A recent axle load survey conducted of trucks which traverse the Soesdyke- Linden Highway has unearthed major axle overloading by heavy-duty trucks. The survey was conducted by a design and consultancy team attached to Beston/SRKN’gineering, which has been contracted by the Public Infrastructure Ministry to conduct feasibility studies and detailed designs for the major rehabilitation of the Highway.A team attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry recently visited the office of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) along with a design team where various aspects of the project were presented to Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Councillors. These included an overview of the project, scope of work and initial activities and findings. Project Director and team leader attached to SRKN, Stuart Hughes, explained that one of the key aspects conducted was an axle load survey which was done on both sides of the highway – at Amelia’s Ward and Soesdyke. In presenting the initial findings, Hughes said 36 hours of continuous count was carried out with heavy-duty trucks which were weighed. It was observed that sand trucks were major defaulters.“With the assistance of the Guyana Police Force, we stopped the trucks and we directed them unto these weigh pads. And the weigh pads basically wirelessly measured the weight of these axles and transmitted it to the laptop. So we were able to get the actual load of each and every axle for each and every one of these trucks which we stopped at these two locations,” he noted.Hughes continued that a total of 1199 to 1200 trucks were weighed at the end of a 72-hour period, with a majority being sand trucks at the Soesdyke end. In explaining the relevance of the exercise, Hughes said in designing a road one has to assume a certain axle load, which is 8.2 tonnes. However, he noted that a sand truck at Soesdyke recorded the heaviest at 19 tonnes. These trucks, he pointed out, recorded higher than fuel and logging trucks. Hughes said the heaviest logging truck recorded was 16 tonnes axle load.“The heaviest truck that we recorded which was down at the Soesdyke end was actually 19 tonnes. Going into the Roads Act Chapter 51:02, the Regulation which I found… the actual legal limit as it stands is 7.2 tonnes… basically for every tonne that is actually heavier than the design limit… the damage that’s being done… A 16-tonne truck would be doing 22 times the actual damage. Nineteen tonnes you’re up to thirty something times the actual damage. So, we can design for this, but the question is we’ll end up with a very, very expensive pavement… It would be a very, very expensive undertaking,” he noted.Hughes explained that the company is not required to look at the legal implications of this, but rather it is a task for the Ministry. He added however that this gives an idea of what is happening on the roadway. The Project Director said when the company submits its pavement design report, it would have to seek guidance from the Ministry as to whether it should go ahead to design based on the findings, or whether it intends to put in place a much more active weight limit enforcement programme on the roadway.Implications/recommendationsIn explaining the implications, Hughes pointed out further that the company is required to make recommendations. He also called for more control mechanisms to be put in place in moving forward.“That also is part of what we have to do, we have to recommend a weight control programme to the Ministry…There clearly must be some control of these trucks that are traversing the highway. It has economic implications, because if it continues like this…you may have a situation where your pavement, your road does not actually last…”, he explained.Social and Gender Specialist Vanda Radzick who is working along with the team in giving her input made the recommendation for overloaded trucks to be upgraded, noting that this is safer and in keeping with policy.“One of the things at a policy level may be to encourage these single axle overloaded trucks to modernise and have a double axle to save the road and distribute the weight. And it’s safer and it’s more within the law. So, law and policy – the designer may make recommendations, but at the end of the day the engineers and designers, that’s not their jurisdiction. It still has to go back to enforcement, law and policy”, she outlined.Hughes said based on observations, there is a solid foundation to work with but the company just has to come up with a design solution to build on it. He noted that in his 25 plus year career as a civil engineer he has not seen such a fixed pavement as the one he’s seen on the highway.He said cracking was discovered on the asphalted concrete layer which will be dealt with. According to the Project Director, the company has also conducted a geotechnical investigation in order to propose a solution. He added that it has to conduct a technical and economic feasibility report and an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment which will assist the Ministry in obtaining a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency. (Utamu Belle)
An estate agent has blamed Brexit, an increase in VAT rates and poor publicity for a failure to sell a unique island hotel off the coast of Donegal.A number of outside parties expressed a strong interest in buying the 14 bedroom Óstan Thóraigh or Tory Island Hotel which had a price tag of €400,000. They included a hotelier from Belgium, a retired couple from Dublin and a US-based priest who wanted to turn the hotel into a retreat centre.The closing date for offers was on August 31st.However, the estate agent handling the sale, Gareth McLarnon from Glenn Estates, has revealed that the hotel has not yet been sold.He said that despite the current owners trading successfully and the hotel being busy, a number of factors have prevented a sale.Tory island Hotel. Photo Clive Wasson“We have not yet received a satisfactory offer for the hotel and so it will remain on the market. “In my opinion, there are a number of factors at play which has prevented a sale.“All those interested in buying the hotel were from outside of Donegal and the general area and they would have been swayed by a number of factors.“I think the uncertainty over Brexit has to be a major factor. Also the increase in VAT rates for hotels and the hospitality industry from 9% to 13.5% has certainly not helped.“Recently there has been some negative publicity about the numbers of visitors coming to Donegal being down so I think those considering buying the hotel who from outside the area will have been moved by this also,” he said.The hotel continues to be owned by island’s former lighthouse keeper Sean Doherty and his family. Mr McLarnon said Sean’s daughter and son-in-law now run the business and have enjoyed a good season and continue to trade well.“It’s a unique venture and will not suit everyone but the hotel is still trading successfully by the Doherty family and it is doing well.Tory island Hotel. Photo Clive Wasson“The hotel will remain for sale and hopefully someone will buy it and continue to run it successfully,” he said.The 14-bedroom hotel has a with bar and restaurant. The family-owned and run hotel is the biggest employer on the island and has been a focal point for many of the island’s historic moments since the 19th century.The business dates from the late 1800s, when the Ward family operated the hotel and a general store, supplying everything from salted fish to the marine chandlery.The store traded with passing ships while people from what Tory islanders call ‘the country’ also made regular shopping trips to Wards from the mainland.Roger Casement once stayed at the hotel and Easter Proclamation Signatory Joseph Mary Plunkett sent a postcard from the hotel on his second visit to the island in 1914. He wrote that he did not stay in the hotel, however, as Mr Ward was “very Sombre”.With a total population of around 140 Islanders (double that in summer), the Atlantic-battered island is steeped in history, mythology and folklore.The island outpost has long been a favourite getaway for artists, nature-lovers, bird watchers and many who simply want to switch off for a few days.Tory Island is part of the Donegal Gaeltacht and has one of the highest rates of native Irish speakers anywhere in Ireland.The only access to the island is by ferry and each crossing takes around an hour. The ferry runs four times daily during the summer season and twice daily during the winter months.Tory island Hotel. Photo Clive WassonBrexit, VAT and bad publicity blamed for failure to sell Tory Island hotel was last modified: August 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has insisted that the club is moving towards a culture of developing rather than buying players.Speaking to QPR Player, Fernandes claimed that steps had already been taken to improve the club’s academy and place less emphasis on spending in the transfer market.“We have a better recruitment strategy – it’s by no means perfect but it’s better,” he said.“The academy is going to be the culture. If that’s the last thing I do it is going to be that players come through our academy.“We’re not going to be a buying club. We’re going to be a developing club. We’re going to develop players through the system.“It’s been tough because we’ve always been on the back foot. From the moment I came in, Neil Warnock wanted to buy players, then left us and Mark Hughes did a wholesale change.“Then to be fair to Harry Redknapp a lot of those players had to be replaced and the only way was to buy new players.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
In efforts to make improvements to society and contribute towards sustainable development in South Africa, the world’s largest food and beverage company, NESTLÉ partnered with the non-profit organisation, South African- Mathematics Foundation (SAMF). The partnership brings together stakeholders in education and nutrition sectors, both private and public, to find solutions aimed at boosting primary school learners’ mathematics performance.The collaboration focused on the launch of the NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge, an annual competition for primary school learners organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF).The NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge aims to empower learners to become independent, creative and critical thinkers who will be able to interpret and critically analyse everyday situations that will allow them to solve problems. It promotes teamwork, enthusiasm and helps to develop future leaders and influencers in science, engineering, and marketing sciences across all walks of life. By building an enticing platform for both parents and children, the objective of the NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge is to support teachers and learners in making mathematics attractive and bringing it to the forefront as a subject needed to build a brighter future in South Africa.“We believe that Mathematics is a necessary enabler in the development of conceptual understanding, problem-solving skills, reasoning skills and the ability to apply knowledge in new situations. With decades of expertise in nutrition, NESTLÉ NESPRAY plays a supportive role in cognitive development and overall growth of our children. Together with our partner, the South African Mathematics Foundation; and our stakeholders, we are helping to address the critical situation of mathematics performance of our young children. By amplifying the platform, we aim to make mathematics attractive and to make a difference by giving our children the support and opportunity they need to multiply their potential,” says Adedoja Ekeruch, Business Executive Office, Dairy Nestlé South Africa.For more information visit www.nestle.com/nespray or http://www.samf.ac.za/en/sa-mathematics-challenge
Buoyed by the Opposition’s grand success in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) on Sunday said it would contest the May 28 Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll with the “full support” of like-minded, non-BJP parties. “We have decided to field Tabassum Begum from the Kairana parliamentary constituency,” Uttar Pradesh RLD chief Masood Ahmad said. “We expect the full support of like-minded, non-BJP parties, especially the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), besides the Congress. Tabassum Begum joined the RLD on Sunday and hopefully, she will emerge as the joint opposition candidate,” he said. A former BSP MP from Kairana, Tabassum (47), who had later joined the SP, is a popular face in the Jat-dominated constituency in western Uttar Pradesh, about 100 km from New Delhi.Exuding confidence that the Ajit Singh-led party will win the crucial bypoll, Mr. Ahmad said: “The process of forming a coalition (against the BJP) has started and soon, there will be a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance).” ‘Opposition unity’ He also said the RLD will support the SP candidate for the Noorpur Assembly by-election, to be held simultaneously with the Kairana bypoll, heralding the process of opposition unity ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The Kairana bypoll was necessitated following the death of its sitting BJP MP, Hukum Singh. Similarly, the Noorpur Assembly seat fell vacant after the death of sitting BJP MLA Lokendra Singh Chauhan in a road accident. Commenting on the development, State BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said: “The confusion arising out of such political manipulations will lead to the opposition’s defeat and the BJP will emerge victorious with the people’s support.” Extra efforts The BJP will put in extra efforts to retain both the seats to send a message to its cadre, the voters as well as the opposition parties that its drubbing in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls was a closed chapter now and that the saffron party’s vote-bank was still intact in western U.P., a party insider said. On the other hand, the opposition parties — the SP, the RLD and the Congress — are viewing the bypolls as another opportunity to convey the message to the voters that the saffron fortress can be breached if the opposition is united.