House in Alcobaça / Aires Mateus

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Portugal Manufacturers: panoramah!®, JofebarColaborators:Catarina BelloEnginering:Betar, EcoserviçosConstructor:Manuel Mateus FrazãoConstruction Coordination:Jaime CoelhoArchitect In Charge:Manuel & Francisco Aires MateusCity:AlcobaçaCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. The house designed in the historical center of Alcobaça is a record of overlapping times: A small building reconstructed to perpetuate the vernacular common scale, and a wall thoroughly shaped to house the quiet extension.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGOn the existing building a void is created managing the thickness of the peripheral walls. An absence of space is freed collecting luminosity from a skylight that grants a private and protected atmosphere. The compartments appear as internal additions, connected to the exterior through reinterpreted windows in the façades, but proposing an unexpected internal space.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGSave this picture!Section 02Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe extension of the house takes the difference between two levels: The street level and the garden that is generated with the river Baça. The form of the new wall defines courtyards that mediate the contemplation to the exterior. The social areas, work as a spatial continuum that spread through the two times of the intervention.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessGeographies of Uncertainty: Space and Territory in the Operational Logic of UPSArticlesSkewed Stolp in the Beemster / SeARCHSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House in Alcobaça / Aires MateusSave this projectSaveHouse in Alcobaça / Aires Mateus Photographs “COPY” “COPY” Year: center_img 2011 Area:  475 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Projects Architects: Aires Mateus Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Alcobaça, Portugal House in Alcobaça / Aires Mateus Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 35 Share CopyAbout this officeAires MateusOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLisbonAlcobaçaPortugalPublished on April 13, 2016Cite: “House in Alcobaça / Aires Mateus” 13 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFaucetsDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – EnoWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXPleated ShadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodBlumer LehmannCNC Production for Wood ProjectsMaterials / Construction SystemsCaneplex DesignPoles – Tonkin BambooFibre Cement / ConcreteTegralFibre Cement Slate Roofing – Thrutone Endurance SmoothMore products »Read commentsSave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 streamlast_img read more

Marguerite Barankitse receives first $1m Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

first_img  53 total views,  1 views today Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian George Clooney has presented the inaugural $1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity to Marguerite Barankitse at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia. She was recognised for her work in saving thousands of lives and caring for orphans and refugees during the years of civil war in Burundi. The prize will also benefit other organisations. Barankitse will receive a $100,000 grant but also continue the cycle of giving by donating the accompanying $1,000,000 award to organisations that have inspired her work.She plans to divide this sum in gifts to three organisations that advance aid and rehabilitation for child refugees and orphans, and fight against child poverty:the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de La Grande-Duchesse du LuxembourgFondation Jean-François Peterbroeck (JFP Foundation)Fondation Bridderlech Deelen Luxembourg. Tagged with: Awards Howard Lake | 25 April 2016 | News Marguerite Barankitse receives first $1m Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Mr Clooney, Co-Chair of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee, said:“Marguerite Barankitse serves as a reminder of the impact that one person can have even when encountering seemingly insurmountable persecution and injustice. By recognizing Marguerite Barankitse’s courage, commitment and sacrifice, I am hopeful that she can also inspire each one of us to think about what we can do to stand up on behalf of those whose rights are abused and are in most need of our solidarity or support.”Saving lives in BurundiWhen war broke out in Burundi, Barankitse, a Tutsi, tried to hide 72 of her closest Hutu neighbors to keep them safe from persecution. They were discovered and executed, whilst Barankitse was forced to watch. In response to this, she started her work saving and caring for children and refugees. She has saved roughly 30,000 children and in 2008, she opened the Maison Shalom and REMA Hospital which has treated more than 80,000 patients to date.Three finalistsGuests at the award ceremony also celebrated the achievements of the other three finalists for the Aurora Prize:Dr. Tom Catena, from Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan;Syeda Ghulam Fatima, the General Secretary of the Bonded Labour Liberation Front in Pakistan;Father Bernard Kinvi, a Catholic Priest in Bossemptele, Central African Republic (CAR).On the occasion of the inaugural Aurora Prize Ceremony, these humanitarians were each presented with a $25,000 award from the Aurora Prize co-founders to support the organisations that have inspired their work.The Aurora Prize Selection Committee includes Nobel Laureates Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee; former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; human rights activist Hina Jilani; former Australian Foreign Minister and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group Gareth Evans; President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Vartan Gregorian; and Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian George Clooney.The Aurora Prize will be awarded annually on April 24 in Yerevan, Armenia. Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0000:0001:03 Download related content AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  54 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis She explained her choice:“I chose them because these people supported me and never abandoned me, even in difficult times. They have the same values as me and as the Maison Shalom – compassion, friendliness, dignity, and a generosity which costs nothing.” Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Joint international appeal for release of three journalists and NGO activists

first_img Reporters Without Borders and seven other international human rights organisations have written to the Turkmen president calling for the immediate release of three journalists and NGO activists – Annakurban Amanklychev, Ogulsapar Muradova and Sapardurdy Khajiyev – who have been detained for more than a month. The organisations say they are the victims of political repression and condemn the inhumane conditions in which they are being held. Organisation Related documents JointletterTurkmenistan.pdfPDF – 36.78 KB News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Turkmenistan July 18, 2006 President Separmurad NyazovOffice of the President744000 AshgabatTurkmenistanVia Facsimile: + 99-312-35-51-12Dear President Nyazov,We are a coalition of nongovernmental human rights organizations that are profoundly concerned about the fate of prisoners of conscience Annakurban Amanklychev, Ogulsapar Muradova, and Sapardurdy Khajiyev, who have been held incommunicado since their detention one month ago. We believe they are at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in custody and that the accusations against them are groundless and politically motivated to stifle and discredit peaceful dissent. We urge you to ensure their unconditional and immediate release. Amanklychev was detained on June 16, Muradova, and Khajiyev, on June 18. All three are associated with the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation (THF), a nongovernmental organization based in Bulgaria that monitors and reports on human rights conditions in Turkmenistan. Muradova is also a journalist for Radio Liberty. There were credible allegations that the detainees have been ill-treated in custody and that psychotropic drugs have been administered to Amanklychev and Muradova to force them to “confess” to “subversive activities.” As a party to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Turkmenistan is obligated to ensure that no one is subjected to torture or other ill-treatment. The detainees’ continued incommunicado detention heightens our fear for their safety. To the best of our knowledge none of the detainees has been granted access to an attorney, which constitutes a serious violation of these individuals’ rights under article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Turkmenistan is a party. They were charged only on July 12, considerably longer than the three-day limit prescribed by the Turkmen Code of Criminal Procedure.According to the detainees’ lawyer, Amanklychev, Muradova and Khajiyev are being investigated for illegal weapons possession (article 287-2 of the Criminal Code of Turkmenistan). Statements by the national security minister and by the Turkmenistan News Service have sought to implicate Amanklychev in subversion and espionage. The accusations derive from Amanklychev’s assistance in the production of a documentary about Turkmenistan for Galaxie Presse, a French television production company that also supplied the camera. The documentary features issues such as the cult of personality; the dramatic situation in the education and health systems; and a series of other human rights-related topics, for which he used a hidden video camera to film hospitals, polyclinics, and the outside of a prison. In his June 19 comments, the national security minister stated that Amanklychev had attempted unsuccessfully to film buildings belonging to military and law enforcement agencies, an accusation Galaxie Presse denies. We believe these accusations are groundless and politically motivated. Hidden video cameras are not a standard journalistic tool, though they are not unusual. They are an accepted option of last resort when it is virtually impossible to secure footage in any other way, and when the public interest warrants it. Because of the unparalleled limits your government has placed on freedom of expression and information, in violation of its obligations under article 19 of the ICCPR, it is reasonable to assert that independent footage for the documentary could not be obtained by any other means. Turkmen authorities have presented no evidence that Amanklychev has violated the law through use of the camera. Instead, the national security minister has accused him of “planning disruptive activities,” citing arms and ammunition allegedly found in his car, which witnesses have said were planted. The authorities falsely alleged that Amanklychev received “secret video equipment” from a diplomat attached to the French Embassy. In fact, the Embassy only passed on standard audiovisual equipment and the allegations of espionage have been vigorously denied by the French Foreign Ministry, the OSCE, and Galaxie Presse.Finally, your government’s long history of harassing civil society representatives requires that the charges against independent journalists and human rights defenders Amanklychev, Muradova, and Khajiyev be treated with the highest degree of skepticism. Your government routinely silences those who speak out about the widespread human rights violations in your country. It does so through the use of beatings, arbitrary detention and arrest, incarceration in psychiatric facilities without medical justification, house arrest, surveillance, threats, and torture.Statements in your own media indicate that Khajiyev, Muradova and Amanklychev are being detained not for violations of the law but in retribution for their peaceful and legal human rights work. The Turkmenistan State News Service claimed that after attending human rights training courses in Poland and Ukraine, Amanklychev “was used by foreign security agencies for subversion.” Attending human rights courses is something your government should be encouraging and not misrepresenting as evidence of subversion. The THF and the course’s sponsors-the Donetsk chapter of Memorial and the Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights-all confirm that the purpose of their participation was purely related to human rights training. The THF confirms that the money it gave to Amanklychev was not payment for “subversive activities”-as alleged by the national security minister-but per diem payments and reimbursement for his travel expenses. Further, the newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan accused Khajiyev, Muradova and Amanklychev of passing “slanderous information” to the THF, “with the aim of sowing discontent among the population.” The national security minister accused Muradova and Khajiyev of cooperating with Amanklychev in unspecified “illegal activities.” This is an apparent reference to their assistance to the BBC in gathering information about the health care crisis in Turkmenistan. The radio report that resulted from that collaboration exposed the state’s role in devastating the country’s already fragile health care infrastructure and exacerbating the spread of infectious disease. We urge you to ensure the unconditional release of Amanklychev, Muradova, and Khajiyev, and, pending their release, to allow them immediate access to the attorney of their choice, to their families, to medical care and food in conformity with international minimum standards of treatment of detainees, and to international monitors and physical integrity.We thank you for your attention to the urgent concerns in this letter. RSF_en #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries News Help by sharing this information Sincerely,Amnesty InternationalBulgarian Helsinki CommitteeDonetsk MemorialHuman Rights Watch International Helsinki Federation Reporters Without BordersTurkmenistan Helsinki Foundation Turkmenistan Initiativecenter_img Receive email alerts March 31, 2020 Find out more to go further March 13, 2020 Find out more TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more July 19, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Joint international appeal for release of three journalists and NGO activists Reporters Without Borders and seven other international human rights organisations have written to the Turkmen president calling for the immediate release of three journalists and NGO activists who have been detained for more than a month. Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistanlast_img read more

City Council Approves $675 Million Budget for 2015 Fiscal Year

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The Pasadena City Council unanimously approved a balanced Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Budget on Monday during its regularly scheduled meeting, capping a series of public meetings and hearings held since mid-May on the City’s finances.Information about the FY 15 Recommended Budget is posted on the City’s website at FY 15 Annual Budget of approximately $675.2 million includes about $209.5 million in the General Fund to help pay for police and fire services, parks and other public programs and services that support Pasadena’s outstanding quality of life and public safety.The newly approved budget represents a slight decrease from the adopted FY 2014 Budget of $677.5 million. For FY 2015, about $72.3 million of the annual spending plan was authorized May 12 as part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program budget dedicated to improving and investing in the City’s key infrastructure, streets, public buildings and water and power projects.The FY 2015 budget includes appropriations for 16 City departments with about 2,170 full- and part-time employees, the Mayor and City Council offices, the Successor Agency to the Pasadena Community Development Commission, as well as the City’s three operating companies—Rose Bowl Operating Company, Pasadena Center Operating Company and Pasadena Community Access Corporation.The Council and its Finance Committee began holding meetings and receiving public input May 12 on the FY 2015 Annual Budget. Public hearings were held at City Hall May 12, May 19, June 2 and June 9 and June 16 with special joint meetings of the Finance Committee and the City Council.All of the public hearings on the budget were broadcast live this year on KPAS, the City’s cable access TV station, seen on Channel 3 and Channel 182 for Charter subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers. The meetings were also streamed live on the City’s website,, and on KPAS at The videos are now archived on the City website for on-demand viewing.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov,, and like us on Facebook at Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Community News Business News Government City Council Approves $675 Million Budget for 2015 Fiscal Year Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 12:00 pm More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Delhi HC Directs Delhi University To Immediately Draw Up Mechanism For Issuing Digital Degree Certificates, Issues Notice To National Academic Depository [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Directs Delhi University To Immediately Draw Up Mechanism For Issuing Digital Degree Certificates, Issues Notice To National Academic Depository [Read Order] Karan Tripathi24 July 2020 9:47 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi University to immediately draw up a mechanism or a protocol for issuing digital degree certificates along with digital signature and security features. The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh has further directed the University to identify the officers who would be in-charge of such a digital facility within the DU to whom students…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi University to immediately draw up a mechanism or a protocol for issuing digital degree certificates along with digital signature and security features. The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh has further directed the University to identify the officers who would be in-charge of such a digital facility within the DU to whom students can write emails and obtain the documents within a specified timeline. The order has come in a writ petition moved by certain MBBS graduates from Lady Hardinge Medical College, who had graduated in 2018, but have not received their degree certificates yet. Mr Sarthak Maggon, who appeared for the Petitioners, submitted that due to the non-availability of the degrees, the said graduates are finding out impossible to apply for their residence programmes in the United States of America. It was further highlighted by Mr Maggon that the services of the National Academic Depositary, which has been set up under the aegis of the University Grants Commission, can be used by the Delhi University to digitise the process of providing degrees, marksheets and transcripts. Delhi University, on the other hand, submitted that it has started the tender process and is at the final stage of finalising an agreement with a printer for printing degree certificates. The University further submitted that the opening date for bids is August 03, and the final contract shall tentatively be finalised by the first week of August. Mr Mohinder Gupta, who appeared for the University, informed the court that DU has already entered into an agreement with NAD and marksheets of Delhi University are available with NAD. In light of these submissions, the court issued notice to the National Academic Depository and directed a senior official of update the court by way of an affidavit, as to the details of the agreement entered into between the DU and the NAD and the status of the data, already received and to be received from the DU. The court further said: ‘Since the NAD is a unique facility which is meant to be a national depository for academic records, to make the same easily accessible to students, it should be utilized effectively by the DU and immediate steps should be taken by the DU for transfer of all the existing data relating to students, to the NAD.’ Next Storylast_img read more

Delhi High Court Directs Centre To Respond On Fixing MRP Of Covid-19 Equipments To Fight Black Marketing

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Directs Centre To Respond On Fixing MRP Of Covid-19 Equipments To Fight Black Marketing Srishti Ojha12 May 2021 9:33 AMShare This – xUpon the submission of Mehra, a Division Bench of Justices Rekha Palli and Vipin Sanghi of the Delhi High Court today directed Adv. Sanjeev Sagar who was leading submissions on the issue, to prepare a 1-page note on black marketing & hoarding of Covid-19 equipments.The court also directed him to circulate the same for it to be taken up by the Delhi government counsels with various state Standing Counsels and Directors of Prosecution to sensitise the Public Prosecutors in district courts.Advertisement The bench further sought the status on the implementation of this direction to be placed before the Court on Monday.Sagar had also made submissions regarding hoarding and black marketing and what was happening in other courts and prayed for a specific mention to be made in the order to have a list of people who have been booked on these matters, responding to which, the bench had said, “We’ve already asked for the list. We’ll look into that aspect and issue notice.”Advertisement Amicus Sr. Adv. Rao agreed with Adv. Mr Sagar and said that there was enough scope with oxygen concentrators and that the court may have to lay down some principles as far as contempt jurisdiction is concerned. Further, Rao also suggested the regulation and fixing of MRPs of oxygen concentrators and other equipment necessary for treatment and management of Covid-19.The court allowed the Additional Standing Counsel for the Centre, Adv. Amit Mahajan time till tomorrow to report instructions on the issue.Advertisement Advertisement The bench said, “As early as June 29, 2020, the process of fixing of prices of imported and domestically manufactured oxygen concentrators was initiated, but it was left incomplete. It’s high time that MRPs of not only oxygen concentrators but other equipmenta required for Covid-19 should be fixed, so malpractices are stopped.”On converting IHBAS to Covid-19 facilityNoting that the matter was already pending consideration before a Single Judge bench and is pending for May 13, after hearing the matter at length the bench disposed of the application.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Referring to a letter by the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) itself requesting to be converted to a covid facility, Adv. Sanjay Ghose had submitted, “We’ve been able to survive this wave, but we have to be ready for the next one,” and urged for a decision to be taken on the matter.To this, Sr. Adv. Rahul Mehra for the Delhi government responded stating that, it had already been put to the government officers that atleast “patients with mental health issues be treated there itself.”Mehra further suggested that there were multiple blocks at IHBAS and atleast one of those could be converted.Ghose urged for IHBAS and the Health Ministry to sit together and decide.However, the court noted that directions had already been issued to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to consider the matter and therefore this bench would not get into this again.Amicus Curiae in the matter, Sr. Adv. Rajshekhar Rao opined that, “As far as IHBAS is concerned the apprehension seems to be that we can take care of people suffering from neuro-psychiatric illness who have Covid-19” which was why the proposal seemed to have been made. However, he continued, “Their appears to be some reluctance, notwithstanding perhaps some place being available, to have it becoming general covid facility, primarily because of nature of patients.”Edited by Shreya AgarwalTagsDelhi High Court Covid-19 Equipments Black Marketing & Hoarding Delhi Government Justice Vipin Sanghi Justice Rekha Palli Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Over 4 million views of Tourism Ireland’s Star Wars campaign, featuring WAW

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Google+ Over 4 million views of Tourism Ireland’s Star Wars campaign, featuring WAW By News Highland – January 11, 2018 Over 4 million people around the world have viewed Tourism Ireland’s new Star Wars campaign since it was launched in early December.One of the ads is featured in space while another sees Mark Hamill promote the Wild Atlantic Way.The campaign is being run in Europe, the United States, Canada, and as far away as Australia and New Zealand.center_img Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleBradley agrees to visit Derry to discuss City DealNext articleEugene Donnelly to drive i20 on ITC 2018 News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Homepage BannerNews Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

The incredible journey of a cat named ‘Nissan’

first_img When I left for work, the kitten was nowhere to be seen. The food was untouched. Somewhere between Brundidge and Troy, the ‘Check Tire Pressure” light came on in my car so; I pulled into Huey’s service station to get the tires checked. As always, those folks are very helpful. Braxton Wilkins got the tire gauge but stopped stone still at the front of the car.“There’s a cat in here,” he said bending down to look in the engine. “Is it dead?” I moaned, in memory of slinging a friend’s cat to animal heaven in a similar fashion. But Braxton said no.“Don’t you hear it?”By this time, several men had gathered to listen and look and try to call the kitty out from the engine. It came down but not out. It ran back and forth under the car.Finally, Braxton got the little trembling kitten and passed it along to me. I handed it over to Jeanette Dawkins, a bystander, in hopes she would deliver it to the animal shelter on her way back to work at TH&R. It was a minor miracle that the kitten had survived the long drive from Brundidge to Troy, but what was even more amazing was that Huey’s crew had the same kitten on South Brundidge Street Thursday afternoon. It was crying and searching for its mama or perhaps crumbs of food to eat. A small pool of rainwater provided it with drinking water. The little kitten was on the street and then it was gone.Gone .. into the engine of my car that was parked at The Messenger, right next to the attorneys’ office where it was last seen.The little orphan kitten had ridden in the engine to Brundidge where it spent the night and caught a ride back to Troy Friday morning. Good-hearted Jeanette couldn’t stand the thought of the little kitten being taken to the animal shelter. Right there on the spot, she adopted the kitten and christened it Nissan, for it was a Nissan that took the kitty on such an incredible journey. By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Published 3:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2017 Email the author Print Article Sponsored Content The incredible journey of a cat named ‘Nissan’ Every now and then, there’s a story that’s just worth telling. This one is the “Lassie Come Home” kind of story or some ol’ redbone coonhound recollection. But it’s not about a dog. It’s the story of a frail little kitten that’s will to survive took it on a journey that could easily have been the end of the road for the little fellow.On Friday morning, a scraggly, nervous little kitten showed up in my yard. Cat, my cat, sat on the porch watching the pitiful kitty scurry around the yard. I put a bowl of milk and a spoonful of crushed cat food under the cedar tree in hopes the wispy, hungry little thing would find it. I would decide what to do with the kitten when I got home. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like More businesses that want to be taxed Businesses generally, but not always, oppose taxes on their operations.  Exceptions typically involve a “tax” which benefits the business and… read more Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Messenger photo/Jaine TreadwellBraxton Wilkins rescued a journeyman kitty from a car engine. After a long ride, the kitty found a forever home with Jeanette Dawkins. Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Violence at work: facts and figures

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Violence at work: facts and figuresOn 13 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Bank and building society cashiers are among those staff most at risk of violence at work. For every 10,000 staff working as cashiers, bank managers or money lenders there are 125 assaults and 201 threats a year.Four other sectors – public transport, retail sales, catering, hotels and restaurants, and leisure – also fall into this category, according to the Home Office’s Violence at Work study which was highlighted last week at a conference to launch the HSC initiative. The survey found:• Women are more at risk of being assaulted at work than men,• Those in the 25 to 44 age group are at greatest risk,• Staff working in the North and West Midlands are most likely to experience violence at work although rural employees are no safer than those working in urban areas,• Almost half of all assaults at work take place after 6pm with two-thirds taking place inside a workplace building,• Three-quarters of victims say they are emotionally affected by the incident with the most common reactions being shock and fear. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Time to put your cards on the table

first_imgTime to put your cards on the tableOn 22 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today The Information and Consultation Directive will take time and resources toimplement, which is why HR must ensure it is not left to the last minute.Roisin Woolnough reportsEmployers need to think long and hard about how they communicate businessnews and changes to staff, following the Government’s announcement on theInformation and Consultation Directive. While the legislation itself does notrequire companies to have an employee consultative body, it does stipulate thatif just 10 per cent of the workforce demand it, then the company must provideit. What form that consultative body takes is to a certain extent left up to theemployer. The framework has taken into account the varied nature of existingarrangements between employers and employees, some of which are highlysuccessful, and the DTI has avoided a one-size fits all approach. One thing the DTI, employer and employee industry bodies are all agreed uponis that companies should at the very least establish if they comply with thedirective and what the business implications are. Any organisations that fallfoul of the directive could face a fine of up to £75,000. “HR people are going to want to drive this initiative, rather thanrespond to demands from employees,” says Ken Allison, Head of HRConsulting at Bond Pearce. “There are good business reasons for doing itahead of time, so that you have the machinery in place and representatives canhandle their roles well.” The EU-legislation takes effect for companies with 150 employees or more inMarch 2005, in 2007 for those with 100 or more employees and in 2008 for thosewith 50 or more employees. Information and consultation means just that and nothing more. “People tend to think consultation is the same as negotiation, but itis not,” says Patrick Burns, director of advocacy for The Work Foundationconsultancy and think-tank. “Consultation still very much leaves decisionmaking in managers’ hands. The directive says a company must be prepared tolisten to employees’ views, state its own views and then make a decision,”he adds. The legislation came about because of EU concerns about the number ofcompanies making public announcements about fundamental changes to their businesses– such as restructuring and mass redundancies – with no prior warning to staff.Employees have to be informed and consulted on management decisions thataffect their future, and the consultation has to be meaningful. It also needsto be done right down to departmental level and at the time the decision-makingprocess is taking place – not when plans have already been finalised. “If the board signs this off, saying ‘Yes we must consult’, but thenthey go through the motions at national level, then there is a problem,”says Burns. “All the personnel we have spoken to said consultations haveto take place while there are still options and the decision can still beaffected.” If companies only pay lip service to the notion of consultation, Burns believesemployees and unions could bring about cases of non-compliance. “If I had to predict a potential flashpoint,” says Burns, “itwould be confidentiality. Accidental exposure is a problem, but not if peoplelearn from good management.” A major concern expressed by employers is that employee reps will leaksensitive corporate information, but Burns sees no reason why this shouldhappen if they understand what is expected of them. He says representativesneed to be given good training to ensure issues such as confidentiality are notbreached. Senior and middle management also need to understand just what theprocess entails, what information needs to be disseminated and when it shouldhappen. “It is very important to work out if both sides feel confident thatthey have the skills to deal with this,” says Burns. “Clarity is veryimportant as accidents of confidentiality often happen because protocols andprocedures are not clear enough.” It is up to HR to set the guidelines, audit the systems already in place,provide the framework, organise elections and monitor progress. That wholeprocess takes time and resources, which is why it is important that it is notleft until the very last minute. “It’s very hard to see how an organisation will get something set upthat is credible, functioning and compliant in under six months,” saysBurns. “You need to find out how well your system works and match it torequirements and have effective dialogue with employee representatives and atboard level.” Global companies also need to bear in mind how their EU counterpartsinteract with employees. “There are issues around links between UK arrangements and Europeanarrangements,” says Allison. “The works council in the UK would haveto nominate a rep to the EU council, which might be a lot more trade-uniondominated.” This could be tricky for employers and it’s up to HR to negotiate itsuccessfully. Whatever happens, Allison says that for employee councils to beeffective, companies need to set them up and treat them in an appropriatemanner. “Make sure it’s not imposed from the top – implement it in aconsultative way,” he says. weblinks  Philippa James, HR Officer at AlfalvalThe sales and services arm of Swedish process engineering manufacturerAlfalaval has had an employee representative body since mid-1999. “We started it because we had a new managing director who was very muchinto being open and communicating with employees,” says HR officerPhilippa James. Called the Employee Consultative Forum, it meets three times a year withfive representatives from different divisions of the business. Representativesfrom the UK’s 200-strong workforce are elected for a two-year period. “Employees can ask most questions they want to, particularly thingssuch as whether there are any areas that cause problems and office improvementsin working methods,” says James. The company will not discuss any issues that are deemed strictlyconfidential or anything relating to particular individuals, and the forum doesnot cover minor workplace issues, such as washroom provisions. “That’s forthe facilities people,” says James. Before each meeting, the agenda is set out so that suggestions can be putforward, and James says that employee opinion surveys show the staff feel theforum is working. On the question ‘I’m kept well informed on the company’sprogress’, the opinion surveys show that 50 per cent of employees agreed in2002, compared with 34.2 per cent in 2001. And the staff response to ‘Thecompany does a good job of keeping employees informed about matters affectingus’, showed an increase of 25 per cent from 2001 to 40.4 per cent in 2002. James feels the forum is fairly well aligned with the directive, althoughshe feels the company may need to make the processes a bit more in-depth in thefuture. Information and consultation regulationsWhen will the regulations begin toapply to my company?Organisations which employ more than 150 employees will be liableto act on a staff request to set up a new information and consultation(I&C) body (a works council) from 23 March 2005 onwards. Where the organisations have more than 100 employees, theoperational date is 23 March 2007, and where the undertakings have more than 50employees, the operational date is 23 March 2008. As from those dates, the lawdoes not require employers to do anything. However, if requested by theiremployees, they will from those operational dates be required to commencenegotiations on the setting up of an information and consultation body/workscouncil. How will such a request for aninformation and consultation body/works council be triggered?Employers will be required to set up an I&C body when theyreceive a petition of more than 100 employees from within the undertaking. Thiskickstarts a process whereby the employer has six months in which to negotiatean I&C agreement. If an agreement is not reached, a lead-in period of afurther six months will operate, at the end of which the ‘default model’I&C body will automatically operate. In the next six months, the employer has the opportunity tocontinue to try to reach an agreement on a voluntary I&C body and/or toarrange the transition arrangements for the operation of the I&C defaultmodel.What is the position where myorganisation already has an I&C-type body such as a staff consultativeforum? Will this have to be disbanded?Unlike the position for European works councils, having anexisting agreed I&C body is not a complete defence to stop new negotiationsproceeding to set up a works council under the I&C regulations. However,the draft regulations do provide some limited measure of support in thissituation. Existing I&C arrangements can remain in place unless and until aformal petition, from more than 10 per cent of employees, is received. Where the employer wishes to preserve its existing staffconsultative forum, it has the option to call a ballot of all the employees inthe undertaking to vote on whether they want to proceed with the statutoryI&C negotiation process. If less than 40 per cent vote in favour ofprogressing with the negotiation for a new I&C agreement, then the employercan continue with the existing employee consultative forum, and the employeescannot submit a new petition for an I&C negotiation for a period of threeyears. Where the original petition to set the I&C negotiationprocess into motion is signed by at least 40 per cent of the employees in theundertaking, there is no entitlement for an employer to hold a ballot. Theemployer is forced to go ahead with the negotiation for a new I&Cagreement. What does the default modelprovide for?The draft regulations provide for information andconsultation in three areas:– The recent and probable development of the undertaking’sactivities and the economic situation– The current situation, structure and probable development ofemployment within the undertaking and any anticipated measures envisaged whichmay put a threat on employment within the undertaking– Decisions likely to lead to substantial changes in workorganisation or contractual relations, including collective redundancy and TUPEtransfersIn the first two of these, consultation is described as”an exchange of views or establishment for dialogue”. In the third –substantial changes in contractual relations and work organisation –consultation is defined as “with a view to reaching agreement”. Itshould be noted that this ‘higher’ level of consultation comes close to a formof negotiation, and would include subjects such as terms and conditions, hoursof work, methods of work, places of work, use of machinery and equipment atwork, changed methods of working, and so on.  Interestingly, the I&C Regulations referto “decisions likely to lead to substantial changes of work organisationand contractual relations”. In addition, the default model has provisions relating toconfidentiality. Unlike the position for European works councils, the draftregulations (in their current form) limit the employer’s ability to withholdconfidential information to where disclosure of it would, judged objectively,seriously harm or prejudice the undertaking. What is the timeframe for myorganisation to negotiate an I&C agreement before the default modelstructure is applied?There is an initial negotiation period of six months, beginningwith the date when the petition for the start of the negotiation process isreceived by the employer. If an agreement is not reached by the end of thatperiod, the default model will automatically apply, but there is a furthersix-month lead-in period for the employer to make arrangements for this – forexample, employee elections. At any time, the parties can extend the period ofnegotiations for an I&C agreement. Employers must do the following, all within the six-monthperiod:– Carry out an audit of its existing I&C arrangements– Develop a strategy on I&C– Educate and brief senior management– Manage employee expectations– Devise and implement the employee communication programmes onI&C– Develop an I&C agreement with which to begin negotiations– Train line managers on I&C– Arrange for the election of employee representatives tonegotiate the I&C agreement– Actually negotiate the I&C agreementSix months is a very short timescale to do all this, and ithighlights the importance of doing the preparatory work well ahead of the March2005 deadline.Compiled by Fraser Younson,partner, McDermott, Will & EmeryFive key points for hrKen Allison’s five key points that HRneeds to get right:– Have clear and realistic expectations of what the processwill deliver and what it is for, so that employees do not think it is anegotiating body– Display a willingness to discuss substantial issues soemployees find it meaningful– Ensure staff representatives are trained properly andunderstand their roles– Manage the agenda and communications strategy. Everyone needsto know when consultation is going on– Ensure that senior management commitment is visibleThe legalitiesThe legislation comes into effect forcompanies of:– 150 employees or more in March 2005– 100 employees or more in March 2007– 50 employees or more in March 2008Employee requests only have to be acted upon if 10 per cent ofthe workforce are behind the motion. If the employer already has a consultative agreement withemployees, then 40 per cent of the workforce need to endorse the 10 per centrequest for a review to be mandatory. How the directive is implemented is up tothe employer and employees to decide, unless they cannot agree, in which casethere are standard directive provisions.Claire Logan, organisationalchange manager at SafewaySafeway set up what it callsColleague Councils in March this year. It started with four councils and hassince added another. “We have gone for a staged implementation approach andthen we will roll it out across the whole company,” says Claire Logan,organisational change manager at Safeway, which employs 90,000 in its 480stores across the UK. Each council meets once a month, with between seven and 10representatives, and two weeks later, representatives from those councils go toa Total Council Meeting. “Individual council meetings provide the agenda for theTotal Council Meeting,” says Logan. “That ranges from discussionsabout pensions through to piloting a corporate training programme. If there areparticular initiatives we are wanting to work through we talk to them prior togetting board approval.”Logan says there have been teething problems in the informationflow. “The timing of the meetings is a challenge,” she says.”You need to balance how often you meet with having enough time for peopleto get feedback on the outcomes and generate ideas and suggestions. You need toget that right for it to be effective.”Each council member represents between 50-100 people and 47members have been trained so far. The training focuses on the legal issues.There are council sponsors at a senior level and meetings arechaired by an HR facilitator. Logan says acting as a facilitator swallows upsome HR hours, as does typing up the minutes, but that they have also savedtime and resources through trialling the training programme with the reps. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more