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first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, 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 building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY 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 community Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Daredevils Nik and Lijana Wallenda successfully complete tightrope walk across NYC’s Times Square

first_imgWalt Disney Television/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) — Nik Wallenda, the so-called “King of the highwire,” successfully traversed a 1,300-foot-long cable suspended 25 stories above street level over New York’s legendary Times Square Sunday night, joined by his sister, Lijana, in her first performance since she fell 30 feet off a tightrope and was critically injured in 2017.The walk was televised live Sunday night on ABC in a special entitled, Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda.Nik and Lijana met at the middle of the wire, which was roughly the width of a cork, at which point Lijana had to lower herself a sit on the wire so Nik could step over his sister, after which Lijana had to stand up again on the wire so that each could continue the walk. A particularly tense moment came as Nik had to temporarily unhook Lijana’s harness for the bypass.The two talked to each other constantly along the way, while Nik offered Lijana encouragement, and she sang spiritual songs to help calm her nerves.Nik, who finished before Lijana, raced over from One Times Square to greet her when she completed her walk at Two Times Square. The entire stunt took a little over 36 minutes to complete.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wright gets hot as Phoenix stuns Meralco

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRookie Matthew Wright found his touch late and Phoenix came back to beat Meralco, 94-90, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Wright fired 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, where the shorthanded Fuel Masters rallied from double digits.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts, who led by as much as 12, 71-59, slipped to 2-3 despite drawing a career-high 24 points from rookie Jonathan Grey.Wright, the Fil-Canadian swingman, scored 10 points inside the last four minutes including Phoenix’s last three points all coming at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Tanduay happy with PBA D-League Draft haul As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I’m just relieved. We lost last two games by an average of 31 points. It was like sleepless nights for all of us,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia, whose squad improved to 3-3.“But I just challenged the guys. Halfway point of the conference, we just have to be thankful that we’re 2-3 because the way we’re playing we could have been 0-5.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Fuel Masters played without their two key veterans in JC Intal and Willie Wilson.“The guys stepped up with JC and Willie out tonight,” said Vanguardia. “Willie had amoebiasis even during our game against Star and he suffered from numbness due to complications with his meds while JC has a bruised rib.” View commentslast_img read more

McCollum has 43 points, Blazers top Wolves

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points for the Timberwolves. But Karl-Anthony Towns had just 11 points on 3-for-15 shooting and missed all six of his 3-pointers. Zach LaVine also was quiet with 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting and the Wolves fell to 9-11 in games in which they lead by double digits.“I shot good shots, put them up with the same form and they just weren’t going in,” Towns said. “I tried to do other things, try to make free throws when you got them, get rebounds, make assists. I don’t know. I shot good shots, they just didn’t fall.”Portland had lost seven of its last eight and was floundering with its star on the bench with ankle problems.Lillard was listed as doubtful for the game with that sprained left ankle. He worked out hard before the game and showed no noticeable limp, but the Blazers started McCollum at point guard again with two days off before their next scheduled game. McCollum, who was averaging 26 points per game with Lillard out, scored 13 points in a ragged first quarter and put up 16 in a 32-15 third quarter that helped the Blazers turn a 14-point deficit into a five-point lead going into the fourth.“Without Damian, that’s 28 points and a lot of defensive attention,” McCollum said. “Seven assists, six rebounds, so a lot more energy has to be utilized on my end. I have to try to keep guys involved and take over as a decision maker.”ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Goal transformed into art: Wenger lauds Giroud’s ‘scorpion’ The Wolves came back to tie it with 7:23 to play, but Shabazz Napier hit a big 3, Turner hit a soft jumper and Allen Crabbe knocked down another 3 to put the Blazers in front for good.Before the game, Portland coach Terry Stotts said it was important for his players not to try to do too much with Lillard out.“I just said there might be a guy who scores 10 more than you expect,” Stotts said. “He scored 20 more than I expected.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Crabbe had 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds. … McCollum topped 30 for the seventh time this season. His previous career high was 37. … Napier scored three points, the only bench player besides Turner to score.Timberwolves: PG Ricky Rubio had a rough night, going 0 for 5 from the field and getting torched by McCollum on defense. He did not play in the fourth quarter. … Minnesota entered the game 10th in the NBA in free throw shooting, but missed six of them on Sunday night. … Towns did have 13 rebounds and six assists, all in the first quarter.MISSING MOTIEJUNASThe Timberwolves had a workout scheduled with free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas as they considered adding him to help them bolster a bench that has struggled mightily this season. After working out with New Orleans, Motiejunas took a flight to Minneapolis on Sunday. But by the time he got off the plane, he had an offer from the Pelicans on the table and canceled his workout with the Timberwolves.“We never got a chance to sit down with him,” coach Tom Thibodeau said.UP NEXT Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3) receives a pass from forward Mason Plumlee 24) with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) pursuing during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. APMINNEAPOLIS — When the Minnesota Timberwolves jumped out to a 12-point lead over Portland at halftime, the struggling Trail Blazers looked to be on their way to yet another loss.Turns out C.J. McCollum had the young Wolves right where he wanted them.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young McCollum scored a career-high 43 points to carry the Trail Blazers to a 95-89 victory Sunday night.Mason Plumlee had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Evan Turner added 11 points for the Blazers. They were without star point guard Damian Lillard for the fourth straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngMcCollum made 16 of 25 shots, including a 30-foot 3-pointer with just over 2:30 to play to put the game out of reach.“We were being soft as a team and I think it showed in our performance,” McCollum said. “We knew that we needed to come out and compete.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Trail Blazers: Portland travels to Golden State on Wednesday at which time Lillard could be ready to return to the lineup.Timberwolves: Minnesota hits the road to start a two-game trip in Philadelphia on Tuesday against Joel Embiid and the 76ers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Leader of polygamist group is found guilty

first_imgWarren Jeffs, 51, could get life in prison after a trial that threw a spotlight on a renegade community along the Arizona-Utah line where as many as 10,000 of Jeffs’ followers practice plural marriage and revere him as a mighty prophet with dominion over their salvation. Jeffs stood and, like his 15 followers in the courtroom, wore a stoic look as the verdict was read. “Everyone should now know that no one is above the law, religion is not an excuse for abuse and every victim has a right to be heard,” said Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who had endorsed the prosecution in Washington County. Defense attorney Wally Bugden, who told jurors that Jeffs was a victim of religious persecution, declined to comment. Prosecutors said Jeffs forced the girl into marriage and sex against her will. The jury deliberated about 16 hours over three days. On Tuesday morning, the judge replaced a juror with an alternate for undisclosed reasons. While polygamy itself was not on trial – the couple were monogamous – the case focused attention on the practice of polygamy in Utah, where it has generally been tolerated in the half-century since a government raid in 1953 proved a public relations disaster, with children photographed being torn from their mothers’ arms. Jeffs succeeded his father in 2002 as president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Former members say he rules with an iron fist, demanding perfect obedience from followers and exercising the right to arrange marriages as well as break them up and assign new spouses. “This trial has not been about religion or vendetta. It was simply about child abuse and preventing abuse,” the young woman, now 21, said, reading a statement after the verdict. “The easy thing would have been to do nothing, but I have followed my heart and spoken the truth,” she said. At the trial, widely different versions of the relationship – and Jeffs’ influence – were presented by the woman and her ex-husband, Allen Steed, 26. At their wedding in 2001 at a Nevada motel, the woman said, she cried in despair when pressed by Jeffs to say “I do” and had to be coaxed to kiss her new husband.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Prophet in Mormon splinter group is convicted of being an accomplice to rape. By Jennifer Dobner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. GEORGE, Utah – The leader of a polygamous Mormon splinter group was convicted Tuesday of being an accomplice to rape for performing a wedding between a 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl. last_img read more

R100m AfDB boost for clean energy

first_imgGrowth-phase businesses “The Evolution One Fund will be the bank’s first investment in a fund with a specific focus on clean energy and technology investments,” the bank said in a statement last week. “The investment therefore supports an innovative vehicle that will boost economic activity in this emerging field, and contribute to the development of sustainable private sector enterprises.” The African Development Bank has approved a R100-million investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first specialised private equity fund focused on the acceleration and deployment of clean energy and sustainable technologies across southern Africa. Other areas include water quality and management, waste management, agribusiness and forestry, natural products, organics and natural health, and environmental real estate. South Africa will account for 60-75% of the fund’s overall investments, while up to 25-40% will be earmarked for other Southern African Development Community countries. The 10-year private equity fund, managed by Cape Town-based Inspired Evolution Investment Management, will make equity and equity-related investments in sustainable projects and companies with the aim of not only achieving carbon reductions, but also ensuring the sound environmental, social and economic performance of these investments. SAinfo reporter The fund will seek to invest predominantly in growth-phase businesses, particularly in eight high-growth sectors, namely clean energy/energy efficiency (up to 50% of its investments), efficient and clean manufacturing processes and technologies, air quality and emissions control. 3 June 2009 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Legal Issues to Watch Out For

first_imgCloud Computing success is often tied strongly to the fine print of the  contract with your cloud computing vendor. Forbes recently published a list of issues that you’ll want to understand before signing off on a cloud computing contract.  Some of the points discussed in the article include:Service Levels.  It’s important to make sure that the service levels that the vendor is committing to match up with the requirements for you and your users intend to use the application.  Clearly applications which are considered mission critical to your organization will require much more stringent constraints around permissible downtime and required performance and response time.   Make sure your Service Level Agreement (SLA) addresses availability, planned outages, critical and noncritical outages, service credits and termination in a way that is consistent with how you plan to use the application.Remedy for Violations. What is your remedy should the vendor not live up to his part of the agreement?  Is the cloud vendor required to notify you in known cases of downtime or sluggish performance?Representations and Warranties and  Indemnities.   A representation is a fact about the present or past and a warranty is a promise about the future.  There is typically a representation that the cloud software will perform certain functions and within certain specifications.    Warranties and Indemnities provide the protection and ensurance that the cloud vendor has the rights to be able to be providing the service.Confidentiality.  The cloud vendor needs to agree and uphold the privacy and confidentiality of the data that you will entrust them with.  The agreement should detail the security measures that the vendor will employ to ensure that your data will not be compromised.Backups and Recoveries.  Are they done, how frequently, and what are their cost?Upgrades.  How often do upgrades occur and how much notice will you receive prior to the change?Migration.  How easy is it to get data back from the cloud vendor should you want to migrate your data somewhere else later?last_img read more

The 6 things you must know about the science of persuasion

first_imgIf you have never read the classic book Influence by Robert Cialdini, you really should. But you’re also in luck, because the Influence at Work team just released this summary of the six principles of persuasion that the book covers. Spend 11 minutes watching this video – it’s well worth your time.Trouble viewing the video? Go here.No time to watch? Here’s my summary of the principles and how they apply to us.1. Reciprocity – People tend to return a favor, thus all those annoying address labels charities send out as a fundraising ploy.2. Scarcity – Perceived scarcity fuels demand. “Only four memberships are left” prompts action!3. Authority – People will tend to obey authority figures. What expert can attest to the value of your organization?4. Consistency – If people commit to an idea or goal, they are more likely to follow through. It’s why pledging is a great option for people who aren’t ready to take action.5. Liking – People are easily persuaded by other people whom they like. That’s why you want your champions spreading the word about your cause among their friends and family.6. Consensus – People will do what other people are doing. That’s why it’s great to show who is taking action for your cause – others are likely to conform.last_img read more

Chelsea plans to secure Marko Arnautovic from West Ham

first_imgChelsea are monitoring West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic with a view to bringing him to Stamford Bridge when the transfer reopens.The former Stoke City forward has scored 16 goals in 46 games since joining the Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the summer of 2017 but is keen to move on from in search of UEFA Champions League football.The Austria international has confirmed this week, his desire to leave West Ham, and his brother and agent believes he’s ready for a new challenge,“He is ready for the next step,” Daniel Arnautovic who is the player’s agent told Gianluca Di Marzio, as quoted by the Metro.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s not like that he wants to leave, but we believe that the time has come that Marko takes a step forward in his career, maybe try to win a trophy, maybe the Champions League. The stats are on his side.”When he was asked if he could return to Italy, he replied:“Why not? Returning to Italy would be a good chance to prove that he wasn’t a bad signing.”“He was only 19 when he joined Inter and he made friends there. ‘He has a very good memory of Milan.”last_img read more

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