Bim/iStock(ATHOL, Mass.) — Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating the mysterious death of a woman whose body was discovered near a sewage treatment plant. The woman, who is white and believed to be in her 20s, was found dead early Monday morning near the entrance to the wastewater treatment plant in the town of Athol, some 40 miles northwest of Worcester. Her death is considered “criminal in nature,” according to a press release from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.The official cause of death will be determined by the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston.Detectives with the Athol Police Department and Massachusetts State Police, assigned to the district attorney’s office, are jointly investigating the death.No further details were immediately released. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Ponder this: the UK construction industry employs 18 times the workforce of the aerospace industry. It generates 10 times the GDP of the automotive industry. So why do we have an industrial strategy for aerospace and automotive, but not for construction?Three reasons. First, practical; an industry of many voices is hard to deal with. Second, rational; the effort of successive governments has been invested where they expect the greatest return, in productivity and growth. Construction is seen as big, but boring. Third, political; since 1979 the ideology of both main political parties has been instinctively laissez-faire (which translates approximately as “you’re on your own mate”) and transactional. Government support has been reactive to the sectors which organised themselves. Construction has not.So does this government’s industrial strategy offer anything new? Not practically, insofar as it is clear any support will still be reactive. To quote from January’s Building our Industrial Strategy green paper: “The government will respond positively to compelling propositions.”I sense the government wants to help. Lord Prior, the new construction minister, wants to hear how UK construction can be a successBut emotionally there is a change. I sense the government wants to help. Lord Prior, the new construction minister, wants to hear how UK construction can be a success and how the government can help in that. And I believe the construction industry can organise itself, and can make its case.The first step is to articulate the prize, in terms of productivity and growth. History suggests that could be hard. This is an industry whose productivity has been basically flat since 1997 and is now 20% below the UK average, and whose output took a nosedive in the 2008 recession. But an industrial strategy is about looking forward not back.Management consultant McKinsey has estimated that technology could cut costs in construction globally by 40%. The UK’s construction strategy is more conservative at 33%. But 33% of a £120bn industry is a big number – £39.6bn to be precise. That means £39.6bn of productivity gains to be unlocked. If UK construction could lead the world in efficiency, the idea that it could become a serious export industry doesn’t look so daft after all.Step two is to set out what our industrial strategy needs to comprise in order to deliver the Construction 2025 vision.Here is my seven point plan:Align behind the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) The government has been explicit that it will only work with a sector “which can organise behind strong leadership”. If we want an industrial strategy for construction then we all need to accept that the CLC should lead those discussions, and be willing to implement its recommendations as to how our industry is organised.Launch a campaign to promote the industry, especially to the millennial generation Engineering needs to be associated with making the world a better place, not delays on the railway. Bricklaying needs to be associated with building homes and communities, not rain and mud.Sort out training and apprenticeships throughout the industry, not just in particular disciplines like railway engineering Mark Farmer’s report is a blueprint for the way forward. I would start with fundamental reform of the CITB and put in place a single apprenticeship portal for the entire industry, so it is as easy to apply to work in this industry as it is to apply to university.Invest jointly in innovation, to raise the level of R&D spend Spending on research and development should shift up from the current paltry 1% of revenue to nearer the circa 4% spent in the aerospace and automotive industries. The use of off-site manufacture should become the norm, not the exception. This will require clients to invest alongside contractors and could involve setting up an industry-led UK national construction innovation centre.Promote collaboration throughout the supply chain Building information modelling (BIM) is just one component of that. Data on public assets needs to be recognised as a public good and made available on common platforms. The buying behaviour of clients is also key.Reform procurement Clients buying a fixed price for supposedly fixed outputs is the fundamental cause of the structural weakness of the industry. We need clients to buy on the basis of long-term partnership, buying capability not output, and focussing on whole-life efficiency. This is the Infrastructure Client Group’s Project 13 agenda, to be launched shortly.Create a single pipeline platform This would allow the entire industry to have visibility of forward demand and allow it to invest accordingly. The government has now consolidated its infrastructure and construction pipelines, but 70% of the industry value is fragmented private demand.So where is the ask of government in all this? I have been deliberately silent on that. We need to accept that 90% of the solution lies in our own hands as an industry. Then we can set out for Government a “compelling proposition” it cannot refuse.Richard Threlfall is head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG
INTERNATIONAL: A train organised by Swiss intermodal operator Hupac and Chinese chemical producer Markor left Korla in northwest China on May 26, carrying 82 ISO tank containers loaded with high-value chemical products for customers in Germany and France.‘We plan to cover the distance of 8 000 km in 18 days, crossing borders and fulfilling customs procedures of six different countries’, said Hupac Production Director Silvio Ferrari. The tank containers will be transferred to and from 1 520 mm gauge wagons at Dostyk in Kazakhstan and Šeštokai in Lithuania. Hupac has acquired its own 1 520 mm gauge rolling stock as part of its strategy to develop east-west traffic. ‘We want to open our European network to traffic flows to and from Asia and provide stable, reliable solutions for intercontinental intermodal transportation, and actively participate in the Chinese One Belt, One Road project’, said Deputy Managing Director & Head of Corporate Development Peter Weber. Hupac aims to bundle volumes, and believes that the provision of regular and stable intercontinental services will help to develop the market by making rail more attractive to customers.
Star claim Galatasaray have agreed personal terms with Tottenham Hotspur forward Fernando Llorente and now the Turkish club are looking to convince the Premier League club over a deal. Galatasaray are in the market for a striker and according to reports this month Llorente is a target for the Istanbul club. The Super Lig club sold Bafétimbi Gomis in the last transfer window and they’ve been linked with a host of No.9s in recent months.It was claimed Greek giants Olympiacos are also in the mix to sign the Spanish striker, but Star say Galatasaray have managed to beat them and have an agreement with the player.The Turkish newspaper report Galatasaray officials will now talk with Tottenham to hopefully finalise the January transfer.Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s reported Cim Bom are ready to pay €1m to Tottenham to sign Llorente, who will be a free agent at the end of the season. That doesn’t sound like enough.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto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.asiaUndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo
0Shares0000LONDON, England, November 24 – Frank Lampard scored twice against his old club as Chelsea beat West Ham 3-0 on Saturday to move up to third place in the Premier League table.Lampard’s two goals, which included a penalty, came either side of an Oscar strike at West Ham’s Upton Park ground, with Jose Mourinho’s side now level on points with second-placed Liverpool after this victory. The gulf in class between the two London clubs was apparent throughout and only goal difference is currently keeping West Ham out of the bottom three.West Ham had to defend stoutly early on as Eden Hazard’s cross from the left narrowly evaded Branislav Ivanovic and James Tomkins, the centre-back, did well to dispossess Samuel Eto’o after the ball had been played to the Chelsea forward in the box.Oscar could not hit the target from the edge of the penalty area after Ravel Morrison had lost possession but West Ham replied with a move that saw Kevin Nolan put the ball in the net only to be penalised for an obvious barge on goalkeeper Petr Cech.John Terry did well to block a shot from Joe Cole, his former Chelsea team-mate, but Chelsea’s next attack saw Guy Demel gift them a penalty.The right-back’s miscued his attempt to play the ball back to Jussi Jaaskelainen and the goalkeeper could not stop himself from bringing Oscar down.Lampard blasted the penalty high into the net in the 21st minute to record his first goal in 11 Premier League games, ending his longest barren run for a decade.The former West Ham man celebrated — briefly — in front of the home fans, who reacted predictably with boos.England midfielder Lampard headed another chance narrowly wide before Oscar doubled the lead in the 34th minute, with the Hammers’ defence again culpable.Hazard’s flick sent the Brazilian away down the middle and when no challenge came in Oscar slotted low past Jaaskelainen from the edge of the box.West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who again chose not to field a recognised striker, reacted by making a double substitution five minutes before half-time.Joe Cole and Jack Collison were taken off, with Modibo Maiga and Mohamed Diame coming on.Chelsea continued to dominate, however, and Jaaskelainen pulled off an acrobatic save to stop Eto’o making it 3-0.Gary Cahill, the England centre-back, almost scored the third early in the second half when but Mark Noble kicked his header from a corner off the line.Cesar Azpilicueta, playing at left-back instead of Ashley Cole, started a move in his own half that saw him cross to Oscar at the back post only for the midfielder to fire wastefully wide.Eto’o saw a curling long-range effort drop just miss the target before West Ham spurned an opportunity to get back into the game.Demel was the man who created the chance with some trickery on the right but when he squared the ball for Maiga in front of goal the substitute could only poke wide.It proved to be crucial as Lampard made it 3-0 in the 82nd minute with a low, first-time effort after Hazard’s initial shot had bounced off a defender.Substitute Demba Ba, another former West Ham player, put the ball into the net in stoppage time but the ‘goal’ was ruled out for offside.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)