More than €68,000 has been spent by the state investigating Councillor John O’Donnell and two other Irish councillors following an RTE sting, it has emerged. In 2015, the national broadcaster carried out an undercover operation where a reporter posed as a businesswoman from a company looking to set up wind farms in rural Ireland.The councillors were secretly filmed while they were asked to help the company avoid planning difficulties which they agreed to do in return for benefits for themselves.All three councillors, including Independent Councillor John O’Donnell, were successfully re-elected earlier this year despite the documentary highlighting their controversial behaviour using undercover footage. On Saturday, it was revealed that investigations by the Standards In Public Office Commission into the three councillors has cost the State €68,397 so far.In 2017, the Standards In Public Office Commission launched investigations into Cllr John O’Donnell and two other Irish councillors on the back of their actions that featured in the documentary.Cllr O’Donnell was also found to be in breach of the Code of Conduct for Councillors after he agreed to provide assistance to the company in exchange for financial reward.Meanwhile, Sligo Councillor Joe Queenan was found to be in breach of maintaining proper standards after he was filmed in the expose agreeing to help the fictitious company and said that they could be interested in investing in his own business project further down the line. Investigations into Monaghan Councillor Hugh McElvaney is still ongoing after he decided to take his case to the High Court.Numbers obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that SIPO was forced to spend €68,397 on legal fees and other costs while investigating the councillors.Some €23,203 has been spent so far by SIPO on Cllr Hugh McElvaney’s investigation with this number set to rise as the case continues. Some €978 was spent on this case so far in 2019.The majority of the costs for these three investigations were legal fees with €53,374 spent on senior counsel, junior counsel and a legal advisor for the Commission.Government pays €68k after RTE’s ‘Windgate’ probe was last modified: August 19th, 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)
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Like Narnian children finding a zoo of lifeless stone statues in the White Witch’s wintry realm, scientists have come across frozen trees, leaves and seed pods deep in the Canadian arctic. “The dry, frigid site is now surrounded by glaciers and is completely treeless,” said National Geographic News. What deep magic left this mummified forest “exquisitely preserved”? The scientific wizards say it was a landslide, up to 10 million years ago. Other frozen forests have been known (03/22/2002), but this one on Ellesmere Island is the farthest north found so far. Science Daily said the find is the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Researchers at Ohio State “also suspect that many more mummified forests could emerge across North America as Arctic ice continues to melt,” Science Daily said. “As the wood is exposed and begins to rot, it could release significant amounts of methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – and actually boost global warming.” While that reporter was fascinated by whatever “Clues to Future Warming Impact” might be gained, perhaps more astonishing is how wood that could rot today remained frozen for 2-8 million years – the age range claimed in the article. For him to worry about global warming, he must be talking about a lot of wood: “Walking through the area, they’re everywhere,” said Joel Barker, an environmental scientist at Ohio State University and leader of study of the mummified forest. “You’d have trouble not tripping over them.” The article described the forest as similar to those covering a wide area: “The mummified forest seems to resemble modern forests growing hundreds of miles to the south, suggesting the forest must have grown during a time when the Arctic was much warmer.” The National Geographic story led off with a photo of a cross-section of a log that looks like it would burn in a fireplace. “The mummified trees were likely preserved so long because they were buried quickly by landslides and thus protected from air and water, which hastens decomposition.” But can it protect them for millions of years? How many landslides must be invoked to cover enough rotting mummified trees to raise concerns about greenhouse gases? Even so, no living material lasts forever in its original state, unless replaced by minerals, as in petrification and fossilization. This is real wood. “When we started pulling leaves out of the soil, that was surreal, to know that it’s millions of years old and that you can hold it in your hand,” one of the researchers announced to the American Geophysical Union last week. A colleague familiar with fossil forests called this find “extraordinary,” speaking of “Finding wood that is millions of years old in such good condition—almost as if you just picked it up from the forest floor….”The millions of years exist only in their imagination. So tenacious are these moyboys* in their faith, they cannot see the trees for the forest, or the forest for the trees, because the fogma** is so thick. These trees are not that old. Neither are the dinosaur bones with blood vessels intact (04/09/2009). Why do they tell such tales? They must keep the tale going, because they live in a fantasyland, the world of Blarneya, where it is always winter and never Christmas. They like it that way, because they serve the White Beard, who rules Blarneya with an iron fist. The Chronicles of Blarneya stretch backward and forward billions of years, they teach the children, turning their minds to stone. They fear global warming because it will portend the day the lyin’ will be revealed.*See definition in the 03/31/2007 commentary.**See definition in the 05/14/2007 commentary.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
With its wealth of minerals, South Africa is one of the most resource-rich regions on the planet. Add to this its sophisticated financial sector and strong business focus, its skilled people and strategic location, and you have a recipe for investment success.South Africa has a wealth of natural resources. (Image Brand South Africa)South Africa is one of the world’s most promising emerging markets; it is sophisticated, innovative and diverse.Its strategic location at the southern tip of Africa provides an accessible gateway to the rest of the continent, a market of some one billion people.In addition, South Africa itself is worth looking at for investment opportunities: it is one of the economic powerhouses of Africa, is a member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and plays a critical role in local development initiatives. The country also currently holds the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).It has sophisticated financial, legal and telecommunications sectors, with several global business process outsourcing operations.South Africa has a strong tertiary education sector that ensures the availability of highly skilled graduates. Legislation promotes training and skills development, creating an environment to fast-track the building of world-class skills and competences.It has world-class infrastructure, exciting innovation, research and development capabilities and a strong manufacturing base.SA has huge potentialThere is a wealth of natural resources, including gold, coal, platinum, iron ore, manganese, nickel, uranium and chromium. International exploration companies, notably in the oil and gas sector, are particularly interested in South Africa’s potential.The country is a regional leader in the agriculture and agro-processing sector and is at the forefront of developing green technologies and industries, creating new and sustainable jobs in the process and reducing environmental impact.One of the main reasons South Africa is becoming a popular trade and investment destination is because the country ensures it can meet the specific trade and investment requirements of prospective investors: it has a large number of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions. Trade rules favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade.A number of international airlines service the country, with good flight connections into the rest of the continent.Last, but not least, South Africa is a country of great natural beauty and warm and welcoming people – and has a reputation for delivering value-for-money. From the shores of the oceans to the wildlife reserves of the Highveld to the diversity of its eight World Heritage sites and its culturally significant places, South Africa is an attractive business and leisure destination.Sources: Department of Trade and Industry, Southern African Development Community, South African Yearbook: 2016/17Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “There’s always a possibility. We’ve gone through these as looking for improvement,” said Racela told reporters after his team got eliminated in the quarterfinals after a 106-93 loss to top seed San Miguel Beer on Tuesday.The addition of Cruz did wonders for the KaTropa, who had been longing for another offensive weapon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCruz averaged 17 points in his first two games for the KaTropa, but struggled against the Beermen scoring only three points on 1-of-7 shooting from the field with seven turnovers.“With the new guys that we brought in, we know we’ll be good. Jericho has only been with us for two weeks, three weeks and we like what we saw. It’s time for him to fully adjust. We have enough time during the break of the season,” said Racela. MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Fajardo, Beermen step up for coach Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Racela also did not want to reveal too much asked about TNT’s import for the Commissioner’s Cup.“We have a short list, but we’re still looking at the timing and availability of some names. We’ll come up with the decision maybe by next week,” he said.“Of course, Joshua is there. But Joshua right now is still playing in Japan. So he’s in game shape. But no more names as of now, but Joshua is part of the short list,” he added, referring to Joshua Smith.TNT went to the Commissioner’s Cup Finals last year with Smith, known for his heft and inside dominance, in tow, but lost to San Miguel in six games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Nash Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt seems like TNT isn’t done in making changes to its roster. The KaTropa acquired Jericho Cruz late last month in a trade with Rain or Shine and coach Nash Racela said “there’s always a possibility” for a lineup shakeup.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES