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Photographs Houses photographs: Pedro PegenautePhotographs: Pedro Pegenaute Save this picture!© Pedro PegenauteRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationWoodEGGERLaminatesWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. Design Republic Design Commune, located in the center of Shanghai, envisions itself as a design hub, a gathering space for designers and design patrons alike to admire, ponder, exchange, learn, and consume. It houses the new flagship store for Design Republic, a modern furniture retailer, alongside a mixture of design-focused retail concepts, including books, fashion, lighting, accessories and flowers. The Commune will also have a design gallery, an event space, a café, a restaurant by Michelin-Starred Chef Jason Atherton, and a one-bedroom Design Republic apartment. Save this picture!© Pedro PegenauteSituated within the historic relic of the Police Headquarters built by the British in the 1910s, the project takes a surgical approach to renovation. First, gently removing the decaying wood and plaster, then carefully restoring the still vibrant red brick work, while grafting on skin, joints, and organs onto parts that needed reconstruction. And finally with the attachment of a brand new appendage which, like a prosthetic, enables the existing building to perform new functions, the nearly abandoned building begins its life again. Save this picture!© Pedro PegenauteReplacing the rather dilapidated row-shops on the street front, Neri&Hu introduced a modern glassy insertion onto the brick façade. To accentuate the historic nature of the main building, the street level periphery is enveloped by transparent glazing to reveal the existing brick work and rough concrete structures. Breathing new life into a traditional colonial building plan, Neri&Hu strategically removed certain floor plates, walls, as well as ceiling panels, to allow a renewed experience of the existing building, one that is fitting for the new functions to which the building now needs to respond. Save this picture!© Pedro PegenauteVarious small and precise incisions have been made in the interior architecture to reveal the building’s history and integrity while creating experiential intersections for a coherent experience when moving through the building. Contrasting with the exterior which has mostly been left intact due to historic preservation guidelines, the interior has been completely transformed. The starkly modern white rooms are juxtaposed with untouched remnants of brick walls, and in some cases, exposed wood laths underneath crumbling plaster walls. The clear intentionality behind the detailing of connections between the old and the new creates a visually and spatially tectonic balance in relation to the building as a whole. Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessNorman Foster Resigns from Moscow’s Pushkin Museum ExpansionArchitecture NewsUrban Fragment: Jose Oubrerie’s Miller HouseArticles Share ArchDaily China Design Republic Design Commune / Neri&Hu Design and Research OfficeSave this projectSaveDesign Republic Design Commune / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office Design Republic Design Commune / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office CopyHouses•Shanghai, China “COPY” Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2400 m² Area: 2400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Pedro Pegenaute+ 12 Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/417308/design-republic-design-commune-neri-and-hu-design-and-research-office Clipboard 2012 Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/417308/design-republic-design-commune-neri-and-hu-design-and-research-office Clipboard 2012 Year: CopyAbout this officeNeri&Hu Design and Research OfficeOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesShanghaiRetailChinaPublished on August 20, 2013Cite: “Design Republic Design Commune / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office” 20 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Oxfam chosen for Daily Mirror Christmas appeal Tagged with: Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Oxfam is this year’s charity beneficiary of the Daily Mirror Christmas appeal.The Mirror’s Christmas Appeal will specifically support Oxfam’s development work in Rwanda. Under the title “Village of Hope Appeal”, the newspaper will carry a series of exclusive features in the paper over Christmas and throughout 2005, in which readers will be able to see how the appeal funds are improving people’s lives. Howard Lake | 16 December 2004 | News 26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
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¿Cómo puede ser que alguien, cuya única falta fue olvidar usar la luz direccional de su auto al cambiar de carril, termine muerta en una cárcel del condado a sólo unos días del arresto y que un médico forense lo califique de suicidio?La gente de costa a costa se está haciendo esa pregunta.Sandra Bland, una mujer afroamericana de 28 años de edad, conducía desde su casa en un suburbio de Chicago a la Universidad Prairie View A&M (PVAM), su alma mater en el sureste de Texas, para comenzar un nuevo trabajo como embajadora de estudiantes en la asociación de antiguos alumnos. Ella decía que era el trabajo de sus sueños.Bland fue encontrada ahorcada con una bolsa de basura alrededor de su cuello en una celda de la cárcel del condado de Waller en Hempstead-Texas, el 13 de julio.Ha habido protestas, vigilias, mítines y / o marchas casi a diario desde que se supo la noticia.El 17 de julio, esta escritora se unió a cientos de personas que protestaban en la cárcel y luego marcharon a la Corte del Condado de Waller. Allí hubo una concentración presidida por Kofi Taharka, presidente del Frente Unido Nacional Negro. Activistas anti-racistas de Houston y Austin se unieron a las/os residentes locales de Hempstead, sede del condado de Waller de poco más de 40.000 personas donde el 60 por ciento es blanco y 30 por ciento negro. Las/os oradores incluían a amigas/os de Bland, una hermana de su sororidad, ex-alumnos de PVAM y activistas indignadas/os.Algunas de las mujeres de Hempstead que no podían marchar, organizaron una mesa ofreciendo sándwiches de queso y té dulce gratis para las/os manifestantes. Una mujer, que se hace llamar Jen Jen, dijo que tenía 49 años y podría dar 49 razones por las que nadie debería querer encontrarse dentro de la cárcel. “La última vez que fui apresada, me moretearon, con manchas más oscuras que la piel que usted ve hoy”.Cuando se le preguntó por qué fue acusada, Jen Jen respondió: “Oh, la policía no me puso cargos. Después de que me golpearon, me dejaron ir, eso fue todo. Y no quisieras saber las historias sobre las cosas que suceden dentro de esas paredes”, dijo señalando a la Cárcel del Condado de Waller.El 19 de julio, las/os estudiantes de PVAM se reunieron frente a la fuente de la escuela para recordar y honrar a Bland. PVAM fue fundada en 1876 cuando la plantación de Alta Vista cerca de Hempstead fue comprada y convertida en lo que hoy es la segunda escuela de educación superior más antigua financiada por el estado en Texas.Bland ya estaba familiarizada con Texas y su horrible historia racista. Se graduó en 2009 de Prairie View, una histórica universidad negra a sólo 45 minutos de Houston.Bland abiertamente contra brutalidad policialBland protestaba en contra de las muertes de los negros a manos de la policía, desde Michael Brown en Ferguson-Missouri, a Eric Garner en Staten Island-NY. Ella publicó en Facebook sobre el peligro de la policía e incluso hizo vídeos condenando los asesinatos de la policía. Ahora sus amigas/os y simpatizantes están twitteando en #SandraBland, #JusticeforSandy y #IfIDieInPoliceCustody.En el último año, la exposición de los asesinatos de jóvenes negros en EUA a manos de la policía se ha intensificado. En respuesta, el movimiento “Las Vidas Negras Importan” (Black Lives Matter) ahora está activo por todo el país.Texas tiene una sórdida historia de asesinatos racistas. A principios de los años 1900 había linchamientos de negras/os por todo el estado. Dos de los más infames sucedieron en Waco – el de Allen Brooks en 1910 y de Jesse Washington en 1916.Durante el juicio de Brooks, supuestamente por agredir a un niño blanco, una turba enfurecida lo arrebató de las manos de sus guardias armados en la sala del tribunal y lo ahorcaron de un poste en el Arco de Elk, informó el Dallas Morning News.Según el bloguero Michael W. Waters, Washington fue castrado, sus dedos cortados, y su cuerpo subido y bajado sobre una fogata durante dos horas antes de ser arrastrado por la ciudad. Las partes restantes de su cuerpo fueron luego vendidas como recuerdos. (Huffington Post, 17 de julio)En las últimas décadas la policía en todas las ciudades grandes de Texas ha asesinado y mutilado a afroamericanos – incluyendo al líder de las Panteras Negras Carl Hampton, en Houston en 1970.A nivel nacional, ahora hay una lista de mujeres que han sido asesinadas por la policía como lo fueron Michael Brown y Eric Garner: Sandra Bland, Kindra Darnell Chapman, Tanisha Anderson, Yvette Smith, Rekia Boyd y Aiyana Stanley-Jones de siete años de edad, nombrando solo unas pocas.Emily DePrang, escribió en el semanario progresista The Texas Observer en 2014, señalando que la policía de Houston literalmente, queda impune. Ella escribió que entre 2007 y 2012, según los registros del Departamento de Policía de Houston (HPD), tiroteos mortales de la policía ocurren en Houston en promedio de uno cada tres semanas. Cada tiroteo por un oficial del HPD es investigado por las divisiones de Asuntos Internos y de Homicidios del HPD.DePrang escribe: “Cada muerte fue encontrada justificada. Los grandes jurados del Condado de Harris (Houston) han absuelto a oficiales del HPD casi 300 veces seguidas. Ningún policía de Houston ha sido acusado de un tiroteo en una década”.Mayor cantidad de policías asesinos en TexasDice el refrán, ¡”Todo es más grande en Texas”! El dicho es cierto cuando se trata de la herencia de linchamientos y el número de policías asesinos. Texas es también número uno en las personas sin seguro médico, y se ejecutan a más personas que en los siguientes ocho estados combinados. Sin embargo, Texas está cerca de la parte inferior en la lista de financiamiento de la educación.En el plazo de un año, tres casos de terrorismo contra mujeres negras en Texas se han convertido en noticia nacional.En agosto pasado, la policía paró a Kametra Barbour y sus cuatro hijos pequeños y los retuvieron a punta de pistola en Forney. Ni el coche ni las/os pasajeros coincidían con la descripción dada a la policía en un despacho 911.En junio, cerca de Dallas, Dajerria Becton de 15 años de edad fue lanzada al suelo, con la cabeza en la tierra. El policía McKinney detuvo a Dajerria presionándole la cabeza con su rodilla luego de una fiesta en la piscina.Y ahora, Sandra Bland fue detenida por falta de uso de la señal de tráfico y arrestada en el condado de Waller mientras iba de camino para comenzar su nuevo trabajo, encontrándose linchada en la cárcel a los pocos días en circunstancias sospechosas.Cómo alguien puede pasar de ir conduciendo a su nuevo trabajo a muerta en la cárcel en cuestión de días es impensable – excepto quizás para las/os afroamericanos en Texas. Activistas negras/os a menudo señalan que conducir mientras se es negra/o puede ser un delito capital en Texas, lo que puede resultar en una pena de muerte no oficial en terreno abierto.Se planean más protestas, vigilias y manifestaciones para Sandra Bland mientras las comunidades esperan los resultados de la autopsia independiente que su familia ordenó. Muchas preguntas aún deben ser respondidas. Quienes están involucradas/os en el movimiento anti-racista no tienen confianza alguna ni en los Rangers de Texas ni en el FBI que ahora están investigando la muerte de Bland. La indignación, la tristeza y la determinación de obtener justicia no se disipará con facilidad, ni debiera serlo.Rubac es portavoz del Movimiento Abolición de la Pena de Muerte de Texas en Houston.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
ABC News(HOUSTON) — The former Houston police officer who allegedly lied in order to obtain a search warrant for a city residence has been charged with murder after a raid on that home resulted in the deaths of a couple inside.Gerald Goines was charged Friday with two counts of murder related to the botched narcotics raid that took place at a home in southeast Houston on Jan. 28. His fellow cop, Steven Bryant, was charged with tampering with a government document for allegedly attempting to help Goines cover up the illegally obtained warrant.During the raid, Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle were shot to death by police officers, according to the medical examiner. The couple’s dog was also killed by police.“Under Texas law, if, during the commission of one felony, in this case tampering with a government record, a person commits an act clearly dangerous to human life, execution of a no-knock warrant by an armed squad of police officers into a private residence that causes the death of another, in this case two deaths, it’s first-degree murder,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said at a press conference Friday. “We call that felony murder.”Both men were suspended from the Houston Police Department and later chose to retire.Goines, 54, was the officer who obtained a so-called “no knock” warrant, which allows police to enter a building without signaling their arrival or reason for being there. Ogg said Goines made “numerous false statements” in the affidavit presented to the judge who signed the warrant. Among those were allegedly false claims that a two-week narcotics operation had just concluded at the home, an confidential informant had bought heroin from the address and the seller was armed with a handgun.Four police officers were also shot, including Goines. One of those officers is still in the hospital in serious condition seven months later.Bryant, 45, allegedly lied in supplemental paperwork saying he had assisted Goines in a narcotics operation at the house on day prior to the raid.“Bryant’s claims were false,” Ogg said. “He further fabricated that two days after the raid on the Harding Street residence that he recovered a plastic bag that contained a white napkin and two small packets of a brown powdery substance that he knew, based on his skill and expertise, contained heroin. Bryant claimed that he recognized the drugs as the same drugs allegedly purchased by Goines’ CI the day before, Jan. 27. That was false.”Goines lawyer, Nicole DeBorde, said late Friday her client was innocent of the charges, and they intended to fight them in court.“It is not something we’ve been expecting. And I’m very disappointed the case wasn’t taken to a grand jury so the grand jury can actually vet the facts of this case,” DeBorde told ABC News. “I know the DA referenced the idea this case was still being investigated. It seems to me it would have been the better practice to make sure this was fully investigated and vetted by a grand jury. But we’re prepared to fight this and defend Gerald’s innocence in this matter.”Both Goines and Bryant were booked Friday evening and released on bond. As a condition of his bond, Goines handed in his passport, must not leave Harris County and was fitted with an ankle monitoring bracelet.“The indictments today of former HPD Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant are important developments, but they should be only the beginning of the pursuit of justice in the police killings of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle,” said Michael Patrick Doyle, the lawyer representing the family of Rhogena Nicholas. “The Nicholas family’s search for the truth of what happened to Rhogena also continues. Our independent investigation is focused not only on HPD Narcotics Squad 15, but also about the conduct, pattern and practices of HPD before, during, and after the out-of-control, unjustified execution of Rhogena in her own home.”Doyle said the family still wants Houston Police Capt. Paul Follis and Houston Police Lt. Marsha Todd deposed in relation to the investigation.The police union largely withheld comment on the arrests, but did agree no other officers should be charged.“The HPOU has learned former Officers Steven Bryant and Gerald Goines have been charged criminally for conduct related to the Harding Street narcotics investigation and shooting,” the Houston Police Officers’ Union said in a statement. “Due to the pending criminal charges, it would be inappropriate for the HPOU to provide any additional comments. The HPOU would direct you to the attorneys representing former Officers Bryant and Goines.”“The HPOU is pleased the District Attorney’s office appears to concur with the conclusions reached by the Houston Police Department investigation that no other officers were involved in any criminal activity relating to the execution of the warrant or the shooting.,” the union added.Goines was a 34-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, while Bryant had worked for the department for 23 years.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Block 28 is located in deep water in the unexplored Namibe Basin, and in water depth ranging between 1,000m and 2,500m The Italian firm will serve as operator of the block. Credit: Pixabay/C Morrison. State concessionaire for oil & gas rights in Angola, National Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels of Angola (ANPG) has awarded a new exploration and production license in the Namibe basin offshore Angola to Italian oil and gas company Eni.Following an international competitive Bid Round 2019n, Eni was awarded the rights for exploration and production in the Block 28, which is located in a frontier exploration area about 10km from the coastline.Eni said that the move further consolidates its long term presence in the Southern African country. The block is located in deep water in the unexplored Namibe Basin in water depth ranging between 1000m and 2500m.Eni to operate the Block 28 with 60% stakeThe Italian firm will serve as operator of the block with 60% stake while the other partner include Sonangol P&P with 20% interest. The remaining 20% interest is planned to be assigned to a third partner during the closing of the contract.The firm, in a statement, said: “The award comes as an outcome of the 1st International Competitive Bid Round where open blocks were offered by ANPG in the Namibe-Benguela Basin as a part of the oil gas licenses planned offer for onshore and offshore, in the period 2019-2025.”Last year, Eni announced oil discovery in Block 15/06, in Angola’s deep offshore. The discovery was the fifth in the offshore block.The firm drilled the exploration well on the Agidigbo exploration prospect, using the West Gemini drillship at a water depth of 275m, and reached a total depth of 3800m.Post drill analysis at Agidigbo-1 NFW indicated 300 to 400 million barrels of light oil reserves in place. The prospect showed a single hydrocarbon column composed by a gas cap of approximately 60m and 100m of light oil.With a presence in Angola since 1980, Eni currently accounts for an equity production of approximately 145,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
Area High School Bands Qualify for State CompetitionOCTOBER 28TH, 2016 BRADEN HARP EVANSVILLE, INDIANA North High School’s marching band will soon have a larger stage.“State Finals Marching Band Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium and we are very honored to do that. Our group is comprised of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and color guard” North High School Band Director Jay Emmert said.This is the first time in North High School history the marching band has advanced to state finals.“We were close to making it to state the prior two years so it’s finally nice to make t the point where we’ve earned out trip to the state finals” Emmert said.Students say all the band members have worked extremely hard to get to this level. They say a few factors set this year apart.“We had a lot of dedication especially from our younger members. You know a lot of them this year and they’ve put in a tremendous amount of work and even when times got rough they still pushed and managed to do the best they could” North High Band Member Payton Tucker said.North High School seniors in the band say they this will be an emotional end to their high school marching careers.“Enjoyed being a part of it. I’ve been a part of it for five years and this is a really great group of people and I feel truly privileged to be a part of the program” band member Kenan Lochmueller said.“This is awesome. I’m proud to be ending my high school marching career at Lucas Oil Stadium” Payton Tucker said.Emmert says it all comes down to Saturday morning when the band performs at the state finals in Indianapolis.“I think it’s going to be exhilarating I’m super excited to go to Lucas Oil Stadium for the fist time in school history we say a lot that our show is a big party: a big fiesta, and we are taking our fiesta to Lucas Oil Stadium” he said.North High School isn’t the only school advancing to state finals.Bands from Mater Dei, Southridge, Forest Park, Boonville, Vincennes Lincoln, Jasper and Castle high schools are also heading to indy this weekend.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Email [email protected] Measures to champion the rights of homebuyers and help ensure that when they buy a new home they get the quality of build they rightly expect. The New Homes Ombudsman will protect the interests of homebuyers and hold developers to account when things go wrong.The government is committed to delivering 300,000 homes a year by the mid 2020s and has today (1 October 2018) announced further plans to speed up the planning system as well as make better use of land and vacant buildings to provide the homes that communities need.This includes more flexibility to extend upwards on existing blocks of flats, shops and offices making better use of space by increasing housing density.Championing ambitious councils keen to make new garden communities a central part of their plans for housing and economic growth and have local support there will be clearer rules to give more certainty for communities when land is needed to make this a reality.Local authorities will also receive additional freedom to make the most of existing brownfield land and dispose of surplus land that could instead accommodate new homes.To support a successful Commonwealth Games in 2022 and create a legacy long after the games are over, £165 million has been announced to unlock up to 5,100 homes in Birmingham and provide the infrastructure to support these new homes.As part of its comprehensive programme to improve building safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the government has also confirmed that it will ban the use of combustible materials on external walls of high-rise residential buildings. The ban will also apply to hospitals, care homes and student accommodation over 18 metres.Support for homebuyers facing problems with their newbuildThe government has announced that there will be a New Homes Ombudsman – a watchdog that will champion homebuyers, protect their interests and hold developers to account.We intend to legislate to require all new developers to belong to a new homes ombudsman.House buyers should be confident that when they purchase a new home, they get the quality of build and finish they expected.We will work with consumers and industry to develop our proposals and publish more details in due course.In the meantime government expects industry to continue to improve the current redress arrangements and improve the consistency of quality for new build homes.Planning reformThe government set out a package of reforms to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid 2020s through planning reform and targeted investment.As part of this the government has announced plans to consult on further measures to speed up the planning system as well as make better use of land and vacant buildings to deliver the homes that communities need.This includes: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 With construction due to begin in 2019, the government will work with the West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City council to support these ambitious plans.Birmingham 2022 is set to showcase Birmingham, the West Midlands and the entire country to the rest of the world as a destination for international trade, education, world class sport and tourism.Building safetyFollowing the Grenfell Tower tragedy the government established a comprehensive building safety programme that included an independent review on fire safety and building regulations. In the summer the government published its response to this review and said it would ban the use of combustible materials on external walls of high-rise buildings subject to consultation.Following this consultation the government has today (1 October 2018) confirmed that it will take forward this ban on all high-rise buildings that contains flats, as well as hospitals, residential care premises and student accommodation above 18 metres.This ban will be delivered through changes to building regulations and will limit materials available to products achieving a European classification of Class A1 or A2. creating a Commonwealth Games Village – providing a home-away-from-home for athletes and officials which will be converted to housing in Perry Barr following the games clearer guidance to give more certainty for communities when land is needed to make a New Town a reality. a New Homes Ombudsman to support homebuyers facing problems with their newly built home plans to help provide the homes the country needs through planning reform plans to create a lasting legacy from the 2022 Commonwealth Games measures to improve the safety of high-rise buildings 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Office address and general enquiries Social media – MHCLG giving local authorities more flexibility to dispose of surplus land that could instead accommodate new homes. Contact form https://forms.communit… The government will consult on these new measures in due course.Funding for 2022 Commonwealth GamesFunding to help deliver the 2022 Commonwealth Games Village, provide necessary transport improvements and create a legacy after the games has ended has also been announced.The government will provide a £165 million funding boost to unlock up to 5,100 homes in Birmingham and support wider regeneration of the Perry Barr area through major infrastructure projects: introducing a new permitted development right to allow property owners to extend certain buildings upwards, while maintaining the character of residential and conservation areas and safeguarding people’s privacy. 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