CONSTRUCTION NEWS BAROMETER SIGNALS SIGNS OF RECOVERY

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More than two-thirds of directors believe turnover will return to

pre-recession levels by end of 2015

Construction News, the leading brand for the UK construction and building industry has announced the results of its inaugural Construction News Barometer, a new quarterly survey which measures the views of the chief executives, chairmen and senior directors of the CN100 index of the UK’s largest contractors. The results reveal a strong level of optimism, tempered by fears of rising costs and a suspicion that private sector clients put low bid costs ahead of innovation, skills or project experience when awarding work.

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Squareknot to plug business funding gap left by UK banks

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A group of Scottish entrepreneurs have created the first crowdfunding platform to offer a combination of equity, loan and reward funding. Squareknot’s pioneering website has the potential to kick-start business funding for both start ups and established businesses by providing fresh streams of loan and equity funding for companies currently being starved of finance by traditional lenders.

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Murderer lodges first ‘whole life’ appeal in wake of European human rights ruling

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A triple murderer has lodged the first challenge of a “life means life” jail sentence following a controversial ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, in a move which could force ministers to water down the way Britain’s most heinous criminals are punished.

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Why HAS global warming slowed? Scientists admit they don’t know why – but are ‘95% sure’ humans are to blame for climate change

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Some scientists observe that earth temperatures match fluctuations in Solar radiation output

An intergovernmental study claims scientists are 95 per cent sure that humans are to blame for climate change
Scientists believe volcanic ash and more heat being absorbed by oceans could explain why global warming seems to have decelerated in recent times
Governments will use the final report to work out how to invest in renewable energy and protect coastal regions from flooding

By Sarah Griffiths

PUBLISHED: 12:44, 21 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:31, 23 August 2013

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2398753/Why-HAS-global-warming-slowed-Scientists-admit-dont-know-why.html#ixzz2cylbjq00

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