Who are your Construction Heroes?

first_imgConstruction should be known for its talented and diverse workforce, according to the government’s industrial strategy.Launching the strategy last month, business minister Michael Fallon set out a series of highly ambitious targets for construction and also criticised the sector’s current performance in areas such as the efficiency of its supply chain and its apparent lack of ambition in terms of overseas growth.But we know that the industry is actually excelling in many instances, and that much of that success is led by the very same talented people the strategy suggests are not being publicly recognised.To put this right, we’d like you to tell us more by nominating your construction hero – not established leaders or well-known figures in the sector, but unsung heroes who deserve acclaim.Who do you think is performing exceptionally but remains below the radar? Who is going above and beyond what is required in their role to really make a difference? Their success could be happening in any area of construction but might be furthering sustainability, design, health and safety, innovation, opportunity for newcomers to the sector, community engagement or efficient delivery.We’d like you to name your nominee and where they work and explain in fewer than 300 words why they deserve this title either by commenting on this story or by emailing building@ubm.com. Please include your own name and contact details.Once you’ve done that, please tweet about your nomination using #ConstructionHeroes so we can start to give these people some recognition!last_img read more

Law centre gears up for ‘hackathon’

first_imgLawyers, computer coders and developers will be hunched over laptops through the small hours tonight in a battle to develop and pitch innovative products for law centres.The Gazette understands that plenty of caffeine will be supplied at the first LawTech hackathon this evening. The event has been organised by LawTech community organisation Legal Geek in partnership with north London’s Hackney Community Law Centre.The 24-hour event will take place at Google’s Campus London, Shoreditch, where teams of coders, lawyers and UX designers compete to design, build and pitch technical solutions to solve current issues affecting the delivery of and access to legal services in Hackney.Legal Geek founder Jimmy Vestbirk said half of law centre clients drop out after one meeting for a variety of cultural, social and language reasons. ‘We believe that more developers and coders need to be involved in LawTech disruption to combat this problem.’Hackney Community Law Centre’s development officer, Miranda Grell, said: ‘As a small charity with meagre resources, finding new ways to increase our efficiency is of paramount importance to us.’Grell said the centre was looking particularly at finding a way ‘to stop our receptionists/solicitors having to deal with so many phone calls when there must be a better way technologically to chase people for documents, remind them about appointments etc.‘Also some way to help us work with clients who speak other languages when we don’t have interpreters’.Following the event, selected groups will have the chance to test their products on potential Hackney Community Law Centre clients. These could subsequently be piloted in other UK law centres.Vestbirk said he first heard about Hackney Community Law Centre in the Gazette after it was the first centre in the country to take part in a digital pilot to provide members of the public with direct access to a barrister.He said: ‘Hackney Community Law Centre has a very open agenda to deliver legal services in the most efficient way and our hackathon is a great way to engage law firms and coders in some [corporate social responsibility] to quickly build solutions to help the centre deliver legal services more efficiently to their community.’last_img read more

Fritzson re-elected as CER looks ahead

first_imgCER Chairman Crister Fritzson and Executive Director Libor LochmanEUROPE: SJ AB President & CEO Crister Fritzson has been re-elected as Chairman of the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies, following the CER General Assembly in Gdańsk on September 23.Fritzson, who also chairs the Swedish association of train operators ASTOC, was initially elected as CER Chairman in September 2017, having held the role in an interim capacity following the departure of DB’s Rüdige Grube earlier that year.ÖBB Chief Executive Andreas Matthä, VDV Managing Director Oliver Wolff, CFL Director General Marc Wengler and EVR CEO Erik Laidvee will serve as Vice-Chairman for 2019-20.Other members of the CER management committee are RENFE President Isaías Táboas Suárez, SNCB CEO Sophie Dutordoir, DB CEO Richard Lutz, PKP CEO Krzysztof Mamiński, FS Group CEO Gianfranco Battisti, SBB CEO Andreas Meyer, Lineas CEO Geert Pauwels, SNCF President Guillaume Pepy, NS CEO Roger van Boxtel, and MÁV President & CEO Robert Homolya.Thanking the various railway executives for their willingness to serve on the committee, CER Executive Director Libor Lochman said the association was looking ‘to guarantee the best possible visibility of our vision for the new legislature’, following the European Parliament elections and the selection of a new European Commission.last_img read more

5 killed in torrential rains in Tunisia

first_imgPeople stand by debris caused by a heavy rainfall in Nabeul, Tunisia, on Sept. 23, 2018. A heavy rainfall killed five people in Nabeul province in northeast Tunisia, Tunisian Civil Protection Spokesman Moez Triaa said on Sunday. (Xinhua/Adele Ezzine)Flash floods in Tunisia’s Cap Bon peninsula have killed at least five people, authorities said Sunday, as surging waters caused by heavy rains carried away homes, cars and chunks of road.According to the Interior Ministry, a 60-year-old man had drowned near the town of Takilsa and another man was found dead in Bir Bouregba, close to the town of Hammamet.Another teenager was electrocuted Sunday in Bou Argoub, 45 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of Tunis.And two sisters were swept away as they left work at a factory in Bou Argoub.“They were trying to cross rising wadi waters to get back home,” Amir, a resident of the area, told AFPWadis are river beds that are usually dry but are meant to carry away seasonal rains.“The wadis have been abandoned for decades — there is no maintenance,” he said, adding that the river beds are filled with trees, garbage and rubble.Tunisian civil protection units and security forces helped 86 vehicles trapped on road and rescued a group of 25 Japanese tourists who were stranded near a beach area.Related Tunisia Political Rap 3 soldiers killed in mine explosion in Tunisiacenter_img Tunisia Carthage Festivallast_img read more


first_imgDr Ian Macmillan, Chairman of The Crichton Trust said: “The Evensong and the Songs of Praise services attracted approximately 400 visitors. It was fantastic to see so many people visiting the Crichton Estate over the weekend to take part in the 120th Anniversary celebrations of the Crichton Memorial Church. I am grateful to everyone who helped organise these events and to those who joined in the celebrations.” Iain Boddy, Chair of Friends of Midpark and his colleagues were very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the weekend celebrations and to accept the generous donation from The Crichton Trust. He said: “On behalf of the ‘Friends of Midpark’ may I express my gratitude to the Crichton Trust for their generosity and their consideration of our charity for this very substantial donation.  I had great pleasure in attending both services over weekend and offer my thanks to all those involved in the preparations for ensuring that it was such a success and most especially to the Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas.” Following the 120th Anniversary celebrations of the Crichton Memorial Church, Alex Haswell, Chief Executive of the Crichton Trust hands over a cheque for £616.16 to Iain Boddy, Chair of Friends of Midpark. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInFriends of Midpark this week benefited from the retiring collection taken at two celebration services held in the Crichton Memorial Church on the 14th and 15th October.  Both services were organised by The Crichton Trust to mark the 120th Anniversary of the dedication service which was held in the church on the 15th October 1897. Alex Haswell, Chief Executive added: “We are grateful to the local churches, and the representatives from their bands and choirs, who supported these events and of course to our distinguished guests.  I would also like to thank Reverend Dr Hamilton Inbadas from St John’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Dumfries and Reverend Dr Maurice Bond from St Michael’s and South Parish Church in Dumfries for their invaluable contribution to these services.Thanks to generosity of those who attended these services, the retiring collection for Friends of Midpark raised £616.16. Given the history of The Crichton as an internationally recognised centre of excellence in mental health research and care, I am delighted to be able to handover this donation to Friends of Midpark to assist them with the invaluable work they do in supporting Midpark patients and their families.”center_img Friends of Midpark was established in 2012 for the opening of the new Midpark Hospital and aims to improve the quality of life of people with lived experiences of mental distress and to advance the welfare of patients in Midpark Hospital. They work to support activities that fall out with normal NHS funding and can involve initiatives to support the garden, group activities, family facilities and client holidays. A ‘Choral Evensong’ led by St John’s Church Choir in Dumfries took place on the Saturday evening while musicians and singers from several churches in Dumfries got together on the Sunday afternoon to support the ‘Songs of Praise’ service which was led by Reverend Dr Hamilton Inbadas from St John’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Dumfries and Reverend Dr Maurice Bond from St Michael’s and South Parish Church in Dumfries.last_img read more

Threats of more protest action hinted at as DASPA & DPSU set to meet on March 28

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Threats of more protest action hinted at as DASPA & DPSU set to meet on March 28 by: Dominica Vibes News – March 16, 2018 488 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share General Secretary of the DPSU Thomas Letang (file photo)Things may have settled for now with workers of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) ending their sit in on Friday 16 March 2018 however, it may not be for long. They told Dominica Vibes that they were protesting the slow pace of salary negotiations and the lack of respect shown to them by management. Workers who engaged in the sit in are represented by the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU). Workers represented by the Waterfront and Allied Workers’ Union (WAWU), did not take part in the protest. General Secretary of the DPSU, Thomas Letang encouraged the workers to go back to work telling them that the union would be meeting with DASPA on March 28. Speaking to the appreciable crowd of staff members at the Woodbridge Bay Port Letang spoke to a telephone discussion he had with the Chairman of the Port regarding the concerns of the staff.“The Chairman has indicated to me and has told me to tell you, that he has given assurance that when we meet at that meeting, we are going to try to have that matter resolved,” he relayed. The chairman he said understands that the negotiations for 2016 should have been dealt with. “We have indicated that we want an increase and we want that matter to be resolved,” he added. While trying to calming the crowd Letang at the same time told the workers that if negotiations are not concluded successfully for them, serious action will have to be taken. “I do not believe he has made sufficient effort to bring our concerns to the board. Soon after the meeting we will want to meet with you (the workers) because if that matter is not resolved, it will not be one day but it’s going to be indefinite strike action,” he told them. Tweetlast_img read more

Presto to Showcase its Test Capabilities up to 100 GHz at EuMW 2018

first_imgPresto Engineering will be showcasing its capabilities to provide high volume testing of semiconductor devices up to 100 GHz and beyond, at European Microwave Week, in Madrid, Spain (23-28 September 2018).Applications that use GHz frequencies, i.e. millimeter wavelengths (mm-Wave), are increasing rapidly and thus driving the need for high volume device testing. For example, Internet over satellite connections, car ADAS systems, and other high-speed, data transfer solutions have a projected volume of more than a billion units by 2020.Most commercial test equipment does not test above 50 GHz and the cost of buying equipment for testing such high frequencies can be very expensive. The current method used by most customers is in-house bench testing by hand which is very slow. To solve this problem, Presto has created custom interfaces that step the test frequencies down into the range that commercial testers operate in. This enables them to provide a cost-effective testing service for ultra-high frequency or mm-Wave devices and builds on their existing services for high-frequency device testing.Another challenge of mm-Wave devices is that the substrate used is often much more brittle than the usual CMOS, such as Gallium Arsenide or Gallium Nitride. As a result, the wafers are much more susceptible to breakage in transit and handling. To reduce the possibility of breakage, they are usually cut into quadrants once manufactured. A broken quadrant means fewer damaged parts compared to a whole broken wafer. However, the standard handling and test equipment are designed for circular wafers so Presto has developed its own quadrant handling adapters for its test equipment. On top of this, it is also key to be able to maintain a good correlation during the test and during the self-heating of the pulsed test methods, where continuous wave measurement is normally used. In this case, all the fixturing has to be able to control temperature and heat dissipation as well as include RF systematic error compensation for the measurements and maintain the correct reproducibility during production.Among mm-Wave applications already implemented or under consideration are short-range wireless backhaul, connecting small cell wireless; data center interconnect (DCI) for cloud servers; radar, primarily automotive; body scanners for airport security; chip-to-chip communications on printed circuit boards where even short runs of wires or cables attenuate signals at these frequencies; and wireless communication protocols, such as 5G cellular, WiGig (802.11ad) and Wireless HD. For convenience, the markets can be divided into three segments: communications, automotive and cellular/consumer, which includes estimates of the potential served available market (SAM) and unit volumes. Communications, driven by expansion in small cell backhaul and cloud computing, has annual unit volumes for 2020 projected to be in the millions; and automotive, driven by assisted driving (with autonomous driving on the horizon), with projected volumes in the tens of millions. The third vertical segment, cellular/consumer, driven by WiGig and 5G mobile, is in development now with 2020 annual unit volumes projected to exceed one billion.last_img read more

New attendance policy explained

first_imgThe state of Tennessee has adopted a new attendance policy for the 2018-19 school year.At a meeting last night at Campbell County High School, officials explained the new policy and their approach to it.  Officials with the school system said they will still work with students when medical and other absences arise.  All students get five parent notes per year and doctors’ notes.  Excuses have to be turned in within five days of an absence. (UPDATED 08/24/2018-1PM)Ben Foust, assistant principal at Campbell County High School, explained the state’s new attendance policy at a meeting last night. All school systems in the state must follow the policy, he said.Absences will now be on a tiered level with each tier bringing a higher level of consequences. The first tier, which is met when a student misses three days, results in a meeting at the school. Five days out will bring the student to the second tier in which they must meet with the county attendance officer.TOP PHOTO:  Information is available at each school and central office about the new tiered attendance policy.Additional absences will result in a referral to the Department of Children’s Services, according to the new policy. The fourth tier lands a student in juvenile court and absences be referred to the district attorney’s office when the fifth tier is reached.Officials plan to host another meeting to help parents understand the policy.HERE IS THE POLICY:CAMPBELL COUNTY PROGRESSIVE TRUANCY INTERVENTIONSTN CODE ANNOTATED: 49-6-3007 Effective July 1, 2018Tier 1: Intervention is initiated at three (3) Unexcused Absences and/or five (5) tardies, dismissals and/or a combination of the two will consist of the following:a. Written notice and/or a phone call (which will be documented) to parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) at three (3) Unexcused absences by the principal designee.b. A conference with the parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) and student will be given an appointment time between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and/ or designated time at the student’s school or designated public location to discuss reasons why the student has been absent. The conference will include the principal and/or designee.Parent hand written notes will be written at this time if notes have not been previously turned into the school attendance personnel.2. An intervention attendance contract with Campbell County Board of Education will be signed by the parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) and the student.3. If the parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) and student do NOT attend the Tier 1 conference or if Tier 1 is unsuccessful Tier 2 is triggered.Tier2: Intervention is initiated at five (5) unexcused absences and additional tardies, dismissals and a combination of tardies and dismissals will consist of the following:a. Written notice to parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) at five (5) Unexcused absences by the principal’s designee.b. Remaining hand written parent notes will be written at this time, if hand written notes have not been previously turned into the school attendance personnel.c. A conference with the parents and/or legal guardians and student will be given an appointment time between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the student’s school or designated public location.d. A team consisting of, but not limited to one or more of the following will be present.Principal, assistant principal, special education personnel and/or teacher(s)2. School nurse and/or coordinated school health3. Athletic coaches, club leaders and etc.4. SRO’s5. Special Education manifestation personnel6. Attendance personnel of attendance records in ASPEN7. Mentors8. Nancy Leach (Campbell County Board of Education Attendance)9. Juvenile Family Court Liaison10. Etc.If the parent(s) and /or legal guardian(s) and student do Not attend the Tier 2 conference or if Tier 2 is unsuccessful Tier 3 is triggered.Tier 3: Intervention is initiated by additional Unexcused absences and/or Tier 2 is unsuccessful.a. Written notice by Campbell County Board of Education to parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) and student to attend Judge Amanda Sammon’s Pre-Court Disciplinary Board between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or designated time at a designated location.b. Legal contract of the juvenile courts will be signed by parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) and student.c. Referrals to other agencies will be established as follows to support the parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) to comply with the Campbell County and Tennessee Attendance Policy:Department of Children (DCS) and Family Support Services (FSS)2. Youth Service Officer with Juvenile Court3. Private practice counselors: Camelot, OMNI Care, Ridgeview, Youth Villages and etc.4. Private practice Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Nurses5. Campbell County Health Department6. CAJI, ETHRA, and other agencies7. County Sheriff and/or city police departments8. Etc.Pre- Petition to Campbell County Juvenile Court with the Honorable Judge Amanda Sammonse. If the parent(s) and /or legal guardian(s) and student do Not attend the Tier 3 conference or if Tier 3 is unsuccessful Tier 4 is triggered.Tier 4: Intervention is initiated by additional Unexcused absences and /or Tier 3 is unsuccessful.a. Petition to Juvenile Court. The parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) and student will be served a petition and summons to juvenile court.b. At the judge’s discretion , may access the following, but not limited to,1. Adjudicated to be unruly2. Fines up to $ 50.00 per day of unexcused absences3. Community service (up to five (5) hours per unexcused absence) for the parents and/or legal guardians and/ or the student at the judge’s discretion4. Place student into Tennessee State’s CustodyTier 5: Intervention is initiated by additional Unexcused absences and /or if Tier 4 is unsuccessful.a. The case will be referred to the District Attorney General’s office for Criminal Prosecution of the parents and /or guardians.Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-6-3009:1. Any parent, guardian, or other person who has control of a child and who violates this part commits educational neglect, which is a Class C Misdemeanor.2. Each day’s unlawful absence constitutes a separate offense.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/24/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Luongo to miss up to seven QPR matches

first_imgMassimo Luongo is off to the Asia Cup [Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire]QPR will start the new year without Massimo Luongo and could be without him until February.AdChoices广告The Australian midfielder has been included in his country’s squad for the Asia Cup.It means he is set to miss at least four Rangers matches, against against Reading on 29 December, Aston Villa (1 January), Leeds (6 January) and Sheffield United (12 January).The group stage finishes on 16 January and if Australia, who reached the final in 2015, are still involved Luongo could miss QPR’s games against Preston and West Brom on 19 and 26 January respectively and potentially the match against Wigan on 2 February.The Asia Cup is being held in the United Arab Emirates and the final is on 1 February.Luongo is due to fly out to join Australia’s pre-tournament training camp after QPR’s Boxing Day game at home to Ipswich. See also:Lynch injury not serious, says McClarenMcClaren praises QPR players after Pulis blames refereeQPR v Middlesbrough player ratingsRobinson says Forest could ‘blow QPR out of the water’Lynch a doubt but Baptiste and Hall are training againLate goals give Brentford youngsters win over QPR Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Welcome to Las Vegas

first_img Go To Topic Listing 159 posts 72 Share on other sites MegaDramonFan31 Posted October 2, 2017 2,572 Scratcher Location:Torrance, California 26,933 posts The Vegas Welcome to NHL Followers 1 All Activity Link to post MegaDramonFan31 By MegaDramonFan31, October 2, 2017 in Sports Logo News This is going nowhere. Share on other sites Welcome to Las Vegas 2 posts Posted October 2, 2017 hockey 0 Posted October 2, 2017 Sports Logos Location:Fremont California, Do you has the five bucks? 72 Followers 1 72 1 2,572 I think the Golden Knights are set up to be a great franchise. They just need to play well on the ice. 1 Link to post SportsLogos.Net This topic is now closed to further replies. LMU Sports Logo News center_img Sports Logos Posted October 2, 2017 Share on other sites Recommended Posts Members 2,080 posts Ark Share this post Moderators Forums Home Link to post LMU Share on other sites 7,146 7,146 All Activity 0 Share this post 2,572 Forums Home 1 SportsLogos.Net Sports Logo News 6 Share this post Members Link to post Ark Sign in to follow this   Sign in to follow this   Welcome to Las Vegas 7,146 0 Share this post Scratcher Members Welcome to Las Vegaslast_img read more