Two men on trial for racially aggravated murder of Malin Head labourer in Scotland

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – October 4, 2012 Two men have gone on trial charged with racially aggravated murder after a 57-year-old Donegal man died of severe injuries earlier this year in Scotland.20-year-old Asif Rehman, and 19-year-old Adel Ishaq, are accused of punching, kicking and stamping on William McKeeney in a prolonged attack just yards from his home in Pollokshields, Glasgow.57-year-old William McKeeney, originally from Malin Head, died in Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary following the alleged attack on January 15 this year.Rehman and Ishaq, both prisoners at Polmont Young Offenders Institution, deny racially aggragated murder and showing previous malice and ill will towards him.Rehman is said to have been on bail at the time of the alleged offence. He also denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by returning to the scene wearing different clothes, and possessing cannabis and diazepam.Ishaq denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by giving clothing and footwear to Umar Bhatti, who allegedly burned and destroyed them, and attempting to induce Bashir Ahmed to give him £500 so he could flee Glasgow.Ishaq further denies acting in a manner likely to cause fear and alarm by using abusive and threatening language towards Ian Little in Kenmuir Street, Pollokshields, on the day before the alleged attack on Mr McKeeney. He also denies possessing diazepam.The trial at the High Court at Kilmarnock and is expected to last two weeks. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Two men on trial for racially aggravated murder of Malin Head labourer in Scotland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleReward for Culmore Post Office robbery earlier this yearNext articleDismissed Killybegs harbour chief fights Coughlan bully cliams News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook News WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th last_img read more

£22bn UK pension fund ‘should divest from fossil fuels now’, say protesters

first_imgCampaigners gathered outside the office of the UK’s largest local government pension fund today to call for it to divest from fossil fuel companies.Campaign groups including Fossil Free Greater Manchester and Extinction Rebellion demanded that the £22.5bn (€25.1bn) Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) exit completely from its stakes in fossil fuel firms. Citing data compiled by Fossil Free UK, the campaigners claimed that as much as 10% of the fund’s portfolio was invested in such companies.In a press release ahead of the protest, Fossil Free Greater Manchester member Stuart Bowman argued that GMPF was “totally out of touch with the public mood” and had “no clear plan” for divestment.However, GMPF – part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) system – said in a statement yesterday that it was “working hard to become carbon neutral” by 2050 or sooner, in line with a plan set out in 2017. It was in the process of moving £2.5bn of assets into low-carbon strategies “targeting a significant reduction in carbon footprint and intensity”. Representatives of GMPF met with Fossil Free Greater Manchester last week. While both parties agreed on a goal of a zero-carbon economy “as quickly as possible”, GMPF said it was also “committed to a just transition ensuring the interests of workers and communities are properly taken into account”.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Source: Fossil Free Greater ManchesterFossil Free UK campaigners outside the office of Greater Manchester Pension Fund on 19 July 2019A spokesperson for the fund said: “We are the biggest local government investor in renewables and energy efficiency with £0.5bn invested and leading investment opportunities for other funds.”The spokesperson added that GMPF’s work on renewable energy and related investments “needs to be balanced” with the fund’s strong performance track record. The pension fund said it had added £3.7bn of value “above that of the average LGPS pension fund”.GMPF also highlighted its fiduciary duty to ensure that investment decisions “do not threaten financial performance”. Over the past three years, it said, the investment portfolio achieved more than £400m in additional returns than if it had removed stakes in companies such as oil giant BP or gas distributor Centrica.Rushing to divest would cause “material financial detriment” to GMPF, the spokesperson said, with potential consequences for public sector employers, workers and council tax payers, all of whom could be forced to pay more towards the pension scheme.Other LGPS funds have also rejected blanket divestment strategies. A number of large schemes responded to criticism from Friends of the Earth last year by stating that divestment did not affect the companies involved.Earlier this month, pensions minister Guy Opperman called on pension schemes to play a major role in the UK government’s plan to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.Further readingClimate change protesters disrupt pensions conference Campaigners from Extinction Rebellion interrupted an LGPS conference in May to call for schemes to divest from fossil fuelsLow-carbon indices: Work in progress Providers acknowledge that low-carbon indices are imperfect, but argue they are an invaluable tool to help reduce climate change risk in a portfoliolast_img read more