Work underway to replace ageing water mains in Inishowen

first_imgIrish Water has started work to replace ageing water pipes at Three Trees, Quigleys Point and the Cabry areas of Inishowen.The 5km long water mains run along the R238 regional road and L-1951-1 local road via Quigleys Point Village and will also extend into side roads to facilitate connections to existing water mains.It is understood that removing the existing old cast iron from the public water network and replacing them with new plastic pipes will reduce the risk of contamination. Meanwhile, it is hoped that replacing the ageing water mains and service connections will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages and will ensure a reliable supply of water to customers and local businesses in the area.These works will deliver cost savings by providing improved water network operation that will require less maintenance in the future.It is expected that initial section of pipe installation and temporary reinstatement works to Quigley’s Point will last for approximately nine weeks with works from Quigley’s point towards Redcastle to follow on from this for approximately eight weeks.A spokesperson for Irish Water said: Works have commenced and are progressing well. “The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours notice prior to any planned water shutoffs.“Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times.“We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works may cause.“The contractor will be monitoring traffic build-up during peak times in the morning and evening and will switch to a manned stop/go control should there be an unacceptable build-up of traffic.”Work underway to replace ageing water mains in Inishowen was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Spurs, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for live news and analysis when the Warriors and short-handed San Antonio Spurs battle at Oracle.In theory, the Warriors (37-15) should have an easier time dealing with the Spurs after their coach, Gregg Popovich, decided to rest stars LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. The “load management” tactic that LeBron James employed against the Warriors on Saturday night.The Spurs (32-23) are in the second game of their annual month-long road trip due to the …last_img read more

We are closer to our dream: Zuma

first_img27 April 2014In its first two decades of freedom, South Africa has have moved closer to its dream of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous country – and “we must not deny or downplay these achievements, regardless of our political differences”, President Jacob Zuma told the nation on Sunday.Addressing the main Freedom Day event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Zuma paid tribute both to the various actors and groupings who sacrificed to win the country its freedom 20 years ago, and to the different sectors of society that had, since then, played a part in creating a South Africa that was in every respect “a much better place to live in”.Measured against the goals the country had set itself under Nelson Mandela in 1994 – including deepening democracy and promoting a culture of human rights, meeting basic needs and developing human resources, building the economy and creating jobs – South Africa had done well, Zuma said.“We should congratulate ourselves for all this hard work.”The President listed the country’s achievements in education, healthcare, social security, delivery of housing, water and electricity, women’s rights and youth development.Mandela had introduced free health care for pregnant women to help ensure that South African children were born healthy, and the government had continued to build on this: today, 8-million children do not have to pay school fees, 9-million children receive meals at school, more than 11-million orphans and vulnerable children benefit from social grants, and the state spends over R1.3-billion per annum on early childhood development centres, as well as R15 per day per child from poor households to prepare them for primary education.“Our plan is that by 2030, South Africa should have a comprehensive system of social protection that includes social security grants, mandatory retirement savings, risk benefits (such as unemployment, death and disability benefits) and voluntary retirement savings.”While the country still had some way to go to eradicate poverty, inequality and unemployment, Zuma said, the National Development Plan (NDP) had been developed over the last five years in order to address this.“The next decade of freedom must be one in which we work together to advance economic transformation.“We will continue to work with the business sector to advance broad-based black economic empowerment and affirmative action, in order to change the ownership, control and management of the economy.“We will also, working together, continue to focus on making improvements in five priorities – job creation, health, education, rural development and land reform, and the fight against crime and corruption.“There is a lot of work to be done, but we will succeed if we work together.”Zuma concluded by reminding South Africans that the right to vote “was gained through relentless struggles and sacrifices.“Therefore, on the 7th of May, let us go out in our millions to vote and celebrate our hard-won freedom and democracy. Let us vote to consolidate democracy and all the achievements of our young nation.“And, as we did in 1994 and in subsequent elections, let us deliver peaceful, free and fair elections.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.For a couple of years, I practiced Aikido, a very nuanced martial art, and one based on the premise that anyone who would attack you was already seriously troubled and deserved your compassion. O’Sensei made some connection with the Universe and created a way to protect yourself while also protecting the person trying to harm you. O’Sensei based a lot of the forms on jiu-jitsu, another form of self-protection that stops short of seriously hurting the person trying to do you harm.If you have never seen Aikido practiced, it is a spectacularly beautiful, with big sweeping motions, made even more alluring by the traditional Japanese hakama. There are only 39 forms in the art, and they are challenging, mostly because they are counterintuitive. Sometimes you step into your attacker, and other times, you turn backward away from them, when your instinct would have you do something different.Avoiding Novelties and DistractionsMy Sensei was an excellent practitioner and teacher. However, he isn’t the one who mainly taught me the Aikido I learned in the dojo. It was the black belts I chose to work with that taught me everything I learned. The Sensei was always on the lookout for novelties, and when something caught his eye, he would stop us from continuing on some form so we could explore something he found to be useful. In the course of 90 minutes, we would practice a lot of different forms and explore many novelties.A lot of advanced practitioners enjoyed the novelties, but my interest was burning in the forms. To Hell with the novelties, I thought. To ensure I had the time to work on forms, I would get to the dojo a half hour early to practice the forms with a black belt or a third-degree black belt (san dan). I would stay a half hour late to drill the forms after most students had left, always working with people of the highest rank, who not only had a different feel but who were also happy to do the same form over and over.Burn It InThe high ranking students were impressed with the fact that I was willing to do the same form for a half hour straight, never suggesting that I be shown a new form, and never looking for any novelty. All I wanted was a chance to drill the same pattern, to master it. You can understand the forms without your body being able to perform them. I wanted to be able to do them without having to think about it, something that would slow your response should you ever have needed to defend yourself.One day, I was going through the six forms that would be required for the test to gain the first rank when the Sensei walked by. He watched me practice with a third-degree black belt go through all the forms, and then he said, “You are taking your test on Saturday.” When he walked away, my training partner said, “You just passed your test.” The Sensei had seen enough.The Power of Perfect PracticeWhen new students joined the dojo, many of them believed me to have a much higher rank than I had attained. Because I practiced with people far more skilled, and because I tried my best to model their example, I felt different to them than other students. I was mimicking people with far greater experience and skill, one of the best and fastest ways to gain competency.It is difficult to really know something if you don’t drill it. If you don’t rehearse, your performance will not be what it might have been had you done so. You can know something intellectually without really knowing it. You have to get it into your body.In human endeavors where skills differentiate the performance of one person from another, a professional from an amateur or a student from a master, the difference is found in the practice, the rehearsal, and the drills. It is not, however, just the time spent practicing, but also how you practice and the intensity of your focus.Focus on the FundamentalsIn any area in which you want to achieve mastery, your time and energy are best spent on practicing, rehearsing, and drilling the fundamentals. What makes one a master of their craft is their willingness to persist in mastering the fundamentals, developing a competency by going over the same ground without losing interest or enthusiasm. You gain mastery by ignoring the novelties until you have mastered the fundamentals. Only after you have mastered the fundamentals can you look for innovations and variations on the theme. (You can find the 17 fundamentals of B2B Sales in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need)Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedIf you are not drilling the fundamentals, you are not on the path to mastery. Perfect practice is what makes perfect, and perfect practice means drilling the fundamentals.last_img read more

Brendon McCullum continues tryst with April 18, hammers 13th IPL fifty

first_imgBrendon McCullum continued his tryst with April 18 to smash a hyper aggressive half-century in the Indian Premier League.Exactly nine years ago on April 18, 2008, McCullum had blasted 158* not out for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first game of the inaugural IPL.On April 18, 2017, McCullum was up against RCB again, albeit for a different team but the former New Zealand skipper showed he had lost none of his touch as he blazed away to a rapid 72. However, his knock couldn’t save his team from suffering a defeat as the Gujarat Lions lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 21 runs inRajkot.Chasing 214 for victory in Rajkot, McCullum set the hosts on course with some brutal stroke play. Besides that hundred in 2008, Baz has two more fifties on April 18. Some coincidence that!McCullum retired from ODIs after leading the Black Caps to the World Cup final in 2015.After spending time with KKR,  McCullum moved over to Kochi Tuskers Kerala before shifting base to Chennai Super Kings, where he formed a successful opening combination with Dwayne Smith.Once CSK was suspended for two years along with Rajasthan Royals, McCullum was roped in by Gujarat Lions.last_img read more

Tractor volume set for 57 degrowth this fiscal Report

first_imgMumbai: The tractor industry volume is likely to de-grow 5-7 percent in the current fiscal on weak growth in rural income, moderation in rural infrastructure spending and higher channel inventory, says a report. Tractor sales in the last fiscal stood at an all-time high of 8.78 lakh units, rating agency Crisil said in a report Tuesday, adding the high base effect will also contribute to the decline. However, despite lower volume, resilient margins of 14-16 percent and strong balance sheets are expected to keep credit profile of the manufacturers stable, it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAlso, long-term growth potential remains healthy given lower penetration of 1.5 hp per hectare, compared with an average 6-7 hp in the developed economies and 3-4 hp in the emerging economies. This should give hope to domestic tracker makers, though an immediate revival in tractor sales remains contingent on an improvement in purchasing power in rural markets, it added. “We believe weak growth in rural income, moderation in rural infrastructure spending, higher channel inventory, and the high base effect will lead to de-growth in tractor sales volume by 5-7 percent this fiscal,” Crisil said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNoting that the industry is cyclical and heavily dependent on rural incomes and monsoons, it said the rural income was impacted towards the second half of last fiscal because flat crop production after two years of 5-6 percent growth, and farm profitability declined due to weak pricing. Consequently, rural wage growth was lower at 3-4 percent compared to an average 6 percent in the preceding two years, it said adding lower growth in spending on rural infrastructure has also impacted non-farm tractor demand in recent months. Additionally, exports, which contribute 10-11 percent of sales, also declined 28 percent in the first quarter due to moderation in demand from Latin America. But in the second half, demand should be supported by a sharply improved progress of the Southwest monsoons in the past few weeks, which has brought down the deficiency from 19 percent as of July 24 to a surplus of 1 percent as of August 28. “The likelihood of normal monsoons has increased with the rains catching up in the last few weeks. This augurs well for farm income and tractor demand. Additionally, the recent budget announcements for agriculture and allied activities, the loan waivers in some states and the hike in minimum support prices for kharif crops, along with rural development initiatives are likely to push sales,” it said. Despite lower overall volume, the operating margins of tractor makers should be resilient at 14-16 percent, supported by easing commodity prices. The prices of steel and pig iron, which account for 90 percent of the raw material costs, have corrected about 7- 10 percent between April and July. This should help mitigate the impact of discounts being offered by tractor makers to push sales, Crisil said.last_img read more

Mother among 4 held for plotting childs kidnapping

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested four persons including three women for allegedly kidnapping a five-year-old child from Khora area. Cops said that the mother of kidnapped child plotted conspiracy to kidnap him taking advantage of the child lifting rumours as she wanted to flee with her lover.According to police, the arrested persons have been identified as kidnapped child’s mother Zenab, her lover Salman, her friend Komal and Komal’s mother in law Sunita. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSN Singh, Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad said that the mother of kidnapped child had left him at komal’s place and asked her to take care of her child for a couple of days. “On August 31, the woman told her friend Komal, who lives in Mayur Vihar area in Delhi, that her husband wants to marry another woman and she is going to stop him so she is leaving her child at her place. However, she came to Indirapuram police station and told police a fake story that a 25-years-old woman has kidnapped her child when she had gone to a market in Nyay Khand-1 area” said Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that earlier a case of kidnapping was registered but investigations rounded up on the involvement of kidnapped child’s mother into the incident. “Police found nothing relevant to the complaint when we checked the CCTV footage of the area and enquired the locals persons. Police found something to be fishy in the matter and checked the woman’s call records. It came to light that before the incident the woman frequently called a number that belongs to a male. Also the woman’s location was traced in Delhi instead of Nyay Khand at the time which she told police that her child was kidnapped. Police detained the woman for questioning where she broke up and told police that she wanted to get rid of her family as she wanted to marry her lover and tried to take advantage of child lifting rumours,” added Singh. A case has been registered.last_img read more