Amlin warns on strict new rules

first_imgSunday 13 February 2011 11:17 pm Amlin warns on strict new rules THE CHIEF executive of Amlin, the Lloyd’s of London insurer, has warned he could move the firm overseas if regulations set to be introduced in 2013 are too aggressive.Charles Philipps said any attempts by UK regulators to aggressively enforce strict European Solvency II capital requirements could force Amlin to relocate.In an interview with the Daily Telegraph he said: “If as a result of operating here we require more capital, or we have to carry significantly greater costs, than that could force a review of where we locate.” whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp Sharecenter_img Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo KCS-content Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

The FTSE 100 rallied last week! This is what I’d do now

first_img Image source: Getty Images. End of a bear market or a bear trap? This is a key question many analysts and investors are asking. Has the stock market finally reached its bottom? Like other major stock market indices, the FTSE 100 rallied last week. But is the market rally sustainable? This is what I’d do now. Is a recession looming? The coronavirus, sadly, has affected many people all over the world. In order to fight the consequences of the pandemic, many governments have had to impose unprecedented restrictions. Thus, many offices and factories are now closed and most people must stay at home.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Not only did this lead to financial market collapses, it also crashed macroeconomic statistics. Many people are unemployed, no physical output is produced, and no services are provided. The level of consumption has substantially decreased as well, worsening the overall outlook. All these factors have affected most companies’ earnings. Moreover, some smaller companies might go bankrupt in the near future. They might be important customers or suppliers for other larger businesses. Many companies may be forced to reconsider their logistics and target markets.In addition, many businesses will need to get ‘leaner and fitter’ by cutting costs, perhaps by closing or selling non-essential divisions. For example, some companies might ask their employees to continue working from home, thus cutting their rent and other fixed costs.In my opinion, larger, profitable companies with sound balance sheets and adequate management teams will survive and flourish after the end of the quarantine. They would even take the market share of their smaller, weaker competitors.   Reasons for the bull market to continueThe bear market might be over much sooner than the overall economic weakness. Thus, after the 2008 stock market bloodbath, the FTSE 100 recovered much faster in 2009 than company earnings. Shares tend to be a leading indicator. They will rally immediately after the end of the quarantine. Yet, the fundamental indicators – the earnings – will take longer to recover for the reasons stated above.Nevertheless, it is unclear when the quarantine will be over. Some health experts say that there might be a second or even a third wave of the pandemic. The stock market’s recovery will pretty much depend on the state of the Covid-19 pandemic. Investors will likely tend to be more optimistic about large-cap stocks.   Should I buy FTSE 100 shares now?My colleague Peter Stephens wrote a great article about investing £500 per month. It is similar to the dollar-cost-averaging investment method. This involves investing a certain amount of money each month, or any other fixed period, regardless of the stock market news.In my view, using this method when shares trade at their record highs is not ideal. Yet, now seems to be the perfect time to invest that way since FTSE 100 shares seem to be trading at a discount. It is hard to say whether the bottom has been reached. Therefore, I suggest you refrain from investing your entire savings into the stock market now. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Anna Sokolidou | Wednesday, 15th April, 2020 See all posts by Anna Sokolidou The FTSE 100 rallied last week! This is what I’d do now Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Forget gold! These 3 shares all look great value to me

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Andy Ross owns shares in AstraZeneca. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Even with the recent stock market recovery, the crash back in March means there are still opportunities to pick up great companies with share prices offering investors good value. You may think so-called safe havens like gold are the way to go, but I prefer shares. Here are some I like.Defensive qualities and a value share priceOne of these is GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK). Despite having products people need — medicines, everyday consumer goods — the shares trade on a P/E of only 13. That seems relatively cheap.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The shares also yield 4.7% with the divident payment having been held flat as GlaxoSmithKline pours cash into finding new blockbuster drugs. On this front, some progress is being made to offset the loss of patent protection for older drugs.In January, CEO Emma Walmsley said GSK expects six drug approvals from the FDA in 2020. Other new treatments are growing strongly already. Shingles vaccine Shingrix has grown sales 79% in the last year to £647m.In the short-term, the development of a successful treatment for Covid-19 could excite shareholders and send the share price soaring. Something to keep an eye on.Longer-term, if by concentrating on its drug pipeline it can come close to replicating the success of rival AstraZeneca has recently achieved, then the share price could well lift off from where it currently is. Especially as both are now focusing heavily on oncology.Offering great value but no dividendAviva (LSE: AV), like many other insurers, was bought to heel by pressure from the regulator and scrapped its dividend. I suspect this may have come as a relief to management as the yield was burdensome and the insurer needs cash to invest in growth, which has been sluggish.Another benefit of the scrapped dividend is the group’s capital ratio. As of 13 March, it improved by 7 percentage points to 182%. A percentage that makes the business look in good financial shape.Now, with the share price having been hit hard by Covid-19, there could be an opportunity for patient investors. On a ludicrously low P/E of four, the shares are dirt cheap.Especially with the potential value that cutting costs and improving products and customer service through digitisation provide for the group going forward. Both of these should help boost the bottom line, as will the improved performance in the Canadian business.A reliable company now offering great valueBAE Systems (LSE: BA) shares are trading on a P/E of 10. A very reasonable amount to pay for shares in a company that’s growing sales. In the last full-year results, underlying sales rose 7% to £20.1bn. Sales rose 6% to £.3bn at the US Platforms and Services division. They were also up 7% to £4.4bn in the Electronic Systems division and, in Maritime, sales rose 5% to £3.1bn.I’d like to see more growth from the Cyber & Intelligence division at BAE, where sales were flat. But, overall, I think the shares have growth opportunities, as a result of organic growth and smart acquisitions.Defence spending isn’t going to go away. Coronavirus could have an impact, and could mean cost-cutting. For me, though, these shares still look a far better bet than gold in the long term. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Andy Ross Andy Ross | Monday, 11th May, 2020 | More on: AV BA GSK center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Forget gold! These 3 shares all look great value to me Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Patterson Street Residence / Jost Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/585117/patterson-street-residence-jost-architects Clipboard ArchDaily Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/585117/patterson-street-residence-jost-architects Clipboard Builder: Project Client, Patrick Jost Save this picture!© Andrew Wuttke+ 23 Share photographs:  Andrew WuttkePhotographs:  Andrew Wuttke “COPY” Architects: Jost Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Patterson Street Residence / Jost Architects CopyHouses, Extension•Middle Park, Australia 2014 Patterson Street Residence / Jost ArchitectsSave this projectSavePatterson Street Residence / Jost Architects Photographs CopyAbout this officeJost ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionMiddle ParkHousesRefurbishmentAustraliaPublished on January 08, 2015Cite: “Patterson Street Residence / Jost Architects” 08 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodProfile Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel PicturaCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Stainless Steel FinishesWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityChairsSellexChair – IrinaBathroom FurnitureKaleBathroom Cabinets – ZeroMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?帕特森街住宅 / Jost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 Year:  Interior: Projects Philip Building Group 2014 “COPY” Australia Budget:$550,000Architect In Charge:Patrick JostCity:Middle ParkCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrew WuttkeRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Icon BricksWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsWindowsJansenWindows – Jansen Art’SystemText description provided by the architects. The Patterson Street residence is located 4km from Melbourne CBD, nestled between the bayside suburbs of Albert Park and West St Kilda on the edge of Port Philip.  The original 1900s Bungalow Federation had undergone a number of minor additions over the years, and the client wanted to reinvigorate the house by adding a modern extension to the rear of the retained area of heritage building.Save this picture!© Andrew WuttkeThe addition includes a new kitchen, pantry and laundry, along with a living and dining area, opening onto a small deck and outdoor courtyard. Beyond this is a rear entry to a new upper level studio which sits over an existing garage, and contains a kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom and walk-in robe. Further alterations to the existing residence include a new bathroom, ensuite and walk-in robe to the master bedroom. Save this picture!© Andrew WuttkeThe roof form of the addition references the original, with both its pitch and the angles of the raking fascias to the main house and the studio.  These are tied together with two steel beams creating a feeling that the garage and studio are being towed along.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanBoth additions benefit from abundant natural sunlight controlled by large eaves, and natural ventilation with glazed sliding doors with highlight louvre windows.  The internal and external materials were selected to be both durable and neat, and a subtle mix of simple finishes and textures allow for a contemporary aesthetic that sits comfortably within the fabric of the existing house.Save this picture!© Andrew WuttkeProject gallerySee allShow lessCF House / Christian Calle FigueroaSelected ProjectsVideo: Steven Holl and the Architectural ExperienceArchitecture News Sharelast_img read more

House in Wollishofen / Mathis Kamplade Architekten

first_img Area:  220 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMathis Kamplade ArchitektenOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesZürichOn FacebookSwitzerlandPublished on March 09, 2020Cite: “House in Wollishofen / Mathis Kamplade Architekten” 09 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Photographs Save this picture!© Rory Gardiner+ 25Curated by Paula Pintos Share ArchDaily House in Wollishofen / Mathis Kamplade ArchitektenSave this projectSaveHouse in Wollishofen / Mathis Kamplade Architekten “COPY” Switzerland Year:  Projects 2019 House in Wollishofen / Mathis Kamplade Architekten Architects: Mathis Kamplade Architekten Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Zürich, Switzerland Photographs:  Rory GardinerDesign Team:Sascha Mathis, Gregor Kamplade, Ties Linders, Halit DemirEngineering:Synaxis AG ZürichCity:ZürichCountry:SwitzerlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Rory GardinerText description provided by the architects. House in Wollishofen is a minimalist apartment complex located in Zurich, Switzerland, designed by Mathis Kamplade Architects.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerDesigned as a pair with split-level, it takes up the difference in height of the slope situation and allows effective use. This also enables the formation of extra-high rooms on the attic floor. The windows are planned according to the situation in relation to the surrounding outside space and the layout.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Rory GardinerThe rooms on the street side are more reserved than those overlooking the lake. Accordingly, the facade creates a tension between order and exceptions. As a monolithic solid structure with walls made of single-stone masonry and facade pillars made of insulating concrete, the expression of the building is a direct reflection of the construction.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerProject gallerySee allShow lessBuilding Empathy: Zarith Pineda on Human-Centered Design and New TerritoriesInterviewsSpotlight: Luis BarragánArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935189/house-in-wollishofen-mathis-kamplade-architekten Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935189/house-in-wollishofen-mathis-kamplade-architekten Clipboard “COPY”last_img read more

Geneva Villa / JM Architecture

first_img Year:  ArchDaily Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940609/geneva-villa-jm-architecture Clipboard Save this picture!© Jacopo Mascheroni+ 30Curated by Paula Pintos Share 2019 CopyAbout this officeJMAOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGenevaOn FacebookSwitzerlandPublished on June 02, 2020Cite: “Geneva Villa / JM Architecture” 02 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  950 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: SchücoDesign Team:Jacopo Mascheroni, Diego Magrì, Mattia Santambrogio, Bartolomeo ZanottiCity:GenevaCountry:SwitzerlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jacopo MascheroniRecommended ProductsLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGPartitionsBruagRoom Divider – «Noise-Virus-Catcher»DoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineText description provided by the architects. The Geneva Villa is a single-family residence located in a quiet residential neighborhood of Geneva, Switzerland. A composition of black and white thin frames articulates the solid and voids of the two levels above ground, while a series of white sunken patios bring air and natural light to the basement level. The frames, each corresponding to a specific interior space, are cladded in 3×1 m black gres tiles and white aluminum panels on a ventilated façade system. The different depth of the frames is the result of both the shadow analysis, in order to control the heat in the summer months, and the function of each outdoor space. With no air conditioning system, the façade design was developed to avoid the sun rays entering the indoor spaces during the warm season.Save this picture!© Jacopo MascheroniSave this picture!© Jacopo MascheroniThe South façade is configured with two main stacked black frames, 3.5 meter deep, corresponding to the Kitchen / Living Area’s terrace on the Ground Floor, and the bedrooms’ terrace on the upper level. While the Master Bedroom takes two bays on the West side, the inserted white frames act as the outdoor extrusion of the four single-bay suites in order to improve privacy in between them. At Basement Level, each space is connected to a private sunken patio cladded in white aluminum panels and surrounded by clear glass parapets, in order to maximize the amount of natural light below. The patios, all different in size and program, are accessed through the same sliding glass doors also installed on the two levels above ground.Save this picture!© Jacopo MascheroniSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!Basement planSave this picture!© Jacopo MascheroniWhile the patio belonging to the swimming pool area integrates a Jacuzzi tub and a macro-bonsai inserted between rocks, the study room patio features a pond with a fountain integrated in the vegetation. Since the South portion of the villa is taken by the Main Kitchen, Living Area and bedrooms, the horizontal and vertical circulation is developed on the North side. A Corian-cladded staircase connects the three levels and receives plenty of natural light from a large skylight above and from the large windows on the North façade. On the upper level, all bathrooms receive natural light from either skylights or windows, and the foyer facing North is screened with vertical louvers in order to provide privacy.Save this picture!© Jacopo MascheroniSave this picture!© Jacopo MascheroniAll millwork, doors, vanities and kitchens are custom designed, combining white lacquer mdf and a selection of different marbles. The villa reaches the highest standards of energy efficiency and it was granted a Minergie-P certificate. The high performance building envelope includes triple glazing windows and ventilated façades with Stiferite thermal insulation. The electric heat pump and the production of hot water benefit from the geothermal system reaching 110 m below ground, as well as from the solar and photovoltaic panels installed on the flat roof. A large rain water collection tank is buried in the garden and it serves the garden irrigation system.Save this picture!© Jacopo MascheroniProject gallerySee allShow lessDesigning in Tight Spaces: Examples from Latin AmericaArticlesDaniel Fernández Pascual Wins 2020 Wheelwright PrizeArchitecture News Share Geneva Villa / JM ArchitectureSave this projectSaveGeneva Villa / JM Architecture Architects: JMA Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img “COPY” CopyHouses•Geneva, Switzerland Projects Houses Switzerland ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940609/geneva-villa-jm-architecture Clipboard “COPY” Photographs:  Jacopo Mascheroni Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Geneva Villa / JM Architecturelast_img read more

Marketing Management

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | News  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Marketing Management About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img

Parliamentary committee refuses to reexamine article of law used to persecute media

first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further News Organisation RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts Newscenter_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns the parliamentary human rights and media committee’s decision on 3 August to reject a request from the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ) that it should consider whether article 10 of the media law violates articles 33 and 34 of the constitution.Article 10 of the media law requires news media to register with the local authorities where their premises are located. For some years, the local authorities have been using the article to silence independent and opposition media by blocking their registration.“The chances of article 10 now being examined are virtually zero after the parliamentary committee’s refusal,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Yet the article is routinely used by local authorities to obstruct the activities of news media that are considered a nuisance. The authorities claim it is just a division of responsibilities between the central government and regions, but in practice it is a tool for persecuting the media.”The newspaper Den was forced to close in 2005 after the relevant authorities refused to give it the required authorisation. This year, the weeklies Nasha Niva and Vitebsky Kuryer have also been threatened with closure after being refused permits. August 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliamentary committee refuses to reexamine article of law used to persecute media News May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

WikiLeaks publishes tens of thousands more cables

first_img The WikiLeaks organization said Thursday it was releasing tens of thousands of previously unpublished U.S. diplomatic cables, some of which are still classified. Organisation News RSF_en center_img August 29, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 WikiLeaks publishes tens of thousands more cables Help by sharing this informationlast_img

Building Blocks to Create Metamaterials

first_img Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Science and Technology Building Blocks to Create Metamaterials New design method could unlock the potential of materials that manipulate waves By ROBERT PERKINS Published on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | 7:25 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * An illustration of a metamaterial designed by Daraio’s team. Though each individual square is identical, their layout and the metamaterial’s overall design cause waves to propagate in a specific pattern through the material, as indicated by the squares’ different colors. Credit: Chiara Daraio/CaltechEngineers at Caltech and ETH Zürich in Switzerland have created a method to systematically design metamaterials using principles of quantum mechanics.Their work could pave the way for wider use of metamaterials in more mainstream applications by creating a purpose-driven framework for their design.Metamaterials are engineered materials that exploit the geometry of their internal structure to manipulate incoming waves. For example, a metamaterial that manipulates electromagnetic waves might bend light in an unusual way to create a cloaking device. Meanwhile, a wafer-thin acoustic metamaterial might reflect incoming sound waves to soundproof a room.This ability to control waves derives from how the material is structured, often on a microscopic scale. In 2010, Caltech researchers developed an optical metamaterial that uses a surface coated with three-dimensional structures to redirect light as desired. More recently, engineers at Caltech showed that flat surfaces coated with tiny pillars of silicon could focus light like a lens.Picture a crystal—a solid whose physical properties are determined by the way it is built from a repeating series of atomic structures. Carbon atoms structured in flat plates create crumbly graphite, while carbon atoms structured in tetrahedra create ultra-hard diamonds. Similarly, metamaterials are constructed from a repeating series of nano- and micro-scale structures that give them their unique properties.Despite their promise and wide array of possible applications, metamaterials will not be used widely unless engineers can design them to have particular desired properties. While much progress has been made in the design of metamaterials that interact with electromagnetic waves, overall, the design of mechanical metamaterials—those that influence mechanical waves, such as sound waves or seismic waves—remains a scattershot affair, says Chiara Daraio, a professor of mechanical engineering and applied physics at Caltech.“Before our work, there was no single, systematic way to design metamaterials that control mechanical waves for different applications,” she says. “Instead, people often optimized a design to fulfill a specific purpose, or tried out new designs based on something they saw in nature, and then studied what properties would arise from repeated patterns.”To address this, a team led by Daraio and consisting of graduate students Marc Serra Garcia and Antonio Palermo, postdoctoral scholar Katie Matlack, and professor Sebastian Huber at ETH Zürich, turned to the field of quantum mechanics. On the surface, the choice was an unlikely one. Quantum mechanics governs the often-counterintuitive behavior of subatomic particles, and would seem to have no bearing on the micro- and macro-scale designs of the metamaterials studied by Daraio’s team.Quantum mechanics predicts the existence of certain exotic types of matter: among them, a “topological insulator” that conducts electricity across its surface while acting as an insulator in its interior. Daraio’s team realized that they could build macro-scale versions of these exotic systems that could conduct and insulate against vibrations instead of electricity by using principles of quantum mechanics. In quantum mechanics, materials can sometimes be described as an ensemble of interacting particles. “Imagine that each particle is a tiny mass, connected to its neighbors by springs,” she explains. “Each particle reacts to incoming waves in a unique way that is determined, in part, by the reaction of its neighbors. In our approach, we apply this mass-and-spring model to macroscopic, elastic materials, maintaining their characteristic properties.”Because metamaterials are built from arrays of geometrical structures (that can have building blocks at the nano-, micro-, or macro-scale) that are connected in repeating patterns, Daraio and her colleagues realized that, by representing each repeating structure as an ensemble of particles, it would be possible to design many different types of metamaterials, like waveguides, acoustic lenses, or vibration insulators.When struck by an incoming wave, each repeating structure in a metamaterial has the potential to deform in a number of different ways. That deformation is governed not only by the geometry of that structure, but also by how the structures are connected and how the other structures around them are reacting. Treating this as a system of masses and springs, Daraio’s team was able to predict how these systems would react, and then engineer them to react in desired ways.It is complicated, but also predictable—which is the important part.As a theoretical proof of concept, Daraio’s team designed metamaterials made from a series of rectangular millimeter-scale plates, each loosely connected to one another like a piece of a puzzle. By tuning the design of the plates and how well-connected the plates were, the team created a perfect acoustic lens that focuses sound without loss of signal. The plates also act as a waveguide that directs and slows the propagation of sound. The method could be used to design many other devices or sensors where high sensitivity, precision, or control are necessary, Daraio says. The work was published in Nature Materials on January 15.Though Daraio’s work is theoretical, validated using computer simulations, her coauthors at ETH used the method to design and build a 10 by 10-centimeter silicon wafer that consists of 100 small plates connected to each other via thin beams. When the wafer is stimulated using ultrasound, only the plates in the corners vibrate; the other plates remain still, despite their connections. The device could be used as a precise waveguide in a communications network. Their work was published in Nature on January 15.The design process described can also be used to design optical metamaterials, antennas, and optical signal processing devices, says Daraio. Their paper is titled “Designing perturbative metamaterials from discrete models.” This work was funded by ETH Zürich and the Swiss National Science Foundation. 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