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House RNG / The Heder Partnership

first_imgCopyAbout this officeThe Heder PartnershipOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesIsraelPublished on September 26, 2011Cite: “House RNG / The Heder Partnership” 26 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalVentilated / Double Skin FacadeSTAC BONDAssembly Systems – GluedLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemPodsTrimoModular Space SolutionsHanging LampsAxolightPendant Lights – HoopsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryCabinetsburgbadWall Cabinet – Sys30AcousticUnika VaevAcoustics – Ecoustic® Foliar TileMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs Houses 2008 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Amit Geron Text description provided by the architects. House RNG is a country home built on a hill with a spectacular view. The house is designed around an internal courtyard with a limited number of carefully located openings that face the surrounding landscape. In contrast to this, there are large generous openings that create a strong connection to the central courtyard. Save this picture!© Amit GeronThe client, a carpenter, requested a traditional Timber Frame House. The timber structural frame was shipped to Israel from Seattle. This logistic problem demanded that the house be designed and built on a strict modular system established by standard timber modules. This systematic approach was used to create a series of open flowing spaces. Save this picture!PlansThe light two-storey timber frame is placed on the off-shutter concrete base that includes a small basement and rises above the natural ground level to a 45 cm high datum line. Only the walls embracing the children’s beds are higher than this. The off-shutter base acts as a retaining wall creating the main floor living platform. Save this picture!© Amit GeronThis living platform, including the entrance, living and dining spaces, a family room, the children’s bedrooms and the central courtyard, is one floor above the street. The second floor contains the parents bedroom and study and a small terrace overlooking the central courtyard, which is defined by the house to the south and west and by the rising topography to the north. The eastern edge of the courtyard is defined by an external bathroom which doubles as a viewing platform. Here, the view is revealed in its entire splendor. Save this picture!© Amit GeronThe house is not only built from natural, recyclable materials, but also enjoys numerous environmental elements. These include the use of recycled water and natural ventilation via light “chimneys”.Save this picture!ElevationsProject gallerySee allShow lessRensselaer Polytechnic Institute Fall 2011 Lecture SeriesArticles2011 ECCS Structural Steel Design Award / JDS ArchitectsArticles Share “COPY” “COPY” Area:  230 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Israel Architects: The Heder Partnership Area Area of this architecture project Israel Save this picture!© Amit Geron+ 19 Share House RNG / The Heder Partnership ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House RNG / The Heder PartnershipSave this projectSaveHouse RNG / The Heder Partnership Year:  ArchDailylast_img read more

Bahrain House / MORIQ

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: MORIQ Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!Courtesy of MORIQ+ 41 Share Bahrain House / MORIQSave this projectSaveBahrain House / MORIQ Projects CopyHouses•Al Hamalah, Bahrain Houses Bahrain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  12 m²Text description provided by the architects. In an altitude of deliberate self appraisal, the house  situated in the north western part of Bahrain in an  area called Hamala shoots up from its entry point at western side and forms almost an iconic structure of twin  slopes , recognisable from  far away . The western side protects it from the extreme sun in summer.An extension on the north eastern side houses a few bedrooms+deck .The landscape is well integrated with the  various changing levels of the inside, designed on split levels where nothing is very far away, and every level opening  into its landscaped area and part of the house is dugged in to escape the summer heat and part of the house sits a top the ground with lots of glass to enjoy  the winter .The service areas are arranged in the centre of the house and all the living areas and bedrooms are in the peripheral areas to make maximum usage of light, ventilation views,etc. Save this picture!Courtesy of MORIQA few more features point wise are: The plot area is 4308 sq yard and the built up is 12700 sft. Save this picture!Courtesy of MORIQSave this picture!Courtesy of MORIQIn keeping view of the increasing size of the owners family..midway through construction..another equal sized lot(approx 2000sqyrds) was added to this existing north facing plot..which together became a generously sized area of 4000sqyrds with roads on both north and south sides. Save this picture!Courtesy of MORIQSave this picture!Courtesy of MORIQThe layout was so designed that all the serviceslike sanirary ducts,ac shafts,electrical automation rooms staircases,stores,toilets,dresses etc  are in the central part of the house and the main areas like lounges,living,bars,bedrooms were put on the periphery thereby giving them all the. Precious light,ventilation,views. Save this picture!Courtesy of MORIQSave this picture!Courtesy of MORIQThe house was designed with split levels with every level opening into its landscaping .all main bedrooms are on upper level and the living areas on the ground levels.two extra bedrooms alongwith a gym and a temp controlled swimming pool are tucked in the midcellar.the hometheatre was planned in the cellar.all the spaces are so well connected that a strong sense of ‘unit design’ prevails. Save this picture!Courtesy of MORIQSave this picture!Courtesy of MORIQTwo sloping roofs cover these internal spaces cladded with wood inside and shingles outside. Save this picture!Courtesy of MORIQSave this picture!Courtesy of MORIQThe juxtaposition of the various split levels and the sloping roofs covering them give every space a unique ht and proportion while at the same time also giving a strong sense of a unit. Save this picture!Courtesy of MORIQThe floors are laid with white composite stone .the central staircase atrium has stone cladded Wallace essential point was no embellishments. Were forced,no extra materials were used and specifications were repeated to make the interior architecture stand out.the resulting spaces were so interesting within themselves that no extra decoration was needed.the same interiors materials were extended to outside landscaping as well to integrate not just the interior with architecture but also with the exteriors for that unit design concept. A house for all seasons..given the extremeties in weather can either enjoy the winter sun from all rooms which have floor to ceiling glasses or if one wants to escape the summer heat..then one can retreat into the cooler midcellar and cellar areas.its like having a bit of both the worlds. The new block had 3 additional rooms planned along with a open to sky swimming pool and a barbecue deck.  One more gate was planned from the south road.some additional servant quarters were added near this.ample parking space was planned for at least 4-6 cars.  A long narrow waterbody traverses along the south -north span of the building and turns into a snaillike water fall near the northern yard.lots of different levels were created in the landscape to integrate with the changing. Project gallerySee allShow lessExtended Deadlines – Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012: Draw Up A…ArticlesH+ Bredgatan Winner of the WAN Awards 2012 Urban Regeneration / Erik Giudice ArchitectsArticles Share Bahrain House / MORIQ “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMORIQOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesAl HamalahBahrainPublished on November 15, 2012Cite: “Bahrain House / MORIQ” 15 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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MNDA launches web and poster campaign focusing on one man’s experience

first_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 31 October 2005 | News Tagged with: Promotional Recruitment / people The Motor Neurone Disease Association has launched a poster and web campaign to raise awareness and funds for its work.‘John’s Journey’ aims to raise the profile of MND through the story of one man’s courageous approach to life with this devastating condition.John Bell, 31, from Sheffield, has volunteered to be the subject of an advertising campaign on the London Underground. A series of posters showing his condition as the disease prgresses will be placed at Euston and King’s Cross. Advertisementcenter_img The poster campaign will run over Christmas and into the New Year. MNDA launches web and poster campaign focusing on one man’s experience  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

LGBTQ+ activists denounce SF Pride Board decision against B. Manning

first_imgWhistleblower Daniel Ellsberg supports B. Manning.Carrying signs that read “I am Bradley Manning,” some 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied activists protested at the offices of the San Francisco Pride Board on April 29 in light of the board’s refusal to accept the selection of Pvt. B. Manning as a grand marshal of the 2013 San Francisco Pride parade. Manning, who in February proudly admitted to releasing documents to WikiLeaks that exposed the U.S. military’s war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, is hailed by many as an anti-war hero and a representative of the continuing legacy of LGBTQ+ activism. Manning remains imprisoned, awaiting a court decision on the case.Manning was nominated as a grand marshal by a member of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, which is composed of former grand marshals, and voted in by the committee’s members. However, just hours after the Bay Area Reporter announced Manning’s selection, the president of the Pride Board, Lisa L. Williams, released an incendiary statement saying that the announcement of Manning’s selection had been “a mistake” made by a lone staff person who had been consequently “disciplined.” Williams further declared that “even the hint” of support for Manning at this year’s parade “would not be tolerated.”LGBTQ+ activists are outraged by Williams’ suggestion, in the statement, that Manning’s actions “placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform” — language that closely mirrors the rhetoric of imperialist politicians and prosecutors in Manning’s case, and ignores the fact that Manning courageously released the WikiLeaks documents in an effort to prevent the continued losses of life to illegal wars. They also condemn the San Francisco Pride Board’s hypocritical embrace of anti-worker, pro-war corporate sponsors that wreak havoc on the lives of both LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ people on a daily basis.Speakers at the rally included whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who prior to the board’s decision had agreed to stand in for Manning at the Pride parade. In 1971, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the Lyndon Johnson administration’s lies about an alleged North Vietnamese attack on U.S. destroyers in the Tonkin Gulf in August 1964. These lies helped the White House and Congress justify the Pentagon’s escalation of the Vietnam War.  The release of the Pentagon Papers in turn accelerated the anti-war movement that, along with the Vietnamese National Liberation Front’s military defeat of the U.S., helped force the war’s end.Ellsberg now plans to march in the parade on June 30 with a banner declaring solidarity with Manning.The author is a queer activist.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Early college high schools set parent meeting

first_img TAGS  Pinterest Facebook Early college high schools set parent meeting Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Previous article011819_BYNUM_NEW_BUILDING_14Next articleECTOR COUNTY RESTAURANT REPORT: Dec. 20 through Jan. 3 Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 OC Techs, Falcon ECHS logos.jpg OCTECHS and Falcon early college high schools still have spots available for incoming freshmen for the 2019-2020 school year. A parent meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in Deaderick Hall auditorium at Odessa College, 201 W. University Blvd. Applications may be picked up and submitted at the OCTECHS or Falcon ECHS main office. Applications can also be downloaded online on both school websites. When applications are reviewed for approval or denial, the school will make a telephone call. A letter of acceptance will also be sent out to the home address provided on the application. For questions, contact the OCTECHS main office at 432-456-6409 or Falcon ECHS main office at 432-456-6429. Twitter WhatsApp Local Newslast_img read more

History Center launches youth series to explore Haudenosaunee culture

first_img ITHACA, N.Y. — As part of a new monthly series highlighting Haudenosaunee history and culture, speakers are sharing stories passed down for generations, and children taking part enjoy expressive art projects while learning about the indigenous traditions that have deep roots in the local community.The History Center in Tompkins County, now located at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture at 110 N. Tioga St., has launched the series, “From Seeds to Wisdom: Exploring Haudenosaunee Cycles” in partnership with members of the Haudenosaunee community to strengthen awareness and appreciation for the Haudenosaunee way of life. The series explores Haudenosaunee Confederacy traditions in a child-friendly way through story-telling with indigenous people and art projects. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, which is comprised of the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora Nations, was formed around the 12th century to “create a peaceful means of decision making” between nations, according to the confederacy’s official website. The Confederacy describes itself as “one of the first and longest lasting participatory democracies in the world.” The land that now makes up Tompkins County was originally inhabited by the Cayuga and Onondaga Nations.Julia Taylor, a youth educator at the History Center who helped organize the series, said these monthly programs are designed to teach children about their local roots.“I believe that if young people understand where they’ve come from then they can make more informed choices about where they’re going and what their community means to them, and have more specific language and understanding of the culture and place they’re in,” she said.From left to right, Rod Howe, Anna Gumaer, 7, and Mahkia Gumaer, 9. (Photo by J.T. Stone/The Ithaca Voice)The series is part of the History Center’s education department, which is “committed to making history real and meaningful” for youth.  “Not all of the museum is intended for kids as a primary audience and so we wanted to create opportunities for kids to really be able to show up and learn history in a way that’s appropriate for their age,” Taylor said.  Locally, it’s strawberry season and the series kicked off June 9 with a focus on the importance of the fruit in Haudenosaunee culture.Each spring, when strawberries ripen, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy celebrate with the Strawberry Ceremony, a time when thanks are given for the delicious berry and strawberry juice is prepared. At the June 9 event, children, parents and other community members heard an indigenous strawberry story and had the opportunity to taste freshly made strawberry juice. After, children decorated paper boxes in a way that “celebrates the strawberry.” • Related: Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Local indigenous communities work to rebuild A speaker, who wished not to be named for the article, led a discussion about importance of strawberries across Native American culture and shared an Ojibwe story about the strawberries in Haudenosaunee culture by answering questions and sharing a story passed down for generations. Though the story she shared is from Ojibwe culture, Taylor said the story is “very similar” to Haudenosaunee culture in explaining why they celebrate the strawberry.According to the speaker, a young boy in an Ojibwe village became frustrated with his people for not doing what the Creator said they were supposed to be doing, including giving thanks in prayers and ceremonies. He went to the village elder for help but was told, “You’re just a little boy. Go and play with your friends.” The boy later tried talking to his parents and friends, but when no one took him seriously, he decided to leave the village and climb the highest mountain so he could be close to the Creator and pray for his people. It took him a couple of days to reach the top of the mountain and he almost died of starvation. The village sent a search team to look for the boy who found him lying on rock in poor condition. One of the search team members saw a strawberry plant growing next to the boy and squished it over his lips and into his mouth. The boy woke up and left the villagers grateful to the strawberry for saving the boy. According to the speaker, the strawberry is known in Haudenosaunee culture as the “heart berry,” due its heart shape. She added that the seeds stand for “all of us” and that the leafy part on wild strawberries is heart medicine.  The Haudenosaunee have 13 ceremonies throughout the year representing the 13 moons, according to their confederacy’s official website. These ceremonies, which often occur after seasonal change, are a way of expressing thanks to the people, the natural world, the spirit world and the Creator. Taylor said each event will have a connection to one of the 13 moons of the Haudenosaunee cycle, but said the series will end in December unless the History Center decides to continue it next year. While the series is meant to engage youth in learning about their background, Taylor said she hopes the series strengthens general awareness and appreciation for Haudenosaunee history and culture in Tompkins County. “We hope that people in our local community strengthen an awareness that the Cayuga people are here and have been here as stewards of this land throughout all of this time and will continue to be stewards of this land, and that, as members of a community, together we can work in partnership and learn about Haudenosaunee culture to be a community that respects where we come from,” Taylor said.The next event in the “From Seeds to Wisdom: Exploring Haudenosaunee Cycles” series will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m Sunday, July 7, at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. The second program will focus on the Thanksgiving Address, a prayer reflecting the Haudenosaunee tradition of giving thanks for life and the natural world around them, and children will have the opportunity to create their own mini-books. Visit the Facebook event page for more information. Featured image: “Strawberry” by tsuppie is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0  Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: J.T. Stone is a contributor for The Ithaca Voice and a 2020 graduate of Ithaca High School. Questions? Story tips? Email him at [email protected] More by J.T. Stone J.T. Stone Tagged: Haudenosaunee, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, History Center in Tompkins County, tompkins center for history and culture last_img read more

Students need only 3-feet of space in the classroom with masks, CDC says

first_imgThe CDC insisted its decision was based on scientific research that is evolving, not politics. In justifying its decision, the agency pointed to new studies in Missouri, Florida and Utah that found mask-wearing students inside a classroom weren’t the source of outbreaks. The CDC though stuck with its assertion that community levels of viral transmission are still a factor in whether schools can keep COVID-19 out of the classrooms.The move aligns the CDC with spacing recommendations by the World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics.“In summary, the preponderance of the available evidence from U.S. schools indicates that even when students were placed less than 6 feet apart in classrooms, there was limited SARS-CoV-2 transmission when other layered prevention strategies were consistently maintained,” the CDC noted in a scientific brief outlining the research internationally and within the U.S.At least one major teachers’ union questioned the move.“We are concerned that the CDC has changed one of the basic rules for how to ensure school safety without demonstrating certainty that the change is justified by the science and can be implemented in a manner that does not detract from the larger long-term needs of students,” National Education Association President Becky Pringle said.In a Senate hearing on Thursday, Walensky faced pressure from lawmakers. She acknowledged the CDC’s earlier suggestion of enforcing 6-feet in schools created an outsized burden for crowded school districts and that many schools ignoring the recommendation were operating without significant problems.“Indeed, because 6 feet has been such a challenge, science has leaned in,” Walensky told a Senate committee, noting the new research underway.Sen. Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, bluntly responded: “You need to do it now.”The earlier CDC plan suggested loosening that 6-feet restriction only when community transmission levels were extremely low.Now, the guidance says 3-feet of distancing can be deployed in most cases, although there are exceptions. Teachers and other adult staff should keep 6-feet of distance between each other and with students, according to the guidance.Students should be kept 6-feet apart any time masks can’t be worn, such as eating, and in common areas like school lobbies. The guidance also recommends 6-feet of distancing when students are exerting themselves such as singing, practicing band instruments, playing sports or exercising at school.The guidelines also make a distinction for older kids and teens, who are more likely to spread infection than elementary-aged children.If a community’s COVID rates is at the highest levels — known as the “red zone” — middle school and high school students should be put into small groups known as “cohorting.” Otherwise, the school should enforce the 6-feet rule.The CDC’s updated guidance does not change its recommendations that teacher vaccinations are not necessary to reopen safely.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Proud to be among the women leaders in the labor community meeting today with @VP to discuss the American Rescue Plan and supporting America’s workers. #1u— Becky Pringle (@BeckyPringle) March 18, 2021 kevajefimija/iStockBy ANNE FLAHERTY, ABC News(ATLANTA) — Citing the “preponderance of the available evidence from U.S. schools,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that 3-feet of distance among students is sufficient in the classroom so long as masks and other mitigation steps are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.By easing spacing requirements, the new guidance is likely to make it significantly easier for many of the nation’s estimated 57 million K-12 students to return to the classroom in-person full-time.It also makes it easier for President Joe Biden to make good on his promise of reopening most schools five days a week.“The goal really is to reopen schools as quickly and safely as possible,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said Thursday at a virtual forum sponsored by the CAA Foundation.“Yes, I anticipate schools will be open in the fall, but I want them open in the spring. We can do it,” Cardona added.The CDC’s earlier suggestion that schools strictly enforce 6-feet of distancing in areas with high rates of COVID-19 meant that much of the country would have to go virtual or hybrid until case levels dropped — or ignore CDC recommendations.The new guidelines still encourage 6-feet of distancing around teachers and among children who are eating without a mask on, exercising, singing or shouting.“These updated recommendations provide the evidence-based roadmap to help schools reopen safely, and remain open, for in-person instruction,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.The decision could prompt pushback among teachers unions, which have lobbied for more safeguards before agreeing to return to the classroom and met Thursday at the White House with Vice President Kamala Harris.last_img read more

Keeping it out of court

first_imgThe new arbitration scheme from Acas is designed to stem the rising tide oftribunal cases. But there are fears that they could actually lead to anincrease in formal procedures. By Philip WhiteleyFrom this autumn an employer embroiled in a dispute with a member of staffwill have a genuinely new option. Some 18 months late, the individualarbitration scheme will finally come on stream. Whether large numbers of aggrieved employees will shun the limelight of thecourts and disappear into a private room to settle their differences remains tobe seen. Arbitration will be binding and confidential with no chance of appeal. It isnot a soft option. The maximum £50,000 limit on compensation available in tribunalclaims will apply, and arbitrators will be able to order reinstatement of adismissed individual. But it is closer to the original tribunal concept of an informal settlementwithout reliance on legal precedents. Arbitration service Acas, which devisedthe scheme, is now quietly confident it will take cases out of the courtprocess. It badly needs to. With the quadrupling of the maximum award for unfairdismissal and the growth of employee rights, cases have soared. Latest figuresindicate that there were 164,000 cases lodged between April 1999 and March2000, compared with around 125,000 for the year before. The tribunal service has been busy creating eight new tribunal rooms forLondon and the south-east at a new site in Watford. Hearings started at the newrooms this summer. Trade unions have been using the growing number of individual rightspragmatically to compensate for a loss of collective force. Last December theTUC proudly highlighted the record £14.3m it won in compensation for its membersin 1999. There is political pressure for the scheme to work. Next year is generalelection year and the Conservatives are keen to show that Labour has overseengrowing workplace confrontation. As well as the increase in individual cases,TUC figures in June showed a sharp increase in ballots for industrial action,which were seized on by Opposition spokespeople. And there are indications that employers and unions are prepared to give ita fair wind. Some employers may find the absence of an appeal unattractive,says Jerry Gibson, assistant director operations for Acas. “But theinformality of the hearings, the fact that it is an industrial relationssolution as opposed to a legal decision-making process, and the fact that it isconfidential may be attractive. That is the view that I am getting from bothsides of industry and from the legal profession.” He adds: “Our view is that if you cannot settle the claim in some waythen there will be a tribunal hearing or arbitration. Both of those havevarious factors; some may make one system more attractive than the other.”The legal profession is getting in on the act, too. The Employment LawyersAssociation has set up a working party on alternative dispute resolution toinvestigate its potential benefits and consider the types of claims best suitedto it. The group, consisting mainly of lawyers and professional mediators aswell as an Acas representative, aims to come up with a practical ADR policy ofits own. Julie Quinn, deputy chair of the ELA and senior associate at law firm Allen& Overy, comments: “Currently, the majority of cases brought inemployment tribunals are the result of employer/employee relationships havingirreparably broken down. ADR will give both parties an opportunity to resolvetheir disputes more quickly in a private and less adversarial forum.” Some commentators see a danger, however, that claimants could pursue the newprocedure as an alternative to an out-of-court settlement, rather than as areplacement for tribunals. Willy Coupar, director of the Involvement & Participation Association,and chair of the DTI’s Partnership Fund, argues that there could be an increasein formal procedures, not a fall. “A very large number of complaints never get to tribunal,” hesays. “They are either resolved through Acas conciliation, are withdrawnor are settled elsewhere. It is likely that the arbitration process will drawin many of the cases presently resolved elsewhere.” He points out that the threshold for a case to cross before reaching courtis higher than that for an arbitrated settlement. “There are issues likethe balance of probability of success; how much financial support you have, andthe willingness of people to grind it out.” The reason for the surge in cases is not so much to do with the state of thelaw or the attraction of tribunals, he argues, as much as the fact that theemployment relationship has been individualised, and people are more accustomedto dealing with lawyers. “Thirty or 40 years ago, for 95 per cent of the workforce, the ideathat the law could be used to resolve workplace matters would never havecrossed their minds. They would have thought only of a trade union,”Coupar says. “Now, many more people are familiar with the law; more have haddivorces and they have bought houses. Lawyers are far more part of everydaylife.” Around one million people each year seek help from a Citizens’ Advice Bureauabout a problem at work. “You ain’t seen nothing yet in terms of thegrowth of use of the law,” says Coupar. “Growth will continue.Arbitration will add another option.” Elaine Aarons, chair of the ELA and an employment partner at Eversheds,points out that people now seek legal advice at an early stage in the process,whenever there is a workplace dispute. “Far more cases involve lawyers on one side or the other – it used tobe the minority, now it is the majority,” said Aarons. “One of theparties is going to take legal advice at an early stage, and the advice theyare going to get is that there is an inevitable unpredictability in the outcomeof arbitration.” The uncertainty is caused by the absence of legal precedent. Employers willhave to balance legal fees of perhaps £5,000 to £10,000 against maximum unfairdismissal compensation of £50,000, and gauge whether the pay-out is more orless likely in a tribunal. “Also, it is very often the case that one of the parties actually wantsthe matter to be heard in a public forum, because they want to clear theirname,” says Aarons. “An employee often sees publicity as one of thestrongest cards, as it can be potentially damaging to the employer’sreputation.” Coupar advises Acas to target its new procedure at the disputes for which itis most suited – primarily those such as contractual and severance issues. Inthese cases matters are primarily factual, rather than a test of reasonableness,and can benefit hugely from an independent arbitrator. Case study: An individual solutionMany employers are realising the way to deal with the tribunal problem isthrough a fundamental review of employee relations, rather than tinkering withgrievance and disciplinary procedures.An analogy can be drawn with managing customers, where complaints proceduresare used to improve service. Similarly giving a fair hearing to aggrieved staffcan inform and help the management of others – a point underlined in Acasguidance.Armed services caterer Naafi has taken a lead. An agreement finalised inJune with the union MSF allows for binding arbitration in collective issues asan alternative to industrial action, and an extra high-level review of eachcontested case before it reaches tribunal.If the MSF, having reviewed the cases, agree that the process has beenhandled effectively they undertake not to represent the employee at a tribunal.The organisation recognises it cannot waive an employee’s statutory right toseek redress in tribunals, but the objective is to minimise the number of casesgoing that far.”We have one eye on what we expect to be an increasing tendency to goto tribunal,” says Naafi HR director Mike Nicholson. “We have seen anincrease in numbers because awards have gone up to £50,000; with discriminationcases there are no service length criteria. We saw there was potential for thevolume of cases to increase and the cost and time could be very large.”Nicholson accepts there have been times when managers have been too ready todismiss someone. “What we want is consistency of treatment. With the bestwill in the world, when there are different cases in different parts of theworld, there will be differences. This is to act as a filter; to look at a casein relation to other cases.”But he adds, “We’re not just talking about problem staff anddisciplinary cases. We see this as integrated into the management processes. Wedo not believe that strikes have any place in modern, forward-thinkingbusiness. On the other hand bullying, harassment, and treating staff badly haveno place either.”Nicholson would look favourably at statutory arbitration in the event ofNaafi’s internal procedures failing to resolve a dispute. “We wouldcertainly consider using that, though our whole emphasis is on trying toresolve the matter internally.” Before pointing the finger at statutory procedures and demandingrefinements, employers might reasonably be expected to follow Naafi’s lead inensuring that their own processes honour the principles of fairness. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Keeping it out of courtOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

What does India’s energy outlook look like for 2020?

first_imgGas output to grow in 2020 after upstream sector disappoints in 2019Natural gas production in India experienced a big drop last year.In October, it was at 2.64 billion metric standard cubic meters – 8.46% lower than the monthly target and 5.6% less than October 2018.Cumulative natural gas production between April and October 2019 was 18.65 billion metric standard cubic meters – 6.38% and 2.13% lower than the target for the period and production during the same time frame in 2018.Wood Mackenzie’s senior analyst Alay Patel said 2019 was a disappointing year because of the decline in oil and gas production.“Major reforms were introduced for licensing, but these failed to translate into successful bid rounds,” Patel added.“Gas production is set to rise by 9%, underpinned by two deepwater projects operated by Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).“Both projects are on track for a 2020 start-up – although we expect only one well to be onstream in ONGC’s field.” Focus on renewables remains high in the power sectorIndia’s total renewable energy capacity was 131 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, but it has set a target of reaching 275GW by 2027.Despite the country’s appetite to ramp up its share of clean sources, last year it committed 14% less investment into green energy than in 2018 at $9.3bn.But Wood Mackenzie’s solar analyst Rishab Shrestha said India is continuing to invest in renewable power, with a focus on affordability, security and environment.“Despite the ‘must run’ status of renewable power, wind and solar projects still faced large-scale grid curtailment in 2019, owing to the ongoing financial distress of state distribution companies,” he added.“This has affected the returns on renewable projects, especially in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, leading to credit downgrades.“Even against this backdrop, the competitive price of renewables has led to an addition of 11GW of renewable capacity expected in 2019 with solar contributing approximately 9GW.India’s total renewable energy capacity was 131 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, but it has set a target of reaching 275GW by 2027 (Credit: US Air Force)“We expect Indian power generation to grow by 5% on the back of improved economic growth in 2020.“With several plants under construction, we expect installed capacity to increase by over 15GW, mostly coming from new renewable installations.“The economics of solar projects are expected to improve as safeguard duties on modules come to an end in July.” Six predictions for the energy outlook of India in 2020Cautious optimism for oil demand growth in 2020India is the third-highest consumer of crude oil in the world behind China and the US, having accounted for 4.1% of the world’s consumption in 2017.In 2018, the country contributed to 14% of the global demand growth, producing more than 2 million bpd.In 2018, India contributed to 14% of the global demand growth, producing more than 2 million bpd (Credit: Flickr/Greg Goebel)Wood Mackenzie director Sushant Gupta said his company expects this year to be strong for India’s oil products, with demand growing by about 220,000 bpd.“Almost 80% of this growth is expected to come from diesel, gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas,” he added.“With the stabilising of economic growth, the impact of the government’s recent stimulus package and assuming a normal monsoon season, we expect a turnaround in diesel demand growth by about 4% to 1,830 bpd this year.“Gasoline will maintain its positive growth, up 8% to 806,000 bpd in 2020 as consumers continue to shift away from diesel passenger vehicles.“But a higher oil price and uncertainty in global economic growth remain key downside risks.” India’s total renewable energy capacity was 131 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, but it has set a target of reaching 275GW by 2027 IMO regulations to prove beneficialThe International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has imposed a fuel sulphur regulation, meaning fuel content from the start of this month must be under the 0.5% global sulphur cap, down from the previous 3.5% limit.But Gupta believes the IMO’s new regulation will generally be beneficial for Indian refining margins.“We expect middle-distillate cracks on its price versus crude to increase, benefiting Indian refiners because of the high yields of middle-distillate production in their product slate,” he said.“But refiners will have to face headwinds from weak high-sulphur fuel oil and gasoline cracks.“Supported by growing domestic demand and relatively higher refining margins in 2020, we believe India will be able to maintain high utilisation rates averaging close to 103%.”center_img Slowing economy provided relief to domestic coal productionWood Mackenzie’s principal analyst Pralabh Bhargava believes higher rainfalls in India not only resulted in lower coal generation but also hindered domestic coal production.“In addition to a decline in coal-based power generation in the second half of the 2019 fiscal year, cement and steel production were also down 1.8% and 0.3%, respectively,” Bhargava said.“This resulted in a decline in coal demand. We expect coal consumption to grow by only 0.5% in 2019 compared to 8.5% in 2018, but expect consumption to improve in 2020 with a growth rate of 4.4%.“With power generation, and cement and steel production slowing, stocks of domestic coals have started to increase in India.“If the economy doesn’t pick up in early 2020, with power, cement and steel demand remaining slow, we see a downside risk to our coal imports forecast.“Currently, we are forecasting 181 metric tonnes (Mt) of thermal coal and 65Mt of coking coal imports in 2020.” Wood Mackenzie expects 2020 to be strong for India’s oil products, with demand growing by about 220,000 barrels per day (Credit: Harikrishnan Mangayil/Bhuvantoo) An increased focus on renewables, growing oil demand and a higher gas output are three market drivers that look set to play a part in the energy outlook for India in 2020.Fossil fuels currently make up about 75% of India’s energy mix but as the world moves towards cleaner technologies, the country will play a significant role in shaping the planet’s future climate picture.The nation holds one of the fastest-growing economies, with some studies suggesting it will overtake the US as the world’s biggest economy by 2050 – but questions remain over its commitment to renewable technologies after a dip in funding for projects over the past 12 months.The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has projected India’s oil demand to rise by 5.8 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2040 and account for about 40% of the overall increase in global demand during the next 20 years.Here, analysts from energy research firm Wood Mackenzie make their predictions on what the country’s energy outlook will look like in 2020. LNG demand growth to depend on the pace of city gas and regasification infrastructure scale upIndia is investing $60bn in gas infrastructure, which includes setting up cross-country pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals to connect gas-starved regions to supply hubs.LNG demand grew 2% year-on-year in the country in 2019, largely due to slow production in the first quarter of 2019.Wood Mackenzie’s Asia Pacific head of markets and transitions, Prakash Sharma, said the regasification of liquefied natural gas (RLNG) usage was driven by a 9% increase in fertiliser and 7% in city gas, which offset an 8% decrease of consumption in the industrial sector.But he believes total gas demand growth should rebound in 2020, supported by the fertiliser and city gas sectors.“In 2020, additional regasification capacity is vital for India to fully benefit from the low spot LNG prices.“The commissioning of two new terminals, Mundra and Jaigarh, slipped into 2020.“The other main addition to capacity will be the expansion of Dahej by 2.5 million metric tonnes per annum, which should be completed during 2020.”last_img read more

20 mph new limit in Oxford

first_imgOxfordshire County Council has this week announced plans to make Oxford a 20mph city. The new speed limit will be introduced on most residential streets, as well as sections of A and B roads in busy shopping areas. The initiative, which will cost around £250,000, is designed to reduce fatal road accidents. Councillors hope to see a five percent reduction in casualties as a result of the change. Oxford follows Portsmouth to become the second UK city to introduce the new blanket speed limit.last_img read more