Arbico Plc (ARBICO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the half year.For more information about Arbico Plc (ARBICO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Arbico Plc (ARBICO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Arbico Plc (ARBICO.ng) 2014 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileArbico Plc is a leading construction and civil engineering company in Nigeria responsible for building major residential, commercial, industrial and hospitality projects as well as key infrastructure projects. The company offers services such as pre-construction and estimating, design, build and project management as well as engineering, procurement and construction management services. Arbico Plc has been involved in the construction of major projects in Nigeria spanning residential, commercial, industrial and hospitality projects as well as a number of key infrastructure projects for the government of Nigeria. Flagship projects include residential projects such as No 7 Oniru in Lagos, Oba Elgushi residence in Lagos and SKA residence in Lagos; public assembly projects such as the Rose of Sharon Centre in Lagos; commercial projects such as Feyide House in Lagos and KAAF Building in Ogun State; hospitality projects such as Park Inn Hotel in Ogun State; industrial projects such as the Coleman Factory Development in Ogun State; and infrastructure projects such as NBC Asejire Plant in Oyo and the effluent/water treatment plant in Ogun State. Arbico Plc was founded in 1958 and is a subsidiary of R28 Limited. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Arbico Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Area: 650 m² Area: 650 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeLonghi ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPucusana DistrictHousesPeruPublished on January 29, 2014Cite: “Veronica Beach House / Longhi Architects” 29 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Architects: Geraghty Taylor Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects Housing Area: 1337 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Woodview Mews / Geraghty Taylor ArchitectsSave this projectSaveWoodview Mews / Geraghty Taylor Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769804/woodview-mews-geraghty-taylor-architects Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of Geraghty Taylor Architects+ 20 Share Products used in this ProjectWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSave this picture!Courtesy of Geraghty Taylor ArchitectsText description provided by the architects. The unique Livinhome design has flexibility at its core and can be easily customised using different designs and layouts to reflect personal choice and life changes. There are a number of standard layouts onto which a range of exteriors and interiors can be fitted, reflecting the owners’ design / life choices.Save this picture!Courtesy of Geraghty Taylor ArchitectsThe three principle plan layouts are easily modified to create a range of alternative accommodation arrangements. Its flexibility allows for change to occur with minimum physical intervention resulting in an increase in the ability of individuals and communities to recycle and re-use their housing assets. “COPY” CopyAbout this officeGeraghty Taylor ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLondonUnited KingdomPublished on July 14, 2015Cite: “Woodview Mews / Geraghty Taylor Architects” 14 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
“COPY” LBP Sight Apartments The Netherlands Architects: Moke Architecten Area Area of this architecture project Photographs: Thijs Wolzak Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Client:Amsterdam Waterfront i.s.m. BiesterbosInstallatio N Design:ViacConstruction Firm:Kondor WesselsCity:AmsterdamCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Thijs WolzakRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsSkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAText description provided by the architects. The site of NDSM Nieuwdok site is a former ship dock area at the waterfront of Amsterdam Noord in the Netherlands. The area is currently largely derelict and used by early adapters, like Greenpeace, Red Bull and MTV. The remaining monumental industrial buildings allocate small creative businesses and workshops, while new bars and hip festivals indicate the potential attraction of the area. They are signs of what is about to happen, as in the coming years the area will be transformed into a diverse urban area, with housing, office space, hotels and the like, all with a staggering density. Surrounded by the IJ River and some remaining docks, the water has a strong impact on the site and provides beautiful views.Save this picture!© Thijs WolzakNDSM Nieuwdok houses the first school in the area and 380 studios for university students. Situated in close proximity of the last remaining ship dock, noise proved one of the key determining factors during the design process, as the noise level is too high for living to be allowed. Save this picture!© Thijs WolzakTogether with specialists architect Ludo Grooteman developed a double glass and aluminium façade. Each studio has both a thermal façade and an acoustic façade, the latter providing an exterior climate while reducing the noise level significantly. Thus all students have an extra bay window for relaxing or other activities. As all bay windows are rotated towards the waterfront it results in a rough, scaled façade. Save this picture!© Thijs WolzakThe school is allocated in the double storey plinth. With interior spaces of up to 5,6 meters height, we made the plinth spacious, while double concrete columns sandwich bay windows and give it a robust expression. Together with the brown-red facetted top the building obtains a sort of autonomy that suits the area well. It connects to the strong industrial monuments while having its own autonomous expression. Save this picture!© Thijs WolzakSave this picture!Floor Plan 00Save this picture!© Thijs WolzakSave this picture!Floor Plan 01Save this picture!© Thijs WolzakSave this picture!Floor Plan 02While the building shape on street side is orthogonal and simple, the courtyard is terraced and more complex. The terrace on ground floor functions as exterior space for the students of the school, who can reach the second terrace via a large staircase. The top terrace is the exterior space dedicated to the studios. The wooden floor, benches and tables and the corten steel planters give it a soft and more intimate atmosphere, emphasised by the ship building prints on the glass cladding. Save this picture!© Thijs WolzakProject gallerySee allShow lessLofthouse I / Marc Koehler ArchitectsSelected ProjectsPiano House / LINE architectsSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Amsterdam, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Manufacturers: Keers, RT62, Red Betonbouw CopyApartments•Amsterdam, The Netherlands Lead Architect: Structural Design: Area: 18000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/799391/nieuwdok-ndsm-moke-architecten Clipboard Environmental Design: ArchDaily “COPY” Diocon Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/799391/nieuwdok-ndsm-moke-architecten Clipboard Nieuwdok NDSM / Moke ArchitectenSave this projectSaveNieuwdok NDSM / Moke Architecten Photographs Nieuwdok NDSM / Moke Architecten Save this picture!© Thijs Wolzak+ 23 Share CopyAbout this officeMoke ArchitectenOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsAmsterdamThe NetherlandsPublished on November 17, 2016Cite: “Nieuwdok NDSM / Moke Architecten” 17 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Government Woman Appointed Deputy Chief of Pasadena Police Department For First Time Veteran officer is first woman in that role in 130 years Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 2:51 pm The Pasadena Police Dept. has named Commander Cheryl Moody as the department’s Deputy Chief.The Pasadena Police Chief has appointed Commander Cheryl Moody the department’s Deputy Chief.Moody will begin in her new role on Feb. 17th. Moody is the first woman in the police department’s more than 130-year history, to serve as Deputy Chief.“We are very proud of Cheryl Moody as she embarks on her new role,” Chief of Police John Perez told Pasadena Now. “We are equally proud that she is the first woman to serve in this role and are excited for the opportunities it provides to the City of Pasadena.”Moody was hired as a police officer with the Pasadena Police Department in 1992 after serving three years in the United States Air Force and four years with the Long Beach Police Department.At that time, cocaine use was running rampant in the city. Moody worked undercover on drug detail posing as a buyer and a dealer.“I’m honored and humbled,” Moody said. “I stood on the shoulders of giants to reach this level in the department. I look forward to serving the community in my current role.”Moody has nearly three decades of policing experience, leading many high performing teams over the years such as the Special Enforcement Section.She has served on Pasadena Police Department’s Executive Command Staff for five years and has held executive board positions with local and national chapters of The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Moody currently serves as the President of the Los Angeles County chapter of Women Leaders in Law Enforcement (WLLE).Deputy Chief Moody will oversee all of Pasadena Police Department’s daily operations as well as the department’s special projects while continuing the department’s reorganization efforts. Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Make a comment Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 9 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy
The Mayor of Derry has called a special meeting to discuss the implications of delays in upgrading the Derry-Coleraine rail link, and the restrictions being put on the line.The meeting, which takes place next Wednesday afternoon in the Guildhall, will include councillors, MLAs and MPsMayor Maurice Devenney says it’s essential that the Council provides an opportunity for an informed discussion on this important issue.Meanwhile, the local Chamber of Commerce is calling on local political parties to refer this matter to the Executive for review. President Padraig Canavan says clarity is needed regarding the funding position on both the upgrade to the rail line, and also road improvements to the A6 at Dungiven and Castledawson. Twitter By News Highland – August 19, 2011 Newsx Adverts Facebook 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Previous articleGeologists stress Inishowen sampling survey is not linked to fracking or miningNext articleVEC says Finn Valley College will open, but questions remain News Highland Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ WhatsApp Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Derry Belfast links to be discussed at Guildhall meeting Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme
Amend Article 130 To Establish Regional Benches of SC: Sr Adv P Wilson Writes To Law Minister RS Prasad
News UpdatesAmend Article 130 To Establish Regional Benches of SC: Sr Adv P Wilson Writes To Law Minister RS Prasad LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 Dec 2020 11:18 PMShare This – x”Access to Justice is not the preserve of the rich, but the right of every person in this great nation,” wrote MP and Senior Advocate P. Wilson in a letter addressed to the Union Law Minister seeking establishment of permanent regional Benches of the Supreme Court. In his letter dated 16th December, Wilson mentioned that since the Supreme Court is only situated in New Delhi, which is…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”Access to Justice is not the preserve of the rich, but the right of every person in this great nation,” wrote MP and Senior Advocate P. Wilson in a letter addressed to the Union Law Minister seeking establishment of permanent regional Benches of the Supreme Court. In his letter dated 16th December, Wilson mentioned that since the Supreme Court is only situated in New Delhi, which is far away from Southern, South Western & Eastern States, access to justice of citizens living in these states is affected adversely. He wrote that the presently, the relief provided under Article 32 only extends to the people who are geographically close to the Apex Court or to those who have no financial problems and can bear the litigation and travel costs easily. “In some cases, such as some categories of Writ Petitions, the case is heard at the first instance itself by a Division Bench of the High Court, and appeal against the same is only to the Supreme Court. Therefore, a person who cannot afford to go to Delhi, or afford the fees of the lawyers at Delhi, which is invariably higher due to demand, is left without an appellate remedy,” wrote Wilson. He highlighted that one of the reasons for adjournment of cases in the Supreme Court is that counsels often travel to the Court from various parts of the country and cannot make it to the hearing on time. “Having Regional Benches and splitting up of the cases with more judges to hear them will certainly make it easy for the lawyers and the litigants,” the Letter states. The next point he raises is that the Supreme Court is burdened with an insurmountable number of cases. He explains how the Supreme Court hears matters related to all fields of law and how this “ever-expanding docket of the Court has transformed it from a body that hears constitutional matters to a final appellate Court.” He goes on to say that this has added on to the number of pending cases in the Supreme Court. While quoting statistics from the website of the Supreme Court, Wilson states, “At present, there are 34 seats on the Supreme Court, for a population of about 133 crore, a ratio of 1:3,91,17,647. There are roughly about 63,000 cases pending before the Supreme Court of India.” Thus, he stressed on the significance of access to justice and how the Constitution of India guarantees this through Article 32. He also stated that under Article 39, the State has the fundamental duty to ensure that justice is not denied to anyone due to economic reasons or any other disabilities He has therefore urged Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to introduce a Bill to amend Article 130 of the Constitution and establish regional benches of the Apex Court at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Article 130 of the Constitution reads as follows, “The Supreme Court shall sit in Delhi or in such other place or places, as the Chief Justice of India may, with the approval of the President, from time to time appoint.” This implies that the Constitution framers had been aware that a time will come when the Supreme Court may sit at places other than Delhi. “The use of the term ‘place or places’ shows that the framers of the Constitution contemplated that the Court can sit in more than once place – obviously to ensure ease of access to citizens. There cannot be a higher purpose,” Wilson wrote in the letter. This is not the first instance where a suggestion for the establishment of regional benches of the Court has been made. In his letter, Wilson mentions that the Standing Committees of Parliament recommended setting up of Regional Benches of the Supreme Court in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Further, various Law Commission have also asked for establishment of such regional benches. He also mentions how the Hon’ble Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu had made a similar request in 2019. Wilson goes on to say that setting up of regional benches is not just beneficial to the citizens of India, but rather to the Court as well. Setting up of these regional benches, Wilson states, will increase the strength and seats on the Supreme Court Region wise thereby paving the way for more meritorious and diverse Judges to be appointed to the Supreme Court. He also states that the Full Court of the Supreme Court had rejected this proposal when it was brought before them earlier, while stating that setting up of regional benches would affect the “country’s unitary character.” Idea Of Establishment Of SC Bench Outside Delhi Has Not Found Favour With Supreme Court: Law Ministry But Wilson strikes at this argument by saying that “all the Parliamentary Committees that have considered the matter are unanimously of the view that setting up Benches outside Delhi ‘would neither impair unity and integrity nor undermine the importance of the Supreme Court.'” He added, “Judges will still be selected as per the Memorandum of Procedure, which involves the collegium of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of India will continue to be master of roster and will presumably have full control to allocate Judges to these Permanent Benches. Hence, the apprehension that the establishment of Permanent Regional Benches of Supreme Court will affect the unitary character of the Supreme Court is unfounded.” Wilson insisted that it is the Parliament which has final say on this issue, and not the Supreme Court. He wrote, “The will of the people cannot be found in the decision of the Full Court of the Supreme Court but only in the decision of Parliament, which is the voice of the people. The final say in this issue cannot be left to the decision of the Full Court of the Supreme Court because administration of justice is still a subject over which the Parliament has legislative competence. In any case, the independence of the Judiciary will not be affected if Permanent Regional Benches are established.” The letter also stated that the current government should not bind itself to the decision that was taken by the Full Court ten years ago and as Wilson states, “It is time for Parliament to hear the voice of the people, and answer their fervent cries to open the doors of justice to all sections of society.” The power of Article 130 has become obsolete and redundant. He states that establishment of an intermediate court between the High Courts and the Supreme Courts is not enough. This intermediary court, Wilson states, will only delay the finalization of justice. “Any infraction or diversion would negate the right flowing under Article 21 besides recourse to Art 32 of Constitution of India which has been easy to invoke all along only for the rich, depriving the economically weaker sections of society. Article 32 as Dr. Ambedkar put it as the soul of the Constitution and thus recourse to it should be easy and cannot remain a distant dream for the poor.” Wilson communicated that he had already introduced a private member’s Bill for the amendment of Article 130. He concluded the letter by urging the Government of India to introduce a Bill in the Parliament to amend Article 130 of the Constitution of India to establish regional benches of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. He ended the letter by saying that such an amendment will “open the doors of the Supreme Court to all sections of Indians, so that Article 32 may be easily accessible and available to all and oblige.”Next Story
Further enhance cooperation on child safeguarding through progress under the Overseas Territories Memorandum of Understanding and finalisation of National Response Plans and work towards extension of the Lanzarote Convention. During the conference we discussed cooperation on a number of important topics, including anti-corruption, transparency in the financial services industries in the Territories, child safeguarding, human rights, hurricane recovery efforts, criminal justice issues and support for the Territories’ good governance. We also had the opportunity to discuss the Territories’ interests in our Exit from the EU. We celebrated the extension to Bermuda and St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha of the UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women demonstrating our shared commitment to raising human rights standards across the Territories. We also welcomed continued work by the Territories with financial centres to support international efforts to tackle criminal financing and to promote tax transparency, in particular the implementation of bilateral arrangements on beneficial ownership, and the example set by the Territories as early adopters of the OECD Common Reporting Standard. We also highlighted important developments in anti-corruption, including ongoing work in Bermuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands towards extension of key conventions to their jurisdictions. Work with the Overseas Territories Criminal Justice Adviser and Law Enforcement Adviser and with in-Territory stakeholders to build the legislative framework necessary to support reform of the criminal justice system, improve efficiency in the investigation and prosecution of crime, as well as efforts to prevent crime, supported by UK programme funds where necessary. The Attorney General for England and Wales, Jeremy Wright QC MP, representing the UK Government, and the Attorneys General of eight of the UK’s Overseas Territories (Anguilla; Bermuda; the British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Montserrat; Pitcairn; the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia; and the Turks and Caicos Islands), the Senior Advisory Counsel of Gibraltar, Solicitors General of the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey and Jersey, and a representative from the US Department of Justice met in Bermuda from 13-15 February 2018 to discuss a range of topics relating to the rule of law and administration of justice in the Territories and to enhance our mutual cooperation.The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP said: Continue to support efforts by relevant Territory governments on hurricane preparedness and recovery, including continued coordination and support between Territories. Those in attendance committed to: Support the Territories to achieve extension of core Human Rights conventions where these have not been extended, and to complete a review of outstanding reservations against core UN human rights treaties. Continue involving the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies in negotiations for leaving the EU, ensuring their interests are taken into account as we move to Phase 2. The UK Government has also committed to supporting the Overseas Territories Governments and the Crown Dependencies in their preparedness planning for EU Exit. Continue to work in partnership with Territory governments to ensure that our financial sectors are hostile to illicit finances, to implement the bilateral arrangements on beneficial ownership, and to support each jurisdiction to adopt and implement international standards, including compliance with Financial Action Task Force standards, where they have not done so. Work in partnership with Territories to address gaps in legislation pertaining to maritime obligations.
Speech: Putin’s sinister threats and lies extend far beyond his own country: article by Boris Johnson
To understand why 3 people lie stricken in Salisbury, look at Vladimir Putin’s actions inside Russia.Yesterday he was proclaimed the winner of an election that resembled a coronation, complete with a triumphant ceremony outside the walls of the Kremlin. Mr Putin’s leading opponent had obviously been banned from standing and an abundance of CCTV footage appeared to show election officials nonchalantly stuffing ballot boxes.One loyal functionary in Siberia used balloons in Russia’s national colours for the novel function of covering up a prying camera. “A choice without a real competition, as we have seen in this election, unfortunately is not a real choice,” was the verdict of the observer mission from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).As he extends his grip on power, Mr Putin is taking his country in a dangerous direction. Throughout his rule he has eroded the liberties of the Russian people, tightened the screws of state repression and hunted down supposed foes.When a leader starts behaving in this way then no-one should be surprised if many of his compatriots feel drawn to the example of countries that observe a different scale of values. They will notice that plenty of nations hold elections where no-one knows the result in advance. They will see how free societies in Europe, America and elsewhere thrive and prosper precisely because people are able to live as they choose, provided they do no harm.They will understand how an independent media exposes the failings or evasions of democratic governments. And they will wonder why Russia cannot have the same? Mr Putin cannot give the straight answer, which is that he must deny Russia those freedoms in order to guarantee his perpetual rule. Instead, he has to send an emphatic message that asking awkward questions or turning against him carries a terrible price. Which brings us back to Salisbury. The use of a Russian military grade ‘Novichok’ nerve agent against Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, was very deliberate.As Ken Clarke pointed out in Parliament last week, the obvious Russian-ness of the weapon was designed to send a signal to anyone pondering dissent amid the intensifying repression of Mr Putin’s Russia. The message is clear: we will hunt you down, we will find you and we will kill you – and though we will scornfully deny our guilt, the world will know that Russia did it.There was a hint of this in Mr Putin’s first public response to Salisbury. He denied Russia’s culpability – of course – while carefully injecting a note of menace. “If it was military grade agent,” he said, “they would have died on the spot, obviously.”Obviously. After all, he had already told state television that traitors would “kick the bucket” and “choke” on their “pieces of silver”. Yet the Kremlin, accustomed to a tame official media, is clearly struggling to get its story straight.Since the Skripals and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey were struck down on March 4, Russian officials and the state media have claimed variously that ‘Novichok’ never existed, or the stockpiles were destroyed, or they weren’t destroyed but mysteriously escaped to other countries.Russian disinformationAlexander Shulgin, the Russian Ambassador to The Hague, told Sky News: “I’ve never heard about this programme, about this Novichok agent. Never.” But his memory suddenly improved when he appeared on Russia Today and said that Novichok had been developed by the Soviet Union. “There never was such a programme under such a codename in the Russian Federation,” he said. “However, in Soviet times research began to produce a new generation of poisonous substances.”This seemed to wrongfoot the Russian foreign ministry, whose spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, declared on the same day that neither Russia nor the Soviet Union had created Novichok. “This programme is not the creation of Russia or the Soviet Union,” she said, before disgracefully pointing the finger at Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, America – and inevitably the UK.Meanwhile, other Russian officials have sought to conjure doubt and suspicion out of thin air. Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian Ambassador in London, questioned the absence of photographs of the Skripals in their hospital beds.His counterpart in Brussels, Vladimir Chizhov, accused Britain of breaking “consular conventions” because Russian officials had not been able to visit the Skripals.The response to the 2 envoys is so obvious that I can scarcely believe they require instruction. Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been in a coma since 4 March – as you would expect from victims of a nerve agent attack. They cannot give their consent to be photographed or receive visitors. Under the NHS Code of Practice, hospitals must have their patients’ permission before allowing this to happen.And I will make the point as delicately as possible: it is not obvious that the Skripals, of all patients, would welcome a visit from Russian officials. The Russian state is resorting to its usual strategy of trying to conceal the needle of truth in a haystack of lies and obfuscation.But when I met my European counterparts in Brussels yesterday, what struck me most is that no-one is fooled. Just about every country represented around the table had been affected by malign or disruptive Russian behaviour. Most had endured the kind of mendacious propaganda onslaught that the UK is experiencing today.This is how Mr Putin behaves at home; we should not expect anything different abroad. Find out more about the UK government response to the Salisbury attack.