Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSsafety Previous articleApopka gets 1.5 miles of upgraded reclaimed water mainNext articleThe Apopka Voice Reaches Milestone Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 A reasonable safety plan for the Christmas seasonYou bake their favorite treats, search stores for the toys they have begged for all year, stuff stockings and deck the halls to help ensure your children’s holidays are full of warm, happy memories. However, it is also important to ensure the holiday season is safe for kids and the whole family.In December 2015, 415 people died and 1,650 were injured as a result of home fires, according to data from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). In fact, home fires increase dramatically between October and November, and do not taper off again until warmer temperatures arrive in spring, USFA statistics show.A recent survey conducted by Shriners Hospitals for Children found that while most Americans are aware of the steps they should take to stay safe during the holidays, they are not putting that knowledge into action. For example, while 70 percent are aware that live Christmas trees should be watered daily, more than half of those surveyed said they do not, even though it is one of the most dangerous fire hazards in homes during this time of the year.“Some of the survey findings are alarming, and each year our hospitals that provide burn care see the results – children who’ve been injured in cooking related accidents or in fires associated with decorations or candles,” says Kenneth Guidera, M.D., chief medical officer at Shriners Hospitals for Children. “These injuries can result in years of extensive rehabilitation and ongoing treatments to a child’s growing skin.”As part of their Be Burn Aware holiday fire safety campaign, Shriners Hospitals for Children offers some tips for reducing burn and fire risks during the holidays:Decoration safetyHoliday decorations build the excitement of the season for children, but they can also be a source of danger. Follow these guidelines for decoration safety:* Place trees at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles and heat vents. Keep fresh-cut trees well-watered and promptly dispose of trees after the holidays or when they become dry.* Inspect holiday lights before putting them up. Discard strands that have frayed wires, bare spots or excessive kinking. Replace broken or missing bulbs and always follow manufacturer warnings to limit the number of light strands plugged together. When using an extension cord or power strip, plug the light strands into the cord before plugging the cord into the electrical outlet.* Extinguish candles when you have to leave them unattended. The Shriners Hospitals survey found 25 percent of people admit to leaving lit candles unattended and 27 percent leave them within reach of a child. Make sure lit candles are in stable holders out of the reach of children and pets and placed where they cannot be easily knocked over. Consider using battery-operated, flameless candles instead.Cooking cautionCooking is the leading cause of all home fires and fire injuries, according to the USFA. During the holidays, be mindful of safe cooking habits, including:* Never leave pans unattended. Be sure to turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children can’t reach them. The Shriners Hospitals survey found 25 percent of adults fail to position pot handles for safety.* Reduce the risk of clothing catching fire while you cook by wearing short sleeves or rolling up long sleeves.* Keep safety items, like a working fire extinguisher, on hand in your kitchen. Have a lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan and snuff out the flames if the contents catch fire.For more fire safety information, Be Burn Aware activity books for kids, tip cards and additional online tools for families, visit beburnaware.org. Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Family on Christmas eve at fireplace. Mother and little kids opening Xmas presents. Children with gift boxes. Living room with traditional fire place and decorated tree. Cozy winter evening at home. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Houses MyL House / Estudio BaBo MyL House / Estudio BaBoSave this projectSaveMyL House / Estudio BaBo Architects: Estudio BaBo Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Argentina Save this picture!© Daniela Mac Adden+ 18 Share Manufacturers: Agüero, Cetol, FV, NEWTON MADERASLandscape:Santiago VelazquezInterior Designer:Estudio Nidolab – Sol García del Río, Lucía Villarreal, Florencia OrdóñezCollaborators:Sebastián Hoepner, Martina SilbermanBuilder:OMADA S.A. – Marcelo AdamoStructure:Estudio CGC – Gustavo CarreiraArchitects In Charge:Francesc Planas Penadés, Francisco Kocourek, Marit Haugen StabellCity:OlivosCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenText description provided by the architects. The Project of this single-family house is located on a plot of 1330 m2 in a low-density residential neighbourhood of Olivos, Vincente Lopez, Buenos Aires. The clients are a couple of young professionals and their two children.The presence in the family of a member with reduced mobility was also determinant.In the surrounding area, there is a strong presence of detached houses, from single to double story, with a wide variety of styles and morphological approach.Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenOn the other side of the Street, that gives access to the plot, there is a more homogenic style of houses (some of them can be dated back to the late 50s) while the lots next the one we are dealing with are more recent. The profusion of Green is quite generous, it looms between the edges of each lots. The trees have no sign of Project, although there are some aged trees of important dimensions. The site has a particular geometry: the access road draws a curve forcing the front edge to have a very tight arc of circumference. This forced us to do the Access from the Street.The size of the lot, its particular geometry, and the need to guarantee accessibility to all areas of housing led to the decision to articulate the whole program in a single plant.Save this picture!Floor PlanIts extension (330 m2) and its asymmetric cross layout to define four different external areas (four gardens) linked to the different interior spaces.Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenAn accessible paved and public garden, gives access, on one hand to the service area, and on the other one to the main hub, between the two “L” that define the Project.Save this picture!AxonometricOn one side, we have the living area: one wing, is composed by the dining room and the living room; The other one contains the kitchen and all the associated service units.Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenOn the other side, we can see the master bedroom occupying one of the wings, all the other bedrooms and bathrooms they are located in it’s perpendicular wing instead.To finish this last wing a quad area opens up to a semi-covered patio that links the main volume to a barbecue area, a dining room and an engine room. This patio also connects two of the four exterior gardens mentioned above: the main one where the pool is located, open, free, as a living-dining room, and a more intimate garden related to the rooms.The fourth outer space is treated as a productive garden and is associated with the kitchen and dining room.Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenThis four wings are sorted in two different roof width, one of 1.90m and the second one of 4.00m (they represent respectively the serving areas and the rooms themselves) made up of double wooden columns on their outer sides, arranged every 1.90m, and supporting walls in their shared inner side. These two roofs also have different heights, allowing the light pass from one side to the other one of the volume.Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenThe configuration of the volumes gives continuity to the whole Project and allows to ensure the correct illumination in all the spaces of the house. The wooden beams have all the same section, forming larger edges when necessary by overlapping several of them.Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenFor the materiality, the main concept was to divide the volume in layers of different materials. A reinforced concrete base, with 70 cm height was necessary to generate a sill compatible with the use of furniture associated with some facades, giving a relationship of the house with the zero level. The next layer, is a development of brick painted in white alternated to some carpentry piece to give a rhythm to the facade. Finally, and as last layer, the wooden roof as finishing and crowning.Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenAnother important element is the wooden Brise Soleil, as a light and visual filter for the exterior.Project gallerySee allShow less”Doors of Kathmandu” Captures the Vital Social Spaces of Nepal’s Capital CityArchitecture NewsGehry, Foster, Piano Lead Star-Studded Shortlist in London Centre for Music CompetitionArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/871387/casa-myl-estudio-babo Clipboard 2015 Area: 330 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/871387/casa-myl-estudio-babo Clipboard Year: CopyHouses•Olivos, Argentina Photographs “COPY” CopyAbout this officeEstudio BaBoOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOlivosArgentinaPublished on July 10, 2017Cite: “MyL House / Estudio BaBo” 10 Jul 2017. 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Ethanol and DDGS Exports Jump in July SHARE U.S. ethanol exports totaled 69.3 million gallons (mg) in July, a 49% jump over June shipments and the highest monthly total since April. Canada (19.9 mg), Brazil (15.2 mg), and India (11.2 mg) were top destinations, while China was conspicuously absent from the market for the second straight month. Year-to-date exports stood at 516.4 mg, implying an annual total of 885.3 mg for calendar year 2016.Exports of denatured fuel ethanol tallied at 22.0 mg, up 7% from June. As usual, Canada was the top market for denatured product for fuel use, taking in 19.9 mg. Peru was the only other major customer for denatured fuel ethanol exports, receiving 2.1 mg.Meanwhile, undenatured fuel ethanol exports surged to 44.1 mg, nearly double the 23.6 mg shipped in June. At 15.2 mg, Brazil was again the leading destination for undenatured fuel exports. For the first time in three months, India was seen importing U.S. undenatured product for fuel use, bringing in 11.2 mg. The Philippines imported 10.3 mg, its largest monthly total of the year. Mexico (2.2 mg), South Korea (1.8 mg) and Saudi Arabia (1.5 mg) were other notable destinations in July.Exports of denatured and undenatured ethanol for non-fuel, non-beverage use were 3.2 mg in July, with Canada receiving the lion’s share at 2.7 mg.As for ethanol imports, the U.S. brought in 10.5 mg of ethanol from Brazil in July—identical to the June total. Year-to-date ethanol imports stood at 23.0 mg through July, suggesting annual imports of 39.4 mg.Exports of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS)—the animal feed co-product from dry mill ethanol production—surged to a nine-month high of 1.094 million metric tons (mt) in July, up 9% from June. China was the top market for U.S. exports for the third month in a row, receiving 358,985 mt. Mexico (147,779 mt), Vietnam (116,180 mt), South Korea (80,460 mt) and Thailand (61,744 mt) were other leading DDGS importers. Shipments to both Vietnam and Thailand were the highest of the year to those countries. Year-to-date DDGS exports tallied at 6.45 million mt, indicating an annualized total of 11.07 million mt. Home Energy Ethanol and DDGS Exports Jump in July SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Sep 5, 2016 Facebook Twitter Previous articleDuPont Pioneer Agronomy Update 9/5/16Next articleSeptember is Hit the Road Month for FFA Officers Gary Truitt
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Top StoriesSushant Singh Rajput Case: BMC Orders Release of Bihar IPS Officer Hours After Filing Of Habeas Corpus Petition In Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 Aug 2020 9:59 PMShare This – xHours after a habeas corpus petition was filed before the Supreme Court seeking release of an IPS officer from Bihar who was quarantined by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the BMC has issued an order for his release. BMC has exempted IPS officer Vinay Tiwari from home quarantine, to facilitate his return to Patna and to resume his duties. Tiwari is the lead…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?LoginHours after a habeas corpus petition was filed before the Supreme Court seeking release of an IPS officer from Bihar who was quarantined by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the BMC has issued an order for his release. BMC has exempted IPS officer Vinay Tiwari from home quarantine, to facilitate his return to Patna and to resume his duties. Tiwari is the lead officer appointed by the Bihar Government to investigate the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. In the backdrop, a FIR was lodged at Rajiv Nagar Police Thana in Patna by Rajput’s father, against actress Rhea Chakraborty under Sections 306, 341, 342, 380, 406 and 420 of IPC. In pursuance of the said FIR a SIT of 4-officers went to Maharashtra for investigation on Monday, 27th July, 2020. Further, under directions of the Bihar Police, Tiwari reached Mumbai on August 2, in order to lead and co-ordinate with the investigation. However, he was alleged to have been “forcibly quarantined” by the local authorities. The Petitioner, Nalin N. Mishra, claiming to be a social activist based in Bihar, had approached the Supreme Court alleging that quarantine of Mr. Vinay Tiwari is without any legal sanction and in derogation to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and State of Maharashtra wherein it provides that if the passenger is returning within 7 days of his arrival, there shall be no quarantine. “The detainee IPS officer who reached Mumbai in pursuance of lawful discharge and execution of his official duty in connection to a case assigned to him and as such, the detaining authority ought to have granted him exemption or given a statement of reasons for the rejection of the same when a request for grant of exception was made by the DGP of Bihar Police to the detaining authority which was rejected,” she had averred. It was contended through Advocates Rajesh Inamdar, Shashawat Anand,Mithu Jain and Ankur Azad that the detention and alleged quarantine (virtual house arrest) of an on-duty IPS officer by the BMC is ultra vires and violative of Fundamental Rights under Articles 14 & 19 as the guidelines of 14-Day Quarantine is not applicable to him. Further it was contended that Tiwari was not even permitted to return to Bihar and as such his Fundamental Rights under Articles 20, 21 and 22 were violated. “Even if an exception could not have been made for the detainee, the detaining authority must have allowed him to go back to Patna as under the scheme of quarantine laid down in the guidelines and as such his forceful alleged quarantine amounts to illegal house arrest and unlawful detention,” the plea stated. Now, with the BMC permitting Tiwari’s release, the plea seems to have become infructuous. In related developments, the Central Government has accepted the Bihar Government’s recommendation for a CBI probe into the actor’s death. Further, the Top Court refused to grant a stay in the Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty’s plea seeking transfer of the abovementioned FIR from Patna to Mumbai, and the stay on the investigation by the Bihar police. That apart, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to unearth the alleged connection between the deaths of Rajput and his former Manager, Disha Saliyan. Click Here To Download Petition Read Petition Next Story
News Updates”He Tried To Avoid A Particular Bench By Clever Drafting”: Allahabad High Court Imposes 50K Cost On 6000-Crore Amrapali Scam Accused Sparsh Upadhyay19 Jan 2021 4:27 AMShare This – xNoting that Amprapali Group’s Director Ajay Kumar tried to avoid a particular Bench and get his matter listed before another Bench, the Allahabad High Court last week imposed a cost of Rs.50,000/- to be deposited by him with Oudh Bar Association within a period of two weeks. [NOTE: Ajay Kumar is involved in six thousand crores infamous Amrapali mega scam and, a case, under Section…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?LoginNoting that Amprapali Group’s Director Ajay Kumar tried to avoid a particular Bench and get his matter listed before another Bench, the Allahabad High Court last week imposed a cost of Rs.50,000/- to be deposited by him with Oudh Bar Association within a period of two weeks. [NOTE: Ajay Kumar is involved in six thousand crores infamous Amrapali mega scam and, a case, under Section 3/4 Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 Police Station ED, Lucknow Zone is pending against him and other co-accused in the Court of Special Judge/ Session Judge Lucknow.] The Matter before the Court The Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh was hearing an application filed by Ajay Kumar seeking modification of the order dated 18th September 2020 [passed in Criminal Misc Case No.5037(B) of 2020] whereby the High Court had granted interim bail to the him for a period of 2 months on medical grounds. He was granted interim bail with a condition that he would surrender immediately on expiry of 60 days from the date of his release from the jail and file an affidavit to that effect before this Court. Now, this bail application was finally disposed of by the Court on 03rd December 2020 taking note of the undertaking given at the bar by the counsel representing him. [NOTE: It is a standard legal principle that an interim order always gets merged with the final order. In the instant case, when the Court passed final order dated 03rd December 2020, the Order passed on 18th September 2020 naturally got merged with this Order. Therefore, there was no occasion for him to file an application for modification of the non-existent order dated 18th September 2020.] As stated, the order dated 18th September 2020 got merged with the final order of the High court dated 03rd December 2020 and as per the undertaking of the accused-applicant, he should have surrendered before the trial Court concerned on or before 31st December 2020. However, he did not surrender on or before 31st December 2020 and instead he filed the instant application to modify interim order dated 18th September 2020 without annexing the final order dated 03rd December 2020 whereby the application stood finally disposed of. Court’s observations The Court observed that order dated 03rd December 2020 was not annexed, however, order dated 18th September 2020 was annexed with the instant application and its modification was sought. To this, the Court said, “This was deliberately done to avoid the listing of the bail application before the Bench which has passed the final order dated 03rd December 2020. As per design, in fact, the matter got listed before the Bench which passed order dated 18th September 2020 granting interim bail to the accused-applicant for two months on medical grounds.” The Court also noted that when the case was listed on 12th January 2021, an effort was made to get it off from the list of this Bench. The counsel for the accused-applicant went to the Registry and requested the dealing clerk to generate a report that the case was wrongly listed before this Bench and, the dealing clerk did generate such a report. The Court remarked, “Once Bail Application No.5037 of 2020 got finally disposed of on the undertaking of the accused-applicant that he would surrender on or before 31st December 2020, the life of the said application came to an end and, it could not be survived by moving an application in the disposed of matter.” The Court was of the view that the whole effort of the accused-applicant had been to avoid a particular Bench and get the matter listed before the Bench which passed the order dated 18th September 2020 by cleverly drafting of the application without annexing the final order dated 03rd December 2020. Considering the aforesaid, the Court opined hat the accused-applicant instead of surrendering before the Court on or before 31st December 2020, tried to subvert and misuse the process of the Court and has filed a nonmaintainable application before this Court and thus, the Court imposed a cost of 50k on him. Case title – Ajay Kumar v. U.O.I. Thru. Director Of Enforcement, Lucknow [Bail No. – 5037 of 2020] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. LettersOn 2 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today This week’s lettersClaimants would be deterred if they had something to loseHurray! The Housing Association for which I am HR and training manager hasjust successfully defended a constructive dismissal claim brought by adisgruntled ex-employee, but BOO – the panel rejected our claim for even justpartial costs. As a registered charity, we are always trying to squeeze every penny out ofevery pound, so with legal fees alone amounting to more than £20,000, we reallyhave to wonder if we have actually ‘won’. I dare not even think about the truetotal cost to our organisation in terms of money and precious time that couldof course have been put to so much better use. I’m sure everyone in our profession was pleased when the option to awardcosts in such claims was introduced. However, news of the revolution doesn’t appearto have filtered down to all the national panels. Being aware of its avaricious nature, we were surprised and disappointedwhen this particular claim wasn’t rejected at the first hurdle, but constructedour defence in the safe HR tradition that common sense and justice wouldprevail. The claimant of course was looking for an ‘out-of-court settlement’,but fearful and bound by governing regulations, we reluctantly dedicated moreand more professional time preparing for the inevitable tribunal. The claimant, however, prepared no real case, didn’t hire a solicitor orcounsel, and appeared to amass costs no greater than her bus fare. Ultimatelyshe did the cause of justifiable cases nothing but harm. In fact, when thefutility of her situation finally dawned on her, she left the tribunal beforethe final outcome was actually declared. She left, of course, with the comfortof knowing that she gave it a try, which is always worth doing when you’ve gotnothing to lose. We, however, were left feeling deflated, knowing how much timeand money had been wasted. Is there not now an argument that claimants should be required to back uptheir actions with some form of bond or surety (means tested, of course) toshow their confidence and absolute belief in the validity of their accusations?This would, of course, be refunded, together with any subsequent award andcosts when their claim is upheld, or put in the ‘costs pot’ should it fail. It is all very well legislating that costs may be awarded against a claimantfollowing a case, but tribunals are always likely to be reluctant to come downhard on an individual in favour of a company or organisation – especially onewith an apparently bottomless pit of public money. If the claimant is required to offer a pecuniary guarantee of their resolve,then funds for any costs would be immediately available. Perhaps moreimportantly, such claims would be less attractive as applicants would finallyhave something to lose. R Mason HR and training manager, MCIPD Strategic investment is the way forward I was pleased to see that Patricia Hewitt is advising companies to evaluateHR as a strategic asset to their organisation (News, 30 September). Part of this evaluation should include consideration of how HR can bedeveloped to reach its maximum potential, yet organisations often onlyimplement learning programmes when they need to address a short-term skills gapwithin the company. It is only as a result of organisations strategically tying learning totheir corporate objectives that goals such as long-term business success,strong leaders and a competitive market position can be enjoyed. Strategic investment in learning also ensures that employees understand howtheir training programmes and overall development helps contribute topropelling business objectives forward. Unsurprisingly, the organisations that are the most successful in theirmarket sector, are the ones that understand the true value of their people andhow investing in this valuable resource through strong training and developmentresults in a dynamic, creative and successful organisation. Sophie Jarvis Consultant, Spark Communications Society has a duty to raise our children I think we should put this whole question of parental rights at work inperspective once and for all. Your anonymous correspondent (‘What about the right to run a business?’,Letters, 18 November) states that people choose to have children – theiremployers don’t force them. And I certainly wouldn’t make it compulsory. Butisn’t it the duty and responsibility of everyone in society to raise the nextgeneration of employees, customers, doctors, teachers and all the other peoplewe depend upon? As ultimate beneficiaries like the rest of us, surely employers and thosewho choose not to have children should still play their part in the workplaceby supporting those who take on the velvet yoke of parenthood. There isobviously a reasonable balance to be struck, but to argue that work can somehowbe disconnected from the many real-life ‘non-critical’ demands of raising afamily is fallacious, and undermines family values in the long-term. I think the people who want to have it all are not parents, but those whowould rather opt out of their broader practical responsibilities to our children,because they tend to be a bit messy and inconvenient – which is what parentingis on a bad day. We seem to have forgotten it takes a whole village to raiseone child. Details supplied The older workforce needs to be nurtured The stats say it all: the UK workforce is ageing. In less than 10 years’time, almost 40 per cent of it will be 45 or older. And only 17 per cent of itwill be 16 and 17-year-olds. Age discrimination is a luxury that companies can no longer afford. Thebusiness case for helping the older worker is a powerful one. We can’t shut oureyes to the fact that older staff want to work, and are capable of excellentwork. And around 23 per cent of UK businesses are now experiencing skillsshortages, compared with 16 per cent in 2001, according to a report. Evidence from the Treasury shows that UK productivity, however measured,lags behind that of other major industrialised countries. The Government needsto remedy that. There is also evidence that the UK fails to raise theaspirations of its citizens, whether economic, social, educational or cultural.Age discrimination is set to be outlawed by 2006. Meanwhile, there is a lotof mindless waste of older people with talent and enthusiasm that, with someretraining or some flexibility in their working patterns, could be a long-termasset. Yet so many older people miss out on employment because they don’t havethe skills to write the right letters – ie, the type that showcase theirtalents to potential employers. As a result, too many of their applications hitthe bins, and they give up and join the ‘hidden unemployed’. Older people need advice on how to get themselves back into the workplace –how to capture the imagination of potential employers when they apply for jobs.In turn, employers must develop critical workforce development programmes,and create ways and means of allowing people flexible working time. For some,retraining and education are daunting prospects, bringing back memories ofunhappy and unsuccessful school days. They need to be nurtured through theirtraining. Skills shortages in the UK are particularly marked in customer serviceorganisations (24 per cent), wholesale, retail and hospitality (29 per cent)and manufacturing (20 per cent). Employers have to realise they now have the chance to tap into rich seams ofskills, experience and knowledge. If they do, they will find they have staffwho are punctual, flexible and reliable, absent less often, and patient whentraining and supporting new employees. Sandy Finnigan Chief executive, Careers Bradford and founder of Blue Tree Human rights issues raised by BNP ban The home secretary has called for the automatic disqualification of membersof the British National Party (BNP) from the police force. While such a policy may be desirable from a race relations standpoint,disqualifying a police officer on the grounds of their political beliefs raiseshuman rights issues, including the rights to freedom of expression andassociation, and to privacy in their private lives. At the moment, although police force applicants must declare any politicalparty membership, there is no automatic ban, and it doesn’t bar them fromjoining the force. It also highlights interesting issues for the private sector in what theymay be able to require staff to disclose. We are seeing an increase of theemployers’ power over an employee’s personal life and conduct outside of theworkplace. Andrea Nicholls Partner and head of the employment department, Howard Kennedy Gay rights omission was irresponsible I noted with interest and disappointment an omission in the employment lawtimetable printed on the legal page in the 28 October edition. You rightly noted the Religion or Belief Regulations will be introduced on 2December 2003, but completely ignored the Employment Equality (SexualOrientation) Regulations, which come into force on 1 December 2003. Is there any wonder why gay people feel marginalised – or at worst ignored –when magazines of quality, such as yours, ignore legislation that will make areal difference to their quality of life in the workplace? I hope you will see fit to print an apology/acknowledgement of thisoversight. Chris McCoy Project manager – diversity, Defra – York Editor’s reply: We have covered the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation)Regulations 2003 in several previous editions (please do a search on ourwebsite archives on www.personneltoday.com).We have readdressed the issue of equality in subsequent editions, and willcontinue to do so. We could not tackle all issues affected by the forthcomingregulations in the small amount of space available in our 28 October edition. Previous Article Next Article
cmbsdurst organizationManhattan Office MarketOffice Leasingoffice marketrefinancing Message* Full Name* Douglas Durst with 1133 Avenue of the Americas (left) and 114 West 47th Street (Google Maps, Getty)The Durst Organization has secured $1.1 billion in debt to refinance office properties at 1133 Sixth Avenue and 114 West 47th Street.The 10-year, fixed-rate, interest-only CMBS loans came from Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo, according to the Commercial Observer. They retire $800 million of debt provided by Citi and Ladder Capital on the two office buildings as well as cover closing costs.The properties are situated near Bryant Park. The 26-story 114 West 47th Street is 660,000 square feet and was built in 1989. The 47-story, 1.1 million-square-foot Sixth Avenue building opened in 1970.Read moreAnother blow to Amazon in court battle with Durst Organization Conference room provider takes 36K sf at Durst’s 114 West 47th Street Feud with de Blasio pushes Durst to shelve Halletts Point Share via Shortlink Email Address* Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink As of February, the properties are about 95 percent leased to 45 tenants, more than half of whom are investment-grade or credit-worthy. Durst has put about $69.3 million into the Sixth Avenue property and $23.3 million into the West 47th Street building over the past decade, Commercial Observer reported.Durst has sued Amazon over a scuttled lease deal at the Sixth Avenue property, seeking $21 million in damages after it kept 310,000 square feet vacant for Amazon and made modifications, only to see Amazon lease from Vornado Realty Trust elsewhere.[CO] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones