The Concave House / TAOA

first_img “COPY” Save this picture!Courtesy of TAOA+ 26 Share Architects: TAOA Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” China ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  Projects CopyAbout this officeTAOAOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCulturalOpen PlanCultural CenterHousesChinaPublished on November 10, 2010Cite: “The Concave House / TAOA” 10 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamcenter_img ArchDaily Area:  5000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•China Architects:Tao Lei Architect StudioProject Area:3,000 sqmCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of TAOARecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. This project, including multiple functions such as residence, studio and gallery, is specially designed for Mr. Dazhong Feng who is a prestigious artist in China. The site is located at the downtown area in Benxi, Liaoning Province, facing mountains which turn into the best landscape view for this project. With the aim of relieving the conflicts between the fast pace of urban lifestyle and the peaceful mind of the artist, this project is intended to create a harmonious internal space and interaction between nature and architecture. The building is neither constructed for public nor purely for private purpose. Therefore, it not only requires a quiet living space for the artist but also a dynamic gallery space for visitors. As a whole the building is filled with profound cultural experience.Save this picture!Courtesy of TAOADesign concept1) The AO (凹) shapeThe building is inspired by the Chinese character 凹, which also means concave. The shape is a cube with all side roofs inclining downwardly to the centre. Three inter-connected yards create the atmosphere that all views are pulled into the internal of the building. This concept also coincidentally matches a traditional Chinese housing design mode. The roofs are designed to blocks out the vision of buildings surrounded so that when people standing at the platform in the middle of the rooftop, they can only feel the sky, the moon light, themselves, and the time passing by.Save this picture!Courtesy of TAOASave this picture!Courtesy of TAOA2) The inner court yardsWithin the brick cube, the artistic creation of the book yard, the bamboo yard, and the mountain yard has made the interior space unique and full of surprise while the exterior is stable and serious. These yards are like Chinese lantern lightening the rooms surrounding them and creating a dramatic atmosphere. This design origins form traditional Chinese building mode and culture but using a modern way of expression and regional criticism to reconsider traditions, which lead to the result of an oriental modern architecture.Save this picture!Courtesy of TAOASave this picture!ModelSave this picture!Courtesy of TAOA3) The brick skinSince the site is located in the north-eastern China, thermal insulation becomes crucial. A custom-made 600mm long brick can solve this problem and the colour makes people feel warm. Being different from the roughness and hard character of the single brick, the skin is specially designed as a translucent coating which has opening grew out and faded away. It forms into a network of tension and blurs the boundary between interior and exterior.Save this picture!Courtesy of TAOASave this picture!Courtesy of TAOA4) The twin wallsThe twin walls create the entrance of the building, also acting as the courtyard walls that clarify the boundary. The inner wall that is parallel to the building uses the same design method as the translucent building skins. The outer wall is solid and draws the boundary line of the site. These twin walls form a triangle water garden pointing to the entrance and the concrete entrance extends out from the walls creating a sculpture-liked space.Save this picture!Courtesy of TAOAProject gallerySee allShow lessFive Architects: A North American AnthologyArticlesUpdate: Kristiansund Opera and Culture Center / C. F. Møller ArchitectsArticles Share 2010 The Concave House / TAOASave this projectSaveThe Concave House / TAOA The Concave House / TAOA Houseslast_img read more

Fire safety activities to provide fun last day for “Camp B.L.U.E.”

first_imgFacebook Joey McReynolds Linkedin Joey McReynolds Facebook Twitter + posts Twitter Previous articleTCU aims to help students with on-campus resourcesNext articleFrogs and Bears downplay rivalry at Big 12 Media Days Joey McReynolds RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU printCamp B.L.U.E., a camp put on by Alliance For Children, will come to a close tomorrow on Texas Christian University’s campus.Alliance For Children is a children’s advocacy center in Fort Worth that works with children who have suffered from child abuse, taking steps to ensure that child isn’t victimized again.According to their website, the camp is held for children who have been or are being served through one of Alliance For Children’s centers.  The event is intended to help with building, learning, understanding and empowering (B.L.U.E.).“We’re very excited about the event,” Kyle Faulkner, public information officer for the Forth Worth Fire Department, said. “I think everyone is 100 percent on board and trying to create a memorable event for these children.”Brian Martin, emergency management coordinator at Texas Health Resources, said Texas Health is providing the shelter without any charge to Alliance For Children.“We think it’s a good cause,” Martin said. “That’s why Texas Health decided to provide the shelter for the kids.”He said tomorrow’s events will include an obstacle course, along with fire safety activities.Martin said the multipurpose shelter, often used for disaster preparedness, will be used for a cool down and lunch area. The shelter is set up in the TCU parking lot located on Lubbock Ave., while other events throughout the day will take place in Rees-Jones Hall.The camp will begin tomorrow at 8 a.m.  The closing ceremony is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m.Events are invite only.  Out of respect for the children, no pictures or video will be allowed.For additional information, visit Alliance For Children’s Facebook. Linkedin Joey McReynolds Trump to appear at Fort Worth Convention Center The109: senior minister at University Christian Church announces resignation Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Joey McReynolds Fort Worth Firefighters Charities posts signs for drowning prevention month ReddIt ReddIt Joey McReynolds Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Council mulls city manager appointment

first_img By admin – March 18, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Council mulls city manager appointment Council appoints interim city managerInterim city attorney says ‘this is a new day’ Pinterest Previous articleELAM: U.S. gains lead in oil productionNext articleFood bank chief transforms agency into a ‘shining star’ admin WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Michael Marrero, interim Odessa city manager. It’s been about six months since the Odessa City Council named Michael Marrero the interim city manager, but the city leaders have yet to name him permanently to the post or consider any other candidates.But council members will likely appoint Marrero in the coming weeks, said District 4 Councilman Mike Gardner. Gardner said from the beginning, council members and Marrero had discussed an interim period of about six months as ideal.“There hasn’t been a search for anybody else,” Gardner said. “He’s got the most experience, and he has been in on this hotel/conference center deal from the beginning. He knows our city as well as anyone around.”Marrero, who has worked for the city for two decades, served as former City Manager Richard Morton’s top deputy, managing departments of the city that deal directly with the public apart from fire and police services. Those included parks, public works, code enforcement and planning and zoning.In the top post, which works most closely with the City Council, he began overseeing everything. Marrero said he has not sought city manager jobs elsewhere or discussed an appointment with the council in months because of more pressing city work.“I’m really enjoying the role now, but as some point I’m sure we’ll discuss it,” Marrero said, adding he plans to apply for the permanent post. “This is home, so yeah.”Three City Council members had combined to remove Morton on Sept. 12 — District 1 Councilman Malcolm Hamilton, District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff and District 5 Councilman Filiberto Gonzales. All five City Council members approved Marrero’s interim appointment about a week later.In November, the City Council approved a raise for Marrero to more than $188,000 to reflect his new duties in the top administrative role.“I wouldn’t want to change it, and he’s done a good job in the last six months,” Gardner said.In addition to the city manager job, a decision on a new city attorney also lies ahead for the City Council following the resignation of Larry Long, who was allowed to retire at the end of February following a sexual harassment complaint corroborated by the city’s human resources department.So far, the City Council has not begun a search for Long’s permanent replacement, Gardner said.Interim City Attorney Gary Landers began running the city’s legal department on March 1. Landers is an employee of the Austin-based Bojorquez Law Firm, which specializes in municipal law. The City Council last month approved paying the firm more than $25,000 a month to the firm.The city budgeted $130,000 for the legal services, which include Landers working in Odessa five days a week, but the contract can be terminated at anytime.Landers will not seek the permanent appointment, he said in an interview last week. He said the top city’s two appointees serving in an interim role presented an opportunity to assess the direction of the city. “How long is the interim going to last?” Landers said at the time. “Well, that’s why we call it an interim. It will last until it’s over.”Previous coverage Twitter Local NewsGovernmentlast_img read more

City’s sales tax revenue keeps soaring

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Permian, Odessa High return to diamondNext articleCOLLEGE SOFTBALL: Odessa College hosts top ranked Howard College admin Twitter Monthly sales tax allocations from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.Emergency preparation supplies that qualify for the upcoming sales tax holiday. Ector Restaurant Report Logo.jpg The City of Odessa’s sales tax revenue in April showed another major increase amid growth in the local economy, totaling about 45 percent greater than the same period of 2017 and topping the monthly collection of Midland.The city received more than $5.1 million in its monthly allocation from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.A fifth of the city’s sales tax revenue, or more than $1 million, goes to the city’s Odessa Development Corporation for economic development. More than $4.1 million will go to the city’s general spending fund.The city’s fiscal year began Oct. 1 with more than $30.7 million in sales tax revenue budgeted for the general spending fund, but monthly collections have consistently exceeded estimates. To date, total sales tax revenues are more than $10.6 million, or about 60.4 percent greater, than what the city budgeted for this point in the fiscal year.With months remaining in Odessa’s fiscal year, sales tax revenue flowing into city coffers outpaces fiscal year 2015, which Assistant City Manager Konrad Hildebrandt said was an all-time high.In addition to the city, the Ector County Hospital District also saw another month of growth in sales tax revenue. The hospital district received more than $4.4 million, up about 41.4 percent from the same month of last year.The City of Midland collected a sales tax check of more than $4.7 million, a more than 16.8 percent increase from April 2017.Statewide, sales tax figures distributed by the comptroller’s office to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts increased 5 percent in April compared to the same month last year. The allocations are based on February sales.A statewide sales tax holiday is also scheduled from April 28 to April 30 for certain emergency supplies ahead of the storm season. Items include batteries, fuel containers, flashlights, coolers, emergency ladders and generators.Just The FactsCHECKS ISSUED IN APRIL COMPARED TO THE SAME MONTH OF 2017Alpine: $113,638.05, down 14.76 percentAndrews: $540,827.23, up 22.62 percentBig Lake: $264,048.96, up 33.43 percentBig Spring: $798,855.98, up 13.04 percentCrane: $46,754.71, up 8.79 percentFort Stockton: $294,409.69, up 19.76 percentGoldsmith: $4,563.09, down 48.07 percentGrandfalls: $2,599.23, down 1.25 percentKermit: $347,164.04, up 263.05 percentLamesa: $141,159.60, up 28.3 percentMarfa: $30,839.06, up 7.85 percentMcCamey: $56,316.67, up 73.65 percentMidland: $4,732,483.18, up 16.82 percentMonahans: $409,276.75, up 59.13 percentOdessa: $5,179,811.64, up 45.01 percentPecos: $888,228.37, up 79.4 percentPresidio: $28,742.48, up 20.37 percentPyote: $25,351.99, up 705.3 percentRankin: $41,847.46, up 126.61 percentStanton: $59,173.92, up 17.83 percentToyah: $5,576.91, up 124.79 percentWickett: $28,222.08, up 288.44 percentWink: $51,913.98, up 28.83 percent More Information WhatsApp Pinterest By admin – April 12, 2018 Twitter Facebook City’s sales tax revenue keeps soaring Facebook Local NewsGovernment Pinterestlast_img read more

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) in the North American Healthcare Mobility Markets, 2020 Report –…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Pinterest DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021– The “Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) in North American Healthcare Mobility, 2020” report has been added to’s offering. This study analyzes and interprets the effects of the entry of transportation network companies (TNCs) into the North American non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) market. TNCs and new market entrants have forced a transition from traditional NEMT to modernized healthcare mobility systems. The market is growing at a rate that adds value to all segments that modernize legacy systems. In this shifting landscape, the largest mobility companies in North America are committed to carving out a niche for themselves by changing the way patients get to and from appointments. Key Topics Covered: 1. Executive SummaryHealthcare Mobility Market – OverviewNEMT – Definition and ModelsHealthcare Mobility Market – Statistics 2. Strategic ImperativesWhy Is It Increasingly Difficult to Grow?The Strategic ImperativeThe Impact of the Top Three Strategic Imperatives on the North American Healthcare Mobility MarketGrowth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine 3. Growth Opportunity Analysis, North American Healthcare Mobility MarketHealthcare Mobility Market – SegmentationHealthcare Mobility Market – Commission ModelsHealthcare Mobility Market – Key CompetitorsKey Growth Metrics for the North American Healthcare Mobility MarketGrowth Drivers for the North American Healthcare Mobility MarketGrowth Driver Analysis for the North American Healthcare Mobility MarketGrowth Restraints for the North American Healthcare Mobility MarketGrowth Restraint Analysis for the North American Healthcare Mobility MarketForecast Assumptions for the North American Healthcare Mobility MarketRevenue Forecast for the North American Healthcare Mobility MarketRevenue Forecast by Segment, North American Healthcare Mobility MarketRevenue Forecast Analysis for the North American Healthcare Mobility MarketHealthcare Mobility Market – value chainTNC Disruption of NEMT 4. Market Segment OverviewBrokersTech PlatformsNEMT Providers – TNCs 5. Company profilesLogistiCareMTM, Inc.Veyo, LLCAccess2CareSoutheastransUber HealthLyft business 6. Regulatory and Competitive EnvironmentRegulatory TimelineCompetitive EnvironmentMarket Share AnalysisCompanies to Action – SWOT AnalysisKey Findings 7. Growth Opportunities Facebook Twitter Growth Opportunity 1 – Broker Technology Integration for Improved Service Quality and Market Control, 2020Growth Opportunity 2 – Tech Platforms Must Focus on Strategic Partnerships for Network and Market Growth, 2020Growth Opportunity 3 – TNC Prioritization of NEMT for Consistent Revenue Streams, 2020 8. Next Steps For more information about this report visit View source version on CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: AUTOMOTIVE HEALTH TRANSPORT OTHER HEALTH FLEET MANAGEMENT OTHER TRANSPORT SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/28/2021 09:29 AM/DISC: 01/28/2021 09:29 AM Twitter TAGS  WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Previous articleGraceland Celebrates Elvis During Fourth Annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend, March 19-20Next articleEvolent Health Named One Of The Best Places To Work For LGBTQ Equality By Human Rights Campaign Foundation Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) in the North American Healthcare Mobility Markets, 2020 Report – ResearchAndMarkets.comlast_img read more

Enterprise Security Names Fusion Risk Management a Top Risk Management Solution Provider 2020

first_img Enterprise Security Names Fusion Risk Management a Top Risk Management Solution Provider 2020 Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleAngel Oak Home Loans Plants Roots in Washington, D.C., Now Serving Borrowers in Nation’s Capital and BeyondNext articleMorgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Completes Investment Alongside RunTide Capital in Axispoint Technology Solutions Group Digital AIM Web Support Twitter CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Fusion Risk Management, Inc. (“Fusion”), a leading provider of operational resilience, business continuity, and risk management software and services, today announced it has been recognized as a 2020 Top Risk Management Solution Provider by Enterprise Security Magazine. The annual listing recognizes the top 10 companies at the forefront of risk management, providing solutions that have measurable businesses impact. Fusion is recognized for its holistic product offering, the Fusion Framework System, which eliminates the need for separate modules across the many areas of risk and continuity management. The Framework System is an innovative solution that enables true operational resilience through an integrated program on one singular platform, driving organizations’ ability to be adaptable in a business landscape that demands agility. In light of market needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fusion created Resilience Essentials, an offering leveraging the Framework System, to help organizations that did not have a resilience program or partner become operationally resilient quickly. “In today’s uncertain market environment, operational resilience has never been more critical to the success of organizations and the global economy. Fusion’s dedication to helping organizations prepare for any disruption or security threat is stronger than ever, and we are honored to be recognized by Enterprise Security Magazine for our best-in-class solutions and services,” said Michael Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Fusion Risk Management. “This honor is a testament to our continued mission to drive the risk industry forward with technology innovation that delivers measurable value. We have already helped countless clients safeguard their organizations, and we are excited to continue working closely with them to serve their needs.” Fusion has undergone a year of record growth, including adding several executives to its leadership team, expanding its global footprint, and securing significant funding to accelerate its growth and innovation plans. The Enterprise Security Magazine award is the latest in a string of honors for Fusion, including recognition for its company values and culture by Built In Chicago as a Best Place to Work 2021 and a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Chicago Tribune for the second consecutive year. ABOUT FUSION RISK MANAGEMENT Fusion Risk Management is a leading industry provider of cloud-based software solutions for business continuity, risk management, IT disaster recovery, and crisis and incident management. Its products and services take organizations beyond legacy solutions and empowers them to make data-driven decisions with a comprehensive and flexible approach through one system. Fusion and its team of experts are dedicated to helping companies achieve greater operational resilience and mitigate risks within their businesses. For more information, visit ABOUT ENTERPRISE SECURITY MAGAZINE Enterprise Security Magazine assists thousands of organizations to reduce risk and complexity by bringing to light unique market trends including how security needs to be embedded within hardware and software solutions and work with each other to provide integrated multilayered protection. View source version on CONTACT: Bridget Anders [email protected]/ +1 (847) 632-1002 x544 KEYWORD: ILLINOIS UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: NETWORKS INTERNET DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE SOURCE: Fusion Risk Management, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 09:30 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 09:31 AM Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter TAGS  WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 last_img read more

The State of Remodels

first_img Previous: Why Senior Homeowners Stand to Gain Next: From the Investors’ Perspective  Print This Post BuildFax Fannie Mae Maintenance remodeling 2018-12-18 Seth Welborn Related Articles The State of Remodels Subscribe Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The State of Remodels About Author: Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img December 18, 2018 1,123 Views Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing Share Save Tagged with: BuildFax Fannie Mae Maintenance remodeling Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Single-family housing authorizations, maintenance, and remodeling have all decreased year over year according to the November 2018 BuildFax Housing Report. BuildFax states that this is the first time since 2011 to see a decrease in all three categories, and notes that it could point to a potential market slowdown.Single-family authorizations decreased by 0.86 percent year over year, while maintenance volume decreased by 5.85 percent and remodel volume decreased by 12 percent year over year.“More so now than in years prior, the compounding effects of natural disasters, scarcity in the construction labor market and recent tariffs have impacted housing growth – not to mention systemic factors, like rising mortgage rates, that influence consumer behavior,” said BuildFax COO Jonathan Kanarek. “While it’s natural to see some leveling off after steep growth, the next few months will be telling; whether a downturn is on the horizon or the market is simply softening is yet to be seen.”In commercial construction, the BuildFax report found that construction has decreased along the same lines as residential. Despite the decrease, the report notes that commercial construction spending has been on a steady increase over the past five years, though disproportionate increases between construction cost and volume point out a labor shortage.According to Fannie Mae, the labor market is projected to be one of the highlights of the economic growth and with inflation around Fed’s 2 percent target, and Fannie Mae predicts that Fed will hike rates once more in December and two more times in 2019, despite rising market expectations of fewer hikes amid stock market volatility.Consumer spending is likely to be the largest positive contributor that will drive growth and consumer confidence. Business fixed income, on the other hand, is expected to slow considerably by the third quarter and may also remain constrained due to higher tariffs, trade uncertainty, and rising interest rates and input costs.The existing trade tensions between the U.S. and China and stock market volatility is among the most notable risks to the forecast, Fannie Mae stated. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Pendency of Criminal Cases Against Legislators- SC Reserves Orders on Amicus’s Suggestions

first_imgTop StoriesPendency of Criminal Cases Against Legislators- SC Reserves Orders on Amicus’s Suggestions Nilashish Chaudhary16 Sep 2020 12:43 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its orders on Amicus Curiae, Vijay Hansaria’s report for the expeditious disposal of criminal trials pending against legislators (sitting and former) across the country. During the course of the hearing, the Centre, through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, expressed that it would welcome an order aimed at quickening the process of trials…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 Wednesday reserved its orders on Amicus Curiae, Vijay Hansaria’s report for the expeditious disposal of criminal trials pending against legislators (sitting and former) across the country. During the course of the hearing, the Centre, through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, expressed that it would welcome an order aimed at quickening the process of trials pending against MPs and MLAs. Pursuant to the Top Court’s Order dated September 10, 2020, seeking details of cases pending against sitting and former legislators under Special legislations, various High Courts had sent their reports to Amicus Curiae, Senior Advocate Vijay Hansaria. Earlier the Court had been informed that trial was pending against law makers in 4442 cases across the country. However, Mr Hansaria had informed Court that barring 6 High Courts, details of cases pending against legislators under Special Statutes had not been furnished to him. The Court had thereafter, on September 10, directed all High Courts to furnish additional details about cases pending under special legislations within 2 days. Having received this information, in addition to the previous report submitted by the Amicus on September 8, Hansaria made additional submissions in a report placed before Court in compliance with the abovementioned Order. These reports indicate that there are 175 cases are pending under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and 14 cases are pending under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. When the matter came up for consideration before a Bench comprising of Justices NV Ramana, Surya Kant and Hrishikesh Roy, the Amicus informed the Court that data shows there is no uniformity with regard to setting up of Special Courts for MPs and MLAs across the country. Hansaria further added that there is no clarity with regard to which Court is trying offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 or the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. He went on to give a state-wise breakdown of the cases pending trial and threw light on his suggestion to tackle the situation. The Bench agreed that there were problems with regard to special statutes like Prevention of Money Laundering Act & Prevention of Corruption Act. The prominent issue highlighted was that in various cases it was seen that central agencies and the police had not executed warrants or served summons which led to the stalling of trial. Another problem agreed upon was with regard to logistics of the courts that were currently hearing these matters. “There are issues when there is only one court in a State. They may not be accessible. Witnesses don’t go there. What should be done?”, enquired Justice Surya Kant. The Amicus apprised the Court of his suggestions regarding appointment of a judicial officer to hear such cases in each District of a State. (Details of the report are enclosed below) SG Tushar Mehta also weighed in and stated that there must be time bound disposal of these cases, wherein a time frame of one month may be given for expeditious disposal. “The cases must reach its logical conclusion in a time bound manner”, said Mehta, in support of expeditious disposal of pending trials. Coming back to the problems highlighted through the latest report, Justice Ramana clarified that while the previous information averred to 4442 pending cases, with additional data it can be seen that “the number is well above 4600-4700 cases”. Hansaria reiterated that the big issue is that witnesses don’t come, summons aren’t served. “We need to appoint a particular officer & make him responsible for carrying this out”, he suggested. He further highlighted that cases pending with CBI & ED have suffered issues regarding service of summons & execution of warrants. Before the Court reserved its Order, the Amicus asked that these agencies be requested to submit details about what stage the various pending cases were at. Reserving its Order, the Bench stated that directions will take note of all suggestions made by Amicus Curiae Vijay Hansaria and that High Courts will be asked for a blue print which is feasible in terms of disposing pending trials at each State’s level “We will pass orders based on suggestions made by the Amicus & ask High Courts to submit an action plan for implementation of the same”, said Justice Ramana. He also averred that a proper blue print will be sought from Chief Justices of all High Courts on how to go about disposing of pending trials. Amicus Curiae, Vijay Hansaria had made supplementary submissions to his initial report of September 8 subsequent to details received by him from High Courts in compliance of the Apex Court’s Order dated September 10. These submissions comprised of possible solutions to the massive pendency of cases against legislators, and are made under the following 5 categories:- Special Courts in every district for trial of all criminal cases against MPs/MLAs -It has been urged that every High Court be given directions to allocate one judicial officer in every district as a special court where criminal cases involving former and sitting legislators will be heard. It is further suggested that High Courts may also prepare blue prints to ensure the trial is concluded expeditiously within 1 year. To this effect, the Chief Justice of each High Court may be asked to personally look into setting up an action plan. -The High Court report would also include a method to expeditiously dispose of trials under special legislations as well. -The designated judicial officer shall try these matters on priority basis. The term for such officer be prescribed at a minimum of 2 years. -Cases be dealt with in the following order of priority 1.Offences punishable with death/ life imprisonment; 2. Offences under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002; 3. Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and Offences under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012; 4. Offences punishable with imprisonment for 7 years or more; 5. Other offences. -It is further prescribed that these special courts give priority to cases involving sitting legislators over former legislators. -No adjournment be granted except in rare and exceptional circumstances where a reasoned written application is submitted with relevant grounds Cases Under Stay It has also been suggested that trial courts be allowed to proceed with trials even in cases which have been stayed by the High Court, unless a fresh stay is granted by recording reasons for doing so. Alternately, Registrar Generals may be directed to place such stayed trials before the Chief Justice to secure urgent listing, which may be posted before an appropriate bench within a period of 2 weeks. Nodal Prosecution Officer and Public Prosecutor -It has been submitted that Each District may appoint a Nodal Prosecution Officer, who shall not be below the rank of an Additional Superintendent of Police. -This Officer shall be made responsible for the production of accused legislators before the court and for execution of non-bailable warrants issued by the court. The officer shall ensure summons are served upon witnesses, and that they appear and depose before court accordingly. Lapses on such officer’s part would make them liable for initiation of contempt of court proceedings against them. -It has further been prescribed that each State/Union Territory must appoint a minimum of 2 Special Public Prosecutors in the Special Courts in consultation with District and Sessions Judge in the concerned District. Establishment of ‘Safe and Secure Witness Examination Room’ All High Courts could be asked to submit a report regarding the establishment of a ‘Safe and Secure Witness Examination Room’ in each court complex, suggests the Amicus. These rooms be equipped with internet facilities for the purpose of recording of evidence of the witnesses through video conferencing. Rules for Video Conferencing for Courts High Courts could also be urged to adopt “Rules for Video Conferencing for Courts” in accordance with those framed by the Karnataka High Court with required modifications. While the modifications are made, the rules framed by Karnataka may be adopted pan India. 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Estimating the frequency of extremely energetic solar events, based on solar, stellar, lunar, and terrestrial records

first_imgThe most powerful explosions on the Sun – in the form of bright flares, intense storms of solar energetic particles (SEPs), and fast coronal mass ejections (CMEs) – drive the most severe space-weather storms. Proxy records of flare energies based on SEPs in principle may offer the longest time base to study infrequent large events. We conclude that one suggested proxy, nitrate concentrations in polar ice cores, does not map reliably to SEP events. Concentrations of select radionuclides measured in natural archives may prove useful in extending the time interval of direct observations up to ten millennia, but as their calibration to solar flare fluences depends on multiple poorly known properties and processes, these proxies cannot presently be used to help determine the flare energy frequency distribution. Being thus limited to the use of direct flare observations, we evaluate the probabilities of large-energy solar events by combining solar flare observations with an ensemble of stellar flare observations. We conclude that solar flare energies form a relatively smooth distribution from small events to large flares, while flares on magnetically active, young Sun-like stars have energies and frequencies markedly in excess of strong solar flares, even after an empirical scaling with the mean coronal activity level of these stars. In order to empirically quantify the frequency of uncommonly large solar flares extensive surveys of stars of near-solar age need to be obtained, such as is feasible with the Kepler satellite. Because the likelihood of flares larger than approximately X30 remains empirically unconstrained, we present indirect arguments, based on records of sunspots and on statistical arguments, that solar flares in the past four centuries have likely not substantially exceeded the level of the largest flares observed in the space era, and that there is at most about a 10% chance of a flare larger than about X30 in the next 30 yearslast_img read more

Architectural Contract to Aid in Ocean City Life Saving Station’s Renovation

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiOne of the final parts of the renovation of Ocean City’s historic Life Saving Station into a public museum this year will involve cleaning up the grounds that were swamped by flood waters from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.At its meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, City Council is expected to award a $31,000 architectural contract for design work and construction management for the removal of sand, stones and other debris from the site at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue.As part of the contract, Michael Calafati Architect LLC of Cape May will also oversee restoration work to transform the appearance of the property back to the station’s early 20th century heyday, including fixing the damaged sidewalks and erecting a flagpole and a wooden fence that replicate the originals.“This will restore the historic integrity of the landscape and physical setting of the Life Saving Station to its period of significance and when it was in its prime, circa 1906,” Calafati wrote in a Dec. 28 memo to the city explaining the project.In addition, the lawn will be covered with sand to replicate the station’s former beachfront location. The building had once overlooked the ocean, but shifting sands caused by a powerful coastal storm in 1902 or 1903 reshaped the island’s beachfront. As a result, a huge swath of sand was pushed in front of the station and left it about one-third of a mile from the ocean.Although the station itself was not damaged by Sandy’s fury, tidal flooding from the 2012 hurricane inundated the grassy lawn with a thick layer of sand, stones and flotsam that must be cleaned up, Calafati said in his memo.A nonprofit group called U.S. Life-Saving Station 30 will operate the museum for the city.Cleanup work to the property will be done as restoration continues on the interior of the building to transform the station into a “living history museum.” U.S. Life-Saving Station 30, a nonprofit organization that is overseeing the renovations and will operate the museum for the city, has said the building will resemble what it was like in the early 20th century.“We’re taking it back between 1905 and 1910, so everyone who comes here will experience a moment in time. You’ll feel the building come alive again during that time period,” John Loeper, chairman of the organization, said in a recent interview.To stock the museum, Loeper’s group has been busy collecting boats, life-saving devices, furnishings and other artifacts that are either originals or replicas of the early 20th century.Loeper has been shooting for a grand opening for Memorial Day weekend, although it would take another month to furnish the building and move in the museum’s artifacts, he said. Admission will be free.Construction still must be completed on the windows, doors and interior before the museum opens. Restoration work on the building’s exterior has been finished, including a new roof and a new coat of yellow paint that matches the original color. The words “U.S. Life Saving Station” have been painted in big, black letters on the side facing the ocean.In his memo, Calafati said the station was built in 1886 and is the only surviving member of its type in New Jersey. It was among only six of its kind built between 1882 and 1891 in the nation, he noted.For years, the old building itself was in need of rescue. The city purchased the two-story structure from private owners in 2010 for nearly $900,000, ending a decade-long battle to save it from demolition.Altogether, the purchase price for the building and the cost of renovations will come to about $3 million, according to figures released by Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer. The city has been awarded nearly $1.3 million in grants to help pay for the project.Loeper’s group has raised and invested about $220,000 to acquire artifacts and other materials for the building. It has also agreed to share as much as $750,000 in revenue to offset the city’s costs. Restoration work on the old Life-Saving Station will include sprucing up the property.last_img read more