The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd ( Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgThe Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd (  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileThe Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited specialises in growing and cultivating sugarcane amongst other agricultural products. The company has, however, diversified into agro-industry, tourism, IT services and trading. The Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Morison Industries Plc ( Q32014 Interim Report

first_imgMorison Industries Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Chemicals sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Morison Industries Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Morison Industries Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Morison Industries Plc (  2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMorison Industries Plc manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceutical and hygiene products in Nigeria as well as imports and distributes medical, surgical and hospital consumables. The company is a leader in the field of Woundcare solutions, trauma/arthroplasty and bone graft products in Nigeria. Its Advance Wound Management business offers a range of products from initial wound bed preparation to full wound closure. Antiseptics and disinfectants are marketed under the Morigad brand name. Other well known brands include Gypsona, Dynacast, Soffban, Cutisoft and Leukomed. Morison Industries Plc is involved in merchandising hip, knee and shoulder joints implants as well as ancillary products such as bone cement and biomaterials for elective orthopaedic and trauma surgery; and is a distributor of the full range of Braun medical products. Morison Agro Allied is a subsidiary of Morison Industries Plc and markets a range of agricultural preparations including herbicides and biocide disinfectants under the brand names Glutacide, Germicide and Lysol. Morison Industries Plc has an export license from the Nigerian Exportation Promotion Council to export shea nuts, cashew nuts, cocoa, ginger, bitter kola and sesame seeds. The company also has a division which manufactures and markets products made from fish oil with High Omega 3 content in addition to selling lifestyle products which improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Morison Industries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Aaron Cruden on Pat McCabe’s injury

first_img TAGS: Highlight Test rugby: blink and you can miss a major moment. Sometimes, in the direst of circumstances you can miss a career.On Saturday, as the Wallabies were choking on the spoon their medicine had been served with – at 51-20 in Eden Park against the All Blacks, that dose of medicine doesn’t much nippier ­– one of their players was helped off. Pat McCabe, who had twice suffered a fractured neck before, damaged it again. This third fracture would be the one that ended his career. At the age of 26.For All Blacks stand-off Aaron Cruden, who orchestrated the Wallabies’ rugby downfall, it came as a shock.“I wasn’t aware of Pat’s injury during the game,” Cruden tells Rugby World, “but I saw him afterwards. I headed into the physio’s area to get my pectoral (sic) checked out, and Pat was there with a neck brace on. I asked him how he was and he said he was ‘hoping to be just fine.’ Then, it turns out he cannot play.“It doesn’t get much more physical that a (Bledisloe) Test. It’s like that in the heat of the moment, but you never wish injuries like that on any opponent. For Pat it was just one of those things, and he won’t want it to be, even if he lost. But he can walk away, which is the important thing.”In the middle of it all: Cruden was at the centre of the All Blacks’ good playFor Cruden, talking on behalf of AIG who have launched a safety campaign to educate clubs and  grass-roots level players, it is a particularly poignant issue. Things have come a long way in a short space of time with on-field safety, he says, but international players are beholden to spread a message of safety. The fly-half tells of passing on “good habits”, in terms of learning proper technique and using the right equipment. He also is saddened by those trying to tear down the game, rather than focusing on improving standards.In the May edition of Rugby World, the Rugby Rant was about professor Allyson Pollock, from Queen Mary University of London, calling for a ban of the sport. Despite McCabe’s extreme misfortune, Cruden isn’t convinced.“It can be difficult to hear people like that on the sport that I love,” the Waikato Chief says, “but you cannot please everyone. The important thing is to educate parents and young players and to take safety forward.”Of course, before McCabe left the game, there was plenty of inspiration on display for those fond of a comeback tale. The Wallaby winger had recovered from two neck fractures, his team-mate Nathan Charles is playing Test union despite living with Cystic Fibrosis and Cruden himself has famously recovered since suffering from testicular cancer at the age of 19. Calling it quits: Wallaby Pat McCabe has called time on his career after a third fractured neck LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Cruden agrees that there was plenty to admire there. “I think it is special to see these guys play. Life throws up a lot of challenges and you are defined by how you respond. That’s especially true of rugby. It’s a sport we all truly love and you have to make the most of it while it lasts. You’ve got to do what you can when you get that chance.”In rugby terms Cruden is particularly pleased with how his game has improved since he last spoke to Rugby World, just before the All Black’s first summer Test against England. Then, he felt he had a lot to prove to himself after sloppy Super Rugby performances and breaking his thumb. By the time he was masterminding a heavy Bledisloe win, he had played into form.Impressive: He may be unattached, but Nicolas Sanchez has shoneHe is also pleased with how he and close friend Aaron Smith are growing as a half-back pairing. After getting a ‘boot up the backside’ before the second Rugby Championship Test, they upped their work-rate, went on the attack and shone. Keeping Australia‘s playmaker Kurtley Beale quite by shutting him down definitely pleased him – though obviously he did so with the help of a voracious back-row unit.Certainly Beale has extreme talent and you cannot keep him too quiet for too long, as evidenced when the Waratah popped up to flick a “little, sneaky inside ball to Izzy Folau to score.” However, Cruden passed that Test. Now his sights are on Argentina’s No 10.“From the few games I’ve seen from Nicolas Sanchez, he has been fantastic. He brings natural flair, in unpredictable, adds balance to their team and, like me, he’s not afraid to attack the line even if he’s not the biggest guy.“It does seem bizarre that he is not attached to any team, considering he is Argentina’s leading No 10. You’d think they would want him to find his timing before a World Cup campaign. But then again, look at his last two results – he’s clearly doing something right!” Aaron Cruden was speaking at the launch of the AIG Rugby Safety Awards, a global campaign to tackle safety in rugby. Watch the video or visit to find out how you could win equipment for your club. read more

The Great Migration: The Scotsman in Romania

first_imgBack in Scotland: Doneghan helps make a tackle for the Gael Force vs Leinster in the B&I Cup“I’d love to end on a high, either the Challenge Cup or international rugby. There are so many guys who have gone down the road and thought: ‘I can take the chance and miss out on a few years of life, so to speak, or I don’t risk it and do something else.’ I’ve chosen to take the risk. I’m a single guy, I still love rugby, so why not? If I don’t like it, c’est la vie, I can come back to the UK. That’s one thing. People in Britain and France sometimes don’t realise how lucky they are in terms of handouts, the NHS, minimum wage… in Romania doctors will be earning €300 a month. They’ve not got motorways and there are issues with horses and carts, stray dogs. You can get maybe five people in a one-bedroom apartment. So I’m quite lucky (to earn a good wage to play rugby). If anything does go wrong, I’ve got a nation to go back to that will help me. Well, I hope so anyway!”There are little things to deal with aside from playing. The lack of good vegetarian food or Irn Bru is a bit of a concern, and travelling from the north of Romania to face a rival can take up to 12 hours on a sleeper bus. But those minor issues won’t stop him from hustling for his club, in the hope he can do just the same for the Romanian national team one day. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The man to impress: Lynn Howells (C) at RWC 2015“I’m the only Scotsman in the league. There’s Jack Cobden at CSM Bucharest. He’s played for the national team. He’s English. We’ve got four Fijians, four Tongans, two South Africans, myself and two Georgians. There’s maybe five or six guys who may say they’re Moldovan, but may just be from the Moldovan region of the country, so they’re Romanian but will speak a different dialect. It’s very multicultural here. I remember one of our games, our entire back-line were speaking English and we were facing Timisoara ,whose entire back-line were speaking English. I felt like I was back in the Championship. In France there wasn’t a lot of that.”There is more opportunity to pack your boots and travel the world than ever before. The motivations of why players do so is something we can seek to understand. For Doneghan it is the desire not to give up on his dream – he never went to university, he just wanted to play rugby and he is not prepared to head back to the UK just yet. He is enjoying himself too, playing among athletes from different cultures. He is learning the language, a little bit at a time. There are so many positives for the back.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREBut what went through his head when he first rocked up to Romania? “I thought, ‘If I don’t like it I can just leave.’ What’s really attractive for Romanian rugby, particularly the best four teams, is that we can get into the Challenge Cup. I was really pleasantly surprised with how good the rugby is here. It’s maybe lacking in things like cryochambers and top analysis, but our changing rooms are the best I’ve ever had; we’ve got a sauna, we’ve got a big bath for hot and one for ice, the showers are great… The pitches are usually pretty good. It seems most guys sign for at least two years too. Meeting the press: Michael Doneghan talks to local press in Baia Mare Credit: Alin Boțioc center_img Michael Doneghan came through the Scottish Academy system, spending time with Glasgow and the sevens before playing in the English Championship with London Scottish. And after a brief stint with AS Macon in Fédérale 1, he is now into his second season with Baia Mare in Romania’s professional league.At the ground: DoneghanAs the centre-cum-winger explains, he’s not far off realising a unique dream: “I’ll openly say it to you, come my three years in Romania, that’ll enable me to push for the national team with them. I’d love to make the World Cup squad. They’re playing in the European Nations Cup, they’re winning that. They’re playing Six Nations B, they’ve won that. It’s really competitive now. If Scotland gave me the call I don’t know what I’d say, but it’s not likely. I’d love to be in that group with Romania, if they qualify.”He has trained with a Romania B squad masquerading as a ‘President’s Select’, under the watchful eyes of the Romanian national coaches, Lynn Howells, Rob Moffat and Massimo Cuttitta, the very group who coached Edinburgh back in the 2006-07 season. Doneghan hopes he can impress over the rest of this season, with Baia Mare second in the SuperLiga table.SEE OUR INVESTIGATION IN THE NEW ISSUERomania’s professional league is somewhat of a mystery to those of us rooted in the West. There are seven professional teams, with the top four sides, Baia Mare, Timisoara Saracens, Steaua Bucharest and CSM Bucharest, competing strongly. But there are only seven for a reason. Money is king in Romania. With teams privately owned, the size of the bank balance is key to success and survival. It is very easy to go from boom to bust, as demonstrated by Farul Constanta, who suffered a recent financial collapse and fell out of the league.Some also see Romania as a haven for players from foreign climes who are not considered must-haves in other pro leagues around the world. More talent coming into the league for a few years creates the opportunity to play under a different flag, as Doneghan hopes to do, and this has drawn criticism from some, at least it did when the news reached the greater rugby public that Romania had selected seven Pacific-born players in their November squad.“I think every single team has at least two foreign guys, probably more than that,” Doneghan says on the outside influence coming into the league. “The majority are Tongan. There’s a rule that you can have eight foreign guys in the squad. We’ve got maybe 12 or 13, however two of them have played for Romania, so don’t count any more. Forget players coming in to established rugby powerhouses, Alan Dymock talks with one Scot who hopes to play for Romania in Rugby World Cup 2019. This is part of the Great Migration serieslast_img read more

Greenham Trust secures £25m funding via private placement

first_imgGreenham Trust secures £25m funding via private placement Melanie May | 24 January 2019 | News  92 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6  91 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Funding trusts and foundations Greenham Trust has raised £25m through a 25-year secured private placement with a single investor, it has announced. Independent financial risk advisory firm JCRA arranged the deal with Aberdeen Standard (ASI) on behalf of the Trust.Greenham Trust uses income generated from its asset portfolio to make charitable grants to organisations in West Berkshire and North Hampshire. Details of what it funds and how to apply are available on its site. To date, it has provided over £40m to a variety of causes and across almost 3,000 separate charities. It has grown revenues from under £0.5m per annum in 1997 to over £5.3m in 2018 through direct grants, matched funding, and online platform The Good Exchange.Proceeds of the Trust’s private placement will help fund the development of five new commercial properties on the Greenham business park site, as well as repaying existing bank loans.The deal was structured with a 19-year average life, which broadly matches the life of the underlying leases.Chris Boulton, Chief Executive of Greenham Trust and Greenham Business Park, said: “We are excited to have completed our inaugural private placement. This will enable the Trust to deliver an extensive development programme to accommodate both existing and new occupiers at Greenham Business Park. The aim is to create further charitable funds to distribute to the communities we support. JCRA were pivotal in advising the Trust on this transaction.”Adrian Bell, Director at JCRA, added: Advertisement “We are delighted to arrange this private placement for Greenham. It provides the Charity with long-dated, low-cost funding, which allows it to embark on the next stage of its development.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Black anti-imperialist defended

first_imgAjamu BarakaThe irony of the first full-blown demonstration against a speaker at the Left Forum in New York City being aimed at a Black anti-imperialist calls into question the motivations of supposedly anti-genocide protesters.An article being circulated throughout the conference weekend on June 1-3, as well as a walkout protest during the closing plenary of the annual event, decried Black Alliance for Peace national organizer Ajamu Baraka’s support for the Syrian state.Syria has been devastated by a seven-year, U.S.-led intervention that has armed so-called rebels and created millions of refugees. An international attempt to investigate Syria for allegedly possessing chemical weapons, used to allegedly commit genocide, was thwarted by an April 13 attack by a U.S.-led coalition that included France and the United Kingdom.Protesters at the Left Forum called Baraka an “Assadist” and a Trump supporter, as well as a “genocide denialist.”“This was not an attack against me personally, but against all of us who take an uncompromising stance on U.S. and European imperialism,” Baraka said. “The Black Alliance for Peace will continue to call out the petty-bourgeois moralism that aligns itself with the humanitarian fiction of the ‘responsibility to protect’ — the 21st century version of the ‘white man’s burden.’”The United National Antiwar Coalition issued the following “Defense of Anti-Imperialism” on June 6:“Two organizations used Ajamu Baraka’s presence at the recent Left Forum in order to attack anti-imperialism itself. They falsely accuse him of being a defender of genocide and a Donald Trump supporter as a ruse to hide their support of imperialism as carried out not just in Syria but around the world.“Ajamu Baraka’s history of activism and his role as National Organizer and National Spokesperson for the Black Alliance for Peace demonstrate a commitment to democracy, justice, and the rights of all people to self-determination.“United National Antiwar Coalition is a partner with BAP on initiatives such as the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases. BAP is also represented on the UNAC Coordinating Committee. The two groups work together because we share the same determination to end U.S. state-sponsored violence wherever it is carried out. In just one year since its founding, the Black Alliance for Peace has made great strides in reviving the black radical tradition of opposing ‘the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.’“While the lies and vitriol directed at Ajamu Baraka were not strictly personal, they were in essence attacks carried out against this black-led movement as well. BAP’s success in a short period of time makes it a target of faux leftists, whose goal is to legitimize U.S. foreign policy while cynically appearing to oppose it. The attempt to silence a leading black anti-war organization is therefore racist and makes their actions all the more insidious.“These organizations reveal themselves to be supporters of the U.S. hegemon, telling slanderous falsehoods in order to hide their true political stance. They have a history of disrupting anti-war actions and forums hosted by UNAC and others whenever an anti-imperialist position on Syria or other issues are being discussed.“UNAC stands with everyone who is clear about the necessity of ending the U.S. goal of reaching full-spectrum dominance in Syria and everywhere. As such, it is vital for us to stand with Black Alliance for Peace and against any effort to denounce its work and its leadership. We encourage other organizations to add their names to this statement or to issue their own statements of support and solidarity.”Varughese is a communications adviser for Black ­Alliance for Peace.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Still no word of missing radio presenter and environmentalist eight months after his abduction

first_img June 1, 2021 Find out more November 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Still no word of missing radio presenter and environmentalist eight months after his abduction Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped February 16, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the indifference of both local and national authorities to the fate of radio presenter and anti-logging campaigner Joey Estriber, who has been missing ever since he was kidnapped outside an Internet café in Baler, in Aurora province (northeast of Manila), on the evening of 3 March 2006.”It is eight months to the day since Estriber was abducted and nothing has been done by the authorities to find and identify his kidnappers,” the press freedom organisation said. “It seems that complicity between the local police and logging companies has prevented any progress in the investigation. The authorities in Manila must restart enquiries as a matter of urgency.”A freelance journalist who presented the programme Pag-usapan Natin (Let’s talk about that) on local radio station DZJO, Estriber was kidnapped by four gunmen. According to a representative of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the kidnapping took place a few yards from a police station, but the police never questioned the witnesses.Estriber has five dependants – his wife and four children – who have had no source of income since his disappearance.A well-known critic of deforestation in Aurora province, he often used his radio programme to condemn the intensive logging being carried out by companies with the support of people within the local government, and he had participated in a campaign calling for the withdrawal of the nine licences issued to logging companies in the province.Estriber also worked for a local development NGO, Bataris, which a military officer speaking on a radio station in February described as the kind of organisation that should be combated. May 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation center_img Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Follow the news on Philippines PhilippinesAsia – Pacific to go further News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News RSF_en Newslast_img read more

National Women’s Political Caucus Pasadena Chapter Announces Endorsements in Pasadena Races

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Plans in motion to convert Cayuga Power Plant to data center

first_img Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: Tagged: cayuga operating company, cayuga power plant, ed lavigne, lansing town board, mike sigler, no fracked gas cayuga, tompkins county legislature Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi The center’s computing power would demand a lot of electric power – 100 megawatts at full capacity, according to the memo. That’s roughly equivalent to the power demand of 75,000 homes. Similar projects across the country have shown that outdated power generation facilities are attractive locations for data centers because existing equipment can handle heavy energy loads.A former coal-fired plant in Indiana is in the process of being retrofitted into a data center and business campus, as is a coal-fired plant in Alabama. In the Alabama facility, which is being renovated for Google and will be powered by renewable energy sources, the heavy-duty transmission lines and water intakes used in the plant’s operation were cited as desirable features to have in powering and cooling the data centers.Cayuga Operating Company proposes generating 15 megawatts of electricity at an on-site solar array and has applied to the New York Power Authority for an allocation of 125 megawatts of power from renewable sources. An application for state funding to offset the costs of repurposing electric equipment is also pending with Empire State Development.“The (NYPA) allocation would be power from Niagara Falls, the largest supplier of renewable energy in the state. This checks all the boxes the Governor has listed in his program for the future. I know the plant is working hard to protect this asset that’s given so much to our community and has the potential to bring millions of dollars in assessed value back on the tax rolls,” Legislator Mike Sigler said in his monthly report to the Lansing Town Board.Irene Weiser, co-founder of No Fracked Gas Cayuga, welcomed the plan to create a data center in a statement. “The proposed plan to close the coal-fired Cayuga Power Plant and convert it into a data center rather than keep it burning with fracked gas is good news for the Town of Lansing, good news for Tompkins County, and good news for the planet. How fitting to replace this relic of the last century’s dirty fossil-fuel era with today’s modern technology, powered by clean renewable energy,” Weiser said.According to the company’s memo, the conversion would provide $100 million in capital investments, 30 to 40 full-time jobs in the $40-60,000 range, as well as about 100 construction jobs.In the memo, however, the company warns that if NYPA does not offer “a fair and reasonable” power allocation, “the power plant owners could pursue an existing repowering application (via trucked natural gas) at Cayuga and/or sue the State on its proposed coal regulations designed to close only these two plants.” The memo states that a denial from NYPA would bring “significant economic dislocation” for the Lansing and Somerset communities, including lost jobs and tax revenue.LaVigne called the project a win-win, touting its potential to boost the local economy and tax base while avoiding the environmental and nuisance impacts of trucking in fracked gas. “For as diverse as we are in this county, I think a lot of the circles cross on this point,” he said of the project at Wednesday’s meeting. He called on community members to unite in support while the company’s applications are under consideration in Albany. “What we need from Lansing and the surrounding area is a unified voice saying we need to get this done.”No Fracked Gas Cayuga, which strongly opposed plans to re-power the plant with natural gas, is pushing for NYPA approval provided there is a guarantee that the plant will not return to burning fossil fuels. “We urge the New York Power Authority to provide the renewable energy that this data center seeks as long as it commits never to burn fossil fuels again. No Fracked Gas Cayuga will continue to monitor these plans closely to ensure the plant is decommissioned and the site remediated,” Weiser’s statement reads.Featured image: The Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing (file photo) center_img Devon Magliozzi LANSING, N.Y. – The Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing will end its coal operations and reopen as a data storage center if all goes according to company plans. At a Lansing Town Board meeting Wednesday, supervisor Ed LaVigne circulated a memo from the Cayuga Operating Company announcing that the company intends to transition from being a power producer to a power consumer.“They want to get out of the power generating business … They have no intent, and they’re willing to sign a paper saying so, that they have no desire to re-power the plant with natural gas,” LaVigne said while presenting information provided by Jerry Goodenough, vice president of development for Cayuga Operating Company.The power plant has operated on the east shore of Cayuga Lake since 1955, burning coal to produce electricity and using lake water to cool its steam turbines. In 2016, an application submitted by the company to convert its coal-fired generators to natural gas was rejected by the New York State Public Services Commission, but the company continued to pursue a transition to natural gas.In November, Goodenough submitted a letter to the Tompkins County Legislature laying out the company’s plans to truck natural gas in from Pennsylvania to produce power in Lansing. Spurred by vocal opposition to the plan from residents and activists concerned about its environmental impacts, the Legislature sent a strongly-worded letter to Albany opposing the company’s proposal. Regulations announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in March all but ensured the transition to natural gas would not move forward, with the governor setting a goal of closing all coal-powered plants and curbing carbon dioxide emissions at plants statewide by 2020.Irene Weiser addresses PDEQ Committee about the Cayuga Power Plant in November 2018. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) Irene Weiser addresses PDEQ Committee about the Cayuga Power Plant in November 2018. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)The company memo circulated Wednesday says the new plan to convert the power plant to a data center fulfills Cuomo’s pledge to go coal-free and is in keeping with the Green New Deal the governor announced in his 2019 State of the State address. The plant’s parent company also operates the Somerset Power Plant in Niagara County, and Goodenough wrote that converting both to data centers would bring significant environmental benefits.“Closing the Somerset and Cayuga Power plants and repurposing those sites as data centers powered by renewable energy would constitute an almost 10 to 1 replacement ratio of fossil fuel to clean energy (996 MWs coal to 125 MWs renewable energy) and would fulfill Governor’s pledge to shut down coal in New York ahead of his December 2020 timeline,” the memo reads.The data center proposed at the Cayuga plant would provide capacity for large volumes of cloud storage, artificial intelligence development and big data modeling, according to Goodenough. The memo lists examples of projects the center could support: predicting component failure in manufacturing, modeling crop production, or mapping bird migrations. 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Concern TII could scupper Donegal Town cinema plans

first_img Previous articleGardai launch investigation into arson in KillylastinNext articleTommy Canning announced as new Finn Harps U19 head coach admin DL Debate – 24/05/21 By admin – November 26, 2019 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp A decision on a planning application for a new Cinema in Donegal Town is due to be made known by Donegal County Council before December the 4th.8,000 people have signed the ‘We Want our Cinema Campaign’ for the development of the complex at Drumlonagher but there is some concern that a Transport Infrastructure Ireland submission could frustrate the plans.WJ Dolan Construction has submitted new plans for the construction of a two story, Five Screen, 714 seat cinema which would include a small restaurant, 155 space car park and acces on to the R267 at the existing Lidl junction.8000 people have signed a petition, which was submitted as part of the planning process last week, calling on the council to allow the development.The ‘We Want our Cinema Campaign’ says there is a distinct need for such a development in Donegal Town claiming the contribution it would make to the area ‘cannot be underestimated or understated’.Donegal Town has not had a cinema since the 1980s.There is some concern that a Transport Infrastructure Ireland Letter, which it would appear the council received after the closing date for submissions, could block the project if considered.Even though the development would use an existing commercial exit, the TII claims the development is at variance with official policy in relation to control of development on national roads.The TII also claims there is ‘insufficient data’ submitted that the proposed development will not have a negative impact on the capacity, safety or operational efficiency of the national road network.The council is due to make its decision known on the matter early December. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Google+center_img Twitter WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Concern TII could scupper Donegal Town cinema plans Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more