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Cape Town is open for business – De Lille

first_imgFor a region that has very little mining activity Cape Town has become rather fond of the Mining Indaba.This is understandable, as over its 20-year existence, the event aimed at generating interest in the African mining sector has grown into the world’s largest mining conference, resulting in it making a notable contribution to the City’s economy. The Indaba has generated R485-million in revenue and creating 3750 direct and indirect jobs between 2006 and 2013 for the local economy.Cape Town is adept at hosting large businesses conferences – it also hosts the annual Design Indaba and Africa Com events – but with 7800 delegates attending from 110 countries, the Mining Indaba is clearly one of the marquee business events for the City.“It remains one of our signature annual conferences, directly bringing in revenue and trade and indirectly creating goodwill and new partnerships,” said Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille, opening this year’s Mining Indaba.Though the City has benefitted from hosting the Indaba over the past 20 years, it now wants to deepen its ties to the mining sector beyond the few days in which the conference takes place.During her speech, De Lille pitched the city as a possible base for foreign companies looking to set up shop on the continent.She argued that while there were “extremely limited mining activities” in the region, the city was still well placed to serve their needs because it had “sophisticated tertiary services, reliable infrastructure and advanced commercial and banking practices”.De Lille showed how serious she was about having the 2100 companies represented at the conference moving to the Cape by giving out her e-mail address – mayor.mayor@capetown.gov.za – and asked those interested to contact her directly about a possible move.Getting groups aligned to the mining industry to move to the Mother City is not that farfetched considering how the region has made strides in deepening its ties to the rest of continent over the past few years. The Western Cape’s trade promotion industry, Wesgro, said, for instance, the region’s trade with the rest of Africa was R51.4-billion in 2012.Businesses in the Western Cape have also backed 55 cross-border projects totalling R10.9-billion between January 2003 and May 2013.last_img read more

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Siding and Interior Finish Work in New Hampshire

first_imgQuarter-sawn spruce clapboardsStarting in late July, we turned our attention to the exterior and specifically the siding. While we considered trying to tackle this ourselves, we hired Eric again. Besides his skill and experience, he also had staging and a siding nail gun. Eric took the lead on the entire siding project. I helped on and off the staging and Kyra (plus her dad) did tons of staining.We had already ordered the siding in 2013 and stored it over the winter. The siding was quarter-sawn spruce clapboards from Ward Clapboard Mill in Vermont. Although quarter-sawn clapboards are more expensive than plain-sawn, they are more stable and less prone to cupping. We were willing to pay for this high quality, and balanced it by choosing Ward’s cottage grade, which includes blemishes and knots. This area on the west side of the house shows a large awning window with stained spruce clapboards, stained pine corner boards, and pine window trim finished with Vermont Natural Coatings exterior wood finish.Kyra was concerned that the cottage grade might look junky, but we liked how it turned out on another house project we had been following online (“Building a super-insulated Vermont home”). We also saved enough by choosing cottage grade that we paid to have the clapboards pre-primed — a good call that meant huge time savings for us. We installed the clapboards rough side out, and it looks awesome.The other big decision was what to do about a rainscreen.The siding project went from early August until mid-September 2014. Kyra and I also built overhangs over the two large fixed south-facing windows.We knew this was an important feature to build into the exterior, but weren’t sure about what materials to use. We ruled out 1×4 furring strips because we thought they would push out the siding too much and complicate the window trim. Ripping plywood sheets into strips was an option, but we settled on products from Cor-A-Vent, partially because we had seen them used successfully at the Up Hill House. We used Sturdi-Strips and SV-3 Siding Vent to create a â…œ-inch rainscreen gap, vented at both the top and bottom of the wall. Editor’s note: This is Part 4 of a multi-part blog series on the construction of Brian and Kyra’s home in New Hampshire. Here is a link to Part 5: Finishing Touches for a Pretty Good House in New Hampshire. Keeping the waterline from freezingOur well contractor was scheduled to come back in September to install the submerged well pump and well tank, and to hook it all up. Before this could happen, I had to do some stressful research and decision-making about what kind of heat cable to get.Because the water line was already hooked into the well casing and backfilled, we would have to push the heat cable into the water line from the house. The water line ran about 175 feet from the house to the well with some sweeping turns around the house and back towards the well. We made the call to get a 120-foot in-pipe heat cable that would protect the most vulnerable part of the water line starting at the house. (The 50 feet + near the well was buried deeper.)Our well contractor suggested a certain heat cable product, but I wasn’t able to find enough information about the product to make me feel comfortable with the purchase. After some internet research, I came across a company based in Canada called Heat-Line. We went with the 120-volt version of their Retro-Line, 120 feet long. It cost almost $2,000, but we didn’t have other good options. Pushing the 120-foot heat cable into the water line was straightforward. After all the stress, the work was completed in mid-September. ARTICLES BY BRIAN POST Building a Small House in the White MountainsPouring the Slab and Framing the WallsWindows, Housewrap, and Roofing Underlayment Finishing Touches for a Pretty Good House in New Hampshire Kyra and her dad working on the trim for one of the big south facing windows. These are fixed windows.After this was done, I sealed up the rough window openings with canned spray foam and we started working on window trim. Kyra’s dad came for the first of many visits at this time, helping on various projects with his woodworking skills.We liked the look of simple pine trim and went with 12-inch pine boards for the jambs and 4-inch pine boards for the casing. The window trim work required a lot of shimming and other fitting work, but it came out well. Kyra working on the east door overhang.To protect the exterior doors and entrance areas, we also hired a friend, Ray, to help us build protective roofs. We used Douglas fir posts, 2x6s, tongue-and-groove pine boards, and pine trim. We also used some leftover synthetic roofing underlayment and small metal roofing panels. Exhaust-only ventilationBased on the recommendation of our foundation/shell contractor, we went with an exhaust ventilation setup consisting of Panasonic WhisperGreen bath fans with Panasonic passive air inlets. We eventually settled on a WhisperGreen model that could run on continuous levels as low as 30 cfm and then be boosted (for set time periods or until turned “off”) up to 80 cfm.One fan was installed in the full bath upstairs and one in the half bath downstairs. Before insulation and drywall, we installed 4-inch rigid duct through the walls in the fan locations and the needed plastic duct for two passive air inlets (one downstairs and one in the main bedroom). The Panasonic passive air inlets are rated for 12 to 18 cfm, so we figured it would be OK to start with two, giving us up to 36 cfm of makeup air.Later, when we first powered on the fans with our electrician, we figured out that the two passive air inlets were not providing enough makeup air. The house was getting depressurized even with one fan running at only 30 cfm. This was happening because the house is so tight and the passive air inlets don’t allow as much air as advertised. (One online review said they tested at 10 cfm). For various reasons, adjusting our ventilation setup would be an ongoing theme as time went on; more on this later. Cabinets and interior stairsWe made good (but slow) interior progress over the winter and into spring 2014. The snow bank on the north side of the house finally melted in early May 2014; we continued with interior work and turned some attention to outside.Cabinet material stacked in the kitchen and ready to assemble.We had ordered ready-to-assemble cabinets from Barker Cabinets and kept everything stacked in the kitchen. We decided on Barker rather than a local cabinet company because the cabinets were higher quality for the price and the online ordering process was also straightforward. Brian Post is a photographer and website builder. He lives in Jackson, New Hampshire with his wife, Kyra Salancy, and a fluffy black dog. When not working on their house, Brian and Kyra enjoy climbing and skiing in the White Mountains. Space heat is all electricWe scheduled the installation of the ductless minisplit for early June 2014. One of these on the first floor would be our main heat source for the entire house. As backup on extremely cold nights (or if the minisplit malfunctioned) we planned to install small Stiebel Eltron wall-mounted electric heaters in each bathroom and bedroom, as well as a couple more in the open downstairs area.We went back and forth about which size minisplit to get, but eventually decided on a Mitsubishi FH12NA. While our Energy Star HERS rater suggested we might be better going up one size, we thought the FH12NA would meet our needs. Fortunately, the installation was completed in time to take advantage of a $500 rebate from the state of New Hampshire. Soffits and small protective roofsWe rehired Eric, one of the workers who helped the foundation/shell contractor, to take the lead on finishing the soffit. We used 1×8 tongue-and-groove pine, treated with an exterior wood finish from Vermont Natural Coatings. It came out great, and we really liked the natural pine look. We used 1×8 tongue and groove pine for the soffit. The exterior unit of the ductless minisplit. We built the small roof to protect the unit from rain and snow coming off the north side of the main roof.I helped Ray build the first roof and he helped us get started on the second. We took it from there and would end up using the same concept for overhangs over our large south facing windows and the exterior unit of the ductless minisplit. Finishing joists and floorsKyra and I, with help from her dad, continued on various interior projects. I spent multiple days on a stepladder with a face mask and eye protection working on the rough-sawn hemlock floor joists. I used a wire brush to clean them up and did some light sanding. We installed two clear coats of Vermont Natural Coatings. We used Southern yellow pine for the stair treads. We’ll make sure to install the skirtboards first next time.Kyra and her dad also worked on the stairs. The kitchen floor after the application of concrete stain and sealer.In early November 2014, we started finishing our concrete first floor. We had narrowed down our options to hiring a professional to grind and polish the slab or staining and sealing ourselves. Kyra and I decided this would be a good job to take on ourselves and save several thousand dollars. From Eco Safety Products we purchased several concrete finishing products, including their etcher and cleaner, stain, and finish/sealer.The first step was to test colors. We did this in an area that would be hidden later; we decided on the “Black Granite” color for most of the floor area.We tackled the kitchen first so that we could install cabinets before moving on to another floor section. The work was very labor-intensive. The steps consisted of: scrape/sand, clean floor with Simple Green, use etching/cleaning product, let floor dry, install two coats of stain, let dry, and install five or more coats of the finish/sealer.This work also required a lot of vacuuming, taping, rinsing, and the somewhat impossible task of keeping random debris and dog hair off the floor. The work was tiring, but we were happy with how the floors were turning out. We finished the kitchen and saved the other floor areas for later. The rough-sawn 2×12 hemlock floor joists were cleaned with a wire brush, sanded lightly, and protected with a clear finish. The winter of 2013-2014 started without much snow, but progressed into an extended period of cold and snow from February through March. Normally, we’d take advantage of this on skis, but the house project was occupying most of our attention. Drywall, window trim, and interior doorsThe drywall crew completed hanging, taping, and mudding the drywall in early February 2014. We went with rounded corners and the crew did a great job. The interior minisplit unit is on an interior wall in the central part of the first floor. Behind the wall is a small mechanical area, which allowed for easy runs of the lines to the exterior. Septic system and spruce floorsAs spring turned into summer, the septic system was finally inspected, approved, and backfilled.We continued on various interior and exterior projects. I ripped the Vycor Plus flashing tape off the exterior doors, spray foamed any gaps in the rough openings, used Siga Wigluv tape on the exterior part of the rough openings, patched up the housewrap, and installed some pine trim. The first room we finished was the second bedroom.The 2×6 tongue-and-groove spruce used for the second-story floors had gotten pretty beat up during the main construction phase. We rented a commercial orbital floor sander and that (along with some hand-held orbital sander work) did a good job of cleaning up the floors. We used a product from Vermont Natural Coatings (Polywhey Floor Finish) to finish the spruce floors.Kyra and I decided to finish the second bedroom first so it could serve as an initial finished room. We installed some pine baseboard and Kyra tackled the painting.We started by installing horizontal lengths of SV-3 siding vent along the bottom of the wall. Then we stapled the vertical Sturdi-Strips over the 16-inch-on-center studs. The Sturdi-Strips were doubled up on the corners. We installed the pine corner boards before the siding. The goal: an occupancy permitOver the rest of November and December, we continued on interior projects that would help us get an occupancy permit:Kyra and her dad put together the cabinet parts that we would install and secure to the walls later.Kyra and I built simple open vanities for the bathrooms.We had recently hired contractors to tile the shower and bathroom floors, Kyra and her dad installed the shower door.Our plumbing contractor came back to install and hookup the toilets, sinks, and hot water heater.I used my climbing skills and equipment to replace the plumbing vent flashing on the roof as it had a slight leak from a poor install job.Speaking of hot water, we decided on a short 30-gallon Rheem electric-resistance water heater because it was cheap, would meet our needs, and would fit in the mechanical room under the stairs.At this point in the house project, we were working hard towards getting the certificate of occupancy (CO), which we thought we needed to move in. While we had an affordable rental situation with friends, I was really itching to move into the house so we could stop paying rent and not have to commute back and forth. Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of blogs chronicling the design and construction of a house owned by Brian Post and Kyra Salancy. The first blog in the series was titled Building a Small House in the White Mountains. RELATED ARTICLES Up Hill HousePretty Good, Not So Big Maine HouseThe Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstKicking the Tires on a Passivhaus ProjectThe Pretty Good HouseMartin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoGreen Building for Beginners There was no functioning kitchen, but the house had heat and functioning bathrooms (see Image #3, below). One day, I met with the Jackson building inspector about our remaining tasks and found out it was OK for us to move in without the CO. That was all I needed to hear.Kyra was worried that the house wouldn’t be comfortable to live in yet, but I convinced her to go for it. In a matter of days, we moved all our belongings up to the house and spent our first night on the floor of the guest bedroom. It was December 23, 2014. We had a long ways to go, but it felt great to be in the house. We were also focusing on the upstairs: painting, installing pine trim, and hanging interior doors. We were trying to keep costs down, but did get affordable solid pine wood doors. With finishing products, we went with no/low VOC and more natural products whenever we could. This included using Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey finish on all the pine trim. This Panasonic FV-08VKS3 WhisperGreen bath fan was installed in the upstairs bathroom. The exhaust duct has a short, straight run to the east wall. We installed this fan in a frame below the ceiling so we wouldn’t break our air barrier. 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Dwyane Wade vows to visit PH

first_imgLATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trades involving Gilas players OK Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Chicago Bulls star was asked on Twitter by a fan as to when is he coming over to the Philippines and 12-time All-Star didn’t disappoint.“I will I will I promise,” Wade replied.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWade won all of his titles with Miami before transferring to his hometown Chicago in 2016.The 35-year-old Wade averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals in his first season with the Bulls. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR In his first game with the team, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) greets fans after an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls won 105-99. APFilipino basketball fans sure hope Dwyane Wade keeps his promises.Wade, the three-time NBA champion, on Monday vowed to visit the Philippines, a country known for its deep love for hoops.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Googles pricey Pixel phones arent selling even at steep discounts

first_img Comments Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Tags Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) 5:52 Pixel 3: 6 months in 15 Pixel 3 features you should use right now See it How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone Phones Rumors Google The company has become more aggressive in trying to get more people to switch to its phones, with a new promotion on the Google Play Store knocking the prices down by $200, bringing the regular Pixel 3 to a $599 starting price and the 3 XL to $699.  Earlier this month the company went so far as to take 50% off the Pixel 3 price if purchased on Google Fi, though that deal has since ended.  Luckily for the company, and fans of the brand hoping to save a bit more, rumors point to the Pixel 3 getting cheaper siblings shortly. Dubbed the Pixel 3a or Pixel Lite, the new phone is expected to share the same general look as the current Pixel line, but switch to a slower Snapdragon 670 processor, lower standard storage (32GB instead of 64GB) and plastic as opposed to glass, to get to a cheaper price.  Noted leaker Evan Blass recently tweeted images of the forthcoming handset, including one in a new purple hue.  News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best In purple. pic.twitter.com/hgcC1V7zxK— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 26, 2019 Google Pixel Share your voice $219 13 Now playing: Watch this: Angela Lang/CNET Google’s Pixel 3 line of phones may be praised for its speedy performance and excellent cameras, but that hasn’t done much to help the company gain traction in the smartphone market. Speaking on parent company Alphabet’s earnings call Monday, chief financial officer Ruth Porat acknowledged, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha, that the company’s phones haven’t been selling as strongly as they would’ve liked. Porat said that Pixel sales were lower year over year, in part due to “heavy promotional activity industry-wide, given some of the recent pressures in the premium smartphone market.” Google’s latest Pixels, available from Verizon, Google’s Fi or unlocked in the US, launched last October starting at $799 for the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and $899 for the 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL. The high prices put the phones in close competition to rival flagship devices from Apple and Samsung.  17 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers.last_img read more

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Azam Khan sexist remark Sitharaman Irani demand exemplary action amid Lok Sabha

first_imgSP leader Azam Khan made an alleged sexist remark against BJP parliamentarian Rama Devi.Lok Sabha on Friday, July 26, witnessed a massive uproar with members demanding ‘exemplary action’ against Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan for his alleged sexist remark against BJP parliamentarian Rama Devi. Moving a motion in the House, BJP leader Sanghmitra Maurya requested Speaker Om Birla to punish the SP MP to set an example for others.Lawmakers across political lines criticised Azam Khan’s remark made during the debate on the government’s bill to ban instant triple talaq.Reacting to the controversy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “This is an abominable act, I appeal to you for exemplary action.”Meanwhile, Om Birla said that he will hold a meeting with leaders of all parties and then make a decision. Today’s motion was seconded by BJD leader Bhartuhari Mahtab and other members in the Lok Sabha.Seeking immediate suspension of Azam Khan from the Lok Sabha, Union Minister Smriti Irani said, “This is a blot on all legislators including men. We cannot remain silent spectators to it. We have to speak in one voice that this is unacceptable.” “This is not a House where men come in and ‘Kisi aurat ki aankhon mein jhanka jaye (look into the eyes of a woman),” Irani added.Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said either Azam Khan should apologise or he should be suspended from the Lok Sabha. Prasad said that the incident was painful. “Rama Devi handled it with utmost dignity. We appeal for the toughest punishment, without compromise,” he said in the House.Also, first-time Lok Sabha MP Mimi Chakraborty condemned the incident. “Nobody can stand in Parliament and tell a woman – look into my eyes and talk. Speaker sir, all women here are expecting something big from you on this,” said the Trinamool Congress lawmaker.Earlier on Thursday, the SP leader courted controversy for his sexist jibes against Rama Devi. He, however, attempted to clarify, saying, “You are my sister, bahut pyari behen (very sweet sister). I have had a long political career, it is not possible for me to say anything bad. If there is a single unparliamentary word in what I said, then I declare my resignation from parliament.”last_img read more

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Bucknell calls for pvt investments to restore heritage assets

first_imgKolkata: Private investment is required to restore the heritage assets here, British Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Bucknell said. Fortunately the private sector is coming forward to save many such sites of heritage, Bucknell told reporters after unveiling of the restored RNM Galleria by a heritage conservationist in the city last evening. Stating that the city has rich associations in so many places, Bucknell said he would certainly work towards drawing the attention of the private sector to support the cause. “I am very supportive to various organisations working with this objective”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Observing that there are not just buildings retaining British or European architectural style, he talked about some of the lesser known terracota temples in different parts of Bengal. He said one should keep in mind that architecturally preserved places could draw more visitors from outside and not just Britishers. “I am delighted to be here to support this fantastic building (RNM Galleria) where restoration took five long years with private investment. It is a labour of love,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The building was constructed in 1910 and restored in the past five years. Referring to the ‘Danish Tavern’ restored in Serampore and serving customers as a cafeteria, he said “such social models may make an impact on heritage restoration. If you can’t generate income you can’t preserve.” US Consul General Craig L Hall said Kolkata remained special because of its rich US connections “having one of America’s oldest diplomatic posts in the city as President George Washington nominated the first American Consul to Kolkata in 1792. Kolkata has also been a very enriching place and “we have so many common interests of things in which we work together – from culture to science,” he said. The RNM Galleria will promote performing art, house The Calcutta Heritage and Art Club and a Cafe Galleria 1910 on its different floors.last_img read more

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BJP supporters injure 10 policemen in Kharagpur

first_imgKolkata: Ten policemen, including an additional superintendent of police (ASP), were injured when BJP supporters beat them up at Chowringhee in Kharagpur on Monday afternoon.The injured policemen were taken to hospital where they were treated. The police have started an inquiry.Some trucks were carrying BJP supporters to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting at Midnapore College. The supporters asked the police to clear the traffic jam as they were getting late.When police failed to clear the jam, the BJP supporters got down from the truck and beat up the policeman on duty. They also beat up three police officers who came to his rescue. Later, a large contingent of policemen appeared on the scene and brought the situation under control.Calling the incident “unfortunate”, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said action would be taken against the party workers involved in the matter.last_img read more

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Major Derbyshire roads closed due to snow as Beast from The East

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA number of key roads are closed in Derbyshire – including several linked to Staffordshire and Cheshire, as the snow storm known as the ‘Beast from the East’ continues to batter the East Midlands and much of the UK Derbyshire County Council says roads including the A53 from Buxton to Leek, the A54 from Buxton to Bosley Crossroads and the A537 Cat and Fiddle from Buxton to Macclesfield are closed in the county on Tuesday night. A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for Snow is in force in Derbyshire until 11.55pm on Wednesday evening, with much of the Staffordshire Moorlands now covered by the same weather warning after it was extended by the Met Office at around 5am on Wednesday morning. Other roads in Derbyshire are also closed tonight – with motorists advised to avoid making unnecessary journeys. Speaking just after 6am on Wednesday morning a Derbyshire County Council spokesman confirmed the roads were still closed. He said: “Major disruption is expected on roads in some areas of the county this morning with extremely low temperatures causing treacherous conditions. “Temperatures plummeted to -9 degrees Celsius overnight − meaning grit fails to stop working fully to melt snow and ice. Read MoreWeather warning extended into North Staffordshire as ‘Beast from the East’ continues on Wednesday “Gritters and ploughs have been out throughout the night, and farmer contractors will be working to help clear routes this morning. “Conditions are particularly bad in the High Peak, where a number of routes remain closed: A57 Snake Pass, A6024 Holme Moss, A53 Leek Road, A537 Cat & Fiddle, Monks Road between Chunal and Charlesworth. “There is a strong possibility of ice – even on surfaces which have been repeatedly treated over the last couple of days in readiness for the so-called “Beast from the East”. “Please, only travel if essential in the affected areas.” Cheshire East Council’s Highways Department, which manages the other end of the A54 and A537, confirmed the two roads were still shut at 4am on Wednesday morning. A spokesman said: “The A54 and A537 Cat and Fiddle roads remain closed this morning due to ice and snow conditions, please use alternative routes. “We’re gritting all the primary gritting routes this morning, please drive with extreme caution this morning even on treated roads.” It is unclear when the affected roads will reopen at this stage. The A623 at Tideswell is still passable, the council spokesman added. Highways England closed the A628 at Woodhead Pass following an accident involving a lorry and a car but the westbound route had now reopened by 10pm on Tuesday night. A Highways England spokesman said: “The A628 Woodhead Pass is now passable westbound between the A616 and the A57 near Woodhead following a collision between a car and an HGV. “Weather conditions are challenging in the area, so please only travel if necessary.” Read MoreUpdate: Armed man arrested was carrying ‘garden stake’ The A537 Cat and Fiddle shortly after 10pm on Tuesday evening (Image: Cheshire East Council) Buxton Weather Watch, a social media page which forecasts and reports on weather conditions around the Peak District town said further snow showers were expected late on Tuesday night. The page said: “More persistent snow showers now approaching from the north east, some nasty conditions in the next couple hours, dry one minute then heavy snow the next.” As of writing there are no reported ongoing traffic issues in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire or South Cheshire. Read MoreFirefighters spend hours working on a chimney fire No weather warnings are in place in North Staffordshire tomorrow with the exception of the area of the Moorlands covered by the one which affects Derbyshire, with the next one expected on Friday. Elsewhere in the county the South West has seen considerable travel disruption today, while Yellow and Amber Weather Warnings are in place for much of the UK over the coming days. The A623 in Tideswell near Buxton last night (Image: Derbyshire County Council)center_img What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.last_img read more

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This Caribbean resort is offering agents two free nights throughout the year

first_imgThis Caribbean resort is offering agents two free nights throughout the year Travelweek Group Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Margaritaville Currently in soft opening and on track for completion in March 2018, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman features a ‘casual-luxe’ design inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer Jimmy Buffet. As part of the resort’s soft opening phase, its four pools, retail store, watersports desk, lobby bar, coffee shop, bar & grill and signature restaurant are all currently open. Upon completion, it will also feature flexible meeting and function space, a fitness centre and the Banana Wind Café.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterFor reservations contact Reservations@mrgc.ky. Agent accreditation is required at time of booking. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Posted by GRAND CAYMAN — As a huge thank you to its retail partners, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman has announced that it is offering travel agents two-night complimentary stays for two through December 2018.The offer, says the resort, will allow agents to learn more about the new full-service destination beach resort, which was recently added to Grand Cayman’s growing hospitality lineup.Agents looking to extend their trip can enjoy a special rate of US$189+ per night between now and April 1, or $139+ per night between April 2-Dec. 20 with resort fees waived. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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