Avoiding euro threatens future UK investment

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Virtual tours make dream home a reality

first_imgEmi Cheng takes a virtual tour of her dream home with the assistance of Matthew Clements of Clements Clarke Architects.“As professionals, we deal with architectural ideas and the drawings associated with them every day,” he said.“Over the years, we have found that some clients can’t always grasp what the 2D plans are conveying.“We wanted a new a way to show our designs to our clients – to get them as excited about their project as we are and to help them better understand the design.”“This experience is more than just walking through a building.“The model is geo synched to the actual site so that clients can experience realistic light and shadows at any time of the day.”Using a HTC VIVE headset and wireless controllers, clients can see and experience their dream home without leaving the Clements Clarke office.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoA still from the virtual reality experience. A still from the virtual reality experience.“It is also a handy tool for us as architects. We produce 2D construction drawings off the 3D virtual model,” Mr Clements said.This new VR technology offers a point of difference over traditional animation and rendering and is offered free of charge to CCA clients.Entire designs can be changed in real time, before the building stage, giving clients the opportunity to tweak their dream homes to suit their needs.“For instance, if you would like a window changed, the model updates and within a few seconds what you are seeing will have changed as well,” Mr Clements said.The final walk through render can be exported to external platforms such as showrooms, sales offices, websites andsocial media.CCA clients Ted and Emi Cheng of Abor Developments praised the technology. A still from the virtual reality experience.Imagine standing in your new kitchen or climbing the stairs to your new master bedroom suite before the first foundations have even been poured.Bowen Hills firm Clements Clarke Architects (CCA) is using virtual reality to bring their clients’ homes to life, taking the concept of rendering to the next level by using 2D, 3D and other architectural modelling software to create an immersive experience for those looking to build their dream home.Matthew Clements of Clements Clarke Architects said some clients struggled to grasp their designs using more traditional methods.center_img Ted and Emi Cheng“You can get a sense of size from seeing a room on a piece of paper. Seeing it, experiencing it, all in 3D, is something else,” Mr Cheng said.“I can stand in our living room, turn around and look back through to our kitchen, or walk over to the windows and look down into the courtyard.“It really shows how all the rooms fit together. You understand the flow of the house. It honestly felt like we were standing in our own home.”Mr Clements believes that the use of virtual reality in the construction industry remains in its infancy, but expects the technology to evolve into a combination of virtual and augmented reality.“Imagine arriving at your block of land, putting some digital glasses on and being able to see your building, walking around and through the site,” he said.“You could open doors, look through windows, sit down at the kitchen table, even run around in the backyard.”last_img read more

Climate policy ‘gaps’ hindering low-carbon investment, investors say

first_imgJointly organised by the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) finance initiative, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) and its counterparts in North America, Australia and Asia, the letter estimated that clean-energy investments currently stood at $250bn a year but needed to increase to $1trn annually to prevent a 2 degree Celsius increase.“Stronger political leadership and more ambitious policies are needed for us to scale up our investments,” the signatories argued.UNEP executive director Achim Steiner said the perception prevailed that there was a choice between economic well-being or climate stability.“The truth is,” he said, “we need both.”Signatories’ proposals to governments:Provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate change challengeStrengthen regulatory support for energy efficiency and renewable energy, where this is needed to facilitate deploymentSupport innovation in and deployment of low-carbon technologies, including financing clean-energy research and developmentDevelop plans to phase out subsidies for fossil fuelsEnsure national adaptation strategies are structured to deliver investmentConsider the effect of unintended constraints from financial regulations on investments in low-carbon technologies and climate resilience The letter called for an “ambitious” global agreement to be put in place by the end of 2015 – the date of the Paris climate conference.“This,” the signatories added, “would give investors the confidence to support and accelerate the investments in low-carbon technologies, in energy efficiency and in climate change adaptation.“Ultimately, to deliver real changes in investment flows, international policy commitments need to be implemented into national laws and regulations.“These policies must provide appropriate incentives to invest, be of adequate duration to improve certainty to investors in long-term infrastructure investments and avoid retroactive impact on existing investments.”Alongside the letter, the investor groups also published a report detailing investors’ current activity in climate-sensitive investments – and cited AP4’s low-carbon equity portfolio.Additionally, it highlighted a fund set up for BTPS by Legal & General Investment Management, which adjusted the weighting of FTSE 350 companies within the index according to their carbon footprint.The report also praised green real estate and the advantages offered over what it deemed “conventional” buildings, such as lower energy consumption and operating costs.In a move that is likely to be controversial, the call for “reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing” was backed by several Australian investors, weeks after the domestic government abolished its emissions trading scheme (ETS).However, an ETS remains in place within the European Union, with China currently considering one.European pension signatories (34):Denmark (3): PensionDanmark, PKA, UnipensionFrance (2): ERAFP, Fonds de Réserve pour les RetraitesNetherlands (7): ABP, APG, bpfBOUW, Mn, PMT, Woningscorporaties, VervoerNorway (1): KLPSpain (1): Pensions Caixa 30Sweden (6): AP1-4, AP7, Folksam         Switzerland (1): Ethos FoundationUK (13): BBC Pension Fund, Bedfordshire Pension Fund, BT Pension Scheme, Church of England Pension Fund, Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Kent County Council Superannuation Fund, Merseyside Pension Fund, Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee, RPMI Railpen, South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, Environment Agency Pension Fund, Universities Superannuation Scheme, West Midlands Pension Fund,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to letters and report Institutional investors with more than $24trn (€18.5trn) in assets – including APG, PensionDanmark, the UK’s BT Pension Scheme (BTPS), the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and Sweden’s AP funds – have argued that delays in implementing a global climate policy are increasing the risk profile of their investments.In an open letter ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York next week, more than 340 institutions – including 34 pension investors from Europe – urged governments to aid the deployment of low-carbon technologies and strengthen the regulatory support for the energy-efficiency and renewable-energy markets.It argued national governments should offer up an “ambitious” policy response to combat climate change and said the signatories were concerned “gaps, weaknesses and delays” in climate change and clean-energy policies would increase the risk to their current investments, while also necessitating more radical action at a later date.It insisted governments needed to consider the “unintended consequences” of financial regulation on low-carbon investment, and called on governments to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.last_img 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New ERRV joins Sentinel Marine fleet

first_imgScottish offshore support vessel provider Sentinel Marine has taken delivery of a new multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV).Sentinel said on Thursday that the vessel, named Biscay Sentinel, was the seventh such vessel in the company’s fleet with a further two under construction and due to enter service later this year.Biscay Sentinel was delivered at the Cosco Guangzhou shipyard in China this month and is expected to arrive in Aberdeen in early May.The company added that the vessel would immediately join Sentinel’s fleet of ERRVs operating in the North Sea providing services to the oil and gas industry.“Rather than retrofitting existing vessels, we have invested significantly in creating a unique fleet of custom-built ERRVs, ensuring they are kitted out with the latest onboard technologies and crew facilities,” Sentinel said.According to the company, the multi-role ERRVs in its fleet can take on multiple roles while at sea. Apart from its primary role of protecting and saving lives, the vessels can be used for a range of secondary tasks, ranging from cargo storage to oil recovery.Rory Deans, CEO of Sentinel, said: “The offshore environment can be unpredictable, and so safety is of the utmost importance to operators working at sea. We are delighted to be adding Biscay Sentinel to our fleet to ensure that we continue to offer our clients an unparalleled service, backed up by the latest technology available.“Many ERRVs in operation are repurposed fishing or supply vessels, however by designing our fleet from the ground up, we have been able to ensure that it is fully equipped with everything our crews require to keep our clients safe offshore.“Multi-role vessels like Biscay Sentinel provide a greater flexibility for our clients […] they can also be used across a range of other tasks, including rescue towing and dynamic positioning.”The Biscay Sentinel is 62 meters in length, 15.5 meters wide, can accommodate 26 people, and has a 26-bed recovery area along with a 75-seat recovery area.last_img read more

Joshua, Pulev fight to take place in Istanbul in May

first_imgKubrat Pulev has confirmed via his official Facebook page that he will fight Anthony Joshua in Istanbul in May. The pair had been due to clash at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium back in October 2017, but the Bulgarian had to pull out with injury, and was replaced by Carlos Takam. Joshua is thought to be keen to return to London for his next fight. And it was revealed last month that the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium had emerged as a very real contender to host the bout. The state-of-the-art facility opened in April 2019, and while it would be the stadium’s first boxing event – it has hosted NFL – and is due to host Rugby Union and a concert later this year. Read Also:Anthony Joshua has until January 31 to agree terms to fight Pulev Pulev, known as “The Cobra”, has an impressive 28-1 record in his career. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino Animals11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Loading… The 38-year-old posted a link to an article which appears to claim that the much-anticipated fight will take place at the Vodafone Arena – home of Turkish football club Besiktas. The pair are due to fight this year, with Pulev the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title. But SunSport understands that while talks are ongoing, any clash between the pair will only take place in either the United Kingdom, United States or Saudi Arabia. No word though has come from Joshua’s camp today regarding the fight.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ireland appointments excite O’Shea

first_img Press Association John O’Shea expects the new managerial pairing of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to pay immediate dividends for Ireland when they meet their squad for the first time next week. Sunderland defender O’Shea is in the 27-man group for next Friday’s friendly clash with Latvia at the Aviva Stadium and the trip to Poland which follows four days later. The ex-Manchester United man, who played for O’Neill at the Stadium of Light and alongside Keane at Old Trafford, said he cannot wait to report for duty. center_img “I am looking forward to next week,” he said in Daily Mail. “I can’t wait. It has got the excitement back for the public and the players should be looking forward to working with two inspirational characters. “I know both of them very well and if they have spoken to each other beforehand and decided they want to go forward together it can only be good really.” The appointment of the pair caught many observers by surprise, and while there has been plenty of speculation about how the two characters will work together, O’Shea is confident they are on the same page. “I had spoken a couple of times to Martin who said he had spoken to Roy during the TV work they had done together in the past so I knew the type of ideas they both had and that they enjoyed their conversations,” he said. “I knew that was never going to be as big an issue as people have made out. ‘It can only be good because of the type of personalities they are in terms of winning mentality, drive, hunger and motivation – all those things are needed for us to get going again for qualifying for tournaments again and giving a boost back to the fans as well.” Keane famously walked out on the Ireland squad as a player after a falling out with then-manager Mick McCarthy on the eve of the 2002 World Cup, but O’Shea is adamant his presence will be a big positive in the dressing room. “Roy is arguably Ireland’s best ever player so having him in the dressing room for the younger lads and older lads to look up to and thinking that he is on our side wanting us to win,” he said. “And we have Martin’s experience. He will be the boss, he is the main man and we will be guided by him and the team he has in place and from knowing the two men and having them on our side it is going to be brilliant.” last_img read more

Rory McIlroy disappointed despite tightening grip on Race to Dubai

first_img ” I played fantastically well. I could have been five under through five holes easily. I hit the ball beautifully. E verything was just firing today and that’s why I’m walking off the golf course a little bit disappointed because that 65 could have easily been a 62 or a 61. “The good thing is there’s still one round of golf left. If it had been the final day, I’d be kicking myself with some of the chances I missed. I’m playing lovely so it bodes well for tomorrow. It’s exactly where I want to be, in contention going into Sunday, so it’s all good.” Asked about trying to win the Race to Dubai for the third time in four years, the 26-year-old added: “I t’s just a matter of trying to focus on myself, try and win the golf tournament, and that’s all I can do. “It’s my last round of the year and I want to make the most of it. I’d love to finish the year on a high and win the Race to Dubai and I guess more importantly, win this tournament. Another tournament win, that’s what I really want. “At the end of the season, if I walk away with four wins, it’s still pretty good. Even though it wasn’t the season that I wanted, it would just be huge to walk away here on a high tomorrow.” McIlroy had moved into the outright lead with a hat-trick of birdies from the 13th, but Sullivan responded superbly with birdies on the 15th and 17th to card a 68 and edge back in front, much to the delight of his 30-strong fan club from Nuneaton. “It would be an absolute dream come true to win tomorrow when playing with Rory in the final round,” said Sullivan, who used to stack shelves in a supermarket to fund his golf but is the only three-time winner on the European Tour this season. “I’ll try not to think about it too much to be honest. ” It’s great. There’s no pressure on me. I’m not expected to win, am I? No one is going to expect me to beat him tomorrow. So for me it’s a nice position to be in, one in front. I’m going to go out and play golf and enjoy watching the (former) world number one play golf. World number three Rory McIlroy tightened his grip on the Race to Dubai despite being frustrated by his lowest round ever at the DP World Tour Championship. “I’ve won three different ways this year, one in a play-off, once coming from behind and the other leading from the front. I’ll be trying to pull on as much experience as I’ve got. He’s got a little bit more than me, but I’ll just go out there and try and do my best and play as good of golf as I can and hopefully the putter stays hot.” Willett trails McIlroy by just 1,613 points in the Race to Dubai but looked to be drifting out of contention before playing his last five holes in four under par, carding birdies on the 14th and 18th and holing from 30 feet for eagle on the 15th after driving the green. “It was a good day,” Willett said after signing for a 67. “I kept digging in and looking at the leaderboard and knowing people were shooting low scores helped give us a kick up the rear. From nowhere we gained three shots on the field and got back into the mix. “I don’t think we are going to see Rory coming backwards so we need to shoot a good round tomorrow and see what happens.” American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed, who lost a play-off for the BMW Masters on Sunday, is three off the lead after a 68, with Byeong Hun An and Emiliano Grillo a shot further back. Former US Open champion Justin Rose crashed out of contention with a 78. McIlroy fired eight birdies and one bogey in a third-round 65 to lie one shot behind England’s Andy Sullivan but crucially four ahead of Danny Willett, his nearest rival in the battle to be crowned European number one. ” I guess you can’t really walk off this golf course, especially in these conditions, and shoot seven under and not feel good about yourself,” said McIlroy, who missed from four feet for birdie on the 18th. ” But at the same time, I feel like it could have been a lot better. Press Associationlast_img read more

Coffey, Tyson-Thomas drain flurry of 3-pointers to give Syracuse spark off the bench

first_img Published on December 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 The game was already in hand. Syracuse was pummeling Loyola (Md.) by more than 20 points in the second half of a blowout victory. Kayla Alexander sat on the bench, as all the Orange needed to do was wind down the clock.With 11 minutes remaining, Alexander watched Rachel Coffey pulled up for her first 3-point attempt of the game, canning it to give SU a 68-33 lead. Just more than a minute later, Carmen Tyson-Thomas knocked down a 3 of her own from the right wing before Coffey answered less than a minute later with another. With each made 3-pointer, the players seated on the Syracuse bench got progressively more excited.“We were having a grand old time,” Alexander said. “We were getting so hyped. Because they just kept hitting 3 after 3, steal after steal. We were getting so into it. It makes the whole team feel so alive. It was fun to watch.”The 3-pointers continued to fall. Tyson-Thomas and Coffey traded 3s for the Orange’s next six points. The two guards scored 18 consecutive points for SU during a four-minute stretch in the second half. Syracuse (9-1) went on an 18-3 run in that span, ending any hope the Greyhounds (4-6) had of a miraculous comeback as the Orange went on to an 83-48 victory in front of 417 in the Carrier Dome.For four minutes, Coffey and Tyson-Thomas did what they do best: bring a spark off the SU bench.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two have started just one game combined this season, but both have been relied upon as two of Syracuse’s most dependable offensive options from the outside.“We have two players come off the bench that can shoot,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I think it changes the whole game when you have to players coming off the bench that are veteran players, that can really shoot the ball and can come into the game and do exactly what we need them to do.”Tyson-Thomas finished with 15 points while Coffey finished with nine, all of which came during that four-minute stretch when she was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Orange finished 9-of-21 from 3-point range.It was a far cry from Tuesday night when Syracuse went just 3-of-20 in a win over Wagner, but it proved just why Hillsman wasn’t worried about his team’s shooting.“We get the same shots—some games we miss them, some games we make them,” Hillsman said. “We shoot a lot in practice every day, so all we can do is continue to get reps.”Hillsman said he jokes with the team that he’s the best shooter on the team and that Coffey and Tyson-Thomas “jumped into my body” to pull off the incredible run.But Tyson-Thomas unsurprisingly begs to differ. After the game, she staked claim to that title and freshman guard Brittney Sykes backed her up.It was also the reason she was shooting so much during the second half. With Alexander off the court, Tyson-Thomas became the Orange’s best scoring option, leaving Hillsman to draw up plays for the guard.At the end of the run, a Loyola player shouted to her teammates not to let Tyson-Thomas take another 3. Even with the defense focused on Tyson-Thomas SU persisted to get the ball to her.She missed the shot on that possession, but by then the damage was done. Syracuse had stretched its already massive lead to an exorbitant number behind the sharp shooting of Tyson-Thomas and Coffey. And if those two can do something similar every game the Orange will have exactly what it wants.“We were just on fire,” Tyson-Thomas said. “We came off the bench with a spark and I think that’s what we need to add every game and it’ll be a real asset in addition to running offense, so it’ll help our teammates and our starters get on the bench and get a real good blow.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Algeria Coach, Leekens, Quits after Elimination

first_img“For the good of all I decided to quit even though I do it with heartache,” Leekens told the Algerian Football Federation website.“I wish all the success in the world to the national side.”The 67-year-old Belgian was appointed to the role only in October, for what was his second spell in charge following a four-month stint in 2003.He had been expected to take Algeria deep into the latter stages at least in Gabon, coaching a side that contains BBC and CAF African Footballer of the Year Riyad Mahrez and his Leicester team-mate Islam Slimani, Porto’s Yacine Brahimi and Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam.But the team underperformed at the tournament, beginning their Group B matches with a shock 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe – in which they scored an 82nd-minute goal by Mahrez to rescue a point.That was followed by a 2-1 defeat by their north African Neighbours Tunisia, which left them needing to beat Senegal in their final match on Monday to have any chance of making it to the quarter-finals.But they were held 2-2 by a reserve Senegal side, who had already won the group before the match, and suffered an embarrassing elimination.Algeria is also struggling to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The Fennecs are bottom of Group B – which also contains Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia – after two matches, having drawn one and lost one.Only the group winners go through and they already trail Nigeria by five points.“Given the pressure on the federation and the national team, I preferred to end my contract out of friendship for the president of the FAF (Algerian Football Federation) who deserves respect,” Leekens added.Leekens was Algeria’s third coach in a year, following on from Milovan Rajevac and Christian Gourcuff.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2017…AFCON 2017…Algeria Coach, Georges Leekens, tuesday resigned following the team’s early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.The Fennecs were one of the pre-tournament favourites but were knocked out of the finals on Monday night after failing to win a game in Gabon.last_img read more

FCPPL Preview: Kotoko, Ashantigold to clash in Ashanti regional derby

first_imgAshanti Region’s two most successful sides meet for their most pivotal clash in several years on Sunday with one competing for the league and the other battling relegation.Kumasi Asante Kotoko have failed woefully to defend their league title with abysmal performances all season recording only seven wins in twenty three matches but there will be no margin for error when they encounter their regional rivals.The Obuasi side themselves have seen their fantastic start to the season gone down the drain by an awful week which has seen them gain a single point out of a possible six cutting their once unassailable lead to only two points.The corresponding fixture ended 2-1 in favor of the Miners with the result proving to be the final in the coffin of Didi Dramani. Between the 11th of February and now, a lot has changed for both sides including the appointment of David Duncan as Kotoko coach, Kotoko defeating Ashantigold in the F.A cup and subsequently reaching the final as well as Ashantigold relinquishing a huge gap at the top of the league.But on Sunday, these events will count for nothing as the stage will be set for ninety minutes of intriguing soccer. Despite this, Kotoko’s shaky form cannot be disregarded in the build up to this game. Two games, two defeats, four goals conceded, none scored is simply unacceptable by Kotoko’s standard. This form has led to recently appointed deputy operations manager of Kotoko admitting Kotoko have problems in an interview with Asempa F.M.“There is something fighting against Kotoko in the league. If Kotoko play Asempa in the league, it is likely Kotoko will lose to Asempa,” Maradona said.“If we are playing in cup competitions, the situation is different. Something is really fighting Kotoko in the league.”Ali Maradona’s claims can be attested to the fact that Kotoko’s once feared home ground has now become a waterloo winning four out of a possible eleven matches.  Notwithstanding, dependable defener Amos Frimpong is hopeful Kotoko can right the wrongs this Sunday especially given the home advantage.“If you look at AshGold they have a very good side but remember we are playing in Kumasi and we will do everything to carry the three points at the end of 90 minutes. We have no problems at Baba Yara, any and everything can happen in football but we are hopeful for good things for our side,” Frimpong said.Ashantigold on the other hand have gone a little off the boil in the second round of the league. The Miners have amassed only eleven points in the second round of the season as compared to twenty-one in their first eight games of the first round.The pressure on Coach Bashir Hayford may have eased after Chelsea’s slip up in Bechem on Friday meant they will end matchday 24 still on top of the standings but he will be the first to admit a win will surely prove doubters wrong. After their barren game against New Edubiase in midweek, Coach Bash called for calm and tagged the doubters as having little faith.The Miners last visit to the Baba Yara Stadium ended with in defeat with playmaker Atta Kusi sent off. Ashantigold and Coach Bash will surely be looking to avoid any such happenings tomorrow.Kotoko Team News:Defenders Abeiku Ainooson, Small Boy Korbah and Ohene Brenya are out of this game with injury. Amos Frimpong and Ahmed Adams are expected to be the center back pairing while Ivorian topscorer Ahnmed Toure is expected to partner Dauda Mohammed up top. The pair have contributed 14 of Kotoko’s 26 goals in the season representing 53.8% of Kotoko’s goals.Ashantigold Team News:Bernard Morrison is a major doubt for this game after limping out of the Edubiase game in midweek. Leading striker Yakubu Mohammed is expected to lead the line ably supported by Ivorian Didier Kore. Captain Eric Opoku will be in midfield to provide the much needed energy and drive from midfield while center backs Awudu Nafiu and Mohammed Kadri marshall the backline.–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @ nana_odum. Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more