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Morrone House / Bloco Arquitetos

first_imgArchitects: BLOCO Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4919 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Brazil Houses Photographs “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Brazil Morrone House / Bloco Arquitetos Morrone House / Bloco ArquitetosSave this projectSaveMorrone House / Bloco Arquitetoscenter_img Photographs:  Haruo Mikami Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” 2017 Save this picture!© Haruo Mikami+ 31Curated by Pedro Vada Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects Manufacturers: Indusparquet, Florense, Alcoa, Cerâmica Atlas, Dessine, Lepri, Marmoraria Alvorada, Sonotto, TallentusCollaboration:Victor Machado, Marina Lira, Guilherme Mahana, Daniel DubugrassConstruction:Construtora Memória EngenhariaStructure:André Torres CordeiroMEP:Oficina de ProjetosLandscape Design:Mariana Siqueira e Jardins do cerradoLighting:BLOCO ArquitetosAuthors:Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus SecoCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Haruo MikamiRecommended ProductsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®WindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealRenders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™Text description provided by the architects. The house was built in a residential neighbourhood close to the Plano Piloto in Brasilia. An existing “pequi” tree (one species of the Brazilian Savannah protected by law) is in the front of the lot. Due to the massive buildings of the neighbours we have decided to prioritize the inner visuals, alternating constructed spaces and empty spaces, increasing the amount of natural light into the house.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Haruo MikamiThe first action was to simulate the total built area that is allowed for the construction, following the local regulations. From this point we subtracted parts of the volume creating five main voids.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiSave this picture!Section BSave this picture!© Haruo MikamiThe first one, in front of the house, incorporates the existing “Pequi” tree to the internal garden of the guest room on the ground floor; the second void, in the centre of the building, works as a natural light well that visually links the living room in the ground floor to the corridor of the rooms upstairs; the third void is a roofless extension of one of the bathrooms of the house; the fourth void houses the main entrance of the house and the fifth one wase made to attach part of the swimming pool to the house, creating a partially shaded area for hot days.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiProject gallerySee allShow lessCall for Entries: 2019 Lyceum Fellowship – A SancturaryStudent CompetitionsThe Modernist Skopje Map, A Pocket Guide to Brutalist Architecture in Macedonia’s Ca…Architecture News Share ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeBloco ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrazilPublished on September 28, 2018Cite: “Morrone House / Bloco Arquitetos” [Casa Morrone / Bloco Arquitetos] 28 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCoffee tablesFlexformCoffee Table – GipsyCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemWoodSculptformTimber Battens in Double Bay HouseStonesCosentinoSilestone and Dekton in Villa OmniaBricksNelissenInner Wall Bricks – LückingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade PanelsWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsEducational ApplicationsFastmount®Hidden Panel Fastener at Massey UniversitySealants / ProtectorsTOPCRETMicro-Coating – Baxab®More 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 streamlast_img read more

Barbuda relief effort accepts Bitcoin donations for matched giving

first_img Tagged with: Bitcoin blockchain Emergency Fundraising  108 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1  107 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Barbuda relief effort accepts Bitcoin donations for matched giving Howard Lake | 16 September 2017 | News The Calvin Ayre Foundation is inviting donations in Bitcoin and Bitcoin cash to help with the relief effort on the island following the devastation brought by Hurricane Irma.The altcoin donations will be matched by Calvin Ayre, a long-term resident and Antiguan citizen, up to $1,000,000. Barbuda was directly in the Category 5 Irma’s path. It experienced 300km/hour winds and heavy rain which left heavy damage in many areas. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, said 90% of the island’s structures had been destroyed.The Foundation claims that this is the first time that cryptocurrency is being used in a relief effort.Donations are invited to the Official Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund via the official government account on GoFundMe. How to donate Donations in Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash should be sent through the. ff addresses:• Bitcoin Cash (BCH) – 1L89GJ3ecXh2PdZpDxPd5YwaLY1b YNcsNS • Bitcoin (BTC) – 15fT2nvS8NUs9D9aLF12rV AKb37cUiuoar BCH is recommended as it has lower transactions fees. For Bitcoin Cash donations, send [email protected] a copy of your receipt and the Calvin Ayre Foundation will add an equal amount to the money.Bitcoin donations accepted in fight against Ebola (4 November 2014) Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Music therapist helps students express themselves

first_img OC employee of the year always learning ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ For Jennifer Mosman, music is truly the universal language.A music therapist for Ector County Independent School District for the past 29 years, Mosman uses melodies to help special needs students express themselves.Music therapy is used to address physical emotional, cognitive and social needs of people, information from the American Music Therapy Association shows.Mosman works with 133 children, age 3 to 22. Her method depends on what’s in their individualized education program, or IEP. With the district’s growth, she now travels to 23 campuses, whereas two years ago it was 15.“I have to go wherever the kids are. It’s not per school, it’s per IEP (Individualized Education Plan),” Mosman said.If a student moves to another campus, Mosman said she follows that child.Mosman, who is from Columbia, Pa., earned a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. In Pennsylvania, she couldn’t work in the school system without a music education degree, but she can in Odessa.The music therapist who had her position before Mosman went to the same college she did. That’s how she ended up in Odessa. “That’s what I always wanted to do was work in the school system, but I didn’t want to do music ed. I just wanted to do music therapy,” she said.The students are what keep her coming back.“I never know what they’re going to do or what they’re going to say,” Mosman said.Her rewards are seeing the students participate, do something new or if they come in to class and are excited to see her when she walks in the door.She has seen changes in the students she works with.Last year, there was a boy with autism who wasn’t aware of anyone else in class and didn’t know there was anyone else around.“I talked with the teacher and I came in one-on-one and worked with him, so now I have him at another campus and he can tell me ‘ball,’ he can look at me and he can count to 10. He now knows there are other people in the classroom, so those are the neat things — to see the spark for the kids,” Mosman said.Music is useful in working with special needs children because it’s its own language.“I work with a kid that’s bilingual and I don’t speak Spanish, but we’re able to still work on his goals and work on things, even though there’s a language barrier, using the music,” Mosman said.Different students have different objectives and she said she can use songs to teach addition or reading comprehension, for example. On a recent Wednesday at Lamar Early Education Center, Mosman was working with students in Nicole Rodriguez’s class having them select items from a large orange bag to determine their activities. Rodriguez said Mosman’s audience included 4- and 5-year-olds ranging in disability from autism, to intellectual to Down syndrome.Rodriguez said music therapy has been quite effective for her youngsters, especially those who love music or who aren’t talking yet.“… They seem to learn language easier with music with familiar songs. I have had a couple students that love music, so if you can incorporate that into learning new skills they’re way more engaged,” Rodriguez said.Tunes also calm the students down, or they can hype them up, depending on the tempo.“Music plays a role in their self regulation and all that,” Rodriguez said. Facebook Jennifer Mosman sings to students in Nicole Rodriguez’s class at Lamar Early Education Center while they pick activities out of her big orange bag. WhatsApp Twitter 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest By admin – January 4, 2018 WhatsApp Home Local News Music therapist helps students express themselves Pinterest Local News Music therapist helps students express themselves Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Mini mall fire hurts city’s soulNext articleSULLUM: The buck stops over there admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Foolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleSummer Spaghetti SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

HSE urged to take over Aras Gweedore to ensure its future viability

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest HSE urged to take over Aras Gweedore to ensure its future viability 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+center_img The HSE is being urged to take over the Aras Gweedore nursing home in West Donegal.The facility is run by the local community, but Deputy Thomas Pringle says anticipated future demand, coupled with the need to meet with HIQA requirements presents a challenge that the community cannot meet.He says there was a serious crisis at the home last year, and it’s vital that proper investment is agreed now to prevent more problems in the future.Deputy Pringle spoke on today’s Shaun Doherty Show…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Twitter Previous articleOmbudsman finds no evidence of PSNI negligence in 2009 Coleraine deathNext articleDonegal fishermen start petition to have supertrawlers banned from the Irish coast admin Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By admin – November 12, 2015 last_img read more

Donegal gorse fire hit farmers deemed ineligible for BPS payments

first_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest The Government has been criticised for its treatment of hill farmers in Donegal whose land was damaged by gorse fires.Many farmers across the county will suffer significant financial losses after they were deemed ineligible for BPS payments following the fires in May.Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn says the Government’s decision to exclude these farmers from the payments is outrageous.He says the Government is punishing farmers over something that was no fault of their own:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleDungloe housing for those with intellectual disabilities a step closerNext articleGardai warn frosty conditions leave Donegal roads treacherous News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook By News Highland – November 24, 2017 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Donegal gorse fire hit farmers deemed ineligible for BPS paymentslast_img read more

Inside mall owner Namdar’s rapid growth story

first_img Commercial Real Estatemallssimon property group Of course, not all may be worth saving. And it may be natural to have issues at some mall locations, especially if there’s not enough capital to make changes, industry sources say. If the ultimate goal is to redevelop the property, criticism can occur. “Communities often want the world. And then there’s reality,” said Alexander Goldfarb, managing director senior and REIT analyst for Piper Sandler, who declined to comment on Namdar in particular. “So the community may want one thing, but economically, it’s not feasible.”But in the meantime, according to retail strategist Marshall Kay, malls serve a purpose for the communities that they’re in, regardless of the backlash they may face over their condition. He raised the possibility that another owner might not keep some of Namdar’s malls open at all.“If Namdar wasn’t the owner of these properties, would it mean that certain areas would be underserved? That’s a question worth considering,” said Kay, who argued that there “isn’t an obligation to revitalize every retail property.” “What is the alternative for consumers?” he added. “What is the alternative for the retailers who rent from them?”“Depreciation purposes”In Mansfield, Ohio, Namdar’s Westpark Shopping Center looks ill. The canopy is peeling off the building, and its signage has fallen. The overflowing dumpster has become a public nuisance, according to a letter from the city to Namdar last September. A spokesperson for Namdar said it is actively working to fix the property. It’s not the first time the shopping center has been in trouble. In October 2019, Dollar General received an order to evacuate: The fire alarm system was out of service and needed to be replaced. At a Namdar property in Sterling, Illinois, photographs show a sinkhole that formed after a storm drainage tube collapsed. The damage may be causing water to infiltrate the city’s sewer system, according to emails between town officials sent throughout 2020 provided to TRD. Mall employees and customers voiced concerns to the city, but outreach to Namdar went unanswered until the city threatened litigation, according to the emails. Namdar’s spokesperson said the company has worked “diligently” to repair the storm drain and any remaining issues surrounding the collapse. As Namdar rushes to acquire more properties, some worry that the ones it owns are being left behind.A sinkhole at the Northland Mall in Sterling, Illinois.“Over time, you do become what you’re perceived,” Cushman and Wakefield Vice Chair Mark Gilbert said of Namdar in a 2018 interview with Reuters. “I think that in many respects if they don’t define what they’re going to do with these malls in general, then they may get defined by the bad ones.” At a shuttered mall in Hazelwood, Missouri, near St. Louis, the local newspaper published images of burned-out light bulbs and waist-high grass. The mall looks abandoned, but isn’t. “We’ve redirected our efforts at the St. Louis Outlet Mall and have since entered into a multiparty agreement to resolve outstanding taxes and assessments,” Namdar’s spokesperson said in a statement. At the now-shuttered Phillipsburg Mall in New Jersey, following a heavy rain in 2018, the roof of a vacant Sears collapsed, bringing a water pipe down with it, according to police reports. Namdar’s spokesperson blamed “hastily completed contracting work that Sears had commissioned a number of years back,” before the retailer shut its doors. “Given that the property was slated for a redevelopment and ultimately would be demolished, this accelerated the plans for the building,” the spokesperson noted. Upset communities allege that Namdar and Mason are looking to turn a profit by not investing in their malls. Brad Schrader, Sterling’s superintendent of public works, said he suspects the city is the victim of Namdar using the local mall “for depreciation purposes.” “We get stuck holding the bag in the end,” he said. “It’s an economic drain on us because they’re not reinvesting and it’s a moral drain on the community, watching something that was once a vibrant center for the community falling into disrepair.”Smoke and mirrors?After soaking Florida’s DeSoto Square Mall for management fees, Namdar attempted to sell the property for $30 million, according to a lawsuit filed by the financial services firm ML Holdings in 2018. Namdar ultimately traded the property to ML Holdings for $25.5 million. But when the new owner took a closer look after the sale, it found things were not as they appeared. Despite carrying significant expenses for security, waste disposal, landscaping and parking lot repairs on its books, the mall was in poor condition, and its gross income was slashed from $6 million to $4 million, ML Holdings claimed. Soon after the sale closed, tenants allegedly began to flee. Namdar had verbally agreed to lower rents for store owners, in some cases to as little as 25 percent of what was reported in leases, while others had been allowed to stay rent-free to prop up occupancy rates, according to the complaint. “While we cannot say much on the matters related to the Midtown DeSoto Square Mall, it has been made public that we sold the property in early 2017,” Namdar’s spokesperson said.Over time, ML Holdings fell into default on its loan. The lawsuit contends that the mall should have sold for about $5 million — one-fifth of what the company paid.That was no accident, said Meyer Silber, ML Holdings’ lawyer in the case against Namdar, which is ongoing.“Their strategy generally was to suck out as much money from a mall as possible,” said Silber, “and they try to just dump it.” Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink (Photo illustration by The Real Deal)At the Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville, Florida, roaches roam freely, the air conditioning is broken and the roof leaks, according to a series of lawsuits filed over the past four years. But the mall’s owner, Namdar Realty Group, did not disclose any of that to its tenants, a handful of retailers alleged. When the issue was raised, Namdar painted over the water stains and the problem got worse as mold grew and another leak developed, International Decor Outlet asserted in a 2017 suit.  Namdar “is an absentee landlord with a reputation as a ‘slumlord,’” the home furnishings store’s complaint reads. The lawsuit was later voluntarily dismissed.In another part of the mall, the leaky roof allegedly made it impossible for a tenant to move in. A certificate of occupancy was never issued, and the leaks caused two electrical fires, according to another lawsuit filed against the property by the Jacksonville Automotive and Motorcycle Museum.And when the electricity went out in one part of the mall in June 2017, it took Namdar four months to restore power, a local church claimed in a third lawsuit. As a result, a build-up of moisture caused the chiller pipes to rip through the ceiling, destroying the tiles, dry wall and floor, according to the church. That comes on top of complaints against Namdar and its sister company, Mason Asset Management, from local officials and residents in several regions. Namdar and Mason, which co-owns and co-manages the Regency Mall and others, declined to comment on specific lawsuits but denied the accusations. “We feel that we’re doing very good for the communities and the properties that we own within those communities,” said Mason’s president, Elliot Nassim. “Once in a while you come across someone who doesn’t necessarily agree with what you’re doing.”Despite being hit with allegations of neglect at several of their malls, Namdar and Mason are rapidly growing. With 86 million square feet across more than 400 properties combined, they now stack up against some of the industry’s biggest players. By comparison, Macerich owns 51 million square feet across 47 malls, and Simon Property Group owns 186 million square feet across 250 properties. “We still believe in [brick and mortar] retail, and we think there’s a place for it,” said Igal Namdar, Namdar’s president.Through extensive interviews with Namdar and Mason executives and examination of public filings and lawsuits, The Real Deal took a closer look at the two firms and their strategy at a time when many malls are in turmoil.“Prime locations”Based in the upscale enclave of Great Neck, Long Island, Namdar and Mason are both family run. The companies operate jointly: Namdar handles most of the finances, while Mason focuses on leasing. Some of the properties are owned by one and managed by the other, and some are owned by both. Curiously, Namdar and Mason continue to fly under the radar. They have been gobbling up properties even as the market for malls shrinks and other owners and operators pull back. In 2019, Namdar bought 30 properties and Mason acquired 23. Last year, Namdar bought 12 more and Mason added eight. Malls were at one point seen as the future — places where people of all ages could gather and shop under a single roof. But as online shopping grew and consumer habits changed, many malls found themselves plagued by dwindling foot traffic and rising bankruptcies. When the pandemic hit, those issues were only exacerbated. Dozens of retailers have filed for Chapter 11 in the past year, including mall staples such as J.C. Penney and Ascena Retail Group. Others, like Macy’s and Gap, have decided to pull out of malls altogether. At the same time, many tenants have simply stopped paying rent, as countless malls struggle to regain their footing. In New York City, malls lost half a year to the pandemic before being permitted to reopen in September. In Los Angeles, malls got the green light that October after reopening and closing again in mid-July. For big names, revenue plummeted. Even Simon Property, which has one of the best balance sheets in the business, saw its net income fall to $145.9 million in 2020’s third quarter from $544.3 million in the same period a year earlier. None of this seems to faze Namdar and Mason executives, who say they’ve survived downturns before. “It doesn’t matter to us if people are selling,” Igal said. “If we see that our business idea works, and we can run these models, and we can fix them up, and we can manage them, and we can bring value, we’ll keep on buying.” Namdar was founded in 1999, the same year Time named Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Person of the Year. Mason was founded more than 10 years later, as the country was coming out of the Great Recession. Nassim is the cousin of Igal’s wife. Their joint operation began when Igal started buying small retail locations in Great Neck using money from his family’s jewelry business; Nassim took up the leasing. Nassim brought in the national tenants and managed to fill spaces that brokers couldn’t, Igal said.“You go in and you don’t know much,” he noted. “You make a lot of mistakes, and you learn from every mistake on the way.”The two talk every day, brainstorming their next moves, and see each other on weekends. That time is vital now as they navigate the heavy turbulence of the pandemic.Igal and Nassim’s strategy lately has been similar to that employed by Simon and Brookfield, which have been buying up bankrupt retailers including J.C. Penney and Brooks Brothers. Namdar and Mason have been acquiring smaller, distressed, local retailers, including a Midwest movie theater chain that filed for bankruptcy last year. Namdar also recently hired a director of redevelopment with plans to repurpose some of the partnership’s properties. “Most of the [malls] are built in prime locations,” Igal said. “So there’s great value there.”A fading industryMore than 20 percent of U.S. malls will close by 2022, according to a 2017 report by Credit Suisse. Some may die a slow death as stores are shuttered one by one. Others will be demolished by their owners. center_img Tags Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Indian Government Approves JV Between Mazagon Docks, Pipavav Shipyard

first_img View post tag: between Industry news View post tag: docks View post tag: Naval The Indian government has approved a joint venture (JV) between defense public sector Mazagon Docks and private sector Pipavav shipyard just after the cabinet adopted the defense ministry guidelines for its public sector units to establish joint ventures with private firms, reports the Daily News Post.“Now that the guidelines for the public-private defense joint ventures have been formulated, we have given the go-ahead for the MDL-Pipavav JV, provided it conforms to the cabinet-approved guidelines,” a top defense ministry official told IANS. He added that the JV will be signed in about a month. Cooperation between MDL and Pipavav is expected to help the defence shipyard to go in for modular ship construction technology.India made defense production available to the private sector in 2000. Ever since, at least half-a-dozen private shipyards have shown interest in warship building projects. India has already placed orders for 49 warships with shipyards, out of which 40 are being built in Indian shipyards.Two years ago, India allowed private shipyards to bid for shipbuilding contracts on a par with Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU). However, private shipyards such as Larsen and Toubro, ABG and Bharati questioned the MDL-Pipavav JV formation, announced last year, and protested to the defense ministry against the move, thus the government postponed the JV until the policy on such ventures was adopted.MDL is one of the four defense shipyards of the country, apart from the Goa Shipyard, Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, and Visakhapatnam-based Hindustan Shipyard. The key warship builder of the nation has orders for building Shivalik-class stealth frigates and six Scorpene diesel-electric submarines.Established in 1997, Pipavav was constructing commercial ships and now is a new entrant in warship building with a massive facility in Gujarat.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 05, 2012 View post tag: Pipavav Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Government Approves JV Between Mazagon Docks, Pipavav Shipyard View post tag: shipyard View post tag: government View post tag: Mazagoncenter_img View post tag: News by topic Indian Government Approves JV Between Mazagon Docks, Pipavav Shipyard View post tag: Navy View post tag: approves View post tag: JV Share this article March 5, 2012 View post tag: Indianlast_img read more

Rhodes Trust aims to renovate headquarters

first_imgRhodes House was built in memory of imperialist and alumni Cecil Rhodes, who founded the Rhodes Scholarship. Prominent Rhodes Scholars include Bill Clinton, Wasim Sajjad, and three Australian Prime Ministers. The consultation boards from this event said: “Our aspiration is to enhance and improve the facilities of the building and gardens, which is essential in order to meet the present and future needs of the Rhodes Trust.” These initial plans outlined a convening centre for up to 200 people, 40 guest bedrooms, office space for up to 67 staff, meeting rooms, and further facilities. The Trust is located in Grade II* listed Rhodes House on South Parks Road. The Rhodes Scholarship is an international programme enabling students to study at Oxford University. The planning permission included a statement from Professor Louise Richardson, the Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, supporting the Rhodes Trust’s proposals. The Rhodes Trust has applied for permission to renovate its headquarters to become a “world-class convening centre.” The planning permission will be considered by Oxford City Council. center_img “The benefit of academic institutions having residential accommodation is well proven, particularly the creation of immersive residential environments where communities can be fully supported for the entire event as a ‘retreat’ without being punctuated by the need to disperse to local hotels.” It said: “The centre will provide much needed purpose-built facilities – including on-site accommodation – in a prime location in town. As a hub for the Rhodes Scholars and the Atlantic Fellows, the new facility at Rhodes House will attract a global cohort of people committed to engaging critically and actively with society’s most pressing issues.” The Rhodes Trust expect an increase of Scholars from 260 to 325 by 2028, saying: “This reflects the increasing importance of Rhodes House as a central hub for the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and for social interaction, amongst those various cohorts and others in the future. Mat Davies, Director of Estates for Rhodes House, told Cherwell: “Rhodes House as it stands today is largely untouched from the time it was completed in 1929, and so making any change is a serious business. We are working with world class architects (Stanton Williams), engineers, conservation experts and historians to ensure that we understand fully the original architectural intent when Herbert Baker created his designs, to ensure that any alterations, modifications or technical updates respect the historic design and craftmanship.” Rhodes House held a public consultation to propose plans for new accommodation, conferencing facilities, and general renovation in September 2019. last_img read more

Gordon Polson, director, Federation of Bakers

first_imgHealth remained at the top of the agenda in 2007 and folic fortification was at the forefront of last year’s health debate.It looks like it will now be in 2008 when these plans will move forwards. The Federation of Bakers (FoB) recognises that if fortification of bread with folic acid offers significant health benefits, based on sound medical evidence, then it should be implemented.In May, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) board agreed unanimously to mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid to reduce the number of babies born with neural tube defects, and the FoB has liaised closely with the FSA to advise on a practical answer to the logistics of this decision. We believe strongly that fortification of flour at the milling stage would be the most viable solution.Salt reduction continues to be of key importance. The FoB agreed an acceptable target for salt reduction by 2010 with the FSA in 2005. We are working hard to reach a target of 0.43g sodium (a sales-weighted average) per 100g by the deadline, and have made great inroads.Despite the FoB’s efforts to the contrary, the retention of nominal quantities for bread was rejected by the European Parliament. This year, it will be interesting to see the impact of this decision.last_img read more

Cake of the Month

first_img>>  Go to the Cake Wrecks blog Courtesy of www.cakewrecks.comThe Cake Wrecks blog was set up by American Jen Yates in May 2008 to showcase professional cakes which have gone hilariously wrong. It became an internet sensation. In 2009, Yates compiled user-submitted photos for her book, Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong. A second book, Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets “Festive”, was published in October 2011.Cake Wrecks Gallery%%ImageNewsTicker_23938%%Send us pictures of any cake bloopers you spot and we’ll put them up here and send them on to Cake Wrecks.  Email to [email protected] last_img read more