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May 06 2015

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Helpful Questions On Recognising Root Issues For Northern England

Wellbeing at the heart of this year?s over-50s event Sue Lister, coordinator of the festival for the over-50s, has appealed to event organisers to consider what they can do to foster the wellbeing of the city's older residents. "How can they bring people together to share activities that they may enjoy and may take up for the rest of the year?" she asked. "How can we involve people who are feeling lonely and isolated and depressed? How can we make York a better place to grow older?" She said Age UK had claimed that one million older people in the UK hadnt spoken to anyone for a month. That is unacceptable in our city," she said. "What are we going to do about it? Sue said she had started the first festival in 2005 with the idea of celebrating the experience, skills, knowledge and memories that older people had to share with younger people. "There was already a world-wide annual celebration on October 1 of International Older Peoples Day, with many cities round the UK already mounting their own festivals," she said. "As a city of festivals", York was ready and willing to add one more and the 50+ Festival has grown over the years until last year it offered 130 events for people of all ages to enjoy young people working with older people, and older people offering events for younger people. "It proved a way to bridge the generation gap and was enjoyed by around 5,000 people of all ages." She said this year's festival would begin as usual with an information fair to be staged from 10 am to 3pm on Thursday September 10, with 30 stands at the Guildhall, six at the Spurriergate Centre and another six at St Sampsons Centre.

For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/12929708.Wellbeing_at_the_heart_of_this_year___s_over_50s_event/?ref=rss

Blackpool protests Blackpool, who were in the Premier League in 2010-11, were the first professional English team to be relegated this season, back in early April. They have declined badly since their one season in the top flight, when they were much admired for their attacking football under Ian Holloway. The Tangerines turned over more than 100m since their promotion. Three seasons later and they had just six first-team players when Jose Riga arrived as manager in early pre-season. Only eight professionals were under contract two weeks before their first Championship game at Nottingham Forest. Despite signing 12 players in 12 days, they only had nine men eligible on the morning of the game and eventually named a four-man bench. Owner Owen Oyston and chairman Karl Oyston sued three fans for comments made on the internet, with football fans from around the UK raising the 20,000 needed by one of them for his damages bill. The chairman is being investigated by the FA for allegedly breaching five FA rules by sending abusive and insulting words to a Blackpool supporter. A statue of legendary ex-player Stan Mortensen - where fans reportedly planned to protest this weekend - has disappeared. A spokesman for the Tangerine Knights and Blackpool Supporters' Trust, which organised the pre-match protest, said: "Karl Oyston said 'judge me at the end of the season'.

For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32568110

April 30 2015

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The Very Latest News From Devon

The visitors, who resumed on 115-3, saw Matt Machan dismissed for 80 before losing their last four wickets for 10 runs and were 265 all out. Chris Rushworth (5-81) took his second five-wicket haul of the season. Needing 262 to win a second successive Championship game of the season, Durham closed on 115-2 with Matt Stoneman making 41 and Keaton Jennings 38. Rushworth amongst the wickets Durham's Chris Rushworth has taken 19 first-class wickets this season, the second-highest behind Ajmal Shahzad (Sussex) who has taken 22 so far. Ajmal Shahzad (2-40) took both wickets, trapping Stoneman leg before and having Jennings caught behind by Ben Brown. Earlier, Machan was fifth wicket to fall when he was out lbw to Usman Arshad (2-43) and Sussex's innings quickly fell away. Looking well set on 217-4, they were quickly dismissed for 265, with first-innings hero Ollie Robinson ending on four not out. John Hastings (2-57) took the wickets of Steve Magoffin and Matthew Hobden in successive balls to wrap the innings up. Durham seam bowler Chris Rushworth: "We knew we needed quick wickets after lunch and to wrap them up like that was a big plus. "There's a bit of variable bounce but it's a good pitch and the scores are about par.

For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/32497230

Discussions are taking place over a 14-team Premiership, with a temporary freeze put on promotion and relegation. Baxter says he supports expansion as long as second-tier clubs are able to aspire to top-flight status. "The only opinion I have is to ensure we are morally correct in everything we do," Baxter told BBC Radio 5 live. "I would be very uncomfortable if we established a set of rules whereby a team that was successful on and off the pitch could never have the ambition of being in the Premiership." Premiership Rugby say as part of the new proposal clubs would be eligible for promotion if they prove their worth on and off the field over a period of time. However, with a handful of the elite clubs losing money year on year, Baxter has urged against hypocrisy. "As long as we don't enforce rules on teams trying to get into the Premiership that we're not prepared to enforce on teams who are already in the Premiership - and there are quite a few cases of that - then we have quite a strong moral argument that it is good for the game," he said. And Baxter is adamant that well-run Championship clubs should still be able to achieve promotion in the same way the Chiefs did in 2010. "As long as we sort those things out first and we create a structure that does allow for the development of teams outside the Premiership and success outside the Premiership - and there is a way for them to get into this 14-team Premiership - then I am pretty comfortable with that," Baxter continued.

For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/32484803

April 17 2015

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Dog Separation Anxiety Signs and symptoms, Causes, Medications

Blood in dog urine could be an un-spayed female entering into heat however it can also be the sign of a urinary system infection, the most common illness related to pet dogs. This kind of infection is in fact typical but if left unattended, it can cause damage to the bladder and kidneys, and even lead to death. Blood in dog pee is absolutely nothing to play around with so if you see even a small amount, it is essential that you seek vet care right away. Your pet copes with a family, in a home. This is where he misbehaves most often so this is where training is most effective. Canines discover by association. Bark Busters teaches your dog to listen in the house environment. If he does not listen at home, he will not listen outdoors your area. Interrupt the act whenever you can if you capture your puppy removing in the residence. Use an interrupting command such as, Outside!" However, don't scold or shout when releasing the command-- simply use the command to disrupt the young puppy and stop him from going. Know what to expect between 12-24 months. Depending upon the type, your puppy may not be totally mature yet. Ideally you have actually established residence training long in the past this age, but if not, you can still do so, even for adult pets. Although not impossible, housebreaking older pets that have developed bad routines usually needs a lot more energy and diligence on your part than doing it ideal" the very first time as a puppy. Assist force the right behavior without scolding or penalty. Whenever you take young puppy out at a designated time, if the young puppy removes within 3-5 minutes, applaud them and position them in the pen surrounding the crate giving them more liberty. Position the puppy inside the crate and close the door if they do not get rid of within 3-5 minutes. Leave them crated for 15-20 minutes and remain nearby. After the short waiting period, take the young puppy outside once more, if they remove, they get more flexibility in the larger location, if they do not, they return in the crate. Keep your young puppy restricted initially. Do your best to set the young puppy up for success and lessen the chances to have accidents" by using crates, pet dog pens, baby gates, and leashes to manage the areas to which your puppy has gain access to. Always reward etiquette with smooth talk and petting, overlook bad behavior as best you can. Putting him back in his kennel is not to be thought about a penalty however is occasionally essential, so do it lovingly and with smooth talk if you can. He will certainly soon find out that etiquette offers him more time with you and will look for that above all else.

April 14 2015

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House Fire in Lichfield

A family of five had an extremely lucky escape following a fire that happened at their home over the Bank Holiday weekend.

"The family had a very lucky escape due to the smoke alarm alerting them to the fire.This fire was caused due to a cigarette which hadn't been fully put out. We urge people to dispose of cigarettes safely and to make sure they are fully extinguished."

Fire Investigation Officer Ian Read

Fire and rescue crews from Lichfield attended the incident on Stephens Walk in Lichfield on Sunday night.

The call was received at 11.34pm reporting the incident which involved a shed that was well alight.

The shed was situated up against a house, consequently the fire quickly spread to the kitchen window and inside the property.

The occupants were asleep in the house when the fire started. A smoke alarm which activated alerted them to the fire.

They managed to get out of the property to safety and were treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics.

Firefighters arrived to find neighbours tackling the fire with buckets of water and a hose pipe.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using one hose reel jet.

Fire Investigation Officer Ian Read said "The family had a very lucky escape due to the smoke alarm alerting them to the fire.

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"We strongly encourage people to make sure they have smoke alarms fitted in their homes and to test them weekly to ensure they work.

"This fire was caused due to a cigarette which hadn't been fully put out. We urge people to dispose of cigarettes safely and to make sure they are fully extinguished."

The fire caused smoke and heat damage throughout the property.

Firefighters left the incident at 1.40am.

http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/3412.asp
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Damp & Dapper by FLOFOTO PHOTOGRAPHY

Damp  Dapper by FLOFOTO PHOTOGRAPHY

This week, the accolade of Star image on the DP website goes to Flofoto Photography, for their aptly titled capture Damp Dapper. This wedding took place in Hawaii, and the shooting duo said that "all five days were sunny hot days apart from the wedding day itself, when it rained heavily. Surprisingly the damp scenario added an unexpected sophistication to the day."

We love the colour grading in the shot, and although there's an effective cool atmosphere to the image, the bride and groom have been recorded with faithful skin tones in mind. If you've been to a party or wedding that had a photo booth then you'll realise how popular, and even addictive they can be for the guests. If you have never seen one before don't worry, a photo booth at your event will add something completely original and special to the day and the results will be cherished for many years to come. If you are organising a wedding or party any time soon clicking on the following link will get you lots of great information on Cornwall Wedding Photo Booth Hire.Check out more Flofoto Photography on our website or visit their personal website now!

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Spacehus sets a new standard for energy efficient homes

Volula's innovative Spacehus in Blyth is one response to the demand among those buying or renting for a well built, cost-effective home. Photograph: Kristen McCluskie

The housing crisis is Britain is not just one of a shortage of homes. Our housing stock is among the oldest and coldest in Europe and the cost of heating leaking properties is leading to a rise in fuel poverty.

Fire doors are supplied in a range of ratings that indicate the length of time that the door can withstand heat and flames. The minimum rating is FD30, offering 30 minutes fire resistance. FD30 doors, be they glass, semi-glazed, panel or flush are usually 45mm thick, as opposed to the normal door thickness of 35 mm. Clicking the link will show you more information and some really low online prices on Glazed Fire Doors Internal.

Related: More than a million working households are in fuel poverty

The BRE's Home Quality Mark aims to tackle this problem, and it is intended to help house hunters, both tenants and buyerschoose a home with low energy and water costs. BRE chief executive, Dr Peter Bonfield said he hopes the mark will become a "de facto sign of a better home", which encourages the mortgage and construction industry to get behind sustainable living. But it may take innovation from abroad for the industry to change.

One response to the problem being pioneered by Volula is offsite manufacture, where parts are mass produced and houses are then assembled onsite, rather than building the whole home from scratch as is typical in the UK.

The architectled company, headquartered in the north-east, has created in Blyth a terrace of four carbon zero properties for rent known as Spacehus homes - for Arch Homes, a private regeneration and development company whollyowned by Northumberland county council.

Rob Charlton, chief executive of Volula, believes the homes provide a much needed alternative to meet the nation's present and future housing needs. "Right now we are climbing out of the recession and house builders want to build but now there's a trades skill shortage. Our solution is high performance, precision made, off-site construction that has been tried and tested for 50-years or more in Sweden." He says, "everything right down to the plumbing is inbuilt and fitted as a unit to the exact requirement. Working in such a factorycontrolled way flattens out the peaks and troughs usually associated with trades."

The technique minimises onsite waste and shrinks the supply chain, which cuts the carbon impact. Tenants in these homes have the security of knowing their monthly financial commitment inclusive of their utility bills, set at £600 per month: £525 for the rent plus £75 for electricity, gas and unlimited Wi-Fi.

Lifetime Homes kitchen Lifetime Homes kitchen. Photograph: Kristen McCluskie

Charlton explains how that figure is affordable, "firstly, the homes are so air tight, through the fabric first approach which includes triple glazing and extra thick 240mm insulation, there is very little space heating requirement. Secondly, the solar PV installed on the south-facing roof covers most of the electricity needs.

"We've done our analysis and this gives us the confidence to say to the tenants 'there's no extra charge for the utilities you use'. We think that's got to a be a big plus for many families concerned about their heating costs and in many cases fuel poverty."

..disruption is a good thing for every sector.

Rob Charlton, Volula CEO

Monitoring for heating is conducted through Nest, a smart thermostat that can be controlled manually and via an app. The homes have wireless lighting too, which can be controlled through Wi-Fi. Charlton says future generations will expect this level of connectivity as standard in their homes.

So, how does the Spacehus feel?

On a February day, just 6C outside, it was comfortable to sit in the house for an hour without the central heating on. It didn't feel airless either, a claim often made by people living in modern, airtight homes. The engineered tripleglazed windows open and close smoothly. All the doors open outwards to prevent heat loss.

Cherry timber staircase. Cherry timber staircase. Photograph: Kristen McCluskie

Is Britain ready to embrace the Scandinavian future of housing? It's disruptive thinking and the UK domestic building industry is a conventional place, which doesn't always take kindly to newcomers.

Charlton accepts it will be difficult to make a significant dent in the construction sector's fabric, but says disruption is a good thing for every sector. "Look at the innovations in other industries, like automobiles. Apparently Apple is now going into making cars. Who would have thought it? Anything is possible."

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http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/apr/05/spacehus-sets-a-new-standard-for-efficient-homes
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Mel and Paul Buddin

"Thank you so much for the fantastic photo booth - ourselves and all our guests absolutely loved it! We have such a special guest book with lots of very happy memories and crazy photos! Your staff are a huge credit to you as they were very professional, friendly and fun! Thank you so much again we will be recommending you highly to anyone that will listen!"

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Hants merchant moves into Dorset

Fire doors are fitted with an intumescent strip along the sides and top of the door or door frame. This seal lies dormant during normal use, but expands with extreme heat closing the gap between door and door frame thereby creating a barrier stopping fire and harmful fumes from entering the room. Clicking the link will show you further information and some great online prices on Buy Oak Fire Doors UK.

The Christchurch store becomes Elliotts' 13th branch.

Former football manager Harry Redknapp was brought in to cut the ribbon. "I have had a long friendship and association with Elliotts which was also a huge support to me and Bournemouth Football Club," he said.

Founded in 1842, Elliotts is one of the oldest family businesses in the South. Elliotts also has builders' merchant branches in Bishops Waltham, Chandler's Ford, Fareham, Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Romsey, Southampton, Tadley and Totton as well as four kitchen and bathroom showrooms, two specialist tool centres open to the trade and public in Portsmouth and Winchester and its roofing and renewables companies.

This article was published on 13 Apr 2015 (last updated on 13 Apr 2015).

http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/hampshire-builders-merchant-moves-into-dorset
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Deutsche Börse 2015: South African photographer Zanele Muholi's portraits of LGBTI people persecuted for their sexuality

Faces and Phases 2006-14, the book that has earned her a nomination for this year's Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, the South African 'visual activist' Zanele Muholi suggests I look at the back first. If you've been to a party or wedding that had a photo booth then you'll know how popular, and even addictive they can be for the guests. If you haven’t seen one before don't worry, a photo booth at your event will add something completely different and special to the day and the photographs that are produced can be enjoyed for many years to come. If you are organising a wedding or party this year click on the link to see lots of good information on Best London Photo Booth.There I find a detailed time line with examples of the political and personal hatred that LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people have faced from as far back as 1700.

Picture: Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/ Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson, New York.

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Fire Cadets team up with Port Vale footballer

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Fire Cadets based in Sandyford will be teaming up with Port Vale Football Club player Nathan Smith tomorrow (wed) as part of a community project.

"We are delighted that Port Vale Football Club is supporting this worthwhile project and that Asda has donated plants which will be used to brighten up the garden. The young people have been giving up their spare time and have worked incredibly hard during the Easter break to make a real difference to the care home's residents." 

Fire Cadets Instructor Jess Patten

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The defender will be joining 10 young people, aged 14 - 17, while they are giving the garden at the Agnes and Arthur Care Home in Bradeley a facelift.

They are transforming the grounds to make them more relaxing and inviting so that the residents - some of whom have dementia or learning difficulties - can enjoy spending time outside.

Asda in Tunstall provided plants for the project after the Fire Cadets took part in a sponsored bag pack at the store to help raise money for equipment.

Fire Cadets Instructor Jess Patten said: "We are delighted that Port Vale Football Club is supporting this worthwhile project and that Asda has donated plants which will be used to brighten up the garden.

"The young people have been giving up their spare time and have worked incredibly hard during the Easter break to make a real difference to the care home's residents. They have really spruced up the garden which I am sure will have a positive impact on the quality of life of those who use it in the summer months."

 A spokesperson from Port Vale Football Club said: "The Club are always looking for ways to help in the community and this project is more than worthwhile.

"We're happy to be involved and hope that the residents of the Agnes and Arthur Care Home are happy with the final outcome."

Hanley Fire Cadets also revamped the garden at North Shelton Community Centre last week.

The venue re-opened in 2013 and is being managed by 'The Foundation', a non-profit organisation which relies on donations and grants.

The facility provides a safe place for older people to meet and it could also benefit pupils at St Marks Etruscan School who may use it for extra-curricular activities in the future.

http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/3416.asp
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Outbuilding alight - one casualty - Parsonage Road, grays

Parsonage Road, grays

13/04/2015 @ 23:16

Incident Number: 14042015

In attendance: 2 x Grays

Firefighters were called to tackle a blaze in an outbuilding. Crews in breathing apparatus used two hose reels to tackle the blaze, working quickly and professionally to prevent spread to the neighbouring three-storey block of flats.

Crews arriving at the scene reported that the outbuilding, measuring 5m x 7m, was well alight. Firefighters in breathing apparatus used two hose reels to tackle the blaze, which was out by 23:58 hrs. Once the fire was out, a high pressure fan was used to clear the building of smoke.

What precisely is a fire door?. Put simply, it's a door that will prevent a fire from a fire spreading throughout the building. Coupled with other measures such as smoke alarms it should permit those inside the building to reach safety. Clicking the link will show you further information and some really low online prices on Half Glazed Internal Fire Doors.

Firefighters administered oxygen therapy to a 57-year-old woman suffering from the affects of breathing in smoke. She was later left in the care of Ambulance Service paramedics.

A fire investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the incident.

http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i3888/
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Boost colours with adjustments

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Boost colours with adjustments

1. Fix the dull sky

Step 1 Step 1

Open your picture and grab the Magic Wand (W). Set its tolerance to 25, tick the Contiguous and Anti-alias boxes and click on Add Selection. Now click over the sky until you have all of it selected.

2. Throw up some clouds

Step 2 Step 2

With the sky selected, create a new layer. Set the foreground to #2D6333 and the background to #FFFFFF. Open FilterRenderClouds. If you've attended a party or wedding that had a photo booth then you'll appreciate how popular, and often addictive they can be with the guests. If you have never seen one before be assured that a booth at your event adds something completely different and special to the day and the results will be cherished for years to come. If you are planning a wedding or party this year clicking on the following link will get you a heap of great information on Best Torquay Photo Booth.For a more realistic effect, open FilterBlurMotion Blur, set the angle to 0 degrees and the Distance to 998.

3. Grab the ocean

Step 3 Step 3

To select the ocean, click on the image layer and pick up the Magic Wand tool again. Set the Tolerance value to 30 and tick the Contiguous and Anti-alias boxes again. Click on Add Selection and click over the ocean until you select the whole area.

4. Add a soft light

Step 4 Step 4

Click on the New Adjustment Layer at the top of the Layers palette and choose the Gradient Fill. Click on Edit Gradient Box. Change the first colour stop to #1E4966 and the second to #4699D3. Alter the layer's blend mode to Soft Light.

5. Select the trees and bushes

Step 5 Step 5

Click on the Image Layer and choose the Quick Selection tool then ensure Add to Selection is selected. Vary the brush size and then draw over the bushes and trees to select.

6. Brighten it up

Step 6 Step 6

We need to make the bushes and trees brighter. Click on the New Adjustment Layer at the top of the layers palette and choose Brightness/Contrast. Increase the brightness to 70.

7. Select the aisle

Step 7 Step 7

Repeat the selection process for the aisle. Choose the Quick Selection tool from the toolbox and draw over the aisle and the spaces between the fence to select.

8. Raise the colour

Step 8 Step 8

We need to add some colour to the aisle to create a better contrast. Click on New Adjustment Layer at the top of the layers palette and choose Hue/Saturation. Tick the Colourise box, changing the Hue to 30 and the Saturation to 20.

9. Mix up the tools

Step 9 Step 9

You can combine two selection tools to select different objects. Start by using the Polygonal Lasso to select the roof and then choose the Quick Selection, or Selection Brush in Elements, and draw over the fence to select it too,

10. Adjust hue and saturation

Step 10 Step 10

With the fence and roof selected, click on New Adjustment Layer at the top of the layers palette and then choose Hue/Saturation. Tick the Colourise box and change the Hue to 40 and the Saturation to 25.

11. Hit the beach

Step 11 Step 11

On the image layer, choose the Magic Wand and select the beach. Click on New Adjustment Layer and choose Levels. Move the middle marker to 0.68, as this will help to bring back some of the lost details in the selected areas.

12. Finish up

Step 12 Step 12

The image is a little dark, so let's use the Adjustment layer to increase the Brightness. Click on the Adjustment layer and choose Brightness/Contrast, then increase the Brightness to 50 and decrease the Contrast to -30 to achieve a subtle photograph effect. Add a beige new layer with Soft Light blend mode for an extra Lomo effect.

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New president for Institute of Concrete Technology

News » UK » New president for Institute of Concrete Technology » published 13 Apr 2015

He takes over from Peter Hewlett who has stood down after seven years.

Raman Mangabhai is now vice president, Steve Walton is honorary secretary and Norman Greig is honorary treasurer.

The design of a fire door has an intumescent strip along the sides and top of either the door or door frame. This seal lies dormant during normal use, but expands with extreme heat eliminating the gap between door and door frame thereby creating a barrier stopping fire and harmful fumes from entering the room. Click on the link for further information and some great online prices on Buy Glazed Fire Doors Internal.

Professor Michael Grantham began his career in adhesives and plastics research but has been involved in non-destructive testing and the diagnosis of defects in structures since the 1970s.  He has worked for, and in some cases helped to found, several of the better known materials testing organisations.

He is co-author of Testing of Concrete in Structures with Bungey and Millard and is currently working on a 5th edition.  In recent years, he has focussed on concrete repair and is chair and organiser of the Concrete Solutions series of international conferences on concrete repair.  He is also editor of the book, Concrete Repair - a Practical Guide published by Spon.  He is also a consultant to Sandberg. 

This article was published on 13 Apr 2015 (last updated on 13 Apr 2015).

http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/new-president-for-institute-of-concrete-technology

March 15 2015

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Buildbase Lincoln hosts Housing and Planning Minister





Minister for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP, presents a 25-year service award to yard and warehouse operative, Clive Alfonso, at Buildbase Lincoln. Looking on is Lyndon Johnson, Buildbase divisional director for the eastern division.

Published:  13 March, 2015

The Buildbase Lincoln branch is growing its business locally to meet the demands of a changing market for regional building and maintenance work.

This was the message conveyed to visiting Minister for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP, hosted by the company at its Canwick Road location in the city on Thursday 12 March.

The branch occupies an 11-acre site, employs 85 people, and serves the local and regional housebuilding, maintenance, repairs and improvements market. The business, founded in Lincoln in 1946, was acquired by Buildbase in 2003 when it was known as Jacksons.

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Buildbase - whose managing director, Kate Tinsley, was among the senior team to meet the Minister - was keen to discuss a number of construction-related issues including housing demand and supply, planning and development, self and custom building, environmental performance in homes, finance for building companies, and future skills development, including apprenticeships.

Lyndon Johnson, divisional director for the eastern division at Buildbase, also briefed the Minister on the company's trading performance in the region and planned investment.

Mr Johnson said: "Along with growing our business in Lincoln to support the changing needs of the building, plumbing and electrical trades, we are working hard to show that merchanting offers a raft of long-term career opportunities. Therefore, we are investing in apprentices - six in Lincolnshire and 30 across Buildbase nationally - and in developing our team's skills and expertise through training.

"We are responding to a shortage in professional delivery drivers by training our existing staff in Lincoln, many of whom have been with us for at least 10 years and some who have reached a quarter century or more with the business.

"To continue providing what the building trades need in this area, we are now including new products and services from within our Group. Electrical contractors can now access our Electricbase business and builders can obtain steel and concrete lintels through Buildbase Lintels, both at our Lincoln site. The modern tradesperson wants the combination of internet buying and in-branch collection and we are adapting our business for those requirements."

Brandon Lewis MP added: "I was delighted to visit Buildbase and see for myself how it is playing a critical role in helping deliver new homes, and making improvements to existing properties.

"Housebuilding is a key part of our long-term economic plan, with schemes like Help to Buy supporting people who want to get on the property ladder, and creating jobs across the country. It means since 2010 nearly 204,000 households have been able to buy or reserve a home through government-backed schemes.

"I was pleased to see how Buildbase is taking on apprentices in Lincoln, helping young people to take their first steps in a new career in construction."

The visit was arranged by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) as part of its industry and parliamentary programme. The purpose is to support the BMF policy manifesto by taking MPs to merchants to see how the building materials' supply chain delivers the materials needed, on a daily basis, for new housing and home improvement work.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BuildersMerchantsNews/~3/0TyDRJthvBM/10629

March 14 2015

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TTF goes it alone with new voice for wood





However, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is going to press on with setting up a new Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) regardless, in the hope that other organisations will join.

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TTF president Stephen King said: "There is no doubt that there has been total support for the new Confederation of Timber Industries and the key themes of greater political engagement, developing the future education and skills agenda and a clear focus on quality across the supply chain. These have gained absolute agreement from all member groups.

"The desire and energy across the supply chain to create a united voice, to champion the interests of a world class timber industry and the wider interests of all those who use wood across the supply chain, has been very strong."

He added: "The formation of CTI has been timed to coincide with the creation of a new political landscape following the general election on 7th May. Having considered all the views and longer term implications for the industry supply chain, our governing board has concluded that there is sufficient support across the chain, and from wider stakeholders, to launch CTI on 10th June without the need to merge the organisational activities of TTF and BWF into one entity. Discussions relating to the merger between TTF BWF have now been suspended and all energy is focussed on the launch and development of CTI.

"This has many advantages going forward as we will establish an independent confederation that is open to all other associations to join. This will mean that we are able to work through committees and forums, as well as benefit from the expertise of companies and other trade association members, with similar concerns and interests."

TTF is now seeking a chief executive and representative board to lead the CTI.

BWF president David Pattenden told his 700 members that the BWF still believed in the principles behind the proposal to create a single body to lobby on timber issues but "the proposals put forward could not meet the agenda of the two organisations in a realistic timeframe".

BWF chief executive Iain McIlwee said: "Obviously we are disappointed. The prize of a joined up voice for timber is great. But it cannot be at any cost. Serving the day-to-day needs of the members is our first and unwavering responsibility. A modern trade body must harness the industry's expertise and energy, and this is where any activity must start, a bottom-up approach that is member-led."

This article was published on 13/03/2015 (last updated on 13/03/2015).

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Peel to submit £1bn Trafford Waters scheme



Aaron Morby | Thu 12th March | 14:21

Peel Land Property has unveiled plans for a massive mixed-use development scheme to be known as Trafford Waters.

The development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford, will combine up to 3,000 flats and nearly 900,000 sq ft of offices, shops and leisure buildings.

Peel has laced the scheme with green corridors and waterways and said the proposal represents an investment of £1bn.

It will formally submit a planning application this month after public consultation got underway today.

Trafford Waters will be linked to the intu Trafford Centre by a Green Bridge, providing residents, employees and visitors with easy access to the bus station and Metrolink stop.

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Trafford Waters site on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford

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James Whittaker, Development Director at Peel Land Property, said, "We have been working on the vision and masterplan for Trafford Waters for over 15 years.

"It will be an exemplar, sustainable development that will create a space for a new community to live, work and play. The strong links with the intu Trafford Centre and Trafford Leisure Village and unrivalled transport connections, including the Trafford Park Metrolink extension, will make Trafford Waters the place to be."

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On the blacklist: how did the UK's top building firms get secret information on their workers?



Victims and players in the blacklist saga ... from left: Steve Acheson, Helen Steel, David Clancy and Ian Kerr

One Monday morning in February 2009, four investigators from the Information Commissioner's office knocked on a door in an alley in Droitwich, West Midlands. It was opened by 66-year-old Ian Kerr. David Clancy, head of investigations at the ICO, had spent months hunting for the Consulting Association, which had no nameplate above its green door and didn't appear on official records. But this was the epicentre of a 30-year covert operation involving the country's top construction firms and security services. Eventually the repercussions from this raid would be felt in boardrooms and parliaments around the world.

For 16 years the Consulting Association compiled a secret database on thousands of construction workers. The files in this shabby two-room office had names, addresses and National Insurance numbers, comments by managers, newspaper clippings. The organisation acted as a covert vetting service funded by the industry. When people applied for work on building sites, senior employees at Carillion, Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Kier, Costain, McAlpine and more than 30 other companies would fax their names to the Consulting Association, where Kerr would check his files to see if they matched.

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The effect was devastating. The worker had no idea their details were being checked and no way of seeing if the information was accurate. Blacklisting was a secret tool used by companies to keep out people they didn't like. Those with files were often union members who had raised health-and-safety concerns. There had always been rumours about blacklisting but the files provided evidence.

The official position was that blacklisting didn't happen. Working on a story for this newspaper in 2008, journalist Phil Chamberlain followed a trail that led him to Manchester, where three electricians sacked from the Royal Infirmary building project successfully argued at an employment tribunal that they had been wrongly dismissed.

There, a former manager gave evidence that blacklisting of union members had occurred. A few days after the Guardian article was published, a member of Clancy's staff dropped a copy on his desk and the investigation began.

A month after the raid on Consulting Association, the ICO issued enforcement notices against 14 companies, and announced it had seized the covert database of construction industry workers. The files included phrases such as "will cause trouble, strong TU [trade union]", "ex-shop steward, definite problems" and "Irish ex-army, bag egg". Some bordered on the ridiculous: "talks like a young Alf Garnett"; "wears anti-Nazi League badges and insignia". While it was claimed the system was meant to identify people who might steal or had poor workmanship, the files suggested union membership was the overwhelming criterion for inclusion.

Unite union members protest against blacklisting in 2012

Unite union members protest against blacklisting in 2012 Photograph: Hot Shots/Alamy

But there was also information in the files that could only have come from the security services. Two that raised suspicions were on Frank Smith and his girlfriend, Lisa Teuscher. Frank, a bricklayer, was a political activist who had been involved in a number of actions calling for better wages and conditions. When in 2012 the Consulting Association's Kerr appeared before a select committee of MPs that was investigating the practice, he said he had no links with the police, and when Pamela Nash challenged him about a line referring to an individual's "security clearance", he asked if he could answer in private. But this wasn't followed up - and then, two weeks later, Kerr died, reportedly from heart failure.

However, in a posthumously published newspaper interview, Kerr recalled a meeting in 2008 at which construction industry directors were addressed by an officer from the National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit (Netcu). Kerr said a two-way information exchange began, and disclosed that codes were used to indicate those who were of interest to Special Branch and that "Irish ex-army, bad egg" was an example of this. The information commissioner seized evidence of this meeting and showed it to MPs but has refused Freedom of Information requests.

The involvement of the security services was the most closely guarded secret of the blacklisting scandal. Mark Jenner went by the name Mark Cassidy as an undercover spy for the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), which was set up in 1968 to infiltrate protest groups. He turned up at the Colin Roach Centre in north London in 1994 posing as a joiner. The centre was home to trade-union campaigns and Jenner ferried workers to demonstrations.

Jenner also spied on anti-racism campaigners and some of this information appears to have made its way on to blacklist files. Frank Smith came into contact with the police at an anti-BNP event in 1999 but was not arrested. Yet the incident is recorded in his Consulting Association file, which also describes him as "Under constant watch (officially) and seen as politically dangerous".

Police spy Peter Francis, who subsequently blew the whistle on SDS activities, which included spying on the family of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, was asked to monitor Smith because of his anti-fascist activities. Yet Smith's blacklist file describes him as a "leading light" in a group known as the Away Team, which sought to protect anti-fascist activists from attacks. How a manager on a building site would know this is difficult to explain, and Smith and others believe information on their anti-racist activities originated from undercover police.

Smith's girlfriend, Teuscher, who is an American citizen, had her own file. Teuscher fought a seven-year battle with the British government against deportation. Now back in the US, she has received a copy of her blacklist file from the ICO and says: "I was shocked when I first read my file. It made me feel physically sick. It's absurd. I don't see any reason why my name should be linked with the building industry. I had no professional involvement whatsoever. The only reason I am on the list is because of Frank. And that is not a legitimate reason for the police following me or anybody else making notes on me."

Who could have known private information about Teuscher, who never worked in construction, other than a police source? Scottish politicians Tommy Sheridan and Colin Fox also had blacklist files despite not working in construction. Kerr told MPs that he held around 200 files on environmental activists that the ICO never seized because they did not open the filing cabinet. Kerr later burned them.

The SDS is notorious for having spied on environmentalists but it was not unusual for its officers to be on picket lines. While its existence was a secret even within Special Branch, its files could have been available to other desks, such as the industrial section, whose sole purpose was to spy on trade unions.

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When people applied for work on building sites, employees at Carillion, Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Kier, Costain, McAlpine and more than 30 other companies would fax their names to the Consulting Association, where Kerr would check his files to see if they matched. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty

Another on the Consulting Association's "green list" was John Stewart, who chairs the pressure group Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise. Stewart was told by his union, the GMB, that he was blacklisted. He fears this may explain why, when he landed in the US in 2011 for a speaking tour, he was escorted off the plane by armed guards and sent back to the UK. He says: "It's worrying that somebody like me, without convictions, can find myself on a blacklist like this."

On 18 June 1999 a huge demonstration called Carnival Against Capital, inspired by the 1980s Stop the City protests, took place, and several blacklist files mention sightings of their subjects there. It seems unlikely, to say the least, that a site manager happened to be passing through, saw a construction worker they knew, and passed the details to the Consulting Association. Dave Smith's file says "Re: J18 (stop the City of London) At Finsbury Square site, then to Bank of England demo returning to site with 4 Eco warriors - attempted entry, but unsuccessful."

Helen Steel is another activist who found herself on the Consulting Association blacklist. Steel was one of the defendants in the "McLibel" trial and is suing the police for sexual and emotional abuse after she had a long-term relationship with police spy John Dines. Her McLibel co-defendant Dave Morris is also on the database, and Steel is convinced that if intelligence gathered by police was routinely given to McDonald's in the 1990s, as McDonald's head of security Sid Nicholson claimed in the witness box, then police were giving it to construction companies too.

The police unit Netcu, which gave the presentation to the Consulting Association in 2008, was dissolved and responsibility for monitoring extremism was handed to the National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit in December 2011. In 2013 it was revealed that the NDEDIU was monitoring some 9,000 people considered domestic subversives. All monitoring of domestic extremism is now under the auspices of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command SO15 unit, which means that state spying on trade unionists is now categorised as counter-terrorism.

The ways in which legal protests are viewed has affected those on the blacklist. Steve Acheson, an electrician, started a picket outside the Fiddlers Ferry power station in Cheshire after he was dismissed from the site. Owners Scottish and Southern Energy tried to bring an injunction against him under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, claiming the picket was a threat to national security. In 2009 Acheson won an appeal with the judge describing SSE's argument as "fanciful bordering on paranoia".

The authors of this article requested any files on the campaigners in the Blacklist Support Group from several police forces, which all said they would "neither confirm nor deny" that they held such information. The group believes it is the target of ongoing police surveillance. A request by Dave Smith under the Data Protection Act for information held on him by the police was refused because it might jeopardise ongoing criminal investigations.

In 2012 a solicitor complained on behalf of the Blacklist Support Group about collusion between the police and Consulting Association. This was passed to the Independent Police Complaints Authority, which said "it was likely that all Special Branches were involved in providing information about potential employees". Operation Herne, which was set up to look into the activities of undercover officers, and which is being boycotted by the Blacklist Support Group and other affected groups, says there is no such evidence.

We don't suggest that any undercover police officer directly passed information to the Consulting Association. Undercover police officers spied on union activists, and their intelligence was added to Special Branch files. The industrial section of Special Branch passed on some of this information to construction industry managers, including Dudley Barrett. Peter Francis says: "I would like somebody independent of the police to forensically examine all the blacklisting files, to be cross-referenced with Special Branch records to look at the areas of collusion."

In March 2014, home secretary Theresa May announced a public inquiry into undercover policing. Campaigners say victims should assist with drawing up the remit to ensure it encompasses all aspects, including collusion with blacklisting of trade unionists.

Five years after the ICO raid, nearly half the 3,213 people with Consulting Association files have still to be traced. While some aspects of the blacklisting have been investigated, there are many loose ends. What happened to all the minutes of Consulting Association meetings? Not one scrap of paper has so far been disclosed by any of the firms.

Group litigation is likely to go to full trial this year. Employment tribunals are ongoing and claims to the European Court of Human Rights are waiting to be heard. Balfour Beatty is the only firm to have defended its use of the Consulting Association. CEO Andrew McNaughton expressed regret but claimed it was the consequence of "an extremely difficult industrial-relations climate that had an adverse effect not only our company, but on our industry, our customers and the country as a whole".

To this day, no blacklisting firm has made a public apology to the workers whose lives they ruined.

This is an edited extract. Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists is published by New Internationalist on 22 March for £9.99. Buy it for £7.99 from bookshop.theguardian.com

Steve Acheson, a 61-year-old electrician from Denton, south Manchester, believes the blacklist was the reason he got only 36 weeks' employment over a nine-year period. After the blacklist was shut down in 2009, he said: "I've been angry for so long. It affects your character and demeanour - it's the fact it's so blatantly unjust ... I've been at snapping point a few times. You've got a job, then you haven't got a job. You get to the stage where you think: should I bother?"

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Helen Steel is a longstanding environmental and social justice campaigner, and became known as one of the two "McLibel" defendants sued by burger giants McDonald's in the 1990s. It was the longest civil trial in English history, and cost the fast-food chain millions in legal fees. She is currently suing the police after she discovered that her one-time boyfriend was an undercover policeman, John Dines. Steel found herself on the blacklist and believes information on it originated from the police.

David Clancy led the investigation that closed down the secret blacklist in 2009. A former police officer and social worker, he was the head of investigations at the watchdog body, the Information Commissioner, when a colleague drew his attention to a Guardian article that revealed evidence of a blacklist. He has told an employment tribunal that "there is information on the Consulting Association files that I believe could only be supplied by the police or the security services". He said the information "was so specific and it contained in effect operational information that wouldn't have formed -anything other than a police record".

Ian Kerr spent more than 30 years compiling blacklisting files on workers considered by managers to be politically troublesome. His career in blacklisting started in 1969 with another covert body, known as the Economic League, which was wound up in the 1990s. One of his bosses said he infiltrated "a lot" of trade union meetings and was "a key guy. He was one of our most effective research people." From the early 1990s, he ran the covert blacklist that operated under the anodyne name of the Consulting Association, until it was closed down in 2009. He died in 2012. Rob Evans

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/27/on-the-blacklist-building-firms-secret-information-on-workers

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Fire hits Battersea Arts Centre refurb



Grant Prior | Fri 13th March | 18:30

A major fire has hit the Battersea Arts Centre in south London where Gilbert Ash is currently working on a £6m refurbishment programme.

Gilbert Ash started on the site in September with work due to be completed by the end of this year on the 15-month contract.

Twelve fire engines and 80 firefighters battled the blaze on Lavender Hill.

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The London Fire Brigade said: "The fire is affecting part of the building which is under refurbishment and its roof."

Station Manager John Snelgrove said: "This is a large, challenging fire and crews are working hard to bring it under control.

"We've got 12 fire engines at the scene, as well as an aerial appliance and an aerial ladder platform fighting the fire from above.

"Firefighters are working with a number of water jets around the building to contain the fire."

The Arts Centre blaze was the second major construction site fire in one day on Friday.

Flames also engulfed St George's Junior School in Weybridge, Surrey.

The blaze hit a roof under construction on the site where Feltham Construction is main contractors

Headmaster Antony Hudson said:  "While this has come as a great shock, I am very relieved that not a single person was hurt in any way and I am particularly grateful to my colleagues and the emergency services for dealing with the situation so professionally.

"All the children have returned to class and we very much look forward to seeing them again on Monday morning for business as usual."

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Discover the revolutionary Ezee Swap



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