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first_imgApex House, WembleyNew world prefabs could solve our housing crisis, say the experts – and we’re not talking about the future – we’re ahead of the game in the UK.Europe’s tallest modular (formerly known as prefabs) tower is now complete – and it’s in north London. The 29-storey structure is a student accommodation scheme developed by Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems with 679 modules that will be ready for students to move into in September. The development will also include communal facilities, such as a cinema and a courtyard.The total build time was just 12 months, with the modules stacked up in just 13 weeks to the height of 90 metres. Designed by architects HTA Design LLP, the building has a BREAAM rating of Excellent.Apex House will be the fourth modular scheme that Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems have completed in Wembley. Christy Hayes, CEO at Tide Construction, said, “We are delighted that both the Housing Minister Gavin Barwell and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have made off-site construction a priority in the capital to help ease the strain on London’s housing supply. Modular construction provides a much faster alternative to traditional construction without compromising on the quality of the building, or the versatility of the design. Modular produces 80 per cent less waste, requires fewer onsite workers and provides certainty of cost and time. Each module is manufactured at Vision’s factory in Bedford where the furniture, windows, electrical wiring and plumbing are all installed before the modules are transported 60 miles to the site in Wembley.Government pledge for 100,000 modular homesThe government has pledged that 100,000 of the 1 million homes built by the end of parliament (this could be revised on 8th June…) will be delivered by modular methods and it pledged a further £285 million for accelerated construction techniques through the National Productivity Investment Fund.First Time Buyers also go for modularVision has also handed over two finished blocks in Lambeth to Pocket Living, an affordable housing provider that only sells to first-time buyers. The properties were constructed inside a factory in Bedford using production-line techniques more reminiscent of a car factory than a construction site. This allows for better quality control, faster delivery, reduces wastage and allowing for high levels of energy efficiency.Apex House, Wembley under constructionKieran White, Managing Director at Vision Modular Systems, said, “We’ve been in this industry for more than a decade, and our building technology has allowed us to be at the heart of driving forward new forms of housing. Partnering with Pocket Living on multiple projects has allowed us to deliver vital new housing for first time buyers and key workers who underpin the very fabric of our cities.”Located on the China Walk Estate, just a few minutes walk from Lambeth North and Westminster tube stations, each apartment has been built according to Pocket’s award-winning design specification. All of Pocket Living’s buildings are community focused, with shared spaces, such as roof terraces, where residents can meet and relax. At Juxon Street, residents will also have access to a walled courtyard with benches and trees.Marc Vlessing, Chief Executive of Pocket Living, said, “Getting high-quality homes built quickly is key to solving the housing crisis. Modular techniques will play an increasingly important role in meeting this challenge and, through our partnership with Donban and Vision Modular, over a quarter of Pocket’s future pipeline will be built through modular construction.“For modular to really take off as a viable construction method, the Government and lenders should look at making it easier for SMEs to access the working capital needed to take advantage of its benefits.” www.visionmodular.comkieran white marc vlessing pocket living modular homes north london modular tower apex house christy hayes tide construction and vision modular systems vision modular systems April 20, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » New world prefabs could solve our housing crisis previous nextHousing MarketNew world prefabs could solve our housing crisisTimes and processes change, it’s time for quick-build new homes.Sheila Manchester20th April 201702,653 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgSexual biology may be the key to uncovering why Anopheles mosquitoes are unique in their ability to transmit malaria to humans, according to researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and University of Perugia, Italy. Through analysis of 16 Anopheles genomes, they found that these mosquitoes’ reproductive traits evolved along with their capacity to transmit the Plasmodium parasite that causes malaria. These findings may provide a new target for malaria control, particularly in regions hardest hit by the disease.“Our study is the first to reveal the evolutionary dynamics between the sexes that are likely responsible for shaping the ability of Anopheles mosquitoes to transmit malaria to humans,” said senior author Flaminia Catteruccia, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard Chan School and University of Perugia.The study was published online February 26, 2015 in Science.Anopheles mosquitoes are the only mosquitoes capable of transmitting human malaria; however, the species within this genus vary widely in their ability to do so, for reasons that remain unknown. The researchers analyzed nine globally dispersed Anopheles species, enabling reconstruction of the evolutionary history of their reproductive traits and capacity to transmit malaria.They found that two key male reproductive traits in Anopheles are acquired and evolved together over time. The researchers also demonstrated that the evolution of these male traits drove reciprocal adaptations in females strongly linked to the mosquitos’ capacity to transmit malaria. Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_imgGAZETTE: You mentioned low-hanging fruit. Are we talking about simple things, easy to deploy, like bed nets?WIRTH: Yes. Long-lasting-insecticide-treated bed nets, residual insecticide spraying, and diagnosis and treatment at scale with effective drugs. Those are the pillars of what has worked, but now progress has slowed. Overall progress is great, but the [change] over the last couple of years has not been so great.The World Malaria Report from the WHO said malaria is at a crossroads. Now’s the time when we need to really dig in and try to understand why progress slowed. And — Pedro and I share this belief — we are going to need new tools.The ideal would be a long-lasting, very effective vaccine. That’s the kind of thinking we need now, because to develop a vaccine starting now is a decade-long process.That’s just an example. Perhaps we could genetically engineer mosquitoes to change their ability to transmit [the malaria parasite], or to reproduce. But questions remain about whether it will work and whether that’s the right strategy.GAZETTE: Who attends the workshop?WIRTH: We try to get as broad a range of participants as possible. We have people coming from leading research institutions, heads of national malaria control programs, heads of agencies or programs that identify need for products and develop products, people from major philanthropic organizations, the major funders, and we have people from multilaterals like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria …ALONSO: From the U.S. government, the President’s Malaria Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health …WIRTH: And we have people from the WHO’s Global Malaria Programme and Pan American Health Organization who are positioned in regional centers where they act as resource people for country programs.ALONSO: We at times struggle with calling this a course, because what it becomes is a joint dialogue and discussion. So it has the format of a course, but it takes just a couple of minutes before that person is questioned by the participants. It really brings people together with very different backgrounds, from across the world, and one of its strengths is this element of networking.You put into the room someone from the Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases in China, which has just reached zero cases for the first time in the last 3,000 years — has stopped malaria — with someone from Senegal, which is still struggling with a fair amount of malaria, or from Tanzania. That cross-fertilization, putting people in the same room for a week with the best facilitators in each discipline — it’s a wonderful experience and one that leaves a deep impression on them.GAZETTE: We talk about challenges, but there are quite a few countries where malaria has been eliminated. It used to be here in the U.S. and I’m interested in the China example. What has been the decline in cases worldwide over the last 10 years?ALONSO: In the early part of last century, there were still major outbreaks of malaria here in Boston, and there were big ones in Washington, D.C. Malaria was only eliminated in the 1960s from the U.S.Probably most of the planet had malaria transmission 150 years ago. So countries have been eliminating malaria. That has been through a combination of economic and social development and a very targeted plan of public health action.So there’s been great progress in many parts of the world, and a certain sense that probably the easier ones are the ones that have eliminated malaria through a combination of economic development and the fact that efficiency of mosquitoes varies from some parts to others. Where it has been eliminated, probably the mosquito was not the most efficient at transmitting malaria.We are starting to see some of the harder countries managing to cross the finish line. Perhaps the most remarkable example is Sri Lanka, which is an island country but a very tropical one, with pretty good mosquitoes. And they managed to eliminate and be certified.China managing to do this is really a major [milestone]. China was a highly endemic country and last year they, for the first time in history, reached zero cases. That needs to be confirmed over the next couple of years, three years, before they can be certified.In terms of absolute numbers, we are now somewhere around 220 million cases, which is down from something like 250 million or 260 million. If you say that’s not a lot, remember we’ve had huge population growth in that time. So, in terms of rates, you’re actually talking about a 40 percent reduction in cases and a 65 to 67 percent reduction in deaths. Related Politics biggest threat to malaria effort Experts, program heads, and present and future leaders in the fight against malaria gathered at Harvard Business School in June for a weeklong workshop aimed at supporting global eradication efforts.The program is an annual event that rotates among locations chosen by the three host organizations: Harvard University, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health at the University of Barcelona, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute at the University of Basel.While the number of malaria cases has fallen in recent years, experts say a renewed effort and new tools are needed if progress is to be maintained. Pedro Alonso, director of the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO), and Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor and chair of the Harvard Chan School’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and a board member of Harvard’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe initiative, sat down with the Gazette to talk about the challenging goal of relegating malaria, like smallpox, to the past.,Q&APedro Alonso and Dyann WirthGAZETTE: Tell me about the leadership event. Why is it important in the effort to rid the world of malaria?ALONSO: The event is a leadership course on malaria and malaria eradication. This was something that Dyann and Professor [Marcel] Tanner from Switzerland and myself thought of a number of years back. At the time, the world had been doing really well in the fight against malaria and the concept of eradication, which means doing away completely with the parasite from the face of the planet, was back on the table.Looking back on the first attempt to eradicate malaria, in the 1950s, there were a number of lessons to be captured, but I believe two important ones. One, research was abandoned during that first eradication campaign. There was this notion that we had the tools and the knowledge, and there was no need for further research. That was a fatal mistake that we didn’t want to make again.The second is that it is often said that the first malaria eradication campaign failed to eradicate malaria but nearly succeeded in eradicating research and malariologists. Therefore, the other key driver was the notion that you do need — even when you are making good progress — to build a very strong foundation of well-trained leaders who will be able to drive this process in the years to come.GAZETTE: How ambitious is the goal of eradication?ALONSO: It is a tough job and it’s going to take us a long time to do it. As to the question: Will there be eradication? The answer is yes. But we now need to discuss when and how we are going to achieve it. We have all of the right tools in place, but do we have all the human resources and technical capacity in place?WIRTH: In some ways we’ve captured the low-hanging fruit. Doing better implementation of what we already have has caused a dramatic decline. In some countries, malaria cases went down by 75 percent. And overall reduction is somewhere in the 40 to 50 percent range. “The World Malaria Report from the WHO said malaria is at a crossroads. Now’s the time when we need to really dig in and try to understand why progress slowed.” — Dyann Wirthcenter_img Progress will be lost if new president abandons fight GAZETTE: What has been the key for the countries that have been successful?ALONSO: Political commitment. It’s a rather loose term, but you can point to that and say that is what it is.Last week we certified Paraguay, which people may think an unlikely country to be malaria-free. But Paraguay has a 35-year history of aiming to eliminate malaria, across very different governments and political situations.Sri Lanka actually eliminated malaria in the face of significant civil strife. They made up their mind as a country and said we’ll fight each other — rather viciously — on many other things, but the one thing that we agree on is that we’re going to get rid of malaria.WIRTH: The other piece — in the countries that have eliminated — is that they’ve had the right combination of professional staff supported by universities. In Sri Lanka, there was this integration between the people doing the elimination and the knowledge base and research base that told them how to do it and kept up with it. I actually think that is underemphasized. In the end, each country has to solve its own specific problem. There can be standard operating procedures but they have to be adapted with local knowledge.GAZETTE: Where are there gaps in research?WIRTH: I think we need to understand how the parasite evolves and is selected.The parasite is a survivor, as is the mosquito. The survival tactics include resistance to drugs and insecticide, so we need to understand that and be able to use that to our advantage. I think we need a way of preventing disease and preventing transmission that’s more broad-based, and without a vaccine that’s going to be difficult. The alternative to that is really a change in the mosquito biology. Either you reduce the number of mosquitoes that can transmit disease or keep the mosquito population extant but populate it with mosquitoes that can’t transmit the disease. There are various ways of thinking about that, but those are tools that are really missing.This interview was edited for length and clarity.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life in prison for beating a 39-year-old acquaintance to death in their hometown of West Hempstead during an argument two years ago.Bruny Fenelon had been convicted last year at Nassau County court of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.1Prosecutors said the 32-year-old got into an argument with Michael Rambaran outside National Wholesale Liquidators when Fenelon pushed Rambaran to the ground, then punched, kicked and stomped on his head before breaking a glass bottle on his head on Aug. 2, 2012.Rambaran was pronounced dead at the scene.Fenelon’s attorneys and unsuccessfully tried to vacate the conviction.Police arrested Fenelon at his home later the same day after he fled the scene.Judge Tammy Robbins also sentenced Fenelon to five years of post-release supervision.last_img read more


first_imgAt the beginning of this year, a letter from the NCUA to all credit unions detailed what the areas of focus would be for IT Examinations for credit unions of all sizes, with the intent of helping CU’s prepare for their exams and maintain IT compliance.  Specifically the ares of fucus were identified as: Cybersecurity, Interest Rate Risk, and Bank Secrecy Act compliance. The letter went on to say that the NCUA would “redouble their efforts” to ensure CU’s are prepared for cybersecurity threats. Here is what the letter said in detail as it relates to cybersecurity:In 2015, NCUA will redouble efforts to ensure that the credit union system is prepared for a range of cybersecurity threats.NCUA field staff will focus on proactive measures credit unions can take to protect their data and their members, including:encrypting sensitive data;developing a comprehensive information security policy;performing due diligence over third parties that handle credit union data;monitoring cyber security risk exposure;monitoring transactions, andtesting security measures. continue reading » 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgCredit union leaders certainly have learned a lot this year after many were ordered to shut their offices and send everyone home for weeks, months or an indeterminate amount of time to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Now, they are examining what leadership efforts worked well and trying to turn their new leadership and operational knowledge into a foundation for continued success.Situational LeadershipThe pandemic shutdown forced credit unions to dust off their business continuity plans and plunge into action. For most, it was an unusual and new experience. But for Brett Martinez, president/CEO of $5 billion Redwood Credit Union with 355,000 members in Santa Rosa, California, the pandemic was just the latest in a string of crises.“We have had major natural disasters every single year since 2015, so this is just another disaster for us and, unfortunately, we have gotten really good at it,” he says.Most of the disasters Redwood CU has faced have been wildfires in its area, but a power shutdown aimed at preventing fires caused the CU to close its main office in November 2019. This turned out to be a good test run for the pandemic response. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_img “After all, it’s a world championship, which must take place,” said Pulev. There is a chance, perhaps only a small one, that boxing history could be made in the UK this summer. A world heavyweight title fight fought before a crowd of, well, a handful of people at the most. This is what we just might see when three-belt heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua fights Kubrat Pulev in an IBF mandatory defence. With the coronavirus raging and tearing up the boxing schedule for the next two to three months at the least, some extreme measures have been suggested to allow big fights to go ahead as scheduled: no fans in attendance, the fights to take place behind closed doors. It’s a pretty weird thing to try and picture – a massive world heavyweight title fight fought with no fans, no atmosphere, no screaming, and shouting. But it could happen.Advertisement Loading… Better to save the show and still pull in pay-per-view cash, although no live gate money, than to lose the show entirely, right? Kubrat Pulev, all set to fight Joshua, feels this way – as he explained when speaking on Bulgarian show bTV channel. “I’m ready for June 20, July 25, whenever they say,” Pulev said. “You see what the situation is, the whole world must adjust to it. There’s no problem [if the fight is] to be without spectators. Everyone would be at home, they can pay-per-view, so I don’t see any problem financially. The show could be lost a bit without fans but it can still happen. After all, it’s a world championship, which must take place.” It’s not clear what would happen if the June/July fight did get postponed until some time next year (with the chance that Joshua would then go straight into a massive unification fight with Tyson Fury instead, maybe in December) – would Pulev be able to sue? He is IBF mandatory, after all. Maybe the fight will indeed go ahead but with no live audience. Again, it sure would be a first and a very weird first at that, but if this is what it takes to save the fight and see that Pulev gets the shot he is entitled to, then maybe it’s what should happen. Read Also:Boastful Helenius ready to test might with Joshua It would be a surreal sight, a cavernous arena capable of holding tens of thousands of people, all but empty. Let’s see if Joshua is as willing to fight under these conditions as Pulev is. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Most Beautiful Indian Top Models Ever10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging10 Largest Cities In The World Heavyweight boxing challenger, Kubrat Pulev, is overwhelmed with joy that he would be facing World champion, Anthony Joshua, soon.last_img read more


first_img According to Ahmedu: “Yesterday we lost former Nigerian National Under-17  and  Under-20 goalkeeper, John Felagha. John, a staff of Aspire Academy, passed away in Saly, Senegal. “The 26 year old John was an amiable guy and very much loved by all. He was among the first set of Nigerians selected for the Aspire Football Dreams Project and after five years at the Academy where he excelled, played professional football at KAS Eupen in the Belgium Jupiter League. read also:Former Golden Eaglets goaltender Felagha is dead “John was Nigeria’s No 2 Goalkeeper at the 2009 FIFA U17 World Cup hosted by Nigeria where Nigeria reached the Finals and was also on the National U20 teams to the next African Under-20 Championship and World Cup thereafter. “He ended his pro career due to injury and until his death was a goalkeeper Coach at the Aspire Academy. He is survived by sisters and uncles. Burial arrangements will be announced in conjunction with the family later. Adieu, John Felegha! You will be missed greatly. May you rest in peace in the bossom of the Lord,” Ahmedu stated. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and Aspire Football Academy director in Nigeria, retd Colonel Sam Ahmedu, have yet to recover from the shocking exit of former Golden Eaglets and Under-20 goalkeeper, John Felagha. Ex-Flying Eagles goalkeeper died in Senegal on Sunday, according to the Nigeria Football Federation. He was aged 26. NFF expressed condolence with the family of the late player in a tweet on Monday. The federation expressed its condolences with the family of the late player. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” In the same vein, Sam Ahmedu on his Facebook account expressed sadness about the death of the former international.center_img Promoted Content5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow MovieThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneStunning Wedding Outfits From All Around The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more


first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The largest sanctioning body in dirt track racing will be represented at the Performance Racing Industry show Dec. 12-14 in Indianapolis, Ind.IMCA, along with broadcasting partner XSAN, will be at booth number 3709, located right inside the front door of the Indiana Convention Center and beside the Speedway Motors booth.More than 1,200 companies will have displays at PRI, the largest trade show in the motorsports industry. From chassis builders to tire manufacturers to parts suppliers, every aspect of motorsports is repre­sented at PRI. Attendees come from all levels of the sport and from around the world.last_img read more