Ripple House / FMD Architects

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” Save this picture!© Peter Bennetts+ 24Curated by Hana Abdel Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961695/ripple-house-fmd-architects Clipboard Photographs:  Peter Bennetts Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses, Renovation, Sustainability•Melbourne, Australia CopyAbout this officeFMD ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationSustainabilityMelbourneFMD ArchitectsOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on May 16, 2021Cite: “Ripple House / FMD Architects” 16 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961695/ripple-house-fmd-architects Clipboard Year:  “COPY” Ripple House / FMD ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRipple House / FMD Architects Area:  160 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Projects Design Team:Fiona Dunin, Alice Edwards, Jayme Collins, Robert KolakCity:MelbourneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter BennettsRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWoodEGGERLaminatesText description provided by the architects. The Ripple House is a series of unfurling spaces defined by subtle shifts in the site and light. Discreetly positioned behind a single-fronted Victorian façade, the addition reinvents the previously disconnected floorplan, creating a highly adaptable family home connected to its garden. The architecture develops a narrative around reverberation and progression, drawing on the ‘ripple’ notion to explore deft forms that mediate the descent of the site’s gentle fall and associated impact on the interior.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe traditional sequence of bedrooms is maintained as a study and guest room, while the bathroom is thoughtfully re-worked. The junction of old and new is marked by a change in floor level and finish – from timber to concrete, with a lowered ceiling saturated in deep green. Kitchen cabinetry is recessive with crisp white finishes, juxtaposed with sculptural ply forms. The island bench has broad proportions with forms responding to the rippling ceiling, creating an intuitive gathering area for informal entertaining.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsSave this picture!PlansSave this picture!© Peter BennettsBeyond, a striking rippled ceiling in silver-top ash defines the principal volume of the new extension. Folded forms crank to capture northern light above the neighboring brick boundary wall, while raking low along the southern boundary to allow neighbors the same privilege. Junctions were meticulously detailed to achieve a restrained sensibility. A ‘springing point’ anchors the ceiling arrangement, with a triangular skylight drawing in morning light and creating strong definition between dining and lounge volumes. Save this picture!© Peter BennettsAn angular ply unit sits in sculptural dialogue below, housing utilities in a refined and elegant gesture, reinforcing the definition between spaces while maintaining visual connections. Operable glazing unites the living room with a narrow, stepped garden along the northern edge, extending the interior footprint to give a sense of scale and generosity. The rippled timber ceiling projects along this spine, creating an inverted pathway in the sky.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsA wide sliding door opens to the main bedroom, offering views through to the eastern garden. Here, a mirrored shed reflects the lush textures of the stepped garden and rippled ceiling, appearing to span the full length of the site. When the sliding door is closed, the experience of the master bedroom becomes intimate and secluded. A walk-through robe leads to a tactile en-suite finished in eucalypt tiling, responding to the natural and calming tones of nature, washed in morning light. Save this picture!ElevationsRipple House is designed around the core tenets of sustainable building practice. The concrete slab provides effective thermal mass by absorbing northern sun, while the canopies offer shade to the interior in the hotter months. The walls and ceiling are highly insulated, while windows are double-glazed, effectively controlling thermal and acoustic performance. Natural and locally sourced materials are favored, including silver top ash, ply, laminate, timber and brick. Furniture is Australian designed and made, while interspersed with vintage pieces. The rippled ceiling combines energy-conscious LED strips, animating the geometry with lines of light, transforming the impact of the ceiling between day and night. The house expresses a continual play between pragmatics and the creative reverberations between light and site.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsProject gallerySee allShow lessPeru Pavilion in the 2021 Venice Biennale: “Playground, Artifacts for Interaction”Architecture NewsHouse LN / HO+HOU studio architectsSelected Projects Share Architects: FMD Architects Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Dulux, MAXI Plywood, Lysaught, Radial Timbers Builder: Photographs Structural Engineer: B.F.C. Built Marcon Tedesco O’Neill Consulting Engineers Australia 2020 Ripple House / FMD Architectslast_img read more

Marathon runner attacked on Trinity Trails

first_imgReddIt Twitter Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ Linkedin Building sustainability together ReddIt Marathon runner persists after being mauled by a pit bull TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Grace Toups Keen placed first in the Flying Pig Marathon last year and wants to beat her time record this year. Credit: Caitlin Keen Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ Previous articleAsh Wednesday marks start of LentNext articleWhat we’re reading: Congress making moves Grace Toups RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ Facebookcenter_img Facebook Making the first year count Grace is a senior journalism major and minor in business. She grew up in Tampa, Florida and loves to spend time in the sunshine with her friends. She can’t start her day without a cup of coffee and when she’s not in the media lab you can find her exploring hidden gems in Fort Worth. Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ Linkedin Twitter + posts printA Fort Worth runner who was attacked Sunday by an unleashed pit bull on the Trinity Trail is calling on dog owners to be more responsible with their animals. Caitlin Keen said the city needs to enforce its leash laws and perhaps even toughen them. She was on her ninth mile when a large, grey-brown pit bull lunged for her. It bit her right arm as it tackled her to the ground. Keen said she fought back, kicking and screaming, but the dog mauled her; biting her hips, back and right side.“It was only a couple of minutes and it felt like forever,”  said Keen.Tyler Caviness and a bystander heard her screams. The bystander threw a rock at the direction of the dog to divert its attention, while Caviness grabbed the dog by its collar and sat on top of it, Keen said.She said when the owner came by minutes later, she yelled at Caviness for restraining her dog. Keen said the woman did not react to blood on Keen’s shirt or the bites, cuts, and scratches on her body. Water line breaks affect Moudy for third time this year World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution @lululemon I was attacked by a pitbull on my run yesterday. What’s your “new shirt for dog attack” policy? #thiswasmyfavoriteshirt pic.twitter.com/V2T0wLLAB0— Caitlin Keen (@CaitSouth) March 4, 2019“She said nothing, she didn’t care. She sat there with her dog while others helped me,” said Keen. “I’m lucky to be alive.”Keen was taken by ambulance to Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center where she was examined and received a tetanus shot. The dog, named Taco, is in quarantine for 10 days at Fort Worth Animal Care and Control.VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED “Regardless of the vaccination status of the animal at the time of the bite, the biting animal must be placed in quarantine for 10 days from the day of the bite,” according to Animal Control Laws. “State law requires owners to pay for quarantine.”Rules are posted along the trails to ensure public safety. Trinity Trails, which has over 70 miles of walking, running, and biking trails, is managed by Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD).Rule-sings line the Trinity Trails and are enforced by Fort Worth Police. Credit: TRWD“Fort Worth Animal Care and Control code compliance and rules for the trails both enforce all dogs must be leashed,” according to Animal Control Laws of Fort Worth Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) and city code enforcement officers enforce violations of city ordinances, including rules for the trails and river.“TRWD officers do not have the authority to enforce those within Fort Worth city limits,” said spokesperson for TRWD, Chad Lorance. “All ordinances and state laws violated on the trails, within their city limits, would be enforced by FWPD, as they would in any other area of the city they patrol.”Fort Worth Police made no comment. Keen said she plans on filing a complaint. For Keen, running is a safe-place and a passion. As a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Trials in marathon running, she will not let her emotion and shock of the event stop her from her passion. “There needs to be a push for people to be able to do what they love without worrying about their safety,” says Keen. “This happened to the right person and I want to do what I can to make sure this never happens again.” Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Housing Market Momentum to Carry Into 2021

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago  Print This Post Housing Market Momentum to Carry Into 2021 Share 1Save Previous: Montgomery: Outgoing Cabinet Members, Political Appointees Deserve ‘Gratitude’ Next: Renewed Regulatory Focus in 2021? Sign up for DS News Daily 2021-01-25 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago About Author: Veronica Bradley The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Related Articles The housing market should continue to be a busy place, according to First American. In fact, there are a few factors to keep the momentum of 2020 going well into the year.For 2021 predictions to make the most amount of sense, it’s necessary to recap December 2020. The year ended with a 77.1 percent increase from the potential low point reached in February 1993. The overall market potential for existing-home sales actually increased 11.9 percent compared to the previous December, which is a gain of nearly 658,628 seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR).Even with such high numbers, the market failed to hit its potential by 1.2 percent or 73,142 (SAAR) sales.“In the final month of 2020, the market potential for existing-home sales reached its highest point since 2007, rising to a 6.18 million seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of sales,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American. “While the winter months are traditionally real estate’s slow season, the housing market had one more surprise for us in 2020, as our measure of the market potential for existing-home sales showed the housing market again broke with traditional seasonal patterns during this unprecedented year.”So, what’s going to drive the market in 2021? Mostly millennials driven by low mortgage rates. The older portion of this generation is on the hunt for upgraded homes, and since 90 percent of homes on the market are existing-home sales, their desire to move will add inventory.Because of the pandemic, many potential sellers stayed put in 2020, actually increasing the average tenure length of owning a single home. A year ago, the average amount of time someone lived in a home was 10 years, and it has now increased to 10.5 years.The lack of for-sale homes caused by the pandemic decreased inventory by 170,200 in December 2020.“While the supply-demand imbalance will persist, existing homeowners who were hesitant to sell amidst the worst of the pandemic may be encouraged to bring their homes to market, relieving some of the supply shortage,” Fleming said. “Swelling demand and the potential for greater supply means housing market potential in 2021 is likely to remain strong and build off a historic 2020.”Low mortgage rates will also entice first-time buyers to enter the market. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Veronica Bradley has covered the consumer packaged goods industry, the tech industry, the healthcare industry, and a few other industries that impact people’s daily lives. When she isn’t researching and writing, she moonlights as an amateur accountant and bookkeeper for a small family brewpub, because unlike most writers, she isn’t afraid of numbers. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 25, 2021 1,085 Views Home / Daily Dose / Housing Market Momentum to Carry Into 2021 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day agolast_img read more

Letterkenny Mayor says council should borrow to buy up available housing

first_img Pinterest Letterkenny Mayor says council should borrow to buy up available housing Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Previous articleDonegal Journalist receives death threat from Loyalist paramilitariesNext articleLetterkenny Gardai say they are winning the war on crime News Highland Google+ Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Mayor LarkinLetterkenny’s Mayor says the Town and County Councils should be borrowing as much money as possible to buy houses and property.At a Town Council meeting last evening, Cllr Victor Fisher said the council should look at purchasing a piece of land on Church Lane in the town centre.Supporting the motion, Mayor Dessie Larkin said there is so much property available at low prices at the moment that would benefit the town and the county considerably.He says it’s an issue that should be closely looked at: News Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – May 21, 2013 last_img read more

Deputy McHugh calls for cross-border community policing structure

first_img Facebook Deputy McHugh calls for cross-border community policing structure Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Google+ The Dail has been told that structures should be put in place to allow for more cross border cooperation in community policing.Donegal North East Deputy Joe Mc Hugh said that while communication between the gardai and the PSNI has improved  more formal structures could be put in place.He says that could mean more local input in policing decisions across the border counties………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/joethur.mp3[/podcast] 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest News WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleSoccer – Harps Start Away To Waterford This FridayNext articleRugby – Donegal Girls To Start Against France News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 7, 2013 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Responding, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said while he is a firm supporter of cross border cooperation, he’s not convinced that new structures are needed…………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/joethur.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: UNC-Chapel Hill has 4th cluster of cases in 3 days

first_imgzoranm/iStockBY: JON HAWORTH, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 768,000 people worldwide.More than 21.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 5.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 169,423 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.3:15 p.m.: UNC-Chapel Hill announces 4th cluster of cases in past 3 daysThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced a cluster of cases at a residence hall, marking the 4th cluster discovered at the university in the last 3 days.The cluster — which refers to five or more cases in close proximity — was found in Hinton James Residence Hall, the university said in a statement.The individuals from this cluster have been identified, isolated and have received medical monitoring. The Orange County Health Department is also working to identify anyone else who may have been exposed.Two clusters were found in residence halls — Ehringhaus Community and Granville Towers — on Friday. An additional cluster was discovered at Sigma Nu fraternity on Saturday, according to the university. Two other residence halls have also seen clusters10:45 a.m.: 7 million tests conducted in New York stateNew York state has conducted 7 million diagnostic tests for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release Sunday.For the ninth straight day the percentage of positive cases in the state was below 1%. The state saw an additional 607 coronavirus cases and now has a total of 425,508 cases statewide.Cuomo praised the “hard work of New Yorkers” for the decline in new cases.“For more than a week, we’ve seen our positivity rate stay below 1 percent, and to date New York has done 7 million tests—these are remarkable accomplishments that New Yorkers should be proud of,” Cuomo said. “But, we must not become complacent and risk slipping backwards — everyone must remember to wear their masks, socially distance, wash their hands regularly, and stay New York Tough.”Six deaths were recorded in the state on Saturday, increasing the New York death total to 25,250, the release stated.3:52 a.m.: Rate of COVID cases in children ‘steadily increasing’The CDC has issued guidance to inform pediatric healthcare providers and said that while it is unclear whether children are as susceptible to infection by SARS-CoV-2 compared with adults and whether they can transmit the virus as effectively as adults, recent evidence suggests that children likely have the same or higher viral loads compared with adults and that children can spread the virus effectively in households and camp settings.“The number and rate of cases in children in the United States have been steadily increasing from March to July 2020,” the CDC’s updated guidelines read. “The true incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children is not known due to lack of widespread testing and the prioritization of testing for adults and those with severe illness. Hospitalization rates in children are significantly lower than hospitalization rates in adults with COVID-19, suggesting that children may have less severe illness from COVID-19 compared to adults.”“While children infected with SARS-CoV-2 are less likely to develop severe illness compared with adults, children are still at risk of developing severe illness and complications from COVID-19,” the statement continued. “Recent COVID-19 hospitalization surveillance data shows that the rate of hospitalization among children is low (8.0 per 100,000 population) compared with that in adults (164.5 per 100,000 population), but hospitalization rates in children are increasing.The CDC also said that while children do have lower rates of mechanical ventilation and death than adults, on in three children who are hospitalized with COVID-19 complications in the United States were admitted to the intensive care unit — the same rate for adults.3:04 a.m.: Off-campus sorority house quarantined after 23 test positive for COVID-19, OSU saysOklahoma State University officials announced Saturday that 23 people in an off-campus sorority house have tested positive for COVID-19.According to a news release, Oklahoma State University officials learned Friday night of 23 positive coronavirus cases at the university’s Pi Beta Phi chapter, an off-campus sorority house. The release states rapid antigen testing was performed at an off-campus health care facility.“Due to the nature of this situation, the entire chapter house is in isolation or quarantine and will be prohibited from leaving the facility,” the news release states. “One member of the sorority who lives elsewhere is among those who tested positive and will also remain in isolation.”Everyone involved is being monitored by Oklahoma State University and Payne County Health Department officials, and the release states contact tracing is being conducted to further protect the campus community.University officials said the services of a third-party contractor have been enlisted to disinfect the facility and will do so again after the two-week isolation and quarantine period.12:11 a.m.: Georgia governor issues new order to let some cities impose mask mandatesGeorgia governor Brian Kemp issued a new order which renews existing restrictions for gatherings, sheltering in place, and businesses.He said that local education leaders will continue to have full authority on how best to educate students and keep them safe in school.“In late July, I asked Georgians to do ‘Four Things for Four Weeks’ to stop COVID-19,” Kemp said in a statement issued on Saturday. Without a mandate, our citizens answered the call, and we are making progress. In Georgia, our statewide case numbers have dropped 22% over the last two weeks, and daily hospitalizations have decreased by 7% in the last seven days. We are on average testing over 31,000 Georgians daily at 180 SPOCs while maintaining a low rate of transmission. The positivity rate is on the decline, and the mortality rate continues to fall.”Kemp continued: “While encouraged by the data, we cannot grow complacent. This Executive Order extends the shelter in place order for the medically fragile, continues the ban on large gatherings, and maintains health and safety protocols for Georgia businesses. This order also protects Georgia businesses from government overreach by restricting the application and enforcement of local masking requirements to public property. While I support local control, it must be properly balanced with property rights and personal freedoms. As always, we encourage citizens to wear masks, watch their distance, wash hands, and continue to follow the guidance provided in the Executive Order. Together, we will protect the lives, livelihoods, and personal freedoms of all Georgians.”ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway and Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

Green Templeton elects new Principal

first_imglegacy of previous Principals in making the college a vibrant, stimulating community for research and learn- ing where fellows and students can thrive.” On his election, Sir Michael said:“I am delighted that the Governing “I have enjoyed my time asPrincipal immensely and will missour magnificent students and staff.I am proud to pass the baton on toMichael and look forward to hearingabout the continuing success of thecollege.” The college is a graduate community with a focus on business and management, health and medicine, and social sciences. Prior to his role as museum Director, Sir Michael worked for two decades in scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing with John Wiley and Sons and Thomson Corporation and later served as Director General of the Zoological Society of London. Sir Michael Dixon has been elected the new Principal of Green Templeton College and will assume the position in September 2020. Sir Michael has previously servedas the Director of the Natural HistoryMuseum in London for over 15 years,having announced last year that hewould retire from the post. In 2014, the success of Sir Michael’s tenure as Director led to a knighthood in recognition for his services to museums. Whilst Sir Michael was Director ofthe Museum, its attendance almostdoubled, from 3 million visits ayear to 5.3 million. Sir Michael hasalso overseen the delivery of themuseum’s Darwin centre, its biggestsingle development since the 1800s,which opened to the public in 2010 towidespread acclaim. On her successor, she said: “Green Templeton is a vibrant international community focused on bringing academic research of the highest quality to bear on real-world problems. Sir Michael will be replacingProfessor Denise Lievesley, who hasstepped down after five years asprincipal. It has around 600 students fromover 70 countries, with more than300 fellows. Body of Green Templeton College hasselected me to be the next Principal.“I look forward to building on thelast_img read more

Thank you, St. Ann’s Home Peace Care Center

first_imgDear Editor: I recently had to be admitted to St. Ann’s for rehabilitation. At 78 years old and being a lifetime Bayonne resident I was a bit hesistant and nervous to be away from “home.” Boy was I wrong! I was there for over three weeks, probably the best three weeks I had in a long time. The staff and facility are top notch. The therapists were patient and kind and all sorts of wonderful. I felt as if I were home. I made many friends there that I will truly miss. I felt very comfortable and was saddened when it was time for me to go back home.So, thank you to everyone at St. Ann’s, nurses, receptionists, and the “Best Cooks.” You are all truly amazing! Fondly Yours,Edward Robinsonlast_img

News story: Schools urged to work together to continue raising standards

first_img As of March 2018, more than half a million children now studying in good or outstanding sponsored academies that typically replaced underperforming schools; The number of state-funded schools in multi-academy trusts has grown from around 3,200 in 2015 to around 6,700 this year – and receiving 600 applications to covert to an academy in the last academic year; and Of the almost 1,400 multi-academy trusts, three quarters (76%) have between 1 to 5 schools, working together to share best practice. Building on Education Secretary Damian Hinds’ speech at the Confederation of School Trusts in October, Lord Agnew then set out that freedom and autonomy in schools has seen: We know that when good people are given the power to make their own decisions that’s when things happen. They drive improvements based on what they know works. While our diverse education system allows for different types of school to thrive, depending on the needs of the communities they serve, we believe that academy status leads to a more dynamic and responsive education system. This allows schools to make decisions based on local need and the interests of their pupils. It allows high performing schools to consolidate success and spread that excellence across their local area. Converting to become an academy is a positive choice made by hundreds of schools every year to give great leaders the freedom to focus on what is best for pupils – and as of March 2018 over half a million children are studying in sponsored primary and secondary academies that are now rated good or outstanding. These typically replaced underperforming schools. Our ambition is ultimately for every school that wants to, to benefit from the autonomy and freedom to innovate that academy status offers and for schools to collaborate through strong MATs. Academies Minister Lord Agnew today urged schools in England to work together to achieve more than they can on their own.In a speech to teachers, school business managers and senior leaders at the Schools and Academies Show in Birmingham, Lord Agnew underlined the importance of hard-working teachers in delivering rising standards in schools across the country and set out his ambition for schools to collaborate through multi-academy trusts.Drawing on the improvements delivered in schools since 2010 – with 163,000 more six-year-olds now on track to be fluent readers than in 2012, a reformed curriculum and qualifications, and a shrinking attainment gap – Lord Agnew underlined his belief that the freedom academies enjoy allows teachers to make the right decisions for pupils and their communities.Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, said: National Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington will also address attendees at the conference. The speeches follow the recent publication of accounts covering around 7,000 academies – to allow the public and Parliament to scrutinise the accounts of any academy school – which demonstrated that 97% of academy trusts submitted financial returns to the Department for Education on time, and underscored the Government’s commitment to taking action against those not following the rules.This follows the announcement to deliver even more transparency over academy finances, with academy accounts having to detail all staff earning over £100,000, declare contracts given to family or friends, and seek approval for all related-party transactions over £20,000 from next April.The Department for Education has also today published a report on the impact of the Regional Academy Growth Fund, highlighting the lasting impact of the £31 million investment to help academy schools grow sustainably. The report shows that the fund helped academy trusts to take on and improve more schools, strengthen leadership, free up teachers to focus their energies in the classroom, and co-ordinate back office tasks across several schools.last_img read more

Greggs expecting full-year profit before tax of £86m

first_imgGreggs is expecting to make a full-year profit of £86m following strong trading in October and November.Total sales across the food-to-go firm’s 1,900 retail outlets rose 9% year-on-year in the eight weeks to 24 November 2018, compared with an 8.2% rise in the same period last year. Like-for-like sales in company-managed shops increased 4.5%.In the year to date, total sales were up 6.6% and like-for-likes up 2.5%.Greggs reported that improved trading in its third quarter had strengthened further during October and to date in November. “This stronger trading in October and November is particularly encouraging as it builds on good comparative sales in the same period last year,” stated the business in a trading update today (27 November).“Operational costs have been well controlled and, while there is still much to play for over the final few weeks of the year, the board now anticipates that full year underlying profit before tax (excluding exceptional charges) will be at least £86 million.”Greggs this month announced a trial partnership with Deliveroo from two shops in London that will enable menu items, including breakfast, coffee, savoury pastries and sausage rolls, to be ordered via the Deliveroo app or website.last_img read more