Are greens good for you?

first_imgGreen party leader Natalie Bennett became an unlooked for Twitter sensation this week following her car crash interview with LBC Radio’s Nick Ferrari over her party’s housing policy. There’s no doubt that, on the eve of the Ecobuild conference, and two months before the general election, both sustainability and the built environment are very much in the news.Next week’s conference will provide perhaps the last detailed forum in which to debate the sustainability of the UK’s construction and built environment sector before this year’s poll. It also provides a viewpoint from which to review where we’ve come in the last five austerity-bedevilled years.It has become a commonplace to rate Cameron’s pledge of making his government the “greenest ever” next to the coalition’s actual track record on sustainability – a track record that’s patchy at best. While it is hard to find anyone who believes the coalition has been the greenest ever, the last five years have seen genuine achievements on sustainability, such as the proposed introduction of minimum energy performance standards in the commercial and residential sector. But – as Building has documented tirelessly – there has been more than a healthy dollop of U-turns (FITs), policy failures (Green Deal) and unhelpful rhetoric about “green crap”.The continuing uncertainties and concerns over the standard to which we build new homes, and the government’s about-turn on the widely supported policy of Display Energy Certificates, both detailed in this week’s magazine, are further examples of the faltering delivery of sustainability policy.Many in the UK distrust what they see as knee-jerk environmentalism as a kind of woolly-minded and unhelpful idealism, and certainly not a rational plan on which to build a sound economic future for the UKFor many, the most unhelpful theme of this period has been the way the politics of austerity – as espoused by the Treasury particularly – have been placed in opposition to the need for greater sensitivity to mankind’s impact upon the environment. Green policies, the rhetoric has gone, are a luxury we can no longer afford given the UK’s ballooning public sector debt.In many ways, Natalie Bennett’s “mind blank” interview on LBC exemplifies this image problem. Despite the overwhelming evidence in favour of climate change, many in the UK distrust what they see as knee-jerk environmentalism as a kind of woolly-minded and unhelpful idealism, and certainly not a rational plan on which to build a sound economic future for the UK.In order to convince the electorate, and all of the construction industry, those promoting sustainability have to get better at making their case in the language that economists and industry understand. This means spelling out how investment in sustainable technologies and construction methods can boost growth, and give the UK a competitive advantage over less forward-thinking nations.For a vision of this new breed of committed but pragmatic environmentalism, you need look no further than the 50 rising young stars of sustainability that we identify on page 28. Nominated by their peers in the industry, these are the people who will help shape the next generation of the construction industry – and the future looks bright.While they are not enamoured with the coalition’s track record – giving it a meagre four out of 10 for progress on sustainability – they are nonetheless optimistic about the future, and full of ideas of how to improve the construction industry we all work in. Because while the election may be at the forefront of many of our minds – and no doubt Natalie Bennett’s – ultimately it is the industry itself that is best placed to drive change.As one of our young talents, Bam’s Anthony Heaton, says, the industry has perhaps let itself down in recent years with the slow speed of modernisation. “It needs training and a little persuasion,” he says. If it is going to make that change, and if sustainability is really going to become the bedrock of the sector, then these are the people that can make it happen.Joey Gardiner, deputy editorlast_img read more

Panalpina’s new Dubai facility opens for business

first_imgThe new facility consists of a multipurpose logistics operating area and a large lay down area.Located in the Dubai Logistics City free trade zone adjacent to the new Al Maktoum International Airport and the Jebel Ali seaport between Dubai city centre and Abu Dhabi, Panalpina has the infrastructure to provide customers with improved cost and service efficiencies in the UAE and across the Gulf region.last_img

Feds want to ban swimming with Hawaii dolphins

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: August 23, 2016 5:03 PM EDT SHARE HONOLULU (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State’s most popular tourist activities and the industry that has sprung up around it.The National Marine Fisheries Service says spinner dolphins – the playful nocturnal species that humans in Hawaii routinely frolic with – are being deprived of rest during the day and becoming stressed out.Swimming with dolphins is popular with visitors and some locals, with dozens of companies on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island operating dolphin tours daily.The proposed rule could shut down or greatly disrupt the industry as it now operates. That’s because the ban would cover waters out to 2 nautical miles, which is where 98 percent of Hawaii’s spinner dolphins rest after they’ve spent the night feeding. Tour companies take customers to these close-to-shore waters to find dolphins.Ann Garrett, assistant regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s protected resources division for the Pacific Islands, said dolphins have been found to be burning calories at a higher rate because they are forced to be vigilant as people approach their pods.“All of these things can contribute to a reduction of fitness over time – this kind of chronic level of stress. That’s what we’re concerned about,” Garrett said.Scientists have not done any studies on how frolicking with humans has affected the dolphins’ numbers. But they fear the stress will harm the animals’ ability to reproduce.The federal agency plans to hold public meetings on the regulations next month and expects to make a final decision next year.Garrett said Tuesday that the agency aims to require swimmers, snorkelers and others in the water to stay at least 50 yards from the animals.She said tour operators can follow this rule and still make a living. She said some already do so voluntarily.Under the proposed rules, “those that are putting their people in the water to interact with dolphins, this would change the nature of what they’re doing,” she said. “They could still do snorkeling for other reasons – it’s just not setting their people within a pod of dolphins or within 50 yards of a dolphin.”Hawaii’s spinner dolphins get their name from their habit of leaping in the air and spinning around. Some scientists say such behavior is not always playfulness and can instead be an attempt by a dolphin to alert others to danger.Spinner dolphins eat fish and small crustaceans that surface from the ocean depths at night. At daybreak, they gather in shallow bays to hide from tiger sharks and other predators.When they sleep, they rest half their brains and keep the other half awake so that they can surface and breathe. As a result, they can look awake and active even when asleep.Unlike the better-known bottlenose and other dolphin species in Hawaii waters, they are highly predictable in their behavior, returning to the same general area every day. That makes them easy for tour groups to find.The prohibitions would cover waters up to 2 miles off the main Hawaiian Islands. It would also apply farther from shore in certain waters between Maui, Lanai and Kahoolawe islands. Feds want to ban swimming with Hawaii dolphins last_img read more

Earthquake shakes four Caribbean islands

first_img Share 56 Views   no discussions LocalNews Earthquake shakes four Caribbean islands by: – April 30, 2013 Share Sharing is caring!center_img A map of the quake. Photo credit: United States Geological SurveyA 5.3-magnitude earthquake affected four Caribbean islands; St Kitts and Nevis, St Eustatius, St Maarten and Antigua on Tuesday April 20, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).According to USGS, the quake occurred at 2.53 am (local time) and its epicentre was located at 17.48 degrees north and 62.14 degrees west. It had a depth of 30.4 miles and was felt in St. Kitts-Nevis, and the French island of Guadeloupe.It struck at approximately 2:56 AM local time and caused the strongest shaking in St Kitts and Nevis and St Eustatius, while causing moderate shaking in St Maarten and Antigua.There were no immediate reports of death of damage on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.The Seismic Unit of the University of the West Indies said that the quake occurred west of Barbuda.In 1974, an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale caused major damage in St. Kitts and Nevis. Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetlast_img read more

GNSS Front End Solution for Software Receivers Processes 4 Frequency Bands Simultaneously

first_imgLighthouse Technology has completed the development of a series of front-end processors for software receivers, processing up to 4 frequency GNSS signals simultaneously. This new system called “Hibiki” will be available for sale starting April 2018.Each GNSS Technology uses multiple frequency bands – The Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), broadcasts GNSS signals in 4 frequency bands, L1, L2, L5 and L6. Similarly, GPS and Russian GLONASS GNSS solutions broadcast in 3 bands, the European Galileo and Chinese BeiDou systems broadcast in 4 bands. Though each technology uses 3 or 4 bands, most conventional front-ends are able to process only two bands at the same time, and can not be used for highly specialized applications such as processing multiple signals with different frequencies at the same time.Lighthouse developed “Hibiki” to address this issue. Hibiki has an unprecedented capability to process up to 4 frequency bands simultaneously. The system has an overwhelming data transfer rate using USB 3.0 and can stably transmit signal data to a host computer with sampling speeds of 50 million samples per second. These high sampling frequency is also unprecedented in the conventional front-end processors, which helps improve L5 signal receiving performance and multipath reduction.last_img read more

Ceres surges past Stallion

first_imgMANILA – Ceres-Negros cruised to its second straight win in the 2017 Philippines Football League after beating Stallion-Laguna 5-1 on Wednesday at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.Spanish striker Fernando Rodriguez scored a hat-trick while Bienvenido Marañon added a brace for Ceres, which moved up to fourth place in the standings with 10 points on three wins, one draw and a loss.“It’s not easy to play against the same team in a couple of days but we will prepare for them once again on Saturday,” said Cereshead coach Risto Vidakovic. The second match will be played in the same field.With the defeat, Stallion, which came from a 1-1 draw with Meralco Manila Sparks last Saturday, slipped to seventh place with 3 points.Ceresimmediately surged in the match after a conversion by Marañon in the 18th minute.Stallionquickly tied the score on a hit by Ilonggo Jesus Melliza.The Bacolod City-based squad responded with two straight goals courtesy of Marañon, who drained from a pass by Martin Steuble, and Rodriguez, who scored from inside the box, for a 3-1 halftime lead.Ceres stretched the leadin the second half with Rodriguez scoring from the edge of the box before completing his hat-trick minutes later with another close-range hit./PN [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=’Ceres surges past Stallion’ 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=” color=”]Thursday, June 29, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Pelni Hadirkan WiFi Gratis di 18 Armada Kapalnya

first_imgKapal penumpang milik Pelni yang tengah berlabuh di pelabuhan (Nikkei Asian Review) Layanan WiFi gratis kini bisa dinikmati para penumpang yang bepergian dengan kapal laut. Pasalnya PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni) sudah menyediakan WiFi gratis untuk semua penumpang di 18 armada kapalnya. Pelayanan ini sendiri ternyata sudah ada sejak kapal-kapal tersebut mengangkut para pemudik dari 8 Juni hingga 1 Juli 2018 kemarin.Baca juga: Toyota Meluncur di Air dengan Kapal Balap Bertenaga HidrogenTetapi setelah 1 Juli 2018 WiFi gratis hanya bisa digunakan penumpang hingga 5 MB dan jika ingin menggunakan di luar kapasitas tersebut bisa membeli layanan berbayar berupa kupon atau voucher di dalam kapal. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, bahwa pengadaan internet ini merupakan upaya Pelni untuk meningkatkan layanan pada pelanggan. Dalam membangun komunikasi kapal, sistem informasi di kapal hingga pemasangan WiFi, Pelni bekerja sama dengan PT Len Industri. Hal ini dikarenakan sistem Komunikasi Kapal perlu ditingatkan agar pelayanan penumpang dan kru kapal semakin mudah dalam berkomunikasi di atas kapal di lokasi yang tidak ada jaringan komunikasinya. Sehigga solusi ini diharapkan mampu memenuhi kebutuhan akan jaringan komunikasi dan internet agar mendukung visi Pelni menjadi Perusahaan Pelayaran yang Tangguh dan Pilihan Utama PelangganManajer Humas dan CSR dari Pelni Akhmad Sujadi mengatakan pada 11 Mei 2018 lalu, keduanya telah melakukan penandatanganan nota kesepahaman di Bandung sebagai bentuk sinergi antar BUMN.“Pelaksanaan Memorandum of Understanding antara Pelni dan Len diikuti dengan penandatanganan perjanjian kerjasama antara anak perusahaan, PT Pelita Indonesia Djaya Corporation (PIDC), dan PT Len Industri,” katanya.PIDC dan mitranya mulai memasang peralatan telekomunikasi pada 18 kapal Pelni yang beroperasi di seluruh nusantara dengan memasang terminal aperture yang sangat kecil atau very small aperture terminal (VSAT). VSAT sendiri adalah stasiun penerima sinyal satelit dengan antena berbentuk piringan dengan diameter kurang dari tiga meter.Baca juga: Rolls-Royce Rilis Intelligent Awareness, Bantu Pelaut Tingkatkan Kesadaran SituasionalFungsi utama VSAT adalah mengirim dan menerima data ke satelit, sehingga WiFi diaktifkan. Selain bermanfaat bagi penumpang, manajemen juga dapat memantau operasi kapal di ruang direktur utama, sehingga kegiatan operasional kapal dapat dipantau selama 24 jam.Pemantauan kapal juga tersedia dari aplikasi seluler, Patrakom Vis. Sebenarnya untuk layanan WiFi ini sendiri akan dipasang pada 26 kapal secara bertahap dengan dimulai dengan 18 kapal pertama kemudian di area anjungan, kantor kapal dan mini market milik Pelni.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedIkuti Lion Air, PT Pelni Terapkan Sistem Bagasi Berbayar, Cek Ketentuannya di Sini!28/02/2019In “Angkutan Ferry”Sambut Nataru 2020, Pelni Siapkan 26 Kapal dan Imbau Penumpang Hindari Calo Tiket19/12/2019In “Destinasi”Garap Wisata Bahari, Pelni Canangkan Layanan Kapal Pesiar20/04/2017In “Destinasi”last_img read more

Sports Minister, Dare, NFF Resolve To ‘Reposition’ Nigerian Football

first_imgMinister of Sports, Sunday Dare and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have resolved to chart a new course for football, sports and youth development in the country after a meeting between the Sports Minister and the Board of the NFF in Abuja on Friday.The meeting between the Sports Minister and all fifteen members of the NFF board was the first between both parties since the appointment of Dare and comes on the heels of ongoing investigations into the financial dealings of the NFF by several federal government anti-graft agencies. In a communique released at the end of the meeting, both parties resolved to work together to ensure assent is swiftly given to the NFF bill by the President, “reposition the domestic league”, ensure the rehabilitation of sporting infrastructure as well as institutionalise processes to ensure early preparations and mobilisation of funds for participation in tournaments and championships.Acknowledging the insidious damage allegations of financial improprieties have done to the image of the federation and the distractions caused by feuds within and outside the NFF, a communique issued at the end of the meeting announced that the Sports Minister will work with the NFF “to reach out to all factions with a view to having an amicable resolution of all problems”.This, however, led former Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung to take a cheeky swipe at his successor with a sarcastic post on microblogging site, Twitter, suggesting that with Dare’s intervention, all corruption investigations and charges against the NFF and its leadership would now be dropped. Dalung had often been fingered as the brains behind the unrelenting harsh glare into the books of the NFF when he was Sports Minister with many accusing him of using the anti-graft agencies as a means to force out the current leadership of the NFF in order to install his stooges.RelatedSports Ministry, NFF Set Out Post Covid-19 Plan For Nigerian FootballApril 18, 2020In “Featured”Solomon Dalung Takes Swipe At Successor Sunday DareSeptember 22, 2019In “NFF”Amaju Pinnick Is Doing Something Right In LeadershipJune 10, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

Boys basketball: Bossier wins 1-3A title

first_imgWhen Bossier got off to a 7-5 start this season, coach Jeremiah Williams knew some people probably were wondering if the Bearkats’ amazing run of success might be coming to an end.Well, wonder no more.The beat goes on as Bossier clinched the District 1-3A championship with a 71-53 victory over the North Webster Knights Friday night at Bossier.It was the Bearkats’ sixth straight district title and 59th straight district victory. Bossier can make it 60 in a row when it closes out the regular season against Evangel Christian Academy Tuesday night at Evangel.“It feels good,” Williams said. “Back when we were 7-5 people were wondering whether we were going to be good as we’ve been in the past. I knew we had the potential to be where we are right now, we just had to work. It’s just a product of hard work and being consistent over the course of the year. We’re excited to be champions one more time.”Bossier improved to 22-7 overall and 9-0 in 1-3A. North Webster dropped to 21-9 and 6-2.Tuesday night’s game was the third meeting between the teams.North Webster won the first 60-55 in late December in the quarterfinals of the “Doc” Edwards Invitational. Bossier won the first district meet 65-59 in overtime on Jan. 28.The game stayed tight in the first half with Bossier taking a 35-29 lead. But the Bearkats’ suffocating defense, a trademark of the Williams’ era, began to take its toll.Bossier extended the lead to 49-38 after three quarters and then dominated the fourth.“It was just good team defense,” Williams said.Williams said one key to slowing down North Webster was the preparation leading up to the game.He said that the Bearkats’ unsung heroes were players “that don’t get their names called out a lot of times, those practice guys that help us out.”Those players were able to simulate North Webster in practice.“They put us in position to play good defense,” Williams said. “It was a total team effort. I’m just proud of all those guys for the preparation leading up to that game.”Senior guard Devonte Hall, the lone returning starter from last season’s semifinal team, continued his stellar season. Hall led Bossier with 29 points.Darius Leary added 14, including two three pointers, and Kentrell Hardy had 13.Elsewhere, Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing routed Haynesville 57-23 in a District 1-1A game in Plain Dealing.Chiner Long led the Lions (16-8, 6-3) with 20 points. Ja’Carlius Stromile had 13 points and eight rebounds. Keldrick Carper had nine rebounds.Long had 12 points and six assists in a 48-42 victory over Cedar Creek Saturday in Ruston . Russell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.com Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

New Zealand U23 win 2-0

first_imgMen’s Soccer BY JOHN PANGKATANA The PNG men’s soccer team’s hopes of a gold medal playoff were dashed yesterday when the New Zealand U23 side aided by numerous dubious calls by the referee beat them 2-0 in Apia, Samoa. A disappointed coach Bob Morris said it was unfortunate as the team had worked hard to get this far. “We had a few calls go against us and that basically opened the door for them, otherwise the boys gave their best and only their lack of discipline in the last 20 minutes let us down.” Morris said they still could have forced a draw, but mentally the players were gone and with a lot of the referee’s decisions going against them, the players lost the plot. He added it was frustrating for their main strikers in Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba, but that is the name of the game. “When Alwyn (Komolong) got red carded that’s when we fell apart in the last quarter.” He said they are now working on beating Tonga in their last pool match to secure a bronze medal play-off.last_img read more