Micro Housing Makes a Comeback

first_imgCopyAbout this authorIrina VinnitskayaAuthorFollow#TagsNewsArchitecture NewsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMicro HousingSROCite: Irina Vinnitskaya. “Micro Housing Makes a Comeback” 24 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorGlassMitrexSolar PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemSealantsAGROB BUCHTALHow To Benefit From Ceramic Tiles With Hytect SurfaceSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassFacade SystemsTrimoTrimoterm FTV in the BASE – Backing wallSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingDoorsVEKAFront Doors – SOFTLINECurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsVentilated Facades on Building in PamplonaDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewAccessories / TV MountsYellow Goat DesignScreens – BlossomMore products »Please enable JavaScript to view thecomments powered by Disqus.Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Architecture News “COPY” Micro Housing Makes a Comeback Save this picture!adAPT NYC Winner / Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS; Images via CURBEDWritten by Irina VinnitskayaJuly 24, 2013 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/405001/micro-housing-makes-a-comeback Clipboard CopyIn the early 20th century rooming houses and residential hotels with small bedrooms and shared bathrooms were the norm of city life: they provided cheap, day-to-day housing near downtown areas (where affordable food and entertainment was abundant). However, a tide of well-intentioned health and safety regulations in the 50s and 60s led cities to essentially ban this type of housing across the United States. In an article for the Slate, the director of the Sightline Institute, Alan Durning, suggests that this was one of the most misguided legislations ever implemented in American cities: instead of enforcing higher quality housing for cities’ lower earning peoples, it has instead left them stranded, with fewer and fewer affordable housing options.More after the break…Although regulations have all but removed the single room occupancy hotel (SRO) from the viable housing options in the United States,  Durning describes how perspectives have changed in recent years:  “A few brave developers have been trying to reverse a century of policies on a small scale by building neo-SROs and micro-apartments in cities. They’re responding to the strong demand, especially among millennials, for small, inexpensive units in popular, pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods.” aPodment is one such rooming house in Seattle that offers 150-200 square feet for $18 per night, far below the cost of living in studio apartments nearby. Even NYC Mike Bloomberg is encouraging its resurgence: a recent competition, aDAPT NYC, encouraged micro-units (250-300 square feet) with an emphasis on community spaces within the buildings. Critics who have argued against SRO claim that they are cramped spaces that take advantage of those who cannot afford better housing. However, the resurgence of the micro-unit is also a realistic response to the current economic situation as well as a reflection in the shift in priorities of the millennial generation. Slate article by Alan DurningKindergarden between Palms in Los Alcazares / Cor & AsociadosSelected ProjectsLeaning Out: Women in Global PracticeEvent Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/405001/micro-housing-makes-a-comeback Clipboard ArchDaily Micro Housing Makes a ComebackSave this articleSaveMicro Housing Makes a Comebacklast_img read more

Pilies Apartments / Eventus Pro

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889019/pilies-apartments-eventus-pro Clipboard Lithuania ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889019/pilies-apartments-eventus-pro Clipboard CopyApartments•Vilnius, Lithuania 2017 Pilies Apartments / Eventus ProSave this projectSavePilies Apartments / Eventus Pro “COPY” Projects CopyAbout this officeEventus ProOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsVilniusLithuaniaPublished on July 24, 2018Cite: “Pilies Apartments / Eventus Pro” 24 Jul 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalSinkshansgroheBasin FaucetsPaintSTAC BONDComposite Panel Finishes – MetallicsConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 70 ADUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Hinged Door | AlbaWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT BlockGreen FacadesSempergreenLiving Wall – SemperGreenwallMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Architects: Eventus Pro Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: ABC Klinkergruppe, Alubond, GENTASArchitect In Charge:Vytenis Gerliakas, Sigitas SparnaitisArchitecture Team:Sigitas Sparnaitis, Kostas Skukauskas, Darius Steponavičius, Ieva Minkevičienė, Edvinas Bagurskas, Tautvydas Žakas.City:VilniusCountry:LithuaniaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Norbert TukajRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. Project is located in the central area of Vilnius, by the river Neris. On the opposite side of the river, in the heart of the old town, stands the symbol of medieval history of Lithuania – Gediminas tower.Save this picture!SituationSave this picture!PlansHousing development consists of seven buildings connected by two storey underground parking. Due to natural inclination of the landscape three of the buildings are set onto the upper terrace and the remaining four on the lower terrace.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajSave this picture!© Norbert TukajThe front line of the existing adjacent residential development is extended into the site and is further bent to create an inner promenade with vistas towards the other side of the river. Irregular shapes of the buildings create dynamic spaces both outside and inside.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajAll buildings are four storey high and in total contain 170 premium class apartments varying in size from 30 m² to 120 m². Commercial premises on the ground floor are located alongside pedestrian paths. Different function is distinguished by black tiling and cantilevered roof stretching along the entire commercial facade.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajSave this picture!© Norbert TukajDark natural colour cladding expresses robustness and compliments historical context. Vertical lamellas in the balconies liven up the facade and provide privacy where required.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajSave this picture!© Norbert TukajThe Interior of the common spaces is predominantly white accompanied by wood texture and a pinch of black colour. Suspended ceiling lamellas disguise lighting fixtures and create a connection between exterior and interior design.Project gallerySee allShow lessNike Box MSK / KOSMOS architects + Strelka KBSelected ProjectsGuest Pavilion in Villa Magnolia / El Muelle ArquitectosSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Vilnius, LithuaniaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Sharecenter_img Area:  24000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Pilies Apartments / Eventus Pro Apartments ArchDaily Photographs Photographs:  Norbert Tukaj Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  Save this picture!© Norbert Tukaj+ 20Curated by María Francisca González Share “COPY”last_img read more

Two new appointments at Lloyds TSB Foundation

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Recruitment / people The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has appointed a new Director of finance and administration and a new Head of grant-making North.Jocelyn Boughton joins as Director of finance and administration with senior management experience from the voluntary and corporate sectors. For the past three years she worked with VSO as a management advisor for BIJAM in Nepal. Previously she held the posts of operations director, financedirector and company secretary.Her initial focus will be to update the Foundation’s information support systems to develop effective grant making, drawing from her customer focused background.Anne Dawson joins as Head of grant-making North with extensive grant-making experience including the Big Lottery Fund, where for the past two years she was a public involvement consultant working closely with ITV on ‘The People’s Millions’ and ‘The People’s £50 million’. She has extensive community grants experience from different perspectives including management of a CAB.She will be focusing on building the Foundation’s geographical presence in the North of England, developing a local grant team focused on delivering grants to disadvantaged groups most in need.www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk Howard Lake | 16 April 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  33 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Two new appointments at Lloyds TSB Foundationlast_img read more

Dorset Community Foundation runs Do It For Dorset Day

first_img Howard Lake | 21 June 2013 | News Dorset Community Foundation runs Do It For Dorset Day AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The one-day event is designed in particular for small charities who find it hard to compete for awareness and funding against the larger regional and national charities.Tony Williams, Chief Executive at Bournemouth Council, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Do it for Dorset Day celebrations, especially as our efforts will directly help local people. I would encourage the whole town to get creative in their fundraising activities to raise as much money as we can.” Dorset Community Foundation has persuaded local authorities, companies and charities across the county to make today the first ‘Do It for Dorset Day’, a day of fundraising events. The funds raised will go towards one of the area-specific community funds (Bournemouth, Poole and shire Dorset) that are managed by the Community Foundation.Bournemouth Council, the Borough of Poole, and Dorset-based companies Ceuta Health, BH Live and Coleman’s Insurance are just some of the organisations taking part.All individual and company donations over £250 will be matched by 50p for every £1 from the Community First Scheme. So every £250 becomes £375. Advertisement  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Household Debt Decrease Reflects Pandemic-Related Spending Decline

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Household Debt Decrease Reflects Pandemic-Related Spending Decline Consumer Debt COVID-19 Federal Reserve Bank 2020-08-07 Christina Hughes Babb August 7, 2020 903 Views Total household debt decreased for the first time since 2014 in Q2, including the steepest decline in credit card balances seen in the history of the data.In its Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data showed total household debt decreased by $34 billion (0.2%) to $14.27 trillion in second quarter of 2020. This marks the first decline since the second quarter of 2014 and is the largest decline since the second quarter of 2013.Mortgage balances—the largest component of household debt—rose by $63 billion in the second quarter to $9.78 trillion. Mortgage originations, which include mortgage refinances, reached $846 billion, the highest volume seen since the refinance boom in 2013.Reflecting the sharp decline in overall consumer spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related social distancing orders, credit card balances fell sharply by $76 billion in the second quarter. This was the steepest decline in card balances seen in the history of the data. In total, non-housing balances (including credit card, auto loan, student loan, and other debts) saw the largest drop in the history of this report, with an $86 billion decline.Aggregate delinquency rates dropped markedly in the second quarter, reflecting increased uptake of forbearances, which were provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Note that accounts in forbearance are typically marked as current on consumer credit reports. The share of mortgages in early delinquency that transitioned ‘to current’ rose to 61.1%, while there was a decline in the share of mortgages in early delinquency whose status worsened during Q2 2020.Protections afforded to American consumers through the CARES Act have prevented large-scale delinquency from appearing on credit reports and damaging future credit access, said Joelle Scally, Administrator of the Center for Microeconomic Data at the New York Fed.“However,” he added, “these temporary relief measures may also mask the very real financial challenges that Americans may be experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic slowdown.”The report further details housing and student debt as well as account closings, bankruptcy notations, and credit inquiries. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: ‘Echo Wave’ of Forbearance Expirations Predicted Next: Challenges Remain When Chasing the American Dream Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Consumer Debt COVID-19 Federal Reserve Bank Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Household Debt Decrease Reflects Pandemic-Related Spending Decline Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Submit Report Indicating The Amounts That Are Due And Payable Towards The Salaries of Teachers Engaged by NDMC

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Submit Report Indicating The Amounts That Are Due And Payable Towards The Salaries of Teachers Engaged by NDMC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 Jun 2020 5:49 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has directed the Education Department and Urban Development Department of the Delhi Government to submit a status report indicating the amounts that are due and payable for the financial year 2020-2021 towards the salary component of teachers engaged by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the amounts that have been released under this head in the quarter ending June,…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?LoginDelhi High Court has directed the Education Department and Urban Development Department of the Delhi Government to submit a status report indicating the amounts that are due and payable for the financial year 2020-2021 towards the salary component of teachers engaged by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the amounts that have been released under this head in the quarter ending June, 2020 and the amounts that are due and payable. The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has also directed the NrDMC to file a status report indicating the amounts that it is required to disburse in the year 2021 towards its share of the salaries payable to teachers engaged by it, the amounts that have been released till the quarter ending June, 2020 and the extent of the unpaid amounts. The order has come in a suo moto matter concerning the non payment of salaries of teachers engaged in schools run by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NrDMC). In the last hearing, the court had taken a suo moto cognizance of the grievance raised by the government teachers wherein they had submitted that their salaries have not been paid since the month of March. While taking the suo moto cognizance, the court had observed that as teachers are being made to discharge COVID-19 duties at the instance of the Delhi Government, they can be well equated with COVID-19 warriors. In today’s hearing, the Delhi Government submitted that by an order dated April 27, a sum of Rs.49.17 crores was disbursed to the Nr.DMC towards Grant in Aid for disbursing salaries to the teachers of the Nr.DMC for April, 2020, under the Scheme of Primary Education, for the year 2020-21. As regards the Grant in aid for the month of May 2020, the government submitted, the Finance Department has sanctioned a sum of Rs.49.17 crores to the Nr.DMC by order dated 01.5.2020, for implementing the Scheme of primary education under the salary component for the year 2020-21. As for the month of June, the Delhi Government informed the court the order for release of grant was issued only yesterday and the same will be remitted to NrDMC’s account through RTGS. While disputing the accuracy of the submissions made by the Delhi Government, Senior Advocate HS Phoolka, who appeared for the NrDMC, submitted that the salaries of all the 9000 teachers employed by the Nr.DMC was released in February, 2020 but salary for the month of March, 2020 has been paid only to 5,400 teachers employed by the Nr.DMC on COVID-19 duties. In light of this, the court directed the NrDMC to forthwith release the salaries for the month of March in case the sum of Rs. 49.17 crores, as submitted by the Delhi Government, has been credited to its account. In addition to this, the NrDM shall also indicate in its status report the amount that has been released to its teachers in terms of our order and the number of teachers and for which period. The court will next take up this matter on July 07.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

‘Approaching A Writ Court For A Moot Court Competition Is A Bit Too Much’, Delhi HC Denies Plea Seeking Transparency in NLU-D’s Moot Court Competition

first_imgNews Updates’Approaching A Writ Court For A Moot Court Competition Is A Bit Too Much’, Delhi HC Denies Plea Seeking Transparency in NLU-D’s Moot Court Competition Karan Tripathi19 Oct 2020 4:00 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has refused to provide relief in a plea seeking a direction upon the Moot Court Organizing Committee of NLU-D, to release the marks obtained by the Petitioners in the memorial round of the 70th Constitution Day Moot Court Competition. While rejecting the plea, the Single Bench of Justice Jayant Nath noted that the Petitioners are not personally prejudiced and they had…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?LoginDelhi High Court has refused to provide relief in a plea seeking a direction upon the Moot Court Organizing Committee of NLU-D, to release the marks obtained by the Petitioners in the memorial round of the 70th Constitution Day Moot Court Competition. While rejecting the plea, the Single Bench of Justice Jayant Nath noted that the Petitioners are not personally prejudiced and they had no reason to approach a writ court for a loss in moot court competition. The Petitioners are students of University Law College (ULC), Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar namely, Debashish Kumar Panda, Deep Kumar Mohanty and Dinesh Kumar Samanta, who had participated as a team in the National Moot Court Competition organized by NLU Delhi. As per the facts averred in the plea filed through Advocate Satya Ranjan Swain, whereas the Petitioners were first informed that they have been selected for the oral round however later, the University intimated that there had been some error with respect to the scores and that Petitioners herein were not shortlisted in the final list. It was alleged that despite seeking clarification from the University with regard to sudden disqualification of the Petitioners’ team and requesting it to disclose the marks obtained, the Petitioners received no response from the Organizing Committee or other concerned authorities whatsoever. The Petitioners contended that the University failed to give cogent reasons for disqualifying them and merely stated that ‘…it is not known whether it was a human or a technological error’. They submitted, “The Respondents No. 1-4 have failed to give cogent reasons for disqualifying the Petitioners and the exact reason for disqualification instead they have chosen to reject the Petitioners team arbitrarily by simply mentioning that it is human or technological error, meaning thereby that even the Respondents No. 1-4 are unaware of the reasons for rejecting the Petitioners.” It was further submitted that the Petitioners should be permitted to at least participate in the oral round as, “There was no error on part of the Petitioners. They acted with due care. They timely registered themselves and submitted the memorials on time. Since the Petitioners have registered and duly submitted the Moot Court memorials on time as per the rules of the Moot Court Competition, the Petitioners have the right to know the marks obtained by them in such memorials.” The Petitioners alleged that the action and inaction of the Organizing Committee and other concerned authorities (the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar) of the University are violative of principles of natural justice. “The theme of this Moot Court Competition is ‘Kartavya’ (Duty) and the Organizing Committee failed in their Kartavya/duty to maintain transparency. Non-disclosure of the marks obtained by the Petitioner gives an impression that the error is not a genuine one,” they submitted. They alleged that such lapses on the part of the conducting authority has resulted in mental agony and embarrassment and the non-disclosure of marks obtained by the petitioners team gives an impression that the error occurred is not a genuine one and invalidates the test of reasonableness under Article 14 of the Constitution of India. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Wildfire rages across California wine country

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Wildfires are erupting across California as dry air, dangerous winds and high temperatures take over the Golden State. The Kincade wildfire began in Sonoma County in Northern California’s wine country Wednesday night. As winds reached up to 76 mph, the blaze exploded to 10,000 acres overnight.Cal Fire spokesperson Amy Head said the fire is wind driven and it’s hard for crews to keep up. “We just can’t keep ahead of it….we are almost chasing it and trying to catch up with it,” she said Thursday morning.The community of Geyserville is under mandatory orders to evacuate immediately, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office warned Thursday morning. The fire is 0% contained and the cause is under investigation.In Southern California, winds are expected to be even stronger due to the higher mountain range, creating Santa Ana winds.A heat advisory has also been issued for Southern California with temperatures in the 90s from San Diego to Los Angeles. Dry air, high temperatures and winds all contribute to the spread of wildfires.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

7 charged in trafficking ring that sent thousands of flying squirrels from Florida to Asia, officials say

first_imgkali9/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(BUSHNELL, Fla.) — Wildlife officials in Florida have charged seven people connected to a trafficking ring that allegedly smuggled thousands of flying squirrels to Asia.The poachers set up as many as 10,000 traps in multiple counties in what officials called an “elaborate” scheme to sell the trapped squirrels to a wildlife dealer in the Central Florida city of Bushnell, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission.The animals were then allegedly laundered through the licensed business of this dealer, who claimed they were captive bred, not wildlife.Buyers from South Korea would travel to Florida and purchase the squirrels, which are native to the state, from the dealer in Bushnell. The squirrels were then driven by rental car to Chicago, where they were exported to Asia by an “unwitting” international wildlife exporter, officials said.Couriers from the state of Georgia later took over the transports as the operation expanded, said officials.As many as 3,600 flying squirrels were captured in less than three years, which earned the dealer $213,800 in gross illegal proceeds, officials said. FWC officials estimated that the international retail value of the poached wildlife exceeds $1 million.Flying squirrels are protected in the state of Florida. The FWC became aware of the activity after receiving a complaint in January 2019 detailing individuals illegally trapping flying squirrels in a rural area of Marion County.It is likely that buyers in Asia were purchasing the squirrels as pets, according to the an official with the Humane Society of the United States.“The public’s desire to keep wild animals as pets contributes to an industry plagued with cruelties,” Kate MacFall, Humane Society of the United States Florida senior state director, said in a statement. “In both the legal and illegal wildlife trade, countless wild animals suffer greatly or die due to negligent treatment in the process of capture, at crowded breeder and dealer facilities, in transport, and ultimately possession by families who eventually become overwhelmed by the specialized level of care required.”During the Florida investigation, authorities also learned of the illegal trade of other poached animals, such as protected freshwater turtles and alligators. Documents for the sale of those animals were falsified, concealing the true source of the wildlife, according to the FWC.Multiple agencies across the country were involved in the investigation, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which intercepted wildlife shipments of freshwater turtles to California.The poachers could have “severely” damaged the state’s wildlife populations, FWC lead investigator Maj. Grant Burton said in a statement.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Competencies work but at a cost

first_imgCompetencyframeworks produce real benefits for companies but are painful to implement,according to the latest research from management consultancy William M Mercer.Thisstructured approach to job and performance appraisal helps nine out of 10individuals improve their performance and that produces better corporateperformance.But on thedownside people underestimate the cost, time and resources needed to set it upand there is often a lack of evaluation. The surveywas carried out for Competency and Emotional Intelligence magazine. It foundthat competency frameworks now cover 3.2 million people in 1,500 organisations.Respondentssaid it can be difficult to get buy-in from the board and the staff, and thatit needs to be easier to apply.Classicsigns of poor performance include people who blame others for failure, or makeassumptions without checking the facts, pass the buck, attend meetings in bodybut not in spirit and are secretive.Outliningthe results at an IRS seminar in London last week, Jim Matthewman, a partnerwith William M Mercer, warned against paying bonuses for proficiency ratherthan for excellence. Excellent performance resulted from being proactive andforward thinking.He said,“There is a lot of interest from chief executives in using the competency modelto create organisational change.” But he stressed that it was important tomeasure the outcomes if companies want continuing board support. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Competencies work but at a costOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more