About that Olympic stadium deal …

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It’s easier when you stop saying BIM

first_imgSubscribe 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 community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay 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 To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Hansa enters China

first_imgThe new office will be led by Wenhe Shi, who said: “I am delighted to be heading up this important new office at such an exciting time for the Chinese heavy lift market.”Joerg Roehl, chief commercial officer and managing director of Hansa, added: “There is a big drive to accelerate infrastructure as well as oil and gas projects in China, and we continue to see increased demand from customers to help with bigger and more challenging cargoes due to increasing modularisation.”  www.hansaheavylift.comlast_img read more

Man arrested for possession of illegal firearm

first_imgA prohibited firearm was confiscated in Manenberg on Sunday March 24. A 35-year-old man was arrested after he was found in possession of a prohibited firearm in Manenberg yesterday morning.Metro police officers attached to the tactical response unit, who were responding to a shot spotter alert, found the suspect among a group of people with a firearm in hand.He tried to hide the firearm, but the officers saw it and proceeded to search him.They recovered the weapon and found that the serial number had been filed off.The suspect was taken to the Manenberg police station.last_img read more

Tendering: grim precedent

first_img Malcolm Fowler, Dennings, Tipton So the Ministry of Justice is having to dip into its – that is to say ‘our’ – pocket to bail out a cack-handed scheme for interpreter provision wished upon the criminal justice system supposedly to save money. Who would have thought it? Well, anyone with a relevant working knowledge of this aspect of quality service provision actually. The MoJ was told and yet it still went ahead and did it. Never mind, it is not the ministry’s money and future at stake when it has gone wrong. What chance does this give the MoJ of delivering on its equally ill-conceived plans for price-competitive tendering of criminal defence services? A fat chance or no chance at all. last_img read more

55 lawyers killed in Pakistan bomb attack

first_imgAt least 55 lawyers have been killed and dozens more injured in the latest attack on the secular legal profession in Pakistan.Yesterday’s suicide bombing at Quetta Civil Hospital, where mourners were gathering after the assassination of the president of the local bar association, is emerging as the worst single mass murder of lawyers in recent history. According to local news reports, the bomber struck at the entrance to the emergency department where scores of people had assembled following the killing of Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of the Balochistan Bar Association, in a gun attack.  At least 70 people, mainly lawyers and journalists, were killed and more than 100 injured. Among the victims were the bar association’s former president Baz Muhammad Kakar and former Supreme Court Bar Association vice-president Syed Qahir Shah, the Karachi newspaper Dawn reported. It said that a splinter group of the banned group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for both the assassination and the bombing. One survivor said the bomber had been dressed as a lawyer, ‘in black suit and black tie’. Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association president Ali Zafar said that lawyers across the country will observe three days of mourning during which they will not appear in courts.’We [lawyers] have been targeted because we always raise our voice for people’s rights and for democracy… Lawyers will not just protest this attack but also prepare a long-term plan of action,’ he told reporters. ‘We have lost our fellow lawyers, our brothers and innocent people in Quetta. We will continue our boycott of courts tomorrow,’ Mehmoodul Hassan, president of the Karachi Bar Association, said. Law Society president Robert Bourns said: ‘I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Bilal Anwar Kasi, former president of the Balochistan Bar Association, and the killing and injury of so many members of the legal profession in Quetta. On behalf of the Law Society of England and Wales, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of these lawyers. ‘The Law Society of England and Wales strongly condemns any attacks or threats to members of the legal profession for carrying out their professional duties. The independence of the justice system and the legal profession is integral to upholding the rule of law.’Before yesterday’s attack 53 lawyers had already been murdered in Pakistan since 2001. The killing of Rashid Rehman, shot dead after agreeing to defend an academic accused of the capital offence of blasphemy, caused outrage around the world in 2014.last_img read more

Three-stage reform lays the foundations of competition

first_imgINTRO: A phased programme of structural reforms of Russia’s railways will culminate in the launch of independent companies that will compete for passenger and freight traffic against a national state-owned operator to be known as RZD Ltd. Boris Lukov reports from MoscowOn August 16 the Board of Russia’s Ministry of Railways confirmed that it was pressing ahead with further stages in the programme of structural reform of Russian Railways. The government first adopted the programme on May 15 1998, setting strategic objectives to cut the cost of moving freight and passengers by rail and to introduce formal arrangements ensuring that the infrastructure of the national network and other railway equipment is maintained in good condition. This reflects a situation where maintenance and repairs were neglected when traffic was falling. Recent improvements in the economy have generated fresh business, and rehabilitation and repair of equipment and rolling stock is now increasingly urgent.The Ministry of Railways has been formally charged with implementing the reform programme under the government’s guidance. The ministry’s own role will change significantly, as its strategic and operational functions are to be separated. The ministry will retain powers as the executive body for implementing national railway policy, with operational and commercial functions devolved to the Russian Railway Company (RZD). There is no intention to establish a separate infrastructure company, and the railway will remain an integrated entity with central control of operations and safety.The reform is also intended to create the conditions to demonopolise the various activities of the national railway, to develop market competition, and to ensure access to the rail infrastructure for all users, irrespective of the form of ownership.Major financial reforms will form an essential part of the programme. In particular, the costs of operating freight services are to be reduced, and cross-subsidies for passenger traffic eliminated; socially necessary passenger services will be funded out of the state budget.Measures will also be taken to enhance state control over fares to ensure that operators cannot abuse a monopoly position. There will also be guarantees against monopolies in the provision of services and products offered to railway customers.Stage IThe initial stage of the reform is being implemented in 2000-01. It will see development of the fundamental legal principles allowing the changes to go ahead, and the initial arrangements made for establishing operating companies for long-distance passenger and commuter services. In some cases, steps are being taken towards establishing passenger train operating companies, with some railways setting them up as business units.Documents identifying business models for these companies are also being drawn up, and recommendations made for separating the strategic and operational functions of the national railway.Work is also being carried out to establish freight operating companies carrying bulk cargo. It was not considered feasible to allocate the fleet of freight wagons between a large number of operators without causing disruption to existing services, so for the moment only companies operating block trains on regular routes will be entitled to own their rolling stock. Such companies must meet strict criteria that ensure financial stability, and only if these are fulfilled will they be able to buy their wagons.The Ministry of Railways will retain several other important roles. It will oversee and regulate operations in terms of standardisation and legal documentation, approving, enforcing and supervising the implementation of operating and technical standards, as well as being responsible for safety and environmental protection. It will issue operating licences and grant certification, and implement standardisation among operators and in the railway industry generally. The brief further includes development of the railway network and of transport corridors, as well as handling international relations.The role of the Railway Company (RZD Ltd) is brought more into line with that found in other countries. In particular, it will have operational control of the transport process, draw up and approve train schedules covering the national network, exercise control of communications and data handling, develop proposals for documents covering norms and standards for railway operations and equipment, implement a unified scientific, technical policy encouraging innovation. It will carry out financial planning, manage budgets and exercise corporate control of commercial transactions. It will also implement international agreements and contracts, and manage international activities at the operational level.Stage IIRunning from 2002 to 2004, Stage II covers the implementation of the new structure that governs the relationships between the various organisations and companies, and with the users of rail services. Once the arrangements for subsidising losses incurred by operation of passenger services are settled, the government anticipates that moves can be made towards establishment of independent passenger operating companies for commuter and long-distance services that are separate from the ’mother’ railway.Privatisation will be completed of installations and factories not directly related to the railway but which have a supporting function for the national network. At the same time, unprofitable routes with low traffic density are to be separated from the national network or closed.Terms and conditions are being established for all operating companies to have equal access to the infrastructure. RZD Ltd will set up Freight Operating Companies as subsidiaries, and sale of some of their shares is to be considered with the aim of generating investment. RZD Ltd will also establish the Federal Directorate of Long-Distance Passenger Services as a subsidiary. It will also endeavour to obtain investment funds in the form of loans that will be used to renew equipment and infrastructure.Stage IIIThe third stage of the Reform, to be implemented from 2005, entails selling a proportion of the shares of subsidiary companies. In contrast, 100% of the shares of RZD Ltd will remain in state ownership. Funds obtained by selling these shares will be transferred to RZD Ltd as resources for investment.Freight and passenger operating companies that have been hived off from RZD Ltd or which have been established from scratch will in due course open up the railway to competition. In this way the main goal of the Reform will be attained.’The Russian government is firmly committed to structural reform of the country’s rail network’Nikolai AksyonenkoMinister of Railwayslast_img read more

World rail freight news round-up

first_imgDirect Rail Services has been awarded a contract to work with automotive transport specialist STVA UK to transport cars between the Ford factory at Dagenham in London and a rail terminal at Garston near Liverpool. The trains will run six to eight times a week, with potential for expansion to 10 per week. The terminals are not electrified, and DRS will use its Stadler Class 88 electro-diesel locos on the route.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association has appointed Sarah Yurasko as its General Counsel, following the retirement of Keith Borman who held the position for 15 years. Yurasko was previously Assistant General Counsel at the Association of American Railroads, and before that had roles at Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# This year Innofreight is to deliver tank-containers which K+S Minerals & Agriculture will use to transport saline water, and it is developing an AcidTainer for the transport of a variety of acids.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Estonian freight operator Operail has awarded CZ Loko a contract to supply a further six kits for the rebuilding of GE C30 locomotives into the Type C30-M. This follows a contract for four signed in last year, and three before that.Positive Train Control implementation support and grant writing service provider Global Train Services has joined the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association’s member discount programme.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The EU Agency for Railways has begun consultation on revision of the TAF TSI relating to telematics applications for freight. The deadline for submitting comments is April 10.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Uzbekistan’s national railway UTY has formed a Department of Logistics Development & Digitalisation, tasked with expanding transit traffic and working with international operators and freight customers.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# On January 16 Rail Cargo Group launched a twice-weekly TransFER intermodal service between Verona and Lübeck with a transit time of 24 h.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# OmniTRAX has promoted Sergio Sabatini to President and Gord Anutooshkin to Chief Operating Officer. Rob Russell has joined OmniTRAX from short line holding company Progressive Rail as Senior Vice-President of Marketing & Commercial Strategy. PKP Cargo has taken delivery of the last two of a total of 20 Vectron MS locomotives ordered from Siemens Mobility in September 2015 and early 2019. They are approved for use in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Funding Boost for Low Carbon Transport Plans

first_imgBidders hoping to share a £8 million European Regional Development fund (ERDF) have been given a boost thanks to Transport Scotland.Thirty nine projects will benefit from support of up to £10k each, enabling them to develop ideas in preparation for launch of the ERDF Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) challenge fund later this year.Many of the bids aim to deliver local regeneration and economic development aims, as well as complementing earlier community engagement exercises where local travel and transport options were identified as a key priority.Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands said“We need to maximise this ERDF investment to support our low carbon travel and transport aspirations by establishing a strong network of these across Scotland by December 2018.“The Pre-Application Support Fund received a high-level of interest and I’m delighted that funding is being offered to a wide range of public sector bodies, as well as a number of community and third sector organisations to help them develop their ideas.“The quality of the applications received is pleasing and I hope that many of these will be developed to form strong bids for the full ERDF challenge fund, once this launches later in the year.”Amongst the successful bids are proposals for a low carbon transport hub to help tackle fuel poverty issues for those living and working in island and rural locations. ‘Park and Choose’ facilities is another example which will provide communities, commuters, residents and visitors with increased opportunities for active and low carbon travel, through improved connectivity and transport links.Several bids concentrate on changing attitudes, helping local communities to become increasingly aware of the advantages of multi-modal travel with less reliance on single occupancy car journeys. These proposals focus on realising the health benefits of increased walking, cycling and shifting between these and available shared transport options.The ERDF LCTT will be launched in November/ December to support the establishment of active travel and low carbon transport ‘hubs’ across Scotland by December 2018. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAlmost 40 projects benefit from support to develop ERDF applications last_img read more

Kenyan opposition to tell court that technology enabled election fraud

first_imgOpposition leader Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA) said in a petition filed on Friday that results from more than a third of polling stations were “fatally flawed”, in some cases because of irregularities in electronic transmission of paper results forms. Image courtesy: Guardian Nigeria Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA) said in a petition filed on Friday that results from more than a third of polling stations were “fatally flawed”, in some cases because of irregularities in electronic transmission of paper results forms. Image courtesy: Guardian NigeriaKenya’s opposition will argue before the Supreme Court that technology enabled rather than curbed election fraud, as it seeks to overturn a vote this month won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA) said in a petition filed on Friday that results from more than a third of polling stations were “fatally flawed”, in some cases because of irregularities in electronic transmission of paper results forms.The documents suggest the opposition will link alleged irregularities to the murder of Chris Msando, the election official overseeing information technology, days before the August 8 election.Kenyatta won a second term by 1.4 million votes, election authorities said. A parallel tally by independent monitors based on a sample of around 2,000 polling stations produced a similar result.At least 28 people died in election-related violence after the vote, mainly in areas where Odinga has strong support, according to the Kenya Commission on Human Rights.“The series of gaps, whether deliberate or product of negligence, frustrated the use of technology to deliver an accountable results transmission process,” reads one of the documents. “Manipulation and distortion of results renders it impossible to tell who actually won.”The commission and Kenyatta must respond to the petition by the end of Friday and proceedings are to begin on Saturday.Odinga lost in a 2013 election and also challenged the result in court. His lawyers argued then the failure of the electronic system to transmit numbers from polling stations to a tallying center hurt the chances of a fair vote.Some other critics of the commission’s performance this time said technology has again hindered transparency.“This election failed in exactly the same way as the previous election,” said George Kegoro, the head of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, who submitted an affidavit as part of the petition. The role of technology has been to obfuscate failures in accountability by the [commission].”Opposition leaders began alleging fraud the day after the vote but have not produced evidence of rigging before now.The filing was partially reviewed by Reuters on Tuesday.Some claims are not linked to technology. One document says turnout was more than 100% at some polling stations.Another says results from 5,015 polling stations had not been made available by the commission before Friday, the deadline for filing a court appeal.International observers said they saw no sign of manipulation of voting and tallying at polling stations.Several observers said the opposition did not conduct a parallel tally and has not challenged the results with a complete data set of their own.The court must rule by September 1. If it rules in favour of the opposition, a new presidential election must be held within 60 days.last_img read more