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Surprise! : New information in adjudication

first_imgGet 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 industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access 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

Squeezing not selling

first_imgThe message needed no political decoding. The chancellor’s speech to the Conservative Party conference last October ended with the phrase “we are the builders”, and made no fewer than 25 mentions of the word “build”.And when “George the Builder” – as he was inevitably nicknamed by the tabloids – presented his Autumn Statement a few weeks later, he vowed to unleash Britain’s “biggest housebuilding programme since the 1970s”.But the Autumn Statement didn’t just throw down the gauntlet to the nation’s housebuilders. It also issued a challenge to Britain’s local authorities – to get more out of their assets.Our local leaders have been given a powerful means to meet that challenge – the right to keep all receipts from asset sales. With England’s councils alone holding an estimated £225bn in assets, there is the potential to unlock vast sums.But this power need not trigger a mass sell-off. A report by Centre for Cities and Turner & Townsend found many councils are now less likely to sell assets to produce one-off receipts, and are using them instead to generate ongoing revenue.As the report’s co-author Louise McGough notes: “Making the most of public assets is about more than just selling them off.”Local government funding from Westminster has been cut by £18bn in real terms since 2010, forcing all councils to seek alternative sources of funding and drive greater efficiency. The report studied the many and different ways local authorities across England and Wales have used their assets to support their balance sheets.It concluded that councils that take a more strategic approach, and focus on maximising the value of their assets as a part of a programme rather than a series of disparate projects, are the most likely to thrive.Councils that take a more strategic approach, and focus on maximising the value of their assets as a part of a programme rather than a series of disparate projects, are the most likely to thriveSome of the most successful strategies to be implemented were: a commercially-driven investment approach, the use of assets to lead development, and working with partners to shape development across a region. For example, Eastleigh Borough Council in Hampshire has adopted an investment approach to asset management. Since 2011 it has run a successful asset acquisition strategy, taking advantage of low property values and low interest rates.By identifying assets that could generate the best economic and financial benefits and acting proactively in the market, the council built up a commercial portfolio that produces more than £2.5m a year in income, which it says more than covers borrowing costs.Meanwhile, in the London borough of Camden council leaders are using publicly owned land and property to provide more affordable housing. The council has launched a 15-year asset investment plan aimed at building new homes (many of which are for shared-ownership), funded by selling parts of those new developments. The council identified outdated assets that were put on sale to generate capital receipts, which were then used alongside borrowing to redevelop existing estates and to build new properties – enabling the council to develop the first new council housing in the borough in 30 years.Whatever the individual strategy adopted, there is something else that links the most successful authorities – a commercial approach to decision-making, and the use of robust and comprehensive data analysis both in the drafting of the masterplan and in its implementation.But data for data’s sake helps no one. It is essential that the key decision makers are not just given the right data, but that the data is interpreted and presented as actionable intelligence. In addition it’s vital that local authorities, public sector partners and the private sector work together effectively. For two reasons – this sort of cross-sector collaboration can foster a more entrepreneurial culture, and spark the creation of novel ways to capitalise on the value of public assets.Yet there is no one-size-fits all formula for success – for some councils the right answer will be selling assets for capital receipts, while others will prefer to use them to produce long-term revenue. While the freedom to keep 100% of the receipts from asset sales will give cash-strapped local authorities greater flexibility, it’s no panacea and is unlikely to prompt scores of councils to hastily flog their “crown jewels”.Selling off an asset can generate a one-off cash receipt, but until now this money could only be used to fund capital expenditure, such as transport. For most councils, the real challenge is in funding local services, staff salaries and day-to-day running costs.Since the Autumn Statement, Turner & Townsend has been holding a series of roundtable events with English local authority leaders, and this tension between short-term financial gain and long-term economic development goals has proved a recurring theme.We’re due to meet council leaders from across Northern and Western England in early 2016, and I expect to see many adopting the sort of progressive, commercially-driven asset management strategies that the Centre for Cities / Turner & Townsend report highlighted.In an era where austerity has become the new normal, the ability to generate a consistent revenue stream – and drive maximum long-term value – from local authority assets will invariably triumph over the prospect of a quick buck.Jon White is UK Managing Director of the global programme management consultancy Turner & Townsendlast_img read more

PCN recruits Canadian member

first_imgAlberta-based AOG International has its headquarters in Leduc, 31km from the provincial capital of Edmonton, and has sales offices in Houston, Texas, USA and Shanghai, China.Its services include drilling rig moves and project logistics for oversize and heavy cargoes.The company recently coordinated the shipment of a drilling rig from Edmonton to Alexandria in Egypt via Houston, managing the entire door-to-door movement, including customs documentation, crating and delivery at site. The fast-growing PCN has 85 members in 51 countries.last_img read more

Railway supply industry news round-up

first_imgLiebherr-Transportation Systems has opened a service centre at Reiden in Switzerland to provide air-conditioning and hydraulic system support services to Swiss rail vehicle manufacturers and operators.The Greenbrier Companies received orders for 2 500 wagons valued at $200m in its fourth quarter to August 31. ‘Order activity in the fourth quarter and early fiscal 2018 demonstrates the benefit of focusing on core North American business while we continue to gain traction internationally’, said Chairman & CEO William A Furman on October 4. ‘More than 25% of orders announced today originated from markets outside North America. Greenbrier’s strategy remains to sustain our foundational North American business while we simultaneously expand our international presence.’ With financial backing from Innovate UK for a three-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Associated Utility Supplies is working with the University of Huddersfield to develop the use of computer simulation in the design of overhead line components. ‘It cuts down on the cost of making multiple prototypes and testing them’, said engineering graduate Harvey Kangley who has joined the company. ‘Another aspect is the optimisation of products – using software to make them as streamlined as possible, using fewer materials and keeping the weight down.’Hitachi Rail Europe has awarded DB Schenker UK a long-term contract to manage the central warehousing and spare parts distribution for the UK’s Intercity Express Programme. DB Schenker will provide warehousing and transport services for a wide range of parts, from smaller consumable items to 8 tonne bogies and generator units in excess of 5 m x 2 m.Wabtec Corp has acquired AM General Contractor, which supplies fire protection and extinguishing systems for the rolling stock and industrial sectors. The Italian company ‘adds new, safety and technology related products to our portfolio’, said Wabtec President & CEO Raymond T Betler on October 2. ‘Its growth opportunities include an expanding retrofit market over the next five years, driven by EU regulations. In addition, AM’s technology offers expansion opportunities into new geographic markets including the UK, India and China.’On October 2 London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross officially opened John Bradley & Son (Springs) Ltd’s new factory, which combines three previous sites into one at Oldham in northwest England. The company supplies a range of materials including sheet metal and springs for the rail, aerospace and agriculture industries, along with tool cabinets for London Underground and steel track components.Corporate finance firm Centrus Advisors has acquired London-based MDT Group, which works in rail, shipping and aviation asset finance.Lithuanian Railways expects to generate annual savings of almost €14m after restructuring its Gelsauga, Railway Construction Centre, Vilnius Locomotive Repair Depot, Railway Environmental Centre, Rail Baltica Construction and GelPro design subsidiaries into four business, with the merger of GelPro into GTC, the outsourcing of services provided by GAC and a reduction in the overlap between VLRD and Gelsauga.last_img read more

Five U.N. Chadian peacekeepers killed by bomb, gunfire in northern Mali

first_imgFive United Nations peacekeepers from Chad were killed and three were wounded in northern Mali on Wednesday when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device and unknown gunmen opened fire, the United Nations said in a statement late on Wednesday.Northern Mali is home to a separatist movement as well as to Islamist militants who have staged a series of high profile attacks in the past year both in Mali and in neighboring countries such as Burkina Faso.A peace accord signed last year was meant to bring stability to the arid region, but attacks against the U.N. mission, Malian military and civilians are still frequent.The U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established in April 2013 with a mandate that includes supporting the political process, monitoring human rights and protecting the civilian population.The U.N. said on Wednesday that 12 peacekeepers had been killed since the start of the year in dozens of attacks against the force in the Kidal region, where Wednesday’s assault took place.However, the U.N. would continue to support the implementation of the peace agreement in Mali, it said in the statement.-Reuterslast_img read more

Tickets on sale for Neighborhood House gala

first_imgTickets are on sale now for the Farmington/Farmington Hills Neighborhood House Fundraising Gala, held with support from the Farmington Area Goodfellows on Thursday, April 19, at Longacre House, 24705 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills.During the 4 p.m.-7 p.m. event, Neighborhood House will present the Fifth Annual Dick Tupper Community Service Award to a nominee who shares and demonstrates the spirit of caring, giving and achieving that Dick Tupper had when he created Neighborhood House over 25 years ago. The award ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.The evening’s festivities will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.Tickets can be purchased at the Farmington Public Schools Central Office, 32500 Shiawassee, Farmington, by calling the Neighborhood House office at 248-871-2848, or from any Neighborhood House Board Member, and will be available at the door.Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available. Additional donations are gratefully accepted.Neighborhood House serves the residents of Farmington and Farmington Hills by providing needed assistance throughout the year. Last year, Neighborhood House provided financial assistance to over 250 families in our cities for rent assistance, utilities, prescriptions and food. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Negrense Martinez breaks Palaro discus throw record

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Negrense Martinez breaks Palaro discus throw record’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Thursday, April 27, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] SAN JOSE, Antique – The record setting performance of Kate Julienne Martinez bannered the medal-heavy Day 4 of the Negros Island Region Athletic Association (NIRAA) in the 2017 Palarong Pambansa on Wednesday.The Bago City, Negros Occidental-native Martinez claimed gold in the elementary girl’s discus throw event with her 35.56-meter heave, which erased the 33.07-meter record set by Bacolodnon Maika de Oro in the 2007 Palarong Pambansa in Tacloban.Finishing behind the B. Araneta Elementary School standout are Irish De Guzman of Region II, who had 30.22 meters and Jeweliza Sarabasing of Region X, who had 26.65 meters.Ma. Ferime Gleam Bajado, meanwhile, contributed a gold medal in the secondary girl’s 30 meters archery before settling for second place in the 40 meters event in Sibalom.Negrense Carmille Buhat also clinched a gold medal for NIR in the eight-ball single event billards, while Jamie Hannah Agaloos won a gold medal courtesy of the elementary poomsae event.Winning silver for NIR are Katherine Ann Quitoy in elementary javelin throw, John Boy Purisima of secondary discus throw, Bernalyn Bejoy of secondary 400 meter hurdles and table tennis team of Ann Gella Borbon, Jacqueline Casilao, Cyres Sevilla, Alyssa Toleco./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Saat Airbus A320-200 Batik Air di “Force Down” Jet Tempur Sukhoi Su-30

first_imgJumat siang, 15 Maret lalu sebuah Airbus 320-200CEO Batik Air dengan registrasi PK-LUW dan nomor penerbangan ID 6262 mendapat kawalan langsung dari dua jet tempur Sukhoi Su-30. Pesawat dengan rute Jakarta menuju Makassar dengan 7 awak dan 115 penumpang ini terpaksa di intercept untuk selanjutnya di force down alias dipaksa mendarat di Bandara Sultan Hasanuddin, Makassar.Baca juga: Terima Pesan Hoax, Eurofighter Typhoon Inggris Paksa Mendarat Ryanair Pengerahan jet tempur mutahkir dari Skadron Udara 11 tentu bukan karena sembarang tujuan, melainkan jet tempur ini diterbangkan atas perintah Kosek Hanudnas II, pasca diperoleh informasi pesawat dibajak 60 menit mengudara dari Jakarta. Tapi tunggu dulu, peristiwa di atas adalah bagian dari Join Emergency Response Plan Exercise yang memiliki skenario latihan pembajakan (hijack) dalam penerbangan. Dikutip dari siaran pers (15/3), rangkaian kegiatan latihan melibatkan personil dari berbagai divisi Batik Air, TNI Angkatan Udara Lanud Sultan Hasanuddin, Kosek Hanudnas II, Airnav dan Bandar Udara Sultan Hasanuddin. Latihan penanggulangan tanggap darurat (emergency response plan exercise) dihadiri dan disaksikan secara langsung oleh Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Batik Air, Capt. Achmad Luthfie dan Komandan Wing Udara 5 Kolonel Pnb Hermawan Widhianto.Seluruh proses penanganan pesawat, tamu dan bagasi dilaksanakan sesuai Standar Operasional Prosedur (SOP). Penerbangan ID-6262 berangkat tepat waktu (on time), lepas landas pukul 08.40 WIB dari Soekarno-Hatta dan tiba di Makassar pada pukul 12.05 WITA.Setelah 60 menit mengudara, diketahui bahwa penerbangan ID-6262 mengalami pembajakan oleh teroris. Pilot menjalankan prosedur dengan berkoordinasi dan menyampaikan informasi kepada Air Traffic Controller (ATC) bandar udara tujuan. Atas keterangan tersebut, Komandan Lanud Sultan Hasanuddin mengambil langkah pengamanan kepada pesawat Batik Air ID-6262 dengan menginstruksikan dua pesawat Sukhoi 30 untuk melaksanakan pengawalan dan force down ID-6262 di Bandar Udara Sultan Hasanuddin Makassar.Setelah berkoordinasi dengan Kosek Hanudnas II, dua pesawat Sukhoi 30 tersebut berhasil melaksanakan intercept, identifikasi dan force down sesuai dengan SOP. Setelah pesawat Batik Air ID 6262 mendarat dengan aman di Bandar Udara Sultan Hasanuddin Makassar, proses pengamanan di darat dilakukan oleh TNI Angkatan Udara Lanud Sultan Hasanuddin, Petugas keamanan Bandar Udara dan Pihak terkait lainnya. Dengan kerjasama dan koordinasi yang baik, teroris dapat ditangkap dan diamankan untuk penanganan lebih lanjut. Seluruh crew dan tamu Penerbangan Batik Air ID 6262, berada dalam kondisi aman. Proses penurunan tamu dan bagasi berjalan normal.Baca juga: Saat Terjadi Pembajakan, Inilah Sinyal Rahasia Yang Dapat Dikirimkan Oleh Pilot Kegiatan ini merupakan latihan terpadu yang dilakukan secara berkala dan berkesinambungan yang bertujuan untuk menguji fungsi komunikasi, komando dan koordinasi antar-stakeholder sesuai dengan Prosedur Penanggulangan Keadaan Darurat (Emergency Response Plan).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSetelah Terbang 19 Jam dari Toulouse, Airbus A320CEO Ke-42 Batik Air Telah Tiba di Indonesia01/04/2019In “Domestik”Mulai 28 Oktober, Batik Air Layani Penerbangan Non-Stop Jakarta-Timika25/10/2019In “Bandara”Dari 234 Unit Pesanan, Batik Air Terima Airbus A320-200CEO ke-4117/07/2018In “Domestik”last_img read more

October Designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享One in four and one in 10. That’s how many women and men in the United States have experienced physical violence, rape and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Each October since 1981, Americans have paused to consider the impacts of domestic violence and seek new strategies to end the conflict to make sure no one feels unsafe in their own home. Domestic violence, however, is pervasive in Alaska and nationwide. Physical, verbal, and emotional abuse in domestic relationships and households affects millions of Americans each year. Photos courtesy of Senator Lisa Murkowski In support of the national effort, Governor Mike Dunleavy has proclaimed October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Alaska. Dunleavy: “It’s important to this administration that victims and survivors of domestic violence know that they are not alone. The State of Alaska is here to ensure their safety, provide support, and make every effort to stop and prevent domestic violence through education and counseling for victims and offenders alike.”U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski joined Alaskans at a ceremony put on by Southcentral Foundation focused on steps to end violence in our state and stand for healthy traditions and healthy families.Murkowski: “I’ve been working hard at the federal level to make headway, by delivering resources and assistance. It’s going to take all of us contributing to solutions, together. Thank you to Southcentral and so many others shining a light and saying we won’t continue to allow this level of violence in Alaska and on our people.” To unite and empower victims, raise awareness, and stand up to what many see as an epidemic, October is National Domestic Violence Month, a designation initiated in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.last_img read more