Cumbres House / Taller Hector Barroso

first_imgCumbres House / Taller Hector BarrosoSave this projectSaveCumbres House / Taller Hector Barroso “COPY” Houses Mexico CopyHouses•Mexico CopyAbout this officeTaller Héctor BarrosoOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMexicoPublished on November 29, 2013Cite: “Cumbres House / Taller Hector Barroso” [Casa Cumbres / Taller Hector Barroso] 29 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More 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! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/452782/cumbres-house-taller-hector-barroso Clipboard Year:  2011 2011center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/452782/cumbres-house-taller-hector-barroso Clipboard Cumbres House / Taller Hector Barroso “COPY” Area:  635 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Yoshihiro Koitani+ 15 Share Year:  Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniRecommended ProductsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 Series Cumbres House is located inside a residential area in Santa Fe, west of Mexico City.  Save this picture!Section AThe project is developed around a central patio which provides different views, natural lighting and cross-ventilation to the interior spaces. This void acts as the medullar element on the design process. It is the in situ result of the restricted views, the lack of visual elements in the surroundings and the land’s unfavorable location.Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniThe different areas of the architectural program are built around this contemplative patio. The living-dining space is set by a visual and functional continuity between interior and exterior creating the effect of the garden blending with the living and dining room, continuing to extend to the interior patio.  When both fronts are completely open, natural light effects, extended views and ventilation are emphasize.Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniFrom the entrance façade, the house materiality is accentuated by a tripartite composition, recreated in a contemporary form. First, a rough and moist basing is materialized in pine wood, resembling a light plinth supporting the weight above. A raw volume on top, made of natural stone reinforces the monolithic and mineral aspect of the house. Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniAt the end, on the third level, the roof is used as the fifth corbusian façade, where the movement of lines and lightness opposes to the inferior volume. On this last level, the only cover is a floating slab with steel beams shielding a living room with a 360 degrees view over the surrounding mounts. Again, continuity between interior and exterior is made through sliding crystal panels which grant an effect of lightness to the structure. Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniFounded in 2010, Taller Hector Barroso is focused on architectural projects at different scales. In each project, an artistic and scientific investigation methodology is used in order to accomplish specific solutions. Being curious about the critic on architecture and exchanging ideas, we give great importance to the collaboration with engineers, designers, landscaping designers, lighting designers and other disciplines, along with the clients, looking for a positive enrichment in each project. We believe that trough design and ethics the people’s quality of life can be improve. Save this picture!First Level PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessTiny Houses: Downsizing The American DreamArchitecture NewsCritical Round-Up: Tate Britain Renovation, Caruso St. JohnArchitecture News Share Architects: Taller Hector Barroso Area Area of this architecture project ArchDailylast_img read more

Life sentences in landmark case on journalists at the heart of the constitutional crisis in Turkey

first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation “These verdicts, the first against journalists accused of being connected to the July 2016 failed coup, set a devastating precedent for the many other journalists and writers in Turkey who are being tried on similarly spurious charges,” said Jennifer Clement, President of PEN International. “Turkey’s justice system is in crisis, and domestic remedies to human rights abuses are not working” said Thomas Hughes, Executive Director at ARTICLE 19. “The Altans and Nazlı Ilıcak’s cases were given priority status at the European Court of Human Rights in April 2017. It is urgent that it now takes a decision on these cases.” Help by sharing this information Crucially, the proceedings in the criminal court have ignored a landmark Turkish Constitutional Court (TCC) decision on Mehmet Altan’s case. The TCC decision of 11 January found that the pre-trial detention of Mehmet Altan for over a year had led to violations of his “right to personal liberty and security” protected under Article 19 of the Turkish Constitution and “freedom of expression and the press” protected under Articles 26 and 28, establishing the way for his immediate release. In violation of Article 315 of the Turkish Constitution, the lower court refused to implement this binding decision of the Constitutional Court and Mehmet Altan has remained in prison. February 16, 2018 Life sentences in landmark case on journalists at the heart of the constitutional crisis in Turkey News “We know that political pressure works – earlier today the Turkish-German journalist, Deniz Yücel, was released after a year in detention following talks between German Chancellor Merkel and Turkish PM Yıldırım,” said RSF Deputy Director General, Antoine Bernard. “Much more of this pressure is needed. Other countries, and political and financial institutions including the EU need to step up and demonstrate the values they profess to hold in their relations with Turkey.” Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit to go furthercenter_img April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF_EECA News ARTICLE 19 Articolo 21 European Centre for Press and Media Freedom International Press Institute International Publishers Association Italian Press Federation PEN Belgium/Flanders PEN International PEN Norway Reporters Without Borders Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak were today convicted of “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order” under Article 309 of the Turkish Penal Code and sentenced to aggravated life sentences, or life without parole. Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more The signatories also call on European member states to increase political pressure on Turkey to release the Altans, Nazli Ilicak and other journalists detained on groundless charges. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News ARTICLE 19, PEN International and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), who have observed the trial since the first hearing in July 2017, have found the proceedings to be marred from the outset by profound violations of the defendants’ rights to a fair trial. Initially they faced three consecutive life terms on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, parliament and the constitutional order for their alleged links to a network led by Fethullah Gülen whom the government accuses of orchestrating the attempted coup. Endorsed by:last_img read more

Olympics: Jamaica sweeps men’s, women’s 100-meter dashes

first_img Men’s triathlon: Argentina’s Gonzalo Tellechea, Brazil’s Reinaldo Colucci and Diogo Sclebin Costa Martins, Chile’s Felipe Van de Wyngard, Colombia’s Carlos Quinchará and Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales will compete in a competition that consists of 1.5-kilometer (.93-mile) swim, a 43-kilometer (26.7-mile) bike ride and a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run. Men’s RS Sailboard: Brazil’s Ricardo Santos advanced to the final race, where he’ll compete against Canada’s Zac Plavsic, France’s Julien Bontemps, Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey, Germany’s Toni Wilhelm, Greece’s Byron Kokalanis, the Netherlands’ Dorian Van Rijsselberghe, New Zealand’s Jon-Paul Tobin, Poland’s Przemyslaw Miarczynski and Switzerland’s Richard Stauffacher. When and at what time is the 200 meter dash final? Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: She made her claim as being the world’s fastest woman for the second straight Olympics by winning the 100-meter dash in 10.75 seconds, just ahead of American Carmelita Jeter (10.78) and Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown (10.81). Colombia’s Caterine Ibargüen: She won silver in the triple jump with a mark of 14.8 meters, finishing behind Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova’s 14.98 and ahead of Olha Saladuha of the Ukraine (14.79). Jamaicans Kimberly Williams and Trecia Smith placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Cuba’s Idalys Ortiz Bocourt: She won gold in the plus-78-kilogram (171-pound) judo competition by defeating Japan’s Mika Sugimoto in the final. Cuba’s Leuris Pupo: He won the 25-meter rapid fire pistol competition with 34 points, four ahead of India’s Vijay Kumar and seven more than China’s Ding Feng. Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada: The duo won bronze in the star sailing competition, finishing behind Sweden’s Max Salminen and Fredrik Lööf and Great Britain’s Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy. The Brazilians finished with 40 points, with the Swedes scoring 32 and the Brits 34. Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills: She placed fifth in the 400-meter dash in 50.11 seconds. American Sanya Richards-Ross won gold in 49.55, followed by Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu (49.70) and American DeeDee Trotter (49.72). Jamaica’s Rosemarie Whyte placed eighth in 50.79. Here’s what you should keep an eye on Aug. 7: By Dialogo August 06, 2012center_img LONDON – Here’s what you might have missed from this past weekend’s Olympic action: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt: He successfully defended his gold medal in the 100-meter dash in an Olympic-record 9.63 seconds, finishing ahead of compatriot Yohan Blake (9.75) and American Justin Gatlin (9.79). Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson placed seventh in 9.98 seconds and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell took eighth in 11.99. Bolt eclipsed his Olympic record set at the Beijing Games in 2008 (9.69 seconds) and was .05 seconds off the world record of 9.58 he established at the world championships in 2009. Brazil’s César Cielo: He took the bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.59. France’s Florent Manaudou won the gold in 21.34 seconds, followed by America’s Cullen Jones in 21.54. Cielo, who won gold in the event at the Beijing Games in 2008, held off countryman Bruno Fratus, who finished fourth in 21.61. Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell finished seventh in 21.82. “Manaudou had the race of his life and his time was better than my best time this year,” Cielo told reporters. Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro: He earned the bronze medal in tennis with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the All England Club. Del Potro had his gold-medal aspirations end in a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17 to Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the longest three-set men’s match ever played in the modern era, as it lasted four hours and 26 minutes. last_img read more

Embrace change for 2020 to experience greater outcomes

first_imgA quick peek into what lies ahead for credit unions in 2020 reveals some formidable challenges, but also exciting opportunities for institutions that embrace change and remain focused on putting members first. By keeping an eye on the internal and external conditions that impact your service delivery capabilities and utilizing proven resources to implement consumer-friendly, compliant services, you can make the most of the opportunities that exist and improve the overall service experience for your members. 1. Know your member service needs Though the economy remains stable, 41 percent of households in America would struggle if faced with an unexpected expense of just $400. What’s surprising is that many respondents to a research study indicated that they have the money in their checking or savings account. But it is already allocated for other expenses. In these situations, where do consumers turn for help?Implementing programs that assist members with accomplishing their financial goals has always been part and parcel to the credit union movement. For Plus4 Credit Union, this includes providing a responsible option to help members cover occasional overdrafts. While managing their program in-house, credit union leadership began to notice that member outreach efforts were lacking consistency. They were concerned about whether they were providing all members with options to meet their individual needs. To address this concern, leadership upgraded to a fully disclosed overdraft solution. And by committing to a strategy that was supported by program implementation and maintenance experts, the credit union achieved a better level of across-the-board service consistency.2. Make effective technology decisionsGoing up against the big banks and fintech companies can seem overwhelming for community credit unions. But in today’s tech-driven world, effective utilization of cloud-based software and intelligent analytics is a major component for driving growth and creating a satisfactory member experience.  Another reason Plus4 management reached out to a professional overdraft provider was their inability to track overdraft program use and results effectively. Consequently, they weren’t able to precisely identify which members had opted into coverage for POS and ATM transactions. After updating their overdraft program—powered by next generation software—they gained access to important program tracking and analytics in an easy-to-use format. This allowed program administrators to see who was participating in the program and helped identify which members they hadn’t spoken to about the service—or who might need a follow-up to help them use it more effectively.3. Know when it’s time to ask for helpConsumer preference for mobile and online banking options is on the rise. But that doesn’t mean they are ready to give up the opportunity for face-to-face service when they have a question about their account or need financial advice.In these situations, it is incumbent on credit unions to have knowledgeable staff members who can address member concerns and confidently explain the services that are available to meet their financial needs. Plus4 employees gained insight into what makes an overdraft program valuable to members through professional training resources. They learned what elements had been missing from their program, as well as where they needed to focus in order to improve processes and procedures.The credit union also took advantage of compliance expertise and advice to ensure they were fully compliant regarding consumer protection regulations or other oversight related to their overdraft strategy. Expert reviews of their member disclosures sealed their confidence that their program would avoid examiner scrutiny or possible civil litigation.As technology and evolving consumer service trends continue to drive the way our industry operates, being open to change, and seeking expert advice and resources in order to retool outdated and obsolete solutions is essential for optimal performance. For Plus4 Credit Union, gaining professional insight into how to maintain a socially responsible, compliance-guaranteed overdraft program was in line with its mission “to invest in people to improve lives” and led to stronger member relationships and growth opportunities. >> Read the full Plus4 Credit Union case study. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Roe Prior to joining JMFA, Mark was a sales manager in the Texas market for a major bank with headquarters on the West coast. His experience also includes managing the accounting, … Web: www.jmfa.com Detailslast_img read more

Edvin Jurin: Croatian Tourism Development Strategy – Yes, of course, but what kind?

first_imgYou have heard me well – external and internal relations at the level of Croatia as well as individual municipalities, cities, counties or tourist regions.Talking and visiting many individual tourist destinations, tourist representatives often complained to me about the lack of understanding of their tourist councils. And the final question of all questions: What can be done to make the strategy come to life? What we need now and in the future is such an up-to-date and effective interdepartmental body, but also regular four-month analyzes and discussions at all levels of how far we have come and how we will solve, I deliberately repeat, what has not been resolved so far. And so persistently, persistently further to – fulfillment. In this area, not only in the field of tourism but also in other economic areas, we have not celebrated, although there are praiseworthy issues in tourism itself, at least as far as, say, the realization of the strategic marketing plan is concerned. After the rumors about the launch of the initiative itself and after the heated discussions and obligatory lamentations of respected tourist opinion makers, everything usually falls silent. Otherwise, if we get bogged down in the swamp of our local or regional destination maneuvers, insatiable spatial appetites and resentment, we can immediately sing about the new strategy: “In vain your efforts, musicians!” Therefore, in the end, a sincere and well-intentioned recommendation to the Minister of Tourism and Sports and the Government of the Republic of Croatia – New strategy for domestic tourism development until year X with a set of accompanying operational documents for individual years will make sense if it determines and offers frameworks pave the way for a new understanding of tourism in the whole society and innovative and year-round tourism products and projects with built-in added value under the denominator: “Happiness helps the brave!”(Good luck to you!) Concise, short and clear. Let’s start with the first: What kind of strategy do we really need? Therefore, the new strategy should clearly and unambiguously set first of all the key and achievable principles and criteria of the approach to tourism development – globally at the country level and locally in various selected segments. We don’t necessarily have to do it all – everything. We have no time or people for that, much less money. Let’s be brave and decide what and why we work somewhere, learn to cooperate with neighboring destinations, be cooperative and exchange ideas, projects and ultimately the guests themselves so that if they stay in one – visit another destination and thus complete their experience as a product of common and advance projected cooperation of several destinations or administrative units. It is questionable to ask whether such a document, given the dynamics and intensity of disruptive world changes, should be worked on until 2040 or limited to 5 years or until the end of 2025. I support a shorter period. I also wish that the strategy as a supporting document does not have more than thirty pages, and that every year for the next year, until the end of, say, July of the current year, more precise action plans for the next year are adopted. Let’s learn to save our own and others ’time, let’s concentrate on what matters. Honor to those who have moved away from what I will say, but I had the impression that a significant number of previous offices of tourist boards have turned into, allow me that freedom, the PR departments of their presidents – mayors, mayors and prefects. With dynamic and interactive cooperation of all government departments. It would not be exclusively related to the aegis of “sustainable tourism” because sustainable tourism is only a starting and important prerequisite for the mix of selected selective and more complex types of tourism with an emphasis on year-round business and tailor-made products with added value. the needs of the guests whose soul we need to empathize with. As much as possible. Author: Edvin Jurin The previous one, adopted by the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia on April 26, 4 under the full title “Strategy for the Development of Croatian Tourism until 2013” was valid as the name suggests until 2020. Therefore, the need for a new one becomes an urgent need. Focus on internal and external relations The answer is clear: short, concise and clearly guiding. Let us not be slaves to quantity (read the number of pages) but to quality. This way of thinking is the hardest thing to get rid of. I remember an “inspired” response from a client of one of the public sector strategies to my question why he insisted that the document, which had been worked on for a really long and thorough time, be a book in print, and not, say, a CD. The answer was literally: “There should be a book, and the thicker it is, so that when someone comes and asks me what we did, I can throw that heavy book on his chest. So let him think then what he will ask me’. ” Therefore, such documents often end up in drawers, are not used and become literally an artifact of one moment of one time of one client. The US version called “National Travel & Tourism Strategy” from 2012, with defined targets of 100 million tourists and spending of $ 250 billion by 2021, then signed by John Bryson, Secretary of Economy and Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior has barely forty pages with all the introductions. For that, it is necessary to pay attention to the structure and potential of members of tourist councils at all levels, which means their most careful choice, but also ongoing education. Especially at the local level. Tourism has become too complex and interactive for key decisions on its development and implementation of certain specific activities to be made at a flat rate or by “breaking over the knee”. Like when the desert wind in Clint Eastwood’s western films, with the unsurpassed music of the recently deceased Ennio Morricone, dusts the deserted street, which is then covered by oblivion. As if nothing had ever been agreed. What was missing in the public and in the field was a systematic and real comparative presentation of what was achieved from the planned strategic and what was not. With mandatory inquiries: “If not – why not? Was it unrealistically planned? If not unrealistically planned, what obstacles have hindered the realization? What needs to be done to make the unfulfilled come true?” First: What kind of strategy do we really need?Second: What should take precedence in that strategy?Third: What can be done to make the strategy really and fully come to life? As far as external relations, ie interaction with a specific market, are concerned, I often used to ask people in tourism in certain destinations: “Can you tell me what audience you work for? Describe to me the profile of your current or desired guest? By age, social and cultural and other preferences and needs?”The answer was almost as a rule – silence.Instead of just talking about the types of tourism, we are talking about people – guests. Let’s study generational and interest profiles and create scenarios for different situations. Because, trends are created by consumers. The thread adorns the work Preference in such documents should be given to a balanced mix or ratio of internal and external relations or action policies to be achieved. I am a supporter, like everyone else, who loves tourism and who likes to think about tourism, for a document like this to be drafted. But I am an even more ardent advocate that such a document be applied. And not to work on an alibi strategy – and then to adhere to these key determinants little or not at all. According to the principle: “Let it be in our drawer.” Instead, hymns about the transfer of tourist arrivals and overnight stays were offered and are being offered. And we all knew that a lot of things more creative and innovative or environmentally sustainable in the destinations themselves did not come to life. We have not seen or at least perceptively seen that an intergovernmental body for cross-sectoral monitoring of the implementation of the previous strategy has come to life, ie the Inter-Ministerial Expert Council for Tourism according to the previous strategy (p.60). Here, tourism failed to impose itself on the older ministerial brothers in the Croatian government, especially in the areas of finance, labor, urbanism, construction and spatial planning, and environmental protection, as expected by the profession. Happiness helps the brave Under certain conditions of course, Not wanting to prejudge things, I ask three possible questions for this occasion. And three possible answers. Even the sparrows on the branch sing that Croatia needs a new strategy for tourism development, as one of its more dominant economic branches. I want to believe that there will be needs for that – there won’t be. They are no longer just times for that. This has led many to spend their resources on a “copy paste” basis: “We do this because it is done by the municipality, city or county next to us”. And not because of what we do, market and business necessary and more importantly – economically justified.last_img read more

Coronavirus reaches Kyrgyzstan, via Saudi Arabia

first_imgTopics : Kyrgyzstan has confirmed its first coronavirus cases, as three citizens tested positive after arriving from Saudi Arabia, the healthcare minister said on Wednesday, a day after the Central Asian country closed its borders to all foreigners.Healthcare Minister Kosmosbek Cholponbayev delivered news that the pandemic had reached the landlocked nation of 6 million people at a news briefing.Kyrgyzstan borders China, where the outbreak first began in December, and two of its neighbors, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, also confirmed their first cases this month. All three countries and Tajikistan, another former Soviet central Asian republic, have moved to ban or limit public events and suspended Friday prayers at mosques.Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have also closed their borders and the former is locking down two of its biggest cities to contain the outbreak. last_img read more

COVID-19 takes toll on Pelni as ports temporarily close

first_imgThe national shipping industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, which has disrupted the flow of goods along shipping routes.In addition to shipping, the COVID-19 outbreak has also taken a toll on passenger ship operators, with a number of ports temporarily closing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.State-owned shipping company PT Pelni has suffered a sharp decline in passenger numbers since the COVID-19 outbreak hit the country in early February, the company’s corporate secretary Yahya Kuncoro said in Jakarta on Saturday, adding that business had dropped off further after the government imposed social restrictions to curb the outbreak in March. He said that a number of the company’s passenger ships, such as the KM Dobonsolo, KM Ciremai, KM Nggapulu, KM Dempo, KM Sinabung and KM Leuser, could not operate optimally because many regional administrations had closed their ports to prevent the spread of the virus. Although the ships are still allowed to transport cargo, the closure of ports had severely hurt business, he added.Most ports in Papua, including in Jayapura, Timika, Agats, Merauke, Nabire, Biak, Serui, Sorong, Manokwari, Kaimana, Fakfak and Wasior, have been closed for passenger ships. Several other ports in Maluku, such as in Saumlaki, Namrole, Sanana and Dobo have also been also closed.Ports have also been closed in Batulicin and Bontang in East Kalimantan; Waingapu and Larantuk in East Nusa Tenggara; Blinyu and Tanjung Pandan in Bangka Belitung; Awerange and Bitung in Sulawesi and Letung Tarempa in Riau Islands.Meanwhile, chairwoman of the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) Carmelita Hartoto said on March 30 that the COVID-19 outbreak had not only had financial impacts on shipping companies but also affected their administrative and technical work. The volume of cargo exported and imported to and from China has declined by 14 to 18 percent. Shipments to other countries such as Singapore and South Korea have also declined, while domestic cargo shipments have dropped 5 to 10 percent, the association said.The clearance process at seaports is another challenge that has resulted in higher operational costs. The clearance process has been further complicated by additional procedures such as ship disinfection, ship crew health checks and travel history checks.“This has increased operational costs,” said Carmelita. Carmelita also reported that efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19 had also disrupted administrative work. With physical distancing and work-from-home policies in place, business players have found it difficult to carry out administrative work, such as acquiring ship certificate, because of staff shortages.On the technical side, Carmelita said ship owners also faced difficulties conducting maintenance because of the limited number of workers available.Topics :last_img read more

McIlory in good form heading into weekend in Shanghai

first_imgMeanwhile, Seamus Power is among the leaders heading into the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.The Waterford man is 7 under which is just 2 behind leader Kevin Streelman. The Ulsterman is 7 under after a 66 while Shane Lowry is 2 under.Hideki Matsuyama leads by 3 shots on 13 under after a 65.McIlroy says he putted better today than yesterday.last_img

Jonathan Brian Douglas

first_imgJonathan Brian Douglas was born in Pittsfield, on St. Patrick’s Day, 1954, his mom’s birthday and her greatest gift. He grew up in the Berkshires, and spent time in the summers on Cape Cod.Even as a little fellow he liked go-karts and minibikes. As a teenager, he went over to New York on Sunday mornings to race his car at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He also loved motorcycles and sports cars, had several, and eventually learned how to rebuild them.Jon also loved skiing, started out with a determined snowplow, became a fantastic downhill skier, raced in slalom races, and eventually worked at Bousquet ski area.Jon graduated from Taconic High School in 1972. After high school he studied printing. He worked in that field, but eventually returned to the automotive trade, and got his license for driving big rigs, long distance. He bought his own blue and chrome Diamond Rio.Jon took pride in every home he owned, and was always working on his homes, would build on dens and other rooms, and also made beautiful gardens. He lived for a short time on Martha’s Vineyard, worked for the trucking company Barnes Trucking, and made a lot of friends fishing. He drove long-distance trips all over the country. He moved from New England to Palm Bay, Fla., and lived there for many years. He injured his back in a motorcycle accident. When his back hurt too much for driving, he went out and earned his hairdressing license. He began to practice this, but again his back hurt too much. Always ready to learn, he went on to learn to build computers. He lived for many years in Florida.Eventually, he moved back to his love, the mountains, to Lake Lure, N.C., joined Lake Lure Baptist Church, and made many wonderful friends there. Jon is survived by a brother, Curt Douglas of Goodyear, Ariz., a sister, Amarylis Douglas of Martha’s Vineyard, and his two daughters, Heather Douglas and Melanie Roucoulet, both of Pittsfield, and several grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and many, many nieces and nephews around the country. He was predeceased by his sister Pamela Heye, formerly of Knoxville, Tenn., and his brother Tim Douglas, formerly of New York City.Donations can be made in his name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at bit.ly/MemorialsStJude.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Training wheels

first_imgIt is that time of year, ladies and gents. What time is it? Well as if you didn’t know, it does not snow in August and if you lose your afro pick, just make a few “twisties” and grow some dreads. It’s make ’em, or break ’em time at Steelers training camp now in full swing at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe. Sometimes heat, coupled with stress, may occasionally cause temporary insanity but usually a Valium or Prozac washed down with a forty of Old “E” will cure all that ails ya; but has Mike Tomlin lost his “fro” comb along with the split ends and the brain matter located beneath?Big Ben Roethlisberger is sitting on a minimum four-game suspension to start the 2010 campaign and ya know what? “Big Benny” is still splitting time with the boys sitting in the first chairs. I happen to be vexed, perplexed and puzzled as to why such an imbecilic concept would even be considered when the primary goal for any coach is to walk off the gridiron victorious.Check this out. When the season begins, whatever “auxiliary” signal caller is anointed to temporarily sit the “field side” throne of the Steeler Nation, they will not be facing the opponents’ 2nd or 3rd team on any given Sunday. The man who lines up behind center will be facing the opponent’s best defenders.The athlete who replaces Roethlisberger should be getting 70-80 percent of the first team reps until Ben has served a minimum three games of his four- or six-game suspension. There is no way, shape, form or fashion that any athlete who has been handed his or her penalty for an alleged or verified offense should be rewarded indirectly or directly. We get it Pittsburgh, or at least I think we do. Big Ben is the starting QB of the Steelers but he is currently being prepped to serve at least one-quarter of the season as the world of sports’ most visible and overpaid “couch potato.” Big Ben should be armed with an oversized pair of tweezers removing bench splinters from his “hiney.”Recently there were two high profile management signings within the Steeler monarchy. There was reportedly a two-year contract extension given to Coach Tomlin and a five-year extension tendered to Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert. I was initially concerned about the disparity of the length Tomlin’s contract in comparison to the length and scope of Colbert’s pact.But ya know what, if Tomlin continues to show blatant and transparent favoritism to any individual or particular faction of players, then hey, maybe someone in the Steelers’ regime knows something that we will never know about the administration or players’ confidence or lack of in their current head coach. See folks…take politics for example. If you support right-wing issues you will more than likely attract right-wing supporters, ditto for the left-wing. But one cannot have it both ways. Both sides have whipping posts and you are going to have to have your appointment with the “cat-o-nine tails.” I don’t care what you do or say, how you make out will depend on how many lashes you have to take and who’s doing the whipping.Coaching on any level is about more than Xs and Os and reluctantly spewed glib one-liners at useless press conferences. Coaching a group of warriors is about loyalty to those who sacrifice their blood, sweat and bones for the greater good. Trusting in and believing in the man is the key before ever learning any system that the man can put in place.I’m hopeful the tenures of both Tomlin and Colbert mirror the longevity of the careers of their predecessors. “But let me make one thing perfectly clear,” as the late President Richard M. Nixon used to say. And while I am quoting dead presidents, was it Lincoln who said, “A house divided cannot stand?” Well, in light of whoever might have said what, you have my permission to use this next quote by yours truly at any time or place. This is an Aubrey Bruce original. “A locker room divided surely cannot contend for or win the AFC North, make the playoffs, win the AFC Championship or Super Bowl XLV.” How ya like them apples?Although these players are behemoths in physical size in comparison to normal standards, they possess the egos of small and fragile china dolls. And, oh by the way once a china doll is shattered, the next destination for this work of art is “Le Rubbish Canasta.” Once a leader loses the loyalty of the troops, turn out the lights, the party’s over.All is certainly not fair in love and in contracts. If you don’t believe me, ask around because I’m certain you will be able to give a particular coach residing temporarily in the Black and Gold Zone “a penny for his thoughts.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more