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Share Share LocalNews Solar lighting system proposed to facilitate late flights by: Dominica Vibes News – October 22, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share 288 Views no discussions Tweet The Ministry of Public Works has proposed the installation of a solar lighting system at the Douglas Charles Airport to facilitate later flights.The Douglas Charles Airport suffered major damage due to the effects of Tropical Storm Erika on 27 August 2015 and particularly as a result of the flooding from the Melville Hall River.As a result there was damage to the fencing, runway, taxi way, apron, landside access roads, and the equipment that were housed in the building, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, Kendall Johnson told a press conference on Wednesday 21 October 2015.“We have quantified, with the help of a local professional engineer, the damage to the facility in excess of forty-one million dollars,” Mr Johnson indicated.Although the airport has reopened to facilitate travel, with the approval of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, the airport lighting was damaged and has not yet been replaced. Mr Johnson noted that the Ministry of Public Works is seeking proposals for the installation of the lighting, but in the interim night landing has been suspended until further notice.“We have discussed the matter with the aviation authority and we are proposing the installation of a solar lighting system that can be controlled by the air traffic people,” he said.“That is being worked on as a matter of urgency because of the limited flights that is now coming in at the airport so beyond five o’clock I think all flights are stopped because of the dark conditions,” he continued.Meanwhile, Mr Johnson noted that the complete rehabilitation of the Douglas Charles Airport will be done in two phases.“We have packaged the rehabilitation work in two phases; one will look at the fencing, the runway, taxiway, apron, and the landside access routes,” while phase two requires “a bit more detailed intervention because of the dynamics of the Melville Hall River”.“It’s a rather large river and we need to assess the hydrology and the hydraulic capacity of the channel before we design the necessary interventions. We have received proposals for the rehabilitation of phase one and we have assessed and we have made a recommendation to start negotiations for the construction of permanent works,” he explained.
“What is clear is Salford are a very ambitious club, they are in a hurry to get through the leagues.Rooney becomes the latest player to switch from Pittodrie to England’s lower leagues, with Fraser Fyvie and Ryan Fraser amongst those to go south in recent years.McInnes said the Reds face a continual challenge to warn off potential English suitors from poaching their top talent.He added: “Like I say, Salford were given no encouragement but they’ve certainly shown ambition to get Adam.“It is a challenge for us to retain our players a lot of time, we’ve lost players to League One which I don’t think a club like Aberdeen should be.“I see the levels but there is no criticism about it, Adam has gave me his reasons why he wanted to go and Salford are in a hurry to do well.“It’s disappointing but we deal with it and will try to get players in.”With a Europa League showdown with Premier League outfit Burnley looming, McInnes said Rooney’s departure reinforces the need for the Dons to quickly bolster their front-line.“There are a couple of key areas,” he said. “I was looking to bring in a forward anyway but that becomes even more pressing.“The timing isn’t ideal, we’ve known about this for the last few weeks and tried to delay it as long as we could but it came to the point where we ran the risk of losing the deal for Adam and I’d gave him my word.“We’re concentrating on bringing in a front player and a right-sided defender, they are the key positions.“I think there’s this feeling we are able to go out and pay x amount on player wages and transfer fees, we don’t it’s difficult.“It’s becoming more of a challenge to improve and get players here to the club but it is one we are prepared to meet head on.“The Burnley game highlights the importance of getting players in quickly.” Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes rued the loss of Adam Rooney to England’s fifth tier after the forward completed a move to Salford City. Rooney has brought his four-and-a-half year stint with the Dons to a close by penning a three-year deal with the ambitious National League newcomers.The Irish attacker was the Dons’ top marksman across each of his full seasons at Pittodrie.McInnes said he offered neither Rooney or Salford any encouragement to make the move but eventually gave the switch the green light after a chat with the 30-year-old striker. He said: “It’s with a heavy heart that he moves on, he’s a fantastic boy.“Adam gave me his reasons as to why he wants to move on, he was given no encouragement and Salford were given no encouragement to do a deal.“We spoke to him and said the opportunity to remain and fight for his place was there but these things happen, we wish him well.“It’s a surprise, maybe, where he has ended up but we’ll now try and use the money we got for Adam to bring in someone else.