House in the Woods / Alma-nac

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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Pegasus Builders Year:  House in the Woods / Alma-nac House in the Woods / Alma-nacSave this projectSaveHouse in the Woods / Alma-nac ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Alma-nac Area Area of this architecture project 2016 Integration “COPY” Houses Manufacturers: Kingspan Insulated Panels, EcoChoice, Edenhall, L2i, Velfac Heyne Tillett Steel Structural Engineer: Photographs:  Jack Hobhouse Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Services Engineer: Landscape Designer: Main Contractor: Photographs CopyHouses•Hampshire, United Kingdom Quantity Suveyor:NewtonwoodSi Ps Specialist:[email protected] In Charge:Tristan WigfallCity:HampshireCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jack HobhouseRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesText description provided by the architects. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, within the South Downs National Park, the new house sits on the site of a bungalow that had been in the family for over sixty years. It was important to our client that something of this building’s simple shape would be retained while creating a contemporary home. Together with our client, we wanted to make the most of the views out to the landscaped garden and the South Downs beyond and a connection with the outdoors was essential. This is largely achieved through extensive glazed openings as well as the direct access to the gardens from the living and dining spaces.Save this picture!© Jack HobhouseThe 240 square metre building’s discrete form takes inspiration from the previous bungalow appearing on approach as a single storey dual pitched building, hunkered down behind a planted bank. The communal or social spaces of the house (living room, kitchen, dining room) are located to the southern end of the building. The living room spans the full width of the building and punctuates the western elevation with full height glazing. A large fireplace creates a natural divide between the living room and the kitchen/dining area, with elevated ceilings that follow the dual pitch of the roof. The bedroom accommodation is all located to the more private northern end of the building where the symmetrical roof becomes asymmetrical, housing a first floor level for the master bedroom and studio/guest bedroom. The changing roof form reduces the perceived scale of the building as a whole.Save this picture!© Jack HobhouseOur brief was for a five-bedroom home that could be as comfortably inhabited when it was under full occupancy (it sleeps up to 10) as it would be during single occupancy by our client. Concealed full height sliding partitions to create additional bedrooms were one of the ways we achieved this type of adaptability. The more significant step in keeping the house from feeling too big was the decision to enable our client to effectively separate off the ground floor guest bedrooms, transforming the house from a 5 bed house to a 1 bed house with studio and study. And finally heating is zoned allowing for areas of the house to be controlled independently depending on whether these are in full use or not.Save this picture!© Jack HobhouseSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Jack HobhouseConstructed using SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels) technology, panelised construction far out-performs timber frame methods both in terms of thermal efficiency and air tightness of the completed structure. The panels are storey-height walls of rigid insulation lined each side with timber skins that perform structurally to carry the building loads. The superstructure of the building was delivered to site on two lorries and erected over a period of 10 days creating a weather tight shell within which to work. Once the superstructure was erected, doors and windows were installed into factory prepared openings in the panels. The completed construction, after all wall/floor junctions are sealed, is super air tight as well as being super thermally insulated. Save this picture!© Jack HobhouseSave this picture!Exploded SIPS constructionSave this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessAIA Announces Winner of 2017 Latrobe PrizeArchitecture NewsAperture House / Stu/D/OSelected Projects Share Area:  240 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Jack Hobhouse+ 28 Sharelast_img read more

The WIB (Workforce Investment Board) to hold Annual Statewide Retreat

first_imgThe WIB (Workforce Investment Board) Annual Statewide Retreat is being held at the Killington Grand Hotel on Tuesday, September 24th. from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The one day retreat includes breakfast, workshops, lunchand a forum with the three major gubernatorial candidates. The cost is $50 per person. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions of thecandidates about the economy and workforce development.If you are interested in attending or want additional informaiton, please contactAnne Ginevan at 802-388-7951 or email her at [email protected](link sends e-mail) The registration deadline is Sept. 16th, so please don’t delay.Addison County will be well represented during the workshops with a presentation by Richard Reed from DET on Work Ethics and Sue Harding from the Parent Child Center and Anne Ginevan on Developing a Youth Council. We would be pleased to have your participation.last_img read more

Vermont home prices up over last year as US continues decline

first_imgVermont had the 10th fastest growth in home prices at 1.6 percent, as most of the rest of the nation saw a decline over the last year. CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, has released its October Home Price Index which shows that home prices in the US decreased 1.3 percent on a month-over-month basis, the third consecutive monthly decline. According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, also declined by 3.9 percent on a year-over-year basis in October 2011 compared to October 2010.  This follows a decline of 3.8 percent* in September 2011 compared to September 2010.  Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined by 0.5 percent in October 2011 compared to October 2010 and by 2.1* percent in September 2011 compared to September 2010.  Distressed sales include short sales and real estate owned (REO) transactions.     See charts, map and graph below. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: is external)”Home prices continue to decline in response to the weak demand for housing. While many housing statistics are basically moving sideways, prices continue to correct for a supply and demand imbalance. Looking forward, our forecasts indicate flat growth through 2013,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.Highlights as of October 2011Including distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were:  West Virginia (+4.8 percent), South Dakota (+3.1 percent), New York (+3.0 percent), District of Columbia (+2.4 percent) and Alaska (+2.1 percent).Including distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Nevada (-12.1 percent), Illinois (-9.4 percent), Arizona (-8.1 percent), Minnesota (-7.9 percent) and Georgia (-7.3 percent).Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: South Carolina (+4.6 percent), Maine (+3.1 percent), New York (+3.1 percent), Alaska (+2.9 percent) and Kansas (+2.8 percent).Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Nevada (-8.8 percent), Arizona (-7.0 percent), Minnesota (-5.7 percent), Delaware (-3.9 percent) and Georgia (-3.6 percent).Including distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the national HPI (from April 2006to October 2011) was -32.0 percent.  Excluding distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the HPI for the same period was -22.4 percent. Of the top 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) measured by population, 78 are showing year-over-year declines in October, two fewer than in September. Full-month October 2011 national, state-level and top CBSA-level data can be found at is external).*September data was revised.  Revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results.    October HPI for the Country’s Largest CBSAs by Population: Source: CoreLogic. SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ October HPI State and National Ranking:center_img CBSAOctober 2011 12-Month HPI Change by CBSASingle FamilySingle Family Excluding DistressedChicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-9.9%-1.3%Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA-7.9%-3.9%Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ-6.7%-6.3%Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA-5.8%0.8%Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA-5.7%-3.5%Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX-4.0%0.4%Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX-0.2%3.4%Philadelphia, PA0.7%1.6%Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV1.3%2.9%New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ2.6%3.6% StateOctober 2011 12-Month HPI Change by StateSingle FamilySingle Family Excluding DistressedNational-3.9%-0.5%Nevada-12.1%-8.8%Illinois-9.4%-1.6%Arizona-8.1%-7.0%Minnesota-7.9%-5.7%Georgia-7.3%-3.6%Rhode Island-6.9%-3.2%Idaho-6.5%-3.5%California-6.2%-0.6%Utah-6.1%-2.0%Ohio-6.1%0.8%New Mexico-6.1%-2.4%Delaware-5.4%-3.9%Washington-5.0%-0.7%Connecticut-4.5%-3.1%Wisconsin-4.2%-2.9%Massachusetts-3.9%-1.5%Alabama-3.7%2.0%Missouri-3.7%0.0%New Hampshire-3.5%-0.7%Florida-3.5%-1.1%Oregon-3.1%-1.9%Louisiana-2.5%0.9%Kentucky-2.2%-1.0%Texas-1.6%1.6%Michigan-1.4%-2.8%Colorado-1.2%0.1%Hawaii-1.2%1.8%Maine-1.0%3.1%New Jersey-0.9%-1.5%Montana-0.9%2.5%Maryland-0.8%0.5%North Carolina-0.7%-0.7%Tennessee-0.2%0.4%Arkansas-0.2%0.8%Iowa0.0%1.0%Virginia0.1%1.5%Oklahoma0.1%1.8%Pennsylvania0.5%1.9%Wyoming0.8%2.6%Indiana0.9%1.7%North Dakota1.2%1.5%Vermont1.6%1.7%South Carolina1.8%4.6%Nebraska1.9%1.6%Mississippi2.0%0.3%Alaska2.1%2.9%Kansas2.1%2.8%District of Columbia2.4%2.5%New York3.0%3.1%South Dakota3.1%1.9%West Virginia4.8%1.4%last_img read more

Diego Costa at the double to get Chelsea winning again

first_img Costa returned from suspension to score one and force another as the Premier League champions won 2-0 and their fans sang “we are staying up” – something which cannot be said with any certainty of Sherwood’s Villa. Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership following the October 3 loss to Southampton, which left the Blues 16th. Press Association Diego Costa eased Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s concerns as Aston Villa’s hapless defenders heaped more misery on Tim Sherwood at Stamford Bridge. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, making his first league start, was deployed out of position in the advanced ‘number 10′ role, with Cesc Fabregas deeper. Loftus-Cheek fluffed one pass intended for Costa and next saw a deflected shot bobble wide. Hutton next benefited from a slip by Baba Rahman, whose first league start was hardly memorable, before firing into the feet of Asmir Begovic. Villa’s best chance fell to Rudy Gestede, who scooped Jordan Ayew’s cross over with the outside of his right boot. Guzan had looked uncertain with the ball at his feet and Willian reacted quickest when the goalkeeper’s pass put Lescott under pressure. It was a simple finish for Costa. The striker next wanted a penalty when charging through between Kieran Richardson and Lescott, but referee Roger East ignored his appeal. There was no reaction from a seated Mourinho, who is appealing against the £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban meted out by the Football Association after he said referees were “afraid” to give Chelsea a penalty in the wake of the Southampton loss. Nemanja Matic was sent on at half-time for Loftus-Cheek and lasted longer than the 28 minutes he did as a half-time substitute against Southampton. Fabregas was pushed further forwards and played a diagonal pass to Costa, who ran at Richards and Hutton before a shot ricocheted in off the Scot. Costa might have had his second but mis-timed his leap to meet a Fabregas cross. A Grealish foul on Cesar Azpilicueta prompted a frank exchange between coaches Rui Faria and Mark Robson, while Costa was involved in minor altercations with Richards and Ashley Westwood as the clock wound down in a welcome routine home win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “In the relegation 6 pointer, Chelsea have gone ahead against Villa. Costa back in the goals.” – Gary Lineker @GaryLineker PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Asmir Begovic: 6 (out of 10) Cesar Azpilicueta: 6 Baba Rahman: 5 John Terry: 6 Kurt Zouma: 6 Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 6 Cesc Fabregas: 7 Pedro: 7 Diego Costa: 7 Willian: 7 Ramires: 6 Subs Matic: 6 Hazard: 6 Loic Remy: 6 Aston Villa Brad Guzan: 4 Alan Hutton: 5 Kieran Richardson: 5 Micah Richards: 6 Joleon Lescott: 5 Carles Gil: 6 Idrissa Gana: 6 Ashley Westwood: 6 Jordan Ayew: 6 Rudy Gestede: 6 Jack Grealish: 6 Subs Jordan Amavi: 6 Adama Traore: 6 STAR PLAYER Diego Costa: Scored one – his third of the season – forced another and was a central protagonist for Chelsea. He benefited from Cesc Fabregas being allowed the space to play. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Chelsea’s second goal – an own goal from Alan Hutton – was met with a chorus of “we are staying up”. The Blues fans have kept their sense of humour amid the woeful start. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill, captain of England in his most recent game, found themselves on the substitutes’ bench as Baba Rahman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek made their first league starts. Rahman was exposed and Loftus-Cheek replaced at half-time by Nemanja Matic, who lasted longer than he did at Southampton. Villa made four changes, with Jack Grealish among those restored, but despite some opportunities, did not have the resources to breach Chelsea. MOAN OF THE MATCH Diego Costa: He went down all too easily in search of a penalty when running between Richardson and Lescott. Costa enjoys the physical game and should be able to stay on his feet unless he is genuinely felled. He also had a Greco-Roman wrestle with Ashley Westwood as neither would allow the other to return to their feet off the ball. There was a sly kick from Costa, too. WHO’S UP NEXT Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea (Champions League, Tuesday October 20) Aston Villa v Swansea (Barclays Premier League, Saturday October 24) And the Russian billionaire was present as the Villa clash began with the home crowd voicing their support for the self-proclaimed Special One. Mourinho laughed that Costa had “found the reasons for the bad results” – and maybe the striker named himself as the solution before his return from a three-match absence for violent conduct. Costa was a nuisance against Arsenal, his most recent match, but scarcely needed to be against Villa, who were responsible for their own undoing. Brad Guzan’s woeful clearance and Joleon Lescott’s poor control allowed Willian to nick in before he centred and Costa netted his third of the season. If Chelsea had not had much luck to date, as Mourinho has said, they received more good fortune when a Costa shot looped in off Alan Hutton to complete the victory. The visiting congregation had lauded Sherwood, who was appointed in February and responded with applause, but it is clear Villa are in trouble. Villa were just the visitors Chelsea were hoping for in the midst of their crisis, having had one win in 13 prior league games at Stamford Bridge while conceding 30 times in the previous eight visits. They were equally as accommodating on this occasion after an open start when they looked as likely as Chelsea to score. last_img read more

Winter Weather Prediction Means It’s Time To Be Weather Ready

first_imgAbout Take Winter By StormThe Take Winter By Storm campaign is made possible by the following Partners:  Bartell Drugs, City of Seattle, King County, Puget Sound Energy and State Farm; Sponsors:  Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities and Snohomish PUD; Community Supporters:  City of Bellevue Office of Emergency Management and Pierce County; and Participating Supporters:  American Red Cross, City of Seattle Department of Planning & Development, Goodwill, King County Flood District, NOAA/National Weather Service, Seattle Department of Transportation, and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. Take Winter By Storm – Page 3 of 3 Visit for more information and helpful resources, such as a downloadable preparedness and maintenance checklists and emergency contact cards.You can find Take Winter By Stormon TV, radio, the Internet, as well as on Facebook, YouTube and @WinterByStorm, #stormready, #winterprep Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 SEATTLE – The Pacific Northwest’s record-breaking, dry, warm Fall weather is about to take a turn, meaning winter storms are not far away. Take Winter By Storm – a campaign to help citizens get prepared before bad weather strikes – and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) joined forces today to launch the annual preparedness campaign and urge citizens to take action.”When this dry, early Fall weather pattern breaks, it may be abrupt.” said Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with NOAA’s National Weather Service Seattle. “Citizens need to be weather ready, and can find the toos and tips they need at”In past years that featured similar conditions, such as 2006 and 2009, the dry weather changed dramatically, bringing heavy rain, flooding, wind storms and snow. “The bottom line,” says Buehner, “citizens need to be ready in advance, and watch, listen and monitor weather forecasts. Don’t wait until the storm strikes to prepare – that’s too late!”This Friday (Oct. 12), marks the 50th anniversary of the devastating Columbus Day Storm of 1962 – a slightly similar weather pattern to this year’s – that resulted in wide-spread power outages and 46 deaths across the Pacific Northwest. Individual emergency preparedness steps taken now can avoid a repeat of this storm’s deadly impact.Helping the effort to educate citizens about the importance of winter weather preparedness is returning local icon The Wheedle. The loveable, large, round, furry creature and former sports mascot has been gifted to the Take Winter By Storm campaign by “Wheedle on the Needle” author Stephen Cosgrove. As the story goes, Wheedle’s bright red nose blinks at the top of the Space Needle for all to see.“As a former member of the extended Seattle family, I know what it is like to be caught ‘unprepared’ by a winter storm,” said Cosgrove. “I’m delighted to let the magic of Wheedle help keep people safe.”The Wheedle joined the campaign at a presentation today donning a Bartell Drugs personal preparedness kit and embraced its role as the Take Winter By Storm mascot. Wheedle will be appearing at various events throughout the region and will be the main character in educational outreach to school children and their families about winter weather preparedness.Theron Andrews, vice president of marketing at Bartell Drugs, also joined the launch of the campaign bringing along with him a variety of preparedness kits for every possible need: car, home, work, pets, family, and home maintenance and weatherization.“Bartell Drugs makes a special effort to have a wide selection of preparedness items available before and during the winter season so our customers can be prepared and stay safe when bad weather strikes,” said Andrews. “We’re proud to say that we carry every single one of the recommended preparedness items on the Take Winter By Storm checklists, and, in the event of a storm, Bartell Drugs will do everything we can to stay open to serve your personal needs.”The Take Winter By Storm campaign is a collaborative, public-private effort spanning Western Washington that includes the City of Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, State Farm, NOAA’s National Weather Service, American Red Cross and Bartell Drugs. These organizations – which represent Washington state’s largest city emergency management offices and energy utilities, as well as weather forecasters, first responders, the leading insurer of homes and automobiles, and local businesses – have joined forces in the major multi-media public awareness campaign to raise community awareness of hazardous weather and encourage behaviors that help protect lives and property.The Take Winter By Storm website,, is a one-stop emergency preparedness information hub that includes safety tips and regional resources related to high winds, heavy rain, snow, freezing conditions, power outages, flooding and more. For more information on the Take Winter by Storm campaign:Visit us online: www.takewinterbystorm.orgLike us on Facebook: Take Winter By StormFollow us on Twitter: @WinterByStorm, #stormready, #winterprepView us on YouTube: Take Winter By Storm The public is encouraged to take the following actions in preparation to be storm ready:Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home and office. Kits prepared for vehicle road travel and winter weather evacuation go-kits are also advised.Make a plan and practice the plan with your family and those who depend on you.Stay informed and monitor the weather approaching so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.last_img read more

Los Angeles takes another step toward 2028 Games

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano FILE – In this July 30, 1932, file photo, doves are released during opening ceremonies of the Tenth Olympiad at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council is expected Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 to endorse a proposal to host the 2028 Olympics, following an announcement of a deal last month to leave 2024 to Paris.(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles took another step Friday toward bringing the 2028 Olympics to the city, despite questions about future costs.The City Council voted 12-0 to endorse documents at the heart of its plan to stage the Summer Olympics for the third time since 1932. The contract outlines Los Angeles’ financial responsibility in hosting the Games, including covering shortfalls if the $5.3 billion plan runs into the red. In addition, a budget for the proposed 2028 Games has not been completed.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The vote followed a morning-long committee hearing that mingled civic cheerleading and salutes to Olympic champions past with warnings about potential costs and suggestions the international event would drive up housing costs and drive out the homeless.“This opportunity is too great, we cannot pass it up,” council President Herb Wesson Jr. said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The vote took place less than two weeks after the city announced an agreement with international Olympic leaders ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, while opening the way for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games.The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors must also approve the deal. The International Olympic Committee vote to award the two Olympics is scheduled for September in Lima, Peru. LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday MOST READcenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Much of the meeting amounted to a choreographed tribute to the city’s Olympic legacy, with frequent references to the LA Games in 1932 and 1984 and the athletes who competed in them.Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Janet Evans, who are part of a private committee behind the bid, urged approval of the plan.Lewis, holder of nine Olympic gold medals in track and field, said the Games are not just an event, “it’s about a whole city.”The deal comes with millions of dollars of financial sweeteners for accepting the later date. However, the extra four years pose challenges for Los Angeles from maintaining public interest to rewriting deals for stadiums, arenas and housing that were all hooked to 2024.City analysts recommended the council approve the contract, which faced an Aug. 18 deadline, but also emphasized a revised budget for 2028 could take months to complete.“There are inherent risks to hosting such major events so far into the future,” city analysts noted in a report on the agreement.The bulk of the revenue for the Games is expected to come from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.Part of the deal includes creation of a reserve fund to cover any cost overruns, with the city kicking in $270 million. The state is expected to commit a similar amount, but because of the legislative calendar the state might not be able to consider its piece of the proposal until next year.In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti called the agreement “the deal of a lifetime.” Teen gunned down in Masbate City analysts concluded that the 2028 plan, while incomplete, included significant safeguards for taxpayer dollars. The Olympics have a notorious history of runaway costs, but city officials have argued their proposal can stay within budget by relying on the region’s many existing stadiums and arenas, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.Los Angeles had bid on the 2024 Games, but embraced the 2028 alternative after Paris emerged as the front-runner for 2024 and the IOC proposed the unusual dual award.At one point during the sometimes tense meeting, Councilman Joe Buscaino shouted at a heckler, “This is right for the city.” As the vote was being taken, protesters yelled from the back of the council chamber, “Let us speak” and “sellout.”Steve Ducey of No Olympics LA, an opposition group, said the vote would take place without an independent budget analysis.“Shame on you,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more


first_imgThe thrust of this fourth article of the series centered on the indispensability of reforms, from time to time, of individuals, institutions, and nations, is on the attending costs or price one must pay for a proper reform that lasts and benefits all. There is a general principle, reality and experience that most good things, most things of lasting value come at a price. Reforms are no exception. They do come at a price. What are the costs to be paid for enduring and beneficial reforms? How being aware of the price of reforms can help lessen the burden of reforms? How may one pay the price of reforms? Let us explore below. The third article on some key suggestions as to how reforms may be carried out successfully noted the following points:Reforming is a demanding engagement because it asks those the reforms are going to affect (negatively or positively) to change. And change is always a hard thing to ask of people. Most people are conservative when they have to change their mindsets and attitudes. They really have to be convinced before they can consent.Therefore every well-meaning and radical reform under democratic conditions must be preceded by wide consultations and accurate dissemination of what is envisioned among all those concerned. People must know what the desired result might be and the processes leading to it. The costs and benefits have to be clearly spelt out. The one driving the reforms has to listen to both supporters and critics and build a consensus before proceeding formally.Many around the world have had successful reforms of their educational systems such as Singapore, Britain and the US. Those concerned should make an effort to study those reforms and learn from them to make ours work. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel.Hasty and not well thought-through approaches need to be avoided. True reformers cannot listen to every side noise but must listen to those whose opinions matter (legislators, parents, DEOS, CEOS, communities, and students through their official representatives). When once a consensus is found, hard decisions have to be made for the long term good of education in all its aspects. The reformer must be bold, firm, and willing to take criticisms. She/he may learn from some of the criticisms but must proceed where they are judged not helpful to the process. Liberia indeed needs reforms of its educational system but those reforms have got to be approached in the right way: wide consultations, repudiating methods that are unilateral, and the willingness to stand criticisms and pay the price of reforms.One of the costs of true reforms is managing criticisms. Reformers will be criticized for all sorts of reasons. Some people may criticize reforms because they know that the reforms are against their vested interests. Others may criticize because of ignorance or they do not believe in what is envisioned. Still others may criticize out of hatred for the powers that be. Still further others may criticize constructively to help those leading the reforms to consider key factors that may not have been taken into consideration. A true reformer must be ready to handle criticisms, positive and negative, to her/his advantage as a means of propelling her/him to do more towards the envisaged goal.All who engage in reforms and benefit from them in one way or the other must be willing to pay the price of change in time schedule, costs, new ways of doing things and of doing more than was required in previous times in terms of work/study and paying more for quality. If we want genuine change and quality we have to be willing to share the cost of the change needed to correct and improve what we have now that requires reforming.For example, if we want a better educational system than what we have now, we have to be willing to pay a price in terms of change in school calendar, paying more tuition for quality, more patience, and spending more time and energy to get things done better. A fundamental attitude change is what is required and that does not come cheap for anybody. Teachers, students, school administrators and proprietors and parents who are used to unethical ways of getting more income and passes must now pay the price of doing things differently. Teachers and students must now spend more time and energy to achieve intended goals. Let us all pay the price and get things right and will in the long term save more. It is better to pay the price of discipline, study, sacrificing a lot now for values than to pay the price of ignorance and inability to deliver what one is expected and required to deliver. Somebody has rightly said, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” If we think reforms are costly, keeping things as they are will cost us a lot more.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Tuesday, September 27th. Amy MOOREThe death has occurred of Amy Moore, Carren, Fanad. Removal from the Donegal Hospice on Wednesday afternoon, September 28th, at 1pm to the Church of Christ the Redeemer, Rosnakill for Funeral Service at 2pm, with burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard. House private please, with neighbours and friends welcome. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Donegal Hospice. Brid GALLAGHER CORCORANThe death has occurred of Brid Gallagher Corcoran, Dunmore Lane, Falcarragh.Reposing at her late residence. Funeral Mass today, Tuesday, at 11am in St Finian’s Church, Falcarragh. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time from 11pm to 10am. Rosary both nights at 9pm. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, to the Donegal Alzheimer’s Society.  Hughie GALLAGHERThe death has occurred of Hughie Gallagher, Carnamaddy, Dunfanaghy.Reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass in St Michael’s Church, Creeslough on Wednesday, Sept. 28th, at 4pm followed by burial in Doe Cemetery. Family time please from 11pm till 10am and on the morning of the funeral.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: September 27th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 1 West Brom 0 – Costa strikes again for the Blues

first_imgDiego Costa scored his 11th goal of the season as Chelsea made their early dominance count.Costa neatly controlled Oscar’s left-wing cross and instantly volleyed the ball past Ben Foster to put the unbeaten Premier League leaders on course for a sixth home league win from six.Before the Spaniard’s strike, John Terry almost opened the scoring from a well-worked short corner, but his close-range shot was turned just past the post by goalkeeper Ben Foster.Oscar almost made it 2-0 with a swerving effort after great work by the excellent Eden Hazard.And Costa missed a fine chance to double the lead, slicing wide from a Branislav Ivanovic cross.Cesc Fabregas started for the Blues, while Willian replaced Ramires.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba, Remy. West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Yacob, Baird, Gardner, Brunt, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino.Subs: Myhill, Gamboa, McAuley, Morrison, Anichebe, Samaras, Ideye.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Coworking and Collaborative Workspaces for Creative Professionals

first_imgIn building your production or post production business choosing whether to get an office can be a costly decision. Here are 5 reasons why you don’t need an office but shouldn’t work from home.If you’re a lone freelancer just starting out or a growing team of collaborating professionals, then getting an office space can feel like the next step in seeing your business really grow up. And while there are many benefits to renting office space, depending on the nature of your business and how you most commonly interact with your clients, it doesn’t have to be the only way to move your business out of the home/garage/shed/attic/bedroom it’s currently in. Here are a few thoughts on why you may need to get your business out of the house and into the big wide world.Image from MargayCoffee.com2 Good Reasons Not to Work From HomeAs someone who works from home very regularly I love it. I’m productive, focused and (fairly) good at switching off from work at the end of the day. Hoever, I know plenty of people who hate working from home. They find it lonely, isolating, tough to knuckle down and get work done or find it hard to maintain a ‘don’t bring your work home with you mentality’.  It becomes too easy to spend just another hour or two getting that last little bit of work done…when you should be giving yourself a break.Deciding whether or not to work from home really depends on your personality and also what your home is like (if you live next to a school, building site or fried chicken shop it might not be the most tranquil of environments).  Failing to make good choices based on what works best for you could really hamper your career and the day to day enjoyment of your working life.Secondly, working from home is really less than ideal for some clients. If you’re a freelancer working out of your bedroom, having your client sit on your bed while you review the project is probably not cool. If they’re a friend, they might not care, but it certainly doesn’t communicate a professional vibe.For a lot of my clients a remote review with Dropbox’d files works just fine. For attended edits, I prefer to work in my clients offices/studios, as it tends to speed up the process of signing off final details and getting graphics/logos and other client supplied assets sorted out much quicker. Whatever you do, the need for a ‘professional space’ will hopefully arise sooner rather than later.So if you shouldn’t work from home, then where should you work?3 Reasons Not to Get an OfficeOne of the main reasons not to spring for a brand new office space, replete with leather sofas and framed movie posters, is that it is an expensive and a long term commitment to take on. Yes it will provide you with the space you need to grow, entertain clients and store all your expensive equipment but it also represents a fixed cost you will need to meet every month, even if times are slow. If you are thinking of renting office space make sure you factor in things like insurance, heating and electricity bills, cleaning, Internet, furniture costs, etc, etc.  All of these costs need to be covered in part, by each and every project you budget for.  They can ultimately be eating into your profit margin if not carefully accounted for.Image from Dept of Coffee and Social Affairs, a great London based workspace.A businessman friend of mine vows never to own an office because he feels that its an incredibly inefficient way to own space. First of all you’re paying for it 24/7/365 even though you may only be in there (if you’re lucky!) 8-10 hours a day and not on weekends or holidays etc. He dislikes the idea of paying for that space when he’s not using it.Instead he has a collection of a wide variety of hotels, clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and ‘meeting-spaces’ scattered all over town which he draws upon depending on the occasion:An important meeting with a first time client – a preferred table at a fancy restaurant.A vibrant brainstorming session with a team – book a hotel conference room for an afternoon.In only paying for space as and when you need it (the cost of a long lunch is a better deal than renting a cubicle!) and having spaces to cater for all occasions, this approach provides a much more flexible solution. One of my favourite coffee shops in London (The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs) has a great little meeting room you can hire by the hour (or just make a minimum food spend).  This works well for client meetings with several people. Plus, they serve amazing coffee!Image from you need something much more permanent then hub spaces are a collaborative, affordable and flexible way of moving your business out of your house but not into an expensive office. The growing trend of hot-desking (a desk, a chair, wifi) or hackerspace/hubspace (usually with communal creative tools like 3D printers or jigsaws etc)  allows you to hire a desk by the day, week, month or year. Renting a bit of an office to share with others as and when you need it will be cheaper than renting a whole office, all the time.Shared spaces also provide a community of co-workers to interact with who might be ripe for creative cross-pollination. The animator who just moved in two doors down might be perfect for a pitch to a client or the composer across from you with the recording studio space might have the right tools for recording professional voiceovers.Image from FlickrIf your city doesn’t have a thriving hot-desking/hackerspace scene then think entrepreneurially and snap up a bargain. Some friends of mine are using a converted crypt under a church in the centre of town as cheap co-creating office space. Another friend pointed out a clever business opportunity the other day; find a local creche or daycare with extra space nearby and open up a hot-desking hub for parents dropping off their kids – they could even have lunch together.Approaching businesses, churches and facilities with space that isn’t always in use could unearth some really creative and innovative ‘office’ workspace alternatives.Are you using a coworking or collaborative workspace?Share your experiences (the positives and negatives) in the comments below!last_img read more