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Press release: Birmingham’s transformation as HS2’s work programme gathers pace

first_imgAs one of the most intensive construction sections along the 140 mile London to Birmingham section of the route, the West Midlands is set to benefit from two brand new stations and an infrastructure maintenance depot, creating jobs and opportunities for local people now and into the future.Work at the city-centre based Curzon Street site has transformed the area in preparation for Birmingham’s brand new HS2 station: Signs that Birmingham is getting HS2-ready continue 2.5 miles away in Washwood Heath, as another local Midlands firm Total Reclaims Demolition makes way for HS2’s new train maintenance depot: The site spans 25,000 square metres, and 20,000 tonnes of concrete have been broken up, crushed and ready be re-used on site. Two building are being demolished at the site of the former Unite student accommodation which covers an area of 3,000 square metres. This will yield around 30,000 tonnes of material, with works being undertaken by the Birmingham-based demolitions firm, DSM. The extensive archaeology programme on site is already revealing facts about the development of Birmingham, and archaeology works will continue into the summer. The immense old site of the Alstom Rail Depot is 110,282 square metres – the size of 15 football pitches – and will yield 412,000 tonnes of material that will be recycled. With 50,000 hours of labour required to clear the site, the team is now 75% of the way through the work programme. Situated in the heart of one of Birmingham’s most deprived wards and constituencies, the site has been neglected for almost 15 years. The new depot will play a pivotal role in regenerating the area, and once complete over 500 jobs will provide opportunities for local people. Through HS2 Ltd’s supply chain, twelve local residents have already been supported into jobs through early works contractor LM-JV and security firm Servest. They are playing a crucial role in ensuring that safety standards are maintained at HS2’s work sites right across the West Midlands. Birmingham based LM, a joint venture of Laing O’Rourke and J Murphy & Sons Ltd, has been working on behalf of HS2, paving the way for the new high speed line. Work over an 80 km trace across the West Midlands has included route clearance and ecological habitat creation as well as demolition works. HS2 is already playing a huge part of the Midlands’ success story, and when completed will add £14 billion to the West Midlands economy, supporting 100,000 jobs. Hundreds of Midlands businesses are already supporting the project, and there are more opportunities for firms across the region as the programme progresses. Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd’s CEO said:center_img Paul Faulkner, CEO of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce said: Curzon Street will be the cornerstone of the new railway, putting Birmingham at the heart of the network. The transformation around this area demonstrates exactly how Britain’s new high-speed railway will drive forward regeneration and economic growth across the West Midlands. Across Phase One, we’ve now carried out environmental and ecological mitigation works, utility diversions, archaeology, demolition and land clearance works, all of which are drawing to a close ready for major construction works starting later this year. Fifteen miles further afield, in the borough of Solihull, vegetation clearance works and trenching have now been carried out at the triangular-shaped site which will be home to the brand new Interchange station site.Andrew Jones MP, transport minister said: HS2 is an incredible project that will transform our railway network, boosting capacity on our busiest lines, better connecting Birmingham with large cities across the country and building the Midlands Engine.The scale of works happening in Birmingham show the huge progress being made on HS2; they also show first-hand the fantastic jobs and opportunities HS2 is providing people across the country; I cannot wait to see the results of further construction, and for this vital railway to become a reality.last_img read more

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​Why credit-card hackers love America

first_imgby: Aimee PicchiIf you live in America and use plastic to make purchases, chances are you’ve been alerted to fraudulent activity on your account.America is now the favorite haunt of credit-card fraudsters, with a report from Barclays finding that 47 percent of all global card fraud affects cards issued to U.S. residents, even though the U.S. only represents 24 percent of card volume, according to Quartz. Barclays didn’t immediately return a request for comment.While some might suspect Americans have a target painted on the back of their credit cards because they live in a rich country, there’s actually a technical issue that’s attracting criminals. The U.S. lags other countries in its rollout of cards that are designed to stymie fraud. Most American credit cards still rely on magnetic strips, which are easy to copy, while Europe and other regions have moved forward with chip-and-pin cards, also known as EMV cards, which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa.EMV cards include embedded microchips that store customer data, which is considered more secure because retailers and card processors don’t store the card data in their systems. With magnetic strip cards, the card number is released to the retailer, which is why so many American retailers — from Target (TGT) to Staples (SPLS) — have been hit by hackers in the last few years. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How to make good financial decisions

first_imgIn many ways, the health of your bank account is based on whether you’re a good decision-maker. After all, whether we’re rich, poor or somewhere in between often depends on the choices we make. Sure, some people are born with far more advantages than others, but still, whether you rise or fall in life often comes down to the quality of your decisions. Good financial decision-making isn’t an art or a science, but there are some smart guidelines you can follow to help you achieve your goals. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Weigh the pros and cons first. This is good advice for anyone making a significant life decision, whether there’s money involved or not. Scott Vance, founder of Trisuli Financial Advising in Raleigh, North Carolina, says that when he was young, his dad would sit him down and have him split a piece of paper into two columns. continue reading »last_img read more

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Mrs. Donna Sue (Ayler) Bennett

first_imgMrs. Donna Sue (Ayler) Bennett , age 74, of East Enterprise, Indiana, entered this life on October 31, 1944, in Manville, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Claude Terrell and Anna Laura (Gullion) Ayler. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana where she was a 1962 graduate of the Vevay High School. Donna was united in marriage on November 27, 1965, at the Patriot Parsonage in Patriot, Indiana, to the late, Lowell Wayne Bennett. This happy union was blessed with two daughters, Laura and Stacey. Donna and Wayne shared 47 years of marriage together until Wayne passed away on October 16, 2012. Donna was employed as a PBX operator for Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Florence, Indiana, retiring after 16 years of service. She was a former stitcher for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay and Madison, Indiana from 1962 – 1999. Donna resided in the Florence community since 1965 and was a member of the Markland Baptist Church. Donna will be remembered for her love of reading, working and her beloved companion, Mr. Kitty. Donna passed away at 11:10 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center in Louisville, Kentucky.Donna will be deeply missed by her daughters, Laura Sullivan and her companion, James Fortner of East Enterprise, IN and Stacey Harsh and her husband, Matthew of Akron, IN; her grandchildren, Sarah Perkins, Ryan Sullivan, Anna Sullivan and Evan and Max Harsh; her great-grandson, Anthony Perkins; her sister, Martha Sloan of Vevay, IN; her twin sister, Nona Unversaw of Southaven, MS; her brother, Bill Ayler of Vevay, IN; her mother-in-law, Stella (Romans) Bennett of Vevay, IN; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws, Gordon and Nancy Bennett of Rising Sun, IN, Janet “Peachy” and Robert Kent of Indianapolis, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Terrell and Anna Laura (Gullion) Ayler; her husband, Lowell Wayne Bennett; her sister, Rebecca Faye Ayler; her sister-in-law, Betty Jo (Bennett) Lauderbaugh and her father-in-law, Stanley L. Bennett.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center, Switzerland County Animal Shelter Endowment Fund C/O CFSCI or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

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Cody escapes punishment for referee remarks

first_imgThe All Ireland winning Kilkenny manager has been warned over his future conduct after after describing the Westmeath ref’s decision to award a late free to Tipperary in this year’s drawn All-Ireland final as “criminal”.At a hearing at Croke Park last night, the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee ruled that Cody’s comments weren’t considered to have discredited the Association – but he was warned to be mindful of his conduct when talking to the media in the future.Meanwhile, an Armagh fan has been given a 24-week ban for his behaviour during the pre-match brawl that erupted before his county’s Ulster champoinship clash with Cavan this summer.last_img

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