MEP says that action must follow ISL recognition

first_imgWhatsApp “This government has failed our nurses and midwives” says Limerick TD RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsPoliticsMEP says that action must follow ISL recognitionBy Staff Reporter – December 15, 2017 1203 Liadh Ní RiadaSinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has given a guarded welcomed to the news that Irish Sign Language (ISL) is expected to be given full official language status in the coming days.The Ireland South MEP said it was a welcome development but warned that equality does not stop at recognition and that action must follow.“I’m delighted that the Dáil is to finally get around to debating the ISL Recognition Bill, albeit a year and a half after first being introduced to the Seanad,” she said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is tremendous news for the 50,000 plus ISL users in Ireland and a long overdue step to acknowledging the deaf community as a full, integral part of the wonderful tapestry that makes up our nation.“This is as issue I have been campaigning for not just in Ireland but in Europe where I was able to use my position on the Culture and Education Committee to put forward a successful amendment that saw the inclusion of Sign Language translation in the EU 2018 budget.“Most recently I raised the issue of ISL recognition at our party’s Ard Fheis last month.“The ISL Recognition Bill is a victory not just for the deaf community but for all groups seeking equality. All members of society deserve the same access to services and opportunities.“Deaf people face unique challenges in participating fully in society in both the public and private spheres.“In particular, as I met with various groups representing deaf people, I was horrified at the disadvantage and danger they are put in by barriers to accessing legal and healthcare services, as well as occupation health and safety alerts in their workplaces.“The ISL Recognition Bill is fantastic news but it must be about more than just recognition; real efforts must be made to instigate tangible change; genuine equality does not stop at recognition, action must follow.“It is crucial that ISL users are able to access all public services and in particular the Government must work with members of the deaf community to create a mechanism that would allow them full and timely access to public services. Deaf people must no longer be disadvantaged in the work place either, and Government must act to vindicate their rights to dignity, safety and equality at work.“This is not just a communication issue; it is an equality issue, an issue of workers’ rights and a human rights issue,” she declared.See more political news here Facebook Minister Harris “missing in action again” as crisis in University Hospital Limerick is raised in Dáil says Limerick TD Print Previous article#BREAKING Man pinned under van after warning of black iceNext articleLimerick students win trip to Brussels hosted by MEP Kelly Staff Reporter TAGSDailDeaf CommunityEqualityIreland SouthISLISL Recognition BillLiadh Ni RiadaMEPSinn Fein center_img Email Advertisement Call for rent controls and a ban on economic evictions Limerick TD calls for more resources for mental health services Twitter Fianna Fáil secures changes to Jobpath says Limerick TD Linkedin Limerick TD advocates for The Sale of Tickets Billlast_img read more

FERC accepts permit application for Commonwealth LNG project in Louisiana

first_img Image: FERC formally accepted the filing application for the Commonwealth LNG project. Photo: courtesy of Carlo San/ Commonwealth Projects said that the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has formally accepted the filing application of its proposed Commonwealth LNG project in Louisiana.The liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal project is proposed to be built on the west bank of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, at the mouth of the US Gulf Coast near Cameron.The Commonwealth LNG project calls for the construction of a liquefied natural gas plant made up of six gas liquefaction trains and associated facilities. The LNG export terminal is planned to have a nominal liquefaction capacity of 8.4 million metric tonnes per annum (mtpa).Commonwealth Projects chief operating officer Robert Powers said: “This is a major achievement which we could not have done without the support of our partners, TechnipFMC, TRC, Blue Engineering, Orrick and countless others who have contributed to this substantial effort.”More details of the Commonwealth LNG projectEach of the six LNG trains at the Commonwealth LNG facility will have a liquefaction design capacity of approximately 1.4mtpa.The LNG export terminal will also have six LNG storage tanks, each having a capacity of 40,000m3, and a marine loading berth, capable of loading LNG carriers up to a capacity of 216,000m3. A new 4.9km long, 30inch diameter pipeline will also be built to enable existing intrastate and interstate pipelines to deliver natural gas for liquefaction at the Commonwealth LNG project.Commonwealth Projects is expected to reach a final investment decision on the LNG project in the fourth quarter of 2020 and is expected to start operations from it in the first quarter of 2024.Commonwealth Projects president and CEO Paul Varello said: “FERC’s formal acceptance of Commonwealth LNG project’s filing application marks another significant milestone achieved by the Commonwealth LNG team and represents an important step in progressing the project and moving closer to a final investment decision.”In June 2019, subsidiaries of Commonwealth Projects and Gunvor Group signed a heads of agreement (HOA) pertaining to the LNG terminal. The HOA is expected to pave way for the negotiation and finalisation of a definitive 15-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale-and-purchase agreement (SPA) for 1.5mtpa of LNG offtake from the Commonwealth LNG project. Proposed to be constructed at the entrance of the US Gulf Coast near Cameron, the Commonwealth LNG project is expected to have nominal liquefaction capacity of 8.4mtpalast_img read more