Family’s dream home sits empty after Irish Water demand €66k connection fee

first_imgA West Donegal man says he cannot move his family into their dream home after Irish Water demanded more than €66,000 to place a water pipe at their home.Danny Boyle has spent the past two years building the house in the Gortahork/Gaoth Dobhair area.Mr Boyle has a partner and 18-month-old child and is anxious to move into the property. However, Irish Water has demanded a total of €66,700 for all the works to place a 270 metre water pipe into the new build.The bill includes €7,000 for the company to dig up the street to tap into a connection on the main line.Mr Boyle told Donegal Daily that he simply cannot afford the huge bill but without water, he cannot move into the house.He said “We have spent the past two years building the house and we are at the stage of putting in the stairs. “We have been so looking forward to moving in and then we got this bill from Irish Water.“At first I thought it was a joke or a mistake but this is what they want to put in a three quarter inch water pipe into our home and to tap into the supply.“We simply cannot afford it and we cannot move into a house which does not have any water supply.”Mr Boyle along with local county councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig met with representatives from Irish Water yesterday in a bid to resolve the matter.However, Mr Boyle said that Irish Water refuses to budge on the price of the connection. “I thought that when we secured the meeting that we could agree to something but they refuse to move on the connection fee. I simply cannot get my hands on that kind of money and as it stands I cannot move into the house,” he added.Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig said that having met with senior Irish Water management, the Boyle family are no further forward.He said they have been left with three choices, none of which are acceptable.“They can emigrate, go to the bank and look for another €70,000 or they can move into a house without water. “None of these options is acceptable and Irish Water have it in their power to help this young family. They are now further forward and this is not acceptable but I am not giving up on this,” he said.He added that the problems facing the Boyle family will only deter other families form moving back to Ireland and setting up home here because of the huge costs now associated with getting water connections.A spokesperson for Irish Water said the standard charge for connections in the vicinity (within 10 metres) of the existing public network is €2,272.However, where new infrastructure is required such as mains extension to provide a service to the applicant’s property Irish Water will undertake a detailed design to identify the project requirements.They say that site surveys and investigations may also be required, including engagement with statutory authorities such as the local authority to procure a road opening licence.The following additional works will be required as part of the delivery project:Materials required to complete the extension;Excavation in all surface categories, temporary and permanent reinstatement in all surface categories;Works required for connection to the distribution or trunk water main/main sewer, commissioning and testing; andTraffic management, road opening licence and associated cost, night time working hours, liaison with local authorities and agencies.Although Irish Water says they cannot comment on individual cases, the €66,700 charge put on the Boyle family to connect to the water mains is as a result of these requirements.EndsFamily’s dream home sits empty after Irish Water demand €66k connection fee was last modified: August 4th, 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)Tags:connectionDanny BoyleGaoth Dobhairgortahorkwaterlast_img read more

Makeover for Durban harbour

first_imgOne of Durban harbour’s tugs guidesa container ship out of port. (Image: Transnet Port Terminals) The newly widened harbour mouth. (Image: Pixman image gallery)Janine ErasmusPlans are underway to further expand the port of Durban, with the addition of a new US$8-million (R70-million) rail facility attached to the container terminal, the widening of the harbour mouth, and other major projects.The rail terminal is to be commissioned at the end of June and is part of a multi-billion capital investment programme by the port’s operator Transnet Port Terminals.Construction is already underway on a $20-million (R164-million) expansion of the historic 15-berth Maydon Wharf, which handles bulk goods such as sugar, grain, fruit and fertiliser. The improvements include storage for 80 000 tons of maize.Other improvements already completed include the $18-million (R140-million) truck staging area at the six-berth Durban container terminal, which alleviates the problem of queuing, and the $250-million (R2-billion) first stage of the conversion of the Bayhead Pier One into a container terminal, adding extra capacity of 720 000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to Durban’s port.The TEU is not an exact measurement but is based on the volume of a standard 20-foot long container. Because not all containers are the same height, the measurement cannot be standardised.Phase two of the Pier One project is at the feasibility stage and involves the conversion of the former naval base Salisbury Island, resulting in an additional capacity of 800 000 TEUs. Pier One is expected to be fully operational by July 2010.The Durban harbour widening project is at an advanced stage. From its present 122m width, the entrance channel will span 220m at its narrowest point. The current depth of 12.8m will sink to between 18m and 19m, allowing modern container super-ships to enter the harbour.The harbour mouth is being widened to the north, which means that a new north breakwater is under construction, and at the same time workers are raising and strengthening the southern breakwater in anticipation of more powerful waves from bigger ships. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2010.Contribution to GDPFigures from the City of Durban say that maritime industries contribute an estimated 20% at least to Durban’s GDP. The City accounts for about 55% of KwaZulu-Natal province’s GDP, and with that standing at about 15% of the country’s GDP, it is clear that the port and its related industries are responsible for between 1.5% and 2% of South Africa’s GDP.Over the last two years, according to Transnet Port Terminals, the port has experienced a drop in volumes handled, but the ports operator is confident that the situation is transitory and that within the next two years volume will once again rise to pre-2007 levels. The port currently handles a massive 1 475 000 container movements, on average, per year.Key areasTransnet’s investment in the Durban port covers a number of other key areas – upgrading the staff car park, resurfacing the quaysides and relocating staff facilities and workshops, increasing container stacking capacity from 13 691 to 17 262 ground slots, and upgrading the seats of the container terminal’s 120 straddle carriers – this is a vehicle used for stacking containers.A $80-million (R648-million) expansion of the car terminal is also on the cards. Durban’s car terminal handles two thirds of South Africa’s motor vehicle imports and exports. The current allocation of 13 200 bays is to be increased to 14 000, of which 4 500 will be under cover.With the dip in the country’s economy and the resultant effect on the automotive industry, volumes at the car terminal have declined over the last year but are also predicted to bounce back within two years.Port cityDurban’s port is the busiest on the African continent, and the biggest in terms of container capacity. It serves South Africa’s industrial hub of Gauteng and is well positioned as a point of entry for goods to other countries in the region.While the port has 6 000 employees on site, about 30 000 others in related services depend directly on it for their income.The port is served by various private and public terminals, located in Transnet’s five business units – the Durban container terminal, the new Pier One container terminal, the multipurpose terminal, the car terminal, and Maydon Wharf.Other privately-operated terminals include the Island View oil and petroleum complex which is connected directly to petrol refineries via pipeline, the Rennies bulk terminal, and the massive sugar terminal on Maydon Wharf, one of the largest of its kind in the world.During the 2008/09 financial year the combined container terminals handled 2 560 366 TEUs. The larger part of this volume came from exports.As with all South African ports, Durban’s fleet of seven tugs is owned and operated by the Transnet National Ports Authority. All tugs are maintained to the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s class eight standards and are also able to assist with fire-fighting and salvage. During 2008/09 the port of Durban handled a total of 4 554 ships.Pilotage services, which are compulsory once ships come within three nautical miles of the harbour entrance, are provided through the port’s Agusta eight-seater helicopter, and when the helicopter is not available, the Tsitsikama pilot boat takes over.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesAmazulu World to boost tourism Infrastructure development in South Africa Life’s a beach in South Africa Useful linkseThekwini onlineSouth African Maritime Safety AuthorityTransnet Port TerminalsTransnet National Ports AuthoritySouth African ports and shipslast_img read more

WEF raises South Africa’s global competitiveness ranking

first_imgSouth Africa has risen two places, to 47th, in the 2016 World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index, improving its ranking in 10 of the 12 pillars measured. The country has the most competitive economy on the African continent.The newly released World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index ranks South Africa as the 47th most completive economy of the 138 studied. The improvement in the rankings, the best in five years, comes as the country has improved both the competitiveness of our markets and relationships between labour and business, made modest, but important, progress in the quality of education, which is up five places from 2015.One reason for South Africa’s rise in the annual appraisal of prosperity and productivity is, according to the report, our ability to withstand the fall in price of commodities. Unlike African neighbours and other developing economies, South Africa has also built on the strength of its financial sector, which shielded the country from the worst effects of the global economic crisis.South Africa is ranked first out of 138 countries for auditing standards, the protection of minority investors and ability to finance through equity markets. The country is second or third for soundness of banks and financial services, efficacy of boards and regulation of the stock exchange.Robert Crotti, a WEF economist, explained to the Biznews website: “What we noticed is that to make a country really competitive, you need to have all the pieces in place. To rank number one in one specific dimension without having the other factors also well-placed, doesn’t really bring the country to grow and reach the prosperity where we see. In fact, when we look at the top countries in ranking, they tend to rank quite high on all the dimensions.”The report highlighted the biggest future challenges for our economy. “Infrastructure development has stalled, both in transport and electricity, with power shortages experienced this year. Institutional quality has diminished, with increased political uncertainty, less transparency, some security concerns, and business leaders having less trust in politicians (down 11 places since last year).”Crotti said the GCI is not meant as a criticism of each economy studied. For WEF it is a way to benchmark progress. “Therefore, we hope that it can be used as a platform for all the actors in the economy in looking at how and what worked, to then take the next steps to improve their economy.”South Africa’s growth forecast for 2016 is now set at 0.1%. Outside factors, slowdown of the Chinese economy and the volatility of the rand have dampened the potential for stronger growth. Where developed economies are accepting a “new normal” of lower economic growth, lower productivity growth, and high unemployment, South Africa and other developing economies have an opportunity to grow by improving productivity.Despite China’s slowdown it is the best-placed Brics nation, at 28, followed by India, Russia and South Africa. Brazil lags behind its Brics peers at 81. As Crotti explained, “India is really the bright spark in the area of competitiveness improvements and this is done mainly on the back of reforms, especially in terms of investment and market efficiency.”Crotti said India, more than any other country, should be the example South Africa follows to move further up the rankings. The Indian government has improved market and labour efficiencies, and stabilised government policy and the macroeconomic sector. As important, its government has improved the country’s technological readiness.”That’s really important to be able to jump-start the economy and as we’ve seen, also be able to gain innovation,” Crotti said. “To learn much more about technology and innovation. At the dawn of this Fourth Industrial Revolution it is really going to be key going forward.”South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

AT&T CEO: We’ll Make The Lumia 1020 A Hero

first_imgNokia had fun on stage today introducing its brand new hero smartphone, the Lumia 1020. At an event in New York City, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop showed off the smartphone’s 41-megapixel camera that sports a variety of interesting features. But Elop, even on this momentous event, could not escape the hard questions that Nokia faces as it tries to climb back to the top of the smartphone mountain.During the question-and-answer segment of the event, a reporter from Forbes, Joan Lappin, asked Elop about the company’s relationship with mobile carrier AT&T. She is a Nokia Lumia 920 owner and called the process of buying the smartphone “crummy” and that “AT&T is actually a dreadful partner for Nokia.” The Forbes reporter wasn’t exaggerating. When the Lumia 920 came out, many people complained that it was hard to find at AT&T stores, the staff was not knowledgeable of the features of the device and that it—a device which Nokia had pinned massive hopes upon—was generally a second-class citizen to the iPhone and Android hero smartphones at the carrier. BlackBerry has also faced this problem with AT&T in marketing its new flagship Z10 device. Elop countered the question by putting the onus on Nokia to be better at marketing, distributing Lumia devices and building the Windows Phone as the real third ecosystem for smartphones, behind iOS and Android.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#AT&T#Carriers#Lumia 1020#Nokia AT&T Mobility president and CEO Ralph de la Vega addressed the partnership with Nokia in a short interview with ReadWrite.“We have a great partnership and I think Stephen was right,” de la Vega said. “It [Windows Phone] is the latest system, like Stephen said. It takes more people getting used to it and acclimated, too. I think it takes an extra effort for getting together AT&T, Microsoft and Nokia to make an all-out pitch to launch this product with a much stronger backing than any other product we launched with Microsoft or Nokia.”For AT&T’s part, de la Vega promised that the staff in stores would be knowledgeable of the features of the Lumia 1020 and it would be displayed as a “hero” device in AT&T stores. The Lumia 1020 will be available at AT&T on July 26 and retail for $299 with a two-year contract. At that price point, AT&T store staffers are going to work extra hard to sell the device, no matter how nice the camera turns out to be. center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski “Every time I use it you find some new nuance that is really cool and we want to make sure they are fully trained to show off this device to the customers,” de la Vega said. De la Vega also said that the launch of the Lumia 1020 would different in terms of marketing and presentation than previous Nokia releases, such as the Lumia 900 and Lumia 920. “I think you will see a different aspect of that than any other phone we have done with Nokia,” de la Vega said.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

46 NCP MLAs in Mumbai hotel stick with Sharad Pawar

first_imgEven as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) rebel and new Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar claimed that a new and stable BJP-NCP government would be formed, 46 MLAs out of the 54 newly elected lawmakers remained with the party till Sunday night. The MLAs were lodged at the Hotel Renaissance in Powai, a Mumbai suburb. However, the party has begun preparations to move them to another hotel in the city.Throughout Sunday, both the BJP and Mr. Ajit Pawar made an attempt to convey that entire NCP legislative party stood with them in formation of the government. The NCP simultaneously was busy keeping its flock together and sending out messages that it would never join hands with the BJP.Also Read  After meeting the Governor, Mr. Patil said, “All our MLAs have come back. We do not want Ajit Pawar to be left out. We want him also to be with us. I am going to meet him to convince him to come back to us.” Though his meeting with Mr Pawar did not yield desired result.Meanwhile, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan alleged that the BJP has been snooping on the party MLAs and BJP leaders have begun attempts to poach the MLAs.“The dirty game for which the BJP is delaying floor test has begun. BJP men have started approaching Congress MLAs and they are being snooped and followed. We want to reiterate that all three parties stand together and no attempt to poach any of the Congress MLAs will succeed,” he said. Maharashtra politics live updates | Rival camps hold series of meetings in Mumbai  Out of the remaining eight, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said Babsaheb Patil, MLA from Ahmedpur in Latur had informed the party that he was with Sharad Pawar.The Shahapur MLA Daulat Daroda released a video from an undisclosed location saying he stood with Mr. Sharad Pawar and Mr. Ajit Pawar. Dilip Bankar, an MLA from Nifad also tweeted that he was with the senior Pawar. Mr Bankar said he had attended the swearing in ceremony because he had been called by Mr. Ajit Pawar himself. Another MLA, Anil Patil from Amalner, in a Facebook post, announced allegiance to Mr. Sharad Pawar. NCP MLA Dharmarao Atram is not in Mumbai as he has fallen sick and is in contact with NCP leaders.Also Read Maharashtra government formation | Supreme Court tells Centre to submit on November 25 Devendra Fadnavis’ letter to Governor staking claim  Ajit Pawar, Narhari Zirwal (Dindori) and Nitin Pawar (Kalvan) are the only three MLAs who are not in touch with the NCP leadership. “All our MLAs stand with us. There is no question of anyone joining the rebellion. We are 100% sure that Devendra Fadnavis will not survive the floor test in assembly,” said a senior NCP leader tasked with the security of all the MLAs.On Sunday afternoon, NCP president Sharad Pawar along with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray held a joint meeting with NCP MLAs at the hotel. “The meeting was to assure all the MLAs that the next government will be of Congress, NCP and Sena. We all are together and together we will win the floor test,” said NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik. Both the leaders later met Congress MLAs lodged at Hotel JW Marriot.Earlier on Sunday morning, NCP state president Jayant Patil who was given the charge as the legislative party leader on Saturday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari informing him about the development with a letter signed by 41 party MLAs who were present at the meeting a day ago. The NCP sacked Ajit Pawar from the post of legisaltive party leader and elected Mr. Patil in that meeting.Also Read Maharashtra government formation | Pawars spar over ‘BJP-NCP’ governmentlast_img read more

Brazil is in; Argentina still fighting for a World Cup spot

first_imgUruguay is in great shape. It has 27 points and second place in the standings, 10 points behind Brazil. The team finishes qualifying at Venezuela, and at home against Bolivia — the two countries that are already eliminated.Depending on other results, a draw at Venezuela on Thursday might be enough to guarantee Uruguay a place in its third straight World Cup.COLOMBIAColombia has 26 points and beating Paraguay in the coastal city of Barranquilla could be enough to secure a place at its second straight World Cup. That would also eliminate long-shot Paraguay.“We’re fired up, but relaxed, knowing that this group can win the match and bring happiness to Colombia,” defender Davinson Sanchez said.CHILEThe two-time defending Copa America champion has only 23 points and is teetering on the edge. Chile is home against Ecuador on Thursday, and then must beat Brazil next week in Sao Paulo.Chile has lost its last two matches, against Paraguay and Bolivia, an indication of the state of play.PERUPeru has 24 points and has won three games straight to get back into contention. After the match in Buenos Aires, it finishes at home with Colombia.“We’re going to arrive at that final game in great shape,” Argentina-born coach Ricardo Gareca said. “We’ve got this far with our determination.”Peru last reached the World Cup in 1982 in Spain. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ What ban? Chinese in thrall to ‘goddess’ Sharapova Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With two matches to play, Uruguay and Colombia are in the best shape to join Brazil at the World Cup. The biggest shock could be two-time champion Argentina, which will battle for a spot against Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador. Bolivia and Venezuela have been eliminated.Argentina, the runner-up three years ago in Brazil, has not missed a World Cup since 1970.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHere’s a look at the countries and matches set for Thursday and next Tuesday.ARGENTINA View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Argentina and Peru play Thursday at Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera stadium, among the world’s most hostile venues for visiting teams. It’s the first World Cup qualifier there in 20 years.Both countries have 24 points, and a victory by either would be a giant step toward qualifying. A slip, andArgentina will have to win the final match in Quito, Ecuador, where the altitude of 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) is a burden for visiting teams.Peru, coached by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, is at home to Colombia in its final game.Argentina will be without Sergio Aguero for both matches after he fractured ribs in a car accident last week. New coach Jorge Sampaoli has been unable to lift the team, which has drawn its last two matches, against Uruguay (0-0) and Venezuela (1-1).URUGUAYADVERTISEMENT BRAZILBrazil is already in, and will surely test reserves in Thursday’s match in the thin air of La Paz. Look for the regulars to face Chile next week in Sao Paulo.Brazil coach Tite is undefeated in 10 qualifying games, and has won nine of them.THE RESTParaguay with 21 points, and Ecuador with 20, will need to win their final two matches and get help from others to have any chance. Bolivia and Venezuela are out. Brazil’s Casemiro(L), Neymar(C) and Thiago Silva attend a training session at the Granja Comary sports complex in Teresopolis, about 90 km from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 3, 2017 ahead of their World Cup qualifier matches against Bolivia and Chile. / AFP PHOTO / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is in, and over the next week three more South American countries will join the five-time champions at the World Cup in Russia.The fifth-place team from the region will also keep its chances alive, facing a playoff next month against New Zealand. That winner will also advance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

I got into college through reservation, says Deepika Padukone

first_imgDeepika Padukone, who stars in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, says she got admission in college by flashing her ‘sports certificate’.”I owe my admission to the sports quota. It worked for me, so reservation has touched my life. But then there is a much wider impact of reservation in education and jobs. It has its own benefits and pitfalls. I am sure that the film would fetch varied reactions,” Deepika told PTI.”This is why it really meant a lot to me when Aarakshan came my way. There is no added glamour quotient or a romantic track just so that it could be made into a ‘masala’ affair,” she added.Jha’s latest explores the politics behind reservation in education system and stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika and Manoj Bajpai in key roles. The film hits theatres on August 12.Saif plays Deepika’s love interest in the movie while Bachchan is her father. So while the core subject of the film was dramatic enough, the demand of the script was for Deepika to share certain chemistry with Bachchan.And the 25-year-old actor admits that she was flustered to share screen space with Bachchan.”Before stepping into Aarakshan, I had never interacted with him (Bachchan) very closely. I had perhaps met him a few times socially on a ‘hello-hi’ basis but that’s about it. Due to that I was really very flustered on the first day of the shoot as I didn’t quite know what to expect from him,” said Deepika.”But when I look back and reflect, I think it was all in my own head.”advertisementDeepika also feels that scenes between her and Bachchan create several brillant father-daughter moments in the movie.”I think what also helped was the fact that Prakashji has written several moments quite brilliantly for the film.There are these little moments between Amitji, Tanviji (Azmi) and myself that present a close knit family. The sense of togetherness has been brought out well here.”Last year was a mixed bag for Deepika. Housefull did well but films like Break Ke Baad, Lafangey Parindey, Karthik Calling Karthik and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se Bhi failed to live up to the hype, which has left the actor disappointed.”I was disappointed with the box office outcome of some of my films because I sincerely believe they could have done much better. But then there is a silver lining as creatively it was a satisfying experience and this is what keeps you going,” said Deepika.The actress will next be seen in Desi Boyz and (tentatively titled) Cocktail.last_img read more

Mapping Natural Hazards Made Easy

first_imgMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has welcomed the island’s first Virtual Reference Station Network (VRS), gFIX.net, as a useful tool in mapping natural hazards.The Ministry’s Spatial Management Division handed over the system to the National Land Agency (NLA) at a launch event held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, on Thursday, February 7.Speaking at the launch, Minister Pickersgill said that as natural hazards become an increasingly regular feature of life for many people around the globe, “gFIX.net will be a useful addition to the tools we have available to map them.”“This service will support disaster management and mitigation activities. It will also help persons to identify and locate shelters within their communities and identify areas prone to hazards,” the Minister added.Mr. Pickersgill said this will enable the country to stop second-guessing about the areas that are most vulnerable to the effects of natural hazards and to plan accordingly.The Minister added that the technology will enable the development of a comprehensive profile of a particular area. “In addition to an in-depth look at the physical layout of the land for development purposes, it will also provide us with the ability to determine the proximity of water sources; and enable us to better manage our sewerage and electricity services,” he outlined.Mr. Pickersgill said that gFIX.net will promote the greater management of the island’s natural resources and provide an in-depth look at what green spaces can be allocated for recreational use. The system will also draw attention to developments that infringe on preserved natural habitats, such as forestry reserves and watersheds, wetlands and bird sanctuaries, as well as aquifers.The $33 million network, which was established by Spatial Innovation Limited, is a new technology that provides a more accurate means of collecting and processing geo-spatial data, which is helpful to surveyors, developers, planners and the Government.It is an integrated system of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), which uses data from a network of fixed reference stations to model errors near surveying locations. This data is then relayed to a roving receiver, and used to improve the accuracy of reading in a particular area.The gFIX.net comprises 13 high precision global navigation satellite systems, which are strategically placed across the island to facilitate the accurate collection of data.It is useful in a wide array of operations which require high precision positional accuracy, such as: surveying; urban and municipal mapping; land information management and maintenance of the titling cadastres; the preparation of development plans, and the facilitation of the development approval process; road maintenance; navigation, vehicle location tracking; environmental management and community development; and hazard mitigation management.In fact, the NLA is already using the system to advance the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) for titling and registration, and cadastral surveying activities in the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth.last_img read more

Nuno Espirito wants a clinical Wolves side

first_imgNuno Espirito Santo has challenged Wolves to be more organised and clinical in front of goal after failing to bury their chances against Burnley.A Raul Jimenez’s second-half strike was enough to secure a 1-0 win over Burnley, but Nuno believes it could have been more if they had converted most of their chances.Wolves recorded 30 shots against the Clarets making it the most they have managed against any other side in a single match in Premier League history.Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Nuno called on his side to be more clinical in front of goal.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We did a good game, we were organised, Burnley didn’t have any chances, we had a lot,” the Wolves boss said.“It was a lot, we should improve on that, but it’s hard to build the way we build and stay organised in the shape.“It could have been a different result but how we played is more important at this stage of the season.“The scoreline could have been more. The way we create those chances requires the last touch, but things will come if we stay organised and are more clinical.last_img read more