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Earthworks Commenced For Northampton Construction Training Centre

Specialist contractor Mick George has now begun earthworks at the recommended site for the construction of a £4.75m training center, to be located at Northampton College. Work has begun on the behalf of Kier Construction, which is currently working on the Advanced Construction Engineering (ACE) Center, on the college’s Booth Lane Campus.

The center, to be built at the recommended site chosen by the college’s staff, will be facilitating the training of the next generation of people in the construction industry; builders, decorators and plumbers, as well as studying and pioneering new techniques aimed at ensuring that the workforce of the future is equipped with the necessary and demanded skills. Alongside training that emphasizes craft skills, there will also be courses available at Level 3 for those that are aiming for supervisory, technician, or management careers in the construction sector.

Reportedly, the aim of the ACE Centre is to provide a pipeline of ‘highly-skilled, work-ready’ staff, and it’s forecasted that the facility will have around 600-700 new learners annually by 2025/26.

Mick George Contracting Director, Michael George, says that, as the employers of more than 1,100 employees, they recognize that the construction industry and its labor model is at a key point in its existence, one that decides its long-term sustainability.

Addressing  the issues of skill shortages and ageing workforce has been recognized by leading construction companies as key issues, which is why they give credit to Northampton College for deciding to be proactive in dealing with the matter, providing solutions for the sector by delivering a high caliber of a new generation for the industry at large.

Work on the facility started during a ceremony on the site, where Northampton College Principal Pat-Brennan Barrett, alongside representatives from Kier and the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership who helped fund the project, struck the first spade into the work site.

She says that the Centre is a commitment to providing the best educational facilities and opportunities to the youth, and is an investment, not only for the future of the construction industry, but also in the next generation of workers and business leaders.

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Items Forbidden To Load On A Removal Truck

There is a misconception that companies offering furniture removals in Sydney will be able to carry anything their clients ask them too. In fact, there are a number of things that are not allowed to go onboard a removal truck.

According to an Australian Furniture Removals Association’s executive director, Joe Lopino there is truth to this misconception that removalists can take with them any item. In order to prevent both parties from being frustrated during the actual moving day, clients should know the list of items can’t be moved.

This is to avoid what happened with a removals’ client, Shirley Potter, who assumed she will be able to take everything she wants with her. At the end of the move, she found out that her removalists declined to take a set of used paint tins and her sword collection.

One might think that the sword collection was not allowed because of safety reasons but the removalists said that it is not the main reason since the swords are not weapons and they are not sharp either. They are simply collectibles that can be hanged on the wall.

The main reason they declined to load it on their truck is because the collectible is very fragile and expensive that their insurance will not cover it in case it got damaged on the way. The removalists said that the list of items they are not accepting for transport includes ID documents, cash, and jewellery. All items that are too fragile that might get damaged inside the truck are also not accepted.

The paint tins, however, are not accepted for safety reasons. It is a big no-no for removalists to accept these along with gas bottles and pool chemicals. During summer, the temperature can reach very high inside the truck and there is a high risk despite the fact that they are closed containers. Homeowners who hired removals in Sydney should know that LPG gas bottles are also not acceptable since it has a high risk of exploding. If they can get a professional Gas Cylinder Test Station to empty the gas then the LPG bottles can be transported safely.

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Checking For Credible Boiler Providers

Are you finding out the overall cost of moving a boiler to a new location? It calls for no problem as you can easily know the expected cost of boiler relocation and how few things can affect their price. Before we begin, you may need to check possible engineers who can do the move while you visit them today at their office.

How Much to Move a Boiler?

Expect to pay around £350-750 for a boiler to be move to a different location. The move will include parts and labor. The fees to pay for a couple of feet is £350, for an average move is £500, and if it involves more pipework, it’s £750.

What Affects the Cost of the Boiler Move

  • The Time Taken and Materials Used

It is obvious to have a higher price when you move a boiler to a different location with more time spent and more materials used. The cheapest cost to ever make is moving the boiler for few feet. But more people insist that the boiler be moved upstairs, downstairs, into the loft, the garage, in another room or the extensions.

  • More Pipework Needed

Boilers use copper for their pipework and therefore it isn’t really that cheap. If the gas fitter uses more copper, then the higher the cost will be for moving the boiler. You’re not only paying for the expenses of the copper but the gas fitter’s time as well.

  • Additional Flues and Extensions Required

You will need a different flue if you want to move the boiler to the loft, even if there’s an existing flue on the side of the wall. What you’ll need is a vertical flue with one or two extensions to penetrate the roof. If you had to buy vertical flues, it will cost you £100 with extensions amounting to £45-55.

  • Moving an Older Boiler or Replacing with a New One

If you were to spend £500 for moving a boiler, consider a replacement. If your boiler has been used for many years, you need to replace it and save costs on repairs. Just add extra pounds and consider a warranty when buying one. You definitely save money on bills especially if it’s subject to more repairs. Check for possible boiler providers and visit them today.

 

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Raimon Land Adding Two New Plots

There’s more than just a new Sukhumvit 19 hotel set to go in development, as the SET-listed Raimon Land PLC (RML), has recently just acquired several land plots across the capital, with a total value exceeding Bt10 billion. These new plots will be used for the future development of luxury condos, following the board’s acquisition of two new plots on Sukhumvit Road from KPN Land Co.

Four of the seven new plots are grouped within a four-kilometre stretch of Sukhumvit Road, located between Asok and Thong Lor.

The key property in this string of deals is the 3.5-rai plot located on Sukhumvit Soi 38 that was acquired for Bt2 billion, which will then be developed with a Bt7.2 billion luxury condominium project, according to news from the property sector.

They’ll be a new condo unit located near a Sukhumvit 19 hotel as KPN Land, the property arm owned by the Narongdej family, will also be handing off a single rai site in the area, alongside a two-rai plot on Sukhumvit Soi 28.

According to Raimon Land, during their report to the Stock Exchange of Thailand on August 16, its board of directors had decided that it would acquire the two plots from KPN Land with a total cost of Bt1.57 billion.

The payment will be made with both Bt500 million cash, and Bt597 million worth of newly issued ordinary shares at an equivalent value of one baht, which amounts to 14.31% of the company’s paid-up capital. The board also approved a cut in Raimon Land’s registered capital, reducing Bt4.58 billion by about Bt915 million after cutting off 914,840,957 unsold shares.

According to a source, there are some objections to the Sukhumvit 28 plot from its neighbours, with calls regarding its environmental impact, but Raimon Land would go and acquire it all the same.

In 2017, Raimon Land purchased a 797 wah2 plot on Sukhumvit Soi 26 for a cost of Bt1.7 billion, which will be the site of a Bt4.9 billion condo project within the second half of 2018 as part of a joint venture with Tokyo Tatemono, a Japanese real estate firm.

RML shares closed on August 16 on the SET, valued at 1.46 baht per share, in trade worth of Bt148.1 million.

 

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Starbucks CEO Retiring, Looking To Philanthropy And Public Service

Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz will soon be retiring from his position at the coffee company he helped turn into a global mainstay brand, and has said that he’s considering going the way of Denis Obrien as a philanthropist, or following in Mitt Romney’s footsteps as a public servant.

The 64-year-old said that he is considering a lot of possibilities as to what he might do in the future, admitting that he’s a long way away from figuring out what he’ll be doing in the years to come, whether or not he’ll take to philanthropy like Denis Obrien, in a letter addressed to company employees.

Back in 2016, Schultz showed his support and endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Back then, he had already been receiving inquiries as to whether or not he would run for office. He has deflected such inquiries in the past, but has stated in an interview that, for quite a while now, he has been concerned about the state of the US, specifically, the division plaguing the country and its standing in the world.

Schultz’ retirement comes not long after he passed on the day-to-day duties of Starbucks CEO back in 2016, in order to focus on corporate social responsibility, innovating and social-impact endeavors in his position as Executive Chairman.

According to Starbuck, Schultz will officially step down and take the position of Chairman Emeritus on the 26th of June. Additionally, the company says that he’s working on a book discussing its CSR efforts and the work its done to change how people see a public company, stating that Starbucks has not only changed how people drink coffee, but also changed people’s lives across the world for the better.

Schultz has built up a reputation of being socially aware, thanks to bringing his and the company’s intentions with social issues like race and jobs for underprivileged youth, even if they didn’t exactly pan out. Additionally, Starbucks has worked to project an image of social responsibility, one that has been recently called in question thanks to the incident that involved the arrest of two black people in Philadelphia.

Schultz responded that he didn’t want people demeaned by being refused bathroom access, leading to him opting to close all of its US branches for several hours late in May for bias awareness training for employees, among other measures to prevent such an incident from happening again.

Starbucks says that Myron E. Ullman will take over the role of Chairman of the Board, once Schultz steps down.

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Increase In Demand Expected Along Taopoon-Bang Sue District

An increasing number of families opt to send their children to Bangkok international school because Thailand is rapidly becoming a hub for international education. The choice of school is an important decision for parents because the school will develop their children’s motivation and interests towards a certain field of study. Educators have a better understanding of children’s skills and abilities.

Many infrastructure projects are now gaining traction in Bangkok but the most impactful will be Bang Sue Grand Central Station that will most likely be the largest railway station is Southeast Asia. The project that will replace the current transport hub at Hua Lamphong will redevelop the existing Bang Sue Junction Railway Station while integrating the MRT at Bang Sue.

The project which is under construction is expected to be completed in 2020. This will trigger an inrush of transit-oriented developments in the adjacent areas particularly in Bangkok’s formerly sleepy Taopoon district.

After the completion of Bang Sue Grand Central Station, and the railway systems, there will be an increase in demand for real estate as consumers migrate to the Taopoon-Bang Sue area. The land that is surrounding the station has been divided into zones to attract new businesses and opportunities for future growth.

It is expected that Taopoon district will experience more traffic from residential and commercial usage. Land prices have been steadily growing in the district because of the potential for growth that can be achieved upon the completion of the central station.

At the Taopoon-Bang Sue area, about 30,200 condominium units have been added from 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2017. The homes have recorded an accumulated take-up rate of 90%. The Bang Sue Grand Central Station is also being developed into a Smart City that will be equipped with digital and energy-related infrastructures that will improve the life of Bangkok residents.

As more and more projects are undertaken by the government, you can also expect an increase in the number of international schools. It is very likely for children of expatriates to be enrolled in Bangkok international school because the medium of instruction is in English with a curriculum that is almost similar to their mother countries.

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