Covid-19 upheaval leads to GB betting levy decline for 2020-21

first_imgHe added that the board increased the amount it distributed in prize money in order to provide further support. The board also offered a series of loans to racecourses as part of a Covid-19 support package. “Since June, we have attempted to balance on the one hand our desire to commit substantial extra support for the sport from our reserves with, on the other hand, the uncertainty around our own ongoing future income.” Covid-19 upheaval leads to GB betting levy decline for 2020-21 He also noted that the board hoped to raise additional funds in order to be more support the sector. Topics: Finance Sports betting Horse racing Even after racing resumed from 1 June, racecourses remained closed to spectators and betting shops stayed closed for much of the second half of the year. HBLB chairman Paul Darling said decline was down to an extremely difficult year, in which racing was suspended from mid-March to June as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. “There was no British racing for the first two months of the levy year and it was far from certain when racing resumed in June 2020 as to what the level of betting activity would be in the months that followed,” Darling explained. “We have also seen Licensed Betting Offices either closed completely for parts of the year or open with restrictions. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Horse racingcenter_img Tags: Horserace Betting Levy Board The levy, collected from the gross profit generated from betting on racing at Gambling Commission-licensed operators, is expected to fall to £80m (€93.0m/$113.2m) for the 2020-21 fiscal year.  11th May 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle “On the basis of £80m income, our reserves at the end of the 2020/21 levy year stood at just over £40m,” Darling said. “This will give us the flexibility to consider further significant investment in the months ahead, as the board has had in mind the importance of having sufficient resources for the recovery phase from Covid-19.” Regions: UK & Ireland Great Britain’s Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) projects a 17.5% year-on-year drop in betting levy income for the year to 31 March, 2021, following a chaotic year for the racing sector. Email Address “It is to the credit of all those involved that fixtures have taken place without interruption since June.” “We spent £96m in the past Levy year, providing around 50% more to prize money than normal in recent months, as well as £3m towards costs of new regulatory measures to ensure that the sport can take place in accordance with Covid-19 protocols,” Darling said. last_img read more

Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug)  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Group) is a leading financial institution offering retail and corporate banking services in Uganda through its subsidiary company. KCB Group offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in treasury bills and bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgBerger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileBerger Paints Plc is a manufacturing company in Nigeria producing paint, surface coating and allied products for the residential, commercial, marine and industrial sectors. The company has an extensive product range which is divided into decorative/architectural finishes, industrial coatings, marine and protection coatings, automotive/vehicle finishes, and wood finishes and preservers. Berger Paints has a manufacturing plant and distribution centre in Lagos and over 25 distribution points in the major towns and cities in Nigeria. Berger Paints Colourworld is a retail outlet which offers a wide range of products and offers support with expertise and colour development software. Colourworld also offers an advanced automotive tinting system and colour software and carries a supply of paint tools and applications. In 2012, Berger Paints Nigeria Plc partnered with KCC Corporation, the largest heavy duty coating manufacturing company in South Korea. The partnership facilitates the supply quality, durable coatings for the marine and protective sectors. The company was established in 1959 by Lewis Berger, a German colour chemist who founded the Berger Paints’ dynasty in London in the late 1970s. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Berger Paints Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The FTSE 100 is falling! I’d buy these 2 cheap dividend stocks today for a passive income

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Peter Stephens owns shares of HSBC Holdings and Imperial Brands. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings and Imperial Brands. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address The FTSE 100 is falling! I’d buy these 2 cheap dividend stocks today for a passive income Peter Stephens | Monday, 9th March, 2020 | More on: HSBA IMB Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Peter Stephens Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Buying FTSE 100 shares today to make a passive income may not seem to be a sound move. After all, the index has fallen heavily in recent weeks, and there is a good chance that there are further declines ahead in the short run.However, the index’s fall means that many of its members now have higher yields. And, in the long run, they could deliver dividend growth and capital returns as their share prices recover.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 shares that could be worth buying today to generate a generous passive income in the long run.HSBCThe uncertain outlook for the world economy has contributed to a decline in HSBC’s (LSE: HSBA) share price in recent weeks. Since the start of the year, it is down by 20%. This fall follows a period of weak investor sentiment towards the banking stock. Why so? Well, it has seen a turbulent period including a CEO change and disappointing growth rates in part of the business.The bank’s recent update highlighted the changes its interim CEO intends to make. They include investing in its most promising growth areas and maintaining cost discipline throughout the business.Clearly though, HSBC’s financial prospects are likely to be negatively impacted by the spread of coronavirus. As such, its dividend growth rate may fail to be especially impressive in the near term. There is some good news though. The stock now has a dividend yield of 8.4% from a payout due to be covered 1.3 times by net profit in the current year. That means its income investing potential appears to be high.As such, now could be the right time to buy a slice of the business and hold it for the long run.Imperial BrandsHSBC has a relatively high yield, but it still lags the income return of fellow FTSE 100 company Imperial Brands (LSE: IMB). The tobacco giant’s dividend yield currently stands at 13%. This hints that investors are expecting a reduction in its dividend payout over the medium term.Imperial Brands appears to be able to afford its current dividend payout. For example, in the current year, its shareholder payout is expected to be covered 1.2 times by net profit.A new CEO is set to start work and as its operating environment has been challenging for a number of quarters, investors might be worried about the dividend. They seem to be of the view that Imperial Brands could reinvest a greater proportion of its profit to improve its long-term growth outlook.The company is facing an uncertain set of trading conditions that have produced underwhelming performance levels in its next-generation products segment. But it is still forecast to post earnings growth in the next financial year. Therefore, Imperial Brands could offer income investing potential over the long term. You may have to wait a while though as it could continue to experience a challenging outlook in the short run. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

Will there be a second stock market crash? Here’s why it shouldn’t matter

first_img Image source: Getty Images Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Views expressed in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Will there, or won’t there, be a second wave of Covid-19? Will there, or won’t there, be a second stock market crash? We’ve already seen upticks in coronavirus cases in various US states, in China, and in Germany. In the latter two, there have been renewed lockdowns.The stock market crash? Some of the stocks I’ve been watching have already started to fall back after their early tentative recoveries.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But you know what? I reckon neither of my opening questions should make any difference to investors. By now, people should have already made whatever adjustments to their investing strategies they need. Hopefully, for most, there’ll have been few.If you’ve a strategy, like Warren Buffett, of only buying top quality shares, and buying more of them when they’re cheap, you’ll presumably have made no changes at all.Great buying opportunityAnd, in keeping with your strategy, you’ll have invested more heavily in the exact same shares during the stock market crash. Only you’ll have snapped them up more cheaply. Won’t you?But, you might be thinking, there could be a second pandemic wave and a second phase of the 2020 stock market crash. If that happens, you’ll be able to buy even cheaper than today. So why buy now after prices have started recovering, when you could buy cheaper later?Well, what if there isn’t a second wave of the crash? And what if those tasty cheap shares are never this cheap again? It comes down to trying to time the market, and how very difficult that really is. It’s something that I certainly have no clue how to do. And it’s no better for the experts either. Even Buffett dismisses attempts to time the market as a mug’s game, and doesn’t try it himself.Extending the thinking beyond the current stock market crash, we know for sure that markets go up and down. I’m not a gambler, but I’d put money on the odds-on near-certainty that we’ll have more crashes in the future. So doesn’t it make sense to sit on our money and wait for downturns?Await the next stock market crash?No, I really don’t think it’s a good idea. What if you’re waiting for a downturn, and we have a 10-year bull run rising instead? That’s relatively common. There’s also, of course, the loss of years of dividends while waiting for prices to tumble.You might have good times when you really do manage to buy during a slump. But, over the long term, the stock market has many more upwards spells than downwards spells. So, statistically, you’re more likely to profit by simply investing steadily, regularly, over the long term.What should count is the value of a stock today. If a stock is selling for below what you think it’s worth, maybe allowing for a reasonable safety margin, then buy it. If it doesn’t fall in the future, you’ll have missed an opportunity by not buying today.And if there’s a new stock market crash and it does fall, buy more. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Will there be a second stock market crash? Here’s why it shouldn’t matter Alan Oscroft | Friday, 26th June, 2020 See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

For the first time in 25 years, Denver teachers strike

first_imgFeb. 11 — Two weeks ago, Denver teachers, through their union, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), voted 93 percent in favor of striking against the city’s public school administration, Denver Public Schools. This first strike vote by teachers in 25 years showed they have reached a breaking point. The teachers’ demands include an across-the-board increase in salary and starting pay instead of intermittent bonuses. This would affect classroom teachers, school nurses and psychologists. They are also asking for increased pay for professional development points when they complete special courses. They questioned the need for costly and bloated DPS administrative staff, which carries the highest ratio of administrators to teachers of any city in Colorado.The teachers emphasize they are at a breaking point financially and emotionally. Most work 60 hours a week, and many have had to take second jobs just to survive. Many cannot afford to live in expensive Denver where they teach and have had to leave the district to obtain higher salaries in surrounding areas.  The bonus system is unpredictable. The DPS administration uses bonuses to recruit teachers on a one-time basis for underfunded schools with at-risk students rather than increasing support and funding for these schools. This practice does not help retain teachers, who end up leaving because of lack of libraries and other necessary resources. Students support teachers’ strikeStudents from Denver East High School have supported the striking teachers by sending letters to state agencies, sitting in on bargaining sessions and actually producing a video challenging administrative excess. The students asked why there are 38 “executive managers” in DPS, each making over $136,000 a year while teachers earn a fraction of that, and noted many teachers have not had a raise in 10 years. The Denver Post reported Feb. 8 that the superintendent of schools, Susana Cordova, sent letters to parents saying the schools would remain open except for the early childhood development program, which would affect 4,700 students. Cordova announced plans to use 1,200 regular substitute teachers, plus another 300 newly hired substitute teachers at double pay. She also plans to use 1,400 employees who work in the DPS central administrative office. This will cost over $400,000 a day for substitute teachers and curriculum. Cordova threatened administrative employees with firing if any should refuse to cross the picket line. When negotiations between the union and the administration broke down Feb. 9 after many hours, the teachers announced they would walk out Feb. 11. DCTA President Henry Roman said, “We will strike for our students and for our profession.”The strike will affect 5,300 teachers and 71,000 students in the Denver Public School system.On the morning of Feb. 11, before 7 a.m., 2,100 teachers had called in sick,  according to local Channel 7 news. Picket lines were forming around most schools in Denver. Lead negotiator for the DCTA Rob Gould stated in an early morning interview, “The [Denver Public Schools] need our minds, our labor and our talent. The base salary for a Denver teacher is $7,000 to $15,000 less than in surrounding districts. Teachers cannot afford to live where they teach and 20 percent leave every year.” More than one teacher on the picket line said the strike was for survival.   Students heading into class were asked if students overall supported the teachers; they responded, “I sure hope so!”A local Fox News video from about 10 a.m. showed students inside Denver East High School cheering and dancing in the hallways to celebrate their teachers picketing outside. The video then showed the students walking out in support of their teachers.   FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Montenegro : RSF and other leading press freedom organisations condemn the continued judicial persecution of Jovo Martinović

first_img MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Judicial harassment October 8, 2020 Find out more News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” 30 March 2021Leading press freedom and journalists’ organisations, including Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, strongly condemn the decision by the Court of Appeals to reject Jovo Martinović’s appeal and uphold the first instance verdict of the High Court in Podgorica which convicted Martinović to 12 months of prison. While he will not be imprisoned due to time already spent behind bars, Jovo Martinović will have a criminal record, solely due to his journalism. The undersigned organisations condemn the verdict and regret that the Court of Appeals has not seized the opportunity to acquit the internationally awarded journalist and send a message of support to investigative journalism in Montenegro.Martinović was convicted for violating the Criminal Code of Montenegro relating to the creation of a criminal organisation, as well as illicit production, possession and distribution of narcotics. While he did set up a meeting with defendants over the filming of smuggled weapons in France, he did so for journalistic purposes. We believe that throughout the detention and subsequent trial, his rights to a fair trial have been violated. Prior to his arrest on 22 October 2015, Martinović had already been held in custody for almost 15 months before being finally freed, provisionally.A retrial formally began on 2 December 2019 and on 8 October 2020, the High Court of Montenegro sentenced Martinović to one year in prison for participating in drug trafficking. He was acquitted on charges for membership in a criminal organization. Yesterday, while Martinović’s appeal was rejected, an appeal brought by the state calling for these charges to be reinstated was also rejected. This offers little solace either to Jovo Martinović or other investigative journalists who can read the ongoing judicial persecution as an attempt to dissuade and chill reporting of corruption and organised crime in Montenegro. Investigative journalism is not a crime and should not be treated as such by the Montenegrin authorities. In 2019, the Court of Appeals returned the case against Jovo for a retrial precisely due to lack of evidence against the journalist. The undersigned organisations highlight the continued absence of evidence that would justify a conviction. This further highlights a fundamental flaw in yesterday’s verdict. While Jovo Martinović will not be imprisoned, this politically motivated judicial persecution is an attack on investigative journalism and a damning indictment of media freedom in Montenegro. There remain few precedents for this level of judicial persecution aimed at an investigative journalist in the Balkans and Europe more broadly and highlights a significant failure for the rule of law, which remains important as Montenegro is seeking ascension to the European Union. In a 2020 report, the European Commission, highlighted that while there are legal guarantees in place to protect judicial independence, the system is still “vulnerable to political interference”. To ensure this situation does not continue and to build trust in the judicial system, these guarantees need to be strengthened as a priority.The undersigned organisations condemn the Court of Appeals’ verdict and stand in solidarity with Jovo Martinović and all investigative journalists in Montenegro. We call on Montenegrin authorities and courts to work in line with their commitment to media freedom and European standards, as part of their commitment to the ascension process for the European Union, to ensure Martinović is not further criminalised or persecuted for his journalism. Signed:ARTICLE 19Centre for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro (CIN-CG)European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)Free Press UnlimitedInternational Federation of Journalists (IFJ)International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX)International Press Institute (IPI)OBC TranseuropaReporters Without Borders (RSF)South East  Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)Trade Union of Media of Montenegro  RSF_en Montenegro convicts Jovo Martinović again, jeopardizing EU accession to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Montenegro November 11, 2020 Find out morecenter_img June 7, 2021 Find out more Montenegrin investigative journalist Jovo Martinović. Photo credit: AFP/Fos Media Following the confirmation of the verdict which condemns the Montenegrin journalist Jovo Martinović to 12 months in prison despite a lack of evidence, twelve press freedom and journalists’ organisations call for strengthening of the independence of the judicial system, if Montenegro wants to enter the European Union. News News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Judicial harassment News Organisation March 30, 2021 Montenegro : RSF and other leading press freedom organisations condemn the continued judicial persecution of Jovo Martinovićlast_img read more

Utility district approves expansion purchases

first_img WhatsApp Local News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest TAGS  Twittercenter_img County resident Barbara Jones addresses Ector County Utility District President Tommy Ervin with concerns for the master water plan. The Ector County Utility District has taken next steps to expand operations to accommodate a growing customer base in West Odessa.Board members approved authorizing multiple purchases during a regularly scheduled meeting for required infrastructure improvements to ensure their system can meet guidelines outlined by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.ECUD has maintained an extended contract with the City of Odessa for more than 30 years to receive water and services for the district, but the utility district has steadily been working toward becoming a self-sufficient operation for the last three years under the leadership of ECUD President Tommy Ervin. He said the continued growth in West Odessa is pushing the utility district to expand in order to keep up.Bill Fowler, ECUD’s attorney, said the district was looking to secure land before going out for bids on upcoming projects in hopes of obtaining a lower rate from companies by already having a site selected for an estimate.Board members approved authorizing the purchase of a one-acre tract of land on Knox Avenue for an above ground storage tank at a cost of $25,000 and a second one-acre tract of land for another above ground storage tank on Tripp Avenue for $20,000. The purchase of a 5.37 acre tract of land north of 42nd Street was also approved for a water pump station and one ground storage tank totaling about $40,000.“We have to do these upgrades in order to keep this system functioning,” ECUD board member Terry Swan said.The multiple tracts of land are one of the first stages that will help bring the district’s master water plan to life.The master water plan has been approved by TCEQ to adequately serve Odessa’s current population and projected rate of growth for the next 25 years. The estimated cost to revamp ECUD’s system is $47 million.Ervin said the system would be funded by a loan from the Texas Water Development Board and ECUD would pay down the loan over 30 years with help from recent water rate hikes for customers.West Odessa senior citizens reported water rates have more than doubled for residents receiving ECUD services starting in February. Customers under the age of 60 now pay about $75 and senior citizens pay $50 for 2,000 gallons of water.“The problem with our system is we have areas that have low volume and low pressures and they have to be fixed,” Ervin said. “We have to come up with an infrastructure, which is the pump station and the elevated tanks, to overcome the volume and the pressure problems.”He said water pressure levels for some areas of West Odessa are close to being in violation of state law.The utility district is now recognized as a public water system and has 5,300 customers, serving about 22,000 people in West Odessa. City Public Works Director Tom Kerr said the system has reached a size that indicates a need for more separation from the City, but that process would require bolstering ECUD’s number of personnel, equipment and infrastructure before they are ready to handle operations.Ervin said ECUD is ready to make the jump and start investing in infrastructure projects to secure water for those living in west Odessa for years to come.ECUD board members announced that a town hall will be held May 16 to clarify any confusion about the district’s master water plan and the increased water rates after numerous residents have continually told the board that the updated price is too much for retirees to afford.IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE BOARD>> Authorized the letting of bids to construct Operations & Maintenance building at 1039 N. Moss Ave.>> Approved a motion to table discussion about modifications to the personnel policy manual.>> Approved the financial report for May 8, 2019.>> Approved the minutes from the April 10, 2019 board meeting Facebook Utility district approves expansion purchases Facebook Pinterest Previous articleHEALTH BRIEFS: May 27, 2019Next articleOAT052619 Vatican City 3.JPG Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Convie allegations to be examined by an inspector – Shiels

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th It’s reported that an inspector has been appointed by Environment Minister Alan Kelly to carry out a planning enquiry in Donegal.Cllr Dessie Shiels says his understanding is that the enquiry will centre on investigating a portfolio of 20 particular files about which former planner Gerard Convie has made allegations of  irregularities to the Department of the Environment, and to a number of successive Ministers.In a statement, Cllr Shiels says he has seen have seen the written details of the allegations, describing than as “serious”.He says they suggest that favourable treatment was given to individuals in obtaining planning permission. Some of the complaints made, he says, could, if upheld, lead to further investigations.There have been calls for a full independent planning enquiry in Donegal for years and Cllr Shiels says this could just be the beginning of a process which leads to that. It was previously decided by the Department not to make any further enquiry into those matters but following a challenge by Mr Convie and the recepit of legal advice by the Department from the Attorney General, Cllr Shiels says the Minister has now decided to appoint an inspector.He concludes there will never be accountability for planning irregularities in Donegal unless an outside independent enquiry takes place. What Mr Convie has started, he says, may lead to a planning ‘can of worms’ being opened in Donegal……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/desiplan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – February 25, 2015 Previous articleSenoir Saolta official rules out a second breast surgeon for LGHNext articleLynch to miss Derry Tyrone tie News Highland WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Convie allegations to be examined by an inspector – Shielslast_img read more

Charity boxes stolen during weekend break in in Strabane

first_img Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Previous articleKim Cattrall announces missing brother’s deathNext articleCouncil urged to support Gathering at Scalp project News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+center_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Facebook By News Highland – February 5, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Police in Strabane are investigating the theft of a number of charity boxes from a business premises in the town during a weekend break in.Shortly after 4am yesterday morning, two men entered Dolan’s Restaurant and Takeaway on the Lifford Road, causing damage to the doors of the property before making off with two charity boxes.The proprietors have released CCTV footage in a bid to identify the intruders.Anyone who may have seen two men in the area at the time or came upon discarded charity boxes is asked to contact the PSNI.Local Councillor Patsy Kelly, has described the actions of those behind the incident as despicable:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/kelly1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Charity boxes stolen during weekend break in in Strabanelast_img read more