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M&B pub sale brings profit

first_imgSunday 19 September 2010 10:10 pm M&B pub sale brings profit whatsapp Share whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Show Comments ▼ PUB and restaurant group Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) will release its fourth quarter results on Thursday, a week after the firm started spending the fruits of its £500m asset sale.M&B, which owns Harvester and All Bar One, is expected to post a profit after more than a year of volatile results. The firm announced it had bought the Ha Ha Bar and Grill chain for £19.5m on Friday, and will take over all of its 22 restaurants in October.The purchase is the first since M&B raised more than £400m last month by selling 333 of its pubs to Stonegate Pub Company and offloading Hollywood Bowl to rival AMF.M&B chief executive Adam Fowle said the proceeds of recent sales would be spent on redirecting the group towards food-based businesses rather than pubs. Execution Noble analyst Alistair Macdonald repeated his “buy” recommendation on Friday. “Once the estate sale deal goes through and the prelims are announced, clarity around the company structure should bring back some confidence in the story,” he said. “A good performance may be the jump start needed to M&B getting interesting again.” Tags: NULL KCS-content last_img read more

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Seis meses después de Sandy, los episcopales encuentran un ministerio…

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted May 2, 2013 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Esta foto, tomada al día siguiente de que azotara el huracán, muestra el estado en que quedó la autopista. La zona tiene por delante años de reconstrucción y las congregaciones de la Iglesia Episcopal ya participan de lleno en ese empeño. Foto de la oficina del gobernador Christ Christie.[Episcopal News Service] Cuando el huracán Sandy azotó la costa oriental de Estados Unidos hace seis meses, lo que en inglés llamarón Frankenstorm [una tormenta monstruosa] le dio a algunos episcopales de Nueva Jersey nuevas formas de entender las experiencias bíblicas del exilio y la Pascua.El contingente de invierno de la capilla de Santa Isabel del Mar [St. Elizabeth’s Chapel-by-the-Sea] en Ortley Beach se encuentra en el exilio. En la noche del 29 de octubre de 2012, Sandy arrancó la capilla de temporada de su atracadero cerca de la playa y, arrastrándola a través de la península de Barnegat, la lanzó a la bahía. Los miembros de esta congregación están asistiendo al culto dominical en la iglesia bautista de East Dover en tierra firme.Es un bonito edificio y la congregación y el pastor han sido muy acogedores, dijo el guardián mayor Dennis Bellars. Después de que encontraran la silla del obispo en las ruinas de Ortley Beach, la congregación [de la iglesia bautista] permitió a los miembros de Santa Isabel que la guardaran en el santuario.No obstante, dijo Bellars, “no es nuestra casa”.A unos 64 kilómetros al sur, en Beach Haven, casi al final de Long Beach Island, la iglesia episcopal de los Santos Inocentes  [Holy Innocents Episcopal Church] se levanta apenas a una corta cuadra del Atlántico, [sitio] en que la calle Pearl constituye su frontera norte. Sandy rompió la barrera de dunas de la calle Pearl y “el agua del mar inundó la calle Pearl por un par de mareas”, según dijo el Rdo. Frank Crumbaugh, rector de los Santos Inocentes.Las casas que estaban en el lado norte de la calle Pearl se inundaron, pero el agua no subió de la acera en el lado sur donde están la iglesia y la rectoría, explicó él.“Esa es una convincente señal de protección”, dijo Crumbaugh a Episcopal News Service. “Cuando uno ve eso, entiende lo que significa la ‘Pascua’ [del Éxodo] de una manera nueva”.Sin embargo, para Crumbaugh resulta claro que “no fuimos preservados para celebrar nuestra buena fortuna; fuimos preservados para ayudar a los que no lo fueron y eso ha sido una señal convincente en Beach Haven”.Y esa ha sido la otra lección bíblica que dejó la secuela de Sandy: las iglesias tienen un papel [que desempeñar] en sus comunidades basado en la Escritura.“Todo el mundo sabe lo que hemos sufrido y lo que hemos perdido, y todo el mundo sigue sintiendo esas pérdidas y, al mismo tiempo, somos como Pablo afirmó Crumbaugh, “como castigados, más no muertos; como moribundos, pero he aquí vivimos”.Lo mismo podía decirse en Tuckerton, en tierra firme a unas 10 millas de Beach Haven, del otro lado de la bahía y en el circunvecino municipio de Little Egg Harbor.“En verdad estoy haciendo mi mayor esfuerzo para que esta congregación sea la Iglesia, que es realmente el cuerpo de Cristo en relación los unos con los otros y con el mundo de una manera que, dicho con optimismo, es algo diferente de una institución secular de socorro”, dijo la Rda. Martha McKee, vicaria de la iglesia del Espíritu Santo [Church of the Holy Spirit] en Tuckerton. “Estamos trabajando arduamente para apoyar a la gente que necesita ayuda y caminando con ellos a través de este proceso, pero también apoyando a los que ayudan a otros”.Beach Haven, Nueva Jersey, se muestra inundada poco después de que el huracán Sandy arrojara un muro de agua en este pueblo de Long Beach Island. Foto de LBI.net.Muchísimas personas necesitan ayuda. El cuadro estadístico del paso de Sandy a través de Nueva Jersey es pavoroso. El Departamento de Asuntos Comunitarios de Nueva Jersey dice que Sandy afectó o destruyó 246.000 unidades de vivienda en el estado. Más de 23.000 de esas viviendas estaban en el condado de Ocean, cuya frontera oriental bordea el Atlántico y que, junto con el condado de Monmouth, al norte y también en la costa, sufrieron el peor embate de la tormenta.Casi todas las 731 casas de Ortley Beach sufrieron daños graves o moderados,  según el Departamento de Asuntos Comunitarios de Nueva Jersey. El sesenta y dos por ciento de las 795 viviendas de Beach Haven resultaron severamente dañadas, según [informa] el estado. La tormenta afectó los hogares de aproximadamente 59 feligreses de los Santos Inocentes y las pérdidas en seis casas fueron totales, dijo Crumbaugh. Ocho familias resultaron desplazadas de alguna manera.Y en Tuckerton, el estado dice que el 30 por ciento de las 1.316 casas del lugar presentaban daños graves o moderados, mientras el 90 por ciento de las 1.801 viviendas del vecino Little Egg Harbor enfrentaron el mismo destino. Según dijo McKee, el 20 por ciento de los hogares de los miembros del Espíritu Santo se perdieron del todo o sufrieron daños graves. Esa cifra se traduce en aproximadamente 30 familias en una iglesia cuya asistencia dominical promedio es de 75 personas, añadió ella.Cada congregación se enfrenta o se enfrentará con la tarea de discernir qué papel está siendo llamada a asumir en la vida de la comunidad que la rodea después de Sandy. En tanto que los miembros de Santa Isabel esperan regresar a su salón de reuniones en cuestión de cuatro a seis semanas para sus oficios de verano, enfrentan un problema mayor en lo que respecta a la reconstrucción de su iglesia.El seguro cubrirá los costos de reconstrucción de un edificio del mismo tamaño hecho de los mismos materiales, dijo Bellars, pero los miembros tienen muchas ideas más allá de esos criterios básicos.Keith Adams, coordinador de recuperación de desastres de la Diócesis de Nueva Jersey, auspiciará en breve una sesión de estrategia para los miembros de Santa Isabel.Algunos de los miembros, dijo Adams, ya han dicho que si Dios se llevó la iglesia y les dejó con un terreno limpio “luego, Dios quiere que hagamos algo; nos está dando una oportunidad”.Parte de la oportunidad se centra en saber que, antes de Sandy, la congregación había recibido el permiso de la diócesis para pasar de ser una capilla de temporada a convertirse en una iglesia que funcionara todo el año.Según dijo Adams, la sesión de estrategia comenzará por abordar la cuestión no sólo de cómo reanudar los oficios en el sitio, sino también “de qué manera uno puede servirle ahora a sus vecinos que fueron afectados y a la comunidad en general, porque deben ser y desean ser un símbolo de la comunidad y quieren desempeñar un papel en la manera en que esa comunidad va a regresar como un todo y cómo va a seguir adelante”.Algunos miembros, explicó Adams, quieren construir una réplica de la iglesia [que antes existía], mientras otros han sugerido construir un edificio de varias plantas que les permita ofrece toda una serie de servicios sociales. Él sospecha que, al final, la forma y la misión de Santa Isabel estarán a medio camino entre esos dos polos “y va a ser para ellos un magnífico vivero para levantar una congregación en su entorno”.Entre tanto, en Beach Haven y Tuckerton, los episcopales siguen ayudando a otros al tiempo que se esfuerzan en rehacer sus propias vidas juntos.Muchos propietarios de casas en Beach Haven son personas mayores que trabajaron todas sus vidas, compraron una casa de playa en una etapa temprana que alquilaban la mayor parte de cada verano, de manera que “las visitas de verano les pagaron la casa”, dijo Crumbaugh. Finalmente, los dueños se jubilaron, vendieron sus casas en el norte de [Nueva] Jersey o en Pensilvania, climatizaron la casa de Beach Haven para el invierno y se mudaron para “ocupar físicamente su más importante propiedad.“El huracán Sandy barrió un montón de cuentas bancarias”, agregó él.Crumbaugh dijo que su parroquia ha descubierto un llamado a “amar y apoyar” a los residentes mientras navegan en lo que a veces puede ser el gigantesco papeleo de la FEMA y de los seguros.Acompañando esa realidad está la frustrante y “difícil realidad” de que las compañías de seguro deben responder tanto a sus accionistas como a los suscriptores de sus pólizas. La opinión común de que cuando uno compra un seguro tiene alguna protección y defensa de parte de la compañía de seguros no es verdad, agregó Crumbaugh.A esa realidad se añade el hecho de que los mapas de asesoramiento sobre elevación de inundaciones recientemente publicados por la FEMA exigirán que algunos propietarios eleven sus casas hasta poco más de 4 metros sobre el nivel del mar. Tal obra costará decenas de miles de dólares y las elevaciones exactas aún no quedarán definitivamente establecidas hasta dentro de un año o más. Algunas personas pueden verse obligadas a vender su propiedad en lo que bien puede ser un mercado muy difícil.Adams dijo que su oficina ha relacionado a los Santos Inocentes con los Servicios Legales de Nueva Jersey y que la parroquia dirige un grupo de apoyo para “conectar a estas personas con algún buen servicio legal”.“Estar con las personas mientras toman algunas decisiones difíciles y se esfuerzan en imaginar cuál ha de ser su próxima movida ha sido un privilegio”, subrayó Crumbaugh. “Es una ardua tarea para los que los quieren, pero es por eso que estamos aquí”. El frustrante proceso de recuperación “nos brinda otra oportunidad como iglesia, porque debemos abordar también esas necesidades emocionales y espirituales”, dijo Adams.Crumbaugh, McKee y Adams coincidieron en que ellos saben que las iglesias pueden ser lugares para que las personas “sencillamente vengan y se reúnan con otras y compartan el mismo tipo de dificultades; para estar en un ambiente donde resulte seguro hablar acerca de esas dificultades”, según dijo Adams, y luego tienes las iglesias que les ayudan a conseguir ayuda.Los resultados de la marejada ciclónica del huracán Sandy pueden verse en un inundado Tuckerton, Nueva Jersey, Foto del Servicio de Guardacostas de EE.UU.La parroquia de Tuckerton, que antes de Sandy ayudaba a administrar dos bancos de alimentos con otras iglesias locales y que ofrecía gratuitamente una comida comunitaria mensual que atraía a 80 o 100 personas, ha continuado fortaleciendo el problema de la alimentación en su ministerio. Otras iglesias episcopales  han ayudado con el suministro de alimentos para la comida mensual. La iglesia episcopal de la Trinidad [Trinity Episcopal Church] en Moorestown asumió la comida comunitaria al día siguiente de Navidad, dijo McKee, y la semana pasada su grupo de jóvenes cocinó una comida en los Santos Inocentes. En el congelador ya está lista la comida del próximo mes.[La congregación del] Espíritu Santo también ofreció una noche de familia con la ayuda de Esperanza y Restauración de Nueva Jersey [New Jersey Hope and Healing] que incluía una cena, actividades para niños y una plática con los padres sobre cómo ayudar a los niños pequeños a lidiar con el desastre.Además, la Iglesia ve parte de su ministerio después de Sandy en alimentar a los muchos voluntarios que han venido a la zona a ayudar en las tareas de recuperación.Según el clima se hace más tibio y más personas se ocupan por sí mismas de la reconstrucción de sus propias casas, McKee predice que la gente empezará a buscar guarderías infantiles y “diversión a bajo costo”. La iglesia planea tener más de estas comidas en el futuro y pronto espera ofrecer noches con películas y cenas.“Creo que la escuela bíblica de vacaciones será muy exitosa este verano por esa misma razón”, agregó.Cualquiera que sea la labor “lo más importante que podemos decir”, afirmó McKee, es que “la Iglesia va a estar aquí trabajando con usted”.El mensaje es: “Dios está andando con nosotros y nosotros andamos con ellos y estamos aquí para quedarnos y lo que hacemos evolucionará según evolucionen las necesidades”.Adams afirmó que la evolución y el discernimiento es parte continua de esta labor que él llama “un proceso en el cual transformamos una tragedia en una oportunidad” para discernir qué talentos y recursos puede aportar cada congregación para ser relevante en el servicio a sus comunidades no sólo después de los desastres, sino todos los días.O, en otras palabras, dijo Adams, “poder salir a su comunidad y ver el rostro de Dios en otras personas y hacerles que vean el rostro de Dios en nosotros”.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seis meses después de Sandy, los episcopales encuentran un ministerio en el desastre Un cambio en las necesidades locales significa un cambio en las oportunidades de misión Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

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Preparing for Primates 2017: Church in Wales Archbishop John Davies

first_img Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Preparing for Primates 2017: Church in Wales Archbishop John Davies Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Posted Sep 28, 2017 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop John Davies, primate of the Church in Wales, looks ahead to the 2017 Primates Meeting. Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Primates Meeting, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Collierville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Primates Meeting 2017 Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion, Rector Bath, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

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Things just got a little brighter: Orange County’s New Solar Co-Ops

first_img Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here From Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonLast week, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, representatives from Orange County Government and Solar United Neighbors of Florida came together at the University of Florida (UF)’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Orange County Extension to launch 2 new solar co-ops—one in East Orange County and one in West Orange County. The East Orange County Co-op will run through April 2018, and the West Orange County Co-op will launch in April 2018 (with the opening for registration) and run through June 2018. With the last solar co-op being the largest and most successful in Florida, the County has partnered again with Solar United Neighbors to launch this year’s solar co-ops.Orange County launched its first solar co-op in the summer of 2016 with 515 participants. Of the participating households, 79 had installed solar through the co-op, accounting for 702.83 kilowatts (kW) of new solar capacity in the County. Additionally, $1.3 million was invested in solar with this co-op with total energy savings over a lifetime of solar array of $3.5 million; Mayor Jacobs and her family were among the 79 households who joined the first solar co-op. “I encourage all residents to explore a co-op,” Mayor Jacobs said. “Not only does the co-op make solar energy more affordable, it makes our community more sustainable—now and for generations to come.” Solar power also supports Mayor Jacobs’ goals in her Sustainability Initiative, “Our Home for Life,” which seeks to reduce barriers to alternative energy and increase renewable energy production by 10% in 2020 and 25% by 2040. For more information on “Our Home for Life,” residents can go to http://www.orangecountyfl.net/OpenGovernment/Sustainability.aspx. A few other notable statistics from the 2016 solar co-ops include the following: The local investments in solar was $1,328,349; the total money saved by co-op membership vs. contracting for individual installation was $351,415; the total cost of energy saved over a lifetime of the solar system was $3,500,575; total property value increased to $2,108,490; the greenhouse gas reduction over a lifetime of solar use by co-op members was 29,650,641 pounds; and 20 jobs were either created or supported.For residents who are unfamiliar with solar co-ops and the purpose they serve, a solar co-op is a group of neighbors who join together to use buying power and obtain solar energy systems for their homes at a discounted price. Solar co-ops provide discounts in bulk—between 15 and 33%—for a group of homeowners interested in purchasing solar panels. As part of a solar co-op, each participant signs an individual contract with the group-chosen installer, and all participants benefit from the discount. All homeowners who reside in Orange County, including within city limits, are eligible to participate in their respective co-op. For residents living in unincorporated parts of the County, an electrical permit is required for solar installation; residents can access the permit checklist and fee schedule via the following link: http://www.orangecountyfl.net/Portals/0/resource%20library/permits%20-%20licenses/Solar%20Submittal%20Checklist%206-16-17.pdf.Joining a co-op does not obligate members to purchase panels, but shows they are interested in learning more about the initiative as well as offer an easier and more cost-efficient way to participate. The exact price of a Photovoltaic (PV) system is dependent on homeowners’ preference in system size and their home’s energy consumption. In addition, residents should note that there is a federal tax credit of 30% towards costs of installation. Homeowners have the option to install the size of the PV system that best works for their budget.According to Renee Parker, the Environmental Programs Administrator of the Orange County Environmental Protection Division, “Orange County Government partners with Solar United Neighbors of Florida because they have a proven track record of being a local nonprofit that operates in 17 Florida counties and has more than 2,700 solar co-op members.” Solar United Neighbors of Florida, as well as the Orange County League of Women Voters, also offered their input on the solar co-ops. “Since 2015, Florida solar co-ops and Solar United Neighbors of Florida co-ops have helped more than 700 homeowners go solar,” said Angela DeMonbreun, State Director of Solar United Neighbors of Florida. In addition, Co-President of the Orange County League of Women Voters Leesa Bainbridge said that “The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that Florida’s sunshine gives it the potential to be among the top three states in America for solar power. By joining in solar co-ops, Central Floridians can start planning for the sun to help pay their electric bills.”To help encourage residents to participate in the solar co-ops initiative, the County is streamlining the permitting process for solar installations. This makes it possible for new solar permits to be processed in just a day.Residents who are interested in learning more and/or registering for an information session may visit www.solarunitedneighbors.org or email [email protected] The first information session took place this week at Barry University School of Law, and the next session will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 6-7:30 PM, at Rollins College in the Bush Auditorium (1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789). In addition, residents can access the County’s webpage for the initiative as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) via the following link: http://www.orangecountyfl.net/?tabid=4403.In considering taking part in this initiative, Orange County residents should keep the following facts (obtained via the Solar United Neighbors of Florida and Florida Public Service Commission) in mind: Florida is ranked #3 in the nation for solar power availability; Florida ranked 3rd in potential solar production capacity; Florida is ranked 13th in the United States for the amount of power generated from solar (according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory); less than 1% of Floridians use solar panels as their main power source; and 97,444 homes in Florida utilize solar power. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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Donna’s Deals: 13 Secrets to Shopping at Whole Foods

first_img 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  It may be expensive, but it can be navigated successfully TAGSDonna’s DealsWhole Foods Previous articleUrgent care or the family doctor?Next articleTough Love Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Whole Foods offers some great options for those looking for healthy food, but the joke has become that Whole Foods should be called “whole paycheck.” If you love shopping at Whole Foods,  try these shopping hacks we found at Domino to help your buck go further.1. You can sample anything: prepared foods, packaged grocery items, body care. Ask an employee in the associated department or at the customer service desk, and they’ll accommodate you.2. In line with sampling, the produce department will cut any fruit for you. They’ll slice up a pineapple or open a coconut.3. You can return anything. If you bought some raspberries that went bad after a day, return them. Food products don’t even need to be brought back to the store with you. Just bring your receipt and tell the customer service worker what happened. You can also return body care items after you’ve tried them. You can usually return something for store credit with no receipt, but if you save your receipts there shouldn’t be a problem with any returns.4. If you shop the store brand, Whole Foods 365 and 365 Organic, your bill will be comparable to a conventional grocery store.5. Pre-cut cheese in the specialty department can be re-cut. Just ask at the cheese counter if you’d rather buy a smaller piece.6. When a particular grocery, supplement, or body care item is on sale, the tag details the date range of the sale. Go to the store early in the morning the day after the sale has ended, and the sale tag may still be up. If that item rings up at a different price than what’s marked on the tag, it’s free!7. Conventional vs. Organic—want organic at conventional prices? Find the pieces of fruit that don’t have a PLU sticker. If a produce PLU has a 9 in front of the number, it’s organic. No 9, it’s conventional.8. Whole Foods offers a case discount of 10% off—even on alcohol. (There are typically 6 bottles of wine in a case.) This is also great for canned goods or pantry items that you buy consistently. Just ask an employee how many are in a case, and make sure to remind your cashier that you’re getting the case discount.9. Employees can place special orders for you. If your local store doesn’t carry a particular brand or product that other stores in your region carry, they can easily order those products to be delivered to your preferred store location.10. Getting lunch at the hot bar? When a dish is in a larger pan, that means it’s fresher. Food gets transferred to smaller pans as it dwindles.11. Get friendly with the employees. They are trained to serve you and keep you happy, but naturally, you’ll get a lot further if you’re polite. Don’t be ridiculous, but if you need something, just ask.12. If you’re shopping for a special diet (gluten free, dairy free, etc.), they’ve got printed out guides available at the customer service desk. Some stores can even provide a knowledgeable employee to help you with your shopping.13. Whole Foods has a lot of talent in the floral department, especially at city stores. They can make custom arrangements for you, and you can even have a gift basket made with specialty foods, chocolates, or body care items to accompany your flowers.In Central Florida, there are three Whole Foods Markets in Altamonte Springs, Winter Park and Orlando. The Anatomy of Fear center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

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House N / Estudio GM ARQ

first_imgArchitects: Estudio GM ARQ Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Lutron, SONOS, Sapa Building System International NV, CGCollaborating Architects:Fermín Cuenya, Leonel GrazianoStructure:Eduardo DinerArchitects In Charge:Adrian Govetto, Lucas Mansilla, Marcelo ForjaCity:Belén de EscobarCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alejandro PeralRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Text description provided by the architects. In the beginning, this house was planned as a weekend residence, but with the progress of the project, the owners were enthusiastic about transforming it into a permanent home. So, certain sectors were expanded, but the original proposal of a white box supported on volumes of exposed concrete, remained.Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralIn order to channel one of the owner’s passions, the garage was given a special prominence, separating it from the rest of the house and designing it so that it could also function as a mechanical workshop and as an exhibition space for vehicles.Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralThe rest of the project included the design of the public area on the ground floor, formed by the kitchen, the big living-room and an en suite bedroom for eventual guests, which also functions as a TV and rest room.Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe upper floor houses the children’s bedrooms with a shared bathroom and the main suite, with large dimensions and a careful design in the bathroom, which takes advantage of the views to the lagoon.Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralSave this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessLACMA Reveals New Renderings and Drawings of Zumthor-Led Expansion ProjectArchitecture NewsFoster + Partners’ First Public Garden Design to Feature in Norton Museum ExpansionArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/871143/casa-n-estudio-gm-arq Clipboard Projects House N / Estudio GM ARQ CopyHouses•Belén de Escobar, Argentina Save this picture!© Alejandro Peral+ 59 Share ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs Argentinacenter_img “COPY” Year:  House N / Estudio GM ARQSave this projectSaveHouse N / Estudio GM ARQ CopyAbout this officeEstudio GM ARQOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBelén de EscobarArgentinaPublished on October 27, 2017Cite: “House N / Estudio GM ARQ” 27 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GradationPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsCocowebLighting – Blackspot LED Barn LightUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemCeilingsSculptformTimber Batten Ceiling in All Souls ChapelHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH 5 + PH 5 MiniGlazedGrespaniaWall Tiles – Porto PetroThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterCompositesLamitechPlastic facades PanelexCarpetsHalcyon LakeCarpet – Nobsa GreyMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/871143/casa-n-estudio-gm-arq Clipboard 2017 Photographs:  Alejandro Peral Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Area:  320 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

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Smelynes House / Kubinis metras

first_img Year:  Photographs:  Norbert Tukaj Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily Smelynes House / Kubinis metrasSave this projectSaveSmelynes House / Kubinis metras 2017 Houses Area:  80 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Norbert Tukaj+ 19Curated by María Francisca González Share CopyAbout this officeKubinis metrasOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVilniusLithuaniaPublished on April 22, 2018Cite: “Smelynes House / Kubinis metras” 22 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Vilnius, Lithuania Architects: Kubinis metras Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/892823/smelynes-house-kubinis-metras Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/892823/smelynes-house-kubinis-metras Clipboard Smelynes House / Kubinis metras Manufacturers: Brolis Timber, Caparol, Ceresit, Jures Medis, Technonicol, Kerterm, Poroterm Margarita Kaučikaitė Photographs Lead Architect: “COPY” Save this picture!© Norbert TukajRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. Smelynes House is located in the northern part of Vilnius, Lithuania, in a former neighborhood of summer houses, the spirit of which still lingers in its surroundings. The task was to design a house in a very limited plot of land for a young family fond of minimalism philosophy, which also inspired the architecture of the building. The limitations of a plot including its size and surroundings – neighboring houses on three boundaries of the plot as well as a road – evoked a challenge of creating a quality outdoor space. A conscious decision was made not to build a fence in order to not limit the space physically, visually or socially.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Norbert TukajIn a tight plot a small, white, minimalist house was designed, the only architectural twist here being the covered timber terrace going almost all the way around the house. It is formed in three parts – the main terrace, the car shed and a sheltered walkway from the car shed, to the entrance, to the main terrace. The terrace, therefore, acts as a transitional space between the private and the public as an alternative to a physical fence. In addition, having in mind a limited space left for the yard, a staircase to the roof and a roof terrace are designed to create some everyday magic for the residents.Save this picture!SectionsThe size of the house is minimized to the basic needs of a four-member family as well. Therefore it is zoned into two main parts: the sleeping and the living. The sleeping part consists of three small bedrooms, a bathroom, a utility room and a small hall. The spaces merely serve their purpose. The living space, on the contrary, is the focal point and takes nearly half of the house comprising the functions of cooking and eating, spending free time, playing and working. The space is higher than the rest of the house and opens up to a west sun facing terrace. In this way it is extended visually as well as physically during the summer when the family spends most of their time with the window wall open – the boundary between inside and outside literally erased.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajProject gallerySee allShow lessCollages of Iconic Architecture Transformed Into Everyday ObjectsArchitecture NewsSternenstrasse / Tom MunzSelected Projects Share Projects “COPY” Lithuanialast_img read more

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Brooklyn, N.Y.: No library cuts!

first_imgWW photo: Anne PrudenAt the Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, librarians protested cuts in jobs and services in the New York Public Library system on Sept. 16. As several branch libraries in the Brooklyn area face closure, protesters say the main library will have to cope with increased pressure for services without an increase in funding and jobs there. After rallying outside the library, the protesters moved inside for a confrontation with the library’s board at one of their meetings. See citizensdefendinglibraries.blogspot.com.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Joint call by RSF and Article 19 : freedom of expression and information must be a major criteria when electing new UNESCO director-general

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Article 19 have sent a joint letter to the UNESCO Executive Board’s 58 Member States asking them to treat human rights and media freedom as priority issues when they elect a new UNESCO director-general in one month’s time. The independence of the candidates with regard to their country of origin and their commitment to defending journalists and combating impunity for violence against journalists are essential criteria in the choice of the new director-general, the joint letter said. News Freedom of expression and the selection of the UNESCO Director-General ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) call on the UNESCO Executive Board and General Conference to consider freedom of expression credentials when selecting a new Director-General of UNESCO, to replace Irina Bokova, who is due to step down in November 2017 after eight years in office. The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), founded in 1945, is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. One of its main objectives is to promote the respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms. It also has a specific mandate to promote “the free flow of ideas by word and image; it works to foster free, independent and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and online.” The UNESCO Director-General is elected every four years by the General Conference, upon the nomination of the Executive Board. According to the UNESCO Constitution, “the responsibilities of the Director-General and of the staff shall be exclusively international in character. In the discharge of their duties they shall not seek or receive instructions from any government or from any authority external to the Organization. They shall refrain from any action which might prejudice their positions as international officials.” (the conflict of interest provision). As such, the promise of financial contributions to individuals, institutions or States in return for supporting specific candidates is unacceptable, and will erode the standing of UNESCO and remove the appointee ability to execute their role in the manner described above. The candidates for the post, nominated by Member states, should meet a number of qualifications, including demonstrated commitment over time to the objectives and purposes of UNESCO. ARTICLE 19 and RSF understand that the selection of the new Director General is a complex process and involves a careful assessment of various criteria. However, given UNESCO’s specific mandate, we believe that the selected candidate should be independent, highly qualified, and should show a strong commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of the media. We therefore suggest that the Executive Board and the General Conference take the following issues into considerations. Independence: we believe that the discharge of the Director General’s international duties requires candidates for the office to demonstrate their independence. At minimum, this requires independence of nominees from the executive of governments or from intergovernmental organisations, which may be the subject of a communication or mission within the terms of UNESCO’s mandate. The conflict of interest provision has also been interpreted to mean that nominees should clarify how, if appointed, they would deal with any perceived or actual conflict of interest in relation to governments, inter-governmental organisations, or non-governmental organisations.Demonstrated commitment over time to freedom of expression and information: we believe that the Executive Board and the General Conference should consider the candidate’s’ vision for continuing and strengthening UNESCO’s role in promoting freedom of expression and information, and media freedom, during their term as Director General. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of the role of other United Nations entities andor other international andor regional organisations in promoting and protecting freedom of expression and information and media freedom. The candidates should also have practical experience relevant to promoting and protecting the right to freedom of expression and information, particularly in the context of digital technologies, and knowledge of the applicable international human rights standards. They should also have knowledge of developments and challenges in the field of the right to freedom of expression and information, in particular how digital technologies impact freedom of expression and information globally.We also suggest that the candidates should have experience in interacting with a broad range of stakeholders whose work directly impact on the enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression and information, including working within and coordinating action between international and regional inter-governmental organisations,as well as, at the national level, all branches of government, including legislators, the judiciary, ministers, and civil servants, law enforcement agencies, relevant regulatory or administrative bodies, including, where applicable, media regulatory authorities and information ombudspersons, national human rights institutions and equality bodies, and corporations and business enterprises, particularly in the mass media, telecommunication, ICT, surveillance, and online-security sectors. Importantly they should have experience and proven commitment to working and/or interacting with individuals, groups and civil society whose right to freedom of expression and information may have been violated or restricted.Promoting the safety of journalists and combating impunity for those who attack them are central elements within UNESCO’s support for press freedom on all media platforms. Hence, we believe that the candidates should have proven awareness of the particular challenges and risks faced by journalists, media works and other individuals targeted for their exercise of the right to freedom of expression.ARTICLE 19 and, RSF hope that these considerations will contribute to the decision-making of the Executive Board and the General Conference.Commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of media is crucial to ensure that any individual appointed is ready to meet the mounting global challenges to the right to freedom of expression and freedom of media in the coming years. We also remind candidates and Member States that any practices to undermine the election process, including considering any criteria not relevant to the ability of any candidate to deliver UNESCO’s mandate, would gravely damage the credibility of the institution. 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No news of Ho Chi Minh City blogger held for past four months on spurious charge

first_imgNews News April 22, 2021 Find out more to go further August 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No news of Ho Chi Minh City blogger held for past four months on spurious charge April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang VietnamAsia – Pacific The authorities accuse him of not paying any taxes for the past ten years on the place where he lives. In fact, he rented the premises from Hanoi Eyewear Co. under an arrangement allowed by the law in which the company assumes responsibility for paying the taxes.Dieu Cay is affiliated to a group of bloggers known as the Free Vietnamese Journalists Club, some of whose members have been threatened and arrested on several occasions. One, who does not want to be named, was fired from his job at the government’s request and fears he could be arrested on a charge of “divulging information abroad with the aim of overthrowing the government” for giving interviews to foreign news media.Vietnam has the most repressive Internet policies in Asia, after China. Nine cyber-dissident are currently in prison because of what they posted online. In 2006, ISPs were told to install software that enables them to store their clients’ data for a year. The interior ministry is in charge of filtering political content. Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Vietnam Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Nguyen Hoang Hai, a Ho Chi Minh City blogger better known by the pseudonym of Dieu Cay, who has been held on a tax fraud charge since 19 April and who is about to begin his fifth month in detention.“This is an utterly baseless charge that is just a pretext to prevent him from posting more articles critical of the government,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities are copying their Chinese neighbours both as regards Internet filtering and harassment of Internet users. We call for Dieu Cay’s release.” Dieu Cay posted articles criticising China’s policy in the South China Sea, where both the Chinse and Vietnamese government’s claim sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel Islands. He had been under close police surveillance since taking part in protests against Chinese policy that took place in Ho Chi Minh City at the start of this year. At one point, the police threatened to let Chinese agents kill him.After not seeing him for more than a month, police went to his home in Dalat district 3 (on the northern outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City), searched his home, seized documents and charged him with tax fraud. RSF_en News Organisation Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of blogger Dieu Cay, who has been held on a tax fraud charge since 19 April.“This is an utterly baseless charge that is just a pretext to prevent him from posting more articles critical of the government,” Reporters Without Borders said. VietnamAsia – Pacific Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Receive email alerts News April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more