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Pembroke building bridges

first_imgOn Monday 23rd April HRH the Duke of Kent officially opened the new quadrangles and buildings of Pembroke College.The small college, located in the centre of Oxford, has undergone a great transformation after building new student accomodation, seminar and meeting rooms, a multi-purpose auditorium, a purpose-built art gallery, outdoor social spaces and a café. One of the most noteworthy additions is the over-street bridge, the first since the famous Bridge of Sighs. The footbridge passes over Brewer Street and adjoins the two new quads to Chapel Quad. It is the first over-street bridge built in over a century, the last to be constructed was the Bridge of Sighs of Hertford College. Giles Henderson, the Master of Pembroke, released an official statement, “This major extension of our main site will benefit members of Pembroke for years to come, as well as enhancing this area of Oxford for local residents and visitors. This development should be seen as an outward and visible sign of Pembroke’s increasing self-confidence and ambition.” The buildings were designed by architects Berman Guedes Stretton and funded by donations received from over 1,000 different people from more than 40 countries.At the opening the Duke of Kent together with the Master crossed the bridge and attended a ceremony in the brand new Pichette Auditorium where he unveiled a plague signifying the occasion. The Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and the Lord Mayor of Oxford were also present.Students are pleased with the result. Rebecca Henshaw, a 1st year student at Pembroke, when asked about the student accomodation, commented, “Yes the rooms are great, hotel-like in that they are clean white and modern with lovely bathrooms and luxuries such as heated towel rails.”She added, “Students were somewhat hidden away from the ceremony but caught glimpses of royalty and many donors for the site yesterday morning. The hall resounded with thunderous applause in response to the opening and the porters seemed to be highly enjoying the ordeal!” David White, Pembroke’s JCR President, was also highly enthusiastic about the recent development, telling Cherwell, “The new buildings are an amazing addition to Pembroke. They represent the realisation of an ambitious vision for the College and they signal a fantastic enhancement of the Pembroke community.”In particular he raved about Pembroke Bridge, commenting, “It’s like the Bridge of Sighs – but just far more modern and far more cool – it connects fabulously the old and the new at Pembroke. It unites the first and second year residents of Pembroke’s main site and makes this landmark development in the College’s history feel natural.”last_img read more

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Explosive Situation

first_imgPlant bakeries that have on-site silo storage for flour and sugar are facing a looming deadline to comply with ATEX (ATmospheres EXplosives) legislation, designed to heighten safety in the workplace. Sugar and flour, when mixed with air, form a potentially explosive mixture. Such conditions frequently occur in storage vessels in plant bakeries. To prevent this happening, silo manufacturers are governed by the directive ATEX 100. But bakers are also required, under the ATEX 137 directive, to be able to provide documentation showing their silos are ATEX 100 compliant. All hazardous areas in a workplace, which were used for the first time after June 30, 2003, have had to comply with ATEX 137. But the transitional period for companies using silos before that date will run out on June 30, 2006. How to complyBakeries must ensure that any on-site storage vessel, where there is a risk of explosion, is built to ATEX standards and has the necessary documentation to prove it. Of particular note is that ‘own design’ vent membranes and doors are no longer acceptable unless certified by explosion testing in conjunction with a notified body.The following points must be considered under ATEX 137:• Explosion characteristics of the stored product• Silo design and explosion vent specifications• Vent area• Silo supply documentationIndividual powders and dusts have their own explosion characteristics. Sugar and flour, for example, behave differently both in susceptibility to explosion and pressure rise/maximum pressure if they do explode. These characteristics are fundamental to silo design calculations and explosion vent specification. Put simply, the silo must be strong enough to contain any explosion without sidewall rupture. This is dependent upon having calibrated explosion vents with sufficient vent area to limit the internal pressure rise to a calculated maximum during any explosion. Not only should the silo supplier design and build the silo to meet the ATEX requirements, but documentation must accompany the product which outlines the silo design calculations, drawings, explosion vent calculations and silo certification.In the zoneATEX 137 focuses on minimising the risk to workers by classifying the working environment into zones and then specifying the category of equipment that can be used in each zone. The dust hazard classification is as follows:Zone 20: Permanent presence of combustible dustZone 21: Incidental presence of combustible dust during normal dutyZone 22: Accidental presence of combustible dust, but not during normal dutyMark Barton is MD of Barton Fabrications, which supplies ATEX-compliant silos to the food industry.last_img read more

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From Iraq and back, via 9/11 and Harvard

first_imgA group of 4,000-year-old clay tablets that survived looting, confiscation by U.S. customs officials, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks is shedding light on what everyday life was like in ancient Iraq as an agricultural official.The tablets are from an archive near the city of Nippur, the Sumerian religious capital in southern Iraq. Benjamin Studevent-Hickman, a lecturer on Assyriology in Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, spent months translating the tablets, which are inscribed with cuneiform characters, and is preparing a monograph on his findings.The tablets are the “papers” of an official named Aradmu, who held a high position, Studevent-Hickman said. He was an agricultural official, directing people who were plot managers, cultivators, and ox drivers.The records show the activities of Aradmu and his family, whose members held similar positions. His father, Lugal-me-a, and his brothers are all represented in the tablets, Studevent-Hickman said. Aradmu appears to have attained the highest position.The tablets detail routine operations of an agrarian society and include receipts for agricultural objects like oxen and donkeys. Grain loans were also common from officials such as Aradmu to those whose supply couldn’t get them through to another harvest. Those loans, several of which were made by Aradmu, carried a hefty interest rate of 33 percent, the standard interest rate for grain loans at the time, Studevent-Hickman said.The translations complete an incredible journey for the tablets and the stories they hold. Officials are unsure of their exact origins, but they know the tablets were looted from an unknown site in southern Iraq sometime prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.Officials know that much because the 145 Aradmu tablets were among a larger group of 302 tablets confiscated by U.S. customs when they were being smuggled into Newark, N.J. They were being stored in the basement of the Customs House at 6 World Trade Center when the building was destroyed in the attacks.Weeks later, the boxes of tablets were retrieved from the basement and stored elsewhere until 2004. Before they were returned to Iraq, the Iraqi government gave permission for their restoration, a task undertaken by conservators Dennis and Jane Drake Piechota and funded by the U.S. State Department. Clay tablets like these were usually sun dried, not baked to a ceramic hardness, which provides additional protection against damage.Harvard had earlier turned to the Piechotas for help conserving its own collection of 5,000 clay tablets. The Piechotas designed a process that combines long, slow baking in a small furnace followed by water baths to extract salts. Harvard is in the midst of a years-long process of baking its own tablets, but let the Piechotas use its furnace in the Semitic Museum basement to conserve these tablets. Harvard students were also employed to work on the project.Before the baking process began, Studevent-Hickman and Professor of Assyriology Piotr Steinkeller assigned dates to all 302 tablets and transliterated them from cuneiform into Roman text. Studevent-Hickman then set to work translating the 145 tablets dealing with Aradmu before they were repatriated to Iraq in late 2010. He has continued to work with photographs of the tablets since then.Studevent-Hickman has since learned that other parts of apparently the same archive wound up in Italy and at Cornell University via different paths. The texts in Italy have already been published. Lance Allred of the University of California, Los Angeles, will publish the Cornell tablets.“Nothing beats having the tablets themselves,” Studevent-Hickman said. “I spent as much time as I could with them, knowing they were going to leave.”Studevent-Hickman said he feels compelled to make the story of the tablets as complete as possible, so he has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records about the investigation that resulted in the tablets’ confiscation in the first place. He is also scouring satellite images of the area near Nippur through 2001, provided by Professor Elizabeth Stone of Stony Brook University, to see if he can find signs of looting that might indicate where the tablets were unearthed.“It’s part of my responsibility as a historian to publish as much as I can about these tablets since they left the ground,” Studevent-Hickman said.last_img read more

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Muddy Waters

first_imgDear EarthTalk: What is “nonpoint source pollution?” How much of a problem is it and how can it be controlled?                                                                                               — Devon Corey, New York, NYUnlike pollution that comes from specific industrial factories, sewage treatment plants and other easily discernible ‘points’, nonpoint source pollution comes from many diffuse sources, but in the aggregate creates a formidable challenge for municipal, state and federal environmental and water control authorities.According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nonpoint source pollution is “caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground [where it…] picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters.” Some of the most common pollutants in nonpoint source pollution include excess fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides from agricultural lands and residential areas and oil, grease and toxic chemicals from urban runoff and energy production. Sediment from construction, mining and agricultural sites as well as salts, acids, bacteria and atmospheric deposition from myriad sources also play a role. While its effects vary region to region, nonpoint source pollution is likely the largest threat to our water quality. The U.S. has made “tremendous advances in the past 25 years to clean up the aquatic environment by controlling pollution from industries and sewage treatment plants,” says the EPA. “Unfortunately, we did not do enough to control pollution from diffuse, or nonpoint, sources.” The EPA also calls nonpoint source pollution the U.S.’s “largest source of water quality problems” and the main reason 40 percent of our rivers, lakes, and estuaries “are not clean enough to meet basic uses such as fishing or swimming.”Because it comes from so many sources, regulating nonpoint source pollution is almost impossible, so it really comes down to individuals taking steps to minimize the pollution generated by their actions. The EPA reports that we can all do our part by: keeping litter, pet waste, leaves and debris out of street gutters and storm drains, which usually drain right into nearby water bodies; applying lawn and garden chemicals sparingly; disposing of used oil, antifreeze, paints and other household chemicals properly, that is, at your nearest hazardous household waste drop-off, not in storm drains; cleaning up spilled brake fluid, oil, grease and antifreeze, not hosing them into the street where they will eventually reach local waterways; and controlling soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion-prone areas. 1 2last_img read more

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PREMIUMHutama Karya’s $600 million global bonds oversubscribed by sixfold

first_imgLinkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Log in with your social account Google Forgot Password ? Indonesia global-bonds-issuance Hutama-Karya trans-Sumatra-highway toll-road pertamina PLN State-owned construction company PT Hutama Karya has raised about US$600 million from the issuance of its global bonds to partly finance its toll road projects in Sumatra.Hutama Karya president director Bintang Perbowo said in Jakarta on Tuesday the bond offering was oversubscribed by sixfold despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused uncertainty in the financial markets.The response of global investors to the company’s first ever global bonds was quite positive, indicating that the bonds issued by Indonesian corporations, especially state-owned enterprises, are still considered a good investment, he said.The proceeds from the issuance of the 10-year bonds with a yield of 3.75 percent will be used to fund the development of the trans-Sumatra toll road project, which requires total investment of about Rp 280 trillion (US$18.52 billion).According to the company, … Facebooklast_img read more

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Gold Coast acreage buyers are building their ultimate dream home

first_imgArchitecturally designed acreage homes are emerging at the new Kingsholme community Montego Hills on the Gold Coast.DREAM homes are taking shape on Gold Coast acreage with second and third home buyers keen to build their ultimate lifestyle.As the homes at the new Kingsholme community Montego Hills start coming out of the ground there are some stunning features taking shape.Villawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said the design features they were seeing were not usually associated with acreage living.“In particular, there is a distinct absence of the traditional homestead,” Mr Johnson said.“Inspired by the space, climate and views, our acreage land owners have really embraced the opportunity to create a truly unique and personal design that they will be proud to call home.”Spacious atriums, split-level floor plans and balconies cantilevering over the gentle sloping home sites are just some of the unexpected features set to be built.Montego Hills estate on the Gold Coast.McCarthy Homes sales manager David Farrer said today’s acreage owners were approaching the planning process with a clear and distinctive vision of their dream home.“With the mix of large, flat and undulating acreage home sites, the estate provides buyers with aunique canvas to be quite creative with their dream home design,” Mr Farrer said.“It’s quite incredible to see what can be achieved when clients see this as an opportunity.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“Given most Montego Hills clients are second or third homebuyers, they are keen to create their ultimate dream home as a long-term investment in their lifestyle, without any compromises.”The surrounding natural bushland is also playing a role in home design on the estate.“When you have panoramic views of rolling hills and natural bushland, the focus is on creating vantage points on the inside and outside of house,” Mr Farrer said.The first residents are set to move in by mid this year with construction well underway on some homes.Montego Hills estate on the Gold Coast.Mr Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the new residents.“With a number of homes now under construction and many more due to start in 2017, it’sexciting to think how Montego Hills will transform during the next 12 months, particularly as we welcome our very first residents,” he said.Villawood Properties is a privately owned company, founded by Rory Costelloe in 1989 and today operated with co-Executive Director Tony Johnson.The company has a portfolio of communities in southeast Queensland with the recent launch of The Surrounds at Helensvale, which joins Montego Hills at Kingsholme and the eminent release of a new project this year.All three communities are expected to bring more than 1,000 building opportunities to local builders during the next three to five years.last_img read more

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These are the southeast Queensland regions where you are most likely to sell for a profit

first_img24 Conochie Place, Ormiston. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Kusher said the Redland region had performed well in recent quarters.“I think when you look at their performances in terms of value growth over the last few quarters, Redland has actually been one of the stronger ones. We are seeing in that market that value growth is actually reasonably strong.’’For the full report click here. 24 Conochie Place, Ormiston. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed through Pamela Neilson of McGrath Bayside.They bought the home in 2010 and will be disappointed to leave the street, which they discovered when they visited the area to go for a walk.They are not far from the water and they are right up against bushland. Mr Boland said in the sixties and seventies, the western suburbs of Brisbane were in favour, but then it was like someone suddenly discovered there was water in the Redlands region and the focus shifted there.“It really is a great spot,’’ he said.He said properties seemed to be selling quickly in the area. Robyna and Barney Boland have listed their home at24 Conochie Place, Ormiston for sale. AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.HOMEOWNERS who sold in Redlands have struck it rich with new figures revelling they chalked up more profit making sales than another region in the southeast.In total 94.6 per cent of owners in the Redlands region sold in the June quarter for more than they originally paid for their property, according to the latest Pain and Gain report.The report, by CoreLogic, analyses property sales to determine which areas performed well and those where sellers took a bigger hit.Overall the vast majority, 95.9 per cent of sales in Greater Brisbane were sales for more than owners paid, with the value of profit more than $2.115 billion during the June quarter.Just behind the Redland region, was Logan where 93 per cent of sales were for more than owners originally paid and then the Sunshine Coast, 92.8 per cent.The median profit in Redland was $103,000 with a total profit for the region in the June quarter of $77.681 million.Even the southeast’s worst performing region, still had a high proportion of profit making sales.Lockyer Valley had the lowest level of 78.9 per cent with the median loss during the period of $30,000.Nationally almost nine out of every ten properties which resold in the June quarter were for more than owners originally spent.In Brisbane the house market performed much stronger than the unit market. In total 95.9 per cent of house sales in Brisbane were for more than owners originally paid, while 25.8 per cent of unit sales were at a loss.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said the level of loss making sales were up slightly for both the house and unit market during the June quarter in Brisbane.“They are slightly higher, last report it was 24.4 per cent of units, and houses did actually increase a little bit as well they were 3.4 per cent last quarter.’’“But obviously houses are performing much better than units.’’BARNEY and Robyna Boland were pleased to hear that properties in the Redlands region were more likely to sell for a profit than any other southeast Queensland area.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe couple have listed their home at 24 Conochie Place, Ormiston for sale as Mr Boland said it would be an opportunity to be able to help out his family financially.last_img read more

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A former UWP Senator to be given official funeral tomorrow.

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Cabinet Secretary; Felix Gregoire. Photo credit: GIS NewsCabinet has approved an official funeral for Former United Workers Party Senator Elias Dupis who will be laid to rest today.Dupis who recently passed away contested the Paix Bouche seat and served as the UWP senator from 2000 – 2005.The funeral service will be held at the Bense Severn Day Adventist Church from 2pm.Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire said the official service will commence from 3pm.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! LocalNews A former UWP Senator to be given official funeral tomorrow. by: – April 11, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Fergie expects Ferdinand to pen new deal

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson believes Rio Ferdinand will be the next long-serving member of the Manchester United squad to sign a contract extension. Ryan Giggs penned a new one-year deal on Friday, ensuring his United career will extend beyond his 40th birthday. Paul Scholes’ future is open to debate given the niggling injuries he has endured, in addition to the knowledge he has already retired once before being talked out of it in January 2012. Ferdinand seems more likely to sign yet so far, and Ferguson said: “That is a strong possibility. It would have to happen before the end of the season.” Ferdinand is managing a long-standing back complaint and his performances this season suggest he still has a major role to play with the Red Devils, even if England boss Roy Hodgson is not interested. He is virtually certain to be involved against Real Madrid on Tuesday, when United look to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals. “I think he has had a great season,” said Ferguson. “He has managed himself the right way and we have contributed to that in the preparation we give him. “He doesn’t play every game in the same way that Ryan doesn’t play every game. “But in terms of key matches he has been absolutely brilliant. “Two weeks ago, against Real Madrid, he was excellent so we need to get him ready for the big one on Tuesday.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Rose blooms in Orlando

first_img Rose separated himself from a chasing pack including defending champion Tiger Woods with a strong finish, making up four shots over six holes to finish seven under par for his opening round. Rose dropped a shot on the par-four 11th, but four birdies in a row from the fourth to the seventh holes had already put him in a strong position. The 32-year-old has often struggled with his putting, but it was his control on the greens that highlighted Thursday’s round. Rose told the PGA Tour website: “That’s been the error of my game since June last year. Today was probably the first real hot day I’ve had with the blade in a long, long time.” An eagle on the par-five 16th powered Justin Rose into an early lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. While Rose was in no hurry to say he had put his putting problems behind him, things are certainly looking up. He added: “We all know it’s about consistency and that’s what I’m still working toward. It’s just fun to know that I obviously can do it, and I take a lot of confidence from that.” Rose’s lead was coming under threat from John Huh, who was one shot behind when he reached the 16th hole, but Rose had already seen another dangerous foe – Woods – lose ground. Woods, back on form following wins at Doral and Torrey Pines, and back in the news thanks to his relationship with star skier Lindsey Vonn, had enjoyed a strong start to his round on the back nine and matched Rose’s eagle on the 16th. But the American, hoping to reclaim the world number one ranking, then dropped those shots immediately with bogeys on both the 17th and 18th. Woods said: “I didn’t drive it well, didn’t hit my irons well and didn’t control my distances or trajectory well.” He would have three straight birdies after making the turn, but then bogeyed the seventh to give another shot back. “It’s just making a key save, a key putt here and there and keeping the round going,” Woods said. I certainly didn’t play my best, but I got around and made a few good saves out there. I got a lot out of this round, and I threw away a few shots as well.” Woods’ 69 had him in a tie for fifth place, with John Rollins enjoying a share of third after a round of 68. Lee Westwood was also among the early starters, but bogeyed the 18th to sign for a 71. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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