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first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access 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 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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Phil Shiner tribunal rejects ‘manoeuvre’ to delay case

first_imgA disciplinary hearing into alleged misconduct by human rights solicitor Philip Shiner went ahead today despite a last-ditch request to adjourn proceedings. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal rejected claims by Shiner, formerly head of Public Interest Lawyers, that he was too distressed to attend and did not have enough money to fight the charges.Andrew Tabachnik, counsel for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which brought the charges, said Shiner was unwilling to cooperate and trying to ‘manoeuvre’ the tribunal into delaying the case.UPDATE: Shiner told ‘deliberate and calculating lies’, SDT hearsTabachnik told the Tribunal there was nothing in Shiner’s medical notes and psychological assessments that suggested he was unable to attend the hearing. The tribunal also rejected attempts to delay the hearing until Shiner could attend, saying it was in the public interest to start proceedings.Tabachnik said it would be ‘perverse’ to delay proceedings in what was already a long-running trial.Shiner, who ran claims on behalf of Iraqi civilians against British armed forces, faces 24 charges. He did not attend today’s hearing. The hearing, which is expected to last three weeks, continues.last_img read more

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Declaring domestic violence a national priority

first_imgWithin a three-day period, two women from East Coast Demerara were killed at the hands of the father of their children. Both women – Shamaine Frank and Vinetta Headley-James – had suffered years of domestic violence as they battled through their relationship for the sake of their children.In the case of Frank, her six-year-old daughter witnessed her being stabbed to death. The child, according to news reports, has confided in relatives that she was awakened by her father during the ordeal and threatened not to utter a word. If she did, he would also kill her, she told relatives. Incidents such as these cause trauma for those who witnessed them and serve as a microcosm of such scenarios in society. More specifically, over time, numerous cases of domestic violence have been reported in the Guyanese media. Many were brutally killed in some instances.Unfortunately, this continues despite awareness efforts. There is also the much-touted training of law enforcements officers who are expected to be the first step of recourse with regard to the lodging of complaints.There is more than a subtle irony in the continuance of this societal scourge in spite of the relentless efforts and the plethora of available mechanisms to inform and educate. The problem appears much larger as reflected in the news as many cases go unreported. This speaks to the reality being underestimated.Many reasons have been made known for what can deter an abused victim to not seek the intervention of the law. Among them are aspects of culture, shame, dependency and its redounding lack of empowerment for some, and the absence of confidence in law enforcement precipitated from the reported trivialising of the issue in some instances.One may posit that education is a primary concern. On the other hand, one can argue that education has been more profound in recent times. Pertinent would be to ask if the other factors subvert the heeding of educational messaging. While the answer may be assumed, it would make for interesting and informative research.That said, the magnitude of the impact on children cannot be underestimated. Many have cruelly been made witnesses to the horrific assaults. Those ghastly images, especially when life was snuffed out, are not only lasting, but profoundly traumatising.When young minds are so broadsided, the impact, if not managed, lingers for life. Not that they are erasable, but with meaningful and sustained interventions, the trauma can potentially be mitigated thereby aiding to better shape lives. The entire spectrum of what therefore constitutes counselling then becomes vital. This naturally raises the question of the availability of adequate intervening mechanisms, not just for case of domestic violence but other scenarios including accidents.While it is always heartening to hear that surviving victims and witnesses to such horrific incidents would be counselled, it would be very informative for all to know the extent of what is available and offered. While expectations would be for what obtains in the developed nations, realistically, there must be something tangible in keeping with available resources with upgrades foremost in planning.This is not any way suggesting that there isn’t an effective mechanism. However, counselling can be an extensive process for some depending upon the circumstances. Given the plethora of incidents that unfortunately continue and which would make added demands on the system, the question of adequacy of trained staff, needed facilities and support systems, becomes more pertinent.While there is a disadvantage in accurately quoting figures, based on extensive research, if available, on the amount of people lost, injured and disfigured and those scarred for life as a result of domestic violence, they must be extremely high in proportion to our population. Clearly the highest number would be those who are left traumatized.This therefore must be seen as a serious cause for concern and a compelling reason for consideration for declaring domestic violence a national priority. This is an apolitical issue and is not confined to any one group thereby making it less difficult to garner national support. In such small societies, the impact permeates throughout.As this newspaper has previously said, children reading and learning about incidents through television and social media are in many ways impacted too, especially if one of their own is affected. In the context herein, the pervasiveness and impact of trauma cannot and must not be underestimated. Its mitigation has to uncompromisingly be immediate, holistic, effective and sustained.last_img read more

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Leclerc on top as Ferrari complete practice treble

first_imgValtteri Bottas was fourth for Mercedes ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas and Hamilton, who wound up sixth following an unhappy session that began with him rejecting a pair of retro Mercedes driving gloves and included a pit-stop for a change of side-pods.Carlos Sainz was seventh for McLaren ahead of Pierre Gasly in the second Red Bull, Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo and Romain Grosjean in the second Ferrari-powered Haas.Several of the drivers had times deleted after running with four wheels off the track limits.After the record-breaking heat wave of previous days, cooler conditions prevailed as practice began on a much-changed circuit following overnight thunderstorms and heavy rain. The air temperature fell from 38 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees. The track temperature was 39 degrees.This was expected to favour Mercedes all dressed in 1950s racing overalls to mark 125 years in motorsport and their 200th race start.But the champions seemed unable to rediscover their full speed and instead Ferrari set the pace with their customer teams Alfa Romeo and Haas in pursuit.After their first runs, Leclerc led the way ahead of Vettel while Hamilton was fourth behind Verstappen and Bottas outside the top ten.Having introduced a new aerodynamic package, including a bigger cooling system, Mercedes chose to revert to their previous slimmer bodywork, with ‘thinner’ sidepods, in a bid to regain their pace.As Hamilton waited, Leclerc and Vettel improved, the Monegasque leading by almost a second until his local hero team-mate reduced the gap to less than three-tenths with Bottas improving to third, but half a second adrift.Verstappen jumped to second on the final runs, shortly before Hamilton re-joined the fray only to have his improved lap deleted, like Vettel’s best, for running off-track at the final corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc powers to fastest lap in third practice at Hockenheim © AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVICHOCKENHEIM, Germany, Jul 27 – Charles Leclerc topped the times as Ferrari completed a free practice treble while Lewis Hamilton struggled for pace and consistency in Saturday morning’s third and final session for Sunday’s German Grand Prix.In cool and overcast conditions, the Monegasque driver clocked a best lap in one minute 12.380sec to outpace Max Verstappen of Red Bull by 0.168s with Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel third, 0.264 adrift.last_img read more

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Big Savings on Books to Get You Ready for Tax Season

first_imgAre you ready for tax season? Most provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which Congress passed in 2017, will impact your work as you begin to file 2018 returns.The new year is just around the corner and promises to bring lots of questions from your clients. Do you have the answers?Get Ready for Tax SeasonWolters Kluwer has the answers and is ready to help you prepare for tax season. Enter promo code 30OFFTN to SAVE 30% on all the latest editions including:– the U.S. Master Tax Guide, our best seller, and– the Winter Edition of the Internal Revenue Code.Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Data Center Transformation Drives Millions in Business Value

first_imgIn April 2010, Intel defined a multi-year data center transformation strategy: to run Intel data center services like a factory, affecting change in a disciplined manner and applying breakthrough technologies, solutions, and processes. Our strategy has enabled us to achieve world-recognized leadership in data center asset utilization efficiency while delivering quality of service and the lowest possible cost. From 2010 to 2016, our data center strategy has delivered USD 1.5 billion in cost savings.Metrics for Data Center TransformationWe use three key metrics to measure data center transformation success. Each metric is associated with a specific goal:Quality of service (QoS) – do we meet growing customer demand and adhere to service-level agreements (SLAs)? We offer multi-tier QoS and meet specific performance-to-SLA requirements for defined tiering levels.Cost per service unit – are we cost-competitive and adhering to constrained spending targets? We strive to achieve a 10 percent improvement in data center cost efficiency every year. Note that this goal does not necessarily mean we will spend less each year, but rather that we will get more for each dollar we spend.Effective asset utilization – are we optimally increasing the utilization of infrastructure assets to increase operational efficiency? Our goal is to achieve 80 percent effective utilization of all IT assets, which include facilities, servers, network, storage, backup/recovery, and more.By optimizing on these three key performance indicators (KPIs), we identify the best achievable quality of service (QoS), the lowest achievable cost, and the highest achievable resource utilization with an assumption of unrestricted investment possibility. We call this combination the model of record (MOR) for that year. We then set priorities for the available investment based on these three KPIs to move toward the MOR goal; every year the gap between the MOR and the plan of record (POR) narrows as we make the highest return based on balanced investments in technologies, solutions, and processes.Data Center Transformation HighlightsWe made great strides in increasing data center efficiency this year by investing in the right solution at the right cost at the right time. Some important investments include the following:Disaggregated server innovation. Just as it makes little sense to replace an entire light fixture when all that is needed is a more energy-efficient and powerful light bulb, replacing an entire server does not make sense if all that is needed is a more advanced CPU and DRAM. Intel IT has developed a disaggregated server architecture—the first major server innovation since the introduction of blade servers in 2005—that separates the CPU/DRAM module and the NIC/Drives module on the motherboard. Redesigning the server to be modular enables us to upgrade the CPU/DRAM module while retaining the other components (such as fans, power supplies, cables, network switches, drives, and chassis) that are not ready for end-of-life. According to our internal tests, disaggregated servers can cut refresh costs by a minimum of 44 percent and can reduce technician time spent on refresh by 77 percent, while reducing the shipping weight and materials of full chassis by 83 percent. The ability to spend less time and money on refreshing servers means Intel IT can afford to refresh faster, bringing the most advanced Intel Xeon processor-based CPU technology into Intel’s data centers.Tiered storage. A five-tier approach to storage has helped us increase effective utilization of storage resources, improve our performance to SLAs, and reduce the total cost of ownership for Design storage. The tiers of Design storage are based on performance, capacity, and cost. Tier-1 servers have the highest performance and the least storage capacity. Tier-2 servers offer medium performance but greater storage capacity. Tier-3 servers provide lower performance but emphasize capacity, while Tier-4 and Tier-5 servers have the highest capacity but are used for low-frequency access and read-only archive data. We updated our strategy to account for the computational scale of the site to determine the appropriate performance level required for each storage tier; this enabled us to improve our ability to meet the quality, SLA, and cost targets.Data Center Transformation Drives Cost-EfficiencyOver the last seven years, we have stuck to our goal and delivered year-over-year results. Our Design data center spend has remained essentially flat, but we have increased EDA-MIPS (electronic design automation-meaningful indicator of performance per system) capacity from 100 percent to 650 percent, while unit cost has decreased by 85 percent. For Office and Enterprise services, spending has decreased by 36 percent while the number of OS instances has gone up from 100 percent to 285 percent, resulting in a cost-per-service-unit decrease of 77 percent.Much of Intel’s data center workloads are high-performance computing (HPC) for silicon design. The total cost of ownership analysis including servers, storage, network, and operational costs shows internal hosting of these HPC workloads is significantly less expensive than if we had used public cloud services.To learn more about how a data center transformation strategy can help you meet QoS at the right level, lower unit cost, and increase asset utilization – thereby providing significant savings to the enterprise – read the [email protected] White Paper, “Data Center Strategy Leading Intel’s Business Transformation.”last_img read more

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10 months agoWatford captain Deeney praises (sort of) Arsenal: But they’re four years behind elite

first_imgWatford captain Deeney praises (sort of) Arsenal: But they’re four years behind eliteby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney has launched a fresh attack on Arsenal.Deeney irked the soft-touch Gunners in 2017 when he accused of them of lacking “cojones”.And, although he has seem dramatic improvements under Unai Emery, he has once again told them they are miles off the Premier League pace.Deeney told 5Live: “Everyone knows me and Arsenal don’t get on too well.“But I think there has a steeliness that has been brought in and there are goals throughout the team.“They have different styles of play now and can play with the two boys up front that are always going to score goals and give you something to build on.“But football works in six-month periods between transfer windows and they are going to have to go again.“Look at how transfer windows they are behind the big boys. They are probably six, seven or eight behind the big boys. That is just being realistic.“I know people are saying it is a massive improvement but that’s only on what they had last year.“But they are still behind the likes of Man City and United, not just in spending but in the quality they have brought in.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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The Who To Lead Teenage Cancer Trust Shows At Royal Albert Hall

first_img2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the very first Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall in 2000. Billed as ‘The Who and Friends’ that landmark evening saw Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Kelly Jones join The Who on stage for an incredible one-off performance.All of these artists are returning this year, continuing their incredible support and celebrating everything these shows have helped to achieve for young people with cancer. They’ll also be joined by the legendary Van Morrison, and one of Britain’s best-loved comedians and Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador, Kevin Bridges.Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday, 30 January. Find out more here.The shows run from March 23-28th, with different performers and special guests appearing at the Royal Albert Hall each night. The lineup includes: Stereophonics, plus very special guests – Monday 23 March An evening of comedy hosted by Kevin Bridges, plus very special guests – Tuesday 24 March Paul Weller, plus very special guest Johnny Marr – Friday 27 March Van Morrison, plus very special guests – Wednesday 25 Marchlast_img read more

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Controversial pulp mill treatment plant near Pictou Landing to close in 2020

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsThe chief of the Pictou Landing First Nation is encouraged by news that a nearby treatment plant will close.Since the 1960s, a pulp mill several kilometres away has piped 25-million gallons of toxic wastewater a day into Boat Harbour. Friday, the Nova Scotia government announced that will end by January 2020. “I have the personal assurance of Premier Stephen McNeil that the treatment facility will be closed this time,” said Chief Andrea Paul.Still, Paul is wary over a history of broken promises by the province to clean up Boat Harbour.The tidal lagoon was traditionally used by the Mi’kmaq for fishing and recreation. They call it A’seg (the other room). Over the years, the toxins dumped there have led to a cultural loss and concerns over the impacts on health. Community members call it a case of environmental racism. Living by the treatment plant, and the pulp mill, means living with a horrible stench of sulphur every day said Paul.“Our community is looking forward to breathing fresh air and removing contaminated sediment from Boat Harbour,” said Paul. “I only hope that our elders are still alive to see it happen, since they are the ones who remember what the community has missed out on in Boat Harbour.”Once the plant at Boat Harbour is shut down, clean up can begin. The province has committed $52.3 million. It’s part of an agreement the province reached with Pictou Landing after a protest last June.A pipe carrying effluent from the mill to the Boat Harbour broke and leaked toxic, untreated wastewater and the pulp mill had to shut down. Band members blockaded the area to keep the mill from fixing the broken pipe. After five days, chief and council came to an agreement with the province. “We had asked for an earlier date based on information we received from independent engineers we hired to study the project,” said Paul. “But we were not able to agree with the Province on the closure date.”Still, Paul said this Friday’s announcement is good news.Band member Jonathan Beadle agrees. “I’m genuinely glad they decided on a date for the closure of BHTF. I still have many questions as a result of what has taken place,” said Beadle.Some of those questions still unanswered are around where the new treatment facility will be built. Talks over that between the pulp mill and the province still have to happen. “We are examining the new legislation that we first saw (Friday). We are assessing our options to ensure existing contractual agreements and obligations made by the province to the Mill are honoured,” said Bruce Chapman, general manager of Northern Pulp, in a statement. “Northern Pulp is prepared to work with government to ensure these contractual obligations will be honoured.”The province said it will be looking for the mill to throw in some cash to help with the clean-up. Testing is on-going to determine final amounts of contaminants. Though, for the most part, officials do know what has settled at the bottom of Boat Harbour. A government report details the list of chemicals – by-products of making paper. Among them, zinc, cadmium and mercury. Cancer-causing dioxins and furans, formed when the wood pulp is bleached, are also present in small amounts.The community has been part of a health research project for the last three years to find out the impacts of living so close to Boat Harbour. Those findings aren’t published yet. But anecdotally, the community has reported higher rates of cancer and asthma and skin conditions for years. The clean-up could take 10 years once the plant is closed in [email protected]last_img read more

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Devils focus on defending Buckeyes dynamic duo of Lavender and Prahalis

The No.3 women’s basketball team is off to its best start in coach Jim Foster’s eight seasons with the Buckeyes. Tonight, the Buckeyes travel to Durham, N.C., to take on No. 11 Duke in the feature game of the ACC/Big Ten challenge.In their 8-0 start, the Buckeyes have already won the Preseason WNIT and the Buckeye Classic. Led by junior Jantel Lavender and sophomore Samantha Prahalis, the Buckeyes are defeating opponents by an average of 27.4 points per game and average scoring just fewer than 90 points per contest.In the Buckeyes’ most recent victory over California, both Prahalis and Lavender finished with double-doubles. “She’s as good as there is in the open court,” coach Jim Foster said of his point guard. “She has a good sense of the game and as we grow, she starts to find her wings as well as herself.”As for Lavender, the center recorded her 40th career double-double against the Golden Bears, the most among active Big Ten players. She, along with Prahalis, was named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team.Ohio State will need big production from both of its stars to beat Duke.While perennial powerhouse Duke is having a bit of a down year by its standards, the Blue Devils’ home record is impeccable. Duke has won 18 consecutive home games, its last loss coming in February of 2008.Duke is riding a four-game win streak, in large part because of junior guard Jasmine Thomas. Thomas recorded a triple-double in Duke’s most recent victory over Marquette. Thomas leads the high-powered Duke offense and averages more than 14 points a game.If the Buckeyes defeat the Blue Devils, it will be their first win in the Big Ten/ACCchallenge. OSU lost its previous two matchups against North Carolina and Maryland, while Duke has posted a record of 1-1 in the first two challenges.The teams square off at 7 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham. read more

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