Industrial and logistics: urban outfits

first_imgOne of the key issues is land shortages, particularly in town and city centres, where retailers and logistics companies need space to service last-mile delivery. In the latest of our Sheds of the Future series, in collaboration with Savills, we task six architects with designing an ultra-urban logistics hub and residential hybrid. Their concepts are weird and wonderful and provide plenty of food for thought.As well as the potential for ‘sheds and beds’, another evolution, driven by the growing use of automation, could be warehouses being measured in three dimensions, not two – a debate that was reignited by Amazon in November. This would lead to fundamental changes in the way buildings are valued – changes not necessarily welcomed by landlords even if it would equate to higher rents.Another possibly worrying change, in London at least, is a policy being considered by the GLA that would force developers to let a percentage of their schemes at low rents to accommodate small businesses that are being priced out of the market. Finding a balance where the GLA, small businesses and developers are all happy will be tricky to say the least.Gain insights into all these issues and more in this first Industrial & Logistics supplement of 2019. It’s going to be an interesting year.Mia Hunt is Property Week’s market reports editorlast_img read more

Japan lifts evacuation order for part of disaster-hit Fukushima town

first_img Written By “In addition to building excitement across the country ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games and promoting the Olympic values, the Olympic Torch Relay aims to demonstrate solidarity with the regions still recovering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami,” the organisers said last month. Last Updated: 4th March, 2020 11:21 IST Japan Lifts Evacuation Order For Part Of Disaster-hit Fukushima Town Japan on Wednesday lifted an evacuation order for parts of Futaba, 1 of 2 towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, ahead of an Olympic relay SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Press Trust Of India First Published: 4th March, 2020 11:21 ISTcenter_img The Japanese government is keen to use the Olympics to showcase Fukushima’s recovery from the disaster. It intends to use the J-Village — a sport complex located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the nuclear plant damaged in the 2011 tsunami — as the starting point for the Japan leg of the torch relay. The Fukushima crisis itself did not directly kill anyone, but some 470,000 people were estimated to have fled their home to seek shelter in the first days of the triple earthquake-tsunami-meltdown disaster. In all, 15,899 people died and 2,529 people remain missing after the quake and tsunami.Image credits: AP Japan on Wednesday lifted an evacuation order for parts of Futaba, one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, ahead of an Olympic torch relay in the region. The whole of Futaba, formerly home to some 7,000 people, was designated a mandatory evacuation zone after a massive quake-triggered tsunami in 2011 hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant, damaging the power supply and cooling system and eventually causing a meltdown. With the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order in a northern part of the town, workers will be able to stay in the area near the main railway station.Japan lifts evacuation order But residents will not be able to return to the town immediately because of a shortage of running water and other infrastructure, a town official told AFP. “We are aiming to have the return of residents starting in the spring of 2022,” she said. The move comes after organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics said Futaba has been added to the route for the Olympic torch relay, which begins on March 26. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Mo’ne Davis wins AP Female Athlete of the Year honors

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo, Pennsylvania’s Mo’ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa. Davis, who became an instant celebrity in August when she became the first girl to win a Little League World Series game, is The Associated Press 2014 Female Athlete of the Year. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No one in the sports world had heard of the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year until August.That’s when 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis became an instant celebrity as she took the mound in the Little League World Series and mowed down batter after batter, giving “throw like a girl” a whole new meaning.She was the first girl to win a Little League World Series game, and her performance dazzled fans young and old. Her steely gaze and demeanor on the mound were intimidating, while off-the-field, she shined in interviews. She told admirers that if they thought she was good at baseball, they should see her play hoops. Only in eighth grade, Davis already plays for her school’s high school varsity basketball team.Davis appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, has her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame and was named Sports Kid of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids.In this Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, file photo, Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)She met the Obamas at the White House, starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial (the NCAA said it wouldn’t hurt her eligibility), marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade along with her Taney Dragons teammates and presented Pharrell Williams with Soul Train’s “Song of the Year” award.The talented three-sport star — she also plays soccer — and honor student from South Philadelphia handled all the attention with poise, modesty and maturity.“A lot of adults around me help out, taught me to be respectful, to be calm during everything and not let anything get to you,” Davis said after learning of her latest honor.A vote by U.S. editors and news directors selected Davis as The Associated Press 2014 Female Athlete of the Year. The youngest winner in history, Davis beat out Mt. St. Joseph freshman Lauren Hill — who played her first college basketball game while battling terminal brain cancer — and three-time winner Serena Williams. The selection was announced Monday.Davis tossed a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 in the Little League World Series opener for both teams. Davis, the first girl to appear for a U.S. team in South Williamsport since 2004, had eight strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. Her team was eventually eliminated after losing to teams from Las Vegas and Chicago. Davis gave up three runs in the Las Vegas game, and could not take the mound against Chicago because of pitch limits.Philadelphia’s Mo’ne Davis, top center, shakes hands with the players from the Chicago team after Philadelphia lost 6-5 in an elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)After the tournament, Davis was everywhere.She threw whiffle balls to Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s Tonight Show, threw out the first pitch at Game 4 of the World Series and signed a book deal.“It’s been really fun, got to do a lot of things, meet a lot of cool people,” Davis said. “My favorite thing to do was playing in Williamsport or going to the White House. (The Obamas) just seemed like a regular couple, no different from anyone else.”Laila Ali, left, and Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis walk onstage during the 2014 Soul Train Awards at Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)While others are still talking about her Little League performance, Davis, a point guard, is concentrating on basketball.“It’s making me a lot better, helping me make decisions,” Davis said of playing varsity. “In middle school, I can get away with small things. The girls now are a lot taller so I’m working on my jump shot and ball handling a lot.”Davis aspires to play for the University of Connecticut and reach the WNBA. She plays midfielder on her soccer team and hopes to play three sports in high school, though she’s not sure about baseball.“I know the boys will be much stronger so that depends,” she said. “Hopefully, I can continue playing as long as I can.”Davis isn’t just a jock. She excels academically despite such a great demand for her time.“It’s all about time management, how you plan your projects and not waiting until the last minute,” she said.Steve Bandura, a recreation leader for the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department and director of the Anderson Monarchs sports programs, has helped coach Davis since she started playing sports. His son, Scott, was the catcher for Taney. Bandura said Davis has maintained her “natural personality” no matter how many cameras or microphones are in her face.“She’s still the same person, still a kid who wants to do kid things,” Bandura said. “She has fun meeting celebrities and all that but the bottom line is she loves to play sports, go to school and have fun. The adults make a bigger deal out of it. Her teammates understand she’s breaking down barriers and they’re proud of her. They’ve been together so long, it’s like she’s their sister.”Davis knows she has become a role model.Her message to everyone, especially girls: “Always follow your dreams. If there’s something people tell you that you can’t do it, go for it.”___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddilast_img read more

Cricket: Ravichandran Ashwin wary of facing Australia in their own den

first_imgAdvertisement 4o85NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs64b1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eti( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b898Would you ever consider trying this?😱662iCan your students do this? 🌚2rt6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: India.comAdvertisement The Men In Blue face a stern challenge ahead on Aussie shore with the test series not far away. With the hosts at their vulnerable peak, the odds are on India to capitalize on the situation for a rare series victory away from home.Advertisement Speaking to reporters after a hard day out in the field against the Cricket Australia XI, Ashwin claimed that beating the World Champions in their own den is not an easy task. He elaborated:“The whole talk about India starting favourites, even when Australia came to India they were talking us up, and it looks like more of a strategy for us. I personally think you have to go one day at a time. It’s never easy to come over to Australia and win series. In the Ashes, they almost whitewashed England, knocked them over, and so as far as I’m concerned they are starting favourites. It’s very important for us to chip away every single day, every single ball, and if we can get our noses ahead, stay ahead,”Advertisement The off-spinner also commented on his efforts in the warm-up fixture that is underway. He said: “I thought the ball came out pretty well (off my hand). I haven’t played an international game for a while so it felt good the way it came out. In the next 4-5 days, I will prep up a bit more for the game,” Furthermore, the Kings XI Punjab spinner explained the team’s strategy for the first test in Adelaide. He stated:“You have to stitch together partnerships even when bowling and it’s very important to ascertain your role to get what you can out of the game. It obviously changes the dynamics for the captain when he goes out with one bowler less or one bowler more. But as a bowler personally it’s still the same for me,” Read Also:POLL: KL Rahul deserve more chances?Twitteratis react to Prithvi Shaw’s brutal ankle injury Advertisementlast_img read more