T House / MDA Architecture

first_imgPhotographs:  Quang Tran Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2019 Photographs ArchDaily CopyHouses•Tan Son Nhi, Vietnam Projects “COPY” Houses “COPY” Year:  Area:  425 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project T House / MDA ArchitectureSave this projectSaveT House / MDA ArchitectureSave this picture!© Quang Tran+ 28Curated by Hana Abdel Share Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Dulux, Adobe, An Cuong Wood, Trimble, Vietceramics, Vina LED, Viresin, Xingfa Aluminium ProfileDesign Team:Ha Anh Vu, Tien Hoang ThanCity:Tan Son NhiCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Quang TranRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. T House is a type of housing design known for its “hidden entrance” feature, being designed and customized for a 3-generation household. Located at the T-junction of an alley in Saigon, the house has a thick fence layer to prevent unwanted noise from the busy streets, and wooden wall panels to cleverly conceal the door system.Save this picture!© Quang TranSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Quang TranBesides the 2 fronts, we created a third frontage where the adjoining house is adjacent to a garden. By doing this, the house now lies between two distinct yards. This extra frontage has created an additional space for the family members to engage in fascinating activities “outside” of the house.Save this picture!© Quang TranSave this picture!ElevationSave this picture!© Quang TranPersonal privacy is required to be the top priority, so no courtyard or void is put inside the house. Instead, all of the spaces are carried outside. Common spaces such as living room, kitchen, and library dedicating to the main yard and balconies on the left side of the house, where ecological interaction is promoted to the fullest.Save this picture!© Quang TranProject gallerySee allShow lessArham House / Dipen Gada and AssociatesSelected ProjectsImpian Residence / HBOA (HB Ong Architect)Selected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/943252/t-house-mda-architecture Clipboard Architects: MDA Architecture Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMDA ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookTan Son NhiVietnamPublished on July 12, 2020Cite: “T House / MDA Architecture” 11 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore 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 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/943252/t-house-mda-architecture Clipboard T House / MDA Architecture Vietnamlast_img read more

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Talib Williams/ ‘Imagine a world without prisons’

first_imgBy Talib WilliamsTalib Williams spoke from Soledad prison Aug. 29 via a recording, introduced by his spouse Tasha Williams, at the webinar “Black Lives Matter: Justice for Peaceful Black Soledad Prisoners.” Williams blows the whistle on injustice inside Soledad and reaches beyond the walls to report the truth, suffering retaliation from the authorities. He has written three books, including “Annotated Tears, Vol. 2, Soledad Uncensored,” and is a respected imam in the prison’s Muslim community. At the age of 17, Williams received a 50-year prison sentence for defending himself against a man who had tried to take his life. In prison for almost two decades, and up for early parole in 2017 for good behavior, in 2020 he is still waiting for his hearing. For information about how to support Williams, go to Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party on Facebook and talibthestudent.com/. Webinar can be viewed at tinyurl.com/yx96lxr9.Talib Williams                                                                   Credit: talibthestudent.comI just want to thank everybody for being there in support of what’s going on right now, support [of us] in an environment where our voices are continually silenced.I think it’s important for people to reflect on the fact that we live in a society where what we’re experiencing right now at Soledad has been going on. The situation that goes on daily in public, with police-involved shootings and systemic racism in society that cameras record, takes place at a high degree inside prison.Prison is an environment where oppression is silenced, and that makes it invisible to where all we know about institutions are their names. We hear about Soledad, we hear about Attica, we hear about Rikers Island, but we don’t really know what goes on inside. We’ve got to be concerned with what goes on inside here, and I really appreciate the attention that’s being paid.I also want to point out that we’re in a time where I believe that it’s important for us to imagine and inspire people to imagine a world without prisons. Because the effect that prison has on the individuals inside prison is one thing, but the ramifications that continue from what we go through are endless.And although it may be hard for people to imagine what do we do with people who commit crime, what you gotta realize is that there was once a time where people couldn’t imagine a world without slavery. … It took people to take the chance of committing acts of running away from slavery, in order to get people the ability to have that imagination.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Cameroonian journalist still held in stalled defamation case

first_img July 11, 2019 Cameroonian journalist still held in stalled defamation case Organisation News Help by sharing this information News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court April 23, 2021 Find out more After plaintiff Calixthe Beyala, a novelist with French and Cameroonian dual nationality, failed to make an appearance on 9 July, the case was adjourned until 13 August and Chouta, who has been held since 28 May, was returned to Yaoundé’s Kondengui maximum security prison.Beyala brought her defamation action against Chouta after he posted a video of her in a heated argument with a man on his Facebook page “Le TGV de l’info,” which has more than 80,000 followers. An outspoken critic of the government, Chouta has become famous in Cameroon for his video interviews and live reporting. to go further Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system CameroonAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expression News May 31, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Cameroon is ranked 131st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. May 19, 2021 Find out more News Well-known Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta’s continuing detention is out of all proportion to the defamation and false news charges brought against him, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today after a court hearing in his case was postponed yet again in Yaoundé because the plaintiff failed to turn up. Receive email alerts Crédit : Paul Chouta Follow the news on Cameroon CameroonAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expression Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case RSF_en “It is hard not to see Paul Chouta’s continuing detention as a reprisal by the authorities against a journalist who has many followers and who is also very critical of the government,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Without taking a position on the substance of the case, we regard this journalist’s preventive detention as out of all proportion to the defamation and false news proceedings against him and we call for his immediate release without waiting for the case to be heard.”The authorities lost no time in arresting Chouta in response to this lawsuit, but they have yet to identify those responsible for a knife attack against him last January, which followed repeated threats against him in connection with his reporting critical of President Paul Biya’s government, as RSF pointed out at the time.Chouta even had to change his place of residence for safety reasons during last October’s elections, in which Biya won a seventh term as president.Cameroonian journalists are often the victims of arbitrary detention. The current victims include Amadou Vamoulké, the former head of state-owned Cameroon Radio & Television (CRTV), who has been held for nearly three years on embezzlement charges that the prosecution has been unable to substantiate in a trial that has dragged on for two years.Some 20 hearings have so far been held in Vamoulké’s trial, most of them lasting just a few minutes. RSF recently wrote to President Biya to request his release, arguing that this leading Cameroonian journalist did not deserve to “spend his retirement behind bars.”last_img read more

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Radio and television group blacked out for payment default

first_imgReporters Without Borders today voiced dismay at brutal methods used yesterday by police in Dakar who mounted a dawn raid to shut down the broadcast group Walfadjri.The security forces intervention, in which broadcast equipment was forcibly seized, was ordered by the courts over a failure to pay royalties.“If there is a dispute between the Senegalese royalties’ bureau (BSDA) and the Walfadjri media group, it should be resolved by other means,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Nothing can justify the use of force and seizure of equipment. The outright suspension of broadcasts has the chief effect of depriving a section of the population of access to news”, it added.Uniformed police made a 6am raid on the broadcast group’s offices in the Kébé building in Dakar city centre, violently seizing equipment and cutting aerials, abruptly ending broadcasts. The BSDA lodged two cases against the Walfadjri group at the special court in Dakar and a judge ruled in its favour after studying the initial complaint on 6 August 2009. This decision was notified to the chairman of the media group, Sidy Lamine Niasse, on 13 August. The court ruled that all programmes put out on radio and television Walfadjri FM with content to which royalties applied should be temporarily suspended until completion of the legal procedure and payment in full of the royalties owed – 50 million CFA francs (76,225 euros). Lamine Diasse had refused to accept the court decision. March 5, 2021 Find out more RSF asks Senegal to amend its new press law News RSF decries exceptional press freedom violations in Senegal to go further SenegalAfrica SenegalAfrica August 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio and television group blacked out for payment default Receive email alerts Newscenter_img Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information RSF_en Follow the news on Senegal January 8, 2021 Find out more Reports News November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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‘Rathkeale Rovers’ jailed for €73million rhino horn theft plot

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” News‘Rathkeale Rovers’ jailed for €73million rhino horn theft plotBy Staff Reporter – April 7, 2016 1337 Museum held rhino horns were the target of the gangTHIRTEEN members of the criminal gang known as the “Rathkeale Rovers” have been jailed for almost seven years for plotting to steal Rhino horns and museum artefacts.On Monday, seven of a 14 member traveller gang with connections to Ratheale in County Limerick were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for their parts in a number of break-ins and plotting to steal the rhino horns with an estimated value of €73 million.This Monday, Richard Kerry O’Brien, John Cash O’Brien, Danny Flynn, Paul Pammen, Alan Clarke, Daniel Turkey O’Brien and Donald Chi Cheong Wong were sentenced by Judge Murray Creed,Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Wong was described in court as a London-based intermediary who would find buyers for the stolen items and made frequent trips to Hong Kong.Judge Murray Creed heard that although the items stolen in two of the raids were valued at £17 million, police believe buyers would have paid upwards of three times that value on the illegal markets.The judge said that the plans and the thefts were part of “an extremely sophisticated conspiracy”.The judge said the operation to “plunder” rhino horn, carved horn and jade items started off on a “small-scale”basis in January 2012 but after initial failures and botched thefts – in one case the burglars forgot where they had hidden their haul – their planning finally paid off.“It was serious organised crime. This criminal enterprise “involved very high value goods with significant harm caused to victims, both museums and members of the public who would otherwise have viewed the material stolen.Describing it as a sophisticated enterprise that was both “skilled and persistent,” the judge said that it had spanned England, Scotland and Ireland adding that members of the O’Brien family, based in Rathkeale, had been at the heart of that conspiracy.Richard “Kerry” O’Brien Jr, (31), of Cambridgeshire and also of Rathkeale, was jailed for five-and-a-half years.John “Cash” O’Brien, (68), of Fifth Avenue in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands was jailed for five years and three months.Daniel “Turkey” O’Brien, 45, Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire was jailed for six years and eight months.Daniel Flynn,45, and also of Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, was jailed for four years despite the judge saying he played a lead role in the enterprise. However his sentence was reduced based on “the fragility of his mental health”.Donald Wong, (56) with an address in London was described by the judge as “a buyer, seller and valuer” and was jailed for five-and-a-half years.Paul Pammen, (49), of Alton Gardens in Southend-on-Sea and Alan Clarke, (37) of Melbourne Road in Newham, London, were both jailed for five-and-a-half years each.John “Kerry” O’Brien, (26), of Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire – but also of Rathkeale, Co Limerick, was jailed for six-and-a-half years.Terrence McNamara, of Marquis Street in Belfast, was jailed for four years.Michael Hegarty (43), also of Orchard Drive in Cottenham, and Rathkeale, was jailed for six-and-a-half years.Richard Sheridan, (47) of Water Lane in Smithy Fen, was jailed for five and half years.Patrick Clarke, aged 34, of Melbourne Road, Newham, London, was also jailed for five-and-a-halfAshley Dad, (35), of Crowther Road in Wolverhampton, was jailed for five years and three months.The group’s targets included Durham University Oriental Museum, the Norwich Castle Museum in Norfolk, a robbery at Gorringe’s Auction House in East Sussex and a burglary at Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.A 14th man had already been convicted and sentenced for his part in the crime, last year.There is high demand for rhino horns in China, where they are used in highly controversial preparations of traditional Chinese medicine.In recent years, prices of drinking cups made of sculpted rhinoceros horns also have soared in the Chinese art market. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Email Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSCourtjaillimerickRathkeale Roversrhino horns Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous article#Limerick news briefs – Hammer attack – Counterfeit notes – Dundons appealNext articleMajor media names for Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

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Cross Border Insolvency: Should India Adopt The UNCITRAL Model Law?

first_imgNews UpdatesCross Border Insolvency: Should India Adopt The UNCITRAL Model Law? LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Jun 2020 12:59 AMShare This – xThe fourth in the series of webinars organized by the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee, India (UNCCI) with UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (“UNCITRAL RCAP”) and the Faculty of Law, Manav Rachna University was held on 6 June 2020. The discussion was on Cross Border Insolvency: Should India Adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law, 1997″ A panel of eminent speakers…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe fourth in the series of webinars organized by the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee, India (UNCCI) with UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (“UNCITRAL RCAP”) and the Faculty of Law, Manav Rachna University was held on 6 June 2020. The discussion was on Cross Border Insolvency: Should India Adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law, 1997″ A panel of eminent speakers comprising of Judge Allan L Gropper (Former Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of New York), Ms. Kate Lannan (Senior Legal Officer, UNCITRAL), Dr. T.K. Viswanathan (Chairman, Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee, India), Mr. Sumant Batra (Managing Partner, Kesar Dass B & Associates) participated in the discussion. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Aparna Ravi (Partner, Samvad Partners) and Ms. Adwaita Sharma (Advocate, and Secretary, UNCCI). Mr. Gourab Banerji (Senior Advocate and Barrister, Vice Chairman of UNCCI, Overseas Associate at Essex Court Chambers, London) set the tone for the discussion while graciously introducing the theme, illustrious speakers, and the moderators. Introducing the session in the capacity of vice chair of UNCCI he mentioned that UNCCI’s mandate is to capacity build in topics of interest to UNCITRAL and that its Chairman is Mr. Fali Nariman (Senior Advocate). The moot question, in his opinion, was whether India should adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency (“Model Law”). He noted that while the issue of cross-border insolvency hasn’t come to the fore in India, it is an extremely relevant topic in today’s global time. He cited the example of the Jet Airways insolvency case, which demonstrated the need for India to implement a robust cross-border insolvency framework. His introductory remark was followed by co-welcoming remarks by Ms. Athita Komindr (Head UNCITRAL RCAP) who mentioned that this webinar was UNCITRAL R CAP’s first digital event on Cross Border Insolvency. She informed UNCITRAL R-CAP is UNCITRAL’s only regional centre and was established in year 2012. Its aim is to promote progressive harmonization and modernization of International trade law in Asia Pacific region., in doing so and they assist governments and stakeholder and overcoming disparities in national legal system thereby facilitating cross border commerce and international trade. She also informed that in addition to Insolvency UNCITRAL’s current work program covers access to justice by mediation and arbitration, judicial sale of ships, creating a legally enabling environment for Micro Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, E-Commerce and the Digital Economy. She further mentioned that the theme for the webinar is especially timely as Covid-19 continues to destruct global trade the need for harmonization has become more pressing than ever. Ms. Aparna Ravi, moderator of the session, noted that the need for a cross-border insolvency framework cannot be ignored any longer, because the market does not wait for legislations to play catch up. She mentioned that currently Krishna Committee is set up by Government of India dealing rules and regulations to implement the cross border insolvency provisions into IBC and also to look into the Group Insolvency (It is noteworthy that Ms. Aparna is part of the said committee). She cited examples of Essar Steel, Videocon and Amtek Auto cases, apart from the Jet Airways example to assert that although, in the absence of any legislation, the judiciary is crafting a framework on a case by case basis but the same cannot be a substitute for adopting a comprehensive Insolvency legislation. Therefore it is imperative for India to adopt Cross Border insolvency legislation sooner rather than later. Post this, Kate Lannan introduced the Model Law to the audience. She highlighted the situations which call for a cross-border insolvency regime (for example: when one insolvent debtor has assets or operations in more than one nation). She listed reasons such as increase in number of cases, delays, increased costs, cumbersome procedure, formal and conflicting court decisions, among others to demonstrate the benefits of a uniform cross-border insolvency framework. She stated that the primary objectives of the Model Law are fostering co-operation between courts of two nations, and promoting greater legal certainty to protect interest of creditors and other interested persons and specifically to protect and maximise the value of debtors assets where ever they are located etc. She clarified that the Model law does not attempt to unify substantive provisions of insolvency laws across nations but aims at respecting differences in the procedural laws of different nations. She clarified that Model Law is a unilateral law and it has to be enacted by State in order to be effected. She further noted that the Model Law had deliberately not introduced reciprocity as a criterion, because that would reduce global efficiency and reciprocity was not required for effective implementation of the Model Law. Ms. Lannan commented on the incredible growth of the Model Law in the last couple of years, with 47 states having adopted it.Ms. Lannan clarified that the premise of the Model Law was to minimize formality and facilitate predictable and speedy outcomes. She summarized the essence of the Model Law in four elements; access, recognition, relief, and co-operation. She highlighted the need for a foreign member to have the right of direct access, subject to the local laws, and the importance of straight-forward conditions for recognition of a foreign proceeding. With regards to relief, she highlighted the importance of discretionary interim relief. She also emphasized the strong need for co-operation and co-ordination in the case of concurrent foreign and domestic proceedings. Once Ms. Lannan concluded, Dr. T.K. Viswanathan addressed the audience. He briefly narrated the history of the groundwork leading to the codification of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“IBC”). Dr. Viswanathan made a critical point, that even at the time of enacting the IBC, he and his team members were aware of the pressing need for providing a legal framework with respect to cross-border insolvency within the IBC however due to lack of the requisite ecosystem namely bankruptcy tribunal, a consolidated law on the subject, Resolution professionals and information Utilities etc, as a stop gap measures and interim solution two section namely 234 and section 235 were inserted in the IBC. He commented that bilateral treaties were not an efficient way of dealing with cross border insolvency, and noted that reciprocity as a requirement was not favored by him. He said that India’s experience with reciprocal arrangements has not been a positive one, pointing to the Civil Procedure Code to demonstrate his point. Dr. Viswanathan, laid a great emphasis on one of the points made by Ms. Lannan, that for cross-border insolvency to be implemented effectively, there has to be greater co-operation and capacity building amongst Indian and foreign judges. Dr. Viswanathan ended his address on an optimistic note that he was confident that India would adopt the Model Law soon, stating that it was very encouraging that the IBC (unlike most other laws other than income tax and customs laws that had repercussions on revenue collection) was monitored so closely by the government. Mr. Sumant Batra picked up from where Dr. Viswanathan left, providing a practitioner’s perspective of the need to adopt the Model Law. He emphasized that India had capable and sophisticated lenders, judges and other stakeholders to effectively implement a cross-border insolvency regime. Accordingly, he made a strong case for the adoption of the Model Law by India. He was also a firm believer that India should not adopt the principle of Reciprocity and to substantiate his point he gave example of South Africa where adoption of Reciprocity has resulted in its insolvency law being redundant. He pointed to the difficulties in resolving cross border issues in the absence of a Model Law, citing various examples of the insolvency case where he himself had appeared. He discussed the insolvency of Amtek Auto that had assets in a very large number of jurisdictions, with parallel restructurings taking place in some of them. He also provided a detailed description of the Jet Airways cross-border insolvency case, which had involved proceedings in the Netherlands and India, and where he had represented one of the parties. Mr. Batra commented on how the various stakeholders in Jet Airways, including the Indian resolution professional and the Dutch insolvency representative, had sat together and framed a protocol, that was largely based on the Model Law. The protocol answered important questions such as where the main proceedings should be, and how one would determine the rights and obligations of the parties. All parties agreed that sovereignty of India and Netherlands were to be respected, that the Indian proceedings should be the main one and that any asset sold out of Netherlands would be parked and utilizedat the end of the process to pay off costs and statutory dues. The administrator in Netherlands was allowed to be present at the meetings of the committee of creditors.Mr. Batra ended his description of the Jet Airways case, stating that it was a prime example to demonstrate that the market in India was ready for the Model Law. As a parting note, however, Mr. pBatra expressed his concern over the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the Indian insolvency regime. In his opinion, it resembled a flight that had just taken off, but had begun to lose the air beneath its wings. The final speaker was Judge Alan L Gropper. He commented that the USA had adopted the Model Law in 2005 through the enactment of Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code, and it had turned out to be an unqualified success. He noted that while the U.S. had cross border insolvency provisions prior to adoption of the Model Law, the Model Law set out a clear procedure, and provided a strong statutory basis for the judges to grant recognition, reliefs and cooperation. He also noted that the U.S. had adopted the Model Law without a reciprocity requirement, which had allowed it to grant recognition to foreign proceedings in countries that had not adopted the Model Law (including an Indian proceeding in one instance!). They still are firm believer of not adopting Principle of Reciprocity. He shared his practical experience as a bankruptcy judge in the US while citing various cases and also cited various provisions of the U.S. version of the Model Law chapter 15. He believed that the implementation of the Model Law in the United States had been very smooth and in a majority of cases did not involve contentious issues. He also noted that there was enough latitude under the Model Law to protect domestic creditors and their interests. Once the speakers concluded, Ms. Adwaita Sharma conducted a brief Question and Answer (Q&A) session. An interesting question came up with respect to whether Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanisms would be helpful in cross-border insolvency, and two of the speakers nodded a yes to the question. The speakers also dismissed any concerns that a state would be conceding its sovereignty by adopting the Model Law. Overall, the session was highly productive, and concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Adwaita Sharma to the illustrious panel, Mr. Gourab Banerji, Ms. Athita Komindr, Ms. Anna Joubin Bret (Secretary UNCITAL), Mr. Ajay Thomas (Director, faculty of law, Manav Rachna University) and the Centre of Excellence on Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) at the Faculty of Law, Manav Rachna University, the moderators, the audience and the media partner Live Law and Mr. Rashid. Next Storylast_img read more

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White House considers suspending US-China flights amid coronavirus fears

first_imganyaberkut/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The White House is considering suspending flights between the U.S. and China because of the Coronavirus outbreak, three sources confirmed to ABC News.A person familiar with the deliberation said the U.S. has not elected to take action yet, but the situation is being closely monitored. That person described the situation as “incredibly volatile.”An airline source said carriers have been briefed on the possibility of suspending those flights and that government officials are planning to institute a daily deputies meeting “with all the key players” to assess the situation.A senior administration official told ABC News “the White House did not call the airlines and hasn’t asked for a suspension of flights between the U.S. and China.”United Airlines on Tuesday decided to suspend 24 of its flights to China scheduled from Feb. 1 to Feb. 8 due to a “significant decline in demand” for travel to China.Delta Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines are waiving cancellation and change fees for customers who booked flights to China.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday expanded screenings at U.S. airports from five to 20 for passengers arriving from China.The CDC has confirmed five cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., but no fatalities. In China, the death toll has climbed to at least 106, with more than 4,500 confirmed cases. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Lessons for life

first_imgReforms to post-16 qualificationsbring a much more vocational slant and employers are about to feel theirimpact. Elaine Essery swots up on their benefitsThis summer’s examresults will reveal the first outcomes of Curriculum 2000, the Government’sreforms to post-16 qualifications. The changes, effective fromSeptember 2000, sprang from Lord Dearing’s Qualifying for Success report, whichcalled for greater breadth in the post-GCSE curriculum. There are three key elements to thereforms:– A new Advanced Subsidiaryqualification, representing the first half of a full A-level, taken in thefirst year of post-16 study – Upgraded and more flexible Advanced GNVQs, known as vocational A-levels, toencourage students to combine vocational and academic study – A new Key Skills qualification, embracing the skills of communication,application of numbers and ITNew vocational qualifications areknown as Vocational Certificates of Education. Courses are available asthree-unit programmes at AS-level, six-unit programmes at A-level and 12-unitprogrammes leading to two A levels. GCE A-levels consist of six units. Break from traditionInstead of the traditional patternof studying three A-level subjects over two years, perhaps with General Studiesthrown in, it is envisaged that students will study up to five subjects, alongwith Key Skills. A survey of 1,300 schools andcolleges carried out by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas)found that 70 per cent of sixth form students will be sitting four AS examsthis year and nine out of 10 will go on to take three A-levels (sometimesreferred to as A2s) in their second year. More than half the schools wereencouraging science students to take at least one arts subject and artsstudents to take at least one science. A higher-than-expected proportion (55per cent) will be taking the Key Skills qualification. A similar survey conducted by theSecondary Heads’ Association (SHA) found that Key Skills would be assessed in86 per cent of responding schools, although it does not follow that such a highnumber would take the qualification. Scope for a greater mix of subjects,with DfEE assurances of no loss of rigour, and the added bonus of competence inKey Skills could be good news for employers. Margaret Murray, head of thelearning and skills group at the Institute of Directors, thinks so. “We welcomethe breadth – we’ve been calling for it for more than 10 years. A greater mixof subjects is of greater benefit to employers generally. Science and maths areterribly important and we want to see more young people achieving qualityresults in both those areas,” she says.Key qualificationBut employers do not recruitqualifications, they recruit people, she adds, and Key Skills breadth is asimportant as subject breadth. “We want to be confident that with this breadthyoung people are also developing the full range of soft skills that they needto flourish in a job. “If it just means that they’re doingeffectively four A-levels instead of three, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’regoing to be able to communicate better and work well with others. The new KeySkills qualification is an important element.”Sue Bryant, group HR director atconstruction company Taylor Woodrow, believes that the reforms can only helpease current skills shortages and recruitment difficulties in the industry. “Anything that gives peopleflexibility and a greater opportunity for employment has got to be good, aslong as you’re not diluting the quality of the education they’re getting,” shesays.“One thing I do like is the KeySkills qualification. Often we find that people coming out of university arenot as well prepared as we’d hope in those areas. “The other good thing about that isthat we sponsor students through university and it’s quite difficult to pickthe winners at 17 years of age, but a Key Skills qualification might be anotherguide to their potential.” While employers generally welcomeemphasis on Key Skills, for them the relevance of Key Skills is in their applicationin a work-based environment. The SHA survey showed that where KeySkills are offered they are being taught in separate lessons in 55 per cent ofschools. It is something that concerns Jim Dobson, secretary of the JointCouncil for General Qualifications – the umbrella organisation for the relevantawarding bodies. “Teaching Key Skills as a separateset of lessons gets away from the point, which to me is quite important, thatthey’re not something separate but something which permeates all aspects ofwhat you do,” says Dobson. ScepticalSue Peacock of Emta, the NTO forengineering manufacture, and member of the Young People’s Learning Committee,which advises the Learning and Skills Council, shares Dobson’s view and issceptical about the new qualification. “Most of the Key Skills should beembedded in subjects like maths and English rather than being separate. Havinga Key Skills qualification doesn’t seem to make sense. Why put the three thingstogether? They’re quite separate,” she says. “If young people come out of schoolswith better Key Skills, employers will be delighted. There’s a serious issueabout the low level, particularly of numeracy, and we need to get that right,but I don’t think this is the right way of tackling it. It’s more about gettingthe current subject syllabuses right so that young people come out with theright skills in numeracy, communication and IT.” Despite their potential to impact onrecruitment practices, the changes to post-16 qualifications have not been wellcommunicated to employers, it seems. According to Bryant, “As a parent of twoteenage children – one doing A-levels and one approaching them – I’m probablymore aware of the changes than some people. “I think it hasn’t been communicatedas well as it might have been and it’s important for employers to know what’shappening in the education system.” Forte Hotels development manager,Kevin O’Connor, says he hasn’t had any information about Curriculum 2000, butadds that it may be due to the decentralisation of Forte’s training function.O’Connor would very much welcomeapplicants offering a VCE in hospitality and catering. Different slant “If there were a significant numberof people with vocational A-levels it would affect our recruitment patterns, aswe’d take a different slant. “We would bring people in at thatlevel and it would become a targeted market that we would probably go for on anannual basis.” Such people would be ideal to train forsupervisory and management roles where both practical skills and knowledge areneeded. “A-levels are very academic and leadpeople to spend several years in the world of academia. By the time they are intheir mid-20s, they’re coming into the business way behind others who’ve takena more practical route,” O’Connor says. “I think it’s great to have theacademic qualifications, but you have to have an equal balance.” Vocational qualifications are alsoseen as a way of stimulating students’ interest in specific occupational areas,particularly those that do not have widespread appeal.Bryant says, “The key for us is instimulating interest at an earlier stage. We’re not seen as a very sexyindustry, but people might be missing out on something. We want them, but theyhave to see what’s in it for them so the earlier they can be made aware of thepossibilities the better it will be for everybody.” Peacock agrees and stresses theimportance of vocational GCSEs, which are currently being developed. “Some of our employers seevocational qualifications as a means of getting young people interested at anearly stage and creating a generally more positive attitude to engineering. Thefeeling is that there will be some positive effect throughout,” she says. “The main disadvantage is if itdoesn’t become something of a norm for people to do vocational qualificationsas well as traditional academic qualifications and the vocational route is seenonly as something for the disaffected and those of low ability. “If there’s going to be any parityof esteem between vocational and academic qualifications it should become muchmore of a norm for most young people to do some vocational work at Key Stage4,” Peacock adds.Low take-upThere is, however, little evidencethat students are mixing vocational and academic qualifications. The reality isthat the take-up of VCEs is quite low at present and there does appear to be a“class” division. Ucas’ survey shows that, overall,only 10 per cent of school sixth formers are undertaking them, although thisrises to 25 per cent in comprehensive schools. And the Secondary Heads’ Associationsurvey indicates that only 5 per cent of independent schools are offering them.In the great majority of schoolsonly three or fewer of the 14 possible VCE subjects are being offered, thethree largest take-up areas being business, IT and health and social care. Curriculum 2000 may be a good thingin principle, but for employers its impact is unlikely to be profound. It willtake time to for vocational qualifications to lose their “second class” tag. “When kids are signing up forpost-16 qualifications, their parents are a big influence and if parentsperceive things as a second-rate option they’re not going to encourage theirchildren to go ahead,” says Bryant. “Vocational AS- and A-levels aren’ta bad thing, but I think GNVQs weren’t seen as a tough enough option and onceyou’ve had something like that it’s difficult to beef it up and change people’sperceptions.” Previous Article Next Article Lessons for lifeOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Busy Week for New EU Navfor Force Commander

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Busy Week for New EU Navfor Force Commander Authorities April 14, 2014 View post tag: week View post tag: first View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Busy Week for New EU Navfor Force Commander Since Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen assumed force command of the EU Naval Force on Sunday 6 April, he has been very busy ensuring that his flagship, FGS Brandenburg, and the rest of the EU Naval Force warships and maritime patrol aircraft under his command are fully prepared for the important role that they will fulfil over the next four months. View post tag: EUcenter_img View post tag: Navy This is the second time that Germany has held the Force Command for Operation Atalanta off the Horn of Africa.A key role for the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta is the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) vessels as they sail within the piracy high risk areas. WFP ships have to travel close to the Somali coast in order to deliver food to the Somali people. Many have suffered from years of political instability, poor harvest and drought. The EU warships also contribute to the protection of the international trade shipping routes in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.In addition to the German frigate Brandenburg and replenishment tanker Rhön, during his time with Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral zur Mühlen will also have force command of several naval warships from Greece, Spain, France and the Netherlands. His eyes in the sky will be two Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) from Spain and Germany.Towards the end of 2011, the number of piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia started to reduce and no ship has been pirated off the Somali coast since May 2012. Whilst the reduction in attacks is welcomed by Rear Admiral zur Mühlen, he warns that now is not the time for complacency. “Despite success in containing piracy, the pirates’ business model is fractured, but not broken. That is why naval forces and the maritime industry’s efforts cannot decrease at this point. We need to ‘hold the line’.“Chess at seaWith the support of his 35 international staff from twelve different nations based on board FGS Brandenburg, Admiral zur Mühlen will ensure that the EU Naval Force warships and aircraft patrol the area of operations, with the aim of achieving the highest possible level of security for the ships of the World Food Programme and other merchant ships. “This demanding task is achieved due to the excellent coordination and cooperation we have with our counter piracy partners – NATO and the Combined Maritime Forces, as well as the independent deployers.“First visits under the EU flagRear Admiral zur Mühlen’s first few days with the EU Naval Force were marked by visits with political and military authorities of the Republic of Djibouti, as well as representatives of the European Union and contributing nations based in Djibouti. Two of the visits were with the French Operational Commander in Djibouti, Brigadier General Joël Rode, and the European Support Element Atalanta based in Djibouti. During visits with Major General Cheikh Ibrahim Zakaria, Chief of Staff of the Djiboutian Armed Forces, existing cooperation was discussed.Admiral zur Mühlen also visited the Japanese Naval Air Base in Djibouti. After a presentation from the Japanese Commodore, Captain Heromi Asanuma, both parties discussed future collaboration. “In facing this vast area of operations, the capabilities of the Japanese, Spanish and German Maritime Aircrafts are of utter importance. The will to collaborate is predominant, I am assured of that” the Admiral stated.Inauguration speech for the crew of Brandenburg and his staffImmediately after Admiral zur Mühlen took force command of the EU Naval Force, he also took national command for all German personnel involved in operation Atalanta. In addition to the crews of frigate FGS Brandenburg and the replenishment tanker FGS Rhön, the military personnel based in Djibouti will also be led by him. This includes the German Support Element and the staff manning and running the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, who operate their P-3C Orion aircraft from a Djibouti air base.As a sign of the national handover, Commander Gerald Liebich, Commanding Officer of FGS Brandenburg, presented Admiral zur Mühlen with a symbolic baton. This event was also attended by Lieutenant General Hans-Werner Fritz, Commander of the Joint Forces Operations Command of the German Armed Forces in Potsdam.In his speech addressing his staff and Brandenburg’s crew, Admiral zur Mühlen stressed the significance of Operation Atalanta for Germany and the European Union. He emphasized his firm belief that every man and woman will “pull their weight” to conduct the mission successfully. “I know everybody is prepared very well for this. You have my complete trust.”[mappress]Press Release, April 14, 2014; Image: EU Navfor View post tag: Commander View post tag: NAVFOR View post tag: New Share this article View post tag: Force View post tag: busylast_img read more

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Yonder Mountain String Band Covers The Dead, Stones & More In Milwaukee [Review/Gallery]

first_imgPhoto: Daniel Ojeda Last night, Yonder Mountain String Band brought some serious jamgrass to Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom for a fun Thursday night show. It was a packed house, and as usual Yonder Mountain knew how to get fans’ feet stomping and hands clapping. What was pretty cool and notable about the show was that for those who couldn’t make it to the show, you could still catch the set as it was live-streamed on jamgrass.tv. Not typically a band that streams a lot, it’s great to see YMSB try and bring their live show to an even broader audience. Even the opener was included on the stream to boot. Hopefully some footage from this show surfaces, as it was a great night of music.Minnesota-based bluegrass band Pert Near Sandstone opened the show. Right from the beginning of their set, they played straight bluegrass, with a breath of relief from the frantic energy with a folk song every now and then. With a new album to be released by the band on November 4, their set was filled with newer tunes like “Bloom Again,” as well as older favorites like “Down in the Holler.” They even brought up Yonder’s Jake Jolliff for two songs and Allie Kral for the set-ending “Wild Bill Jones.” Some (including myself) in the crowd were pleasantly surprised by their percussionist – the clogger. Matt Cartier kept the beat with his two feet and his 5’ x 5’ wood panel beneath his feet. His solos were quite enjoyable. Pert Near Sandstone did a fantastic job starting off the night and demonstrated how entertaining they have been for over ten years.Yonder’s set was equally as energetic. Their music blended into a smorgasbord of genres. Even fiddle player Allie Kral mentioned to the crowd how her aunt claimed the group’s music as “a mix between the Grateful Dead and bluegrass.” It was quite an apt description.Later banjo player Dave Johnston then told the Milwaukee crowd, “Don’t tell me this town ain’t got no heart.” Upright bass player Ben Kaufmann had just enough time to swipe out his upright bass for an electric bass guitar before Yonder broke into an absolutely amazing rendition of “Shakedown Street.” It was a phenomenal bluegrassy version of an awesome song and definitely was the highlight of the night. Kral took charge during the Garcia guitar solo and did it justice. All the members of the band had some cool effects on their instruments making it a spacey, bluegrass cover of this classic Dead tune.Other great moments of the show were “Black Sheep” and “Ever Fallen in Love,” the latter featuring those great harmonizing vocals that the band is known for.Yonder Mountain has three shows coming up, ones that will mark the end of their fall tour. Tonight they will be playing in Minneapolis for the CD release party of opener Pert Near Sandstone’s new album Discovery of Honey. Saturday they will be making it to Chicago for what will be a raucous Halloween show, playing tracks off of the classic Ween album 12 Golden Country Greats. Finally, Sunday will be the fall tour closer in Omaha.Judging from last night’s show in Milwaukee and what is to come over the next weekend, you will definitely want to make the trek to the Yonder Mountain for some great music. Check out the full set lists, below.Setlist: Pert Near Sandstone at Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI – 10/27/16Set: Rattlesnake, Down in the Holler, Skillet, Animal Instinct, Dawg’s Bull, Hard Times, Pass Me By, Enough Said (with Jake Jolliff), Bay Road (with Jake Jolliff), Bloom Again, Nothing I Can Do, Wild Bill Jones (with Allie Kral)Setlist: Yonder Mountain String Band at Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI – 10/27/16Set: Loved You Enough, Annalee, Ever Fallen In Love, Don’t Cry Blue, Shakedown Street, All Aboard -> Fingerprint -> All Aboard, Bend, Black Sheep -> I’m Lost, Gilpin Swing, New Deal Train, Leavin’, Torn & Frayed, Criminal, Northern Song -> Sideshow Blues -> Night Out -> Sideshow Blues -> Northern SongE: Rag Mama, Yer No Good Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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