Grandmother complains after airport expansion means 50 planes a day taxi at

Mrs Marchant, who has lived there for seven years, also said she worried about the damage it will do to the value of her house Mrs Marchant, who has lived there for seven years, also said she worried about the damage it will do to the value of her A grandmother has complained after an airport expansion means planes now taxi at the end of her garden.Retired newsagent Janet Marchant, 67, says the revamp has turned her life into a nightmare with 50 jets a day coming within 150ft of her garden.She claims the new runway strip at Southend airport, Essex, means planes pass every 20 minutes and the constant noise and fumes has left her and her husband Paul miserable.She said: “You can’t have a conversation in the garden with anyone because you can’t hear them.”When we are inside with the door closed we have to pause the TV until the plane has gone past.”We worry about our grandchildren coming around and the enjoyment of having people over for BBQs is ruined.”I love my garden and used to do a lot of gardening but now it is all spoilt with the noise and the smell.”Mrs Marchant, who has lived there for seven years, also said she worried about the damage it will do to the value of her house.She added: “You do worry if you have a house viewing and there’s a huge plane sat at the bottom of the garden.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She has complained to the airport numerous times and is concerned the problem could worsen this summer when runways are expected to get busier.A Southend Airport spokesman said: “London Southend Airport is very proud of both its long heritage, having been an airport since 1914, and the important, positive role it plays in the community.”We appreciate that the Wells Avenue properties were built close to the Charlie Taxiway, and are currently engaging with those residents through quarterly meetings and are actively investigating active measures to reduce noise.”The airport has ambitious plans to grow, and will continue to work closely with the CAA to ensure the airport remains safe and environmentally responsible for all our stakeholders.”Around 1.4m passengers passed through Southend airport in 2018 – a rise of around 400,000 passengers in a year. Ryanair, Loganair, EasyJet and Flybe all operate from the airport. She says the problem began in November 2017 when the airport rehabilitated its ‘Charlie Taxiway’, which is the route used for planes taking off from the eastward runway as part of expansion plans. read more

Flight delays more than doubled in past four years study finds

Easyjet also saw an increase from under five per cent in 2014 to almost nine per cent last year.The same could be said for Wizz Air who went from three per cent to over six per cent.But Thomas Cook passengers were the most likely to face a delay of at least an hour, with a one in nine (11.5%) chance of getting back from their holidays at least an hour late.Thomas Cook, Ryanair and EasyJet have all increased the number of flights they operate by between 30 per cent and 70 per cent since 2014, according to the CAA data.When it came to the airports, Stansted was the UK’s worst for delays by some margin – with more than twice as many departing flights delayed by an hour than at Heathrow, the busiest airport in the country.Delays at Stansted have been getting worse every year for the last five years – and passengers now have a one in 10 chance (10%) of being delayed by an hour or more.At Heathrow, the number of flights delayed by an hour or more is just four per cent.EasyJet and Thomas Cook both claimed factors beyond their control were to blame for the delays, such as airspace, weather and strikes, while Ryanair claimed Which? figures were “inflated and inaccurate”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Flight delays have more than doubled in the last four years leading to millions of passengers suffering holiday woes, a new report has found.  Data analysed by Which? shows punctuality in the skies has deteriorated drastically in the last five years which has left travellers out of pocket as well as frustrated.The data from 2014 to 2018, produced by the Civil Aviation Authority, found that eight of the UK’s 10 busiest carriers have seen an increase in delays of more than an hour – with an estimated 17 million passengers affected last year alone.The study shows that Ryanair, Wizz Air and Easyjet delays have doubled over the last four years while Thomas Cook is the worst airline for delays overall.Which? says it is concerned that some airlines and airports have failed to match the rapid growth in the number of flights with the resources needed to handle an increase in traffic, resulting in huge inconvenience and added expense for passengers when connecting flights or trains are missed. A Stansted airport spokesperson said  it had posted significantly improved results in the first quarter of 2019. Yet these people are unlikely to be entitled to a penny in compensation.Delays of one hour or more with Ryanair have more than doubled in the past five years, from three per cent in 2014, to nearly eight per cent. read more

Guyana finished 10th in Global Robotics Challenge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSTEM Guyana team returns home, focusing on 2018 challenge in MexicoJuly 21, 2017In “Featured”STEM Guyana’s success is a testimony of investment in STEM Education – First LadyJuly 20, 2017In “latest news”7 Guyanese students to participate in inaugural robotics Olympics in the USJune 9, 2017In “latest news” After topping the charts during the first day of the Global Robotics Challenge, Team Guyana fell to the 10th position at the international competition which was staged in Washington DC over the past two days.The group of young innovators ventured into the final day with much pump following their initial wins but was greeted with a series of mishaps which led to their decline in ranks.The Guyanese delegation administering finishing touches before the first round of the competitionThis was after Guyana joined forces with a group of underdogs in the competition, which hindered their ability to perform to their full potential.During the penultimate round of the competition, the Guyanese delegation was faced with a number of hurdles, one of which included the malfunctioning of their partner’s robot. Their position plummeted with the stalling of the robot, resulting in the local team attaining a score of 60 points, breaking their winning streak.Disheartened by their defeat, the group of six teenagers entered into the final round of the competition, during which they managed to score 120 points. This was three points less than the winning team which copped a total of 123.As such, the Guyanese delegation was demoted to the 10th spot. Nevertheless the team managed to emerge as a top ranker of 160 participating countries.That brought the curtains down on the two-day Global Robotics Challenge which saw fierce competition from each of the participating group of young enthusiasts from around the world.This year’s competition was the first time Guyana was represented at the Global Robotics Challenge, earning the country a noteworthy introduction to the international face-off. Despite the obstacles along the way, the local delegation defeated a number of well-established nations, securing their spot among the top rankers.The team received widespread support from Guyanese, both at home and abroad, many of whom followed the competition and cheer on via social media. read more

Murdered 13yearold No proof that officers acted unprofessionally – Ramnarine

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedZero tolerance for unprofessional behaviour in Police Force – warns acting Top CopAugust 26, 2016In “latest news”Acting Top Cop says Force not accepting unprofessional conduct as 9 officers firedNovember 14, 2017In “Crime”GPF records 33% hike in robbery with violenceOctober 11, 2017In “Crime” The final investigations into the claims made by residents in the Brother’s Village, Berbice area, that the two men who were arrested in connection with the rape and murder of 13-year-old Leonardo Archibald were known pedophiles and police neglected reports, has revealed no proof to substantiate the accusations.This is according to acting Top Cop, David Ramnarine on Wednesday during a press conference with media operatives at the Ministry of Public Security.Raped and Murdered: Leonard Archibald“You will recall the school-boy murder in New Amsterdam…you will recall there was a public outcry [where] relatives and residents felt that we had been unprofessional is reports made against one of the suspects. You will recall that I had sent out a press release where we sent a senior officer in that area and to the credit of the police, we have not found evidence that we would call gross unprofessional conduct of the police in not responding to any reports made,” Ramnarine explained.Acting Police Commissioner, David RamnarineHe noted that according to the senior officer who had been sent to the location to investigate the matter –identified as Assistant Superintendent Oswald Pitt- no relative or resident in the village made any efforts to reach out to him.“It is unfortunate that, according to the officer, no relative or resident of the community called him on his cellphone, he didn’t see any private call, any number when he spent five days in the district to give him information to substantiate what they had said to the press,” he posited.Nevertheless, the final report is expected to be submitted to the Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan soon.INews had reported that the teenager, Leonard Archibald of Friend’s Village, Berbice went missing on September 10, 2017, after riding ahead of his three sisters he was accompanying home from a birthday party in the neighbouring village.Accused: Hillary EdwardsIt is alleged that one of the two suspects- Hillary Edwards, 29, and Omardai Christopher (Nicholas),19,- who is a relative of the now dead teenager, lured him into his yard to run an errand, promising the young lad payment.However, the child was instead captured and reportedly raped by the two men.Accused: Nicholas ChristopherReports further indicated that after Archibald lost consciousness, he was bound and thrown into the Berbice River along with his bicycle.The two suspects reportedly confessed to Police shortly after being taken into custody and related the horrific story.The bicycle was discovered in the Berbice River behind the suspects’ house about 40 feet from the high tide mark.Subsequently, the deteriorated body was discovered by a search party, some three miles from the child’s home.Archibald was recently laid to rest, while those accused of his rape and murder were on remanded to prison until December 8.Since then, relatives and residents of the village had lambasted the police, indicating to media operatives that several reports had been made against the suspects on numerous occasions, but no action was ever taken.Director, Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann GreeneChild Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) Director Ann Greene had spoken out against gruesome attacks on minors, noting that it was a wake up call for communities.This is as the Agency is of the belief that persistent intervention by residents in the area could have prevented the fatal outcome.Adding to her calls for intervention at the community level, the CCPA Director also urged families to be more vigilant as it regards the welfare of their children. In fact, she noted that they must not only go into protective mode for the females, but attention must be paid to the males as well. read more

President Granger pays tribute to late President Burnham

President David Granger during the wreath laying ceremonyPresident David Granger, on Monday paid tribute to Guyana’s first Executive President and founder of the People’s National Congress (PNC), Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, on the occasion of the 33rd  anniversary of his death.The wreath laying ceremony was held at the Mausoleum at the Seven Ponds in the Botanical Gardens, where the former President was laid to rest.President Granger in his remarks said that the late Forbes Burnham understood that even though political independence ended more than 350 years of colonial rule, it did not bring economic independence. Political independence, for the Founder-leader, President Granger said, was hollow unless it was strengthened by the sinews and substance of economic independence.Ministers of the Government and executives of the PNC were among others present“Our Founder-leader initiated a system of free education from nursery to university. He built community high schools, multilateral schools and technical institutes, opened the first campus of the University and established the Cyril Potter College of Education – all to provide the best education for the post-Independence generation. Our Founder-leader encouraged self-reliance to stimulate economic independence and to generate employment by promoting agro-processing, small- and medium-sized enterprises to empower poor households and boosting village economies.  Our Founder-leader’s policy of economic independence resulted in the expansion and renovation of aerodromes, bridges, highways and stellings to ensure greater access to markets and to boost riverine, rural and hinterland agricultural production,” he said.The Head of State said that the establishment of the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) and the enhancement of the Boeraserie, Black Bush Polder and Tapacuma Irrigation Projects measurably strengthened the country’s agrarian economy.“The Founder-leader’s policy of economic independence laid the bases for expanding and extending electricity, telephone, transportation and water supply services to previously unserved communities and to improve productivity and the people’s quality of life. We, his heirs and successors, remember him with reverence. We recommit to continuing his efforts to achieve the goal of economic independence, which he so passionately pursued,” said Granger.Chairman of the PNC, Basil Williams, in his remarks, said that the late leader was ‘a colossus of a man’ from the day he was born to the day of his death. He noted that he was a visionary and laid the foundation for social cohesion in Guyana.The ceremony was also attended by members of the late President’s family, Ministers of the Government and executives of the PNC among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBurnham’s fight against inequality, poverty and illiteracy rememberedAugust 6, 2017In “Politics”PNC/R remembers Burnham on 29th death anniversaryAugust 6, 2014In “Politics”President Hoyte remembered as “an example of selfless service”December 22, 2015In “Politics” read more

Gold supported amid inflation concerns

first_imgThe gold price increased modestly in the second quarter, supported by, among other things, ongoing inflation fears. Traditionally an inflation hedge, gold was sought by investors who had growing concerns about central bank’s exit strategies and the implications of a reversal in quantitative easing measures, according to World Gold Council’s latest Gold Investment Digest. The gold price edged slightly higher in Q2 2009, ending the quarter at $934.50/oz, on the London PM fix, compared with $916.50/oz at the end of Q1 2009. The gold price fixed as high as $981.75/oz on June 1 coinciding with the quarterly low in the dollar, which was pressurised, among other things, by growing questions about its future as the world’s reserve currency.While other asset classes such as oil, the commodity complex in general, and equities outperformed gold during the second quarter, on a year-over-year basis gold posted a small gain while the others suffered sharp declines. Investors continued to increase their gold holdings via exchange traded funds in the second quarter, though at a much slower pace than the record amount of gold purchased via this channel in Q1 2009. Retail investment in coins and small bars also slowed in the second quarter, according to the anecdotal reports from dealers, while investors marginally increased their holding of gold futures.Natalie Dempster, Head of Investment, North America, World Gold Council commented: “Fears of future inflation drove investor interest as seen by the continued demand for the ETFs during the quarter. Traditionally, gold has been an effective inflation hedge, and as our recent study shows, also performs well during low to medium inflationary environments.”The recent study, which examined the relative performance of four traditional inflation hedges (gold, real estate, Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) and general commodities), found that in two of the three historical scenarios gold would likely outperform other traditional inflation hedges. The study also found a strategic case for gold in the portfolio of an investor that already holds TIPS, due to the additional diversification benefits gold brings to a portfolio.The full report can be found here: read more

MMSI forges partnership to fight mine haul truck operator fatigue dangers

first_imgModular Mining Systems, a market leader in real-time operations management solutions for mines worldwide, has formed a strategic partnership with Fatigue Management International (FMI). With this, Modular becomes the exclusive reseller of FMI technology and associated services to the industry, offering a comprehensive fatigue risk management solution that features industry-leading technology as well as professional consulting and training services. FMI, a British company, has worked closely with the Loughborough Sleep Research Centre (LSRC) at Loughborough University in the UK, in developing an unobtrusive driver fatigue monitoring device called ASTiD (“Advisory System for Tired Drivers”).  FMI has also compiled a comprehensive set of training courses and services for assisting companies in various industries to reduce the risk of driver fatigue-related accidents. Academic research and key personnel from the LSRC continue to support and work with FMI to improve the ASTiD system and deliver ever better solutions for managing fatigue risk.Operator fatigue is considered a serious problem in the industry, implicated in up to 65% of all haulage truck accidents. Unlike other solutions in the marketplace, the ASTiD system measures the steering dynamics of the haul truck, and it uses sophisticated signal processing and modeling to determine the risk of fatigue-related impairment in real time. “Modular is committed to delivering solutions that increase the level of safety in the mine,” said Michael Lewis, Modular VP of Sales and Marketing. “Fatigue is of special interest due to its frequent involvement in heavy equipment accidents and incidents.  Our partnership with FMI allows us to deliver state-of-the-art, unobtrusive fatigue detection technology as part of any IntelliMine® system.”FMI is an organization of specialist workplace fatigue consultants and solution providers to the industry. FMI manufactures fatigue detection and vigilance technologies such as ASTiD and develops, implements, and manages fatigue programs for today’s 24/7 mine operations. Modular provides powerful information management solutions to meet the needs of both open-pit and underground mining operations worldwide.  Modular sales and support offices are located in all key mining markets.last_img read more

Xylem taps into Brazils dewatering pump demand

first_imgXylem reports that it is tapping into a growing demand within the mining and construction industry for both onsite dewatering and rental services. The company, which was spun off from ITT Corporation in October 2011, has announced that it will be expanding its dewatering rental offer in Brazil during the next three years. This year, Xylem will strengthen its dedicated dewatering rental departments in Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, while the company will also launch new dewatering rental services at additional locations in 2013. Xylem’s dewatering and rental services will also be launched at a number of other locations in Brazil in 2014.Marcus Moraes, Xylem’s Manager for Dewatering & Rental Services in Brazil said: “Xylem’s new dedicated dewatering rental services in Brazil are designed to cater specifically to the needs of local customers. Each rental fleet will be organised so that it aligns with whatever specific services our local customers’ require. Xylem’s goal is to offer flexible dewatering rental services and to respond to customers’ needs as rapidly as possible. Our rental fleet now also includes the Godwin diesel surface pump which is ideal for bypassing sewer systems, drainage and large water transfer projects. The Godwin portfolio includes a full range of ‘silent’ models which is specifically designed for densely populated areas.” According to the company, there is a growing need within the market globally for expert providers of complete, turnkey dewatering solutions. While mining and construction industry businesses may have some of the technical expertise in-house that is required to manage and operate dewatering projects, more limited budgets due to challenging economic conditions, mean that they do not wish to make significant investments in equipment purchases that may just be required for a one-off project.Tomas Fernandez, Marketing Manager for Xylem’s Latin America rental & dewatering services, said, “We are noticing an increased demand within the construction industry for dewatering services to be supplied as a complete package including the pump and water treatment systems, engineering expertise and project management. The Xylem onsite dewatering service provides customers with turnkey solutions from a single source. This limits customers’ administration and management efforts and provides peace of mind as they are contracting dewatering experts to take care of the job. The beauty of the service means that customers don’t have to invest in auxiliary equipment purchases which are needed for just as long as the project requires. The capital expenditure required to purchase, maintain, service and store the equipment isn’t an issue when customers choose the onsite dewatering package. Our global sales and distribution presence means that wherever customers are located they have access to a wide range of well-maintained, world class systems and application engineering expertise.”Similarly, the pump rental market is expanding. Fernandez explained, “The pump rental option is becoming increasingly popular within the construction industry. Obviously rental is a well-established option for other types of equipment that require significant capital to purchase, however pump rental is relatively new in some markets. The rental option provides flexibility and extensive availability – customers can get access to the right product at short notice, delivered direct to the site. It also means there is no maintenance burden and the product is only costing the company while it is being used which releases capital that can be invested in other areas of the business.” Xylem’s full range of Godwin surface-mounted and Flygt submersible pumps are available to rent including the recently launched Ready pump and the expanded Flygt 2600 drainage range which now includes three sludge pumps and a two-part 2660 SH pump. With the addition in 2010 of the Godwin brand to its extensive portfolio and a rental bank of 16,000 products, Xylem now claims to offer the world’s leading range of surface-mounted and submersible pumps from one source.last_img read more

Arizona institutions to research mine safety under new grant

first_imgTo aid in improving mining safety, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources have been awarded more than $1.3 million in funding to conduct two research projects related to mining safety. The funding was granted by the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, which supports projects across the nation that are designed to improve mine health and safety. The UA funding includes a $669,208 grant to identify effective risk management interventions and a $663,817 grant to improve the effectiveness of mine safety training.Despite marked improvement over the years, mining remains a dangerous profession in the US, with 36 fatalities in 2012 and at least 20 fatalities in 2013. Some mines are safer than others, due in part to differences in their safety and health programs and training effectiveness.“Every day, mine operators across the US are challenged to ensure their employees, contractors, and vendors are highly competent with regards to safety,” said Eric Lutz, a UA Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Chair of the Health and Safety Committee for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration.“These research projects will result in pragmatic tools that safety personnel and trainers can use to evaluate and improve their program effectiveness,” Lutz said.The risk management grant will be administered by lead researchers Lutz, Jeff Burgess, a UA College of Public Health Professor, and Gautam Gowrisankaran, a Professor in the Eller College of Management.Risk management programs are required in other countries but only a limited number of US mining companies follow established programs. The risk management project will evaluate the effectiveness of recent mining industry safety and health interventions in reducing injuries and injury-related costs.The training effectiveness grant will be administered by Lutz and Mary Poulton, who directs the Lowell Institute for Minerals Resources and is Head of the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering.The training research will bring together an inter-collegiate team at the UA to work with mining industry partners to provide guidance to mine safety trainers in a manner that meets US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requirements.Lutz said the study will allow managers to evaluate their trainers and provide mine companies and regulatory agencies with a powerful tool to assess the quality of contractor or vendor-led training courses.last_img read more

Minerals4EU project meeting set for London in November

first_imgThe Minerals4EU project will be co-hosting a presentation and discussion in London, on November 11 2014, at the offices of Grant Thornton UK LLP. Minerals4EU says it “strongly believes in engaging with stakeholders at all stages, both to inform and to receive comments that will help to steer its development.” The Minerals4EU project, which is designed to meet the recommendations of the EU Raw Materials Initiative, will produce the most comprehensive and official European Minerals Yearbook as well as a foresight study on raw material supply and demand in Europe.A unique pan-European minerals knowledge data platform accessible through a web portal is being developed around an EU Mineral Intelligence Network structure, which will permanently maintain the system and mineral intelligence, and underpin the Yearbook. The system will especially enable sharing of mineral information and knowledge, and to find, view and acquire standardised and harmonised georesource and related data.Minerals4EU integrates into a leading European mineral information network structure “the best available mineral expertise and information from the unbiased knowledge base of the European national Geological Surveys and of other key stakeholders.” The Network will provide data, tools, services, and expertise to both sustain the enhancement of resource efficiency and minerals supply security, and to foster sustainable mineral development for Europe in support of public policy-making, industry, society, communication and education purposes at European and international levels. The project, which is co-financed by the European Union, is developing fast and will be concluded in 2015. Further details can be found at http://www.minerals4eu.euInvitations are being sent to senior professionals from a wide spectrum of the mining sector, together with those involved with mining in the financial, regulatory and broker communities. Senior representatives from the European Commission will be present, as will a number of management and technical staff from the project.last_img read more