Lobbyists should not only be obliged to register as lobbyists, one of the proposals currently being debated (“How much access is too much access?”, 5-11 May). Contributions to hearings and at public consultations, and permanent badges to the EU’s institutions, should be limited to those who have registered themselves or have been explicitly invited by the institutions. We, as a German trade union, registered some years ago and the process was no big formality. Since we are not based in Brussels, we have to sign in each time we want to see MEPs, European Commission employees and others. While this may waste some time if you have frequent talks with MEPs and others, why not? We have nothing to hide. The only thing that we would like is a permanent badge. Anyone who wishes not to register surely has something to hide from the general public. Frank Schmidt-Hullmann IG Bauen Agrar UmweltFrankfurt
The Environment Agency submitted a planning application to Exeter City Council last month for the next phase of the Exeter flood defense scheme.Phase 2 of the scheme includes intermittent defenses on both sides of the River Exe, from Cowley Bridge in the north to Countess Wear, Bridge Road in the south. The scheme will reduce flood risk to homes, businesses and infrastructure in Exwick, St David’s, St Thomas, the quay area, Marsh Barton and low lying areas near Mill Road, Countess Wear.The Environment Agency lowered the level of the River Exe this month to help with the detailed design stage of the Exeter flood defense scheme.Phase 1 work is well underway downstream of Exeter quay. This phase started in August 2014. Contractors have made good progress deepening the existing Trew’s flood relief channel and will soon begin lowering the side spill weir at the top of the channel.This will increase its flow capacity which will help reduce flood risk during high flows.The check weir at the downstream end of the flood relief channel will be removed to further increase capacity. This will mean that the bottom half of the channel will be wetter during high tides.Exeter has a long history of flooding, going back as far as the 13th century. The current flood defenses were built in the 1960s and 70s after devastating flooding affected more than 1,000 properties.[mappress mapid=”20138″]
PLANS TO invest US$2·5bn in expansion and modernisation of Iran’s rail network were announced in January by RAI President Mohammad Saeedi Nejad.The 2005-10 development plan envisages the acquisition of 180 new locomotives, 8800 freight wagons and 500 coaches, helping to lift the network’s annual capacity to 50 million tonnes of freight and 36 million passengers. Nejad said RAI had ordered 80 wagons from Wagon Pars of which 14 had been delivered and 12 more were expected this year.With construction of the Mashhad – Bafgh and Kerman – Zahedan lines nearing completion, RAI is expecting a significant increase in international business. On February 15 Nejad held talks with the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Ravshanbek Fayzullayev, who indicated that UTY was looking to dispatch between 120 and 150 wagons a day to the Gulf port of Bandar Abbas via Serakhs and Bafgh. RAI’s five-year plan also covers construction of 511 km Astara – Rasht – Qazvin line linking Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia, which is expected to be completed by 2010 at a cost of US$600m (RG 9.04 p511). Attending a trilateral planning meeting in Baku on February 10, RZD First Vice-President Khasyan Zyabirov reiterated Russia’s commitment to the North-South corridor. The legal, financial and technical proposals had now been drawn up, and it was now time to take a formal decision on implementation, he said. RZD was willing to fund a study by external consultants leading to a proper business plan, and Zyabirov also offered equipment and materials to help build the line.
One Department Micciche says was cut too far was the Department of Public Safety, which includes Alaska State Trooper funding. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Legislature reconvenes January 19th in Juneau and until then lawmakers are at home in their communities, hearing from their constituents about the state’s budget. Kenai Peninsula Senator Peter Micciche says there’s still more cutting that needs to be done before he could agree with the Governor’s proposal to introduce new income and “sin” taxes. Micciche says one place he’ll consider cutting is the Alaska Marine Highway System which makes up half of the DOT’s $350 million budget… Sen. Micciche(R-K. Pen): “Those people absolutely deserve quality service, but we’ve sort of gone over the top over the past few years. So we need to find places where we can make that system more efficient and cut costs pretty substantially. But there’s that situation in almost every department. Some departments were undercut, but we have to look at efficiencies, we have to look at places where there are complete different administrations that could be combined, we have to think about services we used to offer that don’t have the same value, like the HFC, Housing Finance Corporation. Those products are no longer competitive, we can have a smaller department manage the federal funding from that and not have an entire state department that manages the state piece.”
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 NAGOYA – Chika Horie, who won the 2002 Hokkaido Marathon, will sit out the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon this Sunday for health reasons, race organizers said Wednesday.Organizers said Horie is one of four runners who will miss the race, leaving 18 invited guests, including overseas runners, to the meet that also serves as the final Olympic qualifier for Japanese athletes. Last month, Sydney Olympic gold medalist Naoko Takahashi said she would not run in the Nagoya meet.That means she will have to wait to see if she gets picked by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations for one of the three available Olympic berths for Japanese women.