A primary school could be forced to axe staff after being hit with a huge water bill. Water Orton Primary School, near Coleshill, has been slapped with a £26,000 bill after it suffered an underground leak before Christmas last year. It was fixed, but now Water Plus and Severn Trent have sent the cash-strapped school a staggering bill for the repair work. Headteacher Carl Lewis said the school will have to make two teaching assistants redundant, should he be forced to pay the huge sum. He told the BBC: "If I have to pay it, somehow or another I really have no other way other than to look at staffing and reducing my staffing. "£26,000 is the equivalent of a newly qualified teacher or could be two teaching assistants, but we don't have any capacity to take away a teacher. "The children have a right to have a teaching assistant in the classroom. Parents would expect that, and why should the children's learning suffer?" Water retailer, Water Plus, said the school arranged for its … [Read more...] about School may ‘axe staff’ after £26k water leak repair bill
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Property owners with illegal water connections, which are responsible for the loss of almost 80m litres a day, could soon be outed as Irish Water deploys a new high-tech leaks detection system.The system is designed to track unusual patterns of water usage and while about 90% of the 800m litres of water lost daily is believed to be caused by leaking pipes, the other 10% is thought to flow through unauthorised connections.Connecting without permission is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to €5,000 fine and/or three months in prison.Irish Water is urging anyone who is concerned about their connection to contact the utility and have its status checked.However, under a new system of connection charges coming into effect shortly, anyone wanting to regularise their supply will have to pay for a new connection fee, as well as the cost of any associated excavation works.No waiver scheme will be available for people who bought a property in good faith without knowing their … [Read more...] about High-tech detection system to plug 80m litres of leaks
Updated 0016 GMT (0816 HKT) October 15, 2018 (CNN)Yami Lester was 12 years old when the black mist came to Walatinna. Early on the morning of October 15, 1953, Lester heard a "big bang" in the distance. This was followed by a dark, ominous-looking cloud which drifted low over the ground like a slow-moving dust storm, bringing with it an unpleasant smell. A tiny speck in the vast South Australian outback, the area around Walatinna was regarded as "depressingly inhospitable to Europeans" by early colonizers, few of whom settled there. But Indigenous people had a long history in the region, including Lester's tribe. As the dark cloud settled over the Walatinna camp, the tribal elders attempted to ward it off, thinking it was a malevolent spirit. In many ways they were right. As those exposed to it later told investigators, the black mist caused their eyes to sting and their skin to break out in rashes. Others vomited and suffered from diarrhea. Read More It took almost … [Read more...] about Australia is still dealing with the legacy of the UK’s nuclear bomb tests, 65 years on
Member Center:Create Account|Log InManage Account|Log Out Home News Decision 2018 Podcasts Newsletter TV Radio Weather About LIFESTYLE TV11 TV8 TVone GNN i94-FM Isla63-AM Auto Beauty & Style Entertainment Food Health Home/Family Money Pets Tech Travel VideoBytes Press Releases The Big Question: when will power be restored? Posted: Sep 12, 2018 3:56 PM +10:00 Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:56 AM EDTUpdated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:56 AM EDTBy Carmen [email protected] Leon Guerrero is up top fixing lines. Ken Concepcion, a GPA meter electrician leader, looks on. Typhoon Mangkhut might be out of our area, but many are still left in the dark. Guamanians across the island, keep asking, when's the power coming back? The power was still out, when we met Maria Carmen Eata up north in Yigo, across Simon Sanchez High, who said, "We had power since the night of the typhoon, but after that it was gone. Keeping her and her grandkids cool with … [Read more...] about The Big Question: when will power be restored?
PUBLISHED: 13:07 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:07 07 September 2018 Barry and Kristy Jezeph by the pipe which ignited after it was severed by an angle grinder. Picture: Chris Bishop Archant A couple have been told they will be billed for repairs to their housing association home after a ruptured gas pipe ignited in a jet of flame. The gas pipe encased in concrete which ignited. Picture: Chris BishopBarry and Kristy Jezeph were having a patio installed in the back garden of their terrace property in Willow Road, Hunstanton, when an angle grinder being used by their builder to remove concrete cut through the pipe on Wednesday afternoon.Sparks from the machine set the gas alight and the couple called 999. Neighbouring homes were evacuated, as firefighters made the scene safe until National Grid engineers capped off the pipe. The road was sealed off for more than three hours.“He was grinding it, it was all going fine and then all of a sudden there was a big ball of fire,” … [Read more...] about Couple told to foot the bill after builder ruptures gas pipe