Bluebirds Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos

first_imgBluebirds visit a backyard garden with a pond Thursday lifting spirits on Barranca Mesa and around Los Alamos. These birds are highly social, usually feeding in flocks during the non-breeding season. They hunt for terrestrial insects by dropping to the ground from a low perch. Bluebirds also frequently feed on berries in trees and rely on trees both for nesting cavities and hunting perches. Source: allaboutbirds.com. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan Bluebirds visit a backyard garden with a nearby pond Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan Bluebirds visit a backyard garden with a nearby pond Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathancenter_img Bluebirds visit a backyard garden with a nearby pond Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathanlast_img read more

Why I think government is totally wrong on construction

first_imgSubscribe 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 community 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 Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Allseas to build 72,000-tonne heavy lift vessel

first_imgThe new vessel will have a width of 160 m and will be capable of lifting topside structures weighing as much as 72,000 tonnes. The vessel, when commissioned in 2020, will be used for worldwide topside installation and decommissioning projects. Construction work on Pieter Schelte – the first single-lift platform installation and decommissioning vessel that Allseas designed, which has an approximate lifting capacity of 36,000 tonnes – began in spring 2010; Allseas says that Pieter Schelte should enter revenue generating service in the coming months.An artist’s rendering of Pieter Schelte www.allseas.comlast_img read more

Tower cranes used for wind turbine installation

first_imgALE said that this is the first time that tower cranes have been used to perform wind turbine installation works in Australia. The K1650L was selected for the Lincoln Gap wind farm project due to its high wind speed tolerance and small footprint. The crane’s compact footprint means the size of hardstand can be reduced by more than 50 percent in comparison with other cranes widely used in the wind energy industry, allowing cost and time savings in civil works, said ALE. ALE has been contracted to install 14 of the 59 wind turbine generators at the Lincoln Gap project. HLPFI reported in February 2019 that ALE installed 13 wind turbines in Thailand using the K1650L. ale-heavylift.comlast_img read more

Damages uplift ruling sparks call for clarity

first_imgLawyers have called for extra guidance after claiming a judicial announcement on damages raises more questions than answers. The Court of Appeal last week handed down a judgment that will lead to a 10% increase in general damages in most civil cases from 1 April next year. But both claimant and defendant solicitors say the judgment could unbalance the system. Kerry Underwood, chairman of national firm Underwoods, said large numbers of claimants will effectively receive a ‘bonus’ as cases come to court after 1 April that are already subject to recoverable success fees. ‘Thus they will get the 10% increase but will not have to pay any success fee out of it,’ Underwood said. He added that there were also issues in relation to part 36 offers to settle. ‘Supposing a claimant now offers £10,000 and a defendant £9,500 and in April 2013 the court awards £9,200, uprated by 10% to £10,120. Has the claimant beaten its own offer, thus qualifying for indemnity costs, or has the claimant failed to beat the defendant’s offer, thus incurring liability for all of the defendant’s costs, from 21 days after the claimant’s offer?’ Don Clarke, president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, said members were concerned that the judgment was announced in isolation. ‘This reform is part of an interlocking package and closely aligned to the withdrawal of the recoverability of success fees and after the event premiums. ‘It would be illogical not to do everything possible to ensure that, as much as is reasonably practicable, the 10% increase and the withdrawal [of recoverability] are synchronised.’ A spokesman for the judiciary said it was clear from the wording of the judgment that ‘no approach was going to be perfect’. He said judges will be trained in the runup to next April so they are aware of any case being dragged out to a point where damages are increased.last_img read more

Line 9 goes out to tender

first_imgThe Catalunya regional government’s new construction authority Gestió d’Infraestructures has called tenders for civil works on the first sections of Barcelona metro Line 9, expected to open in 2004. The works have been divided into three packages. The first covers the section from Sagrera on Lines 1 and 5 east to a TBM access shaft on the site of the new high speed station (RG 6.01 p370). Including stations, this section has a budget of Pts5·9bn and is due for completion within 36 months.The second package, worth Pts48·8bn, comprises the route eastwards from the Sagrera shaft to Gorg via Bon Pastor, as well as Parc Logístic – Zona Universitària at the western end of Line 9. Work is expected to take 54 months to complete. The final package worth Pts64·7m for completion within 64 months includes the branch from Bon Pastor to Can Zam, as well as Zona Universitària – Sagrera.Line 9 will be 41·4 km long with 43 stations. With 13 interchange stations it is expected to carry 90million passengers/year, twice the traffic of Line 1 or 5, currently TMB’s busiest routes. Running lines will be placed above each other in a single bore, with the fully-accessible stations fitted with platform screen doors.Civil works for Line 9 are expected to cost a total of Pts240bn, with a further Pts40bn budgeted for rolling stock and other mechanical and electrical contracts. The entire route, reaching Prat Airport in the west, is expected to be open in 2007. In addition to Line 9, the 2001-10 infrastructure plan recently approved by Barcelona transport authority ATM, costed at Pts1000bn, includes 24·8 km of metro extensions and 32·9 km of light rail routes serving the northwestern suburbs (MR00 p30). The Spanish government is to provide Pts186·7bn for projects on the national network including new suburban rolling stock and a second Sants – Sagrera tunnel, and the plan also includes a new Castelldefels – Sant Boi – Cornellà route.TMB is to call tenders for the supply of 33 five-car trains for Line 5, which it expects to order in the first half of 2002 within a budget of Pts33bn. Specifying aluminium bodyshells and full-width gangways, the Barcelona metro operator expects to put the trains into service during the first half of 2004.last_img read more

Dame Barbara Kelly Talks To Kirkcudbright Rotary Club

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Rotary Cub of Kirkcudbright was delighted to host Dame Barbara Kelly, President and Chair of the Galloway National Park Association as their guest speaker on Tuesday 3rd September.Club Members along with some partners and Members of the Inner Wheel listened to Dame Barbara as she gave an interesting and informative talk. Amongst the total of 45 listening were the Kirkcudbright Academy Head Girl, Millie and Head Boy Bruno. As a former Head girl herself, Dame Barbara was particularly pleased to meet one of her successors. The GNPA has been working for three years, initially exploring the proposal to create a National Park in Galloway through public discussion and debate and latterly, having established significant local support, campaigning for it. Dame Barbara explained her very personal commitment to the area and her conviction that it faces serious socio-economic and environmental challenges. The GNPA believes that a NP in Galloway would help meet them. The GNPA outlined the criteria for designation of a National Park in  Scotland which include the requirement that it should have outstanding cultural and natural heritage, a distinctive character and should result in an Authority capable of addressing its special needs. In addition, in Scotland, a National Park has to promote sustainable, economic and social development of the area’s people and communities. In other words, the Scottish legislation is as much concerned with the economic and social life of an area as it is of its heritage.Although the Act was passed 18 years ago we only have two Parks in Scotland; Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Cairngorms.In relation to Europe and even within the UK, Scotland is at the bottom of the list. Galloway has already got some important designations which underscore our case:The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, which is pivotal to the campaign because it demonstrates outstanding environmental quality3 National Scenic AreasThe Galloway Forest Parkthe first Dark Skies Park in the UKDame Barbara went on to explain why we need a National Park. Our economy is dependent on four sectors: agriculture, forestry, fishing and the public sector. We have the lowest average wages in Scotland; proportionately ours is the most elderly population; we have low skills levels and we continue to lose our young people.The GNPA believes that a National Park would protect and enhance the region’s natural and cultural assets, would put us on the map nationally and internationally and would help to build a Galloway brand. In addition, it would help existing businesses to grow and would attract entrepreneurs and professionals into the region. Young people would see better opportunities and the area would attract more central government funding.Dame Barbara summed up ‘We have undertaken a huge and overwhelmingly positive ‘conversation’ in Galloway. We are supported by all of the relevant local authorities in the proposed area as well as our three MSPs and we have presented the case for a National Park formally to the Minster, Mairi Gougeon, who has agreed to meet to discuss our findings. We have also asked her to commission an independent publicly led feasibility study into the creation of the Park’.last_img read more

Farmington Musicale hosts competition for young musicians

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Applications are open for the Farmington Musicale Awards for Musical Excellence Competition, which will be held on Saturday, February 22 at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, 29887 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.Application packets will be distributed during the second week of January to the music departments in all Farmington/Farmington Hills middle and high schools. The form is also available at farmingtonmusicale.com.Applications must be postmarked by February 8.The contest is open to students who attend Farmington public or private schools, and to those who live in Farmington or Farmington Hills, but attend school elsewhere. The contest is also open to children or grandchildren of Farmington Musicale members.Competition categories are: Piano, grades 7-8, 9-10, 11-12; Instrumental, grades 7-8, 9-10, 11-12; Vocal, grades 10-12. Cash awards may be given in each age division and additional special awards may be given to an outstanding performance in each category.First place winners will perform their winning solos in recital on Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m., at St. John Lutheran Church on Gill Road. All awards will be presented at the recital, which is open to the public and free of charge.For more information, contact Marla Smith at marla@pharmerjeff.com. Reported bylast_img read more

Bacolod City’s Servania in California ‘warm-up fight’

first_imgBacolodnon fighter Genesis Servania (center) wants to impress in what he considers a “warm-up fight” against Mexican Carlos Carlson. REAL FIGHT PH MANILA – Genesis Servania aims to sustain his winning streak this year when he fights Mexican Carlos Carlson on Friday night (Saturday in Manila) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.A native of Bacolod City, Servania has won twice since his close unanimous-decision loss to Mexican Oscar Valdez in last year’s WBO featherweight bout.Servania, who is currently under contract with Top Rank Promotions of Bob Arum, said he wants to make an impressive showing against Carlson in the hope of earning another world title fight.“This would be a warm-up fight but, even if that’s the case, I want to have an impressive win,” Servania told Panay News. “I don’t have any idea when the big one is but I will be patient.” Carlson, on the other hand, is best known for losing in a WBC bantamweight fight against Shinsuke Yamanaka in March 2017. Since then the Mexican has gone 1-2 in his last three matches.The 27-year-old Servania currently has a 31-1-0 win-loss-draw record, with 14 knockout victories, while the 28-year-old Carlson has a 23-4-0 slate, including 14 stoppage wins.The Servania-Carlson match is a co-main event of Filipino fighter Jerwin Ancajas’ sixth IBF super flyweight title defense against Alejandro Barrios of Mexico./PNlast_img read more

Arsenal reportedly complete deal for Schalke left-back, Kolasinac

first_imgAccording to Mail Sport, fellow Premier League club, Everton, were in talks to land the 23-year-old, before the Gunners stepped in on Monday.It is understood that Italian giants AC Milan, now taken over by Chinese ownership also wanted Kolasinac, but the Bosnian has his heart set on working with Arsene Wenger.He will join up with Arsenal officially in July.His reps have reportedly been told that the Frenchman will not leave the Emirates at the end of this season.Wenger sees him as competition for Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs.The young left back, who has made 18 appearances for Bosnia, was the subject of a failed £5.3million bid from Chelsea in January.last_img read more