AIA’s 2013 Small Projects Awards Recipients

first_imgArchDaily CopySelections of the AIA’s 2013 small project awards have been announced, revealing a broad range of projects, varying in scale, program and function that bring attention to the value of architectural practice no matter the size or scope of the project. The ten projects were selected on the basis of four categories: small project construction up to $150,000; small project construction up to $1,500,000; up to 5,000 SF project in which the architect played a significant role in construction and or fabrication; and an inbuilt workhorse up to 5,000 SF. Among the recipients are MIN | DAY, Kariouk Associates, Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Lawrence Architects, Cooper Joseph Studio, Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, WRNS Studio, and Edward Ogosta Architecture.Join us after the break for more information on the ten recipients and the projects that earned the AIA’s recognition for the 2013 small project awards. Three projects were selected for Category One: Projects Under $150,000 Bemis Info Shop in Omaha by MIN | DAYSave this picture!Bemis InfoShop; photo © MSinclairThis project for a contemporary art center introduces a reception area that redefines the function of the entrance into the gallery. The 24 foot desk functions for both reception and can be transformed into a full bar. A system of custom designed CNC-milled panels create a wall that follows the form and aesthetic of the new desk. Additional panels and boxes are mounted on the existing brick wall for pamphlets and information. The new space created by the reception desk caters to spontaneous interactions for patrons and employees of the art center. See more work from MIN | DAY on ArchDaily here.Cemetery Marker in South Canaan, PA by Kariouk Associates Save this picture!Cemetery Marker; photo © Photolux Studio/Christian LalonedThe Cemetery Marker by Kariouk Associates is the dying wish of a woman who requested that her gravesite be turned into a garden. The architects designed a modest site on which five cast bronze plates are spread out rising to various heights, permitting grass to grow between them. As time passes, the plates will oxidize and “age” as the garden grows on the site and will eventually blend into the landscape. See more work from Kariouk Associates on ArchDaily here.Studio for a Composer; Spring Prairie, WI by Johnsen Schmaling Architects Save this picture!Studio for a Composer; photo © John J. MacaulayThe intimate studio, designed for a musician, is carved into a slope site of a natural landscape.  The studio rests on a concrete plinth, which provides storage and supports the volume.  The exterior is finished with weathered steel along the long ends, leaving the short ends as glazed openings that frame views of the landscape.  The steel envelope weathers with time, blends with the surrounding woods and is designed to change over time.Three projects were selected for Category Two: Project under $1,500,000 Nexus House; Madison, WI by Johnsen Schmaling Architects Save this picture!Nexus House; photo © John J. MacaulayThe Nexus House is composed of two building blocks in a two-story residence, partially embedded in a sloping site. The exterior materials, cedar panels and brick play off one another, creating a sleek and rhythmic finish. Steel is also used along the exterior for a canopy that marks the joint between the two components. Interiors are simple and use a neutral palette to compose the elements of the vestibule, fire place, chimney, and wood canopy of the main living hall. See more work from Johnsen Schmaling Architects on ArchDaily here. Pavilion at Cotillion Park; Dallas Mell by Lawrence ArchitectsSave this picture!Cotillion Pavilion; photo © Mell LawrenceThis structure, designed for the Dallas Parks Department is composed of steel members that abstract and mimic surrounding trees producing a dappled shading affect over a 1200 square foot surface.  The Pavilion is animated by the movement of sun, creating a play of shadows over the ground over the course of the day.  Concrete benches flank either side of the pavilion and continue under the surround trees, expanding the programmed space of the pavilion.  The materials were selected to weather over time – the steel will oxidize and the fly-ash concrete will weather.  A solid poly-carbonate roof protects against the sun’s UV rays and blocks rain.  A weathervane is hung overhead in the middle of the pavilion. Webb Chapel Park Pavilion; Mission, TX by Cooper Joseph StudioSave this picture!Webb Chapel Park Pavilion; photo © Eduard Hueber/ArchPhoto Inc.This pavilion by Cooper Joseph Studio raises the visually heavy board-formed concrete over a shaded area that is both a playground and soccer field. From within, the massive volume is carved out in pyramidal shapes and painted in bright yellow. The ceiling acts as a natural ventilation system that allows hot air to rise and escape from within the structure. Seating is embedded in the sloped site, which maintains a cool temperature in the hot climate. See more work from Cooper Joseph Studio on ArchDaily here.Three Projects were selected for Category 3: Under 5,000 SF 308 Mulberry; Lewes, DE by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA Save this picture!308 Mulberry; photo © Maxwell MacKenzie308 Mulberry is a redesign project of an early nineteenth-century house in the historical district of Lewes, DE.  The original exterior of the structure is maintained and restored and four new one-story pavilions are added to the house, juxtaposed in their modern design against the original design.  The additions are designed around a new swimming pool and Deodor Cedar tree at the rear of the property.  The design consists of cedar walls that are punctuated with glazing set in black steel frames, red brick chimneys, landscape walls and horizontal elements. Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion ; Bethesda, MD by Robert M. Gurney, FAIASave this picture!Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion; photo © Maxwell MacKenzieThe Nevis Pool and Garden pavilion is a year-round house that serves as a threshold between the “structured landscape and adjacent woodland”. The design features a low pitched, stainless steel roof, dry-stacked slate wall and mahogany wall paneling. The small interior components of the living space are anchored by the fireplace and include materials that exude warmth and mimic the natural landscape beyond. Frameless glass walls and steel framed glass doors enclose the space, providing maximum transparency between the residents and the outdoors. See more work from Robert M. Gurney on ArchDaily here.Tahoe City Transit Center; Tahoe City, CA by WRNS StudioSave this picture!Tahoe City Transit Center; photo © Bruce Damonte/WRNS StudioThe Tahoe City Transit Center (TCTC) takes a sustainable approach to designing a transportation hub for the city with a low-lying structure that is situated among existing vegetation, and local materials to develop a simple design that addresses the needs of the transportation system and its users. The main materials are Sierra granite and western red cedar which blend with the environment. The building has a narrow footprint on the sight, thermally massive walls for efficient head retention and cooling, high performance glazing and broad eaves to shade from the sun. See more work from WRNS Studio on Archdaily here. One project selected for Category 4: Unbuilt Work Under 5,000 SF Four Eyes House; Coachella Valley, CA by Edward Ogosta ArchitectureSave this picture!Rendering Courtesy of Edward Ogosta ArchitectureThe four towers are aimed at creating four different viewing experiences in four directions: sunrise in the east, mountain range in the south, evening city lights in the west and night time stars at the zenith. Each tower has a bedroom at the top floor, big enough for only one bed, with a small viewing aperture that directs the viewer to a distinct vantage point. The ground floors contain common spaces that loosely connect the towers and transition out into the landscape. See more work from Edward Ogosta Architecture on ArchDaily here.See more on AIA’s announcement of the 2013 Small Projects Awards here.Daniel Libeskind: The Art of Memory LectureEventWXY’s Claire Weisz “Ecological Barriers: Holding Sea Levels at Bay” LectureEvent Share AIA’s 2013 Small Projects Awards Recipients AIA’s 2013 Small Projects Awards RecipientsSave this articleSaveAIA’s 2013 Small Projects Awards Recipients CopyAbout this authorIrina VinnitskayaAuthorFollow#TagsNewsArchitecture NewsCultural ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureOtherSmall ScaleAIA2013 Small Projects AwardsMIN | DAYKariouk AssociatesJohnsen Schmaling ArchitectsLawrence ArchitectsCooper Joseph StudioRobert M. GurneyFAIAWRNS Studioand Edward Ogosta Architecture.Robert M. Gurney FAIAEdward Ogosta ArchitectureCite: Irina Vinnitskaya. “AIA’s 2013 Small Projects Awards Recipients” 13 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Striking Boston hotel workers stay strong

first_imgWorkers of all ages, genders and nationalities poured into Boston’s Copley Square Oct. 20 for an inspiring rally and march, the largest yet in support of Boston hotel workers on strike against Marriott management.Oct. 29 — Hundreds of striking hotel workers and thousands of supporters in Boston remain firmly united as they battle through their fourth week on the picket lines. The hotel workers, predominantly people of color and organized by UNITE HERE Local 26, unanimously voted to walk off the job Oct. 3, inspired by a Chicago hotel workers strike in September.Workers in nine other cities — from Detroit to San Diego, Vancouver and Honolulu — joined unionized hotel employees in Boston by authorizing strikes and setting up picket lines targeting hotel properties managed by the virulently anti-union Marriott International, Inc.The backdrop for the Boston strike is a metropolitan area with skyrocketing rents and unmanageable living costs. Elders, students, migrants and people with longtime roots in the city’s neighborhoods can barely afford to live here anymore. Poor, working-class, Black, Latinx and immigrant people are being pushed out by racist gentrification, real estate development and venture capitalist speculation.These strikers, coalescing under the slogan “One Job Should Be Enough,” have courageously called out Marriott — the giant hotel conglomerate — as well as its lawyers and scabbing wealthy hotel guests who refuse to back the strikers’ righteous demands for dignity, affordable health insurance and wages that would afford them the basic right to work 40 hours a week and survive without requiring a second or third job.Many of these workers have been employed at downtown hotels for decades; yet they are willing to risk everything because they are fed up. Since going on strike, they have only become more fired up and militant in their demand for economic justice.World Series throws spotlight on strikeThe workers have used the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series to turn up the volume on their demands. While in Boston for the divisional series in early October, the New York Yankees’ management booked their players into the Ritz-Carlton Boston, a Marriott-owned hotel. This essentially forced union players to cross a picket line. That helped galvanize support for the strike from Red Sox fans eager for opportunities to heap insult upon their arch-rivals. Working-class solidarity with the strike proved a welcome reason.Strike representatives were able to convince the Houston Astros’ management to secure hotel rooms in a union-friendly venue during their visit to Boston for the American League Championship Series. However, travel coordinators for the Los Angeles Dodgers made the same “mistake” for games 1 and 2 of the World Series last week as did Yankees’ management. When Dodgers players crossed picket lines and checked into their hotel, it ignited hotel workers and Red Sox fans alike with a new sense of solidarity.Brian Lang, president of UNITE HERE Local 26, reminded fans of both teams about the importance of being on the right side of history, embodied in Dodgers’ icon Jackie Robinson.“The bottom line is workers out there, who are on their third week of striking, who live paycheck to paycheck, who are fighting for a livable income so one job would be enough. You’ve got millionaire ball players who would rather sleep in a hotel, even if it’s struck, because it has suites. I personally think that Jackie Robinson is rolling over in his grave right now. He’s an icon who that organization hails as a hero and they act completely differently than he would in this situation.” (, Oct. 26)Local 26 also appealed directly to the the Major League Baseball Players Association, the union representing the players. The MLBPA then issued a statement in support of the strike and encouraged its players not to cross the picket lines.What was not explained in the statement is the reality that it isn’t up to professional athletes where they stay during team travel. Hotel stays for teams are organized by baseball management at the direction of the office of the Major League Baseball Commissioner, who is really just a spokesperson for the owners of baseball teams. In other words, this was a conscious tactic by team owners to signal their class allegiance when it comes to labor disputes.Owners of National Hockey League teams and National Football League teams have also used this tactic to try to demoralize striking hotel workers nationwide.Now that the World Series is over, striking union members are facing rent due Nov. 1, food supplies running low and needing to pay health care insurance. Without averaging a minimum number of hours worked per month, union members face losing their health care coverage.But with Teamsters drivers refusing to deliver to striking hotels out of solidarity, the hotels are also feeling the pressure of dwindling supplies. Local 26 has plans to turn up the heat with more pickets and more support by getting other unions involved in the struggle.As of this writing, some 30 local politicians — including Boston city councilors and the mayor — have signed a letter to Marriott management urging negotiations for an end to the strike. This move by local politicians comes not because City Hall has any love for the workers being displaced by its development and gentrification projects. Instead this drive to re-open negotiations is merely a face-saving effort to stem class solidarity and prevent disruptions to tourism.In contrast to the relentless racism and chauvinist rhetoric of hotel magnate President Donald Trump, and the growing far-right tide all over the world, workers and their supporters on the picket line have a great appreciation for the importance of protecting and caring for one another.Speaking to Workers World, local labor activist Genevieve LeChat said of the strike, “The caravan [of refugees marching to the U.S. border from Honduras] is a good parallel for this: Workers who are struggling and facing displacement [are] sticking together. When the people of Mexico come out to greet them and leave food, it’s a lot like when workers join the picket line or cheer and honk on on their way to work. It breathes life into the struggle and helps [the strikers] keep marching.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

US cables on blogger’s fight against police violence and judicial corruption

first_img February 22, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 US cables on blogger’s fight against police violence and judicial corruption News Cable 09CAIRO243 Cable 10CAIRO135 Two leaked cables from the US embassy in Cairo concerning the well-known Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas have just been posted on the WikiLeaks website.The first, dated 10 February 2009, is about Abbas’ role in revealing a case of police brutality. It said that Abbas had posted a video on his blog,, two days earlier that he had obtained from fellow-blogger Samih Al-Arusi. It showed two policemen in Cairo’s Ain Shams police station using a bottle to sodomize a naked man, Ahmed Abdel Fattah Ali.In his post, Abbas gave just gave the initials of the police officers, but another blogger identified them on 10 February as Bassem Ashraf and Mahmoud Sami. Abbas also posted a second video of the victim, showing him tied to the bars of his cell.According to the cable, the first video was recorded on a mobile phone that somehow came into possession of Arusi’s wife, who was detained in the same police station. The wife, who was herself beaten at the police station, had managed to send the video to Arusi. Abbas told the embassy he hoped the police would not abuse Arusi’s wife more for sending the video.After the videos were posted online, various human rights groups and lawyers got together to bring a prosecution against the two policemen. Abbas posted a similar video on his blog in 2007 that showed two policemen sodomizing a bus driver, Imad El Kebir. As a result of the resulting publicity, the two policemen in the El Kebir case were given three-year jail sentences, which is very rare in Egypt.The second cable, dated 28 January 2010, is about a Cairo court’s decision eight days earlier to uphold the six-month jail sentence previously passed on Abbas for purely political reasons on a charge of damaging a neighbour’s Internet line. Abbas was free on 80 dollars in bail pending an appeal. The neighbour and his brother (a police officer), had attacked Abbas, breaking one of his teeth, but were never charged with assault.According to the cable, Gamal Eid of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), an NGO that defends free speech and media freedom, had told the embassy that the penalty for damaging an Internet line would normally be a fine of less than 55 dollars but the case’s political dimension had resulted in a much heavier sentence.The cable suggested that it could be counter-productive for the United States to try to intercede as it could lead the judge to impose an ever harsher sentence in a show of defiance of US pressure. The comment highlights the complexity of international relations in areas concerning freedom of expression and corruption.The case against Abbas was subsequently dropped (read the article). Organisation center_img RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

[COVID-19] Plea Moved In Delhi HC Seeking Waiver Of Accommodation Rent For Students, Direction To Govt To Formulate A Scheme [Read Petition]

first_imgNews Updates[COVID-19] Plea Moved In Delhi HC Seeking Waiver Of Accommodation Rent For Students, Direction To Govt To Formulate A Scheme [Read Petition] Karan Tripathi24 April 2020 8:11 AMShare This – xA plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Delhi Government to formulate a scheme to help distressed students and for paying their accommodation/PG rent. Moved by Sakshi Arora and Aditya Yadav, the petition contends that the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Circular dated 29.03.20 is unclear as to whether it has waived off the rent payable by students or…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?LoginA plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Delhi Government to formulate a scheme to help distressed students and for paying their accommodation/PG rent. Moved by Sakshi Arora and Aditya Yadav, the petition contends that the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Circular dated 29.03.20 is unclear as to whether it has waived off the rent payable by students or it has merely postponed such a payment. This ambiguity, the Petitioners worry, might result in landlords asking for consolidated rent of 2 months in one go. While highlighting that most of the students who come from economically disadvantaged families take up tuitions and other small jobs to sort themselves, the Petitioners argue that both the Central and the Delhi Government have failed the cause of students. It is submitted by the Petitioners while the government has announced support for migrant workers and other professionals, no such support has been extended to students who come from families that cannot support them financially. ‘As many of the students take tuitions, part time jobs etc to fulfil their daily needs and this lockdown had snuffed out their opportunity to earn and pay rents’, the petition states. The Petitioners further contend that most of these students used to teach in coaching institutes to support themselves. However, the shutting down if these coaching institutes due to the nationwide lockdown has resulted in extreme economic distress to such students. The petition states: ‘in absence of any relief scheme by Government, the students will be left with no options but to pay the rent as per the agreement, even when they didn’t use the accommodation premises at all. As there is no clause of non payment of rent in such extraordinary situations in most of the rent agreements. If the tenant had this clause, it would be easy to invoke this by sending a letter, but in absence of this they are to be forced to make payments.’ In light of these circumstances, the Petitioners have asked the court to declare that the students are exempted from making monthly rental for the premises rented for accommodation purposes.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

The end of the Injun

first_img Many times I had walked through the pasture and wondered at the concrete slab that looked for all the world like a lonely grave.One day, I was walking through the pasture with Daddy to see a newborn calf.“What’s that?” I asked pointing to the slab.“An ol’ Injun,” Daddy said.My blood ran cold.I knew it! I knew it! A grave … but an Injun? Wow! A real live, dead Injun! But with all the arrowheads that we had found in the pasture, I should have guessed it. My imagination went on a wild goose chase. Oh, the ways that Injun could have died. Rustlers could have done it or the cavalry when it rode through or maybe the Apaches cause they were mean Injuns. Or maybe a bear. For whatever reason, I imagined him to be a good Injun because he had a gravestone.I was curious about that Injun so one night at supper I asked Daddy.“What do you reckon happened to that Injun? You know. The one’s that buried in the pasture –in concrete grave.”Daddy looked puzzled. “I didn’t say Injun. I said engine. That’s where an engine was mounted that we used on the farm.”What did Daddy have to go and say that for. Next UpDaddy kept a photo album full of postcards of people and places in the Big Sky Country.When I was growing up, I would sit for hours looking at the pictures of Indians, teepees, horses, buffalo and all the other wildlife in Montana and the mountains, oh, the mountains. I was fascinated by the pictures of the Indians with their feathered headdresses and the pictures of them dancing.When I went to the picture show on Saturday afternoons, I watched with big eyes when the Indians danced around the campfire. When I got home, I practiced dancing just like the Indians did. Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwell Montana is my heart home.That’s where I was born.Daddy was in the Army Air Corps and he said the Army Air Corps delivered me on a great big airplane. I was way too special to let a stork bring me across those mountains. Published 11:00 pm Friday, October 21, 2016 By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author All of the children in the neighborhood went to the Saturday picture show so one of our favorite things to do was play cowboys and Indians. I always wanted to be an Indian because I could dance and play a drum at the same time.Behind our house was a huge pasture that was bordered by a creek and a deep, dark forest. We played in the pasture all the time and we would often find arrowheads. We knew that Indians had lived in that pasture at one time. To know that real Indians had lived right behind our house was exciting.Sometimes, I imagine that I could see the flickering of the Indians’ campfire or hear their drums or feel the thumping of their feet as they danced by the light of the moon.There was a sense of adventure, of mystery to the pasture because of the Indian buried nearby. Book Nook to reopencenter_img The end of the Injun Latest Stories Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Print Article You Might Like Thousands gather at National Storytelling Festival The National Storytelling Festival in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee attracts more than 10,000 fans from all across the country the first… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

HR: Why The IQ/EQ balance is important

first_img When hiring a new staff member, what are the key criteria you look for outside of the competence or experience in fulfilling the job description?We live in an age of collaboration and knowledge sharing and so the ability to positively influence situations and navigate your way around day to day scenarios with tact and diplomacy are fundamental to success. Intelligence, experience and skill are essential for success but we must stop thinking of intelligence as knowledge gained in academia. It is now widely accepted that the most successful among us have a blend of IQ and EQ, the proportions of which are widely disputed. We define and measure EQ in 5 areas. They are Self-awareness/self-control, Empathy, Social skills, Personal Influence & Motivation. So how do you screen for EQ? Here are a few questions that may help:Tell me about a time when your actions positively impacted someone else?Have you ever been in a situation where you realised that you have had to change or modify your behaviour? How did you notice this?Tell me about a time you have had to prepare yourself for a situation you knew would be negative. What did you do? How did it work out?Have you ever received criticism? What was it? Were you surprised?Tell me about a time that you were angry with someone at work. What did you do?Situational questioning will require you to observe not just the answer but how the interviewee is answering and how comfortable they are with the questions, but you will be ensuring best possible chance of securing a well-rounded professional who will flourish and succeed in a broader range of environments and circumstances. HR: Why The IQ/EQ balance is importantShared from missc on 23 Feb 2015 in Personnel Today Read full article Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Academics to strike again

first_imgUniversity staff at Oxford and across the country will conduct another day of industrial action on 3 December in response to an ongoing argument over pay.It has been confirmed that members of UNISON, Unite and the University and College Union (UCU), will walk out again unless the pay dispute is resolved.Union members are discontented with a 1% pay offer, which the UCU claims has resulted in a real-terms fall of pay by 13%.However, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) argues that pay awards in the higher education sector have been in line with the major public sector bargaining groups over the period 2008/09 to 2013/14.UCU head of higher education, Michael MacNeil, commented, “Staff have suffered year-on-year cuts in the value of their pay and have made it clear that enough is enough. We remain committed to trying to resolve this dispute and the employers now have until 3 December to sit down and positively engage with the unions. If they don’t, then our members and those from our sister unions will be out on strike again, as well as continuing to work to contract.”A spokesperson for the University of Oxford said, “The University respects the right of individuals to take part in lawful industrial action. Contingency plans are in place aimed at minimising any disruption or inconvenience such action may cause to students, staff, and visitors to the University.”Nathan Akehurst, a prominent member of the student movement ‘Support Our Staff’, told Cherwell, “Academics will be striking again because employers have failed to negotiate in good faith. Little, if anything has changed since last time. It is important that students continue to show their support and given the enthusiasm of people last time I believe support could be expanded for the second strike.”Xavier Cohen, another student who has been involved in ‘Support Our Staff’, said, “I fully support academic and non-academic workers from UCU, Unite and Unison who are taking further strike action. Myself and many other students care greatly about workers’ pay, workers’ conditions, the gender-pay gap and the path of marketisation that higher education continues to be dragged down. “He added, “Although limited strike action may not be enough to make the government comply with workers’ demands, I am sure students will be out again en masse to support their staff.”last_img read more

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Flanders Hotel

first_imgBy Tim KellyOcean City has its Historical Museum at the Community Center. It also has another museum of sorts operating at 11th Street and the Boardwalk – The Flanders Hotel.A museum of the 1920s? No the lobby of the Flanders Hotel.For more than 93 years, the hotel has survived hurricanes, floods, intense competition and near-financial ruin. Today, the venerable landmark doesn’t just endure, it thrives as a true gem of America’s Greatest Family Resort. The nine-story, 117-condominium facility of one, 2, 3 and five bedroom luxury units is instantly recognizable on most postcards and aerial views of the city. It is a mixed-use facility consisting of condos, a full-service resort hotel, banquet, catering and special events venue, and home to a variety of retail shops and businesses. It hosts weddings, charity events, business luncheons and dinners.The area in front of the Flanders, formerly the site of three salt water swimming pools, is now home to Playland’s Castaway Cove amusements.The Flanders remains a main artery in Ocean City’s heartbeat.“It’s an amazing place,” said Peter Voudouris, President of the Flanders Condominium Association. “When we started coming down here as a family (in the 1980s) my wife said ‘we have to be a part of this.’ We bought two units.” The Voudouris family has been a big part of the Flanders ever since. They were instrumental in restructuring the ownership to a condo association, securing major financing several times to restore what had been a deteriorating physical plant, and overseeing the day-to-day operations.Today, the Flanders boasts all the modern amenities hotel patrons expect, free wi-fi, flatscreen high definition television, a 24-hour business center, full service gym, day spa, coffee shop and much more. However all these features coexist with many historical and low-tech quirks of its Roaring 20s roots.A chat with Voudouris, viewing a video he produced on the history of the property or reading a historical booklet he compiled with historian Alex Bethke reveals some surprising Flanders facts.1. The Flanders “Catacombs” colorful history included playing host to a Prohibition-era speakeasy and meetings of organized crime.Atlantic City’s reputation for such activities is well-known, but “dry” Ocean City had an active speakeasy of its own located below sea level in a maze of seven expansive rooms known as the Flanders’ Catacombs. Bars, card tables and other equipment normal found only in taverns prior to the 1919 passing of the 18th Amendment, or “Prohibition” was installed below ground at the Flanders. Organized crime figures from “families” of New York and Philadelphia were said to have had meetings in the Catacombs.Irene Dickey takes a cell phone call from one of the phone booths at the Flanders Hotel.2. The Flanders lobby still has two telephone booths.Common through the 1970s, “pay phones” and telephone booths were common throughout the world. “If I’m giving directions around the lobby, young people don’t know what I’m talking about if I say “Over there by the phone booths,” Voudouris said. Today the phones are gone from the booths, but Voudouris is planning to re-install vintage phones soon.  In the meantime, patrons can be seen taking selfies in the relics, or sitting inside to take cell phone calls.One of the fish-gargoyles standing sentry over the iconic building, as it has since 1923.3. The Flanders has its own on-site well and operates its own water system.New Jersey’s oldest and deepest well runs 840 feet beneath street level at the Flanders. The H2O is drawn from the well and chlorinated in the hotel’s first floor boiler room and pumped to two 5,000 tanks on the ninth floor.  “From there, gravity does the work,” Voudouris said.  “The system supplies the entire building and we don’t have a water bill.  We pay for sewage, but not water.”The fish gargoyles also hang out indoors at Emily’s Ocean Room restaurant.4. The Hotel is named for a famous World War I battle.Then known as “the war to end all wars” or simply “the great war,” World War I was still fresh in the minds of most Americans when the hotel was constructed in 1923. The Ocean Front Hotel Corporation, an organization of civic and political leaders who oversaw the building’s original financing and construction chose to name the new hotel “The Flanders.”  This was to be in honor and memory of the allied troops who lost their lives in the Battle of Flanders, fought in Belgium, nine years prior.5. The Flanders former swimming pools were a mecca for entertainment and special events.Ocean City residents and visitors of a certain age remember the site of Playland’s Castaway Cove amusements once was the location of three salt water swimming pools belonging to the Flanders Hotel: an Olympic-sized main pool, a kiddie pool and a deep-water diving pool. The pools were at first open exclusively to hotel patrons and they were mobbed with guests during the summer season. Poolside chairs gave the swimmers great views of the beach and boardwalk. And strollers on the boards could look in and observe the fun.Architectural detail shows the Flanders logo atop hotel’s carport.The main pool hosted competitive swimming meets and exhibitions including one featuring Olympian and future star of “Tarzan” movies, Johnny Weismuller. Water shows and the Miss New Jersey Pageant took place there and bleachers were erected to accommodate several thousand spectators. Decades later, the pools outlived their usefulness. They closed in the late 70s and the land was filled in with sand. The three-acre site was eventually sold and Playland’s Castaway Cove rose in front of the hotel.  The massive pool complex has since been replaced with a state-of-the-art heated outdoor pool for use by guests and condo-unit residents.last_img read more

Reserve your Baking Industry Summit place now

first_imgThere is only one month left to register for the Baking Industry Summit 2008, on 27 November, so make sure you reserve your delegate place now. The Summit, which will focus on the essentials of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is taking place at One Great George Street, London, and will host a variety of top speakers, including keynote speaker, Lucy Neville-Rolfe, CMG, Executive Director (Corporate & Legal Affairs), Tesco.The UK bakery sector is under a unique pressure to examine its efficiency across the chain, from where and how the wheat and ingredients are sourced, to energy, packing and distribution. Added to this are the consumer drivers of careful environmental management and social responsibility in production. The summit will look at where to start on CSR and what government, consumers and the supermarkets require.Speakers will include packaging and waste experts who have tackled specific bakery-based issues head-on and are ready to share their experiences. Leading figures from the supermarket, bakery supply, plant baking and retail bakery sectors will speak alongside businesses including Greggs and Bells of Lazonby about how they have implemented a CSR strategy.To book a place, contact Helen Law on 01293 846587 or email [email protected] You can also book online at read more

Fair’s fair weather

first_imgBakers’ Fair saw a healthy visitor turnout brave the rain to make the trip to Bolton Arena last weekend. Exhibitors included suppliers of machinery, ingredients, finished goods and packaging, and the Fair also played host to the seventh annual Richemont Club competition, with the Live Cake Decoration Challenge drawing a big audience.The Stage Area saw a series of talks, the first of which came from Mike Holling, Birds of Derby, and chairman of the NAMB, who spoke on the importance of having a business disruption action plan to minimise the recovery time of your business in the event of fire, flood or exclusion from the premises. He said it was important not to think it would never happen, as it was quite alarming how many fires do occur in this industry. He gave examples of how Birds had coped with a fire at one of its shops, as well as the temporary closure of its bakery in Derby due to an explosion at a neighbouring premises. His tips for a business distruption plan included having an alternative trading policy, as well as a short-term and longer-term business recovery plan. He said it was important to speak to your customers and let them know what was happening, as well as ensuring all employees were up-to-date with the situation, and informing suppliers if deliveries could not be made for any reason. Holling explained that Birds also has a list of available facilities for the temporary manufacture and distribution of its products, which are available to them in the event of an emergency.Tracey Sharpe, Innoseal introduced the bakery and confectionery industry to the ’Professional Innosealer’, and explained why the firm believes it offers more than traditional bag closure systems. She explained how the product was easy to apply, and had a resealable and tamper-evident seal, and invited visitors up to the stage where she demonstrated how the Innosealer worked. She also revealed that the firm is currently trialling a fully automated version of the Innosealer.Mike Holling spoke about the importance of a shop’s appearance both inside and out. He said bakers needed to think about their business from their customers’ viewpoint, as well as ascertaining what they might be getting wrong. Is it well lit? Does it look fresh, and clean? These were the questions he said bakers needed to ask themselves. He also spoke about the importance of interesting, eye-catching and regularly updated window displays.Claire Brown, EPOS Solutions, spoke about what to look for in a good EPOS supplier. They should understand your industry, what your business is about, your key products and key areas of concern, said Brown. She explained that they also needed to understand the technology and be able to apply it to their business effectively.Sandwiches with a differenceFinally John Robertshaw, consultant baker, Bako North Western gave a sandwich demonstration, using a range of different breads and fillings, before handing out his creations to a very appreciative audience. The sandwich fillings included roasted pancetta and peppers; meatballs; Swiss cheese delight; sliced beef with horseradish mayonnaise; prawns in a Bloody Mary mayonnaise; and chicken with green pesto.At the end the day, the winners of the Richemont Club competitions were announced. The President’s Challenge Cup was shared by two teams for the first time this year, as the judges couldn’t decide between the farmyard-themed cakes made by Linda Connelly and Debbie Grierson from Classic Celebration Cakes and Dave Wilson and Melony Hughes from Slattery’s Patissier & Chocolatier, in the Live Cake Decoration Challenge. Best in show went to Sueraine Rose, Rose the Bakers, for her novelty celebration cake and the Richemont Trophy was won by Arthur Chatwin. The British Baker trophy, presented by BB editor Sylvia Macdonald, was awarded to Laura Littlejohn, Tameside College. Richemont Club Competition winners Three Sausage RollsSueraine Rose Rose the BakersThree Meat PastiesRob Taylor ChatwinsOne Vegetarian ProductTony Bain GloversOne Quiche LorraineRachel Wilkinson ChatwinsOne Brown Tin LoafNigel Attwell ChatwinsOne Multigrain CobPaul Wallwork GloversOne White Plaited LoafSueraine Rose Rose the BakersFour Fresh CreamsMichael Wilde Slattery’sFour Danish PastriesRachel Wilkinson ChatwinsFour Christmas FanciesJanette Ramsden Slattery’sFour PastriesRob Taylor ChatwinsOne Novelty Celebration CakeSueraine Rose Rose the BakersOne Sugar Paste ModelEmma Chamberlain Slattery’sFour Halloween CupcakesDawn Dean ChatwinsOne Christmas CakePatricia Peel ChatwinsOne Christmas PuddingRob Taylor ChatwinsOne Chocolate LogHelen Murrell ChatwinsFour Fruit SconesHayley Davies Tameside CollegeOne Oven-bottom LoafLaura Littlejohn Tameside CollegeFour Novelty CupcakesCraig Wright ChatwinsMilling & Baking TrophyArthur ChatwinRank Hovis TrophyArthur ChatwinCSM TrophyArthur ChatwinRenshaw TrophySlattery’s Patissier & ChocolatierBritish Bakels Christmas TrophyArthur ChatwinBritish Baker TrophyLaura Littlejohn Tameside CollegeThe President’s Challenge CupJoint Winners Slattery’s Patissier & Chocolatier and Classic Celebration CakesClassic Celebration CakesBest in ShowRose the Bakers (Novelty Celebration Cake)Richemont TrophyArthur Chatwinlast_img read more