Hansom: Core values

first_imgHonor-boundA mere 13 years after it introduced male mascot site manager Ivor Goodsite to improve the industry’s image, the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) has launched a female version. Honor Goodsite is a structural engineer and has been launched at a time when just 6% of parents surveyed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology said an engineering career would be attractive to their daughters. CCS chief executive Edward Hardy says: “Honor will encourage schoolchildren to understand the wide range of careers available, while helping to change perceptions of the sector as male-orientated.” It would have been nice to see Honor back in 2003 – she could have been running a business by now – but better late than never, I suppose. Niche marketHere’s a job I can’t see too many flocking to bid for. The RIBA’s competitions office was behind an ideas competition to redesign buildings on the world’s most remote inhabited island. To get to Tristan da Cunha, which is in the South Atlantic 1,750 miles west of Cape Town, takes up to 10 days on a boat and the island is only accessible for around 60 days a year. I was shocked to discover that close to 300 people live in a place like this which is known, for a reason I can’t fathom, as the Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. Tristan da Cunha is made up of four islands, in fact. Rather prophetically, one is called Inaccessible.Apple’s power play This being Apple, the firm isn’t moving into new offices – it’s moving into an Apple campus. Apple’s new London campus, in fact. The iPhone creator is bringing all of its 1,400 London employees into one new office – I simply cannot bring myself to type campus anymore – at the redeveloped Battersea Power Station. It’s taking around 500,000ft2 in the power station’s central Boiler House, about 40% of total office space in the whole development. No wonder London mayor Sadiq Khan was wheeled out to send his best for what is, essentially, an office move.Expect the unexpectedAnalysts aren’t holding out much hope for Jeremy Corbyn to win the next general election. They join large parts of the country in thinking that too – as one wag put it to me the other week, the only thing that stands between Corbyn and victory is the voters. Still, analysts wouldn’t be doing their job if they didn’t factor in a Corbyn win, not that Cenkos’ Kevin Cammack is expecting it to happen. In a daily briefing note sent last week, he begins: “In the astonishing event that he leads the party to an election victory …”Spanish guitarTo a hipster bar in Madrid and a Gleeds event to celebrate 25 years working in the Spanish capital – and going from strength to strength, I hear. Two of my hacks, who were in the capital to report on Spain’s recovery and the locals’ views on Brexit (look out for the report in the coming weeks) were also in attendance. The British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Marley, had a spring in his step following the signing of contracts on Hinkley that day, telling my reporter the nuclear deal was evidence Brexit could work and “no country has the same appetite for foreign investment”. Entertainment was in the form of a local band, with a cameo appearance by Gleeds’ Western Europe director David Johnson, who it turns out is a dab hand on the guitar. A revelationMace chief executive Mark Reynolds is promising to reveal what he wanted to be when he was growing up – provided he hits the magic £2,000 mark on his Just Giving page. He is raising money for youth homeless charity LandAid. Promising is now a bit past tense, in fact. I checked and he’s passed that figure. Reynolds will be revealing footage acting out what he wanted to be next week. I hope when he was growing up he didn’t want to be a company boss because that just seems a little too focused. Meanwhile, more than £30,000 was raised by the Mace Foundation last month with staff taking part in the London to Brighton bike ride and trekking Ben Nevis (pictured).Send any juicy industry gossip to [email protected]last_img read more

Atlanta Falcons Headed to the Super Bowl

first_imgKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Falcons have defeated the Green Bay Packers and are headed to the Super Bowl for the second time in the franchise’s history.The Falcons will face either the New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 5.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img

‘Olympics will go ahead’: Tokyo organisers slam virus rumours

first_imgTokyo 2020 Olympics organisers said Thursday the Games would “go ahead as planned”, slamming misinformation over the new coronavirus for triggering panic.Chief executive officer Toshiro Muto revealed that organisers have set up a task force to combat the fast-spreading disease that has killed over 560 people and infected at least 28,000 — the vast majority in mainland China — but promised that the Games would be not derailed.“The Olympics will go ahead as planned,” he told reporters after a Paralympic project review.“It is important to remain objective and cool-headed. We don’t want to alarm the public. The infection is still limited and there is no problem staging the Olympics based on the current situation.”International Paralympic Committee (IPC) spokesman Craig Spence complained that scaremongering had created an “info-demic” that could skew public perception in the run-up to the Olympics and Paralympics.“Fear is spreading quicker than the virus,” he said. “It’s important we quell that fear. Only 191 of the total cases are outside mainland China, so let’s put things into perspective.“If you compare those rates with the common flu, they are still relatively small numbers,” added Spence.“The World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared this a pandemic. We dealt with the Zika virus in Rio and in these matters we need to rely on the experts.“We will follow the advice of the World Health Organization. Every organising committee looks into countermeasures, and we have measures in place from previous Olympics and Paralympics here in Tokyo. It is standard practice, it’s business as usual.”More than 20 countries have confirmed cases of the flu-like coronavirus.Japan has had no reported deaths so far, but 45 cases have been detected, including at least 20 people on a cruise ship carrying more than 3,700 passengers and crew quarantined off Yokohama.The WHO has declared the outbreak a global health emergency.Japan has warned citizens against non-essential travel to China and fast-tracked new rules including limits on entering the country as it tries to contain the spread of the virus.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday pledged that preparations for the Olympics would proceed as normal.“The coronavirus is beginning to have an impact on tourism,” he said. “But the government will continue to steadily prepare for the Games in close cooperation with the IOC (International Olympic Committee), the local organising committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.”The Japanese government has chartered three flights to repatriate 565 Japanese nationals from Wuhan, the central Chinese city hardest hit by the virus.Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike promised at the weekend to implement “thorough measures” to protect people from the virus.The health scare has led to the cancellation of Olympic qualifying events in China such as boxing and badminton.The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 24 with the Paralympics starting on August 25.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

CWC 2019: Kevin Pietersen vouches for the inclusion of Vijay Shankar in the line-up

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleAdvertisement 9eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsq03vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ev6y8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ce6Would you ever consider trying this?😱cgr20Can your students do this? 🌚nemRoller skating! Powered by Firework Vijay Shankar has been a polarising figure for the fans and critics alike after a series of sub-par performances. The all-rounder was slotted in the line-up after Shikhar Dhawan’s tournament came to a premature end owing to a hairline fracture. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleThe all-rounder’s World Cup journey has been off to a rough start. After bagging a wicket off his very first ball, things have gone only downhill for Shankar. The right-arm medium pacer is yet to deliver a solid outing in the crucial No.4 position for the Men In Blue. Shankar could only manage a couple of patchy innings’ against Afghanistan and West Indies.While many have voiced their opinion about replacing Shankar off the line-up with either Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant, Kevin Pietersen is not one of them as he pleaded Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri to back the 28-year-old in a tweet. He said:Advertisement “Dear Virat and Ravi (Shastri) — please don’t drop Vijay Shankar,” Pietersen said in a tweet on Saturday. “I think he’s coming into his own and would potentially win you tomorrow’s game.”Pietersen also voiced his concern about Pant being thrown away right into the World Cup mix. He added:Advertisement “Don’t think about Pant. He needs another three weeks preparation before I think he can get into your World Cup side.”Check out the tweet below:Read Also:  Advertisementlast_img read more

Casey warms to Bunjil Place

first_imgBy GARRY HOWE THE City of Casey’s largest infrastructure project, Bunjil Place, has unprecedented community approval. Project director Steve Dalton…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img