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SO House / PHYD Arquitectura

first_imgArchDaily Photographs Houses Photographs:  emontenegro / architectural photography ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/919850/so-house-phyd-arquitectura Clipboard CopyHouses•Porto de Mós, Portugal Architects: PHYD Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project Engineering:Pedro Viegas, InfrelCollaborators:Inês Belmarço, Architect; João Dias, Architect; João Antunes, Architect; Inês Oliveira, Architect; Marta Santos ArchitectStructure:Pedro ViegasConstruction:J.P.C.C.Water Project:InfrelElectrical Project:InfrelCity:Porto de MósCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© emontenegro / architectural photographyText description provided by the architects. Confrontation with the reality of these ruins was always a confrontation seeped in memories. Memories of a place where the raw matter it is constituted of – the rock, the valley, and the mountain – shows evident expression, provoking a game of fine balance between place, matter, light, and shadow. We found light that dripped down the stone walls defining spaces separated only by rows of stacked rock. In each fissure, in each wrinkle, a soft balance between light and shadow.Save this picture!© emontenegro / architectural photographySave this picture!South ElevationSave this picture!© emontenegro / architectural photographyStanding before this scenery, the exercise consisted of finding the most natural way to connect ruins and spaces, simultaneously defining future possibilities for links between the interior and the exterior. Where decisions were concerned, we chose to rehabilitate pre-existing volumes and introduce a new connecting element. The answer is given by the almost immediate decision to join together the pre-existing elements.Save this picture!© emontenegro / architectural photographyThis gesture, deeply connected to the terrain along the slope of the terrain – connects the two sections facing west, forming an exterior courtyard adorned with a centenary olive tree. This project builds a space that runs through the ruins, uniting them and revealing the obvious functional relationship between the house’s programmatic areas, simultaneously differentiating the possibilities for inhabiting the exterior space. It expresses its temporality through the antagonism of matter in its relationship with pre-existing elements. – Paulo Henrique DurãoSave this picture!© emontenegro / architectural photographyProject gallerySee allShow lessOCM House / Studio Jackson ScottSelected ProjectsAlila Bangsar / Neri&Hu Design and Research OfficeSelected Projects Share Projects SO House / PHYD Arquitectura Portugal 2019 Year:  Lead Architect: “COPY” Paulo Henrique Durão “COPY” Area:  289 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/919850/so-house-phyd-arquitectura Clipboard SO House / PHYD ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveSO House / PHYD ArquitecturaSave this picture!© emontenegro / architectural photography+ 17Curated by Matheus Pereira Share CopyAbout this officePHYD ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPorto de MósPortugalPublished on June 28, 2019Cite: “SO House / PHYD Arquitectura” [Casa SO/ PHYD Arquitectura] 28 Jun 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogFaucets / SinkshansgroheKitchen SinksGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceRetractable StructuresShadeFXRetractable Canopies in Beverly HillsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsBars / Wire / MeshJakobWebnet – Sports NetSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteHanging LampsLuminisPendant Lights – HollowcoreHandicap BathroomAamsco Lighting, Inc.Mirror-Lux LED Illuminated MirrorMore 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 streamlast_img read more

Future-Proofing the Dairy Sector

first_img SHARE Future-Proofing the Dairy Sector Those in and outside dairy know that the industry is no stranger to struggles. It’s had to make many transitions and adjustments. Mary Ledman, dairy global sector strategist for Rabo AgriFinance, is foreseeing changes that are exciting but challenging.“It’s going to cause some dairy producers to look themselves in the mirror and say, ‘Is the dairy industry of the future one that I’m prepared for? What do I need to do to be part of it?’” said Ledman.A lot of dairy producers like the animal husbandry aspects of their job or the cropping standpoint. Not only do dairy farmers need to excel in those areas, but also animal welfare, concern for the workforce, environment, and sustainability.“We think that there’s tremendous demand change driven by the chain, so think about large, multi-national companies that have made climate and greenhouse gas commitments,” said Ledman. “Agriculture is going to play a key role in helping those companies make those commitments.”Ledman is also seeing circular agriculture, carbon sequestering, and strengthening entrepreneurship all playing larger roles for the dairy farm of the future. She said technology will be at the center.“That’s actually a driving point for bringing some farm kids who don’t want to farm the same way dad or grandma farmed,” she said. “[The] robotics, the technology and the traceability really gets them excited about this industry.”How soon could we see some of these changes? By 2026.“We’re going to see more change in the next five years than we’ve seen in the past 20 years,” said Ledman. “It’s all going to be driven by the dairy sector’s ability to monitor report and verify their activities on farm and their activities towards sustainability are going to be crucial for our industry’s ability to have their social license to produce.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Future-Proofing the Dairy Sector Facebook Twitter Previous articleAgriculture Makes Gains in Greenhouse Gas Emission ReductionsNext articleHAT Market Analysis for 2/11/21 with Mike Silver at Kokomo Grain Ashley Davenport By Ashley Davenport – Feb 11, 2021 Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Veteran’s Day Community Service Project teaches students service and sacrifice

first_imgTwitter Building sustainability together Linkedin ReddIt Twitter Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Water line breaks affect Moudy for third time this year Previous articleWhen it rains, it pours; 47-10 loss to West Virginia worst for TCU in Patterson eraNext articleImpressive performance from McCall not enough, Horned Frogs fall to Sooners 3-1 Grace Toups RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Marathon runner persists after being mauled by a pit bull Making the first year countcenter_img Grace is a senior journalism major and minor in business. She grew up in Tampa, Florida and loves to spend time in the sunshine with her friends. She can’t start her day without a cup of coffee and when she’s not in the media lab you can find her exploring hidden gems in Fort Worth. Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ Grace Toups Facebook ReddIt + posts Linkedin Facebook Grace Toupshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-toups/ printThe morning routine of saying the Pledge of Allegiance at Starpoint School had students showing extra American pride during their Veteran’s Day celebration Friday.The first level class hosted a veterans community service project, with the entire school, where students wrote letters to veterans and active military, brought in family member’s military memorabilia for a gallery walkthrough, and collected candy for Operation Gratitude.Students were excited to show off their family military memorabilia for the Veterans Day gallery walkthrough. (Credit: Grace Toups)“This was entirely the children’s effort,” Miss. May said, the first level teacher. “They brought in over 123 pounds of candy and wrote over 250 letters for Operation Gratitude.”Operation Gratitude is a service that sends more than 300,000 care packages a year to active military members and their families all over the world. The children at Starpoint were asked to not buy any of the candy donated, rather sacrifice their own candy in honor of the active military who sacrifice so much for us.“Service and sacrifice is the main lesson I’ve been trying to teach these children,” Miss. May said. “They only had a few days to bring in candy and write letters to active military and each day they kept asking if they could bring in more and more.”Jeff Pengelly, former Marine and parent of one of the first level students, came and talked to the children about his work as an active member in the military as part of the Veterans Day celebration.Pengelly and his daughter pose proudly after the end of the service, thankful for all the military have given to them. (Credit: Grace Toups)Students had the opportunity to listen to Pengelly share his story about being an active member of the Marines from 2004-2010. They had the chance to ask questions and get to learn more about what service and sacrifice for our country means.“Everyone in this school has love and we need to show love for each other,” said one of Miss  May’s first level students.At the end of Pengelly’s presentation, the students sang the Star Spangled Banner and presented Pengelly with homemade clay bass relief medals representing pride, service, and honor to those who have served in the military.Starpoint School hopes to continue this service project each year, teaching young students about the importance of Veterans Day and our freedom. Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

TCU announces online-only weekend classes as makeup for winter storm cancellations

first_imgFacebook Benton McDonald Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Twitter Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases + posts Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit ReddIt Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ printThree Saturday class dates have been added to the semester calendar after unprecedented winter weather canceled most classes last week. The makeup dates were announced by Provost Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg in an email to faculty and students Wednesday. Saturdays March 20, March 27 and April 10 will be the makeup days for the classes cancelled from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19. The online-only makeups can de delivered synchronously or asynchronously. Dahlberg said the dates were chosen after discussions with the Provost Council, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Graduate Student Senate. Notably, they do not conflict with next month’s Spring Refresh. The refresh is a planned three-day off period from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10. A campus-wide snowball fight last week in the Commons. (Leah Bolling / Staff Photographer)Student body president Paige Shiring said she pushed for classes to not be held over the refresh. “I was dead set on not having any classes over Spring Refresh,” she said. “I just know that undergrads would much prefer it that way. It was really cool that that was what ended up happening.” Shiring expressed gratitude for being consulted in the decision. Dahlberg reached out to her and other student leaders and had multiple meetings with them this week before the announcement was made. “I’m really pleased that admin not only took our opinions as students into account but really listened and actively wanted it to make that decision,” she said. Faculty Senate Chair Sean Atkinson echoed Shiring in a statement to TCU360. “I’m glad that students, faculty and staff were consulted and included in the process of determining how to make up the days missed last week,” he said. “Though there were no really great solutions, this approach at the very least preserves the Spring Refresh with the least amount of impact on the last few weeks of the semester.”Not holding makeup dates near the end of the semester due to concerns about overburdening was also considered, Dahlberg wrote.The cancellations needed to be rescheduled due to university regulatory requirements under the U.S. Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges that require a minimum number of class hours to deliver. Construction workers fix a water pipe between Sadler Hall and Mabee Hall. (JD Pells/Staff Photographer)All in-person and online classes were canceled for four full days due to winter weather in Texas. Read More: TCU extends use of campus recreation center as shelter for studentsAll classes resumed Monday. The Mary Couts Burnett Library has remained closed due to ongoing repairs related to weather damage. According to a TCU spokesperson, a leak began in the library on Feb. 15. The “flood zone” includes the first, second and third floors of the library’s west side. The entrance to the west side will be closed until further notice, according to the university. Plans are being developed to ensure access to books and other materials. Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Twitter TCU announced makeup dates for classes after last week’s unprecedented winter weather. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Previous articleTCU News Now 2/24/2021Next articleThe Skiff: Feb. 25, 2021 Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Linkedin Facebook Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution last_img read more

#FightForFacts : RSF’s new campaign video

first_img Campaigns Limits of Christmas magic – RSF’s new campaign video Campaigns Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists Covid19ImprisonedWomenFreedom of expression Campaigns Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists Covid19ImprisonedWomenFreedom of expression May 2, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is unveiling its new international awareness-raising campaign video entitled #FightForFacts. Produced by the French advertising agency BETC, it aims to help viewers appreciate journalism’s importance in enabling people to understand issues that are decisive for their future and to take action. Help by sharing this information December 10, 2020 – Updated on December 11, 2020 #FightForFacts : RSF’s new campaign video Organisation State violence, human rights violations, public health tragedies, the difficulties of migrants, discrimination against women – they all disappear without free and independent journalists to report the facts. And without their reporting, the people and their representatives cannot organize an appropriate response.RSF’s new campaign video shows several scenes resembling news events, but the critical angle gradually disappears and gives way to superficially similar scenes that are nonetheless lacking in any meaning.“At a time when journalism is being criticized from all sides, populist discourse is gaining ground, violence against journalists is growing and reliable information struggles to be visible on social media, RSF wants to make people aware or remind them that none of humankind’s major problems could be solved without free and independent journalism,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.Aimed at the general public, this video will be broadcast on TV channels, shared on social media and available to all websites that want it. And it will be available in 10 languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Turkish and simplified Chinese).The video has been produced thanks to support from the French Development Agency (AFD).“Associated for the past ten years with RSF’s defence of the freedom to inform, AFD is proud to support its #FightsforFacts international campaign video, whose dramatic images forcefully illustrate journalism’s key role in making people aware of such issues as governance, inequality and climate change,” AFD director-general Rémy Rioux said. “With ten years left to the Agenda 2030 deadline, this ‘fight for facts’ can encourage public support for the Sustainable Development Goals with help from free and independent media.”The production company BIRTH and studio MATHEMATIC collaborated with the advertising agency BETC in producing this video.About BETC Founded in 1994, BETC is the leading French advertising agency systematically ranked among the most creative agencies in the world. In 2019, it was named Adweek’s International Agency of the Year as well as the Effie’s Agency of the Year for the second consecutive year. BETC looks to renew the relationship between brands and creation. Through desire, curiosity and commitment, BETC creates new synergies and produces its own content in the fields of music, film, publishing and design. BETC is at the heart of the Magasins Généraux project in Pantin, where the agency moved to in July 2016. It is a new space for creation, innovation, production and sharing located in Greater Paris.  Betc.comAbout AFD Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group implements France’s policy on development and international solidarity. Comprised of AFD, which finances the public sector and NGOs; Proparco, which finances the private sector; and soon, Expertise France for technical cooperation, the Group finances, supports and accelerates transitions towards a more resilient and sustainable world. We are building – with our partners – shared solutions, with and for the people of the Global South.  Our teams are active in more than 4,000 projects in the field, in the French overseas departments and some 115 countries, including areas in crisis. We strive to protect the common good – promoting peace, biodiversity and a stable climate, as well as gender equality, health and education. It’s our way of contributing to the commitment that France and the French people have made to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals. Towards a world in common. December 19, 2013 Find out more World Press Freedom Day: RSF unveils “#FightFakeNews” TV spot Great People : BETC and Reporters Without Borders’ new hard-hitting ad campaign Campaigns RSF_en to go further December 15, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

ROSEN, A RESPECTED LAW FIRM, Encourages Walmart Inc. Investors with Large Losses to Secure…

first_img Facebook Previous articleEverbridge annuncia di essersi aggiudicata cinque contratti relativi alle soluzioni Public Warning con società di trasmissioni wireless, governi e Stati finalizzati alla protezione delle persone e delle aziende in Europa e in AsiaNext articleWilliams career-high 32 sparks WSU to romp over Cal 82-51 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter WhatsApp ROSEN, A RESPECTED LAW FIRM, Encourages Walmart Inc. Investors with Large Losses to Secure Counsel Before Important Deadline – WMT NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 19, 2021– WHY: Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds purchasers of the securities of Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) between March 30, 2016 and December 22, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”), of the important March 22, 2021 lead plaintiff deadline in the securities class action first filed by the firm. SO WHAT: If you purchased Walmart securities during the Class Period you may be entitled to compensation without payment of any out of pocket fees or costs through a contingency fee arrangement. WHAT TO DO NEXT: To join the Walmart class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-2014.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email [email protected] or [email protected] for information on the class action. A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than March 22, 2021. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. WHY ROSEN LAW: We encourage investors to select qualified counsel with a track record of success in leadership roles. Often, firms issuing notices do not have comparable experience or resources. The Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Rosen Law Firm has achieved the largest ever securities class action settlement against a Chinese Company. Rosen Law Firm was Ranked No. 1 by ISS Securities Class Action Services for number of securities class action settlements in 2017. The firm has been ranked in the top 3 each year since 2013 and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. In 2019 alone the firm secured over $438 million for investors. In 2020 founding partner Laurence Rosen was named by law360 as a Titan of Plaintiffs’ Bar. Many of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Lawdragon and Super Lawyers. DETAILS OF THE CASE: According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Walmart knowingly filled prescriptions that were issued by so-called “pill-mill” prescribers; (2) Walmart filled thousands of prescriptions that showed obvious red flags, including highly-dangerous cocktails of drugs, (3) Walmart’s managers made it difficult for Walmart pharmacists to comply with their legal obligations by pressuring them to fulfill as many orders as possible; (4) hence, Walmart’s pharmacy revenues were inflated because the Company filled thousands of invalid prescriptions in violation of the Controlled Substance Act dispensing requirements; (5) the aforementioned conduct would subject Walmart to regulatory scrutiny; and (6) as a result, defendants’ statements about Walmart’s business, operations and prospects were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages. To join the Walmart class action, go to http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-register-2014.html or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email [email protected] or [email protected] for information on the class action. No Class Has Been Certified. Until a class is certified, you are not represented by counsel unless you retain one. You may select counsel of your choice. You may also remain an absent class member and do nothing at this point. An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff. Follow us for updates on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rosen-law-firm or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosen—firm or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosenlawfirm. Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210219005502/en/ CONTACT: Laurence Rosen, Esq. Phillip Kim, Esq. The Rosen Law Firm, P.A. 275 Madison Avenue, 40thFloor New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 686-1060 Toll Free: (866) 767-3653 Fax: (212) 202-3827 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] www.rosenlegal.com KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: LEGAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: Rosen Law Firm Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/19/2021 04:57 PM/DISC: 02/19/2021 04:57 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210219005502/en Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 center_img TAGS  Local NewsBusiness Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Storm Ali: Thousands of Donegal customers without power

first_img Twitter Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Crews are working to restore power to homes and businesses.Hundreds of customers in the county are currently affected with parts of Moville, Lifford, Newtowncunningham, Letterkenny, Kilcar and Buncrana all affected.The majority of outages are due to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of high winds.The ESB’s Paul Hand says crews are aiming to have power restored to all those affected later today:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/hvbcvbcvbcvand.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Facebook Previous articleDonegal school transport debacle to be raised during special talksNext articlePublic meeting tonight on Sliabh Liag Distillery News Highland Storm Ali: Thousands of Donegal customers without power Facebook Twitter By News Highland – September 19, 2018 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Officials: Spring snowstorm in Minnesota causes tweny-five crashes in fifteen minutes

first_imgABCNews.com(MINNESOTA) — Bad snow caused more than 25 crashes on state and interstate highways in Minnesota on Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.The storm left half a foot of snow in Minnesota and the Dakotas, and up to 19 inches in parts of Montana. The snow and below-freezing temperatures caused treacherous driving conditions throughout the day.Within nine hours on Monday, there were 197 crashes in the state and 13 people were injured, the state patrol said.The forecastAs the severe weather moves east, heavy rain is hitting the Ohio Valley and storms could break out from Cleveland to Houston.The biggest threat with these storms will be damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes through Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi.To the north, a swath of heavy April snow will fall from Sioux City, Iowa, to Minneapolis and into Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Traverse City, Michigan, where some areas could see six to twelve inches.By Wednesday, the storm system and cold front will approach the East Coast and stretch from Florida to Maine. Some of these storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds and hail. An isolated tornado is also possible.Bitter coldBitterly cold air, at least for April standards, will move into the Midwest Tuesday into Wednesday and reach the East Coast by Wednesday night.Then another cold blast moves into the Midwest on Friday and spreads into the Northeast on Saturday morning.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The greatest Briton: Lord Reith

first_img Previous Article Next Article If the BBC can do it, so can Personnel Today. We want to know which Britonyou rate as the greatest people manager and leader of all time. Personnel Todayhas invited 10 leading figures in the field of management to nominateindividuals they believe are the best, and then convince you they are right. Tovote, visit the voting form where you will also find summaries of all 10nominees. The voting closes on Tuesday 4th March 2003.This week’s nominee is:Lord ReithBy Will Hutton, chief executive of The Work FoundationSuccessful leaders create successful organisations, and the greatest litmustest of success is the organisation’s ability to prosper over time. It isn’t difficult to create short-term success – any fool can squeezeprofits out of a company to reward the shareholders today at tomorrow’sexpense. And equally, it isn’t difficult to take the money from taxpayers orshareholders, and start up an organisation. The real issue is whether the leader can build foundations secure enough forthe organisation to endure. I believe that the necessary condition for organisational success is thecreation of a sense of purpose at its core which everyone – customers,suppliers and above all, employees – understands. The books have to balance, ofcourse, and there must be a franchise that produces a flow of income in excessof costs. But the genius is to line up the organisation’s values with what itis doing, so that everybody knows what they are about. This is much more than a mission and values statement. It offers everyone inthe corporation a sense of direction which transcends the daily grind and givestheir work meaning. They are there to serve a genuine economic and social need,and are both necessary parts of society and the economy. Work matters topeople, and successful organisations are those which manage to convince theirworkers that because their organisation stands for something, they too standfor something. Once established, the benefits are profound. Everybody has an idea of whatthe organisation should be doing. Power can be delegated to individualmanagers, administrators and team leaders, because they know the broadparameters that inform their decisions. The organisation can concentrate itsefforts in areas that are in line with its long-term aims, from research anddevelopment to marketing. There is a shared culture that permits everybody toparticipate in company-wide conversation – the origin of shared values, aimsand effort. This is how trust, commitment and creativity are developed. A unique organisation Every organisation seeks this alchemy, but few achieve it. Which is why mychoice for the Greatest Briton in Management and Leadership is Lord Reith, thefirst director-general of the BBC (1927-1938). Britain does not have many great organisations in either the public orprivate sector – indeed, they can be counted on one hand. One reason that somany services are poor and goods second rate in the private and public sectoralike, is that we do not organise ourselves well. Our organisations are secondrate because nobody has taken the care to think through their purpose andconstitution. But the BBC is an organisation that works. It has an internationalreputation for integrity that most employers would die for, and is renowned forconsistent creativity, which generates extraordinary loyalty – and we have LordJohn Reith to thank for that. In many respects, this Scotsman was a thoroughly inadequate human being:vain, self-centred, prudish and, by the end of his life, self-pitying. But he did something unique. He did not just assemble the first engineers,producers and presenters in the mid-1920s who were to be the core of thefledgling BBC. He gave the infant organisation a sense of purpose which hasguided it to this very day, which new entrants – whatever their politics,values or previous career – cannot escape from, be they a sound engineer, ayoung producer or the new director general. The BBC’s job is to inform, educate and entertain at the highest quality aspart of its duty to the public who watch and listen to its output. As a publicservice broadcaster, it is obliged to earn its licence fee by appealing to thepublic and acknowledging all their disparate interests. Just look at thecontrasts between Songs of Praise and The League of Gentlemen, or Radio One andRadio Four. It was Reith who unwaveringly insisted on this ethic and the BBC’s purpose.Any manager could have started a national broadcasting organisation, but ittook a genius to build an organisation around a public service broadcastingethic – and one that continues to defy efforts to privatise it to this day. Nobody has come up with a substitute for the licence fee, and nobody – noteven Lady Thatcher in her heyday – has ever dared to privatise it. It beats its rivals in the private sector because of its dedication toexcellence, creativity and impartiality. Of course, it does occasionally fallfrom grace, but in the round Britain would not be without the BBC. Reith was its director general for little more than the first decade of itslife, and he left it more than 50 years ago. Yet, it still bears his imprintand continues to prosper. Some leader; some legacy. Reith’s CV1889 John Charles Walsham Reith bornin Stonehaven, Scotland1922 After fighting in the First World War, he was appointed asthe first general manager of the BBC1927 Knighted. Became director general for next 11 years1940 MP for Southampton1942 Minister of works and buildings1948 Annual Reith Lectures established in his honour1971 Died Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. 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US home prices are more than 5% too high: Fitch

first_img Housing MarketMortgagesResidential Real Estate Message* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Tags “Slowing employment recovery and still-high unemployment levels are not supportive of long-term sustainable price growth,” said Suzanne Mistretta, a senior director at Fitch, in a statement. She defined sustainable as determined by market fundamentals, such as growth in incomes and households.The report comes as national home price indices reported significant gains in the final months of 2020. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index rose 10.4 percent for the year. In the final quarter of 2020 the Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index, tracking single-family homes, reported the largest quarterly increase in its five-decade history.As housing prices and sales rebounded last spring and quickly surpassed levels recorded in previous years in the summer and fall, the housing market was viewed as a rare pandemic bright spot.“Home sales are continuing to play a part in propping up the economy,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, when the trade group reported January’s increased sales pace of existing homes. “With additional stimulus likely to pass and several vaccines now available, the housing outlook looks solid for this year.”Other economists are tempering expectations, warning that increasing home prices and tighter lending criteria that began in 2020 have shut less wealthy buyers out of the market and will eventually lead to a drop in demand.Fitch attributes the surge in prices largely to changes triggered by the pandemic, such as consumer protection policies like forbearance plans, and new consumer preferences, namely the desire for larger living space.If consumer protections are scaled back and lifestyle preferences change, Fitch expects price growth to slow and inventory to rise as distressed or previously hesitant owners finally put their homes on the market.But the ratings agency doesn’t anticipate a reversal of the upward price trend anytime soon. Fitch forecasts home prices will rise between 1 percent and 3 percent this year and its overvaluation estimate will continue to increase in the first half of the year.Contact Erin Hudson (iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)Buyers bidding up homes have gotten carried away, according to a new report.Fitch Ratings estimates that national home prices were overvalued by 5.5 percent as of November. In about a quarter of the country’s 392 metro areas, Fitch estimates, home prices are more than 10 percent too high.Fitch said rapid housing price growth is out of step with the economy. While home prices have been driven up by historically low inventory and mortgage rates, income and employment metrics do not justify what buyers are paying.Read moreUS home prices jump 10.4% in best year since 2013Home sales, prices rose in January as inventory hit new lowThe mirage of low interest rates Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name*last_img read more