WHETHER you deem Barratt a good buy depends on whether you are a bull or a bear on the housing market next year. For the bulls, there are plenty of positives: net debt has fallen £910m to £367m since last year, forward sales are up 22 per cent to £847m and crucially operating margin has surged to 4.4 per cent from 1.5 per cent. Despite this the shares are trading at just half Barratt’s net asset value, lower than all their UK peers, and pricing in a significant house price fall. Admittedly, while sale prices have gone up – 17.8 per cent in the past six months – this is because Barratt is currently building more houses than flats to reflect shifting demand, rather than prices rising.But its landbank is short – just five-and-a-half years, meaning it can trade out of difficult conditions relatively quickly. It also has good exposure in London – where prices are holding up well. It’s a high risk buy, but currently Barratt looks oversold. Barratt Wednesday 8 September 2010 7:56 pm Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof whatsapp KCS-content Tags: NULL
Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) 2008 annual report.Company ProfileUnilever Ghana Limited manufactures and markets fast-moving consumer goods which includes food, home and personal care products. Its food range includes margarine, spreads, beverages, soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressing and olive oil and ice-cream and frozen foods. Beverages include tea, weight management products and nutritionally-enhanced staples. Its home care range includes laundry and household care products. Its personal care range includes skin cleansing, skin care, oral care and deodorant products. The company provides products for professional chefs and caterers through its global division, Unilever Foodsolutions. Unilever Ghana Limited also has interests in investment management and real estate development in Ghana. The company is a subsidiary of Unilever PLC and its head office is in Tema, Ghana. Unilever Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
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That makes it popular with ethical investors.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…These days, however, there is more to ethical investing than a sense of doing good. Because of the threat posed by climate change and unsustainable practices, companies that fail to address these issues may increasingly find their products are losing popularity with customers as well as falling foul of regulators.According to a survey from Kantar, 17% of consumers cite packaging waste as their biggest concern. That’s what makes Smurfit Kappa shares so interesting — it specialises in the type of products that are likely to see increasing demand. The results and the future Smurfit Kappa’s latest results were good — earnings before interest, tax, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) increased 7% in the latest 12-month period compared to the year before. Profit before tax was €677, compared with a loss of €404m last year, and dividends are up 12%.The results are good, but not stellar — revenue increased by just 1% and operating profits actually fell 4% on the year before. This drop was largely due to one-off charges, such as a fine levied on the Italian part of the business.Doubts still linger about the company’s debt. Net debt actually increased from 2 times to 2.1 times EBITDA over the last year. On the other hand, free cash flow is at a healthy €547m and increased 11% on the year before. The company has also extended its debt maturity date. To put things in perspective, 10 years ago, net debt was twice the current level.Dividends, which currently stand at 3.5%, have been increasing every year since 2011. A 3.5% yield isn’t high enough to get an income investor’s pulse racing, but the update trend is a welcome sign.However, it’s the longer term potential of Smurfit Kappa that I think makes this company exciting. As more and more consumers demand better packaging, Smurfit Kappa is likely to see demand for its type of product explode.Sure, it has competitors, including a number of Chinese companies. On the other hand, some have speculated that the company could soon come under the radar of a larger company looking for a mergers and acquisitions target.I think that Smurfit Kappa shares should appeal to ethical investors, as well as income investors who are hoping to see dividend yields increase over time. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/91656/ira-residence-andy-rahman Clipboard Architects: Andy Rahman Area Area of this architecture project Photographs “COPY” Ira Residence / Andy RahmanSave this projectSaveIra Residence / Andy Rahman Indonesia Save this picture!© Indiga Ikhlasani+ 13 Share Year: ArchDaily Projects 2008 “COPY” Ira Residence / Andy Rahman Photographs: Indiga IkhlasaniText description provided by the architects. Ira residence is a typical urban contemporary style house. Looks provocative is the spirit of the owner of a dynamic lifestyle and love with new things. Save this picture!© Indiga IkhlasaniRecommended ProductsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumLocated in a residential area in East Surabaya, this house manages to look attractive in the middle of the Mediterranean-style residential neighborhood. The owners wanted a modern house can arise among their neighborhood because they are bored with Mediterranean-style home design.Save this picture!© Indiga IkhlasaniThe House is oriented towards to the East, where the wind blows from, East to West, this is our attempt as a potential entry into the design of this House. Formation of three-dimensional on the front facade serves as a ‘wind catcher’, so the House even without air conditioning will remain keep cool temperature. Because of the wind catcher is able to work optimally, so the air circulation inside house, can be optimal. Save this picture!© Indiga IkhlasaniWe design the arrangement of space by optimizing lighting and air circulation. So this house could live comfortably for the occupants.Save this picture!© Indiga IkhlasaniProject gallerySee allShow lessNano-Polis: Nanotech Research and Development Park / Henn Architekten & Henn Stu…ArticlesTemporary Hotel / IAA ArchitectsArticles Share Houses Area: 180 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Surabaya, Indonesia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/91656/ira-residence-andy-rahman Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAndy RahmanOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSurabayaHousesIndonesiaPublished on November 28, 2010Cite: “Ira Residence / Andy Rahman” 28 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily CopySocial Housing•Helsingfors, Finland Save this picture!© Mikael Linden+ 16 Share “COPY” Area: 9772 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/113043/ruotutorppa-social-housing-arkkitehdit-hannunkari-makipaja-architects Clipboard Photographs Ruotutorppa Social Housing / Arkkitehdit Hannunkari & Mäkipaja ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRuotutorppa Social Housing / Arkkitehdit Hannunkari & Mäkipaja Architects Year: Architects: Arkkitehdit Hannunkari & Mäkipaja Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs: Mikael LindenText description provided by the architects. A complex of two apartment houses for social housing in the suburban area of Malmi in Helsinki, Finland. An innovative and sustainable approach was required by the client, the Helsinki Housing Production Bureau to ensure the design quality on the city owned lot. Affordable purchase and maintenance costs, sustainable rental homes with the combination of the limitations of the site were the key fundamentals of the project. Schematic design began in 2007 and construction was completed in September 2010.Save this picture!© Mikael LindenThe two similar buildings form large curves toward the north blocking noise and tremor from the nearby street and railway. They also make a statement in a larger urban context, the suburban railway environment development.A concept of the facades makes the two buildings a coherent set as it considers the marked duality of the lot used. The facades to the north stand out as compact and precise surfaces, the wall openings and the rising silhouette give the facades a dynamic character. On the contrary, on the south side, the balconies, facing the courtyard, appear freely in different positions on the façade.Save this picture!© Mikael LindenThe use of building materials like wood adds warmth to the construction and also contributes to its integration with its surroundings. The spacious glazed balconies create outside rooms and give the inhabitants a chance to prolong and enjoy the short northern summer.Save this picture!© Mikael LindenTwo five-story buildings that provide 62 flats all facing to the south/west quiet courtyard. The flats are 1-3 bedroom rental units with living room, kitchen, bathroom and sauna. The facilities in the basement include storage rooms, a community club and a laundry.The garage rooftop and part of the carport have been landscaped into the green hillside.Save this picture!© Mikael LindenProject gallerySee allShow lessWurstershire Sauce / UC Berkeley Landscape and Architecture Graduate Student TeamArticlesQuaDror: A New Structural SystemArticlesProject locationAddress:Helsinki, FinlandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/113043/ruotutorppa-social-housing-arkkitehdit-hannunkari-makipaja-architects Clipboard Ruotutorppa Social Housing / Arkkitehdit Hannunkari & Mäkipaja Architects 2010 Social Housing Finland “COPY” CopyAbout this officeArkkitehdit Hannunkari & Mäkipaja ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingHelsingforsWoodResidentialHousingFinlandPublished on February 23, 2011Cite: “Ruotutorppa Social Housing / Arkkitehdit Hannunkari & Mäkipaja Architects” 23 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Howard Lake | 14 March 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Iceberg Marketing appointed by children’s charity National charity The Children’s Society have appointed Northampton agency, Iceberg Marketing to manage all print requirements for its marketing and communications programme.Iceberg have rationalised previous print costs and made a saving of 15% to the charity.One of the most fundamental changes the agency implemented was providing a dedicated in-house Iceberg representative, Bradley Coleman, based at The Children’s Society’s head office in London.more: www.iceberg-marketing.com 16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Oakland, Calif. — The Oscar Grant family hosted an “Oscar Grant Legacy Weekend Birthday Celebration” on Feb. 27. It started with National Victims of Police Terror panels on “Where do we go from here?” Held at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Oakland, the event was organized into separate mothers’ and fathers’ panels. Grant had been shot and killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Johannes Mehserle in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009.Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, Grant’s uncle, opened the meeting and then quickly turned it over to Jazz Hudson, a spoken-word artist. Wanda Johnson, Grant’s mother, introduced longtime Black Panther Party members Erica Huggins and Tarika Lewis, who each spoke. Huggins, a leader of the Los Angeles branch of the BPP, was later imprisoned for two years on conspiracy charges. During her talk, Huggins suggested that there should be a national march, going from city to city, on behalf of victims of police terror. Lewis was the first female member of the BPP. She opened singing Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” song to Grant.There were so many mothers present, which in itself spoke to the horror of the police terror that has been wreaked on Black and Brown communities from coast to coast. Included among them was Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice. She talked about how her daughter had been handcuffed and forced to watch as her brother lay dying. Rice said, “I’m feeling the rage and anger. I know that the government is not here for us.”Gwendolyn Carr, Eric Garner’s mother, said, “They are killing us on the regular! They keep killing us, and as mothers they expect us to do nothing.” She pointed out that despite “the videos we had, we still didn’t get an indictment!”Then Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell, stated, “We need everyone to fight and stand with us.” Marion Hopkins-Gray, mother of Gary Hopkins who was killed in 1999, said of the police, “We need prosecutions. Stand with these mothers for change in 2016.”Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, declared, “They tell us we don’t see what we see, then indict but don’t convict. … I’m so angry I’m about to ignite something across this country! This fight will take everybody!”Other family members included Gwendolyn Woods, mother of Mario Woods; Jeralynn Blueford, mother of Alan Blueford; Dolores Piper, grandmother of Derrick Gaines; Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., parents of Michael Brown Jr.; Miriam Tolan, mother of Robbie Tolan; Teresa Smith, mother of Cesar Cruz; the mother of Phillip Watkins; the mother of Kevin Cooper, on death row in San Quentin, Calif.; the aunt of Corey Jones; mother of Darrell Graham; and Krystal Brown, the spouse of Marlon Brown.Davey D, of KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio, moderated the fathers’ panel, which included Cephus Johnson, Michael Brown Sr., Nation of Islam Minister Keith Mohammad and Richard Perez, father of Pedie Perez. The day was closed out by a chant of “It’s all about the children!” A Remembering Oscar Grant III dinner was held that evening by the Oscar Grant Foundation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The Cleveland Plain Dealer released a horrifying video to the public April 25. A guard at the Cuyahoga County jail is seen dragging an inmate, whom he has in a chokehold, from one room to another on Nov. 3. The guard, Christopher Perdue, then slams the inmate, who is not named, onto the hard floor.Clevelanders protest jail conditions.The inmate was apparently in a cell that was not his, although no one else was in the cell at the time. A Muslim, he had struggled to find a quiet place to pray that allowed him to face east. He was praying when he was dragged out of the cell. The prisoner believes that guards retaliated against him because he had spoken to U.S. federal marshals, who were conducting an investigation for the Department of Justice last year about the deplorable conditions in the jail.Perdue was merely suspended without pay for five days. His actions are the latest of a series of atrocities that have taken place in the Cuyahoga County Correctional Center (CCCC), which houses inmates from Cleveland and the metropolitan area. The federal investigation was prompted by the deaths of six inmates within a few months in 2018. A guard reportedly kicked the mat that one of the dying men was lying on and made no effort to check his medical condition. A seventh inmate died while the investigation was underway. The marshals issued a scathing 52-page report in November. The conditions described have been front-page news for months and have become a scandal for the county administration and, by extension, the local Democratic Party. All but three of the 11 county council members are Democrats, as is Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.An eighth person died, reportedly committing suicide, in December.An unsafe, unsanitary, unhealthy environmentThe November report indicates that the jail is designed for 1,765 people, but at the time housed 2,420 inmates. Cells built for two cellmates held as many as 12 people. Many, including pregnant women, lacked beds and slept on mats on the floor. This can be seen in the video of the Nov. 3 incident, in which people are seen lying on mats in the cafeteria.Juveniles were being housed with adults. Their particular needs, from nutrition to counseling, were ignored. Food service overall was rated “Unsatisfactory,” the lowest possible rating. “Mice/Vermin are present and were observed running … throughout the food service area,” according to the report. Investigators observed general unsanitary conditions in these areas. Special medical and religious diets were not provided.The jail operates below federal fire safety standards, with inadequate inspection of fire extinguishers, fire drills held on an irregular basis, and one of two buildings lacks an automatic sprinkler system, among other violations.Inmates placed in Restricted Housing Units, for disciplinary reasons or in some cases for their own safety, were subject to “the intentional and deliberate use of food as a punitive measure.” Food was nutritionally inadequate and at times spoiled or maliciously withheld. Placement in RHU can be for less-than-major rules violations, and the warden can approve isolation for up to 30 days without a hearing. Juveniles and inmates with mental health challenges can be placed in isolation without consideration of their special circumstances. Inmates “have no access to an impartial hearing process.” While in RHU, they are denied mail and phone access. Cells are often cold there, but guards reportedly denied requests for blankets.Throughout the CCCC, investigators found broken sinks, toilets and showers. Toilet paper and menstrual supplies were not always made available. There was a general lack of proper sanitation conditions and procedures.The report’s section on health care gave CCCC a “Less-Than-Satisfactory” rating of “Marginal.” There were problems with dispensing medication, biohazard disposal, lack of recordkeeping for special needs, etc. On the third floor, “Medical is made aware of an inmate’s health need only when the need, issue, or situation digresses to urgent or emergency.”Suicide prevention protocols are inadequate, and suicide-prone inmates are not properly screened or attended to. “For nearly a month, medical officials at the Cuyahoga County Jail pleaded with County Executive Armond Budish’s administration to make changes aimed, in part, at decreasing suicides at the jail,” according to the April 12 Plain Dealer. Changes were finally implemented after the December death. However, suicide attempts continue: In March a man jumped off a balcony, but survived.Abusive ‘use of force’Additional documented outrages involved “use of force.” The Special Response Team, informally referred to as the “men in black” because of SRT’s black paramilitary attire, have become notorious for violence and intimidation. More than 100 inmates testified about “cruel treatment.”Further evidence of abuse, beyond the marshals’ report, has come to light recently in the media. Chantelle Glass was brought to CCCC last July after her parents called police over a fight between her and her sister. Held in jail for an unpaid traffic ticket, Glass was restrained to a chair, punched and pepper sprayed.Some two dozen current and former inmates have filed lawsuits over conduct that includes denial of medication, physical assault, lack of mental health counseling, inability to contact attorneys while in isolation, and what the civil rights law firm Friedman and Gilbert terms, “[A] multitude of constitutional rights violations suffered by people in the custody of the County Jail.” (Plain Dealer, Dec. 20) Budish and several jail officials are named in the suit.Other problems detainees face include lack of Spanish-speaking staff and the absence of a Muslim imam. While no inmates are forced to work, those who choose to participate in the work program are considered “volunteers” and receive no compensation for their labor.Bail system keeps poor in jailMost of the people locked up in CCCC are not there for serious or violent crimes. What keeps them in jail for lesser offenses is a system in which money bail is set at an amount that poor arrestees cannot pay. This was the case with 27-year-old Brenden Kiekisz, who was arrested last Christmas “on suspicion of violating the terms of his court-ordered drug intervention program.” He was found hanging in his cell two days later.The Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at Cuyahoga County Jail (SICCJ), formed in December to protest the outrageous situation at CCCC, recently held a teach-in on the nefarious way the bail system operates. According to the presenters, 75 percent of jail inmates would be out if they had bail money. People of color suffer disproportionately from the bail extortion racket.In Cleveland, not having bail money means having to suffer the most demeaning, abusive, unhealthy and potentially life-threatening conditions one can imagine. These conditions have met resistance, however. SICCJ has been out in the community multiple times with a petition demanding bail reform. The coalition has held a number of pickets, and members attend and speak at County Council meetings. Public outrage has led to the arrest, firing and resignation of a number of jail officials. Now is the time to elevate the slogan, “Tear down the walls.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Linkedin Email Facebook Print NewsHealthLimerick carers not getting enough supportBy Bernie English – July 7, 2018 1327 WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement THE EXPERIENCE of a Limerick man trying to care for his mother in her dementia illustrates the lack of support services available in Limerick, according to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI)Member of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network (DCCN), Micheál Rowsome, whose story featured recently in the Limerick Post said: “Dementia care in Ireland needs to change and that begins with early diagnosis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “When I first spoke to the Public Health Nurse, I was told I couldn’t get any services until my Mum was diagnosed, that was a severe blow and I remember thinking we were on our own here. Mum’s dementia affected us all. Because of a lack of supports and services everyone in the house became unwell.”The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) is calling on the Government to invest €12 million towards community supports for people with dementia which has been outlined in the Pre-Budget Submission ‘Dementia Support Across Ireland – Building Communities of Care’.The mid-term review of the National Dementia Strategy (NDS), which was launched in May, acknowledges that people with dementia and their families are still dealing with inadequate services and supports and states that additional funding is required.According to a dementia services mapping project carried out by the ASI and the HSE’s National Dementia Office (NDO), not only does access to community dementia-specific services across Ireland vary depending on where you live but no county in Ireland has an acceptable level of dementia support.“Limerick, like every county in Ireland, is not sufficiently resourced to provide a basic minimum standard of care for people with dementia. There are serious gaps in the services provided in Limerick,” an ASI spokesman said.None of the following services are provided according to the mapping project carried out by ASI & HSE: Alzheimers Café’s, Dementia Assistive Technology Library, Dementia Cognitive Therapies, Dementia Counselling Service, Dementia In-Home Respite and People with Dementia Support Groups.In Limerick, the ASI is calling for funding for dementia carer support groups, dementia family carer programmes and a dementia social club. Previous articleConcert hit at Limerick Summer MusicNext articleLimerick house prices rise by €20 000 in last year Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.
NewsBusinessApproval for Aughinish rock blasting described as ‘reckless’By Alan Jacques – December 10, 2018 1294 Previous articleWATCH: Reaction from JvG, Peter O’Mahony, Mike Haley and Joe El-AbdNext articleGrooving with Limerick Jazz Ensemble Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie A DECISION by An Bord Pleanála to allow Aughinish Alumina rock blast a borrow pit at their plant in West Limerick for ten years has been described as reckless by a local environmental group.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group believes the borrow pit proposal will have a life-long detrimental impact on fauna, wildlife, marine life, birds, and the natural environment.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Chairman Pat Geoghegan told the Limerick Post that he is also concerned that the decision will have a negative impact on those living close to these ponds at Aughinish Island in Askeaton and Foynes.“Our objection clearly outlines the dangers of blasting rock to a depth of 8 metres and 4.5 hectare in size next to red mud ponds, storing approximately 40 million tonnes of toxic waste. We would like to brief councillors and the Mayor himself of the dangers to this proposal,” he explained.An Bord Pleanála informed Cappagh Farmers Support Group this week that they have granted a ten-year permission for the borrow pit with an extraction area of 4.5 hectares to extract around 374 cubic metres of rock over a ten-year period. Extraction will take place between April and September each year.“Such a decision by An Bord Pleanála is nothing more than reckless – to allow explosives to be set off just meters from the existing mud ponds that store 50 million tonnes of toxic waste in order to secure rock that will be used to heighten the embankments further to store more toxic waste.“When it dries out, it will blow on to farms and the wider community,” he claimed.Cappagh Farmers Support Group also maintain that by accumulating rock for the embankments, Aughinish are also creating a 8.5 meter crater that could form the next stage of a third mud pond to store more toxic waste.“We are heading for one of the biggest toxic waste facilities in Europe right next to Foynes. If the explosives breach any part of the embankment or the base of the mud ponds, we could be looking at the destruction of the Shannon Estuary for decades to come, with the red toxic waste flowing straight from the ponds into the Shannon.“This planning has not taken into account for such an environmental disaster should it happen. We could live to regret this decision because Limerick City and County Council will facilitate Aughinish like they have for decades in relation to bad planning that has destroyed our environment and put human health at risk.“Shame on our councillors who stayed silent on this reckless application,” Mr Geoghegan concluded.In granting planning permission, An Bord Pleanála said it considered that the development would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of the property in the vicinity, would comply with the provisions of the Development Plan and would not be prejudicial to public health.“The proposed development would therefore be in accordance with the proper planning permission and sustainable development of the area,” the approval notice declared. Twitter Advertisement Facebook Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Print Email WhatsApp Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Linkedin Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSbusinessEnvironmentLimerick CountyNews Limerick on Covid watch list TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!