Automatic Systems Ltd ( 2016 Annual Report

first_imgAutomatic Systems Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Automatic Systems Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Automatic Systems Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Automatic Systems Ltd (  2016 annual report.Company ProfileAutomatic Systems Limited operates a totalisator system for horse racing and football betting. The company runs its operations through is two subsidiaries, Supertote which deals with the horse racing bets and Superscore which deals with the football bets. Automatic System Limited organises this betting platform for the horse racing in liaison with the Mauritius Turf Club in Mauritius. The company also runs this betting platform for soccer in Africa. Automatic Systems Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Access Bank Ghana ( Q32017 Interim Report

first_imgAccess Bank Ghana ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Access Bank Ghana ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Ghana ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Ghana (  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAccess Bank Ghana is a leading financial institution in Ghana providing banking products and services for the institutional, commercial, business banking, treasury and personal banking segments. Its product offering ranges from current and savings accounts to vehicle and personal loans, banking services for women and private individuals, funds transfers and cardless banking. Access Bank Ghana provides relationship management services for corporate clients as well as corporate and structured finance services and investment and asset management services. Other services offered relate to cash management, trade finance, LPO financing, receivables discounting, leasing services and other major business transactions. The company is a subsidiary of Access Bank Plc. It operates 132 branches in the major towns and cities of Ghana, and has its headquarters in the capital city, Accra. Access Bank Ghana is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Is the Aston Martin share price too cheap to ignore?

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Aston Martin Lagonda (LSE: AML) share price fell sharply on Friday, after the firm launched its second shareholder cash call in six months.The market’s disappointment is understandable. But I wonder if this could be a real turning point for the firm. If it is, then Aston Martin shares might be too cheap to ignore at current levels.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Good progressThe company says it’s making good progress selling old stock from its dealers to “regain price positioning and exclusivity”. What this means is that the firm wants availability to be more limited, so that it can build up its order book and reduce discounting.This is part of a process to cut sports car production to balance supply and demand. It’s clear that the company was producing too many cars under its previous management.I think executive chairman Lawrence Stroll is doing the right thing here. Genuine luxury products need limited supply. Dealers with too much stock don’t create the right image.Aston’s super SUV is on trackThe company says that production of its new DBX SUV has now started and is on schedule for media launch and first deliveries in July. The order book is described as “strong”.Full-year wholesales (deliveries to dealers) are expected to be evenly split between sports cars and the DBX. Aston hasn’t provided any numbers, but this suggests to me that the SUV is expected to sell better than the firm’s sports cars during the remainder of this year.If the DBX sells well, I think Aston Martin’s share price could really motor ahead. The delayed launch of the latest James Bond film in November should also help to boost the profile of the DBX.Here’s the bad newsThe financial summary provided by the firm on Friday revealed that the group’s net debt is now £883m, up from £614m at the end of March. This suggests to me that Aston Martin had no choice but to issue new shares. It’s clear the market knew this too – the shares were issued at 50p, a 20% discount to Thursday’s closing share price of 62.6p.The placing raised £152m of fresh cash for the firm. Alongside this, Aston Martin has secured a £20m coronavirus loan from the government. It’s also withdrawn $68m on a previously-agreed loan, at an eye-watering interest rate of 12%.Finally, management hope to secure another £50m of inventory financing, which provides credit for parts and stock before it’s sold.If Aston Martin was a person, it would be maxing out every credit card and applying for payday loans. Things really are very bad, in my view.Aston Martin share price: Buy or sell?Billionaire Stroll is heavily invested in Aston Martin and the separate Aston Martin F1 team. My guess is that he has a plan and can afford to lose some money in the short term.However, for ordinary shareholders, I think this stock should be avoided. The company has an uncomfortable level of debt and is still losing money. I see Aston Martin shares as a gamble, not an investment.In my view, there’s still a good chance that this business will go bankrupt for the eighth time in its history.  Image source: Aston Martin Roland Head | Saturday, 27th June, 2020 | More on: AML center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Blue Whale Growth has just won a best fund award. Should I invest more?

first_img See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Edward Sheldon, CFA | Friday, 6th November, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. Blue Whale Growth has just won a best fund award. Should I invest more? Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Microsoft, Mastercard, Hargreaves Lansdown, and PayPal and has a position in the Blue Whale Growth fund, Fundsmith, and Lindsell Train Global Equity. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Facebook, Intuit, Mastercard, Microsoft, Hargreaves Lansdown, PayPal Holdings, and Visa and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $85 calls on Microsoft, short January 2021 $115 calls on Microsoft, and long January 2022 $75 calls on PayPal Holdings. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Speaking of stocks with strong growth potential… In May last year, I took a look at the Blue Whale Growth fund. At the time, the fund was quite new. It had only been around for about 20 months. However, I was very impressed with what portfolio manager Stephen Yiu had achieved in that time. So, shortly after I wrote that article, I invested some money in Blue Whale.In hindsight, that was a good move. So far, Blue Whale has performed very well for me. Over the last year, it has returned about 23%. As a result of this excellent performance, it has recently won an award for best fund 2020.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Should I invest more in Blue Whale now? Let’s take another look at this global equity fund.Blue Whale Growth: investment philosophyOne thing that appeals to me about Blue Whale is its high-conviction approach to investing. Instead of playing it safe and buying a wide range of stocks for the portfolio, Yiu only invests in around 25-35 companies at a time. His aim is to invest in leading businesses that will benefit from structural growth trends and grow their profits significantly over time, at attractive valuations. I see this as a good investment strategy.Portfolio breakdownLooking at the portfolio, I like what I see. The top 10 holdings at 31 October 2020 were:AdobeAutodeskBoston ScientificFacebookIntuitMastercardMicrosoftPayPalStryker VisaThere are some top companies on that list. I’m particularly bullish on Microsoft, Mastercard, PayPal and Visa.The top three sectors at 31 October were technology (55%), healthcare (15%) and communication services (9%).Meanwhile, the top three geographic regions were the US (69%), Europe (21%) and the UK (2%).PerformancePerformance is where Blue Whale Growth really stands out. Between its launch in September 2017 and 31 October 2020, the fund was one of the best performing funds in its class, delivering a return of 67%. By contrast, the Investment Association Global sector average was 24%.It’s worth pointing out that it’s done better than a lot of the big hitters in the global equity sector. According to figures from Hargreaves Lansdown, over the last three years, Fundsmith has returned 45% while Lindsell Train Global Equity has returned 39%. Over the same period, Blue Whale has returned 58%RisksThere are risks to consider here, as always. One is the fund’s exposure to the technology sector. Another is the fund’s exposure to the US. The concentrated nature of the fund is also a key risk to consider.Blue Whale: I’m bullishOverall, however, I like this global equity fund a lot. Given its investment philosophy, holdings, and performance, I’d be happy to invest more into the Blue Whale Growth fund.Of course, while Blue Whale has a lot going for it, I don’t see it as a ‘one-stop shop’. With just 25-35 holdings, it’s not going to provide me with full diversification.So, I will continue to invest in other funds, as well as high-quality individual stocks that have strong growth potential. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_img Narrow Affair: The last time the two sides played in the Pro14, they drew 17-17 in January 2019 (Getty Images) Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from the UKUlster v Benetton, which kicks off at 8.15pm tonight, will be shown live on Premier Sports 1 in the UK.Premier Sports show every Guinness Pro14 match live in the UK. If you have a Sky or Virgin Media contract, you can add Premier Sports to your package from £9.99 a month.Or subscribe to Premier Player so you can stream matches online from £9.99 a month or £99 for 12 months, which would include the 2020-21 Pro14 season too. That starts on 3 October.See Premier Sports offersIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when there’s a particular match you want to watch, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from EuropeIf you’re in Austria, Germany, Italy or Switzerland, you can watch Ulster v Benetton (9.15pm kick-off) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN. It’s compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from CanadaDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to see Ulster v Benetton in Canada. It will kick off at 3.15pm EST and 12.15pm on the West Coast.Find out more about DAZN here Check out ExpressVPN LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from anywhereLast season’s Guinness Pro14 may not have ended how Ulster and Dan McFarland would have wanted after tasting defeat against Leinster in the Final, but they quickly get to turn their attention to next season with it starting almost immediately after that result.Their opening opponents are Benetton, who will feel confident they can upset the hosts after winning their last two Guinness Pro14 away games.New season, new possibilities, new hope – all of these things could mean we get an exciting affair on Friday night.Ulster: Jacob Stockdale, Craig Gilroy, James Hume, Stewart Moore, Rob Lyttle, Michael Lowry, John Cooney, Jack McGrath, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Sam Carter, Iain Henderson (captain), Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy, Marcell Coetzee.Replacements: Adam McBurney, Eric O’Sullivan, Gareth Milasinovich, David O’Connor, David McCann, Alby Mathewson, Bill Johnston, Louis Ludik.Benetton: Jayden Hayward, Ratuva Tavuyara, Ignacio Brex, Marco Zanon, Monty Ioane, Paolo Garbisi, Dewaldt Duvenage (captain), Cherif Traore, Hame Faiva, Marco Riccioni, Marco Lazzaroni, Federico Ruzza, Sebastian Negri, Abraham Steyn, Toa HalafihiReplacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Nicola Quaglio, Simone Ferrari, Niccolò Cannone, Eli Snyman, Giovanni Pettinelli, Callum Braley, Edoardo Padovani.If you want to watch this second Guinness Pro14 semi-final wherever you are, we explain how to find a reliable live stream for Ulster v Benetton.How to watch Ulster v Benetton from outside your countryIf you’re abroad but still want to watch your local Pro14 coverage, like Ulster v Benetton this Saturday, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free. Ulster v Benetton live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to Ulster v Benetton from New Zealand, the match kicks off at 7.15am on Saturday morning on Sky Sport NZ 2.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer Here are all the television and streaming details for this Guinness Pro14 rugby match. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

‘Listening to the spirit,’ task force is reimagining church

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Tags Comments are closed. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm The problems of the Episcopal Church are not structural or organizational. The problems of the Episcopal Church are theological. Instead of acting as a prophetic voice calling the society to repent and turn to Christ, the Episcopal Church has surrendered to the values of our secular society. By rejecting almost 2,000 years of Christian teaching on morality and other issues, the Episcopal Church has become irrelevant because it is indistinguishable from the secular society because it really does not stand for anything except whatever the latest shift in secular values. Why remain in or join a Church that has no standards of doctrine or morality? Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI August 24, 2013 at 11:53 pm What about the latest news where the federal court dismissed the lawsuit brought by the TEC plaed bishop von Rosenberg? What a waste of money! When is TEc going to stop wasting past saints money on frivolous lawsuits meant to harass? Very evil. Not quite the radical love that Christ would expect from His “prophets” and “prophetesses”. Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY Structure, July 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm A few thoughts:1) Wouldn’t it make more sense to let dioceses define their needs and concerns first, identify those things which cannot be handled within dioceses to push up to provinces and, if still in need of more support, then address those matters nationally?2) I sense a tendency to make “set” decisions without a fairly limited amount of input – it’s a reasonable approach given our nation’s size and the numerous interested parties within the denomination. I would urge participants to adopt the Quaker Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business model and also consider using the Moravian casting lots among a set of nominees (including a blank/do nothing option) method of choosing leaders and TREC process representatives. I feel sure that our Quaker and Moravian brothers and sisters would be happy to help teach us their methods of discerning God’s will.3) We should also recognize that while we tend to think of the Episcopal Church as comprising Protestants and Catholics, as heirs to the whole Church we also should recognize the lessons we have yet to learn from our Orthodox cousins as well as our great sister faith Judaism – not only in terms of liturgy and theology, but in matters of governance, structure, morals and ethics. I wish all members of TREC great success in their efforts! Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Marc Kivel says: Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments (4) Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Cynthia Katsarelis says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal News Service] Last July, the General Convention was filled with what one of the two conveners of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church calls “extraordinary and unanimous energy around reforming our structures of governance and administration.” Now, a year later, that task force created by convention faces the large job of channeling that energy into specific recommendations acceptable to the next meeting of convention.Just more than five months into its formal work the group knows that “simply changing things for change’s sake is not going to be particularly effective or helpful to the church,” according to the Rev. Craig Loya, who acts as co-convener of the group with Katy George.The task force’s most recent meeting was July 12-13. Following the meeting, George and Loya together spoke to ENS about the work of the task force thus far and its plans and hopes for the trajectory of its work in the coming months.“The task force is engaging in a deeply spiritual process where we’re not just trying to run through an exercise in organizational, bureaucratic, structural change but [instead] where we’re really trying to listen to how the Holy Spirit is calling the church in this moment,” said Loya. “Of course, 24 people can’t do that alone; that’s really a church-wide process of listening to the spirit.”And, says George, the group knows there is an Episcopal Church track record of sorts that the task force is going up against.“There have been attempts to make improvements to church-wide structures and governance in the past and there are probably more examples of things that have been voted down or haven’t had the impact that people had hoped for, than of great successes,” she said.Loya suggested those results came because “we as church have never tried to articulate a broad vision for what the church-wide organization is supposed to do to advance the mission and ministry of the church in a really specific, really intentional kind of way.(A summary of earlier efforts is here in section IV of the task force’s “Interim Report of TEC Structure for Dummies Committee.”)Thus, the task force aims to cast a vision for what the church-wide organization should do and, therefore, be, and propose a holistic way to get there. The proposals, George and Loya said, will be guided by a set of principles that the task force intends to field-test with the wider church.George is an economist who runs the New Jersey office of global management consultant McKinsey & Co. She has also served on the board of Episcopal Relief & Development. Loya, until recently the canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Kansas, will soon become dean of the cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska.How the task force began and how it is operatingIn July 2012, General Convention, by way of Resolution C095, called for a task force “to present the 78th General Convention with a plan for reforming the Church’s structures, governance, and administration.”Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings appointed the task force after asking for nominations and receiving more than 500.At the group’s first meeting back in February, the members decided to change the working name of the group from the task force for church structural reform to Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church, a reference to the resolution’s statement that General Convention believes the Holy Spirit is urging the Episcopal Church to reimagine itself.It is emblematic that the task force is operating slightly differently from most of the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards by changing its title, using a co-convener model of leadership, trying to work by consensus and operating in frequently changing smaller work groups. They hope their operation will model new ways of working as a church, George said.“Probably some people outside of our task force would like it if we were taking careful minutes and things like that and that’s actually not how we’re operating,” she said. “We’re operating in a very different way and it’s not parliamentary at all.”There have been times when “there seem to be strongly held different points of view about something and suddenly someone says something and … everyone suddenly sees the right path forward … and suddenly the room feels light, and we move forward together in a way that we feel all very deeply committed to,” according to George.“So we really haven’t had to figure out how to vote or to resolve conflict because we’ve been able to work through to create common points of view. And there are other times that people on the task force clearly are slightly pushed outside their comfort zone, including Craig and me at times, but are willing to lean in and see where it leads us, and it leads somewhere good,” George said. “It’s been a very good dynamic on the task force and one we hope that we can share with the rest of the church.”The task force has divided itself into limited-term work groups to study specific issues and report back to the group the next time it meets. The group leaders and George and Loya talk bi-weekly between meetings to monitor progress, the co-conveners said.Three of the first four groups, formed at the February meeting and reporting at the July gathering, studied the church’s current structures for governance and administration, past efforts to change those structures and the experience of other organizations going through major change, and Episcopal identity. A fourth group began looking at how to develop a strategy for church-wide engagement.Summaries of some of that work are here. Other of the work groups verbally reported to the July 12-13 TREC meeting.The work thus farA major task for the group in the beginning was to decide how to interpret the mandate it has in Resolution C095.The members discussed what it might mean to “reimagine” the Episcopal Church and reform its structures, governance and administration. And, they considered the issue of where the Christian church is now – and where it is not, according to George and Loya.It is “no longer culturally normative to be a Christian and a lot of our structures of governance and administration and finance were built and put into place to serve a church where it was culturally normative to be a Christian,” Loya said.The Christian church now faces the imperative to “take the church to the world rather than wait for the world to come to us,” he said.And it must ask itself what kinds of governance and administrative structures, what ways of making decisions and what ways of being organized in community will best serve that effort, Loya suggested.Inevitably, any talk about cultural changes and their impact on the church — and any talk about the implication of those for the church’s structure — turns to money, and the lack thereof. However, the co-conveners said, the task force senses that that is the wrong focus.“Is our primary task to figure out how to enable the current Episcopal Church church-wide organization model to operate at a lower income level?” George asked. “I think our answer would be ‘no, that is not our primary role at all.’ Our primary role is to envision [how] as the church is emerging and evolving in new ways – and that’s happening everywhere – how do we really ensure that the church-wide organization structures and governance enliven that evolution rather than pull the church back to a different era when local church dynamics were quite different.”The task force senses that it does not need to invent a “new missional response” to this changing context, George said. That response is already emerging across the church and “it will continue to emerge and evolve and change over time.”“We need to ensure that the church-wide structures and governance are supportive and flexible and adaptive as the church is adapting and changing,” she said.Her summary of TEC’s role, they said, is how the members have come to understand C095’s mandate.The next stepsFor the next few months, the task force has re-divided itself into two work groups. One group is working on creating a “purposeful and proactive way of engaging different groups around the church,” George said, one that “brings the church along on this journey with us.”They hope to have the “tools and approaches” ready in the fall to “really begin that dialogue in earnest,” she said.Some people have already talked with the task force via its website and its Facebook page and Twitter presence but the task force wants to “increase the intensity and breadth of that dialogue,” she said.The group also plans to seek out some groups within the church for their expertise and others “that represent voices not often heard from both within and outside the church,” according to a press release issued after the July meeting. TREC will also make resources available so that any local or regional group can participate in the listening process, and provide input.Another work group continues to work on the principles meant to provide a vision developing specific legislative proposals.TREC meets again face-to-face Dec. 6-7 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, outside of Baltimore. Members will share what they have heard in the church engagement process and review a draft of the principles.The task force will make its proposed principles public and “start testing them with groups in the church through the church-wide dialogue,” George said, adding that some testing may happen in the fall.Also in December, the members will begin the “multi-month process” of defining priorities around specific proposals and which changes the task force will suggest to convention, she said.Engaging the church in the conversationResolution C095 called on the task force to hold a “special gathering” to receive responses to any proposed recommendations it is considering sending to the 2015 meeting of General Convention. The task force was to invite from each diocese at least a bishop, a lay deputy, a clerical deputy and one person younger than 35 years.It was generally seen during the 2012 convention that C095 envisioned a gathering similar to the church-wide consultation convened in March 2011 by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to discuss its work on same-sex blessings. However, while that gathering included about 200 people, the one outlined by C095 would require close to 500 participants, Loya said.“The reality is that the budget adopted by General Convention did not include the funding for that gathering that is mandated,” he said.The task force has said that it would cost an estimated $450,000 to hold such a gathering.In addition, the task force will have met three times for two days each by the end of 2013. Each of those meetings cost money as well.While Resolution C095 called for $400,000 to cover all of the group’s activities for the triennium, General Convention approved (line 282 here) $200,000 specifically for the gathering and allocated $630,449 to be divided among all of the church’s committees, commissions, agencies and boards, including the task force.The task force asked for and received a $150,000 grant from Trinity Wall Street and Loya told ENS “we also talked about other ways to convene … that may be a helpful way of modeling new ways for the church to gather.”“All of us want to do everything we can, since we’re accountable to the General Convention, to honor our mandate,” he said. “At the same time, if the mandate is not funded we’re left in that difficult position.”No matter the final shape of any face-to-face meeting or meetings TREC organizes with the church, George said, the task force is “very eager to … engage as many people in the church as possible around these topics.” Loya added that the task force is committed “being as open and transparent” as possible.“What we’re really working hard to avoid is being a group of 24 people who go into a room for a couple of years and then come out with all kinds of proposals for change,” Loya said. “We’re really wanting, much more than that, to facilitate a conversation around the church.”In addition to whatever the final parts of the task force’s church-wide engagement process are, Loya and George asked that Episcopalians “join us in praying and listening to the spirit.”Resolution C095 calls for TREC’s final report to the church, including its recommendations and any proposed resolutions for convention, to come out November 2014.How to get involved right nowTREC’s website is here.Its Facebook page is here.TREC is found on Twitter @reimaginetec and it uses the hashtag #reimaginetecTREC can be reached by email at [email protected]— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Pittsburgh, PA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Milton Finch says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jul 25, 2013 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS August 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm Theology I think we are at our best when we follow Jesus in his radical love poured out for ALL. And we are at our strongest when we embrace the morality of Jesus Christ and reach out to the poor and the outcast, when we overturn the tables of the money changers, when we call the rich and powerful to repent and see how their actions are crushing the poor. Whatever organization projects that message and puts legs on the commandment to “love your neighbor,” is exactly what we need. And I strongly suspect that this is going to be different from locality to locality, so building it from the grass roots up makes sense to me. I’m hard-pressed to see buy in at the parish level that comes from “on high” or outside. The job is to get the dialog going in the parishes. Otherwise, where is the real change? Much of what happens beyond my parish doesn’t make a ripple for us. Clearly, there’s a disconnect between parish and larger church. So I’m not seeing how a national task force does anything that impacts us, unless it lets us do marriage equality or something that we can actually do and see in our church. Rector Hopkinsville, KY ‘Listening to the spirit,’ task force is reimagining church Co-conveners pledge a process of open, transparent engagement Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Fr. John Morris says: last_img read more

Fink House / Ian Moore Architects

first_img 2007 “COPY” Architects: Ian Moore Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses, Renovation•Sydney, Australia Area:  171 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Fink House / Ian Moore Architects CopyAbout this officeIan Moore ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationSydneyHousesAustraliaPublished on February 10, 2012Cite: “Fink House / Ian Moore Architects” 10 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Fink House / Ian Moore ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFink House / Ian Moore Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily “COPY” Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Photographs:  Brett BoardmanText description provided by the architects. This is a renovation of an 1840s heritage listed sandstone cottage which was substantially added to in the 1980s. The front of the house could not be altered and any addition was not to be visible above the existing ridge line. The interior of the cottage, including its sandstone walls, was in poor condition, so a strategy of concealment was adopted where a new plasterboard skin covers all walls and two existing windows in the back wall of the cottage. Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)WoodBruagBalcony BalustradesDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineThe original front windows are retained but covered with fabric scrims to provide privacy but admit light. The front door is the only original element visible on the interior. The 1980s additions were gutted and new windows and doors fitted to existing openings while the loft within the gabled roof of the garage was demolished and a full second level added. The first conceptual innovation in the project was the bridge over the courtyard. The main house was simply too small to accommodate the client’s brief for three bedrooms and two bathrooms.The bridge allowed for the main bedroom and ensuite to be located above the garage at the rear of the property but still physically connected to and on the same level as the children’s bedrooms. Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanThe second concept was to integrate the courtyard and the garage (which can be used as a play space for the children) into the main living space so that the interior seems much larger than it actually is, and putting the courtyard at the centre of the house so that all spaces look out over it to create an inspiring living environment. Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanThe house has a very legible plan with the lower level divided into four roughly square spaces, living room (the original sandstone cottage), kitchen and dining area, courtyard and garage (children’s play space and additional entertaining space when cars are removed). The upper level has two children’s bedrooms, bathroom and communal study, the bridge spanning the courtyard and the main bedroom and ensuite above the garage. Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanWe collaborated with Jim Osbourne of Material on the landscaping of the front garden and courtyard. The front was conceived as a traditional cottage garden with trees and shrubs to provide privacy from the busy street and bus stop outside the front gate. The courtyard was conceived as a fragrant garden of hedges and vines trained over the existing walls and a Japanese maple to provide one strong element of colour. Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanThe design includes a number of simple environmental concepts. Natural ventilation by way of adjustable glass louvres and large sliding glass doors. External aluminium sun shading louvres to windows and skylights. Recycled timber flooring. Retention of the existing sandstone cottage and the shell of the 1980s additions. Recycling of the existing granite paving to the courtyard. The bridge providing shading to the built-in seat in the courtyard. Low energy long life light fittings and water saving tapware and toilet cisterns. An ethanol burning eco-smart fireplace has been installed in the living room to replace the original wood burning fireplace.Save this picture!© Brett BoardmanProject gallerySee allShow lessWorkshop by Delugan Meissl at Ajman UniversityArticlesRomanian Convention of Architecture and Design (ROCAD) 2012Articles Share Year:  Projects Save this picture!© Brett Boardman+ 21 Sharelast_img read more

The Window House / FORMZERO

first_img “COPY” Malaysia Area:  900 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project The Window House / FORMZERO The Window House / FORMZEROSave this projectSaveThe Window House / FORMZEROSave this picture!© Ronson Lee – Twins Photography+ 48Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Year:  Photographs:  Ronson Lee – Twins Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” CopyHouses•Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Photographs Manufacturers: Bubbledeck, Jotun, Netwood, SKK, ZacklimSave this picture!© Ronson Lee – Twins PhotographyRecommended ProductsDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Doorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. The concept of The Window House starts with two fundamental questions.When a proposed house is sited right on the edge of a reserved forest, a seamless correspondence between the house and the nature shall become the priority of the design. On the contrary, what if the house owner has expressed no interest in the outdoor space or the nature but rather maximising the interior volume as part of the design brief? This paradoxical situation is adversely transformed into an inspirational thought.Save this picture!DiagramWindow is probably the most direct element that define our relationship with the outdoor space. When a house is surrounded by other houses, such relationship is immediately disjoined by just dropping down a curtain. How can we restore such relationship with the outdoor space without compromising our privacy?Save this picture!© Ronson Lee – Twins PhotographyTo answer these questions, the design concept of The Window House departed with three tectonic approaches through the manipulation of the form and function of window. By doing so, the ultimate aim of this project is to strengthen the house owner’s bonding with the existing context without diluting the design brief.Save this picture!© Ronson Lee – Twins PhotographyCONCRETE SHELLFrom east to west, this house is wrapped in an additional layer of perforated concrete wall which appears like a shell. Apart from acting as a thermal protection with cross ventilation, the shell is the first layer to control the privacy. Between the house and the concrete shell, multi-level of landscape is inserted in order to create an ambiguous condition which makes the landscape to appear more like an indoor space.Save this picture!© Ronson Lee – Twins PhotographySave this picture!ModelSave this picture!© Ronson Lee – Twins PhotographyTELESCOPING FORMThe concrete shell is shaped in a telescoping form. It is tapered at the front, widened towards the forest in both plan and section, like creating a giant window frame to look out to the forest. At the same time the tapered front facade is projected to the street that creates a more human scale house.Save this picture!© Ronson Lee – Twins PhotographyWINDOWS FOLLOW FUNCTIONSRooms with different functions deserve different windows. To create specific viewing experience for each room, the proportion and the position of each window on the north and south facade are derived out of the function of each room. Instead of imposing an arbitrary aesthetic, the facade therefore becomes a collective expression of each room. In addition to enhancing the quality of framing view, the windows are outlined with deepened eaves, every scenery is captured in a picture frame.Save this picture!© Ronson Lee – Twins PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessSchendlingen School / Matthias Bär, Bernd Riegger and QuerformatSelected ProjectsThe Bihar Museum / Maki and Associates + OpolisSelected Projects Share 2017 Architects: FORMZERO Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses CopyAbout this officeFORMZEROOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKuala LumpurMalaysiaPublished on March 05, 2018Cite: “The Window House / FORMZERO” 05 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StoneShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectDoorsRaynorGarage Door – Advantage SeriesConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows in Villa LakesideSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Roofs & CanopiesSound BoothsFrameryMeeting Pod – Framery Q – Flip n’ FoldWall / Ceiling LightsAsaf WeinbroomLighting – Linestra 110 BrassMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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! 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British Gas raises £10k for Shelter in Twitter hashtag campaign

first_imgBritish Gas raises £10k for Shelter in Twitter hashtag campaign Howard Lake | 28 November 2015 | News Update 30 November 2015British Gas has now doubled the value of its donation to £20,000. Some people criticised the company for donating what they argued was a small sum when compared to its annual profits. Tagged with: corporate Digital hashtag Twitter British Gas plc last night used a Twitter hashtag campaign to raise £10,000 for housing charity Shelter.The campaign followed the news that British Gas staff had helped raise £1 million for Shelter. On 25 November the company announced that, to mark this achievement, it would donate £1 for each person who tweeted a particular hashtag.It went a little further than other company Twitter campaigns, however, in that you had to watch a short video showcasing just some of the staff who had helped raise funds. Hidden amongst the rapid series of faces was Wilbur the British Gas penguin holding a sign on which the mystery hashtag was displayed. The answer was #TweetForShelter.Of course, once the hashtag started appearing it meant other people didn’t have to watch the video. However, they didn’t need to. The campaign gained momentum yesterday evening and the total was reached at 10pm on 27 November. Twitter hashtag fundraising campaignsPlenty of corporate hashtag campaigns (or ‘like’ campaigns on Facebook) have raised funds for charities. In this case, the initiative was that of British Gas, but other times they have evolved from a charity’s suggestion.Some work remarkably well. The Aviva UK campaign for Railway Children went far beyond its original £10,000 target, raising £97,774 in just 24 hours in February 2013.British Gas was careful to publish and link to the terms and conditions of its campaign in its main campaign tweet.center_img  77 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 By referencing the number of people who tweeted the hashtag, the company is no doubt implying that it has even gone beyond the amount it could have donated, based on the number of hashtag tweets. The campaign began at 11am on 24 November, but clearly took some time to become established. By 3.30pm on 27 November it had raised £1,500. As a result, British Gas extended its duration into next month, although that was the conclusion of the campaign stated in the terms and conditions: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 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

People of color being gentrified out of U.S. urban centers

first_imgA recently released census report indicates that white populations are starting to increase in U.S. urban areas.A slight growth in white people living in cities, from which many had fled decades ago, does not necessarily translate into the improvement of social conditions for the African-American and Latino/a communities now inhabiting municipalities. In fact, the numbers reflect a further lessening of commitment to the maintenance and well-being of people-of-color communities, which are being forced to relocate.This phenomenon was played up on Sept. 16 in the Detroit News, a daily publication which has been a major proponent of restructuring the city based upon the interests of the banks and multinational corporations. Detroit and other large urban areas fell victim to decades of job losses, predatory lending and hostile, racist public policies that have closed schools and forced greater numbers of people into poverty and political marginalization.Since Detroit was railroaded into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history during 2013-14, the “rebuilding” of the city championed by the ruling-class media has been based on the notion, in part, of a reverse migration of whites, coupled with measures that force out African Americans, Latinos/as and poor people in general.Even the Washington Post on Sept. 24 took notice of corporate media articles related to the growth in the number of whites living in cities. In collaboration with William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, census data were analyzed in light of migration patterns over the last 60-plus years affecting major urban areas.The International Business Times of Sept. 25 said of this shift, “The media has covered white populations moving to cities individually in the past, often writing about the trends on an individual basis as certain neighborhoods change due to gentrification. Especially with the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in August, many outlets wrote about the changing demographics in New Orleans.”The report goes on to say, “But now that this looks like a broader trend, Frey told the Washington Post he doesn’t believe that means it will be a long-term pattern in the same way white flight was in the 1950s. ‘It’s not something to say we’re going to move 180 degrees in the other direction,’ Frey said. ‘And the white population isn’t growing as rapidly as it used to anyway. But it is an indicator that whatever kind of city revival — whether it’s short-term or long-term that we’re seeing — is involving whites.’”Poorest city being ‘revitalized’Frey cited the city of Detroit as an example, saying that 8,000 whites have recently moved into the municipality. However, just a week earlier, another report noted that the city, which is over 80 percent African American, is also the most economically underdeveloped and deprived through impoverishment of the people.The same Detroit News that on a daily basis cheers and advocates the disempowerment and exploitation of the majority population in the city was forced to report on Sept. 16 that, despite all the ruling-class propaganda of a revival, Detroit remains the poorest large city in the country. This follows the declarations of bankruptcy by two of the automakers in 2009 and the city itself over the last two years.The article noted, “Michigan is among 12 states that saw a decline in the percentage of people living in poverty in 2014, though the state’s poverty rate remained higher than the national average, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Wednesday.”However, the article continued, “Detroit was the most impoverished major city in America with 39.3 percent living below a poverty line of $24,008 for a family of four. But Flint topped the list of Michigan’s poorest cities, with 40.1 percent of residents living in poverty.”Both Detroit and Flint were hubs of the automotive industry during the 20th century, when the United Auto Workers and various labor unions fought battles to win recognition for bargaining rightsFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more