Carillion vs Smith: Adjudicating the same dispute

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Unlikely hero leads Nets past Rockets

first_img(Field Level Media) Taurean Prince collected season highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets overcame a 15-point deficit and beat the visiting Houston Rockets 123-116 last night. The Nets improved to 2-3 and rebounded nicely from Wednesday’s 10-point loss to Indiana by outscoring Houston 93-71 over the final 32:31.Caris LeVert added 25 points for the Nets, who shot 49.4 percent while not being led in scoring by Kyrie Irving for the first time this season. Irving finished with 22 points and 10 assists to post his first double-double as a Net.Prince posted his third career game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and shot 9 for 17 from the floor. The forward also made 6 of 10 3-pointers as the Nets shot 59.4 percent (19 of 32) from behind the arc. James Harden scored 36 points for the Rockets but struggled to get a shooting rhythm most of the night. After getting 59 in Wednesday’s wild 159-158 win at Washington, Harden shot 10 of 31 from the floor and missed 14 of 16 3-point attempts.Russell Westbrook flirted with a triple-double with 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds but the Rockets shot 41.4 percent and were 12 of 48 (25 percent) on 3-pointers.Brooklyn held a 15-point lead late in the third but the Rockets trimmed it to 104-98 on two free throws by Harden with 5:32 remaining. Irving’s 3-pointer with 4:53 remaining pushed the lead to 109-98 but Houston was within 109-103 on Harden’s uncontested dunk with 4:10 to go. The Nets sealed it when Irving connected with Prince, who hit an open 3-pointer from the left wing for a 114-106 lead with two minutes to go. Irving made it 117-108 with a step-back 3-pointer from the right corner with 55.9 seconds remaining.Harden scored 11 points as the Rockets forced 10 turnovers and took a 33-24 lead after the first quarter. The Rockets ended the quarter with an impressive 18-1 run over the last 4:29 and forced Irving into five turnovers.Houston expanded its lead to 45-30 on a jumper by Danuel House Jr. with 8:21 remaining in the first half but the Nets ended the half with a 31-14 run to take a 61-59 lead into intermission. Westbrook’s steal of Brooklyn’s inbounds pass and subsequent dunk forged a 68-68 tie with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter. The Nets countered with a 17-5 run and took an 85-73 lead on Prince’s layup with 3:48 remaining in the period and carried a 95-83 lead into the fourth.last_img read more

Todd suspended, but eyes already on play-off as Harps face Derry

first_imgDEFENDER Sam Todd will serve a suspension when Finn Harps take on Derry City at the Brandywell tomorrow night.Todd sits out the last Premier Division game of the season for Harps having accumulated eight yellow cards.Ollie Horgan, the Harps manager, is unlikely to risk naming a full-strength team in any case with the first leg of the promotion-relegation play-off to come on Monday.  Harps will travel away to Cabinteely or Drogheda on Monday and the return leg will be at Finn Park next Friday.Ciaran Gallagher’s season is over due to an injury he picked up on Monday night at training.Harps have confirmed that Mark Timlin is a doubt after he had to be withdrawn during last Friday’s 1-0 win over Waterford.There is no news from the club on Keith Cowan, who has not featured since the 0-0 draw against UCD and had not trained in the couple of weeks after that game.  Mark Coyle has also not played in the last couple of games and is also said by sources to be doubtful.  Horgan is expected to play a second string XI with nothing on the line for his men, while Derry City need a point from the game to secure European qualification for 2020.Todd suspended, but eyes already on play-off as Harps face Derry was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionCiaran GallagherKeith CowanMark TimlinOllie HorganSam Toddlast_img read more

New bond could bring voter overload

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Her sense of dej vu is being shared by voters throughout the state this election season. California voters have approved major statewide education bonds in all but one election year during the past decade at a cost of more than $37 billion. Combined with scores of local school bonds passed during the same time, California voters since 1996 have authorized $95 billion in borrowing for school construction – more than in the previous 50 years combined. As Californians this fall confront another mega education bond – Proposition 1D – polls show voters are becoming wary of more bonds. If approved, the measure would push total school construction borrowing for the decade to well over $100 billion, before interest. There also are signs that the state’s borrowing cycle may not be sustainable. Even before this year’s bond – which would add $680 million in annual repayment costs if approved – California’s bills to cover past education bonds are reaching record levels. SACRAMENTO – Voters in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Discovery Bay approved a contentious school bond in June to refurbish the city’s middle school. In November, they’ll face another ballot measure seeking to build a new high school. And that’s not all. They also will be asked to vote on a $10.4 billion statewide education bond – part of a record public-works package supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders. Altogether, the November election will mark the 19th time in four years a local or state school bond has appeared on a Contra Costa County ballot. “I’ll vote for it, but there really is a feeling of `Oh, God, are we doing this again?”‘ said Maria Sturdivant, a candidate for the Byron Union School District in Discovery Bay. And despite its size, Proposition 1D won’t cover the remaining need. The measure would account for only about a quarter of the state’s school construction needs for the next decade, according to long-term bond plans the Schwarzenegger administration released in January. Even if Proposition 1D is approved, voters likely will face an additional $40 billion or more in state and local school bonds before 2015, according to estimates by state officials and school groups. Education proponents promise the cycle of school bonds will someday level off, but for now they say the continuous ballot requests simply reflect the need. California does not set aside money in the state’s annual budget for school construction. That forces local districts to rely almost entirely on bond money to pay for everything from air conditioners and leaky roofs to refurbished classrooms. $26 million a day “I think intuitively voters understand that buildings get old and need to be brought up to speed, and this is how we pay for that,” said Scott Plotkin, executive director of the California School Boards Association. Between local and state bonds, public schools and colleges in the state have spent an average of $26 million a day – every day – for the past 10 years on construction or refurbishing. Proponents say the money has been well spent. School districts have built 40,000 new classrooms and modernized 97,000 others. Colleges have also built new campuses and upgraded labs. Yet by other measures, progress has remained elusive. In 1998, after voters approved $9 billion in statewide education bonds, a Department of Finance report estimated that an additional $10 billion in state bonds would cover California’s share of school construction needs for a decade. Since then, voters have approved an additional $25 billion in state bonds, but the remaining estimated need has only grown. In January, the department pegged the state’s outstanding need at about $11 billion. The governor’s plan suggested that Californians will need to approve 31/2 times that by 2015, plus local matching bonds. The state Department of Education calculates the need differently. California each day through 2010 must build 18 new classrooms and modernize 25 others. Proposition 1D won’t cover the demand alone. To build that many classrooms, voters will have to approve billions more in bond money in 2008 – even though the state’s K-12 population will grow by less than 1 percent during that time. California already spends more per pupil on school construction than any other state, said Eric Brunner, an economics professor at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University. He calculated that California from 2001 to 2004 spent an average of $1,245 per K-12 student on construction, compared with a national average of $1,086. That even outstripped the amount spent in other states with growing student populations. “The need seems to be a moving target,” Brunner said. Growing burden Repaying the school-construction bonds, meanwhile, has become an ever-larger burden. California this year will make payments on 18 school bonds dating back to 1974. The combined cost will exceed $1.3 billion. Next year, the annual cost will jump to $2.3 billion and remain there for the rest of the decade. A large part of the cost is interest. Of this year’s costs, the state will pay $493 million toward principal debt and $834 million in interest. If Proposition 1D passes, the state’s annual school bond debt payments would top $3 billion, taking away money from the state’s general fund, which pays for social services and most other programs. One potential weakness of Proposition 1D is that it would allocate money for programs that seem to go beyond traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms. Among the expenditures are $500 million for “career technical facilities,” $100 million for unspecified “environment-friendly projects” and $200 million for a University of California medical curriculum focused on “telemedicine.” The California Taxpayer Protection Committee argues that too much goes for such earmarks. Backers have other worries. They’re concerned the ceaseless cycle of bonds, combined with the rest of this year’s infrastructure package for roads, levees and housing, might create voter fatigue for new spending. This could be the year that breaks the string of success that education advocates have had in persuading Californians to approve school bonds, said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. “Voters may think, I’ve been there and done that,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more