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Park Hoog Oostduin Apartments / Cepezed

first_img Main Contractor: Projects Park Hoog Oostduin Apartments / Cepezed Services: Park Hoog Oostduin Apartments / CepezedSave this projectSavePark Hoog Oostduin Apartments / Cepezed Cepezedinterieur Area:  49380 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project The Netherlands Consultant Stability:IMd Raadgevend IngenieursConsultant Building Services:Technion, TilburgConsultant Construction Physics, Sustainability, Acoustics And Fire Safety:DGMRConsultant Costs:Bremen BouwadviseursConsultant Amovation:Search, HeeswijkContractor Amovation:Houten, André Winkel SloopwerkenReuse Amovated Materials:AmersfoortSteel Construction:BentstaalFaçades:Rollecate, StaphorstContractor Building Services:EnvoCity:The HagueCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedText description provided by the architects. The residents of the luxury Park Hoog Oostduin in The Hague have recently moved into their apartments. They now live quietly in green surroundings, but in the heart of the city as well. Therefore, the access pass to their private parking garage reads “Living in the park, enjoying the city”. modernist giantSave this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedThe project is a transformation of the former Shell office at 75 Oostduinlaan, which had long been part of the Shell campus in the stately Benoordenhout district. The 1968 ensemble was originally designed by H.E. Oud, son of the well-known modernist architect J.J.P. Oud. The most important part consisted of a considerable high-rise block, visible from afar in many places in the city. Immediately at right angles was a second, smaller, and lower building section. The complex was built on the edge of the Oostduin-Arendsdorp estate, from which it took away a large area of greenery. It had a large underground parking and nuclear cellar with a parking plaza on top that rendered the area even stonier. maximum quality The transformation has been entirely focused on sustainability and maximum quality.Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedThe complex was outdated aesthetically, functionally, and regarding construction physics. It had to be transformed into a high-quality residential environment; with comfortable apartments in the higher segment of the market and embedded in an overall experience including a pleasant urban setting. Also important was a high degree of comfort and facilities for the residents, such as the various services that The James Company takes care of from the entrance hall of the renovated complex.Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedThe existing situation posed a considerable challenge for this purpose, but it certainly also had qualities, such as its location amid the green, expansive views and a fine-meshed stability structure of the high-rise building. cepezed was elected as the architect because of its experience with complex transformations and a plan that offered maximum solutions and possibilities combined with a minimum of highly purposive interventions. The design is based on and makes use of existing characteristics and qualities as much as possible. However, the existing low-rise was unsuitable for housing. Hence, this structure has been demolished and replaced by new construction. high dune In the new setting, the high-rise is called Hoge Duin (High Dune).Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedWith a structural grid of 1.80 m, the building consisted of office strips along the façades, a core strip with stairs, lifts, and shafts in the heart and corridors to the offices on either side of the core. Therefore, the dwellings do not have a traverse-like typology with windows on the front and back. Instead, they are oriented along the façades, just like the offices before. As a result, they receive a lot of daylight and have a panoramic view; of the city center on one side of the building and the sea on the other. Just like the large free height of the apartments, this contributes to an enormous spatial experience. Save this picture!PlanHowever, the existing office strips were not deep enough for the homes. In addition, the apartments had to have large, spacious outdoor areas. On the seaside, therefore, the former corridor has been added to the houses, while loggias have been created here within the existing building contour. On the city side, the building has been provided with an extension three meters deep, containing balconies and extra living space. This extension consists of a steel “rack” with floors of composite slabs with profiled steel sheeting. The rack is relatively lightweight and transfers its loads to the existing construction and the existing basement so that it could be realized without additional foundation. All apartments are accessed via the former corridor on the city side. For a pleasant, open, and spatial experience, voids have been created in the access zone. image with allure The heads of the building originally contained escape stairs.Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedThese have been moved to former shafts, making it possible to realize special corner dwellings with an even wider view than the other apartments. The limestone end façades of the building have been preserved. The longitudinal façades have been completely renovated according to current building physics standards. With high strips of glass and strips of white emalit, they respect the modernist character of the existing building, but at the same time give the image of a residential building with allure. Two large recesses in the extension rack on the city side are part of a varied and intriguing view.Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedSave this picture!SectionIn total, over 180 owner-occupied and rental apartments have been realized in Hoge Duin, varying from 70 to 200 m2. Some of these are short-stay apartments. There are also a number of hotel apartments for residents’ guests. In addition, eight spacious penthouses ranging between 165 and 300 m² have been realized in the top layers, which include the former installation spaces on the roof. The structural grid size of 1.80 m meant that the house dimensions and layouts were adaptable to market demands until well into the design phase. Now after realization, the grid also offers many opportunities for change. Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedSave this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedThe new low-rise building of the complex is called Lage Duin (Low Dune) and is built on the foundation of the demolished low-rise. The existing elongated volume was directly at right angles to the high-rise, but the more compact, square new-build was built some distance from it. Thus, there is more space between the two building parts and the complex as a whole has more transparency and relationship with the surrounding greenery. The new building consists of eight floors and comprises a total of 30 dwellings. Three houses at the bottom are double-layered and the houses at the top are penthouses. The low-rise building gives the feeling of ‘living in the park’ even more than the high-rise; the dwellings are provided with sliding doors and balconies all around and the lower houses even have a garden. The corridor zones in the low-rise intersect the entire building volume and have transparent façades. Therefore, the corridors receive ample daylight and always offer the residents a view of the outside. Despite the limited number of homes, the building has two lifts.Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedThis reduces waiting times and ensures there is always a lift available, even in case of maintenance or breakdown. In terms of design and materialization, the low-rise is the family of the high-rise. park and parking To further optimize the quality of living, much attention has been paid to the forecourt, which used to be a large stone plain with cars. On top of the existing parking basement, an extra parking layer has been realized and on top of that, a landscape design that completes the experience of living in greenery. To enhance this experience even further, the former parking spaces along the street have also been canceled. The watercourse that extends around the rest of Oostduin-Arendsdorp has been extended here. The houses are therefore completely in the park in all respects.Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedThe garage offers space for more than 250 cars in the new situation. Along the street, it has a façade finishing of corten steel. sustainability The project devoted a great deal of attention to sustainability. Partly because of the reuse of many materials, the authorities used it as an example project when the government-wide circular economy program was introduced. Of the existing complex, the high-rise structure and garage have of course been reused. But the travertine wall finishes in the existing entrance have also been retained, while the imposing sculptural concrete canopy above the entrance has been completely incorporated in the new design. The reuse of the ceramic tile panel by artist Karel Appel deserves special mention. This first graced the former low-rise of the complex and is now included on the seaside in the façade of Hoge Duin.Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedIn collaboration with engineering firm Repurpose, it was also ensured that many materials released during the dismantling of the existing complex were reused in other projects. For example, large numbers of doors, closers, wall lamps, office furniture, and floor coverings have found their way into other projects and the old cooling installations and kitchen facilities have also been reused elsewhere. At least 80% of the demolition materials have been reused. Additionally, the new apartments themselves are fully equipped with floor cooling and heating, for example, as well as with sun-resistant glass and heat recovery units.Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezedProject gallerySee allShow lessPP Apartment / Nildo JoséSelected ProjectsAlphonse Apartment Renovation / Match, bureau d’architectureSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:The Hague, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Karres en Brands Photographs:  Lucas van der Wee | cepezed, Léon van Woerkom | cepezed Architects: Cepezed Area Area of this architecture project 2019 CopyApartments•The Hague, The Netherlands Year: center_img Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/942469/park-hoog-oostduin-apartments-cepezed Clipboard Züblin, Breda Save this picture!© Lucas van der Wee | cepezed+ 29Curated by Paula Pintos Share Interior Architect: Landscape Architect: Apartments “COPY” The James Company, Rijswijk “COPY” CopyAbout this officeCepezedOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsThe HagueOn FacebookThe NetherlandsPublished on June 28, 2020Cite: “Park Hoog Oostduin Apartments / Cepezed” 28 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Relationship between branding & fundraising success examined in new report

first_img“In too many non-profits the brand is an object of vanity. It attracts hugely more attention from a Board because it’s perceived to be strategic and consequential for the organisation’s reputation. Fundraising by contrast lacks the glamour afforded the brand and can be perceived by a board as a purely tactical pursuit; a necessary evil that can be conducted by others. Our work shows the folly of this approach. Or at least the folly if the goal is to raise massively more income to make an organisation’s vision a reality.”The study included an initial literature review, followed by a detailed qualitative study to identify how brands are managed in organisations that have achieved outstanding levels of fundraising growth. This also included looking at how and under what circumstances branding could be leveraged to boost fundraising performance.The work was then concluded with a quantitative analysis based on the financial data supplied over a period of ten years by 30 UK charities with the goal of looking at the impact of branding and other expenditures on fundraising performance.  705 total views,  2 views today Tagged with: brand Finance research The brand can play a key role in driving fundraising, but increasing brand expenditure alone has minimal effect, according to a study commissioned by ACA Philanthropy & Fundraising, and carried out by The Philanthropy Centre.Authored by Professor Adrian Sargeant and Harriet Day, the Great Fundraising & Brands report looks at the relationship between branding and fundraising success, examining whether branding helps or hinders, and how to leverage the brand to grow fundraising income.The study found that increasing brand expenditure has a relatively modest impact on fundraising success, while increasing expenditure on fundraising is much more impactful. However, the report also found that while increasing brand expenditure for its own sake appears unhelpful, the nature of the brand and the brand strategy adopted can be much more important.In the successful organisations studied for the report, brand was frequently positioned as ‘the servant of fundraising’ and clarity over the nature of the relationship between branding and fundraising seemed to play a significant role with the brand driving fundraising growth.Brands can also play a powerful role in making an organisation “fundraisable”, the study found, with the processes and procedures necessary to create and manage a brand also helpful in building whole organisation buy in to key messages.This was particularly powerful where the messaging focused on why the organisation exists. The successful fundraising organisations studied had been able to use the branding process to harness the passion the whole organisation had for the “why” to lay the groundwork for everyone to understand why fundraising was so important and to get fully behind it.In terms of how to better leverage the brand to grow fundraising, the study identified that strong fundraising brands were more likely to focus on purpose, proposition, personality, and passion.Many of these dimensions, it notes, are consistent with the stimulation of brand love, suggesting that learning how to develop brand love from the commercial sector could be significant.Alan Clayton of ACA Philanthropy & Fundraising said:“In our own consulting work we have found that organisations frequently don’t think enough about the role of their brand. Some appear to build it for its own sake and when you ask them to articulate what their brand is for, they really can’t give you a coherent answer. While fundraised income may not be the only reason the organisation needs to build a brand, it is frequently given as the sole justification for brand investment.“This report focuses on how non-profit brands can achieve one common purpose – it shows how brands can be leveraged to massively grow fundraising income.”The Philanthropy Centre‘s Professor Sargeant added: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 23 July 2019 | Newscenter_img  706 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Relationship between branding & fundraising success examined in new report About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Groups Respond to RFS Waiver Petition

first_img Previous articleAmerican Livestock asks for RFS WaiverNext articleWorld Bank Prepared to Respond to Food Price Volatility Andy Eubank Home Energy Groups Respond to RFS Waiver Petition Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen expects Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will deny the RFS waiver request from a coalition of meat and poultry organizations. While he understands the hardships facing the ag industry this summer – he says waiving the RFS won’t bring the type of relief the livestock groups are seeking. In fact – because ethanol plants also produce a high protein feed – he says limiting ethanol production will only further complicate drought related feed issues and costs. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says the higher corn prices facing livestock and poultry users are a result of Mother Nature – not ethanol. Trying to blame ethanol – he says – is disingenuous and absurd. The National Corn Growers Association believes it’s premature for a waiver of the RFS provisions. NCGA President Garry Niemeyer says it’s too early to determine this year’s final corn supply.Buis and Dinneen both note the market has already shown it will adjust to the current situation. There has been a decrease in ethanol production – but they say volume requirements of the RFS can still be met. Niemeyer says a surplus of ethanol and RFS credits can greatly offset ethanol’s impact on the corn supply.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jul 30, 2012 Facebook Twitter SHARE Groups Respond to RFS Waiver Petition Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Gang member gets 30 years for murder of journalist in 2004

first_img News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Dominican Republic Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 May 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gang member gets 30 years for murder of journalist in 2004 September 22, 2014 Find out more Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo Organisation to go further Reporters Without Borders today said it was horrified by the fatal shooting of Listín Diario correspondent Juan Andújar by a criminal gang on 14 September in Azua, a town 120 km east of the capital, and called on the authorities to move quickly to bring those responsible to justice. Help by sharing this information Dominican RepublicAmericas Edri Vladimir “Vla” Pujols, a member of a gang known as Los Zayayines, was sentenced on 2 May 2007 to 30 years in prison for the 2004 murder of Juan Andújar, a correspondent of the daily Listín Diario. He was also ordered to pay the equivalent of 30,000 euros in compensation to another journalist, Jorge Luis Senció, who had to have an arm amputated after being attacked by Pujols because he witnessed the murder.Fellow gang-member Juan Ricardo Muños Herrera was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 7,000 euros for conspiracy. The court said it could not try a third member of the gang, Maikel Bienvenido Agramonte, because he was a minor at the time. His case will be transferred to a court for minors.Pujols and other members Los Zayayines were previously arrested several times in 2001 and 2002 in connection with other crimes but until now they had always been released by the courts.—————————————————-31.03.06 – Arrest of suspected killers of Juan Andújar Reporters Without Borders notes the arrest of one of the suspects in the 14 September 2004 murder of Juan Andújar, correspondent for the daily Listín Diario, in Azua, 120 kilometres east of Santo Domingo.Vladimir Pujols, known as “Vla” was picked up overnight on 29-30 March in San José de Ocoa province in the east of the country. His alleged accomplice, Tejada Filpo, died in an exchange of fire with police shortly after the murder.Vladimir Pujols is the leader of “Los Zayayines”, a criminal gang which has carried out a number of attacks on journalists, who, like Juan Andújar, investigated their illegal activities in the region. Police chief, Bernardo Santana Paez, said there have been many previous unsuccessful operations against Pujols, who now faces up to 30 years in prison.____________________________________________________16.03.04 – Gang guns down newspaper correspondent Reporters Without Borders today said it was horrified by the fatal shooting of Listín Diario correspondent Juan Andújar by a criminal gang on 14 September in Azua, a town 120 km east of the capital, and called on the authorities to move quickly to bring those responsible to justice.”We are very worried by the increase in violence in the area and its effect on press freedom, and we urge you to do everything possible ensure that the killers are arrested and brought to trial,” the organisation said in a letter to interior minister Franklin Almeyda Rancier.”As all of the press in this area seems to be threatened by these gunmen, we also call on you to provide protection to all journalists who request it,” the letter added.Andújar was shot in the head as he left Radio Azua, where he had just presented his regular news programme. The station said the gunmen knew who they were killing because they called out his name before shooting. A fellow journalist who was with him, (Jorge Luis Sención of Radio Enriquillo, was shot in the left arm, which had to be amputated.The gang member who fired the shots has been identified as Vladimir Pujols. Four members of his gang had been killed earlier that day in a shootout with the police. The police arrested another member of the gang last night.Radio Azua said that, shortly before Andújar was gunned down, it received a phone call from the gang warning that all of the town’s journalists were going to be killed. Other news media received similar messages and several journalists had taken refuge in the police station. They included the correspondent of the El Nacional newspaper, Juan Sánchez, who received more threats than anyone else and who has been given police protection.All of the targeted journalists had criticised the criminal activities of the gangs operating in the area. “You cannot live here any more,” one Radio Azua journalist told Reporters Without Borders by telephone.Aged 49, Andújar had been a journalist for more than 20 years. He was also active in local peace and environmental groups. News RSF_en June 25, 2015 Find out more Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast News News February 15, 2017 Find out more Dominican RepublicAmericas last_img read more

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Council told that waste companies taking Limerick customers ‘for a ride’

first_img Previous articleSaggitarius rising notes at St Mary’s CathedralNext articleLet there be light Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Designed by FreepikLIMERICK City and County Council has been asked to make rubbish collection companies use a pay-by-weight system, amid claims that customers are paying for the collection of “non-existent rubbish”.City north councillor, John Gilligan (Ind) made the call at a Metropolitan District meeting after members were briefed on new by-laws that will require households to account for how they dispose of their waste in a bid to curb dumping.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up City north councillor, John Gilligan (Ind)Cllr Gilligan said: “If you don’t fill your bin every week, you could do it every two weeks and that is the whole point of reducing weight. I am proposing we should have a pay-by-weight system. People might fill bins every three weeks, yet the waste companies are charging to pick up non-existent waste.“If you go on holiday for two weeks, you’re still charged for a bin collection. The waste companies in Ireland are taking us for a ride”.The new council bylaws will require householders to show they have paid for a bin collection, provide consent if they are sharing a bin or prove they are bringing their rubbish to a proper disposal facility.Cllr Michael Sheahan (FG) raised concerns about people living in apartments who use bring banks.“Throughout the city we have bring banks. People bring small amounts of waste which they deposit unsegregated. People are concerned about what will happen when these bylaws come in”.Cllr John Costello (SF) said that while he has to acknowledge “that these services work in all kinds of weather, the timing of collections is a concern. I get calls that children are being woken at four in the morning by bin collections”.Director of Services, Kieran Lehane said that households that only have a small amount of waste are covered.“We certainly should be paying-by-weight because that encourages people to reduce waste”.Councillors were told that people can use any authorised collector including deposit banks and people who share a bin can do so with permission from the main waste collection account holder. TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites NewsPoliticsCouncil told that waste companies taking Limerick customers ‘for a ride’By Bernie English – January 2, 2019 982 Advertisementcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Email Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Printlast_img read more

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COVID-19 Economic Crisis : Time For Retired Persons With Alternate Incomes To Sacrifice Their Pensions

first_imgColumnsCOVID-19 Economic Crisis : Time For Retired Persons With Alternate Incomes To Sacrifice Their Pensions Senior Advocate George Poonthottam7 April 2020 7:29 AMShare This – xIn India, the number of civil servants, who are drawing pension post-retirement from service is higher than the numbers of serving civil servants. A similar situation can be seen among the judiciary, legislators and parliamentarians. In the 2019-20 budget, the Government expected to spend Rs. 48,565 Cr. (4.6% of all expenditures) on civil pensions.1 According to 2015-16 data…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn India, the number of civil servants, who are drawing pension post-retirement from service is higher than the numbers of serving civil servants. A similar situation can be seen among the judiciary, legislators and parliamentarians. In the 2019-20 budget, the Government expected to spend Rs. 48,565 Cr. (4.6% of all expenditures) on civil pensions.1 According to 2015-16 data from the Central Pension Accounting Office, there are around 12 lakh Central Civil Pensioners/Family Pensioners/Freedom Fighter Pensioners in India.2 Most of these retired pensioners are engaged in income generating activities and some of them are earning more than they earned while in service. On retirement, judges and Government employees get a handsome amount as retirement benefits, which if placed as a fixed deposit at a bank, in the normal course should generate interest income as equivalent to their monthly income when in service. Above and beyond this, they are paid pension which in legal parlance, termed as ‘deferred wages’. This is apart from the medical benefits for life. At the same time, there are millions who retire from private employment and are satisfied with retirement benefits without any pension benefit. In terms of numbers, civil pensioners account for 0.1% of the Indian population (~14 lakhs out of ~133.92 crores), but their pension expenses accounted for 4.6% of all expenditures in the 2019-20 budget. In the 2020-21 budget, the government expects to spend 14.4%3 more on all pensions, which takes the expected spending on civil pensions to ~Rs. 55, 558 Cr (calculated value, not actual). There are several categories of civil pensioners, but on average (based on the above numbers), a civil pensioner collects a minimum of Rs. 3,96,843/- per annum (or ~Rs.33,070/- per month) from the government. Retired Judges are accommodated by the Government in one form or another or they will be provided with some form of employment by the judiciary. Some retired/resigned judges have practice as lawyers and charges 2 to 4 times their monthly pension for a single appearance in court. Retired judges as Arbitrators are charging per sitting. There are equal numbers of civil servants including I.A.S and I.P.S officers, who are working post-retirement, on expiry of their lock in period and receiving alternative salary. All of them, with a handful of exceptions, are receiving their pensionary benefits and medical benefits and are equally engaged in moral preaching. In India’s hour of need, shouldn’t they forgo their pensions? Legally, they have every right to their pensions, but they have a moral obligation to forgo their pension for at least for next one year in support of the nation. While in service as judges and civil servants, they were well protected by the nation and it is the time for them to return. This is equally applicable for those who receive pension as former MLAs and MPs, as there are probably only a handful that survive on their pensionary benefits. . COVID-19 has already done irreversible damage to economies around the world. For a nation like India, the cascading effect of COVID-19 and the lockdown is unimaginable. We should acknowledge that there is a large population within our nation who cannot afford three meals a day even when they are allowed to work. As we have seen with the migrant workers after the lockdown, the economic uncertainty and lack of resources led them to walk hundreds of kilometers towards the safety of their ancestral homes. In their hour of need, the India that has the resources needs to step forward and provide for the Indians that lacks in resources. In this battle against COVID-19, we need to mobilize all funds available to support the central and state governments in the various initiatives that they’ve put forward. The pensioners across the nation who have an alternative income source are required to declare their allegiance to the nation and support the nation in this battle against COVID-19. If the pensioners with alternative income, relinquish their pensions for the next one year, the nation will have the financial resources required to overcome the economic challenge now faced as a consequence of COVID-19. If all other pensioners excluding class-IV employees contribute Rs.100 each for one year, the nation will overcome the financial crisis. With economic activities being restricted and expenditure rising, there will come a point when the State and Central governments may have to deprive the serving personnel of their regular pay. These include civil servants, medical staff and policemen, who are our first line of defense and true heroes in this battle against COVID-19. It’s time for all of us to step forward and do our part in service of the nation, as actions speak louder than words. Let the initiative come from judiciary.  Views Are Personal Only.(Author is a Senior Advocate at Kerala High Court) Expenditure Budget of Ministries and Departments, Union Budget Explorer, https://union2019.openbudgetsindia.org/en/expenditure/ Central Pension Accounting Office, Ministry of Finance, https://cpao.nic.in/Publications/accounts.php Union Budget 2020-21 Analysis, PRS Legislative Research, https://www.prsindia.org/parliamenttrack/budgets/union-budget-2020-21-analysis Next Storylast_img read more

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Thousands attend Mica protest in Donegal

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Thousands attend Mica protest in Donegal Facebook Twitter Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – May 23, 2021 Twitter Previous articleWatch: Highlights of Donegal’s draw with MonaghanNext articleOlder people falling through cracks of redress scheme – homeowner News Highland Affected homeowners Gerry Hone and his wife LisaThousands of people attended protests in Letterkenny and Buncrana on Saturday afternoon for a 100% Mica redress scheme.A Protests also took place in BallinaAffected householders say the amount of money required to just apply for the long awaited redress scheme is growing, and unattainable for many.Gerry Hone, is one of them homeowners, he told Highland Radio News that the 90/ 10 scheme effectively doesn’t exist:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Gerryhoneweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterestlast_img read more

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Come one, come all, says Kinky

first_imgMembers have also been voicing their anger. One second year PPE student, said, “I don’t think that it is very fair. Why should my membership pay for non-members to get drunk?”A spokesperson for the Union said, “The Facebook group, which invited both members and non-members of the Union to President’s Drinks, was set up by a former member of Standing Committee and was not officially sanctioned by the Union. The Union cannot comment on the actions of individual members.”“It is not Union policy to allow non-members into President’s Drinks, with the exception of debate speakers and their guests.”An official within the Union explained that James Kingston was looking to increase attendance at the drinks event, but had not meant to imply that anyone could come.A former Standing Committee member expressed his disbelief at the invitation being extended to non-members.He said, “At the end of the day, members have paid a lot of money to have some sort of exclusive privileges.“It can be good to show non-members the benefits that the Union brings, but I think that extending exclusive privileges to non-members that members have effectively paid for is wrong, and of detriment to the Union.”The e-mail sent out by Chris Adams warned guests that they would need to dress smartly early on, but that as the evening went on there would be no need for formal wear.“If you’re coming for 10.30 to 11.30ish, make sure you’re reasonably smart (e.g. at least shirt and proper trousers for boys), as the guests from the debate will be there.“After then, don’t worry. The level of formality will degrade significantly.”Adams added, “We should be able to fix queue-jump [for The Bridge] if you head over from drinks in small numbers.”However after Cherwell questioned Adams about his invitation, the Facebook page advertising the drinks was radically altered.There was no longer any mention of free alcohol, with Adams encouraging the guests “to buy some drinks from tescos/sainsbury’s.”Another part of the new event page read “So: main drinks post-debate, confirm your attendance on here.” adding that “you need to be a member for this bit though.”The invitation comes after the proposed £5 charge for President’s drinks was dropped last week.When contacted for comment, Adams said “Union members will not be paying for this”. An open invitation to President’s Drinks at the Oxford Union was issued this week, sparking outrage among paying members.Chris Adams, a third year student who is currently the Union’s Director of Communications, sent out a Facebook invitation to around 60 fellow Brasenose students, a number of whom were not members of the Union.Adams created an ‘Event’ page claiming that James Kingston, President of the Union, was “bored of President’s drinks”, and so had asked him to invite anyone he wanted.The page stated, “The current Union President (James Kingston) has been bored of drinks on Thursdays being quiet and frequented only by hacks this term, so said to me yesterday, “I’m sick of being frugal. Invite whoever you want.” I’ve told him I intend to hold him to his word.”Adams went on to say “don’t worry if you’re not a member”, and twice emphasised that free drinks would be provided for all who chose to attend.The event was advertised as continuing until 6am, and Adams claimed in the description that guests would be able to continue drinking “until the early hours”.Members of the Union have expressed their anger that those who chose not to join the society were invited to the free drinks event, to which not even all members have access every week.A message sent by Adams said that everyone invited would be on the guest list at the door of the event.His invitation told members of the group that they should say that they were one of “Chris Adams’ guests”.A Standing Committee member said, “This is ridiculous. The Union is designed to serve its members.“President’s Drinks should not be open to anyone who fancies turning up.”last_img read more

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Hero or villain?

first_imgBut first the facts: Jeff Flake is retiring from the senate in January, he is not running for reelection – that is a fact. The question is, “If Jeff Flake was running for a second term in Arizona, would he have voted “No” to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation?Well – is the pope Jewish?I would garnish Mr. Flake with flowery accolades for immortal eminence had he voted “No” IF he was running again; and that would be the measure of a brave statesman, which is the theme of JFK’s book, “Profiles in Courage”; but Jeff Flake took the easiest and quickest path to infamy by voting “No” with absolutely nothing to risk. I’m sorry, but in my book of “Humble Opinion,” that is the mark of a coward.The woman in the elevator (who in my opinion was paid) to give a tear-wrenching performance before Flake, if he concedes to the fact the she “got to him,” it should have been even more proof that she was totally out of line by placing the blame of her painful experience of sexual assault on Brett Kavanaugh, but he buckled under and used it as a “cause” to excuse his cowardly “No” vote.Hero or Villain? Jeff Flake has crumbled under the very grit of decency, honor, and virtue; and to top it all off, Mr. Flake has now joined Sen. Chris Coons, the Democrat from Delaware, on his campaign trail for reelection.Hero or Villain? You decide.John Amato Dear Editor:Moses or Judas, Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, Benedict Arnold or Patrick Henry, Jeff Flake or Lindsey Graham? You pick which Flake is. The walls of history are lined with the famous and the infamous, with the brave and the cowards.last_img read more

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Kerry Group launches innovation centre

first_imgKerry Group, the global ingredients company, has opened a new €1bn technology and innovation centre in Dublin.It includes a new analytical lab, and others which specialise in enzyme and proteins that can be used to measure and help with the softness of bread.The new centre is situated outside Naas near Dublin and serves the group’s global customers in nutrition and its regional customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).Stan McCarthy, Kerry Group’s chief executive, said: “We needed to do what was right for the organisation and for our shareholders. Once we got the comfort and the support from the government parties, including Enterprise Ireland, that was a big help, and the fact that it (the site) had an international airport (Dublin) nearby. The educated workforce from universities was the biggest influencer.”The Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and Ministers for Agriculture and for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation were present for the official opening on 1 October.The new centre has a typical industry manufacturing plant, but on a much smaller scale, so that Kerry can ensure any product is fully functional when it goes to the customer. There is also what is called the ‘rapid fire’ pipeline which, in collaboration with the customer, comes up with new product ideas quickly.This centre is based on the Kerry Group’s other research centre in Beloit, USA. It will employ 900 people by next year.last_img read more