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Pressure mounts for rate cut

first_imgGordon Brown insisted that the latest falls — 2.5%, or nearly £5,000 for a typical property in March, according to the Halifax — were containable after the big gains of the past decade. The figures showed, however, that annual house price growth has slowed to its lowest level for 12 years. Property prices rose by only 1.1% during the past 12 months, meaning that they are falling annually in real terms.last_img

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AMETEK MOCON launches new oxygen analyser

first_imgSource: AMETEK MOCON OX-TRAN® 2/12The new OX-TRAN 2/12 series of oxygen permeation analysers were designed to provide reliable oxygen transmission rate (OTR) test results on a variety of packaging materials, including high transmitter packaging.The OX-TRAN 2/12 oxygen permeation analyser series targets barrier film permeation testing for food, beverage, and healthcare packaging applications where affordable, ASTM-compliant tests are needed. The product is well-suited to test the OTR of various barrier and package types including monolayer, multi-layer, and coated films along with coated paper board, pouches, bottles, closures, and more.The OX-TRAN 2/12 series offers fully automated temperature, flow and RH controls, removable cartridges, TruSeal®, a touch screen, and automatic test method development with recommendations.“Our new OX-TRAN 2/12 models offer great versatility for oxygen permeation analysis,” said Jeff Jackson, Global Permeation Product Manager.“The OX-TRAN 2/12 R model can measure over a wide OTR range, and the OX-TRAN 2/12 T model has the ability to test high transmitting barriers like those used in the fresh produce industry. These models fill in the OTR testing range gaps for many of our customers at an affordable price with the reliability they expect from a MOCON product.” AMETEK MOCON, with headquarters in Minneapolis, US, is a business unit of the Process and Analytical Instruments division of AMETEK, Inc. and is a provider of permeation analysers, package testing instruments, and gas controllers/sensors.last_img read more

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Rowan sees 45% revenue increase owing to three newbuild drillships

first_imgRowan Companies plc, a Houston-based drilling contractor, has reported net income of $123.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 compared to $59.6 million in the first quarter of 2014. Net income for the prior-year quarter included a litigation settlement gain which increased net income from continuing operations by $20.9 million. The prior-year quarter also included a gain from discontinued operations which increased net income by $4.0 million. Excluding the impact of these items, net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $34.7 million.Rowan’s revenues were $547 million in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 45% over the prior-year quarter due primarily to the contributions from three of the company’s newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships. The first two ultra-deepwater drillships began operating in April and October 2014, and the third ultra-deepwater drillship began operating on February 1, 2015.On May 5, 2015, the company amended and restated its revolving credit agreement to increase the borrowing capacity from $1.0 billion to $1.5 billion and to extend the maturity date by one year to January 23, 2020. Commitments during the final year of the agreement decline by $60 million to $1.44 billion.Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased with our first quarter operating results which reflect higher earnings and better margins due to the contributions from three newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships, low out of service time and significant cost control efforts.“Although it is difficult to determine the duration and severity of the current industry downturn, with our drillship capital expenditures largely behind us, our contractual backlog and our strong balance sheet, we believe we are well-positioned to weather the storm and take advantage of opportunities when markets begin to recover.”[mappress mapid=”1657″]last_img read more

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My digital life … Paul Turpin

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To 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 Subscribe now for unlimited access 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

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Sub rises with PCYT

first_imgThe submarine, which PCYT says it the very first tourist submarine in Turkey, measures 18.8 m x 4 m x 5.75 m. It can carry up to 48 passengers and descend to a depth of 100 m.PCYT general manager Erim Tabib coordinated the management of the project and organised the loading operation of the submarine, which was lifted from the water directly onto the vessel, before being lashed down.      www.project-yacht.comlast_img

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Reusable retaining walls

first_imgCRUSTACEAN shells inspired the design of Karapace, pairs of interlocking precast concrete components which can be used to create retaining walls up to 7·5m high. The reinforced concrete units can be installed directly onto a prepared substrate and then loaded from either side. They can be dismantled for reuse elsewhere.’By virtue of its flexibility and design it can be effective in a wide range of environments where strength and protection are vital – from foundations and retaining walls through to pipe protection, slope stabilisation and water defence’, said Brian Mees, Sales Director at Milbury Systems. ’A feature of the product is its simplicity and the speed of installation. Where the soil is of suitable standard there is no need for foundations. In many cases it is possible to backfill the units with excavated material, a useful feature on brown-field sites.’Milbury Systems, UKlast_img read more

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Hospital ban on sale of high-energy drinks to under-16s

first_imgDumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary – Credit R.B Photography AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn The sale of high-energy drinks to under-16s is being banned in hospital retail units across Scotland. The restriction will apply to drinks with an added caffeine content of more than 150mg/litre.The change is the latest update to the Healthcare Retail Standard, a set of criteria which all retailers operating in NHS sites in Scotland must adhere to. It aims to increase the amount of healthier food and drinks in shops in NHS buildings, with tighter rules around what can be promoted.The move will be matched by all NHS-run catering sites.New restrictions on baby food are also being introduced to ensure healthy eating behaviours are instilled at the earliest possible stage. Products will have to contain no added sugar or salt and be unsweetened.Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said:“The Healthcare Retail Standard supports healthier eating across the NHS estate and it is right that our hospitals show a lead in providing food and drink which is health promoting.“The HRS ensures that at least 50% of food and 70% of drinks on sale are healthier options.“This supports the Scottish Government’s strategy of working to improve Scotland’s diet and tackle health inequalities.”Background information:The HRS was devised in partnership with NHS boards, NHS Health Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland, the Scottish Grocers Federation, leading hospital retailers AND the Scottish Government, NO COMMA in consultation with Food Standards Scotland. By November 2017, all 102 stores in Scottish hospitals had achieved the HRS.The Consumer Information Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 which came into force in December 2014 contains provisions regarding the labelling of beverages with an added caffeine content of more than 150 mg/litre. The labelling of energy drinks must include the following: “High caffeine content. Not recommended for children or pregnant or breast-feeding women.” The warning is followed by a quantitative indication of the product’s caffeine content. This approach has been adopted universally across the EU, but was applied voluntarily by industry in the UK from 2010.last_img read more

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New DCOA president calls for better care of elderly

first_img 170 Views   one comment Share Tweet LocalNews New DCOA president calls for better care of elderly by: Dominica Vibes News – September 4, 2017 New DCOA executivePresident of the Dominica Council of Ageing (DCOA), Gloria Shillingford has called on the public to take better care of the elderly. She made this plea while addressing the DCOA’s Executive Inauguration held on Saturday September 2 2017, at the Fort Young Hotel where she stated that elderly people are everywhere, and it should be the responsibility of the public to take care of the elderly regardless of their situation. “Older persons are found everywhere, at the doctor’s office, clinics, churches, schools, businesses, the streets and the communities at large. Therefore, the onus is on us to ensure that they are taken care of no matter where they are and whatever circumstance they may find themselves,” she stated. She described the population as an aging one adding that by the year 2030 the world will have over two billion elderly people. It is for this reason Shillingford said the DCOA is calling upon everyone to embrace and love the elderly while showing them gratitude and respect. She noted that they have paid their dues to us, by building our country and making us who we are today. “A nation is judged by the way it treats its elderly, vulnerable and unfortunate members of its society therefore it beholds us to make every effort to honor, cherish and safeguard our elderly. We must remain cognizant of the fact that how we treat our elders today, will determine how we are treated tomorrow or in the future,” she noted. Shillingford continued that sometimes our elderly become victims of abuse and discrimination in all aspects of their lives. She noted that the DCOA remains committed to eradicating the abuse against the elderly. “Our elderly, specifically our women, sometimes become victims of appalling abuse and violence. They are exposed to the dual impact of age and gender discrimination including less access to health services, lower earning capacity and restricted access to land ownership,” she further added. She said, “The DCOA sees its role as one of advocacy on behalf of unfortunate members among us with the ultimate goal of eradicating such actions in our society.”center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Indians Activate Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall Off Of DL; Option Tyler Naquin To Triple-A Columbus

first_img Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. Eli Mooneyham CLEVELAND, Ohio- One of the main pieces of the outfield, Lonnie Chisenhall, will be returning to the team tonight after missing the start of the season due to an AC sprain in his right shoulder that kept him out of action for most of Spring Training.Chisenhall had some rehab starts with the Columbus Clippers but will now rejoin the club and look to start off his season in a good way, as he starts in right field for the Tribe tonight.Chisenhall had his most productive year last season, batting .286 with 56 RBI’s. Chisenhall has always been a presence in the outfield, so him returning is exciting for the Tribe and Tribe fans.In order to make this move, Cleveland sent outfielder Tyler Naquin down to Triple-A, where he will play with the Columbus Clippers. Naquin batted .296 with 14 home runs last year in a rookie campaign that seen him finish in third in the Rookie of the Year voting.The Tribe plays the Chicago White Sox at 6:10pm at Progressive Field tonight.center_img Related TopicsLonnie Chisenhalllast_img read more

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Wells, Martinez victors in Laguna Madre Water District races

first_img RelatedLM Water District to hold electionsBY Sasha Heller Managing Editor editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   The Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) will hold a General Election on Nov. 4 to fill two open Board seats (Positions 1 and 2). The candidates for Position 1 will be Robert Vela and Rick Wells. The candidates for Position 2 will be…August 28, 2014In “News”Early voting underway in hotly contested racesBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com There is still time to participate in early voting, which concludes Oct. 31, before the Nov. 4 general election. Polling places are at the County Annex Building at 505 Highway 100 in Port Isabel during the following dates and times – Friday, Oct.…October 23, 2014In “News”Board OKs controversial rate hikeBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Newly-elected members were sworn in at the Laguna Madre Water District meeting held this past Wednesday. Rick Wells and Nancy Martinez succeeded Rudy H. Garcia and Robert Vela, respectively. Jeff Keplinger took over as chairman for Scott D. Friedman after four years of…November 13, 2014In “News” Share By ESTEVAN MEDRANOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comRick WellsThe tedious write-in process used to determine the Laguna Madre Water District Board of Directors elections carried over into late Wednesday as votes were hand counted.Unofficial results revealed Rick Wells triumphant over Robert Vela for Position 1 due to a strong showing in South Padre Island and with mail-in ballot voters, and a surge in Port Isabel allowed Nancy Martinez to squeak out a narrow win over John Thobe for Position 2 by roughly 20 votes.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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Terkait Masalah Seat Pitch, FAA Dipaksa Perbaharui Peraturan Penerbangan

first_imgJarak antar kursi 29 inci (Wing Boarding Area) Tersadar atau tidak, saat ini banyak maskapai yang mempersempit jarak antar kursi satu dengan lainnya (seat pitch). Hal ini dilakukan agar pesawat bisa menampung penumpang lebih banyak lagi, biasanya maskapai dengan biaya murah atau low cost carrier (LCC) melakukan hal tersebut.Namun, tahukah Anda sebagai penumpang sebenarnya berhak mendapat tempat yang nyaman walupun dengan maskapai LCC. Karena adanya penyempitan jarak antar kursi ini bila terjadi insiden pada pesawat justru akan memperlambat waktu penyelamatan atau evakuasi.Baca juga: Dilema Seat Pitch, Maskapai Tambah Untung Penumpang Merana KabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman cbsnews.com (13/9/2017), tahun 2016 lalu ketika American Airlines 767 mengalami insiden mesin terbakar saat lepas landas di Chicago, untuk mengevakuasi semua penumpang pesawat dibutuhkn waktu lebih dari dua menit. Padahal Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) memiliki persyaratan dimana maskapai penerbangan harus menunjukkan bahwa mereka mampu mengevakuasi sebuah pesawat terbang yang penuh penumpang dalam waktu 90 detik atau kurang, bahkan saat pintu terganjal atau susah untuk dibuka.Tak hanya itu, Delta Airlines yang meluncur di landasan pacu bersalju di LaGuardia New York tahun 2015 mengalami kerusakan sistem komunikasi dalam pesawat dan melakukan evakuasi penumpang lebih dari 17 menit. Adanya penyempitan kursi pesawat ini juga menjadi kekhawatiran baru dimana untuk evakuasi waktu yang dibutuhkan lebih lama.Saat ini jarak antar baris kursi yang seharusnya 35 inci menjadi 31 inci, ada juga yang mempersempit hingga 28 inci apalagi bila penumpang tersebut memiliki tubuh yang besar akan semakin sempit pastinya. Paul Hudson merupakan president of Flyers Rights yakni sebuah kelompok advokasi yang menuntut, memaksa FAA untuk mengatur jarak antar kursi dan memperbaharui standar keselamatan yang sudah berlangsung selama puluhan tahun.“Menyusutnya kursi pasti membuat penumpang yang menggunakan moda udara kurang aman. Perhatian terbesar adalah tidak akan bisa keluar tepat waktu saat terjadi insiden dalam pesawat. Saat harus menunduk, pastinya Anda tidak akan bisa melakukannya dengan baik dan membentur kursi serta bisa membuat patah leher,” kata Hudson.Saat musim panas, pada persidangan banding terkait keselamatan penumpang dalam pesawat, keputusan hakim berpihak pada kelompok Hudson dimana keprihatinan terkait keselamatan penumpang dan memerintahkan FAA untuk mengkaji masalah ini. Dengan putusan tersebut, FAA mengatakan pihaknya tengah mengkajinya, namun pihak maskapai penerbangan menolak untuk berbicara pada media dan mengataakan mereka memenuhi atau melampaui persyaratan keamanan federal.Baca juga: Lima Poin Ini Jadi Kunci Keselamatan Saat Pesawat Alami Crash LandingBoeing mengatakan bahwa pihaknya melakukan tes evakuasi untuk memastikan sebuah pesawat terbang dapat dievakuasi dalam waktu 90 detik atau kurang, namun pengujian tersebut dilakukan di hanggar, bukan di lingkungan kecelakaan dunia nyata.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDilema Seat Pitch, Maskapai Tambah Untung Penumpang Merana21/07/2017In “Featured”Untuk Rute Jarak Pendek, Low Cost Carrier Tawarkan Konsep “Standing Seat”23/04/2018In “Featured”FAA Menolak Aturan Pembatasan Jarak Kursi di Kabin Pesawat13/07/2018In “Domestik”last_img read more

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Walker Appoints Health Commissioner

first_imgAppointments are still subject to legislative approval. The heads of most remaining departments are listed as acting commissioners, pending decisions on permanent appointments. Walker says Davidson is knowledgeable and passionate about the issue and said his administration will move as aggressively as possible to expand coverage. Gov. Walker: “For far too long, far too many Alaskans have gone without healthcare. When one person is sick and doesn’t get medical attention, the entire family suffers.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The new Alaska State Health Commissioner has been named, as Governor Bill Walker today appointed Valerie Davidson.center_img Other appointments today include: Sam Cotten as acting Fish and Game commissioner and Marty Rutherford as a deputy Natural Resources commissioner. Walker said Davidson’s appointment is the first big step in expanding Medicaid in Alaska…last_img read more

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Reese hangs on to claim 4th world long jump title

first_img American Brittney Reese competes in the long jump final at the world championships on Friday. Reese won with a leap of 7.02 meters. | AP Olympic champion Tianna Bartoletta earned the bronze.Reese won with a leap of 7.02 on her third attempt and had to endure a nerve-wracking finale after receiving a red flag on her next three jumps.The 30-year-old said it was an emotional moment after her grandfather passed away two weeks ago.“I was doing this for him and I know he would have been cheering for me,” she said.Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands dipped at the line just ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou in another extremely close race to defend her 200-meter title in 20.05 seconds.The most jaw-dropping result came in the women’s steeplechase, where the U.S. clinched an unlikely 1-2 finishEmma Coburn took the lead for good at the final water jump and kicked for home to finish in a championship record of 9:02.58, with Courtney Frerichs taking second in 9:03.77. world championships, Tianna Bartoletta, Darya Klishina, Brittney Reese KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOScenter_img LONDON – American Brittney Reese claimed her fourth world long jump title on Friday after a tense, tight contest in which only 6 cm separated the top four competitors.Darya Klishina, competing as a neutral athlete after the Russian federation was banned over state-sponsored doping, took silver for her first medal at a major finals after jumping 7 meters for the first time in six years. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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House Finance Votes To Eliminate State Funding On School Construction Projects

first_imgThe bond debt vote was included in the first draft of the alternative budget plan presented by the House Finance Committee. In Soldotna, the average home is worth $250,000, which means an additional $360/year in property taxes in order to cover school bond debt if that was the route the Kenai Peninsula Borough chose to take. The 7-4 vote was suggested by Representative Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski): “If we stop spending money that we don’t have, then it will be a shift of responsibility to others who will also have to be fiscally responsible. We are in a different time, we are in a budget situation where we don’t have the money that we had.”  Carpenter during the floor session on Wednesday stated that if the bond debt remained under state funding it could mean cuts to the Permanent Fund dividend or state programs: “While we may be thinking about a $250-500 dollar increase in taxes on the local level. What you are doing away with, for a family of four, is $12,000 in PFD checks.”center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House Finance Committee voted on Wednesday to stop state payments for school construction debt and require local cities and boroughs to provide the full funding for those projects. Local municipalities and school districts could cut their own budgets to take on the the cost of a project, or they could raise property taxes in response.last_img read more

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Bosso Faults Rohr On Ignoring Home-Based Players (AUDIO)

first_imgChairman of the Nigerian Football Coaches Association Ladan Bosso has faulted Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for constantly ignoring home-based players in selecting players for the senior national team.The Franco-German tactician has relied heavily on foreign-based players for Super Eagles games and tournaments, overlooking their domestic counterparts whom he claims are not good enough.Rohr’s persistent snub of home-based lads has prompted the Nigeria Football Federation to insert a clause in his new contract offer which mandates him to live in Nigeria and watch league matches so he can ‘nurture’ domestic players.While reckoning that Rohr has done well since he took charge of the 3-time African champions in 2016, Bosso berated the former Gabon and Burkina Faso coach for not giving some of the finest players in the Nigeria Professional Football League a chance in his team.“In the first place, as far as I am concerned, Gernot Rohr has extremely done well,” the former Abia Warriors coach said. “The only issue is that he has not been encouraging the local lads in the national team. That’s the only area I found fault in him.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Bosso-April-13.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“As a technical adviser of the senior national team, you are to put glamour in the local league. Putting glamour in the local means inviting those players who are doing well in the league from time to time.“I cannot see any reason why we say we are lacking strikers those days and you cannot go and pick, maybe, the top three scorers in the league. You are supposed to be inviting them so they can get polished one time or the other they’ll gradually come into the team.“By the time they start moving around with those foreign-based players, I think that will give them confidence. That’s the only area where I find fault in Gernot Rohr.”Otherwise, the former Flying Eagles coach believes Rohr is a good coach and has done well in qualifying Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFCON quite easily.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Bosso-2-April-13.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“He is not a bad coach because the most important thing is that since he started handling the national team, we have always been qualifying. Even before the end of the qualifying series, we know that we are already there,” the former Bayelsa United and Kano Pillars coach said.“That alone shows that he is doing well.”RelatedYobo Departs From Rohr With NPFL Players Stance (AUDIO)May 28, 2020In “Featured”Former Eagles Reproach Gernot Rohr on Team SelectionNovember 9, 2018In “National Team”Rohr Restates Preference For Foreign-based Players (AUDIO)March 10, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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Quid-a-kid for Shrewsbury friendly

first_imgThe Shrews will be City’s fourth opponents of the pre-season calendar – a game which will see the players wear the 2018/19 away strip – as preparations continue to build ahead of the new campaign.Tickets are priced at £11 for adults, £6 for senior citizens and a special quid-a-kid offer will be available for under-19s – all inclusive of fees.Only the West Stand Lower will be opened to home supporters initially, with unreserved seating in operation. The Atyeo Stand will be used by the Shrewsbury Town fans.Supporters will be able to pay on the day but please arrive early to avoid queues at the main ticket office next to the Atyeo statue.last_img read more