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Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Posted May 24, 2018 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Anglican Communion, Submit a Press Release Women’s Ministry Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Bishop of London Sarah Mullally becomes most senior female bishop in House of Lords Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls [Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of London Sarah Mullally was introduced May 24 as a member of the House of Lords, the upper house of the British Parliament, becoming the most senior female bishop in the House of Lords. From its earliest days as an advisory council to monarchs, the House of Lords has included Church of England bishops among its membership. Today, 26 bishops are members.Read the full article here. Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ
Save this picture!© Will Pryce+ 21 Share Projects ArchDaily Photographs Strata SE1 / BFLSSave this projectSaveStrata SE1 / BFLS 2010 “COPY” “COPY” Year: CopyApartments•London, United Kingdom Area: 306000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/70142/strata-se1-bfls Clipboard Photographs: Will Pryce Text description provided by the architects. Strata SE1 is a 148 metre high 43‐storey residential tower that forms a dynamic new addition to the London skyline. The first building in the world with integral wind turbines, it also sets a new benchmark in terms of environmental strategy.Save this picture!© Will PryceRecommended ProductsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural Solutions3D Facade PanelFloor LampsVibiaOutdoor Lights – EmptyThe client’s brief challenged the design team not only to develop a high‐rise residential concept that would kick start the Elephant & Castle regeneration but also to wholly embrace energy efficiency, targeting an EcoHomes assessment rating of “excellent”. The site was already identified for a tall building by the local authority as part of the Elephant & Castle SPG. The design is very specific to the scheme, its location and addresses considerations at both local and at wider city scale and context. With 408 apartments, Strata SE1 will be home to more than 1,000 residents. It offers a mix of market (310) and intermediate housing (98) in the form of shared‐equity affordable dwellings to satisfy direct local housing needs. 20 of the 98 affordable homes are reserved exclusively for residents relocated from the nearby Heygate Estate. The project team worked closely with client Brookfield and engineers WSP to refine the original scheme in terms of the core in relation to common spaces, with the use of post‐tension slabs further reducing slab thickness, enabling greater floor‐to‐floor heights, and to eventually develop a high‐ performance, three‐layer, aluminium‐and‐glass façade. The façade’s sculpted effect and range of glazing shapes allow a wide variety of views from the light‐filled apartments and help break up Strata’s overall sense of mass. Environmentally, the adoption of 200mm thick post‐tensioned concrete floor slabs and high strength blade columns saved over 2000m3 of concrete and 1800 tonnes of CO2. This CO2 reduction is the equivalent of emissions from energy that the apartments will use over four years. The language created by the façade adds a strong sense of hierarchy to the architectural order of this residential building. Hence, the overall form can enjoy a clearly articulated base, middle and top zone. At the base of the building, outer layers have been peeled back to reveal glazing and create transparency for the retail and entrance to the building. At the top of the building, a similar approach has been taken to reveal a crystalline apex; a top and side‐lit sky lobby provides access to the upper‐level apartments. Save this picture!© Will PryceThe main entrance looks towards the core regeneration area and the City and is signified by a 37‐ storey slot carved in the northern tip of the tower extending all the way down to ground level. This entrance is prominent and set back from the main pedestrian thoroughfare adjacent to Walworth Road, enhancing the sense of arrival. The double‐height lobby beyond allows for a gradual reduction in scale from outside to inside, further bridging the transition from public to private space. The central bank of three lifts faces the entrance, providing a clear and unambiguous means of accessing the upper levels and on reaching the residential levels, the lift lobby is at the heart of the building. There are no dark corridors on the residential levels and each flat is accessed via short entrance halls off the main lobby to individual front doors. The final configuration enlarged and defined a series of linked pedestrian friendly spaces at ground floor level, each with its own unique character, providing much‐needed permeability across the site. The orientation, scale, slenderness, articulation of its top and grain of its distinctive cladding are designed to both make their mark on the London skyline as well as create a strong sense of human scale that engages the public when viewed from close‐up.Save this picture!© Will PryceThe sustainability strategy created for Strata SE1 is to reduce the residential development’s total energy consumption through a combination of low energy design, integrated renewable energy generation and future allowances for connection to the planned E&C MUSCo (Multi Utility Services Company) district system, which will provide heat and electricity from Biomass CHP energy centres, grey water to all toilets for all affordable units within Strata SE1 and a connection to the site‐wide fibre network for high speed data access to all residents. Various low energy features incorporated into the Strata SE1 include bespoke high performing facade with an air permeability leakage rate that is 50% better than current building regulations; vertical district heating system utilising high efficiency, low NOx boilers; low energy lighting in all landlord areas and 40% of the lighting in each apartment. In addition, the three nine‐metre‐diameter wind turbines will provide effective on‐site renewable energy generation, which will feed directly into the landlords system and further reduce overall energy consumption to the building. The three turbines are rated at 19kW each and are anticipated to produce at least 50Mega Watt hours of electricity per annum or 8% of Strata SE1’s total estimated total energy consumption. Save this picture!© Will PryceThe concept of integrating technology was embraced throughout the design and construction stages. The use of sprinklers within all apartments, for example, enabled the omission of the standard fire‐ protected lobbies, creating more attractive, open living spaces. A further advantage was gained by the use of whole house ventilation systems with heat recovery, which reduced the size of radiators, allowing for more flexible space planning and improving the acoustic performance of the apartments, a challenge posed by the dense urban environment in which the building sits. Finally, 96% of all waste material was also recycled during the construction stage. Given that this was to be the first major scheme to come forward as part of the wider Elephant & Castle regeneration, the form and expression needed to be bold so that Strata SE1 could be a landmark in its own right, as well as be a catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the area, which will in time feature a planned cluster of tall buildings.Project gallerySee allShow lessUpdate: Paysages en Exil / Nicolas Dorval-Bory + Raphaël BétillonArticlesTraveltime International Workshop in TurkeyArticlesProject locationAddress:London, UKLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Apartments Strata SE1 / BFLS United Kingdom ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/70142/strata-se1-bfls Clipboard Architects: BFLS Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeBFLSOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsLondonSkyscrapersHousingUnited KingdomPublished on July 25, 2010Cite: “Strata SE1 / BFLS” 25 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Remember A Charity, the consortium of over 140 charities that works to raise awareness of charitable legacies, has appointed Rob Cope as its new Campaign Director.Reporting to the Remember A Charity Executive Group and the Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, Cope is tasked with leading an integrated communications, marketing and membership campaign designed to make gifts in wills the social norm.Cope was previously Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications at the Prince’s Trust. He was with The Prince’s Trust for seven years, overseeing all high-profile national campaigns, including the first national youth week and The Trust’s 30th birthday appeal on ITV1.Before joining the Trust, he worked for several leading PR agencies campaigning on numerous issues including ageism as well as a national drive to improve adult literacy.Stephen George, Chair of Remember A Charity and Development Director for Legacies at the NSPCC, said: “With new bursts of the TV campaign, a new will providers and partnerships campaign, our ongoing PR and a repeat of our awareness week – now called Remember A Charity week – all on the agenda, Rob’s leadership, knowledge, experience and skills will undoubtedly be invaluable to our Campaign.”www.rememberacharity.org.uk 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. Rob Cope New Campaign Director at Remember A Charity Howard Lake | 19 January 2010 | News Tagged with: legacies Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Top Stories[BREAKING] SC Issues Notice On Plea For Restoration Of 4G Internet Services In J&K Amid Lockdown Sanya Talwar8 April 2020 11:56 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice in a plea seeking restoration of 4G mobile internet services in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, in light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.A bench comprising Justices N.V. Ramana, R. Subhash Reddy & B.R. Gavai issued notice to the standing counsel of Jammu & Kashmir via email, returnable within a week.Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice in a plea seeking restoration of 4G mobile internet services in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, in light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.A bench comprising Justices N.V. Ramana, R. Subhash Reddy & B.R. Gavai issued notice to the standing counsel of Jammu & Kashmir via email, returnable within a week.Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, Advocates Shadan Farasat and Apar Gupta appeared for the petitioner via Video Conferencing. Ahmadi submitted that in view of the lockdown, it is extremely necessary to enhance technology & connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir. “The virtual classes of students can only be done through enhancement of technology” Ahmadi submitted.The bench had also inquired whether anybody appeared for the Government, as only Advocates Shadan Farasat & Huzefa Ahmadi appeared on the VC screen. “The virtual classes of students can only be done through enhancement of technology”, submitted the petitioner.The PIL filed by Foundation for Media Professionals has challenged the government order which restricted internet speed in mobile data services to 2G only, for being violative of Articles 14, 19, 21 and 21A of the Constitution of India.The Petition has been filed on the basis of inputs from Internet Freedom Foundation.On April 3, the J&K administration passed an order to retain the existing restrictions on mobile internet till April 15.The Central government had imposed a complete communications blackout in the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir in August 2019, right after abrogation of Article 370. Five months later in January 2020, on the basis of a Supreme Court order in the case Anuradha Bhasin v Union of India, the services were partially restored, only at 2G speed for mobile users.The Supreme Court had thereupon observed that indefinite suspension of internet is “not permissible and restrictions on internet have to follow the principles of proportionality under Article 19(2)”.In the instant plea, the Petitioner has urged the court that during this period of health crisis, the government is under an obligation to ensure access to the “digital infrastructure” that is required to make the Right to Health of citizens, an effective reality.”Respondent No. 2 has launched various laudable initiatives such as the Ministry of Health’s COVID 19 dashboard and MyGovIndia’s WhatsApp chatbot, which responds to queries and counters COVID-19 myths with text, infographics and videos that require access to fast internet. However, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir are unable to access potentially life saving information from these services due to the impugned order, thus violating their fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19, and 21 of the Constitution,” the plea submited.The plea further points out that since a large number of people in the valley rely on mobile internet services, the “restoration of 4G services is essential so that the residents can access the repository of information on internet” and that “the patients, doctors, and the general public of Jammu & Kashmir are unable to access the latest information, guidelines, advisories, and restrictions about COVID19 that are being made available and continuously updated online, on a daily basis,”There is also a representation in terms of “telemedicine” or online video consultation in the petition which are “deemed impossible without access to 4G” and this, accordinly leaves the public at a disadvantageous position. The petitioner brings out the folly in lack of full-fledged internet services averring that not being able to have access to 4G “makes it “virtually impossible to follow the government mandated “work from home” policy, especially for businesses in the Information Technology and ITES (IT Enabled Services) sector” and also for educational institutions”also crucial to strictly implement the “work from home” policy being promoted by the government”.Next Story
News UpdatesPlea For Maintenance Of Archeological Site Where Lord Buddha Attained Nirvāṇa: Allahabad HC Issues Show Cause Notice To DM, Kushinagar Sparsh Upadhyay13 Jan 2021 8:29 AMShare This – xTaking serious note of non-compliance of its directions issued on 15th December 2020, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday (13th January) directed the District Magistrate, Kushinagar and the respondent no.3 to appear before it with complete report of compliance of Court’s order. The Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery also directed the Officers to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking serious note of non-compliance of its directions issued on 15th December 2020, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday (13th January) directed the District Magistrate, Kushinagar and the respondent no.3 to appear before it with complete report of compliance of Court’s order. The Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery also directed the Officers to show cause as to why proceedings be not initiated against them under the Contempt of Court’s Act, 1971 for not complying with the directions earlier given by this Court. Matter before the Court A petition was moved by one Shobha Singh relating to certain encroachments at an Archaeological site at Kushi Nagar where Lord Buddha attained Nirvāṇa and a relief was also prayed to drain the stagnated water from the site. It was asserted in the plea that from last several months, rain water was stagnating but no action had been taken by the competent authorities despite repeated request. It was also brought to Court’s notice that several encroachments are existing at the site. Having considered the averments contained in this petition for writ, the Court had sought a complete response from the respondent nos. 1,2,3 and also from the District Magistrate, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh. While lisitng the matter for 08th January 2021, the Court had issued directions that respondent no. 3 in consultation with District Magistrate, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, would ensure drainage of stagnated rain water from the protected monument. The Court had sought a working report along with necessary photographs in a form of affidavit before next date of listing. However, on Wednesday (13th January) the Court was informed that no steps were taken in compliance of the order dated 15th December 2020. While noting that the petition is related to an important issue with regard to proper maintenance of an important archeological site at Kushi Nagar, the Court said, “It is really strange that the respondents who are otherwise responsible to maintain the site concerned are acting with lethargic ease. No care has even been taken to remove the stagnated rain water and also the encroachments existing there.” The matter has been listed for further hearing on Monday (18th January 2021). Case title – Shobha Singh v. Union Of India And 3 Others [Public Interest Litigation (PIL) No. – 1660 of 2020] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Story
Marilyn Nieves/iStock(NEW YORK) — A New Jersey man accused of pulling off a GoFundMe scam that raised $400,000 for an invented feel-good story is now facing federal charges, officials said.Mark D’Amico, 40, was charged with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiring to commit money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.D’Amico, a Bordentown resident, has already been charged in state court with fraud and money laundering for his alleged role in the scheme, and has pleaded not guilty.In November 2017, D’Amico, his then-girlfriend Katelyn McClure, and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. concocted a feel-good story that Bobbitt, a homeless veteran, gave McClure his last $20 to help her pay for gas after she ran out on a highway in Philadelphia.“The story told by D’Amico and McClure was not true,” the attorney’s office said. “McClure never ran out of gas and Bobbitt never spent his last $20 for her. D’Amico and McClure conspired to create a false story to obtain money from donors based on false information.”The three gained national media attention, and soon enough around $400,000 had been raised for Bobbitt via GoFundMe — funds that the former couple said was going towards securing Bobbitt housing, according to prosecutors.Instead, D’Amico and McClure spent the money on personal expenses over the three months, including significant amounts on gambling, vacations, a BMW automobile, clothing, handbags and other personal items and expenses, officials said.Bobbitt sued the couple for not giving him the money, prompting authorities to investigate them.Bobbitt and McClure have both pleaded guilty to federal and state crimes.McClure’s federal sentencing is scheduled for November.Bobbitt’s federal sentencing is scheduled for later this month.D’Amico faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the wire fraud charge, while conspiracy to commit money laundering carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR HartleyOn 25 May 2004 in Personnel Today Why is the tube cutting back on trainingA while back I attended a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Developmentgathering in London, debating how to prove a return on investment (ROI) intraining to an organisation. I don’t know if anyone from London Underground was there. If they weren’t,they should have been, for they could have shed some light on why they aresupposedly failing to provide adequate staff training on how to deal with aterrorist attack on London. It was brought to my attention by a recent Panorama programme that LondonUnderground staff have received no training on this issue whatsoever. Workersinterviewed by the programme said they’d had a few tips handed around on asheet of paper. But apart from that, there’s been zilch – no simulation of whatthe situation would be like, or information on who would call who and on what(walkie talkies and mobile phones don’t work in tunnels, as you may well havenoticed), or how to deal with the injured and trapped, and what to seal offwhere. As one worker put it: “We’re in the front line in such an eventbecause we’ll be there before any other services, yet we wouldn’t have a cluewhat to do.” Panorama presented a fictional scenario and a highly believable recipe fordisaster. It ‘exploded’ four bombs in different locations across theUnderground network, and then ‘crashed’ a tanker filled with chlorine close tothe City. A crisis panel made up of a former Met Police chief, an intelligenceofficer and a politician, among others, then had to orchestrate dealing withthe aftermath. It failed dismally, severely hampered by under-resourced andunprepared key services, traffic jams and poor communications between disparategroups such as the Territorial Army. If the London Underground has held back on training staff to deal with whathas now become a likely event because it cannot justify ROI, then the world hasgone quite mad. Hartley is an HR director at large Comments are closed.
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Affordable Housingcity councilHotelsoffice market Email Address* Full Name* Tags City Council member Justin Brannan (Getty, Justin Brannan via Facebook)With various state-level proposals on the table, a City Council member wants to take the issue of office-to-housing conversions back to City Hall.Brooklyn Council member Justin Brannan plans to introduce a bill on Thursday that would create a task force to study the feasibility of converting vacant office space into affordable housing. Real estate groups, along with state officials, have voiced support for such an idea, but have disagreed over the best way of implementing it.Gov. Andrew Cuomo included a proposal in his executive budget that would override the city’s zoning rules to allow for hotel and office conversions that set aside 25 percent of apartments as affordable. Housing groups have panned that proposal for incentivizing more market-rate than affordable housing. The Senate has put forth a different measure that would permit the state to purchase distressed hotels and office buildings and convert them into housing exclusively for low-income and homeless New Yorkers.ADVERTISEMENTBrannan, who also floated the idea of conversions last year, said the issue should be discussed at the city level to determine the specific challenges of moving forward with a plan.“I think this falls somewhere between, ‘This is a great idea but it would never work,’ and a panacea,” he said. He noted that the focus would be office conversions, in anticipation of demand returning for hotels once tourism picks back up.Other cities, including Washington, D.C., have explored ways to incentivize commercial conversions. In August 2019, a task force concluded that there were opportunities in D.C. but that such conversions were “not the most efficient way to address the city’s pressing housing needs.” It recommended offering subsidies and zoning incentives instead.Conversions of older office buildings are already permitted in certain parts of New York City. The state also previously employed tax breaks to encourage office-to-residential changes in use, including the 421g program, which helped fuel the transformation of commercial buildings in Lower Manhattan in the 1990s. None of the state proposals under consideration include tax incentives.Mayor Bill de Blasio has criticized the governor’s plan, calling it a giveaway to the real estate industry. Several mayoral hopefuls have backed the idea of hotel and office conversions in general. During a forum last week, Andrew Yang projected that he could build roughly 5,000 housing units by investing $250 million in such projects.Brannan’s proposed task force would be headed by the commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and would include the head of the Department of Buildings, the City Council Speaker and Public Advocate. The group would be required to report its recommendations and findings within 270 days of the bill’s passage.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Share via Shortlink