The United Basalt Products Ltd ( HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgThe United Basalt Products Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about The United Basalt Products Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The United Basalt Products Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The United Basalt Products Ltd (  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileThe United Basalt Products Limited operates in two segments which are building materials and agriculture, to manufacture, retail and sell building materials in Mauritius. The company’s core products include aggregates, rocksand, hollow concrete blocks, precast concrete slabs and ready-to-use dry mortars. The United Basalt Products Limited also provides various concrete building components, such as paving-blocks and roof tiles, imported floor and wall tiles, and sanitary ware as well as home building and decorating products, fittings, tools, and garden accessories. The Agriculture segment deals in the cultivation of sugarcane, plants and landscaping services. The United Basalt Products Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Decatur church’s solar panels help clear the air and balance…

first_imgDecatur church’s solar panels help clear the air and balance the books The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Environment & Climate Change Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID center_img Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Belleville, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA By Don PlummerPosted Jun 24, 2015 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Advocacy Peace & Justice, Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta] In response to Pope Francis’ recent call for “all people of goodwill” to mitigate human-induced climate change and respond to environmental degradation members of Georgia’s faith leadership and scientific and environmental communities gathered at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church to support his historic message.“The Pope’s clarion places high importance on lifting up the world’s most vulnerable populations, who will be the worst impacted by a changing climate and environmental pollution,” said the Rev. Daniel Dice. The Decatur church was chosen because it recently installed solar panels, Dice said.Rev. Kate Mosley, executive director, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, said environmental pollution disproportionately affects those with the fewest resources.“In Georgia, the youngest, oldest, and poorest will shoulder the worst effects of poor air quality from the same fossil fuel infrastructure shown to drive climate chaos,” Mosley said. The interfaith leaders and environmental advocates called for stewardship of Georgia’s natural heritage and swift response from state and federal leadership to protect critical clean air safeguards.The solar panels on the roof of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church make  both financial and ecological sense, Dice said. They will provide a consistent revenue stream for the small congregation, but taking a stand for the ecology is equally important.“Any energy that can be produced with a negative carbon footprint helps,” Dice said.  “If the problem seems like an ocean too big to combat, just think of that the ocean simply as a collection of drops. With this drop, St. Timothy’s strives to be a part of the change.”St. Timothy’s, formed in 1898, is accustomed to facing challenges. After a period of decline due to white flight the church’s neighborhood rebounded as it became home to Caribbean immigrants. St. Timothy embraced the newcomers and the congregation now combines the best of Episcopalian traditions with Southern American experiences and the vibrancy of Caribbean Anglicanism.St. Timothy’s outreach is especially important to the disenfranchised of diverse backgrounds in the community.The church has a vibrant choral ministry, now planning its third international tour, and a dedicated outreach program, including feeding hundreds of people each month through the food pantry.One of the parish’s newest and most exciting projects is its focus on the stewardship of the earth.Dice said the congregation’s environmental ministry was taken up as penance for prior abuses of the land: “’Accept our repentance, Lord, for our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us.’ As temporary caretakers of this planet, every decision we make impacts the quality of air, water, and earth our children’s children will have.”Earlier this year, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church was able to install approximately $200,000 worth of solar panels zero cost to the parish through the Advanced Solar Initiative, a Federal Program originally signed into law by President George W. Bush.St. Timothy’s solar panels were installed by Hannah Solar, LLC, of Atlanta.  Pete Marte, Hannah Solar CEO said his company is one of the fastest growing certified solar energy companies in Georgia.St. Timothy’s long term agreement with Hannah Solar will deliver meaningful energy production with environmental benefits.  By selling the clean energy produced at St. Timothy’s back to the grid, the photovoltaic array atop St. Timothy’s will also help financially support the church’s mission and ministry to its  community.“The Holy Spirit’s work in us leads us as faithful consumers and investors in a global economy to make responsible choices to reduce energy use, carbon emissions, and the wasteful consumption of water and other natural resources,” Dice said. “We have the resources and responsibility to act together for the common good, especially for those most vulnerable to the effect of climate change.”– Don Plummer works in media and community relations in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.  TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab last_img read more

What we’re reading: Trump v. Cohen

first_imgTwitter Linkedin Black, Latinx communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 Cristian Arguetasoto Facebook ReddIt Website| + posts What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Cristian Arguetasoto Cristian is a senior Journalism major and Studio Art minor at TCU. He is a Managing Editor at TCU360. He enjoys landscape photography and learning new photo techniques. Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Cristian Arguetasoto printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “Daily Beast” to “The Huffington Post.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we’ve got news on President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Michael Cohen’s testimony against Trump that is set to take place on Wednesday morning, possible witness tampering and more.President Trump and Kim Jong Un summit in HanoiTrump and Kim are set to meet in Hanoi, Vietnam on Wednesday morning. The first day of the summit will be focused on nuclear weapons. Trump plans to denuclearize North Korea.“I think it’ll be very successful,” Trump said while Kim said he is sure of an outcome that will be welcomed by all people.This is the first face-to-face contact the two have had since they met last summer in Singapore. Trump told Kim that ceasing nuclear weapon production could bring economic assistance for North Korea,a country that has “unbelievable, unlimited potential.”Back at home, Trump is under fire. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen is expected to testify allege “criminal conduct” against Trump on Wednesday morning.The president said he plans to hold a news conference after Thursday’s meetings with the North Korean leader.President Trump’s former attorney to testify against himMichael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, plans to testify against Trump in front of the House Oversight Committee Wednesday morning.Cohen is expected to talk about Trump’s alleged “criminal conduct” as stated in the leaked copy of his opening statement where he called Trump a racist.In the leaked copy of his opening statement, Cohen said that Trump threatened him to intimidate his former schools into not releasing his grades or SAT scores, is a blatant racist and that he has “the worst judgement of anyone in the world.”Cohen will speak in front of the committee Wednesday. You can tune in to your preferred media outlet to watch the hearing live.Floridian representative accused of possible witness tampering Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter is calling for the arrest of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), accusing him of witness tampering amidst the news of Michael Cohen’s plan to testify against President Trump.Gaetz tweeted at Cohen hours before his hearing allegedly threatening to reveal personal information to Cohen’s family.Painter, former President George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer, accused Gaetz of witness tampering, a federal crime, and called for his arrest.“I should have chosen words that better showed my intent,” Gaetz said after he deleted his original tweet. “I’m sorry.”Walter Shaub, the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under President Barack Obama, also accused Gaetz of witness intimidation citing statutes.A tweet in which a sitting member of Congress tries his hand at witness intimidation:— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) February 26, 2019See 18 U.S.C. §§ 1512(b), 1515(a)(1)(B).— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) February 26, 2019That’s all we have for today. Check back soon for more. Cristian Arguetasoto TCU to research its history with racism, slavery and the Confederacy What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit COVID-19 cases prompt TCU to postpone home opener against football rival SMU Cristian Arguetasoto ReddIt Community Commons gives students place to go to leave their rooms Facebook Previous articleTCU falls in heartbreaker at West Virginia in triple overtime, 104-96Next articleMain water pipe floods Moudy plaza Cristian Arguetasoto RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitterlast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders condemns bombing of Iraqi national TV building in Baghdad

first_img News March 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns bombing of Iraqi national TV building in Baghdad Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the bombing of the Iraqi national TV building in Baghdad during the night of 25-26 March, which put it off the air for a short time.”Military bombing must be limited to strictly military targets,” warned Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard.  “The Americans cite the Geneva Conventions when it comes to pictures of US prisoners of war in Iraq but then immediately forget them when they bomb a TV building which is civil property and therefore protected under those conventions.”In 2001, the US army bombed the offices of Al-Jazeera in Kabul.  It should be careful not to give the impression of routinely targeting media that oppose it.”The extent of the damage to the Iraqi TV building was not known because Iraqi officials kept journalists away from it.  The station resumed broadcasting 45 minutes after the bombing.  However, Shehab TV, the youth channel run by President Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday, went off the air after the bombing, leaving only the Iraqi national TV and the satellite channel broadcasting.US officials said the attack on the TV building was aimed at knocking out President Hussein’s means of communicating with the Iraqi people and army, citing the broadcast this week of pictures of US prisoners of war and bloody corpses of what the Iraqis said were American soldiers.These statements show that the building was deliberately attacked, even though under international law it cannot be a military target.   Propaganda is part of all warfare and is aimed at maintaining the morale of the population.  Neither this morale nor the civilian population can be considered a military target.In the past, other media accused of being vehicles for propaganda have been targeted in what are very dangerous precedents for the media.  During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, planes attacked the headquarters of Serbian radio and TV (RTS) in the centre of Belgrade on 23 April 1999, killing 16 of its employees.On 19 January 2001, the Israeli army blew up the headquarters of the Voice of Palestine radio and TV headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  The US bombed the Kabul offices of the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera on 12 November that year during its war in Afghanistan.On 3 October 2001, US secretary of state Colin Powell asked Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Al-Jazeera’s main shareholder, to get the station to tone down its coverage of events.  A month later, its Kabul offices were bombed, supposedly because members of Al-Qaeda were hiding there.  Despite promises to Al-Jazeera, US officials have never made an official enquiry into the incident.Reporters Without Borders warned the US authorities on 19 March this year not to target broadcasting transmitters and media offices, including those used for propaganda. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the bombing of the Iraqi national TV building in Baghdad during the night of 25-26 March and noted that international humanitarian law forbade it from being a military target. News to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Moderna Announces Amendment to Supply Agreement with Switzerland for an Additional 6 Million Doses…

first_img Moderna Announces Amendment to Supply Agreement with Switzerland for an Additional 6 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Pinterest Previous articleCannabis Testing Market by Products & Software, Services and End-user – Global Forecast to 2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articlePowered by Everbridge Statewide Deployment, West Virginia Leads Nation with Nearly 100% of First Round Doses of Vaccine Administered Digital AIM Web Support Facebook TAGS  Pinterestcenter_img CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, today announced the Swiss Federal Government has increased its confirmed order commitment from 7.5 million to 13.5 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna in Switzerland. “We are grateful for the confidence and support shown by the Swiss Federal Government as they increase their supply agreement with us,” said Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna. “Switzerland has played a key role in Moderna’s history, and we are delighted with the support of so many stakeholders as we continue to build Moderna’s first commercial organization outside of North America.” The initial procurement by the Swiss Federal Government for 4.5 million doses was announced on August 7, 2020, and this was subsequently increased to 7.5 million doses on December 8, 2020. The additional 6 million doses announced today will be delivered beginning in the summer of 2021, with an option to receive doses in the first half of 2022 as Moderna explores potential vaccine boosters to address emerging variants. On January 12, 2021, Swissmedic authorized the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, according to the ordinary approvals procedure and based on a rolling submission of data and the totality of scientific evidence shared by the Company, including a data analysis from the pivotal Phase 3 clinical study announced on November 30, 2020. About the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna The COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna (referred to in the U.S. as the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine) is an mRNA vaccine against COVID-19 encoding for a prefusion stabilized form of the Spike (S) protein, which was co-developed by Moderna and investigators from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease’s (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center. The first clinical batch, which was funded by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, was completed on February 7, 2020 and underwent analytical testing; it was shipped to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on February 24, 42 days from sequence selection. The first participant in the NIAID-led Phase 1 study of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine was dosed on March 16, 63 days from sequence selection to Phase 1 study dosing. On May 12, the U.S Food and Drug Administration granted the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fast Track designation. On May 29, the first participants in each age cohort: adults ages 18-55 years (n=300) and older adults ages 55 years and above (n=300) were dosed in the Phase 2 study of the vaccine. On July 8, the Phase 2 study completed enrolment. Results from the second interim analysis of the NIH-led Phase 1 study of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine in the 56-70 and 71+ age groups were published on September 29 in The New England Journal of Medicine. On July 28, results from a non-human primate preclinical viral challenge study evaluating the vaccine were published in The New England Journal of Medicine. On July 14, an interim analysis of the original cohorts in the NIH-led Phase 1 study of the vaccine was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. On November 30, Moderna announced the primary efficacy analysis of the Phase 3 study of the vaccine conducted on 196 cases. On December 3, a letter to the editor was published in The New England Journal of Medicine reporting that participants in the Phase 1 study of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine retained high levels of neutralizing antibodies through 119 days following first vaccination (90 days following second vaccination). Authorized Use The COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna has been granted approval by Swissmedic, the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, based upon the recommendation of the Human Medicines Expert Committee (HMEC), which authorizes the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna for active immunization to prevent COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus in individuals 18 years of age and older. About Moderna In 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the promising-but-still-unproven field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with its first medicine having treated millions of people, a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across six modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for both clinical and commercial production at scale and at unprecedented speed. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna’s capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use of one of the earliest and most-effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderna’s mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and auto-immune diseases. Today, 24 development programs are underway across these therapeutic areas, with 13 programs having entered the clinic. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past six years. To learn more, visit Forward Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including regarding: the Company’s development of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, and plans for the supply and distribution of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to Switzerland, and the timing of deliveries of the vaccine. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “may,” “should,” “could”, “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “aims,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. The forward-looking statements in this press release are neither promises nor guarantees, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond Moderna’s control and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, among others: the fact that there has never been a commercial product utilizing mRNA technology approved for use; the fact that the rapid response technology in use by Moderna is still being developed and implemented; the safety, tolerability and efficacy profile of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine observed to date may change adversely in ongoing analyses of trial data or subsequent to commercialization; despite having ongoing interactions with the FDA or other regulatory agencies, the FDA or such other regulatory agencies may not agree with the Company’s regulatory approval strategies, components of our filings, such as clinical trial designs, conduct and methodologies, or the sufficiency of data submitted; Moderna may encounter delays in meeting manufacturing or supply timelines or disruptions in its distribution plans for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine; whether and when any biologics license applications and/or emergency use authorization applications may be filed and ultimately approved by regulatory authorities; potential adverse impacts due to the global COVID-19 pandemic such as delays in regulatory review, manufacturing and clinical trials, supply chain interruptions, adverse effects on healthcare systems and disruption of the global economy; and those other risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in Moderna’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and in subsequent filings made by Moderna with the SEC, which are available on the SEC’s website at Except as required by law, Moderna disclaims any intention or responsibility for updating or revising any forward-looking statements contained in this press release in the event of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are based on Moderna’s current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. View source version on CONTACT: Moderna Media: Colleen Hussey Director, Corporate Communications 617-335-1374 [email protected] Investors: Lavina Talukdar Senior Vice President & Head of Investor Relations 617-209-5834 [email protected] KEYWORD: EUROPE SWITZERLAND UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY PHARMACEUTICAL GENERAL HEALTH HEALTH INFECTIOUS DISEASES HOSPITALS CLINICAL TRIALS OTHER HEALTH SOURCE: Moderna, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 08:42 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 08:42 AM Twitter Facebook Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

Bye-bye, Brutalism: Trump order emphasizes classical style for federal buildings

first_imgTagsarchitectureDonald Trump Share via Shortlink President Donald Trump with the J. Edgar Hoover Building and the United States Capitol (Getty; iStock)danIn the waning days of his administration, President Donald Trump is focusing his attention on pressing matters: ensuring that any new government buildings in the nation’s capital are “beautiful.”The president has signed an executive order, “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” that recommends federal buildings in Washington, D.C. be designed in a variety of traditional architectural styles — Neoclassical, Georgian, Greek Revival and Gothic among them, according to WAMU.It would also establish a Council on Improving Federal Civic Architecture, which would be tasked with ensuring that government buildings in D.C. are “beautiful and reflective of the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the American system of self-government.”So buildings like the Capitol, perhaps the most famous Neoclassical structure in the city, would be in. The work of Modernist architects like Charles Murphy, who designed the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover Building, or Marcel Breuer, the architect behind HUD’s Robert C. Weaver Building, would be out.The order does not specifically forbid architects from designing or submitting building plans that are more modernist in style, according to Bloomberg CityLab, but it would require soliciting input from the public and those who will work in a federal building before a design is chosen.Trump’s distaste for Brutalist architecture is well-documented: He previously said the FBI headquarters is “one of the ugliest buildings in the city.” But his apparent penchant for classical architecture is not. His buildings in New York City, including Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and Trump World Tower, are firmly modernist in style, although that’s less about aesthetics and more about maximizing views from the apartments within — and thus, profits.And when he was building his eponymous Fifth Avenue skyscraper in the 1980s, Trump infamously demolished the old Bonwit Teller department store, designed by the same firm who built Grand Central Terminal. He failed to fulfill his promise to donate two Art Deco friezes that once adorned its facade to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The reason? The adornments were “without artistic merit,” the Trump Organization claimed.[WAMU, CityLab] — Amy PlittContact Amy Plitt Message* Email Address* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Morgan Stanley plans “full return” to office

first_img Full Name* banksMorgan Stanleyoffice marketWork From Home Morgan Stanley’s James P. Gorman and their Broadway headquarters. (Getty)A flood of companies have announced remote-work plans for beyond the pandemic.Morgan Stanley, however, is eying a more traditional model.“We plan a full return to the Midtown office when it is safe to do so, but we expect some flexibility for employees to work from home during some of the week,” a Morgan Stanley spokesperson told Commercial Observer. “Those arrangements will vary widely based on the employee and job.”The investment bank certainly has space for its people. It owns the 1.33 million-square-foot 1585 Broadway and takes up 78,000 square feet at the building, where it has been located since 1995.The bank also rents approximately 565,000 square feet at 522 Fifth Avenue.ADVERTISEMENTAlso on Monday, Microsoft said after the pandemic it will view working from home less than half of the time as “standard for most roles,” the New York Times reported.Some of Morgan Stanley’s rivals have taken an alternative route. JPMorgan Chase is looking to sublet about 700,000 square feet at 4 New York Plaza in the Financial District and more than 100,000 square feet at 5 Manhattan West in the Hudson Yards area. HSBC is similarly shifting to a hybrid remote-work model.However, things could still change. Morgan Stanley CEO and Chairman James Gorman told Bloomberg Television last April that he could see the company needing less office space given the switch to work-from-home.“Clearly, we’ve figured out how to operate with much less real estate,” Gorman said at the time. “Can I see a future where part of every week, certainly part of every month, a lot of our employees will be at home? Absolutely.”[CO] — Sasha JonesContact the author Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Tags Share via Shortlink Email Address*last_img read more

The human exploration of the Martian poles Part 2 – support technologies

first_imgIn Part 1 of this paper, we presented a phased approach to the development of a Mars pole human-inhabited research station modelled on those in the terrestrial polar regions. To support this phased growth, a number of critical technology issues need to be addressed. In this Part 2 we review some of the important technologies for the establishment of a human presence at the poles. Transport, both robotic and manned will be required to provide range of exploration on Mars. Much of the critical technology revolves around the robust provision of significant amounts of power to support both robotic and human activities. Nuclear sources of power are highlighted as the only viable option for providing the power levels required for station infrastructure. Independent materials provision through in-situ resource utilisation is examined, especially the extraction of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and water from the polar ice and subsurface in the circumpolar erg. Drilling technologies relevant to this objective are reviewed. Finally, the issue of the provision of materials for life support systems is discussed. Generally, the technological requirements are based on the provision of energy and materials to support a human-inhabited infrastructure near the poles – this imposes significant requirements for the sustainable growth of Mars pole exploration stations.last_img read more

News story: D-Day veterans invited to register for 75th Anniversary

first_imgThe sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen who helped pave the way for the liberation of Europe have been honoured on the 74th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.Services of remembrance were held in Bayeux, France to mark 74 years since Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy on 6th June 1944, paving the way for the liberation of France and the end of the Second World War.Veterans of D-Day have also been invited to register with the Royal British Legion to take part in the 75th anniversary commemorations planned for June 2019.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: The Normandy Landings were the vital springboard to the liberation of Europe and the end of the Second World War. The breath-taking bravery and ingenuity shown during those days still echo through today’s armed forces. At D-Day 75 the eyes of the world will be on these men once more. To enable us to do them justice it’s important we find as many veterans as possible and let them know how to participate. We will never forget the debt we owe for the peace and freedom we now enjoy. The Royal British Legion is working with partners including the Government, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Normandy Memorial Trust and the Spirit of Normandy Trust to plan significant commemorations to mark D Day 75 both in France and the UK.Contacting the Royal British Legion or registering on the Legion’s D Day 75 website will enable the partners to communicate with the veterans and their families as plans are confirmed and more details are released.Last year, the Prime Minister announced funding for the new memorial in Normandy. The Prime Minister and French President Emmanuel Macron will attend the inauguration of the project in June next year as part of the 75th anniversary commemorations.last_img read more

The Experiment Fund welcomes Accel, Polaris, and new advisers

first_img Read Full Story Today, Accel Partners, Breyer Capital, and Polaris Venture Partners join New Enterprise Associates (NEA) as partners of The Experiment Fund (, a seed-stage venture capital fund anchored at Harvard and designed to cultivate innovation and bold experimentation in the Boston area.Also announced today are several new advisers to the fund, including former Harvard Law School professor and former director of the Berkman Center John Palfrey, Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum, noted entrepreneur and MIT researcher Hugo Liu, and an ex-officio post created for the president of Harvard Student Agencies.Launched by Cherry A. Murray, dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in January 2012, The Experiment Fund will increase its fund size to further its mission to seek out and support the best engineers, entrepreneurs and designers starting their companies and careers in Cambridge, Mass.last_img read more