$2.4B worth of cricket stadiums planned | AI used to scan construction photos for problems | Architects design Greek home with curved roof
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July 19, 2017
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$2.4B worth of cricket stadiums planned
$2.4B worth of cricket stadiums planned
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A cricket league is planned in eight major markets across the US, and the group behind the league will invest $2.4 billion to build a stadium in each market. The projects, which included a mixed-use component, will cost between $150 million and $225 million.
WXIA-TV (Atlanta) (7/17) 
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News & Trends
AI used to scan construction photos for problems
Smartvid.io, which has developed artificial intelligence technology to scan construction photos and look for any potential safety issues, has landed a $7 million investment from Autodesk and several other investors. Although worker safety is a key goal, the technology can also be used to find cracks in concrete.
Engineering News-Record (7/13) 
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Architects design Greek home with curved roof
Tense Architecture Network built a home on the island of Crete that features a curvilinear roof with a large hole in it that functions as a terrace. Many of the home's design features are intended to alleviate the intensity of the Mediterranean sun.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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List: Top 10 cities to be a construction worker
Baton Rouge, La., and Detroit top the list of the 10 best cities for construction and extraction jobs. Adobo, an apartment search firm, conducted the study, with results based a mix of jobs available, wages and housing costs.
Forbes (7/17) 
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Energy & the Environment
Fla. city requires solar panels on new homes
New homes in South Miami, Fla., will be required to install solar panels under an ordinance approved by the city commission in a 4-1 vote. The ordinance, which also applies to renovated homes in certain circumstances, calls for 175 square feet of solar panels to be installed for every 1,000 square feet of roof area.
Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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In the Office
How to be heard without raising your voice
Fluid gestures, supporting your words with your breath and purposeful movements can help you to speak more powerfully without raising your volume, advises Anett Grant. Practice balancing the ease and purpose of your words, movements and gestures to demand attention.
Fast Company online (7/13) 
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Novelty's role in a good speech
Successful speeches usually showcase the speaker's passion for a topic and share novel information with the audience, writes Jim Anderson. "Any material that you can present that will be viewed as being unusual, unfamiliar, or even unexpected is going to cause your audience to wake up and take notice of what you are telling them," he writes.
The Accidental Communicator (7/11) 
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Government & Regulatory
US: Cutting trade deficits a priority for NAFTA talks
Reducing trade deficits and increasing exports of products and services are the primary US objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the office of President Donald Trump's trade negotiator said. Last year, the US had a $63 billion trade deficit with Mexico and a $7.7 billion surplus with Canada.
Bloomberg (7/17),  Axios (7/17) 
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Lawmakers propose cuts to Labor Dept., NLRB
A draft 2018 budget bill released by the House Appropriations Committee would reduce the Department of Labor's budget by $1.3 billion, while the National Labor Relations Board would face $25 million in cuts. The measure also would forbid enforcement of the fiduciary rule and would weaken the joint-employer rule.
HR Dive (7/17) 
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Diversion
Ravens can preplan, barter for rewards
Ravens can preplan, barter for rewards
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Ravens have the cognitive ability to plan ahead and barter for rewards, according to findings published in Science. Researchers tested ravens in a series of experiments and found they performed better at those tasks than great apes or human children.
National Geographic online (7/13) 
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NRCA News
NRCA issues Action Alert regarding legislation to reform CTE programs
NRCA has posted an Action Alert urging NRCA members to ask their senators to support passage of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The legislation will help contractors address future workforce needs by reforming and improving career and technical education (CTE) programs. Find more information or take action, here.
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