Campaigners against the Aberdeen bypass have said a ruling over their costs for an appeal to the Supreme Court has left them with a severe handicap.Campaign group Road Sense has been fighting to block the £400m project.The court has now ruled group chairman William Walton will have to pay £5,000 if he loses his action.However, if he wins, the Scottish government will only be liable to pay for Mr Walton's QC and solicitor - and not a junior counsel.Mr Walton told BBC Scotland he was taking legal advice on the ruling.Business leaders and several politicians have been critical of the number of legal delays to the road, saying it is vital for the north east of Scotland's economy.Opponents previously said they were "disappointed" at the decision of Scottish judges to refuse an appeal. Road Sense then said it would go to the Supreme Court in London, and dates of 9 and 10 July were set for a hearing.Transport Minister Keith Brown has said steps have been taken to try and make the … [Read more...] about Aberdeen bypass campaign group Road Sense hit by court ruling
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Toni King Toni King Photo: Toni King / Toni King Photo: Toni King / Toni King Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Toni King Toni King Photo: Toni King / Toni King TONI KING: Is a MSA like an employer HSA plan? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Morning Toni: Never have I seen this question asked in your column. I am leaving employers insurance and have an HSA that has a $5,000 deductible before the group health plan will begin to pay. I would like to know if there is a Medicare plan that is like my company HSA plan. Our premiums are very affordable with more doctors/hospitals than the company group health insurance with a typical health insurance deductible. When I retire in January, I … [Read more...] about TONI KING: Is a MSA like an employer HSA plan?
BEIJING: China today rejected as "strong interference" the calls by UNHRC chief Navi Pillay and the US to release the truth behind the Tiananmen crackdown on this day 25 years ago and asked them to stop making "irresponsible remarks" on its internal affairs. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the statement by the world rights body's chief amounted to "gravely interfering" in China's judicial sovereignty and internal affairs. Pillay yesterday called on China's Communist authorities to immediately release over 10 "activists" rounded up ahead of the Tiananmen anniversary for their exercise of their rights and freedom of expression. She also asked China to release the truth about what had actually happened at the Sqaure in Beijing in 1989. "It is outside her mandate and represents strong interference in China's internal affairs. China (is) firmly opposed to that," Hong said. China tries hard to quash any public memories of the June 3-4 crackdown by the ruling Communist Party of … [Read more...] about China blasts UNHRC chief Navi Pillay, US ahead of Tiananmen anniversary
Today, geographer Scott Warren is scheduled to be tried — for the second time — by the U.S. Department of Justice for acting on his faith. His first trial ended in a hung jury last June. Arrested in 2018, Warren was charged with “harboring certain aliens” for providing food and water to two men he encountered wandering the Arizona desert. His attorneys have explained that, because of his spiritual beliefs, he could not in good conscience turn away two exhausted, injured men seeking food, water and shelter.Warren is among dozens of people nationwide targeted by the U.S. government for acting on their religious beliefs. Despite the Department of Justice’s stated commitment to religious liberty, its lawyers have challenged these faith practitioners in court. Often, the DOJ disputes the notion that they are legitimately religious, arguing that non-conservatives who bring religious liberty claims are acting on their political, rather than faith-based, … [Read more...] about Losing their religion: AG Barr should recognize the faith of progressives
Up to 70 homes and a school are feared lost in a disastrous bushfire that enveloped the NSW south-coast town of Tathra. NSW Police have urged people around Tathra and Bega to stay away from fire-affected grounds, saying residents will be advised “as soon as possible” when they can return to their homes. Earlier this morning, Rural Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said there were 20 fires burning across the state, with five still uncontained. “It was raining fire embers through the township — there were spot fires starting all throughout the streets of the town,” he told 2GB Radio. No lives are believed to be lost. Local gathered overnight in an evacuation centre, not knowing what will be left for them in the morning. Communication was hampered when a mobile phone tower collapsed, making it difficult to determine how many people remained in the town. Observing an aerial monitor of the wreckage this morning, Tathra residents Bev and Val told Sunrise they … [Read more...] about Bushfire crisis: ‘Superblaze’ fears in Vic; ‘too late to leave’ in NSW