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Linde Gas secures new contract

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Japanese companies looking to Indonesia market

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I’m feeling a bit fuzzy

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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How to score a bull’s-eye

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Up in the air: Taking steps to mitigate air quality impacts on ecology

first_imgOut of the Great Smog, Britain entered the EU as the “dirty man of Europe” and, with a lot of talk, but very little being pinned down, we might exit that way too. Despite introduction of the Clean Air Act in 1956 and various legislative efforts since, we are still falling behind our European counterparts when it comes to air quality.By now, the threats air pollution poses to human health and the global climate are well established. Combustion-related airborne pollutants cause medical problems affecting individuals, while on a larger scale, the warming effects of greenhouse gases have (generally) been acknowledged. In turn, these impacts are reflected in regulation that aims to limit emissions.However, in current practice, the long-term impact of air quality on local ecosystems is often still misunderstood across the housing and development sectors, despite being a key ecological issue. Levels of reactive nitrogen are reported to have tripled in Europe over the last century as a result of air pollution, which continues to cause unprecedented and poorly understood changes to our natural ecosystems. A report by wild plant conservation charity Plantlife earlier in the year calculated that 63% of the UK’s most sensitive wildlife habitats are being affected by excessive nitrogen deposition.Levels of reactive nitrogen are reported to have tripled in Europe over the last century as a result of air pollutionEnergy generation and road transport – both infrastructure sectors that are vital to economic development – are significant contributors to these forms of air pollution.The figures prove that serious action needs to be taken – but the government has been stalling on delivering a truly comprehensive plan to combat it. The final air quality strategy for nitrogen dioxide was released last week, an effort that is yet again being widely criticised for not taking immediate enough action. Importantly, this is not a full pollution strategy – ministers have said it will be another year before we see a plan that includes tackling pollution from construction and other sectors.That being said, house builders, developers and local authorities don’t need to wait for policy changes to address air quality issues head-on. Taking proactive steps to mitigate the potential impacts of development on habitats and designated sites of conservation importance reduces the prospects of unexpected objection and delay during the planning process, as well as improving environmental outcomes.In the absence of centralised guidance, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) are working to produce guidance for developers. EPR’s advice to built environment professionals in the meantime is as follows:Don’t let it be a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’The UK is under increasing pressure to improve the way it manages the issue of air pollution, and a growing body of evidence of the impacts of air pollution. Recent successful legal challenges to local plans means that it is an issue that can no longer be avoided by the housing and development sectors.Demand an approach that combines air quality and ecologyHistorically, there has been a lack of ecology-specific expertise in air quality assessments, where quality practitioners quantify predicted levels of air pollution but interpretation of the data is traditionally passed on to ecologists. Without having sufficient experience in these two spheres, results of air quality models are often underutilised and opportunities to overcome problems are overlooked.Make changes at the planning and design stageThis combined approach creates a better model for predicting how changes in air quality will affect ecological receptors. This gives developers the opportunity to make changes early to ensure that negative impacts to habitats are prevented or offset.Understand the legislationThere are many requirements under respective EU and UK environmental legislation that can appear complicated to those not familiar with the terms. For example, the EC Habitats Directive and UK legislation collectively define Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), and Special Protection Areas (SPAs). Both developers and local authorities must look at the cumulative impacts of their developments on these protective areas and habitats in order to meet requirements.Don’t underestimate the value of hiring a specialistHaving the right method and expertise will ensure the results of the air quality assessment are properly used. Targeted methods enable a more precise conclusion and can create added guidance for developers when it comes to implementation, such as designing appropriate mitigation or habitat management to counteract predicted negative effects.Ben Kite, managing director, EPRlast_img read more

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Shuttlelift develops new gantry

first_imgThe new crane, which will be Unistress’ fourth Shuttlelift model, is intended for use on a number of bridge projects.The DB series currently includes mobile gantry cranes ranging in lifting capacity from 30 to 200 tonnes.  www.shuttlelift.comlast_img

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Innovation can inspire a nation

first_imgInnovation generally refers to changing processes or creating more effective processes, products and ideas.How important will innovation be for businesses in 2019?The global Innovation Index ranks South Africa number one in innovation on the African continent.This is good news for a country where economic growth forecasts have been rather dismal.In an environment of strong innovative thinking, how can we “catch the wave of innovation” and not be left in the doldrums?Here are five tips for improving your innovative and possibility thinking.Look for different associations and connectionsI am reading a super book on innovation by entrepreneur Shane Snow. In Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success, he relates an apparent disparate connection between a children’s cardiac ward and Formula 1 racing.Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children’s clinic in London. In 1999, they were facing a perplexing and devastating challenge. A high mortality rate was plaguing the facility’s cardiac ward.These fatalities occurred during the handovers between operating room and the intensive care unit.The handover involved a lengthy, double process lasting 15 minutes. Two doctors then realised that there was an existing benchmark of rapid hand over in Formula 1.They realised that the Ferrari team took seven seconds to change four tyres, fill the petrol tank, screw on the new tyres and get the car going. They then followed up this thought with a visit to Ferrari. They were received with open arms and with generosity. (The hospital still benefits from this relationship today).This relationship helped reduce the worst handover errors at the hospital by 66%.All because they didn’t limit their thinking to their medical landscape.Look around you for great examples of innovationConsider the value of deliberately exposing yourself to new innovations and ideas.An example of this is the 25 Best Inventions of 2017 as decided by Time magazine staff.Hundreds of inventions from around the world were considered; and eventually narrowed down to the top 25.Here are three from that list.What do pop star Rihanna, drones and a baby monitoring system have in common?Not that much … except that they are all innovations on existing products.Rihanna has ventured into her own brand of make-up. What gives her the edge is that her line, Fenty Beauty, has 40 shades of foundation and serves a diverse array of women, inclusive of women of colour.Her competitors are playing catch up as she leverages a largely untapped area within the beauty market.The use of drones has grown exponentially in the past five years, improving from wildlife research to search and rescue.The DJI company aims to use this invention to help anyone take better photos, videos and “dronies” also known as drone selfies. It is easier to operate (gesture recognition means you can control it with a wave of your hand), harder to crash (sensors help prevent mid-air collisions) and relatively cheap. Imagine a new collection of photographic perspectives made possible by this innovation?Neonatal mortality rates can be adversely affected by lack of resources, particularly in poorer developing nations. Fat in a new baby is helpful, as without it, they can rapidly lose body heat, become hypothermic and develop breathing and other problems.But in areas with few resources, many hospitals and clinics can’t afford incubators to keep babies warm, and most parents don’t know their babies are in danger until it’s too late.That’s the niche that the Bempu fulfils. It is a cheap light-­up temperature­-monitoring bracelet that fits on a baby’s wrist and sounds an alarm and flashes orange if babies are too cold, so mothers can warm them against their skin or wrap them in blankets.Watch and research content on innovationTED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. I have started a journal where I record the nuggets from books and material I am reading and watching.Develop a new view of making mistakes“A mistake should be your teacher, not your attacker. A mistake is a lesson, not a loss. It is a temporary, necessary detour, not a dead end” – unknown author.In South Africa, we have an aversion to making mistakes. We often associate mistakes with failure. Yet valuable mistakes are well-intentioned errors or failures, not ones born of carelessness. We should make mistakes as early in the development process as possible as a means of exploring as many options as possible. And we should make them when it’s not costly. Short-term failure yields long-term success.Did you know that mistakes have led to the discovery of DNA, penicillin, aspirin, X-rays, Teflon, Velcro, nylon, cornflakes, Coca-Cola and chocolate-chip cookies?Start small, think bigFor most people, the transition from doing what is necessary and then what is possible and then what seems impossible is huge. This creates all types of psychological challenges and unease and makes giving up easier.Begin with small steps into the zone of necessity and then into possibility. When you score small victories, you are telling your belief system that it is possible.Many little steps all add up to a huge step. Don’t become impatient with the small steps. The results will come, but start small and aim and think big.Steve Reid is the manager of the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CFE) at False Bay College. Entrepreneurs with creative ideas in manufacturing can also contact the CFE at 021 201 1215.last_img read more

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Artwork depicting Ferguson removed from Capitol display

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) – A student’s painting that divided members of Congress for its depiction of Ferguson, Missouri, has been removed from its Capitol Hill display, this time perhaps permanently.Several Republicans had complained about the painting, which shows a pig in a police uniform aiming a gun at a protester, and even took down the artwork temporarily. The lawmakers argued that the painting violated rules for a national student arts competition by showing subjects of contemporary political controversy or of a sensationalistic or gruesome nature.In August 2014, a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, setting off weeks of protests.Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers informed lawmakers late Friday that the painting would be removed. On Tuesday, with House lawmakers back home for the week, the painting was gone.The painting was among hundreds completed by high school students that are featured in a tunnel leading to the Capitol and had been hanging for months. But some conservative media outlets called for its removal and Republican lawmakers repeatedly took it down and returned it to Rep. William Lacy Clay’s office. Clay put it back up, saying its removal violated a constituent’s First Amendment rights to freedom of expression.That constituent, David Pulphus, co-wrote a column with Etefia Umana, published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that said they surely would have been arrested if they had dared to enter the Capitol and removed the statue of slavery advocate John C. Calhoun, a vice president and senator from South Carolina who served before the Civil War.Umana and Pulphus wrote that anger toward the painting was misplaced and fails to address critical issues pertinent to conditions in African-American communities.“Art imitates life, but no critic has asked the fundamental question the painting begs: Why would a young student with hope, promise and purpose perceive our community and the police in such a manner?” the pair wrote.The column concluded with: “David’s only comment is, ‘The art speaks for itself.’ It has spoken loudly. Now, who will protect American civilization, including our Constitution and democracy?”Clay called the decision arbitrary and insulting. He said the painting would have a “place of honor in my Capitol Hill office.”“This is now about something much bigger than a student’s painting. It is about defending our fundamental First Amendment freedoms which include the right to free expression; even when that creativity is considered objectionable by some, and applauded by others,” said Clay, who promised to seek a quick reversal of the decision.Ayers wrote a letter to Clay saying that he consulted with industry experts and reviewed the painting itself before determining that it didn’t comply with the House Office Building Commission’s prohibitions for the Congressional Arts Competition.Rep. David Reichert, R-Wash., said the painting hung in clear defiance of rules established for the arts competition and was a slap in the face to law enforcement officers. His letter to the architect of the Capitol initiated the painting’s removal. Related Articles:2 officers shot in ‘ambush’ outside Ferguson PD20-year-old arrested for reportedly shooting Ferguson police officers4th night of Ferguson protests brings confrontation, arrestsA glance at developments in Ferguson Author: Associated Press Published: January 17, 2017 3:10 PM EST Updated: January 17, 2017 4:12 PM EST Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Artwork depicting Ferguson removed from Capitol display SHARElast_img read more

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Former mayor fails with 11th hour tribunal adjournment bid

first_imgElection fraudster Lutfur Rahman, former mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets, will face the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal this week after a last-ditch attempt to adjourn a hearing was rejected.A three-person SDT panel said this morning that family solicitor Rahman’s claim that he was unable to represent himself should not be taken into account. The panel also rejected Rahman’s plea to take note of the fact that he had applied to amend a judicial review of his conviction.In 2015, an election court found Rahman guilty of illegal and corrupt practices.  After the ruling, Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC ordered Rahman to vacate his mayoral post immediately and he was banned from holding office for five years. The breaches of election rules related to his campaign for his re-election in 2014.In August 2015, the Solicitors Regulation Authority charged Rahman with failing to uphold the rule of law and administration of justice, failing to act with integrity and failing to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him and in the provision of legal services.As today’s four-day hearing began it emerged that Rahman had filed his application to adjourn proceedings on Friday, December 15.Rahman, who is not a practising solicitor, claimed he was not in a position to secure funding for representation and that he could not represent himself as he was ‘not experienced in disciplinary matters’.Ed Levey, counsel for the SRA and a member of Fountain Court Chambers, told the tribunal that Rahman has ‘eight years’ experience as a practising solicitor and that it was fairly common for respondents to represent themselves before the SDT. ‘It is not right to suggest that he [Rahman] has no experience,’ he added. Levey noted that the application was submitted ‘very late’ and that Rahman had provided ‘no evidence of looking to secure representation’.Rahman’s application for judicial review was granted in part in June though Levey said there was ‘no evidence of any papers being filed in the court that suggested he wanted to amend his application’.He added: ‘This is not the first time he has tried to secure an adjournment. This is a matter of public interest that has been reported in the press and it is in the interests of the profession that these allegations go ahead.’In his application Rahman also asked that, should the allegations be proven, any sanction does not exceed the time limit from which he has been suspended from running for office.Rahman, who denies the SRA’s charges, has until 1.30pm today to respond to the SDT’s decision and decide whether or not to attend the hearing.last_img read more

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Ottawa takeover

first_imgCANADIAN passenger operator VIA Rail reached agreement on June 10 to take over parts of Canadian National’s network in the Ottawa Valley, forming part of its key Montreal – Ottawa route. CN’s Alexandria Subdivision runs from Coteau, Québec, to Hawthorne, Ontario, a distance of 92 km. Excluded from the deal is CN’s Ottawa Terminal freight yard which will still be accessible from the west.The move is part of CN’s strategy to sell off its less-significant freight branches and concentrate on core routes. CN will retain exclusive rights to operate local and overhead freight trains on the line, paying track access charges to VIA. CN plans to transfer these rights to whichever short line operator agrees to purchase its Beachburg Subdivision between Ottawa and Pembroke, Ontario. This would enable the short line operator to exchange traffic with CN at Coteau, and develop freight services along the VIA corridor.On June 13 VIA Rail reached agreement with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers on a collective operating agreement to take effect from July 1. This will merge the positions of conductor and driver, which VIA says should ’result in enhanced safety and increased focus on customer service.’ The three-year deal provides a 2% annual pay increase and premium incentives for holders of the merged jobs, together with initiatives for retraining, early retirement, or transfer to CN, for employees ’impacted’ by the initiative. olast_img read more

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