Birdman’s Nest / ARCHI TE KTO

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/608659/birdman-s-nest-archi-te-kto Clipboard Area:  208 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/608659/birdman-s-nest-archi-te-kto Clipboard CopyApartments•Moskva, Russia Birdman’s Nest / ARCHI TE KTO Russia Projects Birdman’s Nest / ARCHI TE KTOSave this projectSaveBirdman’s Nest / ARCHI TE KTO “COPY” ArchDaily Architects: ARCHI TE KTO Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img “COPY” Year:  2014 Photographs:  Ilya Ivanov Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Ilya Ivanov+ 23 Share Manufacturers: Longhi, PalluccoSave this picture!© Ilya IvanovRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Fiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewText description provided by the architects. The apartment is located in a penthouse on one of Moscow skyscrapers with stunning panoramic view of city. The apartment space is divided into common and private functional zones. Common zone combines three parts: living room, dining room and kitchen. Private zone includes music room, bedrooms, dressing rooms and bathrooms. A great floor height of the building has allowed to create an additional floor in the private zone, while conserving spacious double height area in the living room.Save this picture!© Ilya IvanovThe staircase from the living room leads up to the music room and other private rooms which are located on the loft over the kitchen. The extravagant living room with it’s unusual lighting design based on author’s drawings and the impressive architectural form of the music area sets the main trend in the interior. This style unites all the areas of the apartment into original and elegant design.Save this picture!First Floor Plan SectionSave this picture!© Ilya IvanovSave this picture!Second Floor Plan SectionA complicated system of engineering communications under the  ceiling has affected architectural design, construction of walls and ceiling of the loft floor. During the design process the most effective solution on decorating engineering communications was elaborated. An installation case that covers them looks like an art-object that integrates the living room with the music room.Save this picture!© Ilya IvanovUse of natural materials softens a visual perception of angularity of architectural forms and gives a perfect contrast with a concrete ceiling, as well as, creates a warm impression from the interior.Save this picture!© Ilya IvanovProject gallerySee allShow lessCAP Llinars del Vallés / Gustau Gili GalfettiSelected ProjectsN9-house / Masahiko SatoSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Presnenskaya naberezhnaya, 8 строение 1, Moskva, Russia, 123317Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyAbout this officeARCHI TE KTOOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsHousingWoodResidentialMoskvaRussiaPublished on March 22, 2015Cite: “Birdman’s Nest / ARCHI TE KTO” 21 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MInterior Finishes at U.S. Bank StadiumPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlFiber Cement Cladding Panels in B66 Business CenterMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsSculptformClick-on Battens in WestConnex M8 JunctionPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesBruagBack-Ventilated Facades – CELLONTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosGlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Porcelain StonewareApavisaSlabs – Wild ForestBulbs / SpotsAmbiance LumiereLighting – ZetaMore 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 Apartments Photographslast_img read more

USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

first_img SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jan 13, 2012 According to Teresah Caire, Assistant State Conservationist for Farm Bill Programs, over $5.9 million dollars in CSP funds is available for Indiana producers this year for their participation.  “We encourage our producers to take advantage of the conservation opportunities being made available to them through CSP,” Caire said. USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Extends Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up Hardisty encourages interested producers to apply at their local NRCS field office as soon as they can. “CSP is a very popular program and we want to make sure that people who want to be considered for CSP funding during this first ranking period have the time they need to complete their applications,” Hardisty said.CSP provides many conservation benefits including improved water and soil quality, enhanced wildlife habitat and addressing the effects of climate change. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial forestland. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if they qualify for CSP at local NRCS offices or at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp. To find you nearest NRCS office, visit https://www.in.nrcs.usda.gov. Learn more about CSP and other NRCS programs at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs. Facebook Twitter USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Jane Hardisty has announced that the cut-off date for the current Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ranking period has been extended to January 27, 2012 in Indiana. Producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship are eligible for CSP payments. Previous articleHope for Corn Prices After USDA Delivers Bearish SurpriseNext articleFairs Invited to Be Green Ribbon Fairs Gary Truittlast_img read more

Thirty Berlusconis – South American giant’s flawed media landscape

first_img News January 24, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thirty Berlusconis – South American giant’s flawed media landscape Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is today releasing a report entitled “Brazil, the country of 30 Berlusconis” that examines all of the shortcomings of this South American giant’s media landscape It is based on fact-finding visits to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia in November 2012.Open publication – Free publishing – More brazilThe media topography of the country that is hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics has barely changed in the three decades since the end of the 1964-85 military dictatorship.As well as the ten or so major companies that dominate the national media and are mainly based in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil has many regional media that are weakened by their subordination to the centres of power in the country’s individual states. The editorial independence of both print and broadcast media is above all undermined by their heavy financial reliance on advertising by state governments and agencies.The media’s fragility encourages violence. Five Brazilian journalists and bloggers were murdered in connection with their work in 2012, making Brazil the world’s fifth deadliest country for media personnel.Two journalists who specialize in police and public security issues also had to flee abroad last year, while the campaign for the October 2012 municipal elections saw an increase in threats and physical attacks on media regarded as showcases of the politicians who own them.This report also examines another obstacle to freedom of information – the increase in judicial proceedings accompanied by censorship orders targeting individual news outlets. The best-known is the leading daily O Estado de São Paulo, the subject of a censorship order for threatening the interests of former President José Sarney’s family. But the Brazilian Internet and blogosphere are also increasingly being targeted by court-ordered censorship, while netizens impatiently await the adoption of a new Internet law called the Marco Civil, which would guarantee Net neutrality.A new media law has proved to be a divisive challenge ever since the press law introduced by the former military government in 1967– under which recalcitrant journalists were jailed and both print and broadcast media were subject to prior censorship – was belatedly repealed in 2009, more than two decades after the adoption of the democratic constitution.An obsolete electoral law still limits political news and information, while ill-suited broadcast frequency regulation makes many community radio stations illegal, all to often leaving them to be ignored, like the grass-roots civil society organizations to which they are linked. Changing the legislation would require the consent of the many politicians with media interests they jealously protect.The new laws awaited by Brazil’s news providers are among the recommendations that Reporters Without Borders makes at the end of its report. The country has many strengths. Its diversity could become a model for other countries. April 27, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas Help by sharing this information Related documents Brazil ReportPDF – 1.88 MB Reports News Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Brazil to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America BrazilAmericas April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Stunning Location for The Pillars of South Orange Grove

first_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Subscribe Amidst the glorious gardens and breathtaking views of the Hulett Merritt Mansion Pasadena Heritage staged their big event of the year, The Pillars of South Orange Grove.At this elegant summer celebration on Saturday, July 13 the institutions who played leading roles in preserving long-standing Pasadena traditions and historic architecture on South Orange Grove Boulevard were honored.  [Click here to see additional Report]Fittingly, the Hulett Merritt Mansion perches on a hill overlooking South Orange Grove and is an important and beautiful historic building integral in Pasadena’s early history.The thoroughfare was once known as Millionaire’s Row for good reason. People like Hulett Merritt, who was a millionaire before the age of 25, chose Orange Grove as their nesting point.According to Pasadena Heritage, the Hulett Merritt mansion dates from 1903 when Merritt purchased his first parcel here on South Orange Grove. A multi-millionaire, Merritt had made his fortune mining in Minnesota. Selling his interests to U.S. Steel at the age of 25, he remained the largest stockholder of U.S. Steel until his death at 83.Merritt was an adventuresome character. He first visited Pasadena in 1897 with his parents and six years later settled here permanently.A Pasadenan for more than fifty years, he was the organizer and operator of 31 different enterprises and was president or chairman of at least 138 more. He loved automobiles and owned a variety of them, including a Mercedes racing car—the first foreign automobile imported to the Pacific Coast—which he built a speedway for so he could race it.“The house itself is absolutely beautifully built because he was such a wealthy person, he could afford the best of everything and it’s remained pretty much intact through all these years. And so it’s a great historic place for us to hold the party,” Mossman said.The construction of the Merritt mansion, designed by architect William F.Thompson, began in 1905, overlooking Terrace Drive and the city to the east. Since then it has seen several changes in owners and construction, mainly by the Ambassador College who used the building as the Ambassador Hall when they obtained the property after the depression.Today the Merritt mansion’s extravagant interiors remain largely intact, with beautifully matched, carved and finished woodwork, several distinctive fireplaces, and many original fixtures. One can easily imagine it furnished with the Merritt’s lavish antiques, art objects, and oriental rugs. Despite changes during its Ambassador College years, it retains much of its character and original design.The current owners are City Ventures who own a majority of the historic apartment houses, mansions, and gardens on the old Ambassador Campus.City Ventures is now building new condominiums along Orange Grove and Green Street and the Merritt Mansion will either become part of this new housing complex or be sold as a single family home.“We are lucky to be doing this at the site on South Orange Grove that will undergo the most dramatic change in the next few years. We thought it would be exciting to be there as sort of change while we celebrate the history of the boulevard because it has a very long and rich history going back to the very beginning of Pasadena,” Mossman said.“The Hulett Merritt House is significant as the residence of one of Pasadena’s most celebrated millionaires and foremost residents of South Orange Grove Blvd,” according to the City of Pasadena’s Architectural and Historical Survey of 1997.The Merritt Mansion’s largest claim to fame is that it was featured in the opening scenes of The Millionaire, a popular 1950’s TV series.“[The mansion] celebrates that point in time where we have long standing history and tradition on South Orange Grove. We had it’s decline, we had it’s resurgence and now the newest chapter for South Orange Grove will be the addition of new housing on this campus while preserving the historic building. For our celebration today, we should be looking backwards because we’re a preservation organization, but we should also be looking forward to keeping a historic place vibrant and exciting and having it grow and change in good ways,” Mossman said.Pasadena Heritage is the second largest preservation organization in California. They provide a powerful voice for the preservation of historic buildings, districts, and neighborhoods, resulting in the city being nationally recognized as a leader in historic preservation. Pasadena Heritage has played a major role in such success stories as the revitalization of Old Pasadena and the restorations of Pasadena City Hall, the Main Library, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Colorado Street Bridge, Bullock’s Pasadena (now Macy’s), the La Loma Bridge, the Rose Bowl, and the former YWCA.For more information or ticketing info vist www.pasadenaheritage.org Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty 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. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Cultural Heritage The Stunning Location for The Pillars of South Orange Grove RACHEL YOUNG | Photo courtesy Pasadena Public Library & Pasadena Museum of History Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | 12:07 pm More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. 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Council to review €500k roadworks following complaints

first_imgLinkedin Email WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick to host celebration of African CultureNext articleEducation Board will review course closure John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live  LIMERICK City and County Council is to carry out a review of traffic-calming measures at Dromkeen on the N24 following complaints from motorists.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The N24 Dromkeen traffic calming scheme was carried out at a cost of half a million euro.According to reports from locals, the addition of a footpath at the turn for the Cappamore Road has narrowed the junction, causing difficulties for heavy goods vehicles and agricultural machinery turning from the N24.The council says the “tightening or reducing of radii at the existing side road junctions” is aimed at making the village a safer environment for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists by limiting “the potential for vehicles being able to turn into the side road at high speed thus reducing the risk of collision with any pedestrians using the junction”.A spokesperson for the local authority said it was good design practice “to limit speeds at junctions in this way, particularly where pedestrian facilities such as footpaths and crossing points have been provided”.The council expects to carry out a review of the junction in the next week. Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print TAGSDromkeenlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilN24 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter NewsCouncil to review €500k roadworks following complaintsBy John Keogh – May 20, 2015 707 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories last_img read more

LK Gardai uncover massive haul of stolen goods including a fitted kitchen

first_img Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LK Gardai uncover massive haul of stolen goods including a fitted kitchen LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Two youths have been questioned after a garda search in Letterkenny uncovered thousands of euro worth of stolen electrical equipment and other items including a fitted kitchenThe operation involved armed gardai from the Regional Support Unit, local detectives and uniformed gardaí.Gardai say the recovered items included 16 mobile phones, PlayStation consoles,  DVD players, XBoxs, Televisions, Sky boxes, laptops a and a microwave oven.A number of power tools were also recovered.In the past month alone there have been 28 burglaries in the Letterkenny area.Two local youths have been questioned and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+center_img Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Previous articleMary Coughlan’s time as Health Minister proves forgettableNext articleUpdated: Man dies in overnight house fire in Downings News Highland By News Highland – July 7, 2011 Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Twitter Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Nevada inmate whose execution was called off found dead

first_imgtxking/iStock(ELY, Nev.) — A Nevada death-row inmate who fought to speed up his own execution died of an apparent suicide over the weekend, authorities said.Scott Raymond Dozier, 48, was found dead in his cell at Ely State Prison in White Pine County, Nevada, on Saturday after he apparently hung himself, according to the state’s department of corrections.Dozier, who was sentenced to death for first-degree murder in 2007, gained national notoriety earlier this year when he gave up on his appeal and sought to expedite his execution.His execution was rescheduled twice, and eventually canceled, amid court debates over the state’s use of certain capital punishment drugs.Dozier had said repeatedly that he wanted to die rather than live the rest of his life in prison.Nevada’s Department of Corrections website listed Dozier as deceased, but it did not list details about his death.In an interview last August, a month after a judge stopped his execution near the final hour, Dozier said: “Just get it done, just do it effectively and stop fighting about it.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The most dangerous job in the world

first_imgWith the would-be presidents of the United States currently on the campaigntrail, the battle is on to be the top man in the White House. But the winnerwill follow in the footsteps of men dogged by poor health and bad luck. Andthere are many parallels to be drawn with the lives of our leaders of industryWhoever wins the race to be the next president of the US should be aware ofone uncomfortable statistic: his chances of spending two terms and eight yearsin the White House are slightly lower than his chances of dying in office orwithin five years of leaving office.Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology at the University ofManchester Institute of Technology, is convinced even this bad news would notstop George W Bush and Al Gore. “They are the architects of their owndemise, they get addicted to their own biochemistry, the adrenaline, which iswhy so many of them find it so hard afterwards when they have to stop.”The plight of presidential wannabes seems a little remote from the day-to-dayconcerns of HR and personnel managers in industry but any study of the 41 men –and they have all been men – to occupy the White House since 1789 suggeststhere are real parallels with the lives, careers and performance of leaders inindustry. For all the rhetoric about work-life balance, the reality – drivenespecially by the Internet – is that, increasingly, top executives are movingtowards the kind of 24 hours a day, seven days a week workstyle which hasendangered the health of so many presidents. The dangers posed by the lifestyle which most presidents lead are, as ProfCooper says, not dissimilar to those facing many chief executives and there isa growing body of evidence that leaders, be they chairmen of companies orpresidents of the US, have similar personalities and life stories, ofteninvolving a severe trauma in childhood.Under scrutinyThe medical and psychological dangers inherent in the office of president ofthe US have a lot to do with the fact that they are, on average, 55 years oldwhen they take office. In other words, at an age when ordinary mortals arebeing advised by their GP to take things easy, these men begin to lead the mostpowerful nation on earth.It is a job for which there is no recognised training, where your behaviouris, as Prof Cooper says, “under scrutiny 24 hours a day by the press, thepublic and your staff” and where every day heralds a new crisis, real ormedia-made, which must be dealt with. This psychological stress weakens thebody’s immune system making it 22 per cent more likely that you will pick up aviral infection.”To do the things you have to do to become president you have to bevery robust”, says occupational physician Jennifer Lisle, “but thelifestyle imposed by the job brings with it a plethora of possible dangers.Often, leaders are people who can cope without 12 hours of sleep every nightbut that, in itself, can be very damaging and you build up a kind of sleep debtwhere your body can never regenerate itself. And the adrenaline which keeps yougoing releases a battery of hormones into the system – it is almost like anathlete running a race but not having the time to wind down after they havewon. Often, this kind of stress leads people to rely on other props likealcohol or cigarettes, which will lead to further damage.”Astonishingly, only four presidents have credibly been accused of sufferingfrom alcohol abuse, of which Richard Nixon is the most recent. Franklin Pierce,a one-term president elected in 1852, was catapulted to the White House eventhough he had already been forced to quit the Senate because of his drinking.He resumed his old habits as president and nobody was greatly surprised when,in 1863, he died of cirrhosis of the liver.A more popular presidential prop has been extra-marital sex. There iscredible evidence that as many as one in three have committed adultery – andthe “sinners” include the father of the republic George Washington –and five have fathered illegitimate children. “Many of these people actually suffer from low self-esteem. I thinkthat’s true of Clinton, not because of anything he’s done but of what he had toput up with as a child, and they have a continuous demand for love andapprobation,” says Cooper. “You see the same tendency with some hard-workingchief executives who, although they spend so many hours in the office, stillneed closeness and may find it with someone other than their wife.”Accelerated ageingWhatever strategies have been used, there is evidence aplenty that mostpresidents suffer from what Lisle calls “an accelerated ageingprocess”. Even Dwight Eisenhower, who never read a memo longer than asingle page of A4 paper, had a heart attack in office while Woodrow Wilsonspent the last years of his presidency immobilised by stroke.Warren Harding, who has the dubious honour of being America’s most corruptpresident, died of a coronary thrombosis less than 1,000 days into hisadministration. He did not have an iron constitution, like his predecessorWoodrow Wilson, and suffered at least one nervous breakdown before reaching thepresidency.Harding is one of eight presidents to have died in office. Four of them wereassassinated – Abraham Lincoln in 1861, James Garfield in 1881, WilliamMcKinley in 1901 and John F Kennedy in 1963 – while William Harrison has thedouble distinction of giving the longest inaugural speech (8,441 words) and ofrunning the shortest lived presidential administration (he died of a chill amonth later).Of those who died soon after leaving office, James Polk (1845-1849) survivedhis presidency by only three months and Chester Arthur (1881-1885) succumbed tothe kidney disease in 1886 which had been diagnosed while he was in office.Lisle says, “Most doctors advise people who retire to do so gradually,to scale down their workload and find other interests, but there is no gradualway of going from president to non-president.” Jimmy Carter has publicly admitted his own post-presidency trauma whileRonald Reagan, who spent many afternoons of his second term in pyjamas playingwith his dogs, may be held to have followed Lisle’s advice.The good news for this year’s candidates is that presidents are livinglonger once they have left office. The bad news is that this may be becausethey are not spending as long in office. Only three out of 10 presidents havebeen re-elected to serve a second full-year term since 1945.The transition from centre stage to offstage is particularly painful becausethere is a mass of evidence to suggest that most presidents, like other chiefexecutives, belong to a particular personality type, often referred to as TypeA, which studies show are at much higher risk of heart disease than Type Bpeople. Psychologist Oliver James, author of Britain On The Couch (Arrow), says,”It’s often just a matter of upbringing which decides whether a person ofthis type ends up in jail or running a company or in the White House. Thesepeople score high for narcissism, their willingness to take risks and theirability to put different parts of their life into different boxes so that, forinstance, they would be untroubled by a lie or an affair with someone who mayonly be as old as their own children. They are often social loners who havegreat faith in their own ability to charm or manipulate other people to get outof any situation.”Prof Cooper does not go this far, saying that although many leaders inpolitics and business cannot publicly admit they have a conscience they aretroubled in private although, and this is what marks them out as leaders, theydeal with this and move on.Certainly Richard Nixon, described by Harry Truman as a “no good liarwho could lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and even if hefound himself telling the truth, he’d tell another lie just to keep his handin”, fits this profile.Naturally awkward, his need to ingratiate himself with an audience oftenwent to extraordinary lengths. After his father died in September 1952, hereturned from a week’s mourning to campaign in Buffalo, New York, where he wonthe crowd’s hearts by declaring, in a tear-filled finale, that Buffalo was hisfather’s favourite city in the world. This was odd in itself – his father had,after all, spent most of his life in smalltown California – but became evenodder when, at stops at Rochester and Itaca that same day, he repeated the sameclosing paragraph simply changing the name of the town.Nixon’s family was, in some ways, typical for that of a future president.His father would use the strap on him and his mother, as he saw it, rejectedhim in her concern for his two ill brothers, both of whom would die oftuberculosis. Both Clinton and Reagan had to cope with an alcoholic parent, in Clinton’scase the stepfather from whom he took his surname. One in four presidents had lost at least one parent before becoming anadult. Prof Cooper says, “This means they get introduced to reality a lotsooner than many of us and that they are driven to try and recreate the pastonly this time with them in control providing their own ending.”Even among presidents who had not suffered parental loss, there was noshortage of life-changing trauma. Teddy Roosevelt (1901-1909) was 20 when hismother and his wife died on the same day. Like one of his successors John FKennedy, Roosevelt had suffered a near-fatal childhood illness – in Teddy’scase asthma – and his distant relative Franklin Roosevelt (1933-1945) had tofight polio in his quest for the presidency.But few presidential wannabes can match the ill-luck of Martin van Buren(1837-1841) who, between the ages of 32 and 37, lost his mother, father, wife,one son and his job.Anyone who studies all the presidents’ kin is struck by the toll of deathand disaster. Nine lost a wife either before or during their period of office,more than half saw one of their children die in their own lifetime and in 17cases that child died before they reached the age of 10.Prof Cooper says you will find the same high incidence of parental loss orlife-changing trauma in the childhood of many business leaders, adding weightto the contention that leaders are born not made. His studies show anotherrecurring motif in the collective biographies – they are often born in asocially ambiguous background. As Reagan once said of his upbringing, “Weweren’t on the wrong side of the tracks but you could hear the train whistlewhere we were.” This even applies to Kennedy who, although the son of amulti-millionaire, was too shrewd not to realise how socially isolated hisfamily were in upper-class Boston.The road to the White House is a solitary one, with the successfulcandidates usually exhibiting powerful personal charm, the constitution of anox and a willingness to take risks which other people – career managers inOliver James’s terms – would never take. Risk-taking can veer intobrinkmanship, as when Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) addressed a hostile crowd witha pistol in his hand and invited critics not to waste words but just to takethe gun off him and shoot.Some historians, who call their approach psychohistory, argue that therecklessness many presidents have exhibited in their private lives also drivestheir public policies. This view, expressed in an essay with the tabloid titleThe Phallic Presidency, is not entirely shared by James but he says,”America particularly is obsessed with the image of the predatory, machomale. In Europe, you could say we are more comfortable with leaders who havefeminine characteristics.” Indeed, the John Wayne war hero card is still one of the most potent anycandidate can play – it worked for Andrew Jackson, Ulysses Grant, Eisenhowerand Reagan and has helped John McCain’s challenge to George W Bush.The question of character is becoming more central to each presidentialelection because, with the death of communism, the issues and politicaldivisions are not as clear as they used to be, cutting across the old clichésof Left and Right. The US has entered an age of what Phil Noble, editor of the web sitePolitics Online, calls “biography politics”. Gone are the days when apresident can insist, as Chester Arthur did in 1885, “I may be presidentof the US but my private life is my own damned business”. Instead, the candidates are selling their biographies to the electorate in apunishing, adrenaline-fuelled campaign designed to give them a flavour of themassive endurance test to come if they are successful. As Lisle says, “Intwo years’ time we’ll all be looking at pictures of him and saying, ‘Hasn’t heaged?’”By Paul SimpsonA psychological and physical health check on five presidentsAbraham LincolnPeriod in office 1861-1865• Lincoln’s persistent melancholy – some have alleged he suffered from manicdepression – has its roots in a childhood which would have left less robustsouls with a bad case of post-traumatic stress disorder. When he was three hisonly brother died, when he was nine he is said to have helped make the coffinfor his mother to be buried in, when he was 17 a close friend went mad and whenhe was 19 his sister died. His first love died of cholera when he was 26, oneson, Eddie, died aged three and another, Willie, died of cholera when he was12. As if all that were not enough, the stress of presidency and war deprivedhim of sleep for weeks on end. Although he was tall and thin when he enteredoffice, he had lost over 20lb by the time John Wilkes Booth shot him.Woodrow WilsonPeriod in office 1913-1921• Wilson has the rare distinction of being the only president to bepsychoanalysed by Sigmund Freud. The founder of psychoanalysis decided the keyto Wilson’s personality was his fear of his own powerful sex drive. Twicemarried, and once involved in a long-term adulterous relationship, Wilson had anervous breakdown in 1894, one physical symptom of which was paralysis of theright hand. Headaches, indigestion and depression plagued him intermittently throughouthis career until his presidency was wrecked by a stroke, the severity of whichwas concealed from the outside world so he could serve out his second term. Heleft office in 1921, his country having rejected his vision of a League ofNations, and died three years later.John F KennedyPeriod in office 1961-1963• While much has been made of JFK’s womanising, the real secret of hispresidency was his health. He was a victim of Addison’s disease, and afteroperations in the 1950s to cure his bad back, had twice been given the lastrites by a priest. His brother Bobby said of him, “At least one half ofthe days he spent on this earth were ones of intense physical pain.” Hewas a genuine war hero who lost a brother and sister in the war and had to copewith the “loss” of another sister who had a lobotomy. One of hisfavourite poems was I Have A Rendezvous With Death, much on his mind before hisfatal trip to Dallas, and he was probably convinced it was his destiny to dieyoung.Lyndon JohnsonPeriod in office 1963-1968• LBJ once boasted, “I have had more women by accident than Kennedy hadon purpose.” He liked to hold meetings with White House staff while he wason the toilet – and with the toilet door open. His presidency soon got boggeddown in the mire of the Vietnam War, opposition to which among his own party,the Democrats, forced him not to seek another term in 1968. Towards the end ofhis administration, he was haunted by a recurring dream. “Every night whenI fell asleep I would see myself tied to the ground in a wide open space and Icould hear the voices of thousands of people shouting ‘Coward! Weakling!’”he told a biographer, adding that if he lost Vietnam he would be condemned as a”man without a spine”.Richard NixonPeriod in office 1968-1974• Like JFK, Nixon lost two siblings in childhood and felt estranged from hismother. According to his psychiatrist, Arnold Hutschnecker, whom Nixon visitedbetween 1952 and 1968, the president “did have a problem standing up topressure”. After losing a 1962 election for governor of California, Nixontold the press, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around any more.” Inoffice, Nixon often got drunk at weekends and, so US journalist Seymour Hershalleges, once called up Henry Kissinger demanding that North Vietnam be nuked.As impeachment neared, he was seen talking to the portraits of formerpresidents in the White House. After his resignation, he rehabilitated himselfas an elder statesman and died in 1994. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. 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DTI issues strike ballots and notice

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. DTI issues strike ballots and noticeOn 2 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The consultation document setting out revisions and updates to the 1995 codeof practice on strike ballots and notice to employers has been published by theDTI.The 16-page draft statutory code provides guidance on the law and examplesof good practice. It updates the original document to reflect changes broughtin by the Employment Relations Act, 1999.The new law allows the validity of a ballot to be extended by up to fourweeks if union and employer agree, to allow time for negotiations to continue.It allows the courts to disregard small accidental failures when ballots areorganised and clarifies when a union can aggregate results. It also removes therequirement for unions to name the members being balloted in somecircumstances.Employers have until 5 June to get their responses in. www.dti.gov.uk/er/consultz Comments are closed. last_img read more

Movements of giant petrels Macronectes spp. ringed at South Georgia

first_imgMore than two hundred recoveries of giant petrels Macronectes halli and M. giganteus originally ringed at Bird Island, South Georgia, were analysed to determine the nature of any interspecific differences in the locality, timing and circumstances of recovery. Normally about 3% of the nestlings ringed were recovered within three years of fledging but the recovery rate was significantly lower in nestlings ringed in 1978–80. Eighty percent of the recoveries occurred within 12 months of ringing. Proportionately more M. halli are recovered in South America and the Pacific. The numbers recovered in southern Africa have declined whilst birds were recovered more frequently in New Zealand in 1978–80, compared to earlier years. Most recoveries were of birds found dead or injured on a beach; 9% were involved in fishing incidents and 10% killed by man, mainly in South America. Only one bird ringed as an adult has been recovered away from South Georgia. Details of foreign‐ringed birds and local movements are also included. Differences between the two species are discussed in relation to weather and fledging dates.last_img read more