The out-of-gauge (OOG) cargo was loaded onto five 40 ft flatracks for export to Spain. Charles Kendall Ayezan explained: “Many challenges arose throughout the OOG shipment, but the project was supervised and managed by two of our very capable staff with great care and precision.“The team kept a close eye on the loading and lashing onto the flatracks, and ensured surveyors certificates were provided throughout the process as per shipping line regulations. Careful planning of truck arrivals at the place of loading was required, and it was essential that the trucks arrived in the correct order to ensure safe lifting.“The team were on a tight schedule, and last minute doubts on cargo readiness meant it was a race against time to meet the vessel cut off time.”Despite a number of issues and an extremely tight time frame, Charles Kendall Ayezan completed the export on time. www.charleskendall.com
McNabb Laurie, the Galloway Glens Development Officer visited the Glenkens Children’s Club recently to celebrate the construction of their new activity board. Photo Credit: Sarah Ade. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme is a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme taking place up and down the Ken and Dee river catchment, from Carsphairn in the North to Kirkcudbright in the South. £2.7million has been provisionally secured from HLF to be spent on projects across the area that ‘connect people to their cultural, built and natural heritage’.The Galloway Glens Scheme is now over half way through the development phase and the list of projects under consideration is starting to take shape.McNabb Laurie, the Scheme’s Development Officer, clarified: “We are planning our 5 years of project activity, expected to run from 2018-2023. Projects supported will either come as a result of studies commissioned by the Scheme, all currently underway and approaching completion, or from project ideas that have been submitted by people and groups up and down the valley.”These project ideas are starting to take shape and the Scheme has categorised these under a range of headings. The following represents only a flavour of the proposals being developed:Accessing the Galloway GlensWe have a range of individual access projects under development, including proposals on Forrest Estate to improve access up Corserine, footpath improvements around Castle Douglas, helping you get out to Threave estate and opening up routes around Kirkcudbright Bay. These projects will hopefully be added to by the results of the Access Audit currently underway.Wildlife & Habitats of the Galloway GlensThis includes support for the Glenkens Red Squirrel Group and RSPB, improvements at Threave Nature Reserve, Habitat improvements along the Black Water of Dee to support the fish in the river, community woodland projects in Kirkcudbright and Carsphairn. These projects will hopefully be supplemented by the results of the study looking to reintroduce Arctic Charr into Loch Grannoch, the Natural Flood Management opportunities study and the Loch ken Fishery Study, all currently underway.Education in the Galloway GlensThe Scheme will run a comprehensive education & training programme through the delivery stage, with content aimed at all ages and locations in the valley. Particular projects under development include demonstrations of Galloway drystone dyking techniques, highlighting the work done by local peatlands and how they can be supported and workshops teaching people about the local environment. The Board of the Galloway Glens are making the training up of local young people in employable skills a focus of the Scheme, aiming to support anyone who wants to be able to stay in the area as they grow up.Heritage HubsProjects under this heading include improvements to Parton Church to highlight James Clerk Maxwell’s achievements and legacy, Pop-up heritage centres in Crossmichael and Dalry and improvements to the Balmaclellan Smiddy and Kirkcudbright Tolbooth museum.McNabb added, “Feedback was clear: Don’t build anything new, but make better use of what we have already got. We are absolutely taking this on board and hopefully the ‘heritage hub’ projects can, without losing their individual identities, be worked together to create trails and will be even greater than the sum of their parts”.Visiting the Galloway GlensA large focus of the Scheme will be to support visitor facilities, in turn supporting the local economy. Projects under development include a cycling/driving tour of the valley, including an app, to highlight historical and contemporary features such as the archaeology of the area and the hydro scheme. Also the scheme is part of the discussions surrounding the Kirkcudbright Dark Sky Visitor Centre proposal, and looking to develop Loch Ken as a ‘destination’ with a range of attractions and activities.Understanding the Galloway GlensWe have already learned so much about the area and the Scheme is working on a number of proposals that could develop this further. This includes a community archaeology project, letting people try their hand at ‘dig’ skills and also gaining a better understanding of pre-ordnance survey maps of the area and place names in use up and down the valley. McNabb added, “Projects will be developed over the next six months, with other suggestions still in the pipeline. We will be combining this project work with the outputs of our Landscape Character Assessment which is currently underway. This is being led by Northlight Heritage and people may have seen the Sights & Sites branded events taking place. These will help us submit a really detailed proposal to HLF outlining what makes the local area special and how the projects we are proposing will support the local landscape. We hope to release the full project list shortly. ”This development phase has been primarily funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which was provisionally secured by Dumfries and Galloway Council.Councillor Colin Smyth, Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee this week met with McNabb this week to review progress in the scheme .Councillor Smyth said, “It is great to see the project listing start to come together. This is the result of a massive amount of community consultation and engagement up and down the valley. I understand more than 130 people attended the first round of ‘Sights & Sites’ events, giving their own personal views on what they think makes the landscape special, many thanks to everyone who has got involved. The scheme is aiming to give a genuine boost to the area, benefitting visitors and locals alike”.“The work that has been done to date shows how worthwhile the vision from council staff was when they began this whole process and I am really looking forward to seeing the final funding secured and the projects being developed on the ground” .
Enyimba Goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai has finally been given the opportunity to stake his claim to the Super Eagles number one shirt.He is replacing the custodian of the position Francis Uzoho, who was injured at the weekend in a Spanish second division game.Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr disclosed yesterday that Afelokhai and the other two regular goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa would get equal opportunity to fight for the position ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifier against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and the international friendly with Uganda this month.Nigeria will travel to Johannesburg to keep a date with the Bafana Bafana in the race to Cameroun 2019 and return to take on Uganda three days later in Asaba.In the first encounter between the Super Eagles and South Africa in Uyo, the Bafana Bafana ran away with a 2-0 victory. But Rohr is boasting that his lads will get their pound of flesh in Johannesburg.Speaking through Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, Rohr said he chose to replace the injured Uzoho with Afelokhai due to the Enyimba goalkeeper’s recent form, adding that he would give them equal opportunity to grab the number position.The Franco-German said he is not worried by Uzoho’s absence because any of the keepers in camp is good enough to mount the sticks in Johannesburg.Rohr also revealed that he has been working on getting his team ready for the game in South Africa, saying he is currently reviewing past videos of matches featuring the Bafana Bafana to have a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses.He added that arrangement has been concluded to ensure the early arrival of the players in their new camp in Asaba, which will hold the international friendly against Uganda immediately after the African Nations Cup qualifier in Johannesburg.“The three goalkeepers now have the opportunity to prove their worth in training to ascertain who gets the first team shirt. There is no automatic shirt for any of the goalkeepers invited for the game.“Our camp will open on Monday in Asaba, Delta State and we are expected to depart Asaba on a chartered flight on Thursday or Friday for South Africa.After the game in South Africa, the Super Eagles will return to the country for the international friendly against Uganda taking place in Asaba,” he said.Newsmen learnt that one of the former regular goalkeepers in the team would be dropped after the matches if Afelokhai proved better than them.This is because the coaches want to maintain only three goalkeepers in the team at every campaign.