What the other papers say this morning

first_img Share What the other papers say this morning FINANCIAL TIMESCHINA’S LENDING HITS NEW HEIGHTS China has lent more money to other developing countries over the past two years than the World Bank, a stark indication of the scale of Beijing’s economic reach and its drive to secure natural resources. China Development Bank and China Export-Import Bank signed loans of at least $110bn (£70bn) to other developing country governments and companies in 2009 and 2010, according to Financial Times research.RUSNANO PLEDGES TO INVEST IN UK MICROCHIPS A company spun out of Cambridge university to make cheap plastic microchips has won the promise of a $650m investment from Russia’s state-backed nanotechnology corporation. Rusnano will take an immediate stake of about 25 per cent in Plastic Logic in exchange for an initial injection of $150m. The Russian government may eventually take control as the rest of the finance becomes available.EUROPEAN SECURITISATIONS FACE S&P DOWNGRADENearly half of all European securitisations could be downgraded following changes in the criteria Standard & Poor’s uses to measure the creditworthiness of deals. The criteria, which cover how third parties involved in deals are evaluated, are global but the new changes will more heavily affect European deals because of their higher use of counterparties to provide interest rate and currency swaps.INVESTORS SNAP UP US COMPANY DEBT Banks and companies have borrowed record amounts in the US bonds markets in the first two weeks of the year, with investor appetite for debt showing no signs of waning, data from Thomson Reuters shows.THE TIMESQUANGO CHIEF’S PAY CUT TO £57,000 FOR A TWO-DAY WEEKThe new chief executive of a quango targeted for cuts has accepted a pay package about £61,000 smaller than his predecessor in a move that reduces his pay below that of the Prime Minister. Bill Galvin, who yesterday was promoted to be chief executive of The Pensions Regulator — one of hundreds of quangos facing cuts — will receive base pay of £138,000, which is £4,500 less than David Cameron.HEALTH AND SAFETY REGIME IS PAIN-FREEA survey of 550 companies by the law firm Norton Rose found that most businesses are relaxed about regulations, which they say are flexible and have little negative impact. Nine in ten companies said that they had enough freedom to decide the best way.The Daily TelegraphINDIA PICKS BANKS TO LEAD $4BN SALE OF 5 PER CENT ONGC STAKEThe Indian government has hired six investment banks to lead the sale of a 5 per cent stake in Oil & Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), India’s largest oil exploration company. Selling the stake is expected to raise about $3bn (£1.9bn) to $4bn for India, according to the country’s oil secretary, S Sundareshan. GRADUATES WITHOUT WORK EXPERIENCE ‘WON’T FIND JOB’Graduates who have not bothered to secure work experience while studying stand “little or no” chance of getting a job at one of the UK’s leading employers, a new report showed. A third of this year’s graduate vacancies are expected to be filled by applicants who have already worked for the organisation during their degree course, according to the research by High Fliers, published today.THE WALL STREET JOURNALCHINESE PRESIDENT QUESTIONS THE DOLLAR AHEAD OF WASHINGTON TRIPChinese President Hu Jintao emphasized the need for cooperation with the U.S. in areas from new energy to space ahead of his visit to Washington this week, but he called the present U.S. dollar-dominated currency system a “product of the past” and highlighted moves to turn the yuan into a global currency. “We both stand to gain from a sound China-U.S. relationship, and lose from confrontation,” Mr. Hu said. Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Ads GERMANY IS RELUCTANT TO BOLSTER RESCUE FUNDSEuropean finance ministers debated Monday how to beef up their giant rescue fund for troubled euro-zone countries but ended the first day of a two-day meeting without reaching a firm resolution on how to do it, amid German reluctance to open the doors to more and bigger bailouts. whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Monday 17 January 2011 9:35 pm KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Decision time for turnaround king Camelot

first_img Topics: Lottery Tags: Online Gambling The UK National Lottery operator has seen digital sales surge since implementing its strategic review in 2017, but is also facing increased competition on a number of fronts as it weighs a bid for the new licence from 2023. By Joanne Christie Competitors to incumbent lottery operators have often described monopolies as lazy, outdated and lacking in innovation, particularly on the digital front. As recently as a few years ago, it would not have been completely unfair to describe UK National Lottery operator Camelot in such terms.Sales were falling, as were returns to good causes, as changes to games and price rises proved deeply unpopular with players.But Camelot has staged an impressive turnaround since its 2017 strategic review and the appointment of Nigel Railton as CEO the same year, particularly on the digital front.In its first-half results, released in November to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery, it reported a whopping 40% rise in digital sales.“Digital has been one of our four focus areas following the strategic review we carried out a couple of years ago,” explains Neil Brocklehurst, commercial director at Camelot (pictured above).“Our continued focus on digital led to record half-year digital sales of £1.1bn, breaking the £1bn mark for the first time for the half-year.”Like many other areas of the igaming market, the bulk of Camelot’s digital sales are coming via mobile, with mobile sales rising to £749m for the half year, a 73.5% increase on the same period in 2018. Partly, this is down to improvements in its mobile offerings, says Brocklehurst. “We’ve improved all aspects of our iPhone and Android apps over the past couple of years, looking at everything from their stability and performance, through to the player experience. “This has included some functional, but really useful additions, like the introduction of touch ID and face recognition, as well as some fun new features, like a ‘number picker’.” He says sales via the apps are at an all-time high, with its iOS app now boasting a four-star rating on the App Store. Making headway with millennials Unsurprisingly, Brocklehurst says online players skew slightly towards a younger demographic. And while conventional wisdom is that it’s largely older people playing the lottery, the recently released NHS Health Survey revealed that just as many in the much-coveted millennial generation were playing.While the survey found that overall, 36% of respondents had played draw-based games in 2018, in the 25-34 category this figure was 32% and in the 35-44 category it was 43%.Brocklehurst says the annuity game Camelot released in early 2019 had resonated with younger players. “Set For Life appeals to younger people who can see how the top prize of £10,000 a month for 30 years would help them tick off their wish list of amazing life experiences. “We had a recent 19-year-old top prize winner, Sam Lawton, who was inspired to play Set For Life after watching the news about another winner, Dean Weymes, so he bought a ticket through the app.”He adds that instant win games that tie into popular culture, such as Friends and Love Island-themed games, are also popular with younger players.While pleased with the success of the National Lottery’s new products, Brocklehurst is also keen to point out that its changes to the main Lotto game are also paying off. “I’m also really thrilled that we’ve seen an increase in Lotto sales, making us one of the few lotteries globally to be growing the flagship lotto game.”And while Camelot is beefing up its digital offering, Brocklehurst is clear it remains equally focused on retail. Retail resurgence He says the 5% increase in in-store sales for the first half, while eclipsed by the digital growth, is encouraging in the context of the general downturn in retail sales.It’s a fair point given Office for National Statistics figures showed that in November UK retail sales fell by 0.6%. This was the fourth consecutive month with no growth, the first time this has occurred since the mid-1990s.  “Although sales through our digital channels are growing at a faster rate than retail, we are simultaneously growing both in-store and online sales despite the ongoing challenging high street conditions.”Part of Camelot’s success in this respect has come from expanding its distribution channels into budget retailers such as Aldi and Iceland. Going forward, Brocklehurst champions an omnichannel approach. “We don’t see retail and digital being mutually exclusive. The world of digital is merging with retail and we see a seamless omni-channel experience as the future. For example, we already provide retail players with the ability to check their ticket using their mobiles.”Other items on Camelot’s agenda for the future include plans to make EuroMillions “more exciting in early 2020”, as well as to develop marketing around its ‘Dream Big, Play Small’ strategy. This strategy is made up of various responsible gambling elements and is part of Camelot’s “wider corporate responsibility strategy, which centres on promoting healthy play”, says Brocklehurst. In line with this, in October the operator withdrew its £10 scratchcards from all retail outlets after discovering they over-indexed among problem gamblers. “We believed this was the right thing to do to help protect the very small minority of players concerned, less than 1% of all National Lottery players,” he says. In addition, in December Camelot announced it was the first UK lottery operator to achieve Advanced Level 2 of GamCare’s Safer Gambling Standard.“We’re ranked just 66th in the world in terms of per capita spend, despite being the sixth largest lottery in the world by sales, underlining the effectiveness of our strategy to encourage lots of people to play but to only spend relatively small amounts,” says Brocklehurst. Competition on multiple fronts However, Camelot faces intense competition for the lots of people it wants to attract, admits Brocklehurst.“The emergence in recent years of synthetic national lotteries, such as the Health Lottery and the People’s Postcode Lottery, and additional direct, and often aggressive, competition from the wider gambling sector, particularly bet-on-lottery firms, has seen the National Lottery and the vital money it raises for good causes come under increased pressure,” he says.Though in some cases Camelot has been successful in lobbying for changes to protect its monopoly, for example, with the government’s decision to ban lottery betting on EuroMillions, when it comes to society lotteries its argument seems not to be holding sway.Following a government consultation setting out plans to increase the prize limits for society lotteries in 2018, the Gambling Commission launched its own consultation into the proposal in December. Brocklehurst says such lotteries are at odds with the ‘single national lottery’ model set up by Parliament. “The emergence in recent years of synthetic national lotteries has placed this model, and returns to Good Causes, at risk. These operators don’t pay Lottery Duty on ticket sales, unlike the National Lottery which pays 12%, and are able to spend significantly more on marketing. Because of our licence structure, we are limited in the amount we can spend in this area. This means that our share of voice has reduced.”Camelot also faces an even greater threat from society lotteries, with Health Lottery owner Northern & Shell having stated publicly that it plans to bid for the fourth National Lottery licence when it comes up for tender in March.Camelot has held the licence to operate the National Lottery since it began in 1994, with its current term expiring in 2023. Competition in the tender is expected to be fierce, with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Czech-based Sazka Group also reportedly considering bids.Though declining to confirm for definite that Camelot will submit a bid given the final structure of the licence will not be published until March, Brocklehurst does say, however: “Having run one of the world’s most successful lotteries for the past 25 years, raising over £40bn for Good Causes in the process, it’s only natural we’re interested in bidding for the next National Lottery licence. We’ve been speaking with the Gambling Commission as part of the market engagement process it has been carrying out ahead of the fourth licence competition.“In the meantime, our immediate focus is on building on our sales growth over the last two-and-a-half years and continuing to maximise returns to Good Causes.” Email Address 20th January 2020 | By Stephen Carter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Lottery Decision time for turnaround king Camelot The UK National Lottery operator has seen digital sales surge since implementing its strategic review in 2017, but is also facing increased competition on a number of fronts as it weighs a bid for the new licence from 2023. By Joanne Christie Regions: UK & Irelandlast_img read more

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Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgDangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileDangote Cement Plc manufactures, packages and distributes cement and related products for the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. The company has operations in Nigeria, Benin and Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia and exports internationally. Dangote Cement Plc operates the largest cement plant in sub-Saharan Africa, the Obajana Cement Plant. Cement bagged and distributed by Dangote Cement Plc is required of the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors. Formerly known as Obajana Cement Plc, the company changed its name to Dangote Cement Plc in 2010. The company is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Dangote Cement Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Forget buy-to-let, Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds: I’d buy bargain FTSE 100 dividend stocks

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Forget buy-to-let, Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds: I’d buy bargain FTSE 100 dividend stocks Many FTSE 100 stocks have cut, delayed or even cancelled their dividends due to the uncertainty facing the world economy. This means that it is more difficult to now obtain a passive income from the FTSE 100.As such, many investors may decide to seek a passive income from other mainstream assets such as Cash ISAs, Premium Bonds or buy-to-let properties. However, their income returns could prove to be highly unappealing. And the prospect of an improving outlook for the FTSE 100 may lead to rising dividends across the index in the coming years.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Dividend opportunitiesMany FTSE 100 companies have made changes to their dividend policies in light of coronavirus. But some large-cap shares have not. Across sectors such as utilities, tobacco and others, dividend policies are just where they were prior to coronavirus. As such, it is still possible to obtain a worthwhile passive income from large-cap shares in 2020. And you could benefit from the prospect of dividend growth in the coming years.Income potentialIn the long run, the income potential of FTSE 100 shares appears to be far greater than those of other assets. The world economy has always recovered from its very worst recessions to post positive GDP growth. Monetary and fiscal stimulus is likely to be high in the next few years, so the operating conditions for many FTSE 100 companies could improve significantly relative to today. This may allow them to raise dividends at a fast pace.By contrast, the income returns of Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds are likely to be low. A fall in interest rates to a historic low means that the returns on Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds may fail to keep up with inflation. This could lead to a loss of spending power for their holders.Meanwhile, buy-to-let properties may become less attractive to income investors. Rental growth could be subdued over the near term. And some tenants may understandably find it difficult to pay their rent given the challenging economic outlook facing the UK. Furthermore, tax changes mean that the net income return available to investors in buy-to-let properties may be lower than it has been over recent years.DiversificationThrough buying a diverse range of financially-sound FTSE 100 shares, you can build a worthwhile income stream for the long run. Diversification reduces company-specific risk. This could strengthen your overall returns and lower the risks facing your portfolio during an uncertain period for the world economy.Certainly, investing today is a risky move in the short run. Paper losses may be ahead for investors in FTSE 100 shares. But compared to other mainstream assets, the yields and dividend growth potential of FTSE 100 shares make them a relatively attractive means of generating a passive income. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img See all posts by Peter Stephens “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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The Standard Life share price has jumped: is there still time for me to buy?

first_img Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. The Standard Life share price has jumped: is there still time for me to buy? The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar The Standard Life (LSE: SLA) share price has charged ahead of the market over the past 12 months. Since the beginning of March last year, the stock has added 33%, excluding dividends. Over the same period, the FTSE 100 has added just 13%. That suggests an outperformance, excluding dividends, of 20%. However, these figures only tell part of the story. Shares in the pension and wealth manager may have outperformed over the past 12 months, but the stock has lost 24% of its value over the past five years. The FTSE 100 has added 10% over the same time frame. Both of these figures exclude dividends paid to investors. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Nevertheless, despite this long-term underperformance, the outlook for the Standard Life share price seems to be looking up. And with that in mind, I’ve been taking a closer look at the stock to see if it could be worth adding to my portfolio. Standard Life share price outlook The financial services group has struggled over the past few years. In a world of low-interest rates, Standard Life has been fighting its competitors for market share. Against deep-pocketed competitors like Legal & General, the organisation has struggled. Still, the group has made some progress. Under the stewardship of its new CEO Stephen Bird, the company has set out in a new direction. It agreed to sell its Standard Life brand to insurer Phoenix Group in February. This follows the sale of its European and UK insurance businesses to Phoenix in 2018.Following these deals, the group’s operations will be focused on asset management. I think this is a sensible move. Standard has previously offered the kind of life insurance products that can be incredibly capital-intensive, which restricts the company’s ability to grow. In my opinion, by focusing on asset management, the group should have more flexibility.According to its latest trading update, assets under management and administration fell by £10bn to £534.6bn for the year to the end of 2020. Fee-based revenue fell 13% to £1.4bn, largely from clients switching to lower-fee assets and a scheduled withdrawal of assets by Lloyds Banking Group. Overall, profit for the year fell 17%, and the company slashed its dividend as a result. Company challenges Standard plans to double down on its asset management business going forward. But the company’s 2020 results show the challenges the group faces. It faces an uphill struggle to attract customers from lower-fee competitors. In the most optimistic scenario, if the firm can attract customers from competitors, profits could increase steadily over the next two years. This may lead to continued outperformance for the Standard Life share price. On the other hand, if outflows continue, the group’s stock may underperform. Considering all of the above, I think this is a turnaround opportunity. As such, I wouldn’t buy the stock today. The way I see it, while Standard’s decision to streamline its business will help the company focus on growth, there are plenty of other competitors out there chasing the same market.Therefore, I think the business may continue to face challenges, and its returns may lag the broader market. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 | More on: SLA last_img read more

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Apopka Police Officer recognized for Pulse response

first_img TAGSApopka Police DepartmentPulse Shooting Previous articleDarters will soon be focused on “the second season”Next articleSpace limited at minority-owned business forum Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Orange County Medical Director’s Office has recognized 9 police officers including Apopka Police Officer Charles White for their quick response to help save lives during Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12.(L to R) Fire Chief Carnesale, Officer White, Police Chief McKinleyOfficer White and 8 officers from the Orlando Police Department received the Orange County EMS Life Saving awards for assisting emergency medical responders to transport patients to the nearby hospital using their patrol vehicles.Officers White and Josean Velez Cantres, with his canine, Honor, were among representatives from multiple law enforcement agencies sent to assist Orlando for the Pulse shooting.The City of Apopka released this statement, “The City of Apopka is very proud of our police officers’ actions the night of the extraordinarily tragic event as well as White’s recognition today for helping to transport patients – both going above and beyond the typical call of duty.”Attending today’s event with Officer White was Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley and Fire Chief Chuck Carnesale.On June 12, 2016, Pulse gained international attention as the scene of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the events of September 11, 2001. 49 people were killed and 53 were injured. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

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Cloud House / Akin Atelier

first_imgArchDaily Houses “COPY” Year:  Area:  196 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Murray Fredericks Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2018 CopyHouses•Bondi Beach, Australia Australia Architects: Akin Atelier Area Area of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/916278/cloud-house-akin-atelier Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAkin AtelierOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBondi BeachAustraliaPublished on May 05, 2019Cite: “Cloud House / Akin Atelier” 05 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassHanging LampsVibiaHanging Lamp – VOLConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionBricksFeldhaus KlinkerThin Bricks – ClassicGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing for Interior DesignWoodStructureCraftEngineering – FootbridgesAluminium CompositesCymat Technologies Ltd.Bundang Doosan Tower – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamTable LampsRoss GardamDesk Lamp – OraMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?云屋 / Akin Atelier是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Cloud House / Akin Atelier ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/916278/cloud-house-akin-atelier Clipboard Cloud House / Akin AtelierSave this projectSaveCloud House / Akin Atelier Save this picture!© Murray Fredericks+ 20Curated by Paula Pintos Share Products used in this ProjectWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingRenders / 3D AnimationGRAPHISOFTVirtual Building Software – Archicad 22Landscape:Dangar Barin SmithDesign Team:Kelvin Ho, Georgia McGrowan, Linda TjaturonoCity:Bondi BeachCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Murray FredericksText description provided by the architects. Cloud House is a private home located at Bondi Beach. The concept maximises the opportunity for light to interact with the surfaces of the house like the facets of a cloud. Two interconnected volumes are pierced by a central courtyard and selected apertures, establishing a play on air and light.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Murray FredericksThe home is designed as two structures interconnected by the internal courtyard on the ground level, and the open walkway on the upper level. The rectilinear volumes are punctured with apertures that address both programme and context, each providing a different play on light. The planning of the house is split between flexible living spaces at ground floor, and private bedrooms and secondary living at the upper floor; the levels connected with circulation that flanks the central courtyard.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksInside the house, the rectilinear geometry of the exterior is softened through a rhythm of subtle curves in the interior elements; a pivoting round window; a curved concrete plinth, and custom joinery which tapers flush into the wall. A restrained colour palette of warm timber, whites and greys fosters a connection with the coastal context of Bondi, whilst wall finishes such as lightly bagged brick capture changing light throughout the day.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksThe north-east orientation of the site informed a building massing that pulls light deeper into slender site. From the street the first-floor volume cantilevers over the paved carport, engaging with the Bondi streetscape through selected, yet playful, apertures. It creates a buffer to the house beyond, where the key living spaces are privately positioned and anchored between the internal courtyard and rear landscaped garden.  The eastern façade contains openings which capture the morning sun, filtered with sliding timber screens for privacy from adjacent neighbours.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksLandscaping was integral to the design from conception and collaboration with Dangar Barin Smith allowed for outdoor spaces such as the rear garden, outdoor shower and timber courtyard to be seamlessly integrated throughout the ground-floor, while a planter bed softens the edge of the Master Bedroom at the first floor. The project was one of simplicity and was realised through a combination of rigorous design detail and the craftsmanship of the building team. Collaborations with specialised contractors saw the realisation of bespoke elements such as a curved concrete plinth, pivoting circular steel window, and operable timber privacy screens.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksProject gallerySee allShow lessYuanGu Restaurant / WUXU Architectural DesignSelected ProjectsValparaíso Cultural Park / HLPSSelected Projects Share Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Vitrocsa, Dulux, Eco Outdoor, Interia, Lysaght, Nash Timbers, Granite Marble Works, Robert Plumb Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Projects “COPY”last_img read more

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New online directory for charities, small businesses and individuals

first_img  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. New online directory for charities, small businesses and individuals Howard Lake | 15 October 2004 | News They are trying to build up an online community at the site with a discussion forum.Since the site has no track record, it is getting going by offering free listings for six months. Thereafter the site’s owners will charge £25 a year.The difficulty with any such site is building a brand and demonstrating its effectiveness. The simple online mall or listing directory approach for charities has been tried many times over the years, and is a very difficult model to crack, not least now that there are very low cost ways of targeted advertising such as Google’s AdWords.center_img Redcog.net is a new online service that says that it will help its target audience of charities and small businesses advertise themselves online at low cost, and where they won’t be drowned out by large corporations’ adverts and bigger advertising budgets.Redcog.net’s founders Phil De Caux and Dean Deacon believe that there is a need for “a low-cost, effective advertising Web site that put its members first, where members could not buy their way up the listings and where large corporations were not allowed to advertise.”Their advertising listing systems are meant to be fair and transparent. For example, search results will list organisations in a random order, so that the Aardvark charity won’t always come top. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy Individual givinglast_img read more

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Drought Spreading

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Drought Spreading By Andy Eubank – Dec 2, 2012 SHARE USDA Meteorologist Eric Lubebehusen says the intensity and coverage of the drought has increased as a result of more dry weather. Some level of drought now covers 62.7-percent of the contiguous 48 U.S. states. That’s double the extent of a year ago – when the drought was centered on Oklahoma and Texas. It has spread across most of the Midwest since the spring and has caused major economic damage. And since the drought just isn’t loosening its grip – Mark Svoboda at the National Drought Mitigation Center said this week it’s hard to put it in historical perspective.Svoboda says the next few months will be critical in determining if the ag industry faces another harsh growing season. He says snow in the Rocky Mountains and across the Midwest would ease conditions heading into the spring. This is actually a time of year – according to Svoboda – where nature can catch its breath. He says there isn’t a great demand for water by plants – so moisture can be stored in the ground and in snow pack. He says the current situation isn’t favorable. In fact – because of a lack of rain in September, October and November – Svoboda says the winter wheat crop is getting hammered. But he says there is time to make up for the lack of moisture. But if we are still this dry at the end of January – he says there will be a lot more concern.Drought Causes River Transportation IssueThe impact of the drought on crop and livestock producers has been well documented this year. Now another issue is emerging. Water levels on the Mississippi River are falling – and if they get too low – the nation’s main inland waterway could become impassable to barges. The river could reach the point where it’s too shallow for the barges that carry food, fuel and other commodities. Experts say the economic losses could climb into the billions if the Mississippi is closed for a lengthy period. Not only would the shipping and grain industries feel the pain of such a closure – but consumers could see higher grocery and utility bills. Don Sweeney with the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis says higher prices would be inevitable.The biggest area of concern is a 180-mile stretch between the confluences of the Missouri River near St. Louis and the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois. A lack of rain has squeezed the channel from its normal one-thousand foot or more width to just a few hundred feet. The depth of the river is 15 to 20 feet less than normal – about 13 feet deep in many places. At a depth of nine feet – rock pinnacles at two locations make it difficult – if not impossible – for barges to pass. National Weather Service hydrologists predict the river will reach that nine-foot mark by December 9th.The situation has been made worse by an Army Corps of Engineers decision to reduce the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota. There the drought has intensified – so to ease the effects of the drought in the northern Missouri River basin – the flow is gradually being cut by more than two-thirds by December 11th.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Drought Spreading Previous articleBread For The WorldNext articleWinter Weather the Main Factor Determining Spring Pests Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Three newspaper employees killed in arson attack in Tamil Nadu state

first_img Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more News March 3, 2021 Find out more India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Follow the news on India to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the death of three employees of the Tamil newspaper Dinakaran in an arson attack yesterday on its offices in Madurai, in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu, by supporters of M.K. Azhagiri, one of the sons of Tamil Nadu chief minister K. Karunanidhi, who were angry about the publication of poll tipping another son as his likeliest successor.More than 30 suspects have been arrested, including the husband of Madurai’s mayor, but the press freedom organisation said it hoped the investigation would not stop there and called on the authorities to identify and punish those who were behind the attack.“The nepotism and political feudalism reigning in certain Indian states leads to this kind of violence against the press,” Reporters Without Borders said, urging the police to question M.K. Azhagiri immediately.Hundreds of supporters of M.K. Azhagiri, one of the leaders of the state’s ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam (DMK) party, attacked Dinakaran in broad daylight, setting fire to the building that houses it and two other news organisations, Sun TV and the newspaper Tamil Murasu. One of the region’s most popular Tamil-language dailies, Dinakaran is part of the Sun press group, owned by a relative of the chief minister.The victims were Vinod Kumar, 23, and G. Gopinath, 25, two engineers who maintained the newspaper’s computers, and K. Muthuramalingam, the building’s caretaker. Kumar and Gopinath died of smoke inhalation after going into the building to try to save the computers.A few hours before the arson attack, the mob attacked the premises of a cable TV station and set fire to copies of Dinakaran in a city square.Journalists have staged demonstrations in several Indian cities in protest against the attack and to demand the resignation of DMK officials.The arrests of more than 30 people, including the husband of the DMK mayor, were carried out yesterday and today by the Tamil Nadu police. The federal police meanwhile will be asked to carry out its own investigation. IndiaAsia – Pacific May 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three newspaper employees killed in arson attack in Tamil Nadu state RSF_en News IndiaAsia – Pacific News Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting February 23, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News Receive email alerts Two computer engineers and a caretaker were killed in an arson attack on a Tamil-language newspaper in the southeastern city of Madurai by a local politician’s supporters, who were enraged by the publication of poll favouring another politician. Reporters Without Borders calls for their arrest. last_img read more

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