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Levels House / BAK Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/310570/levels-house-bak-architects Clipboard Projects Levels House / BAK Architects 2011 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/310570/levels-house-bak-architects Clipboard CopyThe locationThe ground on which we should intervene, forested with maritime pines of great size, has a slope of about 3 m in its front. In connection with the street, one end thereof is elevated while the opposite has a depression that some large acacias hide the view from the street.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesThe assignmentThe order of the client was a house of exposed concrete, to be used much of the year, for a blended family. It was important the social areas to be of a large size, and the master bedroom could function as a sector of great independence and be equipped as not to depend of the rest of the house. It was expressly required the house to have multiple places of saved because the idea is to live there for the three summer months continuously.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsThe proposal The particular highlight of the lot, its relationship to the street and the requirement of a large program solved in sectors with some independence, are the issues that make this house a singular one, with a constructive proposal aesthetic, similar to the others built by the studio in Mar Azul.Save this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsHousing was designed resolved into four sectors connected to means levels on a single ladder. This decision allowed us to reduce the circulation areas to a minimum and go accommodating the various uses, following the natural slope of the lot and even burying part of them, reducing in this way, part of the built. The ladder of course becomes the organizer, not only functional but spatial, as a nexus between spaces that need to be integrated. With this volumetric arrangement and taking care to maintain as much vegetation, we were able to provide the house of the variety and flexibility of required spaces, without losing their independent use between them and proposing to them all, a clear integration with the landscape through openings that frame it.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessProspective Photo Essay: Kimbell Art Museum & Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth / Amit…ArticlesZaha Hadid Seeing Double in ChinaArticles Share “COPY” Area:  187 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeBAK arquitectosOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMar AzulWoodHousesArgentinaPublished on January 02, 2013Cite: “Levels House / BAK Architects” 02 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ SandShowerhansgroheShowers – Raindance SelectWoodEGGERTimberSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – MarbleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Long-Span StructuresWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsHandlesKarcher DesignDoor Handle Madeira ER45Chairs / Benches / CouchesArperModular Sofa – LoopMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?“层”住宅 / BAK 建筑事务所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 Argentina “COPY” Houses Levels House / BAK ArchitectsSave this projectSaveLevels House / BAK ArchitectsSave this picture!Courtesy of BAK ArchitectsHouses•Mar Azul, Argentina Architects: BAK arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project + 28 Share ArchDaily Year: last_img read more

PANO / Ayutt and Associates design

first_img Penthouse ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/584280/pano-aad Clipboard Save this picture!© Piyawut Srisakul+ 18 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/584280/pano-aad Clipboard Thailand PANO / Ayutt and Associates designSave this projectSavePANO / Ayutt and Associates design Projects ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeAyutt and Associates designOfficeFollowProductGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingPenthouseInterior DesignHousingInteriorsBangkokResidentialThailandPublished on January 06, 2015Cite: “PANO / Ayutt and Associates design” 06 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  Architects: Ayutt and Associates design Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Area:  700 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project PANO / Ayutt and Associates design 2014 CopyPenthouse, Interior Design•Bangkok, Thailand Photographs:  Piyawut Srisakul Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” “COPY” Manufacturers: KundaliniSave this picture!© Piyawut SrisakulRecommended ProductsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Renders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteText description provided by the architects. The PANO Penthouse is at the 53th – 55th floor of a high-end residential tower in Bangkok which is the fourth highest apartment in Thailand. AAd (Ayutt and Associates design) designed this penthouse under the concept of “living between the city and the nature” offers a modern lifestyle with luxury and relaxation with panoramic views towards the historic Chao Phraya River. The Penthouse was specially developed for a single family in need of a place to combine privacy with socializing living space.Save this picture!© Piyawut SrisakulThe PANO has been designed as unique private house in the skyscraper. It provides private outdoor spaces which similarly perform as urban houses on-ground, including terrace, garden and even swimming pool. In the case of this triplex interior design, most public facilities are located at the main 1st level and top level, while private functions, such as main bedroom, guest room, kid room, working space and bathrooms, are situated on the 2nd floor. Save this picture!© Piyawut SrisakulThe concept of fluid and dynamic spaces are the mainstream of the entire project and has been applied for all levels and space, such as in main living space, master bedroom, working room and outdoor space allowing continues journey between the spaces. The hall and the main living space are the first threshold from communal area to the private domain. In contrast with other domestic interior designs, the main living space was designed to be the focal room of the house where the client, which is an art collector, displays their art pieces.Save this picture!© Piyawut SrisakulThe elegant and exceptional terrace, punctuated by a tree incredibly planted at the 53th floor of a residential tower, allows a nature and panorama view that enhances the relationship between the interior and exterior, and provides an opportunity to bring in a large quantity of daylight indoor. It is the result of a large-scale of architectural modification applied to the original layout of this penthouse.Save this picture!DiagramThe main staircase leads to the roof top and sky garden becomes the focal point of the living area, while creating a calm atmosphere of Zen garden. Master bathroom is designed with the natural concept by growing vertical plants which create comfortable and calming atmosphere to this small room. The space can flow directly between master bedroom, bathroom and dressing room.Save this picture!© Piyawut SrisakulOn the top level, the owner can step out onto the terrace which provides an open outdoor space, thus allowing family and friends to enjoy sun and fresh air. The swimming pool and garden provide the ideal image of a single-family house in Bangkok. This new main outdoor space, with walls removed from original layout, increasing the BBQ kitchen, sunbath deck and dining area conceived as dynamic spaces surrounded by the amazing outdoor swimming pool. The entertainment room, terrace and pool can be a recreational space for both kid and adults allowing enthusiasm, excess and freedom for kid while adults can enjoy the relaxation of a range of activities.Save this picture!© Piyawut SrisakulIt is clear that the gardens around the private space are not only aimed at enhancing visual quality, but also at encouraging family and friend to move around and generate social activities between them. The aesthetic of this space is a place of dream accompanied by a sense of nostalgia. In terms of occasional domestic lifestyle in Thailand, the apartment generates the recreational area for family as does the luxurious houses, and includes the benefits of the view of Bangkok skyline, and represent a quiet place away from the stresses and complexity of the city.Save this picture!© Piyawut SrisakulProject gallerySee allShow lessVideo: Steven Holl and the Architectural ExperienceArchitecture NewsTower 41 / Taller de Arquitectura X / Alberto KalachSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Bangkok, ThailandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Photographslast_img read more

Lake House / Cadas Arquitetura

first_img Brazil Lake House / Cadas ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveLake House / Cadas Arquitetura “COPY” Photographs:  MCA Estudio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Year:  “COPY” Area:  1200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/930343/lake-house-cadas-arquitetura Clipboard Projects 2014 Lake House / Cadas Arquiteturacenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/930343/lake-house-cadas-arquitetura Clipboard ArchDaily CopyHouses•Itaipava, Brazil Houses Arquitetos: Cadas Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© MCA Estudio+ 28Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Manufacturers: Castro e Merlin, Chauffage, Francisquinho, Marmoraria Colonial, Punto, Serpa, Stephane JavelleEngineering:PH de Aquino ConstrutoraLightning:Maneco QuinderéCity:ItaipavaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© MCA EstudioText description provided by the architects. When watching the spring bubbling up and running into the Itaipava site, we had the idea of damming it and creating a natural pool with running water, but with a cement bottom, good for swimming. When built, it resembled a lake. Above it, there is a glass annex where you can enjoy the landscape. With chilling lounge, steam room, gym, bike repair room and a jacuzzi. The celling is very high and the roof overhang resembles an old-fashioned small town railway station: there are no pillars supporting the overhang, only those walls mounted brackets.Save this picture!© MCA EstudioSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© MCA EstudioThe house is further up the hill, and from it, you can see the depth of the property, the garden, the river and the lake. It´s something special, a huge house on one level. We created a set of roofs to add fluidity to the design, a sprawling house, connected by a raised deck that extends towards the river.Save this picture!© MCA EstudioAt the very end, there is an open-air fireplace. Inside, a home theatre is integrated into the living room, arranged around a fireplace finished in a slate strips. The same slate strips were also used on the wall of the gourmet kitchen, with forms a unique setting with the dining room. It turned out that the execution attended our client’s entire request.Save this picture!© MCA EstudioProject gallerySee allShow less Share CopyAbout this officeCadas ArquiteturaOffice•••ProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesItaipavaBrazilPublished on December 21, 2019Cite: “Lake House / Cadas Arquitetura” [Casa do Lago / Cadas Arquitetura] 20 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . ISSN 0719-8884 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 streamlast_img read more

Spanish photographer released on same day he was kidnapped

first_img PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders said it was extremely worried by the kidnapping of Emilio Morenatti, a Spanish photographer with the US news agency Associated Press, in the Gaza Strip this morning.“We firmly condemn Morenatti’s abduction and we call on the Palestinian authorities to do everything possible to get him released quickly,” the press freedom organisation said. “He is the eighth journalist to be kidnapped in the Gaza Strip since the start of the year. All were freed safe and sound but no investigation has ever been concluded and none of the kidnappers has been punished.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Journalists have become a favourite target of the armed groups that operate in Gaza with a disturbing degree of impunity.” The organisation wrote to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in August voicing alarm about the climate of violence for journalists in Gaza and demanding effective measures to ensure their safety.Morenatti, 37, was kidnapped by four masked gunmen as he left his home in Arrimal, in the western part of Gaza City. His assistant, Majid Hamdan, said they stuck a gun to his head as he waited for Morenatti in an Associated Press car outside, taking his keys and mobile phone. Then they drove off with Morenatti in a white car. No group has so far claimed the kidnapping. Help by sharing this information News News June 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced relief today after learning that Spanish photographer Emilio Morenatti was freed yesterday evening, after being held for less than a day by the gunmen who kidnapped him outside his Gaza City home yesterday morning. The authorities have not revealed the identity of his kidnappers. The press freedom organisations called for a transparent investigation.“Journalists are not bargaining chips for use in settling scores,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Eight journalists have been kidnapped in the Gaza Strip since the start of the year, so it is vital that the authorities send a clear message by arresting Morenatti’s abductors.”Morenatti, who works for the US news agency Associated Press, was taken to a small room and held there for four hours by his kidnappers, who never removed their masks. He was then transferred to another location, dressed as a woman in a long veil. The Palestinian security services meanwhile contacted his kidnappers and got them to release him shortly before midnight. ————————————————————— 24.10.2006 Spanish photographer kidnapped by gunmen in Gaza WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Spanish photographer Emilio Morenatti was freed late last night in Gaza. Reporters Without Borders calls on the Palestinian authorities to conduct a transparent investigation into his abduction. PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes October 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Spanish photographer released on same day he was kidnapped Receive email alerts Follow the news on Palestine Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists to go further News News May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Focus on Lough Derg in major tourism plan

first_imgEmail A MAJOR four-year plan outlining the future economic development and marketing of the Lough Derg area as a tourism destination has been launched by Minister Alan Kelly, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fáilte Ireland’s Plan for Lough Derg, entitled ‘A Roadmap for Experience Development and Destination Marketing 2014-2017’, includes the provision of marina and tourism related developments along the shoreline of Lough Derg as well as the appointment for the first time of a designated Tourism Co-ordinator for Lough Derg.Minister of State Alan Kelly said the primary purpose of the plan is to maintain and improve tourism visitor services, recreational facilities and environmental amenities around the lake and River Shannon with a view to creating a ‘Lough Derg’ experience.He continued: “We simply have to unlock Ireland’s hidden secret, which is Lough Derg. Doing this requires a vision that all parties can buy into as well as a will to get things done and this approach is the way forward.This comprehensive strategy will develop Lough Derg as a key destination for superb water based activities combined with a range of very high quality walking, cycling, heritage, culture and food experiences that will entice the domestic and international visitors to stay longer. This will be achieved through joint co-operation of all tourism stakeholders in the development and marketing of their area under the Lakelands – Lough Derg identity.”“Lough Derg is one of Ireland’s most valued tourism assets but it is also a vulnerable landscape, which is why it is imperative that it is the subject of an extensive development strategy. Fáilte Ireland and the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group (LDMSG), in conjunction with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the local community, have delivered a strategy that will ensure that an appropriate balance is established, with development in the most appropriate locations and the protection of vulnerable areas,” added Minister of State Kelly.The key tourism attractions being targeted in the new blueprint include the development of a waterpark at the University of Limerick Activities Centre (Clare), Lough Derg Canoe/Kayak trail, a masterplan for an eco-park in Portumna (Galway) and a Discovery Point and Trailhead at the Portroe lookout (Tipperary). Meanwhile, a designated Tourism Co-ordinator for Lough Derg is expected to be appointed during the coming week. The position will be co funded by the TRAP INTERREG IVC European Union project and the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group (LDMSG). A key element of this position will be to engage with and support the existing tourism trade and businesses surrounding Lough Derg and ensure the effective implementation of the Plan.According to Paul Keeley of Fáilte Ireland: “The collaborative approach adopted in the development and planned roll-out of this Plan will be key to its success. Previous experience from other parts of Ireland show that such an approach does deliver results and Fáilte Ireland looks forward to working with members of the LDMSG and the Tourism Coordinator to improve existing facilities and amenities and provide additional new facilities. Furthermore, Fáilte Ireland will play a central role in the development of a unique and marketable Lough Derg brand that will ultimately lead to an increase in visitors to the region.”Mr. Joe MacGrath, LDMSG Chairperson, noted that work undertaken by the group in recent years to expand the tourism offering in Lough Derg will assist the delivery of the new plan.He explained: “The Group has for a number of years delivered its own Action Plan to develop Lough Derg as a key destination for superb water-based activities combined with a range of very high quality walking, cycling, heritage and culture and food experiences aimed at enticing the domestic and international visitor to stay longer. This objective is further strengthened through the launch of this new Plan which ensures the joint co-operation of all tourism stakeholders in the development and marketing of their area under the Lakelands – Destination Lough Derg identity.”For more on the Fáilte Ireland’s Plan for Lough Derg visit www.failteireland.ie. Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Print Love for Limerick as stars line up for St. Patrick’s Day’s video Twitter NewsCommunityFocus on Lough Derg in major tourism planBy Staff Reporter – February 28, 2014 817 WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday TAGSFáilte IrelandLough DergMusic Limericktourism Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMary Immaculate College Hosts The 64th Annual Irish History Students’ Association ConferenceNext articleLimerick highest for personal injury claims Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Big battle of the little robot-builders

first_imgWhatsApp Pictured at the Primary School Robotics Competition is Evan Meehan, Gaelscoil O Doghair, Castletoy Limerick.IT WAS the battle of the giants, waged by little people. More than 100 primary school students went head to head and big body to big body with their self- designed sumo wrestling robots at the fourth annual Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition.And last stranding in the Sumo ring were students from Killoughteen N.S. who were crowned the 2018 Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Champions at the challenge which took place in Limerick this weekend.Supported by ON Semiconductor, the competition saw teams of 10 to 12 year olds from 30 schools across Limerick city and county pit their rival robots against each other.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Parents, family and friends were all in attendance to support the children during the highly competitive finale which saw the teams attempting to force each other’s robots out of a circular ring.Pictured at the Primary School Robotics Competition is Rachael Irwin, Christ the Saviour National School, Cloontemple, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick.William Ahern, Evan Broderick and Jack Kelly from Killoughteen National School won the overall competition and Noah Connell, Anna Gleeson and Nikolay Stioakine from Monaleen National School were runners up.The day-long competition started with an Advanced Robotics Workshop where teams of three or 4 students designed and built their own innovative robots for a sumo wrestling style competition.The theme and game objective was only announced during the workshop allowing for the teams to be scored for their teamwork, design and innovation. In the afternoon, each team played 4 matches with the top 16 teams going forward to tense and exciting knock-out rounds where the final points were allocated.The aim of the hugely popular competition is to promote STEM amongst primary schools students by giving them the opportunity to design, build and program their own robots. It encourages team work, creativity and facilitates learning STEM principles in a fun environment. Year-on-year Analog Devices has expanded the competition to cater for the demand from schools wishing to participate.More local news here. Advertisement St Patricks NS win battle of the bots at Limerick’s Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition MIC awarded €350k towards next-generation STEAM initiative Facebook Email TAGSAnalog Devices Primary School Robotics Competitiongiantsprimary school studentsSTEM Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Previous articleApprenticeship evening for schoolsNext articlePublic urged to consider all care options as high volumes presenting at UHL Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img [email protected] competition to go online for Limerick students RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Colaiste Nano Nagle leading the way for girls in STEM – preparations underway for Teen-Turn’s SciFest 2020 Twitter Linkedin NewsLocal NewsBig battle of the little robot-buildersBy Bernie English – March 12, 2018 1123 Regeneron advises students to focus on STEM subjectslast_img read more

Police appeal for information regarding missing Martin Crumlish

first_img By News Highland – August 10, 2018 Police appeal for information regarding missing Martin Crumlish Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNews Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsAppcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Police and the family of missing Derry man Martin Crumlish are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.The 26 year old hasn’t been in touch with his family since Saturday last, they say this is very out of character for him.Martin is described as 6ft 1in in height of a slim build with brown hair.Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Police on 101. Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleReputation of former ILEX workers must be restored – NIPSANext articleDonegal leading the way in water conservation News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Ombudsman receives big increase of complaints from Donegal

first_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Ombudsman receives big increase of complaints from Donegal Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Facebook Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – May 20, 2020 Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Previous articleDept of Social Protection in danger of running out of moneyNext articleEmployers won’t be told their workers Covid-19 test results News Highland The number of complaints received by the Ombudsman from Donegal in 2019 was up 27% on the previous year.The total number of complaints received by the Ombudsman was 3,664, the highest number since 2010, 112 of them from Donegal.One case in Donegal involved confusion over a patient’s file at Letterkenny University Hospital while another saw Donegal County Council agree to wave late penalties on Non-Principal Private Residence payments.A woman complained to the Ombudsman after it was discovered the medical history discussed with her by a doctor at Letterkenny University Hospital belonged to another patient and while preparing for surgery at the hospital she also noticed another patients letter on her file.It was found too, that a ‘General Incident’ form had only been completed upon the woman complaining to the hospital.The hospital has apologised, reviewed its policies and delivered extra staff training.42 complaints received involved Donegal County Council.In one case, a woman was charged late penalties of €3,900 despite trying to pay Non-Principal Residence charges on time.The woman contacted Donegal County Council in 2009 to clarify if a duplicate payment had been made, she also wrote to them in 2010 and 2011 to confirm what was owed so payment could be made.In 2010, a cheque of €600 was returned to the woman as the Council said the properties could not be found.The council agreed to accept payments for 2009 and 2010 and disregard the late penalties.Link to full report here:https://www.ombudsman.ie/downloads/Ombudsman-Annual-Report-2019-EMBARGOED.pdf RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Dangerous liaisons

first_imgSpring is on its way and, for some employees, love is in the air. Forothers, however, all that’s in the offing is a desire to pursue a claim of sexharassment. Heather Falconer asks whether love contracts can cushion employersfrom the rocky road of romanceIn a country where we cling, against all the evidence, to the ideal oflasting, trusting romantic relationships, the extracts on page 16 from”consensual relationship agreements” – commonly known as lovecontracts – devised by US law firm Littler Mendelson are likely to draw hootsof derisive laughter. Most Brits would regard this recent legal development, rather like thepre-nuptial agreement, as the horribly cold-blooded creation of alitigation-crazy national psyche. In the US about 1,000 such agreements arethought to exist, designed to forestall sex discrimination claims rising fromthe ashes of in-house relationships. According to Garry Mathiason, senior partner at Littler Mendelson, suchaction is recommended only in limited circumstances. “We designed thecontract in response to requests from clients asking if there was somespecialised legal mechanism which could be used to protect businesses fromunfair sexual harassment claims, especially involving a higher level executiveand an employee under his or her direction. “Unfortunately there have been many instances of office affairs comingto a natural end and the employee later deciding to pursue claims againstcompanies for their own financial gain.” The extent of US employers’ concern over sexual harassment litigation, whichis attracting ever higher damages, was illustrated recently in an episode ofthe US television drama Ally McBeal. On this side of the pond, the recent removal of the compensation cap for sexdiscrimination and a burgeoning sexual harassment case load is paving the wayfor ever increasing concern over the issue. With Valentine’s Day drawing outthe sort of ardour not seen since the Christmas party, employers may be onceagain wondering how to protect themselves from the increasingly unpredictableconsequences of love among the terminals. Eversheds is “working closely” with Littler Mendelson to monitorthe types of claims emerging in the US and to assess whether UK employersshould follow suit and introduce love contracts into their policies andprocedures. “There are parallels to be drawn between the US and the UK,” saysEversheds’ Anne-Marie Thompson. “Generally cases and claims that emerge inthe US emerge in the UK a few years later. The number of sexual harassmentclaims made in the UK has also increased dramatically and there is nothing tosay for sure that the love contract could not be used here.” Most leading UK employment lawyers, however, question its effectiveness onboth legal and cultural grounds. Legal because it is virtually impossible tocontract out of the right to go to an employment tribunal – where most sexualharassment/discrimination complaints are heard – especially in respect ofevents which have not yet happened. Cultural, because, as David Whincup of HammondSuddards puts it, “Most people would run a mile from anyone who sidled upto them at an office do and waved one of these agreements.” Also, says Thompson, “You have to question what is in it for theemployee? This kind of agreement is purely for the protection of the employer –why would any employee agree to it?” The love contract seeks to address three main issues, says Thompson. First,that the relationship is voluntary and truly consensual; second that if eitheremployee involved believes the company’s sexual harassment policy is violated,this should be reported to a company representative; and third that anyallegations of harassment are dealt with internally rather than through thecourts. From a technical point of view the third is very hard to achieve in the UK –signing away basic employment rights is effective here only in very limitedcircumstances. “A love contract would not satisfy thesecircumstances,” says Thompson. “It would need to be done in thepresence of an Acas officer or as part of a fully constituted compromiseagreement where all parties had taken independent legal advice.” Some argue that harassment claims are always going to be a fact of life insituations where powerful people work closely with the not-so-powerful – and thereprobably isn’t a workplace in the land where that juxtaposition doesn’t exist.But Thompson warns that it is essential to give thought to how delicatesituations are to be handled: the days are gone when the “juniorpartner” could be ushered out of the door without so much as a by yourleave. Says Thompson: “In the past it was often company policy that in suchsituations it was the less senior employee who had to go. But that is changing– employers realise it will no longer be justifiable and that a proper policyshould be followed.” There are two big problems for employers when it comes to sexual harassmentclaims. One is that the courts are not interested in the motive or intention ofthe “harasser”: “it was only a bit of fun” or “she wasasking for it” just won’t wash. The second is that the question of whetherthe behaviour was offensive is broadly a subjective one: it is in the eyes ofthe individual victim. There is no statutory definition of sexual harassment: claims are broughtunder the Sex Discrimination Act (SDA) 1975 as direct discrimination – where aperson is treated less favourably than others as a direct consequence ofgender. But the tribunals rely heavily on the EU Code of Practice on theDignity of Men and Women at Work, which states that sexual harassment meansunwanted conduct of a gender-specific nature. Such behaviour will beunacceptable if, inter alia, it is unwanted (that is, uninvited), unreasonableand offensive to the recipient. Clearly the subjective test for whether offence has been caused has limits.”If the victim appears to the tribunal to be excessively sensitive thenthe tribunal will try to find that offence was not in fact-caused,”Whincup points out. If there is no offence there is no less favourable treatment,and hence no unlawful discrimination.” Judging how seriously to treat a complaint, however unlikely it may sound,is a very problematic call for an employer. The case law illustrates thedifficulties in establishing whether offence was in fact caused. In Snowball vGardner Merchant, 1996, ICR 790, for example, a manager asked a woman em-ployee for sex on the table and sent her exotic underwear through the internalpost, but said she had not suffered any offence from his conduct as she wasallegedly in the habit of referring to her bed as a “playpen” andboasting of her black silk sheets. “Eventually the tribunal decided that arather racy taste in bed linen by itself did not necessarily mean that she wasa woman with no moral standards – the defence was massively unsuccessful,”Whincup says. On the other hand, the case of Stagg v the Property Services Agency,unreported, where a woman was found not to have been offended by dirty jokes onthe basis that she had been married three times and was known to swear, showsthe sometimes idiosyncratic reasoning of the tribunals. The problem, says Whincup, is that there is very rarely direct evidence asto the state of mind of the “victim” at the time the allegedharassment took place. “Unless the employee has burst into tears and runout of the room in front of witnesses, written steaming letters or gone to thedoctors on the verge of a breakdown, it is often very difficult to establishthe state of mind in a tribunal six months down the line. “That said, the tribunals will be very ready to infer offence fromgender-specific conduct unless there is clear evidence to the contrary.” Even if a claim does turn out to be unfounded or even false, a failure bythe employer to give a considered response could itself give rise to a separateclaim of sex discrimination. “The fact that a claim turns out to berubbish is not an excuse for not investigating it”, says Whincup.”There is a duty on the employer to respond.” There are only two defences for employers where an employee’s act has beenfound to be sexually discriminatory: first, that the employee was not acting”in the course of employment” (thus removing any sort of vicariousliability) and second, under section 41 (3) of the SDA 1975, that the employertook such steps as were reasonably practicable to prevent the employee doingthat act or acts of that sort in the course of his employment. The first of these is very difficult to prove, says Whincup. In practice,most conduct that takes place between colleagues risks being construed asoccurring “in the course of employment”. The successful use of thesecond defence hinges mainly on paperwork; it is about being able to prove thatsexual harassment policy not only exists but is inculcated and enforced.Disciplinary and grievance procedures, specific anti-harassment or equalopportunities policies, e-mail/Internet policies: all these are important notjust in providing the defence but in assisting in the fair dismissal of theharasser if necessary, and hopefully preventing that form of conduct in thefirst place. Employers’ duty The extent of an employer’s duty was brought home quite starkly in the caseof Bourdouane v Go Kidz Go, IDS Brief 578, where a children’s entertainer wasoffended by the lewd actions not of a fellow employee but by the parent of oneof her audience. She subsequently persuaded the employment tribunal that heremployer had not taken reasonable steps to prevent this unconnected third partycommitting the harassment. The tribunal accepted the argument that as soon asthe employer knew the harassment was happening but did not take any reasonablesteps to prevent it, it became liable. The general workplace culture now plays an important part, too: cases of”environmental sexual harassment”, such as Morse v Future Reality,IDS Brief 637, show that generally offensive gender-specific behaviour, even ifnot targeted at anyone in particular, can be discriminatory. Employers, itseems, must take visible steps to eradicate the worst excesses of”laddish” and anti-social behaviour of all kinds from the workplace. So while the idea of your treasured staff signing bits of paper beforeembarking on a fling might still seem a little far-fetched, the message isclear. Without a documented policy on harassment and clear parameters definingthe acceptable limits of staff behaviour towards each other, those cheapthrills once regarded as part of the rough and tumble of daily life couldactually cost the employer very dear indeed. Love contracts – could it come to this?”X and Y each, independently and collectively, desire toundertake and pursue a mutually consensual social and/or amorous relationship(‘Social Relationship’) with the other.””X\Y’s desire to undertake, pursue and participate in saidsocial relationship is completely and entirely welcome, voluntary andconsensual…””X\Y has entered into said Social Relationship after havingdiscussed in depth with Y\X the ramifications and implications of entering intoa Social Relationship with a co-worker of X\Y’s professional position and afterhaving had the opportunity to discuss such matters with counsel of choice orany other person of his choosing.””X and Y understand and agree that conduct or speech in theworkplace which is sexual or amorous may be objectionable or offensive toothers. Therefore X and Y agree not to engage in such conduct on companyproperty or when performing work related tasks in public areas. Such prohibitedconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following: holding hands ortouching in an affectionate or sexually suggestive manner; kissing or hugging;romantic or sexually suggestive gestures…speech…or communications, whetheroral or written; and display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.” Related posts:No related photos. Dangerous liaisonsOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

BA challenges workers to help cut £60m absence bill

first_imgBA challenges workers to help cut £60m absence billOn 30 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Absence at British Airways (BA) is costing the company almost £60m a year,according to its chief executive, Rod Eddington. In his column in the latest company newsletter, Eddington challenges staffto tackle absenteeism, which is running at 16.7 days per employee – more thantwice the national average. He said that with a current UK workforce of 37,500, that adds up to 626,250lost days a year. When the cost of this is worked out, it comes in at £58.5m. “These are dreadful statistics,” he said. The company and unionsare now investigating the causes and a solution. “Prolonged absence is not confined to any one department – we’relooking at attendance right across the airline,” he said. “It doesn’t need a mathematics professor to tell you that if the averageis 16.7 days across BA, for some staff – and some departments – that figurewill be significantly higher.” Eddington also outlined his views on work. “If you are healthy and paidto do a job, it is your duty to come in and do it.” A programme is underway at the airline to cut employee costs by £300m. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more