Edwards gains Faktor 5

first_imgWith a hauling capacity of up to 500 tonnes, deadweight to payload ratio of 5:1, and adjustable loading lengths and widths, Edwards says that its new investment offers the flexibility to solve some of the toughest specialised transport challenges.The new trailer configuration is available for use on certain projects, as well as for rent, said the Shelbyville, Kentucky based heavy transport and lifting company. Edwards’ new girder bridge is the sixth of its type in use around the world. Goldhofer delivered its fifth Faktor 5 high girder bridge to UK based heavy haulage company Allelys back in June 2014.  www.edwardsmoving.comwww.goldhofer.comlast_img

Results Of D&G Inclusive Park Survey Are In

first_imgThe Vice-Chair of Communities Committee, John Martin added;“The initial analysis of the online survey, as well as the feedback from the focus groups, has highlighted the need to look at facilities such as parking, access and toilets in planning inclusive play. Andy and I have therefore asked officers to look at options and indicative costings to enhance existing facilities from within operational budgets, in addition to the provision being made for new facilities.”All findings from the consultation will inform a report to the Councils Communities Committee on Tuesday 5 September 2017. This report will include recommendations on the way forward for investment in inclusive play areas in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer.The initial feedback can be found HERE AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInInitial results from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s recent consultation on Inclusive Play are now available on their website.Over 900 people took part in the survey, with a further 93 taking part in 6 focus group sessions, designed to highlight the views of those with a specific interest in the subject. Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee, Andy Ferguson, said;“It’s great to see such a high level of response to the survey. The initial results indicate where general public opinion lies, but comments submitted to the focus groups give further detail and refinement, especially with respect to the ancillary facilities which are needed for a truly inclusive play experience.”The public response suggested that the most popular locations for inclusive play parks in the three towns would be: Newington Park, Annan; Dock Park and Catherine Street Play Area in, Dumfries and Agnew Park and Stair Park in Stranraer. Further analysis of the responses, particularly those from people with disabilities and carers, and of the key stakeholders involved in focus groups will take place prior to the September report.The public were also asked to say what, apart from equipment, were the key requirements of an accessible park. The top three choices were: enclosed play areas; accessible park furniture; and specially adapted toilet facilities. The public also felt that nearby car parking and good access from main roads were important.The survey also asked the public to express their views on the types of equipment preferred. These were, in descending order: physical play equipment (which helps children use energy, improve balance and co-ordination and move more), interactive equipment (which improves children’s social skills) and sensory equipment (designed to stimulate senses including touch, sight, hearing and movement).last_img read more

Great show of unity in horse-racing circles

first_imgThe sport of racing horses is going through a period of stress as the promotion of the sport is facing some serious financial difficulties.The Government, who at one time was the sole promoter of the sport, eventually sought buyers. Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited stepped up to the plate and has so far injected much-needed cash in its rescue bid, as it strives to become profitable. There are different reasons being postulated in the press for the continued financial losses that dog the promoter. The bald fact, however, is that racing in Jamaica needs (a) more horses, and (b) new bettors. Last weekend, the Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (TOBA), in conjunction with the people that matter – the stakeholders, owners, breeders, trainers, grooms, fans, punters, and administrators – in a dramatic show of unity, joined to produce what was the most exciting weekend of racing in the history of the sport.Under the leadership of long-time owner and breeder Robert Dabdoub, the entire industry united to produce this momentous and memorable weekend. Last Thursday, the celebrations began with a Triple Champions Awards Dinner, where legendary jockeys and racing icons – George HoSang, two-time champion jockey in Jamaica and two-time champion jockey in Canada; Emilio ‘Bimbo’ Rodriquez, four-time champion jockey of Jamaica; and Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, a five-time champion jockey in Jamaica – were fêted and congratulated. The video replays and interviews of these greats went down very well with the fans. The support and reminiscing of Sandy Hawley, many-time champion jockey in Canada and the USA and Hall of Famer in both racing jurisdictions, who told the attendees of his many on and off-the-track experiences with the incomparable George HoSang, was a welcomed addition to the festivities. Also honoured at this function were Triple Crown winners MARK MY WORD, SHE’S A MANEATER and SUPREME SOUL, who, incidentally, will be travelling to the Caribbean Classic, being held in Florida this year, continuing a trend that had ceased for the past couple of years. Jamaican trainers plying their trade abroad with distinction were also honoured.Laurie Silvera, Charlton Baker, José Pinchin, Rohan Crichton, Raymond Handal, and Jason DaCosta, son of many-time champion trainer here in Jamaica, Wayne DaCosta, were recognised and given plaques to record our appreciation of their continued strive for excellence in foreign jurisdictions. PRESTIGIOUS DIAMOND MILE Then it was on to Caymanas Park, where the promoter, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Ltd, put on 24 races over two days, Friday and Saturday, culminating in the rich and prestigious Diamond Mile that saw the clash between arguably the two best horses in the country, STRANGER DANGER and SHE’S A MANEATER. That the filly, SHE’S A MANEATER, demolished the field of the best horses presently in the island, ranks this filly as one of the best ever to race here in Jamaica. The weekend culminated with the Annual TOBA Yearling Sale conducted by a guest auctioneer, Richard Patterson, who has conducted sales in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico. This successful sale saw approximately 138 horses coming under the hammer for a total nearing $178 million. A feature of this sale was the fact that although the top yearling, lot number 44, sold for $4.5 million-less than the record of $5 million for a yearling – 12 horses were sold for $3 million or more, 18 were sold for between $2 million to $3 million, 38 were sold for between $1 million and $2 million, 19 for less than $500,000. The rest being sold for essentially what it costs to bring a horse to the sale, between 500,000 and $1 million.What the stakeholders, fans, administrators and supporters hope is that this mammoth extravaganza and show of unity will result in a rebirth of a profitable sport, as long as the Government understands that it still has a part to play in the assistance necessary for the revival of the sport of kings! See you at the track this Saturday, excitement awaits!last_img read more