Salem, 10, a rescue from the Española Animal Shelter and Petunia, 1, a rescue from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, are taking a break from lifting spirits around Los Alamos. Salem and Petunia are members of the Sara and Anthony Clark family. Courtesy photo
Sadiq Khan claims ”the government has turned its back on local authorities”Sadiq Khan will use a portion of the funds supplied by the government in the Spring Statement to set up the first ever City Hall programme dedicated to supporting council housing. London councils have built 2,100 homes over the last seven years, including 300 that were completed last year. Khan said the Building Council Homes for Londoners programme will “increase dramatically the rate of council homebuilding in the capital”.As part of the launch, the Mayor also announced a trio of opening deals with the council leader of Walthaw Forest and mayors of Newham and Lewisham. Waltham Forest plans to start 525 new council homes with £26m of funding from City Hall over the next four years, while both Newham and Lewisham have each committed to starting 1,000 new council homes by 2022.Khan said: “I grew up on a council estate and I know first hand the vital role social housing plays in London. Council homes for social rent bind our city together, and they have been built thanks to the ambition of London’s councils over many decades. Back in the 1970s, when I was growing up, London councils built thousands of social homes, providing homes for families and generations of Londoners. But the government has turned its back on local authorities, severely hampering their ambition to build by cutting funding and imposing arbitrary restrictions on borrowing.“I want to help councils get back to building homes for Londoners again”Sadiq Khan“I want to help councils get back to building homes for Londoners again. I am offering councils expertise and resources from City Hall to scale up their homebuilding programmes, and I will help them to replace homes sold through Right to Buy. The government is failing to enable councils to replace the hundreds of thousands of council homes sold through Right to Buy, and so I will do all I can to help councils replace as many of them as possible.”Alongside funding, the programme will ringfence their Right to Buy receipts to help them build new homes to replace the 306,000 social homes sold by councils in London since 1980. Over that period only 62,000 replacement homes have been built and Khan has pledged the programme will also offer “expertise” to help building of council homes.Councils have to submit funding bids before 30 September with allocations set to be announced before the end of the year.
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City firm Travers Smith is encouraging staff to say ‘That’s not cool’ in a new policy to call out inappropriate language in the workplace. The ‘safe word’, promoted as ‘#ThatsNotCool’, is available to anyone feeling uncomfortable with something a colleague has said.The ‘non confrontational’ message emerged from a partners’ meeting about how to call out inappropriate language, the firm said. The plan is supported by the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Board.Managing partner David Patient told the Gazette: ‘The initiative is designed to empower all our people to support each other in saying and doing the right thing. It is not about blame or ridicule, it makes things non-confrontational. It is about creating a workplace where if someone says something inappropriate it allows us to work together to correct them and move on.’ Source: iStock 656278242Sexist workplace culture has come under attention following last month’s Presidents Club scandal, where an undercover Financial Times reporter made allegations about the behaviour of some attendees at an all-male charity dinner. City firm Baker McKenzie was thrown into the spotlight this month after it emerged one of its partners had been accused of sexually assaulting a female associate. The firm has since agreed to commission an independent review of how it handles sexual misconduct and other inappropriate behaviour.
FOLLOWING last year’s decision to withdraw staff from its smaller stations, Netherlands Railways is beginning trials at 12 locations of the basic facilities that are to be provided. After consultation with consumer groups, NS has designed a ’service unit’ that combines ticket vending and money-changing machines, a timetable poster, an alarm button to alert police in case of emergency, and a free telephone for contact with NS personnel, all beneath a small shelter that will provide some protection against rain if not wind. All push-buttons are within reach of wheelchair users. A degree of security will be afforded by CCTV surveillance of the service unit and the adjacent platform. After evaluation, modifications will be made before installation of the units at about 100 small stations.
AFGHANISTAN: Construction of a rail link to Mazar-i-Sharif is set to go ahead following Asian Development Bank’s announcement of an US$165m grant on September 30. The Afghan government will provide US$5m towards the US$170m project, which is to be undertaken by Uzbek Railways under the supervision of the Afghan Ministry of Public Works.Due for completion in June 2011, the 75 km single-track line will connect Mazar-i-Sharif, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities, with the existing rail-connected freight terminal at Hayratan on the Afghan side of the Uzbek border. The line will be suitable for carrying double-stack container traffic.According to ADB, Hayratan is the gateway for almost half of Afghanistan’s imports and much humanitarian relief traffic. The existing facilities will be upgraded, and institutional support provided for the development of railway plans.In an effort to avoid past problems with transport projects including cost overruns and delays the Afghan government is to award Uzbek national railway UTY contracts for design, procurement and construction, and then for operation and maintenance. ADB said the decision to relax normal procurement procedures is justified because the line will simply be an extension of the current UTY line from Termez in Uzbekistan to Hayratan. It will not require investment in rolling stock, there are no comparable companies in the region capable of undertaking work based on Uzbek standards. UTY already has proprietary preliminary designs, which should save time and cost. ADB believes that Afghanistan has the potential to play a key role as a freight transit route, but volumes are heavily constrained by poor transport, including the need for freight to be transhipped to lorries at Hayratan. While security ‘remains an ongoing concern’, the north of the country is deemed ‘relatively safe’. Speaking to the UN Security Council on September 29, Kai Eide, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, said the international community should give urgent priority to long-term projects to encourage economic growth in stable parts of the country.’This line will boost freight volumes, lower costs, raise the profile of Afghanistan as a transit route, and complement two major transport corridors being developed under the Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation programme’, said Balabhaskara Reddy Bathula, Transport Specialist with ADB’s Central & West Asia Department. The project is planned as the first phase of a larger network, including links west to Herat, east to Tajikistan and south to Pakistan as part of CAREC’s drive to improve connectivity throughout the region. As well as the Hayratan line there is also a short cross-border line into Afghanistan from Turkmenistan. Iran is currently building a standard-gauge line to Herat. Chinese firms have a copper mining concession at Aynak, near Kabul, to which a rail link is under investigation, and the Chinese government is also reported to be offering assistance with long-discussed plans for extensions of the Pakistan Railways network to Spin Boldak and Jalalabad.
The Black String opened the fifth and final day of Arrow Video FrightFest.Directed and co-written by Brian Hanson and co-written by lead producer and actor Richard Handley, The Black String stars Frankie Muniz as a man whose world starts crashing down around him following a hook-up with a telephone line escort. It’s unsettling, compelling and features a standout turn from Muniz.Read our full review of The Black String.I sat down with Brian and Richard before the film’s screenings at Arrow Video FrightFest to dig deeper into how the idea was developed for the big screen and to discuss Frankie’s head-turning performance.Listen to the interview below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>For more information on Arrow Video FrightFest, please visit http://www.frightfest.co.uk.
QEOS, Inc., a leading provider of connectivity and sensing CMOS millimeter-wave solutions, will be showcasing its QW6032 at GLOBALFOUNDRIES booth #637 during the 2015 International Microwave Symposium. The QW6032 is the industry’s first all CMOS 60 GHz wireless product co-designed with high performance antennas in a proven volume manufacturing flow for outdoor applications. The QWave product line consists of high performance, low power solutions, which enable the deployment of a complete gigabit wireless link at sub $1,000 price points including the antennas.The QW6032 is an adaptive CMOS 60 GHz millimeter-wave digital radio with HD-SDI or GigE interface and high performance antenna enabling outdoor connectivity from tens to hundreds of meters. It eliminates the need for modem, ADC/DAC, filters and costly antennas, drastically reducing outdoor link CAPEX and OPEX.The QW6032 solution is currently sampling to select strategic partners, with broad availability expected later in Q2 2015.
BUDAPEST – Masashi Ebinuma, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in the men’s 66-kg division, has been appointed a new member of the International Judo Federation’s Athletes’ Commission, the organization said Sunday.The 27-year-old is one of five judoka who were elected during the just-ended world judo championships to represent their counterparts for a four-year period spanning 2017 to 2020, while the remaining four were chosen by the IJF. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “I hope to make sure that athlete views and voices are heard by the IJF,” said Ebinuma, also a three-time world champion in the 66 kg division. Masashi Ebinuma KEYWORDS