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Coffee at the London Stand this morning was served with a bacon sandwich, a side of sun and a dose of hard hitting statistics. I was catching up with a trio who hit the headlines in the week leading up to Mipim, Craig Sparrow from Skanska, David Glover from Arup and Chris Smith from GE.For anyone who missed the news, the three firms have formed a partnership to deliver clients with a join green retrofit and rufurb service – something they think needs to be addressed by the industry immediately.Their message is that the time for talking has been and gone and now, action is required. and fast. “In order to meet the 2050 carbon reduction targets, the industry will need to retrofit one existing building in the UK per second,” said Craig. “The time has come to really get the ball rolling,” added Chris.” The GE/Skanska/Arup threesome, let’s call them Geskankup, are now urging other firms to follow suit in offering this kind of one stop shop to go some way to tackling the problem of retrofitting the 98% of existing building stock in the UK.They have been busy down here in Cannes scoping out opinion, especially from clients, and the resopnse has been good: “We have had a very strong reaction and enquiries from high end clients with portfolios of projects all the way down,” said David. And they are all quick to quash concerns about extra costs and the need for new technology: “It’s all a myth about costing too much and cliams the technology doesn’t exist,” said Craig. “there is really no debate about what’s required, it’s about better management of equipement post conmstruction with technology that already exisits.Everything we are doing, we have always done. Just more effectively. It’s not as hard as you would think.” Go Team Geskankup…
PHOENIX — One thing is certain for Jimmer Fredette at Wednesday night’s game when the Phoenix Suns take on the Utah Jazz. When he enters the game, if he gets in at all, he won’t get the same loud reception from the home crowd like he did nine days earlier when he played against the Jazz at Vivint Arena.After being signed by the Suns on March 21, Fredette was hoping to jumpstart his NBA career with some strong performances over the last five games for the Suns, who have held the worst record in the NBA for most of the season and are now the second-worst at 18-60. So far, he’s done nothing to endear himself to the fans at Talking Stick Resort Arena.Instead, it’s his teammate Devin Booker who has recently been putting up the spectacular numbers that Fredette produced in China over the past three seasons, with three games of more than 48 points in his last four games, including a 59-point night against the Jazz last week.Meanwhile, Fredette, who has built his career around his ability to make 3-pointers, has precisely zero 3-pointers since joining the Suns in six attempts. Overall, he’s made 3 of 14 field goals (21.4 percent) and has made 6 of 6 free throws.Not exactly the kind of numbers he was hoping for to help him stick around the NBA a little longer.In his five games since joining the Suns, Fredette did not play in two and after going 1 for 11 in the first two games at Sacramento and Utah, he had his best game Monday night at home when he scored 6 points on 2-of-3 from the field with two free throws and an assist in six minutes of a Suns’ win over Cleveland.After his off night in Utah, where he was greeted with loud ovations from the home crowd, Fredette acknowledged he may have been too “amped up” with a lot of his shots going long. Still, he remains optimistic about his future, telling the Utah media “it felt good to just get out there and be aggressive and play my game and know if I keep doing that, everything’s going to be good.”At least Fredette has had some good news to celebrate since his visit to Utah last week. On Friday, his wife, Whitney, gave birth to the couple’s second child, Taft Russell. Fredette didn’t miss any time because it came on a day off before the Suns’ game Saturday against Memphis, in which he ended up not playing.While a few of the Jazz players were annoyed by all the cheers Fredette received last week, they probably won’t give him a second thought Wednesday night. Their attention will be focused on Booker, who, after putting up 59, 50 and 48 in three losses last week, scored a mere 25 points with 13 assists in a Suns’ win over Cleveland Monday.That same night, the Jazz saw another guard put up big numbers against them when Charlotte’s Kemba Walker scored 47 points, including 38 in the second half.Coach Quin Snyder wasn’t overly concerned about Walker’s big night, saying the Jazz were in foul trouble and left him open when they had a big lead. He said some of them were “walk-up 3s” and added, “When we don’t execute as well in transition, it is really difficult to get up and take some of that stuff away.”Joe Ingles said the Jazz played well defensively for three quarters, stating, “It’s something we need to get better at because in a close game, obviously that can hurt us.”JAZZ NOTES: This marks the fourth and final meeting between the Jazz and Suns, but the third in the last three weeks. After winning 116-88 at home in February, the Jazz won in Phoenix on March 13, 114-97, besides last week’s 125-92 win, also in Salt Lake. … Derrick Favors and Kyle Korver will both miss their second straight game because of injury, while Jae Crowder is probable after he left Monday’s contest early. … The Suns also have several injured players, including Deandre Ayton, T.J. Warren, Tyler Johnson and Kelly Oubre. … After Wednesday’s game, the Jazz return home to face Sacramento Friday night, followed by three games in four nights to finish the regular season: at the Lakers Sunday, Denver at home Tuesday and at the Clippers Wednesday. The playoffs begin the weekend after the final game. … The Suns are coached by former Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov. Related Brad Rock: Jazz are on a roll, but not so dominant against playoff contenders
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CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN kept Tottenham title hopes alive with a stoppage-time winner.The jubilation of the draw in Barcelona which sealed qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League was disappearing in a damp squib of a performance against dogged Burnley.6 Christian Eriksen scores the dramatic late winner for SpursCredit: Getty – Contributor6 Eriksen arrives to fire Spurs to victory and shatter BurnleyCredit: Reuters6 The midfielder is mobbed by Spurs team-mates after the dramatic late winnerCredit: ReutersErik Lamela, Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli had all missed late chances to snatch a winner.But second-half substitute Eriksen came up with the good again to keep Spurs on the tails of Liverpool and Manchester City.Until the late winner, the only plus point for the home team looked like being a decent first start in the senior team for Oliver Skipp, 18, who played in defensive midfield as Mauricio Pochettino shuffled his team to make up for FOUR centre backs being out with injury.Lucas Moura and Lamela failed to convert decent opportunities in the first half , the latter when Joe Hart made a good smothering save.6 Danny Rose bites the dust under a Phil Bardsley challenge in a gritty match at WembleyCredit: PA:Press AssociationMost read in footballBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upHarry Kane had a good shout for a penalty turned down as Burnley frustrated the home team with their compact shape and commitment.Ashley Barnes thought he had given the visitors a shock lead just after the break, only for a combination of Toby Alderweireld and Kane to block his acrobatic effort.From then on, Spurs enjoyed most of the possession and territory yet found it hard to create clear-cut chances.Pochettino sent on Christian Eriksen with 25 minutes left but the chances were falling to others.Is this Danny Rose cross for Tottenham the worst of all time?6 Oliver Skipp made his full debut in the centre of the Tottenham midfieldCredit: AFP or licensors6 Robbie Brady attempts an overhead kick as Burnley searched for the breakthroughCredit: PA:Empics SportIn the 75th minute the ball came to Lamela just outside the six-yard box but Hart made a fine one-armed saved to keep out the low shot.Then Son dragged a shot wide from even close range with five minutes left.When Dele was unable to force in a Son cross at the far post, it seemed Burnley, who had Robbie Brady and Phil Bardsley booked for timewasting, would hold on for a point.But in the final minute, Dele and Kane combined to tee up Eriksen to complete a fine week for Tottenham.Watch all the Premier League action from Saturday 15th December