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ArchDaily Year: Save this picture!© Gustav Willeit+ 21 Share Projects Architects: Pedevilla Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: Housing Italy photographs: Gustav WilleitPhotographs: Gustav WilleitSave this picture!© Gustav WilleitRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridText description provided by the architects. The building ensemble is located in a hamlet of Enneberg at a height of 1,200 meters and it refers to the building tradition of the “viles”. The two staggered buildings with their cautious insertion into the hillside correspond to the local couple court type.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitRegional ornaments and characteristic features like saddle roof, loggia and wood façade are taken up and realized in a new, pure and independent way.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitReducing the materials to some special from the surroundings (dolomite rock for the exposed concrete, solid swiss stone pine and larch) corresponds as well to the earlier style and the thought of sustainability.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitWarm swiss stone pine wood and soft felt fabrics meet white exposed concrete in the interiors and form a thrilling composition.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitThe own water source, the geothermal energy, the passive application of solar energy and a PV plant provide the house with the necessary energy sources and make the building energetically self-sufficient.Save this picture!© Gustav WilleitProject gallerySee allShow lessMola Structural Kit: A New Way to Learn About StructuresArchitecture NewsHouse in Fukuchiyama / arakawa Architects & AssociatesSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Strada Pliscia, 13, 39030 Plisa Bolzano, ItalyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/544202/alpine-cabins-pedevilla-architekten Clipboard Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architektenSave this projectSaveAlpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten 2013 2013 CopyAbout this officePedevilla ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingPlisaHousingResidentialItalyPublished on September 10, 2014Cite: “Alpine Cabins / pedevilla architekten” 10 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Home Commentary Commentary: How to Win an Argument on Biotechnology Commentary: How to Win an Argument on Biotechnology Chances are that, if you are involved in production agriculture, you have had a discussion with someone about biotechnology. Most likely, it centered around whether GMOs in food are safe. Odds are you did not win the argument or change the person’s mind. Yet, getting people to trust the technology we use to produce food is key to the future of agriculture. So how do you build consumer trust in GE food?Dr. Keven Folta is an international advocate for biotechnology in agriculture. He is a scientist and educator who has been outspoken about the safety and benefits of genetic engineering and, as a result, has become a target for those who oppose this technology. Folta maintains that, for the most part, we, in agriculture, have been going about it all wrong. He notes that most who try to defend biotechnology always lead with the facts and the science. He says most consumers don’t want to hear the facts and don’t trust the science. He observed that opponents of GE food use emotion and, for anyone besides a scientist, emotion will always trump the facts.Another suggestion Folta makes is to choose your battles. Arguing with an activist whose organization exists because of their opposition to biotechnology is not worth the time. They will never accept your position because, if they did, they would lose their job or at least their social standing. Face it folks — we are never going to convince everyone. Focus on those who are willing to listen and who do not have a vested interest in opposing biotechnology.Folta suggests first we establish a common goal: safe food. This is a value that farmers and consumers share. Transparency is another shared value. Consumers want to know that farmers are not hiding things. Sustainability is another shared value. Consumers and farmers both want to see food be affordable and available well into the future. Sustainability is not only important here in the U.S. but worldwide, especially in developing countries. Farmers care for the environment as do consumers, so we have another shared value.It is from these shared values that we can begin to have a dialogue about biotechnology. Folta explains that most people who oppose biotechnology see it as a threat. If we can demonstrate our shared values, biotech will be seen as less of a threat. Making biotechnology less of a threat to consumers and political leaders is vital.Today thousands of children in Africa and the Middle East are going blind because of the lack of vitamin A in their diet. Export markets for U.S. grain in Europe and Asia are closed, and farmers in Florida are being prevented from fighting a disease that is wiping out their citrus groves. All these could be solved with biotechnology.Winning more of those arguments about biotechnology is important and not something Dr. Folta can do all by himself. It takes more of us, addressing this issue in a better for effective way, that will lead to a gradual acceptance of science and technology by people who really matter. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Nov 13, 2017 Previous articleLivestock Groups Seek Delay in Reporting RequirementsNext articleBower Trading Market Strategy Report: Putting the USDA Behind Us Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt
RSF_en Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist Receive email alerts News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Organisation Follow the news on Maldives Help by sharing this information RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates News News to go further RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers July 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on the Maldivian security forces to protect the country’s media and to ensure that their rights are respected following President Mohamed Nasheed’s forced resignation yesterday. The new government has a duty to guarantee media freedom and freedom of information.After members of the police and army linked to the opposition staged a mutiny and forced the Nasheed to resign, members of the police also stormed the headquarters of the state TV station yesterday and took control there.“We urge the new president, Mohamed Waheed Hassan, to take immediate steps to ensure the protection and the rights of all media workers, especially the journalists at the state TV station MNBC, who were expelled from their offices by the police,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Undertakings must be given at once to defend freedom of information or else journalists are going to find themselves exposed to the same circumstances that prevailed before the country’s first democratic elections in 2008.”After police and soldiers yesterday joined the opposition’s protests, they took control of MNBC – the Maldivian National Broadcasting Commission – and from there began broadcasting the opposition TV station VTV, which they then renamed Television Maldives (TVM), its name during the government of former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.A source told Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity that Nasheed’s opponents had physically attacked at least one journalist and had threatened to kill another one. According to some media reports, the former president was himself also given a beating.Since the end of 2011, Reporters Without Borders has been worried about a growing climate of danger for the media, which worsened after a wave of constant demonstrations began on 16 January. Mohammad Shiham, a reporter for privately-owned DhiTV, was injured on 25 January while providing live coverage of the opposition demonstrations. The next day, masked men used bricks to attack the station’s offices and studio in Malé, injuring cameraman Hussain Nishan. The Maldives are ranked 73rd out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 23, 2018 Find out more September 12, 2018 Find out more News MaldivesAsia – Pacific February 8, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New government must guarantee safety and rights of journalists
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest quarterly report Tuesday, highlighting upwards trends in existing family home prices. An additional annual affordability report showed less favorable conditions for home affordability.The report revealed an increase in existing single-family home price in 73 percent of measured markets, citing 119 of 164 metropolitan areas showing gains based on closings in the fourth quarter. While still a positive trend in pricing, there were fewer price increases as seen in the third quarter with an 88 percent increase from a year earlier.Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said there are two ways of looking at the price gains. “The vast majority of homeowners have seen significant gains in equity over the past two years, which is helping the economy through increased consumer spending,” he said. “At the same time, home prices have been rising faster than incomes, while mortgage interest rates are above the record lows of a year ago. This is beginning to hamper housing affordability.”The national median existing single-family home price was $196,900 in the fourth quarter, up 10.1 percent from $178,900 in the fourth quarter of 2012. In the third quarter, the median price rose 12.5 percent from a year earlier.Yun noted that a tight supply of existing homes and a decrease in production of new homes are two driving factors in the elevated prices.”New home construction activity needs to increase significantly in the fast appreciating markets to help relieve upward price pressure,” Yun said. In 2013, housing starts totaled 924,000, well below the historic average of 1.5 million units.Yun continued: “Added housing supply will help moderate price growth this year, and should help to stem erosion in affordability, but mortgage interest rates are projected to rise above 5 percent by the end of the year.”Steve Brown, NAR President and co-owner of Irongate, Inc. Realtors, cautioned consumers to keep in mind that all real estate is local. “The national figures provide useful background, but it really gets down to supply and demand in a given neighborhood,” he said. “Metropolitan area figures are an excellent gauge of local housing markets, but there can be widely ranging conditions within a metro area.”The NAR also released its Housing Affordability Index (HAI). The index reported a decrease in affordability, noting a score of 175.8 in 2013 from a record high 196.5 in 2012.An index of 100 is defined as the point where a median-income household has exactly enough income to qualify for the purchase of a median-priced existing single-family home, assuming a 20 percent down payment and 25 percent of gross income devoted to mortgage principal and interest payments.In each of the four regions listed in the HAI, total existing home sales declined.Particularly notable was the West Region, where existing-home sales dropped 12.7 percent in the fourth quarter, and are 8.1 percent below a year ago.Due to the decline of available homes, the median existing single-family home price in the West jumped 15.5 percent to $286,200 in the fourth quarter from the fourth quarter of 2012. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Metro Areas See Home Price Growth; Some Face Affordability Issues Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago February 11, 2014 555 Views Metro Areas See Home Price Growth; Some Face Affordability Issues Related Articles About Author: Colin Robins Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 2/11/2014 Next: Scott Law Firm Announces 3 New Positions Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. Home Affordability Index National Association of Realtors 2014-02-11 Colin Robins Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Affordability Index National Association of Realtors Print This Post
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The uptake of the latest Rural Broadband Scheme in Donegal has been disappointing so far, and calls into question the government’s commitment to it.That’s according to Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue, who says the government has done very little to publicise the scheme, the closing date for which is the end of this month.He’s urging homes and businesses in Donegal without a proper service to apply for the service, and this may be the final chance to do so…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/charl830.mp3[/podcast] Uptake of latest broadband scheme in Donegal disapointing – McConalogue Google+ Twitter Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – July 6, 2011 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest Facebook Previous articleGovernment to review case for North/South underground electricty interconnectorNext articleLetterkenny solicitor seeking to bring High Court challenge to County Council co-option News Highland Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton News Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp
iStock/luchezarBy: CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC NewsMore people are now engaging with outlets on Facebook that repeatedly publish verifiably false content than in the lead-up to the 2016 election, new research shows.These findings come despite a slew of new efforts from social media companies to combat the spread of misinformation on their platforms ahead of the 2020 presidential vote.The level of engagement with articles from “false content producers” that masquerade as news organizations but repeatedly publish demonstrably false materials has increased 102% since 2016, according to a report published Monday by the think tank German Marshall Digital Fund in partnership with the firms NewsGuard and NewsWhip.“What we were really trying to zero in on was something very simple — how is it that we keep hearing all these reports about disinformation when the platforms have taken so many actions? There have been so many announcements to prevent disinformation,” Karen Kornbluh, the director of the digital innovation and democracy initiative at the German Marshall Fund, told ABC News. “We realized there is a whole disinformation supply chain, which starts with these sites that mask as news outlets.”The researchers also found that the level of engagement with sites that don’t necessarily mask as news outlets but repeatedly fail to present information responsibly has increased 293% in the run-up to the 2020 election compared to the 2016 presidential election. Examples of these sites, dubbed “manipulators,” include Breitbart News, according to the researchers.Moreover, interactions with both kinds of deceptive sites — false content producers and manipulators — have spiked 242% between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2020, the researchers found.Kornbluh noted that while overall engagement across all content increased during the timeframe they examined, “we see the disinformation sites increasing at greater rates than overall engagement,” she said.Kornbluh said they didn’t expect to see increased interactions with the false content producers “but we saw it there, and then we saw an enormous increase in interactions with the manipulators” since 2016.“That is an explanation for why you’re seeing so much disinformation,” she said.The researchers rated these outlets based on methodology developed by the startup NewsGuard, which ranks the credibility of outlets that claim to be journalism based on nine factors.Kornbluh said it can be hard initially for regular users to tell the difference between these false content producers, manipulators and credible news organizations, which is in part why the misinformation spreads so fast.If you see a piece of news or a headline on Facebook, “one thing you need to check is, what is the outlet this is coming from?” she said. “What are they using to make this claim? And really probing what’s the evidence behind this.”Ultimately, however, she said “there needs to be actions to change the incentives of the platforms.”“Just like the car companies in the early days, it wasn’t in their incentives to put in a seat belt, and we didn’t ask the individuals to install seat belts,” she said.Social media companies need to implement policy and internal changes to better protect users from misinformation, she argued.As for Facebook, “what they need to do is instead of playing whack-a-mole with individual pieces of content, they need to look at the disinformation supply chain,” she said, “and how they can disrupt this supply chain and not amplify that.”A Facebook spokesperson told ABC News in a statement that “engagement does not capture what most people actually see on Facebook.”“Using it to draw conclusions about the progress we’ve made in limiting misinformation and promoting authoritative sources of information since 2016 is misleading,” the spokesperson added. “Over the past four years we’ve built the largest fact-checking network of any platform, made investments in highlighting original, informative reporting, and changed our products to ensure fewer people see false information and are made aware of it when they do.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Firms face pension threat from stakeholder plansOn 25 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Up to a third of employers with occupational pension schemes will have toallow more staff to join if they want to avoid having to offer a stakeholderpension.Under rules released by the Government last week, employers running pensionfunds will escape providing access to the new pension only if they meet certainrequirements.Thousands of schemes would fail, as they are currently structured, on twokey issues – the minimum age for membership and the length of service beforejoining the scheme.Stakeholder pensions are the Government’s plan to provide low-cost pensionsto staff with earnings in the £9,000 to £18,000 bracket, many of whom haveneither company nor personal provision. They will be administered by privatesector providers.The Government’s position on age limits is that schemes may only excludestaff under 18. But last year’s NAPF survey reveals that 34 per cent of privatesector final salary schemes have a higher age limit. For money purchase, thefigure is 31 per cent.There are an estimated 150,000 occupational pension schemes in the UK so,potentially, 50,000 employers could be affected.The Government has also decided that pension funds requiring employees towait more than a year before being able to join the fund will have to provideaccess to stakeholder. Again this will cause problems for schemes as, accordingto NAPF figures, about 5 per cent of final salary and 9 per cent of moneypurchase schemes impose a wait of more than a year.The £200m Next pension scheme has an age limit of 20. Pensions manager JohnStevenson said the scheme was likely to extend membership rather than provideaccess to the new scheme.By Tom PowdrillRules on stakeholder pensions• Charge: there will be a maximum annual charge of 1 per cent of the valueof the fund to cover operating costs.• Advice: schemes must provide basic information and explanatory materialbut will not be required to offer individual financial advice within the 1 percent charge.• Access: The requirement to provide access to stakeholder schemes will berestricted to employers with five staff or more.• Group personal pensions: Employers which arrange group personal pensionswill also be exempt from the access requirement, provided they offer acontribution of at least 3 per cent of earningswww.dss.gov.uk/hq/press/2000/jan2000
Estate agents will soon be able to automatically sort out the useful portal email leads from the tyre kickers following the launch of a new proptech service.OneDome says its OneLead product will enable estate agents to respond instantly to any buyer or vendor email enquiry coming in from Rightmove, Zoopla or OnTheMarket and work out which kind of customer they are and then direct them to either a valuations or viewings booking page.The system generates an automated reply answer to an email enquiry depending on the information within it, helping agents answer them more quickly and filtering out the ‘chaff from the wheat’, it is claimed.OneDome says Rightmove’s own figures show that 65% of vendor and buyer leads from the portals arrive out of hours.“Consumer expectations are greater than ever and they expect instant gratification,” says OneDome CEO Babek Ismayil (pictured, left).“When sending an enquiry form from a portal, buyers often get a slow response or no reply at all because agents find that many of the enquiries they get from portals are low quality, or worse, spam.“This discourages agents from responding and unfortunately, this means that high quality enquiries are missed.”The company says its existing OneCheck service can be used alongside OneLead to compile a profile about those are enquiring and ‘qualify’ each lead.OneDome, which says it offers agents the tech to improve the way they deal with leads and customers, has won funding totalling £3 million and been in business since 2016 proptech portal emails Rightmove OnTheMarket portals buyer emails vendor emails Zoopla January 16, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Proptech firm claims it can help agents banish email ‘tyre kickers’ previous nextProptechProptech firm claims it can help agents banish email ‘tyre kickers’OneDome says its new product can weed out the good quality portal email leads from the dross including during ‘out of hours’.Nigel Lewis16th January 201801,065 Views