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Child labour in a quarry
Child labour increased last year after 20 years of declining.According to a new report called Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward by the International Labour Organisation...
Szerelmey on Ethical Stone Register
Specialist stone contractor Szerelmey Ltd has become the first specialist contractor to achieve ‘Verification’ level on Stone Federation Great Britain’s Ethical Stone Register (ESR...
Normandy D-Day Memorial
7 June 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
The British Normandy Memorial officially opened on Sunday 6 June, 77 years to the day since D-Day, when the armed forces of Britain and its allies landed on the beaches of Normandy in an operation...
Robert Merry
28 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry is celebrating a ‘significant’ birthday and 10 years of writing this column. This column is officially 10 years old now – just...
Xiamen Stone Fair
27 May 2021 | Events
The 21st China Xiamen International Stone Fair returned to the showground in grand style on 18-21 May after a break due to Covid-19, although following the success of the online version last year it...
kitchen worktop
25 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
Kitchens can be harsh environments, with hot pans, steam, corrosive and staining materials and a lot of use, especially when they are also being used for home working and schooling. It makes it more...
Graffiti
25 May 2021 | Stone Heritage
Photo: John Stewart Apart from the occasional Banksy, graffiti is not usually welcome on any building, but removing all trace of it can be difficult, especially from historic buildings when it...
Lettering in stone
Mathew Haslam studied geology to gain his BSc from Hull University in 1981. “I was into the beauty of this rock and what it could create,” he says. “I came back to stone and...
Kenwood House
20 May 2021 | Stone Heritage
An artificial intelligence pilot that is putting 18th century Kenwood House on a technological par with The Shard is being extended.English Heritage expects the technology to help it reduce by 25%...
Heritage Register
19 May 2021 | Stone Heritage
Repair stonework to ensure a greener home. That’s this month’s message. Historic England has published this year’s annual Heritage Counts document, which looks at trends,...
HSE back to work video
With the Covid restrictions being lifted, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is reminding companies of their responsibility to keep employees and customers safe. And HSE says its inspectors...
Mark Priestman
16 May 2021 | Training
When enrolling new learners, one of the first questions I pose to their employer is: Are you CITB registered?At this point I either get a “Yes!” followed by a gleeful rundown of how much...
CoE Contested Heritage report
16 May 2021 | Natural Stone Memorials
Both the Church of England and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have faced up to the fact that Britain’s imperial past had an element of racism about it that is preserved on memorials in...
Epiroc’s Scooptram ST14 Battery underground loader
Swedish mining equipment company Epiroc has embarked on a €16million EU-funded project in collaboration with mining companies, equipment and system manufacturers and universities to develop a...
Bloomberg
8 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
The government is trying once again to cure the ills of construction. Maybe turning it off and on again last year will have done the trick. The past year has been a game-changer, says Marcus...

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