Fernández Leal 62 / Raúl Peña A. Architects

first_img “COPY” Fernández Leal 62 / Raúl Peña A. Architects Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/502936/fernandez-leal-62-raul-pena-a-architects Clipboard Photographs:  Courtesy of Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Raúl Peña AriasSave this picture!Courtesy of Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Raúl Peña AriasText description provided by the architects. The house is located in La Conchita neighborhood in the traditional district of Coyoacán. Basically, the house has been resolved in a T scheme; the basement and three levels belong to the main body and a double height glazed space to an appendix.Save this picture!Floor PlanThis four bedroom house program has got a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, a half bath and two open studios. In addition, the house has a guest room with its own bathroom located in the basement and a service area with bedroom and bathroom, laundry room, machine room in the third floor, 2 staircases connect every space. All developed in a total area of ​​490 sqm.Save this picture!Courtesy of Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Raúl Peña AriasThe land where the house is placed has a lot area of ​​488 sqm and 1.5 sqm lower lever down the street.Save this picture!Courtesy of Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Raúl Peña AriasAll the structure has been solved with I steel beams. They create a set of rigid frames and turn almost all the walls as divisors, except those of white concrete in the garden floor level.Save this picture!SectionAll exterior walls are white concrete. It is important to note that these side walls are attached to the metal frame, allowing depth and provide rigidity.Save this picture!Courtesy of Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Raúl Peña AriasThe structure of the double height room is supported by circular section columns creating a trapezoidal prism. The access to the mezzanine is by a wooden and steel staircase and a metal and timber bridge that connect both spaces. The windows have been fixed with a vertical pattern of asymmetric angles (6 “x 4”) providing verticality to the house. Both the dining room and the kitchen have one height and a half level because of its position beside the garden.Save this picture!Courtesy of Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Raúl Peña AriasTo provide balance to the white concrete, floors on the ground facing the garden were designed in black matte slate.Save this picture!Courtesy of Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Raúl Peña AriasTo balance out the coldness of the steel in matt black, the division screens and the mezzanine floor are made of natural pine wood unvarnished. Except for some slabs that have been left in white concrete, there are some covered with white plaster ceiling for recessed led luminaries.Save this picture!Courtesy of Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Raúl Peña AriasAnother difference in the concrete walls is that unlike the interior the facade was finished with shuttering hardwood board to match the textures of the timber screens.Save this picture!ElevationFinally the house is intended to be raw but no so stern to live in.Project gallerySee allShow less2014 RIBA London AwardsArchitecture NewsSchool of Economics and Business Diego Portales University / Rafael Hevia + Rodrigo …Selected Projects Share Mexico Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/502936/fernandez-leal-62-raul-pena-a-architects Clipboard “COPY” Area:  490 m² Area:  490 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs CopyHouses•Mexico City, Mexico ArchDaily 2014 CopyAbout this officeRaúl Peña A. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Fernández Leal 62 / Raúl Peña A. ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFernández Leal 62 / Raúl Peña A. Architects Houses 2014 Year:  Save this picture!Courtesy of Alberto Moreno Guzmán, Raúl Peña Arias+ 30 Share Architects: Raúl Peña A. Architects Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

RBS and Legal Partners Embark on a Golfing Marathon to Raise Funds for Air Ambulance

first_img June 2008 – Early this week, top law partners joined The Royal Bank of Scotland (“RBS”) staff on a ‘100 holes in one day’ Golfing Marathon at the Badgemore Park Golf Club in Henley-on-Thames to raise funds for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.Team members for the Golfing Marathon were made up of eight RBS employees, all part of the Property Structured Finance division of the bank, as well as top law partners from firms Stephenson Harwood, Addleshaw Goddard, S. J. Berwin and Denton Wilde Sapte.During the Golfing Marathon, players had to complete 100 holes, without the aid of trolleys or buggies, in one day. This is the equivalent of 5.6 rounds of a regular game of golf. Teeing off at 4:15am and finishing just before 10pm, the team walked over 26 miles to complete the challenge.The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust provides a helicopter emergency service for the counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This is a valuable part of the 999 service but receives no funding from the NHS and relies entirely on sponsorship, donations and fundraising activities. The charity has saved countless lives since it was established in June 1999 and has flown nearly 9,666 missions to dateLyn Paver, Chief Executive, The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, said:“We are delighted to hear that so much was raised at the event. To have such support validates the work of the Charity and the crew in our wish to keep this vital life-saving service going. Because we receive no funding from the Government or the Lottery it means every penny literally will help to keep us flying. We are very grateful to the RBS team and hope they are not too tired for another round of golf in the near future!”Commenting on the day, Patrick Walton, Associate Director, Property Structured Finance at RBS, added:“The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance is an amazing charity that makes a real difference to thousands of people’s lives. I am absolutely thrilled to have taken part in this challenge and to share this experience with such a dedicated and talented golfing team. It was the longest game of golf in my life, but well worth it! Thankfully the 101st hole proved less challenging.”– ENDS –For further information please contact:Nina DiringerMedia Manager, The Royal Bank of ScotlandTel: + 44 (0) 7769 956 851Email: [email protected] to Editors• The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (“RBS”) is one of the world’s leading financial services companies providing a range of retail and corporate banking, financial markets, consumer finance, insurance, and wealth management services. RBS Group operates in over 50 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East serving more than 40 million customers and employing more than 170,000 people. In addition to the provision of a full range of banking services under The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest brands, RBS Group also includes ABN AMRO, Citizens Financial Group, Ulster Bank, Coutts Group, Direct Line and Churchill.• RBS Property Structured Finance Team included: Neil Rudge, Stuart Cruickshank, Lee Franklin, Barrie Davison, Ian Arnold, Peter McClay, Barry O’Driscoll and Patrick Walton.• Partners from law firms Stephenson Harwood, Addleshaw Goddard, S. J. Berwin and Denton Wilde Sapte included: Richard Light, James Salford, Stuart Brinkworth and James Linforth; we were also assisted on the day by Joey Wong Thomas who generously acted as support throughout the challenge. Howard Lake | 5 June 2008 | News Tagged with: corporate Events RBS and Legal Partners Embark on a Golfing Marathon to Raise Funds for Air Ambulance  67 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

Assemblymember Holden’s Upward Mobility Act of 2021 Passes First Policy Committee

first_img Subscribe Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 37 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Today, Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation, the Upward Mobility Act of 2021, Assembly Bill 105 that addresses barriers to upward mobility and inclusion for people of color working in California’s civil services system passed the Assembly Committee on Public Employment and Retirement.“Upward mobility is integral to achieving racial justice, and we should be setting the example,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “The existing systems in place at our own state agencies fail to create inclusive workplace environments, and hinder qualified individuals to move on up within their department simply based on the color of their skin.”Data from the California Department of Human Resources reports shows that the majority of Non-White civil service personnel are paid a salary in the “$40,000 and below” range, but when the salary range increases, the percentage of Non-White civil servants moving into management positions decreased. The exact opposite takes place for White civil servants.The Sacramento Bee has published a series of letters written on behalf of Black employees working at state agencies such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with detailed accounts of how Black employees are passed up for promotions over White employees. The problem, however, is not limited upward mobility. In early November, three Black employees at the California Office of Publishing found racial slurs written on cards at their desk.“We already mandated the private sector to do their part. It’s high time for the state to step up and do theirs,” said Holden.AB 105 requires diversity on all state boards and commissions that have volunteers. The bill would also reform processes that hinder upward mobility for people of color in the civil service system, giving attention to compliance, the appeals process, and annual parity goals for upward mobility.In September 2020, California took a bold step to address racial inequity in the private sector when Governor Newsom signed AB 979 (Holden) that requires diversity on corporate boards of corporations based in California – a policy that will help drive upward mobility for people of color.AB 105 will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.Specifically AB 105 would:• Require the California State Personnel Board (SPB) to establish a process that includes diversity and best practices in each aspect of the design, announcement, and administration of examinations for the establishment of employment lists.• The bill provides that the Department of Human Resources (CalHR) may develop model upward mobility goals to include race, gender, and LGBTQ as factors to the extent permissible under state and federal equal protection laws.• Require that CalHR submit within its annual workforce analysis and census report all of the adverse actions taken by departments against employees. It calls for the report to include the type of adverse action, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, if available. The goal is to see if there are patterns of discrimination in the departments. HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Government Assemblymember Holden’s Upward Mobility Act of 2021 Passes First Policy Committee STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 3:08 pm Top of the News Community Newslast_img read more

Telangana HC Warns State Govt. Of Contempt For Failing To Comply With Order Of COVID-Testing Of Dead Bodies Released By Hospitals [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesTelangana HC Warns State Govt. Of Contempt For Failing To Comply With Order Of COVID-Testing Of Dead Bodies Released By Hospitals [Read Order] Mehal Jain10 Jun 2020 4:50 AMShare This – xPerusing the compliance report of the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, the Telangana High Court on Monday observed that the state government’s report is absolutely silent on the issue whether the dead bodies being released from hospitals are duly tested for the presence of Coronavirus or not. “According to the Media Reports, the testing of the dead bodies is not being…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?LoginPerusing the compliance report of the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, the Telangana High Court on Monday observed that the state government’s report is absolutely silent on the issue whether the dead bodies being released from hospitals are duly tested for the presence of Coronavirus or not. “According to the Media Reports, the testing of the dead bodies is not being carried out”, stated the Chief Justice-led bench. It was argued before the division bench by the Advocate General that the Order, dated 26.05.2020, emphatically directing the Health Department to so test all dead bodies, has been challenged by the State before the Supreme Court. “It is, indeed, trite to state that if the directions issued by this Court are not implemented by the respondents, this Court eventually would have no other option, but to issue contempt notice to the respondents for their intentional, and wilful disobedience of the orders passed by this Court. This statement is being made as a warning to the respondents, not to ignore the directions of this Court. For, neither the majesty of the law nor the majesty of the High Court, can be ignored by the respondents”, the Court admonished the state. The bench noted that the Advocate General has frankly conceded that the directions issued by this Court have not been stayed by the Supreme Court, so far. “Since the directions have not been stayed by the Apex Court, the State Government is duty bound to carry out the directions. After all, these directions have been issued in order to protect the people of the State from the menace of COVID-19. Until and unless the dead bodies are duly tested for the presence of corona virus, and until and unless the true facts and figures are revealed to the public, through the Media Bulletins issued by the Government on a daily basis, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to curtail. and to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the State”, reprimanded the High Court. It continued to observe that in the absence of relevant data, as pointed out by different guidelines issued by the ICMR, the spread of the disease would be unknown to the Medical Department, and to the State Government. “Such ignorance would prevent the Government from formulating the correct and necessary policies for tackling COVID- 19 in the near future”, said the bench. Moreover, it cautioned that unless the correct figures are published for the information of the general public, people would have a mis-impression that COVID-19 has been reduced to the extent that they can disregard the safety measures prescribed by the Central Government, and the State Governments. “If the guards are down, more people will become vulnerable to COVID-19”, said the bench, stressing that it is imperative that all the directions issued by this Court are religiously and zealously implemented by the Health Department. A bare perusal of the Report, along with the Media Bulletin issued by the Government on a daily basis clearly revealed to the bench that the factual position is not being divulged to public at large. “For, according to the Report, the number of positive cases as on 02.06.2020 are 239, yet according to the Media Bulletin dated 02.06.2020, and Media Bulletin dated 03.06.2020, the number of positive cases is 87 for 02.06.2020, and 121 for 03.06.2020. According to the Report, Pahadishareef falling within the Ranga Reddy District shows 32 positive cases, and Aziz Nagar also falling within Ranga Reddy District shows 5 positive cases. However, the Media Bulletin dated 02.06.2020 shows that in the Ranga Reddy District, there are only 7 positive cases”, the bench pointed out the discrepancy. Further, in the Order dated 26.05.2020, this Court had clearly opined that the availability of different medical equipments, such as PPE Kits, N-95 Masks, Surgeon/3-ply Masks, Sanitisers, Examination Gloves, and Surgical Gloves, which were shown as existing in the “stocks” is not a relevant factor. What is relevant is to know the distribution of all these items for the benefit of medical staff in each hospital dealing with COVID- 19 patients. “This Court had hoped that the relevant information would be revealed in the present Report. However, the Report merely indicates the availability of these items in the “stocks” as on 02.06.2020. Merely because the Report claims that there are 7,21,039 PPE Kits available in the State and District Stores, is not heartening, but what is important to know is the number of PPE Kits being distributed in each hospital to the Doctors, and the medical staff”, said the bench. It reflected that Recently, the Media Bulletin indicates that even the Medical Doctors are falling victims to COVID-I9. According to one Report, 72 Doctors have come down with COVID-19. Consequently, 400 medical staff members should be quarantined. “Needless to say that this is an alarming number. Therefore, it is imperative that all the protective equipment should be distributed not only amongst the Doctors, but also amongst the other medical staff dealing with COVID-19 patients”, required the Court. By order, dated 26.05.2020, this Court had also directed the State to carry out random testing, and community testing. On Monday, it was informed that they are yet to commence as the State Government has placed an order for 25,000 kits, and until and unless these kits are received by the Medical Department, “random testing”, and “community testing” cannot be initiated. The Court, accordingly, ordered the Director to give the complete facts, and the critical figures with regard to the number of COVID- 19 positive cases based on the numbers of testing carried out within the State from 26.05.2020 till 07.06.2020. He is further directed to ensure that the Media Bulletin issued daily by the Government states the correct tacts. and figures, and that the relevant facts mentioned therein must not only be publishcd in the Media Bulletin, but must also be published in the regional papers “so that the people are well aware of the extent and dangers of COVID-19”. “If the directions issued by this Court are not followed, this Court will hold Dr. Srinivasa Rao (the Director) personally liable, along with the Principal Secretary, Medical and Health Department, for the disobedience of the directions issued by this Court”, was the stern stand of the Court. The Advocate General was directed to inform this Court whether the Government is planning to designate hospitals in other towns in the State as earmarked for treatment for COVID- I 9, or not? In case, such hospitals have been earmarked, the list of the sarne should be provided to this Court. The Advocate General is also required to submit the information with regard to the establishment of the mobile labs, and with regard to the private testing labs, which are permitted to operate throughout the State. He is further ordered to furnish the information with regard to the present testing in the private hospitals in the Cities of Hyderabad, and Secunderabad. Finally, the Government is directed to publicise the names and addresses, along with the telephone numbers of the private labs, or the private hospitals, where the testing for COVID-19 is permitted, and is being carried out, for the information of the general public.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Andhra Pradesh HC Reserves Judgment On PILs Challenging YSRCP Govt Move To Review Various Decisions Of TDP Govt

first_imgNews UpdatesAndhra Pradesh HC Reserves Judgment On PILs Challenging YSRCP Govt Move To Review Various Decisions Of TDP Govt LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Sep 2020 5:40 AMShare This – xThe Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday reserved judgment on petitions challenging the Government Orders passed by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy-led government to review and scrutinize various decisions taken by the previous government of Telugu Desom Party led by Chandra Babu Naidu.A single bench of Justice DVSS Somajayulu reserved judgment on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions filed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday reserved judgment on petitions challenging the Government Orders passed by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy-led government to review and scrutinize various decisions taken by the previous government of Telugu Desom Party led by Chandra Babu Naidu.A single bench of Justice DVSS Somajayulu reserved judgment on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions filed by Varla Ramaiah, a Politburo member of TDP, and Alapati Rajendra Prasad, who was formerly a state minister and an MLA.The petitioners challenged the constitutionality of two government orders, namely G.O.Rt No.1411 dated 26.06.2019 and G.O Rt No.344 dated 21.02.2020, passed by the Government to review major policies, programmes, projects and key administrative decisions of the previous government during its term from 2nd June, 2014 to April, 2019.As per the Government Order passed in February 2020, the government constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to carry out investigation under the provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure Code with respect to the decisions under the scanner.Senior Advocates VV Ramana and Veera Reddy, appearing for the petitioners, submitted that a successor government has no power to undertake a “blanket and roving” enquiry into the decisions of the previous government. It was argued that the executive of the state has no inherent or residual power under the constitutional scheme to make such an enquiry. The government is an entity with continuity, irrespective of the ruling party, and the decisions cannot be changed merely on account of a change of the party in power.The petitioners further argued that no particular instance of corruption or colossal loss has been pointed out by the government. There is no complaint of corruption or general loss caused due to the previous government’s decisions. A blanket order to review all previous decisions therefore untenable. It was contended that there cannot a general and roving enquiry into all decisions of the previous government, without any particular instance or corruption. Since there is no complaint, a Special Investigation Team cannot be constituted, they submitted. The decision to constitute SIT to investigate into all decisions of the previous government without any particular instance of crime is untenable. Police officers cannot investigate policy decisions.”To start an investigation, there should be an offence and should be a complaint. Admittedly, no crime has been registered so far. So, the constitution is SIT is absurd. This is like putting the cart before the horse”, the petitioners argued.It was the petitioners’ argument that the government orders were passed with mala-fides to wreak vengeance on the TDP.Defending the government orders, Advocate General, Subrahmanyam Sriram, submitted that there is no absolute rule that a government cannot review the decisions of its predecessor.”A successor government cannot blink its eye at the illegalities committed by the predecessor government”, he submitted.It was submitted that the government orders were passed on the basis of a report of the sub-committee of the Cabinet and a direction of the Speaker, and therefore had strong factual foundations.The affidavit filed by the Government stated that the sub-committee found several irregularities in various projects and decisions, such as the CRDA land project.  It was submitted that the Committee found several manipulations in the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) to benefit persons close to the previous ruling party.”The cabinet sub-committee have submitted its first report which was related to various procedural, legal and financial irregularities and fraudulent transactions concerned with various projects, including the issue related to the land in the CRDA region and recommended that responsibility for the commissions and omissions mentioned in brief are to be fixed as early as possible and also recommended the government to initiate appropriate steps under the civil and criminal laws to bring the wrongdoers to book in the larger interest and future of the State”, the affidavit filed on behalf of the government stated.The affidavit further stated that a SIT was constituted to investigate into various allegations in relation to the projects, and that the SIT has been notified as a “police station” in the exercise of the powers under Section 2(e) of the CrPC.The Government asserted that these actions are well within the executive powers.”The power to constitute such committee emanates from the executive power of the state to govern in accordance with law and each of the findings which have been tendered by the cabinet sub-committee point to a prima facie case of criminal law implications in the decisions arrived at during the relevant point of time”, the government said.The Advocate General submitted that the petitioners have no locus standi to file the petition as they cannot be said to be personally aggrieved with the decisions.In response, the petitioners submitted that the sweep of the GOs are not against any particular persons and they can fall on the head of any person. The GOs are vague, loosely worded and of sweeping nature, the said. “When there is no specific targeted person, there cannot be a specific aggrieved party. So, a PIL challenging the GOs is maintainable”, the petitioners submitted.  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Washington state legislature approves bill to get more free meals into schools

first_imgSDI Productions/iStock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) — Washington state students will soon have more access to free meals at school.Last week, the state’s senate passed legislation known as the “Hunger-Free Schools,” which would give schools federal funding for breakfast and lunch programs if it has a high percentage of students that meet the requirements of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). State Rep. Marcus Riccelli, who introduced the bill in the Washington House of Representatives, said several Washington schools have tried to qualify but weren’t successful. The bill would direct the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to examine participation plans, determine which ones would qualify for CEP and require those schools to apply for the federal dollars.“We can utilize existing resources at the federal level to qualify more students for free breakfast and lunch so no child is lunch shamed or made to go without,” he said in a statement in February after the Washington House passed the bill.Riccelli says 15 Washington schools, including three in the Spokane area, his district, would receive the federal funding under the measure. About 7,200 students would receive the free meals, he said.The “Hunger-Free Schools” bill is one of many similar bills introduced in state legislatures that are aimed at combating lunch shaming in school cafeterias. Some school districts have instated policies that penalize and humiliate students who can’t pay for their meals, such as requiring them to do chores or prohibiting them from extracurricular activities.The U.S. Agriculture Department introduced a proposal that would restrict Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which would result in 982,000 students ineligible for free meals. That rule change is still pending. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Starbucks reports loss for last financial year

first_imgStarbucks UK has posted a £30.4m loss after tax, for the full year to 30 September 2012, in its latest accounts filed at Companies House.The coffee chain had previous filed a £32.8m loss in 2011. Total sales increased by 3.9% to £413m, compared to the same period in 2011.Despite this, Starbucks said like-for-like sales had continued to grow over the period, in part down to the introduction of its new standard coffee in its most popular espresso-based drinks. It also relaunched its new loyalty card programme, and continued to invest in store refurbishments across the estate.It said the UK still remain a challenging trading environment, but that it would “continue to reshape the business to drive it towards the profitability over the long term”.The company added that it planned to grow revenue and profits in existing stores and other channels, “to add new stores through a disciplined approach, and to introduce relevant new products”. It also plans to create 5,000 new jobs over the next five years.Licensed store numbers grew by 17 to 145, and drive-thru outlets by 11, with the chain stating it expected growth in both these formats to continue in 2013.The total number of company owned stores reduced by 14 to 593, “as we continue to rebalance the store portfolio towards more profitable locations”, it said.Following the media coverage of the chain, and its lack of tax contributions, the company confirmed its intention to start paying tax in the UK. “In December 2012, despite the lack of taxable income, the company made a public commitment to pay corporation tax by not deducting certain related party expenditure for tax purposes in our 2012 tax computation,” said the firm.last_img read more

Find a Lucky Clover

first_imgNobody knows what the fourth leaf is for, Thomas said. Maybe it’s just for luck. “She taught me how to find a four-leaf clover,” said the horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia Extension Service. “Her techniques on how to collect them havebeen passed down from generation to generation. It’s great fun to do.” “Brush over an unmowed colony of clover with the flat of your hand,” he said. “Thethree-leaf clovers will swing up slowly while the four-leaf clovers will spring up rightbehind your hand. Try it. You’ll be surprised how well it works.” When Paul Thomas was 10 years old, his grandmother told him a secret. The second method is based on the fact that four-leaf clover stems are more vigorousthan three-leaf stems. The stems are thicker so they respond differently to slightbending. In fact, Thomas has two methods. The first one involves a trained eye.center_img Clovers have a slight white line in the heart of each leaf. Viewed from above, the whitelines on the leaves of a three-leaf clover form a triangle. The lines on a four-leaf cloverform a square. This technique works best on frequently mowed patches of clover. Four-leaf clovers started popping up around the end of February, with the highestpopulations in May and June. They’ll stay around until the end of July. A few pop upagain in October. “Four-leaf clovers are probably a genetic variation,” Thomas said. “But they’re alsosensitive to stress. Clover thrives in cool, wet conditions. But not in Georgia’s summerheat. Four-leaf clovers are commonly found where clover grows best.” “Just stand over a patch of clovers and tell your eyes to look for squares only,” he said.”You can scan large areas quickly. After a bit of practice, squares start jumping out atyou.”last_img read more

Ex-Nassau Cop Admits to Killing Wife Upstate

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Nassau County police officer has admitted to killing his 65-year-old wife in their upstate New York home where he spent the weekend with her body before his arrest last year.Charles Wilkinson pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter in Saratoga County court. He was originally charged with second-degree murder.Prosecutors have said that the 69-year-old ex-cop killed his wife, Kathleen, “during a physical domestic dispute” in June 2014 and then “continued to live in the house over the weekend while his wife lay deceased in the bedroom.”Deputies from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office made the discovery at the couple’s Malta home when authorities were called to check the condition of the victim, who had not been heard from in several days.Investigators later determined that the woman had been fatally strangled.Prosecutors offered Wilkinson the plea deal because psychiatrists determined he was emotionally disturbed, according to The Associated Press.He is scheduled to be sentenced July 23 to 15 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.Wilkinson, who retired in 1984, collected a pension of more than $33,000 last year, records show.last_img read more

Hug your haters: How to respond to unhappy members on social media

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It happens—often—member complaints. In handling Facebook pages for over 26 credit unions, we see it far more than we would like. Sometimes it’s a legitimate issue like a debit card that isn’t working. Other times, it’s a member who was turned down for a loan who wants to blow off some steam. Some days, someone (not the credit union) just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Whatever the reason, there’s always the question about how we should respond.Have you heard “Advertising is a tax paid for being unremarkable?” It is credited to Robert Stephens, the founder of the computer and electronics repair company, Geek Squad. In a recent Huffington Post article, Troy Nwazor added, “Too many businesses care too little about retention, and place much emphasis on outbound marketing and the attraction of new customers.” Sadly, the same goes for credit unions way too often.Nwazor then had some great advice for brands dealing with social complaints, “Hug your haters.” When you do, often you can turn a bad situation into a positive experience, which members want to share with their friends. For example, last Sunday, we received a message via Facebook from a member who was obviously quite nervous about a big date, only to be compounded with a debit card that wasn’t working. continue reading »last_img read more