The world’s economies are in turmoil. markets are depressed, Sterling is under pressure, large deficits, countries on the brink of bankruptcy…..
But spring is finally here with temperatures forecast to reach the middle twenties which increases our energy, my daughter is getting married in a few weeks, my grandchildren are healthy and beautiful and my resolution to tackle the general negativity is make sure that we do more of the same but better; that is better prices, a wider range of products and even more dedicated service. Staff will be encouraged to accept more training and our suppliers will be audited even more rigorously.
We have many loyal customers. They are professional, hard working and successful and I thank each for their business and wish them well for the uncertain times ahead.
Vincent van Walt
The new down-well Modem delivers accurate, timely data direct to your PC without the need to make regular onsite visits. This is particularly important if your monitoring well is in a remote location which can be costly in terms of both time and money. Our new Well Modem overcomes this problem and expense.
According to the Sunday Times the global rich are going green as never before and a recent list shows that the enthusiasm among the world’s wealthiest for investments in areas as diverse as electric cars, solar power and geothermal energy is unaffected by the recession.
Many of the world’s richest tycoons and entrepreneurs have embraced environmentalism and the Green Rich List is dominated by America’s wealthiest financiers and entrepreneurs such as Warren Buffett (worth £27 billion) and Bill Gates (worth £26 billion).
These two canny investors, who regularly swap places at the top of Forbes magazine’s annual list of world billionaires, have spent some of their financial firepower on areas such as wind power and electric cars in Buffett’s case, while Gates has backed alternative fuels such as oil from algae. We are not talking trifling sums here. Buffett has invested $230m in the Hong Kong battery-maker BYD.
Vincent and Yvonne recently completed their Irish road trip visiting customers from Cork, Dungarvan, Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin. A whistle-stop tour demonstrating some of our latest equipment, catching up with colleagues both old and new and finding out what’s in store for our customers in the coming months.
One must do all one can to mitigate the rigours of travel and if ever you find yourself on the South coast of Ireland you should stop at the charming seaside town of Dungarvan. When there try and have dinner at "The Tannery". Chef Paul Flynn has a very delicate palate and you will be treated to an excellent dinner. We ate there with Michael Gill and his charming wife Elaine. I recommend starting with their take on a Bellini cocktail and do try the crab crème brulee: scrumptious! Michael told us in advance that not to eat there would be a sin. I now tend to agree with him.
It’s never too soon to get your equipment ready for your Spring/Summer work schedule. It’s at this time of year when we get the most calls from our customers worried because equipment won’t work correctly and they have an urgent job the next day. So take a bit of time now to ensure it’s all in good working order. Implementing the following checklist on your water quality meters now could save you valuable time and reduce stress levels later
Water Chestnuts comes around very quickly but it’s amazing that there is always something new to tell you about. Often new equipment, updates to our website, new training dates etc. Please take a few minutes to browse through the latest selection.
A landfill site may seem an unlikely place for a Nature Reserve but The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has put in a bid for the Essex landfill site at Pitsea to turn it into an area ‘rich in wildlife’ under its Futurescapes Programme which will see the charity transform neglected land into nature reserves to restore disappearing species.
Van Walt is delighted the revised Practical Fieldwork Theory & Techniques Environmental Training Course has proved so popular in 2010 with all the places reserved for the June course and only limited availability for the 18th, 19th & 20th October 2010 course.
The European Smos spacecraft, launched in November, is sending valuable new data on the way water is cycled around the globe, despite experiencing continued interference.
Smos carries a single instrument - an interferometric radiometer called Miras. Some eight metres across, it has the look of helicopter rotor blades. Miras measures changes in soil moisture and ocean salinity by observing variations in the natural microwave emission
(L-band) coming up off the surface of the planet. Tracking such trends will have wide applications, but should improve weather forecasts and warnings of extreme events, such as floods.