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RHI list: Officials withhold 48 claimants’ names

Although the vast majority of the names of non-domestic RHI claimants have been released, details of some major claimants have been withheld – with little explanation as to the reasons for each decision.

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Wood pellets

IN FULL: Non-domestic RHI claimant list

The Department for the Economy has today published the full list of individuals and companies who have received more than £5,000 under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

Business
Barn owl (c) Margaret Holland

Volunteers needed to transform the fortunes of barn owls

Wildlife lovers are being urged to help safeguard one of Northern Ireland’s most endangered birds, by getting involved in Ulster Wildlife’s annual survey of barn owls this summer.

Environment
Mayor Cllr Audrey Wales distributes seeds for the Tallest Sunflower competition.

‘Get sowing and growing’ - who can grow the tallest sunflower?

Five thousand free packs of sunflower seeds are being distributed to schoolchildren in Mid and East Antrim Borough.

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Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

Driest April in 35 years; dullest in 20 years

The Armagh Observatory has reported that April 2017 was much drier than average, and slightly warmer and much duller.

Offbeat
The Mayor, Cllr. Audrey Wales and volunteers taking part in the Ecos Park Spring Clean.

Ecos Park gets a huge spring clean

A large scale ‘spring clean’ of Ballymena’s sprawling Ecos Park has been carried out by local volunteers and staff from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

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Food for thought!  Oscar Millar (4) gives the thumbs-up as Julia Pearson (7) demonstrates how to recycle - rather than 'bin' - food waste in Mid and East Antrim Borough. 
Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Final food waste warning - go green or face a ‘red card’

Ballymena householders have been given an amber waste warning - go green or face receiving a recycling ‘red card’!

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Mid and East Antrim Mayor Audrey Wales with 'The Scarecrow' who helped launch the Borough's 'In Bloom' campaign

Free compost bags to go on offer to public on May 8

Free bagged compost will soon be made available to the green fingered residents of the Ballymena area.

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Tyres dumped near Glarryford

Glarryford tyre tippers ‘shameless’ says Gaston

A local councillor has branded those who ‘fly tipped’ tyres outside Ballymena at the weekend as ‘shameless individuals’.

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DUP MLA Paul Frew

Welcome for road junction scheme move

DUP MLA Paul Frew has welcomed an announcement by Transport NI that a scheme for the Sand Rd / Woodcroft Heights junction will be given consideration in the next financial year.

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Members of Tidy Randalstown accept the Antrim and Newtownabbey Litter Heroes Award on behalf of Teresa Duffy, Tidy Randalstown, with Joe Mahon and Live Here Love Here Manager, Jodie- Ann McAneaney.

Debut community awards show celebrates local heroes

It was another night of celebration for local community group Tidy Randalstown as Teresa Duffy picked up a Litter Hero award at the first ever Live Here Love Here Community Awards.

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Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE joined Sandy Wilson from Broughshane and District Community Association and Dawn McKeown from Raceview Mill, Broughshane to admire some traditional Shamrock and to urge everyone to come along on Friday 17 March 2017 and enjoy this challenging hike along the slopes where the Saint reputedly tended sheep.

Tackle the trek to top of Slemish on St. Patrick’s Day

A fantastic combination of spectacular views, fun activities for all the family, a ‘super-charged market’ and even some traditional entertainment will be on offer as hundreds trek up Slemish Mountain this St Patrick’s Day.

Offbeat
Beauty of Northern Ireland highlighted in exciting new campaign

Beauty of Northern Ireland highlighted in exciting new campaign

Tourism NI has launched an exciting new marketing campaign highlighting the beauty of Northern Ireland, featuring the the Causeway Coastal Route.

News
Prestigious Britain in Bloom contest announces 8 Ulster finalists

Prestigious Britain in Bloom contest announces 8 Ulster finalists

Ballymena, Cullybackey and Randalstown have been announced as finalists in the highly coveted Britain in Bloom competition.

Environment
A buck stands with does in the late afternoon autumn sunlight. October 3, 2015: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Help stop ‘black market flesh dealers’ shooting deer in Clogher Valley

Police are appealing for help to stop the ‘illegal’ slaughter of deer with high powered rifles in the Clogher Valley area.

Crime
Mountains of sand removed from the bed of Lough Neagh

Friends of the Earth appeal High Court ruling on Lough Neagh sand extraction

The environmental group that took Stormont to court over a decision not to stop sand extraction on Lough Neagh has appealed a High Court ruling that the former Environment Minister did nothing wrong.

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Help reduce the council's landfill costs.

Help to reduce the council’s £3m landfill costs

It’s been a very busy day across all of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Household Recycling Centres (HRC) as people ‘wrap up’ their festive packaging and not only help to protect the environment, but also save ratepayers money too.

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Fly tipping issue at Drumtara

Fly tipping issue at Drumtara

A massive pile of rubbish that had been dumped at the rear of housing near a path at Drumtara has been cleared by the Housing Executive.

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The target of the extortion was a Republic of Ireland cattle dealer

Quartet plead guilty to cattle dealer €400,000 tiger kidnap plot

Four Co Tyrone men have pleaded guilty to their involvement in a tiger kidnapping plot to extort a €400,000 ransom from a Republic of Ireland cattle dealer.

Crime
A number of buzzards have been killed.

Over 40 birds of prey illegally killed

Over 40 birds of prey have been illegally killed in Northern Ireland over the five years up to the start of 2015, a new report has found.

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