Sunday 30 January 2011 8:46 pm MY house isn’t smart enough. To get inside it I have to open the door myself. With a key. When I walk in, a digital voice doesn’t greet me, realise I’ve had a bad day and tell me a joke to cheer me up (I’m imagining a soothing voice like Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey). I have to clean my own dishes, wash my own clothes, unblock my own toilet. I am essentially living in unspeakable Dickensian squalor; a latter-day street urchin being sent, every day, to scrub the filthy chimney of my existence.But there is hope. Intel’s European boss Tristan Wilkinson tells me the technology giant, which churns out more chips than McCain, has a dream of putting a microchip inside anything with a plug. This will presumably lead to a utopia where blenders not only dice vegetables, but get out in the garden and plant them; three-bar hearers trundle after your grandmother during the winter, and irons not only de-crease your clothes but detect whether they are hideous and, if they are, set fire to them.The idea of smart homes, kitted out with smart appliances, has been around for years, with the super-rich and the slightly unhinged already making use of them. But 2011 will be the first time many of the innovations will be available for mainstream consumption.A firm called Warmup is set to launch a smart thermostat, the 3iE, that allows users to micro-manage the temperature in every room of their home from one funky, iPhone-inspired touch-screen controller (“the ultimate addition to the modern home environment” reads the rather optimistic press release).LG’s Hom Bot, a “smart” vacuum cleaner, uses ultrasonic and infra-red sensors to plot a course around your home. It can remember where furniture is and will “learn” quicker routes the next time it is unleashed. And, thankfully, it can tell the difference between living things (pets, children) and inanimate objects, hopefully preventing hamster-related accidents.The Korean firm is also launching a smart washing machine that will recommend the most energy efficient-cycle for your clothes and work out whether it is cheaper in your area to wash the load during “off peak” hours. In a baffling display of organisation, the appliance will even churn out daily, weekly or monthly reports on its energy consumption, although quite who will spend their time sifting through them is unclear.Other firms are releasing smart water-heaters, smart alarm systems and smart refrigerators. Soon everything will be smart. The machines have already taken over – they are just far more boring than we imagined.Follow Steve on Twitter:@steve_dinneenSONY’S NEXT GEN PORTABLEThe Sony PlayStation Portable 2 was unveiled this week. Officially called the Next Generation Portable (NGP), the new device packs a real punch. It features a gigantic five inch screen, a touch sensitive rear, 3G connectivity, wi-fi and what Sony is calling the most advanced chip on the market. Sony, perhaps the biggest proponent of 3D technology, stuck with 2D for the NGP, which means the games will have to be something special to win over users from Nintendo’s 3DS. Gamers will have a long time to make their minds up – it won’t be released until Christmas. ATRIX ARRIVES IN UKMotorola has announced it will be bringing its Atrix handset to the UK. The Android smartphone looks slick (nothing to blow your mind in a post-iPhone 4 world, but certainly more impressive than Motorola’s clunky leviathan the Milestone). The Atrix, the firm says, is designed for speed, opening web pages up to twice as fast as rivals. But the really interesting part is the link-up with your desktop PC. Slotting into a nifty dock, you can run the Atrix’s applications through your PC screen or plug in a full keyboard via USB to type messages and emails. ANGRY BIRDS CATAPAULTIn a bizarre case of life imitating art (if, indeed, you can call firing birds at pigs art) Character Options is set to launch an official Angry Birds catapult. The plastic toy is designed to shoot fluffy balls with the 7m-selling game’s trademark avian faces painted on. I was slightly disappointed to learn it isn’t big enough to launch the range of plush toys released by the firm. Still, prepare for a glut of YouTube videos posted by people with far too much time on their hands recreating in minute detail every level from the smartphone game. 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But, what they also have is a captain who really understands instincts.“So, I mean, look, I know Dhoni quite well and I hope he hasn’t changed, but I know Dhoni is probably not one to look at reams of data and statistics.”The Super Kings have won the lucrative tournament three times — one less than Mumbai Indians — and reached the knockouts in each of the 10 seasons they have been a part of.Srinivasan also spoke about how Dhoni’s instinct and judgement contributed to his team’s success at a time when a lot of emphasis is placed on data.“We’re awash with data just now. To give you an example, there are bowling coaches and in a T20 game, they play videos of every batsman whom they’re going to come against and they see how he got out, what’s his strength, what’s his weakness etc.“So, MS Dhoni doesn’t attend this, he’s a pure instinct man. The bowling coach, (head coach Stephen) Fleming will be there and everybody will be there, everyone is giving opinions, (but) he’ll get up and go.“In the context of instinct, he feels that okay he can assess a batsman or player on the field, that’s his judgement. On the other hand, there is so much data that is available to help a person also analyse. It’s a very difficult line to draw (between data and instinct).”Srinivasan also recalled how Dhoni once refused to take “one outstanding player” suggested by the franchise boss as that could have broken the team’s cohesion.“There was one outstanding player that we suggested to MS, he said: ‘no sir, he will spoil the team’. The cohesion within the team is important and see in America, franchise-based sport has been there for such a long time,” he said.“In India, we’re just starting and we’re new to it. But we at India Cements have had a lot of experience running teams at junior levels.” Football Football Euro 2020 Points table: Germany secure first win, Poland keep Euro hopes alive; Check Euro 2020 latest group standings Euro 2020 Top Scorers: Ronaldo joins Patrik Schick at top, Lukaku remains second; Check who is leading the Euro 2020 Golden Boot race TAGSChennai Super KingsCSK & Dhoni in IPLIndian Premier LeagueIPL 2020MS Dhoni CSK SHARE Football Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Gareth Bale and Co face do-or-die clash; Italy eye third consecutive win; Follow Live Updates, Previous articlePakistan tour of England: Haris Rauf set to join Pakistan squad after testing Covid-19 negative in EnglandNext articleUS Open Tennis Update : Nick Kyrgios also pulls out from the US Open Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. 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Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 presentation For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) 2017 presentation Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) 2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileBenso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is an oil palm plantation company in Ghana involved in growing and processing crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. The company is based at the Adum Banso Estate in Takoradi, Ghana. It owns over 5 000 hectares of oil palm plantations and processes crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. Brands include RBD Palm Oil and RBD Palm Olein. BOPP produces oil products for the Ghana market and for export to regions in West Africa. The company is also involved in refining fats and oils and owns the patent for technology that converts wasted food into nutritious food. BOPP is a subsidiary of Wilmar International Limited and Unilever Ghana has a stake in its business. Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Moving on: Speculation is rife that George Ford is moving back up North with Sale By Alex ShawThe 12 Aviva Premiership clubs will be writing their letters to Santa Claus this week packed with requests to help them take the next step both domestically and in Europe.A further increase to the salary cap – before the cap stays stabilises for the foreseeable future – gives the English clubs increased ability to compete with their French counterparts for marquee names and with January just around the corner, it won’t be long before the annual deluge of signings begin to be announced.We look at the players off contract in 2017 that would be right at the top of each club’s wish list this festive season.BathThe West Country side are in a luxurious position. They already possess a talented squad and having not once dipped below the English-qualified players (EQP) per matchday 23 average required by the Rugby Football Union – they have fielded at least 16 in every game this season – they don’t have to worry about EQPs when recruiting.Director of Rugby Todd Blackadder may well be tempted to look back to his former side, the Crusaders, where Ryan Crotty, Matt Todd, Israel Dagg and Seta Tamanivalu are all heading into the last years of their respective deals. All four are strong candidates to re-sign with the New Zealand Rugby Union, although Dagg has been linked with a number of European clubs.Flying: Israel Dagg was coached by Bath’s Todd Blackadder at the CrusadersIf George Ford is to leave the Rec this summer, finding a player of that ilk to replace him, despite the fast-rising Adam Hastings, should be priority number one. Blackadder’s countryman Ihaia West, of the Blues, would be an interesting option and would come with the added bonus of being available during Test windows, something Bath currently lack in Ford.BristolHonestly, there is no area of the Bristol team that couldn’t be improved to help them compete with Premiership-calibre opposition.Their hopes of survival are still alive but they are in a precarious position – 10 losses from their 10 games so far – and a stint back in the Greene King IPA Championship won’t help them with their recruitment. That said, the incoming Pat Lam will be a big draw for prospective players, particularly those from New Zealand, as will owner Steve Lansdown’s ambitions for the club.Marquee signing: Struggling Bristol would love to capture FekitoaLansdown publicly stated his desire to bring players like Ma’a Nonu to Ashton Gate earlier this year and with the midfield a significant problem area for Bristol so far this season, they could do worse than heavily pursuing the man many in New Zealand believed to be the ‘next Nonu’, Malakai Fekitoa. The Highlander is in the last year of his deal with the NZRU and whilst he will be a priority re-signing, he would be the kind of marquee arrival Lansdown is desperate to land.One other position that could be bolstered is hooker and with Munster’s Niall Scannell coming to the end of his deal with the province, a move across the Irish Sea would be warmly welcomed by Bristol.Exeter ChiefsExeter are another side, like Bath, who have no issues whatsoever with their EQP numbers and this gives them a freer rein in their recruitment strategy.By avoiding extensive England call-ups, Exeter’s squad looks relatively deep, but Henry Slade, Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ollie Devoto, Dave Ewers and Don Armand are all either involved with the Test squad or on the cusp of it and it would only take a couple of injuries to current England players to see Exeter’s resources stretched when the national team comes calling.Wallaby connection: Could the Australian connection help the Chiefs land Rob HorneBringing back Dean Mumm would be a popular move in the South-West and, alongside Geoff Parling, would help arrest the slide in Exeter’s driving lineout game. Another option would be Nambian lock Tjiuee Uanivi, who has previous for performing at Sandy Park, having shone there during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.Rob Baxter must be thrilled with the performances of James Short and Olly Woodburn since they arrived in Devon but adding another try-scoring threat out wide wouldn’t hurt. Two of Mumm’s Waratahs teammates, Rob Horne and Zac Guildford, are in the last years of their deals and Horne fits the versatile mould of Exeter’s back line. The fact he’s Australian doesn’t hurt, either.GloucesterThe Cherry and Whites have been open with their comings and goings so far this season, having already announced that Greig Laidlaw and James Hook will be leaving the club at the end of the season.Callum Braley and Willi Heinz will fill Laidlaw’s void at scrum-half but finding a replacement for Hook, ideally one who can cover both fly-half and full-back, won’t be so easy.Melbourne Rebels fly-half Jack Debreczeni could do just that, pushing both Billy Burns and Tom Marshall for their starting spots and preventing Mat Protheroe from having to be rushed into and overexposed in the senior set-up.Power play: There have been suggestions Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty is off to WalesBen Morgan has committed to spending his future at Kingsholm, but rumours persist that Ross Moriarty is eager to return to Wales and that Matt Kvesic is off to Exeter, making the back row another important area to bolster.One player who could certainly invigorate the Gloucester fan base in Steven Luatua, with the 15-times capped All Black in the last year of his deal with the Blues. The versatile back rower has struggled for consistency since bursting on to the scene in 2013 and 2014 and with his Test opportunities looking limited for the foreseeable future, he could reignite his career at Kingsholm.HarlequinsThe Londoners have already announced the signing of Demetri Catrakilis for the 2016-17 season, so you can go ahead and scratch fly-half from their Christmas list.This leaves Quins’ top priorities as clear. Tight five reinforcements.When Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler head off on England duty, the Quins pack looks underpowered and bolstering their front and second rows is likely a priority for John Kingston, especially with the abundance of home-grown talent emerging in their back row and back line at the moment.In bound: Montpellier’s South African fly-half Demetri Catrakilis is coming to QuinsBrumbies hooker Saia Fainga’a was only signed from the Reds on a one-year deal and could help the set-piece in West London. Another option would be Pat Leafa of the Melbourne Rebels, who broke out in 2015 and is entering the last year of his deal.Extending Elia Elia’s deal – a short-term mid-season acquisition for Quins – would be another possibility.With Lewis Boyce rumoured to be joining from Yorkshire Carnegie and providing depth behind Marler, finding a deputy for Sinckler at tighthead, such as Exeter’s Jack Stanley, will also be high on Quins’ list, especially with Adam Jones turning 36 before the end of the current season.Leicester TigersLeicester are in a better situation than their recent 38-0 humbling by Munster suggests and they have quality and quantity throughout their squad, as well as no issues meeting the EQP quota.If their squad could be fleshed out, it would be in the back line, where recent injuries have shown it to be a top-heavy unit, with squad members struggling to fill in for the first line group. This will only increase if Owen Williams and Mat Tait both decide to move away from Welford Road at the end of the season.Prize possession: The Tigers are desperate to hang onto Owen WilliamsBringing in a well-rounded back three player would improve Tigers’ threat out wide, as well as allowing Peter Betham to focus on the 13 jersey, a position which he has thrived in since moving from Sydney.The Hurricanes duo of Nehe Milner-Skudder and Matt Proctor are in contract years, as is the Chiefs’ James Lowe and Aaron Mauger would undoubtedly love to welcome any one of them to the East Midlands. It’s difficult to see Milner-Skudder leaving New Zealand, but Proctor and Lowe could be sold on the idea that All Black selection is unlikely at this point.If Williams were to leave, finding a fly-half to compete with Freddie Burns would also be a priority, as is finding someone to compete with Lachlan McCaffrey at No 8. In regards to the latter, impressive Wasps back rower Alex Rieder has yet to commit his future to the club and could be just the stocking filler Tigers need.Newcastle Falcons Newcastle are a team that could use help in a lot of different areas and if they can bring in EQPs then all the better, as they have flirted with the quota line so far this season.The problem for Falcons is that EQPs capable of improving their squad don’t come cheap but with the side from the North-East performing above expectations this season, attendances on the rise and their ability to retain players looking in better shape than in recent seasons, they shouldn’t be afraid to be ambitious.The back row and back three are in good shape, with Will Welch and Mark Wilson committing their futures to the club and exciting talents like Callum Chick and Simon Hammersley earning prominent roles in the team.Increased game-time: Would Harry Thacker benefit from Newcastle’s 4G pitch?If they could lure Harry Thacker north from Leicester, they could give him the opportunity he craves at hooker, whilst his ability with the ball in hand would potentially prove a game-changer on Newcastle’s 4G pitch, much as Schalk Brits’ skill set has done for Saracens.Bolster the hooker position will be key for Falcons and Scannell would be another good fit here, albeit not an EQP.Sale scrum-half James Mitchell is beginning to garner significant playing time in the North-West but if he feels he is still third-choice behind Peter Stringer and Mike Phillips, a move across the Pennines could be good for his career.Northampton SaintsFirmly atop Jim Mallinder’s Christmas list this year will simply be job security but in terms of the club, there are plenty of things they will be asking Santa for and most of them in the back line.Working in Northampton’s favour is that they are another of the teams comfortably meeting the EQP quota and that their recruitment should be open to EQPs and non-EQPs alike. This is key, as an injection of new talent and fresh thinking in Northampton is very much needed.Versatile midfielders are worth their weight in gold these days and with JJ Hanrahan and Luther Burrell both linked with Franklin’s Gardens exits, players like Pita Ahki of the Hurricanes and Mitch Inman of the Melbourne Rebels could be of significant interest to Saints. Both are in contract years and have shown an ability to break the gain line and get their teams on the front foot.Midfield dynamite: Would Kiwi Pita Ahki bolster the Saints midfieldNorthampton have also lacked a cutting edge in the back three and the Blues’ Lolagi Visinia would, on paper, be the perfect addition, capable of covering wing and full-back and would bring fresh impetuous to a Northampton side that has scored the least tries in the Premiership this season.Doubling down in the back three wouldn’t hurt and there are a pair of EQP targets that could be just the fillip Saints fans need over the coming months.Former England 7s star Marcus Watson has shown his potential in the 15-a-side code and is yet to sign a new deal in the North-East, whilst former England U20 sensation Nathan Earle is also in a contract year and could be lured away from North London on the promise of playing time.Sale SharksLooming legal action over the handling of a player’s concussion and the questionable acquisition of Denny Solomona probably mean Sale have their own issues but rather than a lump of coal, they will be hoping for front row and half-back help, as they build a back row and back line with ominous potential, but for whom the platform to reach that potential is currently missing.Unfortunately for Sale, they have struggled to meet the EQP marks so far this season and unless their new owners are willing to take the financial hit for such actions, they may be limited in their ability to go after foreign stars.Code switch: Denny Solomona made a controversial move from LeagueEveryone is talking about Ford leaving Bath next year and if he does go through with that, not only will he be top of Sale’s list, he’ll be underlined, circled and followed by plenty of exclamation marks.Another EQP who could add to the Sharks, especially as they will not want to overexpose the impressive Curry twins, is Pau’s Irish openside Sean Dougall.If Sale do look abroad, going after West or Debreczeni to provide competition for AJ MacGinty could be tempting for Steve Diamond, should Ford stay at Bath or opt for a different club.SaracensThere aren’t too many ways you can improve Saracens but given their extensive losses to England duty for large swathes of the season, they could always do with more depth, particularly in the second row.With Maro Itoje and George Kruis regulars for England and Alistair Hargreaves retiring, Saracens’ engine room has been stretched. The extremely talented Nick Isiekwe is still probably a year away from being ready for the rigours of senior rugby and that leaves an opening.Will Skelton has done a fine job off the bench in his first two games for the club and with the 2017 Super Rugby season the last of his current deal with the Waratahs, he could be tempted to make North London a more regular home in the coming months. The Reds’ Rob Simmons is another lock coming off contract in the coming year.Making an impression: Will Will Skelton want to make Saracens a permanent home?Despite being prolific suppliers of talent to the England team, Saracens’ EQP numbers have flirted with the line set by the RFU this season – in large part due to the unavailability of those Test players – and they could help increase that number by attempting to bring back Piers Francis, a graduate of the club’s academy, from the Blues in New Zealand.Former England U20 George Nott would also be appealing, helping bolster their EQP contingent and solving their issues at lock in one fell swoop.WaspsJust like Bath, Exeter, Quins and Leicester, Wasps have yet to dip below the EQP mark in any game this season and have the freedom to recruit however they see fit.As with Saracens, they don’t have too many areas of need. The club’s back line is stacked with quality and quantity, improvements have been made in the front row and young stars such as Ehize Ehizode, the Willis brothers and Jacob Umaga will soon be pushing for senior inclusion.Tall story: Could Lood de Jager be tempted to strengthen the Wasps second-rowOne area where Wasps could bolster is in the second row, where they lack a traditional ballast-bringing lock in the scrum, despite the considerable size of both Joe Launchbury and Matt Symons. The aforementioned Skelton could help in this area, as could the Brumbies’ Rory Arnold, another Australian who is off contract in 2017, or Lood de Jager, who has only signed a one-year deal with the Bulls.If Ashley Johnson’s transition to hooker continues and James Haskell remains an integral part of the England set-up, going after a player like Luatua, who can play in the second and back rows, makes sense for Wasps, who are now looking to add the finishing touches to an already very complete and well-balanced squad.Worcester WarriorsA potentially very prolific back line is beginning to come together at Sixways, with Francois Hougaard, Ben Te’o and Bryce Heem bringing game-breaking ability, Chris Pennell continuing to be the epitome of consistency at full-back and young Jamie Shillcock stepping up at fly-half and providing verve at the heart of the line.Building a foundation for that line to succeed will be key for Worcester and tightening up the set-piece should top the Warriors’ Christmas list, especially with impressive – and EQP – loosehead Val Rapava Ruskin linked with a move away next season.Warrior: Springbok Jan Serfontein could join Francois Hougaard at SixwaysWorcester’s EQP numbers have been poor so far this season in the Premiership, although they have used the Challenge Cup to blood a number of the club’s impressive academy graduates and the likes of Jack Singleton, Huw Taylor and Andrew Kitchener should all progress to more integral roles in the senior team next season. With Christmas fast-approaching RW ponders who will be at the top of the present list for each club as new signings and departures are expected in the coming weeks With the Little Pretoria district of Worcester growing rapidly, both Jan Serfontein and de Jager would add to the current squad, as would the previously mentioned duo of Rieder and Nott.Junior World Championship-winning back row David Sisi is a versatile player who could play an important role for Warriors, as well as propping up their EQP numbers.
Photographs MR House / JCNAME ArquitectosSave this projectSaveMR House / JCNAME Arquitectos 2013 2013 MR House / JCNAME Arquitectos Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/500277/casa-mr-jc-name-arquitectos Clipboard Houses Year: CopyHouses•Chapala, Mexico Architects: JC NAME Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” photographs: Jorge Silva, Santiago NamePhotographs: Jorge Silva, Santiago NameConstruction:Nafex Constructora S.A. De C.V.Site Area:1,200 m2City:ChapalaCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Santiago NameRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAText description provided by the architects. Chapala is the largest freshwater lake in Mexico; it is located a short 45-minute ride away from Guadalajara, and just 20 minutes from its international airport. Through the past few decades it has become a booming retirement destination for numerous American and Canadian citizens, and it is now home to the largest community of foreign residents in the country.Save this picture!Floor PlanCasa MR was designed as a vacation home for a Guadalajara family. The almost 13,000 sq. ft. parcel features a substantial southward-facing slope, which coincidentally creates an extraordinary viewpoint over the lake. The house plan (over 6,000 sq. ft.) presents a study of deep perspectives, openings and transparencies in neutral tones, and it incorporates several materials traditionally unrelated to housing.Save this picture!© Santiago NameTaking advantage of the irregular topography of the land, we opted for locating the main access and services area at the highest part. The higher (services) and lower (habitable) volumes are separated by a courtyard reminiscing the traditional Latin-American house plan, and communicated by means of a slender bridge.Save this picture!SectionThe house’s building materials -concrete and stone foundations and retaining walls, mudbrick walls, a Vierendeel trussing structures, and heavy use of large, moveable glass panes- were key to avoid columns or other visual impairments on the descending tiered design, thus enabling every social and living space to enjoy unobstructed, unparalleled vistas of the lake, and without hindering the views from the neighborSave this picture!© Santiago NameAware of the ever-present need to reduce energy and water consumption, we followed passive house specifications including solar water heaters for the house and pool, LED-based lighting and state-of-the-art artificial turf in the garden.Save this picture!© Santiago NameFinally, while the house has been designed primarily as a weekend and holiday property, the possibility of permanent use has been factored in at the request of the owners, and enabling such an option would require very limited if any changes to the current program, a testament to its versatile design.Save this picture!© Santiago NameProject gallerySee allShow lessArchitectural Photographers: José CamposInterviews”Death in Venice” to Showcase Architecture’s Relationship with MortalityArchitecture News Share Save this picture!© Jorge Silva+ 22 Share ArchDaily Year: Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/500277/casa-mr-jc-name-arquitectos Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeJC NAME ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesChapalaHousesMexicoPublished on April 28, 2014Cite: “MR House / JCNAME Arquitectos” 28 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
IFAW launches international campaign to help animals in crisis Howard Lake | 10 November 2010 | News The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has launched an international campaign to raise funds for its Emergency Response Team.The campaign has been developed by specialist direct marketing agency, DMS. Its creative focuses on the case study of Blackie, a dog who was caught up in the Haiti earthquake devastation. The mailing’s outer cover features an image of Blackie and her pups and leads with the line ‘Life or death? You can make the difference…’.The mailing shows how IFAW’s Emergency Response Team rescued Blackie and her pups and restored them to safety. The imagery and messaging are designed to highlight the importance of regular giving to IFAW.The campaign launches this month and will target existing supporters with the aim of converting them to regular givers. The direct mail is being distributed in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany and Holland and will be supported by DRTV.This is IFAW’s first fundraising campaign for its emergency team. Robyn Rineer, Director of Regular Giving at IFAW, said: “A crucial part of our work is to act as an emergency service for animals who find themselves in danger, wherever they may be in the world. In order to keep this crucial service alive we need to maintain a regular stream of donations from our supporters”.www.ifaw.org.uk Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.
SHARE Previous articleAssociated Press ‘Investigative Report’ Skips Fact ChecksNext articleMF Global Lawsuit Dismissal Denied Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Nov 13, 2013 SHARE Brent GloyAccording to Purdue research, a year ago farmers felt there was only a 1 in 10 chance corn prices would drop to $4. With corn now at $4, they may have to adjust their expectations. Purdue economist Brent Gloy conducted the survey in 2012 and 2013 and says most growers were expecting corn prices to stay a lot higher a lot longer than they have, “Most thought corn prices would remain above $6, while only a few thought corn prices would fall to $4. It will be interesting to see how their outlook has changed when we do the 2014 survey.” Audio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2013/11/ABAwrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Home News Feed Are farmers Too Optimistic? Facebook Twitter In a presentation to the American Bankers Association, Gloy made the case that paying high prices for farmland – say $15,000 an acre – requires a very optimistic view of the future of the farm economy, “In our example, we showed how corn prices would need to stay above $6 for many years to make this kind of land purchase work; that or interest rates would have to stay at very low levels.” He feels that in both cases farmers may be too optimistic about the future of the ag economy. Facebook Twitter Gloy believes that tighter times are coming for agriculture in 2014 and 2015 and urges farmers to avoid debt, “Liquidity is very important when things get tight. Those who have the cash can take advantage of opportunities.” He encouraged farmers to be planning to have some liquid assets in the 2014 and 2015 time period. The ABA meeting is continuing this week in Minneapolis. Are farmers Too Optimistic?
Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleUSDA: Biden’s First 100 DaysNext articleU.S., E.U. Ag Groups Ask for End to Retaliatory Tariffs NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Topsoil Moisture is Lacking in Half of the Midwest Large parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio are abnormally dry, and most of Michigan is in moderate drought due to limited spring precipitation.Last week’s Drought Monitor shows arid conditions covered 48 percent of the Midwest, the heart of U.S. corn and soybean production. That’s compared to 32 percent a week earlier.“Much of the Ohio Valley states, as well as Iowa to lower Michigan, had little to no precipitation over the past week,” the drought monitor reports.Almost all of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and the eastern third of its Upper Peninsula were in moderate drought. Precipitation deficits over the last 90 days have been building, streams are low, and soil moisture continues to dry in the Lower Peninsula.The USDA rated topsoil moisture as short or very short in half or more of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Several Colorado counties were asked to voluntarily conserve water. SHARE Topsoil Moisture is Lacking in Half of the Midwest By NAFB News Service – May 2, 2021
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. More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy We’ve found just the fix for your sushi craving. Sushi Enya is the newest addition to the Pasadena dining scene and promises a classy array of Japanese style sushi and fusion-style rolls.The owner, Enya Kimiyasu will be behind the sushi bar along with thirteen other chefs including, the crew from their Arts District location. In addition to their sushi and rolls, Sushi Enya is known for their omakase, or tasting menu. This specially prepared course menu changes every day and is meant to be eaten without soy sauce or wasabi.“We design each piece with flavors in mind – the amount of rice, the style of fish, it’s meant to be eaten without additional sauce,” said Sean Sumlin, General Manager of Sushi Enya Pasadena.Unlike other omakase, Sushi Enya includes beef, duck and other meat as well as fish. The meal starts with lighter fish, transitions to fattier items and then ends with satisfying fare. If you’re feeling adventurous, this dining experience is your best bet because it allows the chef to express his creativity and focus on each individual course.“We bring many different elements to the course menu and just try to be original and be us,” said Sumlin.You can also order off their sushi menu of Japanese style bites fresh from the fish market or pick something off their roll menu. Sushi Enya plans to focus on sushi as opposed to more American-style fusion rolls; however, they do have a vegan roll for diners who don’t eat fish. They also plan to add beer, wine and sake to the menu.Grab a seat at the sushi bar, where food is served one bite at a time, and watch the chefs in action. The restaurant is decorated in the ginza style and features light wood, exposed brick and soft lighting. Sushi Enya does not accept reservations or take out orders to preserve the integrity of their menu, so plan for a sit down dining experience.Sushi Enya is located at 124 East Colorado Boulevard. Visit www.sushienya.com for more information. Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Top of the News Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Pasadena Eats, The Dining Blog Sushi Enya Rolls on to Colorado Boulevard From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7:54 pm HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena