Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( 2017 Annual Report

first_imgLiberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited (  2017 annual report.Company ProfileLiberty Kenya Holdings Limited is an insurance company offering products and services for the retail and corporate sectors in Kenya and other countries in the Africa sub-region. The company provides life assurance, superannuation, industrial life assurance, bond investment and business incidental insurance services as well as insurance products and services for aviation, engineering, fire, liability, marine, private and commercial vehicles, personal accident, theft, workmen’s compensation and employer’s liability insurance. Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited also offers asset management and property development services for the private and corporate sectors in Kenya. The company is a subsidiary of Liberty Holdings Limited and is the holding company for Heritage Insurance Company and a short- and long-term insurance business called Liberty Life Kenya Assurance Limited. Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited has a presence in 15 countries in the Africa sub-region. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

No growth, no problem! 3 high dividend stocks where I would invest

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Miles Williams | Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 | More on: AAL BA GSK No growth, no problem! 3 high dividend stocks where I would invest Being an over-planner, I have come up with multiple portfolios with different stocks for a variety of scenarios. One of these portfolios actually seems perfect for this unprecedented time: my “Plan F Portfolio”. Because who would have predicted a total worldwide economic shutdown anyway?It seems like only yesterday it was the end of March and it was action time. Stocks were cheap and economic growth was nowhere to be seen! UK economic activity is expected to shrink by 14% and interest rates are at a record low of 0.1%. I have to ask myself, where is the best place to put my money?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…In line with fundamental investing principles, the “Plan F Portfolio” has to be diverse – eggs in one basket and all – and should consist of major players in their respective industries with strong balance sheets, secured earnings and a market-beating dividend. These are my three champions.Dividend stock #1The first dividend stock I am buying is GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK), one of the most diversified pharma companies. It has strong revenue avenues and is expected to have modest growth in the future. GSK has two things I love in a company: a high dividend yield of 4.8% and a business that is more relevant now than ever. GSK’s vaccine business increased 18% year-on-year, which should ensure GSK keeps its strong balance sheet.Value playNext on my power play list is BAE Systems (LSE: BA), which trades in the aerospace and defence market. BA has high-quality revenue streams, and although some governments might look to cut down on military spending in the short term, in a recent market update BA announced it has a large backlog of orders. The backlog can sustain its operations in the long term, which is a great indication that future earnings are well protected. Coupled with its yield of 4.7%, I believe this makes for a great dividend stock to put your money in and ride the wave of uncertainty. BA is a great value play at its current price level.Portfolio ‘lead man’My superstar dividend stock of the “Plan F Portfolio” – and arguably one that should be part of any “A team portfolio” – is Anglo American (LSE: AAL). With a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.5% at the moment compared to the mining industry’s 7.8%, low debt to equity ratio of 32% and stellar balance sheet, AAL has the brawn but not the debt to wait out this storm.Governments will be looking to support and boost their economies by investing in infrastructure projects. A crucial part of that is steel, giving AAL a nice post Covid jump-start. Once the storm passes, investors that jump in now should enjoy great capital appreciation but also a yield of 5.2%.With those three dividend stocks, I think you should be able to come out on the other side smiling. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Miles Williamscenter_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Miles Williams owns shares of Anglo American. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

Hong Kong hope Global Rapid Rugby will fire the Asian game

first_imgHong Kong hope their South China Tigers side can help a new format of the game catch alight in Asia. This feature first appeared in Rugby World magazine at the end of May LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Line of fire: The Tigers defend against the Western Force (Getty Images) Slatem admits “chaos rugby” does suit Hong Kong, who will never be the most monstrously large side. It’s a good thing GRR has some chaos-friendly laws then!The format is unconventional, with nine-point power tries, time limits on set-piece, punishments for kicking the ball out, rolling subs and a 70-minute run-time. The product is, well, rapid, with a high ball-in-play time. Hammond says: “It’s made us think a little bit more outside the box.” The group will go back to the ARC eventually, reverting to the game’s typical laws – though they feel the side will inevitably evolve thanks to GRR.Some hope the league’s bosses will be disrupters, that rugby needs another big shake-up. But it will take time.According to Matt Hodgson, who was a stalwart for the Force and now works alongside Forrest at GRR: “What we don’t want to do is have a one-year plan or a two-year plan. We want this to be a long-established competition which is fruitful for the regions we’re going into.”Enjoying themselves: During one of the lung-busting matches (Getty Images)World Rugby have sanctioned this new, wild ride for ten years, and with the governing body vocal about wanting to change laws to improve player welfare, they will be monitoring how GRR goes.When asked if he understands fears for the league’s stability following failure to launch a full package first time round, Hodgson insists they had to replan for every eventuality – and will still do so.He says there’s market research being conducted in the Pacific Islands to find fair ticket pricing. They’re looking at how to mix educating some in Asia about the game with putting on a spectacle for those who can’t care less about rugby. And you must appeal to the uninitiated.Which brings back in wing Ma Chong. The Tigers coaches say the China Sevens skipper is “electric in space”. But he has very little knowledge of 15s, with the abbreviated game much bigger at home. He was also brought southward because – although a promising talent – he can help rugby’s spread in China.Related: Can the Premiership make an impact in China?“The China angle is a huge part of what we’re trying to do,” says Hong Kong CEO Robbie McRobbie. “There’s lots of talk about development in China but it’s a very complicated place and it’s a very, very complicated rugby market.“The Greater Bay Area – between Hong Kong, southern China and Macau – has a population of 67m people. They speak Cantonese, there’s more similarity of culture shared and in terms of logistics, there’s a recent bridge and there’s a high-speed train, so the movement of people in the area is much easier.“The dream scenario is that GRR becomes the catalyst for developing Asian rugby. Having Fiji, Samoa and hopefully Tonga involved going forward is fantastic, for the Force it makes a lot of sense and a team out of the Northern Territories in Australia could work. But for Asia, there is already a rich rugby culture in Sri Lanka, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and it can be built in China.Slinging it: during a drill at training (via HKRFU)“Without it, I don’t really see Asian rugby being competitive going forward.”McRobbie reckons this competition needs at least five years before people can expect to see the “fruits of what it can produce”. But he is grateful that Forrest has put his money where his mouth is and kick-started something.Yet the CEO believes GRR needs hard work from all sides. “Andrew’s recent statements make this clear: he’s prepared to put money in as long as people get behind it. I respect that. He’s ponying up a lot of cash but if communities in the Asia-Pacific region don’t embrace this, don’t get excited about it, you can’t expect him to keep pouring money in. People must build on the foundation he’s generously put in place.”Now concluded, the Force won the Asian showcase in early May. But Hong Kong are happy with the start. With their ERP foundations in place, in both rugby and business terms, they hope they can now construct something even greater.We will see how rapid the process is.center_img Hong Kong hope Global Rapid Rugby will fire the Asian gameAS kids play touch on the pitch just metres away, lock Fin Field is maintaining his flow of chatter in Mandarin. Several times he stops to throw an aside in English our way, before switching back again. It’s good practice for him because with a contact-heavy session ahead for the South China Tigers here at Kowloon’s King’s Park, he may have to run a few translations for his Chinese team-mate Ma Chong.Welcome to a night’s training with one of Asia’s freshest rugby franchises for the aptly named Global Rapid Rugby.You may have heard of the new… well, let’s call it a rugby concept rather than a league. The brainchild of Australian mining billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, the competition has its rootsin the movement to save the Western Force from rugby oblivion. With the Perth outfit being booted out of Super Rugby in 2018, Forrest made moves to create a new Asia-Pacific competition. The game he wanted to see in it was deliberately and totally different.Suddenly the region was abuzz with the prospect of taking pro rugby into their own heartlands; to give the area’s game the foot-up it desperately desires. In 2019 we were promised an eight-team event with sides competing for a Grand Final prize pot of Aus$1m (£550,000).This was not possible with such a tight turnaround, with only the Singapore-tied Asia Pacific Dragons and Hong Kong’s South China Tigers able to put up a team against the Western Force from the start. Instead, a ‘showcase’ began with a World XV-Force opener. There were also hopes Currie Cup’s Falcons would parachute into a base in Malaysia later in the showcase. It never happened.The Tigers roared into action, though.Local attraction: The new team’s mascot (Getty Images)“We’re just happy it got off the ground really,” says Tigers head coach Craig Hammond before training fully kicks off. “Really, it all got chucked together pretty quickly. This is the opportunity we need for our guys to improve week in, week out. We couldn’t do that (before).“We’d just finished our domestic club season and then we’ve got the Asia Rugby Championships (played over late May and June). So we need these games. If we can live at this intensity with the Force and Pacific Dragons, it would put us in good stead for the Hong Kong national team playing the Malaysias and Koreas in the ARC.”And this, in rugby terms at least, is why a new league is perfect for Hong Kong.It’s likely you know of rugby in the are thanks to the world-renowned Hong Kong sevens. You might know the men’s national team were in the repêchage for the final place at the 2019 World Cup, with that spot eventually taken by Canada. You might even know of Hong Kong’s six-team men’s Premiership.What you might not know is that a few years back, Hong Kong set up their Elite Rugby Programme (ERP) alongside their sevens and women’s programmes – a full-time scheme for the national team players and club guys waiting to qualify. Effectively, the Test group went pro.A night at training: The team listen intently to coaches (via HKRFU)But the old, patchy season structure meant some played Tests following a break after the club season and others straddled Hong Kong’s push to make the World Sevens Series and then ARC.This unpredictable new event fills a gap. A new brand was created, with new kit to wear, and for the showcase they got to welcome in more stars of the club game, as well as former England wing Tom Varndell, Fiji’s Samisoni Viriviri and two mainland Chinese players.According to Tigers’ co-captain Liam Slatem, the new competition has added some pep to Hong Kong’s step.“It’s exciting,” says the scrum-half. “In the ARC you will play against similar opposition. Korea and Malaysia like to play a chaos brand of rugby. Then you come up against the Western Force and they have a mean pack, decent backs and you don’t know what you’re coming up against because this one guy can run over your whole team and that guy can sidestep anyone. It’s just different, really.“We need the step up, 100%, but we’re not too far away. In the repêchage, we let touch-and-go moments slip. Against opposition like that once or twice a year, you either convert chances or you’re at the other end of the scoreboard.“No disrespect to Korea and Malaysia, but you can make mistakes against them. Make them against the Force and you are punished and clawing back into it.” This feature first appeared in Rugby World magazine at the end of May.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest rugby news.last_img read more

Tractor Supply Company one step closer

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSApopka Planning CommissionTractor Supply Company Previous articlePublic invited to view Eco-Tourism improvements at Magnolia ParkNext articleDistrict reports rainfall totals in wake of Hurricane Matthew Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Apopka Planning Commission voted 6-0 on Tuesday to approve a preliminary development plan for a new Tractor Supply Company (TSC) which would be located at 180 West 1st Street in Apopka. The proposed plan is for a 19,000 square-foot store that sits on 3.9 acres. The proposal goes before the City Council on November 2nd.Representatives from TSC gave a presentation to the commission and outlined the company’s history, goals, and values.Tractor Supply Company is the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States. The company operates over 1,500 retail stores in 49 states, employs more than 23,000 and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee. Its stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol “TSCO”.  The company was founded in 1938 as a mail order catalog business offering tractor parts to America’s family farmers. Today Tractor Supply is a leading edge retailer with annual revenues of approximately $6.2 billion.Paul Faircloth, the former owner of Mosquito Creek, was sworn-in as an affected party because he owns property adjacent to the subject property. In his statement to the commission, he stressed how important TSC could be for Apopka.“This will be a huge catalyst for growth in Apopka,” he said. “We’ve not had that one spark. Once they know Apopka is open for business… this is that first big spark. If we get this going. If we get the City Center going. Now we have something to talk about. Let this project be the catalyst for the area.”The commission approved two other projects –  with a 5-1 vote it approved a 1,933 square foot medical office, and a 6,896 square foot inpatient rehabilitation and residential facility for up to 40 patients. It also voted 6-0 to approve the Silver Oaks subdivision project which includes 182 single family residential units.Because of Election Day, The Planning Commission moved its next meeting from Tuesday, November 8th to Monday, November 15th at 5:30PM. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Orange County Election Supervisor: The fix is not in

first_img Field Tech November 3, 2016 at 12:36 am Those are media bags that clerks open. The contents are: chain of custody paperwork, pendrives for express vote machine and ballot machine, red and orange seals and labels for machines, bags and bins with ballots Commissioner Nelson: “The machines are ready for the voters”Donald Trump is warning America that the 2016 election could be conducted unfairly.“They even want to try to rig the election at the polling place,” he said. “So many cities are corrupt and voter fraud is very, very common.”Commissioner Bryan Nelson validated test ballots as a member of the County Canvassing Board.Bill Cowles disagrees in the strongest of terms.“In 2008, Governor Charlie Crist switched Florida to a paper based ballot state,” Cowles said. “Gone were the touch screens that replaced the old punch cards voting systems in many counties after the 2000 election.  The Florida Legislature made the change to paper since paper ballots can be used to recreate an election and verify voter intent. The optical scan tabulators used with the paper ballots are NOT connected to the internet or any outside servers. They are standalone tabulating systems. Additionally, there are checks and balances in place to verify that the number of voters checked-in and issued a ballot matches the number of ballot cast in the tabulators.”As Trump’s talk of a rigged election continued to get media attention, Florida elections officials issued an open letter  to the state’s voters.Cowles, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections, invited the public to his Kaley Street office to watch his staff test the voting machines that will count the votes of an estimated 500,000 Orange County voters at 247 precincts across Central Florida for 47 unique races. This test is required by a Florida Statute (101.5612, section 3 and 4). The statute requires that a small sample of voting equipment and all vote-by-mail equipment be publicly tested using a group of ballot cards marked, or voted, with a pre-audited pattern. The pattern must include a pre-determined number of valid votes for each candidate and each measure. Each group of ballots must include a blank (unmarked) as well as an over-voted ballot.The County Canvassing Board, which includes Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, checked the results and approved them. Nelson was pleased with the performance of the machines and the Supervisor of Elections staff as well.“The machines are ready for the voters,” he said. “I’ve been very impressed by the professionalism and the detailed expertise of the staff and the supervisor. It’s an honor to be on the canvassing board to make sure that every vote counts in Orange County.”Cowles agrees with Nelson on the readiness of the machines and the staff.“The test went well. It turned out the way we expected it to.”Typically Cowles has a staff of 46 full-time employees, but during the election season, it swells to almost 250. He says his staff is ready for any issue, but he will still “pray the election supervisor prayer”.“We don’t care who wins, we just want them to win big.”Notes: As of today, there are 767,779 registered voters in Orange County. Cowles estimates 68-70% will vote, which is a similar turnout to the 2012 Presidential Election. He also estimates 55% of those votes will be cast in early voting or vote-by-mail. Currently there have been 31,829 ballots returned and accepted.  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia 3 COMMENTS Mama Mia October 19, 2016 at 11:01 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img What exactly are those things in the bags on the table in the photo above that Bryan Nelson is looking at? The red and green things????? Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here I bet you if there is a glitch in voting anywhere it will be in Florida for sure. Reply Reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! TAGSBill CowlesCommissioner Bryan NelsonOrange County Supervisor of Elections Previous articleApopka Weekly Arrest ReportNext articleMinisterial Alliances resurrecting Gospel Fest Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR October 20, 2016 at 7:23 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Little Black Dress / AllesWirdGut Architektur

first_imgCopyHouses•Vienna, Austria ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Austria Photographs:  Hertha HurnausText description provided by the architects. We take pleasure to proudly announce the completion of our latest single-family house project, LOU. Clad in a black skin, seven levels to live on will keep residents on the move and make sure that this “Little Black Dress” will still suit them fine in the future … Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – JacquardPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelWoodEGGERTimberVienna’s 14th district, at the fringe of the Vienna Woods: on a site sloping steeply in North-South direction sits the very compact-looking single-family house LOU.The first impression is reinforced by the matte black skin of the building. Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausInside, however, it offers its occupants a spacious and varied living environment on seven staggered half-story levels. At each level, the house opens differently to the outside world. A hillside cut and a court below grade provide for natural lighting of the access area and multi-purpose room. The basement becomes a full-blown living area. Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausAbove it, the main residential levels are nestled against the slope, separated from the garden only by an all around-strip of windows which allows looking and stepping out in every direction. Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausIn the center of the living area, there is a core of unclad raw reinforced concrete with the kitchen and hearth. It supports and provides discreet access to the private retreat spaces that form the roof area. Here, the parent’s and children’s bedrooms are situated at separate levels, each with a loggia that affords absolute privacy. The roof area is crowned by the bathroom and sauna level with a terrace offering a panoramic view of the surrounding Vienna Woods.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessSquare in Space / Ivan FilipivocArticlesArchitecture for Humanity Mobilizing Teams to Help with Japan Earthquake and TsunamiArticles Share “COPY” Little Black Dress / AllesWirdGut Architektur ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Save this picture!© Hertha Hurnaus+ 17 Share Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur Photographs Little Black Dress / AllesWirdGut ArchitekturSave this projectSaveLittle Black Dress / AllesWirdGut Architektur ArchDaily Projects CopyAbout this officeAllesWirdGut ArchitekturOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesViennaHousesAustriaPublished on March 13, 2011Cite: “Little Black Dress / AllesWirdGut Architektur” 13 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesPlumbingSanifloMacerator – Saniaccess®3WoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – SplashAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelEducationalLamitechChalk boardCarpetsCarpet ConceptCarpet – Eco IquMore 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

House in a Garden / Gianni Botsford Architects

first_img House in a Garden / Gianni Botsford Architects Projects CopyAbout this officeGianni Botsford ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesEnglandLondonIcebergOn InstagramUnited KingdomPublished on October 28, 2020Cite: “House in a Garden / Gianni Botsford Architects” 28 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?花园住宅 / Gianni Botsford Architects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 United Kingdom Products translation missing: ArchDaily Save this picture!© Edmund Sumner+ 73Curated by María Francisca González Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2018 Lighting Designer: Built “COPY” Isometrix Photographs:  Edmund Sumner Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Structural Engineer: Services Engineer: Pearce and Associatescenter_img Products used in this ProjectDoorsSky-FrameFrameless Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame OriginalMetal PanelsTECU®Copper Surface – ClassicDesign Team:Gianni Botsford, Paulo Martinho, Kate Dar-by, James Eagle, Hiroshi Takeyama, Anahi CopponexQuantity Surveyor:Leslie ClarkAV:Andrew Lucas LtdApproved Inspector:SalusCDM:Goddard ConsultingPlanning Authority:Royal Borough of Kensington and ChelseaCity:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Edmund SumnerText description provided by the architects. A copper-roofed pavilion in a hidden urban garden, Gianni Botsford Architects’ House in a Garden is a highly unusual dwelling accessed through a narrow passage alongside an 1840s Notting Hill villa. The project involved the demolition of a 1960s bungalow and its replacement with a largely subterranean house.Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerExternally the most visible component of the house is its pavilion-like copper-clad roof. Inside, the roof comprises of a complex glulam timber structure made from spruce, its double curvature concluding in a glazed oculus. The roof has a floating quality set above a glass-walled living room that enhances a sense of lightness while connecting the interior of the house to the surrounding landscaped garden as well as to its urban context.Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerCopper recurs throughout the house, in surfaces of the ground floor kitchen and in detailing of rooms below, adding subtle tonal warmth to the interior. The contrast between the cool and warm tones of Douglas Fir and carved Carrara marble adds to the sensual quality of the underground spaces as does the carefully studied play of light against darkness. There are two levels below the ground floor. Bedrooms are immediately below ground, while there is a generous living/ gallery area with a 10-meter long swimming pool on a level further below. Lightwells and skylights are designed to optimize daylight casting toplight onto the walls of lower ground floors.Save this picture!Sketches 6Save this picture!Section 4Introducing daylight to a depth of up to eight meters was a challenge especially as the site of the house is tight and north facing. Digital analysis tools were used to seek out the three-dimensional possibilities that light gives in terms of generating the form and organization of the building. The House in a Garden builds on Gianni Botsford Architects’ earlier preoccupations with the manipulation of natural light throughout the day and through the seasons, enriching, enlivening, and, ultimately, defining the nature of the architecture. Gianni Botsford describes the house,Save this picture!© Edmund Sumner“To build with light and darkness is to work with what a context gives you – a unique set of constraints and opportunities. Shaped and informed by the light and shadow that surround it, the roof’s tent-like form creates a new place for life to occur in the house – one that turns its back on the large volumes surrounding it and embraces the site.”Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerEach individual and unique piece of the timber roof structure is curving in three directions and was pre-fabricated in the Dolomites from three-dimensional models Gianni Botsford Architects provided. The pieces were then brought to the site and craned into position in eight sections. Gianni Botsford summarises the concept for the roof, “Designed, modeled and fabricated using both digital and manual processes each feeding the other, the intensity of the complex timber roof structure belies its warm domestic scale and character.”Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerSave this picture!Section 1Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerProject gallerySee allShow lessAD Classics: Crematorium at Vila Alpina / Ivone Macedo ArantesArchitecture ClassicsThe Surface Interactive Installation / stpmjSelected Projects Share Landscape Architect: Photographs House in a Garden / Gianni Botsford ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in a Garden / Gianni Botsford Architects CopyHouses•London, United Kingdom Manufacturers: Sky-Frame, TECU®, Cantifix, Dinesen, Roles Broderick Roofing, Züblin, Abbey Pynford, Liquid Design, London Swimming Pools, Sitem srl, SteelOne srl, Tischlerei Lobis Todd Longsaffe-Gowan “COPY” Houses Year:  Treeprojects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Arboriculturist: Area:  2722 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Gianni Botsford Architects Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

Everyday Heroes: A Celebration of Volunteering in Ireland

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Vilwock Discusses New Farm Bureau Farm Bill Plan

first_img Previous articleCorn Seeding Rate among Growers’ Tough DecisionsNext articleA Busy Tuesday for Crop Insurance Promotion Gary Truitt Listen to the interview with Don VilwockInterview with Don Vilwock on Farm Bill Plan Vilwock hopes this proposal will jumpstart the Farm Bill debate and will spur Congress into taking action on farm policy.   AFBF farm policy specialist Mary Kay Thatcher says it will still be difficult to get Congress to act on a Farm Bill, “I think it’s incredibly important that we get it done this year. We talked last year about the fact that it was going to be a whole lot more difficult, and indeed it is. We just have less money to be able to spend.” Vilwock Discusses New Farm Bureau Farm Bill Plan SHARE By Gary Truitt – Apr 9, 2013 Facebook Twitter SHARE Vilwock Discusses New Farm Bureau Farm Bill Plan Thatcher says getting the Farm Bill done with an adequate safety net for the nation’s farmers is good for the nation’s consumers and taxpayers, too. She stated, “Farmers and ranchers are putting in hundreds of dollars of inputs into every acre of land and they don’t know what the weather is going to be. So they have to have a good insurance program to make sure that they’re not putting in hundreds of dollars per acre investment and potentially getting nothing out of it like we had the drought that came through last year. Most people in the country will also tell you that they care where their food comes from. They’re worried is the food that they’re eating from foreign countries as safe as it is here. And unfortunately we’re only able to inspect about 1 percent of the products that come in from overseas and so we really don’t know that indeed we are ensuring that. Most consumers would like to buy local, would like to have family-sized farmers viable and in this country.” Facebook Twitter Don Vilwock,The board of the nation’s largest general farm organization has sent a Farm Bill proposal up to Capitol Hill.  The American Farm Bureau plan could be a big help to House and Senate agriculture committees, which are starting over writing a Farm Bill from scratch since they weren’t able to get one passed last year. Edwardsport, IN farmer Don Vilwock, President of the Indiana Farm Bureau and a member of the AFBF board of directors, told HAT a new Farm Bill plan was needed to address the new smaller budget we have in 2013 vs. 2012, “Compared to the Bill we were considering last year, $23 billion has to come out of that proposal.” He said the driving force in the Farm Bill debate this year is “The budget, the budget, the budget.”Crop insurance remains the central part of the commodity title, but AFBF has changed its position on the farm safety net, “We did back away from the deep loss concept we had in our plan last year and moved more toward the shallow loss program that many other farm and commodity groups favored.”  He feels the plan is not perfect, but is one that Indiana farmers can live with.  The plan also calls for all commodities to take an equal share of cuts in federal support, a compromise that Vilwock said was not easy to reach, “None of the members of the board really liked the plan we voted on which I think makes it a good compromise.” Home News Feed Vilwock Discusses New Farm Bureau Farm Bill Planlast_img read more

Tamil reporter harassed by Sri Lanka’s anti-terrorism police

first_img News News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment Impunity Receive email alerts RSF_en According to RSF’s press freedom barometer, at least 15 journalists were murdered in Sri Lanka during the 2000s, a terrible decade in which fighting intensified between government forces and Tamil rebels and the rebellion was finally crushed in 2009. Most of those murders are still unpunished. RSF will tomorrow publish the findings of its Media Ownership Monitor survey of Sri Lanka, which is ranked 131st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge He was not allowed to bring his lawyer to the first interrogation, which seemed more like a long series of threats. His interrogators said, for example: “If this had happened two years ago, we wouldn’t have questioned you like this, we would have hung you upside down and then made you disappear.” October 24, 2018 – Updated on October 29, 2018 Tamil reporter harassed by Sri Lanka’s anti-terrorism police News “We call on the Sri Lankan authorities to put an immediate stop to this harassment of a journalist who is universally respected for the quality of is reporting and his coverage of human rights violations,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. News Although Shalin had no role in the organization of the festival or the temple’s decoration, this apparently insignificant detail has been the grounds for the harassment to which he has been subjected ever since. Follow the news on Sri Lankacenter_img Based in the northern city of Jaffna, where he reports for the English-language Tamil Guardian and the Tamil-language newspaper Valampuri, Uthayarasa Shalin has been the target of harassment and intimidation for the past two months, ever since he was summoned for questioning at TID headquarters in Colombo on 22 August. The TID interrogated him about his coverage of a completely innocuous annual festival in a Hindu temple in June for Valampuri and, in particular, about a photo taken inside the temple in which a map of the traditional Tamil homeland in the north and east of the country could be seen in the background. “These acts of intimidation, which are clearly designed to silence Uthayarasa Shalin, recall the worst period of persecution of Sri Lanka’s Tamil journalists. The government in Colombo must demonstrate a determination not to return to that disastrous past.” Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists to go further Constant harassment The harassment of Uthayarasa Shalin (left) recalls the worst period of persecution of journalists from Sri Lanka’s Tamil community (photos: Archives – Tamil Guardian). Ever since then, Shalin has been the target of constant harassment by the police in Jaffna that has included arrests and insults. The acts of intimidation have increased this month, with five of his friends and relatives being summoned for interrogation by the TID, including his brother Jelsin on 17 October. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to end the harassment to which the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) is subjecting an independent Tamil journalist, Uthayarasa Shalin, on entirely spurious grounds. January 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more