Helpful hints for Building Regulations: from Welsh Oak Frame

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All homes must comply with the Building Regulations rules

For many self-builders, achieving planning permission or a rapidly diminishing budget can often be the cause of sleepless nights, but did you know that the design for your new home could make it through the planning process but then stumble at a later hurdle – at the Building Regulations?

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Lockheed Martin Purchases Assets Of Sun Catalytix Corporation


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Bethesda, Md., Aug. 25, 2014 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Sun Catalytix Corporation of Cambridge, Massachusetts, complementing existing Lockheed Martin capabilities in the area of energy management and efficiency. The purchase includes certain intellectual property, contracts, facilities and the transfer of the company’s approximately 25 employees to Lockheed Martin. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material to Lockheed Martin.

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IP-based system positions the Commonwealth to accommodate a future increasingly comprised of mobile texting, video and web-based information platforms


FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract to develop, implement and operate the Massachusetts Next Generation (NG9-1-1) emergency communications system that will allow emergency personnel to accept service requests through new technologies, providing real-time data and communication. With this award, Massachusetts becomes one of the first states in the nation to begin transitioning to a statewide NG9-1-1 system that complies with the National Emergency Number Association’s (NENA) i3 architecture standards, enabling local and nationwide interoperability so more accurate information can be shared faster with first responders.

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Soyuz Galileo launch: injection anomaly

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Not Lost in Space, but not where they should be

23 August 2014

Following the announcement made by Arianespace on the anomalies of the orbit injection of the Galileo satellites, the teams of industries and agencies involved in the early operations of the satellites are investigating the potential implications on the mission.

Both satellites have been acquired and are safely controlled and operated from ESOC, ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Further information on the status of the satellites will be made available after the preliminary analysis of the situation.

Book Review – Honourable Warriors, Fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan



This is a penetrating account of the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan by a British officer. Major Streatfield has been outspoken in his analysis of foreign intervention in Afghanistan, providing a thought-provoking and personal perspective. He has compared the Taliban tactics with the British response and offered a record of daily fire-fights and the daily threat of IEDs.

Contract Research Organization, Pharma Start, Improves Audit-Readiness with Paperless eTMF Solution from Veeva Systems

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Cloud-based Vault eTMF supports CRO’s business and environmental footprint goals

PLEASANTON, CA — August 20, 2014 — Improving audit readiness is one of the top goals for life sciences companies implementing a new electronic TMF solution today, and Pharma Start is no exception. Since adopting Veeva Systems’ cloud-based Vault eTMF solution, the contract research organization (CRO) is now prepared for inspection at all times and has the visibility needed to establish collaborative relationships with sponsors. Vault eTMF enables real-time information sharing in the cloud between Pharma Start teams, clinical partners, and its 75+ investigator sites around the globe. Additionally, Vault eTMF supports Pharma Start’s steadfast commitment to minimize its carbon footprint by eliminating the environmental impact of shipping paper, especially important in clinical work, where a single study can yield 5,000+ reams of paper a year, equal to 295 or more trees.

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