ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/196398/renoa-motosumiyoshi-key-operation-inc Clipboard Save this picture!© KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS + ReBITA Inc.+ 50 Share Housing ArchDaily ReNOA Motosumiyoshi / KEY OPERATION INC.Save this projectSaveReNOA Motosumiyoshi / KEY OPERATION INC. Projects CopyHousing• 2011 Architects: KEY OPERATION INC. Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs: KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS + ReBITA Inc.Text description provided by the architects. In Japan, the lifetime of buildings is very short; they often get scrapped and rebuilt after 30 to 40 years. Recently, however, there are movements to enlarge the market for not only newly built, but also quality pre-owned condominiums, and to extend the lifetime of such residential buildings. Previously owned condominium residences have the following advantages: 1) Prices are less expensive, 2) Prices depreciate less than new construction, and 3) Conditions of the management, maintenance and residents are already known. As for asset value, prices tend not to drop for properties located in proximity to a city center with conveniences and in a good neighborhood environment. In addition, unlike units ready for sale, renovation allows a layout and interior finish to match personal tastes. Save this picture!© KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS + ReBITA Inc.However, renovation for a pre-owned condominium unit purchased privately extends only to the proprietary space. It is impossible for a single owner to order work like seismic reinforcements personally for an entire building, even if so desired for a nearly 30-year old property. Such renovation work must be handled by a committee representing all of the residents. Save this picture!© KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS + ReBITA Inc.The comprehensive building renovation by ReBITA takes a unique approach by purchasing an entire building of multiple dwelling units previously occupied as corporate housing or rental apartments, then refurbishing, updating the facilities, completing reconstruction like seismic reinforcements within the proprietary space, which individual owners and even the condominium committee find hard to implement, and then selling the individual condominium units. With this system, all proprietary space can be stripped down to structural concrete. It is therefore possible to implement seismic reinforcement work to all proprietary space, which would be quite difficult for a property with occupancy. Save this picture!© KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS + ReBITA Inc.Renovation that Takes Advantage of Age ReBITA has sold comprehensive building renovations under the ReNOA series name previously. Compared to those, the aim for ReNOA Motosumiyoshi this time was different to a large degree. In the previous ReNOA series, old-style condominium buildings were revamped to look close to new construction, but this ReNOA received a design that valued the existing conditions positively and took aging in stride to offer quality. Save this picture!© KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS + ReBITA Inc.For instance, colored sheet steel was used as part of the facade, not only to improve durability, but also to allow graceful aging with the selected color and texture. In this context, material for the facade was studied carefully. The first proposal was an image like Taisho-era copper-paneled kanban kenchiku that used green sheet copper for diamond-shaped cladding. Subsequently, a softer design with minimal adverse impression was created, and standing seam cladding was adopted. The color was studied by looking at samples and by rendering not only green, but burgundy, black and other colors. Burgundy-colored sheet steel was ultimately selected and paneled on the entrance hall, the main stairwell, and the street-side facade to create an appearance that embodied an aged ambience. Save this picture!© KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS + ReBITA Inc.Entrance and Garden along Sloped Ramp Form a Community This building previously provided corporate housing and was designed with direct access to the elevator adjacent to the emergency staircase, and there was no entrance hall to the building. As a condominium building, however, an entrance hall was considered necessary, and thus added with proper security features. A community room was also created, since the entrance took on an important role of community focus to the whole condominium building. Bookshelves were installed here, so that residents could donate unused books and share them as a means to encourage communication. This common room has a large window facing the outside of the entrance. Thus, although the entrance has a security lock, the layout considered the building open in a way to people other than the residents and blending in with the neighborhood. Save this picture!© KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS + ReBITA Inc.Since there was a rise of about one meter between the entrance ground level and the landing level of the elevator, it was necessary to create a sloped ramp for baby buggies and wheelchairs to access to the elevator. Because the ramp required a relatively large footprint, a garden was created alongside to grow plants like herbs. The entrance also gained openness with a path going up the ramp, past the elevator, and back down the stairs to the entrance hall. Finally, a roof garden was built as common space on the roof of the entrance structure, and permits residents to grow vegetables and plants. Save this picture!covers planNew Approaches and Future Challenges This renovation also addresses energy conservation. Solar cells were installed on the entire roof of the condominium building for the first time for a renovated condominium building in Japan to supply electricity to common areas and the four condominium units on the top floor. The community room provides a monitor displaying the status of power generation and sale of power back to the grid. A system called “me-eco,” which allows individual condominium units to track energy consumption, was also installed as a visual guide to promote electrical power conservation. Savings achieved with this system can be traded for CO2 credit and returned to the condominium committee. Save this picture!first floor planFull-building renovations can be promoted for former rental buildings and corporate housing, but there is a forthcoming challenge of rejuvenating older condominium buildings where ownership rights are in complex relationships. Although there are examples of rebuilding led by condominium committees using the “smooth condominium full-rebuild law,” it is actually difficult to obtain the consent of the owners and to convert the ownership titles. In addition, full reconstruction costs an enormous amount of money, and burdens the environment. Thus, it will be necessary to rejuvenate 1960’s and 70’s condominium buildings by establishing legal systems that allow comprehensive condominium renovations in a less costly way than fully rebuilding, such as allowing real estate businesses to purchase part of the ownership rights.Save this picture!© KEY OPERATION INC. / ARCHITECTS + ReBITA Inc.Project gallerySee allShow lessOpen Call for Ideas: ‘How Much Does Your Building Weigh?’ArticlesAugmented Structures v1.1: Acoustic Formations / Salon2ArticlesProject locationAddress:Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, JapanLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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CopyThe 2013 RIBA Manser Medal has been awarded to Carl Turner Architects for Slip House in Brixton, London. The Manser Medal is awarded for the best newly designed private house, and this year was announced in a ceremony at Central Saint Martins in London, along with the winners of the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize. The jury’s citation for Slip House noted that “inside and out this house is immaculate in its detail, coordination and execution.”+ 12Save this picture!© Tim CrockerSlip House was selected for the Manser Medal above four other shortlisted designs, including Astley Castle – which won the Stirling Prize for the “building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year”.Save this picture!© Tim CrockerThe design for Slip House was commended for its energy efficiency, conforming to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 and Passiv Haus standards, but it was also complimented by the jury for the fact that “at no point do the sustainable ambitions of the project crowd out or dominate the refined quality of the spaces that are created.” Save this picture!© Tim CrockerCarl Turner Architects are already expanding on the success of Slip House, constructing a “very unidentical twin” which still conforms to the ideas used in the original on the plot next door, and they are in discussions with house-builders over plans to build a terrace of houses based on the Slip House as a prototype. Save this picture!© Tim CrockerThe Jury for the 2013 Manser Medal consisted of Michael Manser CBE (Founder of The Manser Practice and for whom the medal is named), Hugh Broughton (Hugh Broughton Architects), Joe Morris (Duggan Morris Architects), Caroline Cole (Colander) and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards.Save this picture!© Tim CrockerPrevious winners of the RIBA Manser Medal include architecturepossibles for Maison L, France (2012); Duggan Morris Architects for a modern conversion of a brutalist house in Hampstead (2011), Acme for Hunsett Mill (2010), Pitman Tozer Architects for The Gap House (2009), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Oxley Woods (2008) and Alison Brooks Architects for the Salt House (2007).Ateneu Popular de Nou Barris / Fornari + Rojas ArquitectosSelected ProjectsTwelve Architects to Design Airport in Russia for 2018 World CupArchitecture News Share Architecture News Slip House Wins the 2013 RIBA Manser MedalSave this articleSaveSlip House Wins the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal Slip House Wins the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal Save this picture!© Tim CrockerWritten by Rory StottOctober 01, 2013 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/433762/slip-house-wins-the-2013-riba-manser-medal Clipboard CopyAbout this authorRory StottAuthorFollow#TagsNewsArchitecture NewsResidential ArchitectureHousesRIBARIBA Manser MedalCarl Turner ArchitectsCite: Rory Stott. “Slip House Wins the 2013 RIBA Manser Medal” 01 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
RSF_en Скачать доклад (на русском) Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure It was in Russia that the word “oligarchs” was first used to denote very rich businessmen. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has adopted the term to refer to billionaires who create or take over media empires to serve their business or political interests. There is a worldwide trend towards increasingly concentrated ownership of conglomerates that combine media outlets (TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and news websites) with banks, telecoms, property firms and construction companies. All this suits the rulers of countries such as China that espoused capitalism in order to better suppress democracy.800TV channels exist in India, of which all those that provide news coverage are owned by political or industrial baronsEntitled Media: when oligarchs go shopping, RSF’s latest report describes a world in which journalism and freedom of information run up against an invisible wall consisting of money and conflicts of interest. From now on, RSF intends to keep addressing these new threats to journalistic independence, which constitute a major challenge for democracy.Media: when oligarchs go shoppingReadCoinciding with the report’s publication, RSF is launching a communication campaign together with the advertising agency BETC. Called “How oligarchs kill freedom of information,” it takes the form of a “quick manual for the good oligarch.” Organisation July 20, 2016 – Updated on April 24, 2019 “Media: when oligarchs go shopping” – RSF’s latest report Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure Related documents oligarchs_eng.pdfPDF – 2.73 MBoligarques3-ru.pdfPDF – 2.61 MB Reports Help by sharing this information
Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Email Linkedin Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Facebook Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Previous articleLive At The Docklands with Josh Gray – The Limerick Post ShowNext articleMural and new priory walkway unveiled in Kilmallock Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Print 31-5-19#OurCouncilOurStories is a new video campaign launched by Limerick City and County Council to celebrate the dedicated and diverse work of the organisation’s employees.Launched today by the Marketing & Communications department at Limerick City and County Council, ‘Our Council, Our Stories’ is a series of video shorts to be shown throughout the month of June that will illustrate the mix of services, diversity and personality of the Council’s employees.L-R: Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. James Collins, Anne Goggin, Senior Executive Engineer, Dean McDarby, the Mobile Library Driver, and Michael Sheehan, Parks Superintendent, in the People’s Park.Picture: Keith WisemanA new video campaign has been launched by Limerick City and County Council to celebrate the dedicated and diverse work of the organisation’s employees.Launched today by the Marketing & Communications department at Limerick City and County Council, ‘Our Council, Our Stories’ is a series of video shorts to be shown throughout the month of June that will illustrate the mix of services, diversity and personality of the Council’s employees.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The videos, created by Southern Media, can be viewed on Limerick.ie social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and YouTube) and new stories will appear each week and onLimerick.ie/Council-Stories over the month of June.The first video, launched today on the eve of the amalgamated Council’s fifth birthday, features Alphonsus O’Regan, a traffic warden based in Kilmallock, as he covers his daily beat and helps with anything that might come his way.Kane Malone, a firefighter in Mulgrave Street, describes the challenges and rewards of being a firefighter with Limerick Fire and Rescue Service, while artist blacksmith Eric O’Neill, who’s based in the Council’s Cappamore Arts Studios, describes how the artist space enhances the County Limerick town.Mayor of Limerick City and County Cllr James Collins said: “I’m always amazed at how many people do not realise the extent of the work that a local authority does. Limerick City and County Council provides almost 600 public services as well as promoting the interests of local communities across the city and county and the social, economic, environmental, recreational and cultural development of Limerick. Our Council has enabled a great renaissance and a lot of change in Limerick over the last five years and this campaign is a nice way to tell some of those stories in the best way possible; through the people that work here.”Head of Marketing and Communications at the Council, Laura Ryan said that an upcoming episode will feature the new Treaty City Brewery on Nicholas Street which received funding from Limerick City and County Council for preservation and refurbishment work.“The series will also feature the man responsible for ensuring Limerick is in bloom every summer, Michael Sheehan, the Council’s Parks superintendent. It’s incredible to think that more than 10,000 plants and shrubs are planted every year to add welcome splashes of colour to Limerick’s streets and parks and it’s great to get a glimpse of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.”Our Council, Our Stories also profiles the Bee Friendly Limerick project and engineer Anne Goggin who explains how the local authority delays the start of its annual grass-cutting programme in certain areas in order to help give bees and other pollinators an early food source.The popular Limerick Mobile Library Service is also featured, mobile librarian Dean McDarby describes the initiative which provides for the culture, education, information, learning, recreation and study needs of people of all ages in the county.The series also features Valerie Stundon, the Council’s water safety officer on taking care around our lakes and rivers as the summer season approaches.For more information please visit Limerick.ie/Council-Stories or see Limerick.ie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and YouTube. #OurCouncilOurStories NewsLocal NewsNew video campaign Our Council, Our Stories launched by Limerick City and County CouncilBy Staff Reporter – June 4, 2019 231 TAGSLimerick City and CountyLimerick City and County Councillocal newsNews Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!
News UpdatesDelhi Riots: Delhi HC Directs Centre and Delhi Govt To Submit Written Submissions On Whether LG Can Unilaterally Appoint Counsels For Delhi Police Karan Tripathi2 July 2020 4:45 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has directed the Centre as well as the Delhi Government to submit written submissions on the controversy of whether Lieutenant Governor of Delhi can unilaterally appoint Solicitor General, Additional Solicitor General, and other counsels of Central Government to represent Delhi Police in a matter concerning cancellation of bail. Meanwhile, the Single Bench of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has directed the Centre as well as the Delhi Government to submit written submissions on the controversy of whether Lieutenant Governor of Delhi can unilaterally appoint Solicitor General, Additional Solicitor General, and other counsels of Central Government to represent Delhi Police in a matter concerning cancellation of bail. Meanwhile, the Single Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait has vacated the stay imposed earlier on the release of the accused till the pendency of this petition. The said order has come in a plea moved by Delhi Police seeking cancellation of bail granted to the Delhi riots accused Faizal Farooq. Today, while justifying the locus of Centre to move the present petition, ASG Aman Lekhi submitted that the reliance cannot be placed on the judgment of the Supreme Court in State of NCT of Delhi v. Union of India (14/02/19), as produced by Mr Rahul Mehra, due to the following reasons: Facts of that judgment did not involve an appointment of a law officer. It dealt with the appointment of an advocate under section 24(8) of CrPC That judgement dealt with conducting a trial. On the other hand, the present matter deals with cancellation of bail The question before the court in that judgment did not include the powers of the Central Government to appoint law officers in cases where it has an interest Section 24(8) of CrPC states: ‘The Central Government or the State Government may appoint, for the purposes of any case or class of cases, a person who has been in practice as an advocate for not less than ten years as a Special Public Prosecutor.’ Mr Lekhi argued that the rules of interpretation doesn’t permit reliance on some judgment which is sub silentio on the facts involved in the case that is being currently adjudicated by the court. While arguing on the issue of application of section 24(8) of CrPC in the present matter, Mr Lekhi argued that the said section has no bearing to the facts of this case as law officers, such as Solicitor General and Additional Solicitor Generals, do not fall under the dentition of ‘prosecutors’ as stipulated under the said section. ‘Law Officers, who work for the office of the Attorney General, are not subordinate to the Department of Prosecutions under section 25 of CrPC. It is outrageous to suggest that Centre should take permission from the State Government before appointing law officers in cases where it has an interest’, Mr Lekhi argued. Moreover, Mr Lekhi argued, that the client has a right to select a counsel of its choice. Therefore, Delhi Police has a right to decide who should represent it in this matter. ‘The Right to select a counsel of one’s choice is a part of one’s Right to Privacy’, Mr Lekhi submitted. In addition to this, Mr Lekhi argued that the judicial interpretation of section 432 of CrPC, does give power to the Centre to appoint the counsel of its choice in cases where Centre’s interest is involved. The said interpretation, it was argued, is also supported by the interpretation of Articles 73 and 239AA of the Constitution. To determine what constitutes ‘Centre’s interest’, Mr Lekhi submitted that the same shall be determined by the fact that the subject matter of the case involves laws which were passed under the exclusive powers of the Centre under List I of Seventh Schedule. In this case, that legislation is the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. ‘This is why the LG’s order specifically mentioned that the Law Officers are appointed for all the cases arising from the law and order situation emanating from the northeast district of Delhi post the date of February 23’, Mr Lekhi argued To counter these arguments, Mr Rahul Mehra, Standing Counsel (Criminal) Delhi Government, submitted that the ASG is trying to divert the attention of the court and the judgements cited by him squarely covers the present controversy. As per Mr Mehra, the Constitutional Bench judgment of the Supreme Court in State (NCT of Delhi) Vs. Union of India & Another, (2018) 8 SCC 501 as well the Division Bench judgment from 14/02/19, clearly states that LG cannot appoint the counsels without the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers of the Delhi Government. ‘Might cannot be the right. Central Government cannot be allowed to impersonate the powers of the State Government’, Mr Mehra remarked. While claiming that if Centre’s plea is allowed, the entire CrPC will be thrown out of the window and he federal system will be jeopardised, Mr Mehra further said: ‘Delhi Police cannot be equated with any other client. Delhi Police cannot appoint its own counsel as then prosecution and investigation will become hand in glove.’ Mr Mehra also asked the court to direct Mr Lekhi to place an affidavit stating what interest does the Centre has in these cases pertaining to Delhi Riots. Next Story
News UpdatesDelhi Riots: Delhi HC Says ‘Hindu Resentment’ Order Of Delhi Police Caused No Prejudice; Asks Media To Verify Facts [Read Order] Karan Tripathi8 Aug 2020 7:49 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has refused to quash the order of the Special Commissioner of Police, dated July 8, which cited ‘resentment among Hindu community’ in the wake of arrests in Delhi riots cases to advise police officers to exercise due care while making arrests.A single bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait observed that “no prejudiced has been caused” by the said direction as it was issued…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has refused to quash the order of the Special Commissioner of Police, dated July 8, which cited ‘resentment among Hindu community’ in the wake of arrests in Delhi riots cases to advise police officers to exercise due care while making arrests.A single bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait observed that “no prejudiced has been caused” by the said direction as it was issued after accused persons have been chargesheeted.The Court was considering a writ petition filed by Sahil Parvez and Mohammad Saeed Salman, whose father and mother, respectively, were killed in the riots which took place in North East parts of Delhi in the last week of February 2020.The Court noted that the cases related to the Delhi riots were registered before the issuance of the impugned letter on July 8. It also noted that charge sheets have been filed in many cases and that till date 535 Hindus and 513 Muslims have been charge-sheeted in all the cases. In this backdrop, the Court observed that no prejudice has been caused by the letter.”Since in my considered opinion, the accused persons have already been chargesheeted before issuance of letter dated 08.07.2020, no prejudice has been caused”, the Court observed. Media reports against the spirit of the letterThe Court further observed that the media reports about the letter were contrary to its spirit.”Therefore, it is suggested that media being the fourth pillar of democracy, news should be clear after verifying the facts so that no prejudice is caused to anyone or hatred is spread among communities in this country”, the Court said.The letter came to light following a report published in ‘The Indian Express’ titled “Resentment in Hindus on arrests, take care: Special CP to probe teams”. After this report created a furore, the Delhi police published a clarification in Twitter on July 15.Delhi Police’s Rejoinder to the above News Article 👇 pic.twitter.com/qk7PVflZGx— #DilKiPolice Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) July 15, 2020The Petitioners sought to quash the order on the ground that it reflected bias on the part of the police. Advocate Mehmood Pracha, representing the petitioners, claimed that the July 8 order amounts to unlawful and illegal interference in the performance of investigative functions by police officers. In the previous hearing on July 31, Justice Kait had orally observed that the order was “mischievous” and asked what was the need to issue the same.”Tell me what was the need to issue this letter”, the judge had asked then and adjourned the hearing till August 7 for the response of Delhi police.’Mischievous’: Delhi HC On Delhi Police Direction To Avoid ‘Hindu Resentment’ While Making Arrests In Riots Cases On August 7, Mr Amit Mahajan, appearing for Delhi police, informed the court that till date 535 Hindus and 513 Muslims have been charge-sheeted in all the cases. It was stated that the first paragraph of the order was based on the input received from intelligence in writing and the second paragraph was the instructions to the subordinate officers stating that due care and precaution be taken while arresting any person.Though the Court refused to quash the order, it clarified that the Investigating Officers should not take into consideration the direction in it that evidence must be discussed with Special PPs assigned to each case.This was after Mr.Chetan Sharma, Additional Solicitor General and Mr. Mahajan, SPP conceded that neither in Cr.P.C. nor under any other provision of law there is any mention of requirement for such a discussion of evidence with the Prosecutors at the stage of the investigation.The court further clarified that the subordinate courts shall not get influenced by the observations made by this court in disposing of the present petition.Click here to download the orderRead Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
ABC NewsBy CHRIS FRANCESCANI, SANTINA LEUCI and VICTORIA THOMPSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the federal government’s early coronavirus tracking a “terrible blunder” in an interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America, said he would not accept a cabinet position in a Joe Biden administration and insisted that his gradual but disciplined approach to shutting down New York state was the best course — then and now. “We went from the worst infection rate [in the nation] to the best infection rate,” Cuomo told ABC News’ Amy Robach in an interview Tuesday in Albany, New York, about the first 100 days of New York’s response to COVID-19 — which began with New York’s first confirmed case on March 1 and ended on a small note of triumph June 8, with the partial re-opening of New York City. Cuomo also credited New Yorkers for following his lead and sounded off on everything from needing a good hug from his mom to his darkest moments — when the crisis was so severe that he’d privately lean on his memories of his late father and predecessor as New York’s governor, Mario Cuomo. “There were many nights when … I would … get in bed and I couldn’t sleep, and I would just be staring at the ceiling,” Cuomo said. “And I would say to myself, ‘What would he say?’ And I could hear his voice, you know? And I knew what he’d say … and that gave me a lot of comfort, a lot of guidance … My father’s spirit lives in me. I know what he would say. I know his advice.” As for the three grueling months battling to contain the coronavirus from which he just emerged, Cuomo was obediently — if colorfully — concise. “In one word, can you describe the past 100 days?” Robach wondered. “Hell!” Cuomo replied, his expressive face broadening into a signature smile. “Can I say that?” Cuomo said he still doesn’t know the answer to his state’s $64,000 question: When will New York schools re-open? “And I don’t think that anybody knows,” he said. “And anybody who tells you what’s going to happen in September? I wouldn’t believe them.” ‘Exponential’ spread New York’s governor has been faulted in recent weeks for overseeing a too-gradual shutdown of New York state as the virus raged through the tri-state area earlier this year. Cuomo waited until March 20 to fully close down the state. By April 1, more than 2,000 New Yorkers would be dead.Even as far less dense urban centers like San Francisco closed schools on March 12 and issued the nation’s first shelter-in-place orders on March 17, Cuomo urged caution. California issued the first statewide shelter-in-place order on March 17, and three days later Cuomo followed suit. Critics have suggested Cuomo should have recognized the scope of the threat when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began screening incoming passengers from China on Jan. 17, more than two months before the first confirmed New York case. Yet the governor looks back on the early days of the pandemic from a different perspective. The U.S. West Coast “had cases much sooner than we did,” Cuomo said. “They had cases back in January. We didn’t have a case until March.” “No one really knew what they were talking about when this COVID crisis started,” Cuomo insisted. “We were all told that the virus was coming from China. Turns out the virus came from Europe and that’s why New York had such a bad situation initially – because no one was stopping the flights from Europe.” “It was just a terrible blunder, frankly,” he said. “But that’s why New York had a very high rate of infection” at first, Cuomo said. He laid the blame for early, severe outbreaks in New York City and Westchester County, at the feet of the federal government. “We knew in January that China had the virus,” Cuomo said. “We must have known – whoever in the federal government watches this – if the virus is in China, didn’t someone expect that the virus was going to get on a plane and travel? And it did. And it wasn’t in China anymore. It went to Europe … and then we all these Europeans coming here, January, February, March. And nobody knew anything … I mean, when you think back it was really just – an amazing mistake by the federal government.” The governor said the moment he knew he could no longer contain the blooming outbreaks in New York was in mid-March, when a New Rochelle attorney who became the state’s second confirmed case proved to be New York’s first case of “community transmission” — meaning the virus has silently taken root in a region and is spreading. “When I saw that explode — it just mushroomed. It was exponential. I knew that there was no containing the exposure,” he said. ‘Credibility of the government’ Cuomo has consistently argued in recent weeks that a gradual closure was vital to limiting New Yorkers’ panic and maintaining public compliance with unprecedented new restrictions on public movement. He told Robach that his strategy was necessary in today’s political environment. “If I had just stood up there and said to 19 million New Yorkers, ‘This is what you have to do: you have to stay home, you can’t go out, you can’t go to the movie, you can’t go to work, schools are closed’ … Let’s be honest: the credibility of the government is not where it was. So, I wanted to give them the facts. I wanted to earn their confidence,” he said. “So I worked at it every day – providing information, providing the facts, the updated facts. And then I would give my opinion … I was very clear to always separate the facts from the opinion,” he added.One of Cuomo’s greatest fears, he said, was widespread non-compliance. “If there’s no compliance, you’re in a really bad place,” he said. “You know, if the government stands up and says, ‘You must do this, this, this and this,’ and the people say, ‘No thanks, you haven’t made your case. I don’t understand why.’ Well, then, it’s a really bad situation.” New Yorkers lost Cuomo said he feels the pain and the loss though not necessarily the blame for the outsized numbers of New Yorkers that account for the national death toll, which on Tuesday evening was nearing 25,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. “New Yorkers who died did not die because we failed them,” he contended. “The goal should be, ‘make sure we don’t lose a life that we could have saved,’ [or] ‘make sure no one dies because we failed them,’ Cuomo said at another point in the interview. “What happened in Italy where the hospital system was overwhelmed and people died on gurneys and in hallways, where society failed, government failed. In New York, we’ve lost people, but we did not lose anyone who we did not give the best medical care to,” he said. “That’s how I put my head on the pillow at night and that’s how I sleep,” he added.Shortages Cuomo was reluctant to specify precisely how prepared with supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) New York was at the start of the pandemic but said that no state — including his own — was truly prepared for what hit hotspots like New York and the Seattle area early on. “Look, no one – we have the best health care system in the country, I believe,” he insisted. “I don’t believe any other state was more prepared than we were … now, where we did have issues was PPE, the masks, the gowns, etcetera. But that was every state in the country.” A ProPublica investigation into New York’s response to the coronavirus sought to clarify the size and scope of New York’s state emergency medical stockpile, but according to the non-profit investigative news outlet, administration officials declined requests to specify the exact contents of the state stockpile prior to the pandemic. Cuomo Vs. Trump Cuomo declined an offer to grade President Donald Trump’s response at the federal level to the COVID-19 pandemic. “He can grade himself — or a higher being or the people of this nation will grade him come Election Day,” Cuomo said. Cuomo has been heralded for his deft political management of the president’s fickle temperament. An April 3 New York Times headline declared that Cuomo Emerges as ‘Trump Whisperer’ During Coronavirus Crisis. Yet he readily acknowledged what has become apparent in recent weeks: His relationship with Trump — a fellow son of Queens from across the political aisle (at least as of 2012, when Trump changed his party affiliation for the fifth and final time, from independent to Republican) — may be long, but it’s complicated. “Yes, I know him from New York,” Cuomo told Robach. “But we had — politically, we had a very difficult relationship, always, since he was elected.” “We were open and honest in the relationship” at the start,” Cuomo said. “And when we agreed, we agreed. And when we disagreed, we disagreed. And I said to him from Day One, ‘Forget the past, forget the politics. I’ll call it straight the way I see it, he’ll call it straight. And when it worked, it worked and when it didn’t, I said it didn’t.”While Cuomo is characteristically cautious in criticizing the U.S. president, preferring to remain in his own political lane where possible, he makes a point of returning to his own governing playbook. “I take my position very seriously,” he told ABC News. “I put myself in a position where I said, ‘Look, I take all the blame. I’m accountable. Buck stops at — on my desk, whatever expression you want to use.” “I didn’t try to defer responsibility,” he continued. “I didn’t try and blame anyone else I didn’t point to — local officials or this one or that one. So — I did the job the way I think the job should be done. I respect the office. I respect the responsibility. So I assumed it. I never ran from it.” ‘A grain of salt’ One of Cuomo’s most heralded leadership qualities in recent months has been the compassion he’s demonstrated over months of often lengthy daily press briefings, where his seasoned oratorical skills have found a new national audience eager for an alternative to the chaos in Washington, D.C. New York’s hard-charging governor, widely considered a master political tactician, seemed gently dismissive of his recent portrayal in the national press as a stern but trustworthy figure. A Jezebel blogger published “Help! I Think I’m in Love with Andrew Cuomo???”. A week later, comedienne Chelsea Handler published a heartfelt letter of thanks to Cuomo for his leadership in Vogue, entitled: “Dear Andrew Cuomo, I Want to Be Your First Lady.”The governor said he takes it all in stride. “Look, it’s, it’s nice,” Cuomo said, “but — it is what it is … I’ve been around long enough to take everything with a grain of salt. You take the positive with a grain of salt; you take the negative with a grain of salt. But to the extent that people relied on me through this — that, I’m very grateful for.”Second wave? Cuomo was far more animated when talking about the threat of a second wave of outbreaks. “So many things we still don’t know,” he said. “I talk to global experts every day, people who have gone through China and South Korea and Italy … But nobody really knows, ‘Is there a second wave? Is there not a second wave?’” He called new spikes in COVID-19 cases in states that have begun to re-open “frightening.” “You look at what’s going on around the country with the spike[s] in the number of viral transmissions,” he said. “That is frightening. You know, New York is not an island. We can be doing a great job and getting the spread down and the rate of transmission down but – people travel from here to other states” and vice-versa. “And if it’s going up in other states and people get on an airplane and they come to New York we could be back in the same situation we were in,” he said. Cuomo recognizes that he can’t control the nation from the governor’s mansion in Albany, but he said he’s hopeful that what he perceives to be his disciplined model of containment will be replicated elsewhere, now that New York can boast the lowest new transmission rate in the nation. “We’re asking [New Yorkers] to do very difficult things,” he said. “I fight it every day because, you see other states reopening and you want to get on with life and the weather is warm and young people want to go to the beach and they want to hang out in a bar,” he said. “And I’m saying, you know, ‘Not yet. Not this. Not that. So, hopefully the trust will help us through this … it’s a struggle every day to do the right thing,” he added.Doing the right thing extends to his own family, Cuomo said. “When are you going to hug your Mom again?” Robach asked him. “I haven’t hugged my mom since this started,” he said. “I miss that.” Cuomo paused for a beat. “I don’t think she misses it,” he observed with a grin. “But I miss it!”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. The TUC’s general secretary told Personnel Today he supports strike actionto prevent the erosion of staff pension rights. The issue of pensions will be high on the TUC Conference agenda this weekdue to union concerns over the number of employers replacing final salaryschemes with defined benefit schemes, and the high proportion of workers whohave little or no pension cover. John Monks said: “I’m a pensions militant, there have been a lot ofbroken promises from boardrooms over pensions. Employers cannot just wash theirhands of their pensions obligations to staff.” He believes employers that replace their final salary schemes with lesscostly defined benefit schemes are selling their staff short. The TUC has demanded the Government takes action and makes employers’pension contributions compulsory. “There is massive pressure on the Government to show it has apurposeful approach to pensions in its autumn Green Paper. It cannot bury itshead in the sand with employers bailing out of quality pension schemes as theyare,” said Monks. “We are calling for employers to make a generous contribution to theirstaff pension. The longer the issue is left, the bigger the problem gets.”Monks raised the issue after steelworkers at three separate plants recentlystaged industrial action to protect final salary pension schemes. A report by Amicus shows that the majority of union members are prepared tofollow suit to defend pension benefits. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. TUC supports strike action over pension rightsOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today
Image: McDermott, Chiyoda and Zachry Group Announce First Cargo from Freeport LNG Train 1. Photo courtesy of McDermott International, Inc. Freeport LNG Development has achieved shipping of the first LNG commissioning cargo for the first train of its Freeport LNG export project in Texas.Nearly 150,000m3 of liquefied natural gas (LNG) were loaded from the Freeport LNG terminal on to the LNG Jurojin vessel, said the company.The LNG export project, which will have four liquefaction trains, is located on Quintana Island in Freeport. Once fully developed, the Freeport LNG export project will have a total capacity of more than 20 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).First production from the first train was achieved in late August, which was the precursor of the first cargo from the LNG terminal.The second liquefaction train is heading towards the pre-commissioning stage with a target to begin production in January 2020. On the other hand, the third train is on the verge of completion to enter into service in May 2020.The fourth train of Freeport LNG export project, which was approved by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in May 2019, is scheduled to begin operations in 2023. KBR was appointed by the project’s holding company as the preferred bidder to provide the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning services for the fourth train.Freeport LNG founder, chairman and CEO Michael Smith said: “This first cargo loading is another significant step that gets us one step closer towards our start of commercial operations which is anticipated later this month.“We are very pleased that it took less than 45 days to load our first cargo since gas was first introduced to our liquefaction facilities.”The engineering, procurement and facility construction along with commissioning and initial operations for the first three trains are being handled by Zachry Group, McDermott International, and Chiyoda.The three trains will be supported by a second loading berth and a 165,000m3 full containment LNG storage tank, which are all being built near the existing Freeport LNG Regasification Terminal.McDermott North, Central and South America senior vice president Mark Coscio said: “We continue to make great strides on the Freeport LNG project with the shipping of the first cargo from Train 1, which is a major milestone for the joint venture project team.“Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and dedication in reaching this project achievement and for their strong focus on safety and quality throughout the project. For 2019 alone, the team worked more than 11 million work hours with no lost time incidents, an outstanding accomplishment.” Located on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas, the Freeport LNG export project will have four liquefaction trains with a combined capacity of 20mtpa