Advertising FeatureJapan 2019 Travel Guide: SadoA small island located off the coast of Niigata on Honshu, Sado is the perfect place to discover Japanese traditions…The Culture Vulture Onidaiko (demon drumming) is a form of folk entertainment unique to Sado, with ‘demons’ dancing to the beat of drums. It’s performed at shrine festivals to pray for plentiful harvests and bountiful catches of seafood, as well as to drive out misfortune. Look out for one of the more than 100 active Onidaiko groups across the island – no two groups have the same dance moves.Beat the drum: An Onidaiko display – folk entertainmentAnother tradition alive and well is Noh, a form of Japanese theatre involving music, dance and drama performed since the 14th century. A third of Japan’s remaining Noh stages are on Sado Island.The Foodie Burikatsu-don is a yellowtail cutlet rice bowl using Sado-produced ingredients, from the fish to the rice flour for the coating to the sauce.A handful of Sado farmers grow Violette de Sollies figs, often referred to as the “rare black diamond” as they’re scarce. Be sure to hunt them down! The AdventurerThe taraibune (tub boat) can only be found on the island of Sado. It is still used to collect shellfish and seaweed from the rocky coastal waters not accessible by traditional fishing boats, but it is also possible for tourists to take a leisurely ride in them.Head to Futatsugame at low tide, when a walkway appears to connect the two large rocks off the coast. Another giant rock to seek out is Onogame, a 167-metre tall monolith overlooking the ocean.Hard rock: Onogame is 167m tall and overlooks the oceanThe Party Animal Snack bars may not sound glamorous but these are some of the most happening places to be at on Sado at night. Drink to your heart’s content and enjoy karaoke at these bars. One recommendation is Usagi, located a ten-minute walk from Ryotsu Port.For more travel information… visitsado.com/en TAGS: Japan This fascinating island is full of history, culture, food and nature LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tub-thumping: Taraibune boats can only be found on the island of Sado How to get thereTravel to Sado Island’s Ryotsu Port in one hour by high-speed jetfoil or two-and-a-half hours by car ferry from Niigata. The island is also accessible from Naoetsu Port, with boats docking at Ogi Port on the island.
Projects Elm Street Residence / James K.M. Cheng Architects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794097/elm-street-residence-james-km-cheng-architects Clipboard 2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794097/elm-street-residence-james-km-cheng-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Vancouver, Canada Structural Engineers: Architects: James K.M. Cheng Architects Area Area of this architecture project Canada Photographs “COPY” ArchDaily “COPY” Year: Contractor:Keystone Projects LtdCity:VancouverCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ema PeterRecommended ProductsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. Elm Street is dominated by very mature evergreen trees and high garden hedges, so much so that the residential architecture on the street becomes secondary in prominence. The west side of the street also contains unusually deep lots, just under 350 feet in length, with no lane access at the rear. As such, the properties offer design opportunities & challenges not available on more typical residential lots in the city.Save this picture!© Ema PeterThis particular property is one of these deep lots with clusters of tall evergreen trees, both within the site and on the neighbouring properties, some close to 100 ft. in height. The site depth and the mature trees are the main influences on the design of the house. The 343 ft. long lot allows the house to be stretched apart into living space pavilions that open up to and integrate with the natural setting, while breaking down the building mass. The simple lines and natural materials are intended to create a quiet backdrop to the overwhelmingly established natural setting of the site and neighbouring lots. Save this picture!© Ema PeterSave this picture!Site PlanSave this picture!© Ema PeterThe house’s massing consists of single and double storey components straddling a central glass-enclosed circulation spine. The components are separated by garden courtyards and anchored to the site by three feature chimney walls. The house is set low on the property with the main floor level only a foot above the existing entrance grade. This eases the connection between interior and exterior spaces. Exterior terrace platforms become an extension of the living spaces into the surrounding garden. The pool is sited as a water court to the family room and main bedroom above.Save this picture!© Ema PeterSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Ema PeterUtilizing a subtle palette of natural materials, the finishes are a combination of horizontal wood cladding, glass and architectural concrete. The architectural concrete finish on the three feature ‘chimney’ walls is expressed both inside and outside to further emphasize the connection to the exterior.Save this picture!© Ema PeterThe overall site landscape treatment is intentionally subtle, allowing the existing tall trees to remain dominant and frame the outdoor spaces. Save this picture!© Ema PeterProject gallerySee allShow lessPhotography Exhibition: Christian Fessel “Everything’s in order”Exhibition OpeningHala Wardé and HW Architecture Win Competition to Design BeMA: Beirut Museum of ArtArchitecture News Share Manufacturers: Kawneer, Keith Panel Systems, Poliform Landscape Designer: Area: 7100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Ema Peter+ 25 Share Jones Kwong Kishi Structural Engineers CopyAbout this officeJames K.M. Cheng ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVancouverCanadaPublished on October 13, 2016Cite: “Elm Street Residence / James K.M. Cheng Architects” 13 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Argentina Year: “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/922923/llv-house-flv-arquitectura Clipboard Houses Projects Architects: FLV Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteRecommended ProductsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedText description provided by the architects. The site, located in a closed neighborhood in the southern area of Córdoba, borders the background with a green landscape of great landscape granted by a channel that crosses the neighborhood from axis to axis. It also has the peculiarity of presenting an unevenness, which was taken as a starting point to project the layout of the house. In this way, the garage was arranged at a medium level under the street and the house was arranged according to the level of the ground floor, giving priority to a level garden with the general floor.Save this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteThe connection between these levels and the street is made by ramps, one of pedestrian access ascending towards the entrance door; and the other one of descending vehicular access towards the garage. As a general aesthetic of the house, a rectangular plan wrapped in a brick skin was projected, which becomes permeable according to the visual or sunny needs. It is generated towards the street, behind this brick shell, a longitudinal patio that not only protects the privacy of the bedrooms but also generates protection from the sun given by its orientation. Save this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteSave this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteThe plan is distributed in 3 sectors, where the private sector is oriented towards the facade, the semi-private one in the center, and the public sector towards the bottom with general views towards the garden. This distribution led to the generation of a large ramp that accompanies the extension of the house, to generate a leading income towards the main environment. It was decided to locate the large social space by taking the entire buildable width of the land and in clear relation to the back of the site. For this environment, a living room was designed with a semi-integrated kitchen that allows sectorization to be made possible by means of aluminum folding doors.Save this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteProject gallerySee allShow lessPeak Office Building / Oliv Architekten IngenieureSelected ProjectsBurning Man’s ORB Through the Animated Lens of Another :Articles Share LLV House / FLV ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveLLV House / FLV Arquitectura Lead Architects: “COPY” LLV House / FLV Arquitectura CopyAbout this officeFLV ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCordobaArgentinaPublished on August 15, 2019Cite: “LLV House / FLV Arquitectura” [Casa LLV / FLV Arquitectura] 15 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Tagged with: Individual giving Recruitment / people Charities miss out on £135 million this Christmas, says Giving Campaign The Giving Campaign says that charities aremissing out on £135 million of income at Christmas 2003 because not enough donors are currently giving through Gift Aid.The national campaign to raise the national level of giving is encouraging donors and charities to remember to use and promote Gift Aid this Christmas.In December last year, people donated over £1 billion to charity, but this figure could have been a great deal higher if more people has given through Gift Aid. This Christmas, if all taxpayers who currently give to charity were to use Gift Aid on their donations, it would mean an extra £135 million for the recipient charities. Advertisement 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Phillip Mind, Director of The Giving Campaign says: “With only around 20% of donors currently using Gift Aid, charities are missing out on millions more in vital income.”TV presenter Davina McCall is helping to promote the Christmas campaign. Howard Lake | 12 December 2003 | News 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
United Auto Workers members voted 58 percent in favor of a four-year contract with General Motors, the union announced on Nov. 6. The same day, the UAW reached a similar tentative agreement with Ford, which Ford workers are currently voting on. The ratification of the GM agreement has been delayed because skilled trades members, who have language specific to their concerns, rejected the contract.This contract in most ways mirrors the contract Fiat Chrysler Automobiles workers passed in October. That contract was significant because it came after workers rejected institutionalized two-tier pay in an initial version, causing a second version to be negotiated that gives second-tier workers a path to top pay. However, the lower seniority workers — production workers hired after Oct. 29, 2007 — still do not get a traditional pension. Their health care and other benefits are also less than first-tier workers.With GM’s third-quarter profits reaching a record $3.1 billion before interest and taxes, workers there would likely have rejected a contract that did not improve upon the Fiat Chrysler template. In addition to much larger “signing bonuses,” the GM contract — and now also the Ford contract — give second-tier workers equal health care benefits. That is another important step towards eradicating the unequal and divisive tiered pay structures that pull wages down and threaten union solidarity. It is another victory for the grassroots shop floor resistance to two-tier that sunk the initial FCA contract.The GM and Ford contracts, however, also have all the hidden pay inequities of the FCA pattern. There are lower rates of pay for temporary workers, future permanent workers and workers at certain parts plants. The eight-year wage progression, with the biggest raises towards the end, will mean someone with four years’ seniority will make over $7 less an hour than someone with eight years. At the end of the four-year agreement it will be possible for rates of pay to vary by almost 50 percent — over $14 an hour — for workers doing the same or comparable work. After these new tiers became widely publicized, they became one of the key reasons that 42 percent of GM workers voted no. And a majority voted no at the four GM plants where the top pay is substantially lower than in the rest of the UAW plants. The contract forces “legacy” workers to take a job at another plant to keep their “traditional” pay. Two of three Ford plants with an identical setup also voted no.The GM skilled trades workers, about 16 percent of the overall UAW membership, had an added incentive to reject the contract. A draconian job consolidation plan, foisted upon the membership during the state-orchestrated bankruptcy of 2009, is left virtually intact. This language eliminates over two dozen classifications, making most tradespeople a generic “mechanical journeyperson.” This threatens safety as well as job security. While trades jobs are the highest-paying and often less physically demanding, they remain the most dangerous. The jobs involve working inside and on top of machinery, confined-space work, working with high voltages and other hazards. The majority of UAW workplace fatalities are in the trades. Without the extensive training unique to each trade, a typical trades worker will face greater risk of injury in these generic classifications. “Someone is going to get hurt and it’s going to be because of this,” explained John Ilgenfritz, a tractor repair specialist at GM’s Wentzville, Mo., plant. (Detroit News, Nov. 13) Four years ago, Chrysler skilled trades workers rejected the contract over similar concerns. Without giving the workers a chance to state their view, the UAW’s International Executive Board overrode the vote and declared the contract ratified. Hundreds of members protested the ratification through the union’s internal appeal process. This appeal, while it did not reverse the IEB’s decision, created a better environment for all workers who exercise their democratic right to reject contract concessions.Many trades workers voiced their concerns at meetings held at local union halls to determine the reasons for their rejection of the contract. As with the overall no vote at FCA, UAW negotiators feel the rank-and-file pressure and are meeting with GM to try to improve the language on skilled trades. This shows again that workers will benefit when we put aside our fears, stand up to company and union official intimidation, and say no to concessions.Whether or not the Ford agreement will pass is not yet known. What is clear is that there is a restless mood on the shop floor among workers who see the obscene profits of the bosses and want back what they gave up earlier to save the companies. The current crop of leaders, who openly embrace a “partnership” with the bosses, eventually must adopt a more anti-capitalist stance or get out of the way of a resurgent membership.Martha Grevatt is a 28-year UAW-Chrysler skilled tradeswoman.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Under an export certificate recently negotiated between the two countries, the United States can now ship pork to Paraguay. Applauding the opening of a new market, the National Pork Producers Council says: “Paraguay won’t be a huge market for U.S. pork, but given the current trade climate, the U.S. pork industry needs all the new markets it can get.”While the South American country is a modest consumer of pork, there is potential for U.S. pork export growth to its nearly 6.9 million people, who have a per capita income greater than, for example, the Philippines and Vietnam, two large pork-consuming nations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last month concluded talks with its Paraguay counterparts on the export certificate, which will allow the shipment of U.S. fresh, frozen, processed and thermally processed/commercially sterile pork and pork products. Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Mar 7, 2018 Previous articleHeather Hill Updates National Pork Board Work on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articleCorn Congress Stands Up in Support of RFS NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News NPPC Welcomes New Market for US Pork SHARE NPPC Welcomes New Market for US Pork
Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News November 11, 2020 Find out more As it celebrates the 21st anniversary today of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s takeover as president, the Tunisian government is above all stressing his economic, social and security successes. Tunisia nonetheless continues to be one of the region’s most authoritarian countries as regards civil liberties. Follow the news on Tunisia RSF_en As it celebrates the 21st anniversary today of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s takeover as president, the Tunisian government is above all stressing his economic, social and security successes. Tunisia is portrayed as the most advanced Arab country as regard women’s rights and has established itself as a leading ally of the West in the fight against terrorism.Tunisia nonetheless continues to be one of the region’s most authoritarian countries as regards civil liberties. The regime relies on an enormous security apparatus that monitors and punishes any sign of pro-democracy activism in its citizens. The media are also subject to control and journalists are kept under close surveillance.Tunisia has many newspapers and magazines but almost all of them are completely subservient to the government. Journalists who try to resist the imposed uniformity encounter many complications in their work and daily life such as difficulties in renewing ID papers, bans on leaving the country and blocked access to information. There was no exception to this during President Ben Ali’s 21th year in power.The regime does not hesitate to jail those who work for the foreign media. Slim Boukhdir, a journalist who writes for pan-Arab media, was arrested on 26 November 2007 and, after a sham trial, spent 238 days in prison. Human rights activist Tarek Soussi was charged with “spreading false news liable to disrupt public order” after being interviewed by the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera. He is currently free on bail pending trial. Al-Jazeera, which gives the Tunisian government’s opponents a chance to speak on the air, has never been given permission to open a bureau and its correspondent, Lotfi Hajji, has never managed to get government press accreditation.Ben Ali’s 21th year in power was also marked, in April by demonstrations that shook the Gafsa mining region in the south of the country. They received little coverage by the state-owned media and by media owned by government allies, which mostly just used the government news agency’s dispatches. Opposition newspapers that covered the protests, such as the weeklies Al-Maoukif and Mouwatinoun, found issues suddenly being seized and found themselves the target of legal procedures which they suspect were orchestrated by the government.During clashes between police and protesters in June, for example, Mouwatinoun correspondent Hédi Raddaoui was roughly arrested as he left a hospital where he had gone to take photos of the injured. He was taken to Tunis and questioned there by interior ministry officials, who erased his photos. At least four issues of Al-Maoukif were confiscated in the course of the year without its staff being notified.Ben Ali is currently paving the way for a new election in which he intends to run for a fifth consecutive presidential term. The Internet, which ought to have been an area of freedom for Tunisians, has also been brought under control. The president warned on 3 November that: “The new modes of political participation created by modern communication technology (…) must not be allowed to conceal the threats they can create for the integrity of the democratic processes, stability and security.”The Tunisian government is using Internet filtering technology. Some websites that criticise the regime, such as Tunisia Watch, cannot be accessed because of their content. Others, such as the online magazine Kalima, find themselves the target of mysterious hacker attacks when they post articles about political problems. The past year has also seen the introduction of very precise forms of electronic surveillance. The email inboxes of government opponents are being filtered and they find they cannot access some of the messages they receive.Tunisia was ranked 143rd out of 173 countries in the world press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders released on 22 October.Logo : © AFP. November 12, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News to go further News Organisation Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Repression continues as Ben Ali marks 21st anniversary as president Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa
May 29, 2019 Find out more Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Receive email alerts Follow the news on Nepal Reports Organisation NepalAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information May 17, 2019 Find out more News RSF_en Related documents Report_on_the_International_Media_Mission_to_Nepal_Feb_09_.pdfPDF – 930.78 KB News May 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mission report : A call to end violence and impunity This report contains the findings and recommendations of the Quick-Response Assessment Mission gleaned during a visit undertaken by the “International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission” (also referred to as the International Media Mission or the International Mission) to Nepal from 4 to 8 February 2009. This mission brought together the expertise of a number of international organisations working on media development and freedom of expression.The report assesses developments since the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) was signed between the government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the election held in April 2008 which brought the current coalition government led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) or UCPN(M) to office. The report is also informed by the knowledge gathered through the five visits of the International Mission to Nepal since July 2005, as well as the longer-term involvement of each of the participating organisation in the country. NepalAsia – Pacific Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill June 8, 2020 Find out more News Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story to go further