Insurers post stormy first half results

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first_img Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldUndoTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdUndo KCS-content whatsapp Monday 23 August 2010 7:51 pm Tags: NULL Insurers post stormy first half results center_img More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Share whatsapp SIGNIFICANT catastrophes during the first half of the financial year, including the Chilean earthquake and the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, have sent profits on a downward spiral at insurers Hiscox and Amlin. Bermuda-based Hiscox saw first half year pre-tax profits slide to £97.2m from £141.4m after the insurer took a £100m hit from the Xynthia windstorm in Europe, the Chilean earthquake and last year’s cold winter in the UK, which significantly impacted the insurance industry as a whole. Hiscox is also exposed to the BP oil spill, but estimates that the Gulf clean up is likely to cost it less than £10m in claims. “Hiscox is defensively placed for these market conditions with a robust book of reinsurance balanced by growing specialist business,” said Hiscox chairman, Robert Hiscox.Combined ratio, which measures an insurer’s profitability, at the Lloyd’s of London group rose to 94.8 per cent from 78.6 per cent. A combined ratio larger than 100 per cent indicates an insurer is paying out more than it is receiving. Meanwhile, rival Amlin was hit by $190m (£122.3m) in catastrophe claims for the period ending 30 June, marking a significant increase from the same period in 2009 when the group only saw $57m in claims. The rise in losses caused profits to fall to £107.6m from £177.1m.Amlin chief executive Charles Phillips said: “These results, after significant first half catastrophe losses, again demonstrate the robustness of our business model.”The group’s combined ratio rose to 88 per cent from last year’s 73 per cent, while its underwriting contribution fell from £135.3m to £100.1m.However, Amlin has seen its gross written premium climb by 54 per cent to £1.4bn, mainly driven by its acquisition of Amlin Corporate Insurance. Hiscox reported a slight decrease in written premiums from £906m to £904.3m.Both insurers posted an increase in dividend payouts to shareholders, with Hiscox boosting its payment by 11 per cent to 5p and Amlin hiking its dividend by 10.8 per cent to 7.2p.Hiscox said: “When the market turns and interest rates rise we will have another surge of growth.” last_img read more

British & Irish Lions 2017: Seven players who need to shine this season

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first_imgAs the new campaign kicks off, Alex Shaw picks seven players – all Lions – under extra pressure to perform if they’re to make the plane to New Zealand next summer Lion hopeful: Cian Healy trains at Greystones RFC ahead of Leinster’s Pro12 opener v Treviso on Friday LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS British and Irish Lions fever is beginning to descend.The 2016/17 domestic seasons begin in the home nations this weekend and whilst players’ attentions will be solely focused on performing at club and international level over the coming months, there’s no doubt a spare thought or two at the back of their minds will be lingering on the Lions’ tour of New Zealand next summer.The tourists are coming off the back of a winning trip to Australia in 2013 under the stewardship of Warren Gatland and a number of the Kiwi’s favoured lieutenants from that tour are likely to be back in that famous red jersey next year.Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau, Dan Cole and Alun Wyn Jones are surely nailed on to return among the forwards, whilst Owen Farrell, George North and Stuart Hogg are almost certain to be integral parts of the back-line.There are a number of 2013 tourists, however, who will need to turn in stellar seasons to ensure they’re on the plane back to the southern hemisphere this time around. We take a look at seven of the players in need of an eye-catching season…Cian Healy, IrelandInjuries have played havoc with Healy’s career of late, not to mention curtailing his tour in 2013, and he will need to stay fit this year to keep his name in the mix for a loosehead spot. He toured with Mako Vunipola, Alex Corbisiero and Gethin Jenkins in 2013 and although the latter two are out of the equation now, the former has improved significantly since then. Combined with the emergence of Joe Marler and Jack McGrath, durability concerns mean that Healy will have his work cut out to make the squad.Jonathan Davies, WalesLucky 13? Jonathan Davies faces serious competition for the outside-centre berth (Pic: Photosport)The upcoming coach announcement will have a strong bearing on what type of centres travel to New Zealand and if Gatland, as is expected, is named coach, that will be a big tick in Davies’s favour. England’s Jonathan Joseph and Scotland’s Mark Bennett have been the standout outside-centres among the home nations these past couple of years and Davies will be hoping that a move back to the Scarlets helps him hit top gear at both domestic and Test levels.Manu Tuilagi, Englandcenter_img Plenty to prove: A knee Injury has denied Leigh Halfpenny a Test platform since September last yearThree years ago you would have said that Halfpenny was a certainty to tour again in 2017 but a lot has happened in that time. Scotland’s Hogg has taken his game to an even higher level, England’s Mike Brown has been one of the most consistent performers in northern hemisphere rugby and Liam Williams has taken every opportunity that Halfpenny’s injuries have afforded him. If Halfpenny can get through the season with Toulon unscathed, he will certainly be in the mix, but the Top 14 season is a long and gruelling one, and could yet take its pound of flesh from Halfpenny.Photos by Inpho unless otherwise stated. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Tiger terror: Manu Tuilagi will be difficult to ignore – if he can stay fit for the next ten monthsTuilagi has to contend with the same issues as Healy and Davies, with injury having derailed his career of late and a number of promising players stepping up to fill the void in his absence. The aforementioned duo of Joseph and Bennett are shining at outside-centre, whilst Tuilagi’s proposed move to inside-centre would see him have to contend with the likes of Robbie Henshaw, Jamie Roberts and possibly Farrell. If he can prove his fitness, Tuilagi may be too destructive and talented to omit, but that’s a big if at this point in time.Richie Gray, ScotlandCarrying hard: Richie Gray takes it to the Rebels in 2013. The Scot played in the final Test in SydneyThe towering second-row was one of just a three-man Scottish contingent in the original squad in 2013 and his place on the 2017 tour is anything but certain. There should be a larger Scottish contribution next year but second-row is arguably the most competitive spot in the entire squad. Welshman Jones is a given, as surely are the English duo of Maro Itoje and George Kruis, potentially leaving just two spots to be duked out over. With Richie’s younger brother Jonny making waves, Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes knocking on England’s door, and Bradley Davies and Iain Henderson also in the mix, Gray has a tough battle ahead.Rory Best, IrelandIrish cream: Rory Best, who has toured twice with the Lions, is three caps away from a centuryBest made the last tour as a replacement for the suspended Dylan Hartley and struggled to displace Richard Hibbard and Tom Youngs as Gatland’s favoured options. With Hibbard and Youngs both out of Test rugby recently, Best’s prospects would seem to have brightened, but his age and a lack of consistency with his throwing will be working against him. Hartley has cleaned up his act and looks sure to tour, but there are plenty of unknowns after that. A solid season with Ireland and Ulster could propel Best back into the mix.Tom Youngs, EnglandMixed fortunes: Hooker Tom Youngs was a Test Lion in 2013 but has since lost his England placeA recall to Eddie Jones’s provisional EPS will have buoyed Youngs coming into this season and if Gatland, a well-known admirer of Youngs’s ability, is announced as Lions coach, things will really begin to look up for the Leicester hooker. If there is any intention to go like-for-like against Dane Coles in New Zealand, Youngs would likely be at the top of the Lions’ shortlist. But as with Davies and Tuilagi, the identity of the coach – and his preferred game plan – will dictate a lot at the hooker position.Leigh Halfpenny, Waleslast_img read more

Tanzania’s general secretary clarifies archbishop election

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first_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Anglican Communion News Service] The general secretary of the Anglican Church of Tanzania has published a full account of the recent election of the archbishop-elect.The Rev. Canon Dickson Chilongani said the church issued the statement after what he called “speculation and gossip” on the Internet surrounding the election.“We have decided to give details of what has been confirmed by all bishops present as a free and fair election,” he wrote to ACNS. “We hope that this will clear up any misunderstanding and all will work for the unity of the ACT [Anglican Church of Tanzania].”The statement (in full below) was also published on the website of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA).Archbishop’s election in TanzaniaThe election was prayerful, open and transparent. All present assented to the legitimacy of the election and the results were confirmed by all bishops present in writing. All in the Anglican Communion are asked to pray for unity as we in the Anglican Church of Tanzania give thanks for the ministry of Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa and pray for Archbishop Elect Jacob Erasto Chimeledya.BackgroundThe Special Electoral synod of the Anglican Church of Tanzania met on 21st February 2013 in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Dodoma to elect the sixth Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Since then some unfounded accusations of corruption, bribery and tribalism surrounding the election of our new Archbishop have been made on the internet.The internet can be used to develop relationships, but it can also be used to spread gossip and destabilize the church. None of those writing these false stories sought to confirm them with us. It is very sad that someone who did not attend the election would spoil what was confirmed by all our bishops as a fair and transparent election.My aim is not to counter these accusations, as it is not a tradition of our Church to do so, but to outline what really happened, so that those who are wise can judge for themselves whether such accusations are genuine or not.The election started with a service where the retired Archbishop, Donald Leo Mtetemela preached. Bishop Mtetemela preached strongly about electing a spiritual leader, a pastor with integrity, someone who loves God and one who is able to strengthen unity within the Church as it faces prevailing challenges and able to take the good news of the gospel with vigour to the people. We trust in prayer. God was with us.There was confirmation of quorum and legitimacy of voters:Following the service each bishop sat on a pew with four (4) members from his diocese. The General Secretary then called each member by name to confirm the quorum. Voters from each diocese were identified and introduced in turn. They stood up and when a name was called, that person had to shout ‘present’ so that everyone would see and hear them before they sat down. At that stage whoever doubted the legitimacy of any voter was free to raise an objection. No one raised any objection. Of the 140 expected voters, 11 were missing so there was a total of 129 legitimate voters.During the voting process, the General Secretary called each person loudly and that person went to the main Altar of the Cathedral to vote before returning to the pew. Who they voted for was secret, only known to them. The Synod then nominated two people to count the votes after taking their oath publicly. We customarily do not announce the votes for each candidate to the public but for the purpose outlined above, the Bishop of the Diocese of Dar es Salaam Valentino Leonard Mokiwa gained 63 votes and the Bishop of the Diocese of Mpwapwa Jacob Erasto Chimeledya 66 votes, a total of 129, equal to the number of legitimate voters.Crossing the Historic DivisionsBoth Archbishop Mokiwa and Archbishop Elect Chimeledya received support from electors from many different tribes, and from representatives of both High Church and Low Church dioceses. The ethnic diversity of Tanzania does not allow for any single tribe to dominate in a national election such as this. We are from many tribes and any one tribe cannot form a majority. We speak in the languages of the nation – Kiswahili and English – and we do not exclude others by using our tribal languages.Uniquely in Africa the Province has both ‘High Church’ (‘Anglo-Catholic’) and ‘Low Church’ (‘Evangelical’) dioceses. These divisions were imposed on us by missionary societies. The election of Bishop Chimeledya – an evangelical – has been welcomed by people from both High and Low Church dioceses. Bishop Mokiwa was supported by those from the Low Church as well as the High Church.All those who voted considered who would bring unity and order within the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Opinion was divided, but the majority voted for Archbishop Elect Chimeledya. Bishop Chimeledya never really expected to be elected Archbishop and he did not campaign for it. It was his fellow bishops along with clergy and lay representatives who – having recognized his pastoral gifts and integrity- elected him Archbishop who is primus inter pares (one among equals).The Funding of the SynodIt is extremely difficult to fund such elections. Tanzania is a country that is in the process of development and finances are scarce. However, our people give. They do so generously and from a deep commitment to the life of the church. We are self-governing and this governance is self-financing. For this special electoral synod every diocese donated through their annual contributions. Our provincial institutions – Central Tanganyika Press, Dar es Salaam Bookshop, Mtumba Women’s Training Centre, Vocational Training Centre and St John’s University also gave generously. We also received a grant from the Anglican Missions Board (New Zealand). We are deeply thankful for our partnership with the Anglican Board of Mission (New Zealand) and the CMS NZ Mission Partners who work in our Province. The expenses of all electors are paid for from this central fund. No one is excluded, so all can participate in the election. The synod was not as luxurious or expensive as it is being portrayed and all accounts including those used for synod will be audited.Bishops Signed a Legal Document to Endorse the Results:Throughout the election process, the Registrar asked voters to ask for clarification in case anything was not clear. After the results were announced, he also asked if any of the voters wanted to re-count the votes to satisfy themselves or had any objection. It is Bishop Mokiwa who twice pleaded that there should be no recounting of the votes. His plea prevailed in the synod, indicating that everyone was satisfied. What followed was for bishops to sign a legal document, i.e. they subscribed to the deed of confirmation to endorse the results as well as the new Archbishop.Constitutionally, ‘if one Bishop present during the election declines to sign the legal document he has to explain the reason and, if genuine, the election must be repeated’. We thank God that all the 25 bishops present signed the deed of confirmation, meaning that the election was fair and transparent thus it cannot be repeated. It must be emphasized, however, that these bishops signed the legal document as required by the Constitutions and Canons of the Anglican Church of Tanzania on behalf of their dioceses and not as individuals or the House of Bishops of the Ordinary General Synod.I must insist that the election of the Primate in Tanzania is not done by Houses (i.e. of bishops, clergy and laity). Rather, it is done by delegates representing their dioceses. This is why it is a constitutional requirement that the Bishops should subscribe to the deed of confirmation on behalf of their dioceses. In our constitution the clergy and laity are given the opportunity to object, but are not asked to sign the legal document.ObjectionsFollowing the election one objection has been received by the provincial Registrar signed by a priest and lay elector. It is being dealt with in line with the constitution of the Church.ConclusionI hope this provides a clear picture of the way the election was conducted and proves that the exercise was fair, transparent, free of corruption, free of bribery and tribalism, and contrary to what is portrayed by critics who were not present at the election but only speculating on the internet.Rev Canon Dr Dickson Chilongani PhDGeneral Secretary, Anglican Church of Tanzania Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Africa, An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET By ACNS staffPosted Apr 1, 2013 Press Release Service Anglican Communion Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tanzania’s general secretary clarifies archbishop election 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI last_img read more

Clemson makes scholarship offer to Apopka senior

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first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter August 6, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Defending national champions recruiting Blue Darter 4-star offensive linemanFrom tigernet.comThe University of Clemson has offered Apopka High School senior 4-star 2018 offensive tackle William Barnes a scholarship on Saturday according to his Twitter account. The Tigers won the College Football National Championship last season.“Blessed to receive an official scholarship by Clemson University!!” Barnes posted on his twitter account.Barnes is a consensus 4-star recruit by all the major recruiting services and has a TigerNet ranking of 4.50.Last week, Barnes released his top seven schools that included Florida, North Carolina, Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia. The Tarheels have one positive advantage for his recruitment as Barne’s mom is a graduate from North Carolina.He has national offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, Rutgers, South Carolina, and UCLA.Barnes will play his senior year for Apopka this season. The Blue Darters are coming off a 9-1 record in 2016. 1 COMMENT Joyce Brocker Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 center_img Hard work pays off. Congratulations to this young man. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! TAGSApopka Blue DartersClemson UniversityWilliam Barnes Previous articleA full day of Back to School events in ApopkaNext article“WHO’D AH THUNK IT?” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Villa on the Lake / Mecanoo

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first_img Villa on the Lake / Mecanoo Photographs:  mariashot.photo, Blue SkyDevelopment:Boheme Development S.L.Concept Design:MecanooDeveloped Architectural Design:Arquitectura y Ordenación Urbana S.L. AOU SLStructural Engineer:Fernando SarriaEngineering:INARQ S.L.City:Lechlade-on-ThamesCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© mariashot.photoRecommended ProductsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20SkylightsFAKROWooden pivot roof windows FYP-V proSkyDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionText description provided by the architects. The guiding design principle was to create a house that combines transparency with sustainability, forging a strong relationship between the villa and the landscape. The harmony between landscape and interior, architecture and nature, was a key design determinant, particularly regarding sight lines, materials, colours, and lighting. The house is designed from inside out, creating uninterrupted views to the surrounding nature while providing shelter and intimacy. All these aspects work together to ensure the house’s sense of timelessness.Save this picture!© mariashot.photoOasisThe villa is situated in a green oasis of trees and plants that hide the house from view. Water plants along the water line alternate with stepping stones that lead to other parts of the garden. On the water side, the villa has an optimal view over the lake. Terraces on two different levels connect the villa to both the land and the water, anchoring the house in nature and giving it a welcoming presence. Glass corner windows in the living room, kitchen and other rooms, make the residents feel like they live on the water. Between the house and the adjacent plot, a hilly finger of land with tall trees ensures privacy.Save this picture!© Blue SkyBy curving the bridge that connects the villa to the main road, the row of trees remains intact. This further increases the sense of privacy and blocks disturbing lights from the traffic. Save this picture!© mariashot.photoPanoramic viewInterior elements such as the fireplace and storage cupboards, divide the house into different places, creating more intimate and private areas within the large transparent volume. In the heart of the house, a full-height void connects all levels and creates another series of diagonal and vertical sight lines. The staircase sews all the rooms together into one interior space. The central atrium brings abundant daylight into the sunken basement and connects the interior to the roof terrace. From the roof terrace, one can enjoy panoramic views as if floating quietly over the expanse of the lake.Save this picture!© mariashot.photo Houses Year:  Projects Villa on the Lake / MecanooSave this projectSaveVilla on the Lake / Mecanoo 2018 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907327/villa-on-the-lake-mecanoo Clipboard “COPY” United Kingdom Save this picture!© mariashot.photo+ 19Curated by María Francisca González Sharecenter_img CopyHouses•Lechlade-on-Thames, United Kingdom Project gallerySee allShow lessBivouac Luca Pasqualetti at Morion / Roberto Dini + Stefano GirodoSelected ProjectsScotts Tower / UNStudioSelected Projects Share Area:  600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMecanooOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn InstagramLechlade-on-ThamesUnited KingdomPublished on December 10, 2018Cite: “Villa on the Lake / Mecanoo” 10 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – RainfinityGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® Premium SeriesMetal PanelsTECU®Copper Surface – Patina_VariationsBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingSwitchesJUNGLight Switch – LS PlusCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsSpider System – Rabel 15000 Super ThermalWindowspanoramah!®ah! Soft CloseWoodAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)American Oak by ASHChairs / StoolsOKHADining Chair – BarnettMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?湖面上的别墅 / Mecanoo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 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907327/villa-on-the-lake-mecanoo Clipboard Photographs ArchDaily “COPY” Architects: Mecanoo Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

CloakedHouse / 3r Ernesto Pereira

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first_img Houses CopyAbout this office3r Ernesto PereiraOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIcebergMarco de CanavesesPortugalPublished on March 06, 2021Cite: “CloakedHouse / 3r Ernesto Pereira” 06 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?隐藏的房子 / 3r Ernesto Pereira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 Portugal “COPY” Photographs:  João Morgado Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CloakedHouse / 3r Ernesto PereiraSave this projectSaveCloakedHouse / 3r Ernesto Pereira CloakedHouse / 3r Ernesto Pereira Projects Save this picture!© João Morgado+ 29Curated by Pedro Vada Share Architects: 3r Ernesto Pereira Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Marco de Canaveses, Portugalcenter_img “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/886766/cloakedhouse-3r-ernesto-pereira Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/886766/cloakedhouse-3r-ernesto-pereira Clipboard Year:  Area:  140 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Investwood, Ofa, Saint-GobainArchitect In Charge:Ernesto PereiraDesign Team:Tiago Pedrosa Martins, Daniela LeitãoConstruction And Coordination:3r Ernesto PereiraConstruction Team:Helder Moreira, Joaquim Linhares, José Rocha, Maria José Pereira, Joaquim Pinto, Rui Silva, Bruno Moreira, Marco SilvaCity:Marco de CanavesesCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© João MorgadoRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalWoodTechnowoodPergola Systems“(…) a daring delight for the senses, where the unlikely happens and Magic abounds!”     -quote from the customer, Alexandra Ferreira.Save this picture!© João MorgadoLooking at this project, it is indeed the sensations we experience that leave their mark as we think, walk and live through it.Save this picture!© João MorgadoSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© João MorgadoThis project was clearly inspired by the place, a piece of land surrounded by chestnut trees, incredibly ripped into the mountain, flanked by a stream that flows down the hillside and a magnificent open view of the other side of the valley perfectly nestled into the natural landscape.Save this picture!© João MorgadoIt was this bucolic scenario that led to an enterprise that had no intention of imposing itself on the surrounding nature, but rather blending, hiding and transforming with it. It gave rise to the “Cloaked House” concept.Save this picture!© João MorgadoSave this picture!AxonometricThis is how the house lands on the location and the “deviates” from the existing trees, emphasizing the lightness attitude and the conservation of the surrounding nature. The two blades – the roof and the floor – open onto the landscape and are punctuated whenever encountering a tree. This has resulted in patios that introduce dynamism and movement into a house marked by a well-defined rhythm of the wooden pillars, which support the garden-topped roof. The rest is transparency, glass, which is the only solution that makes sense in this scenario.Save this picture!© João MorgadoIn summer the dense leafiness of the trees “engulfs” the whole house, making it almost imperceptible at the same time as protecting the interior from the intense sun. In winter the deciduous trees shed their leaves, allowing the sun rays to penetrate inside and warm up the house, making it slightly more visible among the bare branches.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© João MorgadoWhether indoors or outdoors, living in the forest or with the forest, exposed or in communion, a distinct project, which is difficult to explain but which fuels the will to live.   Save this picture!© João MorgadoOriginally published on January 15, 2018. Project gallerySee allShow lessSunshine Beach House / Teeland ArchitectsSelected ProjectsPiedrabuena House / MUKAarquitecturaSelected Projects Share ArchDaily 2017 Photographslast_img read more

Texas Governor’s REAL crimes

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first_imgWW photo: Gloria RubacHouston — For the 14 years that Rick Perry has been governor, he has committed crimes against the people of Texas with impunity. So it was almost laughable when he was indicted on Aug. 15 for two felony charges that most of the people in Texas have never heard of and are not impacted by.What a grand jury has never investigated are Perry’s closure of almost every women’s health clinic in the state, his refusal to use federal money to expand Medicaid and his brazen authorization of 276 death row executions.These are his serious crimes that directly affect the lives of millions, causing immeasurable pain, physical and psychological suffering and death. These crimes that Perry has committed against working-class people and particularly African Americans, Latinos/as and women of all nationalities in Texas are not on the Sunday news shows or any bourgeois national news programs.Last summer, an ethics complaint was filed against Perry saying he had improperly vetoed state funding for the Travis County [Austin’s] District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit which focuses on government corruption and tax fraud.The charges in this case are abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony. If ever convicted, he could receive a maximum sentence of 109 years in state prison.Perry threatened the Austin DA with a veto of funding for her office if she refused to resign after being convicted of drunk driving.  Legal experts say that Perry had the right to veto funding but not to publicly threaten the DA into resigning. The Travis County PIU was conducting a potentially damaging investigation into a medical research institute that has been one of Perry’s favorite avenues for grants and jobs.Since Perry signed into law last year a bill that severely restricts a woman’s right to abortion as well as other medical care dealing with women’s reproductive health, Perry has used this reactionary feat to bolster his ratings among conservatives. He has stated that his goal is to make abortion, at any stage, a thing of the past.The last provisions of Texas’ anti-choice legislation go into effect in September. If legal challenges fail, Texas may have only six clinics left where women can have an abortion. Over 12 million women living in 268,000 square miles in Texas and they will have six clinics! This is criminal.Perry has made clear that he will go to great lengths to protect an unborn fetus, but he cares little about the real children born in the state.One in four (6.2 million) Texans are uninsured, the highest rate of any state, yet Perry has refused to accept federal money to expand Medicaid. Medicaid expansion would cover more than one million new low-income Texans by 2017, according to the state Health and Human Services Commission.Perry refuses to expand Medicaid despite the federal government covering 100 percent of the costs for the first three years and 90 percent after that. But Perry has chosen his political aspirations over people’s lives.Mass murdererIf anyone else ever authorized the killing of 276 people, they would be indicted for mass murder. Perry has presided over more executions than any governor in the history of the United States. Texas leads the country with 515 executions and over half have been under Perry’s reign.With all the recent news of botched executions, with drug companies refusing to let their drugs be purchased for killing people, with innocent people being exonerated off death rows around the country in greater and greater frequency, we can say with certainty that the system of capital punishment is broken and cannot be fixed.While Texas has exonerated 12 of the 143 people released from death row because they were proven innocent, we will never know the true number of innocent people already executed.In early August, a new report by the Washington Post thoroughly discredits the last piece of evidence used to convict Todd Willingham of setting his house on fire to kill his three daughters: testimony by jailhouse snitch Johnny Webb, who testified that Willingham admitted his guilt while in the county jail awaiting trial. The prosecutor had insisted that he made no deal with Webb. But, according to a lengthy paper trail and the informant himself, Webb was indeed coaxed and actually paid to testify against Willingham.Willingham was executed in 2004 despite a report on Perry’s desk by a prominent arson expert and scientist stating the fire was not intentionally set, and therefore, there was no crime. Perry ignored the facts, calling Willingham a monster (because he listened to heavy metal music and had Metallica posters on his wall) and allowed his execution to proceed.Members of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement have discussed Perry’s indictments and their responses ranged from joy that he could go to prison to pessimism that he would be able to worm his way out of the charges.But one thing they agreed on was that not only was Perry a criminal, but the favorite sign of those protesting executions in Huntsville, Texas, was the one resembling a wanted poster reading “Rick Perry — serial killer!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

’Friends of labor’ and state repression

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first_imgCarl Williams, United Mine Workers organizer, District 19 in Harlan County, Ky., 1934.2017 marked the 80th anniversary of many important labor struggles. The victory of the Flint sit-down strike against mighty General Motors breathed confidence into the whole working class. There were over 500 other recorded sit-downs in 1937, most ending with the employer agreeing to union recognition. Millions of workers in auto, rubber, textile, retail, hotel and restaurant, agriculture, packinghouse and other industries flocked to unions affiliated with the militant Congress of Industrial Organizations.Events of 1937 hold important lessons for workers today about the role of the state, even under a Democratic president. In 1936, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was seeking reelection to a second term, the Democratic Party made an appeal to “reelect Roosevelt — Friend of Labor.”By 1937, however, this chief executive of the capitalist state was presiding over fierce and deadly repression against the masses of workers fighting for basic rights.In Puerto Rico, the Ponce Massacre took place on March 21 — Palm Sunday. At a peaceful march protesting the imprisonment of Puerto Rican Nationalist Party leaders, including popular labor leader Albizu Campos, police killed 19 unarmed protesters and wounded over 200.Puerto Rico, then as now, was a colony of the United States. No one responsible for the killings, including U.S.-appointed Governor Blanton Winship, was ever prosecuted.In Harlan County, Kentucky — “Bloody Harlan” — there were repeated violent attacks on union workers from 1931 to 1939 by local police, vigilantes and federal troops. Anti-union thugs killed the son of a union supporter in 1937. Mine owners operated with impunity.That year, supporters of the United Auto Workers were violently attacked by company goons and police in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, Mich., and Anderson, Ind. In Detroit, police used tear gas and brute force to evict women sitting down in the Bernard Schwartz Cigar Corp. and in Yale & Towne locks.Three of the Scottsboro Nine, African-American men imprisoned without trial for six years after being falsely accused of raping two white women, were sentenced in 1937: one to 75 years, one to 99 years and one to death. Only in 1950 was the last defendant released.These are a few examples from 1937 that expose the class bias and racist character of the capitalist state — no “friend of labor.”Little Steel strike: FDR says ‘plague on both your houses’The Little Steel Strike of 1937 remains one of the bloodiest in U.S. history. Police and state-protected strikebreakers killed 17 strikers. Chicago police killed 10 in the infamous Memorial Day Massacre. Seven more died in a series of deadly clashes throughout northeast Ohio. A supporter was killed in Pennsylvania. Hundreds were seriously injured and over 2,000 were arrested.“Little Steel” referred to eight actually large corporations — Jones and Laughlin, Inland Steel, Republic Steel, Bethlehem Steel, National Steel, Crucible Steel, Pittsburgh Steel and Youngstown Sheet and Tube — which were only “little” when compared to the giant, U.S. Steel.The steel bosses, including U.S. Steel, were intransigent when it came to allowing unions in the mills. However, after the Flint sit-down victory the company agreed to recognize the CIO’s Steel Worker Organizing Committee rather than suffer a costly strike. Numerous smaller steel companies followed suit, as did Jones and Laughlin after a brief strike, followed by Crucible and then Pittsburgh.On May 26, SWOC struck three hard-line companies — Republic, Inland, and Sheet and Tube — and one of Bethlehem’s mills shortly after.The strike became more than a battle between these companies and 80,000 steelworkers seeking union recognition. The ruling class saw an opportunity, with Republic President Tom Girdler as its protagonist, to break the CIO. Moreover, the forces around Girdler were determined to push back the New Deal reforms won by the working class.Despite intense repression, striking pickets had been able to keep the mills closed, preventing scabs from coming in. By June, however, Democratic Gov. Davey of Ohio was colluding with the companies to force the mills open. His argument was that those who wished not to strike had a “right to work.”When CIO officials appealed to FDR to intervene, the president showed his true class colors. He drew an equal sign between the violence of the steel barons and the militant resistance of the union, much of it led by Communist Party Leaders Gus Hall, Robert Burke and others. Invoking Shakespeare, he declared “a plague on both your houses.”CIO leader John L. Lewis rightly condemned Roosevelt’s decision “to curse with equal fervor and fine impartiality both labor and its adversaries when they become locked in deadly embrace.” The ruling class recognized this signal from FDR that the New Deal was being reined in; the Buffalo Evening News correspondent hailed this “change of heart.” (Ahmed White, “The Last Great Strike”)The strikers kept up the fight, but by August the strike was defeated. Yet, out of 30-plus struck mills in seven states, one was the scene of a partial union victory — Inland’s Indiana Harbor mill. “Everybody took part in this lively strike,” wrote observer Mary Heaton Vorse in “Labor’s New Millions.” Women, children and foreign language groups had their own action days. “The Mexicans were especially active and formed the backbone of the strike.”This kind of community support was an essential factor in hundreds of sit-downs and thousands of strikes that won union recognition in factories, hotels, restaurants and other workplaces.Unions can’t rely on so-called “friends of labor.” Unions must revive militant class-struggle unionism and build solidarity — global as well as local — of all workers and oppressed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

CIA destruction of interrogation videos threats US credibility on human rights

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first_img News According to The New York Times, quoting from the released emails, the CIA’s director “laughed” when Rodriguez offered to “take the heat” for the destruction of the videos and replied that he, Goss, would be the one who took the heat.We think it is repulsive to “take the heat” when the credibility of the United States as regards human rights is at stake and we reiterate the request we made in March of last year for the new Obama administration to order a special investigation into this infringement of the American people’s constitutional rights and to punish those who are responsible.US society cannot dispense with an investigation into the serious abuses that were committed in the name of the “war on terrorism.” The White House’s attempts to block requests for information are counter-productive.Since 2003, the US authorities have released more than 100,000 pages of documents about the mistreatment of detainees by US soldiers. They show that many of them were tortured and that the techniques used reached a high level of cruelty under the Bush administration.The NGO Judicial Watch filed a similar request on 15 May 2009 for CIA documents relating to briefings about “enhanced interrogation techniques” that were given to US House speaker Nancy Pelosi and her senior aide, Michael Sheehy. The government was supposed to release them by 16 April 2010 but it has asked for more time. June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 CIA destruction of interrogation videos threats US credibility on human rights Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Follow the news on United States to go further Newscenter_img News © AFP Receive email alerts CIA destruction of interrogation videos threats US credibility on human rightsIt emerged on 15 April from emails released by the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that the agency’s then director, Porter J. Goss, approved the 2005 decision by the head of its clandestine service, José A. Rodriguez, to destroy dozens of videotapes of brutal interrogations carried out on two detainees in Thailand in 2002 because of concern that they would expose the CIA to prosecution.“This is like a scene from a bad movie that keeps on being replayed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The destruction of these videos is a major violation of the freedom of information of American citizens and the sovereign principle of the First Amendment.” The press freedom organisation added: “It is now clear that the CIA systematically tried to hide from the public the illegal interrogation techniques used during the previous administration. How many more cases of destroyed videos will we discover?”The request for documents relating to mistreatment and torture in the CIA’s secret prisons was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union under the FOIA in 2003. On 2 March 2009, the federal authorities acknowledged that 92 video recordings of interrogations were destroyed in 2005. This is the second revelation of its kind. News RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Incident Management Startup Kintaba Launches “Milestones” to Document Significant Moments During a Major Outage…

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first_img Pinterest Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Twitter Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Incident Management Startup Kintaba Launches “Milestones” to Document Significant Moments During a Major Outage or Security Breach in Real-Time TAGS  Previous article272 Capital and B. Riley Financial Issue Joint Letter to Tile Shop Holdings Board of DirectorsNext articleRazer Introduces Hyperpolling Technology to Power the World’s Fastest Gaming Mouse Digital AIM Web Support NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– Kintaba, the incident management platform built by ex-Facebook engineers, today launches Milestones, a new feature enabling companies to document significant moments during a major outage or security breach in real time. By having an accurate and updated timeline of important events, reported directly by the various responders across the organization, companies can achieve broad awareness of what’s happening as the incident unfolds. After the incident is resolved, the milestones timeline then becomes the source of truth for proper incident analysis. “We built Kintaba to give companies of all sizes, across all industries, the tooling for best-in-class incident management like what you’d see at companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook,” said Cole Potrocky, CTO and Co-Founder of Kintaba. “Today, the majority of companies don’t take the time to review an incident after it’s resolved, but it’s my belief that the postmortem review process is the glue between incident management and the assurance that major outages and breaches never repeat.” Milestones works by giving incident responders the ability to record significant moments without having to fill out a bunch of data input forms found in most incident management tools. These milestones can be documented by anyone, whether it’s the technical team marking when a critical server crashed, to non-technical folks noting when a Tier 1 customer complained. These milestones are then pulled directly into Kintaba’s postmortem editor via the integrated timeline widget, where teams are incentivized to share their learnings, improve their response processes, and prevent avoidable failures from recurring. According to the Future of Monitoring and AIOps Report published by bigpanda, out of the 1300+ IT professionals that participated in the survey, “94% of respondents stated that issue resolution is critical to their business, but only 28% are satisfied with their handling of major incidents.” Companies often experience repeated problems that never improve, due to poor incident analysis and lack of shared learnings distributed across various teams. The postmortem review process aimed at preventing repeated failures is often grueling and time consuming, feeling more like a chore than an insightful process for many DevOps teams. With Kintaba’s Milestones, these teams can have an existing model of what occurred and when, providing a nice foundation to build on top of versus having to start a postmortem from scratch. “Kintaba is an essential part of the Vercel reliability workflow,” said Guillermo Rauch, CEO of Vercel. “We had tried many disjointed tools before, but Kintaba just clicked for our team. We are more productive, more collaborative and more reliable as a result.” About Kintaba Kintaba is a modern incident management platform built by former Facebook engineers. It lets companies and teams implement best-practice incident response processes without the overhead, creating a seamless workflow for more effectively responding to major outages. The company is headquartered in New York, NY. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005002/en/ CONTACT: Adam LaGreca Founder of 10KMedia [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT SECURITY TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET SOURCE: Kintaba Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/28/2021 10:58 AM/DISC: 01/28/2021 10:58 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210128005002/enlast_img read more