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DUP set to block McCausland motion

A motion on Nelson McCausland is to be debated on Monday


DUP assembly members have signed a petition of concern enabling them to block a motion concerning their minister Nelson McCausland.

The motion is due for debate on Monday.

It notes the first part of the Social Development Committee’s investigation into allegations broadcast on a BBC Spotlight programme in July last year.

The committee has split its examination of the allegations about housing maintenance contracts broadcast by Spotlight into three parts

In its first report published in July, a majority of assembly members concluded that Mr McCausland had deliberately misled them over a letter regarding a meeting he had had with a double glazing firm

However, Mr McCausland’s DUP colleagues did not agree

They accused his critics of engaging in a political witch-hunt and put out their own minority report

The motion due for debate on Monday notes the committee’s report and by using a petition of concern, the DUP can block any vote that they feel might be seen as undermining their minister

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady said that the DUP’s decision to issue a petition of concern to stop the vote was “absolute nonsense

Monday’s debate is simply to note the report on allegations raised in a BBC Spotlight programme on the awarding of Housing Executive contracts he said.

The use of a petition of concern by the DUP is incredulous and is an absolute nonsense

In this instance the use of a petition of concern smacks of desperation. It will have no affect whatsoever other than to draw more attention to the debate

Regardless of the DUP attempts to affect the voting on this motion, the Assembly will hear the debate, it will be televised and it will be recorded into the minutes by Hansard

This only adds to the DUP’s track record of using petitions of concern for narrow party political interests

The only conclusion that will be drawn by the public is that the DUP may have something to hide by blocking the Assembly voting on this motion

NI’s economy remains on track

İmalat sektörü, Ağustos ayında Ulster Bank tarafından sağlanan verilere göre en iyi performans gösterdi


( Bursa Escort ) – Ulster Bank tarafından sağlanan verilere göre, Kuzey İrlanda’nın en özel sektörün toparlanma yavaşladı ancak “yolda kalır”.

Ağustos ayında, firmaların emir, çıktı ve istihdamda 14 aylık büyüme ayı yaşadıklarını söyledi.

Ancak baş ekonomist Richard Ramsey, toparlanma sürecinin Mart ayından bu yana “en zayıf” yandığını söyledi.

Bankanın değerlendirmesi bir Satın Alma Yöneticileri Endeksi’ne (PMI) dayanıyor.

Yeni siparişler, istihdam ve ihracat gibi göstergeleri takip eden bir firma paneli için aylık bir anket.

Ancak bankaya göre, İngiliz ve İrlanda ekonomilerinin hızlanan genişlemesi “önümüzdeki aylarda yerel işletmeler için iyi” işaret ediyor.

Bay Ramsey, Kuzey İrlanda’daki ılımlılığın bağlam içine alınması gerektiğini söyledi.

Yetkili, “Özel sektör firmaları, ticari faaliyette, yeni siparişlerde ve istihdamda daha hızlı büyüme oranlarını, kredi sıkışıklığı öncesi uzun vadeli ortalamadan daha ağustos ayında yaşıyor” dedi.

“Toparlanma devam ederken, büyüme oranlarının normal seviyelere ılımlı seyretmesi bekleniyor.”

İmalat sanayi Ağustos ayında en iyi performans gösterdi.

Séan Brady’s resignation accepted

Kardinal Séan Brady 1996’dan İrlanda’daki Katolik Kilisesine önderlik etti ve büyük çaplı ve çalkantılı bir değişimin olduğu bir dönemde kurumun başına başkanlık etti.


( Bursa Escort ) – Vatikan İrlanda’da Katolik Kilisesi, Kardinal Séan Brady lideri istifasını kabul ettiğini açıkladı.

Geçtiğimiz ay İrlanda Catholic’lerinin 18 yıldır lideri olan Dr Brady, istifasını Temmuz ayında Papa Francis’e sunduğunu doğruladı.

Görev süreleri, çocuk cinsel istismarı skandallarına dayanıyor ve bir davayı örtmeye yardım ettiğini iddia ediyor.

Başpiskopos Eamon Martin halefi olarak ilan edilmiştir.

Papa Francis, Armagh Başpiskoposu ve Tüm İrlanda Mahpusunu atadı.

Olarak atandı Armagh asistan başpiskoposu Ocak 2013 ve Nisan ayında rütbesi 2013.

Başepiskopos Martin, Armagh’ın Başpiskoposunda “çoban” rolünü üstlenmekten onur duyduğunu söyledi.

“Armagh, Derry, Louth ve Tyrone’daki 61 cemaat halkına hizmet etmeyi dört gözle bekliyorum, St Patrick’in izinden gülünç olmaktan nefret ediyorum ve onun gibi” Tanrı’nın gücü bana pilotluk etmek için, Tanrı’nın bilgeliği bana rehberlik edecek, Tanrı’nın kalkanı koruyacak “dedi.

“Şüphesiz pek çok zorluk benden önce duruyor ancak başkaları ile” İncil’in Sevinci “nde paylaşmak için Tanrı’da güven ve umutla bekliyorum.”

Bütün kardinaller 75. doğum gününe girdiklerinde istifa etmekle yükümlüdürler, ancak Papa bunu kabul edip etmeyeceğine karar verir.

Dr Brady, Papa Francis’in istifasını kabul ettiğinden ve kilisedeki zamanının önemli olaylarından bahsetmesinden “memnun olduğunu” söyledi.

“Papa 2. John Paul tarafından papaza seçildi, Papa Benedict XVI ile yakın bir çalışma yürüttüm ve Papa Francis’i seçen konkordada yer aldım – bu konuşma hayatımın en önemli noktasıydı. “Dedi.

“Onların piskoposu [Armagh] olarak hizmet etmem ve ayrıca Başbakan rolünde İrlanda’nın dört bir yanından insanları gezmek ve buluşmak için büyük bir sevinç ve ayrıcalık var.

“Emeklilik için sabırsızlanıyorum ve hiç şüphesiz buna alışmak biraz zaman alacak, ancak ailesi, arkadaşları ve futbolu takip etmek daha çok vakit geçirmek güzel olacak” dedi.

Kardinal Brady , 2010 yılında istifa çağrıları direndi o 1975 yılında genç bir rahip iken, o onlar tarafından istismar edildiğini iddia sonra iki genç cinsel istismar mağduru gizlilik yemini edildiği boyunca toplantılara katıldı olduğunu ortaya çıktığında, Fr Brendan Smyth .

John B Brady olarak vaftiz edildi, County Kildare’deki Maynooth seminerine girmeden önce St Patrick’s College in Cavan’da okudu.

1964’te görevlendirildikten sonra Cavan’a döndü ve eski okulunda öğretmenlik yaptı ve geç piskopos Francis McKiernan Kilmore Piskoposuna part-time sekreter oldu.

1980’de İtalya’ya taşındı. Ravan rektörü ve daha sonra Roma’daki İrlanda Koleji rektörlüğüne getirildiğinde İrlanda’ya dönerek Cavan’da bir papaz rahip olarak çalışmaya başladı.

Şubat 1995’te, İrlanda Katolik Kilisesi liderinin başkanlığına seçilen adama verilen Armagh Başpiskoposu yardımcı yardımcısı (asistan) atandı.

Kardinal Cahal Daly’in emekliliğini takiben, Séan Brady Ekim 1996’da Armagh’ın başpiskoposu ve tüm İrlanda’nın primatını aldı.

Kasım 2007’de bir kardinal oluşturuldu.

Daha sonra 100’den fazla çocuğun cinsel istismarı suçundan yargılanmış olan Smyth 1997’de cezaevinde öldü.

Bununla birlikte, sivil yetkililere 1975’te gençlerin iddiaları hakkında bilgi vermek yerine Séan Brady dahil din adamları, çifte kanıt getirdi ve sessizlik yemini imzalamalarını istedi.

Kardinal Brady alenen özür diledi Smyth karşı iddiaları ilgilenmedikleri rolüyle, ve gelecekte, kilisede çocukların güvenliğini ön plana çıkaracak bir “yaralı şifacı” olarak kendini tarif.

Bununla birlikte, 2012’deki davayla ilgili bir BBC soruşturması, Dr Brady’nin 1975’te kötüye kullanımı bildiren iki gençten birinin adlarını ve adreslerini verdiği halde, Fr Brendan Smyth’in diğer kurbanlarının güvenliğini sağlamadığını ortaya koydu.

BBC soruşturmasına verdiği yanıtta Dr. Brady, o sırada yaptığı piskopos tarafından iddiaları kaydetmesini istediğini ve rolünü sadece “not tutan” olarak nitelendirdiğini söyledi.

Kardinal Brady, Brendan Smyth’in 1975’te bir rahip olarak Brendan Smyth’e karşı hiçbir yetkisine sahip olmadığını ve 1990’ların ortalarında Brendan Smyth’in başkalarını kötüye kullanmaya başladığını keşfettiğinde “şok edici, korkunç ve öfkeli” olduğunu ekledi.

Mayıs 2012’de istismara uğramış gençlerden birinden özür diler, ancak kenara çekilmek gibi bir niyeti olmadığını söyledi.

Kardinal, kendi kişisel zorluklarına ek olarak, kiliseye devam etme, azalan mezhepler ve kilise ile devlet yetkilileri arasındaki gergin ilişkiler nedeniyle, muazzam ve çalkantılı bir değişim geçirerek kiliseye başkanlık etmiştir.

Bir dizi hükümet destekli soruşturma Ferns Raporu, Ryan Raporu ve Murphy raporu dahil İrlanda Cumhuriyeti,, on yıllardır büro çocuk istismarı ölçüde çıplak koydu.

Kötüye kullanma konusundaki kamuflaj, kilise makamlarının kurumun itibarını korumak için örtbas etmeye çalıştığı yönündeki kanıtlarla güçlendirildi.

Would northern England look to Scotland?

Norham Castle, on the English side of the River Tweed, protected against raids from Scottish reivers


If Scotland votes for independence on 18 September, the north of England will have a land border for the first time in centuries and will face the challenges and opportunities of having another country on its doorstep. What might the consequences be for northern England?

A little over 400 years ago, the challenges were different from those of today.

The borderland back then was a law unto itself – literally, with its own system of law and administration both sides of the border – designed to deal with a brutal population of “border reivers”, meaning raiders, whose way of life revolved around theft and violence.

The reivers, who were both Scottish and English, operated as far south as the Tees and raided almost as far north as Edinburgh.

I think we caught the first ripples of the waves of anti-politics, which have grown since then”

Back then, the complaint from English borderers was that they did not have the protection of their king against the Scots – and so they formed a common way of life with their cross-border neighbours.

Today the social links across the border endure and the gripe from many in the region is that the Westminster government does not give it the support and investment it needs to compete with Scotland, or with other parts of England.

Craig Johnston, who shares his surname with one of the great reiver families, is English but campaigning for a “yes” vote in Scotland.

He lives in Carlisle, the closest city to the border, where he used to be mayor and is now regional organiser for the RMT transport union for northern England and Scotland.

“Scotland has better arrangements for transport, student tuition fees and an altogether better agenda,” he said.

He hopes independence in Scotland will energise debate about greater regional autonomy in England.

He cited underinvestment in infrastructure and the scrapping of the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), which were used to help economic development, as ways in which northern England has not been well served by government.

Scotland, meanwhile, already has a stronger set of institutions and could be further empowered by independence, Mr Johnston said.

“What we need is one regional government across the North, including the North East, North West, Yorkshire and maybe areas like Cheshire,” he said.

But the North East was offered a regional assembly 10 years ago and rejected it in a referendum.

Prof John Tomaney led the campaign for a yes vote in 2004.

He said: “One of the most compelling arguments made against the regional assembly was that it was going to produce more politicians.

“I think we caught the first ripples of the waves of anti-politics, which have grown since then.”

In contrast, he said politics was “alive around the referendum” in Scotland.

An institution recently set up to give the North East a stronger voice is the North East Combined Authority, a coalition of councils that can bid for government investment in transport and development projects.

Its leader, Simon Henig, who is in favour of the union, said: “In Scotland, because they have the Scottish Parliament, there are bodies there arguing for more powers.”

But he said there was no public appetite for more politicians in England

That’s why I think the current arrangement around a combined authority is the best way forward, because it uses the existing resources to make those same arguments,” he said.

George Beveridge, a Scot on the English side of the border, chairing the Cumbrian Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), agreed it was better to seek more powers for existing institutions

The current attempts to give the North a greater voice are too fragmented

But he said he worried further powers for Scotland in the event of independence, or greater devolution following a no vote, would put northern England at a disadvantage.

He said lowering corporation tax, an expressed desire of the Scottish government, could cause a flight of businesses across the border

Mr Henig, meanwhile, expressed concerns about a reduction in Scottish Air Passenger Duty sucking business away from Newcastle Airport.

However, some in northern England are alive to the opportunities of working with an independent Scotland.

Last year the Association of North East Councils (ANEC) commissioned a Borderlands report, looking at the pitfalls and opportunities Scottish independence might present to the North East and Cumbria.

It concluded there were a number of areas in which northern England and Scotland could work together, based on common economic interests.

The report inspired a Borderlands summit of councils either side of the border in April, hosted by Scottish Borders Council

The Yes Scotland campaign has also suggested an independent Scotland might invest in high-speed rail links with the North. But despite the suggestions of cross-border co-operation, a coherent, region-wide strategy has not emerged.

Every day, Julien Lake cycles five scenic miles from his home in the village of Paxton to his workplace in Berwick, on a road which overlooks the River Tweed and the Northumberland countryside beyond it

His journey starts off in Scotland and ends up in England.

Most people in the village travel to Berwick routinely, whether it’s to the supermarket, the doctor’s, or the bank he said

It’s a real mix of folk here. Some people identify as English and some as Scottish and there is also a sense of people being borderers

Originally from just outside Sheffield, Mr Lake has lived in the borders for eight years and, because he lives a mile into Scotland, will get to vote in the referendum.

“It’s great here. It’s visually attractive, there’s low crime. Employment can be difficult, but I’m lucky in that regard,” said the 42-year old, who works for the Berwick Community Trust.

He said his mind was firmly made up over the question of independence

Maybe it makes sense if you live in Aberdeen or Inverness, where life is different, but here where everything’s so integrated, it just doesn’t make sense

The report that spawned the Borderlands summit had a broad, strategic scope, consulting with people from Teesside to Edinburgh.

But the summit itself included only councils adjacent or in close proximity to the border, suggesting a narrowing of the initiative.

Meanwhile the formation of the North East Combined Authority and Newcastle’s recent collaboration with cities in Yorkshire, Manchester and Merseyside over transport represent separate attempts from parts of the region to make their voice heard in Westminster

Mr Johnston said The current attempts to give the North a greater voice are too fragmented. I don’t think they’re doing it anywhere near fast enough

If the North East and Cumbria do find a strategy to improve their political and economic clout, the question is whether they focus on getting more powers and investment from Westminster, or, like their borderer ancestors, they gravitate towards a potentially empowered northern neighbour

Man builds pirate ship in garden

Tim Jones bahçesinde korsan gemisini inşa etmek için atılmış ahşap kullandı


( Eskort bursa ) -A adam Suffolk evinin arka bahçesinde bir korsan gemisi inşa etti.

47 yaşındaki Tim Jones, Felixstowe’de kaptanın kabini, güvertesi ve 25 metrelik direği yaklaşık altı ay geçirmiştir. Gemi bahçesinin yaklaşık yarısını kaplıyor.

Ağaçlarının bir kısmını top gibi özellikler oluşturmak için kısmış ve oyuncak papağanı ve bir korsan bayrağı gibi son rötuşları eklemiştir.

Herkes seviyor dedi. Daha büyük yapmak isterdim, ama gerçekten odam yok.

Bay Jones, korsan gemisi fikrinin daha önce Meksika, 1940’lar ve Ortaçağda düzenlenen bir ziyafete odaklanmış temalı doğum günleri partilerinden geldiğini söyledi.

Bir korsan partisi için gemiyi inşa etmeye başladı ve yavaş yavaş buna ekledi. Şu an yaklaşık 25ft (7.62m) uzunluğunda ve 15ft (4.57m) genişliğindedir.

Yapımı yaklaşık altı ayımı aldım dedi. Her serbest saatimi ve hafta sonları yaparak geçirdim

Bitişik Felixstowe Akademisi için bekçi olarak çalışan Bay Jones, geminin okuldaki öğrenciler tarafından iyi bilinen hale geldiğini söyledi.

Yoldan görebiliyorsunuz, uçmakta olan büyük bir bayrak var ve direk oldukça görüş olduğunu söylüyor.

Her gün onları geçip gülüyor ve şaka yapıyorlar

Geminin çoğu okuldan atılmış ahşap kullanılarak inşa edilmiştir.

Bay Jones, çocukluk yıllarından beri korsanlarını sevdiğini ve şimeneğin etrafında oturup vaftiz yerlerini dinlemesi için arkadaşlarının bulunduğu fikrini söyledi.

Ayrıca arkadaşlarının çocuklarıyla popüler olduğu kanıtlanmıştır.

Hepsi dolaşmaktan hoşlandıklarını söyledi. Ama sanırım ben dünyanın en büyük çocuğuyum.

TV host’s killer dies in hospital

Police are investigating who gave the instruction to terminate Mathew Hodgkinson’s (left) life support


( bursa Escort ) — The man thought to have killed American TV host Scott Rogers has died in hospital after having the plug pulled on his life support, a sheriff said.

Police believe Mathew Hodgkinson, 36, shot Mr Rogers, his father-in-law and ex-lover, in their Louisiana home before turning the gun on himself.

Mr Rogers, 52, a former arts academy teacher in Suffolk, died in the “murder and attempted suicide” on 27 August.

Mr Hodgkinson survived and had been in hospital in an induced coma.

Asked about the circumstances of Mr Hodgkinson’s death, just after midday on Friday, sheriff Brett Stassi told the BBC the “plug was pulled” on his life support. Deputies are now investigating who gave the instruction for the termination.

“[I] still have questions to be asked about the procedure that was done,” he told WBRZ News 2.

Mr Rogers, host of the Around Town Show, was due to appear before a grand jury on the day he was killed. He is thought to have used “false” information by not declaring the fact he had been arrested when applying to become a foster parent in the US.

Allegations were then made by two British men that they had been abused by the TV anchor as young teenagers while attending his dance academy in Bury St Edmunds.

The abuse is alleged to have happened in the early 1990s.

He was described in an interview on WRKF as “a master manipulator” and “the worst predatory paedophile that you could imagine”.

The Iberville Sheriff’s Office have seized computers and mobile phones from the Rogers’ house as part of their investigation into the “twists and turns” of his off-camera life.

“It was only before the continued custody hearing we heard for the first time why he left the UK,” said Mr Stassi.

We’re examining his phone to see who he might have spoken to ahead of [the shooting] happening

If I was to run across any child pornography implications that lead me to believe others besides Rogers were involved I’d investigate – but I have not come across any evidence to indicate this at this stage

Mr Hodgkinson, also a student at the former Academy of Dancing and Performing Arts, was married to Mr Rogers’ daughter Kimmie.

I’ve heard the wedding was in Las Vegas, but I’m awaiting information on this, said Mr Stassi, whose deputies have been searching for a wedding certificate since the shooting to confirm the relationship.

He said; I know that Kimmie and Mathew weren’t living together and that he was resident in the house with Rogers.

“I know that when she came to check on Mathew at the hospital she was in the company of her boyfriend.

This case is like no other – there are so many twists and turns. What’s brought us to this is the faulty paperwork, but it looks like he was continuing with what he was doing [in the UK] and that’s what leaves a bad taste in people’s mouths

Reporter Ryan Naquin from WBRZ said deputies from Iberville, the parish where Mr Rogers lived, are currently awaiting autopsy results on Mr Hodgkinson before closing the case

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Homes plan threatens nightingales

Numbers of UK nightingales decreased by almost 60% between 1995 and 2009


Plans to build up to 5,000 homes on a site that is said to be key to the UK’s nightingale population have been condemned by environmental campaigners.

The BBC looked at the original plans in 2011

The area of land – on Kent’s Hoo peninsula – was declared a “site of special scientific interest” (SSSI) by Natural England last year, for its nightingale population and its ancient woodland.

Between 1995 and 2009, the UK’s nightingale population decreased by almost 60%, according to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

The BBC’s environment analyst Roger Harrabin said it was for this reason that the proposals were previously rejected by a planning inspector.

Writing on his blog, the RSPB’s conservation director Martin Harper warned that the area was “possibly the most important site in the UK for this iconic and declining species”.

“If the development goes ahead it would destroy the SSSI, including the home to more than 1% of our national nightingale population.

“Worse – it would set the terrible precedent for future development.”

Calling on Eric Pickles the local government secretary to intervene, Mr Harper added: “This is not what we’d expect from ‘the greenest government ever’.”

But Robin Cooper, Medway Council’s director for regeneration, community and culture, said: “This is one of the key regeneration projects in Medway that will shape the future of the area and provide much needed jobs for our young local people.”

Developers Land Securities’ plans include a replacement 304-hectare nesting habitat for the area’s nightingales north of the Thames at Shoeburyness – a move described by the RSPB as “unscientific, unprecedented, and over-optimistic”.