The Far Property Company Limited ( 2016 Annual Report

first_imgThe Far Property Company Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about The Far Property Company Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Far Property Company Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Far Property Company Limited (  2016 annual report.Company ProfileThe Far Property Company Limited is a real estate development and asset management company with national and international interests. The company is the largest property management company in Botswana and has a presence in markets throughout southern Africa. The Far Property Company was originally established to service a property portfolio to accommodate the Choppies Group which is a national supermarket and hypermarket group. The company is divided into four segments; residential properties, commercial properties, industrial properties and other segments that includes residential and commercial properties available to rent. The Far Property Company was established in 2010 and the head office is in Gaborone, Botswana.last_img read more

Wales: Five things we learned from South Africa

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Feeling the effects of another Test loss: Sam Warburton reflects on the loss to South Africa at the MillenniumBy Paul WilliamsFrustrating – but not a desperate lossOnce again Wales lost to South Africa. The 24 -15 defeat to Springboks was their 25th in 27 attempts. There were issues at the lineout, where Wales lost four from 17, and the new scrum engagement protocols did seem to mean a marginally weakened the Welsh scrum, particularly when Adam Jones was replaced after 30 minutes.  Plus, and perhaps more worryingly, Wales failed to score a single try – yet conceded three.But whilst this loss was undoubtedly frustrating, there were many noteworthy elements. Wales secured 53% of the possession and 52% of the territory despite losing two players after just 12 minutes. Wales made more clean line breaks than the Springboks, beat more defenders and executed an accurate defensive game– they had a completion rate of 92%, missing just eight tackles in total. Although it is worth stating that the tackles which were missed proved particularly costly, directly contributing to the Boks first try. And, as always, Leigh Halfpenny produced a sensational goal kicking performance – five from five. There will be many in Wales who will tag this loss onto Wales’ embarrassing record against the Boks. But they shouldn’t.  This group of players aren’t responsible for past results, only the present. And presently they aren’t too far off a very good Springbok side.Springboks – immensely physicalMore than a little niggle: Vermeulen and Jones clashAmidst a cacophony of complicated offensive and defensive patterns and a mesmerizing dictionary of elite coaching terms rugby remains a simple game. It is very easy to be blinded by ‘drifts’,’ the blitz’, and ‘one plus one’ contact strategies.However, one simple and age old strategy is still as effective today as it was in the 19th Century – the ‘absolutely smash the bloke standing in front of you’ strategy. The Boks, thanks to their genes, are very good at it. Such is their proficiency they legitimately, it must be said, removed Liam Williams and Jon Davies from the field after just 12 minutes. The Boks’ impact in the tackle was as bruising as their carrying. Any Welsh ball carriers caught with lateral body angles were consistently driven behind the tackle-line – it’s not often that you see Alun- Wyn Jones being marched backwards. But the impact of the Boks physicality didn’t just leave a mark on the players that were removed from the field, it affected those who remained and how they played. Wales’ George North reacts after a mistake during the International rugby union test match between Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on November 9, 2013. South Africa won the match 24-15. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images) With 68 minutes left on the clock Wales were forced into a major rejig which left unfamiliar combinations in key areas of the field. Of course, this isn’t to say that Wales were completely blown away in the contact area: they weren’t. Richard Hibbard’s carrying was as combative as ever, as too was Bradley Davies’, and Sam Warburton’s strength over the ball was impressive. But it wasn’t enough. If you want to beat the Boks you really have to literally ‘beat’ them.Jon Davies. Big lossIt may seem a tad unusual to write about the performance of a player who was forced to leave the field after just 12 minutes.  However, Davies’ cameo does make you wonder what would have been had he stayed on the field. Whilst Davies’ injury shouldn’t be dwelled on it equally can’t be ignored. Despite missing 68 minutes of the game Davies was Wales’ most effective back by far. In just 720 seconds, Davies carried the ball further than any other player in the entire squad and beat more defenders and made more clean breaks than any other Welsh back in the rest of the game. Unfortunately, it also seems as though Davies’ 12 minutes may be all we’ll see of him during the Autumn Internationals. He’s reportedly set to be out for the duration, and potentially the Six Nations if he requires an operation on a damaged pectoral muscle. Not good, not good at all.Frustrated giant: George NorthWales missed their ‘Big Men’Jon Davies’ injury had an enormous impact on Wales’ game plan. However, the absence of Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert was equally damaging. Wales had ample amounts of possession and territory against the Boks, but were essentially left with just one ball carrier in the backline: George North.  The absence of two of Wales three ‘giants’ meant that Wales consistently struggled to make any meaningful line breaks in the central channels. Jon Davies was the only Welsh back to make a clean break. Missing two of their strike runners also reduced the number of meaningful decoys in the Wales’ attacking patterns and made North’s lines more obvious and easier to track. North was only able to carry the ball 23 yards from nine carries due to frequently being double and triple tackled. George North is a tremendous ball carrier  but even he can’t carry Wales on his own. Why send off two front row forwards?Alain Rolland’s decision to yellow card both Gethin Jenkins and Coenie Oosthuizen was unusual. Both props had been warned repeatedly about the stability of the scrum and in an effort to preserve the integrity of the set piece both were sent to the stands. However, the ‘passive scrums’ that resulted, due to the absence of specialists props, are the antithesis of a scrum’s integrity. Passive scrums should only be instigated if there is a genuine issue with safety; not merely because a referee can’t decide which team is genuinely at fault and brandishes a yellow for both. The sight of 14 forwards leaning on each other is a pathetic sight even at amateur level; at test level, in the Millennium Stadium it’s a travesty – it’s like watching a game of ‘Swingball’ on centre court at Wimbledon!last_img read more

What Is The Highest Ever Score In A Rugby World Cup Match?

first_img Who Has Scored The Most Points In The Rugby World Cup? Owain Jones takes a look at the oldest… Here is a breakdown of some record results in the Rugby World Cup Who Has Scored The Most Tries In The Rugby World Cup? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Squeezed: Namibia yield against the relentless Wallabies in 2003 (Getty Images)Talking to Rugby World earlier this year, former Namibia prop Kees Lensing said of that rough day in 2003: “I remember going into the changing room at half-time – the score was 69-0 – and we had to walk to the left of the pavilion. I was thinking, ‘We’re in big trouble’. Because the first half was when we were fresh and had our better players on. The second half was when they would open the taps. Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Who Has Scored The Most Points In The Rugby World Cup? A South African and Kiwi share this honour,… Unstoppable: Marc Ellis on his way to six tries against Japan in 1995 (Getty Images) Expand Lensing admitted that he did think of the record defeat Japan suffered in 1995 during the Wallabies onslaught. They conceded fewer points, but the margin was bigger. And being nilled is never pleasant.On three occasions – against Australia in 2003, Georgia in 2007 and South Africa in 2011 – Namibia have failed to score a single point in a Rugby World Cup match. They will hope they can fair better this time around. Collapse “Weather-wise it was a perfect day. The weekend before we played Ireland in Sydney and it was raining. Ireland were a really good team as well and I’d say if it hadn’t rained, we probably would have had a very similar result. We kept the score more respectable (64-7). It was a big hiding, but the rain maybe meant they played more conservative. In Adelaide, you couldn’t complain about the weather at all.” What Is The Highest Ever Score In A Rugby World Cup Match?There have been some incredibly one-sided fixtures throughout Rugby World Cup history. However, one stands out above the rest. So what is the highest ever score in a Rugby World Cup match?You have to go back to 1995 to find the points bonanza between New Zealand and Japan, with the All Blacks running away with the game 145-17. That means there was a whopping 162 points scored in the match held in Bloemfontein. There were 21 tries for the All Blacks and Japan also got two of their own.In the match, Marc Ellis also claimed the title for most tries in a single World Cup match, with six to his name. As well as this, debutant Simon Culhane got himself a haul of 45 points from fly-half, converting 20 of 21 tries and scoring a five-pointer too.Big haul: Eric Rush also scored a hat-trick in that game in 1995 (Getty Images)He has since said of the game, which was the final in the pool stages for New Zealand, who had already made the quarter-finals by then: “We were basically the ‘B’ team and it was unheard of to rotate in those days. We were pretty determined we weren’t going to let the All Black jersey down.“Momentum was important. We had a game-plan in place we’d tried to achieve all World Cup. It was about momentum and maintaining it for the World Cup.”Of course, there have been other record scorelines in World Cups gone by.The record for biggest winning margin is held by Australia, who hammered Namibia 142-0 in Adelaide in 2003. They also pipped the 1995 All Blacks’ record for tries scored, getting 22 that day. Chris Latham got five tries himself that day. Who Are The Oldest And Youngest Rugby World Cup Players? Who Has Scored The Most Tries In The Rugby World Cup? Expand TAGS: JapanNamibia Who has scored the most in the tournament? Who Are The Oldest And Youngest Rugby World Cup Players? Do you think there will be a record winning margin or haul of points this time around? Let us know on our social channels. “The main talk was that we needed to slow it down and keep possession. For that whole game there was maybe five minutes where we managed to keep the ball, but you must remember they had guys like George Smith. Our ball security wasn’t good enough, we weren’t strong enough.Taking a break: Lensing has a moment during the Aussie onslaught (Getty Images)last_img read more

A new chapter begins in Apopka

first_img April 24, 2018 at 7:47 pm April 26, 2018 at 2:45 pm Mama Mia TAGSApopka City CouncilDecision Apopka 2018Oath of Office Ceremony Previous articleNelson, Nolan, and Smith start their City Council terms todayNext articleApopka Art and Foliage Festival coming this weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I want you, Mayor Nelson, Commissioner Nolan, and Commissioner Smith to watch this music video, as I am posting the song label, for you all to enjoy. I am posting it to you, to log onto, for your happy special day! Google: OFFICIAL Somewhere Over the Rainbow-Iz Kamakawiwo’ole……Hope you all enjoy, this is one of my favorites! Again, good luck, and congratulations, and I will see you all at the next council meeting! Please enter your comment! April 26, 2018 at 9:47 am I read the Orlando Sentinel article today about the unaccounted water woes and smart meter problems. No surprise to me. One thing about those smart meters is they save labor, having to get down on hands and knees, reading them with meter readers doing the job, but…..and this is a big but…..I hate to say it, but the guys in the water department hate the smart water meters in a way, as they break so easily, I think they complain about plastic parts stripping out on top easily, or something of that nature….that is what you get when you get “artificial intelligence” instead of “real intelligence”…..ha ha. Replacing people with machinery, “smart machinery” so they say….. the smart meters have been both a blessing and a curse! Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate April 26, 2018 at 10:00 am Mama Mia Oh, and about the RSR/Welch Road Regions Bank Branch closing for good, out there on Aug. 17th, 2018 at 2 pm…..if you have a safety deposit box rental, you need to move your belongings by Aug. 10th, 2018, as that is the last day to empty the boxes. You can transfer your safety deposit box to the other branch on 436, or one of the other Region bank branch offices, and they sent a coupon in the letter, to get a free safety deposit box rental for one year, if you have an existing box….oh, but be sure and bring your two keys and turn them in by Aug. 10th, 2018, and remove your contents, or else your box will be drilled out and the contents will be sent to the bank headquarters in Birmingham, AL, then if you don’t claim your property, it will be sent to the State of Florida, in accordance of the law, so says their letter…….DON’T FORGET…. who wants to drive to Birmingham for that errand?…lol April 24, 2018 at 7:59 pm They stated the doors of the VFW/Community Center opened at 11:30 for the swearing-in ceremony, but honestly, we got there about 11:40 and the place was packed full. We sat in the very back corner against the windows….if we were a few minutes later, I guess we would have gotten seats in the mop room……It was a lot of fun, hey, let’s find something else to celebrate, very soon, as this was FUN and let’s do a celebration again very soon! I am looking at the photos and don’t see my husband and me anywhere. I see that one photo of the three new public officials cutting the cake, and geesh, that brings back my memory to a time I stood there in a white dress with a cake cutter, cutting a cake with a hand over mine, many many moons ago, but you all’s day was about oaths not vows…..LOL Congratulations to all the new sworn in council members! Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter April 26, 2018 at 10:11 am Reply Mama Mia Man, last night, Wednesday night, we were heading north on the 429, right about mile marker 26, heading home to Apopka, with my husband driving, and we were in the right lane, and at a slight curve, when all of a sudden my husband realized we had a driver heading right toward us, driving on the wrong side of the road!!! Talk about freaking out! I didn’t even see the car coming, as I was slumped down and looking at my cell phone. There was another car behind us in that very lane, the left lane, with the other car coming right head-on at him! The guy behind us swerved big time, into the lane behind us!……….. One time I was driving with my mom on the Beachline coming from the port, and I saw a van on the side of the road really blazing up on fire and I thought, OMG, I wonder if someone is inside!?! I had been driving along and kept seeing signs that said in an emergency dial * FHP….so that is what I immediately thought to do….well, I got FHP on the cell, and they told me to hang up, and dial 911. Last night that is what I did, called 911, and the dispatcher relayed my call over to the WGPD instead of the FHP….I try, I do….lol! Mama Mia After the wrong way driver passed by us in the left lane next to us, I got on the phone, and called 911 to report him, and said he was going to kill someone! I told the dispatcher where we were, and I didn’t know if the driver was confused somehow or impaired. I was reporting it, and we were driving on, went through the toll booth, and soon was next to the new Florida Hospital Apopka, and was telling them probably where the wrong way driver might be as of right then. They relayed my call to the WGPD, then said, “no”, it is FHP, and relayed the call on to them. All I have to say is BE CAREFUL on the 429, as we drive it all the time, and this was a first for us, but we have seen all kinds of things regularly! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia April 26, 2018 at 9:33 am Mr. Smith goes to the City Council“Let me start by giving thanks to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who ordained this day. I thank God for Mr. Alonzo Williams, Jr. the 1st African American to serve on the Apopka City Council. Had there not been a first; there wouldn’t be a second or a third. To my Godfather, high school teacher, mentor and role model Mr. Billie Dean. Time will not permit me to say how thankful I am for your investment in my life. From coming to my mother’s house when I was in the fifth grade to give advice on my baby chicks that I had in my mom’s kitchen trying to keep warm; to my senior year in high school when you put me in your car and took me to Florida A & M University to attend college. Now just imagine; I, little old me; gets to sit in the seat where the two of you once sat. Thank you both for such a legacy! I can never forget those that paved the path for me to follow; I speak now of my grandmother, grandfather, mother and my father; who are all above looking down and smiling; (so my sisters say). They were instrumental in molding me early in life and I’m very appreciative. To my wife who has been supportive every step of the way. Allowing me to stay up late at night working on my campaign and taking off my glasses when I fell asleep. I hate to tell you, but a wise man once said: “don’t start something you’re not going to keep up” (there are more nights ahead). My family for all of their support from near and far. For their sacrifices and prayers along the journey.To Ms. Monique Morris, and you’ve heard me say it before; the hardest working Campaign manager/Treasurer this side of the Mississippi. For your commitment and dedication to this campaign! To the entire campaign team, thank you, thank you, and thank you for your time, talent and money. You remained focus and steadfast throughout the campaign. But remember as I have told you before, the task has just begun; don’t leave me now. To my Pastor, Rev. Dr. H.L. Dericho; thank you for believing in me, for your prayers and support all along the way. My church family; I love you and there is nothing you can do about it. My Dr. Phillips (High School) Family; you know our motto: “Never less than the Best”. Many of you know the story and I want to say thank you for your support and encouragement along the way. The journey is not over.Now to the most important individuals; the citizens of Apopka that I will serve. There are many of you that gave unselfishly of your finances to support me during the campaign. I will not begin to name you, but I want you to know that I’m appreciative for what you have done. There are those that supported me through the media in the paper or invited me to be on your talk show; what an experience! Pastors that allowed me to stand and speak to their congregations, I say thank you! I don’t take that lightly. Many of you have watched me from childhood, helped to nourish me into becoming the man I am today. My constant prayer is; ”Lord keep me humble, so you can use me in your service to others”.My pledge to be “a voice for all of the people” remains. No one individual can do this job alone. So, as I work along with and alongside our Mayor and fellow Commissioners; we will listen to your voices and grow our city in a responsible manner while maintaining the atmosphere that we all have come to love and the reason why we call Apopka home. We cannot stop growth, but we must be good stewards and manage growth to make sure the infrastructure is in place to support it. There is no such thing as a perfect city, but if we all come together as one and listen to one another we can get pretty close. Some of our citizens have been overlooked, taken for granted and even ignored too long. It’s time for us to embrace the true meaning of “One Apopka”. Every citizen has something to offer. Our city is rich in history and we have some of the proudest citizens you will find anywhere. Many hands, the lighter the load! A city divided against itself cannot stand. TEAM; leads to success!” April 26, 2018 at 9:29 am April 24, 2018 at 8:15 pm April 24, 2018 at 8:11 pm Please enter your name here I would have already posted from my laptop, but unfortunately our land line phone and internet connection has been out due to someone cutting the line by digging in our neighborhood. It has been out 2 days now, and still is not right, but useable for the internet, as of right now …our phone still has a loud roar in the phone line, and our phone shows up line in use, when it is not in use? If they don’t return tomorrow to work on it more, the next street over, I’ll have to contact the company and ask, “what is going on”??? The City Council Oath of Office Ceremony: Nelson, Nolan, and Smith begin their termsThe story of Apopka began a new chapter today.Before a capacity crowd of 500-plus friends, family, supporters, and elected officials, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, Commissioner Alice Nolan, and Commissioner Alexander H. Smith took their oaths-of-office to join Commissioners Doug Bankson and Kyle Becker on the Apopka City Council.The ceremony was held at the VFW/Apopka Community Center.After being sworn-in, each new Council member gave remarks to the crowd about their path to the City Council, and their hopes for the future of Apopka. Here are Nelson, Nolan, and Smith in their own words:Nelson became Apopka’s 24th mayor today “What a journey. I go back to my college days at the University of Florida where I met this lovely young lady who is now my wife. Growing up around the (Mayor John) Land family for decades I told them that what I wanted to do was come back to Apopka, marry a local girl, and I want to be an elected official somewhere. And so I needed to find an Apopka girl, but my wife is not from Apopka, she’s from Fort Myers and she had other thoughts about how that was going to turn out and she was right. We’ve been married for six campaigns and I couldn’t have done it without her. Someone in the room said if she had run against me I would’ve lost by 20 points.Many people have helped me in this campaign by waving signs and raising money, it’s just been an amazing journey and I couldn’t be more proud of them, but I’ll tell you, today I told people I didn’t perform like I should in the debate and the reason was I feel like there was pressure that you expected me to do a good job and I sure want to make you proud of me and I’ll need your help. I served in the state and county governments, but now it’s the real deal. You’ll see me at the local events, at McDonald’s and we’re doing a cleanup this weekend. I want to be available at all times and I want to be your mayor and I think we have an amazing commission, I couldn’t be more proud of the people I’ll be serving with. They have diverse backgrounds… we’ve got a great city Council. Please be patient. We’re going to get work get to work and we’ll make you proud of Apopka.”Nolan: “Apopka? Let’s get started working together”“Good Afternoon Apopka! You have heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child.  These words could not be truer for my life. My mother, being a single mom of three made everything out of nothing. She put every superhero to shame.  Her persistence to raise her children in a great community she valued help shape who I am today. As many of you know my family roots in Apopka run deep, my family settled in the Piedmont area in 1877. They continued to commit their lives to serve their community for seven generations.  I was fortunate to grow up in a community with a rich history that valued its future generations.  The many great leaders of Apopka such as the Lands, Arrowsmiths, Deans, Hoopers, Blackwelders, and Ustlers, and Love families and the many more that spent hours of their time and commitment into the future generations, I want to tell you thank you! We are here working in our community shaping it because of you.  Here I am standing in front of the great citizens of Apopka to humbly serve “you the people”.  I do not take this responsibility lightly, the many hours that those around me put into their community and the many hours I have worked side-by-side with them will only continue as I start my job as a public servant. I would like to thank every person who has helped me on my journey, who has given their valuable time, contributions and love.  I especially would like to thank my mother, sisters, family, and friends for their support and many hours of sacrifice you made for me.  I would like to thank my children for believing in me no matter what came across my desk and continues to come across my desk.  Lastly… to my husband Joe, words cannot give justice for all you do for our family and community.  Thank you for always being louder and more persistent than the doubts that crossed our path. And Apopka? Let’s get started working together! Thank you!” Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Didn’t the police look oh-so-good in their dress uniforms?!!!! Reply 11 COMMENTS That cake at the swearing-in ceremony, was very nicely decorated, and tasted great too. I have been looking at the topper, which was the City of Apopka logo, and now I am wondering, was that created to be edible too? If that was Aunt Gingibread’s handiwork, OMG, that is fantastic, that she can create something like that, the City of Apopka logo, that is soooo beautiful, detailed, smooth, and absolutely perfect!!! I am truly wowed!!! The Anatomy of Fear Reply Reply Mama Mia Reply Reply Reply Reply April 26, 2018 at 6:24 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia On another subject, the Regions branch bank at Rock Springs Road and Welch Road in Apopka, is closing their doors for good, as of Aug. 17th, 2018, and if you bank there, you can switch your accounts to one of the other Regions bank locations. The bank’s management, in corporate headquarters in Birmingham, AL, has decided that the closest Region branch, to this one on Welch Road, is the one on 436 in Apopka, and that it can serve both areas, instead of keeping both of the two branches open……I know a lot of the City of Apopka employees bank at the Rock Springs Road/Welch location. We got a letter from the bank, is how I know. Thought someone may not know……… Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

House Mosi / Nico van der Meulen Architects

first_imgHouse Mosi / Nico van der Meulen ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse Mosi / Nico van der Meulen Architects Save this picture!Courtesy of Nico van der Meulen Architects+ 30 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard South Africa “COPY” Houses Save this picture!Courtesy of Nico van der Meulen ArchitectsRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsLouvers / ShuttersRabel Aluminium SystemsElectric Folding Shading System – Rabel 14000Porcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionText description provided by the architects. House Mosi was commissioned to Nico van der Meulen Architects with an explicit plan: the final product had to match the owner specifications. All in all, the architects had to create a single-storey home with an urban feel to substitute the 1950’s feel of the old house and convert it into a timeless modern space with a unique flow. Rudolph van der Meulen of the celebrated South African architectural firm designed a plan with many alterations and additions to allow a sketch with four bedrooms and large entertaining areas. Large double volume spaces and flat roofs have been used in the alteration to keep vertical expansion in mind for the client’s future.Save this picture!Courtesy of Nico van der Meulen ArchitectsAs a result of an impeccable renovation, the house is divided into public and private spaces. These are divided by an internal water feature and a bridge that is used to enter the private areas of the home. The entrance hall and a study are so separated from the private home. To honour the owner’s wish of an urban and open feel, the interior and exterior entertaining areas have been blurred by sliding stacking doors that open up the whole facade.Save this picture!Courtesy of Nico van der Meulen ArchitectsEvery detail of the interiors of this home has been styled by M Square Lifestyle Necessities, so to create a perfect synergy between exterior and interior. Focusing on creating a liveable, relevant and expressive home, the large interior planes were perfectly balanced through the use of specifically chosen furniture and artwork, which were all used as visual statements. By using a neutral palette, a warm environment was created by bringing in touches of colour through rich and bold accessories and furnishings such as the Domino coffee table and bold flower pattern ottoman.Save this picture!Courtesy of Nico van der Meulen ArchitectsNatural wood elements articulate texture and depth; while essential to the welcoming ambience of the home, the correct styling enhances each room and brings the architectural design to a full and complete circle. The timeless grandeur of this home lies in its harmonious balance between warm textured finishes and vast neutral colour planes. Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessmodeLab Introduction to Processing Free WebinarArticlesRIBA’s ‘London Vauxhall – The Missing Link’ CompetitionArticles Share Architects: Nico van der Meulen Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  731 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY”center_img CopyHouses•Johannesburg, South Africa Projects ArchDaily House Mosi / Nico van der Meulen Architects Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2011 CopyAbout this officeNico van der Meulen ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasJohannesburgHouses3D ModelingSouth AfricaPublished on December 24, 2012Cite: “House Mosi / Nico van der Meulen Architects” 24 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ SandShowerhansgroheShowers – Raindance SelectWoodEGGERTimberSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – MarbleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Long-Span StructuresWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsHandlesKarcher DesignDoor Handle Madeira ER45Chairs / Benches / CouchesArperModular Sofa – LoopMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Mosi住宅 / Nico van der Meulen Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Food photos to raise funds for Action Against Hunger

first_imgFood photos to raise funds for Action Against Hunger Howard Lake | 11 November 2015 | News Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Awards corporate Digitalcenter_img Photos of food taken on a mobile phone and entered for an international food photography award will generate donations to Action Against Hunger.The ‘Food Sn-Apping’ category of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016 is accepting photos taken on mobile phones. For every photo entered to the category, £2 per entry will be donated to Action Against Hunger.The Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year awards is part of the Luke Johnson-backed venture, The Food Awards Company. The panel of judges is chaired by Jay Rayner (The One Show, Guardian, Radio 4) including David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer; Helene Dujardin, US food blogger; Krishna Pillai, Editor of Better Photography, and Rein Skullerud, Head of Photo Unit, World Food Programme.This is the first year that entries can be made by mobile phone. A £5,000 prize is on offer.  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Men’s basketball signs No. 1 JUCO prospect

first_imgFacebook + posts What to watch during quarantine ReddIt I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Facebook Robbie Vaglio Robbie Vaglio Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Twitter Yuat Alok is touted as the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the nation. Photo courtesy of Linkedin Robbie Vaglio Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitter ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Robbie Vaglio printTCU basketball head coach Jamie Dixon announced the signing of the No. 1 junior college prospect, Yuat Alok, Wednesday morning.Dixon said he hopes the forward from Aukland, New Zealand will make play a vital role in the upcoming season.“We are excited to welcome Yuat to TCU,” Dixon said. “He is long and athletic and can play multiple positions. With his shot-making, shot-blocking and passing ability, Yuat will be a key part of our team next season.”Alok competed on the New Zealand U-19 national team and chose TCU over Arizona State, Baylor, Florida, Louisiana State University and University of Southern California.Competing at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida, Alok averaged 12.3 points per game, seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Alok also proved to be reliable on offense, shooting 55 percent from the field, including 48 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the charity stripe in his sophomore season.Alok will join four TCU newcomers next season, Kaden Archie, Russell Barlow, Kendric Davis and Angus McWilliam. Previous articleHoroscope: April 11, 2018Next articleBluebonnet Circle to become more pedestrian-friendly Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Robbie Vaglio TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissedlast_img read more

Noteworthy breakthroughs in Central America ; Brazil vaults back into the top of the Index

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on Americas News News Americas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts to go further Organisation Reportscenter_img June 3, 2021 Find out more October 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Noteworthy breakthroughs in Central America ; Brazil vaults back into the top of the Index After Honduras in 2009, drained more than ever by the consequences of the coup d’état on the freedom to inform, the year’s most impressive changes concern three other Central American countries. Christian Poveda’s murder on 2 September 2009, at the beginning of the period considered, should logically have hurled El Salvador into the bottom of the Index. Yet the opposite occurred because of efforts undertaken and results obtained by Mauricio Funes’ government against impunity in this case. Even if the media (particularly those of the community) are not safe from threats, the absence of any aggression or serious acts of censorship are rocketing this reputedly dangerous country into an enviable position. A positive trend is also emerging in Guatemala, where results included no one killed, unlike in preceding years. Panama has taken an opposite direction, in an atmosphere growing increasingly tense between the media and the authorities. Three serious episodes explain this sudden drop. First, the detention – at the end of June and for nineteen days – of retired journalist Carlos Nuñez, on grounds of a conviction for “defamation and “insult” which happened twelve years earlier and of which he had not even been aware. Next, the harsh treatments inflicted in his cell on a photographer arrested because of a harmless negative. Lastly, the threats, accompanied by an expulsion procedure, which were imposed on Spanish journalist Paco Gómez Nadal, a critical columnist and defender of indigenous rights. During this time, neighbouring Costa Rica was still holding its position among the highest-ranked Latin American countries. Further to the north, the United States (50 states of the union) and Canada still occupy the continent’s best positions, but they lag behind some twenty other countries. The initial results of the Obama administration in terms of access to information are disappointing. Honduras brings up the rear in Central America, with a human track record comparable to that of Mexico, which is nonetheless slightly ahead of it, but followed, heading southward in the Index, by Colombia, where havoc caused by the country’s Administrative Department of Security (DAS) was accompanied by two murders of journalists (one of which involved a confirmed work-related motive). The situation is still tense in the Dominican Republic, where it is not healthy to be involved in corruption or drug trafficking, but it is becoming critical again in the Andean countries. Bolivia’s and Ecuador’s rankings have lost ground because of the violent acts, intimidations and blocked activities fostered by a pervasive climate of media-related political polarisation. The situation is affecting the state-owned, as well as privately owned, media. Peru has once again dropped some places because it still has not only a high incidence of assaults, but also of censorships ordered by high-ranking officials, and of abuses of process against the media. The same factors explain Venezuela’s new plunge, where the regime’s monopoly of the audiovisual terrestrial broadcast network and the excessive use of lengthy presidential speeches leaves little room for pluralism. Cuba gained several places after the wave of dissident releases – notably the “Black Springtime” of March 2003 – which began in July 2010. So far, five journalists remain imprisoned in the continent’s only state which does not recognise any independent media. If the regime has made some concessions on behalf of its political prisoners in exchange for forced exile, it still has not made any with regard to public freedoms. Persistent problems in the SouthThe other countries share some persistent problems – an over-concentration of media, economic disparities, local tensions, excessive number of legal proceedings, media coverage restrictions. Brazil can now be added to the countries with improved rankings already observed in the South Cone (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay). The Latin American giant owes its better position to a decline in incidents of serious violence – which had previously been undermining certain regions – and to some pledges to fight against impunity in certain affairs. It also owes its improved ranking to favourable legislative changes in matters relating to access of information and editorial freedom, such as the reaffirmation of the right to caricaturise in an election period. Lastly, Brazil is one of the world’s most active Internet communities. The situation there would be better still if preventive censorship measures were not being imposed on certain media outlets. News Americas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Need To Fix Timeline In Judges Appointments In The Constitutional Courts

first_imgColumnsNeed To Fix Timeline In Judges Appointments In The Constitutional Courts Dr. Lokendra Malik3 Feb 2021 12:02 AMShare This – x”Suppose you have reservations and send back the names to us, then we can reiterate or can look into your objections. But if you do not give comments for five months on a collegium recommendation, it is a matter of great concern,” a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told Attorney General K K Venugopal on Wednesday while hearing a Public…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?Login”Suppose you have reservations and send back the names to us, then we can reiterate or can look into your objections. But if you do not give comments for five months on a collegium recommendation, it is a matter of great concern,” a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told Attorney General K K Venugopal on Wednesday while hearing a Public Interest Litigation about the issue of delay in the judges’ appointment in the High Courts in the country. Many names for appointments to the High Courts of Bombay and Allahabad have been pending before the Ministry of Law and Justice since May 2020 and the government is not clearing those names. The Court also urged the central government to set a fixed timeline for clearing appointments of judges to the High Courts and the Supreme Court after receiving the recommendations of the Supreme Court collegium. It is said that around 189 names are pending with the government as of 31 December last year. In addition to this, the Court also said that all endeavors should be made to ensure appointments come through in a time-bound manner. The delay in the judicial appointments is indeed a matter of grave concern and the Court has rightly suggested to the government to fix a timeline to appoint the judges to the constitutional courts. India is the only country where judges are appointed by judges. This was not the intention of our founding fathers. They had given this power to the President who was required to appoint the judges in consultation with the Chief Justice of India. But now the situation is completely changed. As per the existing system, the Supreme Court collegium headed by the Chief Justice of India has the final say in the judicial appointments to the Supreme Court and the High Courts. Two senior-most judges of the Supreme Court also participate in the collegium proceedings while recommending the names of High Court judges. In the case of the appointment of a Supreme Court judge, four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court participate in the decision-making process along with the Chief Justice of India. The President of India, as advised by the government, can only ask the collegium to reconsider its recommendation once but if the collegium reiterates its recommendation the President will be bound to accept the same. The Constitution of India does not contain any provision of collegium system but the Supreme Court has created this unique mechanism on its own through the process of judicial interpretation in 1993 in the name of judicial independence. The Court has no power to amend the Constitution. This is the job of Parliament. Before 1993, the central government was very powerful in making judicial appointments to the constitutional courts. But now things have changed dramatically. However, the appointments of the judges are formally made by the President of India on the recommendation of the collegium and the proposals are processed through the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India. In the judicial appointments, the Union Cabinet does not come into the picture. These matters are handled by the Union Law Minister under the supervision and guidance of the Prime Minister who advises the President of India to approve the names of judges as per the constitutional provisions and business rules of the Government of India. As no timeline is prescribed by the Supreme Court in its judgments during which the central government is bound to clear the names of recommended persons as judges, this lacuna helps the central government to delay the judicial appointments if the government does not like such persons recommended by the collegium. The government cannot refuse to accept the recommendation of the collegium but it can certainly delay the appointment of the recommended person by using its numerous tactics. In 2014, the central government had punctured the appointment of Gopal Subramaniam, a brilliant lawyer, to the top court. Had his name been cleared at that time, he would have become the Chief Justice of India after a few years as per the seniority convention. Unfortunately, the Modi government is the most arrogant in the political history of India. It has the least regard for constitutional practices, conventions, dialogue, and democratic systems. It does not listen to the dissenting voices. It has even surpassed Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s government which was well-known for judicial supersessions and political arrogance. The Modi government’s ‘either my way or highway’ approach is known to all. The Supreme Court has also failed to control this government on many occasions. The government follows many tactics to delay the judicial appointments. After receiving the names from the collegium, the government seeks inputs from the Intelligence Bureau and other administrative agencies which are fully controlled by it. And this process takes time or can take more time if directed by the political masters. Not only the High Courts but also the names of some Supreme Court judges were also delayed deliberately. Justice K M Joseph’s appointment was also delayed for more than a year. The central government was not happy to process his name expeditiously because of some unknown reasons. The delay in appointments ultimately affects the seniority of the judges. This is indeed a bad practice. Notably, the issue of delay in judicial appointments has always been a burning issue. Many constitutional pundits have expressed their concerns on this issue and suggested prescribing a timeline to clear the names of recommended persons but no efforts have been made by the government to prescribe any such timeline despite the suggestions made by the Supreme Court on a few occasions. Recently, in a newspaper piece Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, an elite senior lawyer, and a Congress Party’s Rajya Sabha MP, expressed his genuine concerns about the delay in the judges’ appointments in these words: “Each time the executive plays favorites qua lists of prospective judicial appointees, exercising its powers of delay—examples of Justices K M Joseph and Akil Kureshi being only two out of many—judicial independence is compromised. Whenever the collegiums fail to immediately and within days reiterate its original recommendations, it allows the executive to go scot-free and emboldens future aberrations, apart from causing irreversible prejudice to the victim and sends a clear negative message to others exercising independence. The judiciary’s unassailable weapon that a reiterated recommendation has to be implemented, without executive discretion, should never be forgotten. A single contempt notice to the law secretary (alas never exercised) for the many motivated delays in clearing a reiterated recommendation would magically change perceptions.” (Hindustan Times, December 30, 2020). Dr. Singhvi’s above-mentioned suggestion to issue contempt notice seems impractical to me. It is not so easy to exercise contempt power in these kinds of administrative matters. What will the Supreme Court do if the law secretary files an affidavit before the Supreme Court and states that the matter is pending on the table of the President of India? Can the Supreme Court issue mandamus to the President to clear the appointments? I do not think so because the President holds immunity from the judicial proceedings as per Article 361 of the Constitution and the Court cannot direct him to clear the names of recommended persons. The President himself signs the warrants of appointment of the judges. The Court can only direct the government, not the President of India. So, the contempt notice is not a solution at all. These kinds of issues should be handled by the Chief Justice of India on the administrative side of the Supreme Court in consultation with the Attorney-General who can convey the views and concerns of the CJI to the Union Law Minister and the Prime Minister. The CJI can also write letters to the Union Law Minister and the Prime Minister to expedite the judicial appointments or can discuss these issues personally with them. Needless to say, the delay in the judicial appointments should be avoided. We need more judges in the High Courts as hundreds of vacancies are there. The Central Government should honour the recommendations of the Supreme Court collegium and should not sit on the recommendations for months or years. It should clear them timely so that the courts should act effectively. It should send the names back to the collegium for reconsideration if it has objections to some names. And if the collegium reiterates the names such appointments should be made without any delay. That is the clear message of the four Supreme Court judgments on the issue of judges’ appointments and the government is constitutionally bound to act as per the judgments of the court. The judicial appointments need to be made timely given the pending arrear of cases in the courts in the country. A mutually-agreed timeline should be prescribed to clear the judges’ appointments expeditiously.Views are personal.(Author is a practicing Lawyer at the Supreme Court of India)Next Storylast_img read more

Breaking: Gardaí seize €21,000 worth of suspected cocaine in Lifford

first_imgGardaí have seized approximately €21,000 worth of suspected cocaine following the search of a car in Lifford yesterday. The seizure was made shortly after 5.30pm on Tuesday when Gardaí attached to the Donegal Divisional Drugs Unit stopped a car travelling in the area.A search was conducted and during the course of this, a quantity of cocaine (pending analysis) valued at €20,000 was detected and seized.A follow up search of a house in Mannorcunningham was conducted and a further quantity of suspected cocaine was seized.One man in his mid-30s was arrested in connection with this seizure. He was detained at Letterkenny Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.He has since been charged in connection with this matter and will appear before a sitting of Letterkenny District Court this morning. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – April 14, 2021 Pinterestcenter_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleCovid ‘outbreak’ at Letterkenny University Hospitals Maternity DeptNext articleHoops boss expects Derry to move up the table News Highland Google+ Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Breaking: Gardaí seize €21,000 worth of suspected cocaine in Lifford Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more