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first_imgTo continue enjoying, 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 industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access 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 community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

The age of reason

first_imgThe Lancet Journal published a report recently stating that over the next 10 years the overall population of the UK will increase by around 5%, but the number of people aged 75 years and older will increase by 16% – that’s an additional 800,000 people over the age of 75. A staggering statistic in its own right, but even more significant when you consider that in the same period the number of 21 to 60 year olds (the most economically active group) is forecast to fall by over a million and the number of under 18s is also set to grow by ¾ million.Let’s stop and have a think about that for a moment. 1m fewer economically active people and 1.5m more under 18s and over 75s. You don’t have to be a mathematician to work out the pressure this will put on the economy in general, residential markets, our healthcare, our education provision and our social infrastructure.The UK is an advanced economy, we are proud of our history, our welfare “safety-net,” our great educational institutions and the NHS. Yet we all know things are creaking at their seams. As the NHS presently struggles to avoid bankruptcy and in the shadow of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower, how will the shaky minority government, swamped with Brexit negotiations, cope with this massive demographic change?Is the NHS geared up to deal with the sheer numbers and do we need a totally new approach to housing? How do we accommodate an additional two million over 65s living in our communities, when many are already living in inefficient properties not fit for purpose as residents grow older, unable to afford to modernise, or adapt to their changing physical and mental wellbeing? And how do we create or free-up appropriate, affordable, housing for the families with young children at the other end of the housing spectrum.Let’s add into the mix the estimated tens of thousands of pensioners who might head home from European shores post Brexit, needing to relocate as they find they can no longer access free healthcare. And of course, let’s not forget the consequential £ 500 million that it is estimated their healthcare might cost.The ticking time bomb of our demographic is the single biggest issue that we have to address as a nation. It goes far deeper than property and for once, isn’t just about money. It’s about ownership, planning, responsibility …..and money.So where does the responsibility lie?In hospitals across the country we see short-term care wards effectively having become hotel rooms occupied by those too vulnerable to be at home, but well enough not to be in hospital. In the residential sector, we watch as older people struggle on in inappropriate housing, not out of choice, but because they are either too frail to make a move, or there is nowhere else for them to go. This in turn puts greater pressure on the limited social care resources, and inappropriate home-care leads to much greater levels of hospital re-admissions – a terrible vicious circle. And the social care providers are staffed with large numbers of EU migrants, so when we leave the EU the pressure on this system may increase further.Of course anyone over the age of 18 is an adult, and so the primary responsibility for the aging population, as with any other capable adult, is themselves! But in truth, as a society we provide different levels of support to different groups. State-funded sure-start, nursery places and schools provide a back-bone of support for young people, universities provide accommodation and pastoral care for students, employers provide support structures for their staff, and the welfare state provides a basic safety net for everyone.But what happens to the older population? Where do they turn when they don’t need a safety net, but they simply don’t know what the options are or what they might be able to do?All sides around the political table talk about the “ageing population” yet no-one seems to have answers. So what about:Government funding maintenance and adaptations to improve the properties lived in by older people, thus reducing their fuel consumption, rather than providing a winter fuel allowance.In local authority plans, giving the same priority to housing for older people as starter homes and family housing – make it a compulsory element of all significant residential developments.Embracing the internet and digital technology to properly plan and co-ordinate the care, medical and housing needs of people across all agencies.Constructing purpose-built housing aimed at older people which caters for their needs and aspirations and is of a decent size. Make it somewhere people want to live, rather than where they go to prepare to die!Wouldn’t this be a better longer term solution for our UK residential estate as well as keeping the people out of hospital beds, therefore reducing the pressure on the NHS?Thinking more laterally and looking across the waters to global solutions might be another good place to start. With RLB offices around the world, we share best practice and look to Sweden, where co-operative living for the over 65s is being embraced or Holland where there are innovative developments for dementia care.In North America, where there is a general acceptance that if you want some-thing you pay for it, those fortunate enough to own property actively down-size, moving into smaller properties and retirement villages, to give themselves purpose built housing and greater financial security in their later years.Perhaps the most obvious solution of all is to really focus on new-build, off-site manufactured housing for “last-time buyers”. There is a build-up of momentum for off-site manufacture, but there are still major problems in terms of standardisation, mortgageability and guaranteed pipeline for manufacturers. The needs of this smaller sub-set of residents is more easy to define than the whole population and so it should be possible to produce a broad set of standard layouts, older buyers tend to be either mortgage-free or live in social rented accommodation, so lending restraints are not such a problem, and we are all living longer, so the pipeline of work must be there. Bingo!There is no simple solution to the effects of an ageing population. However, there are definitely different ways of looking at the reality we face and coming up with solutions that really are patient-resident-client centric. The political leaders that realise this will be the ones that really make a difference to all our lives, from the cradle to the grave.Ann Bentley, global chair of Rider Levett Bucknalllast_img read more

Learn how to keep your cholesterol level low

first_imgKeep your cholesterol level low by switching to corn oilNearly one-third of adults have high LDL-cholesterol levels, which is also known as bad cholesterol, a key risk factor for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, unfortunately, about 70 percent of adults with high LDL-cholesterol don’t have the condition under control.For the many people working to manage their cholesterol levels with the help of their diet, including corn oil may provide important heart-health benefits. Recent research in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology shows that a diet with corn oil, like Mazola, helps lower LDL-cholesterol and total cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil.Additionally, corn oil has four times more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than olive oil and 40 percent more than canola oil. Plant sterols are plant-based compounds naturally present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes and vegetable oils. When consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, which, in turn, can lower LDL-cholesterol.  And, when it comes to heart health, the type of fat in the diet matters. In fact, in the newly released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the emphasis is no longer on eating a low-fat diet but instead choosing quality fats. This includes replacing saturated fats that are known to contribute to heart disease with unsaturated fats, including polyunsaturated fats, like those in Mazola Corn Oil. Corn oil has more than five times the amount of polyunsaturated fats compared to olive oil. Replacing saturated fat with heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats can reduce the risk of heart disease.What’s more, corn oil’s neutral taste complements the natural flavors of foods, making it perfect for stir-frying, sautéing, grilling and even baking.last_img read more

Fear of Cargo Cartel triggers probe into ‘Super Alliance’

first_img(Image Courtesy: Hong Kong Maritime Hub) Hong Kong’s competition watchdog has opened an unprecedented investigation into whether a new “super alliance” between four of the five operators at one of the world’s busiest container ports breaches antitrust regulations.The powerful business conglomerates running Kwai Tsing Container Terminals are now under official scrutiny, with the government demanding answers after the announcement on Tuesday that they were forming the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance, which would hold a 95 per cent market share at the port.The Competition Commission on Thursday said it was investigating the alliance “as a matter of priority”, while other players in the trade and logistics industries raised an outcry that it would monopolise the container trade, the lifeblood of business in the city.The new group, formed by Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), COSCO-HIT Terminals, Asia Container Terminals and Modern Terminals, will jointly operate and manage 23 berths across eight terminals at Kwai Tsing in the New Territories.Tycoon Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Port Holdings owns HIT, while COSCO-HIT and Asia Container Terminals are associates, and Modern Terminals is mostly owned by Wharf Holdings.Australian-controlled Dubai Ports International, which operates one berth in Kwai Tsing, was left out of the alliance.The Transport and Housing Bureau said it had learned of the new group only after its formation was announced this week, and demanded the parties involved “fully explain the operational details of the alliance and maintain close communication with other industry stakeholders before it starts operating”.Industry members also expressed grave concerns over potential cartel behaviour hurting trade further at a time when Hong Kong’s container port business was struggling in the face of competition from across the border.They noted that the operators in the alliance were not harmed by this trend, as they were already running terminals in mainland China at ports in Yantian, in Shenzhen, and Huizhou in, eastern Guangdong province.The commission said its investigation would focus on whether setting up the alliance might break the rules by preventing, restricting or distorting competition in Hong Kong.In its defence, a spokeswoman for the alliance said the new partnership would be “positive for our customers” and benefit Hong Kong by enhancing the efficiency, services and competitiveness of the city’s ports.Willy Lin Sun-mo, chairman of the Hong Kong Shippers’ Council, complained that it was bad for the city’s image, and said other stakeholders – even the government – had been kept in the dark.“Many stakeholders and I were taken aback by the announcement of the alliance,” he said. “Who really benefits from it?”Stanley Chiang Chi-wai, chairman of the Lok Ma Chau-Hong Kong Freight Association, said the alliance was a big step backwards in terms of creating a level playing field for business in the city, and questioned if it breached any land lease conditions aimed at increasing competition.“It’s nonsense,” he said. “When these operators are operating individually they already control our business; the more ships that call at their ports, the more business we have.”He warned the alliance could squeeze Dubai Ports out of the game and that business might be diverted to mainland ports if shipping companies found Hong Kong too expensive because of cartel behaviour.“This wouldn’t benefit Hong Kong, and it wouldn’t harm them [the operators] because some of them hedge their business by operating terminals at mainland ports,” he said.Container port business was down in Hong Kong since the US-China trade war erupted last year, Chiang added.Kwai Tsing Terminals’ throughput shrank 4.9 per cent in the first 11 months of 2018, according to the Marine Department.After losing its long-time crown as the world’s top container port in 2004, it has gradually slipped to No 5, after Shanghai, Singapore, Shenzhen and Ningbo-Zhoushan.Leung Kun-kuen, honorary chairman of the Kowloon Truck Merchants Association, raised fears that the alliance could make it even harder for his struggling industry.“These operators have been charging many different types of fees on trucks, and we can do nothing at all in future when they operate as one entity and levy more charges,” he said.But transport sector lawmaker Frankie Yick Chi-ming defended the alliance, saying it would prevent overlapping in port operators’ investments, and help raise the city’s competitiveness, regardless of the commission’s investigation.(Source: South China Morning Post)Sea News, January 14 Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Indians Reported To Be in ‘Serious’ Talks with Blue Jays Free Agent Edwin Encarnacion

first_imgFrom all indications the Indians chatter with Blue Jays free agent infielder Edwin Encarnacion are very real, and very ‘serious’ according to Indians reporter Paul Hoynes.While no deal is imminent, things tend to get done at the MLB Winter Meetings, and you can bet the Indians are going to try to get a deal done over the course of the meetings in the next 72 hours.The Tribe needs a first basemen with the possibility of losing Mike Napoli, who is also a free agent, and there’s no doubt while Napoli was very good a season ago, getting Encarnacion would make the Indians the front runner in the American League in terms of a return to the World Series in 2017.Encarnacion did get a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, and any team that inks the infielder would be forced to part with a draft pick.If the Tribe can find a way to get a deal done, it’s likely Encarnacion would get a lot of playing time at first, but also would see time at DH like what the team did last season with Napoli and Carlos Santana. Two other American League teams that were reportedly in the mix for Encarnacion were the Astros and Yankees, but those teams already made signings at the meetings, with the Astros getting Carlos Beltran and New York inking Matt Holliday.Last season the 33-year-old hit .263 with 42 homers and an AL high 127 runs batted in. He did strikeout a career-high 138 times in 2016. Related TopicsEdwin EncarnacionIndiansMLB Winter Meetings Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Fosil Maroko Mengartikan Perjalanan Manusia Begitu Jauh

first_imgPenemuan fosil ini menandakan adanya tahapaan evolusi pada spesies manusia dengan campuran sifat modern dan lebih primitif. “Mereka tidak seperti kita,” ujar Jean Jacques Hublin salah satu ilmuwan yang menemukan fosil tersebut.Baca juga: Bus Berdaya Baterai Listrik Hantam Jalanan SwediaDengan bukti lainnya, fosil Maroko ini menunjukkan bahwa Homo Sapiens mungkin telah berubah menjadi bentuk yang lebih modern lebih dari satu tempat di Afrika. Sayangnya, hingga kini tidak jelas kapan dan dimana Homo Sapiens bisa sampai ke Afrika sendiri. Hublin mengatakan, tahap awal pengembangan mendahului yang terungkap dari penemuan timnya.Saat menjelaskan tentang fosil Maroko (Time)“Dari fosil yang ditemukan ini ataupun penemuan lainnya memiliki bentuk tengkorak yang berbeda dan memiliki berat yang berbeda juga. Namun terlihat lebih mirip dari kita, atau manusia kera datang sebelum adanya manusia lainnya ini. Spesies kita hidup di waktu yang sama,” jelas Hublin.Dalam penemuannya, Hublin dan tim lainnya menjelaskan bahwa penemuan ini bisa membantu menjelaskan bagaimana spesies manusia bisa berevolusi. Dalam penemuan yang mereka lakukan, Spesimen Maroko ini ditemukan antara tahun 2007 dan 2011 lalu dengan tengkorak, ragang dan gigi serta peralatan batu.Baca juga: Waspada! “Human Trafficking” Lewat Moda Transportasi UmumSelain itu ditemukan juga tulang belulang lainnya yang ditemukan namun tidak diberi tanggal yang benar. Koleksi fosil ini setidaknya diperkirakan dari lima orang termasuk dewasa, ramaja dan anak-anak berusia sekitar delapan tahun. Bentuk otaknya pun lebih panjang dari yang dimiliki manusia saat ini.“Dalam 300 ribu tahun terakhir, cerita utamanya adalah perubahan otak,” kata Hublin. Diketahui, ketika manusia purba ini tinggal di Maroko tepatnya dalam sebuah gua yang menjadi tempat perburuan dimana manusia saat itu menyemelih dan makan di dalamnya. Saat itu mereka sudah menggunakan api dann peralatan yang digunakan dari batu yang berjarak 25 mil atau 40 km.Baca juga: Ada Penampakan UFO di Dekat Kereta, Laporan Wanita ini DisangsikanDapat diketahui dari hasil penelitian ini, bahwa Homo Sapiens modern mungkin muncul lebih dari satu tempat. “Ini adalah bagian dari jaringan,” melalui mana ide dan gen mengalir, kata John Shea seorang Antropolog.Bisa dikatakan lebih lanjut, populasi lokan yang berbeda sebagai satu kesatuan yang menghubungkan hal sama seperto kota besar yang dihubungkan dengan pemberhentian kereta bawah tanah. Shea mengatakan bahwa masuk akal untuk menemukan jejak lama Homo sapiens purba di Afrika barat laut. Dia setuju bahwa itu tidak berarti spesies kita pertama kali muncul di sana.“Ketika sampai pada bukti asal-usul manusia di Afrika barat laut versus Afrika timur versus Afrika bagian selatan, itu adalah dasi,” tulisnya melalui sebuah email.Richard Potts dari Museum Nasional Sejarah Alam Smithsonian Institution mengatakan fosil Maroko “tampaknya mencerminkan transisi awal ke Homo sapiens, sangat mungkin menunjukkan awal dari garis keturunan yang dimiliki semua orang.”Situs ini terletak sekitar 34 mil atau 55 kilometer tenggara kota pesisir Safi, barat laut Marrakech. Umurnya ditentukan terutama dengan menganalisis potongan batu yang ditemukan di sana, dan penulis menyimpulkan bahwa mereka berusia sekitar 315 ribu tahun. Hublin mengatakan bahwa karena metode yang berbeda menyarankan usia yang lebih muda untuk situs ini, dia menganggap tulangnya berusia sekitar 300 ribu tahun.Richard Roberts dari University of Woollongong di Australia, seorang ahli dalam menentukan usia situs kuno, mendukung kesimpulan tersebut. “Saya akan mengatakan bahwa penulis telah memberikan bukti yang cukup meyakinkan untuk menemukan manusia modern awal di situs ini 300 ribu tahun yang lalu dan Mungkin sedikit lebih awal, “Roberts menulis dalam sebuah email.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Jean-Jacques Hublin, saat memegang fosil (Time) Saat fosil ditemukan, biasanya banyak masyarakat yang bertanya-tanya apalagi bila itu adalah fosil manusia. Biasanya para peneliti langsung melakuka pengecekan dari spesies mana fosil tersebut berasal.Baca juga: HYBRIDShip Bangun Kapal Ferry Tanpa EmisiDilansir dari (7/6/2017), dari Maroko ditemukan fosil yang mendorong adanya bukti kembali ke 100 ribu tahun lalu dan sebelumnya di Afrika Timur yang kaya akan fosil ditemukan tulang belulang berusia 300 ribu tahun dan menjadi pemecah rekor hingga saat ini.last_img read more

Kenai Safeway Undergoing Remodel And Downsizing

first_imgThe store will remain open while it’s under construction and will be completed in June 2018. According to Sara Osborne, with Safeway Corporate office, the remodel plans involve demising the space to bring the Oaken Keg into the new 60,000 square foot premises, as well as relocating departments. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Safeway store in Kenai will be undergoing a remodel that will ‘significantly’ downsize the store. According to a release from Alaska USA, as a result of the remodel, the Alaska USA branch located inside Safeway will be closing permanently at 7:00 p.m. on January 31, 2018. Albertsons Companies will be investesting $5.7 million into the remodel, that will also include updated décor and equipment throughout the store, including a new Starbucks kiosk.center_img Alaska USA emailed out a notice to bank members making them aware about the upcoming branch closure and Safeway downsize. The Alaska USA ATM currently located at the branch will be relocated elsewhere in the Safeway store. Story as aired:last_img read more