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However, Fresnillo is one of the world’s largest silver mining companies and one of Mexico’s largest gold miners.So why did I select it as a possible FTSE 100 stock purchase? One reason is to gain some exposure to gold and silver prices. Central banks around the world have provided much extra liquidity this year to counteract the effects from Covid-19 related disruption. The effects of which increase the purchasing power of gold and silver. As such, demand for gold and silver has increased this year.As the gold and silver prices increased this year, so did Fresnillo’s share price. Rising by over 80% so far this year, Fresnillo is currently the second-highest performer in the FTSE 100. In recent months, the share price has dipped slightly. I think this could be a good opportunity to buy some shares this October.Mining companies can often be volatile, but Fresnillo looks like one of the more financially stable ones to me. 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UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Yesterday The Apopka Voice crossed the 3,000 “likes” line on Facebook. Not bad for a publication that is only eight months old. The staff at The Apopka Voice would like to thank all of our readers for your support.“Liking” our Facebook page is only one way for our readers to get notification of every article we publish on our news website. BTW – Facebook has made some changes to their system. To be sure to get new article notifications be sure to check “All On” and “See First” in the “Liked” drop-down menu.The best way to get immediate notification of each story we publish is to set a Google News Alert. Google will automatically send you an email with a link to the story within minutes of publication.Use this link to find out more: Readers of The Apopka Voice can now use Google News AlertsSpeaking of our website…According to Google Analytics, in the last 30 days there has been more than 25,000 readers on TheApopkaVoice.com website. Yes, there are 22,000 more people reading The Apopka Voice than have liked us on Facebook.This is not surprising as we are not a Facebook Page. We use Facebook and other social media platforms to alert readers to new articles Since December 15th, we have published over 1,200 articles.We are a Local Independent Online News website. We try to publish a new article about Apopka every 2 hours on week days, and we publish immediately when there is breaking news. The articles are first published on our website; TheApopkaVoice.com, then we post links to the articles on Facebook and other social media platforms.We try to publish a new article mostly about Apopka every 2 hours on week days, and we publish immediately when there is breaking news.We also encourage our readers to use Facebook to comment on articles. Facebook comments are so much better than Letters to the Editor. First, they are immediate… no waiting for your letter to be “approved” and published. Second, there is unlimited space. We don’t have to pick the “best” letters to publish or limit the number of words. Third, others can comment on your comments. This helps the whole Apopka community to have a voice.We know that not every article will be of interest to every one of our 25,000 readers, but if you see an article that is of interest to you it will probably be of interest to one or more of your Facebook friends. The best way to help them be as informed as you is to share the article using Facebook’s “Share” and “Tag” features to make it visible to your friends.And yes, we have another reason for asking you to “Share” as many of our articles as possible. “Sharing” spreads the word to more people, which leads to more readers, which leads to more visibility for our advertisers, which leads to more advertisers.And more advertisers allows us to publish even more articles about Apopka.And that is what we are all about; publishing as many articles as possible so that those who live here know what is happening in Apopka. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGS3000 LikesFacebookThe Apopka Voice Previous article5 Easy Tips to Help Your Child Have a Successful School YearNext articleSummer Olympics Medal Count Update – Day 6 Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
2010 Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/136157/orange-grove-house-fiona-winzar-architects Clipboard Photographs: Shania ShegedynText description provided by the architects. Introduction This project started as design for the subdivision of an existing residential block in East St Kilda, to be sold off as a house and land package. The clients had no intention of living in the new house, so they gave me complete design freedom. What they did not realize is that I would, by stealth, create a design that they would want to build for themselves. And they did! Save this picture!© Shania ShegedynThe site is just 180 square metres, cut out of a back yard that had its side-boundary adjacent to a public park. The challenge was to create a design for a dual occupancy site where the experience of living in the new house was not one of being hemmed in, but to the contrary, expansive. The outlook onto the park provided the inspiration. Save this picture!© Shania ShegedynThe project was plagued with red-tape. First, a covenant had to be removed to allow for two dwellings on the lot. There was also a Special Building Overlay relating to flood. Finally, a Heritage Overlay added complications to the usual planning permit and energy rating requirements. All these obstacles were overcome. Save this picture!Concept SchemeBefore the subdivision occurred, what really caught my eye was the majestic presence of large gum trees close by, in the adjacent park. The initial concept responded to the trees and the bird life they attract. The compact site required the house to have a small footprint. To achieve space, the house is designed over three levels, with zero set-back to the park and laneway. Vertical ship-lap cladding, stained to match the gums, works to camouflage the building in its surroundings, so that despite its height, the house nestles discretely into the corner of the park. Save this picture!© Shania ShegedynDesign To capture the best aspect of the trees, the living level of the house is on the first floor, within a double-height space, so that the experience is something akin to being in a tree-house. Slung within the double height space, a mezzanine accommodates the master bedroom and forms a low ceiling to the dining space below. Made of recycled timber beams with expressed cross bracing, the ceiling is interpretive of that at the Stokehouse, on St Kilda beach. This low slung ceiling creates an intimate dining area that dramatically contrasts with the expansive double- height living and kitchen areas at each end. Save this picture!© Shania ShegedynThe first floor verandah is another St Kilda reference. This semi-enclosed verandah is interpretive of the fabulously practical built-in porches common to the Art Deco apartments along The Esplanade. Save this picture!First Floor PlanInstant Classic There is a distinctly 1970’s feel about many internal details of the house. Chunky timber handrails to the stairs and built-in timber elements are a testament to the exuberant 70’s culture of my clients’ youth. The house has become an instant Modern Classic as far as the City of Port Phillip is concerned, evidenced by the significant grading the site is now accorded on the City of Port Phillip Heritage Map, unless someone there has made a serious mistake!Project gallerySee allShow lessAD Interviews: Steve McDowell / BNIMArticlesDETAIL Magazine: Digital ProcessesArticles Share Area: 180 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects CopyAbout this officeFiona Winzar ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodResidentialHousesPublished on May 19, 2011Cite: “Orange Grove House / Fiona Winzar Architects” 19 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Photographs ArchDaily Houses Portugal 2016 Save this picture!© Hugo Santos Silva+ 33 Share Area: 55 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804733/moinho-das-fragas-bruno-dias-arquitectura Clipboard “COPY” “COPY” Architects: Bruno Dias arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804733/moinho-das-fragas-bruno-dias-arquitectura Clipboard Photographs: Hugo Santos SilvaCoordintation:Bruno Lucas DiasFirst Stage Team:Bruno Lucas Dias, Jorge PimentaSecond Stage Team:Bruno Lucas DiasStabilization :Hlm – Humberto Lopes / Helder Frade FametalSpecialities :Hlm – Humberto LopesClient:Rosa Cristóvão, Leonel MorgadoCity:Fragas São SimãoCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hugo Santos Silva”There is no humanity without technical objects, just as there is no humanity without language.” Edmond CouchotDownstream, just a few miles from the spring of the Alge creek, two imposing cliff faces appear, massive walls ripped by creek and time alike!Save this picture!DiagramThe Crags of Saint Simon are imposing indeed, and of unmatched beauty. Refreshed by the crystal-clear waters of the creek and its distinctive vegetation, they bestow upon the place a magical feeling of peace and tranquillity, where nature and humankind become one. The sound of the running water and birds, the solemnity of the rock faces provide those enjoying the location with an unforgettable encounter with nature.Save this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaOne hikes down the path, once opened by the strength of bare arms with the help of a mule, to set off on a journey through time … finding, at the feet of the crags, where creek and margins blend, an old inactive watermill and an oven which used to bake bread with the wheat and corn flour straight from the grindstones!Save this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaThis local lodging project is born out of the respect of the existing language, and aims to requalify the constructions and their context, faithfully respecting, as much as possible, its past use.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe development was cost-limited, aiming to maximize reuse existing elements of the mill. Therefore, the project is focused on a resolution of the interior, by using a single-material covering: pinewood, one of the natural elements of the region. External interventions are limited to window frames (replaced by new double-glazed wooden frames) and thermal improvements to the roof. Internal spaces are drawn per their function, their lighting and with a purpose of well-being. Four distinct spaces were created: rest, hygiene, meals, and leisure. The combined result is increased thermal comfort of the building and better potential for its use.Save this picture!© Hugo Santos SilvaThe target audience is of middle or upper-middle socioeconomic class, both nationals and foreigners.This is a place of refuge, for blending with nature, with the comfort and expectations of modern living. Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessDocumentation Center for the History of National Socialism / GEORG – SCHEEL -WETZE…Selected ProjectsPavilion DIT [Department of Information Technology] / Architecture bureau WALLSelected Projects Share Projects CopyHouses, Refurbishment•Fragas São Simão, Portugal Moinho das Fragas / Bruno Dias arquitecturaSave this projectSaveMoinho das Fragas / Bruno Dias arquitectura Moinho das Fragas / Bruno Dias arquitectura Year: CopyAbout this officeBruno Dias arquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentPortugalPublished on February 07, 2017Cite: “Moinho das Fragas / Bruno Dias arquitectura” [Moinho das Fragas / Bruno Dias arquitectura] 07 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy Museum name caught in spam filters Most e-mail newsletter publishers soon become aware of the vagaries of spam and other filters which can prevent some subscribers from receiving their copies because that issue contained certain prohibited words. But one London museum’s name itself is causing all kinds of problems in terms of sending and receiving e-mails.The Horniman Museum is an established anthropological museum in South London. According to the Guardian, it estimates that up to 10% of e-mails sent to and from the museum are being prevented from being delivered due to spam filters at ISPs and organisations which misinterpret the meaning of “horniman”.The filters are affecting both e-mail and Web traffic, with some visitors reportedly being prevented from accessing horniman.ac.uk. The problem is particularly affecting schools, many of who use the educational services offered by the museum. Advertisement 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 October 2004 | News The Horniman is facing a pernicious problem, and it is all the result of a number of badly configured filters outside their control. The museum’s staff are only going to find out about a particular ISP that is not allowing its e-mails to get through when a supporter or would-be visitor lets them know.The best it can do is to encourage supporters and visitors to add the horniman.ac.uk domain to their e-mail package’s white list of approved recipients. They are also encouraging people to try visiting the Web site, and if they are prevented from doing so, let the museum know, and perhaps complain to their ISP. It is not a satisfactory solution, but at least they are aware of the problem.Charities should review their domain names from time to time and check that they could not be misinterpreted by spam filters. Those sending out e-mail newsletters or alerts should also test the effect of spam filters both by using a filter such as Spam Assassin themselves and by testing the delivery of the newsletter to seed addresses at the various major ISPs. 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.
Breaking : Supreme Court Refuses To Disclose Justice Patnaik’s Probe Report On ‘Larger Conspiracy’ Against Judiciary Under RTI
Top StoriesBreaking : Supreme Court Refuses To Disclose Justice Patnaik’s Probe Report On ‘Larger Conspiracy’ Against Judiciary Under RTI LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 March 2021 1:44 AMShare This – xThe Public Information Officer of the Supreme Court has refused to disclose the details of a report submitted by former SC Judge, Justice AK Patnaik, on the probe into the “larger conspiracy” behind the sexual harassment allegations levelled against the then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. In response to an RTI application filed by journalist Saurav Das seeking details of the…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?LoginThe Public Information Officer of the Supreme Court has refused to disclose the details of a report submitted by former SC Judge, Justice AK Patnaik, on the probe into the “larger conspiracy” behind the sexual harassment allegations levelled against the then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. In response to an RTI application filed by journalist Saurav Das seeking details of the report, the CPIO of Supreme Court said, “the nature of information sought is exempt under Section 8(1)(b), 8(1)(j) and Section 11(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.” ‘2 Years Passed; Remote Possibility Of Recovery Of Electronic Evidence’ : SC Says Closing Probe Into ‘Larger Conspiracy’ Against Ex-CJI GogoiSection 8(1)(b) exempts disclosure of “information which has been expressly forbidden to be published by any court of law or tribunal or the disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court”Section 8(1)(j) exempts disclosure of such information which relates to personal information which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of privacy of the individual concerned. Section 11 exempts disclosure of third party information.BackgroundIn 2019, in response to some media reports on sexual harassment allegations against the then CJI Ranjan Gogoi made by a former Supreme Court employee, the SC initiated a suo moto case titled “In Re : Matter Of Great Public Importance Touching Upon The Independence Of Judiciary-Mentioned By Shri Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India” The former CJI Gogoi had claimed that there was a bigger plot behind the allegations and, that the people who had instituted the same wanted to “deactivate the office of CJI” and therefore, the independence of the judiciary was under very serious threat.In the suo moto case, a Bench of Justices Arun Misra, RF Nariman and Deepak Gupta ordered that the former Supreme Court Judge, Justice AK Patnaik, would hold an inquiry regarding the alleged conspiracy by fixers and disgruntled employees against the former CJI. Recently, the Supreme Court closed the suo moto proceedings by observing, “two years having passed and the possibility of recovery of electronic records at this distance of time is remote, especially since the scope of the enquiry and the power of the learned Judge is limited, no useful purpose will be served by continuing these proceedings.”The closure order passed by Justice Kaul-led bench further observed that the report of Justice Patnaik – which has not been made available in public domain – acknowledged that the “existence of a conspiracy cannot be completely ruled out”.RTI Application sought disclosure of probe reportSourav Das had moved an application under the RTI Act seeking copy of the entire enquiry report of Justice Patnaik. He contended that after the enactment of the RTI Act, no public authority can escape disclosure of information by deciding to keep records in sealed cover. “Since the RTI Act does not have any provision to exempt information from disclosure merely on the ground that it is in a sealed cover, the public authority cannot choose to deny such information,” Das said in his application. In this context, he also referred to a decision of the Central Information Commission in KK Agnihotri v. Ministry of Communication & IT, where it was held, “if the desired information is kept in a sealed cover and it is not otherwise covered by any of the exemption provisions, then it must be disclosed after opening the cover.” In its reply, the CPIO, Supreme Court said that Das was not a party to the judicial proceedings. Further, information with respect to any judicial matter may be sought only by moving an application under the Supreme Court Rules, 2013. Even otherwise, the information is exempted under the RTI Act. It may be noted that the suo moto case to probe into the “larger conspiracy” behind the allegations was closed by the Supreme Court last month, in view of Justice Patnaik’s report. On the claims made Advocate Utsav Bains that he was approached by certain “fixers” and “plotters” to file complaint against Gogoi, Patnaik had said, “it is not possible to find corroborative material qua the allegations of Mr. Utsav Singh Bains made in the affidavit”. In the order closing the proceedings, the Supreme Court noted that Justice A.K. Patnaik has not been able to obtain various records including electronic records of Whatsapp, Telegram etc. The report also referred to letter of the Director of the Intelligence Bureau which stated on account of the then Chief Justice of India taking serious tough decisions like in the case relating to National Register of Citizens (NRC), there was strong reason to believe that persons who were unhappy with those decisions hatched a conspiracy against the then Chief Justice of India. Also Read: CJI Sexual Harassment Case : A TimelineClick here to read/download the RTI replyNext Story
Twitter Man due in Strabane court charged with murder WhatsApp By News Highland – April 16, 2020 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNews Previous articleDáil meets to discuss government’s response to crisisNext articleNew Covid-19 test centre opens in Derry News Highland Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Google+ A man’s due in court in Co Tyrone, charged with the murder of Dublin native John Paul McDonagh, in Fermanagh.The 18-year-old, who lived in Fermanagh, died in hospital on Monday after being injured in a row in Enniskillen at the weekend.The 29-year-old suspect is also charged with the offences of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.He’s due to appear via videolink before Stabane Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Dungannon, later today. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
kali9/iStock(CHICAGO) — At least 10 people were killed and 35 others were wounded in a tragic outburst of Chicago gun violence over the weekend, according to police. Officers with the Chicago Police Department attributed the shootings to a rash of gang-related incidents. More than half of the shootings occurred between 6 p.m. and early Saturday morning, police said.One incident left four people wounded near Northwestern University’s Chicago campus early Saturday morning, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.A 28-year-old man and 26-year-old man said they were standing outside a red van at around 2 a.m. when they heard gunshots and realized they’d been shot, WLS reported. Two other men, ages 28 and 25, were shot in the head around the same area early Saturday, WLS said.Witnesses said they saw several vehicles drive away from the scene.A Chicago police spokesperson told ABC News that 19 people had been arrested on gun-related charges between Friday and Sunday evening.“In response to several gang related incidents since Friday, Superintendent Eddie Johnson has ordered targeted patrols on areas with suspected retaliation,” Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement Sunday. “Several people of interest are also being questioned in relation to some of our incidents and detectives have good video leads in others.”The violent outburst came just hours after the department announced a sharp decrease in crime on Friday.Data collected by the Chicago Police Department showed a 13 percent decrease in shootings and a 7 percent decrease in murders, year-over-year, during the first five months of this year.“Chicago residents and visitors can be confident that CPD works day and night to keep them safe,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday. “Of course we can always do better, but I believe that our officers work diligently to provide consistent and fair policing in all of our neighborhoods, and our efforts are paying dividends.”Police said 41 people were shot and seven were killed in the city during the previous weekend, according to the Sun-Times.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Partnership deal pays off for ETOLOn 5 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Utilities firm ETOL is saving nearly £4m a year through its partnershipagreement. The company, bought by the now bankrupt Enron from ICI in 1999, set up itsagreement in 2000 in a bid to improve employee relations. ETOL HR director George Ritchie told the AnUMan conference the agreement hasbeen so successful it saves the firm £3.8m a year. The move has improved the company’s communication with union representativesfrom the MSF and AEEU (now Amicus) and T&G, leading to greater transparencyof knowledge. Ritchie said this allowed the unions to be involved in the problem-solvingprocess. The partnership agreement has resulted in a two-year pay freeze, increasedworking hours, improved shift flexibility and an agreed redundancy programme. “The plant needed a culture change,” Ritchie explained.”People on the ground did not feel they owned anything, nor did they trustanyone including trade union officials. They were disconnected with what wenton. “When the plant was sold employees started to get more involved asissues would be localised, so the buck could not be passed by thecompany.” He told delegates the success of the scheme has helped ETOL attract over£26m in additional investment. The firm has used some of this revenue to offer private medical insurance toemployees. It has also invested £500,000 in staff training and development. In a bid to improve IT skills at the firm employees have also been given theoption of a free home computer and printer, for a £10 yearly lease. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.