All together now

first_imgIt’s now been weeks since Mark Farmer published his report, Modernise or Die, delivering a sharply critical analysis of the built environment sector today. It will take more time to figure out exactly how we are to respond to the report’s challenging recommendations, but respond – with action – we must.I am determined not to let this opportunity pass. We have had reviews of the industry in the past, for example, those produced by Sir Michael Latham in 1994 and Sir John Egan in 1998.But this is a new, fresh opportunity. We have to avoid returning to previous form, which is to acknowledge our shortcomings but then carry on as if nothing was wrong.Among other reasons, the UK leaving the European Union presents additional challenges to an industry that was already struggling with a vulnerability to economic cycles and a shortage of home-grown talent in many key skills areas.The Farmer Review came to some stark and dramatic conclusions, but these are probably not exaggerated. As chairman of CITB, I particularly appreciate his detailed analysis of what is wrong with our current system for developing skills. I agree that CITB needs reform, and I am working with the CITB team, together with government and the industry, to deliver that.In such a fragmented industry as ours, collaboration across the value chain is vital to working productively, yet is too often lackingIn particular, we should seriously consider Farmer’s recommendation that CITB is given a broader mandate that allows it to look at skills needs in the future and to actively promote innovation.We will of course be working closely with the government’s review of industrial training boards, as announced in its Post-16 Skills Plan.The more recent announcement that Paul Morrell will lead this review is good news indeed – lending it serious gravitas and understanding of the industry. But we need to ensure that the multitude of governmental reviews and overlapping plans do not paralyse us or otherwise delay action. There is plenty for us to be getting on with.I also welcome the Farmer Review’s insight into the role that clients have to play in delivering the necessary change. Indeed, in such a fragmented industry as ours, collaboration across the value chain is vital to working productively, yet is too often lacking.Fortunately, even before the release of the Farmer report, we had been seeing progress in this area. For example, there are now six major client organisations that have joined Build UK, the industry group that I chair, showing a real desire to engage with the supply chain. They want to be around the table to collaborate on working practices, and Build UK is providing that forum.Understanding each others’ business models, and sharing in risks and efficiencies is at the heart of collaboration, and it starts with a mindsetOf course, we won’t be able to change the structural nature of the industry overnight. It is simply not possible to start merging design, engineering, construction and related firms in order to achieve the same sort of integration that other industries have, where a single company is in control over everything from the concept to delivery of the product. However, we can behave more like that.Here’s an example of what I mean: my company, the Wates Group, was negotiating prices for high-end kitchen equipment for a large residential building, and we found that there was little scope for negotiating bulk discounts with the manufacturer. However, we dug deeper.We discovered that the manufacturer was bearing considerable storage and transportation costs, moving the product from mainland Europe to a holding facility in the London area, before redistributing.We found a way to help the supplier save money by transporting the goods directly to our building site, and we both shared in the cost savings.That is a small but symbolic example of how we can collaborate better across our supply chain and work together to deliver better value for money.Understanding each others’ business models, and sharing in risks and efficiencies is at the heart of collaboration, and it starts with a mindset. It is the sort of shift in attitude that is necessary to deliver the reforms that the Farmer report calls for.In its conclusion, Farmer’s report indicates that “cherry picking the recommendations will dilute effectiveness”. Tweaking here or there is not going to achieve the change needed.This means all of us are affected and all bear some responsibility; we all must change.James Wates is chairman of Wates Group, the CITB and Build UKlast_img read more

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Barbados policeman denies Myrie was subject to cavity search, mistreatment

first_img Share Share Tweet 23 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share NewsRegional Barbados policeman denies Myrie was subject to cavity search, mistreatment by: – March 23, 2013 Pressed on why Myrie was selected for the police interview, Carrington told the court that as a normal practice police interview passengers who are referred to the Immigration Supervisor.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A police officer accused of conducting a cavity search on Jamaican Shanique Myrie vehemently denied the allegation as she took the stand before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Thursday.As the Barbados leg of the case wrapped up after four days of testimony, Constable Sirphene Carrington, an officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force with more than 10 years experience also insisted that she did not make any derogatory remarks or searched the luggage of the Jamaican national who was denied entry into the island on March 14, 2011.During cross examination Myrie’s Attorney, Michelle Brown sought to suggest that Carrington was gruff, rough and boisterous with her client.Brown told the court that prior to taking Myrie to the bathroom during which a demeaning vaginal search was conducted, Carrington said she hated Jamaicans and accused Jamaicans of being liars who came to Barbados to steal men.“Ms Myrie was never in the bathroom. Ms Myrie was not subjected to a cavity search…”, Carrington said.Carrington, who was attached to the Barbados Drug Squad for two years, testified that she was present during an interview conducted by her superior officer, Constable Everton Gittens but she hardly spoke during the interview which she estimated lasted for about 15 minutes.Carrington maintained that Gittens did not search Myrie’s bag or her cell phone – rejecting claims leveled by Brown.The police officer said Myrie was questioned in relation to the purpose of her visit to Barbados, where she was staying and her relationship with her host.Carrington told the court that after the interview was completed Myrie was taken to Customs where her bags were searched by officials there.Carrington said no drugs were found and Myrie was returned to the Immigration office.The police officer said she left the airport along with Gittens soon afterwards.But Brown sought to bring into question the accuracy of Carrington’s statement suggesting that it was near identical to the one provided by Gittens.Carrington maintained it was written by her and no one helped her to word the statement.Ahead of Carrington, Gittens delivered his testimony.Pressed on why Myrie was selected for the police interview, Carrington told the court that as a normal practice police interview passengers who are referred to the Immigration Supervisor.Gittens also told the court that he had a feeling Myrie was a drug courier but he later dismissed the thought after conducting an “extensive interrogation” with the Jamaican national.He told the court he felt Myrie came to work.The police officer said Myrie was not under arrest and if she wanted to she could have left.The police officer who is also attached to the Barbados Drug Squad strongly denied suggestions that he showed Myrie blue folders which represented Jamaicans who had tried to enter Barbados with illegal drug.Gittens also rejected suggestions from Myrie’s lawyer Nancy Anderson that he cut a slipper owned by Myrie, denied her a phone call and threatened to take her to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to be x-rayed for drugs, while attempting to persuade her that if she told him the truth he would help her.“I did not make any threats to Ms Myrie,” he said.During Brown’s cross examination, the police constable stoutly defended his colleague Constable Carrington.He said Carrington had not made any derogatory statements to Myrie neither did she take her to the bathroom.“I was the senior officer on duty, no such statement would have been made by Ms Carrington. Ms Carrington did not go to any bathroom with Ms Myrie,” he said.Gittens told the court he discovered Myrie was lying about her host in Barbados after having separate conversations with Pamela Clarke, the woman who Myrie said she was staying with.The officer also spoke to Daniel Forde, the man who came to the airport to collect Myrie. In a witness statement, Forde said he had asked Clarke for her name and number to give to a visitor he was expecting from Jamaica.The Trinidad-based CCJ is hearing testimony in the case brought by the 25 year-old Myrie, who alleged that when she traveled to Barbados on March 14, 2011 she was discriminated against because of her nationality, subjected to a body cavity search, detained overnight in a cell and deported to Jamaica the following day.The case will now head to Trinidad and Tobago on April 8 where the legal team will present final submissions.Caribbean 360last_img read more

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Montana Lady Griz beat N. Colorado 60-49 for Big Sky title

first_imgMISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Maggie Rickman scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Montana Lady Griz beat Northern Colorado 60-49 Saturday in the Big Sky Conference title game, earning a trip to the NCAA tournament.Kellie Rubel added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Kayleigh Valley contributed 14 points for Montana (24-8).Northern Colorado (20-12) was led by D’Shara Strange’s 23 points and seven rebounds, and Stephanie Lee’s 11 points.The Bears entered the game with a 10-game win streak and held a 29-16 lead at the half.It was the second time in the last three seasons Northern Colorado has fallen to Montana in the Big Sky championship game.last_img read more

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Arsenal said to have leapfrogged Blues in race to sign Brazilian

first_imgArsenal have moved ahead of Chelsea in a race to sign Benfica’s Brazilian forward Talisca, according to the Daily Star.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has apparently identified the 20-year-old as a potential replacement should Lukas Podolski leave in January.The Star also declare that France striker Loic Remy has been ‘blasted’ for his decision to join Chelsea.AdChoices广告The story is based on a French journalist saying he believes Remy made “a bad career choice” by moving to Stamford Bridge.Meanwhile, The Sun claim Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish snubbed a move to Chelsea even though he could have doubled his wages.The midfielder, 19, has signed a new contract at Villa Park reported to be worth £20,000 a week.And the Daily Express pick up on comments made by Chelsea’s Oriol Romeu, who is currently on loan at German club Stuttgart.Romeu has impressed while on loan in GermanyThe midfielder, who signed a new contract at the Bridge in the summer, said: “The Bundesliga is a good league to grow and to become a better player.“We’ll see what happens, but now I’m focused on the present and helping the team.“I don’t know what will happen in the next few years but I will never say no to staying in Stuttgart because they have treated me amazingly so far and I’m really happy here.”The Express say it is a threat by Romeu, 23, to leave Chelsea unless he is given a chance in the first team by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Forward keen to return from China – Everton ‘interested’ party –…

first_imgThe Belgian forward moved to Dalian Yifang in February 2018, signing for the Chinese side in a £9.45m deal from Atlético Madrid.However, he has made the club aware that he wants to return to Europe, according to Arena Napoli, and is pushing to play football ‘that matters’ again.He tried to leave in the summer but didn’t get his move, and his ‘intermediaries’ are actively trying to make it happen this month.Embed from Getty ImagesNapoli are one of the clubs interested in his signature, but they are not the only ones, with Everton and AC Milan also named as suitors by the website.According to their information, Carrasco’s representatives have made it known that he could be available for ‘just’ €15-20m, although his salary is an issue.He is on €8-10m a year in China, although were he to move, he would be willing to halve his salary and accept €4-5m.His decision to return to Europe is one that his partner, Noémie Happart, supports, suggesting that it is a move all parties are keen on.For now, Napoli are only considering it, with Carrasco thought of as a ‘sweet temptation’ in the background, mainly due to the fact his wages, even at €4m-a-year, would put him among the club’s top earners.The same can probably be said for Everton. While the Blues are keen to add to their squad this month, Carrasco does not solve any of their current problems.Instead, this feels more like their name being linked because of Carlo Ancelotti, something we’re going to see a lot this month.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendEveryone with Bad Vision Needs Those Revolutionary Adjustable Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Yannick Carrasco is keen on a return to Europe from his spell in China and Everton are one of the clubs interested in him.last_img read more

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Centre rolls out guidelines for adventure tourism

first_imgThe Centre on Thursday brought out India’s first ‘Adventure Tourism Guidelines’ covering 29 land, air and water-based activities detailing out the role of a guide, important equipment required, operating instructions, risk mitigation, medical safety etc.Tourism minister KJ Alphons said that these include mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, paragliding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, river rafting and many other sports.”India has immense potential for adventure tourism ranging from the Himalayas to the deserts to coastal regions. These guidelines are a beginning to building adventure tourism in India and I extend whole-hearted support to all stakeholders for developing this niche sector so as to tap the whole potential offered,” he said.The minister added that for India to be a well-sought after destination, the facilities and support staff should be developed to global standards. These guidelines on ‘Safety and Quality Norms for Adventure Tourism in India’ have been formulated along with the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), said officials, in an effort to make adventure sports safer.Secretary of Tourism, Rashmi Verma, told Mail Today, “The guidelines have been formulated in consultation with all stakeholders like state governments, tour operators and now they need to be adopted so that India could be an internationally acclaimed adventure tourism destination.””The entire gamut of adventure tourism available in India and that the guidelines codify the standard operating procedures and instructions for risk mitigation and emergencies as well as provide for details like safety precautions, training required, insurance, etc.,” she said. Detailed guidelines covered in the document focus on safety from every possible angle. They educate tour operators and other concerned agencies about important safety requirements and less known dangers. In order to put a strong foothold in the field of adventure sports, better safety measures are mandatory. It is imperative that all adventure tourism stakeholders provide for better vigilance and strict adherence to these guidelines, Verma said.advertisementThe finer details include importance of helmets and safety logs during bungee jumping, safety measures during use of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) in deserts, camel safaris, jeep safaris, horse rides, motorcycle touring, what to do at the time of mountain sickness, safe bird watching, snake bites, dehydration, sunburn, heatstroke, animal attack, stings, a person getting lost, rock climbing precautions, skiing, zip wire and high rope courses, hot air ballooning, etc.ALSO READ | Severe water crisis grips Himachal, a land where Ravi, Beas, Chenab originateALSO READ | Hotel management industry struggling to maintain standards in India: Major problems being facedALSO WATCH | Travel convention to boost tourism in Kashmirlast_img read more

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