is scheduled to be heard on Sunday at the Pune sessions court.”90-day timeframeUnder the UAPA, the police need to file a chargesheet within 90 days of the arrest, failing which the accused have the right to apply for bail. On June 6, the Pune police arrested Mr. Gadling, Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson. The deadline for filing the chargesheet against them is September 5. “Under the pretext of finding fresh evidence, the Pune police will appeal for more time to file the chargesheet in the previous case. The [August 29] arrests [of five other activists] are nothing but a tactic to divert attention from the investigations under way against the Sanatan Sanstha and to prolong the current case against human rights activists,” said Susan Abraham, advocate and wife of Vernon Gonsalves, who was arrested for alleged Maoist links. On August 29, the Pune police searched the homes of nine rights activists and lawyers and arrested Mr. Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, Gautam Navlakha in New Delhi, Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad, and Varavara Rao in Hyderabad. On Friday, at a press conference, the Maharashtra police said they had fresh evidence, including of a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister, against the accused.last_img read more

PM Commissions New Forest/Duff House Irrigation System in Manchester

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on Wednesday, March 20, commissioned into service the New Forest/Duff House Irrigation System in Manchester which will provide a consistent and stable water system for some 497 farmers. The Prime Minister also handed out land titles to 20 of 132 farmers for whom titles have been prepared under the irrigation project and also announced the setting up of an Agro-Park in the New Forest/Duff House community. The Prime Minister said that with the new irrigation facility, the farmers of New Forest and Duff House will become part of the exciting, new Agro Park initiative, being spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture. Five Agro Parks are to be established from the re-allocation of US$4 million from the existing IDB-funded agriculture competitiveness programme, with New Forest/Duff House being one of them. The Prime Minister said the Agro Parks will be equipped with all the facilities required for profitable production with farmers contracted to grow vegetables, tubers, onion and pepper to be marketed via private sector partners either for export, processing, or for the local trade, including the tourism sector. Highlighting the importance agriculture to the national growth and development strategy, the Prime Minister said this went far beyond “its 6 percent contribution to GDP”, given its significant backward and forward linkages, adding: “With soaring prices of agricultural commodities worldwide, the sector has assumed greater significance due to food security concerns,” and the need to increase food production. Jamaica’s food import bill, the Prime Minister noted was at an unsustainable level of almost US one billion dollars per annum. In 1998, the government formulated the National Irrigation Development Plan for expanding irrigation systems to farmers. Under this Plan, some 51 projects were developed to increase the irrigated area in Jamaica by 15,000 hectares, with nearly $2 billion spent on installing new irrigation systems. The New Forest/Duff House Irrigation System was completed with funding assistance from the Inter-American Development Bank which also funded the Colbeck and Yallahs Irrigation Systems.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684 Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

San Diego City Council approves strategic implementation for bicycle master plan

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua July 24, 2018 Posted: July 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Carlos Amezcua, San Diego City Council approves strategic implementation for bicycle master plan 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tuesday, the San Diego Bike Coalition applauds City Council for approving the Bicycle Advisory Board’s recommended Strategic Implementation Plan for the Bicycle Master Plan. The master plan identifies high-priority bicycle initiatives such as bikeways, programs and other projects aimed at improving local bicycling infrastructure over 20 years.The implementation plan presents six main objectives, which the Bike Coalition and Bicycle Advisory Board have been working on for the past few years. The objectives call for an increase of mode share of bicycling, along with bike safety and education – specifically in corridors with the highest fatality and injury rates and in historically underserved communities.According to San Diego Bike Coalition Executive Director and Bicycle Advisory Board Chair Andy Hanshaw, City Council’s approval of the Strategic Implementation Plan advances important bicycling infrastructure improvements to align with growing ridership across San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Foxconn to Produce Xiaomi Smartphones in India

first_imgFollowing Foxconn Technology Group’s recent announcement to shift some of its manufacturing operations to India from China, it has been learnt that Taiwan’s tech giant will produce Xiaomi smartphones in Andhra Pradesh.The world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer will make about 10,000 phones per day for Xiaomi at a leased facility in Sri City, located in southern part of Andhra Pradesh, a source told The Economic Times.Foxconn is also planning on making smartphones, tablets, televisions, routers, set-top boxes and printers in India, said a source.Earlier, Apple iPhone assembler Foxconn had said it would set up 10 to 12 manufacturing units in India by 2020. The electronics contract manufacturer seems to be in discussions with its top client Apple on the proposed investments in India.Each facility is expected to employ at least 10,000 people and the company plans to invest about $2 billion (₹12,700 crore) towards setting up these facilities over the next five years.”India is the top priority for the company, which is why Foxconn is already holding talks with various state governments,” said the source.Confirming initial talks with the Indian authorities, a source close to the development said the company is weighing options to start manufacturing units in various states, including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.Currently, Foxconn manufactures iPhones and iPads for Apple and Kindle e-book readers for Amazon Inc, besides making electronics equipment for top global tech firms such as Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.Foxconn wants to shift its operations to India due to rising wages in China.In April, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi had also announced to set up manufacturing units in India as it saw robust demand for its phones in the world’s third largest smartphone market.”Our manufacturing plans are still a work-in-progress. Until we finalise on them, we won’t be able to comment on speculation,” said Xiaomi India spokesperson.Founded in 2010, Xiaomi witnessed rapid growth to emerge as the top smartphone vendor in China, the world’s second largest smartphone market. The company’s smartphone shipments more than tripled to 61.1 million units last year, with revenues seeing a two-fold increase.last_img read more

Over 1m people live in landslide risks in Chattogram

first_imgMore than 1 million people have been living on the slopes of 30 hills in the district amid risks of landslides during monsoon.According to the Divisional Hill Management Committee, these 1 million people have been living in the 30 hills in Chattogram city, Sitakunda and Jangal Salimpur areas of the district hiring makeshift houses at lower rents.Available statistics reveal that 127 people died in landslides in 2007, 11 in 2008, 15 in 2009 and 2010, 17 in 2011, 23 in 2012, five in 2013, six in 2015, 17 in 2016 and 29 in 2017.30 hills have been identified as vulnerable to landslide, said several officials at the district administration. Of these, 12 were identified as vulnerable after the deadliest 2007 landslides. Some 666 families have been living in 12 hills in the city.Among them, 320 families living in Motijharna and Batali hills in Lalkhan Bazar, 186 families in AK Khan hill, five in Ispahani hill, 12 in hills in Lake City area, 27 in Koiballodham Biswa Colony area hill, 22 in Akbar Shah area hill, 11 in City Corporation area hill, nine in Foyes Lake residential area hill, 38 in Forest Research Institute Academy area hill, three in Nasiraband Industrial area and 33 in Jalalabad Housing Society area hills.The Divisional Hill Management Committee was formed after the death of 127 people in the deadliest landslide in 2007. The committee has, however, failed to take any effective step in the last 11 years to prevent living on hill slopes.Sources here said the activities of the committee are only limited to holding meetings during monsoon.The committee, however, came up with 36 recommendations, including saving the hills from illegal occupants, deforestation, rehabilitation of the people who live on hill slopes and stopping hill cutting, lease out and grabbing, to prevent such deaths.But the district administration was learned to have opted for having a temporary solution to the problem instead of implementing the recommendations.last_img read more

NKDA launches drive to keep stray cows off roads

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) on Tuesday launched a drive to catch stray cows. The owners of the stray cows will be fined and NKDA authorities feel that the drive will make the owners of the cattle aware that they should not be allowed to roam about aimlessly on the main thoroughfare.Earlier, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (Amendment) Bill 2018, which empowers the chairman of NKDA to pass orders of seizing cattle that stray in public premises in New Town, was passed by the Bengal Legislative Assembly in March 2018. The notification for the amendment has already been released by the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe list of animals that can be seized under the order of the NKDA chairman Debashis Sen, includes any cattle, horse, pig, dog or similar animal or bird, if found straying on public roads.It may be mentioned that in order to keep the seized animals with care, a cattle shed has recently been constructed in New Town. The cattle shed has facilities for feeding the animals, a small administrative office and an open ground for the cattle to graze.The area, spread over 3 acres, is located in Action Area 1D and steps are being taken to frame draft rules regarding fees and procedure to be followed, in confining the animals and releasing them subsequently. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNKDA has appointed a veterinary doctor and assisting staff to catch stray cattle and discussed the matter with senior officials of the Animal Resources Development department. Stray cows pose a serious threat to the smooth movement of vehicles on Biswa Bangla Sarani. Road accidents often occur when the drivers try to save the straying animals. The Biswa Bangla Sarani has witnessed a handful of such accidents in recent times, leading to injury to both cattle and people.The worst accident occurred on October 26, 2017, when six-year-old Deepshika Chakraborty, her father Pravat and his colleague Goutam were killed, after the motorbike they were travelling on skidded off the road, trying to avoid cows near the Akankha Crossing.last_img read more

Bill for Municipal Service Commission to recruit employees to be placed

first_imgKolkata: The state is moving towards recruiting employees in all the municipalities, municipal corporations, and development authorities in the state under a single umbrella.The West Bengal Municipal Service Commission (WBMSC) will carry out the recruitment process. A Bill in this regard is expected to be tabled in the state Assembly on Wednesday.A source in the state Municipal Affairs department said after implementation of this Bill, the recruitment in all the 8 municipal corporations, 115 municipalities and 18 development authorities across the state will be carried out by WBMSC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe recruitment for the three notified areas and valuation boards that come under the aegis of the Municipal Affairs department will also be done by the Commission.Currently, the recruitment of the employees of Kolkata Municipal Corporation is done through the Commission and sometimes also for the municipal corporations. Earlier, the process of recruitment of the 115 municipalities, 18 development authorities, three notified areas and three industrial authorities among others was conducted by various agencies. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We are hopeful that this process will usher in transparency in the recruitment process and at the same time, allegations of political interference in the recruitment process can be done away with,” a senior official of the Municipal Affairs department said.Sources in the department said the Commission will have four to five members headed by a chairman. The Chairman will preferably be a retired IAS officer.It may be mentioned that the department has found that there has been a huge number of unnecessary recruitments in various municipal bodies that the department feels is beyond requirement. Political interference has also played a role in this. “There have been litigations in various courts alleging lack of transparency in the recruitment process. The state wants to have control over the recruitment process,” the official added.last_img read more