first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN 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 industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe 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 communitylast_img read more

first_imgHLPFI reported on May 18 that the US port had approved the 15-year agreement for Pasha to provide cargo handling and other terminal services at Pier 80.Pasha Hawaii’s Jean Anne became the first ship to call at the terminal since it has been taken over, but Pasha noted that it is still negotiating deals with manufacturers to bring cargoes to Pier 80.John Pasha, senior vice president of Pasha Automotive Services, noted that the company hopes to attract 96 ships a year and handle 150,000 automobiles annually.He added that Pasha aims to transform the “under-utilised pier” into a maritime facility, in order to serve customers and create local jobs.  www.pashagroup.comlast_img read more

first_img Frances Marshall, Farnborough, Hampshire I was very interested to see the report on the roundtable discussion on diversity (see 18 March), and disappointed in equal measure – although not particularly surprised – to see no mention of age diversity. When I was at law school, there was a student social group for career-changers. Other than this, I have never encountered anyone in the legal profession seriously addressing problems that affect older people joining the profession, such as:The enormous financial risk of paying upfront for legal education (without the benefit of local authority subsidies, student loans or the ‘bank of mum and dad’), for the uncertain prospect of a training contract at the minimum wage. Comparability of qualifications gained 20 years ago with those of today. Some training contract application forms required a list of GCSE results as one of the first questions and, no doubt, the employing firm expected to see a list of A*s – GCSEs did not exist when I was at school, never mind A*s. Conversely, not all HR staff seem to know what an S-level is. Potential employers not accepting that an each-way commute of 50 miles or more is acceptable (relocation expenses would be prohibitive for a job which is not fully covered by the Employment Rights Act for the first two years). Admittedly, this is just anecdotal experience, and it may be there is no systemic problem. At law school, students over 35 seemed to make up about 5% of the cohort: perhaps older trainees and NQs are proportionately represented in the major firms. I hope someone will correct my impression that every under-represented group is being offered assistance, except the one of which I’m a member.last_img read more

first_imgTHAILAND: Five Alstom locomotives operated by State Railway of Thailand have been fitted with MTU 16V 4000 R41 R engines to cut their fuel consumption and increase availability. MTU said repowering will prolong the life of a locomotive by up to one complete life-cycle at 60% of the price of a new locomotive.Series 4000 engines are available 850 to 3000 kW and for shunting, multi-purpose vehicles as well as main line locomotive applications. MTU expects the Thai contract will help it gain access to Asia markets including Vietnam and Indonesia where it sees opportunities to modernise locomotives.last_img read more

first_imgCHINA: Construction is scheduled to begin this month on a 168 km line linking Jingzhou in Hubei province with Yueyang in Hunan. The alignment is being designed for 160 km/h running, and construction is expected to take three years at a cost of 11·4bn yuan. Meanwhile, local approval has been given for an 80 km railway between Tangshan and Caofeidian in Hebei province, a 200 km/h mixed-traffic line with five stations. The National Development & Reform Commission has approved the feasibility study for a 350 km double-track 200 km/h electrified line from Jiujiang in Jiangxi province to Quzhou in Zhejiang which is expected to take four years to builThe World Bank is providing a US$200m loan towards construction of the 360 km PDL between Jilin, Hunchun and Tumen (RG 4.11 p9).last_img read more

first_imgAUSTRALIA: Siemens has announced the acquisition of predictive maintenance specialist MRX Technologies Group for an undisclosed price. The transaction is expected to be completed in early July, with MRX Technologies to be managed as a legally independent business within Siemens’ Mobility Division.Comprising JRB Engineering, MRX Technologies, MRX Rail Services and MRX Rail Service UK, Perth-based MRX Technologies Group provides condition monitoring for rolling stock and infrastructure. ‘Siemens is focusing on condition-based and predictive maintenance’, said Johannes Emmelheinz, CEO of Siemens’ rail service business, when the deal was announced on June 23. ‘The digital monitoring of components and systems combined with the analysis of the resulting big data by our system experts enables these experts to spot sources of problems at an early stage. With the MRX Technologies Group, we are gaining a highly competent partner for collecting a full spectrum of measurement data related to rail systems as the basis of our central diagnostics system.’last_img read more

first_img Credit: Tall Story Pictures ITV are following the successful model they tried with Cheat by putting new drama Sticks and Stones on over three consecutive nights.The three-part series stars Ken Nwosu as Thomas Benson, a Sales Associate at Clayton Office Solutions in Reading where he lives with his wife Jess (Alexandra Roach), a nurse, and their young daughter, Millie (Daisy Boo Bradford), who was born deaf.He’s good at his job and feels respected by his colleagues Andy (Sean Sagar), Isobel (Susannah Fielding) and Becky (Ritu Arya), and his boss Chris Carter (Ben Miller).Thomas and the team give a pitch presentation to Janice Lancing (Phoebe Nicholls) and her team at Murray Technology but when the presentation goes badly wrong, Thomas panics and faints in front of everyone.The team has lost a potentially large contract and with it the lucrative bonuses that would have been coming their way.The team seem to lay the blame firmly at Thomas’s door. Is it his imagination or are his colleagues now out to get him? How will Thomas react when his work life is threatened?Stick and Stones begins on Monday 16th December 2019 at 9pm on ITV. It continues at the same time on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th December. Preview the first episode with our gallery below: Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Picturescenter_img Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictures Credit: Tall Story Pictureslast_img read more

first_imgMadagascar’s defence minister, General Beni Xavier Rasolofonirina. Photo: WikimediaMadagascar’s Minister of Defense, Beni Xavier Rasolofonirina has threatened, the army will “intervene” if the government and the opposition can not find a quick solution to the political crisis in the country.Madagascar has been rocked by violent protests since April that initially sought to oppose new laws that the opposition said were crafted to bar their candidates from participating in elections expected this year.But for now, negotiations between the government and the opposition are at a standstill.last_img read more

first_imgVaunix Technology Corporation a manufacturer of USB controlled and powered test equipment, has announced the hiring of a new sales representative, Amska Amerikanska Teleprodukter, to handle customer relationships in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. Amska provides sales representation for industry-leading manufacturers of high tech RF/Microwave components and systems within the frequency range of DC to 325 GHz. They have over 50 years of professional sales experience in the military, medical and commercial sectors.  Amska can be contacted via e-mail,, or phone, +46 (0)8 554 90950. Products from Vaunix can be seen on everything RF: USB Switches, USB Attenuators and USB Signal Generatorslast_img read more

first_imgKeysight Technologies has announced that Gemtek has selected Keysight’s 5G and 4G LTE test solutions to verify data rate performance of consumer premises equipment (CPE) and mobile devices used to deliver fixed wireless access (FWA) in homes and businesses.Keysight’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform enables Gemtek, a leading original design manufacturer (ODM) of wireless broadband communications equipment, to design high-performing CPEs. These CPEs are used by operators of private and national mobile networks to deliver enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) services. Gemtek selected Keysight’s 5G and 4G LTE test platforms to validate their designs, which serve an ecosystem consisting of more than 430 operators and around 75 vendors of indoor and outdoor CPE providers.Fred Yeh, chief technology officer at Gemtek, commented that working with Keysight has enabled Gemtek to accelerate the development of high-performing designs for a market that relies on a combination of technologies, including 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi, to deliver broadband wireless communications. Keysight’s test platforms allow them to continuously expand operations into new technologies or standards, such as Wi-Fi 7 and O-RAN, as well as markets that serve industries and consumers that need reliable wireless connectivity, no matter where they are.Gemtek also relies on Keysight’s 5G test solutions to verify designs that support 5G new radio (NR) technology in standalone (SA) mode, which doesn’t require the LTE core for signaling. This enables operators to reduce their dependence on multiple technologies and the resulting complexity. Larger businesses are expected to deploy private 5G NR networks in the SA mode, which increases productivity and improves efficiencies in a wide range of processes including those in factories, warehouses, ports, agriculture, mining, and oil refineries.Cao Peng, senior director of Keysight’s communications solutions group, stated that Keysight’s test platforms support multiple technologies enabling a growing ecosystem of manufacturers to verify designs needed to deliver high data rates in mobile and fixed wireless access applications.last_img read more