New Hampshire Architect Chairs Jury for Two Prestigious AIA Awards

first_imgM. Hunter Ulf, AIA, recently chaired a jury of six architects in Washington, D.C. to select the recipients for the two highest honors bestowed by the national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors – the Gold Medal Award and the Architecture Firm Award. The Gold Medal Award is given to an individual in recognition of significant work with lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. The Architecture Firm Award is conferred upon an architecture firm for consistently producing distinguished architecture. In the past 96 years, the Gold Medal Award has been granted to only 60 individuals, and since 1962, the Architecture Firm Award has been awarded on an annual basis (with the exception of two years when no awards were made).M. Hunter Ulf, President of UK Architects, P.C., in Hanover, NH, and a Director on the national AIA Board, had the privilege of chairing the Gold Medal/Firm Award Advisory Jury for preliminary selection of the 2004 awards. Nominees for these awards undergo a rigorous submission and review process before being selected as finalists by the Jury. The Gold Medal has been awarded to such renowned architects as Henry Bacon, who designed the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC, and Frank Lloyd Wright. In 2003, the Architecture Firm Award was granted to the Miller|Hull Partnership, which played a large part in creating the “Pacific Northwest” style.M. Hunter Ulf, AIA, and Christopher P. Kennedy, AIA, are the founding principals of UK Architects, P.C., Hanover, NH, providing excellence in architectural services, solutions, and customer satisfaction since 1992. Ulf and Kennedy are licensed in all New England states (but Rhode Island), plus Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Mr. Ulf resides in Pomfret, Vermont.###last_img read more

Lieutenant Governor Scott thanks Vermonters for outpouring of support after business burns

first_imgLieutenant Governor Phil Scott is ‘honored and humbled’ by the hundreds of Vermonters who reached out to him over the weekend after his business, DuBois Construction of Middlesex, burned in a massive fire on Friday night.The building and some of the company’s equipment are considered a total loss. The exact cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials have ruled out arson.Friends, competitors and colleagues in the Legislature and state government expressed their condolences and desire to help. Some have even suggested wanting to hold fundraisers to help the business rebuild.‘I’m honored and humbled to be thought of in this way,’ said Scott, ‘but I can’t in good conscience accept any monetary donations, after having personally witnessed so many Vermonters losing everything as a result of Irene. Our company was insured. While insurance never makes you whole, we should be able to rebuild and stay in business, unlike many small business owners who will never rebound from their losses as a result of Irene.‘I understand people’s desire to help,’ Scott continued, ‘and I would encourage those who feel compelled to contribute in some way, to make a donation to one of the Irene recovery groups or to their local volunteer fire department. In our area, the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department and several other local departments worked tirelessly to try to save our building.’VT Long Term Disaster Recovery Group: http://www.vermontdisasterrecovery.com/donate(link is external)VT Irene Flood Relief Fund: http://www.vtirenefund.org/donate/(link is external)DuBois Construction was founded by Scott’s uncle in 1946. For the last 26 years, Scott and his cousin, Don DuBois, have run the business together. Scott and DuBois are determined to rebuild. With the help of friends, they set up a temporary office trailer over the weekend, and were ready to fulfill road salt orders as usual on Monday morning.Source: Lieutenant Governor’s office.last_img read more

Call for initial requests to the FINA Measures portal

first_imgSUPPORT: Support to users in the registration process and during the work in the system will be provided by Fina and these questions are received at the e-mail address: meri.podrška@fina.hr.  liquidity and working capital loanspayment delayloan rescheduling Applying through the MEASURES portal does not imply automatic approval of loans to applicants for the initial application. The system collects applications centrally and, after checking the entered data, sends the data from the application to the banks. Each bank, upon receipt and processing of the data from the application, contacts the applicant of the measure and directly undertakes the further loan approval process in accordance with its criteria.  In the next few days, through the MEASURES portal, it will be possible to enter other necessary data necessary for banks to evaluate the requests for all three measures. It is recommended to all applicants to follow the notifications on the availability of notification of all measures through the MEASURES portal. The notice will be published on the websites of all involved institutions, and until then you can register in the system and enter basic information.  Applicants who can register for the mentioned measures on the MEASURES portal are companies, crafts, family farms whose business activities are endangered or completely disabled in the circumstances of the epidemic. Registration and registration of the applicant of the initial request on the MJERE portal is enabled via the link: https://gospodarskemjere.fina.hr. To be able to apply, applicants need to pre-register on the MEASURES portal. To register on the MEASURES portal, the applicant enters several basic data, after which it receives a link to activate the password to the e-mail address. During the preparation of registration data, the applicant on the MEASURES portal gives consent for the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of processing his application. After successfully registering, the user can log in to the system and start entering data for the economic operator for which he wishes to submit an initial request for the use of one of the measures.  FINA invites all economic entities in the Republic of Croatia whose business is endangered due to the COVID-19 pandemic (applicants) to initially apply for measures of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in order to preserve the level of economic activity and liquidity through a single online portal starting from 31 March 2020. established by Fina for this purpose (MEASURES portal) .1 / 1The mentioned measures available to the applicants through the MEASURE portal refer to the following: In order to be able to provide the necessary support in a timely manner, please follow all the accompanying guidelines for submitting an initial request on the MEASURES portal and follow the information that will be published on the website. IMPORTANT NOTES FOR APPLICANTS When submitting the initial request through the MEASURE portal, the applicant gives a statement guaranteeing the truthfulness and accuracy of the data, after which his application for the measure will be automatically submitted to the selected bank to the specific economic operator and the corresponding set of reported data. After the application of the initial request has been processed, the applicants continue the communication related to the realization of the request with the selected bank. Statement on the estimated decrease in income in 2020 compared to 2019,statement of declining revenues in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019iEstimated amount of credit required the following mandatory statements: Institutions to which the applicant’s initial requests on the MEASURES portal will be forwarded are all banks that have an approval to operate in the Republic of Croatia, HBOR, HAMAG-BICRO. In addition to banks, HBOR and HAMAG-BICRO, representatives of the Ministry of Finance, the Croatian National Bank and, of course, Fina also participate in the activities of establishing this unique online portal, given that the establishment of a single online MEASURE portal enables the implementation of their monitoring and reporting obligations. a measure to preserve the level of economic activity and liquidity, according to the existing mandates of the mentioned institutions. Functionality: Despite the circumstances, great efforts are being made to enable a complete online application process on the MEASURES portal, which will include all three measures for financial liquidity, and to provide the necessary assistance and support in the application process. From 31.03.2020. is available to applicants on the MEASURES portal: application option for measure liquidity and working capital loans registration in the system, data entry for the economic operator who is the subject of the application, the choice of the credit institution in which he wishes to have his application considered and  We refer future applicants to the MEASURES portal to familiarize themselves with the information available in mind Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), user instructions and video materials designed to facilitate the registration and application of the initial application. Source: koronavirus.hrlast_img read more

UHPA: Travel agencies have experienced a drop in traffic of more than 90%

first_imgCurrent issues, doubts and challenges faced by travel agencies, as well as the entire tourism sector were discussed. UHPA welcomed all the measures adopted so far to help the economy, as they largely reflected UHPA’s proposals to the Ministry of Tourism and the Government of the Republic of Croatia.  Tomislav Fain, UHPA “It is known that the agencies have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and, like all tourism, need help. Cumulatively, since the beginning of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, travel agencies have experienced a drop in traffic of more than 90%, which is certainly alarming and requires further assistance from the Government of the Republic of Croatia. We hope that the Government will continue with the measures until the spring of 2021, when we are still expecting improvements. “, pointed out Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA. On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the 42nd Assembly of the UHPA Professional Association and the 37th Assembly of the UHPA Association of Employers were held at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb. Despite everything, travel agencies as well as the entire industry with their current activities lay the foundations for the 2021 tourist season, which will be a real indicator of whether, and to what extent, we have recovered from the consequences of these current events. More than 90 participants, representatives of travel agencies that are members of UHPA, the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Tourist Board, and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce responded to the joint meeting and gathering of tourism workers. In order to succeed in this, the extension of the measure for the preservation of jobs as well as the postponement of the payment of other public benefits is of key importance for the maintenance of liquidity and the survival of agencies. “We welcome the opening of borders and the efforts being made to place the tourist image of Croatia as a safe destination throughout Europe, but care should certainly be taken to enable domestic travel agencies to re-establish business and comply with epidemiological recommendations. have airlines and foreign tour operators. “, concludes Fain.last_img read more

Boycott reference dropped from LGPS investment strategy guidance [updated]

first_imgThe government is planning to appeal the judgement, according to Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, parliamentary under-secretary for Communities and Local Government.Replying to a question from Baroness Tonge, an independent member of the House of Lords, Lord Bourne wrote: “The Government is strongly opposed to boycotts, which undermine its work to support the peace process and achieve a negotiated solution.“We have received permission to appeal the judgement on the guidance to administering authorities on preparing an investment strategy statement for Local Government Pension Scheme funds, and will submit an appeal shortly.”He said the government would amend the guidance pending the outcome of the appeal, but this has already been done.Ralph McClelland, a lawyer at Sackers, said he would have expected the government to amend the guidance given the judgement.“I’m not particularly surprised they’ve done that and I think it’s appropriate as well,” he said.The guidance, from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), is on how the LGPS should prepare and maintain an investment strategy statement, which the schemes’ administering authorities are required to formulate and must be in accordance with the guidance issued by the minister in charge.The statement relating to boycotts and divestment was included in the guidance in relation to the requirement that the strategy statement set out how “social, environmental or corporate governance considerations are taken into account in the selection, non-selection, retention and realisation of investments”.Fergus Moffatt, head of public policy at the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), said: “We have argued since DCLG first consulted on this that LGPS funds should be taking financially material factors into account and that the appropriate tests for taking non-financial factors into account were set out by the Law Commission in 2014, namely that scheme members share the concern and that there is no risk of significant financial detriment to the fund.“The inclusion of rules requiring schemes to invest in line with government foreign and defence policy was arbitrary and in conflict with this clear guidance.”He said UKSIF welcomed the decision to remove this aspect of the rules, “at least until the conclusion of any potential appeal by the government”.The case against the government was brought by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which said the power was introduced “specifically to curtail divestment campaigns against Israeli and international firms implicated in Israel’s violations of international law, as well as to protect the UK defence industry”.A DCLG spokesperson said: “Current local government pension scheme investment guidance has now been amended to reflect the High Court  judgment regarding boycotting and divestment and sanctions against foreign nations. The government is appealing the court’s decision.” The UK government has amended guidance to local government pension schemes (LGPS) to remove a reference to boycotts and divestment from foreign nations being “inappropriate”, although it plans to appeal the High Court judgement that is likely to have prompted the change.The guidance used to state that “using pension policies to pursue boycotts, divestment and sanctions against foreign nations and UK defence industries are inappropriate other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the Government”.This no longer features in updated guidance that was published yesterday.The amendment comes after a High Court last month ruled that the guidance was “unlawful”.last_img read more

Tennis News Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Come Closer To Summit Clash In ATP Paris Masters

first_imgParis: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, fighting it out for the year-end world number one spot, edged closer to a possible Paris Masters final clash as both eased into the last four on Friday. The 33-year-old Nadal, who can secure the end-of-year top ranking ahead of Djokovic by winning his maiden Bercy title, beat French wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 6-1. Nadal is bidding for a record-extending 36th Masters crown and will take on Denis Shapovalov in the last four on Saturday after the Canadian youngster thrashed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2. The Spaniard has reached the semis for the first time at the event since 2013, having withdrawn injured before the quarter-finals on his last appearance in 2017.  “I’ve had a lot of injuries in this tournament (historically),” said Nadal. “I’m happy to be back in the semi-finals.”   Djokovic had earlier crushed seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2 and will next face Grigor Dimitrov, who saw off unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin 6-2, 7-5. Nadal has now reached 73 Masters semi-finals in total and is two wins away from his 85th ATP title, but only third indoors. Tsonga was rock solid on serve in a first set which did not see a single service game from either player even reach deuce.But second seed Nadal stepped it up in the tie-break, with two incredible winners on the run helping him take a crucial one-set lead.  Tsonga’s serve briefly deserted him in the second game of the second set, as successive double faults allowed Nadal to claim the first break of the match and he then sped to victory.    Djokovic swats aside Tsitsipas  Djokovic said he played “one of his best matches of the season” to thrash Tsitsipas. The 32-year-old dispatched his Greek opponent in only 58 minutes. The 16-time Grand Slam champion went into the match with a 2-1 losing record against Tsitsipas, but put the young world number seven in his place with a commanding victory. “I played one of the best matches of the season,” said Djokovic. “I prepared myself very well for this match. I lost to Stefanos about three weeks ago in Shanghai. And obviously I went through the videos and understanding on what I did well, what I didn’t do so well, what I can do better.”   Novak Djokovic can ensure the race to be the best player at the end of the year reaches the ATP Tour Finals in London by winning a fifth Paris Masters title. (Image credit: Getty Images)Djokovic will be usurped by Nadal at the top of the rankings next week, but can ensure the race to be the best player at the end of the year reaches the ATP Tour Finals in London by winning a fifth Paris Masters title. The defeat ended Tsitsipas’ run of three consecutive semi-finals and dealt a blow to his confidence ahead of his maiden appearance at the season-ending championships, which start on November 10. Djokovic holds an 8-1 winning head-to-head record against Dimitrov.  “He (Dimitrov) has been one of the best talents we had in the sport in the last decade,” said Djokovic, who is bidding to tie Pete Sampras’ record of finishing as the year-end number one on six occasions. “He’s been playing some terrific tennis this week… I don’t play too bad myself, so it’s going to be for sure a good one.”     Dimitrov marches on  Former world number three Dimitrov last reached the semis at a Masters tournament in Monte Carlo in 2018, but has rediscovered his form in recent weeks after heading into the US Open ranked 78th. The Bulgarian became the lowest-ranked player to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 2008 at Flushing Meadows, before losing to Daniil Medvedev. World number 42 Garin, playing in his first Masters quarter-final, served for the second set at 5-4, but the 28-year-old Dimitrov reeled off three straight games to claim an impressive victory. Also Read | Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Enter Paris Open Masters Quarterfinal  Shapovalov cruised into the fourth Masters semi-final of his young career by ending Monfils’ bid to reach the ATP Finals. Home favourite Monfils was one victory away from pipping Italian Matteo Berrettini to a ticket to London, but was blown away by a brilliant Shapovalov performance. “He (Berrettini) had better give me a bottle of wine or something,” joked world number 28 Shapovalov.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Chris Paul’s knowledge of obscure jersey rule helps Thunder capture improbable win over Timberwolves

first_imgWell, folks, it’s over. No need to continue searching. We have discovered the ultimate Chris Paul moment.The Thunder guard’s understanding of NBA jersey protocol saved his team Friday night, giving Oklahoma City a chance to force overtime and ultimately prevail in a 139-127 victory over the Timberwolves. Yes, the whole thing is as silly as it sounds. Chris Paul breaking down the Jordan Bell untucked jersey he called out.Did he know the T-Wolves already had one delay of game earlier?“Yep.” pic.twitter.com/NbzNSMh2MK— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) December 7, 2019As for Foster himself, he didn’t give Paul any credit. He told ESPN’s Royce Young that the officiating crew observed Bell entering the game with his jersey down to his knees.Pool reporter transcript from Timberwolves @ Thunder game pic.twitter.com/UtaIpGIjAU— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) December 7, 2019Oh, and Paul finished with a team-high 30 points and seven assists in 37 minutes.Just play the end of this game before Paul’s Hall of Fame speech. It’s perfect. With 1.1 seconds left in regulation, Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns stood at the free throw line ready to give Minnesota a three-point lead. Before he could shoot his second attempt, though, Paul pointed out that Jordan Bell had returned to the floor with an untucked jersey. That shouldn’t matter, right? Just make yourself presentable and keep it moving.Nope. Referee Scott Foster hit the Wolves with a delay-of-game penalty, and since it was their second of the contest, the call resulted in a technical foul. The on-court microphones picked up Paul saying, “That’s a delay of game!” You can hear Chris Paul yell “His jersey untucked, that’s a delay of game” just before OKC forced OT (h/t @WorldWideWob) pic.twitter.com/vLVoUccoWL— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) December 7, 2019Chris Paul getting the officials to call a foul on a dead ball because Jordan Bell hadn’t tucked in his jersey is max level CP3 pic.twitter.com/gZe3BrR7Yr— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 7, 2019Danilo Gallinari drained the technical free throw, cutting Minnesota’s advantage to a single point. Towns then answered to bump the lead back to two — it appeared he was actually trying to miss because Oklahoma City wouldn’t have been able to stop the clock with a timeout off a live rebound — setting up the craziest buzzer-beater of the 2019-20 season.Thunder center Steven Adams launched the ball like Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts and found Dennis Schroder, who floated the ball softly off the glass and through the net. Boom. Tie game.ADAMS ➡️ SCHRODER AT THE BUZZER! 🚨Thunder-Wolves headed to OT! #CrunchTime pic.twitter.com/TcKEltF4Ar— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 7, 2019OKC then dominated the extra period, outscoring Minnesota 17-5 in the final five minutes. Bell didn’t address the jersey controversy after the game, preferring to avoid a potential fine for speaking his mind.Jordan Bell declined to talk to reporters, walking out of the locker room after a couple requests. “I’ll save my money,” he said as he walked by reporters.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) December 7, 2019Paul told reporters he was aware the Timberwolves had already been called for delay of game, and he definitely knew the rule. (Under the “Fouls and Penalties” section of the NBA rulebook: “A delay of game shall be called for . . . A player entering the game when beckoned by an official with his shirt untucked.) He also recognized the irony in Foster being the ref to make the call, considering their, uh, complicated history.”More often than not, sometimes refs will just be like, ‘Whatever,’ but that is the rule,” Paul said. “If you check in without your jersey tucked, it’s a delay of game. Call it what you want to.”last_img read more

FBI: Bubba Wallace noose a “door pull rope” not a crime

first_imgThe FBI has determined that a noose found in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday was a door pull rope hanging in the garage since last year, according to the bureau. In addition, no one could have known that Wallace would be assigned that garage.A statement issued by U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said that an investigation has concluded that no federal crime was committed.“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019,” the bureau said. “Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”Further details were not immediately released. The FBI said no charges would be pursued in relation to the incident.last_img read more