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Irish to take Telford mall

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Five Paul Green companies collapse

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Meet the RESI A-Team

first_imgWe enlisted the help of our newly convened RESI Senate, we sought input from trusted editorial contacts and the team and we invited you, our readers, to nominate your rising residential stars.We knew we had come up with a strong list, but it was only when we unveiled our 40 entrepreneurs, disruptors and innovators at RESI last year that we realised quite how diverse and special the group was. There was no way we were going to top that, I thought.How wrong I was. Here we are 12 months later and I am delighted to report that we have smashed it out of the ballpark again. This year, having also invited last year’s cohort of RESI Trailblazers to nominate their 2019 picks, we kicked off the RESI Convention by unveiling not 40, not 50 but almost 60 RESI Trailblazers. What a dynamic and inspiring group they are.They hail from a range of age groups, a huge array of disciplines and different cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds. Better still, 39% of them are women and we did not have to resort to positive discrimination to make it so. Women were equally well represented from the outset – they just happened to be the best in their field.The diversity of this year’s RESI Trailblazers is impressive enough, but perhaps even more notable is how disruptive they are. Einar Roberts, head of residential consultancy at RESI Trailblazers sponsor Cluttons, makes this very point in his comment piece, noting their “entrepreneurial spirit” and how important it is to be “curious about new ideas, big and small”. His observation brings to mind an even greater quote than Hannibal Smith’s; the remark from Al Pacino’s character Lowell Bergman in Hollywood movie The Insider that he is “getting two things: pissed off and curious”.It seems to me that a good number of our RESI Trailblazers got pissed off and curious about something at some point, whether it was under-utilised airspace above buildings (Apex Airspace), a lack of co-living options for the over-40s (Cohabitas), poor understanding of health and wellness (hero), the absence of robust residential rating systems (HomeViews and WiredScore), poor flexible working provision (Daisy Chain), the treatment of women and minorities (PropElle and BAME) or the homelessness crisis (Project Etopia and ProxyAddress).There are other attributes this fearless band of outliers, mavericks and rebels have in common. Before RESI, I had the pleasure of sitting in on the briefing call with the panellists taking part in the debate on ‘How to blaze a trail in housing’ and it soon became clear that however great the challenges they face, this lot just do not give up. It’s not in their DNA.They are also “ruthlessly candid”, in one Trailblazer’s words, about their own strengths and weaknesses and understand how vital it is to work collaboratively and not try to go it alone.Interestingly, they also stress the importance of mentoring, yet none of them actually has a mentor. My theory is that what they are doing is so trailblazing, so pioneering, that no one has done it before. In short, there is no one who could mentor them. We can certainly learn from them, though – just read their mantras – and I hope we do.last_img read more

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India to Get LNG Cargo

first_imgPetronet’s Dahej LNG terminal on India’s west coast is due to get a cargo of LNG from Qatar onboard the 138,700 cbm Raahi on October 8, according to shipping data.The Dahej terminal in Gujarat is India’s first LNG import terminal and has a nominal capacity of 10 MMTPA.The terminal is meeting around 20% of the total gas demand of the country.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, October 7, 2013last_img

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Firm in interpreter storm offers better deal

first_imgThe firm at the centre of the row over courtroom interpreters says it has taken on more staff and offered cash incentives to improve the service offered under its Ministry of Justice contract. Gavin Wheeldon, chief executive of Applied Language Solutions (ALS), contacted staff members and self employed interpreters this week following the Gazette’s report of problems encountered by courts using the new hub service. ALS was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Justice last year to act as the sole supplier of court interpreters, but critics have claimed some staff are not properly trained and court proceedings are being held up as a result. The Professional Interpreters’ Alliance says defendants are being forced to spend extra nights in custody because no one is available in court to translate for them. In an email sent at the start of this week, Wheeldon said that 21 extra people were being recruited to ensure the service runs more smoothly. A £5 supplement was introduced from Monday for all interpreters who accept bookings through the new automated system, and mileage allowances doubled from 20p to 40p. In the email, Wheeldon said: ‘I understand this has been frustrating and the system is not perfect yet but please bear with us a bit longer – we will get there I promise! ‘I have thought long and hard about the earnings issue and discussed this internally with management. What we have come up with, I hope, helps us both.’ A spokeswoman for ALS said the firm had no further comment. On Monday, interpreters protested outside courts in Manchester (pictured) and Bradford against the government’s decision to outsource the service. Further demonstrations are being planned for London and Birmingham. Last week, the MoJ contacted courts and tribunals to allow them to hire interpreters from other sources where hearings have been cancelled. A spokesman for the department added that the contract will save at least £18m a year on the cost of interpretation and translation, while ensuring high quality interpreters are available.last_img read more

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Higgins & Co

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Dutch ports appeal new tax rule

first_imgLast year Dutch legislature made an exception in the law for port authorities, meaning that they did not have to pay corporation tax because they were not competing with private parties, but with foreign ports and each other.In January, the European Commission decided to overrule the special position of seaports in Dutch legislation.During legal proceedings, the port authorities will principally allege an infringement of the principles of proper administration, such as equality and proportionality.Paul Smits, financial director of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “We are not against paying corporation tax, but then it should apply to all European sea ports. This is a matter of principle for us.”The foreign ports with which we have to compete do not pay corporation tax and, in addition, are even supported in various ways by their governments.”He added: “The payment of corporation tax will come at the expense of our investments in the port complex. The purpose of this cannot be to increase unfair competition.”If the commission’s decision came into effect, the Port of Rotterdam Authority would have to pay about EUR60 million (USD67.5 million) in corporation tax per year, based on its most recent annual figures.  www.portofrotterdam.comwww.portofamsterdam.comwww.zeelandseaports.comwww.portofdenhelder.euwww.havenschapmoerdijk.nlwww.groningen-seaports.comlast_img read more

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CN orders 60 locomotives

first_imgCANADA: Canadian National has ordered a further 60 Evolution Series diesel locomotives from GE Transportation, building on an order for 200 placed in December 2017.The EPA Tier 4 compliant locomotives will be produced at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas. They will be equipped with GoLINC networking technology, Trip Optimizer fuel saving system and Locotrol distributed power controls. The deal announced on September 5 includes a multi-year support agreement.‘With strong demand across our business, we continue to invest for the long haul with these locomotives that further expand the reliability and size of our fleet’, said CN President & CEO JJ Ruest. ‘With expanded infrastructure and new equipment, we are giving our industry-leading transportation team the tools they need to provide higher levels of service with greater operating efficiency.’last_img read more

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ARTC shortlists Port Botany contractors

first_img#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outAUSTRALIA: Five civil engineering groups have been shortlisted by Australian Rail Track Corp to undertake improvements to the freight lines serving the busy Port Botany south of Sydney.The government has committed A$400m to improving rail capacity in order to meet a projected 77% increase in the volume of containerised freight handled by the port, which is expected to reach 25·5 million tonnes by 2036. According to the NSW Ports’ 30-year Master Plan, 80% of containers passing through Port Botany are delivered to locations within a 40 km radius. Several train operators have been developing shuttle services to move this traffic between the port and freight precincts in the outer western and southwestern districts of the Greater Sydney metropolitan area.The two projects involve double-tracking the remaining single-track section of the freight-only Botany branch between Mascot and Port Botany and constructing a passing loop between Cabramatta and Warwick Farm on the Southern Sydney Freight Line able to accommodate 1 300 m long trains.CPB Contractors, Laing O’Rourke and John Holland have been shortlisted to bid for the Botany Rail Duplication Project. Downer EDI, Fulton Hogan and John Holland have been shortlisted for the Cabramatta Loop Project. Final tenders for the design and build contracts are due to be invited later this year.‘These major projects aim to improve rail capacity, flexibility and reliability for freight rail customers, encouraging more freight to shift from road to rail, and we are getting on with delivering these massive improvements’, said ARTC CEO & Managing Director John Fullerton. ‘Each freight train can take up to 54 trucks worth of freight off the road, tackling congestion and improving the everyday commute in Sydney.’last_img read more

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Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Nigerian President Buhari in Beijing, China

first_imgThis is Nigerian President Buhari’s first state visit to China since taking office, and he is also the first head of state from Africa to visit China after last year’s FOCAC Johannesburg Summit. President Buhari has led a huge delegation comprising ministers of transportation, power and housing, trade, industry and investment.President Xi Jinping held a welcoming ceremony for Buhari at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Buhari is the first African leader that President Xi has received this year in the Chinese capital.President Xi has met with President Buhari twice previously, in Jonhannesburg and New York….and this the third meeting between the two leaders within a year. Xi Jinping said this indicates the special significance of China-Nigeria ties.“This year marks 45 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations, and the two sides have achieved fruitful results in boosting the relationship, with lots of “Firsts” in China-Africa ties. Nigeria is the first African country to utilize Chinese technical standards to construct a modern railway, the first to import a Chinese communication satellite, the first to cooperate with China to conduct a joint marine research program, the first to put Renminbi into its foreign currency reserves. Now, China has become Nigerian’s largest contractor of infrastructure construction projects, its second trading partner and its main source of investment resource. This brings substantial benefits to the people of both countries.” Said China’s President Xi JinpingPresident Buhari praised China’s social and economic development, and said there was great potential for further cooperation between the two sides, especially in areas such as agriculture and infrastructure.The two leaders also witnessed the signing of six documents on economic, industrial, aviation, financial, scientific and technological cooperation.“President Xi Jinping told President Buhari during the meeting that China wanted to help Nigeria address three bottlenecks impeding the country’s development, namely, the underdeveloped infrastructure, lack of skilled talent and financial support. The two sides have a good foundation with regards to economic and trade cooperation. By the end of last year, the total volume of project contracts by Chinese companies in Nigeria reached 77.3 billion US dollars, and the bilateral trade volume reached 15 billion US dollars, accounting for one fourteenth of the total trade volume between China and Africa.” said Lin Songtian, Director-General, African Affairs Dept.,Chinese Foreign MinistryNigeria is the largest economy in Africa, but the country is still in need of infrastructure support. China has the technical and financial capacity to help Nigeria improve this, while promoting industrialization and tackling the challenge of unemployment. Just as President Buhari said: “this is a cooperation opportunity that Nigeria cannot afford to lose.last_img read more

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