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House in the Trees / Luciano Kruk

first_img Area:  185 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Daniela Mac Adden+ 36Curated by Clara Ott Share Houses Photographs House in the Trees / Luciano Kruk ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929219/house-in-the-trees-luciano-kruk Clipboard CopyHouses•Argentina ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929219/house-in-the-trees-luciano-kruk Clipboard House in the Trees / Luciano KrukSave this projectSaveHouse in the Trees / Luciano Kruk ArchDaily Photographs:  Daniela Mac Adden Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project center_img Manufacturers: Nivel, Barugel azulay, Blainstein, FV Ferrum, Fábrica de LuzProject Coordination:Belén FerrandWork Coordination:Leandro Rossi, Fernando Casaux Alsina, Dan SaragustiCollaborators:Andrés Conde Blanco, Denise AndreoliMemory Edition:Mariana PiquéCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenRecommended ProductsLightsLonghiLamp – AkileleWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. House in the Trees was designed to be built in Barrio Marítimo II, a neighborhood in Costa Esmeralda, located thirteen kilometers north of the city of Pinamar and four hours away from Buenos Aires City. Parallel to the sea, this neighborhood is separated from the coastline by a screen of leafy pines, thus producing a setback that complies with provincial regulations. The lot’s highest level is at the front, and slopes downward as it gets farther from the street, just as sand dunes do as they interfuse with the sea. Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenSave this picture!Section BBSave this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenThe clients commissioned a leisure home that could also be rented out eventually. The house had to accommodate a typical program: one master room and two secondary bedrooms, a social uses area, and an outdoor swimming pool. They requested that the house, protected by the woods, had minimal impact on its environment. Supported by a minimum tread structural volume – which lodges the entrance and the service and engine rooms – the house was situated on the highest level of the lot. We decided to set the house back beyond the minimum required by regulations. Surrounded by a pinewood, the house merged into the landscape’s natural atmosphere gaining privacy and the possibility of increasing its glazed surfaces. Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenSave this picture!Upper Floor PlanSave this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenRegarding the request to minimize the maintenance needs, we proposed the house to be made entirely of exposed concrete and glass. Dark bronze anodized aluminum was chosen for the exterior framings for them to be visually invisible. In this way, the contrast between the spans and the concrete shell is emphasized. Common areas were disposed on the first floor—two meters above the natural terrain’s level—while the bedrooms floor plan was organized above, at a higher level. Emerging from the natural ground, a wall goes all the way up to the rooftop, organizing both floor plans. The humid locals were disposed towards the street and the nobler ones, sheltered facing the woods. Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenWhile the lower floor has low partitions on both sides and on the front, it opens on the rear through total height framings towards a watching terrace that, embraced by the pines’ canopies, serves as an expansion for the living and dining areas. Except for a few metallic columns set around the shell’s perimeter, the greatest part of the structure is located at the center of the floorplan so it is almost invisible from the outside. The side partitions go all the way up to the rooftop, providing the intimacy of the bedrooms from neighboring houses. Save this picture!AxonometricSave this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenRegarding natural lighting, one of the purposes was to prioritize the staircase area with a skylight on the rooftop. Moreover, slabs cantilevering over both levels as eaves protect the front of the house from the vertical north sunrays. Designed as an independent structure elevated artifact, the swimming pool is detached from the natural terrain and connects with the house through the social area’s expansion. In order to preserve the visual continuity between the house and the vegetation, the pool was disposed perpendicularly to the constructed volume. Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenHouse in the Trees sought to merge with the woods to enjoy its scents, textures, and visuals, proper of its leafy natural environment, so powerful but at the same time balsamic for the senses. The higher volume seems like a compact, massive floating box over the lighter and transparent lower floor. While the stony materiality’s austerity and honesty aimed at guaranteeing the project’s perdurability, the architectural synthesis of its floorplans represents nothing but the reflection of such a lifestyle.Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenProject gallerySee allShow lessTalmadge Smith of Page on the new Fountain Place TowerArticlesPaul Andersen and Paul Preissner to Design the U.S. Pavilion for the Venice Biennale…Architecture News Share CopyAbout this officeLuciano KrukOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesArgentinaPublished on November 29, 2019Cite: “House in the Trees / Luciano Kruk” [Casa en los árboles / Luciano Kruk] 29 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Trump pay freeze attacks POC, women workers

first_imgPresident Donald Trump announced on Aug. 30 that he plans to freeze a scheduled 2.1 percent pay raise as well as an annual increase based on region, known as the locality pay increase, for federal workers in 2019. Military service people have been exempted from this decision.This announcement is another and tho­roughly predictable attack against U.S. workers. Considering the overrepresentation of Black people in the federal workforce and the reduced gender pay gap for federal workers in comparison to the private sector, Trump’s pay freeze has severe inter­­sectional outcomes in which women of color will be disproportionately impacted.Trump’s pay freeze is being referred to as an austerity measure. Trump and conservative economists have rationalized these cuts by suggesting they will save as much as $25 billion. Yet in many ways austerity does not adequately describe the cause and effect of Trump’s pay freeze. Central to neoliberal economic policies, austerity involves government cuts in response to increased debt.By contrast, the freeze on federal workers’ pay raises is the direct result of Trump’s increased defense budget. In February the Los Angeles Times reported that Trump proposed a 10 percent increase in the federal defense budget, amounting to $74 billion. Thus, Trump’s federal pay freeze amounts to a transfer of federal workers’ pay to private defense contractors.Neoliberalism is a complicated term that conjures notions of modernized liberal social policies. In fact, it is merely a reprise of early 20th-century laissez-faire capitalism, a modernization of Adam Smith’s thoughts in which the liberal economic rights of individuals are awarded to corporate powers. In this process, political economic power is transferred to corporations in lieu of public control.Most progressive and liberal economists and historians chart the 1970s as the time of the rise of neoliberal policies. However, Black radical and autoworker James Boggs had chronicled the impacts of neoliberalization, which he called automation, in the 1950s. It was then that postwar suburbanization and expansion of the white American middle class were produced through massive layoffs of Black people. The last hired in wartime industry became the first fired, and the effects of these measures became known as the “urban crisis.” Neoliberalism can be seen as the moment the general public began to experience the urban crisis.Amidst the neoliberal turn of the U.S. political economy, federal employment has been a haven for many workers of color and women. People of color are overrepresented in federal employment in comparison to the general population. In 2016 the Office of Personnel Management reported that whites made up about three-quarters of the U.S. population but only 63 percent of the federal workforce with people of color accounting for nearly 37 percent.Half of those workers of color are Black workers. Though Black people account for 13 percent, nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population, 18 percent of the federal workforce is Black. The average federal worker makes $90,000 annually.In addition, women make up 44 percent of that workforce. On average, a woman in the U.S. makes 79 cents for every dollar a white man makes. However, while the gender pay gap persists in the federal workforce, that distance is shortened to 89 cents for every dollar.The one part of government work that remains overly white and male is defense contracting and other military-related activity. Despite Trump’s isolationist rhetoric, the military-industrial complex has experienced a windfall of profits since his inauguration that continues to expand.In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent Janus decision, Trump’s pay freeze is another attack on workers and organized labor. It has disproportionate impact on the most oppressed while further enriching the already powerful.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Human Rights on the rocks at the UN

first_imgNews Organisation Help by sharing this information Jean-Claude Buhrer RSF_en center_img Worse even than farce, it’s a shipwreck. Such is the distressing spectacle of the 60th annual session of the UN Human Rights Commission meeting from 15 March – 23 April in Geneva. For many years now, human rights activists have struggled to find words strong enough to describe the slow but constant drift of the UN’s main organ that is supposed to defend these rights. Just when it seemed it could not sink any further than the Libyan chairmanship in 2003, the year 2004 brought the collapse to a new low. It can be seen in the contempt for the numerous victims whose plight is ignored by indignation that is increasingly selective. It is an insult to the memory of the former high commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello. And an insult to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who last year warned: “it has to change”.More than ever captive to a group of countries for which respect of human rights seems to be the least of their worries, the Commission has at its leisure given itself over to its usual little games and its customary political horsetrading as if nothing had happened. As if 22 people had not died in the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad on August 19. As if the High Commissioner had not paid with his life for a certain loyalty to his principles. Admittedly, the work of the Commission began with a tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello and his team who died in the terror attack that that was as widely supported as it was fitting. But with these formalities out of the way, routine quickly took over again.Even 7 April, the day set aside to commemorate the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, did little to awaken people’s consciences. It is true that UN showed itself incapable at the time of holding back the worst and that the Hutu regime in Kigali took care to get itself elected both to the Human Rights Commission and to the Security Council in order to quietly prepare its evil designs. However, in a report dated March 1994 the special rapporteur on extra-judicial executions had described the situation in Rwanda as explosive and proposed immediate steps to restore peace and arrest those instigating massacres. The Commission noted these comments, but did not react. A month later, the massacres were under way in Rwanda. Recognising a little late the international community’s “collective failure” in the Rwandan tragedy, Kofi Annan chose this tenth anniversary to launch an “Action Plan to Prevent Genocide”, focusing attention on new threats looming in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Darfur region of Sudan.As usual, the re-election of half the 26 members of the sub-commission went through like a letter in the post. Among these re-elected, so-called independent experts were two stars in the human rights firmament, Moroccan Halima Warzazi, outgoing chairperson of this brilliant apparatus, and Cuban Miguel Alfonso Martinez. Sub-commission veterans both distinguished themselves in 1988 by bolstering the regime of Saddam Hussein the day after the Halabja massacre. The images of the bodies of five thousand Kurdish, women, children and old men lying on the ground in this ghostly area drenched with nerve gas by Iraqi aviation and artillery was burned on the world’s memory. This did not however prevent Ms Warzazi, with the support of Alfonso Martinez, proposing a “no action” motion on 1 September. This led to the sub-commission cutting short any discussion on a resolution “expressing serious concern at Iraq’s use of banned chemical weapons”.In March 1989, using the same subterfuge, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, with a seat on the commission, succeeded in stifling all debates on the subject. After the carnage of the war with Iran, some two hundred thousands Shiites were then massacred during the uprising of 1991. Before taking up his post in Baghdad, Vieira de Mello said that Iraq had been a “double failure of the UN”: of the Security Council, which had not managed to prevent the intervention and the Commission which showed itself incapable of debating a scandalous situation for 25 years. The Commission certainly has a short memory.Not until 15 April was the general torpor disturbed even a little, at the time allotted to resolutions on individual countries. Cuba had the honour of opening. Infuriated by the narrow adoption – 22 votes to 21 and 10 abstentions – of a resolution deploring 75 arrests last year of dissidents and journalists, a well-muscled official in the Havana mission set upon an exiled compatriot, beating him brutally about the head. UN security intervened and the victim was taken to hospital. His assailant was accorded diplomatic immunity. An effective illustration of the atmosphere; the boat is no longer drifting, it’s on the rocks.There was not a single resolution on Iran, to the disappointment of Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, aghast to discover these little games. Zimbabwe and Russia escaped any censure, thus demonstrating the effectiveness of the coalition of interests between thug governments and freedom-destroying dictatorships. If Chechnya likewise was written off, it was also because, among its fellow religionists – 15 of the 53 Commission members are affiliated to the Islamic Conference Organisation – not one wanted to cross swords with Moscow. Only the Europeans, backed by the United States and Australia, came to the defence of the Chechens.As was to be expected, not one of the 53 member countries wished to adopt a US resolution, very moderate as it was, criticising China, even more so since the text named Tibet and Sinkiang. In a packed hall, where Chinese officials and employees occupied seats with no role other than as cheerleaders, the Chinese ambassador choked with indignation as he promptly claimed his rights in demanding a ‘no action’ motion. This on the pretext that his “request conformed to procedural rules and aimed to defend the Commission’s credibility and principles.” No less. Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Russia, Sudan, Congo, Mauritania, Indonesia and Cuba, all paragons of democracy, rushed to the support of the Forbidden City representative.Set against these crude manoeuvres, what real value can be put on the mini-successes that appear to be just for show? Of course, the Commission called – unanimously if you please! – for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, along with all political prisoners in Burma. Admonishments were handed out to North Korea and Belarus along with the naming of special rapporteurs charged with carrying out investigations in these countries, while Turkmenistan was slammed for the second successive year.The Commission also demanded – by 30 votes to 20 and five abstentions – the definitive abolition of the death penalty. Curiously the United States, Saudi Arabia and the Islamic countries, China and Zimbabwe said ‘no’. For the first time, a rapporteur was named to the fight against terrorism. Another first, the rapporteur on Education said he did not want his mandate renewed, failing the means to put his recommendations into effect after his mission in China. And three independent experts publicly called for a retrial under international standards of a Tibetan monk condemned to death at a summary trial. How these resolutions will be carried out in practice is another matter.At the close of the 60th annual session, the question becomes insistent: Is the Commission able to promote and protect human rights as explicitly set out in its mission statement? Driven by a recurring force of inertia, year and year producing resolutions that nobody bothers about and the application of which depends on countries that are at the same time judges and participants, what ultimately is its role or its relevance? Results that are more disappointing every year lead the most committed NGOs to ask these questions. If it fails to get a grip and quickly, the Commission is at real risk of foundering in futility. April 22, 2004 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Human Rights on the rocks at the UN Worse even than a farce, it’s a shipwreck. Such is the distressing spectacle of the 60th annual session of the UN Human Rights Commission, sitting from 15 March – 23 April in Geneva. Reporters Without Borders is again sounding the alarm on the running of the Commission, more than ever captive to countries that scorn human rights on a daily basis. last_img read more

Cresco Labs Closes Acquisition of Verdant Creations’ Four Dispensaries, Reaches Maximum Retail Licenses in…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Twitter Pinterest TAGS  Cresco Labs closed on its acquisition of four Verdant Creations dispensaries, expanding its dispensary presence in Ohio to five operating stores. Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 center_img Facebook Pinterest Cresco Labs Closes Acquisition of Verdant Creations’ Four Dispensaries, Reaches Maximum Retail Licenses in Ohio Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleWorldwide Email Encryption Industry to 2026 – Rising Instances of Enterprise Email Threats is Driving Growth – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleTerminix Commercial Reminds Businesses That Rat Infestations Can Occupy Buildings Even When People Don’t Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Palghar Lynching : SC Asks Maharashtra Govt To Submit Chargesheets & Inquiry Details

first_imgTop StoriesPalghar Lynching : SC Asks Maharashtra Govt To Submit Chargesheets & Inquiry Details Nilashish Chaudhary6 Aug 2020 2:27 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra Government to place on record the chargesheets that have been filed in relation to the lynching and consequent death of two Sadhus in Palghar. While considering a clutch of petitions seeking investigation by either the CBI or the NIA into the alleged complicity of the police in the incident, the Bench comprising of Justices Ashok…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 Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra Government to place on record the chargesheets that have been filed in relation to the lynching and consequent death of two Sadhus in Palghar. While considering a clutch of petitions seeking investigation by either the CBI or the NIA into the alleged complicity of the police in the incident, the Bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy also sought details regarding the inquiry against the concerned police personnel. The State must therefore submit the status of the inquiry against police officials to the Court, and place the charge sheets on record since Justice Bhushan asserted that “Court wishes to examine the charge sheet”. Advocate Ashutosh Lohia, representing the Hindu Sadhus of Shri Panch Dashban Juna Akhara, pressed for a CBI investigation against the police officials connected with the incident alleging bias on part of the State authorities currently investigating the matter. Having stated that the Maharashtra Government in its counter affidavit has contended that these pleas should not be taken up by the Top Court, Lohia argued that the “Sadhus were virtually handed over to the mob. It was a massacre!” Appearing for another petitioner seeking investigation to be taken out of the hands of the State, advocate Subhash Jha echoed Lohia’s concerns regarding the intent of the State in securing the priests and bringing the perpetrators to justice. “According to them they want to take a holistic approach in the matter… …The question is do they not want to route out this issue and strike it off? Maharashtra is a land of Sadhus! They were literally handed over to the Mob by the police itself”, argued Jha. Jha thus went on to urge that relevant portions of the chargesheet must be brought before the Court. “I also suggest they file an affidvait regarding what investigation is being done in the matter”, he added. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta weighed in at this point to clarify that the present case was to consider whether the police was complicit in the incident, and given that the chargesheet documents are rather voluminous, the documents may be streamlined and placed before the Court. “Media reports suggest that the Chargesheets go into more than 10,000 pages. Whether there is any policemen involved in the offence or whether there was dereliction of duty, calling for disciplinary action is what has to be considered”, remarked Mehta. Thereafter, he further added that the Court may decide what is relevant in this case. “Let all chargesheets come on record and let the court decide what is relevant or not.” Upon being questioned by Justice Bhushan about the progress in the matter, Advocate Rahul Chitnis, representing the State, informed Court that two chargesheets had already been filed while a third one will be filed on Monday. With regard to the suggestions of placing the relevant chargesheets before the Court, Chitnis apprised the Bench that the third one which remains to be filed is unrelated to the lynching. Stating that only relevant chargesheets need be placed, he submitted that the “third chargesheet is one relating to attack on policemen unrelated to lynching”. Advocate Subhash Jha again expressed his concern regarding the safety of Sadhus and urged that unless the Central Government looks into the matter, priests would continue to be killed in Maharashtra. Petitioner in person, Advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha also expressed his grievance and highlighted that “the incident took place in April. Now it’s August and no action has been taken against any policemen.” Taking the suggestions of all parties involved, Justice Bhushan decided to call for the details of the inquiry, along with the charge sheets filed in the matter, to be placed before him and posted the matter for hearing after 3 weeks. Next Storylast_img read more

Royal lunch boosts jobs for disabled

first_img The Princess Royal has hosted a lunch for 100 major employers to boost job opportunities for people with sensory impairments.The event, held last week at Leeds for employers in the north of England, was part of the charity Sense’s Supported Employment Initiative, a scheme aimed at setting up 100 jobs for disabled people. The Princess Royal is patron of the charity, which works with people who are deaf and blind.Richard Collings, marketing manager for Sense North, said, “Our objective is to create a regional employers’ forum – a group of employers who will work with Sense to develop supported employment opportunities.“The lunch was a fantastic opportunity to help achieve this and at the same time increase employers’ awareness and understanding of supported employment for people with disabilities, highlighting that there is a large and capable workforce available within the disabled community.” Previous Article Next Article Royal lunch boosts jobs for disabledOn 7 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Chelsea Hotel reno can resume after housing department drops fight

first_imgBD Hotels and the housing department were locked in a battle over whether planned upgrades to the building should be allowed to proceed. The agency in March asserted that the renovation work should not continue because a “certificate of no harassment” couldn’t be issued to the owner, as the property’s ongoing renovation has created unsafe conditions, amounting to tenant harassment. But the 1997 document — which the city only became aware of at the end of 2020 — allows the developers to get around that. A lawyer representing the hotel’s remaining residents called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recovery of the notice.In the meantime, with HPD’s case closed, construction can once again resume.In May, a judge dismissed a lawsuit against the hotel owner by five tenants who argued their new landlord never got a proper certificate of occupancy. [The City] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Full Name* Email Address* TagsCommercial Real Estatehotel chelseaHotel Market Message*center_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Chelsea Hotel with Ira Drukier and Richard Born (Getty)The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has dropped its fight against the owner of Chelsea Hotel, allowing a long-planned renovation of the legendary hotel to move forward.The housing agency reached the decision because of a 1997 document recently found in city archives, The City reported.The document was brought to the agency’s attention by a consultant working for BD Hotels, the firm headed by Richard Born and Ira Drukier that bought a stake in the property in 2016. The archived document shows that the Chelsea Hotel’s previous owner had obtained an exemption to the standard requirement for a “certificate of no harassment,” based on the building’s status as a “luxury hotel.”Read moreChelsea Hotel renovation amounted to tenant harassment, city saysChelsea Hotel owner notches court win over work at iconic propertyFormer Hotel Chelsea owner dies at age 82 Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Floods bring chaos

first_imgThe unfolding weather crisis has crippled many bakeries across England, with Gloucestershire businesses badly hit, amidst scenes of panic-buying.Janes Pantry bakery, on Lower Tuffely Lane, Gloucester, expected to be without running water for anything up to two weeks. “The flooding has drastically affected our trade,” said Nevil Morse, managing director.”It’s completely manic, we’ve been driving to and from the factory manager’s house with buckets of water, so that we can continue production. Each car run takes about an hour and we can only carry 180 litres at a time.”Morse said that, as soon as the nine Janes Pantry stores were stocked with bread, the shelves were stripped bare. They opened at 8am and were empty by 9am.”If the water levels had been one millimetre higher,” he added, “then water would have got into the bakery. It has been crazy. Instead of using sand bags to stop the water entering, we’ve had to use flour bags.”The four Janes Pantry bakery vans, which would usually deli-ver bakery products door-to-door within the Gloucester area, and its distribution vans, were stopped in their tracks due to flooding on the surrounding roads. “Gloucester is like a ghost town,” added Morse. “People cannot get in to work and, last Friday, it took some of us eight hours to get home. I had to wade through knee-high water.”Panic-buyingBecause homes were cut off, panic-buying in the supermarkets and convenience stores was widespread in the areas that were worst-hit, with bread being one of the first products to fly off the shelves.The duty manager at Sainsbury’s in Cheltenham, Steve Roberts, said: “It has been chaos. Deliveries are getting through – we’ve been getting emergency supplies, but they sell out as soon as they come in. Everything is behind schedule in the in-store bakery because the water’s off.”On Monday last week, the Sunshine Bakery, a craft bakery in Stroud, near Gloucester, was reported to be under between three and four feet of water, with no electricity or running water. The extent of the damage is still unknown, but its ovens and equipment were submerged. The bakery is expected to be out of business for some time.The Environment Agency issued further severe flood warnings in the Midlands, River Avon and the River Severn between Evesham, Tewkesbury and Gloucester on Tuesday. Panic was widespread, as it was feared that the Severn and the Thames rivers would overflow and the agency described the situation as “critical”.Marketing director of Dawn Foods Maggie Dagostino said that personnel faced real problems getting into its site in Evesham, an area heavily disrupted by the floods. But she added: “Despite this, our site is on higher ground and accessible via the ring road. Because of this, the site has been unaffected and production and deliveries have not been disrupted.”Delivery problemsThe Authentic Bread Company, which makes organic bread, cakes, croissants and pasties in Gloucestershire, has had problems getting deliveries in and out of the bakery due to sections of the M5 being closed.The company was temporarily unable to receive flour deliveries from Shipton Mill and hours had been added to delivery times leaving the bakery.Proprietor Alan Davis told British Baker he was “very lucky” because the bakery had not been flooded and it still had running water and electricity.Davis said: “I’ve not seen anything like this before. Roads are full of abandoned cars. Last Friday, to get home, I had to leave my Range Rover and wade through water that went up to my chest.”last_img read more

New head for Costa Coffee

first_imgWhitbread’s group finance director Christopher Rogers has been appointed as Costa Coffee’s new managing director.The move comes as it was announced John Derkach, the coffee brand’s current MD, is to step down from his position to join UK restaurant business Tragus Group as chief executive. Derkach is set to leave his role at Costa Coffee on 1 August.Graham Turner has stepped down as chief executive of Tragus, which manages such restaurant chains as Café Rouge and Strada. He has been in the role for seven years.Rogers said: “This is a great opportunity to head up a fantastic business. Costa has a strong and experienced team leading its four divisions, all of which have exciting profitable growth potential”.Andy Harrison, chief executive of the Whitbread Group, said: “Chris has played a major part in Whitbread’s strategic development and, as a longstanding member of the Costa management board, understands the vital brand and cultural DNA which has driven its success. Costa has an exciting future within Whitbread and Chris will spearhead our ambitious growth plans, which will create substantial shareholder value.“John has done an outstanding job in leading Costa’s successful growth over the last six years, during which the business has more than quadrupled in size. After 17 years with Whitbread, he is looking forward to a new challenge as CEO in an industry he knows well. I wish him every success in his new role.”Rogers joined the company in 2005 as group finance director and is a member of the Whitbread board. He will head up Costa’s global business, driving forward its ambitious five-year growth plan to increase the size of the business to 3,500 stores worldwide, £1.3bn system sales and 3,000 Costa Express machines by 2016.Costa is the UK’s largest coffee shop brand, with almost 1,400 stores and a further 800 units in 25 overseas markets, including China and India. Whitbread’s shares increased by 0.6% early this morning and currently stand at 1,870.44 pence (3 April).last_img read more

Congo: Men with Guns

first_imgResearchers from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative have been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for several years examining the roots of the violence against women that has plagued this war-torn region.last_img