Klity residents win Bt36m in decade-long fight over mine

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national September 12, 2017 01:00

By SUPOJ KAEWKASEE,
PUMIPONG JONGSAKUN,
YOSSARAN SUPHAN
THE NATION

The Supreme Court’s Environmental Division yesterday upheld the verdict in favour of the 151 plaintiffs suing Lead Concentrates (Thailand) Co for violating environmental laws.

Due to the violations, the environment near Klity Village was polluted, causing harm to local residents.

“The firm is ordered to pay Bt36.05 million in compensation to the plaintiffs. The annual interest rate of 7.5 per cent applies from the date this lawsuit was filed with the court,” said Surapong Kongchantuk, of the Lawyers Council of Thailand. “The court also requires the firm to rehabilitate the polluted Klity Creek.”

The lawsuit was filed with the court on October 19, 2007, after residents living near the creek saw clear adverse impacts from the mining operations that started in their hometown in 1967.

Initially, residents demanded Bt1 billion in compensation. However, they said they were content with the court’s ruling.

“What we care most about is the rehabilitation of the Klity Creek,” Yaser Nasuansuwan said.

Pinan Chotirosseranee, who heads a Kanchanaburi women’s group, said she was happy after hearing the verdict.

“We have been fighting against the pollution by the firm alongside residents for 19 years already. We hope the court ruling today will set a precedent in other pollution cases,” she said.

Surapong, who confirmed the Klity villagers had won all of their court cases, said: “Last year, eight local people won their case at the Supreme Court, winning Bt20 million in compensation.”

He added that four years ago the Supreme Administrative Court had also ruled in favour of Klity villagers and ordered the mine to pay Bt4-million compensation to residents who could not use water from Klity Creek.

“The Supreme Administrative Court has also ordered the firm to restore the creek to its original, unpolluted state. But to date, rehabilitation at the creek has not yet started because the Pollution Control Department has still not approved the rehabilitation plan,” Surapong said. He added that if the rehabilitation work did not start in the near future, he would talk to local people about the next step.

 

Source  :  Nation Multimedia

Mosul governmental buildings under Iraqi army’s control

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Nineveh/ Iraq TradeLink: Security reports from Mosul city said that the Iraqi forces retrieved the

governmental complex in the city, which is regarded the last headquarter for Da’ish (ISIS) organization.

The storm into the complex was done last night which resulted in killing tens of Da’ish gunmen.
On the other hand, local reports said that orders were issued to Da’ish gunmen to “immediately” withdraw to the Syrian Riqa city.
The orders included evacuating and burning all Da’ish centers.
Da’ish organization lost all its defence fortifications on the right side of Mosul city, as reported.
Source  :  iraqtradelinknews.com

Iraqi 2018 national budget under final preparations, advisor

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Baghdad/ Iraq TradeLink: Iraqi Premier’s Economic Advisor Mudh’hir Mohammed Saleh disclosed

that the 2018 national budget is under the final preparations and will be submitted to the Cabinet by the next month, according to constitutional schedules.

He added that the Iraqi government is discussing with the International Monetary Fund matters related to enhancing the budget financially, reducing expenditures and increasing revenues.

Saleh stressed that the budget is stressing to increase non-oil revenues, increasing work opportunities to the private sector and encouraging youth’s projects with simplified loans.

 

Source  :  iraqtradelinknews.com

Re-pricing Iraqi oil is a “disaster”, Kuwaiti newspaper

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Kuwait/ Iraq TradeLink: Kuwaiti Al-Rai daily attacked the Iraqi decision to re-pricing its oil for Asia,

describing it as “reckless and un-studied move”.

The paper expected that a “crisis” will occur between Iraq and its Asian clients.

It added that the Iraqi move was “unexpected to the market”, pointing that many losses will occur in the market.

 

Source  :  iraqtradelinknews.com

 

Thick fog engulfs parts of UAE, humidity to touch 90%

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Web Report
Filed on September 11, 2017

The temperature in the day will hover around 46°C

The morning started on a foggy note as thick fog engulfed parts of UAE this morning.

The weather department shared notification about fog over Al Maktoum International airportm Al Minhad among other places.

For today’s weather update, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said the day will be hot in general and partly cloudy, hazy at times.

Clouds will form over some eastern areas, becoming convective at times during afternoon and might associate with rainfall, it said.

Light to moderate winds in general, freshening at times during afternoon. This may cause blowing dust over some exposed areas.

The relative humidity is likely to increase during night and early morning over some coastal and internal areas, with a chance of fog/mist formation.

The temperature in the internal areas could hover between 42°C to 46°C during the day. Humidity levels could be as high as 90 per cent.

Sea will be slight to moderate in the Arabian Gulf and Oman sea.

 

Source  :  Khaleej Times

UAE royals visit Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island

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Filed on September 12, 2017 | Last updated on September 12, 2017 at 12.04 am

They viewed the museum’s art installations in preparation for its official opening on November 11, 2017.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visited the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island on Monday, where they viewed the museum’s art installations in preparation for its official opening on November 11, 2017.

A first of its kind in the Middle East region, with a selection of works that are of a cultural and artistic significance spanning various historical periods and human civilisations, the Louvre Abu Dhabi embodies the spirit of tolerance and intercultural dialogue, while celebrating the region’s multicultural heritage.

To date, the museum has acquired more than 620 works of art, including important artworks on loan from 13 leading museums in France within the walls of the architectural masterpiece designed as an homage to the Arab city.

Their Highnesses were received by Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, and Tourism Development and Investment Company, TDIC, and Saif Saeed Ghabash, Director-General of TCA Abu Dhabi, along with a number of officials.

During the tour, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed were briefed on a number of art works, including an ancient statue of the Sphinx dating back to the 6th century BC, funerary practices of ancient Egypt illustrated by a set sarcophagi of Princess Henuttawy, the ‘Bonifilius’ basin from Northern Italy dating between the late twelfth-early thirteenth century, 13 fragments of a frieze detailing Surah al-hashr from the Holy Quran, and the bust of Alexander the Great on loan from the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Their Highnesses were also acquainted with Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first site-specific works, installed in the outdoor areas by renowned contemporary artists, including American artist Jenny Holzer (1950 -) who created three engraved stone walls named ‘For Louvre Abu Dhabi’, 2017. These cite important historical texts from Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, the Mesopotamian bilingual (Akkadian / Sumerian) Creation Myth tablet, and the 1588 annotated edition of Michel de Montaigne’s Les Essais.

Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by the Pritzker Prize winning French architect, Jean Nouvel, who envisioned a museum city, or Arab medina, under a vast silvery dome. Visitors will be able to walk along promenades overlooking the sea beneath the museum’s 180-metre dome, comprised of almost 8,000 unique metal stars set in a complex geometric pattern. When sunlight filters through, it creates a moving ‘rain of light’ beneath the dome, reminiscent of the overlapping palm trees in the UAE’s oases.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will showcase its own art collection and other works of art on loan from one of France’s oldest museums. These span the entirety of human existence from prehistorical objects to commissioned contemporary artworks, highlighting universal themes and ideas and marking a departure from traditional museography that often categorises according to origin. In addition to the galleries, the museum will include exhibitions, a children’s museum, a restaurant, a boutique and a cafe.

The museum was built in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement signed between the UAE and France in 2007, that includes the loan of the Musee du Louvre’s name for 30 years and 6 months, temporary exhibitions for 15 years, and loans of artworks for 10 years.

 

Source  :  Khaleej Times

Emirati woman sells handmade toys to save her cat

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Filed on September 11, 2017 | Last updated on September 11, 2017 at 11.09 pm
Medical bills piled up to Dh5,000, and another surgery for the six-year-old cat cost an additional Dh3,600.

The toys cost anywhere between Dh30 to Dh200

An Emirati woman is selling handmade cat-shaped crochet items to help raise funds to get her pet discharged from a veterinary clinic. Fatma Sawas’ cat, BigHead, was diagnosed with fatty liver three weeks ago and had to undergo surgery to place a feeding tube, before being hospitalised for a week at Modern Veterinary Clinic.

Medical bills piled up to Dh5,000, and another surgery for the six-year-old cat cost an additional Dh3,600.

“BigHead removed the tube on her own. Through x-rays and ultrasound, vets found a strange object in her stomach, which required another surgery last Wednesday,” said Sawas, who owns seven other rescued cats.

Currently unemployed, the 24-year-old needs over Dh4,500 to be able to take her cat back home. The bill keeps piling up with every day of the cat’s stay at the clinic.

To clear the bills, Sawas is selling her handmade cat-shaped crochet designs and toys. The toys cost anywhere between Dh30 to Dh200. So far, she said, she has made just Dh500.

“BigHead is my rescue and has been with me for six years now. She is like my baby and a part of my family. I will do all I can to help and make sure she is healthy again,” said Sawas.

The Emirati started her crochet work about two years ago, designing different items for babies including blankets, cocoons, hats, shoes and crochet mug holders. “I also make customised items based on people’s requests,” said Sawas.

She noted that she fosters cats whenever she can since she has good housing space.
“We are in a world that’s focused on humans and we forget about animal welfare. As humans, we are supposed to care about other animals as they are part of our society and life,” said Sawas, noting that such small gestures make a big difference.

 

Source  :  Khaleej Times