The adult in the room

first_img14th February 2020 | By Stephen Carter GVC distinguished itself in 2019 by putting its head above the parapet and speaking out in favour of wholesale industry changes to better protect players from gambling harms. As director of regulatory affairs, Martin Lycka (pictured left) has taken a leading role in this push. By Robin HarrisonPreviously the start of a new year would have seen operators discussing plans for certain markets or the launch of new products. In 2020, however, the conversation has changed.The focus is not what’s going to be on offer, or where it’ll be offered. What the industry – and a broad array of stakeholders and opponents – are interested in is how it will be offered.Many in the sector will be hoping that they’ll be able to look back on 2019 as gambling’s annus horriblis. It saw the whistle-to-whistle advertising ban implemented in the UK, just one event in a year in which everything operators did or said seemed to heap more criticism on the industry.Sweden’s igaming market launched, and heralded a new wave of enforcement for a range of offences, real or otherwise. Italy banned gambling advertising. Spain threatened to follow.Yes, the US opened for business, but as Keith Whyte of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) says in a recent interview with iGB North America, the rapid roll-out of sports betting may bring a new wave of responsible gambling (RG) scandals.GVC Holdings has in some ways been at the centre of the storm engulfing the industry – it would be hard for one of the biggest companies in the sector to avoid the headwinds. But it has also been leading the fightback.Much of this appears to be driven by chief executive Kenny Alexander.He has seemingly taken the stance that if his business is going to account for an ever-growing percentage of total customer spend and market revenue, he’s going to make sure that cash is coming from sustainable sources.The initiatives are numerous and far reaching. The responsibility for implementing them, and ensuring they are successful, falls to director of regulatory affairs Martin Lycka.Lycka and his team “have to be the jacks, not necessarily masters, but jacks of a lot of trades,” he explains.“The bottom line is that the function [of the regulatory affairs team] is what the people who regard the function turn it into.”Regulatory affairs is deceptively vague. As Lycka says, some could take that title and assume it’s the team responsible for applying for licences in different markets.That includes “the joy of the US licensing process”, he adds – but also includes sports integrity. Corporate social responsibility, administered through the GVC Global Foundation, also falls within its remit.Essentially it’s everything from the licences to regulatory risk.At a time when a UK parliamentary committee is calling for online slots to be subject to a £2 cap, over a perception that the industry is some sort of rapacious monster bleeding players dry, social responsibility becomes a regulatory risk.In Lycka’s eyes, the need for a new approach towards social responsibility is a simple question of sustainability.“If you allow me to be cynical for a split second, nobody wants addicted gamblers in the market,” he says. “Nobody wants them to be their customers and we genuinely want to help them. We see that as our responsibility.”To do this, GVC will have to patiently explain to industry opponents why arbitrary bans exist or limits based on “urban myths and misrepresented data”.It could be argued that others have tried this approach before. In fact one supplier crunched the numbers, came up with the average spend on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and concluded that there was no need for a statutory limit on the machines. We all know how that went.Data crunching GVC, on the other hand, will not rely on some internal data that it claims proves its point and hope for the best. It inherited a partnership with Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addiction, which had previously worked with Bwin, then Bwin.party between 2005 and 2004.This has been continued and expanded, but not just to produce a few peer-reviewed academic articles. Through the relationship, GVC will provide the Division on Addiction with anonymised player data to be used for research into markers of gambling harms. This in turn will act as a stress test of its existing controls, allowing them to be refined and enhanced. “From GVC’s perspective, the key benefit of that cooperation is that our existing processes will get assessed,” Lycka says.“Beyond that, if there are any loopholes identified, and we are told we need to step up in certain areas, or do something differently or better, then we will correct those learnings and reflect them in our product design.”To an extent it appears to be a case of working out which battles are worth fighting, and where to cede ground.GVC was a driving force behind the whistle-to-whistle advertising ban in the UK, for example, and is now pushing the industry to implement a total broadcasting ban.Lycka argues that it “made sense” considering the size of the GVC business to take a lead on pushing for restrictions around advertising. Where it may push back, however, is on the issue of statutory limits.On the FOBT side, the argument was lost long before the operator even acquired Ladbrokes Coral to gain a UK retail presence. For online, it’s still in play. That’s not to say it’s a fight to preserve revenue. It’s more an issue of player protection.“Arbitrary statutory limits, in my view, cannot work,” Lycka says. What constitutes a fair limit, he says, is very subjective to the individual customer.Something massively unaffordable for one player might be – to repeat a phrase used by a certain UK politician – “chicken feed” to another.Limits should therefore not be based on what society as a whole can afford, but what that individual player can afford to spend, he continues.Of all regulators, the GB Gambling Commission has, at least publicly, shown the greatest level of interest in using affordability as a determinant for mandatory limit setting.In Lycka’s eyes, affordability is a more efficient way of protecting players than blanket limits. Overly restrictive arbitrary controls “actively incentivise” players to gamble with unlicensed operators, he warns.This could be the ultimate consequence of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling-related Harms’ call for a £2 online slot limit.“It seems to revolve around a very simplified consistency argument: ‘If there is a £2 limit for FOBTs, there needs to be a £2 limit for online slots’,” he says. “This is an over-simplistic approach for all manner of reasons.“First, is it really consistent? Where is the consistency with the land-based casino market, where no such limits are proposed?“Second, this approach risks driving customers to unlicensed, black market operators who will provide none of the player protections that are surely the goal of stakeholders who want to provide a safe environment.”Altering perceptions Many inside and outside the gambling industry would say this is common sense. But it’s damning that the industry has reached a point where the APPG can come out with a series of punitive new controls and be given the time of day.Few would deny that in the past, the industry has failed to make a positive case for itself in the UK. Lycka admits gambling companies “only have ourselves to blame” here.“I like to think that we are getting slightly better, but there’s a lot to learn on that front,” he concedes. The sign that these lessons are in fact being learned comes from GVC’s efforts in emerging markets such as the US and Brazil.“I would argue that they present us with an opportunity to change the perception of the industry and again, make it slightly safer,” he explains.“That was one of the rationales behind us launching the GVC US Foundation, partnering the National Council on Problem Gambling and Harvard Medical School.“We’ll [also] be supporting the Seton Hall Law School to launch a gambling and hospitality university curriculum.“I’m hopeful that in a foreseeable future we’ll be announcing other similar projects with other very reputable partners who will be only too keen on helping out with this type of education.”GVC is certainly casting its net wide, but arguably this is necessary, to involve every stakeholder in the process, especially the customer.After all, the success of these social responsibility efforts ultimately comes down to that end user. And as they’re the one that places a bet or decides against it, there’s a degree of personal responsibility that has arguably been overlooked by industry critics.“I believe the customer’s role has been, to some extent, sidelined because the industry is expected to do a lot,” Lycka says. “There’s also an element of customer responsibility. I believe that we need to put them in a position whereby they get all the information they need.”Let’s face it, these people are not helpless. Gambling is limited to those aged 18 and above in Europe, and often 21 plus in the US.“It has to be a combination of regulation, voluntary action by operators, then the customer. The customer makes the final choice.”Local behaviours But the customer in the UK may make very different choices to a customer in Spain, for example. And for a business that is active in the vast majority of regulated markets, GVC can’t develop a strategy for one territory and guarantee it will work in another. In the UK, for example, it has spearheaded research into markers of harm, with nine key variables used to determine whether a player is potentially suffering from the ill effects of gambling.In a different country, there could be six, or 11 markers, Lycka points out. What may mark a problem in one territory could be normal in another.Let’s take Spain and the UK as an example.“Typically, in the UK I would suggest that most people would be in bed by midnight,” Lycka explains. “If somebody is still up, on their computer and betting, that is definitely an indication of a potential problem.“On the other hand, if you take Spain or Latin American countries, they typically wouldn’t have their dinner until half 10, if not later. Which means that they would more likely be placing a bet after midnight.“Football is traditionally played later there too, so it could be a late night kick-off. So, the past-midnight marker of harm may not necessarily apply. The individualisation of the tests that are used for detecting problematic behaviour is important.”He points out that as a fan of the New England Patriots, he might stay up to watch a game, which would not kick off until around 1am in London. Therefore if he placed a bet, he could – wrongly – be considered to have a problem.“Individual quirks are absolutely important, just as when it comes to markets and to promotions we offer,” Lycka says.“You wouldn’t necessarily be offering cricket markets in Sweden and you wouldn’t be offering hockey markets in the UK. [And] we would have to treat things the same way when it comes to responsible gambling.”This individualised approach is being extended to sports integrity, another key tentpole in the GVC Foundation’s social responsibility efforts.It has already partnered high-profile teams such as Borussia Dortmund in Germany and Italy’s Inter Milan, as well as establishing the German Sports Integrity Forum.This comes as part of efforts to “educate anybody who would care to listen to us” about how the gambling industry can work closely with sports clubs to stamp out corruption, Lycka says.“We’ve also included sports integrity clauses and integrity programmes in our sponsorship contracts with clubs.”The motivation behind this, he adds, is exactly the same as the research project with Harvard Medical School: it’s about educating stakeholders on what the industry is actually doing to have a more positive impact.As he says, the industry needs to get better in how it conveys what it does to a wider audience.“Folks need to be better prepared to recognise the good stuff being won by the industry. Of course there’s a lot of bad stuff – less and less I would argue – and we’ve learned our lessons, usually the hard way.“But it is still frustrating if you believe that you’ve done something great for your customers, something that will help them.”The industry needs to “step away from the self deprecation”, he adds. “The key [goal] in my view is to learn how to put all those messages – CSR, efforts to protect players, and efforts to uphold sports integrity – out there in a more efficient manner.”He argues that part of the industry today still fails to “shout from the rooftops” about the good work they are doing.Lycka picks out Kindred as a business that has “led the charge” on responsible gambling across Europe, and effectively communicated its efforts to the wider world.This isn’t self-serving in his view. Instead, it highlights that rather than GVC being the lone voice in a sector running scared of new regulations, there is a genuine, concerted, cross-sector effort to protect players.“If I may convey one message in this interview – and I’ll sound like a cliché – we are all in it together, in terms of protecting the customer and at the same time actually making sure that we have created a safe environment, a safe space within which the regulated operators can exist.”GVC may well have appeared the adult in the room in 2019, but if the industry is serious about making 2020 the year when things got better, it expects others to grow up too. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops GVC distinguished itself in 2019 by putting its head above the parapet and speaking out in favour of wholesale industry changes to better protect players from gambling harms. 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Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgPuma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfilePuma Energy Zambia Plc markets and distributes petroleum products and lubricants in Zambia; ensuring a secure, safe and affordable supply to the following sectors: business-to-business, retail, lubricant, aviation, bitumen, liquefied petroleum gas, storage, supply, bunkering, wholesale, marine systems and refining. It also owns 53 service stations, located in the main towns and cities of Zambia. Puma Energy Zambia is a subsidiary of Puma Energy International BV; a global energy business with integrated midstream and downstream operations in 50 countries across five continents. The Puma brand was created in Argentina in 1929 and founded to transport and market crude oil and its by-products. The energy company has undergone exceptional growth and now boasts an international footprint that includes the Americas, Africa, Europe and Middle East/Asia Pacific. Puma Energy Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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This smaller company could be a hidden gem of a share with huge share price growth potential

first_imgThis smaller company could be a hidden gem of a share with huge share price growth potential I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Andy Ross Value and income investing have become increasingly challenging lately. So, it’s understandable to want to look at smaller-cap shares. Smaller companies, less often looked at by analysts, can by hidden gems with the potential for huge share price growth. It can be a very profitable way to invest.A hidden gem with huge share price growth potentialOne smaller company that flies under the radar of many investors is technology group D4T4 (LSE: D4T4). Data is said to be the new oil – the 21st century commodity of great value. Free data from users is the basis of much of Facebook’s value, for example.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…D4T4’s gross profit margins have been growing and most recently stood at over 60%. The group has no debt, which is a major positive given the current economic backdrop that is hitting cash poor and indebted firms hard. D4T4’s five-year return on capital employed is 18% – an indicator that the company can grow profitably. It’s a very important metric in my view. I believe this figure is a major positive and I’m sure it could be improved further. Financially the tech company looks great. Yet many investors overlook it in favour of better known or bigger tech shares. As a result, these have become very expensive, while D4T4 has a trailing price-to-earnings multiple of only 17, which is very reasonable for a growth tech share.All in all, I think it’s a hidden gem with huge share price growth potential. It could well enter my own portfolio in the coming months.A not so hidden gem of a shareShares in PZ Cussons (LSE: PZC), owner of brands such as Imperial Leather and Original Source, haven’t quite bounced back to where they started the year. The shares have a trailing P/E of 21 and a dividend yield of 2.3%. I think they offer a potentially rewarding combination of income and share price growth potential.The group’s advantages are diverse market exposure, a wide range of brands, and exposure to emerging markets, in particular, Nigeria. Trading in the populous African nation has sometimes been challenging for the group, but it is a potentially big growth market.Highly rated veteran fund manager Nick Train has bought shares. He likes companies in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. PZ Cussons is much cheaper than some of the other shares he owns such as Unilever and Diageo.Train also likes companies with recognisable brands. Brand power gives the group pricing power, brand loyalty with consumers, and as a result, better sales and margins.PZ Cussons undoubtedly has both room to improve and the potential benefit of growth from African economies in the coming years. Recent share price movement has been on the back of positive trading and director buys but long term, I believe it has much further to rise.Overall, I think both D4T4 and PZ Cussons could be good additions to a portfolio of shares. I rate both highly and keep them on a watchlist, and I’m likely to add both at some point. Andy Ross | Wednesday, 14th October, 2020 | More on: D4T4 PZC Andy Ross owns shares in Diageo. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo, PZ Cussons, and Unilever. 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I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

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Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter’s face

first_imgTuesday Nov 24, 2015 Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter’s face Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees will face a disciplinary hearing in London tomorrow (Wednesday 25 November) following the straight red card he received for stamping on the face of Harlequins number eight Nick Easter in round two of the European Challenge Cup. Replacement hooker Rees was sent off after Easter brought it to the referee’s attention, following a stamp that came very close, but due to good luck more than anything, didn’t take out his eye.Referee Alexandre Ruiz was clear in his decision, sending the former Wales captain from the park.Blues coach Danny Wilson felt there was no maliciousness meant though, saying it was accidental.“There’s definitely no malice in it. It looks possibly like a clumsy situation,” said Wilson. “Matthew is not that type of player. He’s a very diligent professional with an extremely positive record behind him, which hopefully will go with him when it’s discussed.Law 10.4 (b) Stamping/Trampling on an Opponent carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-Range: 5 weeks; Top End: 9 to 52 weeks.Replays showed that Easter was very lucky to not be badly injured, as Rees’ stud came extremely close to damaging his eye. We’ve seen less dangerous eye-gouges be punished severely, so you can be sure that 34-year-old Rees could face at least 5 weeks on the sideline.London Irish scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin was recently banned for three weeks for a similar, albeit slightly less dangerous, offence.Easter tweeted after the match that his eye is fine, and thanked fans for the messages of concern.Harlequins picked up a 32-20 bonus point win to move to the top of Pool 3.UPDATE: Rees has been suspended for seven weeks.“In upholding the red card decision, the Judicial Officer found that Rees had stamped on Nick Easter and determined that the offence was at the top end of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected 12 weeks as the appropriate entry point,” the EPCR statement read. “He then reduced the sanction by five weeks taking into account Rees’s guilty plea, timely expression of remorse to Easter and clean disciplinary record, before imposing a suspension of seven weeks.”ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Edge House / KARO Architects

first_img Projects Photographs:  Hyo sook JinSave this picture!© Hyo sook JinText description provided by the architects. The entry edge of a block house complex was shaped like a sharp triangle.It was not easy to deploy an efficient plane. But behind the land was a small forested mountain. We decided to put the conditions of distribution in our plan as an advantage. In fact, the architect was looking for a site that was located on the mountain behind him and knew the value of the site. And the architect rejected the uniform design of the complex house and wanted to build his own house. To do so, they chose land that is only located at the beginning and away from the inside.Save this picture!© Hyo sook JinSave this picture!First floor planSave this picture!© Hyo sook JinWe set some rules. First, let’s create an opening where the eyes are open, the second is to design a building’s main program towards the hills, and the third is to protect privacy with a minimal opening at the entrance to the busy entrance and on the local roads.Save this picture!Second floor planSave this picture!© Hyo sook JinSave this picture!SectionInside, they created a triangular staircase and skylights in the middle of the triangle. The vertical triangular copper wire and natural light placed at the center of the program are expected to always provide energy and positive energy to the home.And three rooms are arranged in the shape of a bundle around a triangular staircase. Thanks to the shape of the bundle, different images will appear depending on the viewing angle.Save this picture!© Hyo sook JinProject gallerySee allShow lessSukhumvit 91 House / Archimontage Design Fields SophisticatedSelected ProjectsSoft Matter / NATURALBUILDSelected Projects Share Edge House / KARO ArchitectsSave this projectSaveEdge House / KARO Architects Save this picture!© Hyo sook Jin+ 24Curated by María Francisca González Share “COPY” Area:  95 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2017 Photographs CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Yongin, South Korea South Korea ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907408/edge-house-karo-architects Clipboard ArchDaily Year:  Houses Architects: KARO Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Edge House / KARO Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907408/edge-house-karo-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeKARO ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsYonginSouth KoreaPublished on December 11, 2018Cite: “Edge House / KARO Architects” 10 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – RainfinityGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® Premium SeriesMetal PanelsTECU®Copper Surface – Patina_VariationsBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingSwitchesJUNGLight Switch – LS PlusCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsSpider System – Rabel 15000 Super ThermalWindowspanoramah!®ah! Soft CloseWoodAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)American Oak by ASHChairs / StoolsOKHADining Chair – BarnettMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Loft Junghwa Dong / arcave

first_img Loft “COPY” Projects 2019 Architects: arcave Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Photographs South Korea ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/913727/loft-junghwa-dong-arcave Clipboard Loft Junghwa Dong / arcaveSave this projectSaveLoft Junghwa Dong / arcave Save this picture!© Kyungsub Shin+ 18Curated by Clara Ott Sharecenter_img ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/913727/loft-junghwa-dong-arcave Clipboard Manufacturers: Normann Copenhagen, -, Eagon, MiiconPlanting Consultation:Floral Designer of Saison Fleurie, Jisook YimDesign Team:Taekyoung Lee, Jieun Cha, Sohyun SungCity:SeoulCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kyungsub ShinRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. Loft Junghwa-dong is a single bedroom residence located on the top floor of a 30-year-old industrial building. The client is a single, career-driven woman, and she has a keen interest in well-being. Upon her request, this double height, double sided green wall was created as the centerpiece of the residence.Save this picture!© Kyungsub ShinSave this picture!Lower Level PlanSave this picture!© Kyungsub ShinMeasuring 2.1 by 4.5 meters, the green wall acts as a screen that divides the living area from the entrance. The green wall is comprised of 56 slightly different units, together creating a continuous flow. The units can be easily removed from the wall for maintenance.Save this picture!© Kyungsub ShinNext to the green wall is a new staircase that connects the main living room and the bedroom upstairs. The residence has a small kitchen, walk-in closet, toilet, laundry room, and an open plan dining and living area on the main floor. There is a small bedroom with a bathroom on the upper floor.Save this picture!© Kyungsub ShinThe material palette has been chosen to blur the difference between the old and the new. The concrete, limestone color tile floor, stained plywood, and teak floor create harmony rather than contrast. The existing concrete structure has been selectively exposed adding roughness, and the stained lauan plywood and teak floor add warmth to space.Save this picture!© Kyungsub ShinSave this picture!Exploded AxonometrySave this picture!© Kyungsub ShinProject gallerySee allShow lessGarden Restroom / LAAB ArchitectsSelected ProjectsNash Tiny House / archimaniaSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Seoul, South KoreaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Loft Junghwa Dong / arcave Photographs:  Kyungsub Shin Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyLoft, Apartment Interiors•Seoul, South Korea “COPY” Area:  80 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officearcaveOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLoftInterior DesignResidential InteriorsApartment InteriorsSeoulSouth KoreaPublished on March 25, 2019Cite: “Loft Junghwa Dong / arcave” 24 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassHanging LampsVibiaHanging Lamp – VOLConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionBricksFeldhaus KlinkerThin Bricks – ClassicGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing for Interior DesignWoodStructureCraftEngineering – FootbridgesAluminium CompositesCymat Technologies Ltd.Bundang Doosan Tower – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamTable LampsRoss GardamDesk Lamp – OraMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Kitzbühel House / John Pawson

first_imgArchDaily CopyAbout this officeJohn PawsonOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKitzbühelAustriaPublished on July 06, 2019Cite: “Kitzbühel House / John Pawson” 06 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogFaucets / SinkshansgroheKitchen SinksGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceRetractable StructuresShadeFXRetractable Canopies in Beverly HillsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsBars / Wire / MeshJakobWebnet – Sports NetSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteHanging LampsLuminisPendant Lights – HollowcoreHandicap BathroomAamsco Lighting, Inc.Mirror-Lux LED Illuminated MirrorMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Kitzbühel 住宅,山形谷仓融入山景 / John Pawson是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Executive Architect And Project Manager:Spitzner Architektur Lead Executive Architects:Kilian Spizner, Stefan GückelEngineering:Wibmer Aigner Ingenieure Landscape:West 8 Consultants:Hauschild Bad HeizungDesign Team:Nora Szüts, Justine Bell, Max Gleeson, Tom WhittakerExecutive Architect:Spitzner ArchitekturProject Manager:Spitzner ArchitekturCity:KitzbühelCountry:AustriaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Oliver JaistRecommended ProductsLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemText description provided by the architects. The design is driven by the goal of creating a contemporary family home in a consistent modern idiom that also draws on recognisable historical precedents. The idea of breaking the programme into a cluster of smaller buildings developed early, as a way of allowing the required mass to sit as modestly as possible on the site.Save this picture!© Oliver JaistSave this picture!© Oliver JaistThe architecture thus takes the form of a trio of barn-like structures set on a plinth, the volumes shifted relative to one another, to reinforce the fragmentation of the composition.Save this picture!© Oliver JaistSave this picture!© Oliver JaistEchoing the three mountains that form their backdrop, the three peaked roof profiles produce a distinctive silhouette that is refined and modern, but also clearly related to nearby vernacular structures.Save this picture!© Oliver JaistProject gallerySee allShow lessRayonier Corporate Headquarters / Polk Stanley Wilcox ArchitectsSelected ProjectsTianyun Affordable Office / Praxis d‘ ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Area:  2700 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Austria Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920111/kitzbuhel-house-john-pawson Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920111/kitzbuhel-house-john-pawson Clipboard Kitzbühel House / John Pawson CopyHouses•Kitzbühel, Austria Year:  Kitzbühel House / John PawsonSave this projectSaveKitzbühel House / John Pawsoncenter_img “COPY” Save this picture!© Oliver Jaist+ 14Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs 2018 Stefan Dold, Eleni Koryzi Architects: John Pawson Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Lead Architects: Photographs:  Oliver Jaist Houseslast_img read more

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LGBTQ victory shows that mass struggle wins rights

first_imgMichigan plaintiffs Jayne Rowse, left, and April DeBoer with their four children at Motor City Pride, June 7.WW photo: Kris HamelJune 26 was a day of huge celebrations. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Laws defining marriage as “between one man and one woman” came down faster than you could pull down a Confederate flag. The traditional fallback position of Southern segregationists — “states’ rights” — collapsed as lawyers for Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee pleaded desperately to be allowed to keep their bigoted laws.Ironically, it was Reagan appointee Anthony Kennedy, writing for the 5-4 majority, who stated that “no longer can this liberty be denied.” Two years earlier, Kennedy had argued against striking down the portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that left defining marriage to the states. Clearly, this historic ruling — like Roe v. Wade, Brown v. the Board of Education, and the upholding of the Wagner Act in the year of the sit-downs — was only achieved through militant mass struggle.This is more than a shift in social status. Couples like Michigan plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse can finally jointly adopt the four children they have been raising together. With two adopted by Jayne and two by April, one mother would have been a “legal stranger” to two of the children if the other died.Economically, denying the right to marry amounts to paying workers in same-sex relationships less money — a kind of “two-tier” system. More than 1,000 federal benefits are tied to marriage, from getting a tax break to collecting a deceased spouse’s Social Security or veterans’ benefits. There are benefits at the state level, such as receiving a workers’ compensation payment for a spouse killed on the job. Work-related benefits — health insurance, bereavement pay, family and medical leave, etc. — are tied to marital status, or taxed as income in the case of domestic partner benefits.The marriage fight was for the basic principle of equal pay for equal work. It is a crude, anti-working class formulation to suggest, as some “radicals” in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movement do, that demanding the right to marry is “assimilationist.” Anyone with a progressive bone in their body should be celebrating with the happy couples.The struggle is far from overThe marriage victory shows that struggle brings progress. With much more left to fight for, the ruling has buoyed and energized the LGBTQ movement to fight on.In 2003, the Supreme Court overturned the 1986 Hardwick decision that upheld Georgia’s “anti-sodomy” law. No longer could two people of the same sex be arrested for a private intimate act. This was a huge victory but in no way ended LGBTQ oppression.That is still the case, despite winning the right to marry. Only 19 states prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; three others only ban sexual orientation discrimination. There are still no federal civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community. The scenario of “married on Sunday, fired on Monday” is not unrealistic. Imagine celebrating your nuptials on the weekend, and then reporting your new marital status to your boss the next day. This revelation could cost you your job. A married couple moving in together could face housing discrimination. Discrimination in accommodations could sour a honeymoon. Surveys show that this discrimination still goes on.Right-wing legislators, hatefully attempting to undermine same-sex marriage, are passing misnamed “religious freedom” bills to let businesses and social service agencies discriminate against those who can finally marry.Anti-trans bigotry is pervasive. Having to check a little box marked “M” or “F” becomes complicated when one’s gender identity is not the same as one’s sex assigned at birth. Most states will not change a birth certificate unless a person has fully completed sex reassignment surgery, and five states will not make the change even then. And what about people who identify as neither male nor female? Checking the box is required in many facets of everyday life: applying for a job, college applications, seeing a doctor, getting a driver’s license, registering to vote — and getting a marriage license.According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 72 percent of hate crimes against LGBTQ people are committed against trans women; 90 percent of those are against trans women of color. Trans women of color are still being murdered — by bigots, by the state and as a consequence of working in the sex industry. They are often victimized a second time by the capitalist media, as in the case of Cemia Dove. After her mutilated body was found in a pool of water, the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper disregarded her chosen pronouns, even referring to the deceased body as “it.”Take a vow to fight racism and capitalismThe burdens of bigotry are compounded by the fact that under capitalism no one is guaranteed housing, health care or an education — let alone a job with vacation or one that even pays enough to afford a honeymoon. Millions of LGBTQ people are struggling to get by. Even with the tax advantages that marriage affords, the court ruling will not lift a single low-wage worker out of poverty, or solve the high unemployment problem in majority African-American cities like Detroit.A marriage license will not protect a Black gay man from being the next Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin; the child of a Black lesbian could be the next Tamir Rice. Undocumented LGBTQ immigrants — as Jennicet Gutiérrez courageously exposed — are as vulnerable as before.There is a crisis facing all working-class and oppressed people in this country: the genocidal assault on the African-American nation. We are seeing an exponential spike in police murders; driving, walking and breathing while Black are dangerous activities. The “school-to-prison pipeline” is a new form of enslavement that profits the prison-industrial complex. Foreclosures have depleted the collective wealth of Black people. Attacks on voting rights, life-threatening water shutoffs, gentrification and the list goes on.But the ruling classes never plan for resistance. They always plan on the oppressed acquiescing to repression and terror. The capitalists haven’t learned from Denmark Vesey, whose church was the site of that horrific massacre in Charleston. People fight back. “Black Lives Matter” isn’t just a statement. It’s a mass movement. It’s a rebellion!We cannot allow this movement to be isolated. We cannot allow the capitalist class to use racism to keep us all divided and exploited.Same-sex couples everywhere are saying their vows of love. But would we have come this far, to a victory unimaginable just 10 years ago, without the solidarity of others? If we are committed to real liberation, let us take a solemn vow. We will put our bodies on the line in solidarity with the Black nation, with Latino/a, Asian, Native and Arab people, and with every nation on the planet oppressed by capitalism and imperialism. Until every last vestige of oppression and exploitation is gone: Stonewall means fight back!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Solidarity with Honduran people’s resistance

first_imgNew York City San Francisco Chicago Demonstrations and other activities took place in several cities around the U.S. in solidarity with the people of Honduras and against the electoral fraud in that country’s presidential election.Hondurans living in the New York City area and some North American supporters gathered with signs, leaflets and sound equipment on the afternoon of Jan. 27 in Union Square to inform thousands of passersby that the Honduran people will not accept the electoral fraud of Nov. 26. The International Action Center supported the protest, which was organized by local Hondurans.Atlanta was tuned in to the struggle of the Honduran people on Jan. 29 when the Labor Forum on WRFG (Radio Free Georgia) hosted United Auto Workers Local 869 Executive Board member Martha Grevatt speaking on what workers should know about the fraudulent Honduran elections. Immigration paralegal Raymond Partolan was also on, discussing the crisis for Deferred Action Childhood Arrival youth in relation to immigration legislation. The Labor Forum features labor headlines, labor history and interviews with labor and community activists every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. EST on WRFG 89.3FM. For additional information, go to wrfglaborforum.org.Over 150 people turned out in Chicago for a Jan. 27 teach-in on the growing people’s struggle in Honduras. Victoria Cervantes of La Voz de los de Abajo provided background on the current situation, telling the crowd that a Honduran protester is killed each day merely for opposing the U.S.-backed dictator’s attempt to stay in power through massive electoral fraud. A panel of speakers from Black Lives Matter Chicago, the Chicago Teachers Union, National Nurses United and the US Palestinian Community Network linked the struggle in Honduras to the fight against racism, exploitation and oppression in the U.S. and throughout the world.  A march through the Loop followed the teach-in.Hondurans and supporters gathered in San Francisco‘s Mission District on Jan. 27 to protest the illegal inauguration of Juan Orlando Hernández as president of Honduras. The rally was initiated by the Honduran Alliance USA/NorCal. Co-sponsors included the Answer Coalition; Central Americans for Empowerment; CISPES Bay Area; Clínica Martín-Baró; the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FLMN); Global Exchange; Haiti Action Committee; International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity; School of Americas Watch; Task Force on the Americas; and Workers World Party.Oregonians gathered in Portland on Jan. 27 to protest the current illegal Honduran dictatorship “made in the U.S.” A lively group of demonstrators met downtown in support of the Honduran people, who are protesting the illegal election of JOH (Juan Orlando Hernández) and are calling for a general strike in Honduras. With placards denouncing JOH’s U.S.-backed regime, members of Workers World Party met up with folks from the Portland Central American Solidarity Committee and the Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines. As speakers read aloud the conditions in Honduras, protesters echoed back the facts: the martial law imposed by Hernández, the murder of over 40 Hondurans in the protests, the torture and imprisonment of hundreds more and the powerful Honduran people’s movement that is rising up against the U.S.-backed repression.Contributing to this report were John Catalinotto, Terri Kay, Dianne Mathiowetz, Lyn Neely and Jeff Sorel.Photos: Jeff Sorel in Chicago, Lyn Neely in Portland, Ore., Sara Flounders in New York City, and Terri Kay in San Francisco.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Portland, Oregonlast_img read more

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Google workers vow to fight firings of activist co-workers

first_imgFour Google employees, named the “Thanksgiving Four” by the Tech Workers Coalition, were fired Nov. 25. Engineers Rebecca Rivers and Laurence Berland had already been suspended for “allegedly accessing and sharing data without permission.” Their co-workers maintain management was retaliating against them for organizing against workplace inequities and actively opposing policies of the company, especially its collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some 200 Google employees and other tech workers rallied in San Francisco on Nov. 20, calling for the reinstatement of Rivers and Berland — who risked their livelihood to act in keeping with their pro-worker and humanitarian principles. Three days later, bosses fired Rivers, Berland and two other employees. The multibillion-dollar company’s goal: to crush worker organizing.Google executives hired IRI Consultants, a union-busting law firm. Around  the same time, the company made it a “fireable offense to even look at certain documents.” said Google Walkout for Real Change. It was “an excuse to retaliate against organizers. With these firings, Google is ramping up its illegal retaliation against workers engaged in protected organizing. This is classic unionbusting dressed up in tech industry jargon. We won’t stand for it!” (Twitter, Nov. 25)Stop systemic racism and sexism!Last year, 20,000 workers walked off the job on four continents Nov. 1 in the coordinated “Google Walkout for Real Change” to protest multimillion-dollar payouts to male executives found culpable of sexual misconduct. Going even further, the organizing committee objected to the company’s rampant racism, sexism and discrimination, and expressed solidarity with vendors as well as contract and temporary workers, many of them African-American, Latinx, immigrants and lower-paid workers.After the walkout, Google management reformed some practices regarding sexual harassment complaints, but would not make other changes. Since then, the company has carried out a campaign of intimidation intended to stifle workers from speaking out and organizing against workplace inequities. It curbed what political topics could be discussed at work, even online. There were reprisals against key walkout organizers, forcing out longtime employee Claire Stapleton and artificial intelligence researcher and ethicist Meredith Whittaker. Others left too. Recently, bosses canceled the weekly all-employee meetings to stop staff questioning of and vocal opposition to company practices. Meanwhile, workers found out about an internal tracking tool put on their web browsers — a blatant invasion of privacy. The so-called “open” culture at Google became rife with intimidation, censorship and suspicion, say employees. There are reports of retaliation, especially against women and LGBTQ+ workers. Two of the fired employees are transgender.The scare tactics, restrictions on internal speech and dissent, hiring of an anti-union law firm and now the firings reflect management’s alarm about — and steps to curtail — the upsurge of worker activism. Employees are increasingly demanding their rights and seeking to ensure that their labor is used for ethical purposes. Google workers have also objected to company exploitation of subcontracted workers, mishandling of sexual misconduct charges, contracts with the Pentagon to develop technology to streamline drone attacks, work for fossil fuel corporations and collaboration with ICE. In August, 1,500 Google employees signed a petition, created by Rivers, opposing the company’s signing a contract with ICE, citing its “human rights abuses.”Workers call for solidarityAmr Gaber, another walkout organizer, charged on Twitter that bosses fired the four workers because they alerted co-workers about company complicity with ICE and the Border Patrol in separating migrant families and caging children. He said instead of “reversing course on child abuse and human rights violations, Google has chosen to punish the brave people who are standing up for themselves and others.” Gaber stressed: “I, and several others, are not willing to accept this. If we don’t [unite] to make our voices heard, then Google’s divide-and-conquer strategy will be complete. There will be no one to oppose the racist, sexist, precarious and climate-ending future that Google is steering and massively profiting from.” He said Google’s attempt to silence its workforce won’t succeed, because “the boss knows we have power when we stick together.”Walkout organizer Stephanie Parker epitomized many workers’ attitudes on Twitter: “I’m still here, still fighting, and not afraid.”Google workers strongly assert: “For every one they retaliate against, there are hundreds of us who will fight. Together we will win! One of the most powerful companies in the world wouldn’t be retaliating against us if collective action didn’t work.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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