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Astro Pug by Lightning Box Games

first_img You’d be barking mad not to try Lightning Box’s latest offering Astro Pug. The “reelfecta” slot, middle reel with 16 chances to win,  boasts a wide array of Asian symbols, with the loveable canine the hero of the game. Astro Pug also offers players the chance to get their teeth into giant multiples via the middle reel, whilst the Astro Pug symbol guarantees further free spins.The developer’s latest title will be available exclusively with Casumo from 5th September, before general release via Quickfire on September 19th. Topics: Casino & games Slots You’d be barking mad not to try Lightning Box’s latest offering Astro Pug. The “reelfecta” slot, middle reel with 16 chances to win,  boasts a wide array of Asian symbols, with the loveable canine the hero of the game. Astro Pug also offers players the chance to get their teeth into giant multiples via the middle reel, whilst the Astro Pug symbol guarantees further free spins.  29th August 2018 | By Aaron Noy Email Address Astro Pug by Lightning Box Games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & gameslast_img read more

CA Sales Holdings Limited ( 2019 Annual Report

first_imgCA Sales Holdings Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about CA Sales Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CA Sales Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CA Sales Holdings Limited (  2019 annual report.Company ProfileCA Sales Holdings Limited, listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, of businesses that operate in Southern Africa. It operates within the FMCG industry and delivers services to blue chip manufacturers, both locally and internationally. Its service offering includes selling, merchandising, warehousing, distribution, debtors administration, marketing & promotions, point of sale warehousing and training. The group has offices and facilities in all the main centres throughout Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.last_img read more

Here’s why I’d buy Card Factory shares now

first_img Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Here’s why I’d buy Card Factory shares now Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Nadia Yaqub | Thursday, 6th May, 2021 | More on: CARD center_img See all posts by Nadia Yaqub I’ve been cautious when it comes to Card Factory (LSE: CARD) shares. But the stock has been on the rise recently. During the last six months, the share price has increased by 185%. And it has risen by 129% in the past year. To me, this means that investors appear to be turning bullish on the stock.In fact, I’ve changed my mind on Card Factory shares too. I’ve been watching the stock price closely and a recent announcement has resulted in me turning positive on the company.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I’d now buy the stock. But let me explain what has caused my change of heart.The updateCard Factory has been giving regular updates, especially on its liquidity position. So it was not a surprise to me when I saw that it had released another statement on the matter at the end of last week.But what took me by surprise was how it casually announced that it had secured a refinancing package. In fact, the company said it “has agreed headline terms for refinancing of the Group with its current syndicate of commercial lending banks and will issue a further update, over the coming weeks, once terms are documented”. I had previously mentioned that I was looking for a long-term plan from Card Factory. I felt that what it was sharing publicly had been addressing mainly short-term issues until now. But really it needed to show us it was set to tackle the elephant in the room, which was the refinancing of its debt.I’ve been waiting for this to make my investment decision. And I think the statement is encouraging. I’m pleased that it has reached a deal to sort out its liabilities.Further detailsThe news is in the open, but I guess I’ll have to wait for the finer details on the refinancing package. Yet I already feel this has lifted the uncertainty over the company’s future. I expect the new terms to give a boost to Card Factory as the business emerges from the coronavirus crisis. After all, the pandemic was a major strain on its finances.The firm also highlighted that “pending documentation of the revised facility terms, the banking syndicate has extended waivers in respect of anticipated covenant breaches to 31 May 2021, taking account of the Company’s cash flow projections, subject to certain conditions”.Again, this is all positive news. It helps the investment case for Card Factory shares as far as my own portfolio is concerned.RisksBut there are still risks ahead. The stock is likely to be hit if there are any Covid-19 setbacks. Although most of its stores are now open, the recovery may take some time.And while the company has agreed a refinancing package, it hasn’t released the details yet. While I’m positive, investors may not be convinced by any new terms, which could impact the share price. I’ll have to wait and see the details.Trading updateBut so far, it looks good for the company, I feel. The reopening of its shops in England and Wales from 12 April “has exceeded its expectations”.This is promising and could be positive for Card Factory shares. The company is due to report its full-year earnings on 8 June, but I think now is a great buying opportunity before it does so. Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Card Factory. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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‘Gather Around the Table’

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Gatherers Around the Table work on their journal quilt projects at a recent gathering at Calvary Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo: Don West.[The Episcopal Church in South Carolina] It’s a June evening in Charleston, and the back door of the church is unlocked. People come in at their own pace, embracing, smiling, setting down plates of cookies on the big table in the parish hall.No one speaks of it yet, but on everyone’s mind is a June evening in Charleston almost one year earlier, when nine people were shot dead just a mile away at Emanuel AME Church, in an African-American congregation that opened its doors and invited the killer into their weekly Bible study.The horror of June 17, 2015, and the days that followed gave way to deep grief, and deep questions. How could this have happened? What could I be doing to change that? How can we find bridges across the barriers of race?Every Tuesday night, a small group from two local Episcopal churches, East Cooper and Calvary, have been meeting to see if they can find some answers. The name they have given themselves reflects the simple agenda for the group: “Gatherers Around the Table.”After the massacre at Mother Emanuel, the Episcopal Church in South Carolina accelerated its plan to offer anti-racism training for the diocese – training that is required by Episcopal Church canons, but was never offered until a rift in 2012 brought new leadership. Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg, who took office in January 2013, immediately put anti-racism training on his short-list of needs for the reorganizing diocese, and the first one was on the calendar when the Emanuel tragedy struck.Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook, left, Barbara Eckman and Deacon Judith Ewing look at journal quilt projects created by the Gatherers Around the Table. Photo: Holly BehreIn September 2015, Calvary hosted one of four “Traces of the Trade” conferences offered around the diocese. Each event encouraged people to open their minds and hearts to conversations about the legacy of slavery and racism.Judith Ewing, an Episcopal deacon who serves at East Cooper, was at the Calvary program. “I realized how ignorant I was,” she said. “I realized the importance of relationships, of just getting to know each other. I just knew we needed to gather at the table.”She quickly sought out the Rev. Michael Burton, a supply priest at Calvary, about setting up an initial gathering. The first one happened in October with six people from each congregation who committed to meeting every Tuesday for a trial run of six weeks.Like Emanuel, Calvary has deep roots in Charleston’s history, founded in 1847 for “religious instruction” of enslaved African-Americans. For years, it housed the only preschool and kindergarten for African-American children on the Charleston peninsula, and many leaders passed through its doors. The first black jurist to serve on an appellate court in the United States, Jonathan Jasper Wright, was buried in its churchyard in 1885.By comparison, the East Cooper Episcopal Church is in its infancy. Approved as a new mission congregation at Diocesan Convention in 2014, it serves the predominantly white suburbs across the Cooper River from Charleston. It was formed by Episcopalians who were left without a place to worship when churches in that area went with the breakaway group that left the Episcopal Church in 2012.With widely different backgrounds, the two groups shared one common characteristic: Curiosity, and a desire to learn about each other.Their first meeting was planned as a simple Bible study, “because that would be sweet and safe and nobody would say anything that will upset anybody,” Ewing said. “But I said, ‘Maybe we need to say things that upset people.’”Artist and educator Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook was there, and had the same reaction. Ewing recalls her saying: “I’ve been to many Bible studies, and nobody ever mentions the elephant in the middle of the room. Why can’t we mention the elephant in the room?”Eight months later, the elephant is still loose. Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. The challenges of growing up in a mixed-race family. Assumptions about intelligence. Co-workers who act friendly, but never get close. The Spoleto production of “Porgy and Bess.” Ethnic foods they like and dislike. It’s all on the table when they gather.“We’ve never put aside anything, or say ‘We mustn’t talk about that.’ We talk about everything,” Deacon Ewing says.Along the way, others have joined. One member recently moved from New York after years in churches that were active in social justice issues, looking for a community in Charleston where that could keep happening. Another regular Gatherer is a social worker from another church who came with an East Cooper friend.  “I thought I knew almost everything about black culture, especially in Charleston,” she says, laughing. “But I don’t.”O’Bryant-Seabrook, a Calvary member in her 80s, has become the group’s matriarch and historian. On the recent Tuesday night in June, she gave them all an assignment: Come up with a personal statement about why they came to be “Gatherers Around the Table,” and then create a small journal-quilt to illustrate it. A few skeptical looks were exchanged around the table, but the group quickly warmed up to the task of explaining why they come to the meetings week after week.The Tuesday before the Emanuel anniversary, they were putting the final touches on their letter-sized pieces of fabric art filled with color, symbols, and words like “Curious,” “Sharing,” “Understanding,” “Love,” and “Hope.” Beside an image of Emanuel, one proclaims: “Hate Will Not Win!”As a child growing up in Charleston, O’Bryant-Seabrook says, “I could not go three blocks without passing a church. I remember asking my mother, ‘I would like to know what they’re praying for.’ With all the inequities and oppression, I wondered, were they praying for something that black churches were not praying for?”Decades later, those questions persist. “I wanted to be a part of this group because for a long, long, long, long time, I wanted to be comfortable in a group of Caucasians and blacks where we can actually, openly, honestly and safely discuss what happens, and why it happens,” she says.As the members of the group went around the room, the words “safe place” came up again and again.“When we started, we said we weren’t’ going to judge, or say “You shouldn’t be saying that,” Ewing said. “We were going to accept each one in our knowledge and our ignorance, and love each other anyway.”As the gathering wraps up, the group continues to share their ideas as they pass the plates of cookies around the table. “When you eat with somebody, it changes the whole dynamic,” one woman says. “It gives me a lot of hope.”In the words of Anne Nietert’s journal quilt: “Anger exploded into the Palmetto night, but, in the shadows, a new day is dawning as we Gather at the Table to learn, to listen, and to love.”– Holly Behre is director of communications for the Episcopal Church in South Carolina. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR By Holly Behre Posted Jun 16, 2016 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York ‘Gather Around the Table’ Contemplative group forms in the aftermath of the Charleston shootings This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis last_img read more

From Alaska to Zululand, Anglicans act ecumenically in the Season…

first_imgFrom Alaska to Zululand, Anglicans act ecumenically in the Season of Creation Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Anglican Communion, Posted Oct 19, 2017 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Ecumenical & Interreligious Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Albany, NY center_img Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] Anglicans around the world have taken part in a wide variety of events to mark this year’s Season of Creation, an ecumenical focus on the environment that ran from Sept. 1 to Oct. 4. The Season of Creation was originally proposed by the Ecumenical Patriarch to run from the Orthodox Church’s World Day of Prayer for Creation and ending on the Feast of St Francis. The idea was endorsed by the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2012; it was backed by Pope Francis in 2015.Read the entire article here. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Events Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FLlast_img read more

In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSWeek in Review Previous articleLegislature looking at ways to reform “tough on crime” pastNext articleFive Things to Consider When Buying a Used Car Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here The stories that shaped Apopka this week:Apopka company makes Gator100 list, againCity Council votes on Parking OrdinanceCity fined $8,700 for wastewater plant violationsSix local players make Class 8A All-State football teamsFlorida Hospital surprises Apopka charity with $10,000 donationWhat happened at the Apopka wastewater treatment plant?New Apopka police officer sworn-in LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Shift Housing / AquiliAlberg

first_img Housing Text description provided by the architects. Shift Housing Construction site is completed in Cremona area, designed by AquiliAlberg. The proposed typology renew the “rank houses” which are manipulated and reinterpreted by the Milan Office to improve at best the site characteristics and the context, which is the natural park of Serio River.Save this picture!Courtesy of aquilialbergRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BrickworkCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsFretwork Facade PanelThis housing project is developed in almost one thousand square meters area and it is composed by six apartments that grow two floor of the ground; in addiction the first floor is lifted from the ground to ensure a best privacy, at the same time, to project apartments interiors to the wide nature, which is in front of the main elevation. The concept idea came from a deep research firstly on typology and secondly on the general quality of spaces, orientation and relation with surroundings context. The primary aim of this study is the dialogue between Architecture and Environment, in order to achieve an high quality of living from the synthesis of artificial and natural elements. Save this picture!Courtesy of aquilialbergWide and deep private external lodges are designed to valorize the relation between the building and the natural site, these terraces add space otherwise not suitable for building and in addiction improve the relation between interior and exterior, gaining the maximum advantage from the beautiful view on the Park. Save this picture!Courtesy of aquilialbergConcept design is defined by a smart game of prospective to cope with the small dimension of the site and with the restriction due to the local buildings regulations. The two levels off the ground shift between each others thanks to two opposite rotations of 4 degree, increasing the prospective effect which able to rise dramatically the depth of the point of view, adding considerably the quality of the space. Save this picture!Courtesy of aquilialbergThe scenographic effect is technically obtained by means of a simple trick: the basement of the main elevation, that goes out from the ground of 1.2 meters, rotate clockwise, meanwhile the first floor of the main elevation rotate in a counterclockwise direction. Two volumes are generated with two opposite directions, which create a X shape facade. Designed this way for structural reasons as well, the existing void between the two volumes is a strong sign that emphasize the prospective views, making incredibly dynamic the project. Save this picture!Courtesy of aquilialbergThe view through the natural park guide the main orientation of the building and the opening of the lodges. To complete the residential use, the fruition of the green areas is studied deeply. Private gardens help social interactions and make better vision from the lodges to the landscape, assuring the privacy too. The green of the garden, filled with ornamental essences, brings a quite atmosphere and domestic peace. Lodges instead, which have teak wooden floor for exterior, open themselves to the outside and create a direct relation with the context, but by means of the shifting floors, a high level of privacy is achieved for all apartments. These open but private spaces become finally a filter between the intimacy dimension of the habitations and the external environment. Then, the first level has been resided up of about one meter from the ground, to increase the level of privacy for its apartments. This vertical movement adds space to create openings which bring natural light to the large parking at the basement level. Save this picture!Courtesy of aquilialbergSo an innovative compromise between public and private space is defined, in which people could see themselves part of a small community but simultaneously safe in their private flats. It is a housing project where the best aspect of the community life, like sharing of services and green spaces, and on the other side, the comfort of private villas, with independent entrances, gardens and balconies, are perfectly combined. Cores divide the two main elevations in three well defined areas and the outwards movement of the lodges is proposed on the rear elevation too. The two main elevations are designed with a slightly different language because of their own relations with the context, but they have a close connection between each other though. In fact, the two elevations generate simultaneously a symbolic hug to the Serio Park and a view to the urban area on the back. Save this picture!Courtesy of aquilialbergFinally the result, with the big lodges one span roof, is a strong dialogue and a seductive exchange between volumes and voids, lightness and dynamism. The roof is designed flat to facilitate (and drive to) the installation of photovoltaic systems. In fact, from an energetic point of view, AquiliAlberg office, thinking to sensible habitations in continuous evolution, predisposed the building for the best integration of a photovoltaic system, which being designed previously it will be perfectly integrated in the architectonic project. Coherently with mutations of the contemporary way of living, the exchange between human being and environment do not ignore the strong identity of the project, necessary component to increase the sense of belongings of inhabitants to a innovative model of sustainable development.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessUpdate: MOCA Cleveland / FOAArticlesGlorieta Juan Carlos I / ESC StudioArticlesProject locationAddress:Cremona, ItalyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share 2008 Year:  CopyHousing•Cremona, Italy Shift Housing / AquiliAlbergSave this projectSaveShift Housing / AquiliAlberg “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily Shift Housing / AquiliAlbergcenter_img Italy “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects Architects: AquiliAlberg Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!Courtesy of aquilialberg+ 22 Share Area:  1000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAquiliAlbergOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingHousingCremonaItalyPublished on November 15, 2010Cite: “Shift Housing / AquiliAlberg” 15 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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House in a Park / Think Architecture

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Bisazza, Ceadesign, Gaggenau, Huber Fenster AG, Truffer Natural Stones, Airlux, Brun del Re, Egli Jona AG, Herbert Maeder AG, Hunziker AG, Wood Rangers Year:  CopyAbout this officeThink ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsZurichOn FacebookSwitzerlandPublished on November 14, 2019Cite: “House in a Park / Think Architecture” 14 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Simone Bossi+ 26Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” “COPY” CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Zurich, Switzerland Projects Houses Lead Architects: House in a Park / Think Architecture Architects: Think Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Switzerland Save this picture!© Simone BossiRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadePorcelain StonewareApavisaFloor Tiles – RegenerationPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. This park-like plot comprises a collection of single-story, freely arranged spaces. The individual structures are held together by a continuous roof edge, which creates a transition with the undulating roof landscape. The volumes take their inspiration and height from the natural contours of the area and integrate themselves harmoniously into the verdant environment.Save this picture!© Simone BossiSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Simone BossiThis basic meandering shape disguises the actual size of the house, and its projections and recesses allow it to merge with the landscape of the surrounding parkland. All rooms have direct garden access and, depending on their aspect, attractive views of the park towards the mountain panorama or down towards the Lake Zurich basin.Save this picture!© Simone BossiSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Simone BossiAt the center of the floor plan lies an atrium that provides attractive lighting and brings living nature into the heart of the house. The basement is completely below ground and is only visible near the existing supporting wall.Save this picture!© Simone BossiSave this picture!© Simone BossiThe building is clad with light gray natural stone facing strips. The horizontal layering of the natural stone facing strips accentuates the natural appearance of the structures emerging from the ground. The upper edge of the single-story facade is finished with a continuous band of concrete facing, which simultaneously creates a transition with the roof landscape.Save this picture!© Simone BossiSave this picture!© Simone BossiLarge wood and metal windows in oiled oak and anodized metal augment the architectural appearance. Occasional skylights enhance the roof landscape, generating zenithal light and an additional line of sight to the surrounding treetops.Save this picture!© Simone BossiProject gallerySee allShow lessSOM+ May Architecture Design Facilities for Cancer Care in AtlantaArchitecture News“We’re Building New Ways of Working”: Morphosis Explores XR and the Future of Design…Architecture News Share 2018 Think Architecture Photographs:  Simone Bossi Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily Photographs House in a Park / Think ArchitectureSave this projectSaveHouse in a Park / Think Architecturelast_img read more

Thousands protest Trump and GOP in Philadelphia

first_imgThousands of protesters confronted President Donald Trump in Philadelphia during his first appearance since the inauguration outside Washington, D.C. Trump was scheduled to speak at a retreat for Republican congresspeople Jan. 25-27 at the Loews Hotel. Protesters began gathering even as busloads of GOP members disembarked to go into the hotel and didn’t let up until they left.On the evening of Jan. 25, in the first protest against Trump called by LGBTQ organizers since Jan. 20, more than 1,000 people took part in a “Queer Rager” dance party outside the Loews Hotel. Waving rainbow flags and wearing glo beads, the energetic throng of dancers and demonstrators voiced concerns about the Affordable Care Act, immigration, LGBTQ issues, police brutality, climate change and more. One creative sign read, “I’ve seen better cabinets at IKEA.”The next day an estimated 5,000 demonstrators filled Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall and confronted Trump as his motorcade made its way down Broad Street to the hotel. The rally was initiated by a wide range of organizers, including immigrant rights activists, Affordable Care Act advocates, labor unions, Standing Rock solidarity supporters, Black Lives Matter organizers, Muslim groups and more. Speakers included representatives of the Black and Brown Workers Collective, Temple University Hospital nurses and immigrants.Members of several unions participated, including Service Employees; Penn. Association of Nurses and Allied Professionals; Communications Workers; American Postal Workers; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; and United Health Care Workers. The AFL-CIO endorsed the action. A number of hospital and health care workers took part as did home health care workers.‘Health care for all, no border wall!’The rally and march were very multinational, as were the crowds of people standing along the route cheering on the marchers with raised fists and widespread applause. Many joined the march. A number of construction workers standing on overhead scaffolding were seen with fists raised in support.Chants included, “Health care for all, no border wall,” “No Nazis, no GOP, you’re not welcome in Philly” and “Black Lives Matter!”Police and Homeland Security had erected a strong metal barrier around the Loews Hotel to prevent protesters from getting inside, but demonstrators occupied the streets, effectively shutting down Center City for hours. Outside City Hall, #NoDAPL activists covered the pavement with banners reading “Philly with Standing Rock,” “Stop the pipeline” and “Respect Native sovereignty.”Some demonstrators also carried signs denouncing pro-Brexit British Prime Minister Theresa May, who joined Trump in addressing the GOP retreat. The event ended with a march to U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia office to confront him for supporting Trump’s agenda, including the dismantling of health care.Later in the day on Jan. 26, thousands of activists gathered to protest again, this time starting with a rally at Rittenhouse Square. The historic area is surrounded by many high-rise condominiums occupied by some of the city’s wealthiest residents.The rally was initiated by a coalition of groups, including Black Lives Matter PA, Philadelphia Socialists, Jewish Voice for Peace and others. It was followed by a march that snaked its way through Center City for several hours, getting close to the Loews Hotel at one point after demonstrators went around sanitation trucks parked in the road to block access. A contingent of activists with disabilities joined the march. Several immigrant rights activists in the march then set up a smaller rally just a block from the hotel.Mayor challenged on lack of ‘sanctuary’While Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney sought to grab the spotlight with claims that “Philadelphia is a sanctuary city,” spokespeople for the immigrant rights organization Juntos issued a strong statement explaining that “Philadelphia is NOT and has never been a Sanctuary City” in the true meaning of the term.It noted that while Philadelphia abides by Fourth amendment requirements that Immigration and Customs Enforcement produce a warrant if they want to hold someone, ICE can and does conduct raids and deportations. Juntos noted that while city officials took initial steps, much more is needed “to declare Philadelphia a sanctuary, not just for immigrants but for Black and Brown folks, poor people, workers, etc. This would have to include an end to low-level policing policies like ‘Stop and Frisk’ and an end to racial profiling” and more.From the turnout and street response to the protests, it was clear that Trump’s across-the-board attack on workers and oppressed people provides a unique opportunity for people to connect many different struggles. The next step is increased consciousness, from spontaneously resisting issues that personally affect them to class consciousness and an anti-capitalist agenda.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Bayer’s Acquisition of Monsanto Complete; Can Now Get Involved in…

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Bayer’s Acquisition of Monsanto Complete; Can Now Get Involved in Glyphosate… The integration of Monsanto into the Bayer Group can begin following the completion on Thursday of the divestment by Bayer to BASF of certain Crop Science businesses with a total sales volume of around 2.2 billion euros. Bayer already became the sole owner of Monsanto Company on June 7, 2018.One of the requirements of the U.S. Department of Justice was that Bayer and Monsanto remain separate companies and continue to operate separately until completion of these divestments to BASF, and that has now taken place.The acquisition of Monsanto gives rise to a leading agriculture company with a high level of innovative strength, a strong product portfolio and the highest ethical standards. As previously communicated, Bayer expects that the acquisition will already make a positive contribution to core earnings per share starting in 2019, with a double-digit percentage from 2021 onward. From 2022, annual contributions of 1.2 billion U.S. dollars to EBITDA before special items are planned from synergies. Moreover, Bayer will further strengthen its commitment to sustainability.As regards the glyphosate verdict in California on August 10, 2018, Bayer believes that the jury’s decision is at odds with the weight of scientific evidence, decades of real world experience and the conclusions of regulators around the world that all confirm glyphosate is safe and does not cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently reaffirmed glyphosate does not cause cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and other regulators around the world have also concluded that glyphosate can be used safely.The jury’s verdict is just the first step in this case, and it remains subject to post-trial motions in the trial court and to an appeal, as announced by Monsanto. As this case proceeds, Bayer believes courts ultimately will find that Monsanto and glyphosate were not responsible for Mr. Johnson’s illness.Due to the aforementioned requirements imposed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bayer did not have access to detailed internal information at Monsanto. Under these conditions, Bayer was not permitted to influence matters relating to Monsanto’s business, and its ability to actively comment on them in detail was extremely limited. Today, however, Bayer also gains the ability to become actively involved in defense efforts in the glyphosate trials and any other legal disputes, such as potential claims for damages in connection with the product Dicamba.Source: Bayer Media Release Previous articleMcKinney Trade Optimism Improving on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articlePhotographers Honored for Conveying the Story of Ag in Indiana Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter Bayer’s Acquisition of Monsanto Complete; Can Now Get Involved in Glyphosate Defense SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Aug 16, 2018 last_img read more

Vacancies increasing at the Fort Worth Police Department as recruiting slows

first_img Previous articleThursday’s Macklemore concert moved to CommonsNext articlePolice: Mentally ill man who threatened woman near TCU campus arrested at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth Samirah Swaleh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedin Linkedin ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Samirah Swaleh Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Facebook + posts Twitter ReddIt Numbers can only say so much about a person.With an essay now required for study abroad applications, this new approach gives The Center for International Studies a better look at the level of interest from students rather than just their qualifications. In the past, the only requirement was a grade point average and while it gives some insight into how focused students are on their grades, it doesn’t offer their personal perspective on the experiences that lie ahead. ‘No refusal’ weekend combats drinking and driving printDespite plans to add a sixth patrol division to address slow police response times, the Fort Worth Police Department is facing a shortage of recruits and is losing more officers each month than it’s hiring.Negative attitudes toward policing, a strong economy and the rigor of the training process have contributed to the critical shortage of applicants and increased attrition, the rate at which officers leave the department, said Sgt. Steven Enright, Fort Worth Police Department spokesman.“Like everyone, we’re experiencing difficulty in recruiting because being a police officer is neither popular nor glamorous right now,” Enright said.Still, Enright said the sixth patrol division is a priority, and there is no plan to delay its opening.“We’ve got to have that fully staffed,” said City Councilman Cary Moon, who represents the northeastern part of the city.The problem in Fort WorthThe need for the new patrol division and the addition of 40 new officer positions comes after a July report from City Manager David Cooke to the city council. Response times for Priority 1 calls, which indicate an immediate threat to life, have increased citywide by more than one minute since 2011.This year response times have averaged 9 minutes, 44 seconds. Response times have increased the most in the northern part of the city, spurring plans to open a new patrol division there and staff it with 40 officers.Staffing the new division, however, will be difficult for the city, as vacancies for sworn officers have more than doubled over the last year. According to documents obtained by the city, last year there were an average 12 open positions each month in the department. This year, the department has an average of about 42 officer positions open each month. The department lost more officers than it gained in 2015– for the first time since the city started tracking the data in 2012.A city report predicts civil service vacancies will continue to grow through March 2016, when the department plans to graduate its next class of new officers. But, it predicts vacancies to rise again by early 2017.Enright said the city has a plan in place to hire 150 new officers in the next year. “But it won’t keep up with the current attrition rate,” he said.Finding those recruits won’t be any easier for the department either. Applicants to the city’s police academy have steadily declined since 2013. Fort Worth holds one to two in-house training academies a year and they typically last about five months. Before applicants are accepted into the academy, they must pass a civil service exam and background check.In 2010 and 2011 when only one academy was held each year, the department received about 2,500 applications each year. This year, the city held two academies and received about 1,800.“We were really hoping to get a lot more,” said Officer John Choyce, lead recruiter for the Fort Worth Police Department.Not only are fewer people applying, the number of applicants who actually take the civil service exam has also decreased throughout the last few application cycles —by 17 percent since October 2013.The situation is even more severe in other places like California. In September, the Desert Sun reported that in the past five years, openings on a government law enforcement job board grew to six times as many.Although vacancies are rising, Officer retirement rates aren’t increasing, and likely haven’t contributed to the increase of vacancies in Fort Worth. In 2014, only 10 officers retired, and in 2015, only 12 retired. That’s down from retirement rates the three years prior.The shortage nationwide also makes it hard for Fort Worth to stay competitive, said Lt. William Hix of the Fort Worth Police Department’s training division.A tough time for policingRonald Burns, professor of criminal justice at Texas Christian University said the growing economy is a major reason fewer people want to be officers.  He explained that when the economy is good, people don’t want to go through the rigorous application process required to become a police officer. Applications to the Fort Worth police academy dropped by more than 600 from 2013 to 2014 as the economy rebounded.“The standards to become a police officer and the hoops they make you jump through—they require a lot of their recruits,” Burns said. “To wait six to eight months for a job that you may not get, assuming you meet all their requirements, isn’t as attractive as it once was.”Burns said police departments are also having trouble hiring because of negative attitudes towards law enforcement after allegations of police brutality in places including Baltimore and Ferguson.“It’s a difficult time for policing right now,” Burns said.Choyce said keeping applicants is just as hard as finding them. He said roughly only 70 percent of applicants show up for the civil service exam.“And then of that number, how many of them actually meet the requirements to be a police officer?” Choyce said.In addition, not all trainees graduate from the academy. The department loses several trainees each time because people can’t meet fitness and academic standards. So if there are 40 people in an academy, it’s possible only about 32 will graduate, Choyce said.How Fort Worth plans to find copsFort Worth is trying to combat the problem in several ways:     Recruiting officers from nearby cities     Adding more police academies each year     Focusing efforts on in-state recruits after a period recruiting primarily outside of Texas     Seeking out more minoritiesFort Worth has poached 20 officers from other Texas cities this year, fourteen came from Dallas. This was a practice that used to be frowned upon, Burns said.However the Fort Worth department plans to hire more officers from other departments next year. Enright said the department is asking for a revamp of the city contract regarding these hires. If approved by the city council, it would allow the department to hire 75 officers trained in other cities annually, instead of the 30 currently allowed.The department is also considering adding more academies and offering exams more frequently.When the department tests more frequently, Choyce said, the applicant pool improves. Most major cities test several times a year, he said.“Dallas tests every month,” Choyce said. “We test once or twice a year, which is unsatisfactory.”City Manager David Cooke said he doesn’t anticipate a long-term problem with recruiting because academy classes can be added or dropped as needed.“Usually the replacement of vacancies and the hiring of new officers is dependent upon the number of recruit classes each year,” Cooke said.The department is also adjusting the way it recruits. Like many cities, Fort Worth has spent the last few years sending recruiters around the country to scout for officers.A recruiting report shows Choyce and his recruitment team visited 39 campus career fairs in 2014 and more than 50 already in 2015.“In one week, I could be in California, New York, Maryland,” Choyce said. “In the last few years, I’ve been all over the place.”He said Fort Worth is an easy sell to out-of-statersbecause of the low cost of living and the relatively high salary.Building a police forceFort Worth is trying to reverse loss of officers by building a police force that looks demographically similar to the city, Choyce said. By diversifying, departments can try to address the common criticism that officers are predominantly white and hostile toward minorities.In Fort Worth, 17 percent of sworn officers are Hispanic compared to 34 percent of the population. Eleven percent are black compared to 19 percent of Fort Worth’s population.The Fort Worth Police Department is visiting more universities with majority black student bodies. Burns said departments are trying to recruit more women by advertising in places like all-female gyms.About three trainees in a recruiting class of 32 are black, Choyce said. It’s slightly higher for Hispanics, Choyce said. “But we know we can do better.”The department is also utilizing social media to attract recruits. “We’ve got our own YouTube channel,” Choyce said. “That way people can see what we’re really about.”Still, the city projects vacancies in the department to grow to about 60 in the next six months.“A lot of the conversation,” Hix said, “is how to navigate the waters now to keep on top of things until the negative feelings about policing moderate.” Twitter Samirah Swaleh Blue Bell returns to Fort Worth stores ZBonz Dog Park to open in February  Samirah Swaleh Samirah Swaleh Samirah Swaleh ‘No refusal’ weekend combats drinking and driving TAGSDarth VaderFort Worth Policesafety Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Left-wing newspaper reporter Ilyas Aktas dies from gunshot injuries

first_img Follow the news on Turkey Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more April 18, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Left-wing newspaper reporter Ilyas Aktas dies from gunshot injuries Receive email alerts News Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today voiced its condolences to the family of Ilyas Aktas, who died on 14 April from the gunshot injuries he received on 30 March in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir during a demonstration in support of 14 Kurdish rebels killed a few days earlier by the Turkish army. Reporters Without Borders today voiced its condolences to the family of Ilyas Aktas, who died on 14 April from the gunshot injuries he received on 30 March in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir during a demonstration in support of 14 Kurdish rebels killed a few days earlier by the Turkish army. Doctors had declared him to be brain dead on 9 April.The press freedom organisation reiterated its call to the Turkish authorities to shed light on the circumstances of his death. Aktas was a young journalist who worked for no pay for the far-left fortnightly Devrimci Demokrasi.Fellow contributors to the newspaper and members of far-left organisations were not allowed to attend his burial on 15 April in Kirkpinar, a village near Diyarbakir. ——12 April 2006Journalist brain-dead from gunshot wound received when police fired on demonstratorsReporters Without Borders voiced shock today at the news that Ilyas Aktas, a young, unpaid journalist with the far-left fortnightly Devrimci Demokrasi (Revolutionary Democracy), has been declared brain-dead by the doctors who have been treating him for the gunshot wound he received on 30 March in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.Aktas, who had been working as the newspaper’s correspondent in the region for two months, was shot while covering a demonstration in support of 14 Kurdish rebels who had been killed a few days earlier by Turkish troops. The newspaper’s editor, Erdal Guler, said witnesses told him Aktas was hit when police opened fire on the crowd of demonstrators.Guler has issued two releases about Aktas’s steadily deteriorating condition since the shooting. Doctors told the family on 9 April that he was now in an irreversible coma, in other words, that he was brain-dead.“We are extremely shocked by this act of violence and we express our deep sadness to the victim’s family,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We encourage the family to file a complaint so that an investigation can determine as quickly as possible the exact responsibility of the security forces in Aktas’s clinical death. The authorities must shed light on this case, in which it is hard to establish what happened because of the confusion surrounding it.”Members of the Devrimci Demokrasi staff told Reporters Without Borders that Aktas was threatened by the police on 29 March, a day before the shooting, as he was helping a child who had been shot during a demonstration. A policeman allegedly told him: “We know you. Take care. You will see.” The newspaper said in one of its statements that the family had accused doctors of neglecting Aktas and of leaving him unattended on a stretcher for 24 hours.Violence broke out on 28 March in Diyarbakir, the largest city in this mainly Kurdish area, where there have been repeated protests since 14 rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK/Kongra-Gel) – the former PKK – were killed by the army. Twelve people were killed in the rioting, which then spread to Istanbul. Three more people were killed in Istanbul when masked pro-PKK demonstrators threw a Molotov cocktail at a bus. Rumours have meanwhile circulated of the Turkish army using chemical weapons in its operations.Cameraman Sakir Uygar of the pro-Kurdish news agency Diha also sustained a gunshot wound during the same 30 March demonstration in Diyarbakir that Aktas attended. He suffered tibia and fibula fractures and had to undergo an operation in which doctors installed a plate. In the course of the disturbances, demonstrators threw stones at the headquarters of the newspaper Batman in the nearby city of Batman, breaking windows.Metin Göktepe, a photographer with the far-left daily Evrensel, was arrested by anti-riot police for “talking too much” at a roadblock near Istanbul on 8 January 1996 as he was returning from the funeral of two political prisoners killed in jail. The police beat him badly several times and then left him, without getting him any treatment for his injuries, from which he died later that day.A total of 48 police officers were charged in the course of an interior ministry investigation into the case. At least 11 of them were suspected of being directly involved in Göktepe’s death. The trial last several years. On 20 January 2000, the supreme court upheld sentences of seven and a half years for five policemen convicted of “involuntary homicide.” News April 28, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editorlast_img read more

Biden mourns 500,000 dead, balancing nation’s grief and hope

first_img Pinterest Facebook The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, a staggering number that is roughly equal to the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. Facebook Twitter Local NewsUS News TAGS  WhatsAppcenter_img Biden mourns 500,000 dead, balancing nation’s grief and hope By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleDespite GOP outcry, Cassidy ‘at peace’ with impeachment voteNext articleThings to Know: States push their own relief packages Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Modern-day ‘Monuments Men’: Smithsonian, US Army partner to preserve culture amid war

first_imgABC News(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Army Reserve and the Smithsonian are partnering to establish a modern-day “Monuments Men” program, reviving a cultural preservation effort that has its roots in World War II. The “Monuments Men” were 345 service members who worked from 1943 to 1951 to track down and recover 5 million pieces of art, books and other valuables — most of which had been stolen by the Nazis during the war. Their work was featured in “The Monuments Men,” a 2014 movie starring Matt Damon, Bill Murray and George Clooney.“To safeguard these things will not affect the course of battles,” George Stout wrote in a draft proposing the protection of monuments to the U.S. government in 1942. “To safeguard these things will show respect for the beliefs and customs of all men and will bear witness that these things belong not only to a particular people but also to the heritage of mankind.”In October, the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) and U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command at Fort Bragg signed an agreement to train service members in cultural preservation. The partnership provides military support to respond to threats to cultural heritage seen in major conflict zones, as needed, including the Middle East and northern Syria.“ISIS, the Taliban, extremists, what they’ll do is they’ll target cultural heritage to divide, and they use that as a political tool. The same as what happened in World War II,” said Army Reserve Col. Scott DeJesse, a cultural heritage staff officer who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.“Culture can either separate us or it can unite us. If used incorrectly it can separate people,” he added.In 2015, the Islamic State released a video that showed militants using sledgehammers to destroy artifacts in Iraq’s Mosul Museum. The same year, ISIS took hold of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Syria, and blew up one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, the 1,900-year-old Temple of Baalshamin.“It’s basically saying we don’t care about these things because it’s our version of history that we want to support,” said SCRI Director Corine Wegener, a former Arts, Monuments, and Archives Army Reserve officer. “If you want to wipe out people, you also need to wipe out their existence.”Wegener served several military deployments, including at the Iraq National Museum. She explained that strategic destruction and looting has historically been used to erase national identity and control narratives. She cited examples of this seen during the Bosnian War, in acts of terrorism from present-day ISIS and its affiliates and, of course, throughout World War II during the Holocaust.“When you’re targeting cultural heritage, in some ways you’re also targeting the people that the cultural heritage is linked to,” Wegener said.The soldiers with the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Section during World War II were made up of accomplished museum directors, curators, art historians, archivists, architects, educators and artists. They braved the front lines to save cultural treasures from war-torn Europe and recover what was stolen by the Nazis. Two of the soldiers were killed in combat protecting works of art, according to the Monuments Men Foundation. In the aftermath of World War II, these soldiers also organized temporary art exhibitions and music concerts in an attempt to restart cultural life in Europe and Japan, according to the Monuments Men Foundation.While the purpose of the modern-day Monuments Men will be similar to what Stout — one of the first Monuments Men to go ashore at Normandy, France — proposed, the actual missions should look remarkably different.Based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, traditional Reserve officers who enter the program will become military government specialists under the Civil Affairs officer branch. These technical experts will use their civilian skills in a military context, according to a news release from the Army Reserve. This new partnership with the Smithsonian establishes a specialization in art preservation.Training begins in March. A small group of Reserve officers will provide training and identify sites of cultural significance to take into consideration, with the guidance of the Smithsonian, to avoid collateral damage of cultural heritage sites from military operations.The ultimate goal, Wegener said, is to stabilize locations so that the host nations could take over. DeJesse said the American effort will include encouraging other countries benefiting from the program to “be their own Monument Men.”“It’s not up to us to decide what is valuable to them, the best thing is that they do it,” he said. “It builds social cohesion that helps push towards stability and peace in the area.”Separately, the Smithsonian has led cultural rescue projects with academic institutions.In 2014, the Smithsonian organized an emergency workshop as part of the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq (SHOSI) project, providing equipment for workshop participants to secure objects in the Ma’arra Museum, which houses some of the most important collections of Roman and Byzantine mosaics in the Middle East. When a barrel bomb severely damaged the museum in June 2015, the supportive barriers held, protecting the mosaics and preventing the walls from collapse.The Monuments Men revival also has the potential to extend beyond military threats and assist during environmental disasters. In 2010, the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative saved approximately 35,000 cultural treasures after an earthquake devastated Haiti.“These monuments are not merely pretty things, not merely valued sign of man’s creative power,” Stout wrote in 1942. “They are expressions of faith, and they stand for man’s struggle to relate himself to his past and to his God.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Early training helps retailer retain workers

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Early training helps retailer retain workersOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today A fast-track training programme that gives graduates management experienceat an early stage has helped supermarket group Budgens compete for staffagainst its bigger rivals. The training overhaul has seen junior management turnover fall from 30 percent two years ago, to about 4 per cent today. HR director Paul Daynes said the high turnover of management staff and alack of available, high-quality replacements led to a greater emphasis oninternal development. “We can’t compete for people with the big supermarket groups in termsof wages, but we can compete in our training and development,” he said. The firm operates small supermarkets and has about 6,500 staff. It needs 100new managers annually to sustain an expansion plan of 20 store openings a year.Daynes said the company put a huge emphasis on developing existing staff andattracting new managers with the promise of high-level experience. The firm nowtakes on 30 graduates a year, and allows them to manage a store within 18months. As a result, the group now has an 80 per cent retention rate for the firstyear, with 65 per cent still around after five years. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Eight Run Inning Lifts Utah Baseball over Utah Valley, 12-6

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah – An eight-run fifth inning lifted the Utah baseball team to a 12-6 win over Utah Valley on Tuesday evening.The Utes had 14 hits on the night, with DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., and Erick Migueles each recording three hits for Utah. Migueles, Wade Gulden and Shea Kramer each drove in two runs. Keirsey and Gulden both homered for Utah.Jacob Rebar pitched 3 2/3 innings for the Utes in the start, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout. Austin Moore surrendered one unearned run and two hits with two walks over 2 1/3 innings, earning the win to raise his record to 2-1 on the year. Trenton Stoltz pitched the final three innings for his seventh save of the season, allowing three runs on three hits.Utah took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. After a hit batter and walk, Utah got its first run of the game after a throwing error on a ground out. Utah Valley rallied back with two runs in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead after three hits.Utah’s eight-run fifth inning featured six hits, three errors and two walks. Migueles hit a two-RBI double and Kramer also drove in two runs on a single for the two big hits in the inning for the Utes.Both teams added runs in the late innings. After Utah Valley put up a run in the bottom of the seventh following a leadoff triple, Gulden hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth for the Utes, his third of the season to put Utah ahead 11-3. The Wolverines put up three runs in the eighth. Keirsey hit his fourth home run of the season in the top of the ninth, a two-run bomb to center field to give the Utes a 12-6 advantageUtah plays its final home series of the season against Washington this weekend with the three-game series beginning on Thursday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m. MT May 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Eight Run Inning Lifts Utah Baseball over Utah Valley, 12-6 Written by Tags: Baseball/Utah Utes/UVU Wolverines Robert Lovelllast_img read more