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2009 Tour de France Rumor Roundup

By on January 18, 2021

first_imgHere are the good bits, summarized for your water-cooler gossiping pleasure:Cancellara accused Contador of drafting the motorbikes during Thursday’s final Individual Time Trial when the Yellow Jersey trounced his Olympic Time Trial winning compatriot.  But here’s the deal: It’s the motorcycles’ responsibilities not to interfere with the riders, not vice versa.Armstrong bailed on Contador’s team celebration Saturday night, opting instead to have “a few extra glasses of wine than I would have normally done” while entertaining higher ups from future team sponsor Radio Shack.Jokes abounded following Thursday’s announcement of the Radio Shack deal, with one of our favorites being “Bruyneel to Armstrong: We’re not going to win today’s time trial, how can we upstage Contador? Armstrong: I have an idea…Contador’s win makes this the fourth straight Tour de France won by a Spaniard, and Spanish press are hailing Alberto Contador as he “king of the Tour.”  He won it in 2007, and Oscar Pereiro won in 2006, Carlos Sastre in 2008.  It’s a shame they accidentally played the Danish national anthem when Contador was on the podium…maybe that explains Armstrong’s curious facial expression (above, and at the link. Is it me, or does Lance look like a young George W Bush there?).Greg Lemond, after witnessing Contador’s climb up Verbier and drubbing of Cancellara in the final time trial, passively accused Contador of doping.  When pressed on the issue by a journalist, Contador twice ducked the question, then passed on discussing his VO2 max as well.  Given the massive testing efforts, Contador so far is clean, and Tour de France chief Christian Prudhomme remains cautiously optimistic that this year’s race has proven the race can be run clean.Bruyneel will be leaving Team Astana, citing conflicts with team sponsors and not liking the infighting between Armstrong and Contador.  One of the pivotal moments was when Contador attacked on Stage 17 against Bruyneel’s orders, effectively pushing Armstrong and Kloden off the podium and giving second place to Andy Schleck.There’s no doubt it was a disappointing Tour for Cadel Evans, but the final days’ posts on his website/blog are fairly upbeat.Sure, Armstrong will be back next year, with a vengeance.  But French riders have hope in your Brice Felliu, who performed exceptionally well.  And the Schleck brothers’ antics of testing everyone all the time should continue to make the Tour interesting without Lance’s star power.  But there’s no denying that seeing Armstrong face off against Contador next year will be stellar…let’s hope and pray no one’s busted for anything between now and then.  Unrelated, does anyone else think of the “twins” from the Matrix when they see the Schlecks riding around playfully at the front of the peloton?last_img read more

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LondonMetric conversion: Andrew Jones interview

By on October 18, 2020

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Pakistan enhances LNG capabilities with FSRU contract

By on October 7, 2020

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Leave law to the lawyers …

By on September 29, 2020

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 Subscribe now for unlimited access 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 communitylast_img read more

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What the ‘Internet of Things’ means for corporate construction

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first_imgThe Internet of Things, or ‘IoT’, is a term that has been bandied about a lot in the media of late. It’s fair to say that despite its standing as a hot topic, there will be those who don’t really know exactly what it means, or the impact it will potentially have on the property and construction industries. To delve deeper into the IoT, emerging workplace technologies, and the future of smart buildings, Workplace Week 2017 in association with Workplace Fabric and London and Partners (L&P), the official PR department for London, hosted an event dedicated to exploring the benefits and challenges IoT raises.The proliferation of technology in both our work and personal lives has resulted in five times more connected devices in the world than people – 28 billion devices, to be exact. Business Insider recently named London as the third most high-tech city in the world. This is testament to L&P, who have been striving to establish the capital as a tech mecca – exemplified in the launch of the first interactive app for tourists, ‘Play London with Mr. Bean’. It’s only fitting then that the team at L&P hosted such an event. Set in an office with panoramic views of the Thames and London Bridge, the interactive session attracted a crowd of professionals from a range of sectors – all gathered to share knowledge on what is seemingly an inexhaustible topic.The proliferation of technology in both our work and personal lives has resulted in five times more connected devices in the world than people – 28 billion devices, to be exact. So, although IoT is a fairly new term, it’s been a long time in the making. Recent reports have projected that the IoT will be worth $14.4 trillion by 2022, and there will be a staggering 50 billion connected devices globally.And there’s no doubt that IoT will have a role to play in transforming every facet of buildings as we know them – how we live in them, manage them, even down to the bricks and mortar of building them. Construction is the beginning of a building’s lifecycle, and increasingly we will see the IoT incorporated at base build. The process of intelligent 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) will soon incorporate data from IoT sensors to model things like energy use patterns, temperature or people movement. This in turn will make our buildings greener – for example, a building will shut down unnecessary systems such as light and heating when it senses the space is unoccupied. Changes such as these will streamline the process of how we use, and build, the structures of the future.In corporate real estate, the influence of IoT will filter down to the day-to-day workplace productivity of employees. A survey conducted by workplace effectiveness benchmarking specialist, Leesman, revealed that of a quarter of a million employees surveyed, only 57 per cent could agree that the design of their workplace enables them to work productively. According to Boston-based consultant CEB, businesses lose £31 million per annum from providing poor space information to users. Businesses today are re-evaluating the workplace brand, and focussing on ensuring that the physical corporate infrastructure creates the best user experience, while driving optimum return on investment. Take, for example, our recent collaboration with a large computer software conglomerate. For their new London premises, the real estate team wanted an inclusive space discovery and optimisation solution that required no user input. Having implemented the Freespace platform, which uses workplace sensing to deliver live space availability information to employees, signage across the three floors allows employees to easily navigate the workplace to find a space to suit their needs.Rather than an add-on, soon we’ll witness solutions such as this being built in to the fabric of corporate buildings quite literally from the ground up. With productivity, or lack thereof, costing businesses millions of pounds, now’s the time to take full advantage of all the benefits the IoT has to offer.last_img read more

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Equipment fit for a Viking

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first_imgWeighing up to 5 tonnes, the ships form part of the set for the History Channel’s drama series Vikings.A CMOD 24 modular frame, featuring a maximum span of 5 m x 4 m, is being used beneath the hook of the crane and is capable of lifting all vessel types on set.Damien Maher, capital equipment sales at Irlequip, explained that the frame is able to not only lift but also cradle the boats, which prevents any inward pressure or stress.www.modulift.comirlequip.comlast_img

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Jumanji: The Next Level review

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgAn unlikely new franchise was spawned after the massive global success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in 2017, which pulled in almost a billion dollars at the worldwide box-office. Not a bad return for a film costing (only) $90million. Director Jake Kasdan returns for this sequel and we are told that the stakes have never been higher as our heroes reach ‘The Next Level’.For the most part, Jumanji: The Next Level does the basics right, it adds in some great new characters and the fun-factor has meticulously been preserved from the last film. But with all that said and done, I was still expecting more. It seems content with just playing to the same beats as Welcome to the Jungle without really being ambitious enough to take things onto the next level. It’s fine for the most part but a little more guile could have created a far more exciting addition to the series.Some time has passed since our heroes have returned from the game. Bethany (Madison Iseman), Martha (Morgan Turner) and Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain) are enjoying life and making a go of things but Spencer (Alex Wolff) is having difficulty adjusting to college life in New York. When Spencer doesn’t show up for a reunion, the gang go to his house to look for him. His grandfather Eddie (Danny DeVito) and his former work-partner Milo (Danny Glover) are there ironing out their differences after years of estrangement. But neither of them have seen Spencer either. Before long, the gang realise that Spencer has gone back into the Jumanji game. Reluctantly they go back in to get him out, but unwittingly Eddie and Milo also get sucked up into the game, which has been glitching and throwing up a few new surprises. Enter Dr Smoulder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan), Professor Shelley Oberon (Jack Black) and Franklin Finbar (Kevin Hart) – all ready to play the game again, but this time their personalities may not be as expected. Credit: SonyWithout doubt, the casting is what makes Jumanji: The Next Level work so well. The ensemble is fantastic (perhaps only bettered by Knives Out this year), with each and every one of them delivering a memorable turn. This time around the game glitches mean that some play multiple versions of the characters so this conjures up a very nice dynamic where the actors really get a chance to have some fun with the roles.Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black are as awesome as you would expect, and have fun playing multiple versions of themselves, which is a tough ask. Colin Hanks and Nick Jonas lend solid support too, and the new additions of Danny DeVito, Danny Glover and Awkwafina are sublime. They are all so funny and help push the film uphill at times when the narrative gets a little flat.Credit: SonyFor a game-based film, the levels they have to get past should have been a little bolder in concept and that’s the first sticking point of Jumanji: The Next Level. The second is Rory McCann (Game of Thrones favourite The Hound) playing the film’s villain Jurgen the Brutal. At no fault of the actor, the character just doesn’t have much to do and isn’t given a chance to shine like Bobby Cannavale did in the last film. I also think the younger cast (Iseman, Turner, Blain and Wolff) are really underused here which is a massive shame.I absolutely love IMAX and what it brings to a movie. The immersive sound and crystal clear picture adds layers of entertainment and enjoyment to any film in the format, and thankfully Jumanji: The Next Level benefits from this upscale. The success of a film like this lies with the immersive feeling you get during its big action moments, and Jumanji: The Next Level isn’t short on spectacle. The IMAX effect really places you into the heart of the action. Credit: SonyThe scenery and the colourful landscapes all pop onscreen but it’s the depth of the IMAX 3D that really brings about the wow factor. There’s a fantastic sequence where our heroes have to traverse a moving maze of rope bridges high in the mountainous clouds. Throw in some angry monkeys and you have a brilliantly immersive sequence that’s so much fun to watch. If you can afford the upscale in price, IMAX does add something special to the movie-going experience.Jumanji: The Next Level is a fun family adventure with lots of laughs and some great action set-pieces. It doesn’t outdo its predecessor which is a shame, but there’s enough here to guarantee a great afternoon out at the cinema this holiday season. The great ensemble work hard to deliver the fun and with a brilliant mid-credits sequence hinting at a potential third film with a very cool angle, it seems that we are set for even more Jumanji fun in the coming years.Cast: Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Awkwafina, Nick Jonas, Colin Hanks, Rhys Darby, Rory McCann Director: Jake Kasdan Writer: Jake Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg Certificate: 12A Duration: 123mins Released by: Sony Release date: 11th December 2019last_img read more

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Mother & daughter use live snakes to raise awareness about the…

By on September 26, 2020

first_imgSoweto’s Vilakazi Street was once home to former President Nelson Mandela, but now has another drawcard.A mother-and-daughter team is educating members of their community about snakes. The 19-year-old Lwandle and her mother, Lindiwe Mngomezulu, run an educational snake “show” from their home in Orlando West, in Vilakazi Street, Soweto.The street has become a buzzing tourist hub, and when Mngomezulu gives you directions to her house over the phone, she directs you past “Tutu’s house” and the “Nelson Mandela Museum”.The mother and daughter team has become so well-known that they have made international headlines. Lindiwe allows curiosity-seekers to get a close-up look at the non-venomous snakes she keeps in her home, and she drapes them over tourists’ shoulders for a small fee.CCTV’s Julie Scheier has more.last_img read more

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Holocaust Center hosts Facebook author event

By on September 24, 2020

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills will host a May 11 virtual interview featuring New York Times bestselling author Neal Bascomb, author of Hunting Eichmann.The 7 p.m. event will be broadcast live at holocaustcenter.org, and the Holocaust Memorial Center Facebook page.During “Heroes of Holocaust Justice: The True Story of the Band of Spies who Hunted Down Adolf Eichmann,” with interviewer Stephen Clark, viewers will able to comment and ask questions either on the Facebook page or in advance – by noon on May 11 –  via email to events@holocaustcenter.org.“We are excited to have Neal Bascomb talk about his book and the true story of the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann. The story is a spy thriller, espionage chronicle and courtroom drama all wrapped up in one epic fight for justice,” said Holocaust Memorial Center CEO Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld. “The unwavering commitment to bring this war criminal to justice taught the world that the Holocaust was perpetrated by individuals who made the choice to commit genocide, and that they must answer for those choices.”Bascomb chronicled the international manhunt and capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in both Hunting Eichmann and the young adult book Nazi Hunters. His most recent book is Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best.Since retiring as a reporter/anchor at WXYZ-TV, Clark co-hosted a morning show with JoAnne Purtan on WOMC 104.3 FM for approximately two years. In mid-March 2020, he retired from WOMC to focus on his music career.Neal BascombThe exhibit, “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann”, is slated to remain on display at the Holocaust Memorial Center through August 2020. The multimedia exhibit includes 60 original artifacts and 70 photographs, including maps, printed case files, hand forged documents and a pair of goggles used to obscure Eichmann’s vision during his capture.Located at 28123 Orchard Lake Rd., the Holocaust Memorial Center is currently closed under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home. Stay Safe.” Executive Order. To learn more, visit holocaustcenter.org. Reported bylast_img read more

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GAME NOTES: Softball to face two GSC opponents on the road

By on September 23, 2020

first_img Senior pitcher Jordan Ratliff ranks eighth among GSC pitchers in ERA this season (3.85). (Photo by Chris Nelson) GAME NOTES: Softball to face two GSC opponents on the road Sharecenter_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team will hit the road this weekend to face two Gulf South Conference opponents. West Florida’s doubleheader with Christian Brothers scheduled for Saturday, March 23 has been rescheduled to Monday, March 25 due to inclement weather.West Florida will start the weekend by facing Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. on Sunday, March 24. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. UWF will then travel to Memphis, Tenn. to play a doubleheader with Christian Brothers on Monday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Game Notes: UWF softball faces DSU / CBUDSU Live Coverage:Live StatsLive AudioCBU Live Coverage:Live StatsLive VideoBAILEY MOVES TO SECOND IN ERASophomore Taylor Bailey currently ranks second in the Gulf South Conference in ERA (1.94) through 97.2 innings pitched. The Austin, Texas native also ranks second in the conference in opposing batting average (.227) and leads the conference in batters struck out looking (28). Bailey was named GSC Player of the Week after striking out nine batters and allowing only four runs in two complete-game wins to help the Argonauts to a 4-0 start in conference play last week.DEFENSE IN THE OUTFIELDThe Argonaut coaching staff is pleased with this years’ crop of first-year players, especially in the outfield. Junior leftfielder Danielle Sanders and junior centerfielder Audrey Harner have both made outstanding defensive plays this season already. Bianca Lopez, Jordan Camp and Caroline Kaston add speed in right field and compliment the first-year duo in the outfield.RATLIFF RANKS AMONGST GSC BESTSenior pitcher Jordan Ratliff has a 3.85 ERA after 60.0 innings pitched this season. Ratliff ranks eighth among GSC pitchers in ERA and in innings pitched. SANDERS SHOWING SPEEDSanders is currently tied for second in the Gulf South Conference in stolen bases (16). Last season at St. Petersburg College she ranked fourth in the Florida College System Activities Association in stolen bases (34). As a freshman in 2011 she ranked ninth in the FCSAA in stolen bases (27).CYR AMONG TOP COACHES IN NCAAHead coach Tami Cyr ranks as one of the most successful head coaches in NCAA softball history. Cyr’s 960 career wins ranks 27th among all NCAA D-I, D-II and D-III head coaches. She ranks 11th all-time in NCAA DII history and seventh among ‘active’ NCAA DII head coaches.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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