Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULL Sunday 14 November 2010 10:41 pm Halfords bids to drive up sales in tough climate KCS-content TWO of the UK high street’s most traditional names, Halfords and Mothercare, report results this week with the City using them as a barometer for the consumer climate.The companies have been trying to navigate choppy economic waters as government budget cuts and a looming VAT hike take their toll on cash-strapped shoppers. Halfords has seen sales of Satnavs fall while its car maintenance arm, Autocentres, has been trading below expectations. Management has forecast profit in the range of £67m to £69m for the half year – a rise of 11 per cent compared with the same period last year. Keith Bowman, an analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown said: “Group financing arrangements and the company’s to date progressive dividend policy may prove features. Prior to the results, market consensus opinion currently denotes a strong hold.” Meanwhile baby and children’s retailer Mothercare will report its half-year result on Wednesday. The group’s international sales were outstripping those in the UK, with further expansion in India in the company’s sights. The results come in a week where the British Retail Consortium will issue sales volumes figures, which are forecast to have risen by a slender 0.3 per cent in October. More From Our Partners Fans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndoBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionUndoReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndo whatsapp Share
FootballLatest Sports NewsSportSports Business Cricket Cricket WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa lose early wickets; SA 35/2 (11 ov)- Follow Live Updates Copa America 2021 Football Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Lex Sports switches I-League broadcast on 1Sports amidst DSport dispute Facebook Twitter By Kunal Dhyani – January 27, 2020 YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsored Cricket Latest Sports News The I-League broadcast has been moved to Lex Sportel Vision-owned new channel 1 Sports amidst the dispute over the DSport rights. However, it might still take some time for the broadcast feed to reach smoothly to fans and other stake holders as the tug of war for the DSport ownership between the Lex Sportel Vision and Discovery Communications India has also disrupted the distribution network.Discovery Communication, according to a source in Lex Sportel Vision, allegedly in a bid to take control of the DSport distribution system has started distributing its “unauthorised channel DSport SD” on the network. 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OnlineCNN’s Christiane Amanpour Undergoes Surgery After Cancer DiagnosisE! OnlineCapital One ShoppingThis hack can uncover JOANN discounts you don’t know aboutCapital One ShoppingPhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickAlso Read: Amidst DSport title dispute I-League games to be LIVE on 1SPORTSThe development has led to disruption in a smooth distribution of the I-League LIVE content, which the Lex Sportel Vision has now moved to a new channel 1Sports. However, most of the distribution networks, DTH and cable operators, had dedicated the existing reception equipment like IRD’s, PIRD’s, VC’s to DSport SD. Hence, 1 Sports as of now, claims the source, has access to only 30% to 40% of its total distribution network.Lex Sportel Vision has also written to the DPOs (Cable, MSO, OTT and DTH operators) to refrain from using the DSport equipment for DSport SD reception and distribution and instead put 1 Sports on the same infrastructure.“All reception equipment including IRD’s , PIRD’s , VC’s etc. are exclusive property of Lex Sportel and were provided to DCI (Discovery Communications) who as distributor was in turn responsible to place the same at DPO headends. DCI (Discovery) was required only to act on our directions on assets owned by us and has no rights title or interest in our property,” states the letter.Lex Sports Vision, InsideSport.co has learnt, has also moved an application in the Delhi High Court for an early hearing in its dispute Discovery Communications India. The matter as of now has been listed for March.“This channel “DSport SD” has no downlinking license from MIB. It has been uplinked by DCI (Discovery Communications India) affiliate Discovery Network Asia Pacific only starting 01.10.2019 and has no connection with Lex Sportel’s channel ‘DSport’,” states the letter further.“For India we have commenced providing the entire programming feed of DSport under the name 1Sports which is available to all operators using the same reception equipment owned by Lex Sportel and placed with DPO’s.”I-League fans, players and clubs are left a dejected lot in the absence of adequate and regular LIVE broadcast ofMeanwhile, Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj has slammed the All India Football Federation for inadequate coverage of the I-League matches, saying he felt “appalled and cheated” by the false promises made by the governing body for the sport, adds PTI.Dispute over DSport ownership; LEX Sportel takes Discovery to court“I feel appalled & cheated that AGAIN we clubs have been badly let down by AIFF @ILeagueOfficial for coverage blackout even though they were scheduled – @IndianFootball DSports or instat or Reliance- who do we beg for coverage? False promises by all @eastbengalfc @Mohun_Bagan,” Bajaj has tweeted.In December, 2018, AIFF had announced that the broadcasters are cutting down on TV coverage of the I-League. Then last November, the AIFF roped in DSport as Hero I-League broadcasters for three years but even then the overall standard of telecast of I-League matches have been sub-standard.The match between Gokulam Kerala FC and Neroca FC on November 30 last year was not shown “due to technical reasons”, while live feed went blank during a game between East Bengal and Real Kashmir FC in Kalyani.Also Read: Discovery takes control of DSport; Rajput gets additional portfolio as head Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore TAGSDiscovery Sports IndiaDSport rightsI-League broadcastLex Sportel VisionSports Business NewsSports Business News India SHARE Copa America 2021 VEN vs ECU LIVE: When and where to watch Venezuela vs Ecuador LIVE streaming in your country, India, Follow live update WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video
African Export Import Bank (AEIB.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about African Export Import Bank (AEIB.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the African Export Import Bank (AEIB.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: African Export Import Bank (AEIB.mu) 2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAfrican Export Import Bank is a financial institution that facilitates trade amongst African countries as well as trade between Africa and other continents. The bank provides investment banking and advisory services as well as project and export development programs in Mauritius and around the world with particular focus on the globalization of African trade. African Export Import Bank is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictDays after Hurricane Irma’s storm surge has receded, the St. Johns River and other water bodies continue to rise in many areas, causing flooding headaches for local governments and their residents. The St. Johns River Water Management District continues to mitigate flooding impacts in support of local emergency operations as communities work to recover and restore services.The district continues to send its public works staff and portable pumps and generators to areas flooded by the storm. Staff are helping pump stormwater from the Malacompra Drive area in Flagler County, from Vilano Beach at Porpoise Point in St. Johns County and a site in Seminole County. Floodwater was pumped from an assisted living facility in Putnam County earlier this week, and district pumps helped remedy localized flooding in Hawthorne.Some communities along the St. Johns River will see the river crest over the weekend and into next week as water flows downstream. Structures, such as locks, spillways, pump stations, levees and canals, in the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Brevard and Indian River counties and in the Harris Chain of Lakes in Lake County are the only controls the district has of water levels. The district is operating these control structures to manage water levels and offer flood relief to downstream communities.In the Upper St. Johns River Basin, the district is working to reduce flows to the river to reduce downstream flooding. Since Monday afternoon, the district has released almost 7.2 billion gallons of river water through Canal 54 to the Indian River Lagoon. Another 5.8 billion gallons may be diverted before releases are discontinued early next week.In the Ocklawaha Basin, to manage floodwaters and decrease potential for area flooding, flows from the Burrell Lock and Dam are being reduced to lower water levels in Haines Creek, and the Apopka Dam will be closed, limiting flows only to the Nutrient Reduction Facility.Other district operations related to Hurricane Irma:All district offices are now open for business.Three teams conducted preliminary damage assessments in Jacksonville, which will help the city when seeking federal disaster assistance and freed up city staff to assist residents.District staff are working with local law enforcement to provide adequate public safety on properties as the district works toward opening some conservation lands to the public. At this time, all district lands are closed, including the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Also, Ralph E. Simmons Memorial State Forest’s archery season (Sept. 16–24) is closed due to extreme flooding and hazardous road conditions. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSHurricane IrmaSJRWMDSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleKilsheimer bounces back with a big fundraising monthNext articleFlorida Goodwill, Red Cross partner to assist in Irma recovery Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! District regulatory staff are available to answer questions or issue emergency waivers to assist with the recovery effort. For assistance, please contact the Jacksonville Service Center at 904-730-6270or 800-852-1562 or the district’s Palatka headquarters at 386-329-4500 or 800-451-7106.Due to water damage to the Governing Board room at the district’s Palatka headquarters, the district’s September board meeting will be held on Sept. 19 at the Maitland Service Center, 601 South Lake Destiny Road, Suite 200, Maitland, FL 32751. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by the tentative millage and budget hearing at 5:05 p.m.Other meeting dates and locations may have changed due to hurricane damage. Check out our meetings calendar at www.sjrwmd.com/meetings-announcements.For continuing updates on district operations, visit the district’s website, www.sjrwmd.com.About the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Heatherland Pool House / Satellite ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHeatherland Pool House / Satellite Architects Area: 280 m²Text description provided by the architects. The building is a pool house addition to an existing dwelling. But in this case the ‘house’ is increase, mixing a double garage, living room, master-bed, gym and kitchen extension in the brief. This structure is situated to the west of the existing building, taking the stance of a traditional outbuilding, acting as a boundary to the paddock, whilst protecting the gardens from prevailing winds. The siting also defines a new approach and entrance court to the property with terrace to the south. At the same time it responds carefully to the house and the folds of the landscape. The roof pitches precisely with the falls of the ground and as a counterpart to the house. Save this picture!Courtesy of Satellite ArchitectsThe existing dwelling commands a series of impressive long views, principally across the Holcombe Valley, down a steep incline and allows a glimpse to the sea at Lyme Regis. The extension, set off to the side of the dwelling, seeks to make use of its restricted views and glimpses, either focusing on them, broadly opening to them or concealing them, at controlled positions and scales throughout. The program steps down the slope, minimising visual impact and forming a new entrance courtyard to the northwest. The master suite slopes further westwards giving it a sense of privacy from the main house. Save this picture!Courtesy of Satellite ArchitectsThe design uncompromisingly responds to the site, the envelope folding in reference to both the long, pitching roofs of the existing building, and the site’s impressive topography. These folds create splits that focus the eye on the incredible views, and give glimpses of the sea between the mature trees of the garden. An extended living room forms the transition between old and new, around which the diverse programmes of the brief interlock. This large space is articulated by the changing roof scape and the degrees of transparency, which define smaller spaces of varying character. Save this picture!Courtesy of Satellite ArchitectsThe living room sits just one metre over the pool, bringing its presence right into the house. Reflected views and light are projected in as the light tracks round from expansive openings to the southeast to a picture window focusing on the low west sun. To reach the pool, the route turns and descends into progressively heavier and more enclosing areas, including vertical, top lit spaces within the core, before being released into the space of the pool room. This also provides a series of buffer zones between the main house and the humidity of the pool. Externally, the existing building is extensively surfaced with clay tiles, the new form compliments this with a timber wrapping that will weather naturally. Save this picture!Courtesy of Satellite ArchitectsSite Description The existing house, Heatherlands, was built in the Arts and Crafts style and dates from about 1912. There are strong features from the style such as the large chimneys, fireplaces and dark internal elm finishes but the most distinctive trait is its extensive, sweeping pitched roof. To the west it runs down for eight and a half metres, and its pitch is repeated for the porch, the bays and the gables. The upper storey is clad with hanging tiles, matching the roof, while the lower storey is rendered. Behind this the lower storey is a metal frame while the upper storey and roof is timber frame, an advanced system for the period. Save this picture!Courtesy of Satellite ArchitectsThe existing building sits within large mature gardens of approximately one hectare, high above a beautiful open valley, designated as an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ leading down to the sea at the Dorset town of Lyme Regis. This privileged position also held inherent difficulties. The site is restricted and steeply sloping, in an area renowned for extremely unstable soils. Mature trees concealing the house and gardens, leaving only select views of the countryside, while a third of the site is agricultural land. Save this picture!Courtesy of Satellite ArchitectsSustainability Information The west face is very simple. Composed of two solid, timber-clad overlapping planes with minimal window openings, except where views are opens at the junction of the two planes, the new building turns its back to the prevailing wind and driving rain. This effectively seals the interior against climatic extremes, yet allows the structure to open out to the house and the spectacular views beyond. Save this picture!Courtesy of Satellite ArchitectsStable Temperature (Passive Ventilation) The gym is an area in which the body will experience extreme variations in temperature. As such, the space itself must provide a stable temperature and be able to react quickly. To achieve this it is half sunk, within an exposed concrete base and retaining walls, which will stop the temperature dropping too low and be able to absorb excess heat. Save this picture!The lower west wall opens to ventilation from the prevailing wind (below the rise of the ground to avoid its full impact). This acts as active support to passive stack ventilation. To the far side of the space, a cut rises up through the building forming a 21⁄2 storey space adjacent to the warm service core, drawing air through. The runs above the guest room and bath ventilating this space too, via manually controlled grilles. Save this picture!Core and skin An exposed concrete service core and base provide the thermal mass for the building. The core houses a sauna and wood burning fire, which, although used irregularly will miantain a higher temperature in the core, stabilising the overall temperature of the structure. Above the sauna there is a buffering space that will help promote passive ventilation during the summer months and re-circulate warmed air during the winter. The thermally massive areas are wrapped by a continuous, highly insulated timber frame and stressed skin, to maintain the stable core temperature. Save this picture!FSC Timber We propose using larch cladding from a Forest Stewardship Council Source. This will weather naturally without the need for finishing seals. Timber is low in embodied energy and we aim to source it locally. Passive solar gain The large window to the end of the pool is south facing for passive solar gain in this high volume space. The glazing will be highly insulated but easily transmit UV. Save this picture!At the height of summer, the trees in front will come into leaf, protecting it from intense sunlight, avoiding overheating. The two large windows to the west will have solar low-emissivity coatings to avoid excessive heat gain throughout the year.Project gallerySee allShow less”Brutalism. Architecture of Everyday Culture, Poetry and Theory” SymposiumArticlesSkolkovo Technopark District D2 Residential Area / Saltans Architects_International …Articles Share Architects: Satellite Architects Area Area of this architecture project Heatherland Pool House / Satellite Architects ArchDaily United Kingdom ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/223974/heatherland-pool-house-satellite-architects Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of Satellite Architects+ 26 Share “COPY” Houses “COPY” Projects CopyAbout this officeSatellite ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHousesDevon3D ModelingUnited KingdomPublished on April 10, 2012Cite: “Heatherland Pool House / Satellite Architects” 10 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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ArchDaily João Paulo Meirelles de Faria Houses House in Peruíbe / Vereda ArquitetosSave this projectSaveHouse in Peruíbe / Vereda Arquitetos CopyAbout this officeVereda ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesResidential ArchitectureBrazilPublished on May 01, 2020Cite: “House in Peruíbe / Vereda Arquitetos” [Casa em Peruíbe / Vereda Arquitetos] 01 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
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SHARE Poll Shows No Boater Confusion at the Pump Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleMexico Officials Ready to Talk Trade with U.S.Next articleIndiana Crops Behind Schedule Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter A new survey claims boaters are confident when selecting fuels, including those that include ethanol. The report by CK Motorsports and Growth Energy released this week found 94 percent of boaters find it easy to pick the right fuel and are confident in their selection. The poll surveyed 500 boat owners about fuel selection. CK Motorsports said in a statement: “Critics of the ethanol industry often claim that offering higher ethanol blends would confuse boaters and cause misfuelling issues, but that is simply not the case.” Ninety-seven percent of the nation’s fuel supply is E10, meaning the fuel contains 10 percent ethanol. The survey points out that all current boat engines are warrantied for E10 and have been for nearly two decades.Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the survey shows that “boaters appreciate that E10 is a high-performance.”Source: NAFB News Service By Hoosier Ag Today – May 15, 2017 Home Indiana Agriculture News Poll Shows No Boater Confusion at the Pump
A complaint filed with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) against Trovicor GmbH, a German company accused of selling surveillance technology to Bahrain, has been rejected on almost every count, the German National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD announced. Organisation December 20, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 German OECD National Contact Point unwilling to investigate role of German company in human rights abuse in Bahrain News In February 2013, Reporters Without Borders, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Privacy International, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and Bahrain Watch filed a complaint with the NCP which accused Trovicor of breaching the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, all of which concern human rights, by exporting surveillance technology. In Bahrain this technology has enabled grave human rights abuses, including the arrest, detention and torture of political opponents and dissidents by the government of the Arab Gulf state Bahrain.The complainants criticise the decision of the NCP, which has suggested to accept the complaint for further investigation solely regarding Trovicor’s due diligence procedures. The complainants consider the participation in a subsequent mediation process which would leave the most substantial allegations regarding Trovicor’s involvement in Bahrain undiscussed, as suggested by the German NCP, an unacceptable outcome of the proceedings.In their appeal against the decision, the complainants have maintained that their primary accusation, namely that Trovicor breached the OECD Guidelines by maintaining technology in Bahrain that assisted the Bahraini authorities in monitoring and even detention and torture of activists, has been sufficiently substantiated.Involvement in Bahrain was admitted by a spokesman for Trovicor’s predecessor Nokia Siemens Networks, has been confirmed by employees in 2010 and has never been denied by Trovicor.The German NCP, however, holds that the involvement of Trovicor in Bahrain were not sufficiently substantiated, and that an “in-depth examination is only possible in relation to the general risk management of Trovicor”. “Especially for confidential areas such as the surveillance technology, it is unreasonable to expect the victims of serious human rights violations to submit the complete chain of evidence,” said Miriam Saage-Maaß from ECCHR. “If one raises the bar to such a high level even for the decision of a complaint to be examined, then the OECD complaints procedure would be obsolete.”The decision of the German NCP stand in stark contrast with the response of the British NCP in a parallel complaint against UK-based company Gamma International regarding its involvement in Bahrain, which was accepted for further investigation by the NCP in June 2013.“The de facto rejection of our complaint against Trovicor is a disappointment, but it will not stop the fight against digital weapons,” said Christian Mihr, executive director of Reporters Without Borders Germany. „Internationally, the perspective is growing that the limitless use of digital surveillance technology constitutes a threat to press freedom and other human rights.” Mihr referred to the recent agreement on including surveillance technologies in the Wassenaar Arrangement on export controls.Eric King, Head of Research at Privacy International, said: “The NCP’s unwillingness to examine Trovicor’s role in human rights abuses in Bahrain is shameful. By failing to investigate the extent of the company’s wrongdoing, the NCP is turning a blind eye to how German made surveillance technology is being used by the Bahraini government to target and suppress pro-democracy voices.” Help by sharing this information RSF_en