The Country House / 1+1>2 Architects

first_img 2016 CopyHouses•Bien Hoa, Vietnam CopyAbout this office1+1>2 ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBien HoaVietnamPublished on February 26, 2018Cite: “The Country House / 1+1>2 Architects” 26 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StoneShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectDoorsRaynorGarage Door – Advantage SeriesConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows in Villa LakesideSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Roofs & CanopiesSound BoothsFrameryMeeting Pod – Framery Q – Flip n’ FoldWall / Ceiling LightsAsaf WeinbroomLighting – Linestra 110 BrassMore 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 Year:  Architects: 1+1>2 Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  440 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Son Vu+ 22Curated by Fernanda Castro Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889605/the-country-house-1-plus-1-2-architects Clipboard “COPY” Houses ArchDaily The Country House / 1+1>2 Architects Photographs:  Son VuInteriors:Toko StudioCollaborators:Son Vu, Nguyen Binh Minh, Duong Van ManhClient:Mai Phu PhongArchitects In Charge:Hoang Thuc Hao, Nguyen Van Tuan, Nguyễn Trọng ĐứcCity:Bien HoaCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Son VuRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor Cladding‘SPONGE’ STRUCTURERegarding the building structure, functional rooms are located between open spaces: Large curved corridor, garden, courtyard and atrium are arranged flexibly. Open terrace spaces are covered by thatch roofs and edged by trees. The whole building structure considers human measurements.Save this picture!© Son VuCONSIDERING FOLK ARCHITECTUREBased on traditional experiences, the interaction between the inside and the outside within spacious architecture plays an important role. The lamellar solar protection made out of wood and appears along the corridor, with the roof, it creates a curved surface. Besides, the natural grey color of the thatch roof melts together with the garden.Save this picture!© Son VuSave this picture!1st & 2nd FloorSave this picture!© Son VuCONVENIENCE BY CLIMATE AND ENERGYThe entire functional spaces are covered by a thatch roof and wooden lamellae system. The wall covered two layers of adobe including an ecological insulation. Each room has at least two sides interacting with the nature which creates a comfortable and fresh indoor climate.Save this picture!© Son VuA smart electronic system regulates all the electronical devices depending on the personal needs in a ecological, economical and efficient way. Solar ceels producing 5Kw electricity/ day are located on the top of the roof and reduce consumption by cable transferred electricity. A 370m² big water tank collects rainwater which is enough to water plants in the garden. Furthermore, the roof made of thatch also regulates the indoor climate.Save this picture!SectionAll the projects evoke images that are both familiar, folk and modern. The urban house as a hint to inherit the core architectural values ​​from the countryside.Save this picture!© Son VuProject gallerySee allShow lessTiny Office Pavilion Vught / studio PROTOTYPESelected ProjectsIvanhoe House / Chiverton ArchitectsSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889605/the-country-house-1-plus-1-2-architects Clipboard Photographs The Country House / 1+1>2 ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Country House / 1+1>2 Architects Projects Vietnam “COPY”last_img read more

In the eye of the regulation storm with PolicyWorks’ Cindy Williams

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to PolicyWorks’ VP of Regulatory Compliance Cindy Williams, we are in the “in between” time when it comes to regulations — many having been implemented late last year and more coming down the tracks later in 2015. Cindy says now is a good time for credit unions to get caught up and get their ducks in a row to prep for the next regulation wave to ensure their compliancy. But to many CUs, this breather will be short lived because of the lack of resources and time to keep pace with the regulations is sometimes too much.We address this issue, along with Cindy’s advice for credit unions feeling the regulation crunch and is this the new normal for the industry’s constant barrage of rules that seem to suppress many smaller FI’s member services potential and ability to attract new business. Well, we find out in this episode with Cindy, as well as much, much more.Visit:policyworksllc.com continue reading »last_img read more

Commuter line to reduce services, trips amid COVID-19 concerns

first_imgCommuter line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) is set to change its schedule to curb the spread of COVID-19. For the next two weeks starting Monday, KCI will reduce its services, operating from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.“The number of trips will also be reduced from 991 to 713 trips a day,” KCI spokesperson Anne Purba said in a statement on Sunday.Headways will vary from a minimum 10 minutes to a maximum 30 minutes. Anne said KCI would operate trains with 10 cars and trains with 12 cars to encourage social distancing. Following the government’s appeal for people to stay at homes, the operator made several efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus by disinfecting trains, checking body temperatures, providing hand sanitizer and implementing social distancing measures both in trains and at stations.“The number of passengers decreased by 50 percent to 459,922 on Friday. Normally, commuter line passengers can reach 900,000 to 1.1 billion a day,” Anne said.She suggested that people download the KRL Access app as any future schedule changes would appear on the app. Information updates can also be tracked on KCI’s Twitter account @CommuterLine, its Instagram account @commuterline and on Facebook. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital on Saturday in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.He urged all stakeholders – including corporations, social organizations and religious groups – to take drastic action to prevent the spread of the disease during the state of emergency.As of Sunday afternoon, Indonesia had announced 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 307 of which were in Jakarta. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Holiday Inn Express Coming To Hazlet

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HAZLET – The township has rolled out the welcome mat for the establishment of a new hotel on Route 35 South in Hazlet, on the Holmdel border.On Nov. 30, the Hazlet Land Use Board unanimously approved a four-story Holiday Inn Express hotel at 2780 Route 35, to be situated on a wooded lot behind an existing two-story Holiday Inn hotel and a commercial building housing Hazlet Pharmacy and Casual Male XL.Some neighboring residents along Miller and Orchard avenues in Holmdel expressed ire during the four-month-long process. Holmdel’s governing body passed a resolution opposing the project, citing quality-of-life concerns for its residents. Holmdel’s mayor, Gregory Buontempo, told the board the new four-story hotel “is literally going to be on top of these one-story homes.”But the plans earned the seal of approval from those who want to see more businesses in town.The current state of the 3-acre lot to be developed as a Holiday Inn Express hotel, which will be four stories tall with 93 rooms.Barbara Ronchetti, a Hazlet committeewoman, said Hazlet has been trying to encourage new businesses along the Route 35 corridor to boost the value of property and increase ratables. Not far away, several large businesses are shuttered, including Kmart, Pathmark, Sports Authority, Frank’s Nursery, Red Oak Diner and Friendly’s.The hotel, Ronchetti said, would be a nice addition to Hazlet. “With our redevelopment plan in place, I feel this hotel will be a great tax revenue for our residents and a very pleasant sight on our highway.”But Steve White, who lives near the hotel property in Holmdel, saw no convincing reason Hazlet should allow two hotels on essentially the same property.“It’s not like we have a theme park here, a convention center or conference halls here,” said White, criticizing the business plan. “All we have is a beach and that really doesn’t justify a hotel.”He added, “Think about it, guys. Think about what you might sign off on.”The new Holiday Inn Express proposed by Gode Hotels would be 13,663 square feet with 93 rooms on its four levels. At its closest point, the hotel would be 92 feet from the nearest property line, where at least 80 feet is required. Building plans describe an indoor swimming pool, small market, lifestyle lounge and a fitness room.Also included in the application was a financial subdivision, meaning the total 7-acre property would be split into two. The existing Holiday Inn will now be on a 3.9-acre lot and the new hotel would be built on 3 acres of an undeveloped, wooded and sandy lot.At the first meeting in mid-August, hotel planner Yomesh Patel told the board the new Holiday Inn Express would be an “upper-scale” hotel, aimed to “attract the right type of clients.” It will not be pet-friendly, smoking won’t be allowed inside or on the premises and it would not market lodging to truckers and laborers, the hotel’s experts said on Nov. 30.Attorney Jeffrey Gale, representing Gode Hotels, said in August the existing Holiday Inn could be sold and rebranded in the future as a Quality Inn or similar style hotel. The Holiday Inn is currently owned by Gode Hotels, the applicant for the Holiday Inn Express.Residents along the border in Holmdel took issue with building another hotel that would stand right behind their houses. Miller Avenue resident Dean Labarca is the closest to the new hotel site. He said it doesn’t make sense for the space.“This is like something that takes place in Brooklyn,” Labarca said. “This is the suburbs. To put this two pounds of baloney in a one-pound spot I think is ridiculous.”An aerial view of the new property approved for a new Holiday Inn Express in Hazlet. It lies between the rear of the Hazlet Pharmacy and behind homes along Miller Avenue in the foreground. Google MapsWhat made the application unique was how the entire hotel property was not a permitted use in its current business park zone. Yet it was specifically noted in Hazlet’s June 2017 master plan reexamination to be changed to the business highway zone, where a hotel would be allowed.Gale, the attorney, told The Two River Times his client did plenty to accommodate the homeowners. They agreed to remove overgrown shrubbery at the hotel egress onto Miller Avenue, replace a dilapidated 6-foot fence with a new, 8-foot privacy fence and prohibit large truck parking along the rear of the property, which is adjacent to residential property.“That’s part of the reason you go through the hearing process,” Gale said. “The hearing process is never intended to be one-sided. It’s an opportunity for the applicant to present his case, it’s also an opportunity for the surrounding property owners to express their specific concerns.”When built, the Holiday Inn Express would join Holiday Inn, Best Western Hazlet Inn, Holmdel Motor Inn and the Shore Point Motel as lodging options along Route 35.Gale said Gode Hotels’ next step would be to apply to the state Department of Transportation because the plans detail an ingress from Route 35, a state highway. They would also need to draft parking and easement agreements with the Hazlet Pharmacy and Casual Male XL property owner to allow for a driveway between the two properties.Gale added he could not give a definite time on when ground would break because he isn’t privy to Gode Hotels’ financing situation. But he said his client accomplished the most important thing – “to accommodate the neighbors and address their concerns.”This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2016

first_imgJose Verenzuela403238%20%$115,321 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer14724141716%37%$1,717,298 Martin Garcia13821141515%36%$1,194,766 Mike Smith971191811%39%$1,649,875 BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED MORNING OF SANTA ANITA DERBYThose wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day, Saturday, April 9, are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE. William Spawr42107424%50%$288,732 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux49861016%49%$351,974 (Current Through Saturday, April 2) Mario Gutierrez17621312412%43%$1,267,069 Ron Ellis37102527%46%$251,835 Gary Stevens6512111118%52%$1,607,898 Drayden Van Dyke17417172710%35%$1,061,212 Alonso Quinonez9571067%24%$336,590 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat26344484417%52%$2,725,516 David Lopez17924162213%35%$759,436 Robertino Diodoro3478321%53%$210,390 Michael Machowsky4187520%49%$312,151 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 -30- Bob Baffert10722181721%53%$1,649,210 Abel Lezcano858559%21%$576,849 Tiago Pereira123713106%24%$509,913 Brice Blanc6676911%33%$568,865 Tyler Baze28130454111%41%$1,554,496 FINISH LINES: Agent J.R. Pegram has Edwin Maldonado booked to ride multiple stakes winner Sunday Rules for Phil D’Amato in next Saturday’s Madison at Keeneland, and Rocket Heat for Vann Belvoir in the Shakertown. With 41 victories and a 20 percent winning average, Maldonado is enjoying a solid Winter Meet, fourth in the standings behind runaway leader Rafael Bejarano (71), Santiago Gonzalez (47) and Flavien Prat (44). The trainers’ race seems destined to go down to the wire, as Doug O’Neill and D’Amato were tied at 32 wins each with five days remaining in the meet that ends next Sunday . . . With two winners Saturday, including one by rejuvenated claimer Guns Loaded in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, O’Neill enjoyed a banner day from coast to coast, capped by Nyquist‘s smashing triumph in the Florida Derby . . . Jason Levin, host of Inside Racing on KEIB AM 1150 Saturdays at 7 a.m., will hold a handicapping seminar next Saturday in Santa Anita’s Baldwin Terrace room at 10:30 a.m. Joining Levin will be Jay Friedlander and 2014 NHC king Jose Arias. Cost is $25 and includes program, coffee, donuts and a full card analysis . . . Congrats to longtime racing photographer Bill Mochon, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. Martin Pedroza1121513713%31%$411,710 Edwin Maldonado20241212220%42%$1,350,050 Agapito Delgadillo10214111114%35%$394,172 Jeff Bonde4274717%43%$193,590 Doug O’Neill19332282617%45%$1,571,127 BALTAS HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY AGAINST SONGBIRDHorsemen who hope to win next Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks have to accomplish something no one has ever done: defeat unbeaten champion Songbird.That said, Richard Baltas plans to double-team last year’s Eclipse Award winner as the best two-year-old filly, sending out Forever Darling and Mokat, who have been prepping well for their assignment in the prestigious 1 1/16-mile race.“They worked separately last week and finished up good,” Baltas said. “We’re going against a special horse in Songbird, but I’m happy with how they’re doing.“You know you’re up against it, but both times I shipped Forever Darling out of town, she didn’t run well, so my owner and I decided to stay here and try for second. She’s two for two at Santa Anita.”The chestnut daughter of Congrats broke her maiden at Santa Anita by nearly two lengths last Sept. 26, and won the Grade II Santa Ynez by a half-length on Jan. 2.She was beaten nearly 18 and 19 lengths, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland Oct. 30 and the Grade II Rachel Alexandra at the Fair Grounds Feb. 20.“Mokat has a different style,” Baltas said. “She’ll probably come from way off the pace, make one run and hopefully we can get a piece of it.” SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN ON SATURDAYNext Saturday, the 22nd annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5k run/walk will kick off a world-class day of racing at Santa Anita. Organizers expect to have over 6,000 runners and walkers enjoy one of Southern California’s most picturesque and unique courses that include a romp through the LA Arboretum and a tunneling into Santa Anita’s manicured Infield capped by a photo finish captured on the Infield big screen.A race with a rich 22-year history has attracted many followers over the years. Always a crowd favorite with runners, walkers and racing fans, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza will be leading the way through the LA Arboretum, while Chantal Kruse has been a perennial favorite in the jockey’s division for years.A unique aspect to this year’s race will be the 150-plus participants over the age of 70.  Included will be 93-year-old resident of Azusa, Margaret Davis.At 92, Davis won her age group in 2015 with a blazing time of 45:56 for 5k, averaging 14:46 per mile. Davis barely missed the American Age group record despite a challenging finish on the dirt track.This year’s elite field of runners will include members of Pasadena’s “Run with US,” running club, including Mark Bartres (29:24 10K PR), Rosario Castenada (18:12 5k PR) and Natalie Miano (17:37 5k PR).The event has experienced a steady growth since its inception, due to the passion of Santa Anita’s Special Projects Director, Pete Siberell. It has been embraced by a team of fabulous sponsors, including Methodist Hospital, which expects to field a team of over 300 employees, friends and family.Westfield Santa Anita, the LA Arboretum, Yoobi, Run with US and Saucony will be represented as well.Registration is available online at derbyday5k.com, at Westfield Santa Anita on Friday, April 8, or the day of the event at Santa Anita’s Gate 3, starting at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call Kinane Events at (760) 434-5255, or email [email protected] George Papaprodromou5796816%40%$310,015 Fernando Perez18419202310%34%$968,612 Rafael Bejarano30171583324%54%$3,343,031 Victor Espinoza921212913%36%$922,095 -more-3/3/3/3 Richard Baltas12121201517%46%$1,343,919 NYQUIST: HOMETOWN BOY MAKES GOOD IN FLORIDAIT’S SONGBIRD VS. THE WORLD IN SANTA ANITA OAKSSANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN AND WALK ON SATURDAY Steven Miyadi7513151017%51%$410,727 Peter Eurton9615231216%52%$1,061,657 John Sadler901410916%37%$873,324 Peter Miller14019152214%40%$817,795 Kristin Mulhall53118321%42%$410,190 Kent Desormeaux13520262315%51%$1,660,214 Jeff Mullins35108329%60%$271,839 Alex Solis2230514%36%$246,783 Mike Puype87913610%32%$423,175 Brayan Pena7555147%32%$187,460 Vladimir Cerin5096818%46%$359,169 Joseph Talamo25031273012%35%$2,072,833 Art Sherman4172417%32%$353,580 Carla Gaines5386315%32%$647,700 Stewart Elliott474549%28%$211,500 NYQUIST ‘LOOKS GREAT’ AFTER FLORIDA DERBY ROMPCalifornia is on a roll, and we’re not talking sushi here.American Pharoah, Beholder, California Chrome, Songbird, Stellar Wind and nowNyquist, recent champions all, six of them based at Santa Anita and all in Southern California.The Golden State glittered even more after Nyquist turned Saturday’s touted Florida Derby match with previously unbeaten Mohaymen and eight others into a victory almost as one-sided as Villanova’s 44-point Final Four destruction of Oklahoma.At 8:30 Pacific Daylight Time Sunday morning, Nyquist was about to leave Ft. Lauderdale for Keeneland, where the undefeated son of Uncle Mo trained by Doug O’Neill for Paul and Zillah Reddam will do the majority of his training prior to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7.“My crew said he looks great,” O’Neill said by phone from his home in Santa Monica Sunday morning. “So far, so good. He’ll train at Keeneland and ship to Churchill about a week before the Derby.”Nyquist won the Florida Derby under regular rider Mario Gutierrez by 3 ¼ lengths for his seventh and richest victory. In addition to earning the winner’s share of $589,000, he picked up a $1 million bonus offered by Fasig-Tipton to any graduate of its 2015 sale at Gulfstream Park that went on to win the 2016 Florida Derby.Earnings for the $400,000 bay colt now stand at $3,322,600, but more important, Nyquist stamped himself as a clear-cut favorite in the 142nd Run for the Roses.“You’re always surprised when your horse wins as easy as he did,” O’Neill said. “But as quick as he broke and with an easy run to the first turn, we were very optimistic at that point.“It unfolded perfectly, and 100 percent credit for that goes to Mario and Nyquist. Horses came to him, challenged him and definitely went at him. It was no pedestrian trip, but all that should help us down the road when there’s a full field in the Kentucky Derby.”Tom Knust, the agent for Gutierrez, obviously has a vested interest, but the former Racing Secretary and a race tracker for 48 years cited three reasons for the dazzling performance by Nyquist in the Florida Derby.“He’s a great horse, Doug did a great job training him up to the race, and I thought Mario rode a great race,” Knust said. “You can’t ask for any more, that’s for sure.“This next five weeks will be real exciting. Paul and Zillah Reddam are really good sportsmen. They had no problem going to Florida to run. Mohaymen is a great horse and probably had his excuses Saturday.”Mohaymen finished fourth, beaten 8 ¼ lengths as the 4-5 favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race.“Hopefully,” Knust said, “he’ll make it to the Derby and they can face each other again.” -more-2/2/2/2 Mark Glatt1001012910%31%$497,495 Philip D’Amato14532232422%54%$1,675,865last_img read more

Citizen science to toads’ rescue

first_imgVolunteers brave dangerous roads and cold, wet nights to help hundreds of these beautiful amphibians reach their watery breeding sites, and find their way home safely once the breeding season is over. Education initiatives and creating awareness about the plight of the toads, particularly as the breeding season approaches, is another important part of Alison Faraday and her conservation colleagues’ work. For a number of years committed volunteers and supportive communities in the Cape Town area have been working hard to ensure Western Leopard toads have a chance of survival in the wild.(Images: Alison Faraday) Western Leopard toads are classified as threatened on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List.(Image: blog.noordhoekvillage.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS • Alison FaradaySpots co-ordinator+27 82 771 6232Wilma den HartighConservation efforts by a group of dedicated volunteers and the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department are helping to protect South Africa’s endangered Western Leopard toads.Every year around August, when the Western Leopard toads’ breeding season begins, volunteers from the greater Cape Town area spend many hours ensuring that the little creatures survive their annual migration to breeding sites.Saving as many toads as possible is a labour of love for the volunteers, who brave dangerous roads and cold, wet nights to help hundreds of these beautiful amphibians reach their watery breeding sites, and find their way home safely once the breeding season is over.Suzie J’Kul, a founder of Noordhoek Unpaid Toad Savers and its subsidiary, South Peninsula Outstanding Toad Savers (Spots), says volunteers and members of the public are contributing to citizen science to ensure the species survives.“Through volunteering we are saving an endangered species from becoming extinct, as well as ensuring that our children’s children will inherit this biodiversity that they very much deserve to be a part of,” J’Kul says.Every night, at 18h15 when it gets dark, the first team of volunteers heads out onto the roads, armed with flashlights and reflective gear, to look for toads. The first group works a four-hour shift until 22h15, and then the next team takes over.“It is hard work, but worth it,” says Alison Faraday, co-ordinator of Spots.Threats to survivalWestern Leopard toads (Amietophrynus Pantherinus) are classified as threatened on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List.They are endemic to a small area of the South Western Cape region, Cape Peninsula and Agulhas Plain.Also known as the August frog, they are easily identified by their beautiful markings of chocolate to reddish-brown patches with a bright yellow or black edging on a pink or grey background.Faraday says urban development, habitat degradation and road traffic are some of the biggest threats to the long-term survival of local populations.During the breeding season toads have to navigate road traffic, walls, embankments, swimming pools, drains and storm water canals, and often many don’t survive.Breeding usually takes place during August, but has also been recorded in late July, September, and some breeding calls have even been heard in early October. The start of the season depends largely on rainfall and temperature and sometimes occurs during warmer weather followed by periods of rain.These variables make the work of volunteers even more difficult as only the toads know exactly when the breeding migration will take place.While breeding generally takes place in larger, more secure water bodies, urban development has caused changes to traditional breeding sites, restricting the foraging area and movement of toads. This reduces population size and interrupts gene flow between populations.Faraday says July and August are the most dangerous months for the toads.“This is when most of the mortalities happen, when they are hit by cars and killed,” she says.“Busy roads in the urban areas where they live are death traps, and this animal needs all the help it can get to survive. What we do is pick up as many of these little guys as we can.”Committed volunteersFor a number of years committed volunteers and supportive communities in the Cape Town area have been working hard to ensure Western Leopard toads have a chance of survival in the wild.“This is something that untrained volunteers can do something about. It is incredibly rewarding,” Faraday says. “We have amazing volunteers.”About 18 suburbs and 100 volunteers are currently involved in the initiative. Ahead of each breeding season, volunteers receive training and they are rostered for four-hour shifts at a time to drive up and down the busiest roads, picking up toads.An important part of their work is also to keep records of the number of toads they see and rescue, noting whether they are dead, alive, male or female and their approximate age. This helps the toad conservation organisations assess the success of their work, and where they can improve.Noordhoek volunteers have gathered six years of records for the area, and neighbouring suburbs have been collecting data for three years.“We need at least 10 years of statistics to clearly determine the increase or decrease in Western Leopard toad numbers as well as to confirm suspected theories on breeding patterns,” says J’Kul.Rehabilitating breeding areasRecently the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department successfully rehabilitated a breeding site for the toads in Kommetjie, a suburb of Cape Town.The site, known as Skilpadsvlei, is a historic wetland area in Kommetjie that was drained and filled during the 1940s. It was the only known breeding site for the toad in the area.The City of Cape Town provided phased funding to revive the wetland, which included improving the open space around the area for public enjoyment, as well as restoring the ecological functioning of the system. Part of the project also ensured that the water quality was of a high standard and continuously monitored.The restoration of the wetland is an important step forward in the conservation of the endangered toads, and it seems if the amphibians are taking to the rehabilitated area.In June 2012, Western Leopard toads were seen at the new site during the very first breeding season and in November toadlets were recorded.Unfortunately, two of the three adult toads that selected Skilpadsvlei as their preferred breeding site were later killed on the roads adjacent to the wetland, and this is why the work of volunteers patrolling roads is so important.Permanent solutions and creating awarenessThe Noordhoek Unpaid Toad Savers and Spots organisations are always in need of more volunteers to go out at night when the migration period begins.They also invite the public in all areas where the animals are found to inform them of any activity around the time when the breeding season is expected to start.However, Faraday says that they are looking into finding a more sustainable, long-term solution to protect the toads.“Ultimately we need something that is permanent,” she says.This year the Noordhoek volunteer organisation plans to test a small barrier system, involving sunken buckets that are to be installed on one of Noordhoek’s busiest roads.The buckets will be lowered into the ground at areas of the road where toads usually cross. As they approach, the toads will fall into the buckets, and at intervals volunteers will carry them across the road.“This will hopefully help to save even more toads. It is a good start,” Faraday says.Even though the buckets will delay the frogs for a short while, at least they will be protected and reach their breeding sites safely.Education initiatives and creating awareness about the plight of the toads, particularly as the breeding season approaches, is another important part of Faraday and her conservation colleagues’ work.“It is absolutely essential to get kids aware and we also have bumper stickers that volunteers stick on their cars,” Faraday says. She regularly presents talks at schools to inform children about the toads and how they can help to protect them.Every year they run an awareness campaign to appeal to local motorists to drive more slowly in the affected areas at night and early in the morning, while the migration is underway.last_img read more

The Next Generation of Adobe Creative Cloud Is Now Available

first_imgAdobe has released their fall 2017 updates for Creative Cloud. Here are some of the new features that you can use to streamline your editing workflow.Images and Videos via Adobe.This morning, Adobe announced new features across the Creative Cloud. These new toolsets enhance your editing speed with easy-to-use graphics, Team Projects, and new VR compatibility.Adobe Team ProjectsThe Team Projects tool is now out of beta and fully released in both Premiere Pro and After Effects. You can now share one project file among multiple people. Use it to collaborate with your colleagues, and they can insert notes in the project file or make a few edits without having to manually move the project and its assets to a separate drive.The Team Projects tool also has an auto-save feature, which automatically saves all your edits and uploads them to the shared project file.Visit Adobe learn more about Team Projects.Multiple Open Projects — Premiere ProWe can finally open multiple projects at the same time. Now you can move clips and sequences between projects without importing the project file into separate projects. This is a huge update that we have been hoping for, and it is sure to help you organize your videos across multiple projects.Improved Graphics Workflows — Premiere ProThe graphics ingrained in Premiere Pro that we first saw a few updates ago have received a huge makeover. Adobe has introduced a new feature called Responsive Design, which adapts to a multitude of changes you might go through in an edit. Even when you shorten a graphic in a ripple edit, the entrance and exit keyframes automatically adjust to fit the new time duration. You can also apply the Responsive Design to Position, so your graphic assets will adjust to extra characters while maintaining the original composition.Title selection in your preview frame is no longer going to be a giant hassle. The previous graphics grabbing tools were a bit laggy and hard to use, but Adobe has fixed those and included the ability to select multiple text layers in the preview window.A big new feature is the ability to edit the properties of After Effects graphics and templates inside of Premiere Pro without even installing After Effects. This is huge for editors comfortable with Premiere Pro but not that familiar with After Effects. They can now use and edit After Effects graphics and assets natively in Premiere Pro.VR CompatibilityAdobe has added new VR features that gives you the tools to create truly immersive video. You can now use a VR headset to view your timeline in real-time while still using the keyboard to add markers or make cuts. This new view mode helps you ensure that the your VR video works well in practical application.Animating with Data and Expressions — After EffectsYou can now take data from a .JSON file and import it into After Effects to use for infographics or motion capture visualizations. When you update your data in the .JSON file, the infographics will automatically adjust to the new information. This is great for creating infographics with constantly changing data, so when you have to make adjustments to corporate budgets or a number of users for an upcoming meeting quickly, a simple replacement of the number in the .JSON file will update the infographic.Auto-Ducking — AuditionThis is the one new feature that really puts Adobe’s adaptive AI, Sensei, to work. The A.I. will automatically adjust your background music track where there is dialogue or other sound elements. To the editors who have gone through the painstaking task of manually pinning and lowering the music track to adjust for dialogue: this new feature is a gift from the Adobe gods. What took about 30 minutes to a few hours to do now only takes the A.I. a few minutes.Pricing and AvailabilityUnfortunately, the monthly price for Creative Cloud has been increased: it is now $52.99 for individuals and $79.99 for teams. The small price increase may be a bummer, but with all the new time-saving features and abilities, it looks well worth the price. The updates are currently available for download from your Creative Cloud app.Looking for more information on the Creative Cloud? Check out these resources.Change the Language of Adobe Creative Cloud AppsHow to Read Lumetri Scopes in Adobe Premiere ProHow to Quickly Retouch Skin in Adobe After EffectsAdobe Takes the Lead in 360 Video and VR by Acquiring Mettle SkyBoxlast_img read more

New cabinet ministers in the Manmohan team

first_imgThe recent Cabinet reshuffle, which the Prime Minister said was “hopefully, probably the last” before next Lok Sabha polls, was confined to Congress party barring the inclusion of Tariq Anwar of NCP as a Minister of State.22 ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Cabinet Ministers and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj.The new Cabinet ministers who took oath are: K. Rahman Khan (Minority Affairs), Dinsha J Patel (Mines), Ajay Maken (Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation), MM Pallam Raju (Human Resource Development), Ashwani Kumar (Law & Justice), Harish Rawat (Water Resources) and Chandresh Kumari Katoch (Culture).Following is the complete list of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s council of minister after Sunday’s reshuffle.Cabinet Ministers:Manmohan Singh – Prime Minister (Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Planning, Atomic Energy, Space)Pawan Kumar Bansal – RailwaysPalaniappan Chidambaram – FinanceSharadchandra Govindrao Pawar – Agriculture, Food Processing IndustriesA.K. Antony – DefenceSushilkumar Sambhajirao Shinde – Home AffairsSalman Khurshid – External AffairsSudini Jaipal Reddy – Science and Technology, Earth SciencesGhulam Nabi Azad – Health and Family WelfareFarooq Abdullah – New and Renewable EnergyM. Veerappa Moily – Petroleum and Natural GasVayalar Ravi – Overseas Indian AffairsAjit Singh – Civil AviationMallikarjun Kharge – Labour and EmploymentM. Mangapati Pallam Raju – Human Resource DevelopmentKapil Sibal – Communications and Information TechnologyAnand Sharma – Commerce and Industry, TextilesC.P. Joshi – Road Transport and HighwaysAjay Maken – Housing and Urban Poverty AlleviationChandresh Kumari Katoch – CultureG.K. Vasan – ShippingKamal Nath – Urban Development, Parliamentary AffairsHarish Rawat – Water ResourcesKumari Selja – Social Justice and EmpowermentM.K. Alagiri – Chemicals and FertilizersPraful Manoharbhai Patel – Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesSriprakash Jaiswal – CoalAshwani Kumar – Law and JusticeK. Rahman Khan – Minority AffairsDinsha J. Patel – MinesRaj V. Kishore Chandra Deo – Tribal Affairs, Panchayati RajBeni Prasad Verma – SteelJairam Ramesh – Rural DevelopmentMinisters of State with Independent Charge:Krishna Tirath – Women and Child DevelopmentJitendra Singh – Youth Affairs and Sports (also minister of state for defence)Kuruppassery Varkey Thomas – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionSrikant Kumar Jena – Statistics and Programme ImplementationJayanthi Natarajan – Environment and ForestsManish Tewari – Information and BroadcastingPaban Singh Ghatowar – Development of North Eastern RegionK. Chiranjeevi – TourismBharatsingh Madhavsinh Solanki – Drinking Water and SanitationJyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia – PowerK.H. Muniyappa – Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesSachin Pilot – Corporate AffairsMinisters of State:E. Ahamed – External AffairsJitin Prasada – Human Resource DevelopmentShashi Tharoor – Human Resource DevelopmentRamachandran Mullappally – Home AffairsV. Narayanaswamy – Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Prime Minister OfficeDaggubati Purandeswari – Commerce and IndustryAdhir Ranjan Chowdhury – RailwaysKotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy – RailwaysLakshmi Panabaka – TextilesNamo Narain Meena – FinanceS.S. Palanimanickam – FinanceSathyanarayana Sarvey – Road Transport and HighwaysPreneet Kaur – External AffairsCharan Das Mahant – Agriculture, Food Processing IndustriesTariq Anwar – Agriculture, Food Processing IndustriesRanee Narah – Tribal AffairsPorika Balram Naik – Social Justice and EmpowermentAbu Hasem Khan Choudhury – Health and Family WelfareTushar Amarsinh Chaudhary – Road Transport and HighwaysMilind Murli Deora – Communications and Information TechnologyKruparani Killi – Communications and Information TechnologyPratik Prakashbapu Patil – CoalRatanjit Pratap Narain Singh – Petroleum and Natural Gas, Home AffairsVincent H. Pala – Water ResourcesNinong Ering – Minority AffairsPradeep Kumar Jain Aditya – Rural Development, PlanningRajeev Shukla – Parliamentary AffairsSrikant Kumar Jena – Chemicals and FertilizersDeepa Dasmunsi – Urban DevelopmentSuresh Kodikunnil – Labour and EmploymentS. Jagathrakshakan – New and Renewable EnergyK.C. Venugopal – Civil AviationPaban Singh Ghatowar – Parliamentary AffairsLalchand Kataria – DefenceWith IANS inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Vine: Buddy Hield’s Clutch Block Of Darrell Davis Helps Send Oklahoma To The Sweet 16

first_imgBuddy Hield blocks Darrell Davis.Vine/Dan LyonsOklahoma’s Buddy Hield is this year’s Big 12 Player of the Year, and for good reason. The junior shooting guard does everything for the Sooners, and in tonight’s Round of 32 game against Dayton, that includes making a crucial block on a fast break lay-up attempt that could have cut the Oklahoma lead to two points. Dayton guard Darrell Davis stole the ball from OU’s Jordan Woodard, and immediately took off for the hoop. As he released the ball, Hield made a fantastic play to reject the shot out of his hand. Instead of a two-point game, Oklahoma was fouled and extended the lead.Oklahoma finished the game with a 72-66 win, and will face Michigan State in the Sweet 16 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.last_img read more