Challenges in Bridging the Idea and Practice

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faatimaa Ahmadi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faatimaa Ahmadi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.One year passed. A fruitful year! Last year at this time I was very busy in Iran with developing the idea to take part in Ashoka’s Changemakers.com online competition. Fortunately, I was selected to participate in the Young Champions Program and now I am in my fourth month at the Joyce Fertility support centre in Uganda. I am experiencing a Christmas day in a Christian country and missing Norooz which is the first day of the Persian year. I am missing many other things and of course gaining the other ones to practically turn my idea into reality to bring change in the way of education in maternal health.I based my idea for maternal health on the educational program in the Iranian context where there is no shortage of health providers and no difficulties in access to health centers and hospital facilities. However, on implementing the idea I am in the Ugandan context where I find the opposite. Here I see a lack of midwives, transportation and hospital facilities in heath systems and many other things. Sometimes the differences in these two different contexts challenge me severely. On one hand we are educating women to go to the health centers, and on the other hand there are health centers without midwives that have little availability.So far we have introduced our project in two districts. We had 2 sessions with district health committees. The meetings were interactive. However, we learned from this session that the perspective of the health committee in one of the districts doesn’t match with the real conditions of the district. They told us they don’t have any problems regarding maternal health!But we had earlier visited 2 health centers in this area and we observed:An active health centre with a closed maternity ward because the midwife was on maternity leave without a replacementRefills in the drug store without the health centre supervisor’s input about the required drugsHigh antenatal care coverage but women were not coming back to give birth in the health centresWomen that came to the antenatal unit in their fifth month of pregnancy or laterDoctors and nurses not considering the privacy of pregnant women during their visits (part of their exams were being done in front of a group of people)Doctors holding the educational sessions in which the subject was inappropriate to participants needs (the educator was advising the clients about the importance of starting antenatal care at first month of pregnancy while most of the clients were at late month of pregnancy or postpartum period, so it was obvious to see most of the learners not paying attention to the educator)These days we are now trying to find ways to solve these challenges which have been valuable learning points for us through our activities.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer reveals Rashford pep-talk month before taking Man Utd job

first_imgSolskjaer reveals Rashford pep-talk month before taking Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he had a chat with Marcus Rashford a month before taking the job.Solskjaer has won his opening three games with Rashford starting in all of them scoring twice.Speaking to Stadium Astro, Solskjaer revealed he spoke to Rashford after United’s 1-0 Champions League win against Young Boys.He said: “I went to see the Young Boys game just a month ago and I met him and Jesse [Lingard] in the corridor just as I was leaving the game.”He had a few chances in that game and [I said] ‘don’t worry son, just relax a little bit.'”Solskjaer continued: “Yes, of course you’re excited by working with all this talent but then going into detail is what I can do best.“That was my ‘X factor’, scoring goals. So if I can help and guide him a little bit then great.”It’s all in the head. You know what to do, that’s key in everything and then be able to do it.”So videos of good finishes, bad finishes, discuss things and then go out and practice and be as good as you can possibly get. There’s always time for another practice session.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoArsenal boss Emery: Martinelli’s long-term position?

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: Martinelli’s long-term position?by Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGabriel Martinelli is set for more action with Arsenal tonight.Martinelli finds himself in line to feature for Arsenal tonight, when they host Standard Liege in the Europa League.Gunners head coach Unai Emery said: “He is with us because he deserves to be with us. Pre-season was his chance to show and to work with us and we are very, very happy with him. He is a very fast player and that is a quality that is very important. “He gives us good pressing ­without the ball, good pace in the final third, chances to score and he’s getting better. He is young but if his ­performances are getting better every day, it is good for him to carry on being with us.”On Martinelli’s long-term position, he added: “We used him in training and against Nottingham Forest as a striker.“It is not the best position for him but he played well and he played there sometimes in Brazil but he can play right or left.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days ago​Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clash

first_img​Alcohol banned in Amsterdam before Chelsea clashby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAmsterdam’s Red Light District will see an alcohol ban in effect before Chelsea face off against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.The Dutch authorities in Amsterdam do not want to have any fan incidents on their hands.It is why they are ensuring that everyone is well behaved in the lead up to the 6:55pm kick off for the game.There will be no alcohol sales between 12pm and 6pm on that day, with any establishment that flaunts the law facing fines of up to 1,200 euros.The report of the alcohol ban comes from the AS newspaper in Spain.”Traditionally, foreign football fans go to the Red Light District before a game. This is accompanied by a lot of drinking. Previously, residents and businesses in the area have suffered huge inconvenience and the police have had to intervene,” said a statement in AS. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Listen: Texas WR Daje Johnson Released A Rap Single, ‘Dealer’, About Dealing Drugs

first_imgA closeup of a Texas Longhorns cheerleader.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 27: A cheerleader of the Texas Longhorns show Hook’em Horns during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium October 27, 2007 in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-25. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas wide receiver Daje Johnson recently released a rap single titled, “Dealer,” and, well, it’s focused on a topic you don’t want a student-athlete to be rapping about. The single, appropriately titled, is about dealing drugs. The track opens, “If you lookin’ for the dealer, I got the plug. Probly catch him with the reefer.” Here’s the full song. It contains lyrics that are not safe for work. Johnson has had somewhat of a troubled career with the Longhorns, catching just five passes for -7 yards in 2014. Reaction to the single getting released was expectedly critical. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound senior later apologized for the song. I apologize for my prior post Dealer. I assure you that I’m still focused on my goals this season…… I just make music for fun— Daje’ Johnson (@BL4CKM4KO) July 8, 2015Texas opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against Notre Dame. [Burnt Orange Nation]last_img read more

Will help rebuild your lives Rahul in Wayanad

first_imgKozhikode (Kerala): Wayanad Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has assured all help to the people of his flood-hit constituency rebuild their lives. “We are all with you in this hour of crisis and I call upon not just Congress workers, but all the people to work to ease the suffering of the people. You don’t have to worry about your future as we will help you rebuild your lives,” said Gandhi while addressing a relief camp at Thiruvampady. He also told the gathering that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking help for flood-hit Kerala. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Today is Eid and though I know that the people are distressed, I take this opportunity to wish all of you ‘Eid Mubarak’. We will use the spirit of Eid to help the people who are suffering,” said Gandhi. Incessant rain and the consequent floods have caused widespread damage in Kerala. In Wayanad, the flood fury has resulted in 18 deaths and displacement of over 40,000 people, who have taken shelter in over 200 relief camps. Having arrived in Wayanad on Sunday, Gandhi visited some relief camps at Malappuram and Kavalapara, where a mudslide on Friday wiped out an entire village. Over 50 people are still feared trapped under the debris. He also took part in a review meeting called by the Malappuram District Collector. Gandhi will tour Wayanad on Monday and will return to Delhi on Tuesday.last_img read more

Remains of 14 yearold girl found in Manitoba source

first_imgAPTN National NewsHuman remains discovered in northern Manitoba are believed to be those of a 14 year-old Aboriginal girl.While RCMP say they can’t confirm the identity of the body, sources say it is likely that of Heather Mallett.Mallet went missing from Wabowden, a Metis community about 600 kilometres north of Winnipeg.The body was discovered near the community.last_img

Opinion Cleveland Cavaliers playoff run should be celebrated not mourned

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James heads to the bench with seconds remaining in the game against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on June 16, 2015. The Warriors won, 105-97, to clinch the championship. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cleveland Cavaliers came up short.The curse lives on for another year (unless, of course, the Indians start living up to the lofty expectations of Sports Illustrated).The Cavs have still never won an NBA championship, and the good people of the City of Cleveland still haven’t been able to weep tears of joy since the winter of 1964.So as one of those (hopefully) good people, why do I feel an absence of dread the next day? In fact, I even feel pretty good about what just transpired in the NBA playoffs, even if it was the Golden State Warriors winning it all.The answer is simple: This is clearly not the end of the road for the Cavs. The window is still wide open, and I remain as confident as ever that LeBron James will bring a trophy to the city sooner rather than later.In 1995, after the Indians won 100 games and made their first playoff and World Series appearance in 41 years, a parade was held in their honor. Sure, there was no trophy to hoist — that was way down south in Atlanta — but their runner-up finish represented something new: hope and optimism. The Indians might’ve lost the series, but the city was sure that its time was coming.Of course, the Indians did not fulfill that destiny after all, but hey, that’s Cleveland sports for you.But the NBA is a lot more predictable than the MLB, and it’s hard to see the Cavs coming up short much longer, as long as LeBron is healthy.For one, the Eastern Conference has been, and will remain, absolutely horrible. The Cavs made an absolute mockery of the conference in the first three rounds, going 12-2, including two sweeps. And that was without Kevin Love for 10 and a half of those games and Kyrie Irving hobbled or absent for about half of them.Then in the Finals, against a far superior Warriors team, missing two Team USA players in Love and Irving, the Cavs very nearly stole the series. Their 2-1 lead after three games was the first time a Cleveland team had led a championship series at any point in 67 years.And that’s where my happiness behind the fresh pain of losing the series comes from. I know moral victories do not end a two-generation drought, but I can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel.The Cavs will be better next season. They won’t need half the season to learn how to play with each other, they will be getting Irving, Love and Anderson Varejao back healthy and they will know for a fact that they have the ability to get it done.I know how things work in Cleveland sports too well to count my chickens before they hatch, but this just has a different feeling to it.“There’s always next year” has never felt so true. read more

Football 3star class of 2018 prospect Master Teague commits to Ohio State

Three-star 2018 running back prospect Master Teague committed to Ohio State Sunday afternoon, becoming the 13th player in his class to announce his intention to play for the Buckeyes.Teague becomes the lowest-rated player and the only three-star member of OSU’s 2018 recruiting class. The 247Sports composite rankings slot him as the No. 501 player in the class and 25th-best prospect at his position.pic.twitter.com/ihf8e2fwdD— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) June 11, 2017Teague is the third running back in his class to commit to OSU, following four-star prospects Brian Snead (No. 80) and Westerville, Ohio, native Jaelen Gill (No. 34). The Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native Teague is the second player from his state in the 2018 class to commit to play for the Buckeyes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not reached his limit

first_imgThe Swedish footballer says he will not return to Europe soon, as he wants to help his team LA Galaxy win some trophies in the United StatesWith 36 years of age, Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t believe he has reached his limit yet.Playing with LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer (MLS), he’s been having a second chance at shinning in the sport.“I feel alive, after my injury people thought I was not going to come back and I showed them I was still alive playing,” he said to Diario AS.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“I feel well, fresh, and I’m very happy here. I like the club, my teammates, and the city. I want to play here as long as I can.”“Obviously there’s the physical aspect and it conditions says I have to stop, then I will have to do it. But I have not reached that limit yet,” he added.Asked if he would want to return to play in Europe, he was very honest.“Not right now, like I said I’m happy here. I want to help the club and my teammates to win.”last_img read more

Man Arrested By AST After Failure To Stop

first_imgUpon contact investigation revealed Corona was operating the vehicle with a revoked operator’s license and no motor vehicle insurance. Corona was issued traffic citations for driving revoked in a Double Fines Safety Corridor and driving without motor vehicle insurance in a Double Fines Safety Corridor. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna AST K-9 Team, on August 7th, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a red 1998 Pontiac Montana Transport van, at Mile 91 of the Sterling Highway in Homer, after observing the driver failing to wear a seatbelt. Corona was arrested for misdemeanor eluding and was transported and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial where he was released on his own recognizance.center_img The driver and sole occupant later identified as Luis R. Corona (58) YOA of Soldotna failed to pull over. The vehicle eventually came to a stop near the driveway of Backtrackers Trailer Park and Corona fled from the vehicle on foot. K-9 announcements were given and Corona voluntarily gave himself up and was taken into custody without incident.last_img read more

2 killed in gunfights with law enforcers

first_imgTwo persons were killed in separate incidents of alleged gunfights with members of law enforcement agencies early Monday.Of them, one was killed in Tangail and the other in Mymensingh.According to news agency UNB, a man was killed in an alleged gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Dainna Chowdhury Madhyapara in Tangail’s Sadar upazila.The RAB has identified that the deceased was Sharif aka Farhad, 33, a resident of Gala village of the upazila and district unit president of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party.Tipped off that Sharif along with his associates was staying in the area, a team of RAB conducted a drive there around 2:00am, said major Robiul Islam of RAB-12.Sensing presence of the elite force, Sharif and his cohorts attacked the team in a bid to protect them, triggering the gunfight.After the gunfight, the RAB team recovered the body and one foreign pistol, one magazine and four bullets from the scene.In Mymensingh, Sharifur Rahman Sharif, 32, a suspected drug trader and son of late Nazim Uddin of Kristapur area in the city, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Kalibari By-lane area around 1:45am.Shah Kamal Akand, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of police, said on information that a gang of drug traders gathered in the area to distribute contraband drugs, a team of police conducted a drive.Sensing the presence of police, the gang hurled brick chips and opened fire on police, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight.The gunfight left Sharifur dead on the spot.Two policemen were also injured, said the OC adding that they recovered 100 yaba tablets and five kilograms of hemp from the spot.last_img read more

Four Things You Should Know About SelfDefense Law In Texas

first_imgIn the last decade, a number of for-profit groups have popped up to provide legal support for those facing charges in self-defense cases.In 2009, a group of Houston attorneys founded Texas Law Shield, where for an annual fee of $131, a member gains access to a 24/7 legal hotline, experienced self-defense attorneys and discounts on firearms courses and classes. The company was so aggressive in its tactics to gain members that it faced a class action lawsuit.The National Rifle Association has a foot in the game as well, sponsoring an insurance service that seeks to protect litigants financially if they find themselves looking at civil liability in the aftermath of a shooting, warning potential customers not to “get caught in a legal nightmare.” Share DALYAH JONES / KUTA boy walks by a memorial for Devonte Ortiz, who was killed in the parking lot of the Pleasant Hill Apartments in Southeast Austin on Wednesday. The suspect in the case said he acted in self-defense.A 41-year-old Austin man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager. Jason Roche allegedly shot Devonte Ortiz, 19, after an argument over fireworks in the early morning of July 4. According to an affidavit, Roche claimed the shooting was in self-defense, but witness testimony and cellphone video conflict with that account.The shooting has come under public scrutiny, drawing everything from comparisons to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to a call for tighter gun laws. Roche’s fate will ultimately be determined by a lengthy court process, but there is one question that consistently arises when shootings like this occur: How exactly do self-defense laws work in Texas?Here are four things to consider:1)Texas has gradually broadened self-defense laws.In 1973, Texas imposed a “duty to retreat” law when it came to self-defense. Essentially, to justify deadly force, an individual had to show that a reasonable person could not have avoided the violent encounter by moving to a safe place and therefore had no other option but to defend him- or herself violently. This requirement was sometimes referred to under common law as a “retreat to the wall” requirement.But in 1995, Texas law loosened, adding a “castle doctrine,” which said that an individual didn’t need to run away if he or she was defending his or her own home or property. This law expanded in 2007, when the Texas Legislature changed the measure to say that individuals didn’t need to retreat at all, instead needing only to prove they had a legal right to be present during the act of defense. This policy is commonly referred to as a “Stand Your Ground” law.Right now, 27 states have codified “Stand Your Ground” laws, with another half dozen states following such laws in practice.Texas law also has a number of provisions about using force to stop various crimes in progress and even allows for the use of force during criminal mischief – but only at night.2)The burden is on the defendant to prove self-defense.A self-defense law isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card. In fact, it’s a defensive argument that is typically brought up after an individual has been arrested, charged and indicted.“In most situations, the police will arrest and ask questions later,” says Millie Thompson, an Austin-based defense attorney.Thompson says that in most criminal proceedings, the burden of proof is on the prosecution, which has to provide evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant committed a crime. In the case of self-defense, however, the defendant has to provide the evidence. “When raising an affirmative defense, you have to come up with some proof – somewhere, somehow – that this defensive theory applies,” she says. “Then the state has to disprove it.”Of course, this all applies if a case goes to court, because …3)Sometimes self-defense cases never make it to trial.According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, justified homicides between citizens are relatively rare, with 2016 marking just 331 killings.In 2015, Guns.com, a news website dedicated to firearms culture, found that out of 146 self-defense shootings nationwide, only 12 individuals faced charges. Its analysis found that Texas had the most shootings (45 incidents), but only two people were charged.There seems to be a level of regularity behind those numbers. In fact, a Dallas woman recently shot a carjacker who tried to steal her SUV with her children inside. Police have said charges won’t be filed in that case.Under state law, police and district attorneys have wide discretion when it comes to deciding what cases to pursue, and if the evidence early on shows a clear path to self-defense, a district attorney may simply drop the case altogether.“The DA would have an ethical duty not to charge if they believed that it was truly self-defense,” says Daniel Betts, an Austin-based defense attorney. “[It is] their duty as a prosecutor to uphold their oath to seek justice, not convictions.”4)There is a booming business around self-defense legal defense.last_img read more

For the love of books

first_imgDelhi is all set to drift into the magical world of written and spoken words through its very own literature festival for the second time. The 2nd Delhi Literature Festival 2014 being organised on 7, 8 and 9 February at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.M Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Environment and Forests and a well acclaimed writer himself will inaugurate the festival that will showcase a vibrant panel of discussions, readings, workshops, talks, presentations, book launches and much more. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year Delhi Literature Festival will pay a special tribute to Rajendra Yadav, one of the most well-known and reputed writers of Hindi Language. He was most known for pioneering the Nayi Kahani Movement in Hindi Literature. Namvar Singh, a close associate of Rajendra Yadav along with Ajit Kr. Chaudhary and Dr Nirmala Jain will share their personal experiences with the veteran writer who no longer lives between us.With a tinge of international flavor, the festival will witness the presence of Brazilian Author Bernardo Carvalho throwing light on Brazilian Contemporary Literature. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival will also hold a special exhibition of the works of the Iranian illustrators, graphic artists and calligraphy artists.There will also be a session on Saturday that will look into the world of Persian Publishing, its history and form.Focusing on three major elements – illumination (illustrations), decoration (graphics) and calligraphy (art of writing), these Iranian Artists will throw light on the ‘Art of Book Making’.Keeping with the tradition of promoting independent writers and publishers, DLF’14 will see a dramatic reading by Rehaan Engineer, of yet to be published novel, Mutilator written by Prajna Desai, an art critic and writer. The festival will also hear the tale of the successful literary entrepreneurs as they share their journey with the young aspirants.Other eminent speakers include Mushirul Hasan, Rakhshanda Jalil, Rosalyn D’Mello, Samit Basu, Abhimanyu Sisodia and many more.Saturday will also see a Cultural Performance by Mrigya, a Delhi-based fusion music band.  Their music reaches out to a variety of cultures and nationalities for its uniqueness in fusing the Blues, Funk, Folk, Latin, Rock and Jazz with Indian Classical.WHEN: 7-9 FebWHERE: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Artslast_img read more

Rep Vaupel supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities

first_img21Dec Rep. Vaupel supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities Categories: News,Vaupel News State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, recently voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade education in Michigan’s public schools.“This is an opportunity to help our children beyond high school while they’re still in the classroom,” Vaupel said. “Our mid-Michigan school districts will have more course flexibility, improved access to experienced instructors and be able to work closely with local business owners. That will ultimately help our state’s students, while giving them better access to post-high school programs and help have more options as future professionals.”The legislation was developed from the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance, which includes state K-12 educators and local employment leaders working together to help strengthen Michigan’s future.The legislation:Creates a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each grade level, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industry interests;Provides continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers;Allows proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – with parental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities; andPermits schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.“We’ve got to develop students in the classroom while increasing their educational opportunities because that will prepare them for a successful life,” Vaupel said. “Michigan has many more career opportunities today than it did five years ago. If this legislation becomes state law then our students will be better prepared for five years from now.”House Bills 5139, 5140, 5141, 5142 and 5145 advance to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img read more

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has added

first_imgPolish cable operator Multimedia Polska has added Scripps Networks International UK & EMEA’s Travel Channel HD to its programming line-up.The channel is now available on Multimedia Polska’s Startbox digital basic package, providing a range of programming including new series of Hotel Impossible, Mysteries at the Museum, Baggage Battles, Treasure King and House Hunters International.“As the demand for quality programming increases, we have expanded our partnership with Multimedia Polska to offer viewers Travel Channel HD. Following the successful launch of the SD channel on the platform, viewers will now be able to view our traveling window on the world in the boldest and brightest quality”, said Jon Sichel, Managing Director, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA.“Programmes in HD quality increase the attractiveness of our offer. That’s why we are very happy that we can offer our subscribers Travel Channel in high definition. It should be emphasised that increasing the number of HD channels is a gradual transition from SD to HD standard,” said Bartłomiej Kasiński, Director of Strategy and Development, Multimedia Polska.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet ONE in ten of the ‘cash-for-ash’ burners are located across Derry, we can reveal.Out of the 2,128 recipients across the North of Ireland who benefitted from the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, a total of 228 firms were in Derry city and Co Derry post code  areas.But those who reaped the rewards from the RHI scheme are not being revealed by DUP Eonoomy Minister Simon Hamilton even though it is public money. ‘CASH-FOR-ASH’ SCANDAL: 228 COMPANIES USING RHI BURNERS ACROSS DERRYcoleraineDerry CitylimavadymagherafeltPSNIRENEWABLE HEAT INCENTIVE SCHEME There are 342 boilers there – about one-in-six of the total.The statistics show the total of 2,128 recipients are split roughly between commercial and farming interests.Around Ballymena and Ballymoney there are 276 boilers.Poultry farmers are heavily represented, accounting for 871 of the installations.The two main clusters are close to Moy Park’s processing plants in Northern Ireland, in Ballymena and Dungannon.Poultry farmers use the boilers to heat chicken houses where the birds are reared.Many switched from LPG gas to biomass in recent years.Other areas where there are significant numbers of boilers by postcode include Armagh which has 112 and Omagh which has 82.Last week, Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said a Moy Park briefing with his officials had raised “issues” about the operation of the RHI scheme.Moy Park later issued a statement but made no reference to those issues.On Monday, the former DETI minister Jonathan Bell claimed under assembly privilege that he had been told DUP special advisers Timothy Johnston and John Robinson had extensive interests in the poultry industry, and that he would not be allowed to reduce the RHI tariff as a result.The DUP later issued a statement of categorical denial on behalf of both men.John Robinson said he had “no personal interest” in the poultry industry. He said two of his brothers were poultry farmers but were not in the RHI.Timothy Johnston said he had “no family connections to the poultry industry”. He said he had two brothers in law in the poultry industry but neither had any connection with the RHI.On Tuesday, Mr Bell said he was prepared to repeat allegations he made about the role played by special advisers in the RHI scheme, to a judge-led inquiry.He was speaking during an an opposition debate in the Assembly calling for a public inquiry into the controversial scheme.He also made further allegations about the RHI scheme – suggesting at least one DUP special adviser might have up to eight boilers. The party said it was an “outrageous claim”.MLAs later voted for a public inquiry to be called into the controversy in a debate where Sinn Féin were absent.The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme was an attempt by the Northern Ireland Executive to help to increase consumption of heat from renewable sources.But flaws in setting the scheme’s subsidy rate left it open to abuse as claimants could earn more cash the more fuel they burned, with the overspend estimated to be about £490m.It has been centre stage in the North’s politics over the past month, with the resignation last Monday of deputy first minister Martin McGuinness.Sinn Féin’s refusal to re-nominate a deputy first minister on Monday left Secretary of State James Brokenshire with no option but to call fresh Assembly elections on 2 March.Former first minister and current DUP leader Arlene Foster set up the scheme in 2012 when she was enterprise minister.However, she has  been criticised for not introducing measures to cap payments as was introduced in England.‘CASH-FOR-ASH’ SCANDAL: 228 COMPANIES USING RHI BURNERS ACROSS DERRY was last modified: January 17th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: The PSNI says the Chief Constable is considering a request for detectives to carry out a fraud investigation into the RHI scandal.A breakdown of that figure shows where the recipients of the burners live:67 are in Magherafetl;56 are in Derry city;51 are in Coleraine;33 are in Limavady;20 are in Maghera;and one in Portstewart.However, most companies on the lucrative RHI scheme are based in mid-Ulster and north Antrim, according to information passed to the BBC.A regional breakdown of installations published by the Stephen Nolan Show on Radio Ulster shows the biggest cluster is around Dungannon.last_img read more