Houses Taiwan (ROC) Architects: UZ architecture Area Area of this architecture project Area: 101 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/921302/dh-house-uz-architecture Clipboard Year: ArchDaily Photographs: Addison Ow Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects CopyHouses•Taiwan (ROC) ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/921302/dh-house-uz-architecture Clipboard 2018 Save this picture!© Addison Ow+ 27Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share DH House / UZ architecture Manufacturers: Hao Lai, SwansSave this picture!© Addison OwRecommended ProductsMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. We came in contact with the DH House through a very close client, who wanted to build a special affordable budget retirement home for him and his wife.With this as the starting point, the project takes a simple form with many low tech design strategies to reach its current state.Save this picture!© Addison OwSave this picture!1F planSave this picture!© Addison OwThe client´s site is located in the center of Taiwan, on the top of a mountain in between two valleys. The existing piece of land was a highly complex and hilly terrain with a community site limitation that didn’t allow us to make any big land modifications. Therefore, taking advantage of the astonishing views of the valleys, maintaining privacy from the public road and strategically orientating the building in the hot and humid Taiwan climate became the major site factors for this project.Save this picture!© Addison OwSave this picture!elevationSave this picture!© Addison OwIn terms of building methods, there are two main constraints that ultimately shaped the project. Firstly, due to the low technical capacity of the workers in the local area, we had simplify the design in order to ensure the project can be executed. Secondly, difficult access to the site for large construction vehicles. Due to this factor, we opted for a more flexible and lightweight metal structure as the optimum construction method for this project.Save this picture!© Addison OwThe project is formed by a 5m x 16m volume with a North – South orientation that “flies” over the terrain, creating a covered parking/outdoor terrace space. The whole volume has a double pitched roof without a drainage channel, proving to be very helpful during the typhoon season while giving the volume a more solid appearance.Save this picture!© Addison OwOn the North side, the pitched roof extends outward by 80cm to provide shade for the large windows of the master bedroom and bathroom. Allowing the space to have total privacy but still have full panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.Save this picture!© Addison OwOn the South side, public areas of the house are designed with views of the second valley and existing public road. With regards to the material of the facade and the roof, both are covered with the same standing seam metal system. The only change to this system occurs on the inside of the eaves where we went with a rougher metal finish.Save this picture!© Addison OwProject gallerySee allShow lessHangzhou Shengli Primary School Affiliated Kindergarten / UADSelected ProjectsStonewood House / Breathe ArchitectureSelected Projects Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officeUZ architectureOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMiaoliTaiwan (ROC)Published on July 27, 2019Cite: “DH House / UZ architecture” 26 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Photographs Loft Projects Canada Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/954022/king-west-loft-studio-of-contemporary-architecture-soca Clipboard King West Loft / Studio of Contemporary Architecture (SOCA)Save this projectSaveKing West Loft / Studio of Contemporary Architecture (SOCA)Save this picture!© Andrew Snow Photography+ 14Curated by Paula Pintos Share Design Collaborator:Andrew ChungContractor:Bridgemont Properties Inc.City:TorontoCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrew Snow PhotographyRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. Located in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood, SOCA was asked to redesign a two-level loft space for a young professional seeking to create two new bedrooms and an additional washroom from a previously open floor plan with no partition walls. The client sought greater functionality and flexibility to accommodate their evolving future needs while maintaining the spacious atmosphere of the open plan. The design revolves around a double-height space framed by north-west facing windows that fill the loft with natural light throughout the day.Save this picture!© Andrew Snow PhotographySave this picture!Second floor planSave this picture!© Andrew Snow PhotographyThe two levels are connected using an existing stair refinished with black metal treads and a continuous stained oak guard that terminates at the floor-to-ceiling window of the master bedroom. This simple material palette juxtaposes the airy white walls and exposed concrete ceilings to create an intimate yet robust presence. Out of budget and environmental considerations, many elements of the loft were refurbished and reused. This included keeping closet shelving, track lighting, along with kitchen cabinets, counters, and appliances. Simple updates were made to the kitchen including new flooring and a yellow-painted niche wall to add a splash of playfulness in an otherwise muted colour scheme.Save this picture!© Andrew Snow PhotographyBeing a small loft, it was important that feature design elements could both define space and serve multiple functions. One example is the living room bench which provides seating while also acting as a privacy screen to the entry door and powder room. In addition, the L-shaped bench has cut-outs for shelves to accommodate further space for shoes and books. Similarly, an oak wall panel was created to offer a textured finish and full height entry mirror while concealing an unsightly electrical panel. All of these emphasizing the profound impact simple gestures have in the creation of small spaces.Save this picture!© Andrew Snow PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessPost-Earthquake Prototype – Rural Dwelling / AL BORDE + El Sindicato ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsZiedlejas Wellness Resort / Open ADSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Toronto, Ontario, CanadaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share 2019 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/954022/king-west-loft-studio-of-contemporary-architecture-soca Clipboard CopyAbout this officeStudio of Contemporary Architecture (SOCA)OfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLoftTorontoOn FacebookCanadaPublished on March 13, 2021Cite: “King West Loft / Studio of Contemporary Architecture (SOCA)” 13 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Santander Foundation donates £20,000 to DEC appeal for Haiti AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 22 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Howard Lake | 22 January 2010 | News 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Santander Foundation has donated £20,000 donation to the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) appeal to help the survivors of the Haiti earthquake disaster.The Santander Foundation is a charitable trust set up by retail and commercial bank Santander in the UK to offer practical help to registered charities.Santander itself will also be matching fundraising that any of its 23,000 employees make to any of the charities involved in supporting the relief effort.The bank has also set up a dedicated account: customers can donate to the DEC fund via all 1,300 Santander and Alliance & Leicester branches.www.santander.co.uk
News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 The Iranian government should immediately release two Iranian-Americans from detention and clarify the case of a third who may have “disappeared,” a group of leading human rights organizations said today. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, Reporters Without Borders and the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi also urged Iran to lift travel bans on two journalists with dual nationality whom Iran has barred from traveling back to their home countriesThese measures appear to be an attempt by Iran’s security authorities to sow fear into the wider community of journalists, writers, scholars and activists.“These actions violate Iran’s laws as well as international norms,” said Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel peace prize, who is also the lawyer for two of those caught in the crackdown. “The Judiciary is denying dual nationals their basic rights.” The detentions and travel bans are part of a broad crackdown being mounted against Iranian human rights activists, students, and labor organizers by Iranian intelligence officials. They are currently holding two Iranian-American scholars, Kian Tajbakhsh and Haleh Esfandiari, inside Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.Another Iranian-American, Ali Shakeri, a peace activist from Irvine, California, is also believed to be in detention, and may be the victim of an enforced “disappearance”. In addition, the government has confiscated the passports of two journalists, Parnaz Azima, an Iranian-American, and Mehrnoush Solouki, a French-Iranian, preventing them from leaving Iran.Ebadi and the human rights groups expressed grave concerns for the health and safety of the detainees as well as the two journalists trapped in Iran.Esfandiari and Tajbakhsh are currently being held in ward 209 of Evin prison. On 29 May, 2007 the Judiciary’s spokesperson, Alireza Jamshidi, told a news conference that they and Azima had been charged after a complaint was made against them by the Ministry of Information. It accuses them of “acting against national security by engaging in propaganda against the Islamic republic by the method of spying on behalf of foreigners.”Agents of the Information Ministry arrested Esfandiari on 8 May. The 67-year-old director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, was transferred to Evin prison the same day. Tajbakhsh, a 45-year-old social scientist who consulted for the Iranian government as well as international organizations, was detained three days later, on 11 May. Both are being detained incommunicado and denied access to their lawyers or family.On 20 May, the Information Ministry issued a statement accusing Esfandiari of promoting civil society in Iran “to further the interests of foreign powers.” This statement and a number of articles in the hardline daily Kayhan have referred to the professional activities of Esfandiari and Tajbakhsh, such as attending international scholarly conferences, as evidence of “acting against national security.”“These charges are politically motivated and only serve to further isolate Iranian civil society,” Ebadi said. “The government is punishing these detainees because they promoted dialogue between Iranians and the international community.” Shakeri, 59, “disappeared” on May 8 as he was leaving Iran for Europe. According to his associates, he called his family 48 hours later to say that “there was a misunderstanding, and I am OK.” On May 29, the Judiciary’s spokesperson said “Shakeri is not in detention, and there are no charges against him.” However, Shakeri’s whereabouts remain unknown. The international organizations called on the Iranian government to investigate Shakeri’s initial detention on May 8, to make public his current whereabouts and to release him if he is in detention, and allow him to leave the country to join his family in California.The authorities have also banned two journalists with dual nationality from leaving Iran. Solouki, a Quebec university journalism student who has dual French and Iranian nationality, was detained on February 17 while making a documentary film about events following the 1988 ceasefire in the war between Iran and Iraq. She was held for a month at Evin prison by Information Ministry officials who also confiscated her notes and film, and then released on bail of 100 million Touman ($100,000) on 19 March. However, the authorities did not return her passport, so preventing her from leaving Iran. Intelligence officials have summoned her for interrogation several times since her release.Azima, a reporter for the Persian-language services of Radio Free Europe who holds both Iranian and American citizenship, is also being prevented from leaving Iran. Her passport was confiscated by the authorities in January 2007. On 21 May, following the deposit of a large bail payment, the authorities refused to return her passport, citing the interest in her case by the Information Ministry. Iranian intelligence agents often bring politically-motivated charges of “endangering national security” against activists and intellectuals. Agents of the Information Ministry arrested Abdolfattah Soltani, a prominent human rights lawyer, in August 2005, accusing him of spying. The ministry’s agents held Soltani in Evin prison for seven months, before releasing him on bail. On May 28, 2007, an appeals court in Tehran acquitted Soltani of all charges. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Iran News News IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go further May 31, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 End Harassment of Dual-Nationals March 18, 2021 Find out more
Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the censorship that the Syrian authorities have imposed on national and foreign news media seeking to cover events in the southern city of Deraa. The security forces have blocked access to the city so that there is no one to witness their ruthless crackdown on the protests that have been taking place there during the past few days.Ahmed Hadifa, a 28-year old blogger better known by the blog name of Ahmad Abu Al-Kheir, was arrested again by the security services in Damascus yesterday “because of his activities on Facebook in support of the protests in Deraa.” He was previously held for several days in February without being formally charged.Maan Aqil, journalist, was detained yesterday after being constantly harassed during the preceding days. Mazen Darwish, the head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, was released last night after after being summoned for questioning on 23 March for making statements about the crackdown in Deraa and the recent wave of arrests. Darwish had already been held for several hours on 16 March after being arrested while attending a peaceful sit-in outside the interior ministry headquarters in Damascus as an observer.Writer and political activist Louay Hussein was also released last night after being arrested at his home on 22 March because of his online activities in support of the demonstrations and calls for reform. The authorities blocked distribution of the leading pro-government daily Al-Watan yesterday without giving explanation although it is owned by Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of the president. Media sources blamed the move on an article headlined “The Syrian media are lying to us.” The ban was issued at 6 a.m., just after yesterday’s issue had been printed. The information ministry lifted the ban later in the day, again without any explanation.The same newspaper had itself been criticising the international media’s coverage of the events in Deraa, accusing them of lying and insisting that everything was calm in Syria. An article in the 24 March issue questioned the peaceful nature of the protest movement and voiced support for the crackdown on the demonstrators.Reporters Without Borders has learned that a photographer and a freelance video reporter working for Agence France-Presse and an Associated Press photographer were briefly held and roughed up while covering the demonstrations in Deraa on 22 March. Their equipment was seized and was handed back a few hours later. When the AFP journalists tried to return to Deraa the next day, their equipment was again seized. They have not yet been able to recover it. Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities impose news blackout on crackdown in Deraa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Organisation News RSF_en Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News February 3, 2021 Find out more
Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Community News Council Approves $600,000 Housing Acquisition Loan Agreement to Buy Two Affordable Housing Units By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Monday, February 1, 2021 | 3:08 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes The City Council on Monday passed the lone item on the agenda’s consent calendar without discussion.That item allows a budget amendment appropriating $607,500 from the Inclusionary Housing Fund to the Housing Department’s fiscal year 2021 operating budget.The money will be used to purchase two affordable housing units built by Heritage Housing Partners (HHP) that have come up for sale.• 106 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Unit 304 in the Summit Grove project developed by HHP. This three-bedroom unit is deed-restricted at the moderate-income level.• 588 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Unit 101 in the Fair Oaks Court project developed by HHP. This one-bedroom unit is deed-restricted at the low-income level.Since 2012, the city has entered into housing acquisition loan agreements with HHP to acquire city-subsidized units in affordable homeownership projects or inclusionary units that were developed with no city subsidies.“Under the city’s previous housing acquisition loan agreements with HHP over the past eight years, HHP has successfully acquired nine deed-restricted affordable units and resold them to qualified low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers,” according to a city staff report.“The acquisition financing extended by the city to HHP was fully repaid from the resale transactions. The most recent city loan made to HHP was in March 2018, in the total amount of $295,500 to acquire a unit in the Fair Oaks Court development. HHP repaid the city loan in full from the resale transaction, and the property was preserved as an affordable unit in the city’s housing inventory,” according to the report. Business News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
narvikk/iStockBy JON HAWORTH, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 621,000 people worldwide.Over 15.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 143,147 deaths. Here is how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:10:48 p.m.: Southwest, American to require masks for everyone over 2 years oldSouthwest Airlines announced it will require all passengers over the age of 2 to wear a face mask on board.The airline added that there will be no exceptions. Other airlines have allowed those with certain health concerns to not wear a mask.“If a Customer is unable to wear a face covering or mask for any reason, Southwest regrets that we will be unable to transport the individual,” the company said in a statement. “In those cases, we hope the Customer will allow us to welcome them onboard in the future, if public health guidance, or other safety-related circumstances, regarding face coverings changes.”The policy will go into effect on July 27.American Airlines also announced anyone over 2 would need to wear a face mask, and added it will not allow exemptions.American, which will put its policy in place July 29, added that customers must wear a face covering “from the time they enter their departure airport and not remove it until they exit their arrival airport.”9:19 p.m.: White House cafeterias shut down due to positive testWhite House staff were informed Wednesday night that two of the campus’ cafeterias have been shut down after an individual that works in the facilities tested positive for COVID, sources confirm to ABC News.The two cafeterias are not within the White House itself, but instead in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and New Executive Office Building.“There’s no reason for panic or alarm,” the email, as described to ABC News, reads. It adds that staff in both facilities have been wearing masks and gloves. The email goes on to say that the White House Medical Unit has already performed contact tracing and sees no need for any White House campus staff to self-quarantine.The White House has already had staffers test positive in the past, including the vice president’s press secretary.9:03 p.m.: LA County not planning to roll back any more reopeningsLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that at present there are no plans to close any more businesses or shut down activities.The threat level, he said, remains at orange — the second-highest level — and is not moving to red.Positivity rate in the county has decreased from 13.6% last week to 10% this week, the first decline in weeks.But Garcetti also reiterated that it’s too early tell what effect the recent rollbacks have had until next week or so.“We will always have our finger on the dimmer switch and we are not afraid to use it,” he said.There were 64 new deaths and 3,266 cases reported in the county on Wednesday.7:39 p.m.: South sees record COVID-19 deathsThe South had a record number of COVID-19 fatalities for the second day in a row, according to the latest data from The COVID Tracking Project.There were 725 deaths reported in the region, up from 592 the day before, accounting for 65% of new fatalities in the U.S. The West had 24%, with 264; the Midwest 9% with 104; and the Northeast 2% with 26.The South accounted for nearly 60% of new cases in the U.S. on Wednesday, with 39,812, according to the project.4:20 p.m.: Masks required at NFL gamesFans will be required to wear masks at NFL games this season, Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications, tweeted Wednesday.Capacity at games, or if fans are allowed to attend at all, is left up to each team.New York’s Giants and Jets said Monday they will play in front of empty stands.1:25 p.m.: WHO warns vaccines are never ‘100% effective’“Vaccines are never 100% effective,” World Health Organization (WHO) emergencies chief Dr. Mike Ryan said on Wednesday. “So the idea that we’re going to have a (COVID-19) vaccine in 2-3 months, and then all of a sudden this virus is going to go away … I would love to be here saying that to you, but that’s just not realistic,” he said.As of Tuesday, there are 24 vaccine candidates in clinical evaluation, the WHO said. Ryan said developing a COVID-19 vaccine will take time and that every precaution will be made to ensure that it is safe and effective.But he warns that it’ll take time to see how effective the vaccine will be, and how long protection will last.Vaccines generate immunity in “most” people, Ryan said, pointing to the measles vaccine as an example of a “highly effective” vaccine the provides immunity to approximately 95% of people.“We don’t know where we are with this,” he said of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.Ryan added, “There is so much we can do now, and it will be so much easier to get rid of this virus using a vaccine if we’ve already suppressed it,” he said, citing wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing.“It’s easier to beat your opponent, when you have exhausted your opponent,” Ryan said. “Work as hard as we can now, and work as hard as we can on the vaccine, and put the two together.”12:45 p.m.: Masks now mandatory in DCMasks are now mandatory in Washington, D.C. as the district sees a rise in cases, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday.Bowser said exceptions will include actively eating and drinking, vigorous exercise that respects social distancing, or being alone in an enclosed office. Children under 3 years old are exempt.Bowser also said that she will extend a state of emergency order in the District that was set to expire by the end of July. 12:05 p.m.: Miami Beach to issue fines for not wearing a maskAs COVID-19 surges in Florida, those not wearing face coverings in public spots of Miami Beach will be fined $50 beginning on Thursday, officials said.“We all need to be serious about flattening the curve and putting this deadly virus behind us,” Mayor Dan Gelber said in a statement Wednesday. “Please do your part and wear a mask.”11:30 a.m.: Florida has 4 counties with no ICU bedsIn hard-hit Florida, just 15% of the state’s adult ICU beds were available Wednesday morning, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Four counties — Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa and Putnam — had no available ICU beds, the agency said.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.Florida’s positivity rate was 10.55% as of Wednesday morning.The state now has 379,619 total cases and 5,458 fatalities.10:35 a.m.: California is now the state with the most coronavirus casesCalifornia has surpassed New York’s number of coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins data.As of Wednesday morning, California had over 409,000 cases, while New York had over 408,000.California’s positivity rate and hospitalization rates are trending upward in the two-week average, according to the state.Meanwhile, New York’s positivity rate was just 1.29% Tuesday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Thirty-one states — including California — are on New York’s travel advisory list. Those traveling from the 31 high-case states must quarantine for two weeks when arriving in New York.9:35 a.m.: Coronavirus cases rising in kidsCoronavirus cases in children is steadily rising and nearing the level of patients 65 or older, according to internal FEMA memos obtained by ABC News. Children ages 12 to 17 appear to become infected at a higher rate than younger kids. The memos also outlined coronavirus problems that specific states are facing. In South Carolina, the test-positivity rate is above 15% and rising, the memos said. Charleston, Horry and Greenville counties reported the highest number of new cases over the last three weeks, representing 38.4% of new cases in the state, the memo said. Charleston County has the most significant rate increase in the state. In the Las Vegas, Nevada, area, fatalities are on the rise, particularly among residents older than 65 with underlying health conditions, the memos said. Out of 38 acute-care hospitals, six reported experiencing critical staffing shortages, while another six hospitals anticipate critical staffing shortages in the next week, the memos said. Louisiana is experiencing “broad community spread” across the state. East Baton Rouge, Calcasieu and Jefferson parishes had the highest number of new cases over the last three weeks and represent 26.5% of new cases, the memos said. Lafayette and Lake Charles are reporting a significant lack of testing supplies, the memos said.8:25 a.m.: Masks could have ‘very significant impact’ on outbreak within months, CDC director saysDr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called masks the “most powerful tool” against the coronavirus. “This is the greatest public health crisis that our nation has faced in more than a century,” Redfield told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Wednesday. “If all Americans would embrace that [masks] as part of their personal responsibility to confront this outbreak, we could actually have a very significant impact on the outbreak that we’re seeing across the country in the next four, six, eight, 10, 12 weeks.”But when it comes to the idea of a national mask mandate, Redfield said, “the issue is how to motivate all Americans to do that.” “Some governors have done it, obviously with mandates. Other governors have done it through example. I think our key is just to let the American public know how important this is,” he said.As the new school year nears, Redfield said he would “absolutely” be comfortable with his grandchildren heading back to their classrooms. Redfield added he only may have “some reservation” about his grandson with cystic fibrosis, “depending on how he could be accommodated in the school.” “I think it’s really important to get our schools open,” he said. “It’s not public health versus opening the schools or the economy — it’s public health versus public health. I think there really are a number of negative public health consequences that have happened to our K-12 [students] by having schools closed.” “So it’s so important now to work together with school districts to figure out how they can take our guidelines and operationalize them in a practical way and to do it in a way that is safe,” he continued.5:11 a.m.: France says it has 208 active clusters of COVID-19 across the countryFrance has 208 currently active coronavirus outbreaks as of Tuesday, according to the General Directorate of Health, which notes that “the circulation of the virus is increasing.”Since May 9, 547 grouped cases — or clusters — have been detected but 339 have been closed, said the Directorate General of Health.Currently, 6,482 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 and 455 patients with a severe form of COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in intensive care.Just four regions in the country — Ile de France, Grand-Est, Hauts-de-France and Guyana — account for 70% of patients being hospitalized in intensive care.Elsewhere, in overseas territories owned by France, there are a total of 202 hospitalizations, including 34 in intensive care.Since the start of the pandemic, 106,296 people have been hospitalized in the country and 79,734 people have returned home.A total of 30,165 people have died so far in France, including 19,649 people in hospitals and 10,516 in nursing and care homes.4:50 a.m.: Prime minister hopes Russian coronavirus vaccine will be available in fallThe Russian authorities are hoping to receive a reliable domestic coronavirus vaccine in the fall, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.“I do hope that we will receive our own Russian reliable vaccine against coronavirus in the fall,” Mishustin said in the State Duma on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the number of reported new infections in the country remained below 6,000 for the third day in a row.Russia confirmed 5,862 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 789,190.Over the past 24 hours 165 people have died, making the total death toll in the country 12,745.A total of 9,669 people recovered over the last 24 hours, which brought the overall number of recoveries to 572,053.2:10 a.m.: RNC attendees in Jacksonville to take ‘in-home’ tests before event, no commitment to requiring masksAlmost a month before Republicans are set to gather in Jacksonville, Florida, for President Donald Trump’s second nomination, in a state seeing a record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases, the Republican National Committee outlined in more detail the safety procedures that will be in place for the nominating event in a memo obtained by ABC News.Convention-goers heading to Jacksonville for the Republicans celebration are expected to take an “in-home COVID-19 test” before the gatherings in either Charlotte or Jacksonville, paid for by the Republican National Committee.The Jacksonville-based event will be spread across indoor and outdoor venues, the memo says, with planners set to use “Daily’s Place Flex Field, TIAA Bank Field, Daily’s Place Amphitheater, and others” in a multi-block radius of Jacksonville. The party is also preparing for a smaller-scale gathering, with organizers cutting back the number of attendees by limiting the attendance of alternate delegates and guests of delegates in Jacksonville.On the night of Trump’s anticipated speech, which is slated for Thursday, guests of alternative delegates won’t be permitted inside the convention venue.Among those who plan to participate in-person for the event, planners indicated that attendees will be tested more than once, writing in the memo “a variety of COVID testing available before and during the convention activities.” Attendees will be asked to provide consent to allow the testing company to share their results with the RNC.On-site in Jacksonville, various health and safety precautions will be in-place and will “include, but are not limited to, on-site temperature checks, available PPE, and aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available COVID-19 testing,” according to the memo.But still, Republicans did not commit to requiring masks at the convention and there was no mention of social distancing throughout the nine-page memo.“We will follow the local and state health guidelines in place at the time of the convention,” the memo reads.12:26 a.m.: 59 NFL players test positive for COVID-19The NFL announced on Tuesday that 59 players have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Meanwhile, the NFL and the NFLPA announced Monday that they had agreed on COVID-19 testing protocols. Players and team personnel will be tested every day for the first two weeks of training camp, then every other day, as long as their team’s positive test rate is and remains under 5%.New symptom-based testing guidelines from the league were updated on July 17.If and when NFL training camps open next week, as currently scheduled, teams’ rosters will include a maximum of 80 players, as opposed to the usual 90, in an effort to help enforce social distancing measures in team facilities. This is according to sources who were on an NFLPA players call Tuesday night discussing details of the league’s latest proposal on coronavirus protocols.Sources also said the NFL and the union officially agreed Tuesday to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season. The agreement came a day after the league offered to the union to play no preseason games this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.Thus, with Tuesday’s developments, the league and the players’ union are inching closer to an agreement on rules that will govern training camp and the season under these difficult circumstances. Weeks of negotiations seem to be coming to a head, as sources who were on the players’ call Tuesday night said there has been agreement on several issues but work remains to be done on others.A major issue reportedly concerning players right now is the procedure under which they can opt out of the 2020 season if they are in a high-risk category or they’re simply not comfortable playing amid the pandemic.One source said the league has offered to give stipends — $250,000 for active roster and $100,000 for practice squad — to players who opt out because they’re in high-risk categories but nothing for players who opt out voluntarily.The source said the league’s proposal would be that players who opt out would have their contracts “toll” — meaning just slide back a year and pick up next year where they are now — but that the teams would in the meantime retain whatever rights they had to release or trade those players under their current contracts.The players are seeking better protections due to the unprecedented circumstances. 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All younger managers are interested in working from home and half want toretire early, according to an attitudes survey carried out by Management Today.Out of 18- to 34-year-old managers, 100 per cent said they would beinterested in working at least part-time from home, and 55 per cent said theywant to retire at the age of 55.Managers rated job satisfaction and responsibility as the most importantissues to them, with a “job for life” coming bottom.The vast majority of managers also see career development as their ownresponsibility. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Young managers want flexi-workOn 9 May 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
New guide raises profile of interimsOn 16 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. A new guide to help employers choose the best interim managers has beenlaunched by the CBI. Focusing on top-level executives, Interim executive management, a businessguide, sets out ways to choose a trust-worthy provider and make best use of aninterim. Digby Jones, CBI director general, said there has been a decline in theconventional executive talent pool, and interim management is becoming anincreasingly valued resource. He said that interim executives temporarily fillpositions such as chief executive, finance director, or HR director and canhelp integrate an acquisition or turn around a failing company. “The job of an interim is to leave a business in better shape than theyfound it, and it’s not just about the short term,” Jones added. A recent Mori poll revealed that while most business managers have heard ofinterim executives, only 42 per cent of FSTE 250 companies have used them. Mori recently used an interim to improve IT at the company. Mike Everett,Mori UK managing director, said the system worked well. “It was extremelyvaluable. We were able to bring in an interim with the expertise we neededinstantly,” he said. According to Martin Wood, CEO at BIE Interim Executive, the daily rate foran interim is anything from £600 to £2,000. The minimum stay is three months,and the average six to nine months. www.cbi.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Patterns of shell repair in articulate brachiopods indicate size constitutes a refuge from predation
The cost of overcoming prey defenses relative to the value of internal tissues is a key criterion in predator/prey interactions. Optimal foraging theory predicts: (1) specific sizes of prey will result in the best returns to predators, and (2) there will often be a size at which the cost/benefit balance is low enough to effectively exclude predation. Data presented here on styles of repaired shell damage and size at which injury had been sustained was collected from samples of terebratulide brachiopods from the Antarctic Peninisula (Liothyrella uva), Falkland Islands (Magellania venosa and Terebratella dorsata) and Chile (M. venosa). The predominant form of damage on shells was indicative of predators attacking the valve margins. The modal size for repaired damage was more than 10 mm smaller than the modal size for the overall size distribution in each species and there were no repaired attacks in the largest size classes of any species. These data suggest that size forms a refuge from predation, as would be predicted by optimal foraging theory. The optimal sizes that predators appeared to attack vary between species, as do the sizes that provided a refuge from predation. High levels of multiple repairs (19% of the M. venosa population from the Falkland Islands sampled had 2 or more repairs) suggest that the mortality following attack is low, suggesting that many predators abandon their attacks.