Study warns of dire ecological, social fallout from Sumatran dam

first_imgAlternative Energy, Animals, Conservation, Dams, Energy, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Hydroelectric Power, Hydropower, Infrastructure, Protected Areas, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Renewable Energy, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong A new study warns that the environmental impact of a planned hydroelectric plant in Sumatra’s unique Leuser Ecosystem will be much greater than initially thought.The area is the last place on Earth that’s home to wild tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants — all critically endangered species whose habitat would be flooded and fragmented by the dam and its roads and power lines, activists say.They also warn of the dam exacerbating disaster risks to local communities, in a region already prone to flooding, landslides and earthquakes.Activists are mulling a lawsuit to void the project permit, but the developer says it has done everything by the book and that the new study is based on an outdated environmental impact analysis. JAKARTA — The last place on Earth that’s home to wild tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants may lose these and countless other species to make way for a $3 billion hydropower project.That’s the warning from a new study looking at the potential impact of the plant on the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, an ecological hotspot and one of the world’s largest remaining expanses of pristine tropical rainforest.The 428-megawatt Tampur dam and power plant is still in pre-construction phase, with several feasibility studies having been carried out. Its environmental impact assessment, or Amdal, calls for flooding 40 square kilometers (15 square miles) of land in the Leuser Ecosystem.Activists say this will wreak havoc on the ecosystem and local livelihoods. But the affected area could be much greater than that, according to a new spatial analysis carried out by the Sustainable Ecosystem Foundation (YEL), an NGO.The analysis shows the project’s ecological impact stretching to more than 300 square kilometers (116 square miles) of forest, two-thirds of it untouched by human activity. That’s because in addition to the dam, the project will also require infrastructure such as buildings, roads and power lines, which will cut through the Leuser Ecosystem, says YEL spatial analyst Riswan Zein.Four-fifths of the dam’s reservoir will occupy what is currently primary forest, along with nearly the entire length of the road network, Riswan said.“All these will destroy the ecosystem’s remaining forest, whether located in the flooded area or along the route of the power lines,” he said.Aerial view of Lesten Village in Gayo Lues regency, the planned site of the Tampur Dam. Photo by Junaidi Hanafiah/Mongabay-Indonesia.Wildlife habitatYEL’s findings come from overlaying the map of the project onto a map of existing forest in the ecosystem. The potentially affected area consists largely of protected land, including primary forest.Under Indonesian law, protected forests are typically set aside for purposes like watershed management and erosion control, but permits for development projects within these areas may be granted by officials. (Protected forests differ from conservation forests, which are strictly off-limits to any kind of development and usually found inside national parks.)Primary forest, meanwhile, is used to designate natural forest with no clearly visible indications of human activity, and therefore with intact tree cover.“Most of the dam will eat away at Leuser’s production forest and protected forest,” Riswan said.The affected area is the only known habitat of four of Indonesia’s most iconic and threatened species: Sumatran tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants, all of which are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to high rates of habitat loss and fragmentation as well as killing.“If the forest is cleared then these animals’ habitats will be destroyed,” Riswan said, adding that the location of the project was particularly important for elephants.“We see elephants there very frequently. The Tampur region is the only corridor for the elephants to go from the northern part of the ecosystem to the south. So if the corridor is cut, then it will also impact the genetic line of the Sumatran elephants,” he said, warning of “fatal consequences” for the species.The Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia’s westernmost Aceh province. The area contains Mount Leuser National Park. Image by Agungdwinurcahya/Wikimedia CommonsEnvironmental impact assessmentThe planned dam and power plant will straddle the border region between the districts of Aceh Tamiang, Gayo Lues and East Aceh, in the province of Aceh at the northern tip of Sumatra. The project developer is PT Kamirzu, the Indonesian subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Prosperity International Holding (HK) Limited.Environmental activists have launched an online petition calling on the Aceh provincial government to halt the project, and also plan to challenge the developers’ permit in court.Dedi Setiadi, Kamirzu’s project manager, refuted YEL’s statements about the potential scale of the dam’s impact on the environment. He said the spatial analysis conducted by the NGO was based on an earlier version of the company’s environmental impact assessment.“What they analyzed was an Amdal document that wasn’t approved, it was a draft,” he told Mongabay.The revised and approved Amdal, Dedi said, included the company’s assessments about the environmental impact that the project might cause, and addressed all of them.For instance, he said, the company had taken into account a map of known species habitats provided by the Aceh wildlife conservation agency. “We’ve overlaid the location of our dam’s flooding area with the map of elephant and orangutan habitats and found that we’re outside their habitat,” Dedi said. “I’ve been working on the site of the project for two years now and I haven’t seen any endangered species once.”YEL’s Riswan said separately that Kamirzu should have published the approved Amdal if it had nothing to hide. “Where’s the final document?” he said. “It’s difficult to get hold of it.”Asked why Kamirzu had not released the approved Amdal to NGOs for scrutiny, Dedi said the company was not obliged to do so, though it has shared it with the relevant government agencies.A Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), one of the Leuser’s iconic species. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Disaster riskOpposition to the project has stemmed not just from its potential impact on local wildlife, but also on the risk of catastrophic damage from landslides and earthquakes — natural disasters that are relatively common in the region.YEL’s study shows that most of the project and its infrastructure will be located in areas that are prone to erosion, including almost the entire dam. The topography of the region features steep slopes, with 87 percent of the proposed roads of the project cutting through areas with a grade of more than 50 percent. Heavy rains or earthquakes could easily trigger landslides, Riswan said.“The land is very fragile. Many landslides occur naturally [there]. And now they want to manipulate the land [to build the power plant],” he said.The project site also lies in a region east of a tectonic fault line called the Great Sumatran Fault, which runs the entire length of the island and making it a highly prone to seismic activity.Dedi said Kamirzu had studied the risk of earthquakes but did not include the findings in its Amdal. He said the locally sourced rocks to be used to build the dam would make it strong enough to withstand earthquakes.He also said the project site was more than 25 kilometers (16 miles) from the fault line. “And in our construction planning, we’re using a technology that can withstand earthquakes up to 3.9 in magnitude,” he said.Riswan said several earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 6 had occurred in the area around the project site in the past. He added that even if it didn’t sit right atop the primary fault line, it was still located near secondary fault lines.“So the risk is still there,” he said. “But I appreciate the company for admitting that they didn’t include the earthquake risk assessment into the Amdal document. They should have done that but they didn’t.”Dedi said the project’s earthquake risk still had to be assessed by the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing. Construction can only begin after it passes the ministry’s certification, which Dedi called the developer’s biggest challenge.Flooding is another risk that critics say the construction of the dam will exacerbate. The project site lies in a region that experiences more than 2,300 millimeters (91 inches) of annual rainfall — twice the amount of rain that falls in Portland, Oregon.In 2006, heavy downpours triggered a flash flood in Aceh Tamiang district, killing 28 people and displacing more than 200,000 from their homes. Damming the river could make similar flooding events upstream even more destructive, activists say.Dedi said Kamirzu had monitoring devices in place to check rainfall and fluctuations in the river flow. “We’re analyzing the data every month to plan our construction because we really want to be safe,” he said.But Riswan said the monitoring efforts were insufficient without measures to mitigate the risk of flooding. “There’s no mention in the Amdal of what the company will do during heavy rain and how they will address soil erosion,” he said. “If they say they installed rainfall monitoring devices, then that’s not preventive measures, that’s just monitoring.”Maksum, an Aceh Tamiang resident who lost his fish-cracker factory and saw his home submerged in the 2006 flood, said the provincial government should reconsider allowing the Tampur project to go ahead.“If the government proceeds, it means the governor of Aceh is killing the people of Aceh Tamiang,” he said. “We’re just waiting for the dam to collapse. We haven’t even fully recovered from the 2006 flash flood.”Maksum initiated the petition calling on the governor to scrap the project. To date, it has collected more than 60,000 signatures.Red and pink ginger flower in Mount Leuser National Park. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Lawsuit in the worksActivists are also fighting the project through legal avenues. A lawsuit is in the works that seeks to declare null and void the forest conversion permit issued in June last year by the Aceh governor at the time, Zaini Abdullah, as one of his last acts in office.M. Fahmi, a member of the legal team at Forest, Nature and Environment of Aceh (HaKA), a local NGO, said Zaini had no authority to issue such a permit. Under a 2016 ministerial guideline on forest conversion and the 2014 regulation on vesting authority to governors, a forest conversion permit may only be issued by the minister of environment and forestry upon request from a company.In certain cases, specifically for building non-commercial public facilities such as roads, cemeteries or houses of worship, the regulations allow a governor to issue a forest conversion permit. Even then, the size of the area for conversion is capped at 5 hectares (12 acres); the reservoir for the Tampur power plant is 800 times larger.Crucially, Fahmi said, the project is a commercial development, and thus should have obtained its permit from the minister, not the governor.“So based on these two national regulations, it’s clear that the governor overstepped his authority by issuing the forest conversion permit,” Fahmi said.Dedi said no regulations were violated in the obtaining of the permit, citing the special autonomy enjoyed by the government of Aceh.This autonomy is best known for allowing the local government to impose partial sharia law in the staunchly Islamic province. A lesser-known aspect of it, however, is a 2016 bylaw on forestry, which Dedi said gave the governor full authority to issue the necessary forest conversion permit.Dedi said Kamirzu had subsequently asked the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to approve the permit issued by Zaini, which it did.But HAkA’s Fahmi took issue with the sequence of events. According to the NGO, the governor issued the forest conversion permit in June 2017 — before the administration of the new governor, Irwandi Yusuf, signed a memorandum of understanding with Kamirzu’s Hong Kong parent company, Prosperity International.“This is strange. The MOU should have been signed first, before the governor issued the permit,” Fahmi said. He called on the developer to publish the letter from the forestry ministry approving of the permit issued by the governor.Fahmi also questioned the need for the power plant, saying the 2016 forestry bylaw under which the permit was issued covered only developments of an urgent nature.“Aceh has enough electricity,” he said. Peak electricity demand in the province is 496 megawatts, while total generating capacity is 601 megawatts, Fahmi said, citing data from the state-owned power utility, PLN. “That means there’s already an excess of electricity and there’s no electricity shortage that calls for building a new power plant,” he said.Activists hold posters to protest against the development of Tampur dam during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.Permit pointsAnother criticism of Kamirzu’s permit is that it remains unclear whether the developer has finished mapping the affected forest area.Under the terms of the permit, the company has a year from its issuance to complete the mapping, said Muhammad Reza Maulana, a member of P2LH, a coalition of environmental lawyers opposed to the project.Reza said local government officials were unaware of whether the mapping had been completed by the June 2018 deadline.Dedi said Kamirzu had fulfilled all its obligations as laid out in the permit, including the mapping. He said the provincial forestry agency had also approved the results of the mapping.HAkA’s Fahmi said he doubted this. He said his organization had asked the forest gazettement agency in Aceh about the status of the forest mapping and they referred HAkA to the provincial forestry agency instead.“That means Kamirzu hasn’t coordinated the mapping effort with the forest gazettement agency,” he said. “So we can conclude they haven’t done the mapping.”The permit also obliges the developer to relocate residents from the village of Lesten, where the dam’s reservoir will sit.Dedi said Kamirzu had drawn up plans to move the villagers, but was awaiting a decision by local authorities on where to move them. “Basically the villagers have agreed to be relocated. But we’re not the ones who will decide where they will go. The Gayo Lues district head has established a team to scout new locations and to inform the villagers about them,” he said.“But the villagers still haven’t been relocated,” Reza said. Fahmi said having a relocation plan wasn’t the same as doing the actual relocating, as required by the permit.Failure to fulfill any part of the terms of the permit, Reza said, would render the permit null and void.“When the company didn’t fulfill its obligations, the provincial investment board should have given the company a warning, but they didn’t do that,” Reza said. “There’s been no attempt by the government to evaluate [the company’s adherence to] the permit.”Fahmi said HAkA was awaiting a responses from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry before proceeding with filing a lawsuit to challenge the permit.“We’ve sent a letter to the ministry for clarification on whether they’re aware that the former governor of Aceh issued a permit that he wasn’t supposed to,” he said. “We haven’t gotten a reply yet. So we’re still waiting for a response from the ministry.”Reza said P2LH needed to study all the material relating to the project before bringing a case to court.“We will launch legal action if we still find forest clearing or heavy equipment” operating at the site before construction is allowed to begin, he said.Rainforest in the Gunung Leuser ecosystem. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Economy or environmentDedi said critics of the Tampur project failed to see the benefits of the 2016 forestry bylaw, which made it easier for companies like Kamirzu to invest in Aceh. He said the Tampur case had set a precedent for the Aceh government to issue forest conversion permits for four other infrastructure projects, including a toll road.“Aceh has been given the authority to issue permits, so why would you want to reverse that [progress]?” he said. “The investment process will take longer” if that authority is revoked, he said.He also pointed to the long-term benefits of the Tampur project for the people of Aceh.“After we build the dam, we can use the water in the reservoir to irrigate local plantations, for fish farms, and to develop tourism,” Dedi said. “But they don’t see that. They can only criticize a single [Amdal] document.”YEL’s Riswan, though, said proponents of the project failed to see the uniqueness and ecological importance of the Leuser Ecosystem. He cited a 2016 study that identified at least 12 environmental functions served by the ecosystem, such as maintaining a regular water supply for local communities.The Leuser Ecosystem accounts for half of the forested area in Aceh. The value of the ecosystem services obtained from maintaining it would amount to billions of dollars over the long term, Riswan said.“These are the functions that we have to see to make sure that we’re not blinded by temporary [economic] benefit,” he said.“All 26,000 square kilometers [10,000 square miles] of the Leuser Ecosystem are unique. Don’t treat it the same way as other areas.”Banner image: A Sumatran orangutan relaxing in a tree. A new study warns that the environmental impact of a planned hydroelectric plant in Sumatra’s unique Leuser Ecosystem will be much greater than initially thought, threatening the critically-endangered Sumatran orangutans who live there. Image by Rhett A. 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In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Diamond residents still experiencing water shortage

first_img– forced to pay for water deliveryResidents of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, are voicing their frustrations over the lack ofThe water bowser making its rounds in the communitypotable water in the area.According to residents, two weeks have passed since they started experiencing the shortage, and have been told that they may face another three weeks without water.Aggravated residents told this publication that they were initially told the shortage was due to damaged equipment at the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) pump station.Currently, residents are receiving water from bowsers dispatched by GWI from they fill their containers. This, the residents say, is very inconvenient as the trucks pass by during the day when many of them are away at work, business or school.One resident Asha explained that she was told residents would have to wait another two weeks for the return of water, and this has become very frustrating: “They told us that something is broken and they have to get it fixed, and that the parts have to be imported. The water trucks would usually pass around but this is the first time that we are getting. We rely on our pump to pump out any water that is remaining in the pipelines, other than that we have to hope for the rain,” she stated.Other residents also explained that a local supplier of distilled water in the area has been exploiting the situation by charging residents large sums to refill their containers. The residents also revealed that the supplier has been taking the guise of an agent of GWI, and as such allegations of the Water authority charging residents for water delivery have arisen.“They coming around in a white canter and charging up to $5000 for a refill. People assuming that they from GWI and they ain’t denying it. Suh GWI end up tekin’ blame fuh something that they ain’t doing cause the GWI truck doan charge money fuh the water,” one woman stated.Meanwhile, one of the GWI delivery men explained that they will be distributing water on a daily basis around the Housing Scheme, and as such he is urging residents to gather as many storage containers as they could.“There ain’t got to limit on how much water each person can get, How much they can tek, that is how much we giving them. This is all free of cost…so they shouldn’t pay the delivery men or anybody else for that,,” he stated.last_img read more

Kayange grounds twice as Kenya revenge against Samoa

first_img0Shares0000Humphrey Kayange in action.PHOTO/FILENAIROBI, April 8 – Veteran Humphrey Kayange grounded twice as the national sevens team launched its Hong Kong Sevens campaign on a positive note following their 24-0 mauling over Samoa in the seventh round of the HSBC Sevens World Series that got underway Friday.It was a sweet revenge for Kenya who produced a brilliant display after Samoa had beaten Shujaa 26-19 at the last leg in Vancouver, Canada. Head coach Benjamin Ayimba started with his experienced squad that accommodated upcoming Sammy Oliech while returnees Robert Aringo and Frank Wanyama started on the bench as well as debutant Alvin Otieno.Nelson Oyoo, who was making a comeback to the Series after impressing in Dubai and Cape Town, touched down the first try of the tournament when he received Oscar Ayodi’s off load to make a step and miss a tackle to score on the far left corner.Collins Injera had a chance to give his side a second try in quick succession but some good defence from Samoa Toloa ensured the Shujaa vice captain remain eight tries shy of Santiago Gomez Cora’s all-time try scoring record of 230 on the series.Kenya’s dominance continued as they pinned down Samoa on their own half to see Injera set up Willy Ambaka, who did well to hand off Alefosio Tapili before powering all the way to the whitewash for Shujaa’s second try.Injera was at it again, this time feeding his elder brother Kayange who went over on the stroke of half-time to hand the Ayimba side a commanding 17-0 lead.On resumption, Kenya put the squeeze on Samoa and were rewarded with a gift of a try for Kayange, who was lurking to pick off a loose pass and run in his second score of the day.The Samoans failed to get into the game and it took them until the dying seconds to make it into Kenya’s 22, but some more good defence meant they were shut out on the scoreboard.Kenya face power house New Zealand in their second match of Pool A on Saturday at 6:40am local time, a match that will see them through to the Main Cup quarter-finals with a match to spare.-Lioness-Kenya Lioness team pose for a photo after lifting Bowl in Hong Kong 7s.Meanwhile, the Kenya Lioness lifted the Bowl competition in the Hong Kong Women’s invitational tournament after hammering Sri Lanka 29-0.The team led by head coach Mike Shamiah signaled their intent from kick off with Janet Akello going over after sustaining pressure.The nippy Sri Lankans threatened with their pace but Akello’s desperate tackle spared Kenyan blushes.Celestine Masinde received the ball on the burst to hand Kenya the second try before Akello grabbed her brace after the restart to see Kenya lead 17-0 at the breather.The game then lulled into a sedate affair until KCB’s Philadephia Olando played in Masinde, who rounded a Sri Lanka defender to score outside the posts for Doreen Remour to convert.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Still haven’t seen Steven Gerrard’s goal for LA Galaxy? Watch it here!

first_img Steven Gerrard: LA Galaxy moved up to third in the MLS Steven Gerrard put a penalty miss behind him on Saturday, going on to score in LA Galaxy’s MLS win over Real Salt Lake. Bruce Arena’s side were 5-2 winners, a success which sees the Los Angeles outfit move to third in the league table. After Gerrard missed a sixth minute spot-kick, Juan Manuel Martinez put Real ahead early on.Galaxy’s response was swift and decisive – with Gyasi Zardes, Mike Magee, Emmanuel Boateng and Giovani dos Santos making it 4-1 by half-time.Javier Morales’ penalty cut the deficit before Gerrard struck in stoppage time – see below: 1last_img read more

How to make home improvements without the financial headache

first_imgAre you of renovating before the winter? Here, Letterkenny Credit Union Ltd share an insight into how their flexible loans can make home improvement dreams a reality:Winter is fast approaching, and that means that home improvement is on the minds of many. DIY and renovations have seen an increase in popularity in recent years.New figures released on the Home Renovation Incentive show that since the scheme launched in 2013, more than 107,000 homeowners have carried out renovations. A total of €1.7 billion has been spent on home upgrades – an average of €16,187 per project. A 2017 survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) also found that a significant two-thirds of adults had carried out home improvements since 2014. One quarter estimated that they spend between €1,000 and €3,000 when upgrading their home. 42% said they would choose to transform their home with new carpets and flooring. 38% said they would opt for new heating or insulation and 23% said they would fit new windows or doors.While these upgrades work wonders for your home, they can be costly endeavours. The good news is that those surveyed by the ILCU had the right idea when it came to funding their home improvements. Of those who said they would need to borrow, six in ten said they would use their local credit union.Commenting on this, Paul Hume, Chairperson Letterkenny Credit Union said; this is no surprise to us as we are seeing a large number of queries from people in the Letterkenny area asking about our home improvement loan. It’s easy to see why there is such interest in the product. We offer the loan at a great value APR rate of 8.2%**. Not only that, but our loans are typically approved in 24hrs. We are also happy to offer our loans to brand new members, those members we see every day and of course those members who may have inactive accounts or whom we haven’t seen in a while.” Paul continued “There are a lot of other benefits with our home improvement loan. There are no administration fees or hidden charges and we can structure repayments in a way that suits every individual’s circumstances. Borrowers are also free to repay the loan early, should they wish, without any penalties. So we would encourage anyone planning on doing some home improvements to contact us and enquire about a ‘Credit ReUnion’ with Letterkenny Credit Union. We’ll be happy to help make your home improvement dreams a reality.”Sponsored PostHow to make home improvements without the financial headache was last modified: September 3rd, 2018 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) Tags:credit unionIrish League of Credit UnionsLetterkenny Credit Unionlast_img read more

More police cars for rural areas

first_img20 December 2010 Crime-fighting initiatives in South Africa’s rural areas have been given a major boost, with police getting over 1 000 additional vehicles to carry out their duties. The South African Police Service has added 1 385 new vehicles – earmarked for rural areas – to its existing fleet for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 financial years. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria last week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said these vehicles ranged from high powered 4x4s to high-tech equipped vans and sedans. Mthethwa stressed that “rural areas” referred not only to farms but included broad demographic areas across the country, ranging from remote areas without proper road infrastructure to some of the worst economically affected areas in the country. Mthethwa said the police were beginning to deploy resources evenly and effectively. “Where they were needed, appropriate vehicles suitable for the terrain were allocated to rural areas, and in cases where it was necessary, new suitable vehicles have been purchased and ordered,” he added. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Store Clerk Charged after Shooting Theft Suspect

first_imgA store clerk is sitting in jail after turning the tables on a theft suspect in north Nashville, Tennessee, overnight. According to police, 44-year-old Jerry Smith Jr. walked into the Kwik Sak on S. Hamilton Road at 2:30 a.m. Friday. He reportedly brought an 18-pack of beer to the counter. When his credit card was declined, Smith allegedly ran out the door with the beer. The store clerk, 31-year-old Said Hermina, chased after him. Smith made it several yards down Clarksville Pike before Hermina allegedly shot him in the leg. Smith dropped the case of beer after being shot. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was later released. Hermina is charged with aggravated assault and is being held on $10,000 bond. Smith is charged with misdemeanor theft for allegedly taking the beer, which was valued at $17.99. [Source: WSMV4 News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo recieves Alfredo di Stefano Trophy

first_imgReal Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who was judged Spanish football’s best player of 2015-16, was presented the Alfredo di Stefano Trophy by sports daily Marca. (Ronaldo signs Real Madrid renewal in presence of Florentino Perez)Recognised alongside the Portuguese international was Argentine Diego Simeone, who on Monday picked up the Miguel Munoz prize as outstanding coach for his accomplishments with Atletico Madrid, reports Efe.Another South American, Uruguay international Luis Suarez, who was absent during the awards ceremony, was honoured with the Pichichi top scorer award for his 40 goals in the colours of FC Barcelona.Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Alvaro Morata was chosen as the best Spanish international of 2015-16.Atleti’s Jan Oblak took the Zamora prize for fewest goals allowed while the Zarra — for the Spaniard with the most goals scored in La Liga — went to Aritz Aduriz of Athletic Bilbao.Jennifer Hermoso, who plays for Barcelona’s women squad, took the Pichichi for being the most prolific scorer in the women’s league.last_img read more

PCB suspends Khalid and Sharjeel on alleged corruption in PSL

first_imgKarachi, Feb 10 (PTI) In a shocking development, Pakistan cricketers Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan were today provisionally suspended by the PCB on charges of corruption during the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the two players had been suspended as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the PSL which kicked off in Dubai on Thursday. Najam Sethi the Chairman of the PSL told the official broadcasters that it was a harsh decision but it had to be taken to set an example. “We will not tolerate corruption from day one. We had talked to both players and we had creditable information that things were not right at the start of PSL-II,” Sethi said. He said there were no corruption issues last year as the PSL was a new product but its success had drawn bookmakers and other gambling syndicates to Dubai for the second edition. “But even as I speak they must be now backtracking. But it was inevitable after the success of the PSL it would attract such characters,” he said. Opener, Sharjeel recently toured New Zealand and Australia with the Pakistan team and is the only player to have scored a century in the PSL eliminator last year. Both the players were representing defending champions, Islamabad United in the ongoing PSL event and while Khalid didnt play in the opening match, Sharjeel fell cheaply leg before wicket. The PCB said that Sharjeel and Khalid will remain suspended from all cricket as the PCB continues its rigorous and wide-ranging investigation as part of a collective efforts to protect the integrity of the sport. “It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of the case, however this investigation is a clear demonstration of our determination to drive corruption out of the sport,” Najam Sethi, said in a statement. However, a reliable source aware of the developments told PTI that the players had been questioned for meeting with a suspicious person said to be a bookmaker before and after Thursdays match which Islamabad won against Peshawar Zalmi. “Basically the two were caught red handed meeting with a suspicious character after the match,” the source said. “We will not tolerate any form of corrupt activity and as this investigation proceeds we will not hesitate to take further decisive action as appropriate. The investigation of the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit backed by the ICC ACU has been effective in dealing with this case to date and we will continue to work in the closest collaboration as the investigation proceeds,” Sethi added. He said the PCB is absolutely committed to relentlessly pursuing anyone who would seek to damage the integrity of our sport. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more